Real Madrid C.F. reject Manchester United F.C.’s 52 million pound Alvaro Morata bid

first_imgReal Madrid C.F. have rejected a 52-million pound offer from Manchester United for star striker Alvaro Morata, if reports are to be believed.It is reported that the bid has been rejected as Real Madrid C.F. are holding out for as much as 78 million pound.Manchester United F.C.’s original offer did not include David De Gea, the goalkeeper being a long-time target for the Spanish giants, reports Sport24.Morata scored 20 goals in all competitions for Zinedine Zidane’s side last season as Real Madrid C.F. won La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.It appears Morata has been identified as being the man the Premier League giants want to lead their forward line.Manchester United F.C. boss Jose Mourinho is looking to strengthen his front line with uncertainty continuing about the future of injured striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with Morata being his prime target.It is also reported that Manchester United F.C. are also interested in Torino F.C.’s Andrea Belotti, who has a 87.3 million pound release clause written into his contract.Spain’s Morata made his first team debut in 2010, before leaving for Italy and Juventus F.C. in 2014 for 17.5 million pounds.The Madrid-born won two Serie A titles, two Coppa Italia titles and made the 2015 Champions League final during his two seasons at Juventus F.C. before Real Madrid C.F. bought him back from for 26 million pounds in 2016.last_img read more

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Gerard Pique announces international retirement after Spain’s World Cup exit

first_imgGerard Pique has decided to hang up his boots after Spain’s shock exit from the FIFA World Cup 2018 at the hands of hosts Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday.Pique, who has made 102 appearances for the Spanish national team, has been Spain’s centre-back pairing along with Sergio Ramos.On Sunday, Pique handball inside Spain’s penalty area proved to be a crucial moment as Russia knocked out Spain 4-3 on penalties.Pique has won 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2012 European Championships along with Spain.Before Pique, Spanish stalwart Andres Iniesta announced his retirement soon after Spain got knocked out of the World Cup.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEIniesta, who had made it clear before the start of the World Cup that this is will be his final tournament in the national colours, bowed out with a heavy heart calling it the “saddest day of my life”.”It is a reality that is my last match with the national team,” Iniesta said. “Sometimes the endings are not as one dreams. It is the saddest day of my career.”The diminutive midfielder played 131 matches for Spain and scored 13 goals, including the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final against Netherlands.Also read – World Cup 2018: Sergio Ramos and Spain heartbroken after knockout drama70th-ranked Russia managed to hold Spain to a 1-1 draw in normal and extra time to take the match to penalty shootout. In the shootout, Igor Akinfeev managed to make two saves while David de Gea failed to make any as Spain were dumped out from the Round of 16.advertisementSpain have now failed to win a knockout game at three major tournaments since it won Euro 2012.Even though it was De Gea inability to save a penalty in the end that cost Spain, Pique’s handball that gave Russia the penalty was the turning point of the match.Also read – World Cup 2018: Spain falter against another host nationThroughout the match Russia took just six attempts at goal, of which only three were on target.With Spain leading 1-0, courtesy an own goal from Sergei Ignashevich, Gerard Pique handled the ball in his penalty box just around five minutes before half time.With that, Pique conceded two penalties at the World Cup 2018, more than any other Spanish player in the competition since 1966.Also read – World Cup 2018: Russia stun Spain in penalty shootout to reach quarter-finalsArtem Dzyuba stepped up to take the penalty and equalised for Russia, after which they defended their goal like their lives depended on it to stretch the match till the penalties.Post that, it was a remarkable story as Russia registered the biggest win of their international history.last_img read more

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Rajasthan athletes yet to receive government reward

first_imgAsian Games medallists from Rajasthan have expressed their displeasure over state’s inability to live up to their promise as they are yet to get the rewards assured by the Vasundhara Raje-led government.At beginning of October, four medallists from Rajasthan – Om Prakash (team gold in rowing), Rajat Chauhan (team silver in archery), Jitender Singh (team silver in equestrian) and Shalini Pathak (team silver in kabaddi) – were felicitated by state’s sports minister Gajendra Singh and handed over dummy cheques.Three other medallists – Raju Lal Chaudhury and Deepak Hooda (bronze in kabaddi), and Apurvi Chandela (bronze in shooting) – couldn’t attend the ceremony due to national duties.Gold medallist was handed a dummy cheque for INR 30 lakh, while silver and bronze medallists were promised an amount of 20 lakh and 10 lakh respectively.”I was informed on the day of felicitation that money will be transferred to my account in seven-eight days but not a single penny has been transferred,” Om Prakash told Mail Today. “I enquired again 15 days later, they again made excuses and said we will get the money by Diwali but I don’t think ministry is going to do so.”Archer Chauhan said when he enquired about the amount, he was informed that the money is yet to be cleared by the finance department of the state.The athletes have also rued the fact that when other states have changed their policies and given bigger amounts to the medal winners while the Rajasthan government is not willing to increase the amount.advertisement”All of us (the athletes) requested Gajendra Singh to raise the amount as other states have done the same. But he told us that nothing could be done now as they don’t have enough funding,” said Om Prakash.Silver-medallist Chauhan, who was promised a job by the government after winning gold at the 2014 Asiad, was also asked not to expect anything more than the amount.”I asked our sports minister again during the felicitation if I am going to get the job that I was promised before but he said the amount given to him should suffice and shouldn’t expect anything else. After listening to that, the slim hope I had of getting the job is gone,” the compound archer said.Also, 13 para-athletes, who won medals at the Para Asian Games, are yet to be felicitated by the government.last_img read more

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11 days agoMan Utd hero Blackmore backing Ibrahimovic return

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero Blackmore backing Ibrahimovic returnby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Clayton Blackmore says signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic would save the club’s dismal season.The Swede could return to the club in January during the MLS offseason, where he is currently playing for LA Galaxy.”We’re lacking a target man and the only thing that is going to save us this season is Ibrahimovic,” Blackmore said.”He has thrown his name in the hat and he’s probably the best target man you can have. He’s 6ft 5in, he’s a black belt and he fancies his chances against ­anybody.”He’s still scoring goals, too. We have got rid of so many good ­strikers – (Wayne) Rooney went, (Robin) van Persie went, loads of them.These players have gone but they haven’t been replaced. Bringing Ibrahimovic in is a no-brainer. He doesn’t run, but he doesn’t need to because he is that good.”There are not many players who can jog around the pitch and ­control the game, but, when he was here before, we won trophies with him, when he was fit.”We should try and get him in January or whenever we can ­because he can lead the line.” last_img read more

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A man for all seasons

first_imgA politician and educationist, policymaker and businessman, Achyuta Samanta has fulfilled many dynamic roles in his journey of inspiring and uplifting lives. A Member of Parliament representing Kandhamal Lok Sabha constituency and founder of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Samanta has committed his life to the empowerment and welfare of weaker sections of society. Born amid palpable poverty while struggling to fulfil his basic needs, Samanta today ensures food for at least 50,000 children every day. In a free-wheeling discussion with Millennium Post, Samanta talks about his inspiration and vision, while discussing the many responsibilities that he has been entrusted with by Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president Naveen Patnaik. Excerpts: Also Read – A special kind of bond You have been a successful entrepreneur. What then motivated you to adorn a new role and join politics? Yes, it’s true that I’ve seen some success in providing quality education to all, particularly underprivileged children, while also being a newcomer in politics. But, in practice, I don’t find much difference between donning the hat of politics and performing the tasks of a social reformer – the task is quite similar. What political leaders propose to do is what I have been doing for many decades. I have been in constant touch with lakhs of people all the time, you can even say at every moment. I’ve been reaching people with the help of KIIT and KISS as social service for the entire community through educational institutions. Also Read – Insider threat managementI’ve entered politics with the blessings and good wishes of party president and state chief minister Naveen Patnaik. Last year, I was first offered a Rajya Sabha seat and this year, by acknowledging my contribution to society, the party selected me as the contender for the prestigious Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat. I do believe that destiny has played a significant role in me receiving this new role, and I am really grateful to our beloved chief minister for recognising my work and giving me an opportunity to further serve the people of our state. In my opinion, politics is a bigger platform to serve people and society – for this, I am confident that I can serve the social welfare mandate of the BJD chief in a bigger and better way. Your journey has been marked by struggle. In fact, the constituency you now represent is also perhaps the one plagued by most challenges. In that respect, how have you have prepared a roadmap for resolution and upliftment? My journey has truly been marked by a lot of struggle – right from childhood. I started my institution with just Rs 5,000 while staying in rented accommodation. The biggest service that God has done through me is to have given a decent life to 50,000 poor tribal children. Out of them, 20,000 have already passed out and 30,000 are enrolled in the campus across primary, Master’s and doctoral programmes. KISS is directly transforming the lives of 50,000 underprivileged persons while indirectly, several lakhs are being benefited. So, KISS has become a beacon of tribal empowerment. It’s not a question of just throwing some education at them as they are poor. We are completely transforming their lives by tapping their talent in sports, academics and across every other field. For me, every challenge is an opportunity. So, issues regarding the overall development of Kandhamal constituency will always be my priority and they will be addressed well within the stipulated time. Kandhamal is the poorest district in the entire state and it also finds recognition under the prime minister’s aspirational districts undertaking. In the district, above 52 per cent of the population comprises STs and 17 per cent belong to different SC communities. So, the district’s SC/ST population stands at about 70 per cent, well over the majority. I have immense development work to undertake in the area as I have an uphill challenge of making this poorest district a model district. So, now that our chief minister has vested the responsibility of transforming this district on me, the work is well underway and we will surely see success soon. Do you agree that the Lok Sabha ticket was a reward for your contribution towards the welfare of Odisha’s tribal population? It’s known to all that I have been long engaged in social welfare activities. Besides, I’m a bachelor and live a very simple life in a rented house. My life is committed to the welfare of weaker sections only. So, that may be the driving factor behind selecting me to serve the people of the state. Your party has retained power for the fifth consecutive term in Odisha, what would your major priorities be? The major priorities of CM Patnaik circumscribe the holistic development of the entire state. It includes everything – addressing issues of poverty, hunger, creating employment for the state’s youth, etc. The other very important goal is to lay more emphasis on tourism as Odisha presents great opportunity to attract more tourists. Inviting industries to set up their units in the state is also a key concern for our CM as it would positively induce employment generation among the youth of the state and the state’s economy would consequently witness a major boost. What is your roadmap towards creating employment in the area? I’ve deliberated and also done a lot to generate employment in the state. I’m focusing on methods to improve employability in my district, for which I have planned several models. My areas of emphases are education, health, employment generation, exploring tourism opportunities in Kandhamal district and most importantly, making drinking water available and irrigation facilities more robust and reliable. What are your plans for KIIT and KISS? There is no plan to further expand KIIT. We are now focussing on improving the quality of education in KIIT and, in case of KISS, we are planning to open 10 to 20 new branches in about as many tribal districts of Odisha. Apart from the state, branches of KISS will also come up in Maharashtra, West Bengal and some foreign countries like Bangladesh and Kenya. More branches of KISS are also scheduled to come up in the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand in the coming years. If all goes as per the plan, KISS branches would be opened in 15 states in the next five years. Presently, the institute is located across Odisha, Delhi and is coming up in Kolkata and Mumbai. How do you plan to channelise your time and energy between your new political responsibilities and your old commitment to your institutions? When a person is totally committed to the welfare of downtrodden people, then s/he won’t face much difficulty in handling multiple responsibilities. I do not see much problem in handling both political responsibilities and taking care of educational institutions. What would be your message to the youth of the country? We all know that it’s the youth that holds the potential to transform nations from within. It is, therefore, essential that the youth remains good to themselves. It is only when they are good to themselves that they can do true good for others. (The author is Special Correspondent, Millennium Post)last_img read more

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German champs Bayern report record profits

first_imgBerlin: German champions Bayern Munich announced record turnover Wednesday of 750.4 million euros (USD 827m, 677m pounds) over the 2018-2019 season, with after-tax profits surging 78 percent to 52.5 million euros. “Income from matches and TV rights has risen, and we have achieved record figures regarding sponsorship income,” the club’s deputy chairman Jan-Christian Dreesen said on Bayern’s website. Merchandising sales had stabilised, he added, despite declines in the sector across Europe. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhTurnover was up 14.12 percent from the previous year while profit before tax rose 63 percent. “These excellent results are all the more astonishing given Bayern, despite winning the German Cup, were eliminated at a very early stage of the lucrative Champions League,” said economic daily Handelsblatt. Turnover still trails Spanish giants Barcelona, with figures approaching one billion euros while turnover at Real Madrid stands at 757 million excluding transfers. Top English clubs have yet to report their results for the last financial period by the Premier League’s richest club, Manchester united, reported record turnover of 580 million pounds in 2018. alast_img read more

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CO2 emissions on the rise for first time in four years UN

UNEP stresses that while “surging momentum from the private sector” and “untapped potential from innovation and green-financing” offer “pathways” to bridge the emissions gap globally, the “technical feasibility” of limiting global warming to 1.5°C “is dwindling”.The authors of the report note that nations would need to triple their efforts on climate action without further delay, in order to meet the 2°C-rise limit by mid-century.  To meet the 1.5°C limit, they would have to quintuple their efforts. A continuation of current trends will likely result in global warming of around 3°C by the end of the century, with continued temperature rises after that, according to the report findings.“The kind of drastic, large-scale action we urgently need has yet to been seen,” said UNEP.The report offers concrete ways for Governments to bridge their emissions gap, including through fiscal policy, innovative technology, non-state and subnational action, and more. This ninth UNEP emissions report has been prepared by an international team of leading scientists, assessing all available information.“When governments embrace fiscal policy measures to subsidize low-emission alternatives and tax fossil fuels, they can stimulate the right investments in the energy sector and significantly reduce carbon emissions,” said Jian Liu, UNEP’s Chief Scientist.“Thankfully, the potential of using fiscal policy as an incentive is increasingly recognized,” said Dr. Liu, referring to the 51 initiatives already in place or planned across the world to charge for carbon emissions (called “carbon pricing”).“If all fossil fuel subsidies were phased out, global carbon emissions could be reduced by up to 10 per cent by 2030,” he added, explaining that “setting the right carbon price is also essential. At US$70 per ton of CO2, emission reductions of up to 40 per cent are possible in some countries.”The 2018 Global Emissions Report report adds yet another building block of scientific evidence to inform decision-making at the upcoming UN climate change conference – the COP 24 in Poland – which starts on Sunday and will last for two weeks. The key objective of the meeting will be to adopt an implementation plan for the 2015 Paris Agreement. The report comes just days before the key UN climate change conference known as COP 24, taking place in Katowice, Poland, with the agency urging nations to triple their efforts to curb harmful emissions.The UNEP report comes hot on the heels of the watershed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on global warming, released in October, which cautioned that emissions had to stop rising now, in order to keep temperature increases below 1.5°C, and reduce the risks for the well-being of the planet and its people.“If the IPCC report represented a global fire alarm, this report is the arson investigation,” said UNEP’s Deputy Executive Director Joyce Msuya. “The science is clear; for all the ambitious climate action we’ve seen – governments need to move faster and with greater urgency. We’re feeding this fire while the means to extinguish it are within reach.”Heat-trapping CO2 gas in the atmosphere is largely responsible for rising global temperatures, according to the overwhelming body of scientific evidence. UNEP’s 2018 Global Emissions Report, show global emissions have reached historic levels.Total annual greenhouse gases emissions, including from land-use change, reached a record high of 53.5 Gigatons in 2017, an increase of 0.7 compared with 2016.“In contrast, global GHG emissions in 2030 need to be approximately 25 per cent and 55 per cent lower than in 2017 to put the world on a least-cost pathway to limiting global warming to 2°C and 1.5°C respectively,” said the report.What’s worse, the report notes that there is no sign of reversal of this trend and that only 57 countries (representing 60 per cent of global emissions) are on track to bridge their “emissions gap” – meaning the gap between where we are likely to be and where we need to be.Increased emissions and lagging action means the gap published in this year’s report is larger than ever. read more

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Man stabbed in Trafalgar Square as police hunt suspect

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A man has been stabbed in London’s Trafalgar Square, the Met Police said.Emergency Services were called at 9.11pm on Wednesday following reports of a knife attack.At least five squad cars and two police vans attended, as well as the London Ambulance Service – and large sections of the square was taped off.The victim, who has not been identified, was found suffering from stab injuries and the Met said his injuries were not life-threatening.Trafalgar Square is one of London’s busiest tourist hot spots, and is the site of the National Portrait Gallery and St Martin-in-the-Fields church.Alexander Zakharenko tweeted some footage of the scene with the words: “What’s going on on Trafalgar Square…” What’s going on on Trafalgar Square… pic.twitter.com/gITJNF1ntF— Alexander Zakharenko (@AZakharenko) August 21, 2019 The clip shows the square thronged with police cars and officers moving bystanders back.Another onlooker posted: “Something’s going down in Trafalgar Square … 8 police and ambulance. All roped off. Hope no-one badly hurt.”The Met said: “A crime scene and road closures are in place. Motorists advised to avoid the area.”No arrests at this early stage; inquiries continue.”Police added that the incident was not being treated as terrorism and that initial inquiries indicated that the victim and the suspect were known to each other.  read more

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Technologies used in onstream particle size analysis

first_imgEric Hendrix of Outotec explains this technology and asks first, why measure particle size? Although many do not realise it, particle size in mineral processing plants is a major factor in many aspects of plant design and performance. It is also critical to the economic return of the plant.Outlined below are some of the ways particle size analysis is so important: Recovery of valuable minerals can be compromised by particles outside the optimal size range Excessive grinding significantly increases energy consumption in mills and can reduce throughput Reagent consumption increases with finer particle size Changes in particle size cause unwanted variability in reagent consumption and process operation Filtration and thickening capacity decrease with finer particle size Water recovery and tailings disposal is affected by particle size distribution Finer products in wet plants can mean higher transport costs and increased cost in downstream processing.As can be seen, particle size has to be monitored so it can be controlled. Some of the ways to monitor size is via manual sampling, sample preparation and analysis using sieves or more modern instruments. Manual methods are however labour intensive, so many operations reduce size analysis to a minimum. Process control requires frequent measurements, e.g. the reaction time of a grinding circuit is typically 5-15 minutes. Automatic techniques, such as on-stream particle size measurement, have, become common practice in industry because the return on investment (ROI) is very high.Particle size measurement technologiesIt is well documented that different particle size measurement techniques will yield different results. This is because each technique measures a different dimension of a three dimensional particle. For on-stream particle measurement, the focus is on repeatability, precision and reliability of the equipment.Ultrasonic attenuation has been applied in wet mineral processes since the 1970s. Because ultrasonic particle size measurement is sensitive to air bubbles, the sample has to be de-aerated before measurement. Recently, ultrasonics has been combined with gamma-ray transmission and sound velocity measurement for more accurate solids content compensation (Coghill et al, 2002).The sample volume measured can be relatively large, which is an advantage of this technology. However, the major limitations in mineral processing operations are its sensitivity to air entrainment, flaky particles, solids content and slurry viscosity changes.Image analysis – There are many different methods in optical image analysis. With the wide size distributions present in mineral processes they are quite inefficient in achieving the desired volume or weight distribution. This is due to the number distribution being so heavily weighted towards fine particles. Significant dilution is required in order to overcome the opaqueness of mineral slurry and to separate fine particles from each other. Errors can be significant if large particles are missed.Direct mechanical measurement – The direct mechanical measurement principle employed in the Outotec PSI 200 particle size instrument (Saloheimo & Anttila, 1994) has been widely used over the past decade. A representative sample is passed between the ceramic tipped moving element and the fixed ceramic element, the position of the moving element is measured by an electronic sensor.Random particles are trapped between the elements where their diameters are measured, the arrangement makes two measurements per second. The simplicity of this operation means it has high availability and minimal maintenance.One drawback of this method is that it does not give direct information below the D60 particle size or useful information on bi-modal distributions so alternative techniques have been developed.Laser Scattering Technology – Low-angle laser light scattering, or laser diffraction, has been known as a laboratory technique since the 1960s. The size analysis is based on an intensity distribution measurement of coherent laser light scattered by the particles. The form of the scattering pattern is described by the Mie theory and the width of the pattern is dependent on the size. When laser light meets a population of particles, volumetric size distribution can be calculated back from the scattered light distribution.In practice, laser diffraction offers the following advantages: The method is absolute, giving volumetric particle size without need for external calibration. This is equal to weight distribution if density is constantThe technique is applicable over a wide particle size range with excellent precision and repeatability. The on-line system described below can achieve1-2% relative precision of the distribution median over the 1-500 µm size range The method is rapid – typically results are produced in just over one minute The method is non-destructive and non-intrusive The measurement exhibits high resolution – up to 20 size fractions can be displayed in addition to specific surface area.On-line laser diffraction particle size instrument PSI 500TMineral slurries in industrial applications are opaque, therefore slurry flow must either flow in a very narrow channel or need dilution in order to allow the scattered light to pass through it. These requirements can be avoided if more sophisticated calculation techniques are used in the analysis, so-called multiple scattering (Crawley, 2001). Studies have showed that a minimum of 5-10% of the laser light must pass directly through the sample in order to get a reliable analysis. If 4 mm is selected as the minimum practical flow cell thickness, the solids content can be reduced to 0.1-1% by volume.One of the challenges of the on-line analysis system is to place a representative sample of the solids into the active measurement volume illuminated by the laser beam. This can be achieved by successive sampling and sample reduction. Static samplers are used, taking advantage of the mixing caused by process pumps and/or pipe geometry changes, and isokinetic flow. The sampler provides the analyzer with a representative sample flow between 50 170 litres/min. At the analyzer the primary sample is further divided into smaller batches by passing the sample flow across a cutter. The sample is then mixed and diluted with water in a diluter tank. Thus, the flow cell below the diluter receives the sample in a turbulent state to ensure that the solids are evenly distribution and the speed of particles of various sizes is the same in the active measurement region.The latest generation of on-line laser scatter particle size analyzers, the PSI 500T was jointly developed with Malvern Instruments (UK) in 2002. Plant results have shown that laser diffraction is a viable method for the on-line particle size analysis of wet slurries in mineral processes.The assays react systematically to process disturbances. As compared to laboratory techniques, the on-line assays are repeatable and show the distribution over a wide particle size range, figure 5.ReferencesThis article is summarised from a paper titled “On-Stream Particle Analysis” by M Kongas and K Saloheimo, 2004.Other references in this article:1. P J Coghill, M J Millen & B D Sowerby. 2002. On-line measurement of particle size in mineral slurries, Minerals Engineering, Vol. 15,No.1-2, p. 83.2. K Saloheimo & K Anttila. 1994. Utilization of particle size measurement in flotation processes, Expomin 1994, Santiago, Chile.3. G M Crawley. 2001. Particle sizing online, Powder Metallurgy, Vol. 44, No.4, p. 304.4. M Kongas, K Saloheimo, H Pekkarinen & J Turunen. 2003. New Particle size Analysis System for Mineral Slurries, IFAC Workshop on New Technologies for Automation of the Metallurgical Industry, Shanghai, China.Eric Hendrix is Application Engineer – Automation for Outotec in Australia with more than 20 years of experience in minerals processing. For the past five and a half years he has specialised in automation product sales,service and engineering for Outotec.In recent years Eric has undertaken the development of automation installations for Outotec. His most recentproject in this area is the supply and installation of the Outotec Courier¬6 SL On Stream Analyser for Perilya Broken Hill. He also has extensive experience in process sampling and sampler design.last_img read more

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Just the beginning Trump facing headache after security advisor quits over Russian

first_img By AFP Image: Evan Vucci AP/Press Association Images Feb 14th 2017, 10:25 PM Image: Evan Vucci AP/Press Association Images 62 Comments 19,146 Views ‘Just the beginning’: Trump facing headache after security advisor quits over Russian links Trump had asked General Michael Flynn for his resignation, after news emerged of his calls to the Russian ambassador. US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump knew for weeks that his national security advisor had misled Vice President Mike Pence, before relieving him of his duties this week.Now, the US Senate’s top Republican said this evening that it was “highly likely” that ousted national security advisor Michael Flynn would have to testify at an intelligence panel, potentially heaping pressure on Trump.Flynn resigned barely three weeks into the new administration amid allegations he had discussed recently imposed US sanctions on Russia with Moscow’s ambassador to Washington before Trump took office, and then misled Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of the call.The Senate Intelligence Committee is already investigating Russia’s alleged interference in last year’s US election.When asked whether he believed Trump may have directed Flynn to discuss the sanctions with ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell McConnell said: “It’s highly likely they will want to take a look at this episode as well.”“They have the broad jurisdiction to do it,” he added.The comments build on those by other Senate Republicans, including number two Republican John Cornyn, Senator John McCain and Senate Intelligence Committee member Roy Blunt, who support investigations into Russian interference.“I think it’s likely that general Flynn will be at some point asked to come, and talk to the (intelligence) committee about post-election activities,” Blunt told reporters.Putting Flynn in the hot seat and under oath has the potential of prying open sensitive information, including whether or not Trump had any role in the incident or why the president apparently kept his national security aide on board for weeks after discovering he misled Pence.Democrats demanded a transparent and impartial probe.“General Flynn’s resignation is not the end of the story, it is merely a beginning,” said top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer.“Was General Flynn directed or authorised to do what he did?” he continued. “Who else from the Trump administration, transition or campaign, had contact with the Russians?”With reporting from the Associated PressRead: Trump’s national security adviser quits after claims he misled White House over talks with Russians http://jrnl.ie/3240177 Share8 Tweet Email Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 10:25 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more

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Inslee tours AbSci on Vancouver visit

first_imgAbSci, the biotechnology company that relocated to Vancouver in August, is bucking a statewide trend in its industry.After hosting Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday on a tour of its new facilities, CEO Sean McClain said the company has hired four new employees since October and expects to hire a dozen more soon.“We are meeting or exceeding expectations,” he said. “We are currently 18 employees, and we have a projection to be up to 30 employees within the next year, year and a half.”The company’s rise contrasts with a recent report commissioned by the Washington Life Science & Global Health Advisory that found the state’s life-sciences industry is sputtering. The February report, completed by research firm TEConomy Partners, found the industry lost 900 jobs between 2011 and 2014. The Seattle Times reported that the job loss has coincided with the expiration of research-and-development tax credits.last_img read more

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Dog gets head stuck under parked car

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to a call, Wednesday, to help a dog that got its head stuck in the undercarriage of a car.The dog, called Tobacco, was chasing a mouse when it got its jaw trapped between two pieces of metal in the undercarriage of a parked car, according to its owner.Crews were eventually able to free Tobacco, unharmed but a bit exhausted.The incident happened along Northwest 105th Street and 22nd Avenue. #Dog chases mouse, gets trapped under truck; @MiamiDadeFire #firefighters #rescue dog: https://t.co/YofsMXjNvA pic.twitter.com/1540gRHxMB— Fire Engineering (@fireengineering) June 29, 2016Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Note 10 gets UN Global Goals app

first_img Mobile Politics Now playing: Watch this: Tags Samsung announced the UN collaboration Wednesday during its Note 10 unboxing event.  Sarah Tew Samsung announced Tuesday it will partner with the United Nations to deploy an app aimed at raising funding and awareness for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals program. During Samsung’s Note 10 announcement event, Samsung CEO DJ Koh joined UN Development Programme Administrator Achim Stein to roll out the app.”At the heart of this initiative is the new Samsung Global Goals app on Galaxy smartphones that will increase awareness and raise funds. In addition, we are launching new special edition Galaxy mobile phone accessories with profits going to the Global Goals,” Koh said.  Post a comment 0 62 Photos Share your voice Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus look incredible 10:55 Galaxy Note and Note 10 Plus are here to wow you Stein said the app would aid users in the UN’s efforts to end poverty and fight climate change. “You’re able to support the Global Goals by letting them earn income that will allow us to do many of the things around the world that matter to all of us, and also to donate,” he said. The app will be available on both the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus on Aug. 23.  Samsunglast_img read more

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First Day of Early Voting Could Signal Higher Turnout in Harris County

first_img 00:00 /10:34 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X With Harris County setting a new record for voter turnout on the first day of early voting during a midterm election, a political expert told Houston Matters Tuesday he thinks the turnout will be higher in the county than it was for the 2014 midterms.“When we start getting high voter turnout on the first day of early voting, it tells you the voters think this is gonna be a high turnout election,” said Bob Stein, a Political Science professor and elections expert at Rice University.Given the fact there are 2.2 million registered voters in Harris County and that the countywide turnout in the 2014 midterms was about 670,000 voters, Stein is looking “at well over 750,000” for this year’s election.Abner Fletcher/Houston Public MediaPeople line up to vote at the Harris County Public Library North Channel Branch, in the Channelview area, on October 22, 2018Stein said a high turnout in Harris County could favor Democrats, given that the majority of the county has voted Democrat in the last three consecutive presidential elections (2008, 2012 and 2016).At the same time, Republicans traditionally vote more than Democrats in midterm elections, but Stein noted that “what you’re beginning to see, particularly in the Hispanic community, is a higher voter turnout and that’s offset whatever turnout advantage the Republicans have had.”Stein thinks that, besides the Ted Cruz–Beto O’Rourke contest, there are other races that can motivate the electorate, such as those for the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as –at the county level— the race for Precinct 2 between Commissioner Jack Morman and former Houston City Councilman and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia. Sharelast_img read more

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Endangered bird dwells in Ingula wetland

first_imgThus they can be viewed as terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems converging. One of the key characteristics of wetlands that makes them easily identifiable is the presence of aquatic plant life, specifically adapted to survive in the unique soil conditions.Wetlands include bogs, swamps, marshes and deltas. They are often located near large bodies of water like lakes and rivers, and can be found throughout the world.These unique characteristics that make up the wetland biome make it a very important habitat for an array of important species.These areas are thus particularly important for the conservation of biodiversity and ecology.  Wetlands are important for a number of species who are solely dependent on the wetland biome itself, such as the White-winged Flufftail. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Ingula has around 2000 hectares of wetlands in its care.  It is home to a very special bird, found in only nine places in South Africa, the White-Winged Flufftail.This specialised wetland bird is critically endangered and the major reason for its status is habitat destruction.  They need clean undisturbed wetlands in which to breed and feed successfully.What is a wetland?  A wetland is an area of land that is waterlogged, either permanently or seasonally.  Lakes, rivers, ponds, swamps, peatlands, mangrove forests, salt pans, sandy beaches and coral reefs are all examples of wetlands.A major factor that distinguishes a wetland from other land forms or water bodies is the characteristic of vegetation that is adapted to its unique soil conditions.Wetlands are very unique biomes in that they are terrestrial habitats that are permanently or seasonally inundated with water.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | July 22, 2011 peerVue Provides Teaching File Functionality for Country-Wide Digital Radiology Project in Northern Ireland July 22, 2011 — peerVue has been selected to provide comprehensive teaching file capabilities for Sectra’s groundbreaking NIPACS nationwide medical image management and communication solution in Northern Ireland. Seamlessly integrated with Sectra’s radiology information systems/picture archive and communications systems (RIS/PACS) technology, which shares imaging information across organizational and regional boundaries, peerVue’s innovative qualitative intelligence and communications system (QICS) will enable users to author and publish cases from the NIPACS archive to system-wide teaching file worklists. Using these worklists, physicians throughout the country will be able to share and learn from important radiology cases treated at any public health facility in Northern Ireland, creating an innovative national physician education network.One of the world’s largest RIS/PACS projects, NIPACS was conceived in part to make a patient‘s full radiology history immediately available whenever needed at the point of care in any medical facility in Northern Ireland. It also enables streamlined remote exam reading, specialist follow-up and multi-disciplinary team discussions. These and other advanced capabilities are based on implementation of a single common Sectra PACS and RIS platform throughout all public medical facilities and draw on the power of two centralized data centers in Belfast, where Sectra PACS/RIS and the peerVue QICS will reside.  All applications, including QICS, are downloadable as thin-clients from virtual servers to minimize costs and provide simple system upgrade and scalability. Image archives are housed in a series of satellite sites serving specific regions of the country. The NIPACS solution is a project of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS).Functioning within this sophisticated architecture, peerVue QICS will enable users to access patient images from any location, wherever the data is stored. Ensuring patient privacy and HIPAA compliance for teaching files, QICS removes all patient data and enables image annotation as desired. All files can be easily categorized and marked with custom fields to create site-tailored formats. They can then be published in either .jpeg or DICOM format to customizable, searchable worklists for permission-based access. The QICS is launched directly from the NIPACS application for ultra-fast and simple access.Aidan Bennett, regional director for Sectra, said, “We selected peerVue to provide this teaching file functionality for this important installation after a thorough search of competing solutions. peerVue QICS is easy-to-use and extremely reliable yet offers a full range of sophisticated features. User-friendly functionality with quick and easy access providing seamless performance from multiple remote locations were core requirements for our end users. Its thin client architecture and ability to integrate seamlessly with our PACS was another plus, as was peerVue’s willingness to customize the solution to the NIPACS project’s needs.”Currently, 26 hospitals are connected to the NIPACS system with installations continuing at additional sites. The peerVue QICS is expected to go live this August.For more information: www.peerVue.com; www.sectra.com News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… 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 News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img Related Content Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more last_img read more

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Radiation Important Treatment Addition for Pancreatic Cancer Surgery Candidates

first_img Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Related Content News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more January 5, 2016 — Radiation therapy was associated with a lower risk of cancer recurrence in pancreatic cancer surgery patients, making it, like chemotherapy, an important addition to treatment, Mayo Clinic research found. Whether radiotherapy helps patients after pancreatic cancer surgery has been a long-standing question, and the findings suggest that it does, said senior author Christopher Hallemeier, M.D., a radiation oncologist at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. The study is published in the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics.The researchers studied 458 patients who had pancreatic cancer surgery at Mayo Clinic between March 1987 and January 2011. Of those patients, 378 received chemotherapy and radiation therapy after surgery, and 80 had only chemotherapy after their operations.Eighty percent of those who received chemotherapy and radiation after surgery had no recurrence of cancer within the area targeted by the radiation, the tumor bed and lymph nodes, within five years after diagnosis. That compared with 68 percent of those who had chemotherapy only following their operations. Additionally, patients who received radiotherapy had longer survival times.Over the past five years or so, the trend has been toward providing chemotherapy and radiation before surgery in an increasing number of patients with operable pancreatic cancer, Hallemeier said. He and his colleagues plan research to study the benefit of that, but first wanted to address the longtime question of whether radiation helps after surgery.“The role of radiation therapy in operable pancreatic cancer has been somewhat controversial. There have been some studies that have shown a benefit and some studies that have not shown a benefit,” Hallemeier said. “Our large study suggests that adding radiation treatment in combination with surgery and chemotherapy reduces the rate of cancer recurrence.”Pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer death, and it is on the rise. About 50,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year in the United States, and in about half, the cancer has spread elsewhere in the body, ruling out surgery. Historically, only about 7 percent of pancreatic cancer patients have lived at least five years after diagnosis.Only about 15 percent of patients have cancer isolated within the pancreas, making them candidates for an operation to remove the tumor. In the other 35 percent, the cancer involves critical blood vessels outside the pancreas; in some cases, especially with chemotherapy and radiation before surgery, operations are complex but possible.“The black and white, ‘surgery yes or no’ that historically has been the first approach, that’s being blurred. We’re realizing that there are patients in the middle of the spectrum who may be candidates for surgery,” Hallemeier said. “With tailored approaches to treatment before surgery, for example using chemotherapy first to see how the tumor responds, and then selectively using radiation, I think we can personalize treatment for patients who are most likely to benefit.”The first author is Kenneth Merrell, M.D., a Mayo Clinic radiation oncology resident.For more information: www.mayo.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Therapy | January 05, 2016 Radiation Important Treatment Addition for Pancreatic Cancer Surgery Candidates Mayo Clinic study shows patients treated with radiation plus chemotherapy had higher recurrence-free rates, longer survival times than chemo-only patients Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. 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Expectations were high for White as the seventh ov

first_imgExpectations were high for White as the seventh overall selection for the Chicago Bears in the 2015 NFL Draft, but injuries have derailed any chance he’s had at meeting them. White has played in 14 total games over four seasons.Related LinksBase offense enough to get Cardinals RB David Johnson excitedCardinals claim LB Pita Taumoepenu off waivers from 49ersPFF: Numbers show Cardinals rookie Andy Isabella is more than a slot WRThe Cardinals have provided White that opportunity to have a revival, or really more of a starting-off-point, on his pro football career. He’s got a head coach in Kliff Kingsbury who is well-aware of his past success at the college level and a wide receiver room full of open competition beyond Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk.When joining Bickley & Marotta on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station on Wednesday, White a couple of times referenced a desire to show he’s “that guy.” AKA, White wants to show all his doubters he’s a more-than-capable football player.“I want it real bad and I’m gonna grind and do what I have to do to prove that I’m that guy,” he said.“I would play this game for free just to show that I’m that guy.”Kingsbury spoke on what he’s seen from White.“Been really pleased with his work ethic,” he said on May 20. “I know people who coached him in college — very close with those guys — and they speak the world of him and that’s what we’ve seen. Hard working, focused, wants to be great, has a lot to prove, obviously, and has a great skill set. That big and that fast, so we’re excited to see what he can be out here.” Kingsbury’s offense will provide that opportunity for White. In what is expected to use three-to-four receivers at almost all times and options to spread the field, White’s speed and size could certainly contribute.“He’s seen it when I was in college,” White said of Kingsbury. “I think it [will] be a good fit.“I like that he has that confidence and is outspoken about that. I’m like that about myself privately.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) – / 15 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Kevin White can’t wait to finally shred any labels cast upon him that start with a “b” and end with “ust.”You can tell that by the way White talks, but it’s more about how little he’s willing to say.White was an absolute monster in college at West Virginia, catching 109 balls for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior. Even more, he ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 3 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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