Mars meteorite provides evidence of life on Red Planet

first_imgLondon: Scientists have discovered evidence of different forms of bacteria embedded within a Martian meteorite, suggesting that life may have once existed on the Red Planet. Named ALH-77005, the Martian meteorite was found in the Allan Hills on Antarctica during the mission of the Japanese National Institute of Polar Research between 1977 and 1978. Scientists from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences discovered embedded organic material in the meteorite. They were able to determine the presence of organic matter in mineralised form such as different forms of bacteria within the meteorite. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Our work is important to a broad audience because it integrates planetary, earth, biological, chemical, and environmental sciences and will be of interest to many researchers in those fields,” said Ildiko Gyollai from HAS Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences. “The research will also be of interest to planetologists, experts of meteorite and astrobiology as well as researchers of the origin of life, and to the general public since it offers an example of a novel aspect of microbial mediation in stone meteorites,” said Gyollai, lead author of the study pubished in the journal Open Astronomy. The research could change the examination of meteorites in the future. In light of their discovery, the authors posit that solar system materials should be studied to establish whether there is evidence of microbial forms within space rocks — and an indication that there was once life on Mars.last_img read more

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WhatsApp to end support for BlackBerry Ltd devices by end of this

TORONTO — WhatsApp says its messenger service will not work on BlackBerry platforms by the end of this year.The company says it will end support for BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10, as well as Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and 2.2, and Windows Phone 7.1.It says it wants to focus its efforts on mobile platforms most used by consumers, which it says are Google, Apple and Microsoft operating systems.WhatsApp did not respond to questions about whether the Priv, BlackBerry’s latest offering which runs the Android operating system, would still be able to operate the messenger service.WhatsApp drops $1 subscription fee, studies making businesses pay to reach customersKik Interactive tops US$1B valuation as China’s Tencent invests US$50MBlackBerry did not immediately respond to request for comment.WhatsApp, which launched in 2009, recommends consumers who use mobile devices where its messaging service will be phased out to upgrade to newer Android, iPhone or Windows phones if they want to still use the app.“While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future,” WhatsApp said in a blog post announcing the upcoming change. read more

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Tamil to be deported from Canada in 2 weeks

John arrived in Vancouver aboard the MV Sun Sea in 2010. He spent three months aboard the ship crowded with nearly 500 migrants.After spending six months in detention, he moved to Toronto, where he found steady contracting work and won the respect of his employer. “The thought about what is going to happen to me is what is killing me inside. I hope the Canadian authorities take a second look at what I’m going to be facing through means of this deportation order.”Under Canada’s new refugee law, John now has to wait a full year before he can appeal to the Canada Border Services Agency for a pre-removal risk assessment, or to the immigration department on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. One year is enough time for the government to deport him.“All of this is the result of the new law,” says John’s lawyer, Hadayt Nazami. “I haven’t been able to sleep well ever since I heard about this deportation business,” he says. At the Toronto construction site where he worked until recently, the migrant (who we’ll call John), described how he’s been affected by Canada’s plan to deport him. John doesn’t blame Canada for the decision, but he thinks the refugee board was ill-informed about the reality in Sri Lanka. “They don’t realize what I am going to be going through when I land in Sri Lanka,” he said through a translator. “If the new law hadn’t been implemented this would not have happened. And John’s case is only one of many that are in this particular situation. In countries like Sri Lanka, the political situation is volatile. Canada has recognized this, Canada has criticized Sri Lanka for its human rights record.”Nazami says that new evidence has come to light through human rights groups, the United Nations and even other countries like Britain and Australia, indicating that despite the Sri Lankan government’s claim the war is over, torture and extra-judicial killings continue.But those facts cannot be heard because John’s avenues for appeal are now blocked.Nazami had only one legal option left — to seek a stay of his deportation at the Federal Court, so he did that last fall. But just before the hearing, the government withdrew its deportation order.“We knew who the judge was, in this instance and she had previously stopped similar deportations. That’s when they cancelled the removal,” he says.The government then issued a second deportation order, and Nazami again went to court to seek a stay. The government again cancelled the deportation with no explanation.Nazami says he suspects the government is waiting for a judge who is likely to reject the stay of removal.“Whatever I say would be speculating, but the way it happens to be — cancelling after discovering the identity of the judge — appears to us to be judge-shopping.”The lawyer says the board granted refugee status to other Sun Sea passengers with cases nearly identical to John’s.The government has now issued a third deportation order for Feb. 13 and once again, John intends to appeal to the Federal Court.John’s employer, David Tinmouth, is upset by the way the case has been handled.“I’m not sure why such energy is being spent by us to send this man back to Sri Lanka,” Tinmouth says. “I have been working day in day out with him for a long time now and he just strikes me as somebody who wants to live an ordinary life, send his kids to school, have a peaceful life.”Still, Tinmouth says he’s hopeful that cooler heads will prevail either at the border services agency or at the Federal Court. But he thinks Canada is going to get a black eye internationally for its removal of some checks and balances from the system.“That is what human rights should be about, is the government going out of its way for ordinary people,” he says. (CBC) The case of a Tamil migrant whose refugee claim was denied reveals a key problem with Canada’s new refugee law, his lawyer says.The migrant, who can’t be named for fear of reprisals against his young family in Sri Lanka, is now blocked from two key avenues of appeal. But last year, the Immigration and Refugee Board denied his claim.The judge who heard his case agreed with the facts John presented: that he was tortured repeatedly by the Sri Lankan military before he escaped to Thailand, and that he was never a member of or associated with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which Canada views as a terrorist group.But the judge disagreed with John’s belief that if he goes home, he will be tortured once again, and his family could be the target of abuse or kidnapping. read more

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One small flight for a drone one big leap for global health

The state-of-the-art craft which transported the vaccine, travelled nearly 40 kilometres over rugged mountain terrain, flying from Dillon’s Bay in western Vanuatu to remote Cook’s Bay – a scattered community accessible only on foot or by small boats – where 13 children and 5 pregnant women were inoculated by a nurse.Henrietta H. Fore, the Executive Director of UNICEF said the tiny aircraft’s flight “is a big leap for global health.”“With the world still struggling to immunize the hardest-to-reach children, drone technologies can be a game changer for bridging that last mile to reach every child,” she added.Vaccines are extremely difficult to transport as they need to be carried at closely controlled temperatures, a particular challenge in warm places such as like Vanuatu, which is made up of more than 80 remote, mountainous islands stretching across 1,300 kilometres, with only limited road networks.As a result, almost 20 per cent of the country’s children miss out on these essential vaccines.Nurse Miriam Nampil, who administrated the vaccine to the children in Cook’s Bay highlighted these challenges: “It’s extremely hard to carry ice boxes to keep the vaccines cool while walking across rivers, mountains, through the rain, or across rocky ledges. I’ve relied on boats, which often get cancelled due to bad weather.”“As the journey is often long and difficult, I can only go there once a month to vaccinate children. But now, with these drones, we can hope to reach many more children in the remotest areas of the island,” she added.Today’s first-of-a-kind vaccine delivery has enormous potential not only for Vanuatu, but also for the thousands of children who are missing out on vaccines across the world – UNICEF head Henrietta H. ForeDrone payload only two metres off targetThe effectiveness of employing drones for such critical delivers was confirmed last week.In a test flight carried out by the island’s Ministry of Health with UNICEF support, the drone -flown by an Australian company – landed the payloads within just two meters of the target after a 50-km flight over numerous islands and way points.When it came to the actual flight, the vaccines were carried in Styrofoam boxes with ice-packs and a temperature logger, programmed to trigger an alert should the vaccine temperature swing out of acceptable range.World firstThe delivery is also the first time ever, that a Government has contracted a commercial drone company to transport vaccines to remote areas. The operator was selected after a bidding process, and as per the contract, they are held accountable and not paid if they don’t deliver.In the long term, the Government of Vanuatu is seeking to integrate vaccine delivery by drones into their national immunization programme and plans to use drones more widely to distribute health supplies, according to UNICEF.The data from the trials will also be used to show how drones can be used commercially in similar settings around the world.“Today’s first-of-a-kind vaccine delivery has enormous potential not only for Vanuatu, but also for the thousands of children who are missing out on vaccines across the world,” explained UNICEF head Fore.“This is innovation at its best and shows how we can unlock the potential of the private sector for the greater good of the world’s children.” read more

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Womens Big Ten Tournament title up for grabs

The Ohio State women’s basketball team, the two-time defending Big Ten Tournament champion, is the No. 5 seed in this year’s conference tournament. No. 1-seed Michigan State, which earned the top spot for the first time in program history, has three losses in conference play.Two of those losses came against the Buckeyes.In other words, the 2011 Big Ten Tournament is up for grabs.First-round games are set to begin on Thursday at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. When the tournament kicks off, the field will feature six Big Ten programs that had schedules among the top-50 strongest in the country, according to NCAA.org.After Purdue’s 90-67 loss to OSU on Feb. 10 at Nationwide Arena, Boilermaker coach Sharon Versyp said even more teams could be selected for the NCAA Tournament.“I think there’s at least seven teams that should go to the NCAA,” Versyp said. “It’s a very tough conference. Any given day, anything can happen.”With its 80-47 win against Wisconsin on Sunday, OSU (19-9, 10-6 Big Ten) earned a first-round bye and a date with No. 4-seed Iowa (22-7, 10-6 Big Ten).After the game, OSU coach Jim Foster said that despite OSU’s occasional struggles during the regular season, including two three-game losing streaks, it was always capable of finishing the season strongly.“When everybody was in a panic, I thought we were still redeemable,” Foster said. “I’ve seen teams figure it out at different stages of the season.”Should Foster’s Buckeyes beat Iowa to advance to the semifinals, they could face Michigan State (25-4, 13-3 Big Ten). OSU managed to sweep the season series against the Spartans with a 67-53 victory on Jan. 16 at home and a 54-53 win Thursday in East Lansing, Mich.After Sunday’s win, senior center Jantel Lavender said it does not matter whom the Buckeyes play.“We’re starting to show who we are,” she said. “We have a really strong team. We don’t want (the season) to be over.”Besides strong performances against the Spartans, the Buckeyes beat three of four squads seeded above them in the conference tournament. Foster said he is comfortable with his team ahead of what he hopes will be a “months”-long postseason.“I think we’re in a very good place and we understand how we got here, which is more important,” Foster said. “We had to earn it.”The subject of parity in this year’s Big Ten Tournament was discussed during the postgame press conference on Sunday.Foster smiled and said, “It’s certainly going to be more interesting than it looked a few weeks ago.” read more

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WORLD FEMALE HANDBALL – GOALKEEPER 2014

← Previous Story WORLD FEMALE HANDBALL – LINE PLAYER 2014? Next Story → WORLD FEMALE – DEFENSIVE PLAYER 2014?  Loading …BEST LEFT WING 2014BEST LEFT BACK 2014BEST PLAYMAKER 2014BEST RIGHT BACK 2014BEST RIGHT WING 2014BEST LINE-PLAYER 2014BEST GOALKEEPER 2014BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER 2014 WORLD FEMALE HANDBALL – GOALKEEPER 2014 Katrin Lunde (Gyor – Norway) Clara Woltering (ŽRK Budućnost – Germany) Paula Ungureanu (HCM Baia Mare – Romania) SIlje Margaretha Solberg (Team Tvis Holstebro – Norway)View Results read more

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Le diesel à lorigine des pics de pollution en France

first_imgLe diesel à l’origine des pics de pollution en France ?Réputé moins nocif pour le climat que le moteur à essence, le diesel serait pourtant responsable de l’émission de dioxyde d’azote (NO2), responsable de maladies respiratoires et cardio-vasculaires.Le diesel a explosé en France. A tel point qu’il équipe aujourd’hui près de 60% des automobiles contre à peine plus du quart en 1995. Réputé moins nocif pour le climat que le moteur à essence en générant moins de CO2 au kilomètre, le diesel est également moins cher. Toutefois, il présente d’autres inconvénients. Selon Denis Baupin, maire-adjoint (EELV) de Paris en charge de l’Environnement, “la pollution de l’air qu’on connaît en Ile-de-France, et ailleurs, est due au fait que la France a le parc automobile le plus diésélisé du monde”. À lire aussiTote bag, G20 et paternité, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 18 juinAinsi, sur les 45% des particules fines présentes dans l’air francilien et générés par le trafic routier, la moitié provient des pots d’échappement de voitures de particuliers roulant au gazole. En effet, le diesel émet un gaz, le dioxyde d’azote (NO2), responsable de maladies respiratoires et cardio-vasculaires. “Les technologies qu’on met en place sur les filtres à particules produisent plus de dioxyde d’azote”, souligne Karine Léger, adjointe au directeur d’Airparif cité par l’AFP. Or, la France, dans le contexte du Grenelle de l’environnement, a pris des mesures visant à favoriser l’achat de véhicules plus “propres”, sur le seul critère des émissions de CO2.Le bonus-malus mis en place par le gouvernement pour favoriser l’achat de véhicules diesels “repose en effet sur le seul objectif de diminution des rejets de gaz carbonique, qu’il remplit imparfaitement, sans prendre en compte les émissions d’autres polluants, tels que le dioxyde d’azote, les particules fines ou les oxydes d’azote”, a souligné en janvier Didier Migaud, premier président de la Cour des comptes. Un phénomène que la fédération France Nature Environnement (FNE) dénonce vivement.”Il faut que l’automobiliste paie le diesel à son véritable coût”, réclame ainsi Michel Dubromel, de FNE. La fédération plaide également pour que les diesel les plus nocifs fassent partie des véhicules exclus des villes à l’occasion de l’expérimentation, à partir de 2013, de zones réglementées dans huit agglomérations françaises. Une mesure que la France a décidé d’améliorer enfin la qualité de son air et échapper à de lourdes amendes dont la menace la Commission européenne.Le 30 mars 2012 à 15:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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GEEK PICK OF THE DAY Dungeons and Dragons Hawaiian Shirt

first_img Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on target I like loud button-down shirts. My personal aesthetic varies between Parker Lewis’ wardrobe and rayon shirts with a Super Saiyan on them. That’s why, while this shirt might be loud for some, it’s one of the most understated items in my wardrobe. It’s the ThinkGeek Dungeons and Dragons Hawaiian Shirt, and it’s downright tasteful for any dice-roller looking to be dapper.It’s a red Hawaiian shirt with a floral motif, with flowers outlined in brown and highlighted in peach and white. It’s warm and eye-catching, but doesn’t clash or stand out too much. It also has a subtle Dungeons & Dragons element only fans will recognize.Hidden among the white flowers are white D&D ampersands, with a fire-breathing dragon head and tail. It’s similar to the dragon ampersand of the original D&D red books, and any Gygax apostle will appreciate it.Instead of rayon or polyester, this “Hawaiian” shirt is 100 percent cotton, and feels very nice. It’s breathable, fairly soft though a bit stiffer and heavier than linen, and has solid stitching over the edges. My only complaint is the lack of a breast pocket, but Hawaiian shirts are a crapshoot when it comes to pockets, so it isn’t a big deal.If you love Dungeons and Dragons and want a flashy-but-not-too-flashy way to show it off with something a little more formal and less shlubby than just a t-shirt, the Dungeons and Dragons Hawaiian Shirt is a nice choice. It’s available for $39.99, which is in line with similar button-downs. If only it came with dice.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Tokyo 2020 Unveils Olympic Medals Made From Old Electronics

first_img Toyota’s Electric Vehicle Will Transport 2020 Olympic Athletes, VisitorsTokyo Introduces Support Robots for 2020 Olympics Stay on target The gold, silver, and bronze medals for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were revealed Wednesday, exactly a year before the event’s opening ceremony in Tokyo, Japan.The medals were designed to resemble “rough stones that have been polished,” part of the themes of light and brilliance. But they also feature one important quirk — they will be made from old electronic gadgets, such as mobile phones.Selected following a nationwide competition, the medal designs measure 8.5 centimeters in diameter, and similar to previous Olympic medals, feature Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, the official name of the Games, and the five Olympic rings.But unlike previous Olympic medals, the approximately 5,000 Tokyo 2020 medals will be made from the recycled metals extracted from old cellphones and gadgets collected during a two-year collection campaign.Front view of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Gold Medal. (Photo Credit: Tokyo 2020)“We hope that our project to recycle small consumer electronics and our efforts to contribute to an environmentally friendly and sustainable society will become a legacy of the Tokyo 2020 Games,” the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games said.Almost 79,000 tons of used cellphones and other small electronic devices were collected by municipal authorities during the campaign that was conducted from April 2017 to March 2019. More than 6 million used cellphones were collected by Japanese phone operator NTT Docomo, which established in-store collection points for customers’ unwanted devices.The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Medal case. (Photo Credit: Tokyo 2020)In total, the campaign yielded 32 kilograms of gold, 3,500 kilograms of silver and 2,200 kilograms of copper and zinc, Tokyo 2020 said.The medal design was chosen from over 400 entries to a competition for design students and professional designers. Winner Junichi Kawanishi described the use of his proposal as a “great honor.”Tokyo 2020 organizers said that 32 kilograms of gold was collected as part of its collection campaign. (Photo Credit: TANAKA Precious Metals)“I never dreamed that the design I submitted, only as a memorial to this lifetime event, would be actually selected,” Kawanishi said in a press statement. “With their shining rings, I hope the medals will be seen as paying tribute to the athletes’ efforts, reflecting their glory and symbolizing friendship.”More on Geek.com:Toyota’s Electric Vehicle Will Transport 2020 Olympic Athletes, VisitorsJapan Is Launching Gundams to Space for 2020 Tokyo OlympicsTokyo Introduces Support Robots for 2020 Olympicslast_img read more

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WWE teasing another championship match for WrestleMania Updated card

first_imgFacebook Now Playing Up Next When Does WrestleMania 35 Start? The Miz Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Videos Articles Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WhatsAppcenter_img New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Now Playing Up Next Twitter Google+ Now Playing Up Next WrestleMania 35 is only a few days away this weekend and WWE is already teasing another potential championship match for the loaded card this Sunday.WWE posted a video of Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins challenging The Revival to a match with the RAW Tag Team Championships on the line at WrestleMania.Dash Wilder noted they would take the challenge “under consideration.”As of now, the card is featuring 14 matches for the show this weekend at Metlife Stadium. The “official” card will begin at 7:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 Central. Based on the current WWE Network schedule, the show is expected to end well after Midnight.Last night’s RAW did confirm a few more things regarding the WrestleMania card. Stephanie McMahon announced the Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch main event will be “Winner Take All” with both the RAW and Smackdown Women’s Championships on the line, while Finn Balor announced The Demon would return.Here is the updated WrestleMania card as of Tuesday afternoon:Winner Takes All Triple Threat MatchRAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair vs. Becky LynchWWE Universal ChampionshipBrock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth RollinsWWE ChampionshipDaniel Bryan (c) vs. Kofi KingstonNo Holds Barred Match, Triple H’s career is on the lineTriple H vs. BatistaRoman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyreWWE Intercontinental ChampionshipBobby Lashley (c) vs. Finn BalorWWE United States ChampionshipSamoa Joe (c) vs. Rey MysterioRetirement MatchKurt Angle vs. Baron CorbinFalls Count Anywhere MatchShane McMahon vs. The MizRandy Orton vs. AJ StylesWWE Women’s Tag Team Championships – Fatal Four WaySasha Banks and Bayley (c’s) vs. Natalya and Beth Phoenix vs. Nia Jax and Tamina vs. The IIconics (Peyton Royce and Billie Kay)WWE Cruiserweight ChampionshipBuddy Murphy (c) vs. Tony NeseAndre the Giant Memorial Battle RoyalConfirmed so far: Braun Strowman, Colin Jost (SNL), Michael Che (SNL), Andrade, Apollo Crews, Titus O’Neil, Tyler Breeze, Jinder Mahal, No Way Jose, Bobby Roode, Chad Gable, Kalisto, Gran Metalik, Lince Dorado, Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel, Heath Slater, Rhyno, Viktor, Konnor, Ali (aka Mustafa Ali), Shelton Benjamin, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Otis, Tucker and EC3WrestleMania Women’s Battle RoyalNames: Asuka, Carmella, Naomi, Lana, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Nikki Cross, Dana Brooke, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Mickie James and Zelina VegaPlus, Alexa Bliss will be hosting WrestleMania 35Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Triple H Pinterest Xavier Woods WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlottelast_img read more

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Serbia FA chief accuses FIFA of bias over his nation

first_imgThe head of the Serbian Football Association Slavisa Kokeza says Serbia were victims of a “brutal robbery” during Friday’s loss to Switzerland, accused Fifa of “directing” officials to work against his country.He also accused the governing body of showing bias against his country at the World Cup in Russia.“We will send a protest to Fifa today,” Kokeza told the BBC on Saturday.A Fifa spokesman confirmed a letter of protest had been received but that no further comment would be made.Kokeza was angered by the appointment of a German referee for a game involving Switzerland, claiming the move affected some decisions, one of which is the failure of the match official and video assistant referee (VAR) to award a penalty when Aleksandar Mitrovic was wrestled to the ground by two Swiss players.“I do not think this is only about VAR, but that the whole thing was directed by the people who appoint referees,” Kokeza said.serbiaReport: Euro 2020 qualifying Group B George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group B sees Portugal and Serbia play catch up with Ukraine.While Cristiano Ronaldo broke records and his Portugal side ran out…“We all know too well that more than half of Switzerland’s population is German.“Technical staff, players, people in Serbia, they are all disappointed and frustrated because of injustice some people at Fifa came up with.”Asked how he wanted Fifa to respond, he replied:“It is clear to Europe and the world that Serbia was brutally robbed. I do not expect Fifa to take action in order for this brutal robbery not to happen again, because, I repeat, it was all directed.”Kokeza also criticised the ‘double eagle’ celebration given by Switzerland’s two ethnic Albanian goalscorers during Friday’s match, describing the actions as “scandalous and shameful”.last_img read more

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Earthquake hits again in Trinidad while TCI Cabinet agrees with GPS Station

first_img BPL first assessment done, Abaco restoration bill to top $20 million and rebound may take months Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Jul 2015 – While the Turks and Caicos Cabinet was meeting and agreeing to formalise a relationship between the TCI and the University Navstar Consortium (UNAVCO), based at the University of Colorado, through a Memorandum of Understanding the Caribbean was coping with an early morning earthquake yesterday; measuring some 5.9 on the Richter scale. UNAVCO wants to upgrade its GPS station at South Base in Grand Turk which according to Cabinet minutes, will measure changes in movements of the earth’s crust in earthquake zones and measures climatic changes to improve hurricane forecasting. DDME Director, Dr. Virginia Clerveaux late yesterday advised that the Seismic Research Center at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad reported not one, but three quakes the first at 7:01am and the stronger 6.4 magnitude earthquake at 11:16am. The latter was felt by seven other Caribbean countries including Barbados, Guyana, Grenada, Dominica, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines. CDEMA issued the report, no one is reported as hurt. This was the second earthquake for Trinidad in the past month; there was no tsunami warning issued for the region. Turks and Caicos hosts game-changing meeting, Canada firmly states commitment to help in disaster recovery Related Items:CDEMA, earthquake, gps station, Seismic Research Center, trinidad, University Navstar Consortium, University of the West Indies CDEMA’s gift of 88 computers to support TCI Education Ministry technological advancementslast_img read more

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What a Presidential Transition Means for Defense

first_imgThe nation is intently focused on the current drama that is the president race — who’s collecting delegates, whether it’s fair or rigged, and who will end up winning the party nominations. But, according to a story published in The Atlantic, behind this cloud of politics are teams of policy experts, senior thought leaders and former high-ranking civil servants hurriedly preparing for the presidential transition.“It’s a little bit like planning the D-Day invasion,” said Chris Lu, deputy secretary of labor and a leader of then- President-Elect Barack Obama’s transition team. “You can’t start planning on the day after Election Day. You have to have a battle plan in place beforehand.”While American presidential transitions have, with a few notable exceptions, been without incident, there are still significant challenges facing new administrations as they seek to take over the world’s most powerful nation. For an incoming administration, the right people need to be in place and ready to assume key government positions, policy priorities must be communicated and critical relationships must be made with high-ranking professional civil servants within the various federal agencies.But what does this process look like, how will military installation policies be managed in the interim, and how can community and state leaders ensure their interests aren’t forgotten?ADC will explore these critical questions during the Defense Communities National Summit in Washington, D.C., June 20-22.The summit will feature a panel of senior defense policy and presidential transition experts will discuss the process of how new administrations transition into power, focusing on how transition teams consider defense issues and work with DOD to identify key priorities for the next president.Featured speakers include former Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi, Michèle Flournoy, co-founder and chief executive officer of the Center for a New American Security,  and Kristine Simmons, vice President of government affairs at the Partnership for Public Service Center for Presidential Transition. Learn more by visiting the National Summit website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Police should be peoplefriendly SP Shashidhar Raju

first_imgNirmal: Police should be supportive and friendly with the people, Superintendent of Police Shashidhar Raju told the district police officials at the Grievance Cell programme at the district police office in Nirmal on Monday.During the programme, the SP received grievances from the people, who came from different parts of the district. He greeted the petitioners affectionately, listened to their problems, and directed the police officers concerned to solve the problems of the petitioners as early as possible. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, SP Shashidhar Raju said that friendly policing would be adopted and warned that strict action will be taken on those who disturb peace and protections. Focus would be on the immediate response and actions from the police officials, he added. The SP assured to taking steps to continue visual policing in the district and more police force will be deployed to prevent crime at night deployed. People, who need police help, can come directly and without fear to the police station. He urged the people to inform to the police immediately if they found anything suspicious or any anti-social action in their areas.last_img read more

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Case filed over Chattogram schoolgirl murder

first_imgA case has been filed over the recovery of the body of a schoolgirl from the bank of Karnaphuli river near Patenga sea beach in the port city, reports UNB.Victim’s father Mohammad Amin filed the case with Patenga police station on Thursday accusing six people, including girl’s ‘boyfriend’ Adnan Mirza, of killing her daughter.Police recovered the body of the schoolgirl, Tashfia Amin, a Class-IX student of Sunshine English Grammar School and daughter of Mohammad Amin of Nizam Road in the city, from the riverbank on Wednesday morning.Tashfia came out of their residence on Tuesday to meet Adnan and since then, she remained missing, said family members.Later, police arrested Adnan Mirza, 16, a resident of South Khulshi area, on Wednesday afternoon.last_img read more

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10 Things To Know For Wednesday

first_img Share APPresident Donald Trump speaks with reporters on Air Force One while in flight from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., to Palm Beach International Airport, Fla., Thursday, April 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)1. WHO STANDS TO BENEFIT MOST FROM TRUMP TAX CUTSAn official says the top corporate tax rate would be reduced from 35 percent to 15 percent, while small business owners would see theirs go from 39.6 percent to 15 percent.2. LITTLE CHANGE ON RACE IN BOSTON POLICE STOPSThe gap between how often minorities are subjected to stops, searches and frisks by police than their white counterparts doesn’t appear to be improving in the city, an AP review finds.3. LEADING GOP MODERATE OPPOSES PLAN TO MOVE HOUSE HEALTH BILLRep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., says the changes would cut too deeply into the Medicaid program for the poor and leave many people unable to afford coverage.4. SOUTH KOREA SAYS THAAD DEPLOYEDThe announcement that key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system have been installed comes as North Korea signals possible nuclear and missile testing.5. TRUMP’S IMMIGRATION ORDER SWATTED AGAINA U.S. district judge in San Francisco cites statements by Trump in a ruling that blocks the president’s order to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials.6. DEBATE HEATED OVER WHO SPEAKS FOR ISLAMAl-Azhar, one of the top institutions of clerics in the Muslim world, is at the center of a political feud in Egypt over who speaks for the religion as Pope Francis is set to visit Cairo.7. TRUMP’S TWEETING ISN’T LIFTING TWITTER’S PROFITThe people already on the site may well be using it more, but America’s first true “Twitter President” hasn’t inspired others to sign up en masse.8. INTERNET FIRMS WIND UP FOR FIGHT VS. TELECOMS, FCCThe premise of “net neutrality” is under siege, enabling broadband providers to play favorites or steer users toward (or away from) particular websites.9. WHO’S KEEPING A WARY EYE ON LATIN AMERICAN ALLYSo far Cuba is weathering the political unrest rocking Venezuela, which is the island’s greatest ally and source of hundreds of millions of dollars a year in highly subsidized oil.10. NASCAR HAS HOLE TO FILL AFTER BIGGEST STAR RETIRESThe big question is whether Dale Earnhardt Jr. will also take Earnhardt Nation and its thousands of race fans with him, too.last_img read more

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Meet Lila Star pageant winner actor and first transsexual Latina rapper

first_imgLila Star is known for many things: being the winner of the 2015 Miss Transsexual Latina Continental pageant, acting, and being the world’s first ‘transsexual Latina rapper.’ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- GSN spoke with Star about the highlights of her career.On being a pageant winner‘It felt great winning, because it validated everything I had work towards for so many years,’ Star says of her 2015 Miss Transsexual Latina Continental win.‘This time competing felt so right because my winning talent was me singing live and in Spanish, so the reward was that much greater.’Before this win, Star was awarded first runner up in Miss Transsexual USA.On acting and performingStar also played the role of Kim in the 2017 indie short, Lakeshore Drive.The film, described as a ‘neo-noir,’ follows Kim, a transgender woman, during her struggles as an escort in Chicago.‘My role really sheds light on the difficulties some trans women have to experience being forced to fight for their safety,’ Star explains, adding that the film is ‘beautifully shot.’‘It was my first role, so the most challenging part was not only remembering my lines but delivering them in a natural way so that that the audience would believe it, but I did it! And I’m so happy with how it turned out,’ she says.Star is also in the process of wrapping up another film, called A History of Wise Men.Star currently has regular shows at Chicago’s Baton Lounge and Kit Kat Lounge, where she sings and impersonates celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Lil’ Kim, and Toni Braxton.center_img ‘I’m set cast at both places [Baton and Kit Kat] which is a dream come true in itself,’ Star says. ‘I’m most known for my Lil’ Kim & JLo impersonations, but I’m free to express myself as freely as I’d like. I have so much fun, which allows the audience into my world for those free moments and it makes for an awesome time.’On being a recording artistBut what Star seems most enthusiastic about is her blossoming career as a recording artist.She was dubbed the world’s ‘first transsexual Latina rapper,’ which is a title she’s really proud of.‘[The title] comes with lots of pressure because I have to show the world that a Latin trans woman can do Hip-Hop and not only try open doors for myself, but for those who come after me,’ she explains. ‘And with that, sometimes the respect doesn’t just come easily so I have to demand it.’Star is featured on a track alongside Puerto Rican recording artist Lester Ray, titled ‘Ni Santa, Ni Diabla,’ which roughly translates to ‘neither holy nor devil.’‘I had met [Lester Ray] discussing why there are no trans women who have the lead role in music videos. After he asked me if I’d be that girl in his video, he invited me to be on the song! It’ll be my first song of the “reggaeton” genre and has never really been done before, so hopefully it opens up the minds of even the most closed. Because the song is hot!’Lila Star will be featured on the yet-to-be-released remix of Lester Rey’s song below.Additionally, Star was also featured in Drag Race winner Shea Couleé’s song Cocky and its respective music video.[embedded content]On being a diverse artist‘I’m working really hard to be this type of artist because it’s who I am and it’s not easy doing so, but I’m so hungry to show the world that I can do it!’‘So with the [music] video coming out, and the being able to share these projects in 2018 will show that even though I’m a special breed of woman, I can be a rapper, singer, actress, showgirl, and activist—all in one!’Follow Lila Star on Instagram and Twitter @LilaStarEscada.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Multi-talented transgender artist, Lila Star. Muslim beauty queen comes out for equal marriageTrans pageant is a star of Fiji’s longest running cultural festivalFive alternative terms you can use instead of LGBTRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/meet-lila-star-pageant-winner-actor-first-transsexual-latina-rapper/last_img read more

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Who remembers the DriveIn

first_imgYou could go by car or on foot, with walkers being able to sit in ‘The Shelter’ right up front. People often sprawled on the ground on top of blankets, getting comfortable for the night’s entertainment. Two shows awaited!Sadly, the Drive-In closed down in the early 90s and has never re-opened. Neither have cinemas taken its place (except for a brief period on the bottom level of the Murchison Mall – remember?).The older generation will remember a time when Ladysmith supported not one but two cinemas in the CBD, namely Queens and Pendys.One must ask the question: Do these venues close because no one supports them? Everyone complains about the lack of entertainment in town.Well, the Drive-In was great fun… and what has taken its place? DVDs in everyone’s living room?How times have changed!!! Who remembers the days when Ladysmith had a Drive-In?Shepstone Road was the place to be when it came to watching all the new movies. Everyone would pack into the car and zoom over to where the popcorn and silver screen awaited.Those were the days when people hadn’t heard of DVDs or Blue Ray discs, or the slogan “Entertainment starts at home!” Those were the days when everyone congregated at the ‘open air movie house’ to take in the latest treats from Hollywood, whether they be drama, comedy or horror. It was a real outing for the whole family, and friends! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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first_img 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 | 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 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… 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 News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more 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 May 15, 2013 — ECRI Institute released a report listing three key questions and the answers concerning breast-specific gamma imaging (BSGI; sometimes referred to as molecular breast imaging or MBI). The technology uses a specially designed gamma camera system to image the uptake of a tracer that emits gamma radiation (most commonly 99mtechnetium-sestamibi [MIBI]). MIBI is preferentially taken up by cancer tissue, and thus BSGI can be used to image breast cancer for a variety of clinical indications. Unlike X-ray mammography, BSGI is not affected by the density of breast tissue, and therefore it may be particularly useful for screening and diagnosis of breast cancer in women with dense breast tissue.Indications for BSGI may include patients with dense breast tissue, difficult-to-interpret mammograms, implants, palpable lesions not detected by mammography, multiple suspicious or indeterminate lesions, pre-biopsy evaluation of suspect areas, disease staging for breast conservation surgery, and evaluation of post-surgical or post-therapeutic breasts. Contraindications are pregnancy and hypersensitivity to the tracer.Regulatory Status All three of the BSGI devices manufactured by Dilon Technologies (Newport News, Va.), Gamma Medica (Northridge, Calif.) and GE Healthcare (Wauwatosa, Wis.) have been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for marketing under the 510(k) process for diagnostic imaging of the breast as an adjunct to mammography.State of the Evidence BaseECRI searched 17 external and internal databases, including PubMed and Embase, through Nov. 7, 2012, for clinical trials on the use of BSGI for breast cancer.Key Question 1: For what indications and patient populations has BSGI been clinically studied? ECRI identified published studies of BSGI for screening asymptomatic women, for diagnostic workup, for pretreatment evaluation and for monitoring response to neoadjuvant therapy. They did not identify any published studies of BSGI for monitoring response to post-surgical treatment or for detecting recurrences of cancer.Key Question 2: What is the accuracy of low-dose BSGI for screening the general population? For screening women with dense breast tissue? Searches did not identify any studies of low-dose BSGI for screening that met our study inclusion criteria.Key Question 3: What is the accuracy and utility of BSGI for pre-treatment workup? In comparison to other imaging technologies (such as MRI) for this indication? Four studies of a total of 445 patients met inclusion criteria for analysis for this question. The crude mean diagnostic yields of occult lesions could be computed from the reported data. They rated the evidence as moderate in quality, but no robust analysis could be performed, and therefore they rated the evidence as insufficient to answer this question. Only one study reported on a direct comparison to MRI. Two studies reported information on the impact of BSGI on medical decision making; the most common impact was triggering additional imaging and biopsies, followed by changes to additional treatment plans or leading to more extensive surgical treatment.                               ECRI Institute Conclusions For diagnostic workup, the sensitivity of BSGI for distinguishing between malignant and benign lesions is approximately 92 percent. BSGI may be a valid option for a diagnostic workup in some women, particularly for women with dense breast tissue. However, the evidence available as of November 2012 was insufficient to evaluate the accuracy and utility of BSGI for any other breast screening, diagnostic, or monitoring applications.For more information: www.ecri.org  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more center_img Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | May 15, 2013 Three Key Questions on Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging for Breast Cancer Report looks at sensitivity of BSGI for screening and diagnosis of breast cancer News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more Related Content 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 morelast_img read more

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