Superhero without a cape

first_imgFrom selling papads on the streets to giving free education to underprivileged students, the journey of well- known mathematician and founder of ‘Super 30 Programme’ Anand Kumar is an inspiration to many, so much so that his life has become a script for an upcoming movie, featuring Hrithik Roshan.”The career journey is not new to the world, but struggles of my personal life and the motivation to overcome them is still an unknown aspect to many,” said Anand Kumar. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIt was during his Graduation days that Anand received a letter from Cambridge University, United Kingdom. But unfortunately, things didn’t turn out the way they were supposed to. “I wanted to go to Cambridge, but due to my father’s demise and other financial constraints, I had to compromise with the situation.” There was a time when Anand’s mother used to make papads at home and the two children (Anand and his brother) would roam around the streets of Patna to sell them. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”My father always inspired me to give my best in everything that I do. He always taught that ‘if you cannot do best, at least try to do something that could bring a meaningful change’. And that’s what always kept me motivated in my life,” mentioned the renowned mathematician. The idea for Anand’s biopic was conceived 8.5 years back, and the proposal was initially put forward by scriptwriter Sanjeev Datta, revealed Kumar. “Sanjeev worked on the script for almost a year and Anurag Basu was to direct this movie. However, after a while, Basu’s enthusiasm fell short and the idea was dropped.” 2.5 years back, when Biopics started ruling the box office, Sanjeev once again approached Kumar and the project was finalised with Madhu Mantena as Producer and Vikas Bahl as Director. Anand was overwhelmed when he came to know about it, but the most crucial aspect – selection of the lead actor – was yet to be finalised. “The discussion took a whole lot of time and after a long search, we finally approach Hrithik Roshan. The decision, however, was doubted by many. ‘How an actor who is said to resemble a Greek God will play a Bihari on screen’ – they would question.” “The questions were valid, but after seeing the amount of effort he has put in to get under the skin of the character, I can say that nobody could have been a better fit for this role than Hritik,” he added. Recalling his first reactions on seeing Hrithik in the character, Anand said, “When I first saw Hrithik shooting for the film, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It felt like I am standing in front of a mirror and looking at my reflection.” Concluding the interview, Anand said, “This movie will inspire young minds and fill them with motivation. To be a hero, you don’t necessarily have to be powerful. Every person who is capable of making a change for the betterment of society is a ‘hero’ according to me.” Anand’s story of struggle stands as a motivation for all the youngsters who do not have resources, but an urge to fulfill their dreams.last_img read more

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Western Sahara UNSC Highlights Moroccos Achievements in Human Rights

United Nations – The United Nations Security Council adopted on Friday its annual resolution on the renewal of the United Nations Mission for the Organization of a Referendum in Western Sahara, known as MINURSO. In the resolution, which received the yes of 10 members, two against and three abstentions, the UN Security Council highlighted Morocco’s achievements in human rights, notably through the National Human Rights Council (French acronym CNDH) and its branches in Laayoune and Dakhla, as well as the interaction of the Kingdom with the special procedures of the UN Human Rights Council.In its Resolution No. 2285, adopted by the majority of UN Security Council members extending the MINURSO mandate for one year until 30 April 2017, the Security Council hails the latest measures and initiatives taken by Morocco, and the role of the branches of the National Human Rights Council in Laayoune and Dakhla. The fifteen members of the UN Security Council also highlights “Morocco’s interaction with the special procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Council”, stressing the need to “register” the populations in Tindouf camps, southwest Algeria. The UN executive body also called for making “efforts in this regard.”The UNSC recalls its endorsement of the recommendation in the report of 14 April 2008 that realism and a spirit of compromise by the parties are essential to achieve progress in negotiations.The Council also calls upon the parties to continue to show political will and work in an atmosphere propitious for dialogue in order to enter into a more intensive and substantive phase of negotiations. read more

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Senior UN relief official arrives in quakehit Iran to raise funds for

The top United Nations relief official arrived in Tehran today on his way to the earthquake-devastated Bam area of Iran, where he will join the country’s authorities tomorrow in launching a Flash Appeal for humanitarian assistance.Jan Egeland, who heads the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), carried a letter from UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to Iranian President Mohamed Khatami pledging long-term international support for Iran’s efforts to rebuild and rehabilitate Bam, according to a UN spokesman.Mr. Egeland will join with Iranian authorities and the Iranian Red Crescent Society on Thursday in asking for special funds to cover urgent needs over the next three months, including temporary shelter, food, water and sanitation, as well as health care and schooling. The appeal aims to smooth the transition from emergency relief to recovery initiatives.UN and other humanitarian officials are already in the area assessing needs, while teams from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are working out how to rehabilitate Bam’s historical heritage.The earthquake, registering 6.3 on the Richter scale, hit the area around Bam on 26 December. As of yesterday, OCHA, citing government estimates, said some 30,000 people were killed, another 30,000 injured, and 25,000 of the area’s 29,500 buildings were destroyed. Approximately 45,000 people have been rendered homeless, but that number is expected to rise to 75,000 when many affected people return from hospitals or from staying with relatives.To date, OCHA said, more than $80 million has been pledged for continuing relief efforts in Bam.Some 9,000 relief workers and volunteers of the Iranian Red Crescent Society, along with the Iranian military and international rescue and relief teams, participated in rescue and recovery operations, OCHA said. read more

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First UNorganized repatriation of southern Sudans refugees gets under way

“You could say it’s a drop in the ocean compared to the hundreds of thousands of refugees in neighbouring countries, not forgetting the millions of internally displaced persons in Khartoum and the South who would like to come home,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) director of Sudan operations Jean-Marie Fakhouri said, referring to the small number – just 131 – on this first repatriation. “But a drop in the ocean can be the start of a tsunami. Today the message will go out to everyone that maybe we should start thinking about going home now,” he added. In all some 550,000 people fled south Sudan where a peace accord between the Government and rebels last January ended the civil war, while a further 4 million were displaced internally. “This is a joyous day, the day we welcome refugees home from exile,” a representative of the new government of South Sudan, set up under the agreement, said at a ceremony on Saturday in Nadapal, just inside South Sudan on the Kenyan border, where local residents waved paper flags of what they call New Sudan to welcome their kinfolk home. He was speaking to 64 refugees who came by bus from Kakuma Refugee Camp in north-western Kenya, headed for villages near Kapoeta and Chukudum in Eastern Equatoria state. UNHCR flew another 67 refugees to Bor, in Jongley state, on two aircraft on Saturday. It was a long, tiring journey for all 131 refugees, most of whom were still on the move towards their final destinations as of this morning. The agency, along with other UN agencies and non-governmental organizations, has been working since the signing of the accord in January, to prepare communities in the south to receive the returnees from neighbouring countries as well as the internally displaced persons (IDPs) displaced within Sudan. UNHCR has built or rebuilt schools, hospitals, vocational training centres and water points to help entire communities, not just the returnees. “Now we feel ready to offer refugees who want to return the full range of services,” Mr. Fakhouri said. He pledged that UNHCR will expand the areas to which it is assisting returns. Next month, it plans to start bringing refugees home from the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mr. Fakhouri said some 18,000 Sudanese in Ethiopia had asked UNHCR to take them home, which it plans to do early in 2006. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) gave the weekend’s returnees two weeks’ supply of food, and is distributing another three-month supply inside South Sudan. Returnees will then be offered the chance to work on community projects to get another three-month supply of food from WFP. “This first group is a hope for the future for all Sudanese refugees and displaced,” WFP Country Director Tesema Negash said. But he added: “The problems caused by 21 years of civil war are not going to disappear overnight. Bringing all the Sudanese home will take a long time and needs the international community’s support to happen. The end is at last in sight, but we will all need to work to get there.” He noted that so far WFP’s operation for 220,000 refugees in Kenya had received no funds to allow it to continue beyond March 2006 and contributions in kind and cash are urgently needed. Despite the growing needs, the agency has a shortfall of $94 million, or over 30 per cent, for its 2005 emergency operation in the south, east and transitional areas of Sudan. read more

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Food insecurity threatens children in Yemen South Sudan Nigeria and Somalia –

The welcome announcement of an end to famine conditions in South Sudan earlier this week should not distract from the severe food insecurity that continues to put the lives of millions of children at risk in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, said UNICEF. “The crisis is far from over and we must continue to scale up our response and insist on unconditional humanitarian access, otherwise the progress made could be rapidly undone,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Director for Emergency Programmes, in a press statement. “There is no room for complacency,” he continued. “While famine has been reversed in South Sudan, the lives of millions of children are still hanging by a thread.”In north-east Nigeria, Boko Haram violence continues to contribute to large-scale population displacement, limit market activity and restrict normal livelihoods. Around 5.2 million people remain severely food insecure, with 450,000 children expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year. With deteriorating road conditions and flooding making populations harder to reach, the rainy season will further complicate the humanitarian response and raise the risk of water-borne diseases. The fragile Somali population, battered by conflict, is facing further exposure to prolonged drought. An estimated 275,000 children will suffer from severe acute malnutrition in 2017, making them nine times more likely to die of diseases such as cholera, acute watery diarrhoea and measles, which are spreading through the country.After a scaled-up humanitarian response, famine in South Sudan has eased, according to new analysis released this week. However, the situation remains dire across a country where some six million people struggle to find enough food each day – the highest level of food insecurity ever experienced there. This year, an estimated 276,000 South Sudanese children will be severely malnourished. In Yemen, an estimated 400,000 children are severely malnourished as an unprecedented cholera outbreak – with over 175,000 suspected cases and more than 1,000 deaths to date –has complicated the ongoing humanitarian response. Some of the children who have become ill or died from cholera were already suffering from malnutrition, which had weakened their immune systems.Moreover, Yemen’s healthcare system is on the brink of collapse, with hospitals and treatment centres struggling to cope amid dwindling medicines and medical supplies. As the conflict continues, famine is a possible worst-case scenario.Beyond these four countries, food, water and health crises are endangering hundreds of thousands of children across the Greater Horn of Africa, the Lake Chad Basin and the Sahel. This year, UNICEF is working with partners to provide therapeutic and life-saving food treatment to severely malnourished children in Nigeria (314,000), South Sudan (200,000), Somalia (200,000) and Yemen (320,000).UNICEF is also restoring and equipping health facilities, developing medical and nutritional supply pipelines and providing clean and safe water to vulnerable children and families. read more

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Alex Ivanov growing into leader for Ohio State mens soccer

Redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov prepares to take a free kick during a match against Wright State Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied, 0-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAfter starting seven games for the Ohio State men’s soccer team last season, a confident redshirt-junior Alex Ivanov is having a solid season as goalkeeper for the Buckeyes — but it could just be because of his good luck charm.As a child, playing in goal wasn’t always his preferred position, but his instincts led him to the position he would grow to love.“When I was in the seventh grade, they threw me in the goal because I was the only kid who wanted to dive for the ball and they kind of just kept me in there,” Ivanov said.Last season, Ivanov had the chance to play with current Columbus Crew and former Buckeye goalkeeper Matt Lampson. Lampson posted a 0.86 goals-against average during his career at OSU and produced the second most shutouts in OSU men’s soccer history.Buckeye assistant coach Taly Goode works primarily with goalkeepers and said Ivanov learned how to build good habits from Lampson, which has helped his progression this year.Goode also said more playing time this year has led to an improvement for Ivanov.“Last year, one of the big things that (Ivanov) needed was games,” Goode said. “I think with goalkeepers, that game experience, it helped him mature and helped him build confidence in himself and then the teammates build confidence in him.”Ivanov is also building a stronger relationship with his teammates, Goode said. The players voted Ivanov as the most improved in the fall.Senior defender Sage Gardner said knowing Ivanov is behind him is a “breath of fresh air” and said the goalkeeper’s leadership and confidence has helped the team.“It’s nice to know that you have someone back there who is always going to cover you,” Gardner said. “The leadership and organization back there from him has been good for the team.”Currently, Ivanov is leading the Big Ten Conference in total saves with 55, 19 more than second place Michigan redshirt-junior goalkeeper Adam Grinwis. He also has three shutouts for the team this year.Daily improvements from practice are a focus for the Buckeye goalkeeper.“I’m always looking for stuff that I do in games that I need to improve on and I try and get something out of practice every day,” he said. “I think that will spread to all of the defenders and we will all get better as a unit as the season progresses.”Ivanov attributes most of his success to the team’s defense but also to his grandfather’s necklace, which he wears every night before a game.“I have this little good-luck charm that I wear, it’s my grandpa’s necklace that I got,” he said. “It’s like this golden nugget and I have to wear it every night before I go to sleep before a game.”One of the biggest improvements in Ivanov’s game this year has been his confidence. Coach John Bluem said Ivanov believes in himself more than last year and that comes from support of those around him, but also that he has a greater belief in his own abilities.Bluem also said having a more than capable backup in junior Andrian McAdams has helped Ivanov this year.“Andrian trains really hard and really pushes himself in training and that makes (Ivanov) push himself as well,” he said. “(Ivanov) knows if he slips up and has a few bad games that we’re probably going to give McAdams a chance. That kind of pressure and that kind of somebody in training that works hard helps keep you ready.”Earlier this season, in a match against Wright State, Ivanov was shown a red card for an intentional handball outside of the box, forcing him to miss the following match versus Dayton and giving McAdams the start.Bluem said instead of getting down on himself, Ivanov helped the backup goalkeeper prepare for the game.“He handled it well. He was at training and working hard like always, but now his role on the team is a little different,” Bluem said, “but his role for himself never changes. He comes and he gives 100 percent of himself to the team and he encouraged Andrian and helped Andrian get prepared so we were able to handle the goalkeeping duties successfully.”This kind of effort and care for the team has led Bluem to look at Ivanov as a leader of the team.“He is a leader,” Bluem said. “This is his fourth year here now and the other day at Akron when they scored the early goal against us, he’s the guy who called the players in and calmed everybody down and got the guys moving forward again.”Ivanov and the Buckeyes have an overall record of 2-5-2, 0-1-0 in conference. The team is scheduled to host No. 18 Louisville Wednesday at 7 p.m., before rival Michigan comes to town Sunday. read more

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Poppi Worthingtons father will not be charged over her death CPS says

first_imgThere will be no charges over Poppi Worthington’s death 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. Mr Worthington was originally arrested on suspicion of sexual assault in August 2013 but no action was taken against him, and he has always denied any wrongdoing.The toddler’s mother was said to be “distressed and disappointed” by the decision not to prosecute.A CPS spokesman said on Monday: “Following a review of the original charging decision in this case, the CPS announced that there was not a realistic prospect of conviction in July 2016.”The CPS subsequently received an application under the victims’ right to review scheme in September 2016.”In accordance with the scheme, a CPS lawyer with no prior involvement in the case has completed a full review of the evidence and has concluded that the decision not to charge was correct.” Show more The father of Poppi Worthington will not be charged over the toddler’s death, the Crown Prosecution Service has said after reviewing the evidence.A judge in the family courts earlier this year ruled that Paul Worthington probably sexually assaulted his 13-month-old daughter before her sudden death. Mr Worthington denies any wrongdoing.The CPS said on Monday that a full review of the evidence found that “the decision not to charge was correct”.Poppi collapsed with serious injuries at her home in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, on December 12 2012 and was rushed to hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The case has been beset by a series of errors, failures by police and controversial decisions. Poppi Worthington  Poppi’s mother is understandably both distressed and disappointed by the CPS’s decision not to bring a prosecution regarding her deathFiona McGhie, lawyer representing Poppi’s mother Mr Justice Peter Jackson In July the CPS concluded that there was insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction, but in September the prosecuting agency said it would look again at the circumstances of her death, prompting the latest inquest to be called off.Fiona McGhie, a lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, representing Poppi’s mother, said on her behalf: “Poppi’s mother is understandably both distressed and disappointed by the CPS’s decision not to bring a prosecution regarding her death. The girl’s death was shrouded in secrecy, with a 2014 fact-finding civil court judgment by Mr Justice Peter Jackson being kept private so as not to prejudice any criminal proceedings.An inquest into her death lasted just seven minutes and called no evidence.Cumbria Police conducted no real investigation for nine months as senior detectives thought a pathologist who examined Poppi’s body “may have jumped to conclusions” that the girl had been abused, concluded Mr Justice Jackson.A list of basic errors in evidence-gathering by detectives was also highlighted, which Cumbria Police later apologised for. Chief Constable Jerry Graham said earlier this year that the initial investigation “fell well short of the standard that could and indeed should have been expected.”A fresh inquest into the death of Poppi – ordered by High Court judges after the first hearing in October 2014 was deemed “irregular” after it called no evidence – had been adjourned pending the latest review.  “She has always been anxious to know exactly what happened to Poppi on the day of her death as well as to secure justice for her little girl.”She hopes that an inquest, which was delayed while the CPS examined its decision, will shed some light on Poppi’s injuries and create a path to justice so her daughter can finally be at peace.” Mr Justice Peter Jackson made his ruling in the family court Credit:Gary Leelast_img read more

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Ulster Bank parent company forced small firms to default

first_imgROYAL BANK OF Scotland, the parent company of Ulster Bank, faces more damage to its reputation after the British government handed regulators a report claiming that the state-rescued lender forced small firms to default.Compiled over the past six months, it focuses on claims against the bank’s Global Restructuring Group (GRG), which deals with risky loans.The report alleges that the bank hit seemingly healthy businesses with unmanageable charges and rates before it seized their assets at a knock-down price.Reacting to the report’s findings, Royal Bank of Scotland insisted that “GRG successfully turns around most of the businesses it works with” but said that “not all businesses that encounter serious financial trouble can be saved”.It added in a statement: “We are already committed to an inquiry to investigate how customers are treated by RBS when facing financial difficulties and ensure that we provide them with appropriate support.”Business Secretary Vince Cable handed the report, written by Lawrence Tomlinson from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).The report’s author noted: “From the cases I have heard, it is clear that a perception has arisen that the intention is to purposefully distress businesses to put them in GRG and subsequently take their assets… at a discounted price.”“There are many devastating stories of how RBS has wrecked good businesses and the ruinous impact this has on the lives of the business owners,” it said.Cable called the allegations “very serious”.“I am however confident that the new management of RBS is aware of this history and is determined to turn RBS into a bank that will support the growth of small and medium sized businesses,” he added.RBS is 81 per cent owned by the British state following its near collapse during the 2008 financial crisis.It recently announced plans to create an internal ‘bad bank’ to run down €46 billion of high-risk assets as the government looks to return the rescued lender to the private sector.Ulster Bank reported over €1.2 billion in losses last year and has been beset by a series of problems in recent months including IT failures and under-collection errors.- additional reporting Hugh O’Connell- © AFP, 2013Read: Ulster Bank assets to be transferred to RBS ‘bad bank’Read: Ulster Bank says its customer deposits are up 12 per cent since IT meltdownlast_img read more

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Riverdale Might Be One of 2017s Best Surprises

first_imgStay on target When The CW first started talking about Riverdale, it was easy to be skeptical. A dark, modern adaptation of Archie comics? Really? Yes, the network has a fantastic track record with comic book shows, but Archie isn’t a superhero. He’s a normal teenage boy. Would Riverdale turn into just another teen soap opera? Well, thanks to a unique look, an intriguing mystery, and well-written characters, it became a lot more.Right away, Riverdale lets you know exactly what kind of show this is going to be. A noir-style narrator, who we learn to be Jughead, tells us that if you look closely at the idyllic small town, you’ll see the shadows. Here, Jughead sets up what will most likely be the main mystery of the first season. Cheryl Blossom’s brother Jason mysteriously died while the twins were on a boat in the river early Fourth of July morning. Cheryl says he fell into the water trying to rescue her glove and drowned. The police can’t find a body and accept her story.The Twin Peaks influence is heavy on this opening scene. The haunting music, the breathless way the Blossom twins speak to each other, the unsettling camera angles, all of it immediately makes Riverdale feel like Archie Meets David Lynch. The show jumps forward to the night before the first day of school, and it starts to feel more like a typical teenage soap. Archie has returned from a summer of working construction and is meeting up with Betty at Pop’s Chock’lit Shop. Betty’s friend Kevin is helping her pick an outfit and encouraging her to tell Archie she likes him. His arguments grow more emphatic when they spy a shirtless Archie through his bedroom window. He got buff over the summer.KJ Apa as Archie, Camila Mendes as Veronica and Lili Reinhart as Betty. (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)The would-be date doesn’t go exactly the way Betty plans, though. Just as she’s about to confess her feelings to Archie, a new girl walks in. It’s Veronica, who used to be a rich girl in New York, but her family recently lost everything, and she was forced to move back to her mom’s small hometown. Archie immediately tunes out Betty and starts drooling over Veronica. Yeah, he can be kind of an ass.Veronica’s character turned out to be one of the better surprises of the show. It would have been easy to cast her as the snobby rich girl. As the episode goes on, it becomes clear that that was who she used to be. Her recent experiences have humbled her, and she is a genuinely nice person. Instead of a bitter rival, she instantly becomes one of Betty’s best friends and strongest supporters. She encourages Betty to go after Archie despite her own feelings for him. She forces Cheryl Blossom, who actually is Riverdale’s resident stuck up rich girl, to accept Betty onto the cheerleading team. It was an unexpected and refreshing take on the character.Archie himself turns out to have a pretty conflicted life. His dad wants him to work construction and eventually take over his business. His coach wants him to play varsity football. He just wants to make music. While working construction, he wrote lyrics in his head and recorded some songs despite having no musical training. Everyone he plays them for agrees that he’s some kind of musical genius, but could really use some training. He asks Josie and the Pussycats, but they’re too busy developing their brand. We do get to hear one of their songs briefly, and I can’t wait to hear more. Their story will likely be one of the most fun to follow. (And who knows? Maybe they’ll get a spin-off show. The Archie-verse starts here.) At any rate, their song is better than what Archie has been playing for people.Ashleigh Murray as Josie (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)As Archie approaches Miss Grundy, the music teacher for lessons, we learn that they have an awkward (and illegal) past. During the summer, she saw Archie walking down the street while driving and couldn’t stop staring at his abs. She offered him a ride home and, well, you can guess where this is going. Now, she wants no contact with Archie, but she’s the only one who can teach him music. Then we learn he wants to talk about something else. They were together near the river on the morning of July Fourth, when Jason Blossom supposedly drowned. They heard a gunshot. But, fearing having to explain why they were together so early in the morning, they had to keep it a secret. After promising that music is all he’s interested in, Miss Grundy agrees to tutor Archie.The rest of the episode carries on in typical teen soap fashion. There’s a dance followed by an afterparty where Archie and Veronica are made to spend seven minutes in a closet, much to Betty’s dismay. Archie runs to her house and tells her that she’s “perfect,” but he doesn’t have romantic feelings for her. She storms into her house, and Archie runs to Pop’s where he runs into Jughead. They used to be friends, but aren’t any more for some reason. That’s all we get because the teen soap is interrupted by the mystery portion of the show. Jason Blossom’s body has turned up in the river. He has a gunshot wound in his head.Cole Sprouse as Jughead (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)Riverdale is absolutely a teen soap opera, but it’s one of the most enjoyable ones I’ve ever seen. The characters are interesting and complex to the point where I want to see where the season takes them. The Betty/Veronica friendship is one of the show’s best elements. Lili Reinhart (Betty) and Camila Mendes (Veronica) have a natural chemistry together, which makes you root for them more than anyone else. Like in the comics, Archie is the least interesting character in his own show, which is why I hope we see more of the ensemble as the season goes on. The mystery is intriguing, but Riverdale has enough unrelated secrets to keep things interesting even while we try to figure out whodunit. If this show takes off, I’m on board for an expanded Archie-verse. While crossing it over with Greg Berlanti’s other CW shows might be too much, here’s hoping they can make a deal with Marvel and get us a live action Archie Meets The Punisher.I love the art direction and cinematography of Riverdale. The lighting is sparse, which makes the bright colors, like the Pop’s neon sign or Archie’s hair, stand out. It has the effect of making every frame look like a comic panel. Hell, the show looks more like a comic book than any of The CW’s superhero fare. The framing, editing and subtle music helps give the show a Lynchian feel. Yes, this show is borrowing heavily from Twin Peaks, but by combining that with a compelling teen soap story and its own weirdness, Riverdale turns into something all its own. 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San Diego proposing ordinance to regulate Segway tour companies

first_img October 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego plans to crack down on local Segway tour operators following a $1.7 million injury settlement in June and another lawsuit filed last spring claiming a protruding sidewalk caused the death of a Segway rider two years ago, it was reported Wednesday.An ordinance proposed by city officials would require Segway tour companies to apply for special permits, follow safety procedures and obtain commercial liability insurance of at least $2 million per case and $4 million per year, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.The ordinance discussed aims to shrink the number of injury crashes and limit the city’s vulnerability to large payouts when injuries occur.In the case that led to the $1.7 million settlement, the tour company that rented out the Segway didn’t contribute to the payout because it didn’t have liability insurance and the company’s owner had limited assets, according to the Union-Tribune.Segways, which were invented in 2002, are two-wheeled motorized vehicles that carry one person standing upright. Segway is the name of the leading company in the industry.In order to make sure the city’s new law would also apply to competitors, it refers to the vehicles as “electronic assistive personal mobility devices,” the Union-Tribune reported.The new law would not apply to the electric scooters that have become increasingly popular in San Diego this year, according to the Union-Tribune. City officials are exploring separate legislation for those devices.The ordinance would require Segway tour companies to obtain a special permit requiring them to have adequate insurance and follow new safety procedures.Those safety procedures would include prohibiting Segway use by intoxicated people, requiring users under 18 to be accompanied by an adult, requiring tour guides to have a driver’s license and conducting on-site training for all riders before tours, the Union-Tribune reported. Companies would have to pay a $48 annual fee for a permit.The new legislation was prompted by a $1.7 million payout by the city to a woman who suffered a shattered pelvis in a Segway crash on a La Jolla street three years ago.The settlement includes $1.5 million for Regina Capobianco, who was injured when she drove a Segway over a large area of damaged street on Camino de la Costa at Winamar Avenue in July 2015, and $200,000 for her husband, Christopher Capobianco, because her injuries damaged their marriage, according to the Union-Tribune.A few months before the city settled that case in June, the family of Jeff Hassett filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city blaming a protruding section of sidewalk in Old Town for his eventual death.The suit, filed by Hassett’s four siblings, claims Hassett struck a 3- inch to 4-inch concrete stub in the sidewalk, created by a light pole removal on Taylor Street near Congress Street, while riding a Segway in March 2016, the Union-Tribune reported. Hassett suffered broken ribs, a toe injury that required amputation and damage to an internal heart defibrillator.The heart issue and an infection eventually caused his death in May 2016, according to the Union-Tribune. The budget committee will continue to research the issue and will resume discussion at their next meeting scheduled for November 14, 2018. Updated: 11:55 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom San Diego proposing ordinance to regulate Segway tour companies Posted: October 17, 2018last_img read more

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Jayne Seahawks Sherman is reminder that people are complex

first_imgRichard Sherman was running around like an over-caffeinated ferret, giving high-fives, soaking in the cheers, reveling in his status as one of the best players in the National Football League.Last Sunday? The moments after the Seattle Seahawks clinched a trip to the Super Bowl? Nah, this was last summer, and it happened during a Seahawks Fan Fest at Big Al’s in Vancouver. Sherman was introduced to the crowd, and he proceeded to race around the large banquet room, slapping hands with seemingly everybody in the place.I thought about that last week. I thought about that when Sherman instantaneously became one of the most famous, most discussed, most vilified athletes in the country. You know the story by now — Sherman made a key play that clinched the Seahawks’ victory over the San Francisco 49ers, and then he transformed into a pro wrestling heel. “I was making sure everybody knew (Michael) Crabtree was a mediocre receiver,” he said with an angry tone and a glowering expression. “And when you try the best corner in the game with a mediocre receiver, that’s what happens.”Some people had a problem with this, and many of them used the magic of Twitter to spew blatantly racist tripe or question Sherman’s lineage. But I thought back to that afternoon in Vancouver, because the moment Sherman started running around Big Al’s, I learned something about him.You see, not long before that, I had spent an hour or two with Sherman at the Camas home of Staff Sgt. John Kaiser and his family. The Seahawks, during their preseason promotional caravan around the state, had made it a point to visit wounded warriors in each city. That is how Sherman, fellow cornerback Brandon Browner, two members of the Sea Gals dance team, mascot Blitz, and a couple of guys from the public-relations staff ended up in Camas, with me tagging along.last_img read more

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25 believe employee benefits and perks would positively impact productivity

first_imgA quarter (25%) of respondents believe that helpful employee benefits and perks would have the biggest positive impact on their productivity at work, according to research by Canada Life Group Insurance.Its survey of 1,000 employees also found that 39% of respondents feel a higher salary would positively impact their productivity at work, while 34% cite recognition and appreciation for good work as the factors most likely to impact productivity positively.The research also found:71% of respondents do not know and understand the values that form their organisation’s culture70% of respondents do not feel as if they are part of a team at work or that their role in this team is valued.16% of respondents state training would positively impact their productivity at work, compared to a further 16% who cite targets to work towards for promotion.22% of respondents feel they are involved in decision making and have a voice in the workplace, compared to 19% who think their line manager motivates, empowers and supports them.45% of respondents believe their employer does not know how to improve productivity and 76% feel their productivity is being negatively impacted at work.22% of respondents blame workplace culture, such as poor management and a lack of recognition, for negatively impacting their productivity at work, compared to 29% who feel that a negative working environment has an adverse effect on their productivity.Paul Avis (pictured), marketing director at Canada Life Group, said: “[While] it is encouraging to see that employees feel they are being productive at work, the clear disconnect between business leaders and [employees] is alarming. It is evident that many UK businesses need to do more to support and appreciate their staff, whether through simple remedies such as better communication of their organisation’s values, or [organisation-wide] initiatives like redefining employee management and engagement practices.“There are many ways employers can show they value their staff, including offering products through corporate benefits packages. Our survey shows one in four [employees] believe helpful employee benefits have the most positive impact on productivity, and protection products such as group income protection serve a dual purpose of giving employees financial peace of mind but also helping those who do develop a long-term illness or injury back into the workplace once they have recovered. Whatever changes businesses make to increase productivity in the workplace, it is important that staff wellbeing is at the heart of it.”last_img read more

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UBM TechWeb Buys Online Marketing Summit

first_imgWhile the 2011 OMS event generated about $1.1 million in revenues, the value of its gross assets at time of acquisition were about $200,000. UBM says it expects to exceed the cost of capital of the deal in its first full year of ownership.On the surface, the summit is a good fit with TechWeb, given the group’s push into marketing-as-a-service. TechWeb’s audience consists mostly of CIOs and IT executives and managers. InformationWeek and Interop are two core brands, but the group also produces the Black Hat event, among many others, and information and event brands in the telecommunication and gaming markets.But TechWeb’s marketing services group could leverage OMS as a brand for its digital marketing clients who use TechWeb as a provider of integrated marketing services to reach its audience. According to TechWeb CEO Tony Uphoff, OMS could provide some integration opportunities with the group’s other events, especially overseas. “Our mission at UBM TechWeb is about all things technology,” says Uphoff. “We see marketing as the next big tech frontier. The acquisition of Online Marketing Summit is the perfect addition to other successful UBM properties, and we’re hoping to integrate with these brands like Technology for Marketing and Advertising (TFM&A) in India, China and the UK, Internet World in the UK, and E-Commerce Expo in the UK. Finally, Online Marketing Summit perfectly complements our Marketing-as-a-Service business. Online Marketing Summit’s deep education, world class library of online tutorial, and a first time show floor delivers on all principles of Marketing-as-a-Service, fusing quality content, engaged audiences, user experience, and business analytics with the latest digital technologies to cost-effectively deliver sustainable marketing programs.” UBM TechWeb has acquired the Online Marketing Summit. The event, with its next edition taking place early February in San Diego, attracts approximately 1,500 attendees and generates about $1.1 million in revenues.The Online Marketing Summit grew out of the Online Marketing Institute, an organization providing training and certification programs for the various permutations of online marketing-email, social media, SEO, demand generation, and so on. The summit, the OMI’s main event, launched in 2007.OMS co-founder Aaron Kahlow will continue on as conference director and the Online Marketing Institute will remain an independent organization.”With UBM TechWeb, the Online Marketing Summit will grow to serve our audiences with an even more world class content, deep educatioal workshops and a first ever Expo showcasing the hottest new tools and solutions,” Kahlow says in a prepared statement. last_img read more

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E3 2019 EA learned a lot from Anthem but doesnt apologize

first_img 3 E3 2019 reading • E3 2019: EA ‘learned a lot’ from Anthem but doesn’t apologize See All E3 2019 17 Photos Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw Share your voice Anthem started out strong but fizzled.  EA At the EA Play publisher’s press event for the E3 2019 gaming confab, Anthem developer Bioware said it’s trying to learn what players want and improve the game’s next update. Lead producer Ben Irving said Anthem’s future is “very bright.”  “We believe Anthem can be a very amazing game. We know we have some work today,” Irving said Saturday, though Anthem, published by EA, was originally missing from the E3 schedule. EA introduced new maps for Battlefield V, a new character for Apex Legends, a 15-minute gameplay demo reveal of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, FIFA 20’s Volta Mode and more.  Anthem, an online role-playing game for multiple participants, was announced at E3 2017 and launched by EA in February. Gamers play as Freelancers, who wear Iron Man-style exosuits and protect an unnamed planet. The Anthem of Creation is a mysterious force that creates powerful technology, wonders and threats. In the game’s main narrative, Freelancers must stop the evil Monitor from taking over Anthem. After the game’s release, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said the company expected Anthem to sell 5 million to 6 million units by the end of March. That time frame gave Anthem only about a month and a half to achieve the numbers. The game beat out new releases like Jump Force, Far Cry New Dawn and Metro Exodus and became BioWare’s best selling title of the month for its first month. Tags Comments E3 2019: The most anticipated games of gaming’s most anticipated show Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know But Anthem received lukewarm reviews from critics and users on PS4, Xbox and PC. Amid the incoming reviews, the developers were combating bugs in the game. In early March, Anthem got a massive update that fixed problems with the loot quality, gameplay, bugs and more. The game’s developers were fixing bugs and crashes almost immediately after the February launch, though. When bugs weren’t crashing the game, they were making starter weapons ridiculously powerful. In April, Sony started issuing refunds to Anthem PS4 players who reported a bug that caused the console to improperly shut down. The game failed to meet EA’s expectations by May, even though the company said more money would come from microtransactions. EA didn’t say how many units Anthem had sold at the time, but the company said it remains “committed” to supporting the game’s ongoing live service.  The E3 video game conference in Los Angeles is expected to yield announcements from Electronic Arts, Xbox, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Square Enix and Nintendo. You can stream the conference online from a variety of platforms if you don’t plan on attending.  The big press conferencesMany of the biggest announcements happen before the show even opens, during a weekend of press conferences from the industry’s biggest names. All except Sony, which this year said it won’t be holding a press conference during the show, nor will it have a booth.The rest, however, will still be planning big announcements just before the show. Saturday, June 8Electronic Arts — The game maker showed off 15 minutes of gameplay for its upcoming adventure game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It also announced new features for its free-to-download Apex Legends last-man-standing battle royale game, offering a new character and weapon to play with. The company also showed off a new paid update for The Sims 4, called Island Living, that brings the series to a tropical beach. Finally, the company did discuss drama over the mixed reviews for its Anthem action adventure game, saying it “learned a lot” and had more updates and features planned soon.Sunday, June 9Microsoft / Xbox — The gaming giant’s biggest news was Project Scarlett, its next-generation Xbox, coming in 2020. The new device is up to 4x more powerful, the company said, and like the next-gen PlayStation it’ll include a fast non-mechanical SSD hard drive, and it’ll be powered by custom innards built with the help of chipmaker AMD.  The company also announced that Halo Infinite will launch alongside Project Scarlett next year. Meantime, Microsoft is starting public tests of its Project xCloud streaming service in October, promising people the ability to play high end games on their mobile devices while away from home. While fans wait, Microsoft announced an update to its Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 as well as a slew of new games. And action star Keanu Reeves, fresh off the success of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, was on stage to announce his involvement with Cyberpunk 2077, which is coming next year.Bethesda — Bethesda kicked off its event with humility over the mixed response to Fallout 76, but quickly went back on the offensive. Fallout 76 got a new Battle Royale mode, Wolfenstein Youngblood received a new trailer and a co-op mode. We got a new game called Deathloop from the clever folks behind Dishonored and Bethesda introduced us to Orion, a piece of tech from ID Software designed to make game streaming better on services like Google Stadia. The lion’s share of attention, however, went to Doom Eternal, which looked fantastic in both single player and multiplayer.Monday, June 10PC Gaming Show — This annual PC Gaming Show is held at a theater a short walk from the Los Angeles Convention Center, but still draws a large crowd, filling the 1,700-person capacity Mayan Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Inside, the usual suspects, from Halo to Doom, were nowhere to be found. Instead, the crowd cheered for PC-centric games including Zombie Army 4, Baldur’s Gate 3 and Terraria: Journey’s End. (No, the game sequel problem isn’t any better on PCs.) The highlight was a brief on-stage appearance by legendary game designer Yu Suzuki, responsible for classic such as Hang-On and Virtua Fighter. His long-awaited Shenmue 3 is expected in November, 18 years after Shenmue 2. Ubisoft — The French gaming giant announced its next big dystopian hacking adventure game, Watch Dogs: Legion, launching March 2020. The new game is set in near-future post-Brexit London, where the economy is failing and government is breaking down. The company also announced a new television show, called Mythic Quest, that will launch on Apple TV Plus. And it celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Just Dance party games. Square Enix — 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET)Tuesday, June 11Nintendo (livestream only) — 9 a.m. PT (noon ET)Originally published June 8, 11:36 a.m. PT. Update, 12:31 p.m.: Adds background on Anthem; Update, 2 p.m.: Adds more details about upcoming press conferences. How to preorder all the new games Watch every E3 video game trailer Nintendo recap: New Zelda sequel, Banjo-Kazooie, Luigi’s Mansion and more E3 2019: Complete coverage on GameSpot E3 2019: Complete coverage on CNET More from E3 • Culture Gaming Video Games Electronic Arts (EA) Sony Nintendolast_img read more

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PM reaches London

first_imgBangladesh high commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem receives prime minister Sheikh Hasina at the the Heathrow International Airport in London on Wednesday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina reached the British capital London tonight on an official visit to the United Kingdom (UK).A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage members landed at the Heathrow International Airport in London at 3:45pm local time.Bangladesh high commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem received the prime minister at the airport.The premier left Dhaka for London at 9.15am local time.PM’s private industry and investment advisor Salman F Rahman is accompanying the prime minister during her visit to the UK.Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen reached in London yesterday.last_img read more

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University chaplain fired after holding service to atone Pride Glasgow offense

first_imgCatholic LGBTI group officially excluded from World Meeting of FamiliesActivists warn authorities about this Nigerian homophobic preacher visiting CanadaThis Cardiff Pride’s future is in jeopardy – and it all comes down to parking spotsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/university-chaplain-fired-after-holding-service-to-atone-pride-glasgow-offense/ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Father Mark Morris will not return to the university in September. The decision came after he led a prayer service at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Balornock ahead of Pride Glasgow, which took place on 14 July. The mass sought ‘reparation for the gross offense to God which is Pride Glasgow’.More than 12,000 people attended Pride Glasgow. | Photo: David HudsonNot a welcoming message to studentsThe university’s LGBTI student group commented on the incident on their Facebook page.‘This year, we put a lot of focus into trying to work alongside the faith and belief centre, and religious societies, to make sure that GCU truly is a place that religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation can all be celebrated as equal and that no student, staff member or alumni face discrimination for their life choices,’ the post reads.‘However, to see the university’s Catholic chaplain Mark Morris linked to a rosary of reparation for Pride, and to call it a gross offense to God, does not give a welcoming message to students at GCU. It’s a knock-back that we are angered and extremely disappointed to see.’ Furthermore, GCU LGBT+ Liberation Group urged the university to take action against all sorts of discrimination.They also wrote: ‘[…] actions speak louder than words, and the university, along with its services must actually act in a way that complies with its policies, and not just say it does.’GCU is inclusive and supports equalityGCU’s principal Pamela Gillies explained that Father Morris’s behavior was not in line with the views of the educational institution.‘The university is strongly inclusive and committed to supporting equality and diversity on campus,’ she also told BBC.The educational institution’s LGBTI student group welcomed the decision as ‘great news’. Nonetheless, they showed their support to the Catholic community at GCU.‘We wish to extend our hand to the Catholic community at the uni, to work together and make sure we can co-exist in a way that we are all accepted, and our views respected on an equal basis,’ they wrote. Father Mark Morris was GCU’s Catholic chaplain. | Photo: GCU Catholic Community/Facebook Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. | Photo: David HudsonThe archdiocese’s reactionOn the other hand, the Archdiocese of Glasgow acknowledged the removal in a statement.It added that it would address the ‘provision of chaplaincy support in due course’.‘The university will work with the Archdiocese of Glasgow to ensure the continued provision of chaplaincy support for staff and students at our faith and belief center when the new term starts,’ also said GCU’s principal.Nicola Sturgeon at Pride Glasgow 2018. | Photo: David HudsonPride Glasgow was a successThe parade celebrating the LGBTI community took place on 14 July in Scotland’s largest city. First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon led the march. Despite US President Donald Trump was visiting Scotland at the time, there wasn’t a meeting scheduled with Sturgeon, appointed Pride’s Grand Marshal.The leader of the Scottish National Party also addressed the crowds gathered in Kelvingrove Park.‘I choose to be here no matter what or who is here this weekend,’ she said.She furthermore added: ‘I’m wearing this #ChooseLove t-shirt because it’s raising money for refugees. The UK should be open to LGBTI asylum seekers.’Read more about Prides:Nicola Sturgeon leads Pride Glasgow as Trump hits Scotland: ‘I choose to be here’ This far-right, Catholic group prayed the gay away during Pompeii Pride Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) removed a Catholic priest serving as the institution’s chaplain after he held a service to atone Pride. 26+ images from glorious Pride Glasgow in Scotland GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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Heres Why Galaxy Note 10 Turned Its Back on the Gear VR

first_imgThe Google Pixel 4’s Secret Weapon Just LeakedThe Google Pixel 4’s Secret Weapon Just LeakedMore VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpGalaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus Hands-on: What’s New, What’s Different05:28OffAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0001:1501:15 That said, SamMobile said that existing Samsung devices, like the Galaxy S10 Samsung released earlier this year, will continue to work with the Gear VR. So, it would appear that the Galaxy Note 10 will be the first device of many to not work with Gear VR.As Oculus pushes into more dedicated VR headsets, such as the Oculus Quest and Oculus Go, it may see less of a need to partner with Samsung on phone-powered headsets.The news comes as Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell announced plans to leave the company this week. Mitchell had been with Oculus for seven years and has been working for Facebook leading the Oculus team since Facebook’s acquisition.Fellow co-founders Palmer Luckey and Jack McCauley previously left the company.Looking ahead, it’s unclear what the fate might be for Samsung’s virtual reality ambitions. Gear VR wasn’t wildly popular, but it was an attempt by the Korean tech giant to capitalize on a trend. Its chief competitor, Apple, is working on augmented reality, and that could ultimately be Samsung’s focus in the coming years. The SamMobile source didn’t say whether Samsung and Oculus could revive their partnership at some point in the future.Galaxy Note 10 vs Galaxy Note 10 Plus: What Should You Buy?10 Best Phones Right NowWhy You Should Skip Galaxy Note 10 for Galaxy S11 Oculus Quest Review: The Ultimate VR Headset Is Here The Oculus Quest offers high-resolution VR graphics, the ability to cast to devices and over 50 games in a wireless setup.Visit Site Samsung made the surprising announcement earlier this month that its new Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus will not work with its Gear VR headset. But the company never said why. Now, we might have an explanation.In conversations with a source familiar with the matter, Samsung-tracking site SamMobile said that the company was forced to remove Gear VR compatibility in the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus after Samsung and Oculus disbanded their Gear VR partnership.In order to bring Gear VR to consumers years ago, Samsung inked a deal with Facebook-owned Oculus. In that partnership, Samsung provided the hardware design and manufacturing and Oculus delivered the software. Now that the software component isn’t in place because the companies are no longer working together, Galaxy Note 10s won’t work with Gear VR.Best VR Headsets You Can Buy NowRECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch.last_img read more

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Smart Home Projectors Now Available At A Discount Features Exquizon S1 Alfawise

first_img Share Tweet Submit The perfect home theatre does not require a hefty investment if you’re smart on the product search. Whether it’s media consumption or your office keynotes, there are some pretty good options available in the smart home projectors category. That’s right, we have compiled a list of high-end smart home projectors which you can avail at a massive discount for a limited time. Our list includes the Exquizon S1, Alfawise A12 and many more. Let’s check the products out in a bit more detail.Get The Best Discount On Smart Home Projectors: Includes Exquizon S1, Alfawise A12 And Many MoreBefore you indulge your interest in the products, we would like to point your attention towards the limited availability of the smart home projectors. As mentioned, the products are only available for a limited time on discount. Henceforth, it would be wise for you to make a decision and place an order as soon as you can. if you fail to do so, the discount would revert back to its original model. Now, let’s get down to the list.ViviBright C80 Home Theatre ProjectorMain Features●1500 lumen bright for clearly display in daytime●15 degrees horizontal and vertical keystone correction for breaking limit of placement● Cinema-style stereo mixing sound, independent speaker cavity● Support front shot and back shot● Unique industrial design for digital projector● Unique industrial design for game projector similar to XBoxThere are some pretty cool features available with this one. It’s bright, it’s crispy and it gets the job done perfectly. Moreover, since it is available at a discount, there’s no reason not to get it. The ViviBright C80 Home Theatre Projector is available at a good 10 percent discount, making the price come down to just $84.99. Use the code: NZFUISV1IC to avail the discount.Head over to this link to get the ViviBright C80 ProjectorAlfawise A11 Mini ProjectorMain Features● Multi interfaces for multiple devices connection● 2000 lumens brightness and 2000:1 contrast ratio for clear images● LED lamp serves up to 20 thousand hours and will not damage your eyes● Heat dissipation fan to reduce noise ( 22 – 28DB ) and extend lifespan● Remote control is powered by two AAA batteries ( not included )If you’re a fan of design and compactness, this is the one to get. It’s also quite bright and color accurate. If you’re up for it, the Alfawise A11 Mini Projector is available at a 21 percent discount, which makes the price come down to just $69.99. Use the code: GBEXBSP244 to avail the offer.Head over to this link to get the Alfawise A11 Mini ProjectorAlfawise A12 Lumens Smart ProjectorMain Features:●Shock red and blue 3D effect●1080P high resolution●Built-in HiFi speakers●Manual keystone correction●20000 hours lamp life● Maximum screen size up to 130 inch● Two infrared receivers for better and faster signal receiving● With U45 lens protective circle, the lens won’t be scratched easilyThe Alfawise A12 is one of the best smart home projectors on our list, delivering the best outcome for its price. If you’re interested in getting it, the Alfawise AA12 is available at a massive 12 percent discount, making the price come down to just $94.99. Use the code: GBEXBSP246 to avail the discount.Head over to this link to get the Alfawise A12 Lumens Smart ProjectorExquizon S1 Multimedia ProjectorMain Features:● Screen mirroring via USB cable supported by using Airplay / Miracast App to enjoy movies, sports and games● Advanced DLP projection technology for no worry of projection height● Small and lightweight, only 145 x 82 x 24mm, 271g, as small as iPhone 7● Built-in 5200mAh high-capacity battery for 2 – 3 hours long entertainment● Multiple interfaces, including HDMI, USB port, TF card slot, 3.5mm audio out, etc. for nearly all digital devicesSlim and smart, the Exquizon S1 features the best design on our list for today. Moreover, it’s lightweight and compact enough to travel. If you’re up for it, the Exquizon S1 is available at an insane discount of 10 percent which brings the price down to just $154.99. Use the code: 8AN5FAF84E to avail the offer.Head over to this link to get the Exquizon S1 Multimedia ProjectorAlfawise A12 2000 Android Smart ProjectorMain Features:●Shock red and blue 3D effect●1080P high resolution●Built-in HiFi speakers●Manual keystone correction●20000 hours lamp life● Maximum screen size up to 130 inch● Two infrared receivers for better and faster signal receiving● With U45 lens protective circle, the lens won’t be scratched easilyThe Alfawise A12 is the smartest on our list running Android 6.0. It also features several effects for your viewing pleasure. If you’re enticed to own it, the Alfawise A12 is available at a stunning 19 percent discount, making the price come down to just $125.99. Use the code: 6RAPS9GLUS to avail the discount.Head over to this link to get the Alfawise A12 2000 Android Smart ProjectorThis is all for our list of discount on smart projectors for your home. If you’re interested in getting one for yourself, be sure to place the order on time. If you fail to do so, the prices will revert back to their original prices. So hurry up and act fast.This is all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the discount on smart home projectors? Would you be willing to get one for yourself? Let us know in the comments section below.last_img read more

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Konica Minolta Dynamic Digital Radiography Receives FDA Clearance

first_img 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 Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | April 23, 2019 Konica Minolta Dynamic Digital Radiography Receives FDA Clearance Enhanced X-ray technology captures movement to observe dynamic interaction of anatomical structures with physiological changes over time Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more With DDR, orthopedists and MSK specialists can acquire a full view of the MSK system in the supine and prone positions to view changes in the bone and articulations throughout the full range of motion. Image courtesy of Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas.April 23, 2019 — Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. announced that its Dynamic Digital Radiography (DDR) technology, introduced at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The company says DDR represents the next evolution in X-ray imaging with the ability to capture movement in a single exam and is a fundamental change in the way clinicians can utilize radiography.DDR produces medical images that depict movement and can be fully annotated, including diagrams, to help radiologists provide a more detailed clinical finding. DDR, an enhanced X-ray technology, enables clinicians to observe the dynamic interaction of anatomical structures, such as tissue and bone, with physiological changes over time. By bringing advanced cineradiography capabilities to X-ray, a primary diagnostic tool that is widely available worldwide, DDR can help address global healthcare issues such as access, cost and quality of care. By providing quantifiable clinical information, DDR may increase the quality and specificity of diagnosis, helping clinicians rapidly answer clinical questions resulting in higher individualized care and reduced need for additional tests.Two clinical areas where DDR can have an impact are in musculoskeletal (MSK) and thoracic imaging. DDR supports the diagnosis of MSK conditions by providing views of full patterns of articulatory mobility. Today, orthopedists rely on external motion and static X-ray to assess joint stability and spinal movement. With DDR, orthopedists and MSK specialists can acquire a full view of the MSK system in the supine and prone positions to view changes in the bone and articulations throughout the full range of motion. This information can be used to assess and monitor the spine and joints, such as the shoulder, knees, wrists and ankles. This enables the orthopedist or MSK specialist to provide a more detailed diagnosis quicker, reduce the need for additional imaging tests and enhance the quality of care.In thoracic and pulmonary imaging, DDR provides a full view of chest, lung and organ movement during the respiratory cycle. DDR also helps quantify movement, enabling the radiologist and pulmonologist to provide an enhanced assessment of pulmonary function to help determine the cause for dyspnea (shortness of breath). The potential causes for dyspnea are extensive and there are numerous tests used in diagnosis. In one imaging exam, DDR helps clinicians assess lung function, track lung movement to detect asymmetry (latent, paradoxical, limited or no movement), and differentiate asthma, obstruction, restriction or mixed conditions.DDR may overcome the limitations of pulmonary function tests, spirometers and static X-ray images that cannot identify differences between the left and right lung. With DDR’s advanced image processing and enhancement, physicians may track lesions that move throughout the respiratory cycle and identify blood vessel patterns and parenchymal abnormalities or pulmonary embolisms in many cases without a contrast agent. A bone suppression algorithm may help physicians differentiate calcifications from bone structures. Additional measurement tools can help identify and quantify differences in lung movement, which can be used to estimate lung volume; an edge tracking tool provides a graphical representation of lung movement throughout the respiratory cycle.Konica Minolta is completing studies with clinical partners and will commercially release the technology later in 2019. The company will showcase orthopedic applications for DDR at the American Association of Orthopedic Executives (AAOE) 2019 Annual Meeting, May 5-8 in Nashville, Tenn., and demonstrate thoracic and pulmonary applications for DDR at the American Thoracic Society International Conference, May 17-22 in Dallas.For more information: www.konicaminolta.com/medicalusa FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more Video Player is loading.Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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