Around 82 unlicensed arms and 2113 cartridges seized

first_imgNEW DELHI: Around 82 unlicensed arms and 2,113 cartridges along with 16,495 litres of illicit liquor have been seized in the national capital since March 10 when the model code of conduct for the LokSabha polls came into force, Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh Monday said. Singh said 75 FIRs have also been registered under the Arms Act and 93 persons have been arrested. He said 235 FIRs have been registered under Excise Act while 242 people have been also been arrested for Excise Act violation. “Around 16,495 litres of illicit liquor has been seized besides 94 kg narcotics. As many as 13,001 people have been booked under CRPC and Delhi police act violation. Six cases have been registered in connection with the misuse of car under various categories like election purposes, gratification or voters among others,” Singh told reporters. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAs the CEO claims that till now, around 90,937 hoardings, banners and posters have been removed all over Delhi. Out of which 30,533 have been removed from New Delhi Municipal Council 3,141 from East Delhi Municipal Corporation, 41,131 from South Delhi Corporations, 13,721 from North Delhi Municipla Corporation and 2,411 from Delhi Cantonment Board respectively. Around two lakh people have been added to the electoral roll in Delhi in the last two months, taking the total number of eligible voters to 1.39 crore at present which includes 77,05,537 men, 62,82,366 women and 665 third gender voters, he added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIt also includes 1,81,756 voters between the age-group of 18-19, he said. Singh pointed out that there has been an increase of 90,000 to one lakh voters after model code of conduct came into force. The general elections will begin on April 11 and will be held over seven phases, followed by counting of votes on May 23. The elections in Delhi are due on May 12. Polling stations will be established at 2,696 locations, he said, adding 13,816 polling stations would be set up, with a model polling station in each Assembly constituency. There would 425 critical polling stations, as per current assessment, officials said. Delhi has seven Lok Sabha seats and 70 Assembly constituencies.last_img read more

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President to visit China again on invitation from Chinese President

“Our Prime Minister went and brought financial assistance to the county and now the President will go. This friendship between both countries must continue,”  Samarasinghe said. President Maithripala Sirisena is to visit China soon, his second official visit to China since taking office as President in January last year.Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said President Sirisena will be visiting China on an invitation extended by Chinese President Yi Xianliang. The Minister also said that Sri Lanka’s Foreign policy is to take the middle ground and not take sides or anger Sri Lanka’s neighbors. (Colombo Gazette) He said the visit will help further boost the relationship between both countries. The visit follows Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to China this year and Sirisena’s visit to China in March last year. read more

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Stay order against holding cricket board elections lifted

The Court of Appeal today lifted a stay order against holding the elections for the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board.The stay order has been issued last month till today (June 14). Earlier, former Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board General Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga filed a petition in court seeking an injunction to prevent former President Thilanga Sumathipala from contesting the Sri Lanka Cricket board elections. (Colombo Gazette) The lifting of the stay order will now allow the cricket board to hold the elections. The election was to be held on the 31st May, 2018 but had to be postponed following the stay order issued by the Court of Appeal. read more

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Man accused of setting grandmas car on fire in Halton Hills

A Halton Hills man has been charged with arson for allegedly setting his grandmother’s vehicle on fire Thursday night.Fire and police crews were called to a rural home on Fourth Line after the homeowner noticed her vehicle was on fire in the driveway.Firefighters extinguished the fire but the SUV had been completely destroyed.Responding officers found a man walking away from the scene.He was questioned and eventually arrested for arson.Police say this man was the adult grandson of the owner of the SUV.His motive is still under investigation.The fire was started in an isolated area of the driveway however, police say flames came dangerously close to the home after the gas tank exploded.Kenneth Hume, 32, of Halton Hills has been charged with arson and failing to comply with a recognizance. read more

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Venezuela prisons beyond monstrous UN warns highlighting plight of Colombian detainees

Issuing the alert in Geneva, OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said that there were specific concerns for the well-being of 59 Colombian nationals, who’ve been held for more than two years without being charged.They were picked up in a security operation in 2016 and are now sharing a single cell at a facility in the country’s capital, Caracas, Ms Shamdasani said. Many of them are ill, she told journalists. “The 59 were accused of being Colombian paramilitaries but to date, no evidence or charges have been brought against them,” Ms Shamdasani explained. “In November 2017, a Venezuelan judge had ruled that they should be unconditionally released. However, they remain in detention.”Investigation vital into death of Fernando AlbanAsked about Fernando Alban, a critic of the government whose death was announced on Monday at the headquarters of the country’s intelligence services, Ms Shamdasani confirmed the need for an independent, transparent investigation to clarify reports that he had jumped to his death from the 10th floor.“There are so many different reports, and quite a lot of speculation on exactly what happened,” Ms Shamdasani said. “On whether Mr Alban committed suicide, whether he was thrown, whether he was ill-treated, which is why we need an independent, transparent investigation to clarify the circumstances of his death.” Overcrowding is rife…infrastructure is infested with rats and insects. Not all detainees have access to natural light – Ravina Shamdasani, OHCHROn the subject of the Colombian detainees, Ms Shamdasani explained that the men were rounded up during so-called Operations for the Liberation of the People (OLP), which the Venezuelan Government had said were designed to break up criminal gangs and bring criminals to justice.Calling on the authorities to comply with the judge’s ruling and free the Colombians, Ms Shamdasani underlined the dire conditions in the country’s prisons.“Overcrowding is rife,” she said. “The infrastructure is infested with rats and insects. Not all detainees have access to natural light. And in many detention centres across the country, detainees have limited access to food and water, including drinking water.”The deteriorating human rights situation in Venezuela was detailed in a recent UN report. Published in June, it highlighted the accelerating erosion of the rule of law amid unprecedented mass demonstrations and the excessive use of force in security operations.Allegations of extrajudicial killings linked to OLP raids first surfaced in July 2015, the report found, after an operation took place in one of the poorest and most violent neighbourhoods in Caracas, Cota 905, in which 14 people died and 134 were arrested.Citing information from the Attorney General’s Office, the OHCHR report noted that between July 2015 and March 2017, 505 people were killed in OLPs, including four women and 24 children.Dozens of detention centre deaths The UN report also detailed the deaths last year of 39 inmates at a detention centre in the state of Amazonas, where security forces had retaken control, after detainees had established a system of self-government within the facility several years earlier. “There have also been violent situations as you know in Venezuelan prisons, where because of these terrible conditions, or because of other ill-treatment, riots have broken out,” Ms Shamdasani said. “So, really, the conditions are beyond monstrous in these detention facilities.”Citing civil society records, the UN human rights office report noted that “at least 570 people, including 35 children, were arbitrarily detained” in Venezuela between August 2017 and April 2018. Ms Shamdasani said that one of the Colombian prisoners, William Estremor, had been taken to a hospital emergency department on Monday. He was then reported to have been transferred to a small infirmary at premises in Caracas of the country’s intelligence services, but there has been no update on his condition, the OHCHR spokesperson explained. “As far as international human rights law is concerned, their detention could very well amount to arbitrary detention,” Ms Shamdasani said. “This case has been referred to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.”At its last session, the UN Human Rights Council mandated OHCHR to gather information on the situation in Venezuela and report back to Member States next year. read more

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Why The Cavaliers Blew It All Up At The Trade Deadline

Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 8, 2018), FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver joins Neil, Chris and Kyle to help break down what happened at this year’s NBA trade deadline. The Cleveland Cavaliers shook up their roster Thursday by acquiring Jordan Clarkson, George Hill, Rodney Hood and Larry Nance Jr. and saying goodbye to Jae Crowder, Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade, among others. The group also brings you a significant digit on the Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis, another victim of this year’s seemingly never-ending stream of injuries.Here are links to what was discussed this week:ESPN’s Kevin Pelton assessed the winners and losers of the trade deadline.Kyle wrote about how the Cavaliers fixed some of their big problems — but will it be enough?FiveThirtyEight debated some hypothetical LeBron trades earlier in the week. Embed Code By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed read more

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The unfortunate owl and the pussycat

first_imgThe owl manages to flap away, but not quickly enough to escape fatal injuries The tawny owl chick – which was still learning to fly – managed to flap away and escape Lucu’s claws until keepers ushered the cub back inside. Unfortunately the owl was too badly hurt to be saved.Paul Jarvis, who captured the moment during a visit to the Devon zoo, said: “It was clear the tiger was interested in something, then the owl came out of the bushes and the tiger was pawing at it like a bird or mouse in your garden would. The owl was very brave and didn’t look intimidated at all.” It takes some bottle to stand up to sharp toothed tiger, especially when you’re a feathered fraction of its size.But when a baby owl found itself in the path of Lucu, a Sumatran tiger cub, after falling into his enclosure at Paignton Zoo, it showed no signs of backing down. 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. The owl manages to flap away, but not quickly enough to escape fatal injuriesCredit:Paul Jarvis/SWNSlast_img read more

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William Accambray To get back on national team level in Celje

RK Celje Pivovarna LaskoWilliam Accambray William Accambray is going back to the TOP of handball world via Celje. The Slovenian champions RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko got on loan three-time World Champion with France from Telekom Veszprem.Tough injury of Achille tendon forced the 30-years old left back to miss most of the previous season. He will try to get up with more minutes on the court in Slovenian team, who has young and perspective roster, far away from the pressure of Veszprem Arena.I am happy for oportunity to play in Celje PL, very good team with young players. Club has high ambitions in domestic League and EHF Champions League. That showed win over SG Flensburg Handewitt, TOP team. I am happy to help youngstars to raise their potential. Also, I believe to come-back on national team level, which is one of my personal goals. I am looking forward to start practice with my new team-mates – concludes Accambray for RK Celje PL official website. ← Previous Story Telekom Veszprem don’t count on him – William Accambray to RK Celje PL! Next Story → IN MIKLER WE TRUST: Veszprem tight win in Brest! read more

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Schaeuble rejects Greek debt losses

first_imgGerman Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble rejected another debt restructuring for Greece, saying it’s unrealistic to expect public or private bondholders to take losses on their Greek holdings. Schaeuble’s comments, made in an interview with German radio Deutschlandfunk broadcast on Sunday, pour cold water on a report in Der Spiegel magazine that Greece’s international creditors recommend a so-called haircut in their latest report on the country’s finances. The Finance Ministry in Berlin declined to comment on the Spiegel article. After agreeing to the biggest-ever write-off on private bondholders, it would “a bit unrealistic” to impose more losses on them, Schaeuble said, according to a transcript posted on Deutschlandfunk’s website. Members of the euro area are meanwhile restricted by law from participating in losses, therefore so-called official sector involvement “is a discussion that has little to do with the reality of member states in the eurozone,” he said. Schaeuble said a proposal made for a debt buyback is “something one could consider more seriously,” though he refused to speculate on Greece’s finances before the troika report. European policy makers are awaiting the report on Greece’s progress in meeting internationally agreed targets compiled by the troika of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Schaeuble said the German government received an interim report from the troika last week. Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras triggered investor confusion on October 24 when he told lawmakers in Athens that Greece had won approval for its bid to secure a two-year extension to 2016 for its bailout program. The commission and the ECB denied that a deal had been struck. Schaeuble said he had called Stournaras to ask him about his comments and that the Greek minister said he had been “misunderstood.” “It’s completely clear that the negotiations are not yet finished,” Schaeuble said. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Paving project to limit access on two streets

first_imgSALMON CREEK — Road crews will be paving Northeast Corbin Road and Northeast 131st Street between Northeast 50th Avenue and Northeast Salmon Creek Avenue from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday.The work is expected to be finished the same day. During construction time, there will be limited local access, and drivers should plan to use alternative routes.The work is being done by NW Natural, which is headquartered in Portland. For more information about the work, contact NW Natural Community Affairs Manager Nina Carlson at 503 721-2474.last_img read more

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Pochettino fumes at Spurs lack of transfer activity

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has thrown shades at the club’s lack of transfer activity comparing it to Formula One team, McLaren.Spurs failed to sign a player in January making it one calendar year without any reinforcements.Disappointed with the lack of transfer business, Pochettino used an F1 analogy to discuss Tottenham’s battle for silverware via FourFourTwo.Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino with one of his best pre-match press conferences so far during his tenure at Spurs.Putting the media now firmly in their place, at long last, so proud to call this man our manager. 👏🏻[@ShelleyJ89]#THFC #COYSpic.twitter.com/9AHOq45OdK— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) February 1, 2019“We were waiting for different situations that maybe happen or don’t like every transfer window,” Pochettino said ahead of Saturday’s clash at home to Newcastle United, with Spurs third and seven points behind leaders Liverpool.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I wanted to strengthen the squad but if we cannot sign, I need to stick with the project of the club. If you see the [Premier League] table, we are there, a lot can happen.”Pochettino added: “When you work in football, it’s because you want to win. It’s easy to be passionate and shout ‘I am a winner’ but if you don’t have the tools to win, it’s difficult.“Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton are the best drivers in Formula One. But if you put Hamilton in McLaren last season and Alonso in Mercedes, it’s the same story, Hamilton on the bottom and Alonso on the top. That’s the reality.“I follow Formula One. I love McLaren. But it wasn’t competitive last season. That’s the reality, no? But do you think that’s a problem with Alonso or a problem with the car?“Also, you can have an amazing car but you can crash after the first bend. You can crash with an amazing car and not win.”🗣️ “The mentality is to keep pushing, believe that you can score and win. Never give up.”#COYS pic.twitter.com/3ryIoaSfJI— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 1, 2019last_img read more

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Ignazio Abate rues AC Milans Europa League exit

first_imgAC Milan defender Ignazio Abate believes they should have qualified for the Europa League knockout stages after their 3-1 defeat to OlympiacosGennaro Gattuso’s side headed into Athens on Thursday night needing to not lose by more than two goals to Olympiacos.After a goalless first-half, Pape Abou Cisse’s header handed Olympiacos the lead before a Cristian Zapata own goal doubled their advantage.But the Colombian defender soon redeemed himself to Milan by scoring a critical header just 110 seconds later.However, Abate’s foul enabled Konstantinos Fortounis to score a late penalty for Olympiacos to secure a 3-1 win.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.The result enabled the Greek side to leapfrog Milan into second-place in Group F on goal difference.“We had started strong and were well set out on the field. The regret is that we went behind, as we should not have conceded the opening goal,” Abate told Sky Sport Italia, via Football-Italia.“Once we got it back on track, they got that penalty. Incidents went against us. We could’ve done better and more importantly reached this final game with qualification already secured, because we had the quality to do that.“We need to take another step up. Now we must concentrate on Serie A, as we can finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.”Milan will next travel to Bologna on Tuesday in a Serie A match, where they will hope to retain their spot in the top-four in the standings.last_img read more

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How Magazines Fit the Mobile Space

first_img“Inevitable” is the way Anil Malhotra, senior VP of marketing at Bango Inc., views mobile delivery of publications. So far, publishers use mobile delivery primarily for promotional purposes and to keep up with new technology. Posting the current issue of the magazine on a mobile portal and allowing free access is a way for users to sample the content. “Most people won’t read a whole magazine on a mobile device,” says Cimarron Buser, VP marketing and product planning at Texterity, Inc. “If they’re interested, they’ll subscribe to the print or digital edition.” Texterity has been offering mobile delivery to its mostly b-to-b clients since last fall—but solely on the iPhone and iPod Touch, the rationale being that the screens are big, with a nice display, and they can handle the complexity of a magazine.Zinio has been testing mobile delivery of magazine content on iPhone and iPod Touch for its mostly consumer clients since mid-February. According to Zinio’s testing, consumers would like mobile delivery bundled with either a digital subscription or a single-issue purchase, or they would pay for mobile delivery on a stand-alone basis. “We haven’t heard that they won’t pay for it,” says CEO Rich Maggiotto, “so there’s money to be made.”Compatibility and CostsDelivering mobile magazine content—primarily text and graphics—is not particularly complex, but publishers must determine the devices and screen sizes that their readers prefer. Bango’s platform—which ranges from $200 to $300 for localized services and up to $1,500 for complex services with global reach—is set up to handle the differences among devices, “so the publisher can concentrate on the editorial content,” says Malhotra. Print as Added Value“Mobile delivery is category-specific, which is why we’re very interested in it,” says Tom Hartle, CEO of Hartle Media, which publishes Spin. “It’s certainly big in the music world.” At a concert recently, Hartle was able to take advantage of Spin’s access to the bands and, using technology supplied by Kyte (a mobile app developer), capture live images and sound from private parties and interviews and then stream that content directly to people’s cellphones. “I can reach tens of thousands of people in a weekend for an investment of several hundred dollars,” says Hartle. New subscription sales haven’t been impacted by mobile but Spin is experiencing a greater return on renewals and higher Internet orders.Hartle sees advertising revenue as a possibility. Actually, he envisions a scenario where print magazines become the added value. “That’s not to devalue print,” he explains, “but you’re dead if your revenue is based on just selling print magazines. You must sell your brand.”last_img read more

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Chitralahari Review The story of an underdog every common man can relate

first_imgChitralahariTwitterStar Cast: Sai Dharam Tej, Kalyani Priyadarshan, Nivetha Pethuraj, Sunil, Posani Krishna MuraliDirector: Kishore TirumalaProducers: Naveen Yerneni, Y Ravi Shankar, Mohan CherukuriMusic Director: Devisri Prasad.Banner: Mythri Movie Makers.After six back-to-back flops, Telugu hero Sai Dharam Tej is back with the movie titled Chitralahari. The movie also stars Nivetha Pethuraj and Kalyani Priyadarshi in the lead roles. Read on for the full review.Storyline:Sai Dharam Tej appears in the role of a youngster named Vijay. Vijay is an underdog who invents a safety device which is capable of saving the lives of people. But, his attempts go unattended and people do not recognize his talent. Vijay is in a dire need for success in his life.On the other hand, Vijay’s girlfriend Lahari (Kalyani Priyadarshi) gets influenced by others easily. She keeps pricking Vijay for his failures.Swetcha (Nivetha Pethuraj) is Lahari’s childhood friend who becomes one of the biggest problems in Vijay’s life.What happens next is to be watched in the theatres.Roles and Performances:Sai Dharam Tej has given a fantastic performance as a youngster longing for success in his life. His bodily makeover makes him look apt for the role.Kalyani Priyadarshan looks beautiful and her performance is justified well. Nivetha Pethuraj has played a role with attitude and judgemental character. Her performance is good too.Posani Krishna Murali, Satyaraj and others justified their roles well.Technical Aspects:Director Kishore Tirumala has done a decent job. There was a lag in the narration here and there. Apart from the screenplay, the cinematography could have been better.The frames and the lightings seem to be normal and out-dated. The production values are good.The music was in sync with the story narration. A few dialogues were good.Final Verdict:The story of an underdog shown in a relatable way to all sections of the audience. It is a good one-time watch.IB Times Rating: 2.75/3.last_img read more

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SpiceJet starts direct DelhiBangkokDelhi flight

first_imgA SpiceJet Boeing 737-800 aircraft taxis on the tarmac after landing at Chhatrapati Shivaji international airport in Mumbai November 26, 2012 (representational image).Reuters FileSpiceJet flagged off its first direct flight on the Delhi-Bangkok-Delhi route on Sunday. The first few passengers were handed over their boarding passes and a goody bag by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Director Isra Stapanaseth.The service on the Delhi-Bangkok route will be operational six days a week (except Tuesday) and after May 9, the service would be a daily one. Similarly, the service on the Bangkok-Delhi route will be operational on all days except Wednesday till May 10, after which it would be available on all days.On the occasion, Shilpa Bhatia – Senior VP, Commercial, SpiceJet, said, “We have received an overwhelming response for our Delhi-Bangkok offering. This sector has always been popular with business travellers and with the onset of vacations we will see a large number of family and leisure travellers also availing our service on this route.””Tourism Authority of Thailand congratulates SpiceJet on the launch of the new flight. The direct flights will convenience corporates, family travellers and also benefit the wedding segment. The new service by SpiceJet will provide a big boost to tourism.” said Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Director Isra Stapanaseth.The new flight will connect the cities of Jaipur, Srinagar, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Jammu, Gorakhpur, Dharamshala, Surat and Jabalpur through convenient onward connections to Bangkok from Delhi. Besides Delhi, SpiceJet also serves Bangkok with a direct flight from Kolkata.Incessantly famed for its local cuisines, floating markets, happening night life and extravagant hospitality, Bangkok – the city rich with contrasts is known to welcome more visitors than any other city in the world making it one of the global hotspots.Bangkok is one of SpiceJet’s seven international destinations – Dubai, Dhaka, Colombo, Kabul, Male (Maldives) and Muscat.SpiceJet operates 342 average daily flights to 46 destinations, including 39 domestic and 7 international ones.last_img read more

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Denim style guide for men women

first_imgDenim jeans, shirts, skirts never go out of style. However, denims need an update from time to time, especially when there’s a handful of fresh new trends that are influencing the look.Experts suggest a few denim looks that can be sported:Denim looks for men:* Fashion is definitely getting a makeover but you can never go wrong with a classic pair of jeans. Wear it with a cool graphic tee and canvas shoes and add an edge to your overall look.* Give your off-duty separates a refreshing look by wearing a medium blue denim jeans. This wash is made to replicate the jeans you’ve had forever, with some artful destruction and expert repairs. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’* Distressed jeans are high on the trend game. Flaunt these with a casual printed tee and white sneaks. * Ripped in all the right places, the messier-the-better jeans make you look chic. Denim looks for women: * Add a little flair to your wardrobe with the classic fit jeans made out of comfortable cotton lycra fabric.* Amplify your look with  the perfect combination of comfort and stretch, the damaging at knee adds to the rugged denim look. Sport it with any top or shirt for a casual day out look.* Sport a pair of denims with cool pintuck detailing at the knee. Team it up with a chic crop top or tee for a complete look.last_img read more

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Kanchenjunga Stadium set to get a facelift

first_imgDarjeeling: Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri is all set to undergo a facelift. It will be developed into a soccer stadium along with facilities for indoor games.Tourism minister Goutam Deb along with Ajit Ranjan Bardhan, principal secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs visited the stadium on Wednesday. “The state Sports and Youth Affairs department will undertake the task of giving the stadium a facelift. We have decided on a number of upgradation plans,” said Deb. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseFour new changing rooms for players with tunnels connecting the rooms with the Ground, multi gym, VIP gallery, media centre with internet connectivity, toilets, drinking water and parking facilities will come up at the stadium. “We will upgrade it to a world class soccer stadium. A synthetic track will also come up. We will also have the necessary infrastructure for indoor sports like badminton, volleyball and a well-equipped gymnasium. After this season we will not allow cricket and other games here,” Deb said. The minister added that allocation of funds will not be a problems as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is an avid sports enthusiast and promotes sports and games. The stadium was built in 1988 with a seating capacity of 30,000.last_img read more

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DeepAAA Uses AI to Look Automatically For Aneurysms

first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Proven Feasibility Michalski noted to Imaging Technology News (ITN) that this only proves “feasibility.” Productization may require the inclusion of a “function” at the clinical interface that allows the model to be tuned to patient populations other than the ones at the large academic center where DeepAAA was developed. This function may allow the addition of data representative of local patient populations, Michalski said.Such additional training, which will involve deep learning, may take only a few months. But the additional images would have to be clearly labeled as indicating the presence of AAA.In the meantime, the center is expanding the mission of DeepAAA to the thorax to look for signs of aortic aneurysms in chest CTs. Although these aneurysms occur less frequently than AAAs, they are also silent and, if they burst, can lead to medical complications or death. SIIM presentationDeepAAA has successfully identified potentially troublesome abdominal aortas, even when blood clots made discovery of the widening blood vessel difficult, Michalski said. The MGH/BWH team plans to formally report their findings during a scientific session Friday, June 28 at the annual meeting of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM).DeepAAA is already in use at MGH and BWH to automatically search for AAAs. The resulting information may signal needed patient follow-up. It may also identify risk factors. Research on these factors may lead to the discovery of biomarkers “that can tell you what kind of patients are likely to rupture or which patients are most likely to progress,” Michalski said.Currently known risk factors include age (elderly), gender (male); cigarette smoking, and hypertension. “But (an aneurysm) can happen to anyone,” he said. The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Greg Freiherr is a contributing editor to Imaging Technology News (ITN). Over the past three decades, he has served as business and technology editor for publications in medical imaging, as well as consulted for vendors, professional organizations, academia, and financial institutions. Feature | Artificial Intelligence | June 10, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DeepAAA Uses AI to Look Automatically For Aneurysms SIIM Presentation to Highlight Potential of Artificial Intelligence News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more 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.  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 Related Contentcenter_img 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 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Productizing AI AlgorithmsThe algorithm might have commercial prospects. The Center for Clinical Data Science is exploring strategic alliances with companies that might productize DeepAAA, according to Michalski, who explained that the Center seeks to demonstrate the potential of the AI algorithms, then hopes to hand them off to companies for productization.“Partnerships with them are really important,” he said. “We don’t intend to build a sales force and we can’t be sure of the quality of these models across multiple sites. That is what the vendors do very effectively.”DeepAAA is just one of several AI-infused algorithms being developed by the center. Others automatically check head CTs for stroke or hemorrhage. None is perfect, Michalski said. “But because we are at a big academic medical center, people understand that and they can help us improve these models on-the-fly.”In the coming weeks, a software team at the center will begin making the adjustments that will fit these algorithms into clinical workflows, the metaphorical equivalent of fitting handles to shovels.These “handles” might allow the AI-algorithms to be used in PACS or in CT scanners dedicated to hospital emergency departments, according to Michalski. The algorithms must also be integrated into the reporting or ordering systems “to help integrate (findings) into your report and to prompt you to do follow-up exams,” he said.But many challenges remain. One involves training. When training DeepAAA, for example, developers must consider that abdominal aortas look different in different people. Some have a lot of curves; others have calcifications. And structures around and in the aorta (e.g., blood clots) can complicate automatic measurement of the blood vessel perimeter, which is essential if the early signs of AAAs are to be identified.“The process by which we created this model (DeepAAA) — and validated it across several hundred additional and different cases — showed us that indeed the model works and can perform well,” he said. News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Related content:Making AI Safe, Effective and Humane for ImagingHow Artificial Intelligence Can Predict and Detect StrokeNovel Artificial Intelligence Method Predicts Future Risk of Breast Cancer Video: Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2018  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | 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 The DeepAAA algorithm, developed at the MGH & BWH Center for Clinical Data Science, accurately detected and measured an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) in a CT image even though appearance of the AAA was complicated by a blood clot. (The algorithm drew a green circle around the aneurysm.) Image courtesy of Varun Buch, MGH & BWH Center for Clinical Data ScienceEditor’s note: This article is the second in a content series by Greg Freiherr covering the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) conference in June.Aneurysms of the abdominal aorta may occur in elderly men. They can burst suddenly, killing more than 90 percent. Yet abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) typically are asymptomatic. Often they are found during imaging exams performed for other reasons.This tendency toward incidental discovery in the context of their prevalence and potential lethality led to the development of DeepAAA, an algorithm that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to search pelvic and abdominal CTs for signs of an abdominal aortic aneurysm.“The idea (behind DeepAAA) is that if you’re using an algorithm that can work automatically in the background, you can screen for these aneurysms automatically,” said Mark H. Michalski, M.D., executive director of the Center for Clinical Data Science, which is operated jointly by the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston.Spotting patients at risk of complications from a burst abdominal aneurysm is one — but not the only — reason Michalski and his team at the MGH & BWH Center for Clinical Data Science developed DeepAAA. Another is to understand why AAAs only threaten the lives of some patients with this type of aneurysm.“Sometimes it never progresses. Sometimes it progresses fast,” he said. “Understanding early who will progress would be really useful.”last_img read more

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LoanDepot Files SEC Registration for Proposed IPO Offering

first_img LoanDepot, LLC recently announced that it has officially filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a proposed initial public offering (IPO).A press release from the company noted that the IPO was filed on Form S-1 with the SEC relating to its Class A common stock. A registration statement on Form S-1 relating to these securities has been filed with the Commission but has not yet become effective.LoanDepot also noted that the number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined.BMO Capital Markets is acting as co-manager for the proposed offering, the release stated.  Morgan Stanley, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Wells Fargo Securities, Barclays, and UBS Investment Bank are acting as joint book-running managers for the proposed offering.In connection with this offering, loanDepot, Inc. will become the parent company of loanDepot.com, LLC.LoanDepot was not immediately available to provide a statement about the proposed IPO offering.In August, loanDepot announced that it would now offer new home equity products, the first marketplace lender to offer consumers a varied selection of credit products through purchase and refinance home loans, unsecured personal loans, and now home equity loans on one convenient tech-enabled lending platform.”This is a substantial step forward for consumers and marketplace lending after the financial crisis,” said Anthony Hsieh, CEO and chairman of loanDepot, LLC. “It reaffirms our commitment of ushering in the next generation of lending that will empower borrowers and investors to connect through multiple products on our platform. Our vision is to deliver a diversified lending model sustainable in all market conditions. We look forward to leading the development of marketplace lending through the introduction of new products and services that provide credit solutions for borrowers with attractive returns for investors.”In addition, the company also launched personal loans just two months prior to the home equity announcement, which grew $40 million in funding volume in the first two months.LoanDepot also intends to add about 1,000 employees to its 4,000+ employees, according to an announcement earlier this year. in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News LoanDepot Files SEC Registration for Proposed IPO Offering Initial Public Offering loanDepot Securities and Exchange Commission 2015-10-09 Staff Writercenter_img October 9, 2015 507 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Housing We Have a Student Loan Debt Problem

first_img October 11, 2016 735 Views Homeownership Student Loan Debt 2016-10-11 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Housing, We Have a Student Loan Debt Problemcenter_img Various studies have been conducted to determine how increasing student loan debt is affecting the U.S. homeownership rate. Some estimates report the average student loan debt per individual to be as high as $37,000.Meanwhile, the U.S. homeownership rate was reported to be 62.9 percent for Q2, the lowest since HUD began tracking the data in 1965.Against that backdrop, the fourth annual housing survey from nonprofit NeighborWorks America found that more than half (53 percent) of 1,000 individuals surveyed by telephone said that student loan debt is either “somewhat” or “very much” an obstacle to buying a home. This number was actually down from the share in last year’s survey (57 percent) but up from the 2014 survey (49 percent).A slightly higher share (56 percent) said they were paying too much for rent to save for a down payment on a home, compared to 37 percent who disagree that rents are too high to save for a down payment. But the reason the homeownership rate is so low is not because people are lacking the desire to own a home—60 percent of those surveyed who are renting said they wish that they could own a home next time they move.“With the homeownership rate at the lowest point in decades, and minority homeownership plunging even further, these data signal a weak home buying market going forward, despite near record-low mortgage rates and broad-based national income growth,” said Paul Weech, president and CEO of NeighborWorks America.According to the survey, 29 percent of respondents who had student loan debt said they expect to rent next time they move, compared to only 17 percent of those without student loan debt. Those surveyed are divided evenly as to their opinions on affordability; 45 percent said they believe that homes in their neighborhood are unaffordable for first-time homebuyers, compared with 50 percent who say they are affordable.But the survey also found that many homebuyers are unaware of student loan debt counseling or down payment assistance that could help them. Nearly three-quarters (71 percent) said they were unaware of or unsure about down payment assistance programs that could assist middle-class homebuyers (an increase from 67 percent in last year’s survey). More than three-quarters (77 percent) said they had never heard of or were unfamiliar with student loan debt counseling programs that nonprofits offer.A recent survey of 1,338 millennials conducted by LendingTree found that more than six in 10 millennials (63 percent) have graduated or will graduate with student loan debt and nearly half (46.5 percent) are still paying off their student loans. Buying a home was the second-most frequently cited event millennials had to delay, with almost half (45.3 percent) saying they had put off buying a home because of student debt obligations (travel was first with 53.3 percent). In a hypothetical situation in which student loan debt were to be absolved, LendingTree found that 41.8 percent of millennials surveyed said the money that previously went to paying student loan debts would go toward buying a home (second behind only saving for emergencies, with 54 percent). Sharelast_img read more

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