first_imgIndian cricket throughout the years has seen many talents burst onto the scene and then fade away just as quickly. Some got a long rope while the others played a few matches here and there. Robin Uthappa is one such player, who has been a part of some memorable victories for India but still fell out of favour with the selectors.Uthappa, who turns 31 today, made his debut in 2006 and since then has featured in 46 one-day internationals scoring 934 runs at an average of 25.94 with six half-centuries. In 13 T20I matches, he has scored 249 runs at 24.90. He was also a part of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team when India won the inaugural World T20 in South Africa in 2007 and got an extended run in 2007-08 but a decline in form and inconsistency with the bat led to his ouster from the team.Uthappa’s record and form in domestic cricket though, tells a completely different tale. He always had the talent and gift of timing which is why he has been such a prolific run-scorer for his state team, Karnataka, and his IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders. Which makes us wonder why he couldn’t be as successful in international cricket. (Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Robin Uthappa, Stuart Binny lead Karnataka to win)Uthappa was the highest run-getter in Ranji Trophy 2014-15 with 912 runs in 11 matches, the seventh highest run-getter in the previous Ranji season with 759 runs, and is the second highest run-getter for Karnataka in first-class cricket with 8671 runs and counting. Uthappa is a lethal force in the domestic circuit and was one of the main reasons behind Karnataka securing the Ranji title in two successive seasons, along with the Irani Cup in 2014-15. advertisementIn the Indian Premier League, Uthappa is sixth on the list of the highest run-scorers with 3390 runs in 135 matches at 29.47. He opens the batting for the Knight Riders and keeps wickets on a regular basis for the franchise and is an integral part of Gautam Gambhir’s team. But even after scoring heavily in domestic cricket Uthappa still couldn’t find a place in the Indian team. (Robin Uthappa: An extended run is what he needs)In Test cricket, India has been on the hunt for another explosive opener after Virender Sehwag but all attempts at finding one have drawn a blank for the selectors. Sehwag was a one-of-a-kind talent who purely depended on his hand-and-eye coordination while batting and became the most destructive opener India has ever had in any format. Sehwag formally concluded his career in 2015 after being left out of the squad for over two years.Uthappa could have been the answer India was looking for between 2012 and 2013 but the emergence of players like Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay completely took away his chances of breaking into the Test side. Uthappa’s prime years came in between 2006-2008 but the selectors favoured the likes of Wasim Jaffer and Dinesh Karthik, who couldn’t cement a permanent place in the side. (I made judgmental errors in Zimbabwe, says Karnataka batsman Robin Uthappa)India now have a settled Test squad under Virat Kohli, while Dhoni’s limited-overs team is filled with young and fresh talents. Robin Uthappa, for all the talent and skill that he has, may have fallen out of favour but he will always keep knocking on the selectors’ doors whenever the opportunity arises.last_img read more

first_imgEarlier today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the Summary for Policymakers of Working Group I’s (WGI) portion of the 5th assessment report (AR5) on climate change. The report, focused on the physical science of our climate system, confirms the overwhelming scientific consensus that the world is warming and human activities are responsible. Without immediate action to curb greenhouse gas emissions, communities, ecosystems, and critical infrastructure across the globe will be increasingly threatened by dangerous impacts from flooding, drought, sea level rise, and wildfires.Published every six years, the IPCC Assessment Reports are the most comprehensive international assessments on the state of climate science. Similar to prior studies, AR5 is the product of a consensus-based process combining the most current scientific data with input from more than 800 climate scientists from dozens of countries.While the underlying science of this most recent report is undeniably more advanced, it is remarkable that the AR5 report reads a lot like the IPCC’s AR4, published in 2007, reconfirming climate science. Also, with each new IPCC Assessment report, we see the emergence of climatic trends that were once projected to occur in the future, but are now a reality. For example, since 1990, climate scientists have expected higher temperatures to bring more extreme weather. Now such trends are well-documented—and projected to worsen.So instead of asking only what’s new about this IPCC report, here are five of the most important takeaways—all of which have significant implications for decision-makers and society:1) Humans are largely responsible for rising global temperatures.Worldwide, the three most recent decades were each warmer than every preceding decade since 1850. This IPCC finding is confirmed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data, which found that the past decade was the warmest ever recorded. August 2013 was the 342nd consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average – a staggering streak of more than 28 years.There is consensus among IPCC scientists that most of the recent global temperature rise is “extremely likely” to have been caused by humans. This level of certainty is often compared to the scientific consensus that cigarettes are harmful to human health.The IPCC, of course, is not alone in reaching this conclusion. For example:In 2009, the national science academies of the world’s largest economies jointly stated: “the need for urgent action to address climate change is now indisputable.”In 2010, the U.S. National Academies of Sciences concluded, “Climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for—and in many cases is already affecting—a broad range of human and natural systems.”Global surface air temperatures have risen more slowly in recent years, leading some to question the urgency of the climate change problem. However, this recent “pause” in warming is limited to the atmosphere; during the same time period, warming in the oceans has continued apace. In fact, the IPCC finds that our oceans retained more than 90 percent of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases since 1970. It is normal for heat energy to cycle back and forth between the air and ocean, on decadal time scales, which helps to explain the recent pause in warming of surface air temperatures. Rapidly warming oceans, though, cause thermal expansion, contributing to accelerating sea-level rise. *The IPCC concludes that more than 90 percent of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have been absorbed by oceans. Figure Source: Nuccitelli et al., 2012 *In addition to making our oceans hotter, rising carbon dioxide emissions is making them much more acidic. Ocean acidification and rising temperatures kill coral reefs, which support the livelihood of about 500 million people around the world. The IPCC finds that ocean acidification will increase under all future emissions scenarios, painting a troubling outlook for coral reefs and the communities that depend on them.2) Many observed impacts are happening more quickly than previously predicted.Sea-level rise is happening more quickly than expected. It’s already threatening many of the 1 billion people worldwide living in low-lying coastal communities. Sea levels rose almost twice as fast from 1993-2010 as they did from 1901-2010, and the IPCC says under all future emissions scenarios “the rate of sea level rise will very likely exceed the observed during 1971-2010.”The IPCC finds that Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets have melted several times faster over the past decade than during the 1990s. Overall, the extent of summer Arctic sea ice has shrunk more than 11 percent per decade. In fact, under higher future emissions scenarios, the IPCC finds that the Arctic could have ice-free summers by 2050.3) Climate change is creating more frequent and more intense extreme weather events.From severe flooding to raging wildfires and searing droughts, we are all witnesses to the impacts of extreme weather. In the United States alone last year, 11 weather and climate disaster events each caused losses exceeding $1 billion, cumulatively causing $110 billion in damages and 377 deaths. The IPCC finds that global warming is amplifying extreme weather and climate events regionally. This includes more frequent heat waves and a greater number of heavy precipitation events. In the North Atlantic, there has been a clear increase in the occurrence of intense tropical cyclones. Regional trends in drought and flooding are also emerging, with worsening conditions projected through the end of the century.4) Business-as-usual will lead us far beyond 2 degrees Celsius of warming.Continuing business-as-usual emissions could mean the very worst-case IPCC scenario, where global temperatures rise by more than 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by 2100. Under this carbon-intensive emissions pathway, we would quickly burn through the carbon budget that enables us to remain within 2 degrees Celsius of warming. This is the maximum level of warming that the international community agreed to under the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), which has the stated aim of preventing dangerous human interference with the climate system and associated impacts. Urgent action is needed to stay within this goal.5) Cutting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions is the most urgent imperative for global climate action.Earlier this year, atmospheric concentrations of CO2 reached 400 parts-per-million (ppm)–more than 25 percent higher than any time on Earth in the last 1 million years.Considering we burned the first half of the world’s entire carbon budget over 250 years but are on track to exhaust the second half in the next 30 years, reducing carbon dioxide emissions is the most urgent global priority to stabilize our climate at relatively safe levels.The IPCC finds that to avoid more than 2 degrees of warming, global emissions must fall by an average of 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. This requires urgent action: Our energy systems will take decades to fully decarbonize, given the time it takes for power plants and vehicle fleets to turnover, enabling a switch to low-carbon alternatives.That’s the bad news, but solutions are available. Now is the time to act.In the next year, the IPCC will issue two additional assessment reports. The second will focus on past and future impacts of climate change, including strategies for adaptation and building resilience. The third report will present the range of mitigation options and solution pathways.Add it all up, and it’s clear we have not yet taken the needed steps to meet this urgent challenge—and our window to avoid locking-in catastrophic warming is closing fast. But the bottom line is that it isn’t too late. There’s still time to limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius.What’s needed is bold action by the world’s leaders. To ensure a relatively safe and stable climate, we must enact new policies that drive economic investment into low-carbon technologies, reduce global emissions, and enhance the resilience of our communities and critical infrastructure.LEARN MORE: Read another blog post on the IPCC report, “World’s Carbon Budget to Be Spent in Three Decades”last_img read more

first_imgApolis means “global citizen,” and that’s the kind of people California brothers Raan and Shea Parton are. They realized they could be advocates for artists, craftsmen, and entrepreneurs of all ilks, around the world by opening up the global marketplace to them. A certified B-Corp, Apolis sells clothing, luggage, accessories, even the super popular (and now customizable!) market bag, which provide valuable jobs to women in Bangladesh. Their motto is “advocacy through industry,” and it’s a powerful idea as they provide economic stimulation in areas desperately in need of it while helping to preserve skills and craftsmanship. Your New Favorite Pair of Go-to Leather Shoes Just Got More Affordable Ride Out the Apocalypse With the 1,000-Horsepower Rezvani Tank X SUV Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other A prime example of this is their incredibly beautiful Oaxacan glass collection. In 2015, the Parton brothers went to Mexico, where three quarters of all glassblowing studios have been forced to close, to find artists who could help with a partnership with Chivas Regal. They wanted to create a special whiskey tumbler for their “Art of Hosting” package. They succeeded!Still, like anything, this endeavor created waste. So, Apolis teamed up with Studio Xaquixe in Oaxaca to repurpose that waste into something beautiful. The fourteen artists at Studio Xaquixe are some of the last in the entire country and so are some of the last to practice their glassblowing techniques.The Apolis team saw a unique opportunity: repurpose the glass waste from the Chivas project at Studio Xaquixe and help preserve techniques. The Oaxacan collection is full of impossibly classic, clean designs, including a drinking glass, water carafe, candle holder, and vase.They range in price from $15 to $40, which is incredible when you learn what a remarkable difference that price supports. The average minimum wage in the area is a paltry $89 a month, but a glassblower at Studio Xaquixe earns about $592 a month. These four, hand-blown, upcycled glass items that will never go out of style, provide income and guaranteed work to those who might not otherwise have the chance at either.Simply by buying something beautiful, you’re helping the environment, providing jobs, ethical wages, and helping to preserve some of humanity’s greatest achievements: craftsmanship. center_img Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

first_imgThe Public Health Ministry of Thailand informed that nearly 200 people have been affected by yesterday’s chemical leak at Laem Chabang Port in Chonburi from K Line’s containership Pearl River Bridge, National News Bureau of Thailand said.Over 100 people, mostly young students, sought treatment for eye and nose irritation, nausea, and headache yesterday after a container fell onto the liquid tank on the Hong Kong-based Pearl River Bridge ship, which caused the flammable chemical Butyl Acrylates to leak at about 10:35am local time.The cargo ship was ordered to leave Laem Chabang Port immediately and anchor 10 kilometres away from the coast, once the leak was detected, to minimise the impact.According to the Ministry, the number of those affected by the Butyl Acrylate leakage stands at 180. So far, 35 people still remain hospitalized after the incident.The incident was followed by an evacuation of all residents in the nearby community.The container is said to had fallen during unloading.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgThe City Summit & Gala founded by Ryan Long took place on the weekend of the Academy Awards at Universal Studios Hollywood during March 2-4 to raise critical funds to support the following nine beneficiary charities: Already Always Amazing, Bright Futures Foundation, Feed A Billion, Fulfilled Families, Firelife Foundation, Project NOW, Conscious Capitalism, Child Liberation Foundation and My Life My Power.The City Summit, held on Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3, was a world-class, socially conscious business acceleration experience. Each day of the City Summit kicked off with a red carpet in the morning featuring interview opportunities with the speakers, followed by speaking sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event’s moderator was best-selling author and speaker Greg Reid. The speakers included keynote Ashton Kutcher (actor, founder of Thorn Foundation and Grade A Investments) who spoke about his career, his personal life, his foundation THORN and the importance of using technology like AI to do good in the world.Other speakers included Tom Bilyeu (founder, Quest Nutrition); Jeff Hoffman (co-founder of Priceline.com); Frank Shankwitz (co-founder of Make-A-Wish); Jay Samit (vice-chairman, Deloitte); Tai Lopez (investor, thought leader) and more. The event also honored speaker Jack Canfield (author of “Chicken Soup for the Soul” and “Success Principles”) with the Commitment to Excellence Award.“I could not have been more proud of the diverse array of influential speakers we brought together at the City Summit to share their vision of entrepreneurship and tackling the world’s global challenges. Ashton Kutcher was the perfect keynote speaker for the event and really drove home that the future safety and success of our communities lies in using technology and resources to solve problems,” said Ryan Long, founder of City Summit and Gala.The City Gala was held on the evening of the Academy Awards and kicked off with a 100-foot outdoor, star-studded red carpet at Universal Studios Hollywood featuring celebrities Matthew McConaughey (actor, City Gala Inspiration honoree and speaker) and wife Camila McConaughey, as well as over 100 celebrities. The event included a celebrity poker tournament, fashion show, live entertainment, dinner, open bar, and live and online auction hosted by Charity Stars, the world’s most comprehensive fundraising platform and creator of AidCoin.The gala portion of the event took place inside The Globe Theater where honoree Matthew McConaughey was presented with the Inspiration Award and then gave a speech discussing his work with his foundation just keep livin. The event also premiered the trailer for the feature film “Wishman” based on the life of honoree Frank Shankwitz (co-founder of Make-A-Wish) who was presented with the Hero Award. Finally, the Legacy Award was given to honoree Dr. James Dentley (co-founder, NBC University) for his work mentoring thousands of students.“It was truly an inspiring evening, as well as being a beautiful celebration of the work founder Ryan Long does throughout the year to prepare our nine beneficiary charities to meet the challenges they face as new entrepreneurs. The gala is not only a great time, but it raises the critical funds to allow these charities to get started and flourish,” said Dale Godboldo, City Gala beneficiary, founder of Project NOW.This year’s City Summit and City Gala was presented by Nova Wealth Management. Other sponsors include Kingraj, Keystone National Properties, Allure Events, Shared Success Mixer, Wishman, Lockdown Security, Inspired Performance Institute, Stone Bay Holdings, Charity Stars, Income Store, BlueFish, AidCoin, Sababa, VIP Night Life, Ad Metrics Pro, Secret Knock, Laughlin, The Great Caesar Banquet Hall, National Corporate Credit, Greene & Co., Snack Nation, Brigade LA, Anton Jae Global, NBC University, Allure Events, The Celebrity Installer, One One 77 Creative Studio, Shared Success, The Income Store, and Fuel.last_img read more

In Tabou, in the southwest of the country, the emergency repatriation of stranded and targeted Liberian refugees continued, as more than 1,780 refugees have returned home with the help of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Some of about 1,000 frightened Liberians who sought refuge in the agency’s office compound in Tabou have now been transferred to a newly rehabilitated transit centre near the city, UNHCR spokesman Kris Janowski said in Geneva. At the compound were also a number of Liberian nationals not registered as refugees who will be transferred in the coming days to a community shelter in town.“We hope to transfer all people remaining in our compound by the end of the week,” Mr. Janowski said. “Our operations in Côte d’Ivoire will soon be reinforced by the arrival of an emergency coordinator who will oversee UNHCR’s work in all Côte d’Ivoire.”Since the conflict erupted last September, UNHCR has been forced to redirect its operations from routine assistance and local integration projects for 72,000 Liberian and Sierra Leonean refugees to crisis management and provision of emergency relief to refugees directly affected by the turmoil. read more

“If 1 million species become extinct as a result of global warming, it is not just the plant and animal kingdoms and the beauty of the planet that will suffer,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer warned. “Billions of people, especially in the developing world, will suffer too as they rely on nature for such essential goods and services as food, shelter and medicines. Many developing countries also rely on nature-based tourism to generate much-needed foreign exchange earnings.”The paper, published in the scientific journal Nature, found that 15 to 37 per cent of all species in the six regions studied – representing one-fifth of the planet’s land area – could become extinct under the mid-range climate warming scenarios that are likely to occur between now and 2050.In contrast, if minimum, rather than maximum, climate warming is achieved, 15 to 20 per cent more of all land species could potentially be saved from extinction. The study, which drew the largest collaboration of scientists ever, projected the future distribution of 1,103 plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, butterflies and other invertebrates.”Unbridled climate change is the spectre haunting many of the objectives enshrined in…the United Nations Millennium Development Goals in areas such as biodiversity, but also in ones such as water and sanitation,” Mr. Toepfer said. “Unfortunately, this alarming report underlines again to the world the importance of brining into force the Kyoto Protocol.” read more

After many years of civil strife, Israeli occupation and Syrian domination, Lebanon had made important strides on the road towards self-governance, stability, democracy and prosperity, the country’s Prime Minister told the United Nations Security Council today.In an update to the Council on the implementation of its resolution 1559, which focuses on an end to foreign interference in Lebanon, Prime Minister Fouad Siniora highlighted the role of the United Nations in helping Lebanon move forward in all those areas and shared his thoughts on the ongoing national dialogue on contentious issues.Mr. Siniora said that the Conference of National Dialogue, which had been initiated in March, was a clear expression of his country’s readiness to peacefully address difficult national issues, particularly relations with Syria and the delimitation of common borders, as well as the policy towards Palestinians in Lebanon. The dialogue also addressed the international investigation and judicial process following the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005, he said. The presidency of the republic and Hizbollah’s weapons and their role in the defense of Lebanon among the remaining issues to be taken up when politicians representing the parliament’s 14 blocks resume the dialogue next week, he added. In regard to Lebanese-Syrian relations, participants to the dialogue had unanimously agreed that the relations between the two sister countries should be strong and positive, based on mutual respect, parity and non-interference. “The scars left by the dramatic developments of the past 19 months, and the heavy-handed interference in Lebanese domestic affairs by the Syrian security establishment for many years, are not easy to heal,” he said. However, he found it necessary to admit that for a long part of the past 30 years, Syria played a very constructive role in putting an end to attempts to partition Lebanon and in helping his country to achieve the withdrawal of the Israeli forces from southern Lebanon in 2000.He said it was important, though, to agree on the border between Syria and Lebanon in area known as Shaba’a Farms which abuts the Syrian Golan Heights. It has been reported that Syrian Vice-President Farouq Sharaa said recently that the Shebaa Farms are Lebanese territory, although the UN Security Council in 2000 concluded on the basis of a large number of maps that the area was Israeli-occupied Syria. The representative of Syria, Milad Atieh, expressed regret over rumours that there was tension between the two fraternal countries, saying relations between Syria and Lebanon were dictated by their history and geography, and no external factor could separate them. He maintained that there was no problem in demarcating the border in the Shaba’a Farms area, avowing that Israel must withdraw from the occupied territory before the two countries could demarcate the border there. In any case, he said that the demarcation of borders as well as the exchange of ambassadors and other bilateral issues were issues of sovereignty for Lebanon and Syria, and others should not interfere with them. read more

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SMMT’s prestigious Award for Automotive Innovation, which rewards the most ground-breaking ideas from all areas of the UK automotive sector, is returning for a fifth year.Sponsored by GKN and supported by The Times, the Award recognises UK-born concepts and technologies that have the potential to transform the wider automotive industry. Ford Motor Company took the crown last year with its efficient, yet powerful, 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, which now features in more than 100,000 cars and vans across the country.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “The UK automotive industry has a long history of exceptional engineering and design – a vital asset that is spearheading the UK’s automotive efforts on the world stage.“The Award for Automotive Innovation is just one example of the work SMMT is doing with its members and government to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of global vehicle development. It has always attracted an outstanding selection of entries, so we look forward to seeing what the industry has to offer in 2014.”Nigel Stein, GKN Chief Executive, said, “We always look forward to supporting this Award. The standard of competition never fails to impress, and proves time and again that British engineering is up there with the best.”UK automotive businesses invest billions every year in automotive R&D; in 2013, industry committed £1.9 billion to furthering the technologies that have seen the UK position itself high in the global automotive hierarchy.The Award will officially open for entries on 11 June, with a deadline of midnight on 12 September. A shortlisting process will follow, after which successful entrants will present their innovations to a panel of industry experts. The winner will be announced at the SMMT Annual Dinner on 25 November, in front of more than 1,000 leading industry figures. All entry criteria can be found at the Award website: www.smmt.co.uk/aai.SMMT will run a regular ‘Innovation of the Week’ feature on its website during the submission period, which will take a look at some of the UK’s most important and fascinating automotive innovations through history. read more

The Ohio State women’s soccer team won its first Big Ten Championship in 2010, but as spring scrimmages and offseason workouts are taking place, coach Lori Walker is determined to keep her players focused on what lies ahead. “What was, was,” Walker said after a 2-2 tie in a scrimmage against Louisville on Saturday. “It’s real easy to get caught in the trap of wanting to be in last year, and we’re not.” The team lost five seniors after last year, and as defender Danielle Scoliere enters her senior season, she said she knows it’s time to increase her role, as well as prepare her younger teammates to do the same. “It’s really time to step up and be a leader,” she said. “I’m trying to make sure some of the younger girls do that as well.” Scoliere scored the team’s second and final goal in the first half of Saturday’s scrimmage. The first goal came from defender Aly Walker on an assist from forward Paige Maxwell. Maxwell, the 2010 Big Ten Player of the Year, is also working to improve her roles with the team. “(I want to) focus on the things I’m not comfortable with and not be afraid to make mistakes,” Maxwell said. “I’m trying to do my job well and have my team be able to rely on me.” Both Maxwell and Scoliere stressed that improving fitness is a must during the spring and summer. Goalie Katie Baumgardner, who didn’t allow a goal during her time on the field Saturday, has found some extra motivation to continue improving her physical conditioning. Baumgardner, along with teammates Walker and defender Colleen Brady, is planning to run in the Capital City Half Marathon, which takes place May 7. Both Baumgardner and Brady are seniors going into the fall. Walker will be a junior. “We’ve been running a lot,” Baumgardner said. “We do it all the time, so we figure we might as well put it to use and have a little bit of motivation. “We’re doing a good job of communicating and growing with the team. We’re connecting. We’re starting to look more like an early-season team going into the fall.” The team’s next spring game will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday when it takes on Notre Dame in Xenia, Ohio. read more

first_imgTwo months ago, Microsoft launched its much anticipated (and long overdue) answer to modern multitouch mobile operating systems in Windows Phone 7. And while it hasn’t dethroned iOS or Android in that time, one thing’s for sure: it’s doing pretty well.In a press release citing Microsoft’s Vice President of Business and Marketing for Windows Phone, Achim Berg, Microsoft has claimed that phone manufacturers have sold more than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 handsets to date.Right there, we have to hold things up to explain an important point: phone manufacturers selling 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 handsets to wireless carriers isn’t the same as 1.5 million people wandering around proudly brandishing Windows Phone 7 devices as their smartphones of choice. If 1.5 million were sold to wireless carriers, it’s possible that 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 handsets are still unsold on store shelves.Still, that’s unlikely, because if a million and a half WP7 handsets have been sold to carriers, it means that they really believe in Microsoft here and are hard at work promoting the operating system. So this actually is good news for Microsoft, even if it’s phrased a bit disingenuously.Read more at Microsoft News Centerlast_img read more

first_imgNeige : 7 départements en vigilance orangeEn raison de chutes de neige et de risques de verglas, Météo France a placé sept départements en vigilance orange jusqu’à demain soir.Les flocons s’invitent encore dans sept départements aujourd’hui, après un retour hier en fin d’après-midi. La Seine-et-Marne, l’Aisne, les Ardennes, l’Aube, le Loiret, la Marne et l’Yonne sont concernés par l’alerte depuis 6h ce matin. Dans son bulletin national, Météo France indique : “Des chutes de neige vont se produire par l’Yonne et le sud de la Champagne en cours de matinée et s’étendre vers les Ardennes, l’Aisne et la Seine et Marne en cours de journée”.En Île-de-France, la neige tombée abondamment hier soir n’a pas tenu sur les chaussées. Le trafic a donc repris normalement, aussi bien sur les routes (sauf pour les poids lourds sur la N118) que sur les rails.En revanche, le trafic aérien est toujours perturbé. 20% des vols devraient être annulés aujourd’hui à Roissy-Charles de Gaule et à Orly, jusqu’à 13h au moins. La DGAC recommande aux passagers de contacter leur compagnie aérienne avant de se rendre à l’aéroport.Le 23 décembre 2010 à 08:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSVN) — Police are warning against an alarming new trend that involves wasp spray being used as an alternative to methamphetamine.Stores in Boone County, West Virginia reported selling nearly 30 cans of the spray in recent days, WCHS/WVAH reports.West Virginia State Police said they suspect wasp spray may have played a role in three overdoses last week.“People are making a synthetic type of methamphetamine out of wasp spray,” Police Sgt. Charles Sutphin told the news outlet.Sutphin said wasp spray is a “cheap fix” that can cause erratic behavior, extreme swelling and redness of the hands and feet.“From what we’re being told, if you use it, you know, you might use it once or twice and be fine, but the third time when your body hits that allergic reaction, it can kill you,” Sutphin said.Police are working with poison control in the area to determine the best course of treatment for anyone who uses the spray as a drug. last_img read more

first_imgLuxury car maker Skoda has introduced a special edition of its Yeti compact crossover christened as Skoda Yeti Laurin & Klement.The latest editions of Skoda’s much popular car is named in honour of its founders Václav Laurin and Václav Klement. The new special edition is expected to get a few added features which the company said will raise vehicle sales in the market.The Czech auto major has given a new touch to the special edition of Yeti. Reports said that Skoda Yeti Laurin & Klement will hit the European market in the coming days. The price of the SUV is not known yet.Click here to view images of Yeti Laurin & KlementThe 7inch “Annapurna” alloy wheels are the most noticeable upgrade of the special edition of Yeti. Besides this, other exterior changes include silver roof rails, SunSet glazing and bi-xenon headlamps.The vehicle is powered by 1.2 liter TSI and 1.6 liter TDI engines and both engines are expected to generate 106bhp of power. The special edition interior gets leather upholstery, new gloss black interior trim, metal pedals and the Laurin & Klement badges. The seats, door sill plates and dash board of the vehicles will be embellished with Laurin & Klement logos. The other features of the car include 12-speaker sound system, airbags and a dual zone air conditioning system. This is the third Skoda vehicle to get a special edition after Skoda Octavia and Skoda Superb.Click here to view images of Yeti Laurin & Klementlast_img read more

first_imgA leading name within the fashion fraternity, Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna celebrated their 20 years in fashion over an evening titled “An Evening of Reflections”. The show was held at the eminent Lodhi Hotel in New Delhi on February 14. This evening witnessed their first ever couture collection (AW18) encompassing intricately embellished ensembles for men and women that embodied the opulent and distinctive design aesthetic of the brand. The show was an extravaganza of 40 handcrafted ensembles against an ostentatious backdrop created with grand elements of blown glass and an impeccable metal installation created especially by Klove Studio. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAn eminent list of attendees from the film and fashion industry, along with close friends and industrialists were present to show their love and support towards the designer duo. Some of them include Sunil Sethi, Robert Vadra, Varun Bahl, Gaurav Gupta, Kalyani Chawla, Anil and Cheena Vig, Fariha Ansari Javed, Priya and Charu Sechdev, Aroon Purie, Rajiv Makhni, Umesh Jivnani, Andrea and Pia Parro, Suneet Verma, Amit Vadera and Nainika Karan, and many more. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe inspiration for the collection named was drawn from Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna’s archive pieces for this special line. Each ensemble created reflected the brand’s journey so far. Accentuated glistening silver elements add a touch of elegance to every garment and amalgamate metallic hues along with modern edgy elements.The colour pallet for this collection includes different hues of silver and metallic tones with a touch of crystalline blue. Enthrallingly feminine, luxurious fabrics have been used like frosted silks, finely grained tulles and crisp suiting organza’s. Handcrafted techniques that amplify and highlight each detail of the garment have been implemented in the form of appliqué work, laser cutwork and hand beading. Swarovski crystals have been utilized in order to give this collection a sense of translucence. Commenting on their latest collection Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna said, “This collection is extremely close to our hearts, it marks a big milestone in our career. We are thrilled to gain the support of friends and family throughout this journey. We have seen fashion grow and are proud to have contributed to the industry. We have used techniques, silhouettes and designs that together create a perfect combination of mystery and glamour.”last_img read more

first_imgJayce Blaylock may be playing in Little League, but he’s already flashing big league power.Today, in a Little League World Series Southeast Regional game against South Carolina, the slugger launched a moonshot grand slam that landed in a tree line well behind the fence. There wasn’t statcast, but the announcers said it was about  375-feet.You can bet his mom keeps copies of his birth certificate by the hundreds. Big kid.This might have been out of Dodger Stadium. If it isn’t the longest home run in little league history, it has to be close.“They said he could hit it into the trees …”You were saying? #LLWS pic.twitter.com/QcWJnimLnV— Little League (@LittleLeague) August 6, 2017last_img read more

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Slack just launched an $80-million venture fund to make early-stage investments in startups building tools that integrate with its workplace messaging platform.“If you’re a developer or small company deciding whether to make a bet on the Slack platform, the Slack Fund is a new source of support to help you get started building apps,” the company wrote in a blog post. “The Slack Fund will fund both ‘Slack-first’ apps as well as B2B and enterprise tools that make Slack integrations a core part of their offering.”The fund was created in partnership with six of Slack’s investors, including Accel, Andreessen-Horowitz, Index Ventures and KPCB. These venture firms provided slightly less than half the $80 million in the fund, The Wall Street Journal reports. Slack provided the rest, and will have control over how the money is spent.While it’s common for mature companies to invest in startups — Intel, IBM and Google all have venture arms, and larger businesses frequently acquire early-stage companies in a bid for new talent — it’s rare for a startup at Slack’s stage to do so, says Martin Zwilling, founder and CEO of Startup Professionals Inc.Although an atypical move, in his view the venture fund makes strategic sense, especially considering Slack’s “deep pockets” (In March, the company raised $160 million at a $2.8 billion valuation.) “It’s a smart way to get third-party developers to more quickly generate integrated apps and interfaces for other apps to connect to Slack,” says Zwilling, whose company provides guidance to startup founders.Slack said it will not measure success simply in returns on investment, but also consider “the quality and adoption of the apps built by Slack Fund companies and by the overall investment we see in the Slack ecosystem.”Related: Slack, the Startup Looking to Kill Email, Is Now Reportedly Worth $2 Billion“We do hope to get a return on these investments, but that’s not the purpose,” Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield told the Journal. “It’s to kick start the ecosystem and encourage people to develop apps, and create examples that others can improve upon and get the flywheel spinning.”Alongside the Slack Fund, the company launched a directory that lists the more than 160 apps — including Slack to Twitter, Trello and Dropbox — which already integrate with Slack in a play to encourage workers to remain on its platform.Slack, which was founded in 2009, faces competition from companies such as Microsoft, Google and Salesforce that either offer or are building similar services. Despite this the company has managed to continuously grow its user base, which now surpasses 2 million.Related: Trello’s CEO on the Surprising Benefit Cloud-Based Tools Bring December 16, 2015 3 min read Register Now »last_img read more

first_img The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The aim of every radiation oncologist when treating a patient is to deliver radiation dose as accurately as possible. To better hit their mark, clinicians are relying increasingly on imaging to guide them to the target, which in the case of prostate cancer is often a moving target. Accordingly, the role of imaging in this year’s NCCN Prostate Cancer Guidelines was a critical component.Some of the key mandates in the updated NCCN Prostate Cancer Guidelines, which are established by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), include the use of three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D CRT) and intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) with image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) for more precise radiation delivery. For daily localization of the prostate, using CT, ultrasound implanted fiducials, electromagnetic targeting/tracking and endorectal balloon use is recommended. To find out how the treatment guidelines for prostate cancer are taking shape, Imaging Technology News spoke with Michael R. Kuettel, M.D., MBA, Ph.D., professor and chair of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated comprehensive cancer center and member of the NCCN, and current president of American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO). ITN: Has the mandate to use 3D CRT or IMRT for prostate cancer, been widely adopted since it became a suggestion in the guidelines from 2008?Dr. Kuettel: The 2009 guidelines state that 3D conformal radiation therapy was changed to 3D CRT/IMRT with IGRT. Furthermore, the accuracy of treatment should be improved by attention to daily prostate localization with techniques such as IGRT, using CT, ultrasound implanted fiducials, electromagnetic targeting/tracking and endorectal balloon. The purpose of conformal treatment is to deliver higher doses of radiation to the prostate and reduce side effects by reducing dose to the normal surrounding tissue. The doses that the guidelines specify is 70–79 Gy for patients with low risk, but 75-80 Gy for patients with intermediate to high risk. When delivering a higher dose of radiation, these newer techniques allow improvement in focusing the radiation specifically to where you want to deliver it. Image-guidance localizes the prostate prior to treatment so that you are actually modifying the field, based on where the prostate is, prior to treatment. ITN: Are clinicians effectively meeting the guidelines calling for the use of IGRT for more precise radiation delivery?Dr. Kuettel: It varies. Certain centers do have the latest equipment and may be following the guidelines based on technical criteria, but could fall short on following the specific recommendations. Guidelines, however, are just guidelines. To vary from them, however, would require some sort of justification. Current treatment options for prostate patients can be quite expensive, including robotically assisted surgical suites and linear accelerators. For instance, a new linear accelerator with all the bells and whistles can easily cost $3 million or more. ITN: Volumetric-modulated adaptive therapy is a technology designed to enhance the performance of linear accelerators. Does this improve the accuracy and allow for a higher delivery of dose?Dr. Kuettel: It doesn’t allow for higher dose delivery. Rather, volumetric modulated adaptive therapy allows for treatment delivery during an entire full rotation of the gantry, delivering radiation 360 degrees. The other IMRT techniques deliver radiation from multiple angles. There are pluses and minuses to each, and one must review all plans prior to deciding on the best technique. At present, the time limiting step is optimizing the best plan. This means working together with the medical dosimetrist and physicist constructing computerized treatment plans and reviewing all options. With newer treatment techniques and equipment, the time on the linear accelerator with “beam on” may be shortened (rotation arc versus multiple angles may take a little less time to deliver the dose), but the total time from the patient entering the room, setting them up, ensuring they are correctly on their marks, checking through one of the IGRT techniques to visualize where the prostate is, that really takes quite a bit of time. The actual beam on delivery, whether or not it is a little shorter using one technique over another, overall is not the major factor. ITN: How are treatment plans changing as a result of the guidelines to calculate estimates of a patient’s life expectancy as part of their overall risk?Dr. Kuettel: Yes, expected patient survival is one of the keys for determining initial therapy for patients. If you review the guidelines, we do look at expected patient survival, and what we reference to that is the Social Security administrative tables for life expectancy. If you are in the top quartile or lower quartile for health, you either add or subtract 50 percent to that number respectively. Life expectancy is important to know in that it assists us with initial therapy options – especially when initial therapy can be active surveillance versus treatment (radiation or surgery). If the patient has clinically localized disease with all favorable risk factors (low PSA, stage and Gleason score) and life expectancy is less than 10 years, an option would be for active surveillance alone. In order to calculate what the patient’s expected survival is, we rely on the readily available Social Security tables. Reference: The NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology – the recognized standard for clinical policy in oncology — are the most comprehensive and most frequently updated clinical practice guidelines available in any area of medicine. Covering 97 percent of all patients with cancer and updated on a continual basis, the NCCN guidelines are developed through an explicit review of the evidence integrated with expert medical judgment by multidisciplinary panels from NCCN Member Institutions. Treatment recommendations are specific and are implemented through performance measurements. NCCN Guidelines Panels address cancer detection, prevention and risk reduction, workup and diagnosis, treatment and supportive care.When the NCCN released new guidelines this year for the treatment of prostate cancer, the emphasis was placed on delivering radiation dose with greater accuracy. For more information, the complete library of NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology is available free of charge at www.nccn.org. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Michael R. Kuettel, M.D., MBA, Ph.D., is professor and chair of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and current president of the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO). News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Michael R. Kuettel, M.D., MBA, Ph.D., is professor and chair of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and current president of the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO). News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Elektas VMAT system employs volumetric-modulated adaptive technology. Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Feature | June 10, 2009 Prostate Guidelines Insist on IGRT Adding IGRT to 3D CRT/IMRT in the prostate treatment guidelines aims to increase accuracy. News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more PreviousNextlast_img read more

first_imgBOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Two bombs exploded in different parts of Colombia’s capital Thursday, wounding eight people in attacks that appeared aimed at a private pension fund, authorities said.Officials said none of the wounded suffered serious injuries.The first blast occurred in offices of the Porvenir fund in the financial district of Bogota and seven people were injured there, city Health Secretary Mauricio Bustamante said. The eighth victim was wounded by a blast at a Porvenir branch in the Puente Aranda area in the west of the city. Gen. Humberto Guatibonza, commander of the Bogota Metropolitan Police, said investigators were interviewing witnesses and reviewing footage from security cameras in the areas around the two explosions.Defense Secretary Luis Carlos Villegas said the explosions were meant to intimidate people and called whoever was behind them terrorists.President Manuel Santos’s office said he was returning early from a trade conference in Peru to oversee the investigation.No one claimed responsibility for the blasts, which came at a time of increased tensions between the government and the country’s biggest rebel movement, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Both sides in Colombia’s five-decade conflict have been stepping up attacks in recent weeks, putting strains on peace talks that have been going for two years in Cuba.Although speculation was rife that the attacks were orchestrated by the FARC, there wasn’t any immediate evidence linking the rebels to the blasts. Colombia’s criminal gangs are known to detonate small explosives as a way to intimidate extortion targets.The explosion in the financial district happened seven blocks from U.S. Ambassador Kevin Whitaker’s official residence, where he was hosting dozens of people at a reception to celebrate the Fourth of July. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision?center_img Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

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