Sania Mirza, Cara Black enter US Open semis

first_imgSania Mirza (left) with her doubles partner Cara Black. Photo: ReutersIndian tennis player Sania Mirza moved into the women’s doubles semi-finals of the US Open with Zimbabwe partner Cara Black after rivals Zarina Diyas and Yi-Fan Xu retired in the quarters.Third seeds Sania and Cara took the first set 6-1 in 40 minutes and won a game in the second set when Kazakh Zarina and her Chinese partner Yi-Fan retired at the Flushing Meadows on Tuesday.Sania and Cara will now face Martina Hingis of Switzerland and Flavia Pennetta of Italy in the semi-final.The Swiss-Italian pair registered a 6-4, 6-3 win over fifth seeds Kveta Peschke of Czech Republic and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovakia.Sania has now equalled her best performance in the US Open. She had also reached the semis last year with Chinese partner Zheng Jie.In the mixed doubles semi-final, top seeded Sania and her Brazilian partner Bruno Soares will face Yung-Jan Chan of Chinese Taipei and Ross Hutchins of Britain on Wednesday.Meanwhile, in the junior boys’ singles second round, South Korean seventh seed Duckhee Lee eased past India’s Sumit Nagal 6-2, 6-2.last_img read more

IPL 2016: Gujarat Lions not adapting to different conditions, says Dwayne Bravo

first_imgGujarat Lions slumped to their third straight defeat in the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad yesterday. Suresh Raina’s men were at the top of the table after winning six out of their first seven matches but now are struggling to get back to winning ways.Star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who has been topping the bowling charts this season, said his team was lacking the ability to adapt to different conditions and that it has led to their downward spiral. (Full Coverage|Points Table)”I think we did not adjust quickly. When you look at IPL games, the previous games that were played in Hyderabad, it’s always a high scoring game, a high scoring venue. So, I think the conditions were more challenging to bat in,” he saidBravo also said the wicket at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium was difficult to adapt and that their openers Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith found it hard to adapt.”The conditions are more challenging for batting. As batsmen, as international players, we did not adapt quickly enough,” he said.Bravo said it was difficult for Gujarat to keep churning 180-plus scores in the league.We cannot keep playing as though we are trying to get 180-190. It’s not going to be possible. Every condition is different and if we don’t adjust as batters quickly, we are going to find ourselves in this position again when it is challenging for batters,” he addedAlso, Bravo was all praise for Sunrisers Hyderabad pacers who did the job for their team on Friday. .advertisement”Very good bowling. You have got to give credit to the way Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) bowled his first over. We all know once conditions favour in his area, it is very difficult to play him. He is one of the best swing bowlers in the world. You gotto give credit. I think Ashish (Nehra) backed it up very well… It was very difficult to score.”Replying to a query if his side lacked a fourth seamer and on Pradeep Sangwan’s performance, Bravo said Sangwan said is a good bowler and that a bad day in office can happen to anyone.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

CFB Insider Thinks A Top Head Coach Could Switch Teams This Off-Season

first_imgA general view of Georgia Tech's football field.ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 02: A general view of Bobby Dodd Stadium during the game between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Pittsburgh Panthers on November 2, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Right now, it is hard to find two more different programs than Mike Leach’s Washington State Cougars, and Georgia Tech under Paul Johnson.Leach is one of the most well-known progenitors of the spread offense, and used it to turn around one of the toughest Power Five jobs. Johnson spreads people out a bit too, but does it in order to run a unique triple option attack.Wazzu is out in The Palouse, and is a real outpost in the Northwest. Georgia Tech is in Atlanta proper, a great college football city surrounded by fertile recruiting grounds.Johnson’s found plenty of success at Georgia Tech, with a 79-58 record going back to 2008. That includes a conference title, three more division titles, and a pair of Orange Bowl trips.Things have started swinging pretty wildly for the Yellow Jackets, though. Coming off of a 2014 Orange Bowl trip, the team went 3-9, rebounded to win nine games, but finished 5-6 last season and are off to a 3-4 start this year. Throw in Johnson’s bristly personality, and it wouldn’t be surprising for the two sides to part.Yahoo Sports‘ Pete Thamel wrote a piece outlining the various Power Five coaches who could be fired after the year. Johnson was on the list.Tech is trending toward another losing season at 3-4, and there’s little juice in the program. Paul Johnson has had a great run there, as he’s 79-58 over 11 seasons. But with Georgia’s program building into a rocket ship and Tech failing to exploit a vulnerable ACC, Johnson’s run feels like it’s trending toward the end.Athletic director Todd Stansbury has been back on campus since 2016, and there’s an increasing feeling that he’s anxious to get football more nationally relevant. Johnson is 61, which makes retirement a possibility. His buyout is also structured to be paid per season, which makes this reasonable for Georgia Tech.Prediction: There’s a strong feeling in the industry that this opens, as Johnson’s program has gone stale.Thamel named two possible replacements for Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech, including Mike Leach.Leach and Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield were pegged as options.In terms of personality, what you get in Johnson, you’re getting a different brand of in Leach. He is a bit more forthcoming, but also more prone to controversial statements when he starts to drift from football.Leach would completely overhaul the offense,a dn could better tap into the talent available around Georgia Tech. He turned Texas Tech into a consistent high-performer in the Big 12 before his controversial firing there.It wouldn’t be terribly surprising for him to leave Washington State either. The Cougars are currently in line to represent the Pac-12 North in the conference title game, after knocking off Oregon last week, but he was reportedly ready to take the Tennessee job if offered last year. Athletic director Bill Moos, who brought Leach to Wazzu, is now at Nebraska.If Washington State continues to thrive this year, maybe he decides to stay, but it does seem like Leach can be had for the right opportunity.[Yahoo Sports]last_img read more

Order of Nova Scotia Honours Five Outstanding Nova Scotians

first_img Mineral and fossil expert, Eldon Thomas George, Parrsboro Businessman, philanthropist, community leader, Fred George, Halifax Distinguished heart surgeon, scientist, innovator, Cecil Edwin Kinley, Halifax Singer and songwriter, Raylene Marguerite Rankin (Anderson), Mabou (posthumous) Peace educator, author, teacher, Hetty (Hendrika) Margaretha van Gurp, Sydney “These men and women are excellent additions to the order,” said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. “They exemplify the depth of talent and leadership in our province, and as we recognize their hard work and dedication, I would like to thank them for making Nova Scotia a better place.” The recipients were selected by the Order of Nova Scotia Advisory Council from 100 nominations. “This year’s recipients are very deserving – their community involvement, their philanthropy, and their will to improve the lives of the people in our province speaks volumes,” said Viola Robinson, chair of the Order of Nova Scotia Advisory Council. “We received an overwhelming response for nominations this year. I encourage all Nova Scotians to continue to nominate, and re-nominate people they feel are deserving.” The 2013 recipients were recognized at the 12th investiture ceremony at Government House in Halifax. The Order of Nova Scotia was established in June 2001 and is the highest honour bestowed by the province. Recipients have the right to use the initials O.N.S. after their names. Five outstanding Nova Scotians were honoured for their valued contributions in the areas of the arts, medicine, science, business and social issues at a ceremony held today, Nov. 27. Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant, Chancellor of the Order of Nova Scotia, was joined by Premier Stephen McNeil to invest the recipients into the order during the ceremony held at Government House in Halifax. “It is my privilege to help invest this year’s recipients into the Order of Nova Scotia,” said Premier McNeil. “Their accomplishments are inspiring to us all, and their work and legacies will continue to inspire all Nova Scotians for generations to come.” The 2013 Order of Nova Scotia recipients are:last_img read more

Local news startups tap community spirit to survive where others have perished

first_imgLocal news fans dismayed by the closing of the daily newspaper in Orillia, Ont., are pledging by the dozens to donate $5 a month to a just-launched news website called OrilliaMatters.com, part of a grassroots movement in Canada to replace silenced community news voices.“Help support local news! Having a news source to call your own is part of your local identity,” entreats the website, which goes on to list the names of businesses and individuals who have answered the call.The site is the seventh started by fast-growing online news company Village Media Inc. of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., but the first to directly seek donations.Pledges have climbed to about $1,600 a month since the site was launched on Jan. 8 — six weeks to the day after the 147-year-old daily Orillia Packet and Times become one of 36 newspapers shut down in the wake of a deal that saw Postmedia Network Inc. and Torstar Corp. swap dozens of papers in November.The newspaper owners said at the time that producing community newspapers in the face of significantly declining advertising revenues meant that many of the operations no longer had viable business models.Charity is not the only solution for Canada’s shrinking news industry but it’s a growing part of it, say some observers.“Frankly, I think that’s kind of where journalism has to go now,” said Mitch Diamantopoulos, an associate journalism professor at the University of Regina.“If the traditional patron, the advertiser, is bowing out of the scene and the public authorities won’t step in with grant support or public funds, it’s hard to imagine how else anything can get funded.”CWA Canada president Martin O’Hanlon said his national media union is pushing the federal government to loosen charitable status rules to allow non-profit news agencies to be created and sustained using donations that earn tax credits.The change is one of 12 key recommendations in a study released a year ago by think-tank, the Public Policy Forum. So far, the federal government has resisted endorsing the suggestions.According to the crowdsourced Local News Research Project, 238 local news sources in 173 communities were closed in Canada between 2008 and Dec. 20 of last year. That includes 212 newspapers, most of which were weeklies. Only 69 new local news outlets had sprung up to replace them, including 28 new digital-only sites.News of the Postmedia-Torstar closings convinced veteran community newspaper owner Mike Wollock to come out of retirement. The 63-year-old had owned eight of the doomed publications in the Ottawa region before selling them about 13 years ago.Wollock said he’s already hired seven staff and will open an office for his new company, Ottawa Community Voice Publishing Inc., at the beginning of February. By the end of next month, he plans to re-launch four new tabloid-sized newspapers to be published every second week.“I’m putting my own money up front to start them,” Wollock said angrily. “Why? These communities really got shafted by Postmedia.”He doesn’t want charity but said he’s counting on local advertising support to counter steep economic hurdles his venture must surmount.For example, distribution of the free publications is being handled by Canada Post, which means Wollock likely won’t be able to insert flyers, traditionally a key source of revenue for weeklies, because he’s paying by weight.The cheaper alternative would be to contract distribution to the local daily newspaper, the Ottawa Citizen, but Wollock makes it clear dealing with a Postmedia-owned property is not an option he will consider.Village Media CEO Jeff Elgie is focused on growth these days and says his “marginally profitable” company will start four more online newspapers in communities with existing daily newspapers in the next three months.He said the newspaper closings of recent years have given his business a boost — he opened a local news site just eight days after the daily Guelph Mercury was closed by Torstar in January 2016. He said the recent closing of the daily Barrie Examiner has revitalized Village’s underperforming BarrieToday.com website.John Hammill, a former publisher of the Packet and Times, was one of about 300 staff who lost their jobs following the TorStar-Postmedia swap.He says he invited Village Media to fill a “big black hole” in local news in Orillia and subsequently created a new job for himself as publisher of both OrilliaMatters.com and BarrieToday.com.He said he now supervises five full-time staff and a number of freelance contributors at both websites, compared with 12 full-time staff at the Packet and Times alone.Hammill is sold on the new format — “We don’t have to wait for presses any more, quality journalism doesn’t have to wait for our operations to catch up” — be he concedes it isn’t replacing newspapers in terms of the number of jobs.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Laverne Cox And Ross Mathews Join Marriott Rewards LoveTravel To Celebrate Capital

first_imgToday, Marriott Rewards’ announces that Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox and host of Hollywood Today Live Ross Mathews are joining this year’s #LoveTravels pride celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community as official ambassadors.On Friday, June 10, Laverne Cox will unveil the #LoveTravels collaborative art installation, a collection of original art work submitted from people around the world, and dedicated to transgender lives and leaders everywhere. Ross Mathews, who is returning as a #LoveTravels ambassador for the second year, will join Laverne Cox to unveil the crowd-sourced installation, as well as join the Marriott Rewards #LoveTravels float during the Capital Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11.Following a global call for travelers to submit their own artistic expressions of love to the award-winning #LoveTravels campaign, Marriott Rewards received over 3,500 submissions from nearly 100 countries over just two weeks, that will be blended in a powerful large-scale art installation.For each individual art expression, Marriott Rewards and #LoveTravels will make a donation to support Casa Ruby’s lifesaving mission. Casa Ruby is the only bilingual, multicultural LGBT organization providing critical services to many of the most vulnerable transgender residents of Washington, D.C. The funds will help support Casa Ruby’s Drop-In and Crisis Intervention Center, as well as their Limited Financial Assistance program for those enrolled in career and employment services and to those facing extreme financial hardship.“For me personally, Marriott Rewards’ #LoveTravels creates powerful feelings because of who I am and what it stands for, sharing my vision of a world transformed by acceptance,” said Laverne Cox. “Partnering with a global company that is applying its integrity, its reach and its voice to help break down barriers for all LGBT individuals – it’s truly inspiring for me to join them.”Stacey Milne, Vice President of Portfolio Marketing Strategy & Planning, Marriott International said, “It’s our honor to stand with the LGBT community, not just during the month of June, but year round. With the third iteration of our #LoveTravels campaign, we are reaffirming our commitment to equality and using our voice to shine a light on the struggle the transgender community and their allies are currently enduring. This time last year, we were on the brink of one of history’s most significant Supreme Court decisions and this year, we’re excited to be back to celebrate an expression of love through art, for transgender lives with our two very special guests, Laverne Cox and Ross Mathews.”Said Ross Mathews, “It means a lot to me that Marriott has asked me to join the #LoveTravels campaign again this year for Capital Pride, especially given the focus and celebration of transgender lives. On one hand, it’s encouraging to see how far the nation has come in the past year, but on the other hand, I recognize how much more work must be done. #LoveTravels really resonates with me, and I can’t wait to celebrate with everyone as we march in this year’s parade.”Marriott Rewards also enlisted popular social media ambassadors and LGBT supporters from around the world to spread the #LoveTravels message including Jazz Jennings (TLC’s “I am Jazz”), Miles Jai (@MilesJaiProductions on YouTube), Pepe y Teo (one of Mexico’s most popular LGBT YouTubers), Shannon Beveridge and Cammie Scott (YouTube’s “Now This is Living”), and Trent and Luke (married YouTube couple from the UK).#LoveTravels kicked off in 2014 with Jason Collins, Geena Rocero, Tim Howard and Angela Simmons celebrating travelers exploring their personal passions and acclaiming their unique perspectives and experiences. It continued into 2015 with Hollywood star Diane Guerrero (OITNB, Jane the Virgin). During Capital Pride 2015, Marriott Rewards celebrated marriage equality by marrying George Carrancho and Sean Franklin in the Capital Pride Parade with TV personality Ross Mathews as officiant.To join the conversation or learn more, travelers can visit www.lovetravelswithme.com, follow #LoveTravels and @MarriottRewards on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Bank of Canada expected to raise interest rate as some trade uncertainty

first_imgOTTAWA – With some trade uncertainty now out of the way, the Bank of Canada is widely expected to hike its benchmark interest rate today for the fifth time since the summer of 2017.This morning’s policy decision will be the central bank’s first since Canada agreed with the United States and Mexico earlier this month on an updated North American free trade deal.The bank left the rate unchanged at its last policy meeting in September and senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins later said the unknown consequences of the continental trade talks — as well as the tit-for-tat tariff dispute — were front and centre in the decision.Governor Stephen Poloz’s rate announcement today will also come as the Canadian economy continues to show signs of strength and the unemployment rate remains close to a four-decade low.A hike would be Poloz’s first increase since July, when the rate rose 25 basis points to 1.5 per cent.The central bank has carefully followed a gradual, data-dependent approach to raising the rate to assess factors, including how smoothly indebted households absorb the increases.last_img read more

EPDP candidate files complaint saying he was attacked

A member of the EPDP who is contesting the Local Government (LG) elections, has filed a complaint with the Police saying he was attacked yesterday.Dharmakulasingham Sujeewan, who is contesting the elections in Vavuniya, filed the complaint with the Vavuniya Police. He was also warned that if he does not withdraw he will face serious consequences. (Colombo Gazette) A copy of the complaint has been sent to the office of the Elections Commissioner.Sujeewan said that he was threatened and told to withdraw from contesting the election. read more

Lebanon As Prime Ministers resigns UN chief hopes all sides focus on

A statement from Mr. Guterres’ spokesman said the UN chief hopes that such broad support for State institutions would adhere to the constitution, and aim to safeguard the country’s security and stability. “The United Nations remains committed to supporting the security, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Lebanon,” the statement concludes. News reports suggest that Mr. Hariri unexpectedly offered his resignation during a televised speech Saturday, saying his life was in danger. The UN works on multiple fronts to assist Lebanon in forging a peaceful, stable and democratic future. The world body’s efforts there include the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL) – the Special Coordinator serves as the Secretary-General’s representative to the Lebanese Government, all political parties and the diplomatic community based in the country and carries out good offices work on behalf of the UN chief to assist Lebanese parties to reach peaceful and consensus-based solutions to contentious issues. read more

6 reasons Roy Keane and Tommy Tiernan are the same person

first_img5. And this guy in our comment section agrees6. They’ve both been seen with Hector, I believeHector2fmPic: YouTube7. ‘We’ll probably win the f****** thing!’No… it was Tiernan who said that, remember*. Keane also had that inner belief. We would have won more World Cups and London Marathons if more had the same of course.* Okay, it was Declan Moffatt.Snapshot: Shay Given and Jim McGuinness get behind Celtic in GlasgowInternet sensation and dancing hurdler Michelle Jenneke does her warm-up dance for the Swimsuit Issue 1. They’re beard twinsPics: TommyTiernan.com, ITV screengrabNo Just For Men for these lads.2. They’ve both done a lot for the Cork accentYouTube: PascalMartinez1003. They were no-beard twins 20 years ago, amirite?4. This guy on our Facebook said solast_img read more

Veteran duo Ribery Robben hungry for more success at Bayern

first_imgFranck Ribery and Arjen Robben may be in their mid-thirties and winding down on their glittering careers, but make no mistake – these two old boys are out for more glory at Bayern Munich in the upcoming seasonThe legendary duo, also known as “Robbery”, have played alongside each other at the Allianz Arena in Munich for the past nine years and have won seven Bundesliga titles in that period, along with the Champions League in 2013 in Bayern’s historic treble-winning season.They have also scored a combined total of 175 goals in 437 Bundesliga matches at the Bavaria.But, with Ribery now 35 and Robben 34, they could be forgiven for thinking that now is the time to start slowing down and savouring the final moments of their respective playing careers.However, taking it easy is the last thing on their minds and “Robbery” evidently intend to go out with a bang.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“We’re both professionals and always hungry,” Ribery told the Bundesliga website.But injuries may not evaded the duo in recent times with Ribery having made just 20 appearances in the league last term, while Robben featured 21 times.“For us, the most important thing is that the injuries stay away. If they stay away, we’re young,” Robben said about his partner in crime.“It’s really fun to play with him [Ribery] we get along very well. Franck and I already trained before the pre-season and are fit.”Both players had their contract renewed by Bayern at the end of the last season to June 2019.last_img read more

UPDATE Power restored to 308 customers

first_imgPower was restored to 308 homes in the Hockinson and Proebstel area early Wednesday after they lost electricity Tuesday night, officials said.A utility pole went down about 8 p.m. Tuesday, potentially after it was hit by a car, said Erica Erland, spokeswoman for Clark Public Utilities.The outage, which affected the area around Northeast 74th to 107th streets and 188th to 231st avenues, was completely repaired around 2:10 a.m., Erland said. She said the job was complicated because eight strands or spans of power line needed to be repaired. Crews initially estimated power would be restored around 5 a.m. Wednesday.People can call 360-992-8000 to report outages or check on updates. The line is automated but always monitored by an employee.In more urgent cases, customers can call 360-992-3000 to speak with an employee 24/7.last_img read more

Airia is a smart fragrance diffuser with inkjet printer technology

first_imgAngela Lang/CNET Procter & Gamble’s Life Lab booth at CES 2019 was full of future-focused tech including the Airia, the company’s app and voice controllable fragrance dispenser. The Airia is about as big as an Amazon Echo or Google Home speaker and sits on a shelf or table in the center of your home. It uses inkjet printing technology, just like your friendly at-home printer. airia-ces-2019-1A glimpse at the Airia’s inkjet printing technology. Angela Lang/CNET Inside the Airia is a cartridge with 32 nozzles that pull fragrance from its reservoir into individual chambers. Each chamber contains a heater that heats the fragrance oil and causes a bubble that ejects the scent into the air.  Because the droplets are 20 to 30 microns in size (that’s about half the width of a human hair), they can ride the natural airflow of your home and deliver consistent fragrance. The team at Airia recommends using one device per floor of your home for best results, and says each device can freshen up to 2,500 square feet depending on your floor plan. You can control the Airia using your voice, the Airia app or buttons on the device. The app enables scheduling, intensity control and on/off control, as well as letting you know when your cartridge is low and helping you reorder supplies. The Airia retails for $200 and includes one fragrance cartridge that lasts approximately 600 hours.  CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Comment Tags Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it $79 CES Products Amazon Google See It $69 Walmart CES 2019: This air freshener ‘prints’ perfume into your… Now playing: Watch this: See it Google Home News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today How To • Make Google Home get your groceries Crutchfield $99 Mentioned Above Google Home 1:25 12 Photos Smart Home Small Appliances See It 1 Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot The most interesting PCs, laptops and tablets of CES 2018 Share your voice CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. CNET may get a commission from retail offers.last_img read more

Nalgonda People told to embrace TRS for growth to continue

first_imgNalgonda: Minister for Education G Jagadish Reddy stated that Telangana got a special identity with the formation of Telangana Rashtra Samithi under the legendary leadership of K Chandrashekar Rao.Along with Local MLA Bhupal Reddy, the Minister launched the party membership drive in Nalgonda town. Speaking on the occasion, Jagadish said TRS was the only party in the world which fulfilled all the poll promises in a given time frame. Also Read – Call to sensitize SC, ST laws in Hanamkonda Advertise With Us Stating that the Chief Minister has introduced a new style of people-friendly ruling in the State, he said the State government was putting all out efforts to turn Telangana into a fertile State and eradicate poverty. “The actual change in the State started after TRS came to power in 2014. All sections of people are getting benefits from the welfare schemes implemented by the State government,” the Minister claimed, adding that people who would wear TRS scarf would get special recognition as Telangana State was made a reality due to the efforts of the pink party. Also Read – Kids show eco-friendly ways in Mahabubabad Advertise With Us “The execution of Kaleshwaram lift irrigation scheme was possible because of TRS government which had succeeded in convincing the neighbouring States,” he said, adding that the TRS had emerged as a strong political force in the State and the same was proven with the results of Assembly, Gram Panchayat and local body elections. He exuded confidence that TRS would create a record in membership with collective efforts of its leaders and cadre. Membership drive in-charge T Ravinder Rao, ZP chairman Banda Narender Reddy, MLC Tera Chinapa Reddy, party leaders Vemireddy Narsimha Reddy, Krishna Reddy, former MLC P Ravinder, party town president A Ramesh Goud, party local leaders and cadre attended the programme.last_img read more

Street Pong game helps pedestrians enjoy their wait at the crosswalk

first_imgStanding at a crosswalk and waiting for the signal to change isn’t always the most exciting thing in the world. And even in a big city, it’s not always a situation where you witness a lot of personal interaction. The team behind Street Pong set out to make a difference.How? By building an embedded device that runs a simple touchscreen app that’s a lot like Atari’s groundbreaking classic. It gets attached to the signal post — where you’d often find a big, silver pushbutton — on either side of the street.When cross-traffic is flowing, the screen goes red and the game is ready for action. Once two pedestrian competitors put their fingers to the screen, the battle begins. Each player controls a skateboard, sliding it back and forth to whack the ball into their opponent’s goal.A red overlay provides the countdown timer. As players compete against each other it trickles down to the bottom of the screen until it’s time to cross. The display then goes green and a disappointed-yet-cheerful thumbs down lets players know that the game is over.The result? Two people who may otherwise have quickly brushed past each other in the street exchange a high-five, a few words, and a smile. Street Pong is a beautifully simple catalyst that could be responsible for spreading good cheer around urban areas around the world.Hildesheim isn’t a huge city, with a population of just over 100,000. Still, it’s not hard to imagine Street Pong being a hit in any major center. It’s good, clean fun… and a way to make a human connection (however fleeting) amidst the hustle and bustle urban activity.last_img read more

Cancellation of coal bid JSPL says it is puzzled

first_img“We had followed a consistent and prudent bidding strategy throughout the coal block auction process, with a serious long-term business perspective. We are puzzled with the decision and would make our best efforts to engage in a dialogue with the Coal Ministry and Government Authorities to present the facts,” it said in a statement.The government had late last night announced cancelling three bids — two bids of Jindal Steel and Power (JSPL) for three blocks (Gare Palma IV/2, IV/3 and Tara) and one bid by aluminium maker Balco for Gare Palma IV/1 and said it would take a final decision on these mines after deliberations. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashAccording to sources, the government is looking at options of giving the mines whose bids have been cancelled to either Coal India or states.Coal Minister Piyush Goyal, however said, “The Department (Coal ministry) will take the final decision on the rejected bids, it will deliberate and then decide.” A Sesa Sterlite spokesperson Roma Balwani, however, refused to comment on the issue saying, “No comments.” Balco is a subsidiary of Sesa Sterlite. The government was re-examining the bids for nine coal blocks, including those where JSPL and Balco emerged top bidders in the recently held auction. “Bids for Gare Palma IV/1, IV/2, IV/3 and Tara coal blocks not accepted,” Coal Secretary Anil Swarup said. However, bids for five other blocks have been accepted, he added. JSPL had emerged as successful bidder for Gare IV/2, Gare Palma IV/3 and Tara coal blocks, while Bharat Aluminium Company (Balco) had successfully bid for Gare Palma IV/1 coal block.last_img read more

Gay policewoman disappointed about not being able to march in uniform at

first_imgLGBTI women’s magazine slams anti-trans lesbians: ‘You do not speak for us’ This Cardiff Pride’s future is in jeopardy – and it all comes down to parking spots ‘We’ve been to Pride parades all over the world and police being part of that was such an important piece,’ Fordyce told CBC in a radio interview on 27 July.She also said: ‘People recognizing that we are not where we were 50 years ago; we have a police service that supports us, that encourages inclusion and equality.’To Fordyce, the ‘large number’ of officers – which was Pride London’s concern – should be something to celebrate. Furthermore, she pointed out that officers’ eagerness to march signals that police believe in supporting the LGBTI community.‘I just hope that we can move past this bump in the road, and really work on those relationships,’ she added.GSN has reached out to Pride London for further comments.Read more about Prides:University chaplain fired after holding service to atone Pride Glasgow ‘offense’ Lesbian police officer Anthea Fordyce was ‘disappointed’ about not being able to wear her uniform at Pride London, Ontario on 29 July. GAYSTARNEWS- Pride London festivities culminated in the annual parade along Queens Avenue. On the day, marchers took to the streets of the city in southwestern Ontario to celebrate their true self.However, in a statement earlier this year, Pride London made clear police officers could only march sans uniforms. They also weren’t allowed to parade on police vehicles.A no uniform policy to make the parade more inclusivePride London decided to do so ‘to make the parade more inclusive and remove additional barriers for participants’.‘After several conversations and a community input session earlier this year, our members expressed concerns about the large presence of police in uniform participation in the annual London Pride Parade,’ explained Pride London Festival president Andrew Rosser.Pride London Festival Release: pic.twitter.com/bBLq7skw4M— Pride London Fest (@prideldnfest) April 13, 2018The ban sparked a debate. London Police Chief John Pare said his officers would take part anyway, but didn’t conceal his disappointment.‘I can admit that I am a bit disappointed that we won’t be allowed to wear our uniforms, but I also look at what Pride stands for and it’s about inclusivity and including everyone,’ he told CBC News last April.Police are ‘not where we were 50 years ago’Constable Fordyce, who is from the Republic of Ireland, expressed her frustration at the decision ahead of the parade. Fordyce met her wife, also a police officer, during police training in England and said they have attended many parades. Openly gay Const. Anthea Fordyce trained to become a police officer in the UK and later moved to Canada. | Photo: @anfordyce1/Twitter Minneapolis Police not allowed to wear uniforms if they march at PrideToronto police force ‘needs to rebuild LGBT community trust’ before marching in PrideThis is why I don’t go to PrideRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/uniform-gay-policewoman-pride-london-ontario/ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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first_imgNews | May 18, 2012 Dyeing to Paint the Alzheimer’s Brain News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more May 18, 2012 — Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disease of the brain characterized by beta-amyloid plaques. Most patients are diagnosed late-stage in the disease or are misdiagnosed with another form of dementia. The three hallmark biomarkers for AD are neurofibrillary “tangles,” protein amyloid or “neuritic plaques” and granulovacuolar degeneration of neurons. Unfortunately there is currently no “live” brain imaging diagnostic tool per se, as the imaging that is used occurs only when the progression of the disease is late-stage or postmortem.Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have been used for years to rule out other causes of dementia. More recently, positron emission tomography (PET) and cerebral metabolism using fluoro-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG) have been used to show characteristic changes in the brain and help rule in Alzheimer’s pathophysiological processes.In April the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Avid Radiopharmaceuticals’ (now part of Eli Lilly) Amyvid, a brain plaque diagnostic tool using florbetapir (F-AV-45). This radiotracer agent is delivered intravenously and is drawn to beta-amyloid plaque, a characteristic of AD. This allows a physician to see accumulations of amyloid in the brain, which in turn help the physician to determine whether a patient is suffering from some form of dementia, but cannot confirm a diagnosis of AD. Other diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease characteristically present with plaques as well, therefore physicians must still use mental and behavior cues to diagnose a patient with AD.Amyvid’s half-life is close to 110 minutes, compared to the previously used radiotracer known as PiB (Pittsburg compound B [fluorescent analog of thioflavin T]), which offered a half-life of only 20 minutes. A longer half-life means more time allowed for the physicians to perform the injection and analysis of a patient. Unfortunately, the downside to using florbetapir is its high cost and patient exposure to radioactive material.Amyvid is the only FDA-approved diagnostic PET tracer for imaging plaques in vivo, but there looks to be another agent in the pipeline that could potentially provide more diagnostic armament for detecting AD. Navidea Biopharmaceuticals’ AZD4694 Fluorine-18 labeled dye has completed Phase IIa clinical trials, and Phase III clinical trials will likely begin in 2013. This entity has been shown to be highly sensitive in detecting amyloid plaque. The signal-to-noise ratio remains low due to low background and white matter uptake, thus providing clear images of amyloid plaques. Navidea hopes AZD4694 will be used as an early identification tool for AD.The next step for brain imaging will have to be an imaging agent that can lead to an AD diagnosis, but for now Amyvid will be a great complement for tracking disease progression. GlobalData is confident that with Amyvid on the market, more novel agents will follow to become primary diagnostic tools for the diagnosis of AD.For more information: www.globaldata.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | June 05, 2019 BGN Technologies Introduces Novel Medical Imaging Radioisotope Production Method BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), introduced a novel method for… read more Related Content News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | Radiation Therapy | May 31, 2019 RefleXion Opens New Manufacturing Facility for Biology-guided Radiotherapy Platform RefleXion Medical recently announced the opening of its new manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Hayward,… read morelast_img read more

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first_imgNews | September 12, 2014 University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center Becomes First in the World to Treat Patients With MRIdian’s Soft-Tissue-Tracking-Beam Control ViewRay’s MRIdian system directly tracks tumor motion continuously during treatment News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more September 12, 2014 — The MRIdian system from ViewRay is now being used to treat patients at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center in Madison, Wis., the second clinical group in the world to treat patients with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided radiation therapy. With the treatment, the center also became the first clinic in the world to employ the soft-tissue tracking beam control feature of ViewRay’s MRIdian system.The MRIdian system is the world’s first and only MRI-guided radiation therapy system. It provides continuous imaging during treatment so clinicians are able to see where the radiation dose is being delivered and adapt to changes and movement in the patient’s anatomy in real-time. The system tracks soft-tissues of the tumor directly, in fast planar images, then automatically compares the target to the plan and only allows treatment when the target is in range.“We had a patient with very limited treatment options,” said Michael Bassetti, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of radiation oncology at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. “The size and location of this patient’s liver tumor combined with the large observable motion prevented the safe delivery of treatment with X-Ray based linac systems. With ViewRay’s MRIdian system, we were able to ensure the accuracy of the delivery by directly tracking tumor and normal soft-tissue movement during treatment.”The first MRI-guided radiation therapy patient at Carbone Cancer Center was a liver cancer patient who was treated with the soft-tissue tracking beam control feature employing a 5 mm margin on a breath-hold scan acquired on the system.“I am grateful UW-Madison can now provide this remarkable treatment approach to our patients,” said John Bayouth, Ph.D., professor and chief of physics at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. “MRIdian enabled us to meet demanding prescription goals through its ability to track the actual tumor and surrounding normal tissues in real-time. We minimized the radiation dose to the bowel and normal liver while verifying the dose delivered to the tumor during treatment delivery.  No longer do we have to assume what is happening inside the patient during treatment, now we are able to see changes and respond accordingly.”“We are excited to be one of the first centers to use MRI-guided radiation therapy in clinical practice,” said Paul Harari, M.D., professor and chairman of the Ddpartment of human oncology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. “Continual MR image-guidance and control is unique to the MRIdian system with the potential to change the way clinicians treat cancer patients.”For more information: www.viewray.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RADlast_img read more

Firsttime Buyers Overpay on Housing

first_img Homebuyers Prices 2017-04-03 Seth Welborn April 3, 2017 614 Views First-time Buyers Overpay on Housing Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination In general, first-time homebuyers overpay on their home purchases—particularly when compared to more experienced buyers, according to a paper released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency on Monday.According to the FHFA’s Staff Working Paper 17-03, “Under What Circumstances do First-time Homebuyers Overpay? An Analysis Using Mortgage and Appraisal Data” by Jessica Shui and Shriya Murthy, first-time buyers technically pay less on their homes than repeat buyers, but this is because they purchase “less desirable houses.” When this is taken into account, Shui and Murthy reported, “first-time homebuyers actually pay significantly more than their more experienced counter parts.”Put simply, first-time buyers typically pay more for the same house than a repeat buyer would—about $3,000 on average. The paper continued, “Although FTHBs buy smaller, inferior, and cheaper homes, controlling for observed and unobserved house characteristics, they pay significantly more than repeat buyers . . .  Specifically, a typical first-time homebuyer pays on average 1.09 percent more than a repeat homebuyer does for the same house. Given that the average sales price in the main sample is $275,582, this translates to about $3,000 per transaction.”Shui and Murthy proposed that this is likely due to a higher willingness to pay.“First-time homebuyers are inexperienced house hunters and are more likely to be marginal borrowers,” Shui and Murthy stated. “In this paper, we present a robust result that first-time homebuyers are overpaying for their houses—possibly a result of their inexperience. Our analysis also suggests that certain appraisals and appraisers might be able to mitigate FTHB (first-time homebuyer) overpayment, though the underlying channel remains unclear.”Though Shui and Murthy established that higher quality appraisers can help prevent overpayment, no correlation could be made between these situations and first-time homebuyers. Still, the notion of overpayment by first-time buyers presents an opportunity for policy change, the paper stated.“The challenge for policy makers is to help them gain access to sufficient credit while controlling their default risk,” the paper stated. “However, first-time homebuyers may experience handicaps before credit even comes into the picture.”last_img read more