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South Asian Games to held from Feb 6-16 in Guwahati, Shillong

South Asian Games to held from Feb 6-16 in Guwahati, Shillong

first_imgGuwahati, Oct 25 (PTI) The South Asian Games will be held in Guwahati and Shillong from February 6 to 16 next year with eight countries, including hosts India, participating in the regional multi-sporting event, said Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today. “There would be 25 disciplines, with 17 of them scheduled to be held in Guwahati and eight in Meghalayas capital city Shillong,” Gogoi said at a press conference he addressed with Indian Olympic Association General Secretary Rajiv Mehta.The participating countries are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, besides hosts India.Nearly 4,000 athletes and officials are expected to take part in various sports disciplines, Gogoi said.Stating that the Games would be held in cooperation with the Central Government and other stakeholders, he said Assam was ready to host the sportspersons from other countries.The member countries of South Asian Olympic Council, at a meeting in Chennai on October 11, had decided that tennis would be a new addition to the existing 22 disciplines. The 22 disciplines are archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, cycling, football, handball, hockey, judo, kabaddi, kho kho, shooting, squash, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling and wushu. PTI ESB DKB PDS PM LNSlast_img read more

BMW launches X5 xDrive30d M Sport priced at Rs 75.90 lakh

BMW launches X5 xDrive30d M Sport priced at Rs 75.90 lakh

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 5 (PTI) German luxury carmaker BMW today launched a new version of X5 xDrive30d M Sport, priced at Rs 75.90 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).X5 xDrive30d M Sport is locally produced at BMWs plant in Chennai and will be available in diesel variant across India, BMW India said in a statement.BMW Group India President Philipp von Sahr said: “This high-performance vehicle has been designed for maximum performance all along the line.”The vehicle is powered by a 3.0 litre diesel engine delivering a power of 258 hp and takes just 6.9 seconds to sprint from 0 to 100 km/hr. It has a top speed is 230 km/hr, the company added.The new X5 xDrive30d M Sport comes as standard with BMW xDrive ? an intelligent all-wheel drive system that monitors driving situation constantly and distributes drive power smoothly between the axles, it added.The xDrive splits drive variably to the front and rear axles to suit the driving situation and the surface. PTI RKL PRB ABKlast_img read more

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich win to cut Borussia Dortmund’s lead

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich win to cut Borussia Dortmund’s lead

first_imgRobert Lewandowski rectified a rare penalty miss by scoring as Bayern Munich stayed six points behind Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga title race after Sunday’s 4-1 home win over Stuttgart. Dortmund opened a nine-point gap by mauling second-from-bottom Hanover 5-1 on Saturday, but defending champions Bayern trimmed the lead back to six with their seventh straight league win. “It’s an unusual role for us to be chasing in second, but we’ll keep going relentlessly,” said Bayern goal-scorer Leon Goretzka. “We’ll try to keep winning our games and then we’ll see.” Bayern had to work for the win and overcome a plucky Stuttgart who finished the first half the better of the teams but ultimately suffered their fourth straight league defeat to stay in the relegation places. Lewandowski held his head in his hands when his 65th-minute penalty attempt cannoned off the post with Bayern only 2-1 up at Munich’s Allianz Arena and Stuttgart threatening the hosts’ goal. However, Goretzka spared any blushes with his third goal in two games before Lewandowski added Bayern’s fourth when Joshua Kimmich spotted his run into the area. The Poland striker made up for his miss by rounding Stuttgart goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler to score his 12th league goal of the season. Bayern deservedly took the lead after only five minutes when midfielder Thiago Alcantara fired through a gap in the Stuttgart defence. Stuttgart drew level midway through the first half when striker Anastasios Donis beat Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer with a candidate for goal of the season. There was nothing on when Donis, who was just outside the area, fired off his right foot and the ball rocketed into the top right-hand corner for a breathtaking goal. It was 1-1 at the break, but Christian Gentner restored Bayern’s lead with an own goal when Serge Gnabry’s shot went in off the Stuttgart captain ten minutes into the second half. In the dying stages, 18-year-old Canadian wunderkind Alphonso Davies, the most expensive player in MLS history after Bayern paid Vancouver Whitecaps $13 million (11.4m euros) for the winger, came on for his Bundesliga debut. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

Tite: Coutinho must go where he is happy

Tite: Coutinho must go where he is happy

first_imgTransfers Brazil coach tells Coutinho to choose happiness amid Barcelona pursuit Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 14:58 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PhilippeCoutinho-cropped Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Philippe Coutinho Brazil v Ecuador Colombia v Brazil Liverpool Brazil Premier League Primera División WC Qualification South America The Liverpool attacker could still make a move to La Liga as links to the Catalan side continue, but his national team coach gave him his support Brazil coach Tite has told Philippe Coutinho to go where he will be happy amid Barcelona’s ongoing interest in the Liverpool attacker.Coutinho continues to be heavily linked with a move to Spanish giants Barca ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline in the Premier League, though La Liga clubs have an extra day to complete their business.Brazil 13/2 to win World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The Brazil international – subject of three failed bids from Barcelona after handing in a transfer request – is yet to feature for Liverpool this season due to a back injury and illness.As Coutinho and CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying leaders Brazil prepare to face Ecuador on Thursday, head coach Tite provided an update on the attacking midfielder.”I can’t assess Coutinho in financial terms,” Tite told reporters. “My thing is in the pitch, that’s my concern. We have different realities.HD Phil Coutinho“But I’ve talked to Coutinho, told him the same I’ve told you: go where you feel happy. If it’s Liverpool, I’ll be ok. If it’s another one, I’ll be ok.”I have to know my limits. I don’t have to have opinion about everything. I don’t want to be a showman, to be talking about everything. I’m very discreet in this kind of things. And fair. And justice is that he can be happy.”I don’t know which club he’s going to. He’ll decide it. But the Brazilian squad won’t lose him.”The 25-year-old is in line to feature in Brazil’s qualifiers against Ecuador and Colombia, despite his lack of playing time at Liverpool.Back problems and a bout of illness are behind Coutinho’s Liverpool absence, though his doctor in Brazil contradicted this by claiming the player was suffering from stress brought about by uncertainty over his future.Talking about Coutinho’s fitness, Tite said: “Coutinho was called up with 15 days of anticipation. We were aware that we are in a transfer window with all the chances of changes coming in. I have to pay attention to it.”That’s a reality because it touches the emotional side, the player’s life, the routine of the clubs. And, at the same time, we have to look at the essence of the Brazil squad.A player with the level and the quality of Philippe Coutinho, fit at that moment, had to be called. He had a problem. And the dimension of this injury, to know that our basis was the moment in which he arrived to the Brazilian squad. I have this responsibility of telling you this.”And the medical department made an assessment, a transition work, a contact from physician to physician from Liverpool, from staff to staff, I didn’t do that because I don’t speak English but we made it, so that we wouldn’t put a player at risk but also don’t lose him. Don’t lose a player with the level of Coutinho. He stays as an option.”last_img read more

Five Consortia in the Race for Davao Sasa Modernization

Five Consortia in the Race for Davao Sasa Modernization

first_imgzoom Six companies have expressed interest in bidding for the Davao Sasa Modernization Project, the Philippines’ first seaport public-private partnership (PPP) project worth USD 417.18-million, the country’s  Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said.DOTC said that the companies that purchased bid documents were Anflocor, Netherlands-based global operator APMT, Asian Terminals Inc., French conglomerate Bollore, Singapore-based Portek and San Miguel Corporation.The companies make a total of five consortia where foreign companies partnered up with local port operators, as it was the case with Philippine conglomerate San Miguel Corp. which partnered with APM Terminals, Asian Terminals with DP World, followed by International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI),  Bollore SA and Singapore’s Portek International Pte Ltd.“This shows the enormous potential of the Davao region. The construction of a modernized port in Sasa will help meet the growing demand for world-class port services in Davao,” said DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya.The submission and opening of bids is targeted in Q4 this year while award is targeted in April next year.Philippine port management company International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) said responding to media reports that it had not submitted a bit yet for the Davao Sasa Modernization Project.“ICTSI wishes to clarify that ICTSI’s response was only to an Invitation to Prospective Bidders issued by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) for the P18.99B Davao Sasa Modernization Project. It was not a bid. It only consisted of pre-qualification information. ICTSI has not yet submitted any bid at this stage,” the company said.According to DOTC, once the first phases of the project are completed in 2018, the Sasa Port will be comparable to the country’s top ports in terms of speed and quality of service, cutting down cargo unloading from three days to three hours by using modern ship-to-shore cranes and port operating systems.The Davao Region thrives in banana exports, being the second largest banana exporter in the world. A study conducted by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) shows that container traffic in the Davao Region is projected to increase by at least six percent annually over the next 25 years.Davao Sasa Port is one of five commercial ports in the Davao Bay area.last_img read more

Solskjaer has no doubts over Pogbas United future

Solskjaer has no doubts over Pogbas United future

first_imgLondon: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted he has “no doubts at all” that Paul Pogba is committed to Manchester United. French World Cup winner Pogba was missing from the United squad for the pre-season penalty shootout win over AC Milan in Cardiff. However, United coach Solskjaer insisted the star’s absence was due to a “back spasm”. When asked if Pogba was set on staying at United, the Norwegian said: “I’ve no doubts at all. “I wasn’t expecting him (on the plane to Cardiff). I spoke to him after training and he didn’t feel right. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Paul will probably be back early next week training. It’s not an injury, he just felt some pain. We didn’t want to risk anything this weekend and he should be OK for Chelsea next week.” Pogba ignited fierce speculation over his future in June when he said “it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else”. Meanwhile, the United boss said the £80 million deal to bring England defender Harry Maguire from Leicester was close to a conclusion.last_img read more

Muslim prayers at Quebec zoo upset some people

Muslim prayers at Quebec zoo upset some people

HEMMINGFORD, Que. – A Quebec zoo is defending itself after receiving criticism for allowing a group of Muslims to pray on its premises.Parc Safari says it has been the subject of hateful and racist comments since a YouTube video was posted on Sunday showing the prayers.A woman can be heard shouting, “we are too conciliatory,” while another says she is against prayers in public spaces.Zoo management says the Muslims respected all the guidelines and would have been expelled had they not.Parc Safari officials say the zoo is a multicultural location.It is in Hemmingford, about 70 kilometres south of Montreal.“Safari Park is sorry that freedom of religion may offend people,” the zoo said in a statement. “In any case, this was not the objective.“Since last Sunday, Safari Park has been a victim of hate and racist comments. Safari Park is a place where everyone is welcome. A zoological institution is by definition a multicultural place where small and large can discover the wonderful diversity of nature and animals and thus develop affection and respect for this diversity, these differences, and their intrinsic beauty.“We repeat: Safari Park is a place for everyone, regardless of nationality, religion, colour, culture or sexual orientation.” read more

Ontario Progressive Conservatives remove Gosling image from fundraising message

Ontario Progressive Conservatives remove Gosling image from fundraising message

first_imgTORONTO — A GIF featuring movie star Ryan Gosling has been quietly removed from a fundraising message Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives sent to supporters.The image used on the party’s website showed the Canadian actor saying “don’t go.” It appeared when recipients clicked “no” to a message asking if they still supported Premier Doug Ford.The party did not immediately say why it had removed the image used in the message sent last week.Experts said the GIF could violate copyright law and the actor’s likeness rights when used in such a way.“All you have to do is ask yourself, ‘what would Ryan Gosling do?’” said McGill University law professor Allen Mendelsohn. “Ryan Gosling and his representation would presumably not be happy to be used in this manner.”Mendelsohn said use of the image may violate the copyright of the studio that made the film the GIF was taken from and Gosling’s own rights to use of his likeness.The image being a part of a fundraising request could further compound the issue because the use of Gosling’s likeness involved raising money, he said.“Everyone has the rights to their own likeness,” Mendelsohn said. “You can’t just use somebody’s likeness for any sort of purpose in that regard without suffering legal consequences.”Michael Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa, said the Tories took a chance using the image during their fundraising efforts.“There’s obviously legal risks when you use those kinds of materials,” he said. “If it was just a business that was using the same kind of messaging they would certainly face those kinds of claims.”There are some exceptions in Canadian copyright law and personality rights called “fair dealings.” These grant the use of copyrighted material in some instances, like parody or satire, he said.“It’s a hard case to make to say that this isn’t a recognizable person that’s being used for aspects that certainly have a commercial feel,” he said. “Using a personality in that way, a highly recognizable Canadian, doesn’t feel right if it’s not being done without appropriate permission.”But Osgoode Hall associate law professor Carys Craig said such cases could pose risks for regular internet users. When courts try to prevent a particular use of copyright or likeness, the legal decisions could have unintended consequences for private individuals because of the breadth of the law, she said.“We encounter GIFs all the time and we use them to communicate with one another,” she said. “We should be very loath to create a system where the simple reproduction or posting of a GIF creates potential liability for copyright infringement.”Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

IKWE puts womens needs first on the road in Winnipeg

IKWE puts womens needs first on the road in Winnipeg

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsNo one wants to be the next Tina Fontaine.That’s why Jocelyn Friesen is becoming a volunteer driver for IKWE Safe Ride.The woman-only ridesharing service has been operating in Winnipeg for two years as an alternative to taxis.“Everybody’s heard about Tina Fontaine,” said Friesen, who described why she can’t wait to start helping Indigenous girls and women get where they need to go safely.“We have to stop it somewhere.”IKWE is operated by volunteer drivers who donate a minimum of four hours per week. They use their own vehicles and book rides and fare donations via a Facebook page.“I haven’t had one uncomfortable experience,” said customer Lisa Hodgins, one of 17,000 members of the page.“Every time I’m with other women and we need to get anywhere, it’s like, ‘Let’s take IKWE’.”One of the co-directors, Christine Brouzes, said it’s a sisterhood responding to years of complaints about sexual harassment from male cab drivers.“It has not decreased – the number of stories we’re hearing at all regarding emotional abuse, intimidation that taxi drivers are inflicting on our community (members),” she said.“Women get in taxis expecting to just get where they need to go. And not get out feeling violated, asked about their body parts, asked about what they’re doing in their private time.”IKWE, which means “woman” in the Anishinabe language, says demand is not letting up and they need more people to join their force of 43 drivers.But they won’t accept just anyone.“They need to want to help our community and help keep women safe,” she said.Fontaine’s disappearance was not linked to transportation, but to other public services the 15-year-old used while living in Winnipeg before her still-unsolved death in 2014.Still, passengers have reported being sexually harassed or even sexually assaulted by cab drivers. Especially “vulnerable” people and members “of the LBGTQ community,” said Brouzes.So along with providing an alternative, she said IKWE is competition with a message.“We would love for taxi drivers – the existing taxi companies – to have a major overhaul in the attitude of each and every driver,” said Brouzes.Winnipeg city council has recently opened the public transportation market to more lift-sharing companies like TappCar, Uber and Lyft.But Hodgins said she’ll stick with IKWE.“I feel like I know them; they’re like my sisters,” she said.“It feels good knowing they’re doing this out of the goodness of their hearts.”last_img read more

Don’t order special meals for yourself during flights: Air India to its pilots

Don’t order special meals for yourself during flights: Air India to its pilots

first_imgNew Delhi: Air India has instructed its pilots to not order special meals for themselves during the flights as they are required to adhere to a “meal schedule laid down by the company”, according to an internal communication of the national carrier. “It has been brought to the notice of the undersigned that flight crew are ordering special meal/s which are against the said rules,” Amitabh Singh, Director Operations, Air India, said in an e-mail to pilots on Wednesday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The only crew, who for medical reasons, may order for special meals viz. food recommended by the doctor,” he added. According to a senior airline official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the pilots have been found to be ordering special meals for themselves such as burgers and soups, which ultimately increase the airline’s food expenses and disturbs the food management. “Crew should adhere to the meal schedules laid down by the company and should not authorise meal uplift on their own,” Singh wrote in his e-mail. “In light of the above, all cockpit crew are instructed not to order special meals RPT not to order special meals as and when operating a flight/SOD (Staff on Duty) movement,” he added.last_img read more

Farmers confronted with worst harvest in 40 years

Farmers confronted with worst harvest in 40 years

Save the Children contributed to a recent emergency assessment of drought-affected areas alongside the government and UN, and will provide unconditional cash grants so families can buy food, water and other basic necessities, as well as helping schools obtain more secure and safe water supplies by providing water tanks, pumps and technical expertise. Save the Children has been working in Sri Lanka since 1974, supporting communities with education, health programs and child protection activities, as well as responding to humanitarian crises like floods, typhoons and droughts. (Colombo Gazette) Farmers are counting the cost of the nation’s worst drought in decades, which has caused widespread crop failure and food shortages while compounding the nation’s existing malnutrition crisis.Drought conditions now exist in all but two of the country’s 25 provinces, and more than 1.2 million people are affected, including over 600,000 children. Rice paddy cultivation from the harvest just ended was down 63 percent compared to the average, making it the worst major harvest in over 40 years. There have even been reports of wild elephants coming into villages in search of food and water, often destroying remaining crops and potentially putting children’s lives in danger.McIvor warned that the drought was also compounding Sri Lanka’s long struggle with malnutrition, which affects nearly a third of children and a quarter of women. “The nation’s food supply has taken a huge hit, which in turn has caused prices to rise. As a result, many of the poorest families are struggling to feed their children, often choosing to eat fewer and smaller meals, and cut down on nutritious foods like meat and vegetables,” he said.The UN has already warned that harvests due in the coming months are expected to be significantly reduced, and are likely to exacerbate food shortages.Making matters worse, the drought is hampering Sri Lanka’s electricity generation, which is largely provided through hydro power. The government recently said that the country’s current hydro power production stands at just a third of what is required. Widespread food and water shortages across the country have been visible, and it could get worse if the next harvest in Yala season due in August is also below the norm. Thousands of water tanks are running low or drying out with some water stores becoming contaminated because they’ve been stagnant for too long. “The biggest harvest of the year has just finished and it’s been a massive failure for most farmers living in areas crippled by the drought,” said Chris McIvor, Save the Children Country Director in Sri Lanka. read more

Kroger 3rdquarter profit matches Wall Street expectations sticks to its outlook for

Kroger 3rdquarter profit matches Wall Street expectations sticks to its outlook for

Kroger 3rd-quarter profit matches Wall Street expectations; sticks to its outlook for the year AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CINCINNATI – Kroger’s net income fell nearly 6 per cent during the third quarter, partly on the costs from the pending acquisition of Harris Teeter.Kroger and other supermarkets are trying to adapt to a shifting industry as shoppers increasingly buy groceries at big-box retailers, drugstores and dollar stores with growing food sections.The company is bolstering its appeal across a broader spectrum, through its acquisition of upscale food retailer Harris Teeter, and an expanded loyalty program for customers sticking to a tighter budget.The nation’s largest traditional supermarket said Thursday that its net income fell to $299 million, or 57 cents per share. That compares with net income of $317 million, or 60 cents per share a year ago. Excluding costs related to the acquisition and a tax benefit, net income totalled 53 cents per share, matching expectations. A year ago, the company benefited from a settlement with credit card companies. Excluding that and other items, year-ago revenue totalled 46 cents per share.Revenue rose 3 per cent to $22.51 billion from $21.81 billion. Analysts expected $22.72 billion.Kroger Co., which owns also Ralphs, Fry’s and other chains, said sales rose 3.5 per cent at stores open at least a year. That’s a key measure of a retailer’s financial health because it excludes the volatility from stores that open or close during the period.The company stuck to its per-share earnings expectations of $2.73 to $2.80 for the year. Analysts expect $2.80 per share.Shares edged down 55 cents to $40.96 in morning trading, with stocks on major U.S. markets moving mostly lower. The stock is up 63 per cent since the beginning of the year. by The Associated Press Posted Dec 5, 2013 7:32 am MDT read more

Womens tennis No 4 Ohio State protects home court against No 10

Womens tennis No 4 Ohio State protects home court against No 10

​The legacy of the rivalry between Ohio State and the University of Michigan is historically centered around football. However, ill will and passion for beating the other team holds no barrier between sports. The OSU women’s tennis team celebrated that thrill of victory defeating Michigan Friday afternoon, 5-1.OSU and Michigan came into Friday’s match ranked fourth and 10th nationally, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s rankings.After reaching the semifinals of the ITA National Indoor Championships before losing to North Carolina, the win against the Wolverines was a nice rebound for the Buckeyes.Starting off in doubles, OSU was awarded the doubles point after winning two of three matches to take the early 1-0 advantage.The senior duo of Sandy Niehaus and Gabriella De Santis won a close set by tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-2). Seniors Miho Kowase and Ferny Angeles Paz 6-1 victory compensated for Michigan’s lone doubles win over Buckeyes sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo and junior Anna Sanford, 6-3.Three-time ITA national champion and top-ranked Di Lorenzo led the way first for the Buckeyes, disposing of Michigan sophomore Brienne Minor in straight sets, making quick work and another point for the Buckeyes, 6-1, 6-2.Kowase followed with another victory for the Buckeyes to stretch the lead to 3-0, defeating Michigan junior Mira Rider-Hook in similar fashion, 6-0, 6-3.Needing only one more point for the clincher and the match victory, OSU needed just one of four remaining singles matches to capture the win.They’d get two out of three wins, with De Santis winning 6-3, 6-3 and Angeles Paz finishing off freshman Valeria Patiuk 6-3, 6-1, with the final score being 5-1 OSU and the two remaining matches being abandoned.“You couldn’t ask for anything more, to be able to rebound and a chance to play Michigan at home in a couple days. So, it’s something that these guys definitely get up for and try to move on from the tough loss,” OSU coach Melissa Schaub said. “We’re going to come in here and fight hard. We were just able to get it done in front of our fans.”Di Lorenzo echoed her coach’s sentiment about bouncing back for a team win against a top-ten opponent in rival Michigan.“It feels really good and it was a quick turnaround, having to play Michigan, they’re our rival and they’re an unbelievable team and very competitive and strong,” she said. “Although we had a tough loss last weekend, we’re going to have to come back stronger and forget about it and just learn from it and move on, and I think that’s what we did today.” read more

ABS Chat Broncos Rookie Star Bradley Roby Says College

ABS Chat Broncos Rookie Star Bradley Roby Says College

Bradley Roby, the Denver Broncos’ No. 1 draft pick from Ohio State, entered the NFL as a rookie intent on not playing like a rookie. Nine games into the season, he’s accomplishing the mission.The Atlanta-area native earned a starting defensive back assignment in training camp and has justified the position with the kind of play that makes the Broncos believe they have a future star. He has two interceptions, 40 tackles and a forced fumble so far—and is in the running for the AFC’s Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.Roby, 22, spoke with Atlanta Black Star about the surprises of the NFL, playing on a team with Super Bowl-only ambitions, practicing against Peyton Manning and how college is “easier” than the NFL, among other subjects.Atlanta Black Star: How do you compare what you thought the NFL was compared to the reality of being there?Bradley Roby: At times it’s amazing that I’m here. At times, I feel like the NFL is not this imaginary place that you cannot get to. But I’m here and it’s an accomplished feeling to be a part of a great organization with great players and coaches. It’s like a dream, but it’s also a reality that I have a job to do and I have to put in the work to prove myself and to not let the team down.ABS: What was the moment that helped you feel like you belonged?Roby: The first game against the (Indianapolis) Colts, when I broke up the last play of the game (to preserve the win), Andrew Luck throwing to Reggie Wayne, who is a great veteran player. That was my biggest moment of the season for me so far. It was a great way to start my career, to gain confidence and to make a mark. Great defensive backs like Deion Sanders made a mark in their first game—he returned a punt for a kickoff. That was my moment. . . so far.ABS: How does a rookie come into the league and understand the value of staying ready when the NFL is such a leap from college?Roby: In the end, it’s just football. But as a pro, it’s my job to be ready. I have the honor to practice everyday against Peyton Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Going against him and our receivers, who are amazing, everyday keeps you sharp. If not, you’ll get beat easily. It’s amazing how good Peyton Manning is. I watched him growing up. To be on the other side of the ball against him. . . it’s just remarkable. I feel I’m past the rookie stage. I’m not worried about the playbook, I know how to get ready. I’m used to the life, which isn’t all that exciting because the job consumes my time. . . I look in our defensive huddle and across from me I’ll see a great player like DeMarcus Ware. He’s looking at me to do my job. I’m really playing with great players that I don’t want to let down.ABS: What has surprised you about the NFL?Roby: College is actually harder. . . from the standpoint of there being so many other things you have to do. In the NFL, it’s easier because it’s my job. I never felt like a rookie; I just felt like it was a new adventure. From 7.a.m. to 4 (p.m.), I’m at practice, getting treatments, in film sessions. It’s a job and my world revolves around it. There’s more time for me get massages, see the chiropractor, hit the ice tub to keep my body right, watch videos of opponents at home. At Ohio State, you had classes, you have meetings and you have practice everyday. In the NFL, we’re in pads at practice once a week, and it’s not real contact. At Ohio State, there was way more contact in practice. So, my body probably feels a little better now than it did during college. Now, playing games is not easier. I’m athletic, but everyone in the NFL is athletic, so you can’t rely on that to get you by. You have to know the system, work on technique and be focused every play. Every practice is like a game. And you better have your ‘A’ game every play, so it’s intense.ABS: You mentioned the Colts play to preserve the win, but you also got an interception against Tom Brady in the loss to New England and one last week, too, in Oakland.Roby: We got beat in New England, which is all that matters. It’s about winning for us. The interception against Tom Brady for me was my first in the NFL, making it extra special. My first pick against one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. I’ll remember that. But the game is about winning and making plays.ABS: Is this a championship year or bust for the Broncos?Roby: No doubt. We’re not going to be the same team next year. This is the only time this caliber of men will be together. We have great talent, great coaches, great fans. Why not? But we have to earn it. Losing to New England taught us something. It doesn’t do you good to win all your games. You learn from losing, and we learned, above all, that the path won’t be easy. We have to take it if we want it, and we want it. So it will be exciting to see how the rest of the season plays out. But we’re going for it. read more

Royal National Institute of Blind People investigated after sexual abuse allegation

Royal National Institute of Blind People investigated after sexual abuse allegation

first_imgIn a statement Eleanor Southwood, chair of the charity, said:  “A few weeks ago we received a notice from Ofsted, which regulates our children’s services, proposing to cancel our registration to run the children’s home at RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning in Coventry, Warwickshire. “This was in response to a series of increasingly poor monitoring reports which have criticised the way we have run the service. “We now have to demonstrate to Ofsted substantial improvements by mid-April and we will know Ofsted’s decision in mid-May.”The children at Pears Centre are our number one priority. We recognise the seriousness of Ofsted’s concerns and we’re truly sorry that the level of service we’ve provided has not been good enough.”She added that the charity would be “co-operating with the Charity Commission fully in their inquiry. “We’re also launching our own independent review to get to the bottom of what happened, and to guide us in making improvements to how we work.” “The police and all relevant authorities have been fully involved in reviewing the circumstances about this specific concern and at this stage we don’t anticipate further action from external agencies,” the spokesman added. The wider pattern of incidents is understood to be management-related and not of a sexually abusive nature.  Sally Harvey, chief executive, has stood down from her role Sally Harvey, chief executive, has stood down from her rolecenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Royal National Institute of Blind People is under investigation after an allegation of sexual abuse was made at its flagship school, the Daily Telegraph understands. The chief executive of the charity, Sally Harvey, has stood down over the crisis, which follows a damning Ofsted report about the Pears Centre for Specialist Learning, a school and children’s home for young people who are blind or partially sighted. Harvey Grenville, head of investigations and enforcement at the Charity Commission, said the situation at the centre was “deeply concerning”. The Commission has launched a statutory inquiry into the RNIB and subsidiary charity, RNIB Charity, as it said there had been “several serious incidents over the course of last year” and that children had been placed at risk of harm. A final “serious safeguarding incident” took place at the start of last month.The Ofsted report, published in January, found that there had been a “high number of incidents and accidents involving pupils in the last year”, which had increased from 2015/16 levels.  The inspectorate subsequently said it would withdraw the children’s home’s registration unless improvements were made. A spokesman for the charity confirmed it was aware of “one allegation of potentially abusive practice at the RNIB Pears Centre”. last_img read more

Monday Blues These birds will cheer you up

Monday Blues These birds will cheer you up

first_imgTHESE ORIENTAL PIED Hornbills live at the Juron Bird Park’s Breeding and Research Centre in Singapore.Before they were born, the birds’ eggs were rescued on an off-shore island. They were then hatched after successful artificial incubation.This is all part of the park’s efforts in preserving and educating the public about its wildlife and wildlife reserves.Look at his little face. Is it just us, or do they look like they’re going to start talking at any second?Buddies. (All Images: AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)last_img

Annual River Cleanup Gathers Thousands of Pounds of Trash

Annual River Cleanup Gathers Thousands of Pounds of Trash

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The sixth annual Kenai River Spring Cleanup collected 2,330 lbs of trash from Soldotna-area parks. Hundreds of students participated in the annual clean-up efforts each year. Mark Glassmaker came up with the idea, and his wife Cindy has been working with him over the past couple years to coordinate the event. Cindy: “This trash isn’t going to be picked up on it’s own, and we have to do  something whether we left it there or not.”  Cindy: “It’s really crazy. These kids find trash, that you would not believe, and doesn’t belong there. Year after year we have collected thousands of pounds of trash out of the Kenai River, and cumulatively about 13,000. We’ve had as many as 900 students participate from Swift Water, to Bings. It’s a group effort, and really takes a village. We know year after year what needs to get done, regardless of who left it there.”  The trash totals per school have been confirmed:Connections: 110 lbs.Soldotna Montessori: 220 lbs.Soldotna Elementary: 240 lbs.Sterling Elementary: 640 lbs.Redoubt Elementary: 1120 lbs. Roughly 600-900 students participate in the program each year from around the Kenai Peninsula School District. This is the 6th annual Kenai River clean-up event sponsored by the Kenai River Professional Guide Association and the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, in cooperation with Alaska State Parks, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and the City of Soldotna.last_img read more

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first_img Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Technology | March 05, 2013 FDA Clears Philips MicroDose SI Mammography System First full-field digital mammography (FFDM) imaging to set the stage for future Single-Shot Spectral Imaging applications Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more *Not available in North America** The actual result of the average dose reduction will vary based on variations in digital mammography systems[1] Boyd NF, Guo H, Martin LJ, et al. Mammographic density and the risk and detection of breast cancer. N Engl J Med. 356(3):227-36, 2007.[2] Oduko, J.M. Young, K.C., Burch, A.,: A Survey of Patient Doses from Digital Mammography Systems in the UK in 2007 to 2009. Digital Mammogr. IWDM 2010, 365–370, (2010).[3] Baldelli P., et. al., COMPREHENSIVE DOSE SURVEY OF BREAST SCREENING IN IRELAND, Radiation Protection Dosimetry , Vol. 145, No. 1, pp. 52–60, (2010).[4] Leitz W, Almen A. Patientdoser fran rontgenundersokningar i Sverige – utveckling fran 2005 till 2008. SSM 2010-14, ISSN 2000-0456, available online (in Swedish) at www.stralsakerhetsmyndigheten.se.[5] White paper, Comparison of Dose Levels in a National Mammography Screening Program, Philips Healthcare 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 | 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 For more information: www.philips.com/newscentercenter_img News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more March 5, 2013 — Royal Philips Electronics announced 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its MicroDose SI mammography system, the first full-field digital mammography (FFDM) system on the market with the capability to enable future Single-Shot Spectral Imaging applications*. Philips is working on future software applications like Spectral Breast Density Measurement*, which will build upon the MicroDose SI technology.High breast density is a known risk factor for breast cancer—women with high breast density (as seen on a mammogram) are four to five times more likely to get breast cancer than women with low breast density[1]. Additionally, high breast density features a high proportion of connective tissue, which blocks X-rays, making it difficult for clinicians to interpret breast images. As a result, categorization of breast density has become mandatory in many countries and several states in the United States. Unfortunately, there is not yet a standardized method for assessing breast density, which has limited making use of the density categorization for clinical decisions. The most frequently used method of breast density assessment is subjective manual and visual inspection of the image—different radiologists may give different scoring of breast density for the same image.”Philips believes that spectral imaging technology will be important in helping clinicians to assess breast density and provide personalized care to women,” says Lakshmi Gudapakkam, senior vice president and general manager of diagnostic X-ray and mammography solutions, Philips Healthcare. “With the MicroDose SI, Philips contributes to breast cancer screening by delivering the same low dose, high image quality and ergonomics it already offers, while supplying clinicians with spectral-ready technology.”As in existing Philips MicroDose systems, MicroDose SI uses unique digital photon-counting technology, which represents a paradigm shift in mammography by enabling clinicians to conduct exams using low radiation dose without compromising image quality. Philips has further advanced this unique technology with Single-Shot Spectral Imaging, which is built upon the fact that breast density is subject to different tissue types and materials that absorb X-rays at various energies. The technology powering the MicroDose SI uses this fundamental behavior of X-rays, allowing clinicians to see more than just a shadow in mammogram images by separating high and low energy X-ray within one single exposure.”The Philips MicroDose SI technology shows great potential,” says Etta Pisano, M.D., Dean of the College of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). “I look forward to getting the unit installed at MUSC.”Key advantages of MicroDose SI include: High image quality at low X-ray dose (18 to 50 percent lower radiation dose than other digital mammography systems [2,3,4,5] with an average dose reduction of 40 percent**) Short exam time – less than 5 minutes including image acquisitionPatient comfort with anatomically curved and warmed breast supportReady for future Single-Shot Spectral Imaging applications* FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more 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 News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). read morelast_img read more