EC orders repoll on one booth of Anand LS constituency

first_imgAhmedabad: The Election Commission (EC) has annulled all the votes cast at a booth in the Anand Lok Sabha constituency of Gujarat last month and ordered fresh polling on May 12, an official said Thursday. The EC move came in the wake of report of bogus polling at the booth submitted by officials. A release issued by Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer S Murali Krishna here said re-polling will be held on a booth, officially named ‘239-Dharmaj-8’, on May 12 as the EC has cancelled the polling held there on April 23. The booth is located in Dharmaj village of Anand district, around 75km from here. Fresh polling for the voters of the booth will be held between 7 am and 6 pm, the release said. According to Anand district collector Dilip Rana, the EC has taken the decision following his report about bogus polling on the booth on April 23, when all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat went to the polls.last_img

Inquest told LTTE suspect died of bullet wound

Sivakumar’s wife, Thuvaginy told the British court that she knew her husband had suffered dizzy episodes in the past. Speaking through a translator she said: “I hadn’t seen any but I was told by others, his mother told me and so did some of his work mates.“He never openly told me because I would worry.”She added that in Sri Lanka, he did not have access to the correct medicine. He was taken to the Royal Free Hospital in Pond Street where he died two days later. Sivakumar came to London in 2001 with his wife seeking political asylum. Breaking into tears, Mrs Sivakumar told the court about the day her husband fell in the bathroom, recalling that their young daughter was home because it was the middle of the school holidays. An LTTE fighter who lived with a bullet lodged in his head for more than 10 years, died as a result of the injury, an inquest held in Britain was told.Father of one, Ramachandaran Sivakumar, 41, fell in his bathroom at his home in Melrose Avenue in Cricklewood on December 21, following a seizure, Kilburn Times reported. Back in his native Sri Lanka, he had been fighting with the secessionist group the LTTE for 13 years and he was injured on the battle field by a bullet or shrapnel in his head.The court heard that he developed epilepsy as a result. “He had to go work at 3pm so he went to the bathroom and brushed his teeth.“Then a bit later he locked the door.“Around 12 minutes later I heard he was falling down. “There was no shout.“I was screaming and shouted at my daughter to call an ambulance and I took a knife and tried to open the bathroom door,” she said.After his death, pathologist Alan Bates confirmed that there was a metal object in Mr Sivakumar’s brain.In a statement read out by deputy coroner Gail Elliman, he said: “The brain contains two foreign objects, one appears to be metallic and the other might be a bony object or other material.”He added that the metal object had a bullet-like shape, but could have also been shrapnel.Deputy Coroner Dr Elliman recorded a narrative verdict.She said: “Ramachandaran Sivakumar suffered from epilepsy as a result of an injury which was most probably caused during fighting in Sri Lanka.“On 21 December 2012, he was heard to collapse in the bathroom of his house.“He was taken to the Royal Free Hospital where his death was confirmed at 23.50 on 23rd December, with his epilepsy found to be directly related to his injury and the cause of that injury remains unknown.” read more

Crowdfunding campaign saves Lankan girl from deportation

A Melbourne university student from Sri Lanka is in shock after 145 people chipped in almost $20,000 to cover her school fees and save her from expulsion and possible deportation, Sky News reported.A crowd-funding campaign was launched after Sanduni Sulochana’s parents in Sri Lanka were unable to pay the full fees for her final year of an economics degree at the University of Melbourne. Friend Thavisha Rambukwella, unable to stand by as Sulochana fretted about being kicked out of university and losing her student visa, set up the GoFundMe campaign which reached its $18,500 goal this week. (Colombo Gazette)

Staff dive into community work with leadership challenge

Wendy Laslo, left, and Charlotte SheridanTwo Brock representatives spent the last year participating in community initiatives to help children and youth as part of Leadership Niagara.Wendy Laslo, Community and Ancillary Services, and Charlotte Sheridan, associate director, Faculty of Graduate Studies, were among Leadership Niagara’s class of 2009.Brock University is one of several sponsors of the program that brings together a cross-section of individuals from the public, private and voluntary sectors to combine their leadership skills with community development.Sheridan and Laslo were among a group of 20 people who took part in this leadership learning experience for one year. It involves monthly group meetings to share knowledge and ideas as part of leadership development. The participants combine this interaction with their personal time and talents to address issues and challenges facing Niagara through team projects in the community.Sheridan worked with a team to collect used school supplies and distribute them to students in need. Laslo was involved in a project to integrate locally grown produce into breakfast and snack programs underway at Niagara schools.“At the start of the program year we were provided with information and input from a variety of community leaders about Niagara’s needs,” said Laslo. “Our group chose to focus on child nutrition and its impact on education. We were surprised at the number of children attending school without adequate food and proper nutrition. Our goal was to implement local produce into existing breakfast and snack programs, starting with three pilot schools.”“Overall this experience was an eye-opener for me as to the daily needs that people face across Niagara,” said Sheridan. “It doesn’ttake too much to help make a difference — it’s a matter of bringing people together, identifying how you can work together to help and then making it happen.”Brock is one of many high profile organizations and companies to support Leadership Niagara since its inception several years ago.“This is a very innovative and evolving program,” said Dianne Bolton, Leadership Niagara administrator, who works out of an office at the Brock campus. “The idea behind it is to develop future community leaders throughout Niagara.”Each year, organizations and businesses are invited to nominate people to participate in the program. For more information, visit leadershipniagara.caPast Brock participants include Margaret Sanderson, University Accessibility co-ordinator; Kristen Smith, Community Services co-ordinator; Luaine Hathaway, executive assistant, Office of the President; and Stephanie Sugamori, co-ordinator, Business Career Development Office.Quick link:• Leadership Niagara read more

Oversexualised Femfresh shaving advert banned for objectifying women

first_imgThe ASA said the advert portrayed women in an overly sexualised wayCredit:ASA/PA Church & Dwight UK, which owns the brand, said the ad was aimed at a target audience of women aged 18 to 34, and the dance sequence was choreographed by a female choreographer and featured moves regularly performed during dance warm-ups, yoga, Pilates and other forms of exercise.It claimed close-up shots were used to illustrate that the product could give consumers a smooth bikini line.The ASA said: “Even taking into account the nature of the product, we considered that it had been presented in an overly sexualised way that objectified women.”We concluded that the ad was likely to cause serious or widespread offence and therefore breached the code.”It ruled that the ad must not appear again in its current form, adding: “We told Church & Dwight not to use advertising that objectified women and which was likely to cause serious or widespread offence to promote their products.” What do you think? Join the debate by leaving a comment below. 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.center_img The ASA said the advert portrayed women in an overly sexualised way An ad for female shaving products has been banned for objectifying women and the likelihood that it would cause serious or widespread offence.The video-on-demand ad for Femfresh bikini line shaving products, seen on ITV Player and 4oD in March and April, featured several women wearing briefs and swimwear while dancing.The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said 17 viewers complained that the ad objectified women and portrayed them in an overly sexualised way, and was therefore offensive and socially irresponsible.last_img read more

Hannay Reels offers highly durable range for nonpowered applications

first_imgThe new 3500 series of reels from Hannay Reels is designed “to accommodate long lengths of hose in non-powered applications such as fuel dispensing, bulk transfer, fire protection, close blasting and slurry.” Hannay states that with an extremely durable, heavy-duty construction, this reel ensures safety and dependability in harsh mining environments.The 3500 series is available in either disc rewind or removable direct crank rewind, and is supplied with a spring-actuated pin lock. It features a standard 90° swivel joint inlet with 1½-in female NPT threads and a two-in victaulic groove. The standard outlet is a flanged riser with 1½-in female NPT threads. This reel also operates at pressures to 600 psi and can accommodate product temperatures from -51°C to +79°C.last_img

GRA protest at pay talks a bad day for Garda reputation Shatter

first_imgTHE MINISTER FOR JUSTICE has described yesterday’s picket by the Garda Representative Association outside the talks on reaching a new public pay agreement as “a bad day for the force”.Alan Shatter has again criticised the GRA and its sister body, the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors, for not participating in the talks – saying the most appropriate way for the associations to address the issues they oppose would be to participate in the discussions.The AGSI has not been part of the talks since January 25, while the GRA – which represents ‘ordinary’ rank and file members – pulled out on February 4.“Yesterday was a bad day for the reputation of the Force when, outside Lansdowne House, members of the GRA executive saw fit both to engage in protest action, and criticise and abuse other trade unions and public representative bodies” participating in the talks, Shatter said in a statement.“I am concerned that what took place yesterday could discredit the Force in the eyes of many people.”Shatter also said comments from the GRA’s PJ Stone, who said the GRA had never been part of the talks, were “grossly” misleading.The facts are that all public sector representative bodies were invited to a series of meetings which were facilitated by officers from the Labour Relations Commission.A number of options were put to the Garda Associations at those meetings.  The intention was that these options would be negotiated with the Garda Associations with the objective of realising the relevant savings in the Garda Vote. Shatter said both associations had decided to withdraw from the discussions before “any meaningful engagement”, but said the associations could only address the concerns about Garda pay – or put any counter-proposals on how else to make savings – by taking part in the talks.“For as long as the GRA and AGSI remain outside the talks they can have no such influence and I would, once again, urge each body to properly represent the best interests of their members by re-engaging immediately in the talks process,” he said.The minister added that while tense relationships between Garda bodies and the Minister for Justice had been a feature of politics “throughout my political life”, it had shown “disrespect” to the Taoiseach and Garda Commissioner, Martin Callinan, to openly question their authority or express a lack of confidence in them.Read: Sergeants and inspectors join garda action in protest over pay cutslast_img read more

Mindgamers Was a Cool Experiment if Not a Great Movie

first_img Mindgamers is a movie that asked me to do the unthinkable: watch a movie in Times Square. After braving the rain, the tourists and the expensive, terrible food, having electrodes stuck on my head for three hours wasn’t so bad. Maybe I should back up for a second. Mindgamers was a one-night experiment where people in Los Angeles and New York would watch the same movie at the same time while some scientists measured and mapped out their brainwaves.I got inside the theater and was asked to put on a weird headband that stuck wires to my head in three places. Two above the eyebrows, one behind the right ear. Watching a movie in the future is weird and a little uncomfortable, but we were promised it was all leading to something cool. Before heading in to watch the movie, we were handed a small Android tablet to plug the headset into. A running app notified us that it was now streaming our brainwaves. If Judgement Day happens in the near future and the machines take over, I guess it’ll partially be my fault. Sorry.Before the movie started, we sat through a few speeches from the people behind the experiment. There was a lot of Silicon Valley tech talk that boiled down to how we’re connected all the time, but we’re also lonely. Not exactly a groundbreaking observation, but it was used to help explain why they’re doing this test. The idea, as I understand it, is that they can measure the general brain patterns of a large group of people all doing the same thing. Since we’re all connected to the same computer, they can see who had similar reactions to certain parts of the movie. The end goal seems to be getting to a point where we can send thoughts to each other’s brains? That way being connected to each other via the internet won’t be quite as lonely and isolating? That’s what I got out of it anyway.Groundbreaking brain experiment or dystopian sci-fi future? You decide! (Photo by Dan Krauss)After the introductions were over, the movie began. Mindgamers describes itself as “an action movie for the mind,” which I guess is code for “trippy sci-fi conspiracy flick.” It’s a stylish low-budget movie with some really interesting ideas, even if it doesn’t do much with them in the end. It follows a group of students at a futuristic university. They’re all working on a project that involves sending signals between brains. The idea is that one person could manipulate the movements and behaviors of a group, but it also works the other way. A volunteer who was paralyzed in a parkour accident (yes, parkour is still a thing in the far-flung future of… whenever this takes place) acts as their guinea pig. By hooking enough brains to his, they’re hoping to allow him to walk again.Their research is funded by Professor Kreutz, played by Sam Neill, the movie’s biggest star. He plans to use the machine for his own nefarious goals. There’s also a mysterious red-haired girl who shows up out of nowhere and inserts herself into the experiment. The most interesting idea the movie played with was the concept of alternate realities stemming from the use of a quantum computer. Particularly interesting was how it tied into the existence of an afterlife. The idea is that when one reality ends, you jump to the next one.It was a little strange to go from “we’re going to hook up your brains to a computer” to “here’s a movie about the dangers of hooking up your brain to a computer.” Maybe that’s why this movie doesn’t take a stance on the issue. It made for a weaker movie, but it didn’t clash too much with the preceding talks from tech people who are way into the idea.Here’s what it looks like when you measure a bunch of brains at once. (Photo by Dan Krauss)So, onto the experiment part of the evening. This made the entire evening worth it. Going to Times Square, putting on an uncomfortable headset, watching… an OK movie I guess. All of it led to the moment where we got to see what kind of data they were collecting. They showed us a mass of floating points that each represented a single brain. We got to see how they moved closer together, further apart and connected with each other. Of course, someone almost immediately asked if similar brain patterns meant two people were more compatible with one another. We didn’t get a definitive answer, but I suppose there could be worse things to come out of this experiment than Tinder for your brain.Probably the coolest thing they showed us was how we could control the computer we were hooked up to with our minds. They brought up a screen showing two circles, a pink one for everyone in New York and yellow for everyone in L.A. New Yorkers were instructed to concentrate on making our circle as big as possible, while Los Angeles folks were told to make theirs smaller. The circles oscillated a bit, but we were surprised to see it actually worked. We did seem to be able to control the circles just by thinking about them.The results (Photo by Dan Krauss)Finally, they showed us the data they collected during the film. As you might expect, our collective focus spiked dramatically during the film’s more tense moments. I also found it interesting how New York appeared to be more subdued than the L.A. audience. Our focus and brain activity was apparently not as intense. That may have had something to do with the fact that it was close to midnight for us, while the west coast still had their whole evening ahead of them. Also, the men were overall less focused than the women in the audience. Though we probably didn’t need an experiment to tell us that.So the movie wasn’t great, but that didn’t matter in the end. Seeing a representation of 1000 peoples’ brains linked together was an unforgettable experience. I’m not sure if I buy the whole connecting directly to our friends’ brains thing, but I’m on board with anything that allows scientists to learn more about how our brains perceive and send out information. Besides, when artificial intelligence takes over the world, it may be handy to have my brainwaves be a part of the all-knowing machine network. Maybe it will recognize me as a friend and show mercy. If not, at least I can take comfort that being a man in New York, the data suggests I won’t even notice when the machines take over. Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on targetlast_img read more

Romney further tightens grip on GOP nomination

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Mitt Romney tightened his grip on the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night, sweeping primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C., with time left over to swap charges with President Barack Obama.“Four more years?” Romney asked sarcastically of the president as supporters cheered in Milwaukee.He said Obama was “a little out of touch” after spending four years surrounded by the trappings of power and had presided over near-record job losses as well as increases in poverty, home foreclosures, government debt and gasoline prices. In Washington, Obama said things could be worse — and he predicted they would be if Romney and the Republicans got their way.The victories enabled Romney to pad his already-wide delegate lead over Republican rival Rick Santorum, who flashed defiance in the face of pressure to abandon his own candidacy in the name of party unity.Wisconsin was the marquee contest of the night, the only place of the three on the ballot where Santorum mounted a significant effort. Romney’s victory there marked his fourth in little more than a month in a belt of industrial states that also included Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois.Returns from 80 percent of the state’s precincts showed Romney with 42 percent of the vote to 38 percent for Santorum, 12 percent for Ron Paul and 6 percent for Newt Gingrich.last_img read more

Library workshops set on financial literacy

first_imgVancouver — Vancouver Community Library will offer a series of personal financial workshops this month to mark national Financial Literacy Month.The series was inspired by Money Smart Week, developed 11 years ago by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and its partner organizations.The American Library Association, including Fort Vancouver Regional Library, joined the effort in 2011.All of the events are free, open to the public and held at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St.• Budgeting and Saving, 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 24• Credit & Debt, 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 25• Home Ownership, 6 p.m. Thursday, April 26• Finance for Teens, 4 p.m. Friday, April 27• Compound Interest, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28• Money Movies, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 29last_img

Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Jack Boyle

first_img(NOTE: The above profile was submitted by Wilmington Little League.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Chris GreccoIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Graham SmithIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Riley ZayaIn “Sports” WILMINGTON, MA — This is the seventh in a series of profiles celebrating the former Wilmington Little League’s seniors playing on the Wilmington High School baseball team. Little League’s motto is courage, character, and loyalty. Through playing with and against each other, these student athletes the embodiment of the motto.Jack BoyleBeginning his baseball career on the small diamond at the North and ending it on the North’s Big diamond, Jack Boyle played all 10 years he was eligible for Wilmington Little League. From the Rookie Cyclones to the Senior Astros, Jack is the embodiment of a Little Leaguer, playing at all levels and on all fields.Although he might not have been the biggest or fastest player, that did not deter him from finding success. Over the course of his WLL career he played for his father every single season except one, where he played for Coach Fred Russell. Jack may be the ultimate coaches kid, but he is much more than that. He is an intelligent, versatile player who not only loved to play but spent hours watching and going to games. Over the years, Jack has developed into an outstanding defensive outfielder.  However, whenever a need arose Jack would step in and play any position (excluding catcher). If a coach needed a position filled Jack eagerly volunteered and filled in. There was never a position he would not try for the good of the team. As he got older he became like a coach on the field but never lost the joy of just playing the game.Jack’s first season of WLL, Rookie Cyclones, he played for his father and Cliff Lord. When he hit the diamond it was not like it was the first time he played baseball.  Jack had been playing catch, running bases and hitting since he was in diapers. He was fortunate to play every position for the Cyclones and turned an unassisted triple play while playing pitcher. It was his basic knowledge of the game that helped understand how to turn it. No one understood what happened and stood around not knowing what to do.  Jack continued his career with the Rookie Avalanche, Single A Astros, and finally the AA Giants, before heading to the Majors.Jack was drafted by the Indians as an 11 year old and spent 2 seasons playing for Coach Fred Russell and coaches Jim Boyle and Joe Aucoin.  A defensive stalwart, Jack played 2B and CF for the Indians. One highlight as a 11 year old, were all the walk off wins. Especially the walk off homerun hit by teammate Scott Edwards.  A disappointing end to his first season was a first round loss to the Tigers. This helped motivate Jack into his final Major season. That final season brought several outstanding wins and was highlighted by a Web Gem catch in CF vs the Orioles. Helping the Indians advance to the Semifinals of the playoffs, an improvement from his first year, also stands out. Jack played on the Indians with future Wildcats Riley Zaya and Jarred Aucoin. He really enjoyed hanging out at Rotary and watching his friends play.After completing his Majors career, Jack went on to play four years on the big diamond. It was on the big diamond that he began to focus on becoming an outfielder. He was part of the first group of Juniors to play cross town games vs North Reading, Stoneham and Woburn. He enjoyed traveling to compete against a new set of opponents. Along with the spring teams, Jack played for the Jimmy Fund, Pony and Northeast teams in the summer. He was also a integral part of the first Wilmington Middle School team and helped lead the Wildcats to a 16-5 record and a trip to the semifinals of the playoffs.   The highlight of his summer WLL career was playing on the 2016 Northeast team which was the first Wilmington team to win a Northeast League Division championship.This will be Jack’s first year playing Varsity Baseball for the Wildcats, having competed at the Freshman and JV level for the past three years. He played four years on the WHS Varsity Golf team and two years on the WHS Basketball team.Jack’s family has been an essential part of his baseball career. His mother Kelli, enjoyed watching him play for his dad. Going to Rotary Park, sitting out on the picnic table in left center field, and watching the games is also another memory of hers. For father Jim, there are too many memories to mention however, getting the opportunity to coach Jack for ten years has to be his favorite.Jack will be attending the University of Rhode Island in the fall to study business, where he will be joining his sister Amanda.last_img read more

Xbox One experiencing streaming and video quality issues reports say

first_imgIf you planned on or unfortunately ended up having a lonely New Year’s Eve keeping warm by the exhaust vent of your Xbox One, you might have had a night even worse than that already sounds. According to user reports, the Xbox One is experiencing streaming issues with its popular media services.Reports suggests that the quality of Netflix and Amazon Instant Video have been subpar — far below HD, and even below standard definition. The services are apparently not to blame, as the same reports suggest that streaming on other devices — including the Xbox One’s rival, the PS4 — have been working as intended. Rather than just random dudes from the internet, though, game industry veterans also claimed to be experiencing the quality dip.Anyone else experiencing inconsistent video quality on @AmazonVideo on Xbox One? I get stable 1080p streaming on PS4 but sub-SD on Xbox One.— Robert Bowling (@fourzerotwo) December 31, 2013 Former Infinity Ward developer Robert Bowling tweeted that he was also experiencing the streaming issue, noting that streaming on the PS4 was running at a stable 1080p. Other reports claimed that movies on Netflix would get stuck during the loading process.Microsoft has not responded to the reports just yet, but while the issues are just claims from the internet at the moment, industry vets like Bowling likely wouldn’t make erroneous claims just to stir the pot. Isolated streaming issues also aren’t out of the ordinary; in the past, some of us have experienced the PS3 version of Netflix having noticeable quality and loading issues, while every other iteration of Netflix ran fine.For now, if you are indeed experiencing quality issues streaming media on your Xbox One, be patient, and watch your videos on one of the other millions of devices you own that runs the very same service.last_img read more

Blizzards Heroes of the Storm is going to work and were all

first_imgAfter playing the technical alpha for a little while, the success of Blizzard’s official attempt at a MOBA isn’t actually a question worth answering. Instead, you’re better off measuring how much of your life you plan to offer as tribute when the game finally launches.Whether you call them MOBAs, “action RTS games,” or “hero shooters” as Gearbox wants to call it, there is one inescapable fact about this particular genre of game: they are everywhere. They are so homogenous in most cases that were it not for their names, it would not even clear you’re looking at two different games. These games exist in such volume because they are now so popular that professional gaming as a mainstream concept has formed almost entirely around the genre. When Blizzard announced that it would be working on a MOBA of its own, I was amused. After playing a couple of hours of the technical alpha and experienced what will be brought to the table, I was enlightened.Blizzard isn’t trying to “fix” the MOBA genre. The company has some new ideas on how levels work, and a few creative plans for daily activities to help reduce the exhaustion-adrenaline cycle that this genre is so well-known for, but the essentials of the game remain intact. You and your teammates play hero characters that work with a constant stream of generic soldier characters to take down the enemy fortress and destroy its power core before the enemies do the same to you. In the alpha, there are a handful of maps with different layouts and objectives, but it’s still a fairly straightforward MOBA when you get right down to it.Oh, you know, just two guys in multi-ton space armor riding horses.What makes this game so much more entertaining than the others — the thing that separates this game from the ocean of disturbingly similar titles in this genre — are Blizzard’s famed IPs. Blizzard has tapped all of its franchises, taking characters from Diablo, StarCraft, and the entire Warcraft franchise, and put them in a strange Ragnarok that combines the futuristic elements of StarCraft with the ancient stylings of Warcraft. It’s a little jarring at first, especially when you see Jim Raynor wearing his iconic Thunderstrike armor summon an ordinary horse as his basic mount. Then again, the incongruities can also be pretty awesome; it is deeply satisfying to watch Arthas plunge Frostmourne into Diablo.Yes, other MOBAs are also composed of famous characters — DC Comics has its own MOBA, for instance — but Heroes of the Storm feels more like a Smash Bros. level of mashup rather than being stuck in a single famous universe.The game is far from perfect in its current condition, but with the technical alpha tag all over the place, you wouldn’t expect it to be pristine. Everything about the combat system, including visuals and variation between the different characters, is very well done. Blizzard is taking full advantage of each characters’ powers from their respective games, and making sure a strategy equivalent is well represented. Being able to rampage across the battlefield as a god-like Archon is balanced well with the fragility of a more standard Protoss unit, and none of that means a thing if your opponent manages to secure the tributes necessary to curse your soldiers and reduce their health to one for the next two minutes.Like most games Blizzard has a hand in making, Heroes of the Storm is going to be released with a great deal of fanfare and excitement. Beyond that, it looks like the game has a lot of staying power built in. At this moment, there are 27 playable characters, most of which are accessed through either paying cash or working your way through the daily quests and PvP combat to earn enough in-game currency. The game basically hands you 3,000 coins by the time you have left training, just 1,000 less than the first character you can purchase. The game already has everything it needs to keep people playing, and that doesn’t even cover working towards custom mounts, character skins, and new abilities that can be bolted onto your hero.So far, there’s very little about Heroes of the Storm that isn’t impressive and entertaining. It’s fairly easy to become jaded and bored when you play a bunch of the games in this genre, and while the straightforward gameplay in Heroes of the Storm initially led me to believe that it would grow old fast, I was happy to be proven wrong. This is going to be a lot of fun, and I think anyone who is a fan of this genre should either keep a close eye on this game as it develops, or do what you can to get invited to the alpha and beta versions of the game. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Starting ZoneStarting ZoneHorsebackOh, you know, just two guys in multi-ton space armor riding horses.Tripple KillIce SpikesDiedIce DragonBase conqueredVictoryPost-gamelast_img read more

Head of public security vows to restore peace acknowledges drug cartels

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Although figures show a decrease in crime since Alberto Capella Ibarra assumed the position of State Secretary of Public Safety, he says there is still much that needs to be done.He says that that there is still much to be done to improve, adding that so far, the figures are positive and that public security authorities should sustain an even more downward trajectory regarding crime statistics for the region.Capella Ibarra says that consistent and coordinated work with the police corporations of the three levels of government under the Single Command that has just begun operation in Benito Juárez will help decrease figures even more over the coming months.He stressed the importance of the coordination between the police corporations of the three levels of government despite the “rebellion” of some municipal agents in Benito Juarez, adding that other areas such as inspection, have generated direct threats against authorities.Despite this, the work will continue.In November, La Procuraduría General de la Repúblic (PGR) revealed part of the structure and links of the Sinaloa Cartel in Cancun where several businesses were involved in the sale of drugs under the protection of the municipal inspectors themselves.During routine surveillance, alleged drug leader Zaida Rocío Luna Ramírez, was quietly arrested October 29 in SM 510 of Cancun. The 33-year-old woman, who is believed to be the head distributor in Cancun for the Sinaola Cartel, was taken into custody. She is originally from Tepic, Nayarit. She was arrested with Eney Valier González who is also believed to be a leader in the sale of drugs in Cancun’s center.With the arrest of Zaida Rocío Luna Ramírez, the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic was able to identify the modus operandi and the businesses linked to the criminal group in the city.Capella Ibarra stressed that the commitment of Governor Carlos Joaquín is to return peace and tranquility to the public that has been lost in recent years as a result of the entry of criminal groups.He recognized the presence of at least five groups that operate in the state which he says, will be faced with a security policy and solid police members.Alberto Capella IbarraAlberto Capella Ibarra“There is a very strong commitment from Governor Carlos Joaquín to work to restore peace and tranquility to the citizens. It is a commitment that I have with the citizenship and we are working to achieve that goal with a correct security policy and good police elements,” he said.Alberto Capella mentioned that one of the projects of great importance to guarantee security in Quintana Roo is the construction of the Coordination, Command, Control, Communications and Computing Center (C-5), which when complete, will be located on Luis Donaldo Colosio Boulevard near the Cancun International Airport.He says when done, varying security measures will be implemented in all areas of public safety, emergency and civil protection. From that new command center, emergency calls of numbers 911 and 089 will also be attended.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mevion Medical Systems Forming Joint Venture in China

first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Related Content The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2015 Mevion Medical Systems Forming Joint Venture in China S250 proton therapy system manufacturer secures up to $200 million in financing to expand global presence News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more August 6, 2015 — Mevion Medical Systems announced today that it has entered into an investment agreement where up to $200 million will be invested in Mevion to accelerate its worldwide expansion. The investment was led by HOPU Investments, YuanMing Capital, and participated in by other Chinese investors and existing U.S. investors Caxton Alternative Management L.P., ProQuest Investments, Venrock and CHL Medical Partners. Concurrent with the investment, Mevion and the lead investors will form a joint venture in China to produce, sell and service proton therapy systems for the Chinese market. HOPU and YuanMing have extensive experience investing in successful healthcare companies and offer a significant network of healthcare experience in China.The investment will support an increase in Mevion’s manufacturing capacity and global service capability to support the installation of new proton therapy sites in the United States, China and internationally.“Proton therapy is an increasingly significant treatment modality for cancer centers around the world, and we see real value in advancing accessibility to this important therapy in China and elsewhere,” said Sunny Li, senior managing director and head of technology investments of HOPU Investments. “We have conducted an extensive industry survey of proton therapy companies. Only one company is commercially proven to have both the best technology and the best economics for healthcare providers and that is Mevion. We wanted to be a part of this success story.”Yuan Tian and Dr. Tina Yu, partners of YuanMing Capital, stated, “We are very interested in investing in medtech leaders in the U.S. like Mevion, and truly believe that we can help these U.S. companies grow and maximize value in the Chinese market.”The first Mevion system, which is installed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, achieved the fastest per-room ramp-up of any proton therapy system, treating its first 100 patients in a single room in just 11 months. That system was followed by the clinical start of the Ackerman Cancer Center (ACC) in Jacksonville, Florida. The system at ACC beat all global patient treatment ramp-up records by reaching a per-room rate of 350 patients per year in less than three months. This treatment rate is comparable to the total number of patients treated each year at costlier four-room legacy systems. And, this spring, Mevion became the first proton therapy manufacturer to open two facilities back-to-back; the system at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital treated its first patient less than four weeks after the first patient was treated at ACC, further evidence of its breakthrough efficiency.The Mevion S250 delivers higher-quality, targeted radiation therapy for cancer patients at a fraction of the size and operating costs and with much higher operational efficiency than the legacy proton systems. Its modular design and smaller footprint – a single-room format occupies only 2,000 sq. ft. (180 sq. m) – means that a Mevion S250 can be added to existing cancer facilities in even the most densely populated cities with extreme space constraints, while installations can be scaled to provide multi-room capabilities at large cancer hospitals. And, it is an environmentally friendly system, using less than 10 percent of the energy of legacy systems.For more information: www.mevion.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

New York – Sommelier Jean Luc Le Du winner of the

first_imgNew York – Sommelier Jean Luc Le Du, winner of the highly coveted Sommelier of the Year Award by the food and wine industry’s top organization, the James Beard Foundation, has teamed up with developer Beck Street Capital to create an exclusive wine package for the residents of Alma, a new luxury condominium building in New York’s Flatiron District that will feature custom interiors by Roman and Williams and a selection of special lifestyle amenities designed for the discerning buyer.Le Du, the former chief sommelier at New York’s Restaurant Daniel and owner of Le Du’s Wines in TriBeCa, has designed a comprehensive package for Alma’s residents titled, “Le Du’s Wines pour Alma.” The package includes: a seasonal case of select wines delivered to each of the 13 homes; “The Alma 100,” a private collection of hand-picked wines for Alma; and exclusive sommelier services to consult on wine pairings and suggest new, popular and hard-to-find wines.Alma will provide full-floor loft-style living to design aficionados with a blend of classical architectural details and modern design aesthetics by Roman and Williams. Located at 30 West 21st St., Alma is a conversion of a 1907 neo-Renaissance landmarked loft building that will contain 11 stunning three-bedroom floor-through residences, a triplex penthouse, and an adjacent newly constructed six-story townhouse.  The custom-designed homes will range from 3,000 to 4,500 square feet, with prices ranging from approximately $6 million to $10 million.“We want to offer buyers at Alma access to the best in everything and that includes the finest and hardest-to-find wines,” said Kevin Comer, senior managing director of Beck Street Capital. “Our buyers expect nothing but the best in all aspects of their lives and we are creating a full lifestyle package that will meet their high standard of living with Alma’s haute design and luxurious amenities.”“I’m thrilled to bring my passion for wine to Alma’s residents and provide a selection of wines that embody superior taste,” said Le Du. “With this exclusive package, wine connoisseurs will have access to rare appellations and be the first to hear about new and difficult-to-find wines.”“Le Du’s Wines pour Alma” will be available summer 2009, when Alma opens to residents.CORE Group Marketing is the exclusive sales and marketing agent for Alma. CORE’s Steve Ganz and Jon Isaacs are the co-directors of on-site sales for Alma. For more information or to schedule an appointment to visit the sales center, please call 212-675-2467.last_img read more

The legendary fivestar Hotel Elephant on Weimar

first_imgThe legendary five-star “Hotel Elephant” on Weimar’s market square is just a stone’s throw away from the historic Anna Amalia Library, which was recently reopened. Since 2000, starstudded Italian chef Marcello Fabbri has been Directeur de Cuisine at the hotel’s own gourmet restaurant, treating guests to outstanding culinary experiences. For two months, from 1 March, First and Business Class passengers on long-haul Lufthansa flights from Germany will also have an opportunity to savour Marcello Fabbri’s light, Mediterranean cuisine. Among the dishes offered in First Class is a goat cheese terrine with marinated bell pepper served with Taggiasca olives served as an hors d’oeuvre, which may be followed by loup de mer filled with arugula, served with baked tomatoes and mashed potatoes with olives.The dishes served in Business Class also promise to delight even the most discerning palates. The menu includes smoked brook trout with fennel orange salad and Meaux mustard sauce as a starter, followed by olive-crusted saddle of lamb with ratatouille and potato gratin. Marcello Fabbri was born in Rimini in 1970. From 1984 to 1987 he served his apprenticeship at the State School for Chefs in his home town in Italy. He subsequently worked as Chef de Partie in the Hotel des Alpes in Madonna di Campiglio and under the renowned chef Gualtiero Marchesi in Milan. Fabbri’s philosophy is succinct and very Italian: “Life is bitter enough. So espresso must at least be sweet!”As far as possible, Fabbri only uses local products, and sources his ingredients for the most part from growers and manufacturers within Thuringia. At the same time, his outstanding cuisine is influenced by the Mediterranean traditions of his homeland. That is the secret of the success of this quintessential Italian, as proven by his awards to date: Gault Millau awarded Fabbri’s cuisine 17 points, while Michelin granted him one star and the German gourmet magazine “Der Feinschmecker” judged his restaurant to be one of the best in Germany. Over the next two months, the menus specially created by Marcello Fabbri will be served about 285,000 times in First and Business Class.The Lufthansa Star Chef programmeSince January 2000, Lufthansa has taken its First and Business Class passengers to new culinary heights. Imaginative menus, created by top chefs from all over the world, make a Lufthansa flight a truly heavenly experience. To date, such international celebrities as Harald Wohlfahrt (Baiersbronn), Dieter Müller (Bergisch Gladbach), Frank Zlomke (Paarl, South Africa), Daniel Boulud (New York) and Paul Bocuse (Lyon) have been engaged as Lufthansa “Star Chefs”. In addition, since the beginning of 2005, internationally renowned chefs have created special menus on selected long-haul routes from Germany to reflect the culinary tastes and traditions of the respective destination.Deutsche Lufthansa AG Corporate Communicationslast_img read more

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