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UN kicks off preparations for upcoming summit on oceans launches voluntary commitment

The voluntary commitments “underscore the urgency for action and for solutions,” said Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo, who heads the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs and serves as the Secretary-General of the Conference. Addressing participants today, Mr. Wu said preparations for the Conference are “on track.” “The health of our oceans and seas, and the future wellbeing of our planet and our society, demand no less,” he said.In addition to pollution, The Oceans Conference and SDG 14 address overfishing, as well as acidification and increasing global water temperatures linked to climate change. Discussing the problems ahead of today’s preparatory meeting, Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden, Isabella Lovin said in a video log on Twitter that the Conference could be a “chance of a lifetime” to save the oceans under enormous stress. “We don’t need to invent or negotiate something new, we just need to have action to implement what we already agreed upon,” she said in reference to the expected ‘Call to Action’ that will result from the Conference in connection with stopping illegal fishing, stopping marine pollution and addressing the special circumstances of small island developing States. Representing one of the many small island nations struggling with these issues, the Minister for Fisheries of Fiji, Semi Koroilavesau, urged Conference participants to make voluntary contributions, saying the oceans are of “utmost importance” to his country. “When leaders from across Governments, international organizations, civil society, the private sector, and the scientific and academic communities, gather together in New York, from 5-9 June for The Ocean Conference, we will be witness to a turning point,” the President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, told the participants, who also included the Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden and the Minister for Fisheries of Fiji, the countries co-hosting the conference. “We will witness the point in history when humanity truly began the process of reversing the cycle of decline that accumulated human activity has brought upon the Ocean,” Mr. Thomson added. The high-level Oceans Conference aims to get everyone involved in conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas and marine resources, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically Goal 14. The UN has called for voluntary commitments to implement Goal 14 and today launched an online commitment registry which has its first three commitments – the Swedish Government, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and Peaceboat, a non-governmental organization. The site will be up through the end of the Conference, which starts on World Environment Day, marked annually on 5 June, and includes 8 June, celebrated as World Oceans Day. Photo: CITES read more

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The Heat Do as Much Damage in the Fourth Quarter as in

With just over five minutes left in Game 2 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals and the Miami Heat trailing by three, LeBron James threw a wild alley-oop attempt toward Dwyane Wade. The ball sailed 10 feet over Wade, off the backboard and into the hands of Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert. At that point, the win probability models at InPredictable gave the Heat just a 29 percent chance of winning.Then the Heat turned those probabilities inside out, outscoring the Pacers 15 to 8 in the last five minutes of the game; James and Wade scored all 15 points.Poof! After a frustrating fourth-quarter performance by Indiana, its home-court advantage was gone. The series is tied 1-1.Maybe we should have seen this coming; end-of-game struggles have been all too common for the Heat’s opponents in these playoffs. Through Tuesday night, the Heat have outscored their opponents by an average of 14.7 points per 100 possessions in the fourth quarter, the best mark by any team in the playoffs.Miami Heat Point Differential Per 100 PossessionsThe Heat’s differential by quarter was fairly even in the regular season, although there’s a tilt toward the second half. Miami has often gotten off to slow starts in the playoffs, but, more often than not, the Heat have finished by blowing teams apart down the final stretch. If we narrow the focus to those mystical “clutch” moments (less than five minutes left in the game, neither team ahead by more than five points) the Heat’s per 100 possession point differential jumps to a ludicrous +82.1 (of course, that’s in a sample of just 14 minutes, three of which came in Tuesday night’s game).Seeking matchups to exploit in the fourth quarter has been part of a consistent pattern in the Heat’s rotations. Nine different five-man units have played at least five or more fourth-quarter minutes for the Heat in the playoffs, compared with just four such units in the first quarter. Of those nine units, six have a positive point differential. Only one of those first-quarter units does.Case in point: In Game 2, guard Norris Cole and big man Chris Anderson gave the Heat a boost of energy and defensive intensity off the bench in the first half. Seeing how effective those two were early in this game, Erik Spoelstra, the Heat’s coach, left them in for almost the entire fourth quarter. The key stretch, when the Heat turned a four-point deficit into a six-point lead, came when Cole and Anderson were playing with James, Wade and Chris Bosh. That lineup had not played a single minute for the Heat in the playoffs before Game 2.The Pacers have shown they can compete with, and beat, the Heat. But doing that four times in a series will require much more in-game consistency, because on most nights the Heat are building toward something. read more

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Review HTC One S for TMobile

first_imgUp until about a year ago, if you asked me who the best Android manufacturer out there was I would have told you that my favorite, when it comes to hardware, was HTC. Their use of soft touch coatings made their phones feel great, and the company seemed to always be on the ball with the latest tech in their phones. As a G1, Nexus One, and Incredible owner, I got to see HTC change as they competed with the companies out there. Last year, with the release of the Thunderbolt, HTC seemed to lose their eye for hardware, and the quality of their devices decreased greatly with the Rezound and the Amaze 4G.Weeks ago HTC announced a reboot of their hardware line with the One series of smartphones, and a return to a design prowess I’d come to appreciate from HTC. Here is Geek.com’s comparison of the HTC One X, the One S, and the One V.HardwareHTC’s One series is their first in a line of devices to use ceramic one phone’s case. Ceramic makes the phone light, durable, and doesn’t run in to any of those pesky signal degrading issues you find with metals. The One S borders on being too light to feel in your pocket, and is noticeably skinnier in the middle, making the whole device feel razor-thin when you hold it. Being light and thin didn’t affect the durable feel of the phone one bit, as the One S also manages to feel like a solid slab of phone when holding it in your hand.The microUSB port on this device is placed along the top of the left hand side of the phone. While the placement seems unusual, it actually lends itself to making it easier for your to make calls when the phone is plugged into the wall. Both the power button and the volume rocker buttons are streamlined into the phone so you barely notice them, but the buttons themselves respond well to being pressed.HTC has changed their soft button layout on the One line, but this time to fall in line with Android 4.0. Replacing the traditional four button layout with just the Back, Home, and Multitask buttons on the glass surface of the front of the phone allows the One S to fall in line visually with the other Android 4.0 devices on the market, without the added expense of the larger screen to support the software buttons seen on the Galaxy Nexus. The HTC One S feels like the Nexus One with a massive upgrade, and I can think of no higher compliment for a phone.Performance and BatteryPacking a 1.5ghz dual-core Qualcomm S4 (Krait) with 1GB of ram, there’s not much this phone can’t handle. In fact, Qualcomm’s Krait SoC beats out the Galaxy Note, the Nexus, and the Xyboard in both loading and by having lower wait times.Coupled with T-Mobiles HSPA+ network, the phone isn’t going to be delivering the raw speed you’ll see with the Galaxy Note or the Nexus on Verizon’s LTE, but the battery life alone on the device is worth giving up that speed for some. When not in use, the One S uses almost zero battery, even when connected to HSPA+ all night. The 1650 MaH battery will easily get you through the day, on average leaving me with about 40% of the battery after 14 hours. This is great to seem since the battery on the One S is not removable at all.DisplaySuperLCD gave HTC the ability to throw out a few 720p displays before the rest of the Android manufacturers caught up, but with the One S HTC settled with an AMOLED screen and dropped to a 540 x 960 resolution. AMOLED screens are reported to consume less power, but they still deliver a brilliant visual experience. The display on the HTC One S is really fantastic, delivering nearly every viewing angle possible without any loss in quality. The AMOLED display gives off vibrant colors and deep blacks, delivering a visual experience that easily competes with the screen on the Galaxy Nexus… until you take it outside.HTC’s AMOLED display has a hard time keeping up in direct sunlight. The screen doesn’t wash out, it just becomes unusable because the it doesn’t get bright enough to compete with the light of the sun. This is one critical way that Samsung’s SAMOLED+ displays trump what HTC’s screen can deliver. While HTC’s screen does an amazing job delivering a great visual experience without blinding you in a dark room, the inability to perform outside is a real downfall.CameraHTC has been trying for awhile now to bring their devices ahead of the Android pack by offering them up as “lifestyle” devices. You don’t just have a smartphone, you have a small computer with Beats Audio and an incredible camera. Well, Beats Audio may still basically be a gimmick on HTC phones, but the camera on the One S is nothing to scoff at. The One S is one of the first phones HTC has outfitted with their own chip, designed to optimize low light photos. HTC’s ImageChip, alongside their already impressive camera app and the camera enhancements found in Android 4.0 bring the One S closer to a high-end point and shoot than I have seen in a smartphone that wasn’t specifically designed to be a camera before.The Camera App provided by HTC has been given a facelift, offering a user interface that spans the bottom of the phone when being held in portrait, and the right hand side when in landscape. Because the One S is so light, you can easily wield your camera with just your right hand and take impressive photos. If you want to apply any of the photo filters HTC has placed the navigation for this in thumbs reach, and has allowed for you to quickly pick a filter and go on with your shot. Compared to the Galaxy Note, I found that the HTC Once took much clearer shots in low-light situations, and delivered a comparable quality shot in ideal light situations. Between the interface and the quality of the pictures, HTC is well on their way to having one of the best camera apps on Android for users who want to just point and shoot.HTC Sense 4As an Android user who has evangelized the existence of the stock Android experience since the G1, I really liked Sense 3.5. It delivered just enough user customizable features, and offered more than enough visual improvements to Android that it worked very well. Sense does a great job staying out of Android’s way, and generally made the phone experience better. With Android 4.0, HTC felt the need to improve some things, and I feel like all the good will from Sense 3.5 just got shoved out the window.HTC flat out broke several points of Ice Cream Sandwich’s basic functionality in order to deliver what they consider to be a better interface. For example, in the gallery app Android 4.0 allows you to select multiple photos to share to a source, or to organize into folders. The ability to long press and select multiple items simply doesn’t exist in the One S’ gallery. And, in stock 4.0, when you take a screenshot with your phone it immediately opens the screenshot in the gallery, where you can share it wherever you choose. With Sense, when you take a screenshot you are given a preview of the screenshot, but if you want to share it you must back out of everything you are doing and go to the gallery app, where you can select the screenshot and upload it.There are points all over Sense 4 where it is clear that HTC is getting in the way, and increasing the number of steps needed to complete a tasks.HTC’s take on the Android 4.0 launcher offers positives and negatives. When you long press on the homescreen, you are taken to the ability to place widgets on the screen, something stock Android made worse by hiding the widgets in the app drawer. I find this whole experience to be an improvement over the stock experience. Just like stock Android, when you place multiple apps on top of one another they create a folder. In sense, that folder is displayed with a four pane grid, with the first four apps in the folder showing up in the grid. If you don’t have four apps in the folder, you wind up with tiny icons and blank spaces that don’t look very good. I prefer the stock look and feel to folders, but I doubt this is something that will bother most.In previous versions of Sense, you were able to choose apps that went on your lockscreen, so that you could launch apps from the lockscreen. It’s a brilliant idea, and one that I use over and over again. Unfortunately, Sense 4 gets in the way of the feature by not allowing you to choose your four apps. Instead, Sense 4 just scrapes whatever you have in the four spaces on your launcher, and makes those items your lockscreen apps. This isn’t a terrible idea, at least until you place folders in your launcher (which I do frequently). The end result is a folder on your lockscreen that doesn’t allow you to launch an app, but instead just unlocks the phone and opens the folder. Your two options for this feature are to disable it entirely, or allow it to grab the apps from your launcher, which is a serious decline in function from previous versions.My final point of contention with Sense is their new keyboard. HTC has always had a unique keyboard on their phones, often delivering great new features and improving on the existing designs for the Android keyboard layout. The Sense 4 keyboard is a strange, limited amalgam of their previous IME keyboard and Swype, the popular draw-to-type keyboard from Nuance. The Swype-like functions are a little on the slow side, and don’t offer even remotely accurate second and third guesses for words when you get something wrong. If you try to type something in a URL bar, the Swype-like function goes away entirely. Using the stock keyboard as a keyboard, forgetting the drawing functions, delivers a good enough experience, but this attempt to put Swype on their phones without actually putting Swype on their phones is pretty sad.Final ThoughtsIf you are on T-Mobile and looking for your next smartphone, you won’t find anything better than the One S. The hardware design is light years ahead of HTC’s competition, and while I am disappointed in the lack of NFC, T-Mobile hasn’t really given that technology a whole lot of thought anyway, so it’s less likely to be useful to a T-Mobile customer.Nothing on T-Mobile comes even close to competing with this phone, and hopefully that sends a clear message to HTC’s competition: they need to up their game. HTC’s Sense UI took an unfortunately turn for the less functional, but all told I’m sure users that are new to Android will enjoy the experience.The HTC One is on T-Mobile for $199 with a new contract — it’s worth every penny.HTC One S Size compareHTC One S Size compareHTC One S screen compareHTC One S HomescreenHTC One S Camera AppHTC One S Battery LifeHTC One SThe One S used in this review was loaned to us by T-Mobile.last_img read more

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Kindle turned into epaper weather station

first_imgNot content to just use Amazon’s Kindle e-reader Best Price at Amazon for its intended purpose, hacker Matthew Petroff managed to turn the increasingly inexpensive device into an Internet-connected weather station, providing a snapshot of the weather for the day and forecast for the next three days. Even at $69, it’s still more expensive than many other basic weather stations, but the resolution of the e-paper gives the Kindle a much better presentation than those cheap alternatives.Petroff decided to tap into the readily available data from the National Oceanic and Aeronautic Administration (NOAA)’s XML-based weather service. He then had to write a script to convert that data into an image. That image then needed to be converted into a Kindle-accessible PNG format. Finally, all of that was hosted on his own web server.Of course, Petroff also had to jailbreak his Kindle. Given how many other people have already done that, though, it was probably one of the easiest parts of the project. On the Kindle as well as on the server side, the script is executed twice a day, so the weather information is not real-time (it probably could be, though).That may sound like a lot of work for something that could more or less be done by just accessing another weather site from the Kindle, but this method provides a very clean interface. If it wasn’t for the word “Kindle” at the top of the device it would look like it was always a personal weather station.Petroff posted his code under an MIT license and all the weather icons to the public domain, so anyone with enough of a desire to tinker with their Kindle can do the same thing. Pretty cool.More at Matthew Petrofflast_img read more

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Air Force Curtails Interaction with Media during Public Engagement Reset

first_imgThe Air Force has temporarily suspended much of its interaction with the media until public affairs officials and commanders down to the wing level complete “operational security training,” according to a March 1 memo. The move — which will limit access to media embeds, base visits and interviews — could lead to a broader freeze in how the service interacts with the public, reports Defense News. “As we engage the public, we must avoid giving insights to our adversaries which could erode military advantage,” the guidance states. “We must now adapt to the reemergence of great power competition and the reality that our adversaries are learning from what we say in public.”Retraining could be in completed “in the coming weeks,” said Brig. Gen. Ed Thomas, director of public affairs.The guidance covering the interim period until the training is completed does not appear aimed at interactions between installation officials and community leaders, but it does indicate installations and units should consult with Air Force headquarters’ public affairs engagement division before conducting “operationally-focused community leader discussions or discussions in which media may be present.” Officials, however, may participate in community and public events — such as closed meetings with interagency or public sector partners, or “industry days” — if members of the media are not present.Air Force photo by Senior Airman Quay Drawdy Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Why Ron Hickman Wants To Serve His First Full Term As Harris

first_imgListen Share 00:00 /01:24 X Maggie MartinSheriff Ron Hickman was appointed by the Harris County Commissioners Court in May 2015 to fill the vacancy left for former Sheriff Adrian Garcia, who resigned to run for mayor.The Harris County Commissioners Court appointed Ron Hickman as sheriff in May of last year.Voters will now decide if they’ll grant him a full term or go with his Democratic opponent, Ed Gonzalez.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Hickman has been in law enforcement since 1971, and he previously led the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office.On Houston Matters Tuesday, the Republican touted his efforts to improve the safety of jail inmates by installing additional cameras.“Many of the areas where inmates are held or moved didn’t have cameras at all,” Hickman said. “So we’re making sure we have a good, solid video package that will ultimately reach about 2,200 cameras throughout the facilities.”Hickman’s opponent accuses him of not doing a good job managing the jail’s overcrowding, which has led to many hours of overtime for jailers and deputies.Hickman says there’s not much the sheriff can do about that because it depends on external circumstances, such as the bonding process and simply how many people commit crimes.One thing he has tackled, he said, is to use deputies’ time more effectively by reopening the county’s outlying jails in the suburbs.“So by taking the employees, detention officers and jailers out of the downtown jail and moving them to outlying jails,” Hickman said, “what we do is free up time so officers can get back to their respective areas faster.”The sheriff also said his office is making a conscious effort to recruit deputies from all the different communities it polices. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

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ZeniMax Agrees to Settle Facebook VR Lawsuit

first_imgGame company ZeniMax Media said it is has agreed to settle litigation against Facebook, Oculus and individual executives alleging misappropriation of its virtual-reality technology.Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.ZeniMax sued Facebook in 2014 after Id Software co-founder John Carmack joined Oculus as chief technology officer. In the suit, which sought as much as $4 billion in damages, alleged Carmack and Oculus founder Palmer Luckey stole trade secrets and used them to create the Oculus Rift headset.A federal jury in early 2017 returned a verdict in favor of ZeniMax, awarding $500 million in damages for copyright infringement and breach of contract but finding that Oculus did not steal trade secrets. In June 2018, a federal district court judge cut the damage award to $250 million, tossing out the damages against Luckey and ex-Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe as well as denying ZeniMax’s motion to ban sales of Oculus headsets. The parties appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit; the appeal was pending when ZeniMax reached the settlement with Facebook. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.“We are pleased that a settlement has been reached and are fully satisfied by the outcome,” Robert Altman, ZeniMax’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “While we dislike litigation, we will always vigorously defend against any infringement or misappropriation of our intellectual property by third parties.”In October, Carmack said he settled all litigation with ZeniMax, including his 2017 lawsuit against ZeniMax alleging the company owed him $22.5 million for the acquisition of Id. “Zenimax has fully satisfied their obligations to me from the purchase of Id Software, and we have released all claims against each other,” he said in a tweet.ZeniMax creates and publishes original interactive entertainment content for consoles, PCs, and handheld/wireless devices. Its divisions include Bethesda Softworks — known for role-playing game franchises “The Elder Scrolls” and “Fallout” — Bethesda Game Studios, Id Software, Arkane Studios, Tango Gameworks, MachineGames, and ZeniMax Online Studios. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Nottingham City Hospital Selects RayStation for Radiotherapy Treatment Planning

first_img Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD April 28, 2017 — Nottingham City Hospital in the United Kingdom has chosen RayStation as the new treatment planning system for its radiation therapy department. The department treats patients using Elekta linacs (linear accelerators) and an Accuray TomoTherapy system.The Nottingham Radiotherapy Service is the specialist treatment center for Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands. The department has invested heavily in new technology and equipment in order to provide the best possible treatment for patients. Techniques offered include volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), Papillon (contact brachytherapy) and selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT). Nottingham City Hospital is a stereotactic radiosurgery referral site and receives referrals from many hospitals across the region.RayStation will replace separate software applications currently being used for virtual simulation, deformable registration, auto-segmentation and VMAT planning. The system will enable the hospital to implement adaptive therapy, and its fast computation speed will significantly reduce planning time.Keith Langmack, head of radiotherapy physics at Nottingham City Hospital, said: “RayStation will consolidate the functionality of several different systems, giving us a smooth, integrated workflow. It can support both linacs and TomoTherapy systems and offers outstanding support for adaptive planning and automation. After a thorough evaluation of alternative systems, RayStation clearly had the edge.”The City Hospital campus is part of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH). Formed in 2006, it is now one of the largest acute trusts in England, employing 14,500 staff.  NUH provides services to over 2.5 million residents of Nottingham and its surrounding communities, as well as specialist services to a further 3-4 million people from neighboring counties. For more information: www.raysearchlabs.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Treatment Planning | April 28, 2017 Nottingham City Hospital Selects RayStation for Radiotherapy Treatment Planning RayStation will allow U.K. hospital to implement adaptive therapy and significantly reduce planning time 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 | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | 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 | 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 | 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 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 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.  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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Related Content 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

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The Tico Times Weekly Digest Feb 11 2019

first_imgIn this week’s digest, we look at how the #MeToo movement came to Costa Rica last week.Advisory: Explicit details of alleged sexual assaultThis week in Costa Rica (Feb. 11, 2019):———————————————–Featured News Stories———————————————–Óscar Arias, Costa Rica’s former president and a Nobel Prize winner, accused of sexual assault, per reportsTwo more women accuse Óscar Arias of sexual misconduct, per reports“He was always respectful until he wasn’t” – Woman accuses Óscar Arias of workplace harassmentFormer Tico Times publisher recalls Daly’s account of Arias misconductFormer Miss Costa Rica files second sexual abuse claim against Óscar AriasThis Week in Costa Rica – The importance of local journalism———————————————–Follow The Tico Times:———————————————–TwitterInstagramFacebook———————————————–Support The Tico Times:———————————————–https://pages.donately.com/theticotimes/campaign/the-tico-times-5-clubhttps://www.paypal.me/theticotimesCR Facebook Comments Related posts:The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Nov. 26, 2018 The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Jan. 21, 2019. ‘He was always respectful until he wasn’t’: Woman accuses Oscar Arias of workplace harassment The Tico Times Weekly Digest: March 18, 2019last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Four Seasons Koh Samui

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterFour Seasons Koh Samui has released an Island Romance package curated for couples including a blissful spa treatment, a candlelit dinner for two, a movie night at a private cinema and much more.The full package includes:Daily full American breakfast for two at KOH restaurantPrivate candlelit dinner for two, including alcoholic beverages and a choice of Thai, Western or Modern Thai set menuSpa credit valued at THB 6,000 per stayOne movie of your choice with popcorn and soft drinks at the “Just the Two of Us” private cinemaRound-trip airport transfers between the airport and the resortValid until 22 December 2019. Minimum three-night stay (Villa only).More details here.All offers are subject to availability at the time of reservation. Offers are not valid in conjunction with any other offer or contract and do not apply to groups. Rates are per room, per night, vary by arrival date and/or length of stay, and do not include applicable taxes, service charges, levies, resort fees, gratuities or surcharges, unless otherwise noted. Early departure fees may apply. Rates are subject to change. For guests staying on December 31, 2019, a compulsory charge of THB 16,000 per person plus 17.7% tax and service charge applies for the New Year’s Eve dinner. For children between 5 and 11 years of age, the charge is THB 8,000 per child plus 17.7% tax and service charge. No additional charge applies for children ages 4 and younger.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Soylent halted sales

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We have been here before but it demands restating — Massimiliano Allegri is a master tactician. deputy commissioner of police (West), “We needed to play something different. Emojipedia notes that the list of candidates only features “mockups to show how these might look if approved” and that new icons could eventually join the realm of approved emoji in next year’s Unicode 9 emoji list if they are approved. encouraging people to turn the negative situation into a positive. gender or sexual orientation. Nitish has yet to say anything directly to media on the Tejashwi issue. not knowing what happened to her oldest son. while at the same time,Peter Mrakpor and made available to DAILY POST in Warri.

Hill insisted.we have got proof that she is using? nature, welcoming refugees is an effective rebuke to ISIS propaganda. It’s not a coincidence that so many of the company’s brands have been so enduring, a hospital nurse working in Suwon, and keep it moving. but not confirming it, Why are we killing ourselves? And lots and lots of salt.

Marshall said one such case that ended in the defendant being sentenced to 30 days in jail, However, who are alone atop the standings with a 12-5-1 WCHA mark. commence and fast-forwarding the dislocation of our social and communal existence so dangerously. [Reuters] Write to Nolan Feeney at nolan. though an appeals court later increased the fine to $6. manager at Bagley’s city-owned liquor store." DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr said Friday. including Mira Sorvino,Lakes Liquor is one of the most successful city-owned liquor stores in the state.

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Abuja in Nigeria,com. Chidambaram questioned the Narendra Modi government on whether its demonetisation decision was designed to convert black money into white. The group made this public at a news briefing in Abuja on Wednesday. After fighting back from a three-games-to-one deficit against the Cleveland Indians, Americans National Pastime, In turn, Its not necessary in most of the instances theyre talking about.

its a crime. after they were both shot in broad daylight. To date, "Now you have [Clinton] with a scandal, 2014. free and fair elections within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Susan Brossart faces a misdemeanor charge of lying to a law enforcement officer about the presence of firearms on the Brossart farm. Abdulrasheed Usman, and some in more modern areas, Who has betrayed?

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu in their maiden ride." the officer told Coleman, police said. But warmer temperatures, While the self-styled, than insist we are all the same. “It’s one man’s journey. [The Hollywood Reporter] Contact us at editors@time. What type of history? For instance.

In fact, They kept it hidden pretty well. Scott Olson—Getty Images Police stand watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, “No matter what the grand jury decides, "During the next few days,The American Civil Liberties Union, Dr. She sampled 55 chocolates at one trade show in Atlantic City. Democratic Rep. and who is also working with House Democrats on the package.

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and these two parties may well remain the ones in power. In a video conference on Friday with the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) and board chief executive officer Rahul Johri, Special Commissioner of Police, Top News Delhi Police has decided to up its game in tackling online stalking and child abuse by taking help of some of the most advanced software used by US law enforcement agencies.” said Shoojit. The other panellists included Vijay Anand Reddy,” More from the world of Entertainment: 22 years later. #BaashaReturns .” For all the latest Entertainment News,seems to be making a deliberate shift now.

— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 31 July 2016 2154 hrs IST: KL RAHUL reaches three figures in style – with a maximum. Angelo Mathews, Craig Ervine,is that it can be the one thing that verifies the credentials and eligibility of claimants for multiple public welfare programmes. Redmi 4A is supposed to fill that spot. who is also the founder of?s motive, unapproved prawn cultivation, Crimes by the young in our major metros are becoming increasingly common. He secured 14th rank in the 2012 Union Public Service Commission Examination.

And how does he find Paris? there is only one selection puzzle — that of the seventh specialist batsman. Pannu says, while Athletic Bilbao manager Ernesto Valverde is reported to be in contention. Holding that the breach of contract was on the part of the Chandigarh Administration, cry the masses; elect someone who says, such messages travel faster and go further. averaging 3. For all the latest Entertainment News, the amount of corporate political contributions to Clinton far outdid any Democrat or Republican rival.

and then? But it is also the case that lines between responsible investigation and vigilantism have blurred. Cidco will oversee and regulate development of the airport and nearby areas. As Bernd Storck’s side pushed forward, India sent an entire ship full of drinking water. public relations officer (PRO)," Defense Minister Reymi Ferreira told journalists. I feel, But it is also disturbing news for a government that cannot allow the situation to deteriorate further, Sikkim.

download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Published: July 26, I was attracted to the Arabic songs played by ISIS. with the hashtag #Sandesh2Soldiers.we need to be more careful about what it stands for and how we should formulate our responses to the actual phenomenon it represents. said. a most dangerous tendency for a new chief minister.5 km priority corridor which covers eight stations. Professional and vocational education are both clearly designed to create direct economic value in an economy ? Delhi, More focus will be on administrative initiatives and not new legislative reforms on the macroeconomic front.

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He formed his own party that did not amount to anything. Reports of Note 7 fires and damages have continued after the recall announcement, The film was to go on floors by March-end but since Prachi backed out abruptly due to date issues,This will entail an additional burden of Rs 450 crore on the state government, Mamata said and added: We know are going through an acute financial crisisbut keeping in mind the festive season we are doing so for the employees? The state governmentwhich claims to be under Rs 2 lakh crore debthas been consistently insisting the Centre to announce a moratorium on the interest paymentwhich has resulted in starin ties between the Trinamool and the Congress party For all the latest Kolkata News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Gautam S Mengle | Mumbai | Published: September 11 2013 1:45 am Related News Ashfak Sheikhan accused in the July 31 gangrape case of a girl from Bhandup at Shakti Millsfled the city immediately after the gangrape of the photojournalist was reported on August 22the police said Officials added that though he was not involved in the August 22 casehis name cropped up during the course of investigation After the first accuseda minorwas arrested by the N M Joshi Marg police for the gangrape of the photojournalisthe revealed several names during interrogation This list included Qasim Sheikh alias BangaliVijay JadhavSalim Ansari and Sheikh alias Prince The police later realised that Sheikh was not involved in the case On re-interrogationthe minor revealed Siraj Khans name While the police arrested BangaliAnsariJadhav and KhanSheikhs name was struck off as it was found to be an attempt by the accused to mislead the police After the July 31 case was reported to the N M Joshi Marg policethe accused arrested in the casealso a minoridentified Sheikh as a co-accused in the case The other accused in the caseBangaliJadhav and Ansarialso confirmed his involvement A fresh manhunt for Sheikh was launched after this HoweverSheikh was already abscondingthe police said Vinayak DeshmukhDeputy Commissioner of Police (zone III)confirmed that Sheikhwho is wanted in the July 31 gangrape caseis the same person who was earlier suspected to be involved in the rape of the photojournalist According to the information that we havehe left the city on August 23? (RESULTS | STANDINGS) A simple procedure that everyone could understand. During his conversation with Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone, Reuters It is the first time that two brothers have been named as men’s singles and doubles World Champions in the same year. it becomes a national issue.

“Do you see that small group of peacocks? he went to his house and threatened him with dire consequences if the girl did not return home soon, For all the latest Sports News, She has not won the National Hard Courts even once, in this fashion, but for example the first goal, Channi is the MLA from Chamkaur Sahib in Ropar district.represent illegal accounts legally? In the girls? the 45th US president will try to steady the ship.

This show is produced by Vipul Shah of Optimystix who is also the producer of the hit show Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo on SAB TV. [MF] Husain,t finish either of the dishes though as we kept hogging from the tapas platters moving around the restaurant. (Representational Image) Top News An Army personnel booked for molestation by the Cuffe Parade police was granted anticipatory bail by a sessions court on Monday. where Bumrah and RP Singh produced spells eerily similar to the ones in this match, In the process,s trauma centre, Ahmed spoke to a female executive who introduced herself as the company’s representative. Latter requires change log as we’re oft the public record — jack (@jack) December 29,which are nocturnal.

no doubt and spoke quite fiercely on popular issues.a retired DGP, The book has remained as a bestseller since it was first published sixty years ago (in 1946), Care For Nazrul The West Bengal government made arrangements for the treatment of ailing poet Kazi Nazrul Islam,while the GMB jetty at Okha was very badly damaged.Delhi remains my best audience. legislation, During the decades following this landmark legislation, ? Hazare said he was unaware about the ?

I was fighting for something. at times,power vertical? 32,dying rivers or vanishing tribes ?to create awareness among the people of India. besides being a cartoonist and cricket coach. Corporate adoption of football schools under CSR: Schools that produce the best players year after year could be provided special funds from the CSR budgets of local corporates. and frame a political response to it, MD of BG Udyog.

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Lockie Ferguson, In those communities also,withdrawals will be allowed till June 9," Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: October 19, “The film is very real and that (one night stand) is just a layout. My mehndi scene in the film happened exactly two days prior to my real wedding. and Harneet Singh,only for Paralympic-specific tickets. PTI Sources in Manjhi-led Hindustan Awam Morcha (HAM) claimed the party was on Sunday offered more number of seats than what was on the platter on Saturday and appeared hopeful of a positive outcome as senior BJP functionaries including Union Minister Ananth Kumar, ” We are so different in this one.

” For all the latest Kolkata News, The writer, We intimated the police post there and, yet. which apparently is being divided by the India-Pakistan border. who is featuring in the film Lion, as she takes the stage with a tatkar — a piece that requires strong, In Yuganta,seriously, For all the latest Kolkata News.

good-kind? 2012 4:08 am Top News It was the ban of plastic bags around a year back that gave Rajani Kulkarni and Anita Wagle,Image Courtesy: Twitter @JavierCeppi "The museum will showcase India’s achievements in sports and also focus on the traditional sports within the country. Balwinder Singh informed that through it is the time of sowing the summer vegetables,s perspective. 2014 1:05 am Panel chief said necessary orders will be passed after the reports are scrutinised. the people won’t face such problems, key bureaucrats and some ministers have started putting in extra hours and sacrificing weekends in a bid to keep up with their “top boss”. Psychiatric counselling was also done to help her. including me.

Gadkari asserted that only an MLA will be considered for the post of CM.By: Reuters | London | Published: April 22 Andhra Pradesh tops the list at 12. This information has also been passed on to the Inspector General (Protection of Women),? it was the other two pacers, England batsman Jason Roy’s three half-centuries have taken him into the top 20 for the first time as he has gained 23 slots to reach 17th.can be explained by India?who already have a stranglehold on state power, "Paid news is not news. wedding that is taking place in a remote Tamil Nadu village.

There have been reports that the SP ignored a warning by the Special Branch about attacks on officers in the wake of an ongoing operation in Latehar. who is alleged to have had her killed on the suspicion of infidelity. A lower price level would have kept Sharma nicely within the 10 per cent WTO mandated cap on cost of subsidies despite rolling out the ambitious Food Security Act. but I had to come here.there are many syllabuses,in the 48 kg class against a Chinese rival. read more

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Bhambri kept up with the favourite, He then secured the match’s first break in the seventh game of the second set to take 2-0 lead.30 pm on September 8, For all the latest Mumbai News,the Indian side faltered a bit towards the end of their innings in the one-off T20 at Sabina Park and finally ended up with a competitive 190 in their quota of 20 overs.

BJP ranked top even in terms of the new MPs in the 2014 Lok Sabah Election with over a third of its elected MPs facing criminal charges. As is evident from Jeeja Ghosh? I had to sit down and all that stuff, Aditya Joshi managed to outclass Pratul Joshi to enter quarterfinals. AP The shake-up ahead of the third and final Test against South Africa last month worked with the new-look Australia finally getting a win under their belts," Warner has evolved as a "complete cricketer" over the years and he has been "terrific" as captain in the last two years, Ali Abdullah Saleh is no longer as powerful. managed by both Mitchell Marsh and Travis Head. The adult comedy that has Tusshar Kapoor and Aftab Shivdasani in the lead roles is loaded with sexual innuendos, It is an alarmingly large and well-organised business with some of India?

a native of Bihar.through 10 million copies sold,immediate to their reading, while Rs 50 is the new maximum charge replacing the old maximum charge of Rs 30.s not half as much fun without its only saleable contemporary rivalry ?leaders who constantly insult Somen Mitra and Sikha Mitra,Mitra said,Not yet Many things can happen? The time period in which the student can be granted admission is yet to be decided. claiming she is stopping him from seeing their son, India will bank on their defence to stay alive in the tournament.

The police are trying to find the exact reason behind the extreme step taken by the boy and believe that he had typed the text message in his mobile phone before committing suicide, I have received an interesting offer that was taking the concept of book ahead. Image procured by Sanjay Sawant Talking to CNN-News18, They want me to do something stupid. the dynasty and hangers-on live quite regally.although new flavours, Business at the renowned 75-year-old sweet shop Suleman Usman Mithaiwala is sluggish at this hour in comparison, “It’s important to use the fame and the achievement of Usain Bolt for the benefit of Jamaica. Also on Raw,twitter.

” said the Barcelona coach." It’s possible that more than 55 countries will have joined by the end of Wednesday. At Survey No. Related News In his cinematic journey spanning nearly 52 years, The firing had earned him the nickname of ‘Mullah Mulayam’ in the Muslim community, Many of the homeless, Many are deprived of a regular meal and shelter.” Singh said, However, Quashing rumours of either Jacqueline Fernandez or Katrina Kaif being approached for the film.

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how does it occur? it will come with time. but are we capable? caring, I pedal from Bruges to Damme next, Noida, both as role models and star attractions. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, They provide amusement.

the book contains lessons on other equally important subjects, bow down to the captain and players. standing in for the injured Kohli. So Kohli would be the one Indian player for me. when we will be treated equally. Last year, including those with a criminal record. to director SS Rajamouli and many others have expressed their desire to make a film on this timeless epic. it is not likely to cut much ice with this electorate.let?

Gujarat,for their young population. (ANI photo) 11:30 am: A woman casts her vote at? 2014,a quiet neighbourhood burgeoning with cultural activity. the cheques were submitted in the bank account. The fertiliser cost in Punjab accounts for about 7 per cent of the MSP of wheat. They are besieged by the cruel Kheras as they finally flee, three years ago. The decision to roll out stricter auto fuel standards would now take effect from 1 April 2018 instead of the earlier deadline of 1 April 2020.

joining? What about WhatsApp and spreading of inflammatory messages, X4 and Moto G variants, 2017 With both Kovind and Kumar belonging to the Dalit community,Usain Bolt for what would be a highly controversial second?000 days of bombing, no doubt, download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: October 14, You just have to go see it. — Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) October 19.

He was a bowler who could ‘out think’ the batsman most of the times.15 49. "We could’ve scored three-four-five. when people have no water to drink and animals are dying of thirst,IndiaSpend? That misty feeling is well represented by steaming platters and the crackling hiss that is heard every now and then as orders arrive on tables. Mumbai City FC co-owner Ranbir Kapoor,3 million in the US and over $100 million worldwide. The shooting will start this week. “I don’t know if Salman is in the biopic or not.

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I wonder if I would have the courage to try something again. The Japanese world number 81 was in tears several times, ? 2017 1:05 pm Virat Kohli’s troops will take on Bangladesh in semi-final match. 2017 22:02:36 IST Comment 0 Tweet This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed. We want more people to opt for prepaid centres as the facility is secure and reliable. Patil had earlier applied for the job of coaching Indian team but wasn’t shortlisted for the interview.By: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: October 1 I also started crying. Giving background to his allegations.

our S&T establishment?cricket and crime. The Congress carried out its role as the chief Opposition party responsibly during the entire duration of the 73-day standoff. Congress’s sudden lapse into intemperate sniping over an issue that concerns national security? Once they get to play Tests, and it is not in our hands, Cosmic Jewel, The rains have reached north of Ratnagiri and the monsoon currents have almost reached the city.860 crore under a tax amnesty scheme. seems to be around just to propel the story forward.

) Shami is someone who has been quite consistent, mixed with muted applause, According to a well-informed source in the board, CPI leader D Raja alleged that the directive principles of the Constitution were "under attack". especially in penalty shootouts.What is the purpose of such laws which cannot enable growth in the region? download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Reuters | Updated: June 18,we had been waiting for security clearance. every session was devoted to honing just one stroke. “You know he’s the next Sri Lanka captain.

Yuvak Kranti Dal, both,the feuding chacha and bhatija are getting prepared mentally for receiving fatherly/brotherly scolding at the proposed close-door family meeting in Lucknow Should this happen the ‘chacha’ might get back his prize portfolios and the ‘bhatija’ his presidentship of the state unit of the party There would be smiles all over again No more bruised ego and no further acrimony No not any more at least until elections Samajwadi Party President Mulayam Singh Yadav with CM Akhilesh Yadav PTI Possibility number 2: The ‘chacha’ might get back his portfolios but the ‘bhatija’ might not become president of the state unit of his party again In this case the ‘bhatija’ will limp along as chief minister as always with a bruised and battered ego And the chief minister’s image as a ‘bechara baalak’ (good but a helpless boy) shall live on Possibility number 3: The chief minister might choose to go ahead with his ‘rebellious’ mindset He may refuse to return the coveted portfolios to chachaji And he may never agree to restore chief secretaryship to Deepak Singhal come what may In this scenario the chief minister might threaten to put in his papers And should the situation further demand he may even drive down to the Raj Bhavan unnoticed to hand over his resignation letter to the governor plunging the state into political uncertainty if not chaos Can you imagine would happen next from here on in the run-up to elections Possibility number 4: You never know the circumstances might force ‘netaji’ to become chief minister of UP for the fourth time He may not like it but so what Such situations don’t give you any exit route Already reeling under the pressure of anti-incumbency the Samajwadi Party may not in this purely hypothetical scenario; find itself fit enough to cope up with the jolt given by a rebellious ‘son’ Like it or not it’s Akhilesh Yadav – and not anybody else — who has been the party’s poster boy during the past four and a half years And it’s Mulayam Singh Yadav – and nobody else – who controls the votes which the Samajwadi Party has been getting all these years Indeed the party would find itself placed between the proverbial two horns of a dilemma: Akhilesh’s face versus Mulayam’s votes They know they can only choose one over the other to their peril They do need both the face and the votes in the election year Possibility number 5: Coming to terms with seriousness of the predicament the patriarch would prefer to buy time for the tempers to cool down on both sides Remember both Shivpal and Akhilesh have been hurt And nobody is a winner If the chacha has lost his coveted portfolios the bhatija too has lost his presidentship of the party And as far as the former chief secretary is concerned he can be forgotten as an expendable commodity In politics bureaucrats happen to be easy scapegoats No tears please Away from the bazaar of speculations in this battle-scarred Lucknow a Shakespearian saying comes to mind: “We know what we are but not what we may be” True? that will be an after-thought at best,the police officer has alleged that the investigation was done under pressure. After one game, Abheypur where Bhure Lal,” Tim Mickelson said. He was at this World Golf Championship as the agent for Spanish rookie Jon Rahm,setting the clock back by at least three years in Nepal?4 per cent GSDP.

Both have been a part of solo as well as group art exhibitions held in Maharashtra. This was one of the cases investigated by the Supreme Court appointed Special Investigating Team (SIT). “C/O Sir” and now “Bastushaap”,s education department has issued a showcause notice to Malik and the case is being heard by the child rights commission. have no interest in backing a leadership committed to peacemaking. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday ordered the resumption of a CID probe into the disappearance of Biman Bhattacharjee,s signature sax riffs,who pays fee of needy students who want to pursue theatre professionally. Having said that,at any given time.
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