What Is Not a Buying Signal

first_imgThere is a lot of confusion about what is a buying signal and what isn’t.LinkedInA prospective client accepting your LinkedIn connection request is not a buying signal. The barrier for most people when it comes to accepting connection requests on LinkedIn might be lower than a “friend” request on Facebook (even though this isn’t what LinkedIn recommends, and as far as I know, never has). Accepting your request gives your new connection the ability to see deeper into your network and you theirs.A comment on your contribution to a LinkedIn Group or a response to your comment on someone else’s contribution are not buying signals. The nature of the engagement tells you nothing, unless of course it does.High engagement on something you post is no indication that what you posted moved anyone to action. Engagement isn’t a buying signal.A prospect sending you a LinkedIn request may be a buying signal. An InMail asking you to contact them is an absolute buying signal.FollowersIf you are out in the world being social, someone deciding to follow you isn’t a buying signal. Neither is someone retweeting something you tweeted or shared. The social tools are designed for sharing content.Followers might be a good measure of your popularity. It might also be a good indication of how much time (or money) you have invested in social media. But it isn’t a good indication as to whether or not someone is interested in buying now.Someone tweeting you to ask you to call them is a signal with some weight.DownloadsIf you were to ask the people who download white papers whether they hoped to be immediately called by a salesperson, the percentage would be very, very low (That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t call). There are a lot of people who like to read and discover new ideas and new ways they might improve who also have zero interest in exploring changing their partner for whatever it is you sell.More downloads might measure how good your content is. It might also be a good measurement of how well you write a compelling title. But it isn’t a reliable buying signal.Webinar AttendancePeople with responsibility like to learn. They want to know things that they don’t know, and they want to be prepared for changes in their business. Your webinars are built around some insight that you can share and teach. Your pitch isn’t, “Sign up for our webinar so we can call and pitch afterwards.” (And I would never suggest that you don’t follow up with the people who attend. There is a way to this without being a nuisance)You need to build your brand. The metrics that indicate you are successfully building your brand don’t tell you much about how well you are doing as a salesperson. You can’t trade these metrics for the real metrics like face-to-face sales calls, meaningful conversations with commitments.last_img read more

‘There is no slowdown in the vaccine manufacturing sector’

first_imgA new vaccine production plant of the Serum Institute of India (SII) in Pune’s Manjri area is all set to start operations from November to scale up production and cater to new markets. The SII’s 38-year-old chief executive officer, Adar Poonawalla, is visibly thrilled about the new facility and his new office— an Airbus A320. He refuses to divulge more about the aircraft, but says he will unveil it in the next two months when it is ready. The vaccine maker has a new monoclonal antibody injection and a preventive vaccine for dengue in the pipeline, along with other upcoming formulations. The Hindu chats with Mr. Poonawalla about the vaccines and challenges in the sector.What will be the focus of the new plant?Our new plant will employ more than 3,000 people and we have already invested over ₹3,000 crore in it. The idea of the plant is not only to add capacity to our existing vaccines, but also [introduce] new vaccines like human papillomavirus (HPV), pneumonia, malaria, dengue to name a few. This is the first vaccine plant in India which will cater to the U.S. and European markets. So the highest standards, all quality norms, equipment, and processes are in place. It will make about 500 million doses eventually over the next four years as we scale it up. This is going to be the single largest site in the world to make vaccines.You mentioned that your sector has not witnessed any slowdown. Can you elaborate?We are in the business of saving lives, and essential products are always needed whether there is a recession or not. The Indian government and the world has recognised that the most cost-effective way of saving a life is better than treating in hospitals, where the costs are much more. By just giving a cheap vaccine, you can protect yourself for 10 years or more. Our prime minister and the health minister truly understand the power of vaccines. So, our sector is not slowing down, it is in fact growing.Many people are not comfortable with the concept of vaccination yet. Didn’t SII have a tough time selling a flu vaccine? Adults don’t like to take vaccines. Their attitude is mostly like ‘we will get treated when it happens’. Flu is a major killer. The hospitalisation cost, for something like H1N1 for example, is huge. Instead, you can take a vaccine for ₹200 and avoid it. My fear is that if I make a vaccine for dengue, even if people are afraid of the disease, they may not take it. We need to change this attitude and create more awareness.What are the major challenges that the sector is facing? We have proposed to further turbocharge the sector by policy changes for ease of doing business, better online regulatory reforms and many other things that we are going to be put to the health minister. We want faster regulatory approvals and single-window clearances. We are also proposing Make In India — if you are a foreign company or a domestic company, you have produce in India in order to participate in tenders and do business in India. We are now properly voicing our concerns through the Indian Vaccine Manufacturers Association.last_img read more

Football: Pogba unsure of his future at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’

first_imgAdvertisement Also Read :Football: Debutant Diogo Dalot impresses Mourinho and fans alike AdvertisementAfter the International friendly between France and Germany, the Red’s captain in an interview claimed that he isn’t sure about his future in Manchester. Currently, Spanish giants Barcelona have been showing keen interest to sign the sturdy midfielder. Pogba’s performance in the World Cup has been another reason for big clubs having an eye on him.Recently there has been precipitous controversies spread over the media about misunderstandings and conflict between Jose and Paul. Though some of them were true, most of it was rumours. Recently, after the win against Burnley, Pogba spoke about the bonding of the team and their playing style but suddenly a tension has been created at the red part of Manchester as Paul in an interview clearly stated, ” I’m playing for Manchester United at the moment and giving my 100%, but who knows what will happen in the near future, ”Paul Labile Pogba is a Manchester United youth team product as he joined the Reddevil’s back in 2009 to play for the U-18 team. He joined Juventus on 2012 and played for them effulgently. He was named as the most promising youth player in 2013. On 8th August 2016, he returned back to Old Trafford on a five-year contract for a then-record for the highest football transfer fee at €105 million (£89.3 million) plus bonuses of €5 million, surpassing the former record holder Gareth Bale. Paul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, received a reported €27 million from Juventus when he re-joined Manchester United. Since then he has been commendable and has been improving with every game and might be at his final stage with Manchester United. Only time will explain everything!last_img read more

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Red card may mean John Terry has played final Chelsea game

first_imgCaptain John Terry may have played his final game for Chelsea after receiving his second red card of the season in Saturday’s 3-2 Premier League defeat at Sunderland.The 35-year-old centre half, who has made more than 700 appearances in all competitions for the Stamford Bridge club, is out of contract at the end of the season and there is no sign that Chelsea are about to offer him a new deal.Asked if the match against Sunderland might turn out to be Terry’s swansong appearance, manager Guus Hiddink told reporters: “I don’t know”.Two red cards in the same season normally activates a ban of two games but Terry’s fate would be determined by the contents of the referee’s match report, said an FA spokesman.”Of course we don’t know what his future is at the moment. It’s sad that he won’t be participating in our last game,” added Hiddink in reference to the match against champions Leicester City on May 15.Chelsea, who are ninth in the table, also meet eighth-placed Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday.last_img read more

WADA ready to intervene over India cricket doping row

first_imgLos Angeles, Sept 29 (AFP) The World Anti-Doping Agency has warned the International Cricket Council it will intervene if it does not resolve a stand-off between Indian cricket chiefs and the country’s drug-testing body. A WADA spokesman confirmed that the ICC had been sent a letter in July urging it to settle the dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Indian National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). If the row was not resolved, the case would be referred to WADA’s Compliance Review Committee, raising the possibility that the ICC could be deemed non-compliant by the global anti-doping watchdog. The BCCI and NADA are at odds over the cricket body’s refusal to allow the Indian anti-doping agency to conduct drug tests on cricketers. “Pursuant to the World Anti-Doping Code, the Indian National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has testing authority over athletes who are nationals, residents, license holders or members of sport organizations in India or who are present in India,” WADA confirmed. “However the Indian NADA has not been allowed by the BCCI to conduct testing on athletes from the sport of cricket.” WADA said that while national sports federations are not signatories to its code, international federations are responsible for ensuring that individual federations follow its guidelines. Sanctions for being found in non-compliance vary, but the ICC has warned that any suspension arising from the dispute could hurt cricket’s dream of gaining inclusion at the Olympics in 2028. ICC chief Dave Richardson was quoted by the Times of India this week as saying that the row was damaging to cricket’s Olympic aspirations.advertisement “We are trying to help the BCCI sort out the issue with WADA and NADA,” Richardson was quoted as saying. “We think cricket should be in the 2028 Olympics, but it’s not going to happen unless we are a unified sport. “At this stage, we need to convince the BCCI that it is a good thing for cricket to be in the Olympics from all aspects.” (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

Mary Kom, Manisha reach Women’s World Championships quarters, Sarita Devi bows out

first_imgIndian veteran Mary Kom entered the quarterfinals of 48kg category at the AIBA Women’s World Championships in New Delhi on Sunday while another top Indian boxer Sarita Devi made a controversial exit from the 60kg bout.Mary Kom, who is chasing a historic six gold medal at the event and her first since 2010, was convincing in her 5-0 win over Aigerim Kessenayeva of Kazakhstan.India’s other veteran Sarita Devi lost to 2016 World Championships silver medallist Kellie Harrington of Ireland in a split 3-2 verdict.Sarita was a gold medallist at the event in the 2006 edition, which was also held in New Delhi.Besides Mary Kom, three other Indians — Manisha Moun (54kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Kachari Bhagyabati (81kg) — made it to the quarterfinals with 5-0, 5-0 and 4-1 wins on points in their respective pre-quarterfinal bouts.Mary Kom began with a watchful approach in the first round but she got to her rhythm with a left-right combination on her opponent in the second round. There were not many clear punches from both sides but the Manipuri, a mother of three, was clearly the better boxer with all the five judges giving their nod. This was Mary Kom’s first bout at this year’s AIBA Women’s World Championships. (BFI Photo)Four judges gave 30-27 each while one awarded 29-28 in favour of the Indian.”It was a tough fight and there was a bit of pressure as it was my first bout of the tournament. I have been handling the pressure of expectation from the people of my country for the last 16 years and I am happy to face this pressure,” said the Olympic bronze medallist.advertisementMary Kom next faces Wu Yu of China in the quarterfinal on Tuesday.”I think she is an intelligent boxer and fast also. I have to think about which technique I have to use,” she said.A win on Tuesday will assure Mary Kom of at least a bronze medal, which will be her first since 2010.Sarita, who got a standing count against her opponent in the third round, later said the decision was wrong. She, however, said that she will accept the decision as she does not want another ban.Also read – AIBA threatens India over denial of visa to Kosovo boxer Donjeta SakikuSarita and Harrington traded a lot of punches in their lightweight pre-quarterfinal bout which was a fast and intense affair.The veteran Indian, who also competed in the inaugural World Championships in 2001, expressed surprise when the Irishwoman was declared the winner.”I am not happy with the decision (of the judges). The decision has gone ‘ulta’ (opposite), I thought I had the upperhand in all the three rounds. But what do I do, I was banned for one year after the 2014 Asian Games controversy. So, I cannot say anything now,” she said after her bout.”I don’t know why these things happen to me only.”The Manipuri was handed a one year ban by the world body AIBA for refusing to accept her bronze medal in protest during the victory ceremony at the 2014 Asian Games.About the standing count against her in the third round, she said, “It was not a standing count. My opponent was a southpaw and her legs got entangled in between mine and I slipped and fell.”The day began on a happy note for India with Manisha sending reigning world champion Dina Zhalaman of Kazakhstan packing with yet another authoritative win in 54kg to place herself just a step away from grabbing a maiden medal.The 20-year-old Manisha won a 5-0 unanimous verdict against her more experienced rival in a pre-quarterfinal bout in her maiden World Championships. Manisha Moun (left) defeated the reigning world champion at the AIBA Women’s World Championships. (BFI Photo)This was the second win of the Haryana girl against Zhalaman as she had defeated the Kazakh boxer in the Silesian Women’s Boxing championship in Poland earlier this year.In the quarterfinals, Manisha faces top seed and 2016 World Championships silver medallist Stoyka Petrova of Bulgaria.”For me, once I am inside the ring it does not matter whether my opponent is a world champion or a silver medallist. So, my approach will be the same in my next bout also,” she said.”Today, like on my first bout, I played from a distance but I played faster and more aggressive. It was a good bout.”READ – Olympic Council of Asia warns India over refusal to grant visa to Kosovo boxeradvertisementBorgohain, an Asian Championships bronze medallist last year, had a tougher fight against 2014 World Championships gold medallist Atheyna Bylon od Panama. It was a physical and aggressive fight and both the boxers fell on the floor on more than one occasion.The 21-year-old Assamese next faces Scott Kaye Frances of Australia in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.For Bhagyabati, it was even tougher against a taller opponent Irina-Nicoletta Schonberger of Germany. But the Indian also turned out winner in her debut World Championships bout. Kachari Bhagyabati is participating in her maiden AIBA Women’s World Championships. (BFI Photo)She now faces Paola Jessica Caicedo of Columbia in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.(With PTI inputs)Also watch –last_img read more




first_imgTouch Football Australia would like to extend its best wishes to two of the pioneers of Touch Football in this Country, Brian Moore and Terry Reynolds who have recently been in poor health. TFA would like to recognise the contribution of both gentlemen in the following feature piece that also celebrates the origins of the sport.The flashing footwork of Drummayne Dayberg Muir, the absolute guile of Jason Stanton, the brick wall defence of Ash Farrow, the freakish understanding of Amanda and Kristy Judd, the free wheeling instinctiveness of Bo De la Cruz, and the natural athleticism of Kelly Woods…this is a snapshot of the traits of some of the modern day champions of the sport that make our game so special, that inspire us all.Touch Football in the twenty-first century is a high octane, skill layered, “quick and the dead” high stakes game of human chess.The game, closing in on an historic forty-year birthday in 2008, has certainly come a long way since the Sunday morning calm was pierced forever more by an out of breath ex-Rugby League player exclaiming “Touch!” in the first official game on a crisp winter’s morning at Snape Park, Kingsford in Sydney in 1968.Today our modern day heroes operate in a semi-professional realm with High Performance Squads, World Cups, and Trans-Tasman Series on the agenda.There’s lycra uniforms, and speed socks, and fluro boots, hats on sideways, the obligatory “Benji Marshall” super snap, the cut out, the dive over, the flick pass and of course those sweatbands worn half way up the arm to at least make you look like you know what you are doing.It’s fast paced and frenetic, a sport played by six to sixty year-olds in Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed divisions. Its the most popular sport in Queensland and New South Wales Secondary Schools, a sport with a world governing body – The Federation of International Touch that has hosted six World Cup tournaments and boasts 33 full member nations, a sport that we are World Champions in – a sport for all.A sport that has it’s own niche, it’s own distinct identity, and unique and rich history. The distinction of what Touch Football is has evolved in a melting pot over time, progressing from the origin of the sport as an offshoot of the Rugby codes.Today’s Touch Football fraternity owes much to the “founding fathers” of the game, many of whom, most of us no little about.Two such pioneers of the sport, Brian Moore and Terry Reynolds have recently been in poor health.This is an opportunity to wish Brian and Terry all the best for their recuperation, and to thank them, and to reflect on their efforts and achievements, and those persons of similar ilk, who have shaped the history, and frame worked the future of the sport through their passion, enthusiastic participation, service, and wholehearted endeavour.Brian and Terry, both New South Welshmen, have had decorated Rugby League and Touch Football careers and the Touch Football community has benefited greatly from their decision to play Touch Football after their retirements from Rugby League.Brian ‘Chicka’ Moore, a one-club legend for the Newtown Jets in the New South Wales Rugby League Competition, represented the Blues on three occasions and was a Kangaroo in 1967.In Touch Football, Brian represented New South Wales at the National Touch Championships in the Men’s 40s division in 1986 and 1988.A respected figure in the community who invested a lot of time and energy into helping the young people of his beloved Newtown by volunteering at the Police Youth Club, Brian turned to Touch Football soon after completing a stellar Rugby League career with the “Blue Bags”.Former President of the Federation of International Touch, Cary Thompson, remembers Brian as a very committed, accomplished, yet popular member of the NSW Men’s 40s Touch Football Team.“Brian was a very competitive fellow, but as were the times then, he knew how to enjoy himself off the field as well. One evening at the 1986 Nationals in Adelaide, Brian, the late Michael Johnson, Mal Mc Martin, and myself played Euchre. The game went on and on, and it was quite late – somehow Brian managed to rattle up some food and copious amounts of liquid for us that wasn’t strictly water and something the coach would not have probably approved of. Anyway, we played cards until 5.00am then decided to get an hour’s sleep before getting up to play the semi-finals later in the morning. Brian entertained us all that night, and shouted all the food and drink, refusing to let anyone pay for anything. He is a great fellow, a fantastic competitor, and a true friend. A true gentleman of stature” Mr. Thompson said.Terry “Yappy” Reynolds represented the Canterbury Bulldogs, the Parramatta Eels, and New South Wales in a distinguished Rugby League career.Terry played for the New South Wales Men’s 35s at the 1984 National Touch Championships.Terry Reynolds was one of the pioneers of the sport, playing in Australia’s very first affiliated Touch Football competition at Snape Park, Kingsford in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs in the winter of 1968.Ray Vawdon, who played Rugby League in the junior and lower grades at South Sydney, is one of the founding fathers of Touch Football in Australia and a Life Member of the New South Wales Touch Association.New South Wales elite metropolitan franchises battle it out for representative supremacy in the Vawdon Cup, named in Ray’s honour, each winter.Mr. Vawdon recalls the origins of the game and Terry’s initial foray into the sport.“A bunch of us old football players from South Sydney would get together and have a few drinks at Souths Juniors on a Sunday. One day we were sitting around, and some of the bigger boys were obviously putting on a bit of weight since retirement, and bemoaning the fact. I was lucky, I was a halfback, a littler bloke, but after retiring I missed training and playing and the camaraderie of playing footy- turns out there were a lot of other blokes in the same boat.We decided we’d throw the footy around a bit on a Sunday and compete without knocking the wind out of each other anymore. It’s interesting, we kicked off with a six team competition, and even back then we organized a proper referee – all of us were huge cheats, so we needed someone who was at least semi-objective to keep us in line.” Ray Vawdon said with a grin.“Terry played in that first competition and his brother Barry joined him in the years after. He was a great player, competitive and committed, but also a bit of character as well” Mr. Vawdon said.Fellow Life Member of the NSWTA, Bob Dyke recalls that Terry was a dynamic player who was a driving force in the teams he donned the colours of in various competitions in New South Wales and was always impressed by the understanding Terry and his brother Barry had on the field.“They were the backbone of their team, Terry was the general, and he worked well with his brother.  Barry actually played in the first Australian Team we took to New Zealand in 1976.” Mr. Dyke said.Terry got involved in the New South Wales Public Service Touch Football Association and was a pivotal player in the association’s formation. The NSWPSTA was the first competition to play night games in the history of the sport and the Reynolds boys spearheaded their team Town Hall to numerous Men’s First division premierships throughout the 70s and early 80s.The Reynolds brothers went on to help establish the Canterbury Touch Club.New South Wales General Manager Dean Russell recalls Terry and Brian’s contribution to the sport with fondness.“Terry was a fiery customer on the field, he played with his heart on his sleeve, but was a great contributor to the game. He and Barry were instrumental in the Canterbury club and they played Open Men’s for them in the early years of Touch. He also played in the Senior divisions for the Dogs as well as the old regions 8, which later became part of Mets. He represented New South Wales with distinction in the Men’s 35s in 1984. Brian ‘Chicka’ Moore played Senior divisions for Souths and represented the old region seven. Even as an older player he was still as free flowing as he was as a League Player.” Mr. Russell said.Touch Football Australia were saddened to hear of the failing health of these two outstanding sportsman and pioneers of the game. Terry has been battling cancer, and Brian has been recuperating following a severe stroke.The fighting qualities each of these gentlemen displayed time and again in their sporting careers will no doubt hold them in good stead in the challenging times ahead.TFA, on the behalf of the Australian Touch Football community, are grateful for the chance to reflect on the character and contributions of these two exemplary legends of the sport at this time, and extend to them and their families our best wishes for the future.last_img read more

4-Star UGA QB Commit Carson Beck Used Florida To Get Georgia Offer

first_imgGeorgia's mascot waving a Georgia flag.ATHENS, GA – OCTOBER 01: Hairy, mascot of the Georgia Bulldogs, waves a flag after a touchdown against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Four-star quarterback Carson Beck’s recruitment has been an absolute whirlwind. Now that he is committed to Georgia, however, he says things are over.The Dawgs are the third program to receive Beck’s commitment, across two different sports. Florida wound up being the bridesmaid in this situation twice.The Jacksonville native was originally set to play baseball for the Gators, before deciding to switch his focus at the next level to the gridiron. Last June, he gave his pledge to Nick Saban and Alabama.That commitment ended on February 4, days ahead of National Signing Day 2019. Alabama has two quarterbacks joining the program in the 2019 class: Taulia Tagovailoa and Paul Tyson, both four-star players.From there, Beck named Florida his leader once again, this time for football. He also set up a March 12 visit, which doesn’t appear to be in the works.On Sunday, Carson Beck unexpectedly committed to Georgia, a decision he says is final.86-percent of 247’s crystal ball voters had him heading to Florida, so this was a surprise to everyone, except for Beck.In a new interview with First Coast News in Florida, Beck admits that he named Florida as his leader to try and increase interest from two other schools, one of which was Georgia.The plan clearly worked.We sat down with Mr. Football & UGA commit Carson Beck (@carsonbeck01). We confirmed his recruitment is no longer open“I had obviously named Florida my leader. I put that out there to say hey this is the team coming at me the hardest…”Full interview:— Ben Murphy (@BenMurphyTV) March 6, 2019Georgia started to recruit Beck harder, bringing him in for a visit in Athens. That is all he needed to officially join the Dawgs’ 2020 class.Beck is ranked No. 62 player in the class. 247Sports has him ranked No. 3 among pro style quarterbacks and No. 7 in Florida.With this year’s sudden transfer of Justin Fields, the second-ranked 2018 recruit, Georgia’s quarterback depth is pretty light. After Jake Fromm took over the job in the fall of 2017, another highly touted signal caller, Jacob Eason, transferred to Washington. After Fields left for Ohio State, the Dawgs flipped OSU commit Dwan Mathis in return, as a member of the 2019 class. It also added JuCo recruit Stetson Bennett IV, who had previously left the team as a walk-on, back as a scholarship player.Now, Beck is the sole quarterback in Georgia’s 2020 class, which is ranked No. 12 in the country at the moment.last_img read more

Trevor Lawrence Reveals If He’d Ever Sit Out Of A Bowl Game

first_img While the Tigers should continue to find themselves in the postseason with Lawrence under center, there is always the possibility that Clemson settles for a non-playoff bowl game.Despite the increase in number of top prospects sitting out bowl games to avoid risking an injury, Lawrence has made it clear that he won’t do that.From ESPN:“Sitting out bowl games and stuff, that’ll never be me,” Lawrence said. “You won’t have to worry about writing those stories.”Lawrence didn’t stop there with talking about his future, as the star gunslinger admit that he’s aiming to be the best quarterback of all time.Many scouts have Lawrence as the best pro-style quarterback since Andrew Luck.We’ll see if Lawrence can live up to all the hype surrounding him as he enters his sophomore season.[ESPN] clemson freshman quarterback trevor lawrence during the notre dame gameARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a second quarter touchdown pass against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)It didn’t take long for Trevor Lawrence to make himself a household name in the sports world. The former five-star recruit quickly ascended to new heights in his first season with the Clemson Tigers.Lawrence led Clemson to a dominating win over Alabama in the national championship. His overall production during the College Football Playoff had NFL scouts raving about his potential.ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. went as far as to say that Lawrence would’ve been the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft if he was eligible.There have been several star quarterbacks in the past, but Lawrence is on pace to separate himself from the pack. With at least two more seasons of college football remaining, the sky is the limit for the Georgia native.last_img read more

Blatter not to attend the inauguration of Moroccos FIFA Club World

first_imgRabat- International Football Federation (FIFA) will miss the inauguration of the FIFA Club World CUP, which is scheduled to take place in the city of Agadir and Marrakech from 11 to 21 December, according to Moroccan French language news portal The inaugural match of the World Cup will take place on Wednesday and ill pit Morocco’s Raja of Casablanca against to Auckland City, from New Zealand.Aissa Hayatou, the President of the African Federation of Football will attend the inauguration of the tournament along with a delegation from FIFA. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributedlast_img read more

Xbox Live users Obama won second debate

first_imgMicrosoft has revealed the results of the interactive polling component of its live streaming of last night’s presidential debate. Among those who identified themselves as undeclared for either candidate before the debate, 51% said President Obama won the battle.Only 17% said Romney was the victor, with 32% unable to say either one stole the show. Of the undecided voters, 28% said they began leaning Obama after the debate, compared to just 10% for Romney. For everyone else, the debate was not enough to decisively sway them to one side or the other.There could be an argument that the average user who is technologically adept enough to watch the debate on Xbox Live is probably a younger voter, and demographics prove younger voters lean for the Democrat, so the results should be taken with a grain of salt. However, after the first debate earlier this month, Xbox Live polling results revealed Mitt Romney as the winner, so it is clear that the Xbox 360 community is at least generally a fair sample of the entire country.Perhaps the more significant numbers, though, are related to just the sheer reach of people that Microsoft is now capturing. More than 100,000 people “engaged” in this week’s presidential debate via Xbox Live. There were as many as 40,000 users answering live poll questions as the debate was unfolding in real time.This is easily the biggest role that a video game platform has ever played on the political process. In fact, Microsoft called it one of the largest “single-screen interactive TV experiences” of all time. With a total of 2 million real-time individual responses to various poll questions, that is a declaration that probably holds muster.The final presidential debate will occur on October 22. Xbox 360 owners will of course be able to stream the entire presentation live. It will be interesting to see if even more people participate for the final debate.via Major Nelsonlast_img read more

War veterans Luke Haitas a proud Greek who served in Afghanistan

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Taliban had long been entrenched in many areas of the Zabul Province in Afghanistan in 2010. By this stage, the deterioration of security had seen an 82 per cent increase of roadside bomb explosions from the previous year. Attacks killing NATO service members were worst than ever, and young Greek Australian Luke Haitas, aged 24 at the time, entered a war zone serving with the Australian Army.It was a different course to the one he had chartered a few years earlier when he started studying for a Bachelor of Economics. But prior to getting his degree, he realised that business didn’t appeal to him. So instead of a life in finance, he embarked on an adventure.“My 11 years in the full time Army was one of the best things I have ever done in my life, and I have never regretted it,” Haitas told Neos Kosmos.“The friendships, life lessons, experiences, and challenges cannot be replicated anywhere else. I enlisted as a 20-year-old who was still living at home – I really had to grow up and mature quickly!”There were many challenges and rewards in Afghanistan, where Haitas focused on establishing the Afghan School of Artillery and teaching and mentoring instructors and students at the Afghan National Army school of artillery. As lead mentor of his speciality, he taught students who were two ranks above him – veterans of the Soviet-Afghan war. He also taught students who were ex-Mujahedeen, and those of Afghan Government forces who were at least 30 years older than he was.READ MORE: War veterans – Ken Tsirigotis fought in Afghanistan but the groundwork for being an Australian soldier was laid at Syntagma Square Flag Ensign Lieutenant Luke Haitas of Australia’s Federation Guard at the Hellenic-Australian Memorial in Rethymno, Crete. Photo: Corporal (CPL) Janine Fabre“They were also naturally suspicious of yet another group of trainers. The biggest challenge was building trust between us and the ANA,” Haitas said.“I found this very easy, and I attributed this directly to my Greek heritage. I saw similarities between the Afghan and Greek cultures: family is central; religion plays a major part of their social fabric. I was able to find a lot of common ground and invested time in building rapport; by learning about their families; drinking tea together; or hearing their stories. Growing up, spending a lot of time with my grandparents doing the same types of things meant this type of relationship building came very naturally to me. The trust I built with them made my job far easier and we really had a great time working together.”Despite being a proud Australian, Haitas is also very connected to his Greek heritage “through speaking Greek with [his] grandfather; attending liturgies; spending time at the Greek RSL commemorating important dates in our history; recounting stories from [his] family history; listening to Greek music; and of course eating Greek food.”There is a heroic connection to Northern Greece, specifically Drama, where his mother’s family is from. “My grandfather and great-grandfather fought in the Greek National Resistance during WW2,” Haitas said. “My great-grandfather was an army chief (οπλαρχηγός). I wear his medals at every opportunity – they make me feel connected to my history, and I am always proud to think of what he did for Greece.”READ MORE: War veterans – Konstantinos Kontossis shares his memories of serving at the front in KoreaHaitas had the opportunity to represent the Australian Defence Force in 2011 when he was contingent commander of a ceremonial delegation to Greece to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Australia’s involvement in the Battle of Greece and Crete. He describes this as an “amazing opportunity” that allowed him to represent Australia and connect with his heritage.“Like most Australians, I have always been proud of the Anzac tradition and what it represented – courage, strength, perseverance, mateship,” he said, and it is clear that he has experienced all these amazing virtues with the Australian Army.last_img read more

Inslee suggests 5 million for flood projects

first_imgCentralia — In what local leaders describe as a show of good faith, Gov. Jay Inslee has included in his 2014 supplemental budget $5 million for Chehalis Basin flood mitigation projects.The money will be used to replace funds that were removed from projects in Cosmopolis and Grays Harbor County and transferred to a project in Montesano. It also will cover some expenses associated with the Chehalis airport levee project.Lawmakers, including Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, previously had said they were committed to helping find money for the projects. The governor’s support, however, came as a surprise.Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority chair Vickie Raines said it is gratifying to have locals’ teamwork recognized by Inslee.“It’s a true testament to see that he was willing to put that in the budget,” Raines said Thursday, at the group’s monthly meeting. “It’s pretty exciting we’ve been able to make such progress in the last few years and to really see the fruits of our labor get done.“We should be grateful to the governor, but also applaud the Flood Authority and the Governor’s Work Group.”The work group, which helps create policy and acts as a liaison to Olympia, last year helped secure $28.2 million for small- and large-scale flooding projects, including a Montesano project intended to mitigate catastrophic flood damage at Mary’s River Lumber, an employer that provides more than 100 local jobs, and the city’s wastewater treatment plant.last_img read more

Telangana Vaidya Garjana raises voice against NMC

first_imgHyderabad: Junior doctors from Telangana are holding “Telangana Vaidya Garjana” at Indira Park as part of their protests against the new NMC set to replace the MCI. Junior doctors from various state hospitals gathered at the venue and expressed their ire against the Centre for its decision which they said would seriously affect modern medicine. TJS chief Prof Kodandaram and members of various doctors associations visited the venue to express solidarity to the doctors fight. Meanwhile, government doctors working in various tertiary, area, district hospitals held a brief protest holding banners in their respective hospitals. Patients visiting hospitals for OP treatments continue to face problems due to doctors strikelast_img read more

Joe Jonas and Nick Jonas dedicate tracks to their wives

first_imgThe Jonas Brothers are going all out with the promotions of the band. However, they do have enough time to squeeze in their better halves in their daily duties of being rockstars. Ever since the brothers reunited, they have been setting new numbers in music charts and even raking in more love than what they had a few years ago. After the pre-release of songs such as Sucker, Cool, the guys did release the full album. Turns out Nick and Joe have penned down songs for their wives, Priyanka Chopra and Sophie Turner respectively.Joe Jonas and Nick Jonas both told Apple Music about how they have dedicated songs for their wives. Turns out the song ‘I Believe’ from the album is a love letter from Nick to Priyanka. He said, “And this song is a love letter to my wife,” he told Apple Music and further added, “I’m so excited to play it on tour.” Priyanka Chopra and Nick JonasInstagramTo this even Joe added, “We listened to it a lot on your bachelor party. It sounds even better by the beach.” If you calculate, Nick and Priyanka got married last year in December. This means that his bachelor’s party took place somewhere in November which means that the song has been out for about seven months. Wow, they sure managed to keep a secret for such a long time.Nick is not the only one who wrote a song and dedicated it to his better half. Even Joe Jonas dedicated a song to his now-wife, Sophie Turner. “This is an important song,” said Joe Jonas and further added, “I wrote it for my significant other, Sophie, and it’s one of those love letters that you write to your partner saying, ‘I’ll be there no matter what.'” Everybody knows that Joe and Sophie surprised the world by getting married in Las Vegas right after attending the Billboard Music Awards. On the same, Joe even told, “We had to do a legal marriage before we did a real big one.” Sophie Turner and Joe JonasInstagramThe album is out and fans can listen to it on Apple Music! As for Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, they will be tying the knot yet again in an extravagant ceremony in France.last_img read more

Overclockers can celebrate Raspberry Pi turbo mode

first_img More information: (—Up to now, overclockers hungry for more processing power had to trade off on the possibility of a shorter life of the SoC and a voided warranty. Eben Upton, a founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, had remarked earlier this year, that “This is a mobile phone chip. The voltage this chip runs at, you can’t just give it a significant voltage overhead without harming the overall chip lifetime.’ The Raspberry Pi designers have good news for power enthusiasts this week, however. The team has developed a turbo mode that boosts performance by about 50 percent while keeping warranties intact. The turbo mode is a key feature of its latest firmware update. Its blog headline is “Introducing turbo mode: up to 50% more performance for free.” Photograph taken of a Raspberry Pi computer Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Overclockers can celebrate Raspberry Pi turbo mode (2012, September 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Raspberry Pi will roll with Android 4.0 © 2012 The team notes that since the device’s launch, the designers supported overclocking and overvolting the Raspberry Pi by editing config.txt. They acknowledged how overvolting was going to provide those who did it with more headroom, but voided the warranty. “We were concerned it would decrease the lifetime of the SoC; we set a sticky bit inside BCM2835 to allow us to spot boards which have been overvolted.”Not that they were going to leave it at that—support yet no warranty. The whole point of the little, low-priced, device is to explore. The team said they did a lot of work to understand the impact of voltage and temperature on lifetime. The result is the “turbo mode.”A new technique can dynamically enable overclocking and overvolting under the control of a cpufreq driver with no effect on the user’s warranty. “We are happy that the combination of only applying turbo when busy, and limiting turbo when the BCM2835′s internal temperature reaches 85°C, means there will be no measurable reduction in the lifetime of your Raspberry Pi.”Users are told that the level of stable overclock that can be achieved will depend, though, on the specific Pi and on the quality of the user’s power supply. Raspberry Pi recommends Quake 3 as a stress test to check if a particular level is completely stable.The new upgrade brings a number of attractions to light for computer enthusiasts. These include a choice of one of five overclock presets in raspi-config, the highest of which runs the ARM at 1GHz, and better analogue audio quality. The Raspberry Pi team says there is “Wi-Fi support out of the box”—well, if your WiFi driver is supported by the default linux tree, or is based on the popular RTL8188CUS chipset, then WiFi should work out of the box.Instructions say, Boot the image with the WiFi dongle plugged in. Run startx and select “WiFi Config”. You can scan for wireless networks and enter your wireless password and connect from the GUI. There is no need to install additional packages or scripts, they add.Another attraction is a pre-installed Penguins Puzzle, with the instructions to “guide the penguin to the exit without falling in the water,” and a pre-installed SmartSim. SmartSim is a cross platform digital logic circuit design and simulation package for Windows and Linux. Ashley Newson, a sixth-form student, first developed a home-grown circuit design and simulation package and subsequently polished it off and released it for public consumption under the GPLv3.last_img read more

Digital Technology Pushes PET In New and Old Directions

first_img X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Related Content Sponsored Content | Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | PET Imaging| December 11, 2018 Digital Technology Pushes PET In New and Old Directions News | Radiation Therapy | May 31, 2019 RefleXion Opens New Manufacturing Facility for Biology-guided Radiotherapy Platform RefleXion Medical recently announced the opening of its new manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Hayward,… read more Digital technology is opening remarkable opportunities for clinical positron emission tomography (PET) about which research is only beginning to hint.“Twenty years ago we were excited that we could see a lesion. Now we want to understand its underlying biologic heterogeneity,” said Michael Knopp, M.D., a radiology professor at Ohio State University whose research with Philips’ digital PET/CT, called Vereos, is exploring applications within and beyond traditional clinical areas.The digital technology underlying Vereos can provide the details that may escape analog systems, said Piotr Maniawski, director of clinical science for nuclear medicine at Philips Healthcare. Visualization using 4 mm cubes, which are typically delivered by analog systems, makes small lesions look spherical, he said. The very small voxels in digital images better visualize shapes and texture.“Seeing if the texture is changing helps characterize the lesion,” said the Philips clinical director. The metabolism inside the lesion, he said, may be much different, depending on the location.In a paper published May 2017 in the journal Contrast Media and Molecular Imaging, Knopp, who is the Novartis chair of Imaging Research at Ohio State University, and colleagues at Ohio State summarized how digital PET enables advanced functional tumor imaging. News | PET-MRI | May 23, 2019 Study Explores Magnetic Nanoparticles as Bimodal Imaging Agent for PET/MRI Researchers from Bourgogne University in Dijon, France, showed that use of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (… read more Bringing Together Old and NewThe game-changing appearance of Vereos’ images can be challenging, Knopp noted.Because digital images show more detail, they may show lesions and features that might not be seen with analog technology. When comparing current digital images to past analog ones, the question arises: Were lesions now visible not seen previously because the technology could not see them? Or have they just recently occurred?The answers to these questions can directly impact the management of patients being monitored for disease recurrence.To deal with this incompatibility, Philips offers a feature in Vereos that reconstructs digital data as if they were acquired on an analog system. This is done with reconstruction algorithms, Maniawski said. These algorithms harmonize the digital data.Vereos users who choose this option “end up with two images from the same data — a conventional looking image and a digital one,” Maniawski said.Vereos can create a still picture and visualize changes over time. In the mid- to late-1980s, early developers of PET often acquired data dynamically. Serial acquisitions came into vogue when PET/CT imaging entered the mainstream. But dynamic imaging, similar to short video clips, can provide clinical information not found in static images.Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of blogs on the advances of digital PET/CT. The first is entitled How Digital PET/CT Can Improve Clinical Care; the second Why – And How – Digital PET Is Better Than Analog; the third Digital PET Balances Scan Time and Resolution; the fourth What Precision Means To PET.  News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | May 17, 2019 New Phase 2B Trial Exploring Target-Specific Myocardial Ischemia Imaging Agent Biopharmaceutical company CellPoint plans to begin patient recruitment for its Phase 2b cardiovascular imaging study in… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Related Content:SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT: Examining the Value of Digital PET/CT News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more center_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 A 90-second brain acquisition with FDG radiotracer — comparison of digital (Vereos, left, 1 mm) and conventional (Gemini TF, 4 mm) images. News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more Image courtesy of MR Solutions. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | June 05, 2019 BGN Technologies Introduces Novel Medical Imaging Radioisotope Production Method BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), introduced a novel method for… read more A Digital TwistMuch like radiography began, PET started as an analog modality. Instead of film, PET relied on photomultiplier tubes (PMTs). In analog systems, light generated by a single scintillating crystal is channeled to multiple PMTs. In Vereos, light generated by a single scintillating crystal is channeled to its own detector.Vereos’ digital detection is built on digital photon counting (DPC) technology, whereby crystals and sensors are coupled “one-to-one,” said Maniawski, who has worked with Knopp and others to assess the clinical capabilities conferred by Vereos’ digital technology. Light flashes produced by specific crystals are channeled directly to individual digital sensors. In stark contrast to analog technology, which accumulates signals from light flashes in analog detectors until reaching trigger points, “there is no light sharing,” Maniawski said. “The moment the detector registers this light, we know precisely which crystal produced it.”Reconstruction algorithms onboard Vereos mathematically reconstruct digital PET into detailed images. These appear “more rich and precise” than those made using analog-based PET systems, Knopp said, due to the increased density of the data. The OSU researcher likened the benefit of data density to the improvement of smartphone images as those pictures gain more data density.“When you pull up Google maps, the picture might look fuzzy at first and then as the data come in, it will look sharp and brilliant,” Knopp said. “This happens because the data density changes.”Maniawski explained that voxels in Vereos images are densified with data collected by the 23,000 solid-state sensors from individual scintillation events. This added data density allows Vereos to package data into voxel volumes of 2 mm — or even 1 mm — cubes. This data density gives shape and texture to structures in the images. Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | May 13, 2019 Blue Earth Diagnostics Expands Access to Axumin in Europe Blue Earth Diagnostics announced expanded access to the Axumin (fluciclovine (18F)) imaging agent in Europe. The first… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more last_img read more

Iraq says IS demolishes ruins to cover up looting operations

first_img 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top Stories On Wednesday, Egypt, together with the Antiquities Coalition and the Washington-based Middle East Institute will be holding a conference in Cairo entitled “Cultural Property Under Threat” to come up with regional solutions to the plundering and sale of antiquities.This isn’t the first time, of course, that Iraq’s antiquities have fallen victim to current events. There was the infamous looting of the museum in 2003 and reports of widespread plundering of archaeological sites in the subsequent years, especially in the south. U.S. investigators at the time said al-Qaida was funding its activities with illicit sales of antiquities.What appears to be different this time is the sheer scale and systematic nature of the looting, especially in the parts of Syria controlled by the Islamic State group. Satellite photos show some sites so riddled with holes they look like a moonscape.The G-7’s Financial Action Task Force said in a February report that the Islamic State group is making money both by selling artifacts directly — as probably would be the case with material taken from the museums — or by taxing criminal gangs that dig at the sites in their territory. After oil sales, extortion and kidnapping, antiquities sales are believed to be one of the group’s main sources of funding. Sponsored Stories “I do believe that dealers are willing to warehouse items for a long time and that they may be receiving some ‘financing’ to do this from well-heeled collectors or other dealers operating outside of the Middle East,” she said. “It is relatively unlikely that a major piece would be plausibly sold on the open market with a story that it was in a private collection for a long period of time.”Mesopotamian sculptures, jewelry and stelae sold legally have commanded stunning sums, up to $1 million in some cases, but the looters would be selling them to dealers for a fraction of that cost — with the profit margin coming from the sheer number of artifacts being sold.Iraq has sent lists to the International Council of Museums, the U.N. and Interpol detailing all the artifacts that might have been looted from the museum in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city overrun by IS last June. Harder to stop, however, is the sale of never-before-seen pieces that have been newly dug up and never registered.There is new legislation going through the U.S. Congress to tighten controls on illicit trafficking of materials from the Middle East, though Albertson contends that the laws are less important than the manpower devoted to enforcing them. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 0 Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “A new resolution is just another well-intentioned piece of ineffective paper,” she said.The Iraqi government is now rushing to document the remaining sites in the country, especially in the disputed province of Salahuddin, just south of the Islamic State stronghold in Nineweh province. Nineweh itself is home to 1,700 archaeological sites, all under IS control, said Rashid of the antiquities department.As a number of experts point out, though, most sites in Iraq have not been completely excavated and there are likely more winged bull statues and stelae waiting to be found under the earthen mounds scattered throughout this country — assuming the Islamic State group and its diggers don’t find them first._____Associated Press writer Sinan Salaheddin contributed to this report from Baghdad.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “According to our sources, the Islamic State started days before destroying this site by digging in this area, mainly the palace,” he told The Associated Press from his office next to Iraq’s National Museum — itself a target of looting after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. “We think that they first started digging around these areas to get the artifacts, then they started demolishing them as a cover up.”While there is no firm evidence of the amount of money being made by the Islamic State group from looting antiquities, satellite photos and anecdotal evidence confirm widespread plundering of archaeological sites in areas under IS control.Nimrud was also the site of one of the greatest discoveries in Iraqi history, stunning golden jewelry from a royal tomb found in 1989, and Rashid is worried that more such tombs lie beneath the site and have been plundered. He estimated the potential income from looting to be in the millions of dollars.Experts speculate that the large pieces are destroyed with sledgehammers and drills for the benefit of the cameras, while the more portable items like figurines, masks and ancient clay cuneiform tablets are smuggled to dealers in Turkey. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement FILE – In this file photo taken on Sunday, March 15, 2015 People observe ancient artifacts at the Iraqi National Museum after its reopening in the wake of the recent destruction of Assyrian archaeological sites by the Islamic State group in Mosul, as they visit the museum in Baghdad. The videos of Islamic State militants destroying the ancient artifacts in Iraq’s museums and blowing up temples and palaces are chilling enough, but one of Iraq’s top antiquities officials said it is all a cover for an even more sinister activity _ the wholesale looting and selling of the country’s cultural heritage. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File) In February, the United Nations passed a resolution recognizing that the Islamic State group was “generating income from the direct or indirect trade,” in stolen artifacts, and added a ban on the illicit sale of Syrian antiquities to the already existing one on Iraqi artifacts passed in 2003.While Iraq contains remains from civilizations dating back more than 5,000 years, the hardest hit artifacts have come from the Assyrian empire, which at its height in 700 B.C. stretched from Iran to the Mediterranean and whose ancient core almost exactly covers the area now controlled by the Islamic State group.The looted artifacts most likely follow the traditional smuggling routes for all sorts of illicit goods into Turkey, according to Lynda Albertson, head of the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art. From there, the most common route is through Bulgaria and the Balkans into Western Europe. Britain and the United States remain the biggest markets for antiquities, though wealthy collectors are emerging in China and the Gulf — especially for Islamic-era artifacts.International bans make the ultimate sale of illicit antiquities difficult, but not impossible. So far, there have been no reports of major, museum-quality pieces from IS-held territory appearing in auction houses, so the artifacts must be going to either private collectors or they are being hoarded by dealers to be slowly and discretely released onto the market, said Patty Gerstenblith, Director of the Center for Art, Museum and Cultural Heritage Law at DePaul University. BAGHDAD (AP) — The videos of Islamic State militants destroying ancient artifacts in Iraq’s museums and blowing up 3,000-year-old temples are chilling enough, but one of Iraq’s top antiquities officials is now saying the destruction is a cover for an even more sinister activity — the systematic looting of Iraq’s cultural heritage.In the videos that appeared in April, militants can be seen taking sledge hammers to the iconic winged-bulls of Assyria and sawing apart floral reliefs in the palace of Ashurnasirpal II in Nimrud before the entire site is destroyed with explosives. But according to Qais Hussein Rashid, head of Iraq’s State Board for Antiquities and Heritage, that was just the final step in a deeper game.last_img read more