ISL 5: Jamshedpur FC kick off their campaign with a 2-0 victory over Mumbai…

first_imgAdvertisementMumbai City FC locked horns with Jamshedpur FC in the Mumbai Football Arena on matchday 4 of Hero ISL 5. Jamshedpur FC lined themselves in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Sumeet Passi being the lone man up front. Whereas Mumbai City FC headed into the game with a 4-3-3 formation as Bipin Singh, Sanju Pradhan, and Modou Sougou were tasked with scoring goals.Jamshedpur FC players celebrate after taking the leadJamshedpur FC had begun the game on a bright note as Jerry Mawihmingthanga’s crosses from the left wing spelled trouble for the home side. However, the away side fumbled in the attacking third. Then, finally, at the 28th minute, Mario Arques gave Jamshedpur FC the lead courtesy of a brilliant cross from Carlos Cuervo through the right wing. The goalscorer had orchestrated the attack as he gave a brilliant pass to Jerry. The Mumbai City defenders did a good job to see the danger away from the 21-year-old’s cross, but it bobbled towards Carlos on the far right wing. Mario Arques cushioned in a perfect header from the Spaniard’s cross albeit the narrow-angle.Mumbai City FC could have equalized at the 38th-minute when Modou Sougou pressurized Raju Gaikwad and won the ball. However, Tiri lodged in a last-second tackle and set the ball aside for a corner kick. Jamshedpur FC could have doubled the lead in the 45th minute when Jerry’s spirited run into the box was tackled away by MCFC captain Goian.In contrast to the tepid pace of the first half, both the sides started frenetically as the second half had begun. Tiri flew in a low-header at the far post in the 48th-minute only for Goian to make a goal-line clearance. At the 51st minute, Bastos had found himself one-on-one with Subhasish courtesy of a brilliant through ball from Sanju Pradhan, but the goalkeeper did well enough to thwart away the danger. Subhasish was again called into the action eight minutes later when he had to tip off Sougou’s header from a close range.Jamshedpur found themselves in a 4-on-3 situation at the 61st minute from a counter attack, but Cidoncha mistimed his run and found himself in an offside position. Three minutes later, Jerry’s turn had left Subhashish bamboozled, and his lovely pass was met out by Calvo. The Spaniard lined it up brilliantly for Sumeet Passi who couldn’t control the pace of the pass and shot it above the crossbar with the goal at his mercy.At the 77th-minute, it looked as if Mohammed Rafique had equalized for Mumbai City FC when the India international guided the ball in the back of the net. However, the assistant referee had raised his flag, and the replays proved that he was spot on. It had been deja vu for the Mumbai City FC at the 85th-minute when Subhasish’s free-kick rattled the crossbar. Sougou latched onto the rebound and shot the ball into the goal. However, the assistant referee signaled offside as he had run just a second ahead.Mumbai City FC pressed hard for an equalizer, but it was Jamshedpur FC who had put the final nail in the coffin. At the 95th-minute, the visitors caught the home side off-guard in the counter, and substitute Pablo Morgado finished it off despite Amrinder getting a shoulder to it.Jamshedpur FC would look to continue their winning run as they take on Bengaluru FC at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on 7th of October. Mumbai City FC, meanwhile, would like to forget their awful start to the campaign as they take on Kerala Blasters on the 5th of October.Star players for Jamshedpur FC: Tiri, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Carlos CuervoStar players for Mumbai City FC: Lucian Goian, Modou Sougou, Souvik ChakrabortyAdvertisementlast_img read more

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OnePlus 3 vs Xiaomi Mi 5: When beasts come out to play

first_imgThe OnePlus 3 and the Xiaomi Mi 5 are powerhouse phones, and they both look pretty awesome too. The mid-level smartphone segment keeps getting better and better, each day. But, right now it doesn’t get any better than either of the two phones.If you’re out to buy a new phone, and happen to have the two in your list, it could be pretty difficult to make a choice. Well, that’s what we are here for. To help you make a choice, an informed choice.Here’s a point-by-point breakdown of the OnePlus 3 and the Xiaomi Mi 5, so you can make that all-important choice.Also Read: OnePlus 3 review: Flagship killer that will make you want to settle Design and build qualityThe Mi 5 has an all-3D glass body made of Corning Gorilla Glass 4, which has been joined together by a metal frame with chamfered edges. The design is very thoughtful. It is a gradual evolution of Xiaomi’s Mi Note. What is remarkable is the fact that Xiaomi has been able to make an all-glass phone that isn’t as slippery as a fish. And it’s compact to hold. In fact it’s just the right size to hold: not too small, not too big either.The OnePlus 3 ditches the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2’s iconic sandstone finish. At the end of the day though, it’s a small trade-off you pay for a more premium, lighter and thinner experience. The OnePlus 3 is an all-metal smartphone, a first for OnePlus. Unlike its previous phones that were chunky, the OnePlus 3 feels nicer, and more refined. But, it is slippery to hold. And quite big, in comparison to the Mi 5. You will have to use both hands to make full use of all its corners. Also, it isn’t the most original of designs around. The phone looks like a mashup between the HTC One and the OnePlus 2, which could irk some buyers.Winner: Xiaomi Mi 5advertisementDisplayThe OnePlus 3 comes with a 5.5-inch fullHD AMOLED display with a 1920×1080 pixels resolution. The OnePlus 3 may have retained the screen resolution of its predecessors, but it’s a different display panel altogether. OnePlus calls it Optic AMOLED. The screen of the OnePlus 3 is significantly richer and brighter than the screens of the OnePlus One and the OnePlus 2. While the OnePlus X’s AMOLED screen produced notoriously over-saturated colours, the screen of the OnePlus 3 is more neutral in this regard.The Mi 5 has a 5.15-inch FullHD display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution, which roughly translates to 428 ppi pixel density. The Mi 5 display gives the Galaxies or even the iPhones a run for their money, at half the cost. The screen of the Mi 5 can get really bright and it can go really dim as and when required. It displays well saturated colours, and adaptive brightness works as it should. Viewing angles are also excellent. The Mi 5 particularly excels in outdoor sunny environment where its inbuilt Sunlight Display feature kicks in and offers good screen legibility.Xiaomi’s Mi 5 is brighter than the OnePlus 3 in comparison, but the OnePlus 3 is also not far behind.  In fact, the difference will be hard to notice for most buyers.Winner: TieSoftwareThe OnePlus 3 runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based OxygenOS version 3.1.2. OxygenOS sticks dangerously close to stock Android and offers an almost bloat-free experience out-of-the-box. The only extra apps it chips in is a file manager, gallery and a music player. Think of it as a third-party Nexus. And that’s awesome, in a world where Xiaomi’s MIUI 7 on-board the Mi 5 basically strips the phone off key Google highlights like Now on Tap.The MIUI 7 may be super smooth and entail in more customsaition options, but not offering consumers key Android 6 interface elements is a buzzkill.If you are not a “stock Android fanatic”, MIUI 7 offers all the bells and whistles that you’d want from a fully-functional operating system. But, there’s something about the simplicity of OxygenOS that makes it stand out.Winner: OnePlus 3Performance and battery lifeThe OnePlus 3 is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with Adreno 530 GPU and whopping 6 gigs of RAM. You get 64GB of internal memory straight off the bat, but expandable storage is not supported.The Xiaomi Mi 5 that is available in India is powered by a 1.8GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 530 GPU and 3GB RAM. It comes with 32GB of internal memory, which is non-expandable.Paper-specs are enough to suggest that the OnePlus 3 is a powerhouse phone, hands down. The Xiaomi Mi 5 may not be a slugger, but clearly, the OnePlus 3 holds the edge here when it comes to raw performance.advertisementThe Xiaomi Mi 5 also tends to get hot when pushed. The OnePlus 3, not so much.The mono speaker setup on-board the OnePlus 3 is average at best. If you’re looking for good speakers in a smartphone, the OnePlus 3 is definitely not the one for you. Audio output through headphones is fine though. The mono speaker in the Mi 5 is louder in comparison. It gets pleasantly loud with little or no distortion at peak volume.Both the phones support dualSIM and 4G LTE, alongside NFC connectivity option.The OnePlus 3 is backed by a 3,000mAh battery, which is smaller than the one inside the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2. The OnePlus 3 has decent battery life (above-average), if not the best. Moderate to extreme usage saw us charging the phone twice on a working day. There are phones with bigger and better battery life in and around this price point and the Xiaomi Mi 5 is one of them, even though it has the same capacity. But, OnePlus has a surprise packed inside the OnePlus 3. This is the company’s first phone that supports its in-house fast charging technology – or fast charge in general — called Dash Charging. The accompanying Dash Charger is capable of charging the phone to up to 60 per cent in just 30 minutes. And it does. 45 minutes or so is all it takes to fully charge the phone.Moreover, the Dash charger has been built in a way that shifts most of the power management processes from the phone to itself so the phone doesn’t get hot while charging. And it doesn’t. The OnePlus 3 stays surprisingly cool even when charging. This means you can continue to use the phone even while it’s charging.The Xiaomi Mi 5 supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0, but Dash charging employed by OnePlus and its heat-management process gives it the added edge.Winner: OnePlus 3CameraThe OnePlus 3 comes with a 16-megapixel camera — Sony IMX 298 sensor — on the rear with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture and Optical Image Stabilisation. The rear snapper is capable of recording time-lapse, 4K video and RAW file format. The Mi 5 also sports a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, 4-axis optical image stabilisation, phase detection autofocus and dualLED flash. It’s rocking the same Sony IMX298 sensor but has a Sapphire glass lens. Its camera also supports DTI (deep trench isolation) technology, much like the iPhone 6S.The Xiaomi Mi 5 may seem like it is having the upper hand, on paper, but actual use scenarios tell a different story. The rear camera of the OnePlus 3 clicks better photos – with good dynamic range and little or no metering issues – especially in good light and indoor lighting. It can be a hit and miss in low light but overall we feel that it clicks images with considerably lesser noise than the Xiaomi phone in such situations.The 8-magapixel front camera of the OnePlus 3 also clicks selfies with more detail as compared to the Mi 5’s 4-megapixel front-facing camera.advertisementThe OnePlus 3 holds an edge at video recording though. Videos shot with it are optically better stabilised – and still – as opposed to one shot with the OnePlus 3. At the same time, the Mi 5 rear camera is a little faster to focus and has slightly better shutter speed. But if we were to decided solely on the basis of the image quality, the OnePlus 3 certainly offers better results.Winner: OnePlus 3So which on should you buy?Both the OnePlus 3 (at Rs 27,999) and the Xiaomi Mi 5 (at Rs 24,999) are excellent smartphones in their own right. Both of them offer top-tier performance like phones that cost almost a double. But, between the two, the OnePlus 3 boasts considerably better performance (there’s always at least 2GB or close RAM left no matter how many apps you have opened), more storage, better cameras, and fast and heat-efficient charging.The OnePlus 3’s OxygenOS meanwhile keeps things simple, and if that wasn’t enough, OnePlus gives you the option to root it, ROM it, or whatever without voiding the warranty. The Xiaomi Mi 5 may have been the best phone that money could buy at under Rs 30,000 at the time when it was launched, but the  title now rests safely with the OnePlus 3. Also, you no longer need invites to buy the OnePlus 3. So the choice becomes quite obvious. The OnePlus 3 is now the ultimate mid-range flagship smartphone to beat. And it’s going to take something very special to do that.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi 5 review: Beauty and brawn at same timelast_img read more

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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Virat Kohli bemused after confusing question by journalist

first_imgDealing with the media after a heavy loss is always one of the toughest jobs for a captain but what can a player do when the person asking the question makes absolutely no sense?Virat Kohli had to deal with one such question at the press conference following India’s embarrassing loss against Pakistan at the ICC Champions Trophy final on Sunday.Kohli already had to face a barrage of questions at the post-match presentation ceremony on India’s lacklustre performance in the final which they lost by 180 runs. After that he had to attend the official press interaction with the media.During the press conference a journalist asked him, “You won the toss and got a wicket on the no-ball. Did you feel any pleasant moment in the match?”Kohli had no clue of what the question meant so the journalist asked him again, further confusing the Indian captain.”You got the wicket of a no-ball (Bumrah dismissed Fakhar of a no-ball). I think it’s a pleasant moment in the match. Did you think any pleasant more in the match?”Kohli, with a smirk on his face, did his best to maintain his composure and made his best effort to reply.”How can a no-ball be a pleasant moment for me?”. Kohli then turned to his media manager and asked if the question made any sense to which the official replied in the negative and moved on to the next journalist.Take a look at the video and see if you can understand what the question really was -advertisementlast_img read more

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World Cup 2018: Germany, struck by Curse of the Champions, hit 80-year low

first_imgGermany became the third successive defending champion to crash out of the FIFA World Cup in the group stages. Spain were eliminated in the first round in 2014 while Italy had bowed out of the group stages in 2010.This was also Germany’s worst World Cup performance since 1938. This is only the second time in 80 years that they were knocked out in the first round.Germany were overwhelming favourites coming into the World Cup in Russia. However, questions were raised when they were humbled after by Mexico in their tournament opener. Germany, though, fought back in their next match against Sweden and when Tony Kroos hit that magical free kick, the world sat up and applauded the world champions for their magic.Up against South Korea, the number-one ranked Germany were expected to have an easy ride. The Koreans had lost both their matches against Mexico and Sweden. But in a shocking turn of events, Germany lost to South Korea, ranked a lowly 57th.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE | FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEAll Germany had to do was beat South Korea 1-0. To think, the world’s best team failed to do that.Stoppage-time goals from Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min finished off Joachim Loews sorry Germany side, who finished bottom of the group on three points.Mexico, South Korea fans celebrate together after knocking out GermanyGermany have won four World Cup titles. They also finished runners-up four times. But in Russia, they will bow out in humiliation.They have won four World Cup titles and also finished runners-up four times and entered this years tournament heavily backed to retain their title.advertisementGermany crash out, Brazil reach round of 16Instead they will head home after a stunning failure, having been unable to break down the South Koreans and after a shock 1-0 loss to Mexico in their opening group match.Sweden won the group after thrashing the Mexicans 3-0.Fans, media slam biggest disgrace in German World Cup historyGermanys Toni Kroos, the free kick hero in the 2-1 win over Sweden, tried desperately to spark his side into action in the second half but was denied by South Koreas heroic Cho Hyun-woo in the 88th minute, one of a number of fine saves by the keeper.German coach Joachim Low shocked after World Cup 2018 eliminationBut it was Kim Young-gwon who broke the deadlock in added time when he found himself alone in front of goal after a corner and he poked the ball home from close range.Missed opportunities will haunt me, says German star HummelsMoments later Son sprinted to retrieve a long ball, with Germany keeper Neuer having left his goal to try to help his side get a goal, and the Korean striker fired a low shot into the net to wrap up the win and leave the Germans distraught.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Alonso to retire from Formula One at end of season

first_imgLondon, Aug 14 (AFP) Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso announced today that he will retire from Formula One at the end of the season after his recent struggles with underachieving McLaren. The 37-year-old Spaniard — who has 32 Grand Prix wins to his credit in 17 seasons — has become increasingly disenchanted with Formula One as the once all-powerful McLaren team have fallen way off the pace. Alonso — who in 2005 became the youngest ever Formula One world champion while driving for Renault before defending his title the following year — has garnered 44 points this season and is ninth in the drivers’ championship. Alonso went on to drive for McLaren for a year in 2007 followed by a return to Renault and then four years at Ferrari, before beginning his second spell with McLaren in 2015. “I have seen you (Formula One) changing, sometimes for good, others, in my opinion, for bad,” said Alonso, who on three occasions finished runner-up in the drivers’ championship while at Ferrari. “And this year, while still driving at my best, is how I want to remember you.” Alonso, whose best finish for McLaren so far was 10th in 2016, said he would carry on endeavouring to finish with a flourish. “After 17 wonderful years in this amazing sport, it’s time for me to make a change and move on,” said Alonso in a statement. “There are still several Grands Prix to go this season, and I will take part in them with more commitment and passion than ever.” He left the door slightly ajar, saying in a statement posted on the McLaren website he could return when it is “the right moment for me to be back in the series”, but the personal message on his Twitter account sounded like a farewell.advertisement – ‘Exploring new adventures’ – ============================== Alonso, whose first win came in the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix but who hasn’t won since the Spanish Grand Prix five years ago, says new challenges await. The former Ferrari star is known to be keen to complete the ‘Triple Crown’ of world Formula One champion, winning the 24 Hour Le Mans race and the Indy500 — he has achieved the first two of those aims. “Let’s see what the future brings; new exciting challenges are around the corner,” said Alonso. “I’m having one of the happiest times ever in my life but I need to go on exploring new adventures.” McLaren — whose unpopular racing director Eric Boullier resigned in early July — issued a statement bordering on a eulogy to the Spaniard. “Fernando is not only an outstanding ambassador for McLaren but also for Formula 1,” said Zak Brown, McLaren Racing’s CEO in a statement. “His 17 years in the sport, as arguably the pre-eminent driver of his generation and undoubtedly an F1 great, have added another layer to Formula 1’s rich history. “There is a time for everyone to make a change and Fernando has decided the end of this season to be his. “We respect his decision, even if we believe he is in the finest form of his career.” (AFP) AHAHlast_img read more

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Ancelotti: Don’t make Conte upset

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti ‘Don’t make Conte upset’ – Ancelotti responds to Chelsea and Everton rumours Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 20:34 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Carlo Ancelotti Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund 14081 Getty Carlo Ancelotti Premier League Milan Serie A CSL Chelsea Everton Roma The Italian maintains that he will not be looking for a new job until the summer of 2018 following his dismissal by Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich Carlo Ancelotti does not want to “upset” Antonio Conte with links to Chelsea, but admits that a Premier League return is an option.The Italian currently finds himself out of work following his dismissal by Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.Chelsea 13/8 to beat Roma Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Several clubs have already been linked with an approach for his services, with a second stint at Chelsea – where he has previously won a Premier League and FA Cup double being mooted.A vacant post at Everton has also been discussed, as have roles in China and Italy.Ancelotti, though, maintains that he will not be taking on another job until the summer of 2018, telling Radio Anch’io lo Sport on the latest rumours: “I have time to watch football now. I am looking for new opportunities but not right now. My contract with Bayern expires at the end of the season and that’s when I’ll start listening to new offers.“I want a serious project that can give me time and serenity, even though I know it’s not easy. I am just waiting and something will come.“The Premier League is a very interesting league of course. The atmosphere is amazing there, even if Bundesliga stadiums are also great.“I don’t know where I could end up, Italy is a solution as well.Carlo Ancelotti and Antonio Conte“Every day there are new speculations about my future – Croatia, China, Everton, Chelsea. Don’t make my friend Antonio upset, I always talk to him.”Conte has already sought to play down Chelsea’s links to Ancelotti, while branding talk of player unrest at Stamford Bridge as “bullsh*t”.With there seemingly no imminent deal to be done there, it could be that Ancelotti’s next move takes him back home, with the former Juventus and Milan coach intrigued by a number of clubs in Serie A.He added: “Serie A is very interesting. AC Milan have made many changes and fourth place would be a great target, but it won’t be easy.“Nobody has a magic wand. Managers and projects need time to be successful, six months is not enough to build a new squad from the beginning.“AC Milan will need to sign more players in the future. [Vincenzo] Montella is right when he says that it’s difficult to buy top players, that’s why the Rossoneri have signed several young players.“I’d see myself coaching Roma but don’t tell [Eusebio] Di Francesco.“The truth is, I’d like any club, I’d like to coach and I will listen to offers at the end of the season.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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20 days agoAndrew Cole: Really difficult seeing state of Man Utd and Newcastle

first_imgAndrew Cole: Really difficult seeing state of Man Utd and Newcastleby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United Treble winner Andrew Cole says it’s tough seeing the club at such a low ebb.Cole feels the same for another of his former teams, Newcastle.He told The Sun: “It’s difficult, really difficult.“My time with Manchester United was so successful so when you see your team struggling like it is, you do ask yourself questions, and naturally punters will ask you questions as well.“It gets frustrating because you want the current team to be playing well and winning the Premier League just like we did. “Likewise at Newcastle, from where they were under my brief time under Kevin Keegan, to where they are now, it’s chalk and cheese. “In those times, the owner Sir John Hall said he wanted to rival Manchester United to try and win the league.“But if you look at Newcastle now, they are more than happy if they finish in the top half. That’s how much things have changed.“I do get a little bit disappointed because all Newcastle fans want is just a little bit of success.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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CBI raids Sports Authority of India, arrests director, 5 others in corruption case

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 17, 2019UPDATED: January 17, 2019 23:07 IST CBI raided the SAI premises in New Delhi on Thursday.The CBI on Thursday raided the premises of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in a case of alleged corruption and arrested six officials, including the director.According to PTI, CBI arrested SAI Director S K Sharma, Junior Accounts Officer Harinder Prasad, Supervisor Lalit Jolly and UDC V K Sharma, besides private contractor Mandeep Ahuja and his employee Yunus.It has been alleged that the SAI officials had demanded a three per cent cut to clear dues of Rs 19 lakh.In a late night video message, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said the Centre had information on corruption in the sports body and passed it on to the CBI, which led to the arrests.We, as a govt,are committed to a corruption-free IndiaThat’s why when we found out corrupt practices by a few officers in @IndiaSports, we gave their info to relevant agencies,who arrested them todayWe will continue to have zero tolerance approach towards corruption @PMOIndia pic.twitter.com/R8YuRceS2XRajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) January 17, 2019Rathore said the tweet: We, as a govt,are committed to a corruption-free India. That’s why when we found out corrupt practices by a few officers in @IndiaSports, we gave their info to relevant agencies,who arrested them today. We will continue to have zero tolerance approach towards corruption @PMOIndiaNeelam Kapoor, DG, SAI also reiterated Rathore’s statement and said, “We had received some complaints about corruption. We therefore approached the CBI and asked them to investigate the matter. There is zero tolerance for corruption in SAI. We will support any action against corruption.”advertisementCBI sealed the entire SAI premise and questioned several members of the staff to probe a case of alleged bribery.The search operation went on till late in the night after the CBI officers reached at 5 pm on Thursday evening.(With PTI inputs)Also Read | Rakesh Asthana moved out of CBI, sent to aviation security agencyAlso Watch | Was justice subverted to remove Alok Verma as CBI chief?For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanchari Chatterjee CBI raids Sports Authority of India, arrests director, 5 others in corruption caseCBI sealed the entire SAI premise in Delhi and questioned several members of the staff to probe a case of alleged bribery.advertisementlast_img read more

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Province Releases Recommendations From Prescription Drug Working Group

first_imgThe province is taking steps to combat prescription drug abuse by increasing access to patients’ health information and improving tools for those suffering from chronic pain. The Provincial Working Group on Prescription Drugs and Overdose released its recommendations today, Aug. 31. Some of the recommendations are already being implemented while others are still being considered. “I want to thank the working group for their excellent advice and work,” said Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald. “These recommendations get at the root of the prescription drug problem, and will act as a guide as we continue to provide additional help and support for Nova Scotians and families living with addiction.” The recommendations focus on changes to improve the system and increase the collaboration of those working in the prescription drug field. The recommendations focus on the proper disposal of drugs, surveillance, legislation, education and treatment. “I am very pleased that government considers addictions a priority, and that so many experts in the prescription drug field have come to the table to determine solutions,” said John Campbell, member of the working group and director of mental health and addiction services for the Annapolis Valley District Health Authority. “Our recommendations focus on ways that we can better work together and share information so that informed decisions can be made about future services and support.” The department has already started work on several recommendations. Health and Wellness is working with the Nova Scotia Prescription Monitoring Program to provide prescribers and pharmacists with access to patient profiles 24 hours a day, seven days a week, instead of only during business hours. This increased access will help answer any questions prescribers may have when determining treatment and will help them make decisions, knowing the full prescription drug history of their patient whether it is during office hours or in the middle of the night. “Increasing access to patient profiles is an important initiative, and we are very pleased to see that government has made this a priority,” said Denise Pellerin, manager of the Prescription Monitoring Program and a member of the working group. “This program enhancement will allow prescribers and pharmacists to have access to the information they need, when they need it, to determine the best treatment for their patient while promoting the appropriate use and the reduction of abuse and misuse of these monitored drugs.” Connections have also been made with Doctors Nova Scotia and other interested groups to promote a national chronic pain management tool. This tool helps doctors better identify, treat and manage non-cancer chronic pain. Work continues on developing a public education campaign directed at youth and young adults around the dangers of mixing alcohol and prescription drugs. The campaign is set for September, and will provide additional information to families on how they can help their loved ones living with addiction. Progress is also being made to increase access to methadone maintenance treatment, with several doctors working toward receiving their certification to prescribe methadone. “This issue is too complex and important to make decisions in isolation,” said Ms. MacDonald. “I’ve asked the Advisory Group on the Mental Health and Addictions Strategy to take a look at these recommendations and provide input. I want to be sure we develop the best solutions for Nova Scotians.” The working group was convened by Ms. MacDonald, to provide an effective response to the impacts of prescription drug abuse, including overdose and death. The group consisted of representatives from law enforcement, district health authorities, government, prescription monitoring, the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the College of Pharmacists. The working group’s report can be found at http://www.gov.ns.ca/DHW/Working-Group-Recommendations-Prescription-Drug-Overdoses.pdflast_img read more

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Toronto private school didnt report alleged sexual assault to police Cops

first_imgToronto police say a prestigious private school did not notify them about the alleged sexual assault of a student on campus as claimed by the school’s principal.Police say they launched an investigation into the alleged incident at St. Michael’s College School on Wednesday after officers were contacted by the media.In an email sent to parents on Wednesday, principal Greg Reeves said the school informed police on Monday of “two very serious incidents” that recently occurred on campus.Const. Caroline de Kloet, however, says the school only contacted police to seek advice on how to deal with one incident that did not involve allegations of sexual assault.De Kloet says police offered advice to the school and no further action was “taken or received.”The school did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Top cops transferred on Police Commissions approval

Several top Police officers have been ordered to be transferred on the approval of the National Police Commission.Accordingly, the two Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) including the Western Province Senior DIG has been ordered to be transferred. Also transferred are four DIGs, two Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and four Superintendent of Police (SP).

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Brock takes lead on major water research network

Steven Renzetti, professor of economics at Brock, is leading the “Water Economics, policy and governance network” project, which received a $2.3-million Partnership Grant from SSHRC Water researchers at Brock University have received federal funds to set-up a research network to look at the economic, political and social aspects of water-related issues.“The people we have involved in this network are some of the all-stars of Canadian water researchers,” says Steven Renzetti, a water economist who is leading the “Water Economics, policy and governance network” project, which received a Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) valued at more than $2.3-million.Water economists look closely at the two-way relationship of water: the impact of the economy on water and how water use contributes to the economy. They examine the economic impact and value of water in all of its social dimensions.“We’re very fortunate to have as much water as we do in Canada,” says Renzetti. “However, our network is thinking about, anticipating and trying to set up governance models to avoid the water problems that other countries are facing right now.”“We’re not getting any more supply,” he says. “In fact, if anything, climate change says we’re getting less reliable supplies in the future, but demands are rising.”According to Renzetti, the constant supply and rising demand for water in Canada and around the world creates the potential for conflict.“Most of the water issues in Canada are local,” he says. “You go to almost every province and you can find challenges related to water.”There are threats to water quality on the Grand River in Ontario. There are potential dangers to groundwater quality in Quebec because of fracking and agriculture. In Alberta there are concerns around not enough water and too many demands such as irrigation, recreation and growing cities. And in British Columbia there are conflicts between resource extraction needs and rural communities’, First Nations’ and in-stream flow demands for water.“We’re looking to put in place the governance, decision-making and data collection supports to help governance, so that governments, citizen groups and community decision-makers ensure that all people’s voices are heard and that we allocate water as best we can in Canada,” says Renzetti.The “Water Economics, policy and governance network” is made up of 21 internationally recognized researchers, mostly from Canada, and about 35 partner organizations. This includes government agencies – from municipalities, to provincial ministries and federal departments – First Nations communities, and industry groups like the Canadian Water Resources Association and Canadian Water and Wastewater Association.“The whole point of the exercise is to bring together researchers and partner organizations,” says Renzetti. “A big part of the project is applied problem-solving research with our partners, as well as training graduate students. We’re looking to help build our capacity for this kind of research in Canada, so that in five to seven years we’ll have more experts in governance and economics in these areas.”“We really think of it as a chain of challenges across the country,” he says. “We’re going to communicate with each other so that when we learn about a best practice in the Maritimes, or we develop an innovative survey technique in Alberta, we can share that through the research network.”The SSHRC-funded project has also received as much in-kind and financial support from its partners. This includes labour, data sets and other resources. So in reality the whole network project has more than $4.5-million in funds to go forward with.After extensive consultations with network partners, five research themes were developed: Role of Water in the Economy, Institution and Governance, Information and Decision-Making, Water Policy and Science, and Survey Techniques and Methods.The six-year project also takes into account ongoing changes in the field of water economics. The first half of the initiative is well designed, but after the third year a new competition will be held to recruit new researchers, project ideas and partner organizations.“The reason for this is because the field is changing so rapidly,” says Renzetti. “For example, five years ago not many people were talking about fracking, but now it’s a growing concern and governments are scrambling to figure out what to do about it. So who knows what the key issues will be in three years from now?”The project also includes Brock researchers Diane Dupont (Economics), Tim Heinmiller (Political Science) and Ryan Plummer (Tourism and Environment), and will be administered by the University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.“The idea for this project came out of experience that I and other researchers at the University had with the Canadian Water Network,” says Renzetti. “That group is mostly water scientists and engineers, but we really believed that the capacity for research among social scientists was not as well developed.”“Economists have been thinking about the environment for a while now,” says Renzetti. “We were participating in groundbreaking research work back in the 1960s, thinking about the environment as something that had value and needed to be weighed against other things that had value.”The application for the SSHRC Partnership Grant was a two-stage process. A letter of intent was submitted two years ago. There were 151 submissions and 31 project proposals were accepted. Renzetti and his group were then invited to prepare a full application, which was submitted with the support of Brock’s Office of Research Services in October 2011. The successful projects were announced in May 2012.“These grants are extremely competitive and represent the highest level of SSHRC funding,” says Gary Libben, Vice-President of Research at Brock. “Professor Renzetti and his team have taken up a key leadership role in understanding issues related to water and in working toward the resolution of those issues. This is a very clear example of how excellent research creates the knowledge that benefits our communities locally, nationally and around the world.”Other Brock researchers who received funding through SSHRC’s Partnership Grant program as co-applicants include:* John Bonnett, associate professor, History, and Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities at Brock, is a co-applicant on a Partnership Grant led by principal investigator Joanne Burgess from the Université du Québec à Montréal. It is worth $2.3-million and the title of the project is, “Montréal, plaque tournante des échanges : histoire, patrimoine, devenir.”* Kevin Kee, associate professor, History, and Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities at Brock, is a co-applicant on a Partnership Grant led by principal investigator Susanne Lajoie at McGill University. It is worth $2.5-million and the title of the project is, “Learning environments across disciplines (LEADS): supporting technology rich learning across disciplines.” read more

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Cat MineStar development team inducted into the IM Technology Hall of Fame

first_imgIn a close-run contest with Alun Phillips, RPM’s Product Manager – Scheduling Solutions, the team behind Caterpillar’s truly revolutionary MineStar technology has been chosen by the panel of judges around the world. Craig Koehrsen, Michael Murphy, Chuck Sahm, Carl Hendricks, Claude Aboujaoude, Jason Gough, Josh Bynon and Chuck Boen have developed a system for mines large and small, above and below ground. Cat® MineStar™ helps mines deal with everyday challenges – controlling costs, extending equipment life and enhancing safety.Together, this group of exceptional individuals has over 45 patents and 150 combined years of technology innovation at Caterpillar. They continue to work on state-of-the art Cat technology systems today.From the early days of GPS and data collection systems, these people revolutionised the machine control and guidance sector with the advent of the VIMS and Terrain systems (formerly known as Computer Aided Earthmoving System (CAES) and AQUILA Drill – the latter work by 2015 Surface Mining inductee Jonathan Peck). These early technologies provided a foundation for Cat technology systems today, including comprehensive surface and underground automation technologies at work in mine sites around the globe.  These systems have now joined forces to make up the Cat MineStar System, probably the mining industry’s broadest and most comprehensive suite of technology products on the market today.Nearly 30 years ago, a small group of three people were tasked with revolutionising the way data was captured and transferred on Cat machines. This product, soon to be known as VIMS™, was the first product to use Windows in an off-board application as opposed to the very popular DOS systems of the day. VIMS had more computing power than the moon missions at that time, and this cutting edge technology, generations later, is still a foundational data system on Cat mining machines today.The use of GPS was the next major milestone. As one of the first companies to utilize GPS in machine control systems, Caterpillar was again leading the industry with technology.  Decades later, information systems and bandwidth have evolved tremendously and Caterpillar has been ready to adapt that evolution every step of the way.  In 1996 Caterpillar debuted the first autonomous truck at MINExpo.  At the time the mining industry was not ready for such a radical change, so the team kept working to perfect the system until the market was ready to adopt.  Currently Caterpillar has two fleets of autonomous trucks running at mines and a test fleet at the Arizona Proving Grounds. Caterpillar is actively pursuing the vision for a fully autonomous mine site.Today, MineStar is behind the largest single autonomous truck fleet in the world, that employed by Fortescue Metals’ Solomon iron ore mine in Western Australia. That fleet comprises 45 ‘Command for hauling’ Cat 793F CMD trucks.At RPM, runner-up Phillips has made an overwhelming contribution to software development. In his early days he was instrumental in the design and creation of a rules based scheduling engine for XPAC, RPM’s flagship product that for many years has been the industry standard for mine scheduling.last_img read more

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Croke Park residents could go to court to stop Garth Brooks gigs

first_imgCROKE PARK AREA residents will decide tomorrow if they are to go to court to stop the Garth Brooks concerts taking place this summer.There has been a long dispute over the run of five performances by the country music superstar, which are due to take place next month at the stadium.In early June, the residents said they were to write to acting Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan to ask for criminal proceedings against Aiken Promotions and the GAA for promoting Brooks’ gigs before a licence has been awarded.Legal actionThis morning, Eamon O’Brien, chairman of the Croke Park Streets Committee, said on Morning Ireland that his group would state tomorrow if it will be proceeding with legal action.“What we have done is taken legal advice – we have a legal team ready to go to court if we feel that’s the only option left to us,” said O’Brien.He said one instance in which they would not go to court would be if Dublin City Council refuses to grant the licences for the concerts.DCC is believed to still be reviewing the licence application and talking to statutory bodies about the issue.LockdownO’Brien said that the group is unhappy about the ‘total lockdown of the community’ that accompanies concerts at Croke Park. For the whole summer basically, people can’t live a normal life in the Croke Park area. You cannot leave spontaneously.He said that “if you live in the Croke Park area you can only live a planned life”, and so “professional people and that are moving out of the area”.O’Brien described the situation as “totally toxic to the community” as it “changes the mix of the community”.He said it is “not a money thing” for the residents, but they want the GAA to stick to condition 11a of the An Bord Pleanala condition that says there should be no more than three events per year in the stadium. “They already had their three concerts,” said O’Brien.With regard to allegations in the Sunday Times yesterday that some objections to the concerts going ahead were bogus, O’Brien said his group have “always done things with the utmost integrity” and they “see this as a red herring”.He said they are asking DCC to look at the fact the promoters and the GAA are promoting the Garth Brooks gigs before a licence has been granted.He also suggested that streets could be used differently around Croke Park when events take place, to avoid the ‘lockdown’, and that a train station near the stadium be put in use.Read: “Disgusted”: Some residents not happy, but others welcome Croke Park peace deal>Read: Croke Park residents want GAA and Aiken prosecuted over Garth Brooks gigs>last_img read more

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Benzema Real Madrid are favourites to win the Champions League

first_imgKarim Benzema believes Real Madrid remain the favourites to win the Champions League again this season, despite the loss of Cristiano RonaldoLos Galacticos lost their star frontman this summer to Juventus, which ended a nine-year spell at Spain that saw him win four Champions League titles.In the post-Ronaldo era, Real have got off to an unbeaten start in their first five games of the new La Liga campaign.Now Los Merengues head into Wednesday’s Champions League opener against AS Roma looking to win the competition for an unprecedented four consecutive time.And Benzema feels that both the pressure of playing for Real and their recent dominance will put them in a good stead to once more conquer Europe.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“This competition is another level. All the matches are important, there is no easy one,” he told AS.“One thing I like: Real Madrid is the best club in the world and every year there is pressure to succeed.“We know there are a lot of strong rivals, but if I have to say a favourite, it’s always going to be Real Madrid. We have to sacrifice a lot to always be victorious.”Benzema has managed five goals in as many games for Real this season after just finding the net 11 times last term.last_img read more

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Wild Alaska salmon not on menus in China…yet

first_imgSalmon displayed in China. Qiujie “Angie” Zheng says a recent consumer study found that Chinese shoppers are interested in buying wild Alaska salmon bones and skin for fish broth and stocks. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Sea Grant)About a third of the salmon caught in Alaska gets shipped to China for processing. But a recent consumer study suggests that at least some of that wild salmon should stay in the Chinese markets.Listen nowQiujie “Angie” Zheng didn’t grow up eating much salmon in her hometown near Beijing, China. When she did, she ate farmed salmon, prepared raw — sashimi style.“After I moved up to Alaska, I realized wild salmon…is different than farm-raised salmon dominating China market,” Zheng said.Zheng is now an associate professor of economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She said most Chinese consumers are familiar with Alaskan salmon. It’s been popularized by fish oil pills for decades, but few have dined on it.What you can find in Chinese markets is farmed salmon, from places like Norway and Chile. Zheng came across wild Alaska salmon only once — in a market in Hong Kong. That salmon was over $50 a pound.“That’s very expensive,” Zheng said. “So actually, that triggered me to think if we can export more Alaska wild salmon to China market. Especially, large mainland market, definitely there is potential.”Most of the wild salmon that’s sent to China is processed and shipped back to the U.S. or on to Europe. Zheng said very little of it actually stays in China.So Zheg wanted to know if Chinese consumers would be interested in eating it — rather than just exporting. For her recent study, she had graduate students interview shoppers at 30 different stores in three large Chinese cities. And they found that  the majority would buy wild Alaska salmon, just not at such a steep price. Zheng said if more fish were to hit the stores, that could ultimately lower the cost.Still, Zheng thinks part of what’s driving new interest is China’s changing demographics. More Chinese are joining the middle class, and they want to know where their food comes from.“Due to the environmental pollution and the number of food safety scandals in China in recent years, the consumers also have growing concerns about food safety and possible contamination of their food supply,” Zheng said.Zheng said when people in China imagine Alaska, they think pristine waters. But there’s still a ways to go before its salmon actually shows up in the stores. Zheng thinks small seafood producers across the state should form a coalition to explore the option.And in a few years, wild Alaska salmon sashimi could start cropping up on the menu in China.last_img read more

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Video How To Think Like An Engineer Chapter 1

first_imgWe jump into an introductory-level engineering course at Rice University, where a group of freshmen are beginning to construct their first prototypes — designs for clients like NASA and the Houston Zoo.No big deal.In chapter number one of a two part video series, the students are racking their brains and working with easy-to-use craft materials in order to go quickly through their early ideas.Want to see more Imaginarium? New videos drop every Monday on YouTube. Subscribe to our channel. Sharelast_img

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EchoPixel True 3D Viewer Seeing Increased Clinical Adoption for Pediatric Surgery

first_imgSudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Related Content News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more March 21, 2017 — EchoPixel recently announced progress in the clinical adoption of its True 3D virtual reality software in pediatric surgical procedures. At several leading clinical sites, the company said surgeons and radiologists are adopting True 3D powered by HP to develop surgical plans, effectively communicate in a common 3-D language, and assist in challenging procedures — including a 17-hour operation to separate conjoined twins.In addition to Packard Children’s (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Cook Children’s (Texas), pediatric sites including Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami and Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto are using EchoPixel’s technology. Building on success in clinical uses, the company is looking to expand the role of interactive virtual reality in pediatrics. EchoPixel’s True 3D Viewer displays existing DICOM datasets into life-size virtual reality objects, allowing physicians to move, turn, dissect and closely examine patient-specific anatomy.At Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, doctors have used the True 3D software,  in conjunction with the HP Zvr Virtual Reality Display and HP Z440 Workstation, to assist in a number of surgical procedures. The system may be particularly effective in understanding challenging or complex cases, such as congenital heart defects in newborn patients. In December, doctors used the joint EchoPixel, HP system to assist with a 17-hour surgery that successfully separated twin girls who were conjoined from the sternum down. The system’s 3-D view helped doctors gain a more complete understanding of the unique anatomy prior to and during the operation.At Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, physicians have incorporated the system into an integrated 3-D lab, with the goal of establishing 3-D planning as a diagnostic modality. The center has focused on using interactive virtual reality to better understand certain vascular anomalies in congenital heart disease.“We’re excited to establish 3-D virtual viewing as part of our 3-D program,” said Steve Muyskens, M.D., cardiologist at Cook Children’s Medical Center. “Having this technology, in addition to 3-D printing capabilities, allows Cook Children’s cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons to improve the planning of complex procedures and surgeries. We believe this approach will eventually lead to less time in the operating room and fewer complications.”For more information: www.echopixeltech.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 20, 2019 TeraRecon Receives First-of-Kind FDA Determination for Northstar AI Results Explorer Advanced visualization and artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider TeraRecon has successfully completed a U.S… read more A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. News | Advanced Visualization | March 21, 2017 EchoPixel True 3D Viewer Seeing Increased Clinical Adoption for Pediatric Surgery Interactive virtual reality imaging tools are assisting in challenging procedures such as separating conjoined twins Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 13, 2019 Materialise Receives FDA Clearance for Cardiovascular Planning Software Suite Three-dimensional (3-D) printing software and solutions company Materialise has received U.S. Food and Drug… read morelast_img read more

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Arenal Report

first_imgNo related posts. Kudos to Carla Gómez for organizing Dancing to the Oldies at Rock River Lodge Saturday night, March 30. More than 40 people from around Lake Arenal rocked, rolled and twisted to tunes most young people have never heard. The evening was a great success as nostalgia coursed through the veins of all who agreed that we’d lived in the best of times.Local chiropractors were hard-pressed to accommodate the sudden demand for their services, but suggested the event should be enjoyed more frequently.    Recently, the Arenal Community Association hosted a marvelous evening of folk dancing, featuring the traditional dances of Peru, Ecuador, Mexico and Costa Rica. The dances ranged from the dramatic to the hilarious. The Volcano Dance of Ecuador, evoking the explosive power of an active volcano, was a gymnastic tour de force of body control, majestic movement and intensely reverential expression performed solo by a young man easily the equal of Nureyev.      The Mexican Dance of the Old Men had the audience convulsing with laughter as beautiful young women partnered with children dressed as men wearing masks of old men who carried canes to assist them in a perfect imitation of old men with high hopes, versus coy women of great youth and beauty. The choreography was delightfully humorous.      The creativity and costuming of the Peruvian dance troupe was especially colorful. The intricacies of their constantly moving and swirling dance patterns covered the gymnasium floor like a continuously changing kaleidoscope. Costa Rica presented the largest group of dancers, some of which came from schools in the Arenal area. Again, costuming played a role as the dancers appeared in traditional clothes of coffee pickers and sugar cane field workers. An amusingly modern dance had males dressed as American cowboys, while the girls wore denim skirts, western hats and boots. The boisterous crowd expressed its appreciation by clapping in time to the music and after each country’s dance numbers. Many spectators used their iPods and cell phones to record the whole evening and share it with friends. Thanks to the Arenal Community Association for inviting these dancers to share their cultural heritage with us.–William & Jean Priestjean_pri@msn.com Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Austria stops processing asylum requests ahead of EU meeting

first_img Top Stories Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The broadcaster quotes Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner as saying Austria has become the “No. 1 target country” for would-be asylum seekers. It says the move is meant to put pressure on other EU countries to take more would-be immigrants ahead of an interior ministers’ meeting next week.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 ways to recognize low testosteronecenter_img VIENNA (AP) — Austria has stopped processing new asylum requests while continuing to deport refugees.State-run broadcaster ORF cites an Interior Ministry document that it says was issued Friday to civil servants dealing with asylum requests telling them not to accept new cases.ORF says the document instructs relevant departments to continue deporting those whose asylum requests were rejected. It also says others are being returned to EU countries they first arrived to before coming to Austria. Comments   Share   5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

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