Gurugram: Industries in the state’s National Capital Region (NCR) districts that are yet to switch to piped natural gas (PNG) as an alternative to traditional fuels, despite the availability of PNG, will be liable for closure as per an order by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).Officials in the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) said they have identified such industries and begun sending closure notices to individual units. In Gurugram, out of more than 625 units, at least 74 units have adopted PNG, while at least 160 are in process. Pet-coke and furnace oil, frequently used earlier, were banned in Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh by the Supreme Court in 2017. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn the context of deadly air pollution levels in Gurugram, the National green tribunal (NGT) has recommended allowing less number of new factories to be set up in and around Gurugram. Moreover, it has also suggested to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the state government that all the industrial units that are running on coal should be barred from functioning. The strict observation comes at a time when a large number of industrial units are already facing action by the public authorities. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsTaking stern action against those industrial units causing pollution, the Haryana state pollution control board (HSPCB) had earlier sealed 30 industrial units. The strict measures against the industrial units were anticipated as the public agency had serviced notices to various industrial units that were causing pollution. Over 800 such units have been issued notices. Moreover, based on the evaluation, the HSPCB has also categorised industries into various zones based on the pollutions of these units. Around 230 units have been placed under the red category the highest level for those causing maximum pollution.
TOKYO — One of Naomi Osaka’s main sponsors has taken down an online ad campaign that depicts the Japanese tennis player with pale skin after it was criticized as insensitive.Daisuke Okabayashi, a spokesman for Japanese noodle-maker Nissin Foods Holdings, said Thursday that two animation clips, which went up earlier this month, were deleted from the company online site Wednesday.“We as a company put human rights first, and our stance of valuing diversity is unchanged,” he said in a telephone interview. “Whitewashing has never been our intention.”The clips showed a doe-eyed woman in the trademark style of Japanese manga, or comics. Critics said the depiction did not fully reflect Osaka’s biracial background — Osaka has a Haitian father and Japanese mother.Okabayashi said the ads had prior approval from Osaka’s agent.Nissin became Osaka’s corporate sponsor in November 2016.___More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Senators grilled CEOs of seven major drug companies on Tuesday over high prescription drug prices that are a drain on Medicare and Medicaid and a burden to millions of Americans. The extraordinary public accounting was a sign that Congress and the White House are moving toward legislation this year to curb costs.As the Finance Committee hearing got underway, Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, pointedly reminded the executives that it’s a crime to provide false testimony to Congress. Some of the companies initially had sought a private meeting to explain their pricing policies, but lawmakers refused and insisted the CEOs appear in public or risk subpoenas.“Without a doubt, drug pricing is a complex issue,” Grassley said in his prepared opening statement. “But I think we should all be asking: Should it be so complex? We cannot allow anyone to hide behind the current complexities to shield the true cost of a drug.”Ranking Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon said in his prepared statement, “You pharma executives are here because the way you do business is unacceptable and unsustainable. Ten companies accounted for half of all profits in the health care sector last fall. Nine of those ten were drug manufacturers.”In statements submitted to the committee, the CEOs said drug development is a risky and costly undertaking and that prices reflect investment in research and development.“We recognize that the current state of drug pricing in the U.S. health care system is not sustainable and that patients are facing increasingly high out-of-pocket costs,” AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot said in prepared remarks. “We believe that these issues must be addressed urgently, and we hope to be a constructive partner in finding solutions.”Tuesday’s hearing marks the first time lawmakers have called the industry’s top executives to account for rising prices. Previous congressional hearings have focused on bad actors who briefly captured national attention, such as former pharma executive Martin Shkreli, who hiked the price of a decades-old infection treatment by more than 5,000 per cent.Besides AstraZeneca, which makes the cholesterol drug Crestor, other companies represented at the hearing were AbbVie, maker of Humira for rheumatoid arthritis and other immune-system conditions; Bristol-Myers Squibb, maker of the blood thinner Eliquis; Johnson & Johnson, maker of Xarelto to prevent blood clots; Merck, maker of Januvia to treat diabetes; Pfizer, maker of Lyrica for nerve pain; and Sanofi, a leading manufacturer of insulin, including the Lantus brand. The drugmakers have collected tens of billions of dollars from government programs in recent years.Grassley said that he’s not interested in “scapegoating” and that Congress intends to respond to the drug price problem in a “measured and effective” way.Democrats say it’s time for Medicare to leverage its purchasing power and directly negotiate prices with the industry, a step most Republicans oppose.The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most powerful lobbies in Washington, but Tuesday’s hearing seemed to mark a change in direction. President Donald Trump’s recurring blasts at drugmakers appear to be closer to finding a pathway to legislation.Drugmakers pointed a finger at other industry players, including middlemen called pharmacy benefit managers, who bargain on behalf of insurers and employers. Rebates paid to middlemen help assure favourable treatment for a medication on an insurer’s list of covered drugs and help keep premiums lower.But the rebates are not passed on to consumers who use the particular medication, and they can face high copays based on the drug’s list price, not the discounted one. Experts say rebates can also create an incentive to keep raising list prices.While list prices are going up, some of the CEOs said the net prices their companies receive after discounts and rebates are stable or sometimes declining.Grassley seemed skeptical of the drugmakers’ argument that high list prices are not really part of the problem.“For a patient taking a drug that has no competition, the list price is meaningful,” he said.The companies offered solutions of their own, some of which echo proposals from the administration or by lawmakers. Among them:— Allow patients to share in rebates when they buy their medication, a policy proposed by the Trump administration.— Place a hard limit on cost-sharing and copays for Medicare beneficiaries in the popular Part D prescription program, a change supported by Wyden.— Make greater use of value based contracts that tie payments for a medication to how well it delivers results.— Promote the introduction of lower-cost generics and biosimilars, competition that brand manufacturers are often accused of impeding.Drug costs are squeezing Americans in a number of ways: New medicines for cancer and other diseases often launch with prices exceeding $100,000 per year even as employers are shifting more pharmacy costs onto workers. Less expensive drugs for common ailments like diabetes and asthma often see price hikes of around 10 per cent annually. Meanwhile some drugmakers have been buying up once-cheap medicines and hiking prices by 1,000 per cent or more.The U.S. system for pricing drugs is notoriously complex. An expert panel assembled by the National Academy of Medicine in 2017 concluded it is “extremely difficult, if not impossible, for outsiders to ‘follow the money.’”Critics say this lack of transparency has created a perverse system in which drugmakers, pharmacy benefit managers and other health care providers all benefit from rising prices.The drug industry’s concerns about government intervention are on the rise. Drugmakers’ top lobbying arm, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, spent a record $27.9 million last year to sway federal decision makers, according to records tallied by the non-profit Center for Responsive Politics. That surpassed the group’s previous biggest spending total of $27.1 million during the 2009 congressional battle over President Barack Obama’s health care law, the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called Obamacare.Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar And Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press
3 January 2008The United Nations is helping to provide humanitarian aid to at least 100,000 Kenyans estimated to require immediate assistance following the deadly outbursts of post-electoral violence that has reportedly claimed more than 300 lives, including dozens burned to death inside a church. “The United Nations humanitarian agencies in Kenya are gearing up to do everything necessary to help displaced and needy Kenyans at this difficult time,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said today. “Meanwhile, all political leaders in Kenya have a responsibility to protect the lives and livelihoods of innocent people, regardless of their racial, religious or ethnic origin, and ensure that relief can safely reach those in need,” he added, deploring the reported “troubling” increase in sexual and gender-based violence. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is providing enough legumes and oil to the Kenyan Red Cross Society (KRCS) for 100,000 people for one month, initially in the Rift Valley. This will complement 1,800 metric tonnes of cereal that the Government has made available, an amount which can feed 120,000 people for one month. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has made clear that it is ready to assist up to 85,000 people with shelter and non-food items, indicating that 13,000 family kits, comprised of blankets, tarpaulins, cooking sets, soap, and jerry cans, are locally pre-positioned and 2,000 family kits are in the pipeline. KRCS reported yesterday that roughly 70,000-80,000 people have been displaced by the unrest in the northern Rift Valley. Many people elsewhere in the country, including some 10,000 people in Kibera, a slum area of Nairobi, have been forced to flee their homes and seek refuge in safer areas. Unconfirmed reports talk of hundreds of refugees arriving in Uganda in recent days. A joint Government-UN mission is scheduled to visit the area today to determine the numbers of arrivals and their needs, if any. “Thousands of people are displaced and at risk. Supplies of food, water, fuel, essential medicines are acutely low in many densely populated areas,” said Anna Tibaijuka, Director General of the UN Office in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. “Transport corridors from the Port of Mombasa through Kenya are restricted, causing supply chain disruption to our humanitarian and peacekeeping operations in the region, for example for Southern Sudan, Uganda and parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo,” she added. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has already appealed twice this week for an end to the violence that erupted after the announcement of election results last week. Ms. Tibaijuka said many shops and markets remained closed and in some areas had been destroyed, and she too cited disturbing reports of victimization of vulnerable groups including sexual abuse of and assault on women and children.
“I can tell you definitively we were not warned and we did not have any prior knowledge of this,” Teplitz told foreign journalists from her office at the U.S. Embassy in Colombo. “We did not know because believe me, if we had, we would have tried to do something about it.”Sunday’s bombings ripped through Christian worshippers at church celebrating Easter and at hotels in Sri Lanka, an island nation off the southern tip of India. The attacks killed at least 359 people and wounded some 500 others, marking Sri Lanka’s worst violence since its 26-year civil war ended a decade ago. Prior to the bombings, Sri Lankan officials received intelligence reports and warnings that such an attack could be looming. However, that information failed to stop the assault.Teplitz said the current political situation in Sri Lanka could have exacerbated that. President Maithripala Sirisena ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in October and dissolved the Cabinet, but Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court later reversed his actions.“Certainly the fractious and fragmented political environment has not been good on a number of fronts,” Teplitz said. “If you look at the scale of the attacks, the level of coordination, again, the sophistication of them, it’s not implausible to think there are foreign linkages,” she said. She added that the U.S. believes “the terrorist plotting is ongoing” and said that’s why America continued to warn its citizens in Sri Lanka to be careful. Authorities have blamed a local Islamic extremist group called National Towheed Jamaar, whose leader, alternately known as Mohammed Zahran or Zahran Hashmi, became known to Muslim leaders three years ago for his incendiary speeches online.On Tuesday, the Islamic State group asserted responsibility for the attack, sharing images of the leader and other men with their face covered before an IS flag to bolster its claim. The extremist group, which has lost all the territory it once held in Iraq and Syria, has made unfounded claims previously.Asked about whether American officials received warnings or knew about the group and its leader before the bombings, Teplitz declined to comment, saying she would not discuss intelligence matters. She also said that “clearly there was some failure in the system” that caused Sri Lankan officials to fail to share the warnings they received prior to the attack. She later added: “The Sri Lankans themselves have said they received information . and they had their own lapses that resulted in a failure to either mitigate or warn. So that’s incredibly tragic.”Wickremesinghe has said some people might lose their job over the intelligence failures.Teplitz also acknowledged that she heard “legitimate” concerns about civil rights in Sri Lanka after the government announced that it was allowing the military to conduct warrantless searches and hold prisoners for 14 days before bringing them before a judge.“There is a legacy from that conflict era of human rights abuse, again an issue that the government here has been struggling to move past,” she said. “We definitely remain concerned about human rights here and democratic policing; the ability to respect people’s rights even in the midst of a crisis like this.”Teplitz said the U.S. also was concerned that the bombings could spark reprisals targeting Muslims in Sri Lanka. The Buddhist-majority country of 21 million, which includes large Hindu, Muslim and Christian minorities, is rife with ethnic and sectarian conflict.“I think the recognition that this could be a spark is out there and that there’s a pretty significant effort to try and blunt that,” Teplitz said. While declining to say whether U.S. officials had intelligence on the local extremists and their leader who allegedly carried out the assault, Teplitz said America remained concerned over militants at large. The U.S. had no prior knowledge of the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that killed over 350 people, the American ambassador said Wednesday, despite local claims that foreign officials had been warned an attack was looming, the Associated Press reported.As the investigation into Sunday’s Islamic State-claimed attack continues, FBI agents and U.S. military personnel are in Sri Lanka assisting the probe, Ambassador Alaina Teplitz said.
Niagara Regional Police are investigating after a woman was assaulted in St. Catharines Thursday.Officers were called to the area of Oakdale Ave. and Hickory St. around 2:30 p.m.Police say a woman was walking in the area when she was confronted by an unknown man.She was pushed to the ground and the man pulled out a weapon, however it was never used.The woman was able to resist the attack and the man fled on foot. She was not injured.The man is described as white, 35 to 40 years old with short brown/reddish hair. He was wearing a long-sleeved yellow shirt and a baseball hat.Anyone with information is asked to call police at 905-688-4111 or Crime Stoppers.
The messiest event of the year returns to Brock University on Friday, Sept. 15.The annual Grape Stomp takes place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Brock’s Jubilee Court, where teams of students will compete for prizes by dressing up in costumes and stomping away on a metric tonne of Concord grapes.A group of children from the Rosalind Blauer Centre for Child Care on the Brock campus will get the party started by stomping their own piles of grapes at 12:30 p.m.Around 750 Brock students will then get their chance to take part in the messy tradition, which has been ranked No. 2 out of the top Canadian university traditions by University Affairs Magazine.The Grape Stomp event will also feature live music and a free barbecue.Want to take part in Grape Stomp? Visit the Experience BU page here.
Ohio State 11-18230%22% ▲ 216% Florida State 10-2138100%<1% ▲ 21<1% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Washington St. 8-42044530%<1% ▲ 21<1% Oklahoma 11-1331100%99% ▲ 3541% Notre Dame 10-26139—a<1% ▼ 21<1% We can think of the four playoff positions as belonging to the following teams: UCLA 8-42235210%<1% ▲ 21<1% Michigan St. 11-1541462%60% ▲ 138% Mississippi St. 8-42125220%<1% ▲ 21<1% Oklahoma looked impressive. Clemson and Alabama held their ground at the top. Iowa and Michigan State are now on a collision course. Stanford and North Carolina remain in the hunt, but don’t control their own fate. Ohio State lurks in the background.So ends the final weekend of regular-season college football. Now the conference championships will decide which four teams make the playoff. There were 13 teams in contention for a playoff spot going into this past weekend; coming out, only eight of them realistically have a shot now.Here are our updated projections following the Thanksgiving weekend games. (These numbers will change again on Tuesday night after the new committee rankings are released.) Utah 9-32337280%<1% ▲ 21<1% TCU 10-2191060%<1% ▲ 21<1% Alabama 11-121274%79% ▲ 1525% Toledo 9-22432480%<1% ▲ 21<1% Stanford 10-2961148%10% ▼ 6a2% Michigan 9-31021190%<1% ▼ 7a<1% Northwestern 10-21618560%<1% ▲ 21<1% Navy 9-21530440%<1% ▲ 21<1% RankingProbability of … Oklahoma St. 10-21119170%<1% ▼ 10<1% North Carolina 11-11491544%16% ▲ 6a2% Clemson 12-015756%74% ▲ 2113% Mississippi 9-3181150%<1% ▲ 21<1% Florida 10-212222326%<1% ▼ 12<1% Temple 10-225274947%<1% ▲ 21<1% Iowa 12-04122638%39% ▲ 8a3% Baylor 9-271740%<1% ▼ 21<1% College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Nov. 24. Playoff probability changes are since Nov. 25; only changes greater than 5 percentage points are shown. Oregon 9-3177250%<1% ▲ 21<1% Oklahoma. Oklahoma wrapped up its regular season by winning the Big 12 championship on Saturday night, after an 58-23 domination of Oklahoma State. The Sooners now must wait for the final committee rankings to be released on Dec. 6, but by our model’s estimation they are shoo-ins to make the playoff (99 percent).Iowa or Michigan State. The Big Ten title match between Iowa and Michigan State is a de facto play-in game: the winner is almost certainly getting in the playoff. Michigan State is a 64 percent favorite according to the Football Power Index (FPI), and if the one-loss Spartans do prevail, our model gives them a 96 percent shot at making the playoff. If instead the undefeated Hawkeyes win, they’re in the playoff in 98 percent of our simulations.Alabama or an open slot. Alabama won on Saturday and will face Florida for the SEC championship. The Tide’s playoff odds rose to 79 percent, while Florida’s fell to below 1 percent following an ugly loss to Florida State. That means even an upset of Alabama probably wouldn’t be enough to get the Gators in. Instead, a Florida win could open the door for Ohio State or Stanford (if Stanford wins the Pac-12 title game — only about a 50/50 proposition, according to FPI). Our model even thinks there’s an outside shot Alabama could get in despite a loss next weekend, although we doubt the committee will agree.Clemson, UNC or an open slot. Clemson’s an absolute lock if it beats UNC in the ACC championship. If it loses — and the matchup is competitive, according to FPI — what happens next is anyone’s guess. Should UNC beat the Tigers, those odds only rise to 37 percent, meaning there’s a chance the committee could opt for Ohio State or Stanford instead. It’s also theoretically possible the committee could choose Clemson ahead of UNC even if Clemson loses, deciding Clemson’s superior schedule outweighed its head-to-head loss.
Vale’s Sudbury, Canada, operations are set for an 85% reduction in sulphur dioxide emissions after the Brazil-based company completed its C$1 billion ($792 million) Clean AER (Atmospheric Emission Reduction) project.The project is the largest single environmental investment in Sudbury’s history and, on top of the sulphur dioxide emission cut, will also see metal particulate emissions come down 40%, according to Vale.Work began on the project in 2012 and included the construction of two new converters, a wet gas cleaning plant, a new secondary baghouse and fan building and reconstruction of the smelter converter flues. Due to close coordination between the project and operations, this construction took place safely while the Copper Cliff smelter continued to operate.Ricus Grimbeek, Chief Operating Officer of Vale’s North Atlantic Base Metals Operations and Asian Refineries, said: “The completion of our Clean AER project is a historic milestone that demonstrates how far we have come as a company in reducing our environmental footprint.”Emissions are set to come down so significantly with the project that Vale’s Sudbury operations will no longer require its iconic “Superstack”, according to Dave Stefanuto, Vale’s Vice President of North Atlantic Projects.The Superstack is the tallest chimney in Canada and the Western hemisphere, measuring in at 380 m. It entered full operation in 1972.Two new 137 m stacks are currently being constructed in the Copper Cliff smelter, which will require far less energy to operate than the Superstack and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the smelter by some 40%, Vale said. Following construction of the concrete shells, steel liners will be installed in the new stacks in 2019.In 2020, the Superstack’s steel liner will be removed and the Superstack will be taken out of service and placed on care and maintenance. It is expected that removal of the concrete shell will begin thereafter and continue over several years.Vale’s operations in Sudbury are home to one of the largest integrated mining complexes in the world with five mines, a mill, a smelter and a nickel refinery.
The International Monetary Fund on Thursday approved 28 billion euros in funding for Greece over the next four years and IMF chief Christine Lagarde lauded Athens’s reform efforts, but Fund officials highlighted the need for further fiscal adjustment and the implementation of tough reforms to ensure the country’s recovery program remains on track. The IMF said it would immediately disburse 1.65 billion euros as part of the deal aimed at keeping Greece financed until 2014. In a written statement issued after the announcement of the decision, Lagarde praised the government but said further reforms and fiscal adjustment were needed. “Greece has made tremendous efforts to implement wide-ranging painful measures over the past two years,” she said. “Greece’s priority is to undertake competitiveness-enhancing structural reforms,” she said, adding however that “significant further fiscal adjustment is necessary to put debt on a sustainable downward trajectory.” In a conference call from Washington, an IMF official said Greece’s debt to GDP ratio was projected to drop from 165 per cent at the end of 2011 to 116.5 per cent by 2020. The IMF’s mission chief to Greece, Poul Thomsen, emphasised the importance of Greece implementing labor market reforms – moving away from collective labor contracts – in order to become more competitive. “Greece still faces a major competitiveness gap; if it doesn’t close this gap, it will continue to see a reduction in wages,” Thomsen said. Thomsen said he hoped for an increase in tax collection but did not see any scope for further tax hikes. His deputy, Mark Flanagan, answering a question put to him by Kathimerini English Edition, said there were “problems at every step of the process.” “It takes about 10 or 12 years to enforce tax collection, which is an eternity,” he said. He said the government had promised not to offer amnesties and they expected it to honor this. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Stay on target Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Marvel’s latest incarnation of The Defenders – as seen on Netflix and in their own comic – is a street-level team of low-powered heroes contending with ninjas in Hell’s Kitchen. But the Defenders weren’t always that way. Originally, they were Marvel’s “non-team” – in contrast to the Avengers, with their mansion, rules and steady lineup, the Defenders were a group that only got together when circumstances made it happen.The original lineup was Dr. Strange, the Sub-Mariner, the Hulk and the Silver Surfer. Three out of those four were (sometimes) villains, even. The team continued to feature some of Marvel’s oddest characters over future incarnations, including the Gargoyle and the Son of Satan.The Defenders got their own comic in 1972, and I read every single issue published over the years to pull out the strangest situations the team ever got into. Hold on, because this is a bumpy ride.The Name Of YandrothOne of the most perplexing stories in the book’s early issues is a “doomsday clock” that slowly ticks down the seconds until the end of the world. When it strikes zero, what do you think happens? If you guessed “a giant robot wakes up and has to speak the name of his sorcerous master,” you’re probably the only person on Earth who did. Unfortunately for the Omegatron, he gets his ass kicked before he can utter the final syllable. The mystic Yandroth is a frequent foe of the team, and he eventually places a curse on the original members that will have some serious repercussions.Sons of the SerpentIf this one was published today, critics would call it a little too on the nose – the team heads to the inner city to confront a group of racists dressed in green costumes called the Sons of the Serpent. Their grand plan is to destroy urban areas and send Black folks fleeing to the suburbs, where the white people there will I guess murder them? Eventually, they try to burn Valkyrie to death on an upside-down cross on live television, only to be stopped by the Defenders with guests Power Man, Daredevil and the Son of Satan. The mastermind behind the Sons is revealed to be Nighthawk’s business manager Pennysworth – who is black!The Elf With A GunFirst introduced at the end of the Sons of the Serpent storyline, the Elf with a Gun was Steve Gerber’s absolute weirdest idea. At random moments over the next few years, the plot would cut away to a scene of a seemingly normal person being confronted by a green and yellow clad little person wielding a revolver. The elf pulls the trigger; the person dies, the elf vanishes and the story proceeds as normal. Gerber never explained who or what the elf was, creating one of the most bizarre mysteries in comics history. We’ll come back to this one later.The HeadmenGerber’s most notorious villains were the Headmen, a bizarre quartet of foes who mainly appeared in Marvel’s pre-superhero books. There was Chondu the mystic, a pair of scientists (one who had his head transplanted onto a gorilla body by angry ape test subjects) and the orb-domed Ruby Tuesday, an “organic computer” that could change shape. Their big plan involved transplanting Chondu’s brain into Nighthawk’s body, but due to some sorcerous shenanigans, the mystic wound up in a baby deer that the Hulk saved from hunters instead. And he was pissed.Nebulon And The BozosNebulon, the Celestial Man, was one of the closest things the group got to a recurring villain. In his first appearance, the malevolent alien tried to purchase the Earth so he could melt the polar ice caps and move in, but when Gerber got ahold of him things got goofier. Under a nebbishy guise, Nebulon started leading self-help seminars that involved the audience wearing clown masks and chanting “BOZO.” When deer-Chondu interfered, his plan collapsed, but he’d come back a few more times to bedevil the Defenders. As for Chondu, he eventually got his brain transplanted into a body with giant chicken feet, a unicorn horn and a cluster of lampreys for each arm. It was gross.Chained HeatMarvel was notorious for cashing in on the trends, and in the 70s women’s prison movies were making big bucks at the box office. So for a span of issues, while the rest of the Defenders were dealing with Plant-Man and other threats, Valkyrie was behind bars at an all-girl jail. One would think that wouldn’t be such a big deal, but remember that the heroine’s Asgardian strength doesn’t work against other members of the fairer sex. Val was at the mercy of the jail’s beefy bulls until a riot breaks out and things get seriously wild.Zodiac WarsAfter Steve Gerber left the book, Defenders had a rapidly-rotating run of other writers who had to pick up his plot threads and come up with new menaces for the heroes to face. David Anthony Kraft held the pen for some time, and one of his oddest sagas involved super-spy Nick Fury’s brother Jake, who was upset that he was in his mid-50s with nothing to show for himself so decided to become a costumed super-villain and create a whole crowd of Zodiac-themed minions. Most dudes just buy a boat when they have their midlife crisis. Even weirder, Jake’s companion was a Life Model Decoy of his more successful little brother. After his plan collapsed, Jake put a cap in his dome out of humiliation.Elf ReduxA few years after the Elf’s last appearance, writer J. M. DeMatteis decided to try and wrap things up with him. He established the Elf as a “time agent” dispatched by a group called the Tribunal to eliminate individuals who could lead to the apocalypse – and the last four of them were the original four Defenders: Dr. Strange, the Hulk, the Silver Surfer and Namor. If they ever come together as a group again, prophecy foretells that the world is doomed. So the team gets shaken up in issue #125 with a pile of new members, including the Beast, Moondragon and the Gargoyle, an elderly Jewish man in an immortal demonic body.Cloud StoriesVery few super-heroes fight evil in the nude, but the Defenders had a member who did just that in Cloud. A mysterious being who could appear either male or female and transform into a… well, a cloud. Cloud adventured with the group for some time before revealing that she was actually a sentient nebula in human form and taking the Defenders into space to battle the Star-Thief, a powerful creature born from the dreams of a sleeping alien princess. Probably the weirdest thing about Cloud is that she developed her male form because she was horny for fellow defender Moondragon.Death Of The DefendersIn 1986, Marvel had to cut some costs in preparation for the New Universe, and Defenders reached the end of the line. The book’s finale was a bizarre battle between now evil Moondragon, empowered by both a malevolent spiritual enemy called the Dragon of the Moon and the omnipotent Beyonder. But also the ragtag group of heroes that the team was currently composed of – X-Men Angel, Beast and Iceman, Atlantean Andromeda, the Valkyrie, the Gargoyle, and the bizarre assassin Manslaughter. To take Moony down, one of their tactics is to pump her full of mental illness and break her brain. The story ends with everybody but the former X-Men dead, turned to a pile of ashes.Return Of The DefendersThe team’s original lineup got together in 1990 in a story that spanned a number of Marvel annuals, revealing that the “prophecy” was actually a hoax. In it, the Sub-Mariner’s mind gets zapped into Rick Jones’s body, and the group has to contend with a sorcerer planning a ritual to bring a malevolent spiritual entity called the Wild One to our plane of reality. Spoiler: he succeeds, and the Wild One turns out to be some kind of Hell greaser who engaged them in combat until one of the story’s other villains helped trap him in the Strange Matter Dimension, apparently a real place.Secret DefendersMarvel tried to bring the brand back in 1993 using the time-honored tactic of “just put Wolverine on the team.” It was… pretty bad. Other members of the group included the second Spider-Woman, Darkhawk and Doctor Druid. There were multiple low points during the 25 issue run, but things started out pretty badly right at the beginning when writer Roy Thomas introduced their first new villain – a Black woman named “Dreadlox.” Yikes.The Incredible Sex ToyKeith Giffen (who drew the series for a bit in the 70s) and J. M. DeMatteis (who wrote it in the 80s) returned to the franchise with a wacky take on the original foursome. When the Dread Dormammu and his sister Umar pool their powers to take over the universe, things look bad – until Umar turns the Hulk into her sex slave. When he reverts back to Bruce Banner in post-coital bliss, things fall apart quick for our infernal foes. No thanks to the Silver Surfer, who spends the whole series on the beach listening to folk music and eating hot dogs.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Mohammad Khursheed/Reuters/Via PBSThe structure of the mosque is seen one day after a fire at the Victoria Islamic Center in Victoria, Texas.A man convicted of torching a Victoria mosque last year has been sentenced to more than 24 years in prison.Marq Vincent Perez was sentenced Wednesday during a court hearing in Victoria, Texas.In July, a jury convicted the 26-year-old Perez of federal arson, explosives and hate crime charges.Mark Di Carlo, Perez’s defense attorney, didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.At his trial, prosecutors said that a “rabid hatred” of Muslims led Perez to set fire to an Islamic center in Victoria, destroying the building.Authorities asserted Perez aimed to terrorize Muslims along the middle Texas Gulf Coast and to cause damage and destruction.Perez, who denied involvement in the blaze, could have been sentenced to up to 40 years.The Anti-Defamation League reacted to the sentence with a statement from Gail Glasser, interim Southwest Regional Director, saying it “sends a clear message that crimes like these against Muslims and other religious groups will not be tolerated in Texas, or anywhere in the United States” and thanking federal, state and local agencies, investigators and prosecutors for using the hate crime law to prosecute this case. Share
In addition to loved son and brother, reliable friend, outstanding student, and published researcher, Howard University senior Cameron Davis Clarke can now add Rhodes Scholar to his list of great feats. “I didn’t even really believe it the first time when they announced it,” Clarke said of the moment when he first heard of his achievement—only a few minutes after the Rhodes interview on the weekend of Nov. 19.Howard University senior Cameron Davis Clarke. (Facebook Photo)The biology and community health double major seemed to be more surprised than his peers about the life-changing opportunity awarded to him.“It’s not that it’s not incredible, but Cameron is just as incredible you know?” said Ruby LeMorin, a Howard University senior political science major and one of Clarke’s good friends since their freshman year. “I feel like as a friend-group, none of us ever have doubts that Cameron can get done all of the goals that he has in his life.”Clarke is one of the 32 American college students selected for the 2017 Rhodes Scholars program. He is among seven students representing the Washington region selected to study at Oxford University in fall 2017.“Cameron’s very ambitious and he struck me as a very mature young man who was focused in terms of what he wanted to do” said Krista Johnson, Clarke’s faculty adviser at the Howard chapter of Globemed, a network of 58 university based chapters established in 2007 by students that aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world”.Since coming to Howard from Jersey City in 2013, Clarke has spent his undergraduate career demonstrating his hunger for world solutions through extensive study and activism. Clarke’s interest in medicine led to experiences such as his time as a field researcher at Ethiopia’s Bahir Dar University and as a Amgen Scholar at the National Institute of Health. The 21 year-old currently serves on the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. “Community health was a choice because I realized that health isn’t just about the state of disease, you have to take a holistic standpoint when you want to address any type of health issue” said Clarke. “So biology was sort of like for when I want to go into practicing medicine and the community health is for prevention and working in policy.”While growing up in Jersey City, Clarke attended Dr. Ronald E. McNair High School, one of the top performing public high schools in the country. Though reluctant at first, he eventually joined his older brother Malcolm Clarke at Howard University, where he continued building his academic development and produced strong friendships. After graduating from Howard next summer, Clarke will pursue a masters degree in primary health at the University of Oxford where he will study alongside 95 other world scholars for two years. “He’s like the friend that whenever you need something, he’s able to assist,” said Howard senior Kalen Kennedy. Kennedy and Clarke became friends their senior year at McNair and both came to Howard University as freshmen in fall 2013. “Like no matter what it is, which is kind of weird. He’s one of those people that’s kind of good at a lot of different things.”Clarke spoke of the importance of getting an early start in one’s educational development and not allowing fear to drive away opportunities. “I think a lot of times people tend to back out of things because they think it’s going to be overwhelming or it might be too much or they might not be able to handle it but the good thing about taking an opportunity is if it ends up being too much you can always drop out,” said Clarke. “If you never take it in the first place, then you never get the chance to see how much you’re able to do.”When he’s not studying, working or bicycling through Howard’s campus, Clarke said he enjoys writing.“I like to write. I think I’ve realized over the past seven semesters that writing is kind of therapeutic for me. I definitely like to write for myself and for audiences,” he said.Clarke joins prior Rhodes Scholars and Howard University alumni Mark Alleyne, Carla Peterman, and Marianna Ofosu
The only major dedicated game retailer in the United Kingdom, GAME, had one of its lorries stolen that happened to contain its entire shipment of special edition Splatoon games, which just so happened to come with exclusive Amiibos. It’s been roight nabbed, it ‘as!This is bad news for UK video game fans, who already often get the short end of the stick with game releases (good luck getting a Shin Megami Tensai game the same year Japan and North America get one). The special edition of Splatoon seems to still be available on Amazon UK, but you won’t be finding that version of the game in any chain stores in the near future. The only other way to get the exclusive Amiibo it comes with is to buy the Amiibo three-pack, which combines the retail-available Boy Inkling and Girl Inkling Amiibos with the Squid Amiibo. Amazon UK has that on sale for 75 GPB, or $115. You can get a Marth for cheaper.The United Kingdom isn’t a very large nation, but it still has a population of about 65 million, so it’s baffling that every special edition of Splatoon could be stolen from just one truck. GAME has over 300 stores across the UK, too, so it’s kind of like if a truck with every copy the Splatoon special edition bound for GameStops in New York was stolen. This is particularly rough for GAME, which has faced some big financial problems over the last few years. It’s not clear if this setback will hurt the chain.GAME will be offering gamers who preordered the special edition a 10 GPB discount off of the standard edition, and assures that the games will be sent through first-class mail so they don’t get Fast and Furioused a second time. Which wouldn’t have actually prevented the theft, because the truck that was stolen was shipping the Splatoon special editions from Nintendo Europe’s warehouse to GAME’s, before they were distributed to players.Details on the theft itself aren’t clear, but if an entire shipment (the entire shipment) was simply stolen, it would point to a security breach in GAME’s or Nintendo Europe’s supply chain. That’s just a theory, however, and I have one that’s just as likely: Nintendo saw that so many people wanted the special edition Amiibo, and stole all of them.It doesn’t make any sense for Nintendo to do this, but nothing Nintendo has done with Amiibo makes sense. From the complete lack of communication regarding Amiibo distribution, to a seeming refusal to reissue rare Amiibos that have comically ballooned in value on the reseller market, to the insult that is Amiibo Tap, Nintendo’s attitude with Amiibo has been a cross between Cartmanland and those plastic ball toy machines in supermarkets. Nintendo has failed to recognize the interest collectors and long-time fans have in the figures themselves, and hasn’t produced a cohesive game surrounding them to appeal to kids who love Skylanders and Disney Infinity.I joke about Nintendo stealing the lorry full of special edition Amiibos, but I remain baffled by the company’s attitude. It takes a breathtaking amount of effort to make me give up on ever seeing a Ness Amiibo at retail or hope on buying one, and I’ve crossed rivers, boroughs, and state lines for my toys (and, if Good Smile/Max Factory is reading this, would seriously consider importing any Figma or Nendoroid based on the Mother series).If you’re in England next week, and you see a shady man selling you a squid Amiibo, keep an eye out for a nearby truck. Or consider offering him payment for one last heist of a few dozen cars, including a ’73 Mustang or ’67 Shelby GT 500. Also, see if he has any Ness Amiibos. I’m asking for a friend.
Kolkata: Italy is seeking Indian mechanical engineering students for their fast growing automobile Industry, especially in Lombardy. This was announced by Prof. Gianpiero Mastinu, Secretary General cum Cluster Manager of Lombardy Mobility Cluster at the sidelines of the Bengal Global Business Summit on Friday.”We are in the process of visiting IITs here in India and we hope to see students from India who will choose Italy as their destination for higher learning,” Mastinu said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe is a full-time professor of Ground Vehicle Engineering at the department of mechanical engineering, who was a part of the 28-member delegation that visited the BGBS, thanks to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s visit to Italy in September last year, with an aim to push for developing relationship from province to province. “We have an excellent institute – Politecnico Milano 1863, which is number one in Italy and ranked 17th among 4,000 similar universities in the world. There are about 42,000 students and it’s a centre of high standards that invites application from final year students of mechanical engineering from India,” he maintained. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAs a follow-up of BGBS, the Lombardy Mobility Cluster will consider the many projects in connection with which they can collaborate with the state government in areas like logistics, intelligent transport systems, etc. Fabrizio Sala, Deputy Chief Minister of Lombardy region, said that they can work with Bengal in the area of green technology. “We want to promote research innovation together with Bengal. We have a National Research centre in Lombardy. We feel research has to be initiated as a joint effort to benefit both sides. We have found that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is very decisive and a very active person,” he said, adding that research in life science, smart cities and aerospace can be taken up.
Ford on Friday announced plans to invest $1 billion over the next five years in the artificial intelligence startup Argo AI.The automaker has acquired majority ownership of Pittsburgh, Penn.-based Argo AI, which was founded by Google and Uber self-driving car veterans Bryan Salesky and Peter Rander. Going forward, the startup will work to develop a new software platform for Ford’s fully autonomous vehicle, which is expected to arrive in 2021.Salesky, Argo’s CEO, formerly served as director of hardware development for self-driving cars at Google. Rander, the company’s COO, was previously Uber’s engineering lead. Both are alumni of Carnegie Mellon National Robotics Engineering Center.Ford said this investment puts it in a better place to bring self-driving cards to market in the near term. The Argo AI team will initially focus on supporting Ford’s autonomous vehicle development and production efforts, but may in the future look to license this technology to other companies.Argo’s roboticists and engineers will work alongside the team developing Ford’s virtual driver system, described as “the machine-learning software that acts as the brain of autonomous vehicles.” By the end of this year, Argo expects to employ more than 200 people at the company’s Pittsburgh headquarters and at sites near Detroit and Silicon Valley.”The next decade will be defined by the automation of the automobile, and autonomous vehicles will have as significant an impact on society as Ford’s moving assembly line did 100 years ago,” Ford President and CEO Mark Fields said in a statement. “As Ford expands to be an auto and a mobility company, we believe that investing in Argo AI will create significant value for our shareholders by strengthening Ford’s leadership in bringing self-driving vehicles to market in the near term and by creating technology that could be licensed to others in the future.”Last year, Ford was among a group that invested $6.6 million in Civil Maps, a California start-up working on AI-powered mapping software for self-driving cars. Enroll Now for Free 2 min read February 13, 2017 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story originally appeared on PCMag
News | Remote Viewing Systems | May 01, 2019 University of Toronto Partners With IMS for Emergency Radiology Simulation International Medical Solutions (IMS) and the University of Toronto Department of Medical Imaging have signed a… read more News | Information Technology | June 25, 2019 Barco Launches Smart Solution for Remote Radiology Reading Barco’s new remote radiology reading solution ensures dependable imaging when radiologists are working outside the ho read more News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more June 20, 2012 — Image Information Systems has introduced its iQ-Launcher module as a free tool for its radiology workstation, iQ-View (versions 2.7 and above), to exchange DICOM (digital imaging and communications in medicine) and non-DICOM data bidirectionally between iQ-View and various measurement tools.iQ-Launcher enables iQ-View to automatically open specialized post-processing software from DICOM images for options such as orthopedic templating, cochlear implant planning, cancer analysis and more. Even image processing tools such as Windows Paint, Adobe Photoshop and others can be activated.Multiple image analysis plugins can be integrated in a single iQ-View station simultaneously in order to process virtually any DICOM or JPEG data.A free download of iQ-Launcher is available on the manufacturer’s website.For more information: www.image-systems.biz FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more Technology | June 20, 2012 Image Information Systems Introduces iQ-Launcher New module provides quick and simple access to specialized post-processing software Technology | Artificial Intelligence | May 13, 2019 FDA Approves Zebra Medical Vision’s HealthPNX AI Chest X-ray Triage Product Zebra Medical Vision has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for HealthPNX, an artificial… read more News | PACS Accessories | May 28, 2019 Intelerad Showcases Clario SmartWorklist at SIIM 2019 The Clario SmartWorklist intelligently manages picture archiving and communication system (PACS) reading workflow by… read more News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more Related Content News | Remote Viewing Systems | June 04, 2019 Client Outlook’s eUnity Smartviewer Selected by Duke University Health System Client Outlook Inc. announced that Duke University Health System has implemented eUnity for enterprise viewing… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more
Quick workouts for men Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Comments Share 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) – Officials say Nigeria will launch a $1 billion sovereign wealth fund in the coming months to invest some of the nation’s oil revenue.Nigeria’s Finance Ministry made the announcement Tuesday. It said the board managing the fund will be led by Mahey Rasheed, a board member at Nigeria’s First Bank PLC. Uche Orji of UBS will serve as the fund’s managing director and CEO. Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Nations use sovereign wealth funds to invest in stocks or securities. Nigerian authorities pushed for the creation of a sovereign wealth fund as a means to better save the billions of dollars the nation annually earns annual from oil revenues. Opaque budgeting and corruption sees much of the money siphoned away.Some politicians have criticized the fund, saying more money should go to Nigeria’s states.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories
A worker prepares for the Art of Banksy exhibit at 213 Sterling Road in Toronto on Monday, June 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin. TORONTO – Toronto police say they are investigating the theft of a print by renowned street artist Banksy from a building in the city’s west end.An unauthorized exhibit of Banksy’s work organized by his former manager Steve Lazarides opened in the same area on Wednesday.Lazarides has billed “The Art of Banksy” as the largest collection of the U.K. artist’s work ever put on display, containing about $35 million worth of art.Police say they received a call about the missing art piece on Saturday and say they’re investigating.Representatives from the exhibit were not immediately available for comment.The show, which includes sculpture, screen prints, canvases and multimedia pieces runs until July 11. art|banksy|investigation|police|print|stolen|theft|toronto Police in Toronto say they’re investigating the theft of a Banksy print by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 14, 2018 7:15 am PDT Last Updated Jun 14, 2018 at 8:30 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Summary Banksy print stolen in Toronto, police investigating theft
For ABC’s new ‘A Million Little Things,’ life mirrors art by The Associated Press Posted Aug 7, 2018 7:28 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 7, 2018 at 8:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ron Livingston, left, a cast member in the Disney ABC television series “A Million Little Things,” answers a question as fellow cast member Stephanie Szostak looks on during the 2018 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Life mirrored art during ABC’s promotion of its new fall drama “A Million Little Things.”The series is about a group of people who became friends after being trapped in an elevator.As the actors and producers concluded a Q&A with TV reporters at a hotel, an ABC spokeswoman relayed an ironic turn of events: Guests were stuck in an elevator on the eighth floor.The elevator malfunction is a small part of “A Million Little Things.” The series opens with the suicide of one of the friends and follows the impact of his death.There was a happy ending at the hotel, with the guests safely exiting the elevator.The ensemble cast of “A Million Little Things,” debuting Sept. 26, includes Ron Livingston, James Roday and Grace Park.