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India vs Oman, FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifier HIGHLIGHTS: India Lose 0-1 to Oman as WC Hopes Fade


first_imgEarlier, head coach Igor Stimac made three changes to his side that drew Afghanistan 1-1 in Dushanbe on November 14 with Manvir Singh, Farukh Choudhary and Nishu Kumar coming in for Pritam Kotal, Mandar Rao Desai and Sahal Abdul Samad.India were, however, lucky not to have conceded a goal in the seventh minute when Mohsin Al Ghassani shot over the bar from the penalty spot.Ghassani himself earned the spot kick after a clumsy challenge inside the Indian box by Rahul Bheke who was beaten on pace by Omani striker.Ghassani later made amends of his mistake as he fired home in the 33rd minute past Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu after a beautiful defence-splitting through pass by Mohsin Johar Al Khaldi.Oman had more of the ball possession in the first half but they had few clear chances. Ahmed Al Kaabi got a free header in the 27th minute but sent the ball over the bar from a corner kick.India had few raids at the opposition goal but could not pose any threat to the Omani goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi.India made three substitutions in the first half with Vinit Rai coming in for Pranoy Halder who was booked in the 26th minute while an injury to central defender Adil Khan led to Anas Edathodika taking his place.India played better in the second half with a lot of ball possession and attack at the opposition citadel but a clear chance eluded them.Oman nearly doubled their lead in the 64th minute but Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet dived full length to his left to block an Al Khaldi free kick.All of India’s last three matches will be played next year — against Qatar (at home on March 26), Bangladesh (away, June 4) and Afghanistan (at home, June 9).last_img read more


Help Your Scalp Be the Healthiest it Can Be


first_img Why You Should Skip the Suave and Try Custom Hair Care Products Whether you have a thick mop of hair or are as bald as a newborn baby, the skin on your head needs to be coddled like that aforementioned infant to maintain its health and that of your hair (for those who’ve still got it). This is especially true during the winter, when the plummeting mercury and moisture levels can have unsightly consequences on your scalp. (White flakes on the ground pretty; white flakes about your head and shoulders, not so much.) While there are issues unique to this skin—it being full of follicles and all—the scalp needs to be treated in a similar fashion as your face. You wouldn’t go a day without washing that, right?  Clear hair care (a brand designed specifically to address scalp concerns) dermatologist Francesca Fusco explains how to get to the root of your scalp issues.Don’t be flaky.MiN New York Detox Clarifying Hair & Scalp Treatment, $22, birchbox.comDandruff is a bitch for most guys. The cause is, well, gross. “An overgrowth of yeast, plus an impaired skin barrier” create a veritably factory for those unsightly flakes, says Dr. Fusco. Luckily, the solution is a no-brainer: Regular use of a dandruff or clarifying shampoo will make it safe to wear dark colors again. Using one that you can stand the smell of will ensure continued use. Practicing good hygiene, as in shampooing on a daily basis and immediately following a workout, will help prevent a build-up of oil and dead skin cells, which also contributes to flakes, says Dr. Fusco.Feeling parched.Kérastase Capital Force Densifying Modeling Paste, $33, birchbox.comGot that itching and burning sensation up top? Dryness is the culprit. Other symptoms are tightness or flakiness. “Avoid excess styling products as these will contribute to product build-up,” says Dr. Fusco. “A dry scalp will benefit from a conditioner that is formulated for scalp and hair, that can be applied directly to the scalp to provide nourishing benefits.” Swapping moisture-sapping alcohol-based styling products for water-based ones can also help alleviate the problem.Get the right stuff.Kiehl’s Tea Tree Oil Shampoo, $29.50, kiehls.comWhen choosing your shampoos and treatments, make sure the label specifically says it’s for scalp and hair. “Botanical oils, like ginseng, tea tree, and natural mint, and Vitamins B5 and E are particularly soothing, hydrating, nourishing, and good for maintaining a healthy scalp,” says Dr. Fusco.Malin + Goetz Pepperming Shampoo, $36, malinandgoetz.comMaking changes.Some of those New Year’s resolutions might actually go to your head. Maintaining a healthy diet and reducing stress (might be time to take up meditation) go a long way to scalp health, says Dr. Fusco. Also, a running a humidifier during the particularly dry winter months can help address dryness. How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? We Asked the Experts Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Editors’ Recommendations How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa last_img read more


Louis Dreyfus Armateurs to Help Develop Wind Solutions


first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC 2.0 license French maritime firm Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) Group became the latest member of the International Windship Association (IWSA) to help further the development of these primary renewable solutions.“We are very excited by the development of wind solutions as a key answer to the decarbonisation challenges we are facing today and it is only natural for us to join the International Windship Association in its drive to further develop these technologies,” Edouard Louis-Dreyfus, LDA President, said.LDA Group owns, charters and operates over 100 vessels worldwide and has been searching for ways to significantly reduce emissions along with their customer Airbus.The positive results garnered from the testing of the Airseas kite system has led to the decision to have one permanently fitted on board the 21,500 ton MV Ville de Bordeaux from 2020 onwards, a RoRo cargo vessel dedicated to the transport of Airbus parts around Europe.Also, in early 2019 LDA initiated the design of a large transoceanic RoRo vessel with full integration of wind assisted propulsion and plans to continue development work in this field.last_img read more


Cleanup underway after northern Oklahoma crude oil spill


ENID, Okla. — Crews are working to contain thousands of gallons of crude oil that leaked into a creek in northern Oklahoma.Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner said Wednesday oil extends for about 5 miles (8 kilometres) in Black Bear Creek in rural Garfield County.Skinner says the spill was reported Tuesday by Great Salt Plains Midstream of Oklahoma City, a pipeline operator. The oil apparently leaked from an open valve on a tank. Skinner says the cause is under investigation.He says about 750 barrels, or 31,500 gallons (119,240 litres), leaked and that crews are “working around the clock” to remove the oil. Skinner says there’s no threat to those people who live in the area.A representative of Great Salt Plains Midstream didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.The Associated Press read more


Trumps tariffs raise risk Canada will become a dumping ground for foreign


OTTAWA — The president of the Canadian Steel Producers Association says Canada may be off the hook for now from American steel and aluminum tariffs but it is still at risk as a glut of foreign steel looks for a new home.Joseph Galimberti says Canada has to work very quickly to identify possible attempts to circumvent the U.S. tariffs by sneaking steel in through Canada and it must be prepared to initiate actions to stop it.U.S. President Donald Trump required Canada and Mexico to take steps to stop trans-shipments of foreign steel via their ports as one of the conditions for exempting them from the 25 per cent duty on steel and 10 per cent duty on aluminum that will apply to imports from every other country.$470 billion trade war looms over OECD’s optimistic global outlookTrump’s tariff reprieve small comfort to Canada’s steel town living on the edgeTrade war fears rise as Asia’s biggest exporters bristle over Trump’s tariffsInternational trade lawyer Larry Herman says the U.S. tariffs mean there is now a lot of steel looking for a home and he encourages the federal government to put out a firm policy statement soon explaining what it will do if it finds evidence other countries are attempting to dump their steel in Canada.Herman says Canada can use the Customs Tariff Act to apply temporary surcharges on steel imports from countries caught trying to do this, as well as tightening up the system that issues permits for any steel imports which he says is more a formality than a check on the system at the moment.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada already has measures in place to prevent foreign countries, mostly China, from dumping steel into Canada, but that he can and will do whatever else it takes to protect Canada’s industry going forward. read more


FEATURE Academic who puts his feet on the ground and works with


Highly respected disaster risk reduction researcher and practitioner, Allan Lavell, was awarded the 2015 Laureate for being “a leader in the disaster risk management community” during work that has spanned more than three decades.He received the award this evening is a special ceremony held in connection with the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, running in Sendai, Japan, through Wednesday, 18 March.Born in the United Kingdom, Mr. Lavell has spent most of his career in and focused on Latin America. He is a founding member of the Network of Social Studies in the Prevention of Disasters in Latin America (LA RED).Ahead of the ceremony, he spoke to the UN News Centre saying he was amazed that he had been nominated for the award and felt that it was a recognition of something that went beyond him and included many other people working hard in the field.Recalling his his long-term association with the Latin American Social Science Faculty (FLACSO), he said that while he had gotten into the disaster risk reduction field “by one of those chance occurrences,” he had, over the years, carried out many research projects and training courses on the general topic of how risk is generated in society and what are the most adequate mechanisms for intervening in risk.“All of this within what I call a development framework that sees disaster risk as an unresolved development problem. It’s an indicator that something is unsustainable; its an indicator of poverty; its an indicator of inequality; its an indicator of unequal access to remedies and tools ,” he said. “I don’t have ‘a’ project”, continued Mr. Lavell, explaining he rather had “a life project of teaching, research and dissemination of ideas. New ideas, I hope.” he also worked a lot with the UN Office on Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), particularly on its flagship Global Assessment Report GAR. “I’m in the world of an academic who’s not just and academic, but one who puts his feet on the ground and works with people.” Spotlighting areas of professional pride, he noted that as a university teacher and researcher, he has seen those who have been introduced, encouraged and inspired in some way, go on to “become active, imaginative and committed members of the disaster risk management community in many different walks of life.”He also believed that he has persisted in and advanced in breaking down disciplinary barriers and sectoral views of disaster risk in order to construct more integral and holistic views in the frame of development.“If I’m know for anything in Latin America it’s for thinking conceptually; for thinking how [disaster risk reduction] should be dealt with. A lot of the new laws in Latin America are based on the precepts and concepts that I’ve developed over time,” he said, describing his work with governments and intergovernmental agencies, as well as civil society, where he had helped formulate processes around local risk management.The Head of the Sasakawa Jury, Prof. Murat Balamir, told the ceremony that Mr. Lavell bore the hallmark of excellence demanded of this year’s award – themed ‘Shaping the Future’ – demonstrating a combination of influence, reach, permanency, innovation, efficiency and collaboration.“The enduring and most influential individual effort of Mr. Lavell, in undertaking various roles in a multi-actor environment, makes him ‘a leader in the DRM [Disaster Risk Management] community’,” Prof. Balamir said in his address at one of the signature events at the Conference.“Personally accessible to all, Mr. Lavell has been capable of tailoring official conduct according to the needs of the local communities, enabling them, and always highlighting the human needs. This has been a ‘glue to hold together disparate communities’. This is a timeless model; a model for all times.”The Sasakawa Jury also awarded Certificates of Distinction to two other nominees. First, Jeffrey Town Farmers’ Association of Jamaica, which was created in 1991 to use agriculture as a platform for sustainable development and as a means to redress risk and a lack of investment in marginalized areas.Ahead of the award ceremony, Director of the Association Ivy Gordon said: “It is truly humbling to know that our efforts to increase our own resilience and those around us should place a traditionally marginalized community on the world stage. We are proud because we didn’t begin or continue for glory, we did this for survival and quality of life.”She told the UN News Centre that the Association felt “like were winners already. We always want to say that ours is not a project but a process; we’ve been doing things, little by little to try and make our lives less vulnerable.”Expanding on this, she said, we live in ‘Hurricane Alley,’ using the nickname given to the infamous area of warm water in the Atlantic Ocean stretching from the west coast of northern Africa to the east coast of Central America and Gulf Coast of the Southern United States a historical breeding ground for tropical storms.“We live on top of a hill that is unstable. And so we have done, collectively with resources form a variety of partners, little things that have added layer-by-layer to increase our own resistance to make us better able to live in this world,” she said.The Second Certificate of Distinction was awarded to the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities, which brings together six leading CEOs – of the Australian Red Cross, Insurance Australia Group, Investa Property Group, Munich Re, Optus and Westpac – to influence public policy via evidence-based reporting on the unsustainable cost of disasters on life, property and the economy.Speaking on behalf of the Roundtable before the ceremony, Australian Red Cross CEO Robert Tickner said: “The great achievement of the Roundtable is to help put resilience right up on the agenda of Government and help convince them that investment up front in disaster preparedness will strengthen communities and save lives as well as huge costs in the longer term.”He told the UN News Centre that all around the world, there is common agreement that Governments need to invest more in disaster risk reduction and building resilience.“But the truth is, as a planet, we have not been successful in shifting Governments’ policy positions. Yet, in Australia we’ve got a breakthrough because we’ve got the Red Cross working with the business community sending a united and powerful message to the Government about the need to shift their expenditures to protect the people before disaster strikes, and that a huge step forward.”Asked how he felt about the ceremony and he said: “Well it’s a bit like the Oscars, isn’t it? I’m very nervous. I’m looking forward to the results, but to be perfectly honest, its such a humbling and privileged experience to go all around the world in such wonderful company of so many organizations and so many people working hard in their own communities to protect people and build disaster resilience. It’s really a life privilege.”Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of The Nippon Foundation, which sponsors the award, told the ceremony that disasters are taking place around the world “with unsettling frequency, disrupting the lives of individuals with oftentimes irreversible consequences”.“As an organization specializing in humanitarian aid, the Nippon Foundation has been engaging in disaster relief and recovery not only within Japan but overseas for many years,” Mr. Sasakawa said.“Having firsthand experience of the grave impact that disaster has on human life, we established the Sasakawa Award programme with the United Nations 30 years ago,” he said, adding that the aim was to establish a global platform where knowledge and experience can be polled, shared and utilized to reduce the impact of natural disasters for all people.“Over the decades, disaster risk reduction has moved from a narrowly perceived technical discipline, to a more broad-based global movement with a focus on sustainable development.The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström said: “In our community, there is a lot going on, all the time. As a reflection of this, the disaster risk reduction community nominated 88 individuals and organizations (from 44 countries) for the Sasakawa Award this year. Thank you for that.” read more


Why turning your fan around can help you sleep better in a


One unconventional method championed by a New Zealand-based eco-warrior involves pointing an electric fan outside of your open bedroom window to keep cool at night.   Nelson Lebo, an eco design adviser for Palmerston North city council in the South Pacific nation’s North Island, explains the clever fan trick works by blowing the… Inevitably, the weather has got people talking, and sharing tips on how to stay cool. They range from the bizarre, like eating chilli and painting your roof white, to practical tips like wearing light clothes. The heatwave is coming. Forecasters predict all-time records for July could be broken on Wednesday or Thursday as the mercury pushes towards 95F (35C) and above. 


CPL 2017 BravoMcCullum carnage overshadows Gayles 93 as Riders beat Patriots


Chris Gayle reached his fifty in 34 balls Ashley Allen – CPL T20 / Getty(ESPNcricinfo) Darren Bravo and Brendon McCullum blitzed eight sixes off the final 13 balls of a rain-reduced chase to leave hosts St Kitts & Nevis Patriots shell-shocked as Trinbago Knight Riders escaped with a dramatic eight-wicket win (Duckworth-Lewis-Stern). The win increased the Knight Riders’ first-place advantage over Patriots to three points and a win in either of their final two matches will clinch them top spot in the league stage.Knight Riders held slim hopes after Colin Munro fell in the fourth over of the chase to Samuel Badree, after which rain halted their 13-over chase – a consequence of two lengthy delays during the Patriots innings – and reduced it to a six-over sprint in which they needed 52 off the remaining 17 balls. Yet, Knight Riders reached the target with four balls remaining.Lewis leads offEvin Lewis hits a ball to the boundary every 4.06 deliveries so far in CPL 2017, a rate behind only McCullum (3.80) and Mohammad Nabi (2.92) for players facing a minimum of 30 deliveries. Lewis was twice as good on Wednesday night, hitting every other ball he faced for four or six in a rollicking 14-ball 39.He distributed his punishment evenly against Knight Riders, driving Ronsford Beaton for a straight six in the second over before doing the same to Sunil Narine in the third. In the next two overs, he pulled each bowler over square leg for another set of maximums. Lewis was on track to bring up the fastest fifty of CPL 2017 – currently held by Darren Sammy off 23 balls – before he was given out to Narine caught behind. Replays showed the ball missed the bat entirely on a back-foot swipe, with the sound of the ball clipping the pad flap. That duped the umpire into upholding Narine’s appeal for a catch as Lewis walked off bemused.Action. Camera. Lights?Just 5.5 overs into the match, with the score at 60 for 1 and Gayle on 19, a floodlight power-failure halted play and eventually resulted in a 90-minute delay, which shaved off two overs from each innings. Just 2.1 overs after the break – as Patriots advanced to 86 for 1 – a further 45-minute rain stoppage caused another five overs to be peeled off.With only five overs left in the innings, Patriots went on to nearly double their score. Their 162 in 13 overs ended up as the sixth-highest first-innings total of the tournament, and the highest scoring-rate of any innings in CPL 2017 (12.46 per over).Vintage GayleChris Gayle was near his menacing best at Warner Park. On three separate occasions – Ashley Nurse in the seventh, Dwayne Bravo in the 10th and Ronsford Beaton in the 13th – he smashed sixes off consecutive balls. He reached his fifty in 34 balls; in the next 12 deliveries, he raced to 93.Gayle needed two boundaries off the innings’ last three balls to reach a ton and Beaton, the bowler, served up another pie, but the batsman mistimed it to deep midwicket. Gayle’s 93 was the second-highest individual score of CPL 2017 and also moved him to the top of the season’s run charts.Knight Riders ambushLewis and Gayle’s knocks, however, were mere afterthoughts in the face of the assault from Darren Bravo and McCullum. Set an adjusted DLS 13-over target of 169, Knight Riders scored only two runs off the bat in a five-run opening over from Ben Hilfenhaus.McCullum got hot in the second over against Carlos Brathwaite, taking him for a six and two fours, then followed up with a trio of boundaries off Hilfenhaus in the third. But Narine and Munro fell in the space of four balls to the Australian and Badree, before rain stopped the chase with the score 34 for 2 in 3.1 overs.When the rain finally ceased, the target was reduced to 86 in six overs. The drama was just beginning though, as Bravo pumped his first two balls straight over Badree’s head for six before heaving a short ball over midwicket for a third in three balls to start his innings. From there on, the equation was simple. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPatriots claim second Hero CPL win to hold up Knight Riders’ qualificationJuly 30, 2016In “latest news”CPL 2018: TKR stifle Patriots to seal Final spotSeptember 15, 2018In “latest news”CPL 2017: Patriots march into final after stellar bowling showSeptember 6, 2017In “latest news” By Peter Della PennaTrinbago Knight Riders 86 for 2 (McCullum 40*, Bravo 38*) beat St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 162 for 3 (Gayle 93) by eight wickets (DLS method) read more


Lasse Svan Hansen about Qatar 2015 Our target – semifinal


One of the greatest lefthanders in this moment, Danish right wing Lasse Svan Hansen had an extremely memorable year 2014 with SG Flensburg (EHF CL winners), but one thing he certainly miss in his CV – world’s gold medal. Denmark have lost two last finals of the World Championships in 2011 and 2013, but target is still the same as team of Gudmundur Gudmundsson is considered as the biggest favorite alongside France, Croatia and Spain.Lasse Svan Hansen talks for Handball-Planet.com about the upcoming event in Doha.Which level of ambitions has Danish team at WCh 2015?– As always, we have very high expectations. The semis is our primary target, other than that we want to at least secure a playoff spot for the Olympics.How you look on the past two finals of the Danish team, and what you would do to avoid “black nights” as in Barcelona and Herning?– We don’t want to put any energy or thought to the past to finals. Of course many people want to talk about what happened but we can’t change it. What we can do is prepare and do a better job if we are lucky enough to get a new chance. We are not the ones looking back. The media do that for us. We are looking at the challenge ahead of us and if that challenge should contain France or Spain we will do our best to over come that challenge as well.Are there some other teams who are capable to play for the medals?– Of course there is. A championship is often decided by the little things. We experienced that in the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia. So other teams with the right amount of skill and luck will have a chance to play for medals.What is the biggest change in your team play since Gudmundur Gudmundsson overtook the job from Ulrik Wilbek?– I think the biggest change is in the preparation. We spend a lot more time working with the details now. Video and training is all about details. With Ulrik it was more about the big picture. But I think that is a good thing for us right now. We are in a place where we have played in the top for some years now and the attention to detail may be the thing that can take us a step further.Qatar 2015 will be played in one city – three halls. Something new in handball, are you ready for an extraordinary event?– We are all ready to give it our best. I’ve played in the Super Cup with Flensburg in Qatar so already have a taste of what to expect- Qatar really knows how to put on a good show and I just hope the fans will fill all the new arenas to help make it a great atmosphere.MIZUNO – IT’S A PRIVILEGE TO BE A PART OF THEIR DEVELOPMENTYou’ve been wearing Mizuno shoes for the last 3 years and many other players have followed suit – what is it about the shoes which make them great and how important is it to have good footwear?– Mizuno has always had a great tradition in producing technical running shoes. That makes them experts in how the foot should be treated in a shoe. I feel that tradition in their handball shoes as well. It is essential for a handball player that the shoe is the best possible. Our feet are under so much pressure from many different angles and if the shoe isn’t right, your feet won’t be right for long. I feel Mizuno is doing that for me and it’s a privilege to be a part of their research and development. They also have some pretty cool colours – concludes Lasse Svan Hansen.“Lasse Svan Hansen is a brand ambassador for Mizuno Handball and will be wearing the new neon yellow/blue Wave Stealth 3. For your chance to win a pair go to http://www.mizuno.eu/static/42681/qatar“ Lasse Svan HansenMizuno handball ← Previous Story Qatar 2015 – Schedule Next Story → Qatar 2015 begins: Breathtaking ceremony in Doha read more


Amazon to introduce free Kindle Apps for Android and Windows tablets


first_imgLast year the Kindle App was released for the iPad and it became one of the best free apps to download (appearing in the top ten) proving as, or even more popular than the official iBooks software.With the wealth of tablet devices heading our way this year it seems that Amazon is keen to jump on the bandwagon once more and increase the reach of its Kindle App to these new platforms.AdChoices广告Tailored software will be designed specifically for the latest Android and Windows based tablets so users can access the Kindle Store and download/read books that take advantage of the larger screens/multi-touch functionality. The software will also allow you to buy books on the new platforms and then read them on any other platform as long as they are loaded with the Kindle software.Dorothy Nicholls, Director at Amazon Kindle had this to say about the news:Kindle is light weight, easy on the eyes with a paper-like Pearl e-ink display, and has a full month of battery life. It’s purpose-built for reading. Many people are buying both a Kindle and an LCD tablet computer. We’re very excited to support the upcoming Android and Windows LCD tablet computers with free Kindle apps that we’ll tailor for the particular devices. Our Whispersync technology makes it simple to move back and forth between devices. Read on your Kindle, read on your tablet, read on your phone. We’ll keep track of your last page read, and make it easy. Read more at Engadgetlast_img read more


Stories to preserve history of Olympic Hall


first_imgOver the years, Adelaide’s Olympic Hall has been a place where the Greek Australian community has met to socialise, meet future spouses and, of course, dance. The reason we thought of doing the book was, as a group of friends we would laugh about the embarrassing moments, with boys asking fathers if they could dance with their daughtersAnd now, as the building faces demolition, a small group are compiling a book to make sure those memories are not lost. In 2007, when it was announced the building would be demolished, Sophia Orphanos and some friends founded a group called The Olympic Hall Revisited, to manage the book. “The reason we thought of doing the book was, as a group of friends we would laugh about the embarrassing moments, with boys asking fathers if they could dance with their daughters,” she said. “We’re not getting political about it, but when we heard the hall was going to be demolished, we thought we couldn’t let it go without remembering the way it had impacted the Greek Adelaidian community.” Although the group is all women, Orphanos said they’ve got plenty of stories from young men. “The boys talk about how they developed a language of gesticulation about who was going to ask first, and then there was the twirling of the fingers towards girls, trying to book ahead,” she said. Orphanos said Olympic Hall was also the place where community values were instilled. “It was something my dad said to me: we were to dance with the first person to ask, we weren’t to be selective because it took a lot of courage for a boy to cross the floor,” she said. “That stayed with me because I felt it was right.” The group has collected 46 stories so far, about half of which are written first-hand. Orphanos, who has an education background, has conducted interviews in both Greek and English to write the other half of the stories. “I’ve encouraged people to write their own stories, but some people are not very confident writing in English,” she said. She said only six or seven of the stories are written in Greek, although hopefully that will change. “It was our desire to have all the stories bilingual, but we haven’t been able to source enough volunteer support,” she said. Although they’ve got George Zikas volunteering with the graphic design, the group is looking for more people to help out with translation, layout, and, of course, to tell their stories. The Olympic Hall book will be released in 2011. For more information contact Sophia Orphanos on 0412 929 646. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


What if the Switch is a Good System and Nintendo Isnt Dying


first_img ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on target I’m afraid I’m going to be seen as a Nintendo fanboy. I mean, I was one in the past, back when I was a little Will Jr. and defending the N64 against the insidious PlayStation on AOL’s ANT forums (I’m old, eat me). But in my professional life I try to be as impartial and fair when reviewing anything, and that includes video games and hardware.And yet, two months after the launch of the Nintendo Switch, I’ve given the system an Editors’ Choice on PCMag.com and named three games as must-buy titles (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and third game with a review that’s yet to be published). That’s pretty ridiculous for a system that’s still in its launch window (and I mean actual launch window, not the disappointing first year of the Wii U).Nintendo has been regarded with uncertainty since, well, the N64. Every few months someone questions (or everyone questions) if the company is dying, or if the newest system is a failure. That has continued with the Nintendo Switch, and even as it gets huge financial success gamers keep looking at the system utterly baffled. It’s a bunch of different things rolled into one, and it isn’t even clear if Nintendo considers it more of a console or a handheld. It isn’t even completely clear how committed Nintendo is to its development as either type of device, since it announced the New Nintendo 2DS XL and will be limiting its E3 presence to focus on 2017 games, and since its first announcement has emphasized the Switch as a home console even as American gamers are loving it as a handheld.And yet the Switch has gotten two AAA titles in two months (yes, one is an enhanced port of a Wii U game), and is on track to get two or three more big hits by the end of the year. And the indie game selection has some really strong choices that are steadily expanding. And the system is sold out everywhere. And more people want it than a PS4 Pro or Xbox Scorpio. So far it’s a success by any commercial or critical measure. And also Puyo Puyo Tetris is great.The Switch isn’t perfect at all. The Joy-Con connection issue was an embarrassment, the system’s handling of save data is a disgrace, and Nintendo hasn’t said one peep about a Switch Virtual Console and has been leaving retro games solely in the hands of Hamster’s Neo Geo ports. And Nintendo is still pushing 3DS games. And its handling of the NES Classic has been a half-year-long dick move that has only pleased very lucky scalpers. And Nintendo is still pushing the 3DS hard with several upcoming games and the New Nintendo 2DS XL, which is the best handheld we don’t want.Despite those things, I really like my Switch. I purchased my own after reviewing it, and have sunk dozens of hours into The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Puyo Puyo Tetris, and The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+. We run a whole column highlighting the cool Switch games hitting the system every week. It isn’t as powerful as the PS4 Pro and doesn’t come close to my computer, and I can feel it when I hold it in my hands. But I can also hold it in my hands, and it’s become a staple of my commute on the subway. It’s awesome for what it tries to do, even if it isn’t actually clear what Nintendo is trying to do with it.The Switch delivers at what it promised from the beginning. It’s a home console in a dock that connects to your TV, and it’s a handheld system with controllers attached to it. It’s such a simple idea that has never succeeded until now. It actually works in both roles, and that’s amazing. It’s certainly amazing enough for me to keep it in my bag every day, and dock it at my TV every night (even if my home gaming has been mostly Persona 5 on the PS4 for the last few weeks). It’s amazing enough that the prospect of Wii U, Wii, and GameCube ports genuinely excite me, because the Switch would let me play those games anywhere instead of just in front of my TV. And it’s clearly amazing enough that it’s selling out every time it hits stores.None of this changes Nintendo’s baffling decisions, which I’ve chronicled a lot in the past. For all my gushing about the Switch and its games, I’ve dumped just as hard on Nintendo’s strategy regarding hardware distribution, its infuriating tight-lippedness regarding retro games, and it’s genuinely disgusting treatment of Let’s Players and other gaming video producers. But those decisions also don’t change what the Switch itself does right, or how good some of the games on it are.Nintendo speculation has become a reliable waltz the gaming and tech media have repeated for over a decade. Nintendo has a crazy idea! Nintendo did something stupid! Nintendo has a genius idea! Nintendo has a commercial success! Nintendo has a commercial failure! Nintendo’s future is unclear! Nintendo is doomed! Nintendo is forever!We’ll find out more details at E3, and with each Nintendo Direct, and with the launch of the New Nintendo 2DS XL, and simply as we see the Switch return to stores and more games come out for it. And at each step we’ll be able to point at something crazy and inexplicable and say that it’s going to doom Nintendo or that it will be an unparalleled success.What if we just stepped back from that analysis a bit and looked at the facts on the table? What if the Switch is genuinely a good system with a great concept? What if Nintendo isn’t dying? And what if neither of those things won’t prevent Nintendo from continuing to make decisions so baffling that they can only be described as “Nintendo moves?”What if all of those things are true, and the end result until the next solid information we get is that I’ll keep playing Switch games on the subway, pining for a GameCube virtual console, and screaming at Nintendo for screwing up save file management and online multiplayer in ways that no other publisher or hardware manufacturer would even consider? Basically, there are a lot of things going on here, and we don’t need to speculate wildly on top of that.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch Accessorieslast_img read more


United deserved to win says Ashley Young


first_imgManchester United’s full-back Ashley Young rues their 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and believes Jose Mourinho’s side deserved all 3 points.Young put in an impressive performance as he stopped Chelsea’s dangermen Eden Hazard and Willian in the flanks, but is unhappy after United second-half comeback was cancelled out by a Ross Barkley equaliser in the 96th-minute.“I think we have to look at the positives,“ Young told MUTV.“I think we deserved to win it, especially when we got back into the game and we really did get on top, but this is what we have to do [against Juventus].“We have to go into the game looking to start on more of the front foot, especially at home. That’s the way we have got to do it, like we did in the second half against Newcastle and for 60, 65 minutes of this game against Chelsea and as long as we play that way then I am sure we will get the right result.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Young felt on another day the Reds could have put the game to bed in the second half and come away with the well-deserved three points.“It’s one of those things, we are just disappointed in the dressing room,” he continued.“But we have to take the positives from the game and I think the way we played in the second half especially, we were fantastic at times.“On another day we could have scored a third goal, but it wasn’t meant to be. It comes off the post, David saves it, it goes back to their man and they score. It is disappointing, but we have to take the positives from the game and kick on from here.“There were spaces for us to play in, especially in the first half when we got the ball to our front three and we actually said it was fairly easy to get it to them, but that end pass, that cross or that [final] shot is what we needed to improve and we did that in the second half. Like I say, on another day we could have gone on to get another goal, but it wasn’t meant to be.”last_img read more


CMAs award Strait entertainer of the year


first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. — Blake Shelton captured album of the year, Miranda Lambert won female vocalist of the year and Taylor Swift was honored with the Pinnacle award for her achievements, but it was George Strait who won the night’s top honor at the Country Music Awards — entertainer of the year.Strait, who is retiring from the road, nabbed his third trophy in the category but hadn’t won the prestigious award since 1990.He capped a night where there was no clear favorite. Shelton, Swift, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line won two awards each.But Shelton won the other big award of the night — album of the year for “Based on a True Story” — besides grabbing male vocalist of the year, his fourth time winning the latter award.Lambert, his wife, also won her fourth straight female vocalist of the year award.“I really didn’t think this was going to happen this year,” Lambert said before thanking each of the other nominees.The husband and wife have been favorites of the CMA’s 6,000 voters for the last three years and Wednesday as no different,“I had mentioned earlier today that if there was an award that would mean the most to me tonight, it would be album of the year,” said Shelton, who won entertainer of the year last year and was in contention for it again this year.Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley scored single and vocal duo of the year. Their quick tally was more proof the so-called bro country movement is the sound of the moment in mainstream country. FGL kicked off the show performing a fist-pumping medley with Luke Bryan, and very quickly returned to the stage to take the trophy for single of the year for their “Cruise” remix featuring Nelly. They also played the new song “Round Here.”last_img read more


Dwight Boykins Unveils Mayoral Platform


first_imgHouston City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Dwight Boykins unveiled his vision for City Hall. One of Boykins’ top priorities, if elected, would be resolving the city’s simmering pay dispute with the firefighters’ union.Speaking at his campaign headquarters in Houston’s Third Ward, Boykins said that the city’s inability to achieve pay parity between police and firefighters has less to do with the city’s budget and more to do with Mayor Sylvester Turner’s willingness to negotiate in good faith.“So effective January 2020, the Houston Fire Department and the Houston Police Department will start a fair negotiation on pay parity contract,” he said. “It will be resolved within 60 days.”Boykins said he would adopt what he called a “zero-based” budgeting model, requiring all departments to justify their expenses before receiving appropriations. He said the resulting savings would be more than enough to provide pay raises for firefighters.Boykins also vowed to take a much more aggressive approach to enforcing the city’s homeless ordinance and cracking down on panhandling. He said he makes a distinction between those who want help and those who don’t.“I have Star of Hope and New Hope Housing in my district,” Boykins said. “I’m speaking first hand. I go over and talk to the individuals who want help. And they transition themselves from Star of Hope to New Hope Housing to a conventional apartment. Those are people who want help. But these guys out here trashing our city, I have no mercy for them.”Boykins stressed he’d work with Harris County mental health officials to deal with chronic homelessness, rather than just law enforcement. But he said in the case of those people who are transients, rather than homeless, “we will get them on a bus to get them where they are going.”In addition, Boykins said he would work to accelerate Harvey relief and flood control funding. Citing his prior experience as a banker, he said would bring together all the major local banks and have them convert the promised federal funding into what amounts to a federally guaranteed loan. That money, he said, could then be distributed without further delays from federal or state bureaucracies. Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaHouston City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Dwight Boykins 00:00 /00:38 Listen center_img Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more


Officials 22 Indicted in Baltimore Based Multistate DogFighting Ring


first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Authorities say they’ve broken up a violent, multistate dog-fighting ring involving hundreds of dogs forced into brutal combat.Authorities said Monday that a Baltimore grand jury returned indictments against 22 people involved in the ring, 14 of whom are in custody. They’re all charged with animal cruelty, dog fighting and conspiracy.The indictments came after authorities raided 18 locations in the Baltimore area and a compound in West Virginia.An official at the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office says authorities recovered 225 dogs, including 50 puppies, and at least 20 weapons as part of the investigation. He says 85 dogs are at local shelters, but the fate of the other dogs wasn’t immediately clear.Authorities say the ring also has links in North Carolina, New York and elsewhere in Maryland.last_img read more


NAACP Calls Mississippi Candidate HydeSmiths Hanging Comments Sick


first_imgWritten by the NNPABALTIMORE— The NAACP issued the following statement regarding Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith recent statement on being invited to a public hanging.“Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith’s shameful remarks prove once again how Trump has created a social and political climate that normalizes hateful and racist rhetoric. We’ve seen this in Florida from Ron DeSantis and others during this election season and denounce it.“If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row”- Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith says in Tupelo, MS after Colin Hutchinson, cattle rancher, praises her. U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy will head to a runoff against incumbent Republican Hyde-Smith on Nov. 27. (Photo: Official Senate Photo / Wikimedia Commons)“Hyde-Smith’s decision to joke about ‘hanging,’ in a state known for its violent and terroristic history toward African Americans is sick. To envision this brutal and degenerate type of frame during a time when Black people, Jewish People and immigrants are still being targeted for violence by White nationalists and racists is hateful and hurtful. Any politician seeking to serve as the national voice of the people of Mississippi should know better. Her choice of words serves as an indictment of not only her lack of judgement, but her lack of empathy, and most of all lack of character.” — Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEOFounded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas here.last_img read more


KMC mulls facilities for elderly citizens in parks across city


first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has plans to develop facilities for senior citizens in a number of parks in the city, considering the demand of elderly persons for the same.”There has been demand from some councillors to come up with facilities for senior citizens in parks. But space constraint is a major challenge. We have plans to develop facilities for the elderly wherever there is availability of space,” a senior official of the Parks and Gardens department of the civic body said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataNivedita Park in Ward 7 has already been given a facelift, with a separate enclosure for senior citizens to relax, particularly after their morning and evening walks. Facilities have also been put in place for smooth jogging. Maddox Square Park under Ward 69 has witnessed the setting up of acupuncture facilities, particularly for the benefit of senior citizens. It has come up adjacent to the children’s corner at the park. Indu Park located at Ward 107 in Kasba is also undergoing renovation, to provide wide space to aged people for their morning and evening walks. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”There are more than 10 children’s parks in Ward 107, with various rides and other activities for the enjoyment of children. The senior citizens wanted a park with some sort of separate facilities for them,” said Sushanta Kumar Ghosh, councillor of Ward 107, who is also the chairman of Borough XII. Apart from open space for walks, there will also be comfortable seating arrangements favourable for an adda ambience. There will be indoor game facilities like chess, ludo, etc. as well. A waterbody inside the park is also being renovated and a fountain will be built. An open library will also come up inside the park. The major portion of the work has already been completed and Ghosh is optimistic of unveiling the park in three months. A portion of the Rs 80 lakh needed for developing the park was allocated by the Parks and Gardens department and the rest was disbursed by the Project Management Unit (PMU) department of the civic body. The KMC maintains around 720 parks in the city spanning across all 144 wards.last_img read more


10 Reasons Your Ecommerce Store Isnt Making Any Sales


first_img 5 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. An ecommerce store is a fantastic way to build revenue with very little overhead: You can generate sales around-the-clock at a global level without the expenses or staff required to operate a brick-and-mortar business.Related: Website Builder Squarespace Launches New Ecommerce Tools for Business OwnersYet, despite the fact that more than 205 million consumers in the United States shop online, and spend a per-person average of nearly $3,000 per year, plenty of ecommerce business are still struggling to become profitable.If you count yours among them, here are 10 things that could be the root cause of your revenue problems.1. Poor quality images and product descriptionsWhen customers shop online, they don’t have the ability to pick up a product up and inspect it. They’re forced to rely on the images you provide, along with whatever description you have.Images and descriptions should be designed to attract buyers to the item. If you have shoddy photos or rely solely on technical descriptions, you’ll lose a lot of sales because you’ll fail to generate interest in your products.Showcase your products from multiple angles, with quality images, and create unique descriptions that show buyers the value of the products and how consumers can benefit from them.“The reason it seems that price is all your customers care about . . . is that you haven’t given them anything else to care about,” writes Seth Godin, author of All Markets are Liars.2. Missing contact informationContact information may seem like a small detail, but limiting it on your website is a huge red flag for consumers. They want to know they can reach you if there’s a problem. If you’re not displaying your location information (even without a retail store) and phone number, you’ll have a hard time establishing trust with your customers.3. A complex checkout processA complex, multi-step checkout process is a frustrating experience for customers. It’s like going to Walmart for a single product, only to find the store has only two registers running and lines that are enormous.Eliminate the frustration by creating a very short checkout process. Likewise, never require registration for a checkout. Let customers go through the process and choose the option to register and save their info at the end, in case they want to come back again.Related: 10 Emerging eCommerce Trends Worth Checking Out4. Hidden shipping ratesI have personally abandoned countless carts online because shipping costs were hidden until the very end of the checkout process, and it was only then that I discovered high shipping rates I wasn’t willing to pay.Some customers don’t even make it that far. Shipping rates are one of the biggest reasons for shopping cart abandonment, but it’s an easy issue to fix.Provide your customers with a shipping calculator that works based on the items they’re interested in and their zip code. Most ecommerce platforms offer plugins that make it easy to add a calculator like this.5. Poor navigation (small-tap targets)According to SmartInsights, 80 percent of shoppers search the web using their smartphones. If your online store has tiny buttons, small product images or a cluttered design, navigation can be incredibly difficult.Small-tap targets make it difficult to hit the target link or button on a shrunken mobile screen, which can sour the shopping experience and send a consumer elsewhere. Make sure your mobile design is responsive, with large images and properly sized buttons.Google recommends tap targets and buttons that are at least 48 pixels tall/wide.6. Customers don’t know what to do.Even with an ecommerce website, you need to make it very clear what you want the customer to do on your site. Non-product pages should direct the customer using a blatant and obvious call to action. The most successful ecommerce sites tell customers exactly what to do; never leave them to guess what the next step is.7. You’re not promoting properly.Without targeted traffic, your store isn’t going to generate any revenue. You need to create an inbound marketing strategy that uses social, content marketing and even paid marketing. Once you begin building your customer base, let user-generated content and testimonials build further social proof and promote your store.When you have enough customers, use tools like Rewardstream to build and manage a referral program.“You can’t wait for customers to come to you,” writes Paul Graham of Y Combinator. “You have to figure out where they are, go there and drag them back to your store.”8. You’re not engaging your customers.No acknowledgement at all from a salesperson is just as bad as a pushy salesperson. Engage your customers and followers on social media to keep your brand front and center. Get involved in industry-related discussions to turn heads of prospective customers.Most importantly, use content marketing to engage past and current customers to keep them coming back, as you promote your content to new prospects.9. You’re targeting the wrong audience.You may be pouring time and money into content marketing or ad spends that aren’t generating any business. If that’s the case, are you targeting the right people? Make sure you do your audience research so that your marketing is targeting the right crowd.Related: Ecommerce Is Growing, But Customers Still Prefer Shopping in Stores10. The price is (not) right.Pricing products can be difficult: if your prices are too low, customers may think your products are lower quality. Price too high, and they’ll shop elsewhere. When you factor in tax and shipping costs, it’s even more challenging. Market research and trial and error can help you find the pricing sweet spot you need, to gain (and keep) customers. November 21, 2016 Register Now »last_img read more


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first_img News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 26, 2019 Progenics Pharmaceuticals Collaborating With Veterans Affairs on AI Cancer Imaging Research Program Oncology company Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced their collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Greater Los… read more center_img Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… 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 Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more February 20, 2009 – iCAD Inc. said today peer-reviewed data on its SecondLook computer-aided detection (CAD) technology, published in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology, included 123 cancers detected with full-field digital mammography (FFDM).The article, “Detection of Breast Cancer with Full-Field Digital Mammography and Computer-Aided Detection,” by Juliette The, M.D. and Kathy Schilling, M.D., found the following:- CAD with FFDM showed a high sensitivity in identifying cancers- The SecondLook CAD correctly marked 94 percent of biopsy-proven cancers- The sensitivity of iCAD’s SecondLook CAD was not dependent on the size of the tumor; it was equally accurate with small and large lesions “Our experience with the SecondLook CAD has been quite positive,” said Dr. The, radiologist at Boca Raton Community Hospital in Boca Raton, FL. “I am pleased with its ease-of-use and ability to help radiologists find more cancers, at an earlier stage. Coupled with full-field digital mammography, which has been shown to be more accurate in certain populations of women, we feel that CAD is an important tool that highlights the areas of a mammogram warranting closer inspection.”SecondLook CAD for digital mammography was designed and developed using thousands of cancer and normal studies. SecondLook Digital is optimized for leading digital mammography systems including GE Healthcare, Siemens Medical Systems, Fujifilm Medical Systems, IMS Giotto, Agfa Healthcare and Sectra. In addition, iCAD’s SecondLook Digital provides flexible Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) connectivity solution enabling universal compatibility with leading Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS) and Review Workstations.For more information: www.icadmed.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | February 20, 2009 CAD with FFMD Shows High Sensitivity to Detect Early-Stage Breast Cancers Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read morelast_img read more