New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accepted Governor Satya Pal Malik’s ‘invitation’ to visit Jammu and Kashmir but said he did not need an aircraft. Gandhi said he and other opposition leaders would visit Jammu and Kashmir and urged Malik to allow them the freedom to meet people, and soldiers. Gandhi said in a tweet, “Dear Governor Malik, A delegation of opposition leaders & I will take you up on your gracious invitation to visit J&K and Ladakh. We won’t need an aircraft but please ensure us the freedom to travel & meet the people, mainstream leaders and our soldiers stationed over there.” On Monday, Governor Malik invited Gandhi to visit Jammu and Kashmir, saying he would send an aircraft for him, after the Congress leader said, “People were dying in the state and the situation was not normal as claimed by the government.”
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday referred a batch of petitions challenging the changes in Jammu and Kashmir’s constitutional status by abrogating provisions of Article 370 to a five-judge Constitution bench. The apex court, which said the petitions will be listed for hearing in the first week of October, also issued notices to the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration on the batch of pleas challenging the presidential order abrogating Article 370 of the Constitution. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi did not agree with the Centre that there was no need for issuing notices in the matter as Attorney General K K Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta were marking their presence in the court. “We will refer the matter to a five-judge Constitution bench,” said the bench while not accepting the argument that the notices would have a “cross-border repercussion”. The bench also comprised Justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The attorney general said whatever was being said by the court was sent before the United Nations (UN). As the counsel appearing for both sides were involved in arguments and counter-arguments, the bench said, “We know what to do, we have passed the order, we are not going to change.” The first petition challenging the presidential order scrapping Article 370 was filed by advocate M L Sharma, who was later joined by another lawyer from Jammu and Kashmir, Shakir Shabir. National Conference (NC), a prominent political party from Jammu and Kashmir, filed a petition on August 10, contending that the changes brought in the status of the state had taken away the rights of its citizens without their mandate. Arguing that the legislation approved by Parliament and the orders issued by the president subsequently were “unconstitutional”, the petition asked for those to be declared “void and inoperative”. The petition was filed by NC’s Lok Sabha MPs Mohammad AKbar Lone and Justice (retd) Hasnain Masoodi. Lone is a former speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly and Masoodi a retired judge of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. In 2015, he ruled that Article 370 was a permanent feature of the Constitution. There are other petitions challenging the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370, including a plea filed by a group of former defence officers and bureaucrats, who have also sought directions declaring the presidential orders of August 5 “unconstitutional, void and inoperative”. The plea was filed by professor Radha Kumar, a former member of the Home Ministry’s Group of Interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir (2010-11), former IAS officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre Hindal Haidar Tyabji, Air Vice Marshal (retd) Kapil Kak, Major General (retd) Ashok Kumar Mehta, former Punjab-cadre IAS officer Amitabha Pande and former Kerala-cadre IAS officer Gopal Pillai, who retired as the Union home secretary in 2011. A petition has also been filed by bureaucrat-turned-politician Shah Faesal, along with his party colleague and former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) leader Shehla Rashid. There are other petitions challenging the Centre’s decision on Article 370.
Bangalore: Bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will look to salvage pride while Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will aim to seal the final play-off berth when the two sides square-off for one final time in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Saturday. The Kane Williamson-led Hyderabad side will need to forget their disappointing Super Over loss to three-time champions Mumbai Indians and need to get their act together in their must-win game. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuOne good news for Hyderabad is that even if they lose their last game, they can still reach the playoffs if Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) don’t win more than one of their last two matches. In the absence of their star batsmen — David Warner and Johnny Bairstow — young Manish Pandey shouldered the responsibility in their game against Mumbai as he clobbered Hardik Pandya for a six in the final ball to push the match into the Super Over. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersPandey played a valiant 47-ball unbeaten 71-run knock and didn’t let his team miss the presence of Warner, who had consecutively scored runs for Hyderabad this season. Along with him, skipper Williamson, all-rounder Vijay Shankar and comeback man Wriddhiman Saha will also need to contribute effectively. The Hyderabad bowlers have performed well so far but will need to click as a unit against Bangalore, which boasts of batsmen like AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. A lot will also depend on leg-spinner Rashid Khan and K Khaleel Ahmed, who have been amongst the wickets for the Orange Army. While Rashid has 14 wickets from 13 games, Khaleel has also been impressive with 14 scalps from just seven matches. They will need the support of the experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Coming to Bangalore, the Kohli-led side has nothing to lose and will just look to play for pride after exiting from the race to the play-offs. Kohli will certainly aim to end things on a winning note after losing eight of their 13 games. The skipper, who has amassed 448 runs from 13 games, is the leading run-getter for his side but lacked support from the other batsmen. Apart from him, de Villers has also contributed with 441 runs from 12 games. The duo will need to leave the sad memories behind and get their act together. Bangalore’s bowling would once again rely on Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini. Despite the wicket generally assisting batsmen in Bangalore, the host’s bowlers will have to get wickets at regular intervals besides being economical.
After mulling it over for a long time, JetBlue is taking a leap across the pond.JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes announced Wednesday that the airline will start flying to London from New York and Boston in 2021.JetBlue leaders have been talking about the possibility of flights to Europe since mid-2016, around the time they announced plans to tweak their Airbus orders to get a longer-range plane.Hayes says customers want the service, and the move will help JetBlue strengthen its position in New York and Boston.The CEO announced the move during an employee gathering at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.David Koenig, The Associated Press
One employee of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), one of the World Food Programme (WFP), and another person working for UNHCR’s partner organization were sentenced at a court in Maungdaw, in the westernmost part of Myanmar. Addressing the media at UN Headquarters in New York, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky said that no further information was provided by the local authorities to UN officials in Myanmar’s capital, Yangon. “The UN has consistently held that formal and precise charges would need to be provided to us before action is taken by the Myanmar authorities,” Mr. Nesirky said. “We would like to indicate that the detained staff should be treated in accordance with all the applicable international conventions and immunities they may be entitled to.” In June, serious disturbances in Rakhine state led to the Government declaring a state of emergency there. According to reports, the violence between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims left at least a dozen civilians dead and hundreds of homes destroyed, while internally displacing some 30,000 people. The UN also temporarily relocated, on a voluntary basis, some of its staff based in the towns of Maungdaw and Buthidaung, as well as Rakhine state’s capital, Sittwe.
OSU redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley picks off Michigan State’s quarterback Tyler O’Connor to seal the team’s 17-16 win at Spartan Stadium.. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIt’s no secret that this coming Saturday’s game between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan has a lot of implications behind it. It is not just college football’s annual matchup between the two teams, but it is also a game that will potentially decide which of the two teams will make the College Football Playoff. But the rivalry goes beyond just “The Game” itself. It ranges all the way down to recruiting.For years, young football players have looked at both universities as potential options to continue their playing careers, while both programs have pushed to obtain the next best recruit. On the OSU roster, there is no shortage of connections with “That Team Up North,” as a few of its current players have decommitted from Michigan only to commit to OSU. This was the case for redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley and redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber.“I was a young-minded person, and really, (Michigan) was my first big offer,” Conley said. “But I wanted to explore my options, and when I came (to OSU) it just felt like going from the same program to a better program of what I already experienced, and it felt like home.”As a four-star prospect out of Massillon Washington High School in Ohio, Conley was a Michigan commit for eight months before he decided to join Urban Meyer’s 2013 class. Meyer said on Monday that he went to watch Conley play basketball when recruiting the cornerback, and that the team thought highly of him during the process.“I went and watched him actually practice basketball, and that’s when I was like, ‘this is a crazy athlete,’” Meyer said. “Then you get to meet him and his family. Major impact. He’s not just a great player, but a great leader as well.”Conley, who made the game-ending interception last Saturday against Michigan State, said that his initial commitment to be a Wolverine was “real fast.” He had only gone to Ann Arbor once to visit and didn’t talk to a lot of people, causing him to make the decision to switch schools.“It was a magnificent decision because, obviously, two years ago we won a championship and last year we had a good season,” Conley said. “Overall, the teams I’ve been a part of (at OSU) and the brotherhood I have experienced — it’s great.”Now one of the Ohio State team captains, Conley was the first player that Meyer would convert from Wolverine to Buckeye in his OSU coaching tenure. Conley wouldn’t be the last player to recommit to OSU, as Weber would do the same just two years later.Unlike Conley, Weber grew up in Michigan as a native of Detroit. After playing football for Cass Technical High School, Weber committed to the Wolverines. However, after Michigan fired then-head coach Brady Hoke, the four-star recruit decommitted from the university, and eventually ended up at Ohio State.Weber said that former Cass Tech teammate and current Ohio State teammate Damon Webb, a junior cornerback, helped him with his decision to join the Buckeyes.“Having people here that I know of, that I can talk to, and that relate to me is always good,” Weber said. “I used to talk to (Webb) in high school about the program, about what to expect, and he always gave me good feedback.”Weber said that with Webb already in Columbus and with redshirt freshman defensive tackle Joshua Alabi, also one of Weber’s Cass Tech teammates, committed to OSU, he was comfortable with his decision.“It feels good to play with guys you grew up with,” Weber said.However, Weber, who joins Maurice Clarett and Robert Smith as the only Ohio State freshman to rush for 1,000 yards, will be playing several of his high school teammates when the Buckeyes and Wolverines take the field on Saturday. “Now it is really personal. A lot of people I played with — Jourdan Lewis, Delano Hill, Mike Onwenu, Lavert Hill — all those guys I played with in high school and won championships with are on the team,” Weber said. “It’s going to be fun playing against all those guys and I’m looking forward to it.”Along with Conley, Weber, Alabi and Webb, true freshman offensive lineman Michael Jordan is also a native of Michigan and will be playing for his home-state rival on Saturday.With each of these players deciding to play for Meyer and the Buckeyes, there is no denying that both teams could look very different for Saturday’s game had Conley and Weber not recommitted to OSU and stayed at Michigan.Conley said that he is looking forward to the game on Saturday, and that he is happy with the decision he made three years ago.“It’s an honor to play in this game. It’s an honor to be a Buckeye in this game,” Conley said. “This is one of the most tradition-rich programs in tradition games, and it’s going to be a great challenge. I’m just glad to be here with my team.”
In the locker room before her match to get into the U.S. Open semifinals, Serena Williams cried. Her friend, Andy Roddick, had lost to Juan Martin del Potro, signaling the end to Roddick’s outstanding tennis career.Williams showed amazing recuperative powers, gathering her emotions and then going out and disposing of Ana Ivanovic in just 58 minutes at Arthur Ashe Stadium.Williams insisted steadying her emotions was a chore, despite how she played.“It wasn’t easy, to be honest,” Williams said. “I love Andy so much, he is such a good friend. I’ve known him since I was eight years old.”How ready to play did Williams seem? She blasted three aces in the first game en route to her easy win. As is the case when she is on her game, Williams’ serve was dominant.She had 12 aces and 25 of her 46 serves were not returned. In the second game of the second set, Ivanovic got her racket on Williams’ serve only once. Ivanovic had two break points in the seventh game of the first set, but Williams closed it with an ace.And so, Williams will play Sara Errani of Italy in the semifinals. Errani made it to the semis in an emotional way, too, having to beat her best friend and doubles partner, Roberta Vinci, 6-2, 6-4.After switching to a longer, heavier racket this season, Errani has earned four of her six career tournament wins and risen to No. 10 in the world. She lost the French Open final to Maria Sharapova. Errani also will rise to No. 1 in the doubles rankings and Vinci will be No. 2.“Quarterfinal with your best friend, of course, is difficult,” Errani said. “We know each other very well. We played together many times. So was also strange to see her on the other side of the net.”Errani has faced Williams three times – and lost three times. But they have not met since 2009.“She’s such a fighter,” Williams said. “She’s strong and quick.”
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Ministry of Defence scientists have cracked the blueprint for a “breakthrough” blood test which promises to save thousands of lives a year in the fight against hospital sepsis.Researchers trying to combat infection in troops following battlefield injury say they have identified the molecular “signature” that predicts the life-threatening condition hours or even days before symptoms start to show.One of the leading causes of avoidable death in the UK, sepsis kills more than 37,000 people a year and occurs when an infection enters the body and the immune system overreacts, attacking major organs.Despite scandals such as the death of three-year-old Sam Morrish in 2010, cases are still routinely missed because doctors and nurses attribute symptoms to other causes and current tests take many hours to come back.But scientists at the Defence Science and Technology laboratory (DSTL) have told The Telegraph their 10-year study should enable vulnerable patients to be screened for sepsis using a simple one-hour test. DSTL said the signature currently predicted sepsis at up to 97 per cent accuracy.Its intellectual property arm Ploughshare Innovations is now seeking to licence the discovery to a commercial firm who can turn it into a test.Stuart Andrew, Minister for Defence Procurement, said: “This crucial research in sepsis treatment is an outstanding example of the pioneering research carried out by DSTL scientists and highlights how lessons learned on the battlefield can have a huge impact on improving the day-to-day lives of UK citizens.” Soldiers are at particular risk of post-surgical infections because of the nature of their wounds and the dirty environments in which they are sustained.During the Afghanistan campaign troops were ordered to stop going on patrol in t shirts and wear their full uniform instead so the clothes could prevent as much dirt as possible entering the body in the event of an explosion.Dr Roman Lukaszewski, who led the research, said: “Infection has consistently been a big problem for the military.”He added: “This is unique – no one has ever undertaken this kind of analysis in the way we have done it.“If you can give a clinician a heads-up that a patient is likely to develop sepsis in one, two, three days, then it may enable that clinician to change the treatment and persuade them to monitor that patient more closely.” In the first such analysis of its kind, the team tracked 4,385 patients who were in hospital for elective surgery in the UK and Germany.Of these, 155 developed sepsis, however all gave daily blood samples from the beginning of their hospital stay, enabling researchers to identify which blood biomarker pattern indicating sepsis is going to develop. Dr Ron Daniels BEM, Chief Executive of the UK Sepsis Trust and global sepsis expert, said: “It’s enlightening to see a nonprofit organisation working toward developing such a test.“Any solution which can help identify sepsis earlier has the potential to save thousands of lives.”He said it would be most effective in high risk groups such as those recovering from risky surgery and undergoing heavy chemotherapy, adding: “We have to be mindful that the majority of patients developing sepsis do so in the community without such extreme risk factors.“We need to continue to work to heighten public awareness and provide health professionals with the skills and resources they need to diagnose and manage sepsis urgently.” Unless treated promptly with fluids and antibiotics, sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure.For every hour of delay, a patient’s chances of dying increases by eight per cent.Early signs can include high or low body temperature, chills and shivering and a raised heartbeat, however watchdogs have continually voiced concern about the readiness of NHS doctors and nurses to react to the symptoms. British Army Anaesthetist Lt. Col. Peter Mahoney (L) ventilates British Army soldier Alexander Harrison from the Grenadier Guards Regiment attached to the Royal Anglion Regiment, as he is moved back to the Intensive care Unit after a CT scan on May 5, 2007 Credit:Getty Images
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thousands of students from Thessaloniki’s Aristotle University have condemned the impending visit of Pope Francis to Lesvos, branding him a “heretic”. The students, who are a part of the University’s Theological Department, released a statement this week in which they encouraged their fellow students to rally behind them in support of having the Catholic leader’s visit to the island cancelled.My Orthodox brothers and I wish to express the closeness and solidarity to both the refugees and the citizens of Lesvos and the entire Greek people, who have been so generous in their welcome -Pope FrancisAccording to Dimosiografiko Sigkrotima Makedonia, Greek Orthodox bishops Ambrosios, Serafim and Glyfadas had stirred the students into action, spreading the message that the pope’s visit would signify the end of the world as we know it.Since the statement’s release, staff at the university have disassociated themselves from the protest and clarified that they do not condone their behaviour in any way.According to a report by Greek publication Kathimerini, the pope’s visit is set to go ahead without disruptions.“It’s an extraordinary occasion,” said Cardinal Peter Turkson, head of the Vatican’s justice and peace office. “It’s a historic event because something like this has never happened before.”The Vatican said Pope Francis had accepted an invitation from Bartholomew and the Greek president, clarifying it will not be an official state visit but rather a humanitarian one.“The reality was that this was the patriarch’s idea,” said George Demacopoulos, chair of Orthodox Christian studies at the Jesuit-run Fordham University in New York.“The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece proposed he visit Lesvos and invited Bartholomew to come along. The pro-forma is that he had to go through the archbishop of Athens and the state of Greece to make it happen.”Scheduled to arrive in Lesvos today, Saturday 16 April at 10.15 am, he will pay a visit to refugee camp Morias, where he will meet with local officials and residents, as well as refugees.The pope will then be accompanied by head of the Church of Greece Archbishop Ieronymos; spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholemew and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, with all four expected to sign a joint declaration on the refugee crisis. The pope will depart the island at 3.00 pm.
Samsung s’apprête à lancer le NX200 RS, un NX200 au look rétroSamsung va commercialiser un nouvel appareil photo numérique qui n’est autre qu’un NX200 avec un look rétro : le NX200 RS.Samsung pourrait commercialiser en Corée du Sud un appareil photo au look rétro, le NX200 RS. En fait ce nouvel appareil photo numérique reprend les caratéristiques de l’appareil numérique NX 200 mais se dote d’un look plus rétro, ce qui est tendance en ce début d’année.Sur le plan technique, NX200 RS et NX200 semblent très proches l’un de l’autre. Le NX200 RS sera donc doté d’un capteur CMOS de 20,3 Mégapixels. Il pourra enregistrer en Full HD (1080p). Le résultat des photographies pourra être visualisé sur un écran 3 pouces AMOLED en résolution VGA.Le NX200 RS possède également les fonctions Smart Filter, la stabilisation d’image numérique, image 3D et des lentilles panorama iFunction 2.0. Question tarifs, ce modèle vaudra sans doute au moins aussi cher que le NX200 et peut-être bien que pour s’offrir son look rétro, il faudra payer un peu plus cher… Nous ne savons pas encore s’il sera vendu en Europe.Le 19 janvier 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambert
Psoriasis : traitement, causes, contagion, symptômes, de quoi s’agit-il ?Le psoriasis est une maladie inflammatoire de la peau. Sa forme la plus courante est le psoriasis du cuir chevelu mais il existe également le psoriasis des ongles ou le psoriasis palmo-plantaire (mains et pieds).Définition : qu’est ce que le psoriasis ?Le psoriasis est une maladie inflammatoire de la peau qui se manifeste dans sa forme la plus courante par l’apparition de plaques rouges recouvertes d’épaisses croûtes blanches. Les zones les plus touchées sont les zones de frottement comme les genoux, les coudes et le cuir chevelu mais toute partie du corps peut être atteinte. Il s’agit d’une maladie chronique évoluant par poussées et phases de rémission. Non contagieux et le plus souvent bénin, le psoriasis touche entre 1 et 3% de la population mondiale. L’affection cutanée se déclare le plus souvent entre 20 et 30 ans.Symptôme : comment reconnaître le psoriasis ?On distingue plusieurs types de psoriasis. Le plus courant est le psoriasis à plaques ou psoriasis vulgaire. Il se caractérise par des plaques rouges rondes ou ovales recouvertes de croûtes de peau qui se détachent. Elles s’accompagnent généralement de fortes démangeaisons. La localisation des plaques diffèrent d’une personne à l’autre. Les zones de frottement comme les coudes ou les genoux sont les plus touchées. Dans la majorité des cas, il s’agit d’un psoriasis du cuir chevelu mais cela peut également être un psoriasis des ongles, un psoriasis palmo-plantaire ou un psoriasis inversé (zones de plis atteintes par les lésions et non celles de frottement).Il existe également des formes plus rares et plus graves comme le psoriasis en gouttes (les plaques sont petites et en forme de gouttes), le psoriasis érythrodermique (forme généralisée atteignant plus de 90% de la peau) et le psoriasis pustuleux (apparition de pustules jaunâtres sur les mains et la pointe des pieds). Dans 20% des cas, le psoriasis s’accompagne de douleurs articulaires. On parle alors de rhumatisme psoriasique ou d’arthrite psoriasique. Il faut savoir que le psoriasis évolue par cycle de façon imprévisible et variable en fonction des personnes. La maladie peut ainsi disparaître au bout de quelques mois pour ensuite refaire surface des années après sans que l’on sache pourquoi. Causes du psoriasisL’origine exacte de l’inflammation chronique causant le psoriasis est encore méconnue mais certains facteurs ont été mis en évidence, comme la prédisposition familiale. Certains gènes ont ainsi été identifiés mais leur rôle exact dans l’apparition de la maladie est encore assez flou. On constate cependant des antécédents familiaux dans près de 40% des cas. Des facteurs environnementaux peuvent favoriser l’apparition du psoriasis chez les personnes prédisposées comme un choc émotionnel ou un stress intense. La consommation d’alcool et de tabac pourrait également jouer un rôle.Traitement : comment soigner le psoriasis ?Il n’existe malheureusement pas aujourd’hui de traitement qui permet de guérir entièrement du psoriasis. Cependant, de nombreuses options thérapeutiques sont à disposition pour limiter les poussées de la maladie. À lire aussiPsoriasis : la consommation de bière accroîtrait le risqueAfin d’atténuer les symptômes, la prise en charge se base essentiellement sur l’application de crèmes et d’onguents sur les plaques. Ils permettent d’hydrater la peau asséchée et de diminuer les démangeaisons. Pour les formes étendues de la maladie, la photothérapie peut être utilisée. Il en existe deux types. La puvathérapie correspond à une exposition de la peau à des rayons ultraviolets UVA. Elle se déroule par séances en cabine. La photothérapie par UVB utilise des rayons qui se rapprochent plus de ceux du soleil. Dans les cas plus sévères, un traitement médicamenteux par voie orale ou par injection peut être prescrit. Les médicaments les plus utilisés sont les rétinoïdes, le méthotrexate, la ciclosporine et les biothérapies. Le 19 août 2016 à 12:09 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Twitter Bayley Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Adrienne Maloof Google+ Videos Articles Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Julian Castro Rips Bernie Sanders Now Playing Up Next WWE announced on Friday that they will be running their first live events from the UK Championship series on May 6 and May 7 from Epic Studios in Norwich, England. Epic Studios in Norwich is the venue where the parents of WWE star Paige, Saraya and Ricky Knight, hold shows from their WAW and Bellatrix promotions. Announced for the shows is UK Champion Tyler Bate, Trent Seven, Pete Dunne, Mark Andrews, Wolfgang and several others that featured in the UK Championship tournament. Also set for the shows is Cruiserweights Rich Swann, TJ Perkins, Akira Tozawa, The Brian Kendrick and Tony Nese. Tickets will go on-sale later today at livenation.co.uk.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWho Are Ronda Rousey’s Top WWE Supporters?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Who Are Ronda Rousey’s Top WWE Supporters? Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NXT UK Results – 9/11/19 (NXT UK Tag Team Championships rematch, Tegan Nox in action) Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Reason Behind Antonio Browns Drama With The Steelers May Be Revealed SPOILERS: 7/20 NXT UK TV Tapings from Plymouth, England to air on the WWE Network 7/27 NXT Live Results: Atlanta, GA (Two Championship matches, Karen Q injured) Now Playing Up Next
Australian central midfielder Josip Skoko believes Australia have shown they are last-16 contenders and they are worthy to have more than a point from their opening two World Cup games.The Socceroos played out a 1-1 draw with Denmark after opening their Group C campaign with an unfortunate 2-1 loss to France.“They did really well. They set up tactically very well, they were quite close to each other, tight, didn’t give the Danes too many chances,” he told Omnisport via FourFourTwo.“And just when I thought they weren’t going to take it to the Danes, they did, and maybe the goal helped in that.An Aussie is living the “European dream” Manuel R. Medina – June 19, 2019 Defender George Timotheou is playing with Schalke in the German Bundesliga after he couldn’t appear even once in the Australian League.“I don’t really like when the Aussies sit back too much and just play tactically, I like them to come out and really have a crack and they did that when they needed to. They came out, they attacked and they created a lot of chances, which full credit to them, they really should’ve got the result, should’ve got the three points.“They outplayed them in the end and deserved more. I really like the fact that they looked confident, it wasn’t a nervous performance, it was a solid, controlled performance and one that says Australia is on the stage should be there and it’s a proper, proper contender to get through to the next round.”Skoko made 51 appearances for the Socceroos throughout his career.
Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde has confirmed the club is keen on bringing in a new striker following Munir El Haddadi’s exit.Munir completed a switch to Sevilla on a permanent deal leaving them with no senior back-up for Luis Suarez in the position, with the January transfer window now open.“Yes I would like an extra striker, there is a space now Munir has left,” Valverde told reporters, as cited by Football Italia.“We are a little short in terms of numbers, especially with the injury to Rafinha and now the transfer window is open we can rectify that.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“We must be mindful of the financial aspects of any deal and if this is not viable, then we will look to players from the B team.“We need someone who can adapt quickly, who knows the league and is available to play immediately.“There can be no settling in period but if we cannot find that striker, then we will proceed with what we have already.”Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata and Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente are among the names linked to a Camp Nou move.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority is no stranger to giving back to the community. The Zeta Omega Sigma chapter provides outreach services to Baltimore County youth from their office located in Randallstown, Md. Some of the outreach programs include: Operation Big Book Bag, Project Cradle Care, Wee Savers and the USA Swim Program. These programs provide school supplies to children, parenting and financial advice as well as swimming lessons. The sorority also hosts a school supply drive twice a year.Eunique Gray, basileus of the Zeta Omega Sigma chapter, told the AFRO, “The program that stands out the most is the USA Swim Program because no other sorority is connected with a unique program like the USA Swim Program.”The USA Swim is a national partnership between Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Rho Sorority that started in 2012. Sigma Gamma Rho is the only Greek-letter organization in partnership with this Olympic body. The Zeta Omega Sigma chapter in Baltimore County hosted its first in-water clinic in 2016 at the Y Aquatic Center in Randallstown, Md., where staff members taught kids how to enjoy the water safely. “The primary goal of the partnership is to increase swim participation within the Black community and decrease drowning rates,” said Clarrissa Taylor-Jackson, chairwoman of the USA Swim Program. Overall, 1,959 swim lessons have been completed and 480,551 laps swum.The chapter supplies most of the swim gear, such as life jackets and goggles to navigate safely through the water as well as find participants and great locations in Baltimore County. Children as young as six are eligible. “African-American kids drown at 5.5 times the rate of other kids and roughly 70 percent of African Americans lack basic swimming skills,” said Taylor-Jackson. “Even I learned how to swim when I was 26, not because I didn’t have access to a pool or the beach but because I was scared.” The sorority will host the next swim event in the next two months.Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority was founded Nov. 12, 1922, at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind. The Zeta Omega Sigma chapter was chartered in March of 1988 and has been in Baltimore County for 27 years. “We currently have 31 royal African-American members in our chapter and we are expanding and growing,” said Gray.While the sorority continues to offer help to their community, they strive to address concerns that negatively affect Baltimore County’s youth, such as drugs, teen violence, abuse, low self-esteem, suicide and teen pregnancy.
By Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, email@example.comAfter the rash of deaths at their resort properties in the Dominican Republic, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts issued its first public response to the incidents that took the lives of two Prince George’s County residents last week as they were preparing to head back to the United States. Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, who owns the Grand Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana, responded to what they call “inaccurate and false information,” regarding several deaths of American tourists at the property. Nathaniel Edward Holmes and Cynthia Ann Day were found dead by resort staffers on May 30 from respiratory failure and pulmonary edema with no signs of violence.Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, the company who owns the Grand Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana in the Dominican Republic, did not offer any explanations into the untimely deaths of Prince George’s County couple Cynthia Ann Day and Nathaniel Edward Holmes (pictured above) and a string of other deaths connected to the resort group. (Courtesy Photo)In their response to reports from international media outlets, including those from the United States, the company was in full damage control mode. They protected the image of their resorts and never addressed any of the evidence surrounding the mystery or evidence in the cases that remain under investigation.“We reiterate that we completely disagree with the dissemination of false information issued publicly, which threatens the image and reputation of the company and the integrity and the rights of our employees and their families, reserving, where necessary, the right to take the appropriate legal action,” the release stated.Holmes and Day appeared to be in good health and were apparently enjoying themselves to the point where they posted on social media they weren’t ready to come home. However, their vacation in paradise ended in an unexpected nightmare with their families asking questions the company didn’t answer in their prepared statement. The most interesting omission in the press release is the absence of any mention of the reports of carbon monoxide in the room, which could lead to the symptoms that may have led to the deaths of Hall and Day, according to the initial findings of the Dominican authorities.“The safety and comfort of our guests and staff stand at the core of our company values, and we work daily to ensure it,” the company wrote. “All our properties in the Dominican Republic hold some of the most prestigious certifications in the industry, including Travelife certifications at the Gold level, as well as a Global Reputation Index (GRI) of 90 percent.”The families of Hall and Day are waiting to have their bodies returned to the United States so they can have independent autopsies. They have publicly stated their relatives had no health issues of late, as within the last 24 hours of their deaths, which only adds to their grief.
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Suddenly, some sections start glowing, first on the side and then the entire back of the head. These images show which brain areas activate when we speak, see, hear, or touch.Computer technology now is so powerful that photorealistic animations can even be produced with common PCs and modern graphic cards. Physically-based rendering plays an important role here, simulating how individual rays of light spread in specific scenery and how the environment influences each ray in reality. Mirrors reflect these rays; frosted glass weakens and scatters them; obstacles absorb them. As a result, walls, objects and people appear in naturally pleasing light, wine glasses mirror reflections, objects cast complex shadows. The scene appears as realistic as a photo or a video.Hollywood directors and computer game programmers regularly use such systems and astound the public with increasingly lifelike computer images. Fraunhofer MEVIS experts use this technique for another purpose: Based on medical data from computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) images, they produce three-dimensional, moving images enriched with supplementary medical information. Their work results in moving images that visualize complex medical relationships in an aesthetical and instructive way. Initial applications include 2-D and 3-D movies, training materials and interactive installations. In the long term, the method can be used as an augmented visualization tool in medicine, for example, for diagnosis and operation planning.Software systems that process medical image data from CT and MR scanners into three-dimensional images have existed for some time. “We took these anatomical images to another level with photorealistic, clinically relevant supplementary information that can be extracted from medical data with the help of special software,” explained Alexander Köhn, software architect at Fraunhofer MEVIS. “This supplementary information fuses with anatomical imagery.”One example for this ‘Meta-realistic Medical Moving Images’ approach is an interactive image sequence that visualizes the functionality of the human brain. “We want to use the strong visual cognitive ability of the human to transfer complex interrelationships in an intuitive, correct and fast way,” said Bianka Hofmann, scientific communication specialist at Fraunhofer MEVIS. The researchers first produced high-resolution anatomical 3-D images of the brain with an MR scanner. Then, subjects performed different tasks in the scanner, such as reading texts, reciting poems, listening to music or viewing images. They switched the scanner to a specific mode, allowing it to capture, in high temporal resolution, the effect of blood supply in the brain during the different tasks.Based on these functional MR images, statistical algorithms determine how intensively the different brain areas participate in the specific tasks. The auditory center on the side of the skull reacts when listening to music and the visual cortex on the back of the head is stimulated when observing images. The higher the intensity, the brighter this particular image volume becomes. When combined with anatomical MR data, images emerge in which the brain areas responsible for seeing or hearing start to glow. With the help of physically based rendering, these images appear extremely realistic.On October 1, the technique will be unveiled at the AUDIOVERSUM in Innsbruck, Austria during the Long Night of Museums. The Science Center will present an exhibit designed by Fraunhofer MEVIS which allows visitors to discover the brain’s functionality interactively. In addition to the Oct. 1 exhibit, on Sept. 9-10, MEVIS Institute Director Horst Hahn will present sequences from the ‘Meta-realistic Medical Moving Images’ at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz.For more information: www.mevis.fraunhofer.de FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. 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Ailey troupe marks 60 years by looking back at its founder AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press Posted Dec 20, 2018 10:32 am PDT NEW YORK — It was March 1958 when an African-American dancer named Alvin Ailey, then making his living on the Broadway stage, gathered up a group of fellow dancers and presented a one-night show of his own works.In the audience at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan was 18-year Sylvia Waters, who was studying dance across town at Juilliard. She had never seen anything like it. “It was absolutely riveting,” she says now. “I had never seen men dance like that.”Most exciting to Waters was seeing people dance “who I could relate to,” she says. “There was something so visceral about the experience. We didn’t know at the time that it was history, but it was definitely special.”It was indeed history: The company born that night, which Waters would join a decade later, is now 60 years old and credited with helping popularize modern dance, as well as bringing the African-American experience to a global stage. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is one of the best known companies in the world, touring constantly and still earning rapturous ovations for its signature work, “Revelations,” which tells the African-American story through spirituals and blues.To mark the milestone, the company has been devoting its current New York season to remembering Ailey himself, who died at age 58 in 1989, with a major new work, “Lazarus,” as well as “Timeless Ailey,” a compilation that includes a piece of “Blues Suite,” performed that night in 1958.It’s a time for the company to reflect on how it made it this far, says Judith Jamison, the former Ailey artistic director and still its best-known face.“It’s amazing,” says Jamison, 75, who in her dancing years became known for the searing “Cry,” another Ailey signature piece. “I find it remarkable that we still exist today, lo these 60 years. And I think Mr. Ailey would be absolutely beside-himself happy, that something he started 60 years ago could blossom into everything he imagined.”In a recent interview on the sidelines of company rehearsal, Jamison recalled being present as Ailey died, along with Waters and Ailey’s mother. “We were in his room as he passed, and usually you see in movies, that people have their last breath and they breathe out. But Mr. Ailey breathed IN. We expected him to breathe out, and he didn’t. So I think what we’re living on now, is his breath OUT … that air, that vision, that dream.”A key challenge for the company is keeping Ailey’s memory alive and present — not just for audiences, but for the dancers who never met him. Yannick Lebrun, who grew up in French Guiana and joined the company 10 years ago, says he learned about Ailey from people like Jamison.“She always talked about Alvin and how generous he was, how human he was,” says Lebrun, one of the company’s current stars, “and how dedicated he was to sharing his love for modern dance, but also his memories from growing up in the South, and African-American heritage and history.”Ailey grew up in poverty in small-town Texas, to a 17-year-old mother. It’s both the story of his early life and the broader African-American experience that the company is telling with the two-act “Lazarus,” so named for the theme of resurrection. It was choreographed by hip-hop artist Rennie Harris and commissioned by Robert Battle, Jamison’s successor as artistic director.“There came this thing of wanting to hear Mr. Ailey’s voice, because so many of us didn’t have the opportunity to know him,” says Battle. He means “voice” both figuratively and literally; there’s a section of “Lazarus” where the choreographer inserts his own voice into old audio of Ailey, as if interviewing him today.The piece begins with a historical look at the African-American struggle, including a depiction of lynchings, and then moves into full-on, high-energy hip-hop. “Hip-hop is a celebration of life,” Battle says.The genre also connects with younger audiences, of course, and the company’s challenge — like that of any arts organization — is to bring younger people into the fold. “Our biggest challenge is the competition for people’s leisure time,” Battle says. “The phones, the technology.” The cost of touring, too, is rising. “We have to continue to find ways to reach new audiences,” he says.However successful the new piece, or others in the company’s broad repertoire, nothing will ever take the place of “Revelations,” which more than a signature work is the very core of the company’s identity. It’s on the schedule most evenings the company performs.Indeed, the work is so much in demand that none other than Ailey himself tried to cut back on it years ago, to showcase other things. But ticket sales dropped, Battle says, “And so Alvin said, ‘Put it back on!’” Performed everywhere from the Olympics to the White House, the work has often been called the most-seen piece of modern dance, but it’s hard to imagine anything to compare it with.“It’s a phenomenon,” Battle says simply, “a once-in-a-lifetime work. It’s universal in such a palpable way that no matter if we’re across the street or across the ocean, people have a visceral response.” He describes a trip to Russia where he felt very far from home — until he saw the audience cheering “Revelations.” Suddenly, he says, “it became a church somewhere in the South.”The popularity of “Revelations” is hardly a challenge, Battle says — he sees it as a blessing. “It’s like Aretha singing, ‘Respect,’” he notes. “People don’t get tired of it. It’s, ‘C’mon, sing it!’” Jamison adds that on evenings when “Revelations” isn’t on the bill, audiences still appreciate seeing the new works — and then, she quips, “they’ll buy another ticket, to get their fix.”Nor do the dancers, for whom “Revelations” is a rite of passage, seem to tire of the work, Lebrun says.“There’s always something new to say,” says Lebrun, whose favourite sections to perform are “I Wanna Be Ready,” a solo for a man preparing to meet his maker, and “Sinner Man,” where he enters the stage in an adrenaline-fueled sprint.“‘Revelations’ is why we are here right now, 60 years later,” Lebrun says. “So if we don’t take care of it … this most important modern dance piece in the world, then why are we here? Why are we doing what we’re doing?”___Online: https://www.alvinailey.org/Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press