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first_imgNinth-seeded Venus Williams used her powerful serve and pinpoint shot making to defeat fellow American Alison Riske 6-2 6-0 in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters on Tuesday.Riske put a volley wide to end a seven-minute game and hand the first set to Williams on a sunny day on centre court at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.An early break in the second set put the 37-year-old Williams in complete control and she cruised to victory.Fashion-conscious Williams’ biggest struggle on the court may have been with her jewellery after her hoop earing fell off at one point and later got tangled with her necklace.The win sets up a second round battle between Williams and Australian Ashleigh Barty, who defeated American Varvara Lepchenko 6-4 6-4 earlier on Tuesday.In other first round action, Latvia’s French Open champion and 12the seed Jelena Ostapenko was upset 6-4 6-2 by unseeded Russian Aleksandra Krunic.Tenth-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska also had a surprisingly early exit after she fell 6-4 6-4 to German Julia Gorges in the round of 64.Spain’s Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, seeded fourth, is set to face Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil in a second-round clash later on Tuesday.last_img read more


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first_imgEver since Sri Lanka were awarded Test status in 1982, the island nation has produced some of the finest and most stylish cricketers the sport has ever seen. Sitting at the top half of that list is Mahela Jayawardene, the right-handed batsman from Colombo who went on to become one of the greatest batters of his generation.Jayawardene made his debut in international cricket in 1997 in the first Test against India on his homeground and made an instant impact in the drawn game, scoring 66 off 105 balls batting way down the order at No. 6. (Sri Lanka hurting from India whitewash: what’s plaguing the islanders?)Over the course of the next 17 years, Jayawardene amassed 11,814 runs in 149 Tests at an average of 49.84 with 34 hundreds and 50 half-centuries, thus, finishing his career as the eighth highest run-scorer in history. Just three spots behind his good friend and longtime teammate Kumar Sangakkara.#OnThisDay in 2014 Sri Lanka legend @MahelaJay bowed out from Test cricket after 149 Tests with 11,816 runs & 34 centuries, averaging 49.84. pic.twitter.com/mhuJc7xdRa- ICC (@ICC) August 18, 2017Jayawardene became the first Sri Lankan batsman to cross the 10,000-run mark in Test cricket but was eventually overtaken by Sangakkara, who scored 12,400 runs in 134 matches at 57.40.The 374 runs Jayawardene scored against South Africa at the SSC in 2006 remains to this day the highest score by a right-handed batsman in Test history. And he had his best mate for company during that innings as the duo added a world record 624 runs for the third wicket to help Sri Lanka win by an innings and 153 runs against the Proteas.advertisementThe duo formed the backbone of the Sri Lankan batting lineup along with veteran Sanath Jayasuriya at the top of the order and took the responsibility on their shoulders after Jayasuriya retired in 2007.(Reuters Photo)Jayawardene took over the captain’s post in 2006 and led the team in 38 Test matches with 18 wins, 12 losses and eight draws, the same record as Jayasuriya had as skipper from 1999-2000. The duo are the most successful Test captains for Sri Lanka.Besides his Test records, Jayawardene was an equally dangerous ODI batsman and scored 12650 runs in 448 matches at 33.37 with 19 hundreds and 77 fifties, making him the fifth highest run-getter in the format and again three places behind Sangakkara (14,234 runs in 404 ODIs).In his last Test, Jayawardene scored 4 and 54 runs in two innings as Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 105 runs at Colombo, the same place where he made his debut.With Sangakkara and Jayawardene in the team, Sri Lanka reached the top of the ODI and T20I rankings while occupying second place in the Test rankings. Once a great team revered all around world cricket, has now been reduced to the bottom-half of the table once the two legends retired.Jayawardene quit the Test format August 18 in 2014 while Sangakkara retired exactly a year later. Since then the Sri Lankan Test team has been on the decline with veterans Angelo Mathews and Rangana Herath failing to inspire the team.Jayawardene getting a guard of honour (Reuters Photo)They lost their second consecutive home series against India recently, having lost 1-2 in 2015 as well and a month prior to that they finished last in Group B in the ICC Champions Trophy having won just one match out of three in the eight-team event. In March Zimbabwe visited the country and stunned Mathews’ team 3-2 in the five-match ODI series.Sri Lankan supporters have been growing impatient at the appalling rate at which their cricket team’s decline has taken place but credit to the fans for they still haven’t stopped supporting the team even after witnessing so many losses in the last couple of years.But they deserve way better than the quality of cricket the team has dished out off late. Every team goes through a transitional phase when experienced players retire from the sport but Sri Lanka’s worries just don’t seem to end. Fitness is another key issue which their players have been struggling with which has added to their poor performance in all formats.This great nation needs to find inspiration from somewhere which can help them control their decline. A team which had the fearsome duo of Sanga, Mahela along with some great names like Jayasuriya, Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva before them, is now left completely directionless.last_img read more


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first_imgCHENNAI, India – Dubbed a Harry Potter-like figure because of his youth, 22-year-old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen has won the chess world championship to become the first Western player since Bobby Fischer to hold the title.Carlsen defeated defending champion Viswanathan Anand of India after a draw in Game 10 gave him the necessary 6½ points to clinch the win. Playing in Chennai close to where Anand grew up, the Indian finished with 3½ points after seven draws and three losses. Anand 43, had held the title for six years.Carlsen becomes the youngest world champion since Garry Kasparov, who was also 22 – and a few weeks younger than the Norwegian – when he won the title in 1985. Carlsen is a former child prodigy who became a grandmaster at 13 and has been the world’s top-ranked player since 2010.Speaking at a press conference after the victory, Carlsen said he was “very very happy to have won and to have completed this match. “Let’s write the history books later!” he added. Carlsen has won 60% of the total prize fund of $2.24 million, while Anand takes home the rest.Carlsen went into the tournament as a big favorite over the defending champion but was cautious about his chances of winning. When it looked as if he was nearing victory, he told reporters: “This was a very difficult game. There was a fear of being mated all the time”.The young Norwegian stands out amongst chess players, not only for his game but for his persona. A part-time model who has appeared on the front cover of GQ magazine, he exudes an affable personality, a BBC profile noted.Chess champion Susan Polgar commentated on the game and described him as “having a different style and a very good sense of humor.” He will be a “good boost for chess,” she said, a view that was echoed by analysts who say he is likely to change the perception of the game.Chess hasn’t regained the world attention it had when American Bobby Fischer, often regarded as the greatest of all time, mesmerized with his brilliance, winning the title in 1972 in Iceland, beating the great Russian player Boris Spassky.With an eccentric personality, Fischer refused to defend his title in 1975 after a dispute over the playing conditions and became a recluse until 1992 when he came out of retirement to beat Spassky again in Yugoslavia, which was under U.S. Sanctions, leading Fischer to never return to the U.S. After a dispute with the Internal Revenue Service.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


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first_imgMarko Arnautovic’s transfer U-turn which has seen him go from pushing for a move to China to stating his commitment to West Ham has been questioned by Joe Cole.Having learned of interest from Asia, with a lucrative contract on the table, the Austrian forward saw his head turned.He was eager to take up the offer, but the Hammers stood firm in the middle of a Premier League campaign and refused to sanction a sale. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? An unsettled Arnautovic was briefly removed from their plans amid a distracting January saga, but the 29-year-old has since come out and stated his willingness to stay on at the London Stadium.As a key part of Manuel Pellegrini’s squad, he can be expected to slip straight back into the fold.Former West Ham star Cole is, however, not convinced that Arnautovic has altered his stance and is merely making the right noises in public.He told Sky Sports: “Something has gone on as last week he said he wanted to go to China and win things, then a week later he has made his mind up and doesn’t want to go to China and win things.“Now something has gone wrong.“Me personally, if I was in that position of being so desperate to go last week, as he said, be honest, come out and say it’s a lot of money and I would like to go for financial reasons.“This week everyone is looking at it totally different because last week he was honest but this week everyone is saying do you think we’re stupid?”Arnautovic penned a five-year contract with West Ham upon his arrival from Stoke.That deal is due to run until 2022, with the Hammers under no pressure to part with a player they snapped up as part of a club-record £20 million ($26m) deal.They may, however, see further interest shown, with Arnautovic still on the radar of those in the Chinese Super League while also being talked up for possible moves to Premier League rivals such as Chelsea.last_img read more


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first_imgBirmingham: With pacer Lungi Ngidi back in the side, South Africa will look to avenge their 2015 semifinal defeat while New Zealand will aim to reclaim their position at the top when the two sides clash in a World Cup match here on Wednesday. South Africa, who suffered a heartbreaking loss to New Zealand in the last edition, had a dismal start to their World Cup campaign, losing three straight games followed by a wash-out before registering their maiden win against bottom-placed Afghanistan. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev In contrast, New Zealand are yet to face defeat in the tournament and are lying second on the table with three wins and a washout. Injuries to pacers Dale Steyn and Anrich Norje have hurt the South African bowling unit severely. With Ngidi fully fit and the team finally tasting victory, skipper Faf du Plessis will breathe a sigh of relief. “Hopefully this is a real confidence booster for everyone on the team. And there’s a little bit of weight that you feel that’s off your shoulders now. We need to win every game that we play” Du Plessis had said after the win against Afghanistan. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships South Africa will need their bowlers to step up to keep their World Cup hopes alive. A lot will depend on veteran spinner Imran Tahir should the Edgbaston surface offer turn. The 40-year-old took two wickets each against England and Bangladesh, before running through Afghanistan. The Proteas have been mostly done in by their batting but they will take heart from the fact that openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock finally clicked in the previous game. The pair, alongside du Plessis, will have to navigate their way through a quality seam attack led by Trent Boult. However, considering South Africa’s dismal record against spin and the brown Edgbaston wicket, the Black Caps might consider deploying leg spinner Ish Sodhi alongside the reliant Mitchell Santer. New Zealand have a solid batting unit. Skipper Kane Williamson anchored the side to victory against Bangladesh and Afghanistan while Ross Taylor has also been among the runs but the team will hope for openers Colin Munro and Martin Guptill to start clicking. New Zealand also have two destructive all-rounders in Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme in their ranks. Squads: New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell. South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi. Match start 3pm IST.last_img read more


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first_imgNew Delhi: One of the biggest blockbusters of the year, Saaho which kick-started shooting in 2017 marking the return of Prabhas on the big screen after SS Rajamouli’s Bahubali franchise. What is more interesting is that the film which has international stuntsmen namely, Kenny Bates already- later, the makers roped in Rush hour 3 fame Peng Zhang to choreograph the climax of Prabhas Saaho which was shot in Abu Dhabi. Earlier, the director Sujeeth had said that the shooting has taken even longer than expected because of the action which demanded almost two years of prep. The makers have shot an eight-minute long action-packed climax, recreating a desert in Abu Dhabi. “A set resembling a ruined place was erected on a 10-acre land and special black soil was strewn over it to give it an authentic desert look. A team of 100 fighters from across the globe were hired for a larger-than-life action sequence involving Prabhas and the baddies. It cost Rs 70 crore and was choreographed by the internationally-acclaimed action director Peng Zhang of Hollywood biggies like The Last Samurai, Hellyboy II: The Golden Armyand Rush Hour 3,” revealed a source close to the development. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Last month, leading lady Shraddha Kapoor had flown to Austria to film a lavishly mounted romantic track and some scenes. In the same schedule, the team had also shot a dance number composed by Badshah with Jacqueline Fernandez in a special turn. After that, the team had reunited in Hyderabad for some patchwork with Prabhas. The multilingual, presented by Bhushan Kumar in Hindi, was finally wrapped up on July 15 in the Telangana capital. Saaho is one of the most anticipated films, starring Prabhas, an actor who enjoys pan India appeal. Paired with Shraddha Kapoor, the movie is being shot in three languages, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu, simultaneously. The movie also has a superlative ensemble cast of Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mandira Bedi, Chunky Panday, Mahesh Manjrekar, Arun Vijay, Murali Sharma, amongst others. ‘Saaho’ is a high octane action thriller which is presented by T-Series, produced by UV Creations and directed by Sujeeth and is set to hit the theatres on August 15, 2019.last_img read more


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BOSTON — Colleges in the U.S. are cutting ties with Chinese tech giant Huawei (WAH’-way) as the company faces allegations of bank fraud and trade secret theft.The Massachusetts Institute of Technology told its faculty Wednesday it will not accept new deals with the company or renew existing ones in light of recent federal investigations.It follows similar decisions at Princeton University and the University of California, Berkeley, which say they have suspended work with the company.The U.S. Justice Department in January accused Huawei of violating U.S. trade sanctions with Iran and separately of stealing technology from T-Mobile. Huawei pleaded not guilty in both cases.Federal data from the Education Department show that Huawei has given more than $10.5 million to U.S. colleges and universities as gifts or contracts since 2014.Collin Binkley, The Associated Press read more


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Health research that makes headlines often provides society with insight into how to tackle diseases or maintain good health.But behind every innovation or discovery is a layer of ‘fundamental’ research that’s aimed at researchers rather than the general public.PhD student Nour Noaman knows this well. The global scholar from Australia is investigating ways to improve how researchers analyze proteins.Specifically, Noaman is seeking to improve the process of gel electrophoresis, in particular a high-resolution method known as two-dimensional gel electrophoresis.Essentially, it’s a laboratory technique that uses electric currents to separate mixtures of protein molecules extracted from a tissue sample and sorts these molecules according to their electrical charge and size.Proteins are then stained with a classic blue dye called Coomassie so that they can be seen and further analyzed.But the classic Coomassie stain has a reputation for insensitivity, which would suggest it doesn’t reveal the most information possible, explains Noaman.“It is important that a stain be adequately sensitive in order to detect as much of the full complement of proteins as possible,” she says. “This gives us a complete protein ‘map’ to enable effective comparisons of protein levels between samples.”Under the direction of Jens Coorssen, Professor of Health Sciences and Biology, Noaman and her lab have developed a new Coomassie staining protocol so that researchers can detect more of the proteins obtained by electrophoresis.Noaman and her team published their latest findings last September in the journal Electrophoresis.In early May, Noaman had another paper accepted in the journal Analytical Biochemistry that highlights an additional application of the new Coomassie stain: the reliable measurement of the total protein content of a sample.She says her research data show that her lab’s version of the Coomassie stain is more sensitive and much cheaper than other stains in the market, which will help a range of researchers in their own work.It’s vital for researchers to have as clear a picture of proteins as possible, as these are the molecules central to the body’s biological and chemical functioning.Evidence for many diseases is apparent at the protein level. Earlier this year, Coorssen and his research team discovered that the levels of certain proteins found in a mother’s blood during the first trimester of pregnancy can potentially act as early predictors or biomarkers of premature birth.Noaman has presented her findings at major international conferences in Portugal, Vancouver and most recently in San Diego.As part of her PhD program in biochemistry and molecular biology at Australia’s Western Sydney University, Noaman is at Brock under the University Mentorship (UM) program, with Coorssen as her supervisor.“As a researcher, you want to be showcasing your work, building relationships with other researchers and exploring other work as much as your own. That transdisciplinary approach fuels the best possible research,” says Noaman, when explaining the value of the UM program.Noaman’s work falls loosely under the fundamental, or ‘basic research’, category. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development defines basic research as being “experimental or theoretical work undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge of the underlying foundations of phenomena and observable facts.”Basic research rarely hits the headlines because much of it doesn’t have an immediately obvious application to the wider public.“However, there’s a continuum between that fundamental science and clinical or applied science, and the two have to feed each other,” Coorssen says.“That’s where the best research comes from; that’s where the best training of the next generations comes from. It’s really important that labs have this balance between fundamental and applied research whenever possible.”He says he thinks Brock is managing this balance well. read more


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Basketball player Carmelo Anthony says playing with Amar’e Stoudemire was “one of the reasons I wanted to come to New York.”Now that his Knicks teammate is struggling with another knee injury, Anthony is having a difficult time watching Stoudemire go through the agony of recovery.“As a friend, it’s hard for me to sit back and act like it doesn’t bother me because I know how hard of a worker he is [and] I know the time that he puts in the gym to train and rehab,” Anthony said Tuesday. “To see him go forward and then take some steps back every time, it’s just sad.”According to reports, Stoudemire will miss the Knicks’ first three preseason games. Stoudemire is rehabbing from knee surgery he received over the summer, his third in the past year.“I’m still getting stronger, still getting the legs strong enough to withstand the pressure of playing, but progress has been great so far,” Stoudemire said.The 11-year veteran only played 29 regular season games in 2012-13, when he also had two separate knee procedures. read more


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OSU co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell walks out of the Buckeyes’ locker room before a game against Maryland on Nov. 12. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorWhen Urban Meyer was hired as Ohio State’s head coach at the end of the 2011 season, many saw the possibility for a dynasty. Meyer’s MO had been his ability to implement a high-octane, prolific offense to whichever program he was coaching. He is one of a few coaches that reshaped the offensive landscape of college football, primarily switching to a spread from a pro-style offense. Since the OSU football program’s earliest days, the Buckeyes have been viewed as a team that excels on the defensive end. Since 2002, when Luke Fickell joined the OSU staff, the characterization of a tough, blue-collar defense stood out in the program’s seven Big Ten championships, four national championship berths and two national titles. The offensive firepower of an Urban Meyer offense combined with the traditionally stout Buckeyes’ defense was a formula many thought would put OSU in the running for a national championship every season. But Meyer came close to making his own recipe.During Meyer’s first two years at the helm for OSU, the Buckeye defense wasn’t the same. After 24 consecutive victories, OSU dropped the Big Ten Championship game to Michigan State and the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl to Clemson. OSU allowed an average of 377 passing yards over the last three games. The Scarlet and Gray ranked 118th out of 125 teams in passing defense.“I did not want to keep (Luke Fickell) when I got here,” Meyer said. “We weren’t very good on defense for a couple years and that stressed things out just a touch around here.”Fickell served as interim head coach before Meyer arrived in Columbus in 2011, going 6-7. Fickell was retained by Meyer as co-defensive coordinator, sharing the duties with Everett Withers, who also coached safeties. After coming within earshot of playing for a national title in 2013, it was clear to Meyer that a change had to be made on defense.In 2014, Fickell was the one who stayed and Withers took another job while current Rutgers head coach Chris Ash was hired by Meyer to replace Withers. The Buckeyes’ secondary underwent a complete overhaul, improving to 15th in passing defense and picking off 25 passes on its way to a national championship. Fickell, in charge of the linebackers, transformed Darron Lee into a freshman All-American after switching from safety.Fickell has produced 12 NFL draft picks so far in his coaching career, as well as dominated the state of Ohio in recruiting — a couple reasons why the University of Cincinnati hired him as its next head coach.“You do not have to be on the best terms at all times,” Fickell said. “Sometimes discomfort breeds growth. To push somebody deep down inside, you gotta know it’s for a reason. That’s the thing I can say, at times, we’ve had these discussions before we’ve had tough times. That’s a part of the game and what you really do is step back and able to realize how much you respect him because of it.”In the midst of preparing for OSU’s national semifinal bout against Clemson on Dec. 31 in Glendale, Arizona, Fickell accepted an offer from Cincinnati to become the Bearcats next head football coach. The long-tenured Ohioan — the one who played for St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, played for John Cooper for four years and coached under Jim Tressel — now will attempt to create his own legacy in the same state that he has built his career.A career that Fickell said wouldn’t be anything without his wife, Amy, and their six children.“Sometimes you take advantage of the people you love the most,” he said. “My family understands that. My wife understands that, my kids understand that, I hope, to some extent. For right now, those are the things that suffer the most. I couldn’t do that without a great wife.”Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell celebrates with junior cornerback Doran Grant (12) following an interception during a game against Purdue Nov. 2, 2013 at Ross-Ade Stadium. OSU won, 56-0.Credit: Lantern File PhotoIf Fickell had left after 2013 for another job, he said that it wouldn’t have felt right not leaving on a high note. When former OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman was hired at Houston during preparation for the College Football Playoff in 2014, he chose to coach throughout the playoff with the Buckeyes. Fickell will do the same this year, preparing for the CFP semifinal against the No. 2 Clemson Tigers (12-1), while trying to balance his position at Cincinnati.“I told them even when I was introduced down at Cincinnati, I wanted to look at every kid and make them realize why I’m doing what I’m doing,” Fickell said. “I’m doing what I’m doing because we started something and I would never start something without finishing it.”One of the players that Fickell has impacted the most is junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan. A five-star recruit from Hinesville, Georgia, that Fickell recruited, McMillan said the best quality about Fickell is his trust in his coaching, sticking with one defensive philosophy since McMillan’s freshman year in 2014.McMillan was an impact player on the national championship team and soon will be another member of Fickell’s linebackers in the NFL. In his time at OSU, Fickell said he hasn’t seen a player that means more to a unit than McMillan.“He’s been able to guide me through all my blessings I’ve been given here at Ohio State and put me in the position I’m in today,” McMillan said. “Through the ups and downs, he stayed on my side, and even the guys beside me, nurtured us and have us become men.”In his last days as a an assistant coach at OSU, Fickell is facing one of his most difficult tasks yet as a defensive coach. Clemson averages 505.5 yards per game on offense, led by Heisman Trophy finalist Deshaun Watson.In 2014, when Clemson put up 40 points and over 500 yards against the Buckeyes, some thought that result would spell the end for Fickell’s time in Columbus. Since then, Fickell has turned into one of Meyer’s most trusted colleagues the past three seasons.“One of the greatest things I’ve ever done was keep Luke Fickell,” Meyer said. “He’s a loyal, good man and a very good friend of mine. We’ll be very close for a long time.” read more


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first_imgPOLICE IN GREATER Manchester are investigating after a 90-year-old woman was dragged off the street and raped.The attack happened at around 6.45am yesterday when the victim left home to visit the local butchers, a statement from Rochdale Police said.According to the statement: As she walked along Spotland Road she felt a hand go over her mouth and she was dragged backwards. She lost then consciousness and awoke on the floor. She had been raped.The victim then walked to the butchers and raised the alarm.The victim is now being supported by specially trained officers and detectives have launched an investigation.Police are appealing for information from anyone who may have seen the victim, and potentially the offender, on the morning of the attack.The woman is being described as “white” and was wearing “a white summer dress with a flower print and a cardigan”.The only description given of the offender is that he was a white man.“I am sure the entire community will share our revulsion at this,” Superintendent Alistair Mallen, based at Rochdale, said in the statement.“The victim has been through an horrific ordeal and we are all hoping she can make a full recovery.“She is now being supported by experienced officers and we are doing everything possible to reassure her that we will catch the man responsible.“This kind of attack is thankfully so rare that it will naturally cause a huge amount of concern in the community.“I now want people, including the criminal fraternity, to imagine if that had been your mum or grandma. I want to harness these feelings and use them to help the police do their job – catch this man and put him before the courts.”Read: It’s not just Tuam… Mother-and-baby probe needs to examine at least 100 institutions, Minister toldlast_img read more


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first_img Climate Activists Use Drones to Shut Down Heathrow Airport Next MonthUPS Wants to Bring Drone Deliveries to U.S. Hospitals Stay on target Two weeks after Project Wing earned approval to make drone deliveries in Canberra, Australia, the Google offshoot got the greenlight to launch a similar service in the US.On Tuesday, Wing became the first drone delivery company to receive air carrier certification from the Federal Aviation Administration.“For communities across the country, this presents new opportunities,” the firm wrote in a blog announcement. “Goods like medicine or food can now be delivered faster by drone, giving families, shift workers, and other busy consumers more time to do the things that matter.”Wing drones have already flown more than 70,000 test flights and completed more than 3,000 deliveries to doorsteps, driveways, and backyards for customers Down Under.Service is expected to take off soon, starting with 100 eligible homes in the Canberra suburbs of Crace, Palmerston, and Franklin, before expanding into Harrison and Gungahlin.A U.S. delivery trial, meanwhile, could start as early as “later this year” in Montgomery County, Va.“For the next several months, we’ll be reaching out to businesses and community members in the Blacksburg and Christiansburg areas to demonstrate out technology, answer questions, and solicit feedback,” Wing said.No further details—including how many drones or consumers will be involved—have been revealed.“This is an important step forward for the safe testing and integration of drones into our economy,” U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao said in a statement. “Safety continues to be our No. 1 priority as this technology continues to develop and realize its full potential.”While the drones can fly autonomously, Wing will have certified pilots on the ground, ready to take control if necessary, according to CNN.“Air delivery … provides greater autonomy to those who need assistance with mobility,” the company blog boasted. “Also, our all-electric drones will reduce traffic on our roads and pollution and carbon emissions in our skies.”More on Geek.com:UPS To Transport Medical Samples Via DroneKoala-Spotting Drones Outdo Human ExpertsBoeing Unveils ‘Wingman’ Drone That Could Fly Alongside Fighter Jetslast_img read more


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first_img Related Items:creative industries, Minister ANTHONY Hylton Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, July 6 (JIS): Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says the Government is implementing measures to facilitate the growth and prosperity of the creative industries.The initiatives, he said, are in recognition of the creative industries as a generator of wealth for the mass of Jamaicans, and a driver of gross domestic product (GDP) growth.“This is why it is linked to the growth agenda…and captured in a number of things…like the Vision 2030 plan, the national growth agenda, and it is the reason why the Creative and Cultural Industries Commission was created,” Minister Hylton noted, while addressing a recent JIS News Think Tank.Among the measures being put in place to promote the creative industries, is the passage and enactment of the Security Interests in Personal Property (SIPP) Act. The legislation provides for increased access to financing by micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME), by allowing personal property (non-real estate assets) to be used as collateral for loans.This means that owners of creative works, innovators and inventors, are now able to leverage their intellectual property (IP), such as copyright, patents and trademarks to be used as collateral.He informed that the National Export-Import Bank of Jamaica (EXIM) has been mandated to work with the Government in order to increase loan access, with other institutions slated to follow suit.“So, the banks need to get very creative and our traditional financial institutions should start soon to work with intellectual capital of various forms whether it be film, music, animation, art, drama,” he said.Minister Hylton informed that talks have been held with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for assistance “to work with the banks and to help them with IP evaluation…so that they can mitigate the risks around that kind of activity to drive sustained growth and build inclusion.”As it relates to copyright, Minister Hylton told JIS News that the Ministry has accepted the Senate’s comments on the Copyright Act.“The amendments to the Act are tremendous and will give this creative economy a significant lift and part of the deliberate strategy to build a framework to move away from real estate-based activity as a source of access to capital,” he noted.The Bill, which was passed on June 9, 2015 in the House of Representatives, extends copyright protection from 50 to 95 years, for content belonging to corporations. Authors of literary works, dramatic, and musical creations will also enjoy the added protection. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 16, 2017 – Nassau – Police have three suspects for a string of crimes – including rape and kidnapping – from the Summer which riled up residents and two of the men are charged and remanded to prison now.Chavez Musgrove, a 22 year old and 26 year old Andrew Parker – both of Blue Hills, Providenciales were arrested and charged in recent weeks for a dozen crimes, all committed in July 2017.The two appeared in court to answer to three (3) counts of kidnapping, two (2) counts of Robbery, three (3) counts of rape, three (3) counts of possession of imitation firearm with intent to cause fear and taking motor vehicle without authority.    Most of the charges were against Musgrove, the youngest of the two.There is a third man arrested, but he is not yet formally arraigned and is being held as a person of interest by Police.#MagneticMediaNews#2menchargedinforJulycrimes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#2menchargedinforJulycrimes, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more


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first_imgFrozen Debris Lobe A along the Dalton Highway(Credit University of Alaska Fairbanks Institute of Northern Engineering)Later this month, sections of the Dalton Highway north of Fairbanks are set for five separate daylong closures as crews install new culverts.Listen nowConstruction closures are scheduled between miles 209 and 222. DOT says the highway will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 19, 22, 25, 28 and 31.The Department of Transportation says the culverts are needed because of what’s known as a “frozen debris lobe” that is headed toward the highway. Frozen debris lobes are slow-moving landslides that occur in permafrost and contain rocks, soil, trees and ice.According to University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers, a lobe was less than 80 feet from the roadway as of Tuesday and advancing at more than half an inch per day.The Dalton is the only overland supply route to the oil fields on Alaska’s North Slope and is frequented in the summer by tourists heading to the Arctic.last_img read more


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first_imgThere’s no shortage of market research companies out there happy to give you their predictions for the coming in years in any particular market. But IDC is certainly one of the more respected researchers out there, and they are making some obvious and not so obvious predictions about the state of the video games market come 2016.First the obvious: by 2016 PS4 will easily be the number one home console on the worldwide market with sales predicted to reach 51 million. We’ve already seen Sony take a big lead over the Xbox One, and that looks set to continue. However, IDC also says that Xbox One will make a comeback and end up taking the top spot in North America. But that will only happen if another IDC prediction comes true: Microsoft unbundles Kinect from Xbox One.The bundling of Kinect with the Xbox One is increasingly looking like a bad idea on the part of Microsoft. Supporters will say it adds a new level of interaction to the console, and just works. That may be true for some features of the peripheral (notably voice control), but it comes at the cost of a higher price point than the PS4 and there still isn’t a game that sells Kinect. If none appear at E3 then the writing really is on the wall for Kinect as a mandatory inclusion with the Xbox One.By removing Kinect, which IDC says should happen in 2015, the price can fall and Microsoft will recover. Of course, that assumes Xbox One gets the exclusive games it needs to entice gamers to embrace the platform.The future for Wii U is pretty dire, but we knew that already. Nintendo’s console isn’t selling, and IDC believes the price of the machine will fall by another $50 in late 2014 or early 2015. That means a $250 console with a number of high quality first party games available. Even so, Wii U won’t rise above 3rd place during this generation of hardware.The other big prediction is the steep decline of physical disc sales. With most games now being offered as downloads, IDC believes we’ll see a 45 percent reduction in disc-based sales this generation. If true, it certainly points to the next generation of console hardware potentially shipping without disc drives.last_img read more


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first_imgA 100 Many-Splendoured Things displays works of all contemporary art forms i.e. paintings, sculptures, etchings, prints,  post-modern forms such as installations and digital art. The art pieces on display conjure up a world in them and communicate something unique and authentic in different modes. Some of them express the different aspects of time while others speak of the ‘imagined’ and ‘conceived’ realities.This  melange intends to underline the ‘new art experience’ that has emerged in Indian art in recent times. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A large number of senior artistes who have contributed to the Indian art in a significant way as well as members of later generation who have created a niche for themselves in the art world are participating in this show. Every artistes in the exhibition uses a different and unique language such as abstractions or figurative forms,  modernistic or post-modern expressions with their free-flowing, instantaneous aesthetics, and exploration and improvisation of new and unexpected spaces.The show has a well- arranged orchestration of lines, strokes, shapes, colours, textures, and figuration. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe works exhibited deal with the ideas of tradition and modernity. While working in the ‘modern’ and ‘global’ idioms of the day with utmost ease, most of the artistes seem quite aware of their tradition, their ‘rootedness’ in their original landscapes, and have made very meaningful use of being in the two worlds. How the tradition and the nativity meet the modernity and post-modernity, how the ‘local’ conjures up with the ‘global’ and what dimensions are thereby explored can beseen in this particular show.   This show also explicitly expresses the fusion of what is called Indian and Western in the artistic creations.Interestingly, most of the works show that the uniqueness of contemporary Indian art lies in the fact that in spite of it being an integral parat of the global art world, it has the strength of turning the colloquial and native experiences into universal ones. The works represented in this show conjure up a world in them and communicate something unique and authentic in different modes.Where: The Stainless Gallery, Mathura Road When: February 6 – 9 Timings: 11:00 am to 7:00 pmlast_img read more


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first_img News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). GE Healthcare launched a new ultrasound system for radiology and vascular applications, the LOGIQ E9, which fuses ultrasound images with images from other imaging modalities like CT and MR.The LOGIQ E9 includes volume navigation, a tool incorporating two key components to maximize the system’s ultrasound architecture: fusion to combine the advantages of real-time ultrasound imaging with the high spatial and contrast resolution of CT, MR or PET; and a GPS-like technology to track and mark a patient’s anatomy during the ultrasound exam. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Technology | October 01, 2008 GE Introduces Ultrasound Fusion, Merging Logiq E9 with CT, MR, PET News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read morecenter_img 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare read more Related Content 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more last_img read more


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first_imgCelebrating its 19th year with exceeding exhibitors, visitors and a record number of new hosted buyers has prompted higher expectations for AIME attendees this year, suggesting the GFC challenges from the last two years is well in the past.Pre-registered visitors have increased by 32 per cent to 4500 delegates who are expected to take part in the two-day event, an increase of 1000 registered in 2010.Despite previous big exhibitors, Etihad, Abu Dhabi and Oman pulling out of the show this year, 40 more has been fitted onto the show floor to reach 848, with new exhibitors including Switzerland, Vancouver, Rocky Mountaineer and Monaco.  Largest stands this year will include Tourism Malaysia, Philippine Tourism and Dubai Department of Tourism.AIME has also attracted a significant number of new delegates, with 48 per cent being first time Hosted Buyers as well as an increase of 27 per cent has of international Hosted Buyers. “We are positive about what lies ahead, the last 2 years has been challenging for the industry, but being flexible and adaptable has been key to weathering the storm,” new Event Director, Sally de Swart said.”These preliminary figures are very pleasing and we are confident that in 2011 AIME will generate significant business opportunities for all our attendees.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.Mlast_img read more


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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jul 8, 2019 3:43 pm PDT US victory most-viewed match this year but down from 2015 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Members of the United States women’s soccer team, winners of a fourth Women’s World Cup, pose with the trophy by their plane after arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport, Monday, July 8, 2019, in Newark, N.J. Julie Ertz holds the trophy, Megan Rapinoe, front right, gestures, and Alex Morgan, back left, also gestures. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) The United States’ 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in Sunday’s FIFA Women’s World Cup final averaged nearly 15.6 million U.S. viewers on English- and Spanish-language television.It was the most-viewed match this season, but a decrease from the 2015 final.The match averaged 14.27 million viewers on Fox, according to the network and Nielsen, and peaked at 19.6 million. It was a 22 per cent increase over last year’s FIFA World Cup men’s final between France and Croatia, which averaged 11.44 million.The audience was down 43.8 per cent from the 2015 final between the U.S. and Japan, which averaged 25.4 million viewers. That match though was played in Canada and started at 7 p.m. Eastern, compared to Sunday’s in France, which kicked off at 11 a.m. Eastern.__More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Presslast_img read more