EC allots 552 companies for fourth phase in state

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has allotted 552 companies of Central Forces to conduct the fourth phase of elections in eight constituencies of Bengal on April 29. Berhampore, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Bardhaman, Bardhaman East, Durgapur-Asansol, Bolpur and Birbhum will go to polls on the day.According to an official at the CEO’s office, EC is trying to cover 97 percent polling stations during the fourth phase. The move has been taken up to ensure free and fair elections. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe remaining booths will be manned by the state armed forces. The Commission has already identified the sensitive booths in all the eight constituencies and also the areas where trouble could break out. Meanwhile, it may be mentioned that altogether 324 companies of Central Forces were deployed during the third phase of elections on Tuesday, covering over 92 percent of the polling stations across the five constituencies that went to poll. The deployment of Central Forces had been the highest in Murshidabad and Jangipur with 177 companies, while 94 companies were deployed in Malda North and Malda South. Around 44 companies were pressed into action in Balurghat.last_img read more

US Military Official US Shares Moroccos Concerns About Instability in Sahel

Rabat – Having met with senior officials in Morocco, Army General Stephen T. Townsend, the commander of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), said on August 29 that Morocco is a “strong” counterterrorism partner.During his visit to Rabat, Townsend emphasized to the press the importance of the relationship between Morocco and the US.The US official said that the relationship between the two countries is “based on a mutual commitment to security and sustainable development in the region.” “By training together with other African partners, the US military and the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces can improve our ability to work together and provide a safe, more prosperous future for the region,” he said.Townsend added that Morocco is a regional leader in security as it secures not only its own borders, but also brings security to the rest of Africa through training and peacekeeping operations.Read Also: Donald Trump: US and Morocco Still Have a Lot to Accomplish TogetherThe US military official also spoke about the worrying situation in the Sahel region,  emphasizing that the US share Morocco’s concerns about the instability in the region.Head of Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) Abdelhak Khiame has long warned of the alarming situation in the Sahel.In a series of interviews,  Khiame explained that gangs and criminal networks consider the Sahel region a safe zone for terror cells.He said that a lack of security cooperation in the region is exacerbating the already fraught issue.In response to the threat in the region, Townsend said, “We are working with all of our African partners and international partners to try to solve this problem.”The US official reiterated the US acknowledgment of Morocco’s efforts to stand against extremism, radicalization, and terrorism.Morocco has modernized its security strategy. The surge of terror threats in Morocco urged Morocco to introduce in 2015 the BCIJ, who has been dismantling terror cells for years.The 2018 Global Terrorism Index listed Morocco among the least impacted countries by terrorism. Morocco’s counterterrorism strategy, according to the report, makes the North African country safer than powerful countries, including the US, ranked 20th, and France ranked 30th. Morocco ranked 132nd out of 163 in the 2018 terrorism index.In addition to Morocco’s efforts in curbing terrorism, Townsend also extolled Morocco’s cooperation under peacekeeping operations.Morocco contributes with more than 2,100 uniformed peacekeeping volunteers.Townsend also praised the annual African Lion exercise, the largest exercise that AFRICOM undertakes.Morocco has been hosting the exercise as the primary sponsor for years, Townsend said. He added that the next exercise will convene 3000 participants from 21 partner nations, including at least eight African partner nations. read more

Iraqi Christians fleeing religious violence in Mosul receive UN support

“Protection remains an ongoing concern for the Christian community as well as other vulnerable groups remaining in Mosul,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported yesterday.Fleeing families told OCHA that while many Muslim residents in Mosul had shown sympathy to the plight of the Christian community, continued threatening telephone calls and demands for bribes had caused them to flee.Some women interviewed by OCHA also said they felt pressured to wear the hijab, a veil worn by Muslim women, so as not to be identified as a Christian. The number of people displaced rose from 720 families or 4,320 people on 1 March to 866 families or 5,196 people just three days later. The World Food Programme (WFP), through its partner Islamic Relief, distributed 50 kilograms of wheat flour per family to 638 families in different locations in Ninewa governorate, which includes Mosul – Iraq’s second largest city. Additional families received food assistance through WFP’s programmes for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the neighbouring Dahuk and Erbil governorates. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), through it cooperating partner, International Medical Corps, has announced plans to conduct an awareness campaign on child protection for all IDPs in the areas of displacement.In addition, the Kurdistan Regional Government has issued directives to local universities to facilitate the enrolment of affected Christian students after they reported that they were not attending classes in their hometown.The humanitarian effort is overseen by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), with support from OCHA, local Iraqi authorities, the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) and other UN agencies. 9 March 2010The United Nations and local authorities in northern Iraq are providing food, hygiene kits, kerosene and other humanitarian aid to hundreds of Christian families who fled their homes in the city of Mosul following targeted intimidation and violence. read more

Tom Bradys Statistical Place In The Pantheon Of NFL QBs

17Jake Delhomme+4812337Matt Hasselbeck+22607 11Jim Plunkett+6547731Bernie Kosar+25207 20Dan Marino+4023640Joe Namath+19573 15Brett Favre+502035Troy Aikman+2071 8Drew Brees+8710528Doug Williams+29832 4Joe Montana+795124Daryle Lamonica+3008 19Daryle Lamonica+4287939Bob Griese+19743 10Dan Fouts+686330Matt Schaub+2379 18Boomer Esiason+394438Mark Brunell+1935 8Ken Anderson+712628Roman Gabriel+2564 9Drew Brees+686329Jeff Garcia+2442 16Kurt Warner+434436John Brodie+1978 2Tom Brady+1192122Sonny Jurgensen+3145 11Ben Roethlisberger+561531Joe Namath+2371 1Peyton Manning+1379121Trent Green+3512 14Philip Rivers+520434Bart Starr+2155 20Len Dawson+354640Bert Jones+1852 9Steve Young+7104529Len Dawson+28991 14Bart Starr+6197034Dan Fouts+23589 3Tom Brady+13135523Eli Manning+38401 13Aaron Rodgers+6203133Donovan McNabb+23794 5Steve Young+785425Donovan McNabb+2837 Of course, any good ranking of quarterbacks should also give credit for performance in the playoffs, and Brady’s trump card over Manning has always been the postseason. But here’s where the twist comes in: After crediting playoff passing value over average (according to the same formula described above) with weight given to each game according to how much it changes a team’s probability of winning the Super Bowl relative to the average regular season game — a form of leverage index for the importance of football games — Brady passes Manning but is surpassed by two others: Joe Montana and our old friend Kurt Warner: 6Aaron Rodgers+754526Jim Kelly+2669 A vast amount of column space was spent this week debating whether Tom Brady had finally ascended to No. 1 in the all-time pantheon of quarterbacking greatness. (Many of the articles argued that, yes, Brady is now the best ever.)These assessments leaned heavily on the fact that Brady is tied with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for the most Super Bowl victories of any quarterback. But even Patriots fans have to acknowledge that “count the rings” isn’t the most nuanced argument in the world. So, what do the numbers say about Brady’s legacy?The common narrative is that early-career Brady wasn’t a statistical monster, to the point that his playoff wins over Peyton Manning in 2003 and 2004 were held up as victories for clutch, gritty winners everywhere. But the truth is that, in addition to his gaudy record as a postseason starter, Brady was one of the league’s top five to 10 regular-season quarterbacks statistically even before his transformation into a passing efficiency god in 2007.In other words, the “clutch game manager” phase of Brady’s career was never as game manager-y as his detractors made it out to be. And ever since, he’s been as efficient a regular-season QB as any in NFL history.To measure QB performance, I used Chase Stuart’s formula for passing value, which compares a quarterback’s adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A) to the league average after adjusting for home-field advantage, weather effects and strength of schedule. By that metric, the late-career version of Brady owns practically every stretch of the best consecutive peak passing regular seasons in the Super Bowl era:Now, some of that is due to sheer passing volume; while shorter schedules have been prorated to 16 games, today’s passers drop back so much more often per game than their predecessors did that they have more chances to add value. Even so, Brady’s stats have risen far above those of his peers (including Manning) during the peak of his career once all the aforementioned adjustments are made.In terms of total career regular season value, however, Brady does not rank No. 1 among Super Bowl era quarterbacks — his 11,921 adjusted yards of value over average ranks second to Manning’s 13,791-yard mark: 1Joe Montana+20768021Mark Rypien+39538 5Peyton Manning+12247425Colin Kaepernick+35337 4Terry Bradshaw+12641024Ken Anderson+37520 2Kurt Warner+14377922Phil Simms+38564 3Dan Marino+1035423John Hadl+3094 16Joe Flacco+5043836Erik Kramer+23353 QUARTERBACKWEIGHTED VALUEQUARTERBACKWEIGHTED VALUE 7Fran Tarkenton+742127Carson Palmer+2620 7Brett Favre+10093527Jim McMahon+32416 QUARTERBACKREG. SEASON VALUEQUARTERBACKREG. SEASON VALUE 12Ken Stabler+6337232Philip Rivers+24280 Why? Under the leverage-weighted scheme, playoff games are given an incredible amount of emphasis. Wild card games are worth about 26 times as much as the average regular season game; that multiplier becomes 51 for the divisional round, 102 for the conference championship games and a whopping 205 for the Super Bowl (you can read more about this math at the end of the post).Because of the extreme weighting given to playoff games, Brady loses ground to Montana, whose three best Super Bowls were each at least 47 adjusted yards of value better than any of Brady’s Super Bowls. (Montana’s worst Super Bowl was also better than three of Brady’s Super Bowls.) Warner also gets a massive boost from his Super Bowl performances in 2000 and 2009 — the latter of which ranks as the single-best passing game of the Super Bowl era after adjusting for the strength of opponent and the leverage of the game — in addition to big games at lower rungs of the playoff ladder. Adding in the postseason hurts Brady.So, is Brady the best all of time? At his regular-season peak, he might very well be. And if he has a few more great seasons, he could pass Manning on career value over average. But for now, Montana reigns supreme among Super Bowl-era QBs when playoff performance is included in the calculations.Here’s how the math works out: The average regular-season game moves a team’s chances of winning the Super Bowl by about 0.24 percentage points. That’s because every team starts out with a 1 in 32 chance of winning it all, which inevitably moves to either zero (for the 20 teams who miss the playoffs) or 1 in 12 ( for playoff teams) once all 16 games are played. Meanwhile, the Super Bowl swings each team’s chances by 50 percent — either up from 50-50 to 100 percent, or down to zero. 10John Elway+7059330Mark Sanchez+28016 15Roger Staubach+5680335Joe Theismann+23474 12Tony Romo+540632Jim Hart+2303 17John Elway+430037Daunte Culpepper+1936 18Russell Wilson+4311838Randall Cunningham+20142 13Roger Staubach+530333Phil Simms+2161 19Bob Griese+356439Matt Ryan+1865 6Troy Aikman+11564826Jeff Hostetler+33862 read more

Weekly football picks Week 12

The weekly picks race is heating up. James Laurinaitis tightened his grip on first place with a 3-0 week, pulling ahead of the pack by two games. Defending champion Quinn Pitcock checks in two games off the pace at 23-12. There’s a three-way tie for third place now, as Zack Meisel pulled even with Dallas Lauderdale and Justin Zwick after correctly predicting South Carolina to beat Florida last Saturday. This week, Meisel is by himself in choosing Iowa to knock off Ohio State. Everyone likes Wisconsin to top Michigan, and the participants are split on the outcome of Virginia Tech-Miami. read more

Lewd best mans speech at Pippa Middletons wedding as bride is likened

first_imgThe wedding is rumoured to have cost Pippa’s parents Carole and Michael hundreds of thousands of pounds, with an expensive glass marquee and posh portable toilets hired for the evening reception at their Bucklebury home. Mr Johannsen added in a warm tribute to Pippa’s “gutsiness, spirit and beauty”. He called her “the image of perfection”.As James said, they met in Scotland in 2009 and a friendship blossomed.They have a deep and instinctive love for each other.I think I can say for everyone, that you look stunning. The image of perfection. I know that James first fell in love with your gutsiness and your spirit and then succumbed to your beauty. You make James extremely happy.You have a voir la joie that warms the hearts of everyone who knows you and you have won the heart of the best man that I know. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. But, after tribute to the groom himself, the tone apparently went downhill quickly with a series of references to buttock clenching, lads’ weekends and gay bars. One involved Mr Matthews’ spaniel, Rafa, the Daily Mail reported.Mr Johannsen apparently said: “Now to the love of James’ life: beautiful, energetic, loyal, soft-mouthed, comes on command, great behind. But that is enough about Jame’s spaniel, Rafa, I’m here to talk about James’ love, Pippa.” The pair were seen smiling as they drove to the reception for the new bride and groom who tied the knot at the picturesque St Mark’s church in the Berkshire village of Englefield.center_img A bawdy best man’s speech that likened Pippa Middleton to a dog and made several near-the-knuckle jokes left an awkward silence at her wedding, it was reported today.James Matthews’ best man is said to have made crude punchlines about sex and made a lewd gag about the couple’s honeymoon at the evening reception on Saturday.It was claimed Justin Johannsen, a long-time friend of Mr Matthews, stepped up to the mic at 11.30pm after a five-course dinner and started with tributes to guests who had travelled to the wedding. The society nuptials of the year was witnessed by family, close friends and famous faces including tennis star Roger Federer and wife Mirka, celebrity Donna Air, Princess Eugenie, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, as well as Prince George and Princess Charlotte.Also among the congregation of the 12th century church in Englefield, was Pippa’s uncle Gary Goldsmith and Lady Gabriella Windsor, daughter of Prince and Princess Micheal of Kent. With the wedding shadowed in secrecy, I can reveal, and wish the bride and groom a happy honeymoon in North Wales.At least that’s where I presume they are going as I heard Spencer saying that after the wedding, he [James] was going to Bangor for two weeks. Enjoy the Welsh coast, guys.Mr Johannsen joined Pippa, Mr Matthews and Pippa’s brother James in a cycling race across America in 2014 as their team of eight riders covered 3,000 miles.last_img read more

Fatheroftwo who regularly confronted drug dealers beaten to death on his doorstep

Forensic officer at the scene Cecil Tomlin Another man who lives in the block with his children, said that drug dealers were often seen in the area. “They have been hiding out on the stairwells and doing it,” he said.  Forensic officers have been at the scene since Wednesday Emergency services, including London’s air ambulance arrived at the scene on Wednesday afternoon after reports of a group of men fighting, but Mr Tomlin was pronounced dead shortly after. Police are yet to make any arrests.It is understood that Tomlin had clashed with his fellow resident before over drug users turning up in the middle of the night, and causing a disturbance for neighbours.“Every night, they would ring all the buzzers asking to get in to go the dealer’s flat,” said a neighbour.“Ian used to get really annoyed, especially when his kids were there and he had confronted them in the past. He was not a violent person but he always wanted to protect his kids.”Mr Tomlin had two children, aged around seven and ten and had previously worked driving elderly residents in a council-funded bus. He was the third of four brothers and had lived in his flat for more than 20 years.A staff member at Battersea Fish Bar, which is just next to the building, said that up until three years ago, police used to conduct a weekly report about anti social behaviour on the estate.“But since 2015, you hardly ever see police round here,” he added.  Cecil Tomlin, father of Ian, said that his son had confronted drug dealers According to people who were at the scene at the time, he sustained stab wounds to the neck and head. The attackers fled the scene by the time police reached the building.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A father-of two who regularly confronted drug dealers outside his home has been beaten to death on his doorstep.Ian Tomlin, 46 was brutally attacked in a stairwell of his block of flats in Battersea, south London, after an altercation with a fellow resident – who is an alleged dealer – and a second man, witnesses said.Mr Tomlin, who drove a waste disposal truck for Wandsworth Council, had previously expressed his concern at the illicit activities of a gang of men who hung around the building where his children live, and had a long-running grudge with the man who lives close by.Speaking at the scene in Battersea yesterday, Mr Tominlin’s grieving father Cecil Tomlin, 84, said his son shared his fears over people dealing drugs outside his ground floor flat two months ago.”He has been afraid of them (drug dealers),” he said. “He don’t smoke and they were selling drugs outside his house.”He said ‘Don’t sell here!’ He said ‘Don’t come here and sell drugs because I can’t stand the scent of it’.” “My son used to hate taking the lift and coming down the stairs because they would be dealing drugs.”An further resident added: “Everyone is too afraid to talk. I phone in complaints but nothing happens.”There are always problems around here, there is a gang who hide from the police behind my kids’ nursery. I saw a man get cornered by two guys, they pulled a huge knife on him like yesterday.”A woman, who lives in the block, said last night: “Ian was very against the drug dealers and especially the antisocial behaviour when he had his children with him. Noise up to four of five in the morning.”The police haven’t been able to tackle the rise of drugs on this estate.”A Scotland Yard spokesman said Mr Tomlin was pronounced dead at the scene at 6.15pm. He added: “All other suspects had fled the scene prior to police arrival.”The incident took place within a communal area of a block of flats in Charlotte Despard Avenue.”Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating.”Local MP Marsha de Cordova urged anyone with information to contact police. She said: “I am very sorry to learn that another life has been taken as a result of violent crime in Battersea. My thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s friends and family.”   read more

Une pétition pour préserver la faune et la flore en zone de

first_imgUne pétition pour préserver la faune et la flore en zone de conflitL’association The Earth Organization (TEO) a lancé une pétition pour améliorer la protection des animaux captifs lors de conflits. L’objectif visé est d’instaurer une loi internationale qui obligerait les pays à respecter l’environnement, et ce même en temps guerre. Alors que de nombreux conflits se déclenchent chaque année dans le monde, ceux-ci font souvent passer l’environnement et la préservation des territoires au second plan. Ainsi, lors des conflits armés, les forêts et les récoltes sont très souvent détruites, l’eau et les sols sont souillés et les animaux chassés ou tués. Pourtant, tout ceci représente un enjeu énorme pour la vie humaine et les ressources dont elle a besoin.  À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?C’est face à ce constat que l’association The Earth Organization (TEO) a décidé de lancer une pétition pour alerter de la menace mais aussi appeler à y réagir. Les militants espèrent en effet inciter les Nations Unies à adopter une résolution visant à mieux encadrer la biodiversité et sa préservation dans toute sorte de situation. “La faune et la flore doivent être protégées en temps de guerre. Mettre en péril la Nature, ça se répercute sur les populations et les écosystèmes et pour longtemps”, explique la présidente de TEO France, Noëlle Sagout. Celle-ci évoque “aussi la possibilité d’inculper de crime de guerre les personnes qui portent atteinte à l’environnement”. Pour se faire entendre, l’association a besoin de l’appui de 50.000 personnes. Ainsi, elle pourra soumettre sa pétition aux Nations Unies et tenter se faire entendre pour instaurer une telle résolution. Pour signer la pétition de The Earth Organization : www.wildlifeinwarzones.comLe 5 février 2012 à 10:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Gotham Sets Up its Season Finale in the Most Bonkers Way Possible

first_img NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News Stay on target With the two-hour season finale happening next week, Gotham spent last night racing to get all its pieces in place. That meant multiple storylines all happening at once, which doesn’t always work out well for this series. Fortunately, this week’s episode had all its plots moving at a fast pace and kept piling on the crazy. It certainly kept things fun, and what more do we want from Gotham at this point?It’s hard to call any of last night’s stories the main one, but most of them revolved in some way around the Tetch virus. At the end of last week, Lee injected herself with the virus, and now we got to see what it did to her. Gordon visits her house to check up on her, and she’s gone full Morticia Addams on us. The virus, she says, has made her realize how much she loves Gordon. She wants him to inject himself so they can be happy, infected and violent together. No matter how your love life is going, at least you don’t have Jim Gordon’s.Jim, of course, refuses and Lee knocks him out and buries him alive. Gotham has shown us a lot of messed up stuff this season. Decapitation, impalement, a guy getting his face punched off… None of those things have quite disturbed me as much as this. Something about waking up in a confined space, deep underground with little hope of escape is chilling on a primal level that no amount of gore can surpass. The extreme close-ups necessitated by the situation only make Gordon’s scenes feel more claustrophobic and desperate. It’s effective at keeping things tense in a set-up episode like this. It’s soon revealed that the entire purpose behind burying Gordon alive is to force him to inject himself with the virus. That will give him the strength to bust out of the coffin. He resists at first, but that’s where another plot of this episode comes in.GOTHAM: Ben McKenzie (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)The GCPD is spread pretty thin this week. Not only do they have a missing detective to find, Bruce Wayne has been kidnapped, and there’s a virus-filled bomb about to go off somewhere in the city. Thankfully, there’s Alfred, who becomes the best part of the episode. I love what Gotham has done with his character, turning him into a ruthless, trained fighter who cares deeply for Bruce Wayne. Having him interrogate Strange by dangling him off a building is a great way to make an expository scene interesting. He finds Bruce just before he and the shaman detonate the bomb. Interestingly, Bruce’s hands are still mostly clean, despite the brainwashing. He hesitated to give the order to kill the Court of Owls, and in front of Alfred, he hesitated again to detonate the bomb. Both times, the shaman had to intervene. Bruce is still in there somewhere. It’ll just be difficult for Alfred to bring him out.The Court of Owls’ death was a lame ending to a lame “villain.” It was flashy and bloody, but we were never given a reason to care about them. They were a shadowy organization that never did anything, and were never really in control to begin with. Worse yet, after Alfred kills the Shaman, who the Court had been treating like a leader, we find out that he wasn’t really the leader. There was someone above him. I don’t care anymore. If you’re going to have a secret organization that runs the city, you have to have them do something. Let us in on what their agenda is, or why we should even care that they run everything. The threat of a coming bomb isn’t enough when they’ve accomplished nothing before it.GOTHAM: Sean Pertwee (Cr: Jessica Miglio/FOX)The bomb does go off though, which should make for an insane season finale next week. Plus, , Gordon figured out where the bomb was, but his walkie talkie stopped working. Unable to tell Bullock of the bomb’s location, he took injected the virus into himse and punched his way out of the grave. He wasn’t able to stop the bomb, though. Lee escaped from the GCPD thanks to the most inept guard in the world, and the two fought just long enough for the bomb to explode. Jim’s story was tense, fun and crazy, but it’s probably nothing compared to what we’re in for next week.The most disappointing storyline this week was the war between Penguin and the Riddler. With everything else going on, what should have been a fun villain battle turned into a dull series of conversations. The Riddler didn’t do anything that smart, and even Barbara was given nothing to do. The actors all did very well with what they were given, but it still felt like they were there to fill up time. It was a bad sign when Selina offhandedly mentioned that Mr. Freeze and Firefly just left. Great, take away the two coolest villains in Penguin’s arsenal. So there was bickering, infighting, Penguin and Riddler each gaining the upper hand and losing it. That was about it. Even the surprise reveal of Fish Mooney’s return couldn’t save this storyline. I always liked her as a character, but not having seen her for months and not knowing what she wants, it’s hard to care. She’s just another faction in this criminal underworld war story that squandered a lot of its potential this week.GOTHAM: L-R: Robin Lord Taylor and Maggie Geha (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)Despite the Penguin-Riddler battle not being all we hoped it could be, last night’s episode still did its job. It was an hour of crazy, occasionally stupid fun that set up for even more in next week’s season finale. Hopefully, the writers have figured out what to do with Lee now that she and Gordon are both infected with the virus. All season, she’s just kind of been there telling everyone how terrible Gordon is again and again. This episode at least gave her something else to do, which was interesting. Let’s hope they go further with it in next week’s two-hour finale.last_img read more

The Sun is Belching Massive Blobs of Plasma

first_imgStay on target NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Passes By Sun for Third TimeMoon Glows Brighter Than Sun in NASA Fermi’s Vibrant Images There is a lot we still don’t know about solar wind—the stream of charged particles released from the Sun’s corona.But thanks to Simone Di Matteo, a space physics Ph.D. student at Italy’s University of L’Aquila, we now know a little bit more.The problem with studying solar wind from Earth is distance.According to NASA, in the time it takes the air currents to race across 93 million miles between us and the Sun, important clues about its origins—including temperature and density—fade.“You’re constantly asking yourself, ‘How much of what I’m seeing here is because of evolution over four days in transit, and how much came straight from the Sun?’” solar scientist Nicholeen Viall said in a statement.But data collected 45 years ago by two German-American Helios spacecraft—some of which was gathered at just one-third the distance between Earth and the Sun—could help begin to answer these questions.Using an advanced solar wind model to link magnetic maps of the star’s surface to Helios’ observations, researchers were able to see what sorts of regions on the Sun were likely to form into burbs of solar wind.Then, after removing false patterns created by the spacecraft alternating between two instruments, they finally spotted what they were looking for: long trains of massive blobs—like a lava lamp’s bubbles, but anywhere from 50 to 500 times the size of Earth—in the solar wind.While scientists have spotted these belches from Earth, this marks the first time they’ve studied them this close to the Sun, and with this level of detail.In a paper published earlier this year by the journal JGR Space Physics, the team describes five instances that Helios happened to catch trains of blobs, outlining conclusive evidence that the blobs are hotter and denser than typical solar wind.Bubble intervals and variations remain a mystery, however.“This is one of those studies that brought up more questions than we answered,” Viall said. “But that’s perfect for the Parker Solar Probe,” a NASA robotic spacecraft currently en route to probe the outer corona of the Sun.Eventually, the capsule will get so close it could catch blobs right after they’ve formed.More on ‘Plasma Rain’ on Sun Connects Two Solar MysteriesEvidence of Enormous, 2,600-Year-Old Solar Storm Found in GreenlandParker Solar Probe Snaps Stunning Close-Up of Sunlast_img read more

Rick Rita Case awarded with Leadership Award at Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance held their annual meeting Thursday night at the Signature Grand.The alliance presented their Leadership Award to Rick and Rita Case for their contributions to the group, including helping bring jobs to South Florida.“We run ads up north in the winter time,” Rick Case said. “We get people to come down here where it’s nice and sunny and warm and move their businesses down here, so it’s a great evening tonight, and we’re really excited about it.”“We love this county. It’s been great, and we look forward to being a part of it’s growth for many years to come,” said Rita Case.The alliance also spoke about the progress they have made in job creation and retention.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The New Yorker Wins Webby Award for Best Magazine Site

first_imgBest Visual Design won the People’s Voice winner (Monet2010 took the official award)Best Business Blog: TechCrunch (Huffington Post Business took the People’s Voice) was The People’s Voice winner ( received the official award)Food & took both official and The People’s Voice awards took the official award (The Escapist from Themis Media won The People’s Voice). The took the official 2011 Webby Award for “Best Magazine” while National Geographic was named top magazine in The Webby People’s Voice Awards, which allowed the general public to cast a vote in each category. The full list of Webby Award winners is available here. This year, magazine brands received multiple Webby Award nominations–which honor achievement in Web sites, online film and video, mobile and apps and interactive advertising and media–in categories that went well beyond “Best magazine.” Other winners include:Best Copywriting:The New (The People’s Voice winner: The Use of (which took both the official award and The People’s Voice)last_img read more

Skift Nabs Another 11 Million in Seed Funding

first_imgThis round, which brings the total raised to $1.5 million, was led by Lerer Ventures, along with another four firms and eight angel investors, including Jason Clacanis, Michael Cunniff and Martin Nisenholtz.Ali adds that the company is moving into its revenue stage with the first of two premium subscription services launching next month. The site expects to attract about 500,000 uniques in May, with about 25 percent arriving via mobile. Helping that traffic flow are licensing and distribution partnerships with,, LinkedIn, Advertising Age, Flipboard and Quartz. Skift, a b-to-b and consumer travel information and data services company, has secured another $1.1 million in seed capital from several venture firms and a new group of angel investors. The funds will go toward doubling staff size from 5 to 10 (a new head of sales, two more developers, a social media manager and another reporter) and dedicated office space, says founder and CEO Rafat Ali.last_img read more

Renewable Energy Sector Remains Optimistic Amid Trump Policy Outlook

first_imgLauren Sommer/KQEDAbout a quarter of California’s electricity comes from renewable sources, like this wind farm outside San Diego.President-elect Donald Trump has appointed several Cabinet members with strong ties to oil and gas. And he’s been clear about his support for coal. That could leave renewable energy companies out in the cold.But the picture isn’t as dire for them as you might think.“I know a lot about solar — I love solar,” Trump said at a campaign rally in California last summer. “Except there’s a problem with it. It’s got a lot of problems with it. One problem is it’s so expensive.”That’s probably enough to make most solar company executives break out in a sweat. But not Michael Wheeler at Recurrent Energy.“We’re feeling as though we’re going to be OK,” he says.Wheeler looks genuinely calm as he says this in his San Francisco office, which has big photos of the solar farms his company builds. And the reason why: he says Trump is wrong.“Anybody who thinks that solar is expensive at the utility scale right now hasn’t seen the latest,” Wheeler says. “Solar’s price, because it’s a technology, will continue to go lower and lower.”Power from big solar projects is about 70 percent cheaper today than it was a decade ago. Wind power has also come down. That has electric utilities choosing renewables on cost alone, even in red states like Texas and Georgia.“Clean energy is not a niche product anymore,” Wheeler says.Not to mention, the Trump administration might open public lands up for development. Environmentalists don’t like that but it could make it easier for solar and wind companies to build projects.But there are few things that Wheeler and other renewable companies are worried about. For one, they rely on longstanding tax credits.They were extended in Congress last December. But Trump has complained about those subsidies. Wheeler says canceling them could hurt demand for solar and wind, but wouldn’t kill it.The other big issue is Obama’s climate change policy, known as the Clean Power Plan, which would require states to move away from coal power. Wheeler says that would have quadrupled the market for renewables, but Trump has vowed to toss it out.“To have that be messaged as being dead was pretty heart-wrenching,” Wheeler says.Still, the federal government isn’t the only place policy gets made. Dan Kammen, an energy professor at UC Berkeley, says sometimes a hostile White House can energize regional efforts.“I think there’s no question states are going to be critical,” he says. “Just like under President George Bush, we saw tremendous action at the state level.”California is all in on renewables. State law requires 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. And 28 other states also have goals, most of which are likely to stick around even if the Clean Power Plan goes away.Kammen says that means the renewable energy market has momentum. It’s only a question of how much. “An administration can dramatically put its finger on the scale and accelerate that or they can hold it back,” he says.In the meantime, demand for renewables is growing worldwide. Kammen was recently in Dubai, where solar farms are being planned at record-low costs — a sign to him that renewables are here to stay, no matter what the next administration does.Copyright 2016 KQED Public Media. To see more, visit KQED Public Media. Sharelast_img read more

Eastern HS Marching Band Chosen for Capitals Parade

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comSocial media marketing turned out to be a great tool for Eastern High School’s marching band this past weekend, as it got them one of the biggest and historic gigs in the District this year- a chance to play for the Washington Capitals’ victory parade June 12.It all started when Mark Roy, band director for Eastern’s marching band, tweeted asking for an invitation to perform at the victory parade.Eastern High School’s marching band. (Courtesy Photo)“The Eastern High School Marching Band would like to participate in the Caps Victory Parade… invite us,” Roy wrote on June 8.That same day, Roy took his marketing up an extra notch tagging politicians and publications, including the AFRO, in various tweets soliciting the sounds of Eastern’s band.The following day Ward 6 Council member, Charles Allen (D) joined the Twitter conversation.Embed Tweet:Hey @Capitals… looking for an outstanding marching band for the parade? I know a few folks… @EasternHS. h/t @MisterMR2u— Charles Allen (@charlesallen) June 9, 2018Just two days later, on June 10, Roy took back to Twitter to share the good news about his band students.Embed Tweet:Congratulations are in order, Eastern High School just got the call and we have been invited to participate in Caps Victory Parade. Thanks everyone @joeweedon @charlesallen @pinderDCPS @DCPSChancellor @brown_sah @WashPostDC @fox5dc @wusa9 @ABC7News @NBCNews— Mark Roy (@MisterMR2u) June 10, 2018Allen also took to Twitter to congratulate the Eastern Ramblers.Embed Tweet:I’m hearing it may be official! Catch your @EasternHS Ramblers marching in the @Capitals #ALLCAPS Parade on Tuesday!— Charles Allen (@charlesallen) June 10, 2018The Caps’ victory parade is June 12 at 11 a.m.  and begins at Constitution and 17th Streets N.W.last_img read more

Now GroupA officers to submit Self Appraisal Report online

first_imgKolkata: In a unique initiative, Bengal government is all set to introduce an online system of ‘Self Appraisal Report’ for all the Group-A officers from June this year, bringing more transparency in the entire system of administration.The new system will help the government to access, through a centralized format, the data of every individual officer, their performance and qualities at the click of a mouse. State Finance department has given the platform where Group-A officers have to submit data of their achievements, the areas where they performed exceptionally or in areas they lagged behind, from June this year after the portal goes live. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThis move will not only fix the accountability of the bureaucrats but also enable the government to recognise the best performing officers in each department. For the smooth management of the ‘Self Appraisal Report’, a concept of nodal officer has been introduced.According to a recent notification issued by the state Finance department, the nodal officer shall be a Group-A officer who will create the chain of ‘Self Appraisal Report’ (SAR) flow in the system and specify the reporting channel in online mode. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThere shall be at least one nodal officer for each cadre of a department. The nodal officers may be created in the department, directorate, district, sub-division or block level depending upon the stakeholders created in the system, who will authenticate the SAR flow from employee to reporting, reviewing or accepting authorities.The nodal officer shall also be responsible for defining the system i.e whether the flow of SAR will be offline or online. The nodal officer may also change the reporting/reviewing/accepting authorities with specific reason.Only one SAR shall be written by an officer for any particular period of the appraisal year and there will be a single reporting, reviewing or accepting authority at each level of assessment who will be specified in the reporting chain/hierarchy by the concerned nodal officer. There would not be more than one person assessing an SAR in the capacity of reporting, reviewing or accepting authority for a given a period of time under any circumstances. In case of a delay in appraisal by any of the reporting, reviewing or accepting authorities or for any other reason, the nodal officer may take away the SAF from that authority and allot it to his successor or to his higher authority to make the assessment. The appraisal including assessment against the attributes will be made by the reporting authority with respect to the self appraisal submitted by the concerned officer. The reviewing authority shall record his remarks in the SAR, while accepting authority will accept the self appraisal report by making his own assessment appropriately. The cadre controlling authority for the cadres will decide whether the SAR is to be disclosed to the officer.After coming to power, the Mamata Banerjee government has stressed on the comprehensive development of e-governance to bring in more transparency in the administration and also to make officers accountable.last_img read more

Why is yawning so contagious

first_imgEver wondered why we catch a yawn even if we are not tired? An area of our brain responsible for motor function may be to blame, a study suggests. Researchers at the University of Nottingham in the UK have found that our ability to resist yawning when someone else near us yawns is limited. Our urge to yawn is increased if we are instructed to resist yawning. However, no matter how hard we try to stifle a yawn, it might change how we yawn but it would not alter our propensity to yawn, they said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study suggests that the human propensity for contagious yawning is triggered automatically by primitive reflexes in the primary motor cortex – an area of the brain responsible for motor function. The researchers also found that the urge to yawn – our propensity for contagious yawning – is individual to each one of us.”These findings may be particularly important in understanding the association between motor excitability and the occurrence of echophenomena in a wide range of clinical conditions linked to increased cortical excitability and decreased physiological inhibition such as epilepsy, dementia, autism, and Tourette syndrome,” said Professor Stephen Jackson, who led the study. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveContagious yawning is triggered involuntarily when we observe another person yawn. It is a common form of echophenomena – the automatic imitation of another’s words (echolalia) or actions (echopraxia). It is not just the humans who have a propensity for contagious yawning – chimpanzees and dogs do it too. To test the link between motor excitability and the neural basis for contagious yawning, the researchers used transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). They recruited 36 adults to help with their study. These volunteers viewed video clips showing someone else yawning and were instructed to either resist yawning or to allow themselves to yawn.The participants were videoed throughout, and their yawns and stifled yawns were counted. Using electrical stimulation they were also able to increase the urge to yawn. “This research has shown that the ‘urge’ is increased by trying to stop yourself,” said Georgina Jackson, professor at Nottingham. “Using electrical stimulation we were able to increase excitability and in doing so increase the propensity for contagious yawning,” said Jackson.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more Technology | Angiography | March 01, 2019 iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio iSchemaView announced the release of RAPID Angio, a complete neuroimaging solution for the angiography suite that… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | April 04, 2019 Omega Medical Imaging Launches AI-enabled FluoroShield for Radiation Reduction The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Omega Medical Imaging 510(k) clearance to offer their artificial… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more Related Content News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 04, 2019 Aidoc Announces CE Mark for AI-based Pulmonary Embolism Workflow Tool Artificial intelligence (AI) radiology solution provider Aidoc announced the commercial release of its CE-marked… read more 360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more News | Advanced Visualization | February 25, 2019 Philips and Microsoft Showcase Augmented Reality for Image-Guided Minimally Invasive Therapies Philips will unveil a new mixed reality concept developed together with Microsoft that the company says is designed for… read more Philips and Microsoft have partnered to develop an augmented reality system to help imporve workflow and procedural navigation in the cath lab. Physicians wearing visors can view and interact with true 3-D holograms above the patient on the table and manipulate the image with voice and hand motion commands to avoid breaking the sterile field.  July 21, 2009 – The FCR Prima digital X-ray system from FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA Inc. was created specifically to meet the X-ray needs of low volume private practices, and is now available.Designed to eliminate any existing barriers to the adoption of digital X-ray, the Fuji Computed Radiography (FCR) Prima comes complete with a compact CR reader, an electronic viewing workstation, and an archiving system, enabling facilities to quickly and easily transition to a softcopy imaging environment.The FCR Prima is a complete image acquisition-to-archive solution that provides private practices with the image quality they need in a compact size designed for their office space, and delivered at an economical price point. It is packaged with the FCRView, which combines a softcopy viewing system and digital archive system so facilities can initiate and preview exposures, process and print studies, and back up patient data from one workstation. And with the new FCRView Client Workstation software, image viewing is enabled on up to four additional workstations within the practice. All the functionality comes in a compact size of just 23.6-in. W x 15.7-in. D x 30.7-in. H, making it the smallest footprint of any available competitive system. The FCR Prima is also weighs nearly 30 percent less than Fujifilm’s current system.Lastly, in addition to the diagnostic benefits of digital x-ray, there are also long-term financial and “green” benefits that facilities will immediately benefit from upon implementation. The cost of consumables is eliminated, as soft copy viewing and storage replace the need to buy and dispose of chemicals. There is also no need to purchase and store film, allowing rooms previously devoted to file cabinets and dark rooms to now be converted into more profitable office space such as an extra exam room.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Mobile C-Arms | February 18, 2019 Philips Launches Zenition Mobile C-arm Platform Philips announced the launch of Philips Zenition, its new mobile C-arm imaging platform. Mobile C-arms are X-ray… read more FCR Prima digital X-ray system Technology | July 22, 2009 Fuji’s New X-Ray Targets Private Practices last_img read more

Rush University Medical Center Selects Agfa HealthCare DR Solutions

first_img News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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In a very competitive decision process, Agfa HealthCare showed particular strength in full leg/full spine (FLFS) imaging with its EasyStitch technology, and in its customer-focused approach. Rush University Medical Center’s previous experience with Agfa’s MUSICA image processing and workflow also played a role in the decision. The contract was signed earlier this year, and implementation has been underway.In 2016, Agfa will also install a DX-D 600 DR system in an outpatient facility that is currently under construction by the medical center.Rush University Medical Center is a not-for-profit, 664-bed academic medical center in Chicago affiliated with Rush University. It is nationally and internationally known for many specialties of care, areas of research and its new medical hospital building, the Tower. In 2015 U.S. News & World Report ranked Rush University Medical Center sixth in the nation for orthopedics, and among the top hospitals in the country for neurology and neurosurgery, geriatrics, gynecology, urology, cancer and nephrology.Having implemented an Agfa HealthCare DX-D DR Retrofit in 2014, the center decided to implement additional, new DR equipment. Four major suppliers were considered, and Agfa HealthCare was chosen. “After a very careful consideration of the solutions available on the market, we were pleased to select Agfa HealthCare as our supplier for our new DR equipment,” said Bernard F. Peculis, MS, MBA, director, diagnostic services for Rush University Medical Center. “Their digital radiography solutions offered us leading-edge image quality among the systems we reviewed, and Agfa was flexible and creative in working with us to meet immediate and future needs.”The hospital will implement both the DX-D 600 and DX-D 300. Combining user-friendly design with excellent image quality and dose efficiency in a high-productivity direct digital X-ray room, the fully automatic DX-D 600 offers the latest in auto-positioning technology. Fully motorized and auto-positioning, it is ideal for facilities with a high patient load that are looking to streamline workflow to increase patient comfort.The DX-D 300 with fully motorized U-arm offers a small size and floor-mounting that make it very easy and cost-effective to install, in even a limited space. Yet it can handle a broad range of X-ray studies, including supine lateral examinations. This adaptability makes it ideal for use with all patients, even those less mobile, whether they are in sitting, standing or lying positions.Both solutions come with Agfa’s next-generation MUSICA image processing. MUSICA is fully automatic, easy to use and renders detail throughout the image, independent of the exam type. In addition, the software improves workflow because there is little or no need for manual post-processing for technologists or physicians as it provides consistent, high-quality images with few retakes. The high-quality cesium iodide detector technology combined with MUSICA processing also means potential dose reduction of up to 60 percent for patients.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more last_img read more

President Ortega celebrates anniversary Costa Rica opens shelters

first_img Facebook Comments Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega flashes the V-sign during the commemoration of the 39th Anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution at “La Fe” square in Managua on July 19, 2018.Thursday marked the 39th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution’s victory that first brought him to power; celebrations took place after Ortega intensified a deadly crackdown on protesters demanding he step down, and as Costa Rica opened shelters for Nicaraguans fleeing the violence in their country.Read more tomorrow on Costa Rica’s response to the Nicaraguan crisis as the situation worsens. Related posts:Nicaragua clashes leave eight dead including baby: rights group Music and migration: The struggles of Ceshia Ubau Nicaraguan resistance group speaks out, refutes Nicaragua pointing finger at Costa Rica for attacks U.S. Congress looks to condition loans to Nicaragua on political changescenter_img Nicaragua forces triumphant after storming opposition strongholdlast_img read more