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Video tour of space station living quarters

first_imgWhile working on the International Space Station (ISS) astronauts are promised incredible views, but when it comes to living quarters astronauts shouldn’t expect anything as grand. Scott Kelly, current ISS expedition commander, offers a tour of his personal quarters aboard the space station through a video uploaded to YouTube. As most people will notice right away, his living area is really nothing more than a closet.As you would expect, space aboard the ISS is a premium so astronauts don’t get a lot. Luckily, thanks to a lack of gravity, they don’t need a lot either. In space, a bed doesn’t need to lay on the ground. Thanks to micro gravity an astronaut’s bed is little more than a sleeping bag with arm restraints that’s hung on the wall.As Commander Kelly points out, one area that is lacking is space for clothing. He states that six months worth of clothes has to fit into the equivalent size of a large suitcase . That means you may have to wear underwear for more than just one day, but Kelly states clothes don’t get as dirty while aboard the ISS as they would on Earth. Speaking of being dirty, your room is also where you take sponge baths since there are no showers aboard the space station. Talk about roughing it.The room does have some nice electronics though. Two computers are provided to the astronaut. One gives them access to ISS systems including their email and schedule while another connects them to the Internet, though connections are slow and spotty at times. Another nice feature is a Skype-like phone which allows the astronaut to make calls when the space station’s satellite dish is properly aligned.While a room at the cheapest Holiday Inn would look like a suite to astronauts aboard the ISS any good real estate agent will tell you that it’s not the size of the room that’s important it’s “location, location, location.”Read more at YouTube.last_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews SICARIO DAY OF THE SOLDADO

first_img Is Sicario: Day of The Soldado good?No.So you’re disappointed?Yes, but mostly that it wasn’t the right kind of bad.Explain.Well, you see…  there was this weird period a little over a decade ago where if you had a movie that did decent money and was about the army or cops or just had lots of guns and shooting but it was also actually a smart drama but maybe there was a segment of the audience that had wished it had been only about the shooting. Sometimes the producers would license the title and make a bunch of barely-connected, action-heavy pseudo-sequels on the cheap for quick money. This most infamously happened to Jarhead, where the first movie was a Full Metal Jacket-style serious antiwar drama but then the two sequels were dumb shoot-em-up things.And you thought this was that… why?Because at one point that was supposedly the idea! The original Sicario had its share of action and violence, but it was mainly a nihilistic, pitch-black drama ostensibly about a covert clash between American federal agents and Mexican drug cartels but centered on the slow-slide into a nightmare abyss of despair and disillusionment of an agent played by Emily Blunt as she confronts the utter hopelessness of the so-called “War on Drugs.” Sicario 2, on the other hand, was initially rushed to a greenlight as a cash-in sequel re-centered on Benicio Del Toro’s supporting character from the original; a morally-compromised vigilante who goes through Cartel associates like a human buzzsaw to avenge his murdered family while the Governments of both countries look the other way. Spinning off a compelling but one-note side-character into his own movie and calling it sequel? Sounds like my kind of stupid – sign me up!Ah. So what is it instead?Boring and ugly.You’re going to have to elaborate.Sadly, Day of The Soldado decides to actually try and be a proper sequel to Sicario but with only about 15-20% of the elements that made the original more than the sum of… well, those elements. Del Toro is back being a laconic low-key badass, Josh Brolin is back barking orders and being all Josh Brolin, we’re still working with urban Mexico and La Frontera backdrops as a picturesque milieu, but all the vibe and vigor has been replaced with generic paint-by-numbers plotting and bland dramatics. What’s the fun (or even the point) of that?What’s the story this time?Apparently something dreamed-up by somebody’s terminally-paranoid great-grandfather after a six-day unmedicated Fox News binge, in screenplay format.…come again?Our premise is that ISIS is working in concert with Somali pirates to smuggle suicide bombers into the United States via the Southern border among migrant workers being trafficked by Mexican drug cartels. When a group of such bombers carries out a successful attack, the President designates the Cartels as a terrorist organization; giving Brolin’s black-ops troublemaking outfit a green light to use covert-warfare tactics for which they enlist the aid of Del Toro’s man-on-a-mission killing machine. Their plan: Start a war between the Cartels’ heads by framing one for the kidnapping of another’s 16-year-old daughter, because factional infighting will make it easier for the U.S. to (essentially) invade Mexico and wipe them all out. Brolin believes this plan will work because that kind of instability “made things easier in Iraq.”They do NOT seriously say that last part!!!They do, is the thing.Would I be incorrect in assuming that the plan hits some sort of snag, the less-good-guys in charge want to “get rid” of the girl, but she reminds Del Toro of his dead family so he turns slightly more noble and fights for her?Yeah… it’s almost impressively un-original on the plot side. And all its other sides, too, really.Is there anything else going on? I remember the first one had some parallel narratives happening…There’s a secondary intersecting subplot following the relative ease and rapid speed through which any cherubic, seemingly well-behaved Mexican-American teenager can morph into a violent MS13-style gang foot-soldier without even needing much of a push.Yikes. This feels… ill-timed?And then some! One always wants to be mindful when it comes to gauging the questionable taste (or, at least, fairly uncomfortable timing) of this or that movie, that Sicario: Day of The Soldado isn’t content to simply be the boring version of its predecessor but also the uglier, more shallow, topically tone-deaf version to a degree that borders on… well, I’d hesitate to say “irresponsible,” but definitely in that ballpark. That’s not to say that any film gets or loses “points” for being politically repellant or even simply “read the room” tone deaf; but when a film is ALSO underwritten, generically directed, lazily plotted, vacantly characterized, populated by stiff characters drained of their original essence and lacking any sense of even stylistic effort that sort of thing sticks out. And if you scrape it off, all that’s left is a waste of a movie: As an actioner, it’s a snooze, as a drama it’s a dud, and as a mood piece it’s limp and lethargic.Is there anything remotely cool or entertaining about it, if the drama and thematics are really so dry and/or repellant?Have you seen the bit from the trailers where Benicio does the “bump-firing” trick with his Beretta 92?Yeah!That’s it. You’ve seen the good part of the movie.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ last_img read more

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Council approves new disc golf course

first_imgA proposed 18-hole disc golf course at Hockinson Meadows Community Park took a step closer to becoming a reality after the Clark County council unanimously voted to approve the project at its Tuesday morning meeting.Currently, about 70 acres of the 240-acre park are developed in ballfields, trails and an off-leash dog area. There’s another 40-acre parcel of undeveloped land at the park that the county currently leases for grazing that will be the future home for the course.At the council meeting, Clark County Public Works Director Heath Henderson said that the grazing permit will expire in the spring to allow the plans for the course to move forward.“The popularity of (disc golf) is definitely increasing,” Henderson said. “It’s something that’s desired throughout the county.”The game of disc golf is similar to traditional golf. Players tee off and attempt to throw Frisbee-like discs into metal baskets.There are four disc golf courses in Clark County, none of which have 18 holes. Henderson noted that an 18-hole course could draw tournaments and tourism to Clark County. The county had planned to build an 18-hole course at Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park but scaled its plans down to nine holes after concerns were raised that it would negatively affect the wildlife habitat.Temple Lentz, executive director of the Parks Foundation of Clark County, said that the sport is growing in popularity and pointed out that residents expressed support for disc golf when the county updated it Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan last year. The Clark County Parks Advisory Board unanimously voted earlier this year to support the new course.last_img read more

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US sending arms to Kurds in Iraq

first_imgWASHINGTON — Iraq’s president snubbed incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and picked another politician Monday to form the next government, setting up a fierce political power struggle even as the country battles extremists in the north and west.The showdown came as the United States increased its role in fighting back Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group that is threatening the autonomous Kurdish region in the north. Senior American officials said U.S. intelligence agencies are directly arming the Kurds who are battling the militants in what would be a shift in Washington’s policy of only working through the central government in Baghdad.U.S. warplanes carried out new strikes Sunday, hitting a convoy of Sunni militants moving to attack Kurdish forces defending the autonomous zone’s capital, Irbil. The recent American airstrikes have helped the Kurds achieve one of their first victories after weeks of retreat as peshmerga fighters over the weekend recaptured two towns near Irbil. The Pentagon’s director of operations said the effort will do little to slow Islamic State militants overall.Haider al-Ibadi, the deputy speaker of parliament from al-Maliki’s Shiite Dawa party, was selected by President Fouad Massoum to be the new prime minister and was given 30 days to present a new government to lawmakers for approval.U.S. President Barack Obama called al-Ibadi’s nomination a “promising step forward” and he urged “all Iraqi political leaders to work peacefully through the political process.”last_img read more

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Audi A4 gets new look more tech and mild hybrid powertrains

first_img Tags The Audi A4 and S4 sedans get a visual refresh Review • 2018 Audi A4 Allroad: Off the beaten path More about 2018 Audi A4 Allroad 10 Photos Audi 2018 Audi S4: The sweet spot sport sedan Sedans Luxury cars Audicenter_img 2019 Audi Q8 review: Stop worrying and love the roof 2018 Audi Q7: Rockin’ the suburbs More From Roadshow 1 Share your voice Comment The Audi A4 has been refreshed to bring the sedan more in-line with the style and technology offerings of other cars in the brand’s lineup, Audi announced Wednesday. The differences outside are immediately evident, with the updated A4 now bearing more of a visual similarity to the latest A6 and A7.Enlarge ImageAudi says the A4 is “tauter and sportier” thanks to this update. Audi For starters, the A4 now has a wider and flatter interpretation of Audi’s Singleframe front grille design, as well as new LED headlights with multiple-element running lights. There are 12 new paint colors, Audi says, and around back the car’s taillights also now have a more modern design that matches the A6 and A7.Moving inside, the biggest changes comes at the top of the dashboard, where the A4’s old infotainment system has been replaced by Audi’s newest 10.1-inch MMI touchscreen. That means the old car’s rotary control knob, formerly found on the center console ahead of the shifter, has gone. Functions include natural-language searching, a Wi-Fi hotspot and an available Bang & Olufsen sound system.Unlike newer MMI systems in the A6, A7, A8 and Q8, however, the A4 does not adopt a lower second touchscreen for climate controls, sticking with its traditional physical knobs and buttons.2020 Audi A4Enlarge ImageWe’ve been seriously impressed with Audi’s touchscreen infotainment system in other cars, so we’re happy it carries over to the A4. Audi As before, the A4 can be equipped with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, called Virtual Cockpit. Other technologies include the ability to use an Android phone as the car’s key, and Car-to-X capability, which lets the A4 receive signals about on-street parking availability, traffic lights and more.The updated Audi A4 launches with six different turbocharged engines in Europe, three of which will have 12-volt mild-hybrid powertrains to help save fuel. The Audi S4, meanwhile, now becomes the S4 TDI. It comes with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 featuring and electric turbo compressor and a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. Rated for 342 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, it’ll get the S4 TDI sedan to 60 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds. This engine is also found in Europe’s newest S6 and S7.However, Audi notes that outside of Europe, S4 models will continue to use a turbocharged 3.0-liter gasoline V6. In the US, that powertrain is rated for 354 hp and 369 pound-feet, and a 0-60-mph time of 4.4 seconds.The new Audi A4 will hit European dealers this fall. However, we’ll have to wait for more specifics on the US-market model.last_img read more

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Liquor shops to remain closed for three days in Hyderabad

first_imgIn the view of Bonalu celebrations, all the liquor shops, restaurants, toddy shops, clubs and bars serving liquor will be closed for three days, said Commissioner of Police Anjani Kumar. Beginning from 6 am on Sunday, the shops will be closed until 6 am on Wednesday. The order has been issued for the public peace and tranquillity, said the CP. The liquor shops were closed for two days i.,e from 6 am on July 21 to 6 am on July 23 on the account of Ujjaini Mahankali Bonalu in Secunderabad.last_img read more

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Who are the biggest celebrity followers of La Liga teams Check out

first_imgRafael Nadal at a La Liga gameCatherine Ivill/Getty ImagesThe next season of the Spanish La Liga kicks off on August 16. Those of you who are loyal supporters of Spanish clubs would be happy to know that when you cheer for your favourite side, you are in the company of some very famous people. The fandom of La Liga teams extends to not just major sportspersons but even Hollywood and the royalty of Spain. Here is a list of some of the most globally-recognised names among the fans of Spanish teams. Rafael Nadal (Real Madrid)His uncle Miguel Ángel Nadal may be a legend at both Barcelona and Mallorca but that didn’t stop 18-time Grand Slam champions Rafael Nadal from becoming a Real Madrid supporter. The tennis superstar is often spotted at the Santiago Bernabéu when he’s in the Spanish capital. He is even friends with several members of the squad. TwitterAntonio Banderas (Malaga CF)As a Malaga native, it’s little surprise that Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas grew up a Malaga CF fan. He’s often seen wearing Malaga’s famous blue and white colours while out and about and has taken part in a number of events with the club over the years. Banderas is also a regular fixture at La Rosaleda stadium when he’s back home. Bryant at an event with Barcelona shirtKobe Bryant (FC Barcelona)Friends with both Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho, NBA legend Kobe Bryant has become a Barcelona fan. He often reaches out and congratulates the Blaugrana on big game wins or championship victories. He was even presented with his very own personalised Barça shirt while the team were on a pre-season tour of the United States. Gere with the Champions League trophy that Real Madrid wonTwitterRichard Gere (Real Madrid)Richard Gere is a hard-core Real Madrid supporter. The American actor, whose Spanish wife Alejandra Silva is also a big fan of the club, even enjoyed one of Los Blancos’ most recent Champions League successes up close as he flew with the team to Milan for the 2016 final. He even got his hands on the trophy after the final! Bieber too, is a BarcelonaTwitterJustin Bieber (FC Barcelona)Pop star Justin Bieber has attended Barcelona training sessions on multiple occasions, often stopping by when on tour in the city. On one occasion in 2016, the pop superstar even got to join in, enjoying a kickabout with then Barça star Neymar and Rafinha. Bieber was pretty handy with his feet, finding the back of the net on few occasions! Dinklage cheering for Sevilla FCPeter Dinklage (Sevilla FC)Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, AKA Tyrion Lannister, seems to have taken a liking to Sevilla FC after spending time in the city on set. He and a number of other GoT stars, including Emilia Clark (Daenerys Targaryen) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), were guests of honour at Sevilla’s LaLiga Santander match-up with Barcelona at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan back in 2016. Damon with the Atletico Madrid jerseyMatt Damon (Atletico de Madrid)Matt Damon was presented with an Atletico de Madrid shirt while on a promotional tour for the latest Jason Bourne movie in the Spanish capital, back in 2016. He met with club president Enrique Cerezo and Brazilian full-back Filipe Luis. The Boston native even shouted out “Aupa Atleti,” winning the hearts and minds of Atleti fans across the world. Even the royalty of Spain has a preferred teamKing Felipe VI (Atletico de Madrid)The King of Spain does indeed support one of the sides from the capital, but it’s not Real Madrid as the name might suggest! King Felipe has, in fact, been an Atleti fan since he was a boy and has never hidden his affection for Los Colchoneros. He was pictured at each of the club’s recent Europa League final wins (2010, 2012, 2018).last_img read more

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70000 new expectant mothers among Rohingya refugees

first_imgLalmoti, a Rohingya refugee reacts in pain as she holds her one day old baby inside her temporary shelter at a camp in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh September 18, 2017. REUTERSBangladesh said Monday there were 70,000 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers among the wave of Rohingya refugees who have entered the country after fleeing violence from Myanmar in the past three weeks.The UN says 415,000 civilians from the Rohingya Muslim minority have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25, overwhelming refugee camps near the border that were unprepared for the sudden influx.The majority of those crossing have been women and children, with aid agencies warning of an unfolding humanitarian crisis as authorities struggle to provide basic facilities for the desperate civilians.In a briefing on the relief effort Monday, Information Minister Hasanul Haq said a huge number-roughly one in six-of the new arrivals living in the camps were expectant or new mothers.“Special care has been undertaken for 70,000 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers,” Haq told reporters.The United Nations has warned of intolerable conditions in camps around the border town of Cox’s Bazar.Haq added that roughly 16,000 toilets have been built across the sprawling camps to improve woeful sanitation standards, and check-posts erected to ensure security for those camping in open spaces.The minister ruled out a military solution to the crisis, deflecting calls from hardline Islamists for Bangladesh to defend the persecuted Muslim minority.At least 20,000 hardliners rallied in Dhaka on Monday demanding an end to the “genocide” being perpetrated against the Rohingya, a reviled minority denied citizenship inside Myanmar.“Bangladesh wants a diplomatic-not military-solution,” Haq said.The government has promised to build new camps large enough to host 400,000 refugees, but has also rehashed an old plan to turn a desolate island into a new home for the Rohingya.The existing camps are full, but Bangladesh has issued strict orders that the Rohingya do not leave designated areas, fearful that nearby cities could be swamped.Some 200 Rohingya have been sent back to the camps after relocating to nearby towns in recent days, police say.last_img

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Police implicate BNP men in attacks on Khaleda

first_imgUnknown miscreants attack the vehicles of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s convoy in Feni, heading towards Cox’s Bazar on Saturday afternoon. File photoThe police have incriminated two former members of parliament from the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) for the attacks on their party chairperson Khaleda Zia in Feni earlier this week.The police filed a case on Tuesday in connection with the attack on the convoy of the former prime minister on her way to Cox’s Bazar.The case statement shows the former BNP MPs were involved in the attack. The BNP blamed the ruling Awami League and its ‘terrorists’ for the attacks.According to the police claim, the attacks on Khaleda resulted from a rivalry between two former MPs – Joynal Abedin aka VP Joynal and Rehena Aktar Ranu.Mentioning the rivalry between the former MPs, the police accused some 25-30 unnamed people in the case filed with Feni Model police station.The plaintiff, Feni’s district court police inspector AK Nazibul Islam, was in charge of looking after security measures in Feni during Khaleda’s visit.At least 20 vehicles of Khaleda’s motorcade – mostly from various media houses – were vandalised and several newsmen were among the injured in the attack.The police in the meantime accused local leaders of BNP’s student and youth wings – Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal and Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal – in a second attack on Khaleda’s motorcade during her way back from Cox’s Bazar.Another case was filed with Feni sadar model police station on Wednesday for hurling petrol bombs on two parked buses while Khaleda’s motorcade was passing Feni’s Mahipal on Tuesday. The case accused activists of Chhatra Dal and Juba Dal.A total of 65 activists, including Feni district Chhatra Dal president Noyeem Ullah Chowdhury, were accused in the case.Feni sadar model police station officer-in-charge, Md Rashed Khan Chowdhury, said bus drivers of the two buses and their assistants who were arrested shortly after the incident were also accused.Counter Media BriefingsDistrict units of both the opposition BNP and the ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) on Wednesday organised press conferences accusing each other for the attacks.At a press conference at a hotel in Feni district town, AL general secretary Nizam Uddin Hazari MP blamed BNP’s infighting for the attacks on Khaleda.When his attention was drawn to the video footage aired on various television channels which showed AL activists brandishing sticks and arms launching the attack, the ruling party MP claimed the AL activists went there to resist the attackers.At another press conference at BNP’s temporary district unit office on Islampur road in Feni on Wednesday evening, local BNP leaders said the AL orchestrated the attack.Both VP Joynal and Rehena Aktar Ranu were present at the press conference and claimed there was no rivalry between them.The BNP leaders said it is not possible to hide the identity of the attackers in this era of digital technology.Attackers seen in the video footage aired by different television channels, are activists of the ruling party and its front organisations – Chhatra League and Juba League.The BNP leaders said the police accused BNP men for the attacks only to save the ruling party’s men.last_img read more

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Capcom creates 150 new copies of DuckTales for the NES

first_imgThe original DuckTales game was released by Capcom for the Nintendo Entertainment System back in 1989. 24 years later it is set to receive another outing as a remastered game across all the major console and PC download services (PSN, Xbox Live, eShop, and Steam).Any marketing this game receives will surely focus on how it’s bringing a retro classic back to life. But Capcom has decided to go a step further and actually bring the original game back to life, albeit in a very limited form.What Capcom has done is to produce 150 brand new copies of the original game on working NES cartridges and packaged them up in a, by default, very rare collector’s set. So far a lucky few game reviewers/reporters have received one in the post to help promote the game.Capcom has gone to a lot of trouble to recreate the working cartridges, and employed the talents of iam8bit Productions to make it happen. iam8bit didn’t just source 150 old copies of the original game. Instead, they used brand new circuit boards to load the game on to, then refurbished 150 original NES cartridge shells and produced new DuckTales labels to create the final golden cartridges. And in so doing, they’ve created a cartridge that should last as long as the originals have.It’s unclear exactly what Capcom intends to do with all of these NES packs, but hopefully a good portion of them will be made available to gamers directly. Along with the cartridge you get a certificate of authenticity, a green cheese of longevity money off voucher, a fake duck-themed music album advert, an upcoming games flyer advertising titles from the time the original game was considered new, and a metal box to keep it all in. Even if they aren’t made available, it’s inevitable a few will turn up on eBay.As promotions go, it’s pretty rare to see something this special produced, and that is sure to make it a very collectible item. In terms of value, it’s predicted that the pack will command similar prices to the Mega Man 9 press kit Capcom produced, which puts it at around $300.last_img read more

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That Jazzy mood

first_imgKeeping up with the spirit of music, International Jazz Day was marked with great live jazz performances that enthralled their audience and created a perfect night full of musical revelry at Ccoktail and Dreams Speakeasy on 30 April.The evening marked the performances of Syncopation, Drift the Trio and Taka Trio. Syncopation, the Contemporary Jazz and Funk band has been playing since 2007. They play an eclectic mix of Modern Jazz blended with elements of funk, swing and bebop. The music is centred on soulful melodies with modern funky grooves leading into frenzied improvisations. Their repertoire consists of original music which projects the band’s attitude and approach to Jazz as the evolving art form it is. Their performances have been described as being soulful, energetic and inspired by the moment. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Drift is a contemporary jazz guitar trio from Delhi. The band has performed both, as a trio as well as a part of larger setups featuring vocalists, saxophonists and other instrumentalists from around the world. Led by drummer Reuben Narain, the band’s music is an eclectic mix of modern music styles like Funk, RnB, Fusion etc. with the compositional vision and improvisational styles of jazz greats like John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Thelonious Monk and Pat Metheny.Takatrio is an instrumental jazz trio that was started by Takar Nabam. All the three members connects them all is their taste for instrumental jazz and other styles of improvised music. The trio plays a mix of traditional jazz and some Latin jazz in a more modern context.last_img read more

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Homegrown Indian literature has come into its own

first_imgBestselling author Chetan Bhagat, who has had his fair share of criticism by readers and writers of literary novels, says that there is a lot of “elitism” in Indian literary circles. He asserted that “there are no benchmarks in India” and that he doesn’t have to prove his credentials to anybody. “When I began writing, the entire (publishing) industry was focussed on literary kind of books, books that are seen by literature experts as having a certain elitist language. Those were the kinds of books being published, and were being written to win awards like the Booker Prize. I think homegrown Indian literature has now come into its own as there are ample of books by Indian writers,” Bhagat said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”There is a lot of elitism in India. The elites like to look down upon the mere locals, it’s like a colonial kind of hangover that is particularly there in literature. So when it comes to books, the ‘Khan Market books’ are all good and everything else is trash. While they are great, I am not saying they are not, but if I am aspiring to be a pan-India writer, then I must make sure that a reader in Guwahati also understands and relates to my work. They are looking for stories and content that they can relate to,” he elaborated. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBhagat said he attempts to connect with all readers by including little nuggets of contemporary day-to-day life in his stories. “For example: Today whole lot of things happen on Instagram and Whatsapp. My new book has a lot of that, this wasn’t there in my previous books. Even in ‘Revolution 2020’, the characters were still using Google chat but the world has moved on and that is what I try to do in my books; write what the readers can relate to,” he quipped. But his fallout with New Delhi based Rupa publications, which had published all his books so far, sent signals that ‘Three Mistakes of My Life’ writer’s readership was on a decline. Bhagat refuted the charge saying that he has had “an expansion in readership”. “It has increased the distribution in tier two and tier three towns. There were times when my readers used to write to me that they would go to the railway station to buy my books,” the 44-year-old said. “There are no bookstores that sell novels and general reading books in smaller towns and so I think the e-commerce websites has been the game changer. Having said this, the expansion of online stores has also led to the closing down of many physical bookstores and with the growing spread of internet, people are more and more drawn towards video content than actually reading. Still I am confident that there is ample space for reading. You can have lifts and escalators but there will be always be stairs.” “If a certain elite section looks down upon my books, it speaks for their own insecurity. People who really have credibility, even if they are elite, like my books. Amitabh Ghosh, Shashi Tharoor and even late Leila Seth praised my books. I write in a simple way, I add humour, I write about relationships that are similar to what people are having today and I introduce some national issues in it,” he added. “I don’t have to prove my credentials. There was a time when people would always remind me what trolls were telling about me. It used to bother me but I am over it now. If somebody has done well, and has been consistent, then you cannot dismiss that by insulting him. You can’t take away my achievement,” he asserted.last_img read more

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Government of Mexico grants more than 100 work permits to migrants

first_imgMexico City, Mexico — The Ministry of the Interior says that the first 111 work permits have been granted to migrant Central Americans.The work permits were given to the migrants under the Estás en Tu Casa plan as announced by President Enrique Peña Nieto. The plan is in coordination with the Ministry of the Interior, the National Institute of Migration (INM) and the Mexican Commission for Assistance to Refugees (COMAR), who delivered the first temporary CURPs to 111 migrants.The documents will allow them to legally remain in the country with the possibility of having a paid job while they undergo their procedure to obtain refuge before the Mexican Commission for Assistance to Refugees.Photo: Gobierno del Mexico — Instituto Nacional de MigraciónThe government plan offers support to migrants who have recently illegally entered Mexico by the Suchiate River Border Bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas during the migrant march.Members from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees office in Mexico City say the beneficiaries of the plan were transferred by INM authorities to two new shelters where they will stay while their refugee application process continues.Photo: Gobierno del Mexico — Instituto Nacional de MigraciónThe group of those granted legal documents consists of entire families, as well as the elderly, pregnant women, girls, boys, adolescents and disabled people.The Government of Mexico reiterates its commitment to respect the human rights of all foreigners who enter the national territory regardless of their immigration status.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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New Hybrid CAD Scheme May Improve CT Lung Nodule Detection

first_imgNews | Computer-Aided Detection Software | October 06, 2015 New Hybrid CAD Scheme May Improve CT Lung Nodule Detection Study suggests computer-aided detection could reduce number of missed nodules and false positives Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more 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 Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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The multi-year… 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 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Image courtesy of Vital ImagesOctober 6, 2015 — A novel computer-aided detection (CAD) scheme based on a hybrid multi-classifier method could enhance early detection of lung nodules on computed tomography (CT) images and help in the earlier diagnosis of lung cancer, suggests new research. The research was published in the September issue of Medical Physics, the monthly journal of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM).Every year 160,000 people die of lung cancer, making it the number one cancer killer. Early detection and treatment of lung cancer is key to saving lives. The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) — which was launched in 2002 and enrolled 53,454 high-risk subjects at the time of reporting — showed a 15 to 20 percent lower risk of dying from lung cancer when screened using low-dose CT scans compared to the chest X-rays. However, reading the large number of CT scans can be a burden for a radiology practice. The CAD method with high sensitivity and specificity could help reduce both the number of nodules that could be missed but may be lung cancer, as well as the number of false positives that are unnecessarily followed up and/or biopsied.“A big challenge of CAD for lung cancer screening is the wide diversity of lung nodule morphology seen on CT,” said Lin Lu, Ph.D., first author of the article and postdoc research fellow at Columbia University Medical Center, New York. “Our strategy is to categorize and partition nodule candidates into different groups based on their location, size and shape, so that each group possesses more homogenous morphological characteristics of nodules and can be assigned a more appropriate algorithm to improve the performance of CAD.”In the study, researchers evaluated 631 lung nodules on 294 CT scans from the National Cancer Institute’s Lung Image Database Consortium (LIDC) database, which were acquired to facilitate a test-bed for CAD algorithms. The image data sets were randomly divided into two independent subsets: a training set of 196 scans and a test set of 98 scans. The hybrid method achieved a sensitivity of 87 percent with 2.61 false positives per scan on the training dataset and a sensitivity of 85.2 percent and 3.13 false positives per scan on the testing dataset. The hybrid method was compared to and outperformed six recent CAD schemes.Co-authors of the study in addition to Lu are Yongqiang Tan, Ph.D., Lawrence H. Schwartz, M.D., and Binsheng Zhao, D.Sc. 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NATO head No Afghan deal means no troops past 14

first_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist BRUSSELS (AP) – If Afghan leaders and the White House can’t agree on a key security pact, the U.S.-led alliance will pull all of its troops and equipment out of Afghanistan by December, NATO’s secretary general said Wednesday.The announcement from Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the start of a NATO defense ministers meeting ratchets up the pressure on Afghan President Hamid Karzai to strike a deal.On Tuesday, President Obama threatened to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 if the pact isn’t signed. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   ErrorOK ErrorOKThe U.S. and Afghanistan had agreed the details of a security pact last year, and the agreement was also endorsed by a council of 3,000 Afghan tribal elders known as the Loya Jirga. But Karzai caught Western officials off guard by then declaring he wanted his successor to sign the agreement.Without that agreement, Rasmussen said, forces from other alliance member nations cannot stay either. There are roughly 19,000 non-U.S. forces now in Afghanistan, along with 33,000 Americans.“Let me stress, this is not our preferred option,” Rasmussen said. “But these are the facts _ the facts that we need to take into account in our planning.”NATO’s preference is to remain and shift in 2015 to a mission of training, assisting and advising Afghan security forces. “But if we don’t have the legal framework in place, we will have to withdraw everything by the end of the year,” said Rasmussen.There was a note of exasperation in the normally composed Dane’s voice as he mentioned the “continued delays we have faced,” trying to secure a commitment from Afghan leaders.“We stand ready to establish the training mission after 2014,” he said. “But time is of the essence.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement In Afghanistan, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, was asked whether there is a deadline for deciding whether any U.S. or coalition troops will remain after 2014.“I think the drop dead deadline – the answer will vary from coalition partner to coalition partner,” Dempsey said. He said that was the conversation he was certain U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the other ministers would be having in Brussels.“Each of those countries are likely to have a different answer to that question what’s the drop dead date,” Dempsey said.___Associated Press writer Lolita C. Baldor contributed.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

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Alliant National Title Promotes New EVP Hires New Agency Representative

first_img September 28, 2015 651 Views Alliant National Title Insurance Company Independent Agents Title Insurance Underwriter 2015-09-28 Staff Writer Kyle K. RankCraig DunbarAlliant National Title Insurance Company, a title insurance underwriter that partners with Independent Agents to improve their competitive position in the marketplace, recently announced the promotion of Kyle K. Rank from Chief Compliance Officer to EVP, Agency.In his new role, Rank will remain on Alliant National’s executive team while expanding his responsibilities to head agency for the company.Rank first joined Alliant National in 2010 as Missouri State Agency Manager. From there, he was promoted to the position of Chief Compliance Officer.Rank has over 25 years in the title insurance industry split evenly between the underwriter and agency side of the business. Some of his previous positions include part owner and president of a large Midwestern title agency, Chief Claims Counsel, and Associate General Counsel. He also served as General Counsel for several independent title agencies.“It has been a pleasure working for such a dedicated and innovative company over the past five years,” Rank said. “I am grateful for this new opportunity. I look forward to this next stage in my career, and the opportunity to continue to serve independent agents.”In addition, Alliant National Title also hired Craig Dunbar as Agency Representative in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Arkansas.In this new position, Dunbar will develop, maintain and expand the marketing and management policies that affect the Independent Agents who make up Alliant National’s Southwest Regional Agency network.“I’m excited to now share and utilize my years of title experience to play a role in growing a national agency-oriented company,” Dunbar said.In previous roles, he acted as Regional Agency Representative for another national title insurance company and as Chief Deputy Superintendent of Insurance for the New Mexico Department of Insurance.“We’re proud to add Craig to an outstanding team,” said Rodney Anderson, Southwest Region Manager for Alliant National. “He brings more than 30 years of industry relationships and title experience to Alliant National, and we look forward to working with him and the new relationships he brings to the company.” in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Secondary Marketcenter_img Share Alliant National Title Promotes New EVP & Hires New Agency Representativelast_img read more

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first_imgagentsfamilluxuryMagellan 2017 Magellan Travel award winners, announced at the Group’s annual conference in September last year, stood in Eyre Square in Galway, Ireland on Saturday to celebrate an authentic St Patrick’s Day.Their all expenses paid, luxury award trip to Ireland came courtesy of Etihad Airways and Tourism Ireland and included Business Class flights to Dublin, visiting the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, the Cliffs of Moher CO. Clare, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, with more luxury travel ahead for the group as they continue on their journey around The Emerald Isle.“These individuals contribute not only to the success of their agencies but also to Magellan Travel and our broader industry. They were nominated by their peers for their outstanding effort and it is fantastic to acknowledge, celebrate and reward each of them,” said Magellan Travel’s General Manager, Andrew Macfarlane. “I am sure that this luxury trip to Ireland over St. Patrick’s Day 2018 will be one that our deserving participants will remember forever.”IMAGE: L-R: Chelsey Secker (Angas Travel, Joint Rising Star of the Year Award Winner 2017), Ash Fabiani (Travel Experience, Joint Rising Star of the Year Award Winner 2017), Josephine O’Keeffe (Failte Ireland Guide), Fiona Caffrey (Travel Sense, True Spirit Award Winner 2017), Laura Noccioli (Travelrite International – Leisure Travel Consultant of the Year 2017), Frank (the bus driver), Trevor Jones (Magellan Travel), Brooke McClune (World Corporate Travel, Specialist Consultant of the Year Award 2017), and Christine Keighley (Complete Travel Services, Corporate Travel Consultant of the Year 2017).last_img read more

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Government strives to turn Cyprus into worldclass business destination

first_imgThe government is striving to make Cyprus a world-class destination for business and investment, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Monday, as he received on Monday the credentials of the Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Cyprus, Paul Steinmetz,Presenting his credentials, Steinmetz said both countries are well aware of the importance of connectivity and both specialize in developing connectivity in financial services.“We need to look into possibilities and especially develop flight connectivity between our countries so more tourists may visit,” the ambassador said.He congratulated Anastasiades for “steering your country through the troubled years after 2013. The economy of Cyprus is doing well and the growth forecast was recently revised upwards.”On the Cyprus issue, he said Luxembourg greatly regrets that the problem remains unresolved despite the best efforts of all parties over many decades.Luxembourg, he stressed, “is fully in support of the efforts of your country to reach a comprehensive settlement aiming at the reunification of the island, in accordance with the relevant UNSC resolutions.”Replying, Anastasiades reiterated Cyprus’ deep appreciation for Luxemburg’s strong support to efforts to end the unacceptable status quo and reunite the country and its people.He underlined once again “our unwavering determination to end the division of the island and our commitment to exert every effort to reach a comprehensive settlement.”On relations between the two countries, the president said that he is confident that the two countries can continue to constructively work together so as to intensify their close cooperation even further in many fields, including new ones, from economy to innovation and entrepreneurship, and from tourism to culture and education.Cyprus continues to be a highly competitive centre for international businesses, offering a platform for operations and preferential access to markets like Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Asia, he said.Anastasiades added that the government was now focusing on attracting investors in the productive sectors of the economy and efforts have yielded results.Foreign Direct Investment has seen a 9.1 per cent rise in 2016, compared to the previous year, which was the second largest increase at EU level, the president said.“This is my Government’s most important priority, following the restoration of the state’s and the financial system’s credibility,” he said. “The majority of economic sectors in Cyprus present growth opportunities: energy, tourism, shipping, real estate, education, health, transport, research and innovation.” You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Football fan fined and given sixmonth ban on Omonia matches

first_imgA 25-year-old man was on Friday fined €950 and given six-month exclusion order for any Omonia match during that period.The ruling was handed down by the Nicosia district following the arrest of the man on February 25 during an Omonia–Doxa match at the GSP Stadium for drug possession.Additionally, the court ordered that the 25-year-old present himself at a police station thirty minutes before any Omonia match where he must remain until 30 minutes after the match.You May LikeWater Damage Restoration | Search AdsWater Damage? Restoration Services Could Be Cheaper Than You ThinkWater Damage Restoration | Search AdsUndoOpoopa6 Harmful Effects of Using Too Much Headphones You Never Knew! | my.opoopa.comOpoopaUndoNewsmax5 Social Security Changes for 2019 You Must KnowNewsmaxUndo State Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Police arrest two with fake IDs

first_imgPolice arrested two people, aged 42 and 35, on Friday in Paphos, after they were found to be in possession of fake IDs, police said on Saturday.According to authorities, the two were stopped for a check in Paphos on Friday afternoon, and both were found to be in possession of fraudulent identity cards.The cards were examined by the Immigration Service, who determined that they entered and have been residing in the Republic of Cyprus illegally.Police said that during questioning both allegedly admitted to possessing a fake ID.They were remanded in custody. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndodiscoverytheword.comGrandma Thinks She Has 3 Cats Until Grandson Notices Thisdiscoverytheword.comUndoSub Compact SUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best New Sub Compact SUVSub Compact SUVs | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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