“machines and robots”Amaravati, Nov 29 (PTI) In view of a high number of student suicides in the state, the Andhra Pradesh government today warned educational institutions against putting undue pressure on them and “playing with their lives”.Speaking in the Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said students are “being turned into machines and robots”.The House had a short discussion on the issue today.”There are various reasons that are driving students to suicide, the prime cause being mounting stress and pressure. Even parents are exerting pressure on kids for high score. Performance grading of students in colleges, health (problems), family problems, love failure, depression…are some of the reasons,” the chief minister said.”Some students are ending their lives (because they are) not willing to stay in hostels. Some are unable to cope with the high standards set by their institutes,” Naidu added.There is no “physical literacy” among students as they are forced to do nothing else but study from 5 am to 10.30 pm, the CM said.”Even on Sundays and holidays students are forced to appear for tests. No sports or games, no extra-curricular activity, no television or newspapers and no social responsibility. Students are being turned into machines and robots. This is very disturbing,” Naidu said.Edcuational institutes have no grievance redressal mechanism and hapless students cant open up about their woes even to the parents, the CM said.”Educational institutes should adopt new techniques and not resort to long hours of teaching. They should infuse new skills in students and enhance their creativity. For this, creative teachers are required,” said Naidu.advertisementEducation should be fun and students should enjoy it, he said, adding, “Its not right to turn students into machines and robots. We will severely punish such managements.”His government was incorporating social responsibility in education and involving students in activities such as traffic management, campaign against open defecation and other social programs, Naidu said.Human Resources Development Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao said that 37 students of intermediate (std XI,XII) classes committed suicide in Andhra Pradesh between 2012 and 2017, including 29 from three major corporate (private) colleges.The state government had set up two committees to study the reasons for student suicides, he said.”We have initiated a series of steps to ensure compliance of all norms by the managements of educational institutions. We have imposed heavy penalties ranging from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 50 lakh on some managements and de-recognised 237 colleges this year. We also issued notices to 194 colleges for running hostels illegally,” Rao said.A toll-free number is receiving on average 41 complaints every day against college managements for conducting extra classes and operating on holidays, he said.”We are sending inspection teams to colleges to ensure that they strictly comply with norms. We are taking serious measuress to relieve the students of stress,” the minister added. PTI DBV KRK SDM
India’s first gold medal on Day 11 of the Asian Games 2018 was clinched by Arpinder Singh as he won the men’s triple jump final on Wednesday.Arpinder managed a best jump of 16.77 metres out of six attempts, which was way better than the rest of the athletes.Arpinder’s compatriot Rakesh Babu Arayan Veettil finished in fifth position with a best jump of 16.40 metres.Uzbekistan’s Ruslan Kurbanov bagged the silver medal with a personal best jump of 16.62 metres while Kohei Yamashita clinched the bronze with a best jump of 16.46 metres.Arpinder’s first jump was disqualified but he then managed three clean jumps. The third jump saw him touch the 16.77 metre-mark which got him the gold medal. His other successful jumps were 16.58m and 16.08m while the three jumps were disqualified.Arpinder’s gold is the first for India on day 11 and the 10th overall. India now have 53 medals in total – 10 gold, 20 silver and 23 bronze – and are placed 9th in the medals tally.This is also the fourth gold medal from athletics in this edition and the first men’s triple jump gold in 48 years at the Asiad. Mohinder Singh Gill had won the event in the 1970 Games with a best effort of 16.11m.Earlier in the day, India clinched a bronze medal in table tennis after Manika Batra and Achanta Sharath Kamal lost to China’s Yingsha Sun and Wang Sunin the mixed doubles semi-finals.India also clinched a silver medal which came from star sprinter Dutee Chand, who finished second in the women’s 200m final with a time of 23.20 seconds.advertisement
Over the weekend, we had our first annual PFB summit in Tulsa. We planned out the preseason posting schedule and tried to figure out a rhythm for how we’re going to run this blog when football really cranks up in September.We methodically went through every permutation of posts we could write leading up to that first kickoff just over 50 days from now. One of the notes I wrote down was “THINGS THAT WORRY ME.”We decided against writing the actual post, I believe, but how much advanced analytics like a team that lost part of its soul (Ogbah, Glidden, Jacobs) and has a salty road schedule is definitely a thing that worries me.Consider ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI). Here is a definition of that system.FPI is a predictive rating system designed to measure team strength and project performance going forward. The ultimate goal of FPI is not to rank teams 1 through 128; rather, it is to correctly predict games and season outcomes. If Vegas ever published the power rankings it uses to set its lines, they would likely look quite a lot like FPI.And how it functions.Each team’s FPI rating is composed of a predicted offensive, defensive and special teams component. These ratings represent the number of points each unit is expected to contribute to its net scoring margin on a neutral field against an average FBS opponent. In the preseason, these components are made up entirely of data from past seasons, such as returning starters, past performance, recruiting rankings and coaching tenure.And if it’s any good.In short, if preseason FPI had been used with no update to predict every game of the 2014 season, the FPI favorite would have won 71 percent of FBS versus FBS games (Vegas closing line was 74 percent accurate).So yes, it is good. You can read more about how the preseason ratings are put together here, but it essentially has to do with recent past performance, returning starters, recruiting and coaching.And we already looked at how Oklahoma State’s expected offensive production is supposed to rank in the top 10 nationally. This is just one of the various factors that goes into FPI’s recent performance.All of that leads to OSU being ranked No. 8 in the preseason FPI. Behind Florida State, LSU, OU, Clemson, Alabama, Tennessee and Ole Miss. Ahead of Michigan, Georgia, USC and UCLA.I need a drink.ESPN also gives the Pokes a 2.4 percent chance of running the table and an 18 percent chance of winning the Big 12. It predicts the team will go 9-3. It also predicts OSU will have a lot of blowouts in 2016.Despite a 10-3 record, Oklahoma State did not blow too many teams out last season. That may change in 2016 with teams such as Southeastern Louisiana, Central Michigan and Kansas on the docket. The Cowboys still have to maneuver a tough road schedule (Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma), but as the eighth-ranked team in FPI, they should have a few dominant wins by season’s end.And maybe all of this is meaningless, but FPI’s intended goal is to predict who will win individual games which it does with stunning accuracy from such a long distance (see 71 percent number above).The issues I have are intangible though. Numbers are great. I love them. They should be relied upon more when it comes to news and culture, but they don’t tell the full story of an Ogbah or a Glidden leaving a locker room. They can’t totally explain what a team’s culture will be like. And these things worry me. Playing at Norman, Manhattan, Waco and Ft. Worth worries me. Not knowing who QB2 is worries me.But for all the consternation, it’s easy to forget how good OSU is and could be as this season rolls on. Mike Gundy has built a machine that has had a puncher’s chance at the Big 12 title in the majority of the last six season and looks like it will again this year. Numbers aside, that’s pretty awesome.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Wolves captain Coady takes blame for Southampton equaliserby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady held up his hands and admitted his mistake against Southampton.The defender was not happy with his performance as Wolves had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Molineux against the Saints.He missed a clearance that allowed Danny Ings to step in and score the first goal in the game.Speaking after the game with reporters, captain Coady said: “It was a tough game, but I felt we let them off the hook a bit with individual errors – mistakes at the back that cost us a little bit.”I’ve got to deal with it better, it is as simple as that. We need to know when to not try and play out from the back.”I need to improve, it is as simple as that. From my point of view, it is just something where I lost concentration of the ball.”I was trying to look at what was ahead of me to start a counter-attack because I felt it was quite an easy ball to control.”These things happen and we need to move on with two big games ahead.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
RALEIGH, NC – OCTOBER 31: A general view of the Clemson Tigers versus North Carolina State Wolfpack during their game at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 31, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)It is only Thursday night and we’ve already had a top-15 team lose this weekend. NC State just went down at home to unranked Wake Forest.Wake scored the game-winning touchdown with 30 seconds left to stun the 14th-ranked Wolfpack 27-23. The winning points came on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Jamie Newman to tight end Jack Freudenthal.Newman was making his first career start tonight in place of starter Sam Hartman, who is out for the season after getting injured against Syracuse last week.This is certainly a way to mark that career milestone.Wake Forest scores the GW Touchdown with :30 seconds remaining to upset #14 @NCState. #ACC @WakeFB pic.twitter.com/NfxVeRkXCO— Trey Wallace (@TreyWallace_) November 9, 2018Making matters worse for NC State is the fact that Wake’s game-winning drive came after the Wolfpack were unable to convert on 4th-and-3 deep in Demon Deacon territory. They had this one almost sewn up.With the win, Wake Forest moves to 5-5 and needs one more win to clinch bowl eligibility. NC State falls to 6-3.The Wolfpack will very likely drop out of the top 25 come Sunday afternoon.
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was slapped by a man during a roadshow in Moti Nagar in New Delhi constituency. Police said the man has been taken into the custody and an investigation into the matter is underway. Kejriwal was atop an open jeep when a man wearing a red t-shirt jumped onto the vehicle and slapped the chief minister. DCP (West) Monika Bhardwaj said the man has been identified as Suresh, 33, and he deals in spare parts in Kailash Park.
However details of that discussion was not immediately made available by the President’s office. Meanwhile External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris met separately with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom, William Hague and Alistair Burt, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for wide-ranging discussions about current developments in Sri Lanka.Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and Sajin de Vaas Gunawardena, Member of Parliament, participated in the discussion at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. File picPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa and British Prime Minister David Cameron had one to one talks in London yesterday.President’s spokesman Bandula Jayasekera said that the discussion took place at Melbourne House just before a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth. The President and his delegation later left for Rome where they will have a meeting with the Pope.
China’s billionaires club of entrepreneurs embarks on cross-Canada tour by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 16, 2016 11:14 am MDT Last Updated Oct 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – A group of powerful Chinese business leaders set off on an eight-day Canadian tour Sunday that will connect them with Canada’s corporate and political elite, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.This will be the first visit to Canada by the exclusive China Entrepreneur Club — often referred to as the billionaires club. It’s made up of 50 top Chinese firms that earn a combined $585 billion of annual gross income.The group’s swing across Canada comes as the bilateral relationship steams ahead at an increasing rate, with help from a Trudeau government that has shown more openness to the Asian superpower.The tour will take place only a few weeks after an exchange of high-level official visits — Trudeau’s recent trip to China which was followed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s stay in Canada.During those meetings, Trudeau promoted his government’s goal of broadening Canada’s economic links with the Asian superpower. He made commitments that included the launch of exploratory talks on free trade with the world’s second-biggest economy.At the same time, Trudeau brought up Canada’s concerns with Chinese leaders about their government’s approach to human rights, rule of law, governance and corruption.The China Entrepreneur Club is now hoping to deepen ties with Canada even further. Canada’s relationship with its second-largest trading partner was considered inconsistent under the previous Conservative government.Maggie Cheng, the club’s secretary-general, said the visit comes at a time of growing opportunities for both countries.“We have a large population and we are in a very long process of urbanization. And the consumer market is growing as well, and it will grow for a very long time,” Cheng said in a phone interview through an interpreter.“I think the private companies in China have now grown into a (size) that can use a larger resource partner to further improve the Chinese market.”China is increasingly interested in Canada’s agriculture, energy and fisheries industries, she said.Cheng also believes the recent visit by the youthful Trudeau caught the attention of China’s younger generation, which she says is a large market with considerable buying power.Canada’s business community is set to roll out a red carpet for the visiting club members, according to a program of the visit prepared by the group.During stops in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, the delegation will have audiences with a who’s who of Canadian leaders, in addition to Trudeau.The list includes chief executives of some of Canada’s biggest banks as well as former prime minister Jean Chretien, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, Andre Desmarais of Power Corp.(TSX:POW), Alain Bellemare of Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B), Cirque du Soleil’s Daniel Lamarre, Mark Machin of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz.In September, Trudeau kicked off his first official trip to China by appearing at a Beijing event hosted by the club. Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba and the club’s chair, led a question-and-answer session with Trudeau.Ma will not join the Chinese delegation on its cross-Canada trip. But the tour will include a dozen club members, including president Ma Weihua, Tsinghua Holdings Co. chair Xu Jinghong, Far East Holding Group Co. chair Jiang Xipei and Central China Real Estate Ltd. chair Frank Wu.Delegations from the club have already visited the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Singapore, Australia, Germany and Italy.Sarah Kutulakos, executive director of the Canada China Business Council, hopes the visit will show Canadians who may have suspicions about Chinese companies that these entrepreneurs are similar to others around the world.She said in an interview that there were strict criteria to join the club and firms had to meet a certain standard in several areas, including corporate social responsibility and philanthropy.The visit will not only widen channels for business opportunities; it’s also expected to provide learning experiences for both sides, Kutulakos said.“They’re really the vanguard of where the Chinese economy is going,” said Kutulakos.But one expert in Canada’s ties to China said there are likely deep links between many of these entrepreneurs and the Chinese leadership.“In China, it’s really very difficult to achieve great wealth unless you have a strongly collaborative, mutually beneficial relationship with the Chinese Communist Party’s decision makers,” said Charles Burton, a former diplomat who is now a political scientist at Brock University.Burton said the club may try to create a subtle lobby within Canada that encourages Canadian business leaders to press their government to make economics the priority in the relationship, rather than concerns over sensitive issues like human rights and cyber security.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
The agency staff endured security challenges including having to operate under the threat of intermittent fire between rival militias. Many of those evacuated have been held in Libyan detention centres for several months, living in wretched conditions and suffering malnutrition and poor health.They are now being hosted under UNHCR’s Emergency Transit programme (ETM), pending more permanent solutions. UNHCR Chief of Mission in Libya, Roberto Mignone, said that for many of the Nigeriens, rescue meant the difference between living, and dying.“These evacuations are a life-changing and life-saving escape for refugees trapped in detention in Libya,” he said. “Refugees and migrants in detention centres often suffer squalid conditions and are at risk of being sold to traffickers and smugglers.”© UNHCR/Noor ElshinMany Nigerien migrants making their way to Europe are intercepted while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea, ending up in Libyan detention centres, and returning home with accounts of the horrific human rights abuses they have suffered.This evacuation, the first from Libya since June, brings the total number of migrants and asylum seekers evacuated since December 2017, to 1997.Another 85 refugees from Syria, Sudan and Eritrea were also flow to relative safety this week, with assistance from the UN migration agency (IOM), and will spend a few days at UNHCR’s Emergency Transit Mechanism before flying to Norway.UNCHR welcomes the efforts of countries coming forward with offers to host refugees leaving Libya, and urges resettlement countries to speed up the process.“People are being intercepted off the Libyan coast faster than we can evacuate them,” said Mr. Mignone. “We are deeply grateful for all those who have come forward with resettlement places but the simple truth is we need more evacuations, more often.”
Prince Harry has made a personal donation to the #filltheseats campaign to get children in Rio to attend the Paralympics.It has not been disclosed how much the Prince put in, but so far the crowdfunding campaign has raised $53,773 from 629 people. The campaign has been running for 14 days and has the backing of the International Paralympic Committee and the Rio 2016 organising committee.A Kensington Palace spokeswoman said: “It’s a great idea to open up the events to the community while also helping to build a sense of excitement in the stadiums for these amazing competitors.”Prince Harry is following closely the Invictus Games champions who are competing in Rio and this is one way he is lending support to their efforts.” 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. #FillTheSeats was set up by Londoner Greg Nugent, a 42-year-old former marketing director for the London 2012 Games, to ensure the athletes at Rio 2016 compete at packed venues, following poor ticket sales.He had originally hoped to raise enough money to send a few hundred schoolchildren to watch the Games in their home city – now he hopes to extend that opportunity to 10,000 young people.
http://jrnl.ie/3459810 37 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Chamille White Short URL Ad which claimed homeopathy treatment helped children with autism overcome symptoms banned The Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland (ASAI) made the ruling against Almond Homeopathy this week. By Paul Hosford Jun 24th 2017, 7:40 AM Share57 Tweet Email1 Saturday 24 Jun 2017, 7:40 AM Image: Shutterstock/Chamille White Christian is one of those children, to find out more about him and how his learning, relationships and speech improved have a read of my new blog.The headline of the blog was also featured, stating:“Big Autism Improvement! Almond Homeopathy:“Christian came to see me when he was 4 ½. He had been diagnosed with ASD. His speech was delayed….”A link to the blog article was contained within the post.A complaint was made about the ad, with a member of the public saying that the blog linked to from the post contained a case history of a patient but there was no mention of the advertiser being authorised to do so. The complainant considered that the advertiser was not professionally qualified to treat such a condition.The owner of Almond Homeopathy responded that she was a qualified homeopath and was registered with the Irish Society of Homeopaths.She said she did not diagnose the condition, nor did she claim she was qualified to do so. She said that people come to her with a set of symptoms and she uses the symptoms to determine what remedy may help them best.In regards to the cases on her blog, she said that she has permission for every one she shares and that she changes the name for each case. Finally she said that when advertising on Facebook she sets the target audience to over 18’s and she does not advertise to young people.The ASAI’s complaints committee found that there was no statutory regulation of complementary therapists. They said that the wording of her post and the heading of the blog post would give readers the impression that she could treat the symptoms of autism.They found it breached three parts of the advertising code and ruled it must not appear again.Read: The advertising watchdog has handled its first complaint about a Snapchat influencer A FACEBOOK AD which claimed homeopathy had alleviated the symptoms of autism has been banned.The Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland (ASAI) made the ruling against Almond Homeopathy this week.The complaint from the public related to a Facebook post by the company which said:“More and more children are being diagnosed on the Autism spectrum every day. Some predictions indicate that by 2032 as many as 50% of children will be on the ASD spectrum.I have the pleasure of meeting and working with many children diagnosed with ASD and the greater pleasure and joy of helping them overcome many of their symptoms that were holding them and their families back from getting the most out of life. 19,255 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Healy back from injury as Schmidt names strong team for final World Cup warm-up Johnny Sexton, Robbie Henshaw and Keith Earls all start for Ireland against Wales at the Aviva Stadium. Share Tweet Email1 Thursday 5 Sep 2019, 1:49 PM Sep 5th 2019, 1:49 PM Short URL Get the latest Rugby World Cup news and analysis, delivered straight to your inbox: 33,910 Views 76 Comments https://the42.ie/4796716 1. Cian Healy2. Rory Best (captain)3. Tadhg Furlong4. James Ryan5. Jean Kleyn6. CJ Stander7. Josh van der Flier8. Jack Conan.Replacements:16. Sean Cronin17. Dave Kilcoyne18. Andrew Porter19. Iain Henderson20. Rhys Ruddock21. Luke McGrath22. Jack Carty23. Garry Ringrose.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! By Ryan Bailey Follow us: the42.ie JOHNNY SEXTON, ROBBIE Henshaw and Keith Earls will make their first appearances of World Cup season when Ireland meet Wales on Saturday [KO 2pm, RTÉ 2/Channel 4] in their final warm-up Test before the tournament in Japan.Sexton returns to the number 10 shirt and will be partnered at half-back by Conor Murray, returning after a blow to his head/neck area during the first half of the loss to England at Twickenham. Healy is back from an ankle injury. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHOHenshaw is partnered with former Connacht team-mate Bundee Aki in the centre for the clash against the Grand Slam winners, while Earls returns to Joe Schmidt’s starting XV after being held back due to a knee issue.The Munster winger joins Rob Kearney and Jordan Larmour in the back three, with Jacob Stockdale — expected to be involved — not in the matchday 23.In the pack, Jean Kleyn is named in the second row for his third cap, with James Ryan set to call the lineout on the tighthead side.Cian Healy has rebounded strongly from the ankle injury he sustained at Twickenham a fortnight ago and is picked at loosehead, while CJ Stander is named on the blindside of the back row with Jack Conan at number eight and Josh van der Flier at openside.On the bench, Sean Cronin, Dave Kilcoyne and Andrew Porter will be hoping to make a big impact, while Iain Henderson provides the second row cover, with Rhys Ruddock in the number 20 jersey.Luke McGrath is set to feature in his fourth game of the pre-season period as Murray’s deputy, while Jack Carty is in line for further game time off the bench with Joey Carbery still sidelined.After filling in on the wing last weekend, Garry Ringrose is again the utility replacement back. Ireland:15. Rob Kearney14. Jordan Larmour13. Robbie Henshaw12. Bundee Aki11. Keith Earls10. Johnny Sexton9. Conor Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Stay on target Here’s a hot take, all of the new video game genres concocted the past few years are bad. I’m always down for a good platformer, arcade racer, or puzzle game. But roguelites, MOBAs, free-to-play, and anything taking inspiration from Dark Souls or PUBG can go away forever now please. However, one recent emerging genre may be the most unsettling of them all: clicker games.Clicker games, sometimes called “idle” or “incremental” games, play like some sick parody of how video games are ultimately a pointless waste of time. Players click or tap the screen to watch some numbers go up. And that’s it! There are usually some flashy animations and dangling upgrade carrots to make your clicking more effective, but it all comes back to that meaningless loop.But just because something is meaningless doesn’t mean it’s not fun. So if you’re down with clicking your life away on your phone, here are the best, most addictive mobile clicker games.Cow ClickerGaming academic Ian Bogost designed Cow Clicker in 2010 as a parody of purposefully time-wasting mechanics in popular social media games. Players click a cow, share cows among friends, and wait for hours at a time to do something unless they have enough virtual currency. Unfortunately, the joke was lost and a whole new legitimate gaming genre was born.Cookie ClickerCookie Clicker was one of the first idle games arguably not developed from a place of pure irony. Players click to earn cookies to build new tools for making more cookies. Cookie production continues to grow exponentially forever. This established the base for pretty much all clicker games going forward.Adventure CapitalistI have a soft spot in my heart for Adventure Capitalist because intentionally or not, marrying the voracious empty greed of clicker games with the cheery Fallout-esque iconography of capitalist propaganda is the most socialist thing a video game could ever do. It’s a great argument for redistributing wealth. There’s meaning behind the mechanics, method behind the madness.Egg, Inc.Describing different clicker games is about as repetitive as playing them, but in Egg, Inc this time your goal is to harvest as many eggs as possible. Sure! And instead of exploiting some magic goose, get golden eggs by just paying real money. The poultry theme at least reminds me of other chicken-based mobile game I actually like, Crossy Road.The Counting DeadAt this point The Walking Dead is about as endless, brain-dead, and inexplicably popular as idle games. And while The Counting Dead isn’t explicitly based on the AMC show, it definitely wants to convey the same “joy” of glumly killing zombies for all time. You know, if George Romero was still alive, he could probably pull off some great social commentary with zombies and clicker games.Time ClickersYou shoot to blast cubes with a pistol? Let me level with you. Time Clickers is only on the list because Giant Bomb gave it their award for best clicker game in 2015. I don’t know what they saw in it but I generally trust their gaming opinions. The numbers get higher.Clicker HeroesIn Clicker Heroes you’re clicking and destroying enemies to gain new characters that destroy enemies for you. It’s like Avengers: Infinity War but with literally infinite Avengers. The RPG combat aspect also draws a fascinating parallel between clicker games and something like Diablo, which despite its quality pedigree isn’t all that different on a mechanical level.SpaceplanSpaceplan sent me an actual potato in the mail to advertise itself. Plus it’s a “misunderstanding of Stephen Hawking.” Pretty ambitious for a clicker game. And it’s true the sci-fi skin adds an extra layer of nerd satisfaction to the obsessive experience. But it’s still a clicker.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Simple Geek’s Guide to…Streaming ServicesSwipe Right on the Best Thirsty Mobile Games
Everton manager Marco Silva has praised the quality of Gylfi Sigurdsson after the midfielder scored the only goal during their 1-0 against Cardiff City.The Iceland international pounced on the rebound after Neil Etheridge had saved Theo Walcott’s shot in the 59th-minute to finally break Cardiff’s resistance.The former Swansea City star saw an earlier effort cleared off the line by Cardiff defender Sol Bamba minutes before breaking the deadlock but Sigurdsson banished his frustration by putting the ball into an empty net for his seventh goal of the season.The Toffees have won four home matches on the bounce and claimed 16 points from the past 21 available to jump to sixth in the Premier League table.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Gylfi is performing well and being helped by the fantastic work the other two – Andre Gomes and Idrissa Gana Gueye – are doing behind him,” said Silva, according to Everton’s official website.“He is understanding better what I want, the moves I want him to make and the space and positions on the pitch where I want him to receive the ball.“He is a very good player with a lot of quality and can arrive in the box when it matters, which is what I want from the player in his position.“He is a fantastic professional and gives 100 per cent every day on the training ground.”
Gee, however, held that Pompliano was sufficiently sophisticated to analyze the contract. She also ruled that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which provides for the nullification of certain arbitration clauses, does not apply to claims arising under Dodd-Frank.“Without a clear Congressional command to the contrary, the Court will not extend the reach of an anti-arbitration rule when it is ambiguous whether it applies,” the judge ruled.Snap declined to comment on the ruling.Pompliano was fired after three weeks on the job in 2015. In his complaint, he alleged that Snapchat was exaggerating its growth metrics in order to pump up its IPO. He also alleged that CEO Evan Spiegel was dismissive when he raised concerns about this, and about Snapchat’s sluggish growth in overseas markets. Snap countered that Pompliano was a disgruntled employee who was fired for poor performance, and that he was misinformed about Snapchat’s growth numbers. After leaving Snapchat, Pompliano went to work at Brighten Labs, which he also subsequently sued for wrongful termination and fraud.Pompliano was seeking lost salary and stock options, which he said would have been valued at more than $5 million. Popular on Variety A federal judge has halted a lawsuit from a former Snapchat employee who claims the company deceived its investors with phony growth metrics.Anthony Pompliano filed suit in state court in January 2017, alleging that he had been fired as head of growth for the company after raising concerns about the numbers. He later withdrew the suit and filed a federal whistleblower claim, alleging the company had retaliated against him in violation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.Snap Inc., the parent of Snapchat, has sought to force Pompliano into private arbitration. On Wednesday, Judge Dolly Gee granted Snap’s motion, finding that Pompliano’s claims are covered by the arbitration provision of his contract.Pompliano had argued that his contract was “unconscionable” because he was forced to sign it the same day the offer was made, and was not able to have an attorney review it. He also argued that it should be voided under the whistleblower protection provisions of the Dodd-Frank act. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More 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 UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Enroll Now for Free We’re smack-dab in the middle of the Information Age, and it can feel like a flood where we’re barely staying above water. On this episode of How Success Happens, spiritual guru and bestselling author Deepak Chopra shares his advice for finding peace in a constant stream of data and how to decide which information we allow to affect us. He also details his morning routine, habit-building strategies and how entrepreneurs facing obstacles can tap into long-term motivation. The episode concludes with a guided meditation led by Chopra. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. April 25, 2019 1 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now
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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 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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News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more 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 Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more The sale and use of CT scanners could ramp up this year, thanks at least in part to lung cancer screening. Low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening programs are popping up from coast to coast. The feds are picking up the tab for Medicare patients. And, while third-party payers have not been so forthcoming, the cost of a screening exam is within many peoples’ reach.Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan is charging $300; ditto for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital will do one for $99; neighboring Franciscan St. Francis Health asks just $69 — and they’ll throw in a heart scan because “smoking also increases the risk of heart disease,” according to its website.This could be a long-awaited spur to CT scanner sales. Screening symptom-free people requires minimal risk. And, while low-dose scanners have been around for a long time, they have not sold all that well.Not since the mania of 2004 to 2006 have CT manufacturers enjoyed strong sales. Back then the introduction of 64-slice scanners drove the market. The low-dose systems that followed didn’t do much to move the needle. They were victims, along with much of the rest of the imaging marketplace, of draconian cuts in reimbursement and a global recession. Now CT lung screening programs with their requirement for low-dose scanners amid an aging installed base may turn things around. It is not, however, a slam dunk.The imaging community has gotten very good at stretching the life of CT scanners. Early in 2014, the consulting firm IMV Limited of Des Plaines, Ill., estimated the average age of operating CT scanners in the U.S at 8.9 years, about twice the lifespan of the early 2000s.IMV reported that, although many imaging departments are poised to replace their older CT scanners, most imaging administrators are in a “watchful waiting” mode. The proportion of sites IMV surveyed regarding plans to buy CT scanners over the next three years that responded “yes” or “maybe” declined from 55 percent to 51 percent. Half is still a big percentage, even if they are only watchfully waiting. And CT vendors would love to leverage the interest in lung screening to get potential buyers off the fence. An internal study by Siemens Healthcare estimates that more than 10 million men and women in the United States could be in line for CT lung cancer screening. But vendors will have to be careful in how they tap that.Low-dose CT means exposing patients to an effective radiation dose per exam of less than 1.5 mSv. And, while many CTs now in product portfolios meet this requirement, it does not mean they can be sold specifically for use in a lung cancer screening program. CT scanners currently are FDA cleared for diagnostic — not screening — purposes. Noting that, Siemens has submitted and is awaiting word on a 510(k) application for a low-dose protocol compatible with its CT scanners. The protocol will ensure low dose and image quality sufficient to spot lung cancer, according to the company. Similarly, just wanting to offer CT lung screening will not be enough. Medicare coverage requires providers to have participated in past lung cancer screening trials, such as the National Lung Screening Trial, or be an accredited advanced diagnostic imaging center with training and experience in low-dose CT lung cancer screening. The American College of Radiology (ACR) has launched a certification program specifically for this purpose. Applicants need the proper equipment, as well as an ACR-acceptable protocol for lung cancer screening. And, just wanting to be screened is not enough. Medicare sets strict limits on whose screenings will be covered, criteria being broadly applied to other comers. Sites typically require those who will pay out-of-pocket for CT lung scans to be a current smoker or have smoked within the last 15 years; aged 55 to no more than 79; and have an average smoking history of one pack a day for 30 years or more.Despite these restrictions, interest in the United States should be strong enough to cause many providers to put in the effort to offer bona fide lung cancer screening programs. Every year more people die of lung cancer than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined. If ever there was a need, this appears to be it.And, if early adopters of lung screening can demonstrate improved outcome for lung cancer patients, third-party insurance coverage is almost sure to follow, energizing CT in a way not seen for nearly a decade.Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Read more of his views on his blog at www.itnonline.com. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 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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No related posts. The money generated by allowing foreign-flagged tuna-purse-seine boats to work in Costa Rican waters has some financial benefits to the country. Money from licensing fees is split between various organizations by law: 25 percent goes to the University of Costa Rica, 25 percent to the National University, 10 percent to the Coast Guard, 20 percent to the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (Incopseca) – the governmental agency that controls fisheries – and 10 percent each to University of Costa Rica high school programs in the provinces of Guanacaste and Limón.The exact figure of revenue from licenses was not available from Incopesca at press time, but estimates put the sum between $1.5-2 million annually. The question: Is the benefit worth the ecological cost?Tuna boats can legally fish in Costa Rica from 12 miles from the coast to the territorial limit. There are three methods of catching tuna by purse seine: One is to encircle free-swimming schools of tuna; another is to encircle tuna swimming with dolphins; and the third is to encircle tuna drawn to Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs), artificially made floating eco-systems. The first two methods are perfectly legal in Costa Rica, but the use of FADs by the tuna industry is illegal here. Free-swimming schools of tuna are located by using helicopters that take off from the deck of a tuna boat to spot schools feeding on the surface, as well as by using side-scanning sonar to find schools under the surface. Radar is used to locate groups of birds that often feed on the same baitfish as tuna. This is probably the least destructive, but bycatch includes billfish, sharks and other types of sea life. Fishing on schools of dolphin has led to the most controversy and created the infamous “dolphin safe” campaign. For unknown reasons, yellowfin tuna and certain dolphins (especially the spotted and spinner dolphin) swim together. One research theory is that tuna rely on dolphins’ acute sense of hearing, or echolocation, to find food or to avoid predators.The number of dolphins killed since the fishery began in the late 1950s is estimated at more than six million animals, the highest known for any fishery. The bycatch of dolphins in the Eastern Tropical Pacific tuna fishery has now been successfully reduced by more than 99 percent, but even at the present level of about 1,000 dolphins a year, it remains among the largest documented cetacean bycatch in the world.Sierra Goodman, founder and president of the Vida Marina Foundation in Drake Bay, on the northern Pacific side of the Osa Peninsula, believes the actual number of dolphin mortality is highly underreported. She watched the tuna seiner Tauros I hammer the same school of spinner dolphins day after day right off Caño Island, a biological reserve off the Pacific coast of Drake Bay. Each day, the school of dolphins was smaller. At one point, she dove in the water next to the net and observed a dead dolphin that had gotten hung up in the net and asphyxiated. Goodman’s concern is that tuna companies that fish and net dolphins are labeling their product dolphin safe: “Ok, so this is my question,” she noted. “Are the dolphins still chased and encircled in the nets to get the tuna? Are dolphins involved in any way for tuna that is labeled dolphin-safe? Because any time free and wild dolphins are chased and entrapped, it is not dolphin-safe. I saw what happens in those nets. While I’m sure the nets help with mortality, what about stress factors? We know that these tuna boats were out here for at least three days in a row netting the same group of Costa Rican spinner dolphins.” Willy Atencio, a sportfishing captain out of Drake Bay, called to report the activity to the Coast Guard and was told they were busy on a drug operation and could not respond to the call. Another Osa Peninsula captain, Anthony Rhoden, told of an encounter with a tuna-spotting helicopter. He was fishing six miles off the beach near a school of dolphins when he heard the whirl of the helicopter above. He then observed “cherry bombs,” a firecracker-type of explosive equal to about a quarter stick of dynamite, being tossed in the water from above to scare the school offshore. The crew continued to drop explosives in the water until the dolphins were moved 12 miles offshore, where a tuna seiner waited and encircled them to catch the tuna underneath. Use of any type of explosives is forbidden in Costa Rica.The third method of fishing, the use of FADs, has replaced fishing over dolphins as the most destructive type of tuna purse seining and is forbidden by law in Costa Rica, but is often used regardless. Modern technology allows ships to monitor schools from many miles away, and an exact location – and even the mass of sea life underneath – can be determined with the click of a computer. FADs are often very simple and made with bamboo and old pieces of net. Over time, it is amazing to see the ecosystem that develops underneath the logs or artificial devices. Fishing boats have picked up many of these signaling devices in Costa Rican waters. Tuna are naturally attracted to floating objects. So are a lot of other types of fish, and often, they are juvenile fish that use the object as a safe haven from predators. The tons of unwanted bycatch discarded back into the ocean each year include undersized tuna, dorado, bonito, sharks, marlin, turtles and small whales. The real problem is lack of enforcement of any of the rules that apply to the industry. Commercial fishermen have long complained about the lack of dorado due to the illegal use of FADs and the killing of juvenile fish. Costa Rica should apply its new “Blue Agenda” and move these boats far offshore. Better yet, the country should ban their use in territorial waters altogether, as Panama has done. A good portion of the Costa Rican commercial longline fleet could switch to a more selective and sustainable method to catch tuna without dolphin mortality and massive bycatch to supply the cannery in Puntarenas. “Green Sticks” is a method first used in North Carolina, in the United States, and has proven to be very effective, yet sustainable, for catching tuna.A study by the University of Costa Rica and sponsored by The Billfish Foundation in 2009 determined that tourist sportfishing generated $78 million in tax revenue that year. If the government allocated a few million dollars to university programs in exchange for a more sustainable use of our ocean, it would improve the livelihoods of both Costa Rican commercial fishermen and sportfishermen who live in this country. According to Herbert Nanne, Costa Rica’s representative to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, tuna boats must register the methods they use to catch tuna. Why Costa Rica would even grant a license to a boat registered to fish with FADs is a question many ask. I recently met Bill McDonald. McDonald was a pioneer in underwater filming who helped produce documentaries in the 1970s for the Cousteau Society. Naturally, the conversation led to marine conservation. He put it better than I ever heard when he said, “If Costa Rica gives as much attention to its oceans as it has to its land area, they will create a blue-green renaissance that will be an example for the entire world.” Facebook Comments
Related posts:Honduran military aims to fill in for ‘absent’ parents with program targeting at-risk kids Honduras brings homicide rate down Arrest of four Honduran military police officers fuels controversy over newly created force Scandal-plagued Honduras needs dramatic overhaul, say analysts GERMANIA,Honduras — Hondurans ushered in 2016 on Friday by burning symbols of last year’s problems — an effigy of President Juan Orlando Hernández among them.Wooden representations of a former president, Rafael Callejas, who was also an ex-football chief caught up in the FIFA corruption scandal, and symbols of government graft and violence also went up in flames overnight.The New Year tradition, held across cities and towns in the Central American nation, is meant to burn away the “bad things” of the passing year to make way for the new, positive ones.The effigy of Hernandez sitting in a mock-up locomotive was torched in the town of Germania, just south of the capital Tegucigalpa.One of the man who made it, a 64-year-old owner of a tire-repair business named Francisco Cruz, explained: “The locomotive is Honduras, and the president is the driver driving the country to ruin.”Another resident, Francisco Luis Lagos, 38, added that the effigy was a form of protest meant to show that “the people are unhappy, we can no longer handle so much violence, so many deaths.”Country of violenceHonduras is ranked as one of the deadliest peacetime countries in the world. Along with neighboring El Salvador and Guatemala it is prey to vicious gangs given to widespread murder and extortion.That violence, along with rife corruption, unemployment and poverty, have pushed many in the three countries, often called the Northern Triangle, to try to emigrate to the United States.“This country is a disaster because of the corruption, because — even though they try to cover up the statistics on violence — there are massacres everywhere,” Lagos said.Some of the incendiary anger was also directed at Callejas, who in December flew to the United States to face charges that he was part of a cabal of FIFA officials who took bribes in exchange for handing out lucrative broadcast rights of football games.The former president — who was also accused but not convicted of graft in his country dating back to his years in power between 1990 and 1994 — pleaded not guilty.He has been released after posting a $4 million bail, pending trial in the United States.Otoniel Martínez, a 40-year-old upholsterer in Germania, built an effigy of Callejas boarding a plane.He told AFP that each year he builds figures representing the past year’s major news event in the country.His latest work “symbolizes the corruption in FIFA and that in the United States they are going to put him in prison… because here he got 11 get-out-of-jail free cards.”Martínez disagreed about mocking up President Hernández to be consumed by flames, however.“The president is doing good things, the number of murders has gone down,” he said. STR/AFP‘Nightmare’ in HondurasIn the next village, a cardboard mock-up of a ballot box marked with the words “Corruption,” “Poverty,” “Impunity” and “Violence” goes up in a blaze.One resident, Vilma Matute, explained that the annual tradition was a way to “vent over the past and to hope for new things for the coming year.”Not all is political, however.In the nearby town of Ojojona, where work is focused more on creativity and structural design, the effigies included a two-meter high werewolf and a giant model of Freddy Krueger, the razor-fingered villain of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” horror films.But even there, residents cast their work against the real-life conditions they live in.“Krueger is a nightmare character, and what we’re living through is a nightmare with so much violence,” said its 24-year-old builder, Walter Hernández. Facebook Comments
Kimmel says hard to tell what the mood will be for Oscars Jimmy Kimmel participates in the “Jimmy Kimmel Live and 90th Oscars” panel during the Disney/ABC Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) PASADENA, Calif. – Upcoming Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel says it’s hard to tell how the public will react to the subject of sexual misconduct when he delivers his monologue at the event in two months.To that end, the ABC late-night host said Monday he felt that one of Seth Meyers’ jokes at the Golden Globes was written specifically for him — when Meyers said he felt like the first dog being shot into outer space. It was a reference to Meyers being a test case for how Hollywood would talk publicly about the topic.One event sure to come up is last year’s epic envelope mix-up, where actor Warren Beatty announced the wrong best picture winner. Kimmel said if something like that happened again, everyone at ABC should be fired. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 8, 2018 10:58 am PDT Last Updated Jan 8, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email