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Fouaad Mirza Seals Historic Olympic Berth in Equestrian, Ends Nearly 20-year Wait

first_img 2020 tokyo olympicsequestrianfouaad mirza First Published: November 23, 2019, 8:06 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: Double Asian Games medallist equestrian Fouaad Mirza secured an Olympic quota after finishing as the top-ranked rider in his group in the qualifiers, ending a wait spanning nearly two decades.The 27-year-old was the highest ranked rider in Group G for the South East Asia, Oceania in the individual eventing category after the end of the Europe stage earlier this month. However, the official confirmation will be announced by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) on February 20.Imtiaz Anees (2000 Sydney) and Late Wing Commander IJ Lamba (1996 Atlanta) are the only Indians to have represented the country at the Olympics.Mirza, who was honoured with the Arjuna Award in August, finished with a total of 64 points from six qualifying events.He scored 34 points on his first horse Fernhill Facetime and 30 with his second horse Touchingwood.”I had an idea that I was in the reckoning for the quota but had to wait for China and Thailand to qualify as teams. Both of them qualified last week in Italy. If these two countries had not qualified as teams they would have taken up the individual slots and I wouldn’t have got the Olympic berth,” Mirza told PTI from Germany.The riders had to compete at 4 star level tournaments for Olympic qualifications. Based on an elaborate ranking system, a rider-horse duo collects points by taking part in tournaments throughout the year.To gain points the rider has to finish in the top 25 percent of the number of competitors participating in the tournament. The higher the athlete is ranked in the competition the more points he gets.”I am elated but there’s still enough work to be done. It’s one tick out of the many boxes. Now we have to prepare the best we can and enter the competition in top form,” Mirza said.Earlier this year, Mirza’s top horse Seigneur Medicott had suffered an injury, denting the Asian Games silver medallists chances of qualification. But the horses have worked out well for Mirza.”I miss my main horse, but the two new ones are doing well. They have worked out for me. They aren’t as good as Medicott but I am pleased to see how the season has progressed with them. They have worked well to come this far and to reach this level,” Mirza said.Mirza shot to fame when he became the first Indian since 1982 to win an Asian Games individual medal in equestrian besides guiding the country to a second-place finish in the team competition in Jakarta last year.”I am very grateful to the Embassy Group and Mr Jitu Virwani for giving me the opportunity to qualify for the Games. They have funded the entire project and Mr Virwani and the Embassy Group were behind the success at the Asian Games,” he said. last_img read more

OnePlus 3 soft gold variant lands in India, costs Rs 27,999

first_imgOnePlus on Friday announced that the soft gold variant of the OnePlus 3 phone will be available for buying, starting from October 1, from Amazon India. The soft gold variant of the OnePlus 3 will sell for the same price – Rs 27,999 – as the incumbent graphite variant.”The OnePlus 3 soft gold version has caught the imagination of our Indian fans and we are pleased to bring the popular variant just in time for the festival season. The soft gold variant perfectly blends in with the celebratory fervor and is the perfect gift you can give yourself or to your loved ones this Diwali,” Vikas Agarwal, general manager, OnePlus India said.Boasting of a full-metal unibody, the OnePlus 3 ditches OnePlus’ sort of iconic sandstone finish design, for a more premium, lighter and thinner experience. It comes with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner which is claimed to unlock the phone in mere 0.2 seconds.The OnePlus 3 comes with a USB Type-C port for charging and data-syncing purposes, a bottom-facing speaker out and dualSIM (nanoSIM) support.It comes with a 5.5-inch fullHD AMOLED display with a 1920×1080 pixels resolution and curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla glass 4 on the front. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (clocked up to 2.2GHz) processor with 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal memory which is non-expandable. The phone supports 4G LTE and NFC connectivity options and runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based OxygetOS 3.1.2 out-of-the-box.The OnePlus 3 sports a 16-megapixel camera (Sony IMX 298) on the rear with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture and Optical Image Stabilisation. On the front, you get an 8-megapixel camera.advertisementThe phone is backed by a 3,000mAh battery which is non-removable and supports the company’s in-house fast charging solution it calls Dash Charging. The accompanying Dash Charger is capable of charging the phone to up to 60 per cent in just 30 minutes. Also Read: OnePlus 3 review: Flagship killer that will make you want to settlelast_img read more

Water canon salute, red carpet welcome French World Cup winners in Paris

first_imgWorld champions France returned home with the FIFA World Cup Winner’s Trophy in Paris on Monday. France defeated Croatia on Sunday in the World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow to lift their second world title.Upon their arrival from Russia, the members of France’s victorious World Cup team received a red carpet welcome. The airplane that carried the French players met with a water canon salute at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.Joyful French fans gathered at the Charles de Gaulle airport to await the return of their World Cup winning football team, who will be honoured with a parade along the Champs Elysees and a special presidential reception.The French team was impressed with the kind of reception they were given at the airport. Captain Hugo Lloris led his team holding the trophy in his hands while the rest of his teammates were all smiles after becoming world champions.Back at home… what a reception! #FiersdetreBleus Team (@FrenchTeam) 16 July 2018Goalie Hugo Lloris, brandishing the golden trophy from soccer’s eminent tournament, and coach Didier Deschamps led the team from the Air France plane to the tarmac at Charles de Gaulle Airport. Airport personnel and French Sports Minister Laura Flessel, a former champion fencer, were the first to tell them “merci” on behalf of a grateful nation that was sorely in need of a boost.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”Eternal Happiness” read Monday’s headline in French sports daily L’Equipe, summing up the mood of many who hope the euphoria will last for months – even years.advertisementLes Bleus, @_OlivierGiroud_ and our little friend en route to the Champs Élysée. #Fiersdetrebleu Team (@FrenchTeam) 16 July 2018The team expected to take a victory lap down the grand Champs-Elysees, the grand Paris avenue where hundreds of thousands thronged after France’s 4-2 victory Sunday over Croatia to capture the trophy.Also read – FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winnersFor a third day in a row, the avenue was transformed into a boulevard of pride and happiness following a Bastille Day parade of French military might Saturday that, in hindsight, was a preview for the elation of France’s World Cup win.On the way to the party! #Fiersdetrebleus Team (@FrenchTeam) 16 July 2018The team’s appearance on the Champs-Elysees will be followed by a reception at the presidential palace. Hundreds of guests, including people from soccer clubs connected to the French players, were invited. A club in the poor suburb where 19-year-old star Kylian Mbappe grew up is among them.Hello Paris! Team (@FrenchTeam) 16 July 2018France has been short of reasons to feel proud, and now is the moment.READ – Paris renames six subway stations in honour of World Cup victorySeveral Paris Metro stations were temporarily adjusting their names to honor the team and its members, the transport authority tweeted. The Champs-Elysees Clemenceau has become the Deschamps-Elysees Clemenceau to honor national team coach Didier Deschamps.The Etoile station is, for now, “On a 2 Etoiles” (We have 2 stars), to denote France’s second victory in soccer’s World Cup. The Victor Hugo station is now Victor Hugo Lloris, after France’s standout goalie and team captain. The plane carrying the French soccer team received a water cannon salute at Charles de Gaulle airport (AP Photo)Celebrations were spread across the nation, and among the still-dazed French players themselves.”We are linked for life now with this Cup,” defender Raphael Varane told BFM-TV on Monday before departing from Moscow.French President Emmanuel Macron exulted on the field in Moscow and in the locker room, hugging players as they received their medals even as the skies poured rain. Macron clearly hoped the World Cup glow would rub off on him, raising him up in the eyes of a nation where his economic reforms have drawn fierce protests.It was the players, though, who captured the French imagination. The mostly youthful, diverse team represents a generation with which traditionalists have yet to come to terms.Flessel, the sports minister, told Europe-1 radio that the World Cup victory allows France’s youth – like those in the poor suburbs where many of the players grew up – “to dare to believe in their dreams.”Joy over the win brightened the Monday morning commute in Paris, where young people in cars sang and shouted.In the eastern Paris neighborhood of Belleville, Vincent Simon said, “Both teams deserved to win. France won, and that’s good for the country. That will do us good for some months.”advertisementThe victory came at a time when many French were in need of good news.”It represents enormous things,” said Goffrey Hamsik, dressed in a hat resembling a rooster – the French national symbol – and a shirt with Mbappe’s No. 10 number.”We’ve had lots of problems in France these past years,” he said at Sunday’s festivities, recalling deadly terror attacks. “This is good for the morale … Here, we are all united. We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that’s what feels good.”Still, celebrations in France typically end up with a spate of violence by troublemakers, and Sunday was no exception.Broken shop windows, pillage and other destruction lined a section of the Champs-Elysees, the postgame site for revelers. Riot police used water cannon and tear gas to end the violence.French media reported that authorities detained 90 people for questioning in the Paris region and some 290 around France.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Harmanpreet Kaur thrilled after historic hundred at Women’s World T20

first_imgHarmanpreet Kaur was suffering from fever on the eve of the first match against New Zealand but come match day, the Indian captain was ready to fire and that is exactly what she did and led her team to a 34-run victory in their Women’s World T20 opener at Providence on Friday.Harmanpreet became the first Indian woman to score a century in T20Is to help the team post 194 for 5 which they defended comfortably thanks to superb bowling performances from Poonam Yadav and Dayalan Hemalatha, who took three wickets each.But Harmanpreet is not one to settle down and celebrate on the team’s victory just yet as she knows the bigger goal is to carry this winning momentum all the way to the final and then lift the World T20 title.Women’s World T20: Harmanpreet 53-ball 101 sets up opening win for India”Excited, but it is just the beginning, still a long way to go. There are a lot of areas we need to improve. As a team, we need to improve a lot. I knew if I settle down, I can go for my shots.”Jemimah played really well. When you are hitting well, you need someone who can rotate the strike. Credit goes to her, she also played really well. As a bowling unit, we need to improve. We need to improve in the first six overs,” Harmanpreet said at the post-match presentation.A heroic Harmanpreet hundred lit up the opening match of #WT20 to help India to victory against New Zealand in Guyana.#NZvIND REPORT World Twenty20 (@WorldT20) November 9, 2018Women’s World T20 India vs New Zealand – HighlightsThe 29-year-old went on to reveal that she had fever a day before the game but she completely recovered post India’s win. Harmanpreet also credited coach Romesh Powar for changing the team’s mindset from the time he took over.”Yesterday I had a bit of fever, feeling really well after winning the game. (On coach Ramesh Powar) Winning and losing is part of the game.READ – Harmanpreet first Indian woman to slam T20I hundred”When Ramesh Sir joined us, a lot changed and we are really happy to have him in the team. He has a lot of experience and that is helping us. We are really happy to have him in the team,” she said after being adjudged the player of the match.India win the opening match of #WT20 2018!New Zealand are kept to 160/9 after Harmanpreet’s stunning 103 set up a 34 run win in Guyana.A fantastic match to kick off the tournament! #NZvIND scorecard World Twenty20 (@WorldT20) November 9, 2018103 runs from Harmanpreet and a 45-ball 59 from Jemimah Rodrigues helped India post 194 on the board and they restricted New Zealand to 160 for 9 after that.Poonam and Hemalatha finished with figures of 3 for 33 and 3 for 26 respectively, while Radha Yadav got two wickets. Arundhati Reddy also chipped in with a wicket.Harmanpreet also praised Jemimah for her batting performance and revealed the reason behind dropping India’s most experienced player Mithali Raj to No.8 in the batting order.”Mithali is one of our key players. She hasn’t scored much in the first six overs. If she bats later, she can get the runs. We are happy the way she helps us. She (Jemimah Rodrigues) likes to express herself and never takes pressure. We need young players who are excited to play international cricket,” Harmanpreet concluded.India will next face arch-rivals Pakistan in their second game on November 11 at the same venue.last_img read more


first_imgHarvest time is underway, and it’s a time drivers need to be aware of farm implements and trucks traveling on county roads.Iowa State University Extension Ag Safety Specialist Chuck Schwab says roadway collisions are especially common:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….PREPARE TO STOP. ;26Schwab says failure to notice farm equipment that is turning left is another common type of roadway collision:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….MAKE THAT PASS. :15In addition to roadway collisions, Schwab says the most common type of farm vehicle related accidents include roll-overs involving tractors, lawnmowers, and all terrain vehicles,last_img read more

Jemerson: Lemar is Monaco’s star man

first_imgThomas Lemar Lemar is Monaco’s star man… not Mbappe – Jemerson Gabriel Pazini Last updated 2 years ago 21:42 8/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Thomas Lemar Monaco Getty Images Thomas Lemar Kylian Mbappé Monaco v Olympique Marseille Olympique Marseille Monaco Ligue 1 The volume of work the winger gets through for the Stade Louis II side is invaluable to their efforts, according to the Brazilian EXCLUSIVE Monaco centre-back Jemerson has revealed that he believes that the most talented player he has seen at the Ligue 1 champions is Thomas Lemar — not 18-year-old superstar Kylian Mbappe.Both players featured heavily as Leonardo Jardim’s side surged to win Le Championnat for the first time since 2000 last term, but Jemerson believes that the Liverpool target has the edge on the striker.Monaco 7/1 to beat PSG to Ligue 1 title 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 Speaking to Goal, he revealed: “I like Lemar very much. He is very good tactically. He defends, he attacks and he does everything. He is very important to our team and he played very, very well last season. “When I arrived in Monaco, they talked a lot about him and I was very impressed. He has an incredible ability to dribble and shoot.”Jemerson can understand, however, why Mbappe gets such attention.HD Jemerson Monaco 04022016“It’s normal because those who score more goals appear more, but I really like Lemar,” he laughed.”Mbappe is a very funny guy. I joke with him that he is the Road Runner he is so fast. Nobody catches him in the race, it’s like Road Runner against the Coyote in the cartoon!”Although there has been a great deal of hype surrounding the young France international, Jemerson believes that he still has something to prove.”I think he has a lot of talent and a lot of quality, but he’s very young too. I think everyone needs to be calm with him,” he said. “If he maintains that level and has regularity, he’s sure to be among the best players in the world.”Mbappe is set to join PSG on Wednesday on loan, while Lemar continues to be linked with an €80 million switch to Liverpool ahead of the transfer deadline on Thursday.last_img read more

9 months agoWillian admits ‘I don’t know if Chelsea want me to stay’

first_imgWillian admits ‘I don’t know if Chelsea want me to stay’by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWillian admits he’s yet to hear from Chelsea about a new contract.The Blues turned down a £50million bid for the forward from Barcelona on Thursday, which would have seen £38m winger Malcom come to London in exchange. While Barca are expected to come in with another bid, Willian pledged his future to the club.The 30-year-old, who has 18 months left on his current deal, said: “My future is here. I have one-and-a-half years on my contract left, and I want to stay until it is finished.“I don’t know if the club want me to sign a new contract, but my focus is here. I would like a new contract. If they want it, I want it. I have been here for five-and-a-half years, won a lot of titles. I am very happy.“To play for Chelsea, you have to put your mind to winning titles every year.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

New Tweet From FAU Head Coach Lane Kiffin Is Going Viral

first_imgHead coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen.BOCA RATON, FL – SEPTEMBER 1: Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen on September 1, 2017 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)A new tweet from Florida Atlantic University head football coach Lane Kiffin is going viral on social media. Of course, this isn’t surprising. Few in college football are better at getting people to react to their tweets than the FAU head coach.Kiffin, 43, has developed a habit of “inviting” famous people to come down to his school. “Come to theFAU he tweets.”He did it again on Tuesday.Kiffin is inviting Jennifer Aniston to come down to Boca Raton, Florida. The former Friends star celebrated her 50th birthday this week. Perhaps she’ll take a birthday trip down to FAU.“Happy birthday Jennifer come to #thefaU,” he tweeted.Happy birthday Jennifer come to #thefaU— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) February 12, 2019Well played, Lane. Well played.This response to his tweet might be even better, though:— Matty D (@MDietrich_7) February 12, 2019Yes, it’s probably highly unlikely that Jennifer Aniston will decide to make a trip down to FAU to watch the Owls play in a game. Maybe she has a home in South Florida and will want to stop by, though. You never know.last_img read more

BigLift’s Workers Injured in Crane Incident

first_imgWorld Maritime News Staff; Image: BigLift 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location zoom Two crew members of BigLift’s Happy Buccaneer heavy lift vessel were seriously injured on Monday morning,  23rd of February, while the vessel was alongside the Roy Hill wharf in Port Hedland, Australia.  The crew members were moving a stack of four load spreaders (1.5 tonne steel pads placed under heavy cargoes) into the cargo hold using the ship’s crane. They disonnected the slings from the stack and the slings were then being lifted clear by the crane. As the slings were being lifted, one caught on the top load spreader and it was tipped off the stack, pinning the two crew members by the legs against the nearby bulkhead. Both men suffered serious leg injuries. They were freed with the assistance of a shore rescue team and taken to a hospital ashore for treatment, Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said. Both men were rushed to Hedland Health Campus for treatment. According to Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), both men’s legs were broken.Based on vessel tracking data from Marine Traffic the vessel is still moored in Port Hedland.“The ATSB has commenced an investigation into the incident and will collect evidence from relevant parties on the ship and ashore. The evidence will be used to prepare a draft investigation report, which will be forwarded to relevant parties for comment before the completion and release of the final report,” the Bureau added.The investigation is expected to be completed by July, 2015. Print  Closelast_img read more

Houston Port Beats Its Previous Volume Record

first_imgzoom The U.S. Gulf Coast’s Port of Houston Authority has surpassed 2 million twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) handled for the year, setting a new record.The port’s performance so far in 2015 beats the previous record of 1.96 million TEUs set in 2014.“Having the two millionth TEU crossing our docks today illustrates the steadfast guidance of the Port Authority’s leadership through the Port Commission and diligence of our staff to deliver exemplary service to our customers and validates that the port is ready for the increased cargo…and bigger things to come,” Executive Director, Roger Guenther, said.Projections indicate continued strong growth in containers moving across port authority docks in coming years. The port authority has continued to invest in its facilities and the newest technology to help spur growth.About USD 700 million is being invested by the port authority over the next decade modernizing the Barbours Cut container terminal to increase efficiency, facilitate larger vessels and double the container handling capacity. Additionally, four new Super Post-Panamax ship-to-shore wharf cranes that were delivered this year are now in operation.last_img read more

India China must respect each others core concerns Jaishankar

first_imgBeijing: India and China should find stronger convergences, respect each other’s core concerns and manage their differences, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said as he underlined that the relationship between the two Asian giants has become “so big” that it has acquired a “global dimension”. Jaishankar, who concluded his three-day visit to Beijing on Tuesday, held extensive talks with his counterpart Wang Yi on the entire gamut of the India-China ties. He also called on Vice President Wang Qishan, a close confidant of President Xi Jinping. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAs the two largest developing countries and emerging economies, cooperation between India and China is of great importance to the world, Jaishankar told state-run Xinhua news agency here in an interview on Sunday. China and India are the world’s only two emerging economies that boast a population of more than 1 billion, respectively. “Our relationship is so big that it is no longer a bilateral relationship. It has global dimensions,” Xinhua quoted Jaishankar as saying.last_img read more

NL researchers capture video images of elusive Greenland sharks in Nunavut

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Researchers probing the frigid depths of the Canadian Arctic got a rare glimpse of one of the oldest and most elusive creatures on Earth, providing valuable insight into just how many of the massive creatures are left.A small team of scientists from the Marine Institute in Newfoundland said they counted 142 individual Greenland sharks in five different areas off Nunavut, where they deployed a baited remote underwater camera.The data — including 258 hours of video footage of the slow-moving sharks — provides some of the first local abundance estimates of one of the largest and longest-lived marine species.“We had no baseline for how many sharks should be there, it’s all new information,” lead author Brynn Devine said from St. John’s.“They’re really fun to watch and maybe not quite as exciting as a great white shark that would be really vicious and attacking the camera, but it was really cool to see.”Greenland sharks can reach seven metres in length and are a top predator feeding primarily on bottom fish and seals. They can live up to at least 270 years and possibly up to 400 years.Devine says researchers have made a rough population estimate of between one to five sharks per square kilometre in most of the sampling regions, which were surveyed from July to September in 2015 and again in 2016. But, she cautions that the figures are from a limited number of camera deployments and more work is needed to come up with more accurate numbers.In Admiralty Inlet, the camera captured 18 individual sharks. The study says that the highest number of sharks seen per hour were in Arctic Bay and were lowest in Resolute. The other areas sampled included central Lancaster Sound, Southeast McDougall Sound and Scott Inlet.The peer-reviewed study on the Greenland shark was recently published in the journal Scientific Reports. Devine and her team travelled to the Arctic region on board a fishing vessel and deployed the camera in waters as deep as 800 metres.The soundless footage shows dappled grey sharks swimming slowly past the camera, along a dark, muddy bottom. One of the sharks — identified by distinct scars and markings — tries to take a bite out of the camera stake and stares directly into the camera before venturing away.Devine said the majority of the sharks they saw had not yet reached maturity as they appeared to be smaller than adults.But, she said so little is known about the species that the findings could be an important first step in getting a handle on the population size and range. What little is known about their numbers is taken from fisheries catches, when the sharks are caught as bycatch, and historical commercial exploitation.“There’s no information out there,” she said. “The species is just so poorly understood.”The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has listed Greenland sharks as near threatened, with the caveat that nothing is known about their density.The species used to be fished for liver oil until 1960, with “annual catch estimates in the early 20th century ranging from 32,000 to 150,000 sharks in Greenland and Norway,” according to the study. The sharks are still caught for human and sled-dog consumption.– By Alison Auld in Halifaxlast_img read more

British Tourist Denounces Harmful Black Henna Tattoo in Morocco

Rabat – A British tourist and her children have suffered the harmful effects of black henna tattoos they got in Agadir.When Toni Feeney and her two boys got black henna tattoos, things did not go as planned. The ephemeral tattoos gave the boys severe arm burns. To warn others about the dangers of these tattoos, Toni shared several pictures of the burns on her Facebook page.“This is what black henna can do to your skin! We let our children have them on holiday not thinking for a second it would be dangerous,” wrote the mother. She went on, “The hospital have said that the chemicals/dyes in black henna are too strong.” Feen said her children now have chemical burns and are on antibiotics and antihistamines “in the hope that they don’t get infection or get poorly. If you are offered it say NO”Speaking after the incident with British outlet The Sun, the mom of two said: “I’m gutted! Wouldn’t have gone near it if I’d have known. I just presumed it was harmless. Feel so bad, didn’t even know black henna was dangerous. There were loads of people offering it too. It makes me so mad how many people are doing it over there. The docs have said not to put anything on them, once it’s started to heal I’ll try something, maybe bio oil.”Many cases of serious allergic reactions have been reported following black henna tattoos. The allergy usually results in eczema-type reactions occurring within 48 to 72 hours, or even as late as 7 to 15 days after tattooing. Henna can cause inflammatory reactions and leave permanent scars. The reaction can permanently mark the skin with scars or pigmentation disorders.The reactions are mainly due to paraphenylenediamine or phenylenediamine (PPD), an illicit substance added to natural brown henna to obtain a black tattoo. read more

NYC law would ease job applicant drug test requirements

NEW YORK — Many employers in New York City could no longer require job applicants to be tested for marijuana use under legislation approved this week.The New York Times says the City Council bill, which would take effect a year after it’s signed into law, has the support of Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration.It’s the latest in a series of steps that city officials have taken to ease cannabis restrictions as state lawmakers’ efforts to legalize marijuana have stalled.The law would not affect the testing of pilots, truck drivers, law enforcers, construction workers, and workers who supervise children or medical patients.___Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.comThe Associated Press

MeToo and the Greek Australian community

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In a bid to open up the #MeToo movement to the Greek Australian community, the Food For Thought Network (FFTN) is hosting an event next month to start the dialogue in a safe environment.Recognising the significance of the movement in the fight against harassment in the workplace and beyond, founder Varvara Ioannou and her team have put together an impressive panel of speakers to discuss sexual harassment, raise awareness and share experiences.Taking place on Wednesday 2 May, opening the FFTN’s #MeToo seminar will be Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Natalie Hutchins.“We must break the silence and speak up as there is no room for sexual harassment in the workplace,” said Ms Ioannou, who is a former HR manager.“One in four women experience sexual harassment in the workplace; this is unacceptable.”While there can be huge negative impacts on the victim’s physical and emotional health, Ms Ioannou says that there are costly consequences for all parties involved.Sexual harassment can harm an organisation’s reputation, in addition to facing financial costs, legal liability, decreased productivity, employee turnover, increased sick leave, and an overall negative atmosphere.Taking part in the seminar are head of social policy at Maurice Blackburn, Jennifer Kanis; Jen Hargrave who presented at the Royal Commission for Domestic Violence and heads policy with Women with Disabilities Victoria; and Professor Hannah Pieterman who looks at the workings of gender in the workplace, and what helps and hinders processes.“We are very fortunate to have been able to secure three outstanding speakers who will discuss the rights and responsibilities of victims, perpetrators, managers and organisations,” said Helen Tachos, Deputy Chair of FFTN and convener of the event.There will also be a special guest speaker who will share her experiences as a whistle-blower against her harasser.The #MeToo seminar will take place on Wednesday 2 May at the Greek Centre (168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne) from 6.30 – 8.30 pm. Attendance is $50 (refreshments included). To book, visit Bookings close on Wednesday 25 April. For more, visit read more

Get Your Dorm Rockin With These Back To School Dating Apps

first_imgStay on target Heading back to college after a long, hot summer is a great opportunity to kindle a new romance, and modern technology has made hooking up easier than it’s ever been. Your cellular phone can connect you with potential dating partners across a number of different vectors, and before you check in to the dorm, you should load them up and start swiping. Here’s Geek’s rundown on the essential back to school dating apps.TinderThere’s no way to talk about dating apps without starting with Tinder. The iconic “swipe left or right” interaction has reshaped the way we meet people, reducing every potential pairing to a yes or no choice. The app draws from your extended Facebook network to present people you at least have a tenuous link to. If you swipe right on someone and they swipe right on you, you’re allowed to chat each other up and potentially deepen the relationship. Everybody you know is on this, so you probably should be too.HappnThe surveillance state created by our phones constantly pinging GPS location back can be a little scary, but the creators of Happn wanted to make something good out of it. Unlike other dating apps that use virtual social networks to populate your matches, Happn shows you people you were actually in physical proximity to over the course of the last day. Once you both mutual match, things proceed according to the standard formula.BumbleCreated by former Tinder staff, Bumble takes a gender-progressive approach to dating. Only women can initiate conversations on the app, meaning that dudes have to make a very good first impression. If you don’t respond to a message in 24 hours, it’s automatically deleted. The company also was the first to require photo verification – you have to snap a shot in a specific pose to prove that you’re the same person on your profile, cutting down on scammers and creeps.SpreeAll of these apps are designed for today’s short attention span world, but sometimes you can’t get a sense for somebody’s dateability without talking to them. Spree handles that – when you connect with someone, you have a 90-second video chat window to close the deal before it deletes your connection. If both parties are into it after a minute and a half of conversation, dating can proceed. It’s stressful, sure, but also tests your macking might in a new and different way.DownIf you’re just looking for a straight hook-up without all of the emotional commitment, Down might be the app for you. One of a long line of casual canoodling networks, Down was originally known as “Bang With Friends” until somebody realized that might not be so great for attracting VC investment. The app uses the same general approach as Tinder with your extended Facebook network, but lets you choose either “Get Date” or “Get Down” with potential matches to differentiate between soulmates and late night rendezvous.HingeWhile so many of these apps are essentially designed like games, encouraging a constant stream of swiping through profiles, Hinge is a little different. The company wants to encourage existing matches and connections, allowing you to learn more about the people you’re interested in. It also penalizes obsessive swipers, making their profiles get shown less. If you’re tired of the superficiality, Hinge is a great alternative.FriendsyA dating app that’s specifically designed for college students, Friendsy requires users to have an .edu email address to register for the service. It works primarily along the Tinder model, with swiping in either direction to match up, but it adds a bunch of features to let you filter potential partners by class year and even major. In addition, you can offer hints to prospective matches and even give anonymous compliments to hotties.Coffee Meets BagelOne of the most troubling elements of these dating apps is the amount of time they can suck out of your life – Tinder reports that the average user spends over an hour each and every day swiping left or right. Coffee Meets Bagel is a low-stress variant on the concept that sends you a single match every day at noon, drawn from your extended Facebook network. Just one potential date a day is a lot less to worry about.DateMySchoolAnother app that screens out any applicants without a .edu email address, Date My School is designed to hook up current students as well as alumni. It offers some pretty clever features, such as the ability to make your profile invisible to certain departments and individuals in case you’re worried about your faculty advisor accidentally matching with you.PureCollege is a great place to get your sexual ya-yas out, and if you’re just looking for a hook-up, the hot new app is called Pure. It’s one of the most minimalist apps on this list, letting users upload only a single selfie to their profile. If you’re worried about data security, Pure is the app for you – all matches and conversations are deleted from your phone after an hour of inactivity, leaving no trace in case your hookups start to overlap. You’ve got 60 minutes to find a booty call near you, and users report having pretty significant success.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The Most Addictive Mobile Clicker GamesSimple Geek’s Guide to…Streaming Services last_img read more

Small Flurry of Deals Give MA Hope for 09

first_imgAfter several months of scarce magazine M&A action—no doubt a result of the down economy—there has been a small flurry of deals over the last week or so. The latest include PennWell Corporation’s acquisition of b-to-b publisher HCI Publications, and Texas-based private equity group Austin Ventures’ purchase of Asset International, a retirement and international securities services industries publisher.As part of the PennWell acquisition, HCI Publications owners Leslie Eden and Carl Vansant will serve as consultants to PennWell. Serving the hydroelectric industry, Kansas City, Missouri-based HCI publishes Hydro Review and HRW magazines and produces the HydroVision and Waterpower conferences, as well as several other magazines, events and Web sites.    PennWell will move HCI to Tulsa, Oklahoma where it will be led by Richard Baker, vice president and publisher of PennWell’s North American Global Energy Group. It was not immediately clear if any layoffs were associated with the acquisition. Seven editorial and advertising staffers agreed to make the move to Oklahoma, PenWell said.HCI was represented in the deal by advisory firm Whitestone Communications. Financial terms were not disclosed.In another deal, Austin Ventures—the private equity firm that this summer nearly purchased Entrepreneur Media—said it agreed to acquire Stamford, Connecticut-based global financial information publisher Asset International. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In conjunction with the announcement, Austin Ventures named Jim Casella, who formerly served as vice chairman of Reed Business Information, as CEO. Before that, he served as CEO of RBI U.S. (Cahners). Casella worked with the private equity firm in what it called a “CEO-in-residence” capacity during negotiations.Asset International publishes financial sector publications, including its flagship PlanSponsor magazine, which has a circulation of 35,000. It also produces the Daily NewsDash and AdvisorDash newsletters.No layoffs were associated with the acquisition, Austin Ventures said.last_img read more

These Tiny Robots Have Superhero Strength VIDEO

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals April 27, 2015 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »center_img 2 min read If you knew a person that could scale a wall carrying an elephant or drag a blue whale with ease, they would be a real-life superhero, right?  Well, some mechanical engineers at Stanford University have made tiny robots that have some Incredible Hulk-style strength of their own.The robots are called µTug or MicroTugs, and the miniature innovations can pull off some impressive feats. For example, a 9-gram robot climbing up glass can carry 100 times its own weight, and a 12-gram robot can sustain something 2,000 times its own weight.Related: These Giant Robotic Ants Could One Day Replace Factory WorkersThat blue whale analogy is pretty apt given the natural world inspiration behind the robot’s movements. Ants and geckos can climb as well as lift and drag things much bigger than them thanks to adhesives on their feet.The adorable robots were designed with flexible rubber spikes with a strong grip at the bottom of their “feet,” and they also move the way that an inch worm does, with one part of the “body” exerting effort while the other stays still to conserve energy.Related: The World Is Embracing Robots But America Keeps Them at Arms LengthWhile the tiny tech is currently relegated to the lab (and the big screen this summer, sort of), the engineers are also looking ahead to how it could be applied on a larger scale, like on a building site, or in an emergency situation to help save the day.  last_img read more

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first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Related Content Feature | March 25, 2015 Sweeping Prostate Cancer Review Upends Widely Held View on Radiation Studies find no difference in side effects immediately after prostatectomy versus waiting The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications March 25, 2015 — Two new studies from the University of Virginia School of Medicine have cast doubt on the wisdom of delaying radiation treatment for prostate cancer as long as possible after the removal of the prostate. The pervading belief is that doing so helps prevent unwanted side effects.“The common teaching has been, without clear evidence, that urinary incontinence and erectile function are worse when radiation is delivered earlier rather than later, but we didn’t see any protective effect of delayed radiation compared to earlier radiation,” said radiation oncologist Timothy N. Showalter, M.D., of the UVA Cancer Center. “It contradicts the clinical principle of delaying radiation as long as possible for the sake of the patient’s side effects. It really speaks against that, and that ought not to be used for a reason to delay radiation.”The findings inject hard facts into a debate that has long divided the medical community, with many radiation oncologists preferring adjuvant therapy – radiation given soon after prostate removal to kill off any remaining cancer cells – and many urologists preferring salvage therapy – radiation given later, when prostate-specific antigen tests suggest it’s needed. “Urologists tend to prefer to forgo adjuvant radiation therapy, because they fear the side effects, and radiation oncologists tend to prefer offering adjuvant radiation therapy because they fear the risk of metastasis,” Showalter said.Showalter conducted his two studies to address the lack of facts, in hopes of providing doctors with the information they need to determine the best course of treatment.“There’s this commonly held belief that the longer you delay radiation therapy, the more opportunity a patient has for recovery from prostatectomy, and therefore the better long-term function in terms of urinary and bowel function – the longer you delay it, the better they’ll function,” he said. “A lot of clinicians believe that if you wait six months, 12 months, 18 months, that each additional step gets you some benefit in terms of toxicity. That didn’t make sense to me from a medical perspective, because I can’t think of any other surgery where we think recovery requires a year or more. We often, for other cancers, deliver post-operative radiation very soon.”The findings, based on a review of approximately 16,000 patients’ outcomes, shed light on the side effects of radiation treatment after prostate removal. “What we found is that the addition of radiation therapy after prostatectomy does lead to a noticeable increase in GI [gastrointestinal] and GU [genitourinary] side effects. However, delaying radiation therapy offers no protective benefit and in fact may increase the risk of GI complications,” Showalter said. The research also found adjuvant therapy did not increase rates of erectile dysfunction.The takeaway for men receiving prostate cancer treatment, Showalter said, is that they should discuss the best strategy with their physicians based on their particular case. “If someone’s at generally low risk of prostate cancer reoccurrence and they have low-grade disease, it’s probably still reasonable to take a delayed salvage radiation therapy approach,” Showalter said. “Once there’s a real, compelling reason to deliver radiation, there doesn’t seem to be a benefit to delaying their radiation in terms of avoiding complications. And we know from other studies, the earlier radiation is delivered, the more effective it is for these patients. The more likely it is to cure them.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more