Woman killed in Madhya Pradesh village on suspicion of being child abductor

December 3, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgA mob killed a mentally ill woman on the suspicion of her being a child abductor in Badgad village, which falls under the Morwa Police Station, in Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh.Police said the 30-year-old woman was roaming in the village when some people spotted her. They asked her several questions and when she was not able to answer them, the mob started assaulting her, resulting in her death.“Primary findings suggest that locals killed her presuming her to be child abductor. We have arrested few people and are questioning them,” Riyaz Ahmed, Snigrauli District Superintendent of Police, said. Body recoveredThe mob reportedly dumped her body near a forest nursery and disappeared, he added. The police recovered it on Saturday. In a similar incident in the district, a forest official was attacked by a mob on the suspicion of being a child kidnapper few days back.For the last few weeks, social media is rife with rumours and fake news about alleged child kidnappers being active in Singrauli that shares its boundary with Uttar Pradesh.The Madhya Pradesh police have averted at least four lynchings in the past over a month in Balaghat, Seoni and Chhindwara districts following rumours spread over social media.Last month incidentsLast month, in Balaghat district, in two separate incidents, two constables of the Rampayali Police Station and two local youths were caught and thrashed by villagers on suspicion of being ”kidney thieves”.“The mob burnt the motorcycle of the youths, burnt tyres on the road and staged a road blockade demanding immediate release of two youths from police custody,” A. Jaidevan, Superintendent of Police, Balaghat district, said.Such was the level of fear in these districts that many villagers have stopped going out at night and are confronting outsiders, said a senior police officer.last_img read more

Saina Nehwal needs to change strategy

November 28, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAll is not lost yet. Saina Nehwal will have the opportunity to win an Olympic bronze for the country and she needs to get her focus on the match against China’s Wang Xin. The coaches need to talk to her and mentally prepare her for the big occasion. Saina should approach it as a gold medal match.She will have to play to her strengths and not into the hands of the third-ranked Chinese, something which she did against Wang Yihan in the semi-finals.It was a disappointing loss for Saina against the world No.1 Chinese. Saina appeared sluggish and was not patient. She was looking for quick points and made too many judgments that led to errors. Wang is a tall girl and has a good reach. Saina needed to engage her in long rallies, push her back and control the points. But more often Saina tried to match Wang at her speed and game. She should not be making the same mistakes against Xin who is a similar kind of player.Parupalli Kashyap has been pushing the top players for some time now. He has the game and he has improved his fitness. But he has been lacking in temperament towards the closing stages.Now coming to the important issue of fixing in badminton, it was good to see the Badminton World Federation (BWF) finally taking some action. But they should take the blame for allowing this to continue in the game. It is not the players alone, but also the coaches and officials who should be penalised because they are the one pulling the strings.advertisementThe farce played out at the Wembley Stadium in front of the spectators was nothing unusual for the badminton fraternity.The Chinese and Koreans have ruined many tournaments by fixing winners among matches between compatriots. This is one of the reasons why the game has not gained in profile.(The writer is a former national coach and two-time national champion)last_img read more

Moderate intensity quake shakes parts of Saurashtra

November 22, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAhmedabad, Aug 27 (PTI) An earthquake of magnitude 3.8 on the Richter scale today shook parts of Saurashtra region in Gujarat, causing brief panic among residents but there was no report of any casualty or damage to property.The quakes epicentre was located in the Arabian sea off the coast of Mangrol in Junagadh district, around 300 km from here, an official of the Institute of Seismological Research (IRS) at Gandhingar said.The earthquake of 3.8 magnitude, with its epicentre located 47 km west-southwest of Mangrol, hit Saurashtra at 12:23 pm, the official said, adding an aftershock was also recorded seven minutes later.”An aftershock of 2.5 magnitude was also felt with its epicentre 54km west-southwest of Mangrol,” he said, adding the impact on land was not much as the epicentre of the quake was located in the Arabian Sea.The tremor caused brief panic among residents of Mangrol, Junagadh city and adjoining areas in the district, but no casualty or damage to property was reported, Junagadh Collector Rahul Gupta said.”It was a mild tremor. We have not received any report of damage or casualty,” Gupta said. PTI KA PD RSY IKAlast_img read more

Kolkata Test: Five-star Bhuvneshwar dismantles New Zealand after India’s 316

November 22, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgBhuvneshwar Kumar picked up five wickets in a fine display of seam bowling to floor New Zealand after Wriddhiman Saha’s battling half-century helped India reach 316 on the second day of the second Test at Eden Gardens on Saturday. (Scorecard)After India were dismissed shortly before lunch, their seamers did most of the damage as New Zealand staggered to 128/7 at the close on a rain-interrupted day. (India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 2: As It Happened)BJ Watling (12) and Jeetan Patel (five) were at the crease for the touring side. It was the fourth five-wicket haul for the 26-year-old Kumar, who replaced Umesh Yadav in the side. “In India you rarely get this kind of wicket, so I wanted to make full use of it,” Bhuvneshwar said. “It was one of my dreams to take five wickets in India.”Mohammed Shami struck first, trapping opener Tom Latham (one) lbw, before out-of-sorts Martin Guptill (13) departed when the ball ricocheted off of his elbow and on to his stumps after he lifted his arms to avoid a sharply-rising Kumar delivery.Henry Nicholls (one) was out soon after play resumed in the second session when the left-handed batsman chopped Kumar on to his stumps to reduce the Kiwis to 23/3. (Kolkata Test: Pujara indisposed, kept off the field on Day 2)Stand-in captain Ross Taylor (36) and Luke Ronchi (35), who made 38 and 80 in the first Test in Kanpur, took the fight to the hosts with a 62-run fourth-wicket stand before the latter was trapped in front by left-arm spinner Jadeja.advertisementNew Zealand’s hopes rested heavily on Taylor’s shoulders with regular captain Kane Williamson absent due to illness but after a two-and-half hour rain delay the right-hander pushed hard at a Kumar outswinger to be caught at first slip.Kumar completed his five-wicket haul by sending back Mitchell Santner (11) and Matt Henry (0) in successive deliveries.Earlier, resuming on 239/7, India, who lead the three-Test series 1-0, added valuable runs through their lower-order batsmen, with Saha (54 not out) completing his third Test fifty.The 31-year-old Saha, who has cemented his place in India’s Test side after the retirement of long-standing captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, was struck on the elbow and the ribcage by some hostile New Zealand bowling.But the right-hander did not flinch and brought up his fifty with a four and a six in successive deliveries off left-arm spinner Santner, much to the delight of the crowd, who applauded at length for the local player.Saha added 41 for the eighth wicket with Jadeja (14) and another 35 for the final one with fellow home favourite Shami.last_img read more

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 rumoured to come with 7-inch bezel-less display, 5500mAh battery

November 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgFor most smartphone manufacturers, 2017 has been all about bringing large edge-to-edge displays on a compact form factor. But in 2018, Xiaomi could be turning things up a notch as it looks to go with a massive 7-inch 18:9 display with the Mi Max 3. The successor to the 6.44-inch Mi Max 2 phablet is rumoured to sport a larger display as the company is expected to chop down the bezels further.Both the Mi Max and Mi Max 2 have been Xiaomi’s large screen phablet phones that have come with big bezels. But as we move towards a full-screen future, the company will likely reduce the bezels on the Mi Max 3 to make more room for a large 7-inch display. This won’t be surprising as the company is among the first to go bezel-less with the Mi Mix last year. It followed it up with the Mi Mix 2 earlier this year and most recently brought the bezel-less displays to budget Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus.The latest report about the upcoming Mi Max 3 phablet is that the smartphone will sport a huge 7-inch display. This may sound like Xiaomi is inching towards the tablet space rather than sticking to the phablet segment. However, rumours suggest Xiaomi will achieve the 7-inch display by keeping the same 6.44-inch footprint of the Mi Max and Mi Max 2 and reducing the bezels significantly for an 18:9 aspect ratio. The Mi Max 3 is set to be the largest Xiaomi smartphone next year.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi Max 2 review: The showstopperAdditionally, the Mi Max 3 is tipped to come in two SoC variants, one with Snapdragon 630 processor and one with Snapdragon 660 chipset. The same report also suggests a dual rear camera setup and a massive 5500mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0. As the phone is expected to come with an 18:9 aspect ratio, one can expect it to sport a full HD+ (2160×1080) resolution as well. As there is still a few months to go before Xiaomi unveils the Mi Max 3, one should take these rumours with a pinch of salt.advertisementTo recall, the Mi Max 2 was launched in India in June this year priced at Rs 16,999. The phablet came with a 6.44-inch full HD (1920×1080) display and was powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. Optics for the Mi MAX 2 included a 12-megapixel rear sensor with dual-LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.last_img read more

AD Says One Of College Football’s Best Rivalries Could Come Back

October 26, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgA general view of fans before a game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Texas Longhorns.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 19: A general view of fans before a game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Rivalry games have been one of the great losses of conference realignment. There are a few major games that have not been played since teams started shifting leagues. The most notable may be Texas vs. Texas A&M.The Aggies left for the SEC in 2012. For those first few years, with Johnny Manziel under center, it looked like A&M might leave Texas behind. Instead, they’ve come back to the pack, and now both schools have made recent coaching changes.The Longhorns and Aggies have had plenty of clashes in recruiting over top in-state players. There is definitely plenty of animosity remaining.To this point, there hasn’t been a lot of public momentum for the series to be renewed. However, there may be a spark now.New Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte, who recently came over from TCU, said that he’d like to bring it back “at some point.” It is unclear what the timetable could be, but it is good to hear that it is at least under consideration.Del Conte spoke to Dallas Morning News writer Chuck Carlton about the future of the dormant Texas vs. Texas A&M rivalry.Chris Del Conte on renewing UT/A&M football rivalry: “At some point and time we will pick up our rivalry. It’s important to our state and important to our fan base. I’m assuming when it’s appropriate and ready, we’ll play…We’d like to do that, it’s just matching up schedules.”— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) May 30, 2018Don’t get too excited yet, Aggies and Longhorns. Finding space on the schedule is a whole other issue.Texas currently has marquee opponents booked through 2027. This season, the ‘Horns play USC and Maryland, and from there, games against LSU, Arkansas, Alabama, Michigan, and Ohio State are on the books.A&M’s nearest availability is likely not until 2026. The Aggies have games booked against Clemson in 2018 and 2019, and Colorado, Miami, and Notre Dame through 2025.Games do occasionally get pushed or cancelled to make room for others, and if there is a real desire by UT and A&M brass to get this done, it could happen. For now, we have to settle on some vaguely hopeful words.last_img read more

BW Group Tied to Order of Up to Eight LR 2 Product

October 23, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgzoom BW Group has through its subsidiary BW Pacific placed an order for up to eight Long Range 2 (LR 2) product tankers.The order, comprising six firm and two optional ships has been placed at South Korean Daehan Shipbuilding, according to BW Pacific’s CEO Tina Revsbech that confirmed the order to ShippingWatch.World Maritime News is yet to receive a reply from the company seeking comment on the order.The order marks the company’s shift to the LR2 sector, as BW Group has only been active in  LR1 and medium range (MR) product tankers.The company’s fleet includes 12 LR1 and 22 MR product tankers, with two LR1 newbuilds scheduled for delivery in 2017.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Jagaddal OC transferred a day after Bhatpara fiasco

October 20, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgKolkata: Within 24 hours of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s convoy being obstructed by some people in Bhatpara, Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Jagaddal police station Chandra Sekhar Das has been removed on Friday.On Thursday, Banerjee visited the post-poll violence affected areas in Bhatpara and held a public meeting in Naihati. While she was passing through the Naihati jute mill area, some locals allegedly obstructed the movement of her convoy and screamed ‘Jai Shri Ram’. Banerjee got angry and got down from her car. She immediately instructed the police to take action against the offenders. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaFollowing Banerjee’s meeting, police subsequently arrested 10 persons. However, Commissioner of Police (CP), Barrackpore denied the fact and stated that no one has been arrested in connection with Banerjee’s convoy obstruction. According to sources, the accused persons were arrested as preventive measures as they hold criminal records. Later, all of them were reportedly granted bail. On Thursday during the meeting Banerjee expressed that she was not happy with the local police administration. Within 12 hours of the meeting, the OC Jagaddal was transferred to the post of Court Inspector, Bishnupur in Bankura. Though senior police officials are claiming this to be a routine transfer, sources informed that the OC has been transferred because of Thursday’s incident. Arindam Mukherjee, who was the Circle Inspector (CI) of Bolpur in Birbhum, has been made the OC Jagaddal. Sumanta Biswas, who was posted in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) as Inspector, has been made the CI of Bolpur.last_img read more

Gabon seeks to learn from Moroccan experience in management of expats’…

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgRabat – Gabon’s Minister of Human Rights, Equal Opportunities and the Gabonese Expatriate Community, Alexander Désiré Tapoyo, expressed Monday in Rabat, the willingness of his country to cooperate with Morocco and his wish to learn from the experience of the Kingdom in the management of expats’ affairs.The Gabonese official expressed such will during his talks with Minister in charge of the Moroccan expatriate community, Anis Birrou, as part of his working visit to the Kingdom.In a statement to MAP, the Gabonese Minister stressed the uniqueness of the Moroccan experience in the management of expatriates’ affairs, given the significant contribution of the Moroccan expat community to the country’s development. For his part, the Moroccan Minister discussed with his Gabonese counterpart the concerns of the Moroccan community in Gabon before reassuring the Gabonese Minister of the efforts of the Moroccan government in this field, and the determination of the Kingdom to further strengthen cooperation with this country.last_img read more

Indigenous workers at Voiseys Bay anxious about Vale review of nickel operations

October 8, 2019 0 Comments

MONTREAL — Global mining giant Vale’s decision to review its global operations in light of depressed nickel prices is causing anxiety among Indigenous workers at its Voisey’s Bay mine in Labrador.As part of its 60-day audit, the Brazilian miner (NYSE:VALE) has put on hold a decision about an underground expansion project at the Atlantic mine that would create more than 400 jobs and extend its life for 15 years.“These are some of the higher paying jobs you find in our communities,” said Darryl Shiwak, Lands and Natural Resources Minister for the Inuit people of Nunatsiavut.“So with the high unemployment rate and the amount of seasonal work, these jobs are extremely important.”More than half of the workforce in the remote area accessible by plane is Inuit or Innu, while more than 80 per cent of contracts are with Indigenous-owned and operated businesses.Pending the outcome of its review, Vale’s vice-president of corporate affairs and communications, Cory McPhee, said the miner will be in a better position to know what the path forward for the underground project looks like.But detailed engineering and procurement related to the mine’s expansion which began last year is ongoing. Open pit operations in Voisey’s Bay and Long Harbour are continuing as normal, without layoffs, McPhee said.The union representing workers at the site said there’s still time for Vale to approve the underground expansion before the life of the open pit mine expires early in the next decade.“We do have some time although not very much. The window is very small,” said Darren Cove, president of United Steelworkers Local 9508.Cove said there are no current worries about layoffs even though a Vale mine in Sudbury, Ont., closed in May due in part to low ore availability, while a Manitoba facility will shutter Oct. 1.Excess nickel inventory that has caused prices to plummet is prompting global producers to be conservative about spending but the long-term outlook is bright because of the metal’s use in electric car batteries and stainless steel, say mining analysts.Theophile Yameogo of Ernst & Young said he expects demand will pick up strongly after 2020 if electric vehicles sales accelerate and account for seven per cent of cars sold.“The future is definitely very positive,” he said from Toronto.The market has faced a decade of chronic surplus production spurred by investment in new mines after prices peaked at more than US$20 per pound in 2027.They have hovered around US$4 of late and are expected to gradually increase to reach US$6 to US$7 by the end of the decade and rise by 50 cents to US$1 per year over the next five years, said Scotiabank commodity economist Rory Johnston.He said companies are just being cautious.“I don’t see it so much as an exit from current production capacity, just a slow down on investment in new capacity until the market gets a better sense of where nickel prices are going to be going in the longer term.”Canada is the world’s third biggest nickel player, producing about 10 per cent of global supply. read more

Future looks bright

September 21, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Behind the main stage of this year’s Lonsdale Street Festival stands the beginnings of the building that will become the next chapter in the future of the Greek community in Melbourne. The concrete is set, the foundations laid, the pillars erected and it’s only a matter of time before the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture- the vision of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria – becomes a reality. A place to embrace newly-arrived Greeks, open our arms to Philhellenes and welcome second, third and fourth generations of Greek Australians to understand their roots, the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture will represent our new community, but always remembering the contribution of the ones who paved the way for us. “We’re excited and ecstatic with the progress of the construction and the fact that nine levels are complete and the outside of the facade is now coming up so people will start getting a concrete feeling – not only from an emotional perspective in what it means to people but also a visual perspective because it’s up and in front of them,” says Bill Papastergiadis, President, Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria. “It’s heralding a new approach to how we think of about ourselves in Melbourne and in Australia as Greek Australians. It will give us an opportunity to research and we will fund initiatives to allow us to explore through all means of cultural expression our identity and expressions and help develop new initiatives and artistic endeavours. We are already seeing people who have never previously had any involvement in the community wanting to participate and collaborate with us and this is before the centre is even open so you can only imagine what impact it will have in the future.”last_img read more

MIT develops wetsuit material inspired by beavers

September 20, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAnimals that spend a lot of time in the water have various mechanisms to keep themselves warm and dry, and researchers at MIT are looking at the way furry semiaquatic mammals do it to develop a new class of insulating materials. Humans don’t really have any built-in insulation for the water, but by imitating the fur of semiaquatic mammals, we might be able to fake it.Animals like walruses and whales have thick layers of blubber to keep them warm, but that doesn’t help us much. Humans can’t just use more layers in the water as it would make us too ungainly. We’re already not built for aquatic living, after all. The small and lithe beaver or sea otter can’t carry around all that mass either. So, they have dense fur that traps air as an insulator instead. That may be the key to designing a thinner, lighter wetsuit that keeps the wearer warmer.Scientists from MIT led by Anette Hosoi were intrigued by the way semiaquatic mammals can remain warm and dry quickly with just a layer of fur.  It was already known that fur from such animals had two types of hair; long, thin guard hairs and short, bristly underfur. The team fabricated various fur-like surfaces from flexible PDMS (polydimethylsiloxane) casting rubber and submerged them in liquids at different speeds. The model allowed Hosoi’s team to work out the mechanics of this natural system.The model devised by the team accurately describes the way water pushes air into pockets. At the same time, the viscosity of the water causes it to stick to the hairs and prevents it from penetrating to the base. It’s the density and spacing of individual hairs that determine how much air is trapped, and thus how good an insulator a particular type of fur is. This model could be used to create a bio-inspired wetsuit with just the right amount of fuzz to keep the wearer mobile and warm. Since the model can also be adapted to other liquids, it also has potential industrial applications. I’m really hoping for that furry wetsuit, though.last_img read more

Japan to Honor Bowen for Dance

September 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Recommended for you Japanese Strategic Development Plan for Haiti re-activated, four focuses to improve social services Sundowner Music Festival this week Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:azabu ju-ban, bunka no hi, david bowen, ichi ban-gai, japan, theather for all seasons, tokyo Providenciales, 30 Oct 2014 – For a decade, the now Director of Culture for the Turks and Caicos, David Bowen was a professional dancer and master jazz instructor at the ‘Geki Dan Shiki’ or Theatre for All Seasons in Japan. Earlier this week, we learned that Bowen will be heading to Japan to be honored in a special reunion hosted by his former students. In the invitation for him to return to Japan after 18 years, the students wrote: “Since studying dance with you for many wonderful years at Studio Ichi Ban-Gai and other dance studios in Tokyo and throughout Japan, many of us have developed careers in the performing arts as dancers, choreographers, teachers, directors and studio owners. Others have gone on to careers in designing, management and the corporate world while others have married and raised families. Whatever the chosen path, we all share a common history as your former students…” Bowen said he is overwhelmed… “They are actually having the event in my old neighbourhood called Azabu Ju-Ban … I plan to wear my TCI national costume.” Not only did Bowen dance and teach while in Japan; he created… “My last big production before I left was a Japanese language feature movie in which I co-starred called ‘Tonari no Bob Marley,’ I also wrote the theme song for the movie.” Next week is the Cultural holiday Bunka No Hi… Mr Bowen’s tribute night is planned for November 8th. Congratulations David Bowen! Japan Providing $57 Million Grant For Improvements At IOJlast_img read more

No arrest for Perry but mug shot to be taken

September 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas — A Texas judge opted Monday not to issue an arrest warrant against Gov. Rick Perry, but the Republican still faces the unflattering prospect of being booked, fingerprinted and having his mug shot taken — and has assembled a team of high-powered attorneys to fight the two felony counts of abuse of power against him.Leading conservatives around the country have mostly lined up to support the longest-serving governor in Texas history, and Perry’s aides said the case won’t derail his busy travel schedule, which includes visits to several key presidential battleground states as he continues to eye a second run for the White House in 2016.“This is nothing more than banana republic politics,” Tony Buzbee a Houston-based defense attorney who will head a cadre of four lawyers from Texas and Washington defending Perry, said at a news conference. “The charges lobbed against the governor are a really nasty attack not only on the rule of law but on the Constitution of the United States, the state of Texas and also the fundamental constitutional protections that we all enjoy.”Perry on Friday became the first Texas governor since 1917 to be indicted, and is facing charges of coercion and official oppression that carry a maximum sentence of 109 years in prison for carrying out a threat to veto funding for the state’s public integrity unit last summer.The governor has emphatically stood by his veto and denied all wrongdoing. The judge overseeing the case, Republican Bert Richardson, decided against issuing an arrest warrant and instead a special prosecutor appointed to the matter was planning a simple legal summons. That still means an arraignment and booking are in Perry’s future.last_img read more

Boating Group Launches Fishing Title

September 14, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThe Boat Owners Association of the United States has launched a new magazine for the members of its recently formed fishing program.In addition to those members, Angler magazine, which was launched this week, will be sent West Marine boating stores throughout the country. Published three times per year, the magazine has an initial print run of less than 50,000.“This is the magazine for people who fish all the time,” BoatUS spokesperson Scott Croft tells FOLIO:. “This is our way to share fishing stories, how-to information and important lobbying information—all things an angler needs to know to have a safer, better and more informed experience on the water.” BoatUS is a national boating advocacy group with 650,000 members.last_img read more

Amazon has Apples newest MacBook Air for 999

September 10, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Amazon Apple Tags $1,099.99 See All We saw some nice deals on Apple hardware around Black Friday and Cyber Monday. At that time, B&H introduced some solid discounts on the new and older MacBook Air models — $150 off each, respectively. Those discounts remain in place as of Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. ET. (Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured below.)See the 2017 MacBook Air at B&HBut Amazon’s deal on the newest MacBook Air, which we’ve linked to below, takes things even further. This is likely to be the lowest price you’ll see for it until Apple releases the next generation — and who knows when that will be. Note that Amazon is offering the $999 deal only on the 128GB model in silver — and you may need to click on the “See all buying options” button to access it.See the 2018 MacBook Air at AmazonThe B&H discounts are scheduled to end on Dec. 21. Amazon hasn’t announced an end date for its discount — and it is worth noting that you likely won’t get the $999 MacBook Air in time for Christmas; it’s currently on back-order, and due to be back in stock on Dec. 29.  Laptops Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? As we close in on Christmas 2018, Amazon is offering up a real humdinger of a deal: the brand-new MacBook Air, which Apple introduced just this October, for $999. That’s a $200 discount off of Apple’s sticker price. Of course, Apple will also sell you a MacBook for $999 — but it’ll be the older (though beloved) model from 2017 that features a slower, aging Intel Core processor, thicker bezels and a low-res 1,440×900-pixel display. The new model that Amazon’s selling, on the other hand, normally starts at $1,199 (£1,199, AU$1,849) and comes equipped with much more modern components; it’s also lighter (2.75 pounds), smaller (by 17 percent) and thinner (by 10 percent) and made from 100 percent recycled aluminum. • Sep 1 • 7 phones with the best battery life: iPhone XR, Note 10 Plus and more Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors CNET Review Apple MacBook Air (2018) This reimagined MacBook Air fixes almost all previous design issues, but not without adding a couple of its own. Read Review Share your voice Comment reading • Amazon has Apple’s newest MacBook Air for $999 1 Apple at Walmartlast_img read more

Islamic Relief USA Martin Luther King Day of Service

September 1, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAs part of Martin Luther King Day of Service, on Jan. 15, and with January being National Mentoring Month, Islamic Relief USA staff and volunteers will participate in Mid-Atlantic America’s Islamic Heritage Museum Day, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the museum, located at 2315 Martin Luther King Junior Ave., SE. Volunteers will distribute 500 hot meals, set up four coffee/hot chocolate stations along the parade route, and participate in the parade. In addition, museum founder and curator Brother Amir Muhammad will speak about the legacies of Dr. King and legendary boxer/humanitarian Muhammad Ali. Ali’s birthday would have been on Jan. 17, which also marks the 2nd Annual International Mentoring Day. Volunteers are still being accepted. To volunteer, sign up at irusa.org/volunteer.last_img read more

Kirby Star Allies is a Triumph of Socialism

September 1, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgStay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)’Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo Songs Kirby isn’t just one of Nintendo’s cutest mascots but also one of its more fascinating prominent B-tier franchises. It’s a 2D platformer but its floating mechanic negates the need for tricky jumping. It places a heavy emphasis on powers and combat, so much so that original creator Masahiro Sakurai next wound up creating Smash Bros., but it’s so easy that movesest depth is rarely required. And while there are fantastic “normal” Kirby games like the SNES classic Kirby Super Star or the more recent Kirby: Planet Robobot on 3DS, the best games in the franchise throw out the formula for weird fever dream concepts like drawing touch screen rainbow roads or living in a world of yarn or splitting Kirby’s soul into ten pieces.Kirby Star Allies, the pink puffball’s Nintendo Switch debut, initially disappointed me because by all definitions it is a “normal” Kirby game. Its ideas and improvements are more iterative than revolutionary. But normal Kirby is still good Kirby. And Star Allies’ strong core theme of creative teamwork through friendship makes it the most adorably socialist Nintendo Switch game you’ll play so far.The most immediately striking thing about Kirby Star Allies to me is just how much the traditional Kirby aesthetic is improved by the jump to high-definition. It’s not claymation or yarn-based, but even Kirby’s “regular” world is pretty weird with its angry tree faces, piles of whatever the heck “Waddle-Dees” are, and cosmic pseudo-nightmare fuel vibe underlying all the cartoon sweetness. And it looks stunning with this level of graphical fidelity.Something about the lighting gives Star Allies a kind of tilt-shift photography diorama look, like the level is a toybox, helping it almost approach the art style of the more experimental Kirby games. Even the 2D UI and menu elements have a really slick pop-art anime jazz production value.The compromise seems to be a cut to 30 frames per second with no anti-aliasing but honestly hardcore complaining about the frame rate in a Kirby game seems kind of ridiculous.The levels themselves aren’t a huge departure from a design standpoint. If you told me they were remixed versions of classic levels I’d probably believe you. Getting from one end to another is a breeze. I racked up dozens of lives without thinking. But if you’re willing to poke around you can find secrets like extra levels or StreetPass-esque puzzle pieces that slowly unlock concept art. The way levels are presented is at least pretty clever. I was initially worried by how quickly I got through the first three world maps. But the final “world” is really a galaxy consisting of discrete planets and moons that can be tackled in any order and basically make up half of the game’s total levels.But the big thing giving Kirby Star Allies more identity than just Kirby HD are the star allies themselves. As usual Kirby can suck up enemies to gain their powers. But now he can also throw a heart on them and create a co-op posse of up to four characters controlled by fellow humans with Joy-Con or shockingly competent AI. And you still kiss to share health.You can technically play Star Allies solo but the game practically revolves around you always having this squad. Any fight instantly becomes easier. Since you can ride an ally and control them, albeit using inputs that are a bit too fiddly, you basically have four different powers to swap between at any given moment. Even the text explanations for this mechanic are delightful. “Press these two buttons to say goodbye to a friend.”More importantly, Star Allies also has tons of creative gameplay features that take advantage of the four friends. Most powers can combine in really clever and satisfying ways. Light your sword on fire or electrify your staff. Launch a rock with psychic powers or chuck a friend with a good judo throw or leap together from a bouncy spider web.Beyond making combat more varied, specific powers frequently come in handy for specific environmental puzzles. While it’s not as robust as Breath of the Wild the elements naturally behave how you expect them to. Toss a frost bomb to cool fire walls or launch a boomerang cutter upward to spin an out of reach fan. Even just gathering friends and messing around their powers scratches a kind of Pokemon collector’s itch.The setpieces moments come when you and your comrades briefly join together into a single metaphor for the strength of a united labor class. Become a bridge so that others may cross your back to freedom. Lead the friend train to a new tomorrow. Let the gears of capitalism be crushed by your giant backtracking wheel body. We won’t spoil the final form and the almost Dragon Ball/Bayonetta-esque boss you fight but it’s both a testament to the victories possible when we seize the means of production and a tease at how cool a full 3D Kirby game might be.You can get through Star Allies in a few hours but there are reasons to come back. There are a handful of minigames like chopping wood or playing through levels as just the friend characters like Knuckle Joe and Bonkers. Try finding the retro Easter egg. You can also unlock new special friends in the Dream Palace. I loved rolling up with three (not-swole) King Dededes with flaming hammers behind me. Nintendo is providing even more friends as free DLC, including famous hamster Rick. Also, Marx.If Kirby Star Allies had to be a regular Kirby game, at least it had the decency to be a solid, gorgeous regular Kirby game with a truly enjoyable and multipurpose hook in the form of teaming up with allies. I just hope Kirby’s cute future on Switch gets a little stranger.Buy it now!Buy Kirby Star Allies.Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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first_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. The CustomerAdvanced Imaging Specialists (AIS) is a partnership between Mercy Health Partners and leading radiologists in the Scranton, Penn. area. AIS is widely recognized as providing the highest quality outpatient diagnostic imaging services to patients in four convenient locations. AIS has long shown a commitment to providing the most advanced technologies available and to apply these technologies to help referring physicians accurately diagnose their patients. AIS’ operating philosophy has been to use the latest and most advanced technologies to effectively and efficiently care for patients. AIS offers the same level of professional service at all four locations to ensure physician and patient satisfaction. The four state-of-the-art imaging centers use the very latest Siemens medical equipment, a world leader in diagnostic imaging performance.CT studies are performed using one of the world’s most advanced 64-slice CT scanners, the Siemens SOMATOM Sensation. AIS also utilizes the Siemens Magnetom Symphony (Maestro Class) MRI, which provides exceptional imaging capabilities along.In addition, state-of-the-art Siemens equipment is being used in digital mammography, radiology fluoroscopy, computed radiology and ultrasound & 4D ultrasound applications. “We were able to replace our 4-year old PACS with the ImageGrid PACS for what we had budgeted for two mammography-only workstations”The ChallengeIn 2008, AIS decided to transition from analog mammography to digital mammography. As part of this change, AIS radiologists felt strongly that the digital mammography workflow should be consistent with the workflow that they had implemented for other modalities. AIS had implemented a PACS system a number of years ago and unfortunately, adding mammography diagnostic viewing capability to that PACS was not possible. During the course of discussions and product demonstrations, the radiologists expressed a desire to have a unified Radiology and mammography reading solution.At the time, AIS had two sites, with plans for significant growth through the opening of new sites and acquisition of existing imaging practices. In order for AIS radiologists to be able to provide the same high level of services and response time, it was critical to have a web-enabled state-of-the-art solution so that they could devote more of their time to diagnostics rather than having to travel from site to site. In addition, the other critical challenge the radiologists at AIS wanted to be addressed was the ability to read general radiology and digital mammography from a single workstation and from a single worklist. The SolutionAs part of the Siemens Novation implementation, the ImageGrid Mammography Viewer was presented as a possible solution. The radiologists were impressed with the features and functionalities of the highly cost-effective thin-client ImageGrid Mammography Viewer. Of particular interest to the radiologists was the highly customizable Mammography Hanging Protocols, which provides each radiologist with the ability to create their own desired workflow parameters and having those settings and preferences saved on the server for easy access from any workstation. In addition, the thin-client aspect of the ImageGrid Mammography Viewer was also attractive in that it allowed radiologists to read studies from anywhere. AIS was pleasantly surprised that the ImageGrid PACS storage/server system on which the Mammography Viewer would reside, was already able to accommodate multiple modalities and there would no additional fees for connecting other AIS modalities to it. In order to achieve the desired workflow, AIS would just need adequate concurrent user licenses for the ImageGrid Advanced Radiology Viewer, a FDA 510(k) cleared thin-client diagnostic reading application also residing on the ImageGrid storage/server system. It soon became apparent that for the cost of two typical Mammography-only Workstations, AIS would be able to replace their existing 4-year old PACS system with a new state-of-the-art ImageGrid Radiology / Mammography PACS solution. AIS implemented the ImageGrid PACS Appliance with 9 TB of archiving capacity along with two Radiology / Mammography workstations at each site. The workstation station – dubbed the “5-Headed Workstation” consists of Dual Head 5 MP for digital mammography, Dual Head 2 MP for General Radiology and a fifth monitor for radiologist worklist. The ResultsToday, AIS has successfully transitioned to digital mammography and offers an ACR accredited program which also includes other women’s health services such as ultrasound, breast MRI, dexa scans and thyroid biopsies. The ImageGrid Radiology/Mammography PACS Appliance was installed and AIS radiologists were able to create the desired hanging protocols and workflow parameters. In a short amount of time, ImageGrid Radiology/Mammography PACS has become a core part of AIS’ enterprisewide workflow. AIS radiologists are able to read all studies from any of their workstations and they can select studies to create their own worklists. They are also able to read studies generated at any of the four centers and provide diagnostic reports in a timely manner.“We were able to replace our 4-year old PACS with the Candelis solution for what we had budgeted to pay for two Mammography-only workstations” said David Soltis, PACS administrator at AIS. “Candelis has been a pleasure to work with and their commitment to customer satisfaction and the willingness to listen to their customers and implement feedback has meant that AIS has been able to get a full-featured solution at a very reasonable price.”ImageGrid’s inherent cost advantages mean that AIS will realize a significant return-on-investment (ROI), giving it the ability and the flexibility to devote financial resources to invest in the latest modalities for better patient care as well asnew facilities.“Candelis has us to grow and better compete with far larger institutions. With our transition to digital imaging completed in a very cost-effective way, we are able to profitably provide timely imaging services to patients and referring physicians,” said Dave Soltis. 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Contiki promotes Dave Marathakis to National Sales Manager

August 19, 2019 0 Comments

first_img TORONTO – Contiki is pleased to announce the promotion of Dave Marathakis as its new National Sales Manager, effective immediately. Once a Trip Manager, Dave first joined the Canada team as a Sales Manager for Eastern Canada before recently becoming the team’s Senior Sales manager. In his new role, Dave will lead sales for the youth travel expert and continue to further develop relationships with trade partners across Canada.“Over the previous four years as a Sales Manager with Contiki, I have had the pleasure of getting to know and helping amazing agents in Canada. With this new and exciting opportunity as National Sales Manager, I am able to pass my passion onto a new, dynamic and young sales team to continue the support and grow our trade partners all over the country,” said Dave Marathakis.“We are delighted to have Dave continue to apply his experience working with our wonderful trade partners in his new role,” said Sheralyn Berry, President of Contiki Canada. “Dave has worked tirelessly to grow sales for our valued partners since joining our team four years ago and we couldn’t think of a better brand advocate to lead our energetic and experienced sales team.”More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckDave can be reached at david.marathakis@contiki.com, via phone on (647) 270-8005 or on Twitter at @Contikidave. Tags: Contiki, Promotions Monday, June 4, 2018 Share Travelweek Group center_img Contiki promotes Dave Marathakis to National Sales Manager Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more