Elton John AIDS Foundation Announces 2018 New York Fall Gala

first_imgOn Monday, November 5, 2018, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will host its annual New York Fall Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.At this year’s gala, EJAF Founder Sir Elton John and Chairman David Furnish will honor Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, philanthropist Patricia Hearst, and long-time advocate Joe McMillan, CEO and Chairman of DDG, with EJAF’s Enduring Vision Award. Nine-time Grammy Award Winning Singer, Songwriter Sheryl Crow will be the special musical guest, and Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, will be the featured speaker. CBS This Morning co-anchor and journalist Gayle King will host the event.“At this time of great uncertainty in the world, EJAF’s work is more important than ever, and we remain steadfastly committed to addressing the unmet needs of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and fighting stigma as a major driver of the global AIDS epidemic,” said EJAF Founder Sir Elton John. “We believe everyone living with HIV/AIDS should have immediate access to high quality medical care and all people at risk of HIV should be empowered with the best knowledge and tools available to prevent transmission no matter who they are, who they love, what they believe, where they come from, or what they do.”EJAF is also delighted to announce American Airlines, BVLGARI, Robert K. Kraft, and the Leonard and Judy Lauder Fund as the Presenting Sponsors for this year’s gala.The Co-Sponsors for this year’s gala are Gilead Sciences and The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation. Gold Sponsors are Hearst and M•A•C Viva Glam. Silver Sponsors are Salah Bachir and Jacob Yerex, Merck, and James L. and Margo Nederlander.Event Chairs for the Gala are: Marina Abramović, Hilton Als, Gregg Alton, Aaron Appel, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Jean-Christophe Babin, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, Joseph W. Blount, Charles Blow, Sandra Brant, Jon Bon Jovi, Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal, Andy Cohen, Sheryl Crow, Alan Cumming, Peter D’Arcy, John Demsey, Jennifer Kelly Dominiquini, Ava DuVernay, Jordan and Marie-Ange Girard, Agnes Gund, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Gillian Hearst, Lydia Hearst and Chris Hardwick, Charlie and Cynthia Hendon, Glenn H. Hutchins, Cheyenne Jackson, Abbi Jacobson, Caitlyn Jenner, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss, Heidi Klum, Justine and Jeff Koons, Robert K. Kraft, Padma Lakshmi, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Leonard A. Lauder, Cyndi Lauper, Douglas Lawing, Spike and Tonya Lee, Judith Light, Susan Lucci, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, Michael and Elizabeth Maher, Gino Martocci, Jay and Anne Hearst McInerney, Suzanne and Patrick McGee, Terrence Meck, Bette Midler, Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich, Thomas E. Moore III and Mark Reynolds, Matthew Morrison, Mike Myers and Kelly Tisdale, James L. and Margo Nederlander, Sarah Jessica Parker, Benj Pasek, Ryan Pedlow and Cameron Kessel, Katy Perry, Holly Peterson, Andrew Rannells, Kimberly and Steven Rockefeller, Sir Evelyn and Lady De Rothschild, Mercedes Ruehl, Lily Safra, Pablo and Nathalie Salame, Cindy Sherman, Anna Deavere Smith, Gloria Steinem, Michael Stipe, Sharon Stone, Trudie Styler and Sting, Steven Tyler, Michael Urie, and John Waters.For ticket information, please contact Andreas Schwarz at the Elton John AIDS Foundation, 212.219.0670 or andreas.schwarz@ejaf.org.American Airlines is the official airline of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.last_img read more

Security Council extends life of UN mission in Sudan by another week

The Council’s 15 members unanimously adopted a resolution that maintains UNAMIS until 24 March, after its mandate had been originally due to expire today. Last Thursday the mandate was also extended by a week.Secretary-General Kofi Annan has proposed the creation of a peacekeeping force comprised of at least 10,000 military personnel in southern Sudan to help the vast region stabilize after the Sudanese Government and local rebel forces signed a peace agreement in January ending their 21-year civil war. The new mission – which would replace UNAMIS – is projected to cost more than $1 billion to establish and run during its first 12 months of operation. Council members are also still debating what measures should be contained in a resolution on the situation in Darfur, where many tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly 2 million others displaced from their homes since rebels took up arms against Government forces, later backed by local militias, in early 2003.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan Jan Pronk is travelling to Luxembourg to hold talks with European Union defence ministers about mobilizing support for the African Union’s (AU) ceasefire monitoring force in Darfur and for the upcoming UN peacekeeping mission.A team led by the AU has arrived in the Sudanese capital Khartoum after completing an in-field assessment of peacekeeping requirements in Darfur. The team met Mr. Pronk before he left for Luxembourg and they will now head to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to issue their report. read more

Annan congratulates Lebanon on elections ready to extend further support

“The holding of these elections on time and in a credible manner has been a key element in a transition in which the Lebanese people have been expressing their determination to shape their own future, strengthen political institutions and restore their full sovereignty,” Mr. Annan declared in a statement issued by his spokesman.He congratulated the people and Government of Lebanon for their successful holding of the polls, noting that preliminary reports, including that of the UN electoral assistance team in Lebanon, indicate that the elections were technically well conducted and credible, and apparently carried out in a free and non-violent environment. An independent UN commission is currently in Lebanon investigating the assassination in February of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, which roiled tensions in the region and led to the withdrawal of Syrian troops after a series of shuttle missions by Mr. Annan’s Special Envoy Terje Roed-Larsen. read more

Our Updated College Football Playoff Odds For Week 11

TCU 8-1151239%10%4% Navy 7-120155418%<1%<1% Temple 8-122283944%<1%<1% North Carolina 8-123182030%4%<1% Houston 9-024223634%2%<1% Alabama 8-121435%43%12% Oklahoma 8-11214119%17%7% Michigan St. 8-11382211%10%1% LSU 7-199814%12%3% USC 6-3—19719%1%<1% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Utah 8-110112121%11%2% Notre Dame 8-1469—30%8% Michigan 7-214201613%7%1% Mississippi St. 7-21716153%3%<1% Clemson is sitting pretty at the top spot. Alabama leapfrogged Ohio State to be No. 2. While LSU and TCU slipped, Iowa and Stanford made big leaps.So go the latest College Football Playoff rankings. Were the selection committee to form a playoff this week, its top four would be Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame. But who cares about this week? Let’s fast-forward to Dec. 6, when the final decision on this year’s playoff participants will be announced. Our model simulated the rest of the season, and the results are in the table below. UCLA 7-21921186%3%<1% Northwestern 7-2182961<1%<1%<1% Baylor 8-067234%31%12% RankingProbability of … Wisconsin 8-22517243%<1%<1% Stanford 8-1751152%28%6% Memphis 8-12131453%<1%<1% College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Nov. 10. Florida 8-111101438%17%3% Ohio State 9-032544%56%15% Clemson 9-013667%67%17% Mississippi 7-3—26109%<1%<1% Oklahoma St. 9-0841338%23%5% Iowa 9-05132928%22%2% We project that three of the top four teams from this week will make the playoff, but we expect Baylor to surpass Notre Dame. It’s no guarantee, though; the Bears will play three games against top 15 teams — including a big one against Oklahoma on Saturday — so their playoff odds are only 31 percent.Another big change in our model since last week: Clemson has a lock on the No. 1 ranking. After gritting out a tough win over Florida State last week, the Tigers’ playoff odds are at 67 percent, with a 17 percent chance of taking the national title. Both numbers top all other teams. Ohio State has the second-highest odds of making the playoffs; the model put them at 56 percent. Alabama, fresh off an impressive win over LSU, has playoff odds of 43 percent.And finally, for you methodology diehards, we’ve made some slight tweaks to the model since last week. You can read about them here. For a deeper explanation, read Nate Silver’s original explanation of the model’s methodology. Florida State 7-21624170%<1%<1% Oregon 6-3—23321%<1%<1% read more

Ohio State finds redzone solution with twoquarterback system

OSU redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett (16) runs down the sideline during a game against Maryland at Ohio Stadium on Oct. 10. OSU won, 49-28. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorRed-zone inefficiency has been a problem for Ohio State’s offense throughout the season.It appears that now the solution may have been discovered during its 49-28 victory over Maryland.And it looks a lot like J.T. Barrett.OSU coach Urban Meyer hinted during the week that the team has thought about using the redshirt sophomore quarterback inside the red zone, but at the time, he said they had yet to make a decision about it.By Saturday, Meyer apparently had made a decision.The Buckeyes went three-and-out on their first possession, but when they got the ball back, trailing Maryland 7-0, the offense started clicking.Redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones methodically marched the unit 44 yards in seven plays to get down to the Terrapin 25-yard line. Jones had just finished scrambling for eight yards when he jogged off the sideline, passing Barrett on his way.Barrett stepped in behind center and finished the job. It took Barrett six plays — including a 20-yard completion to redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas — to find the end zone on a three-yard touchdown run.It was the team’s first touchdown in the red zone since the third quarter against Western Michigan in Week 4.“(Barrett) provided an obvious spark for us in there,” Meyer said after the game. “He’s a leader and a guy that needs to be on the field.”Despite Jones playing his best game of the year, according to Meyer, and throwing for a new career-high of 291 passing yards, Barrett entered the game when the team crossed inside the 20-yard line all but one time.The one time he did not was because Jones had just completed a 33-yard pass to redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller, which brought the team to the 19-yard line. The Buckeyes kept with the tempo, hurrying to the line before Jones connected again with Miller for 19-yard score.Barrett guided the Buckeyes to touchdowns on all five of his trips in the red zone. Thrice he scored on rushing touchdowns, while junior running back Ezekiel Elliott had the other two.Using the two quarterbacks in specific situations was not a game-day, spur of the moment decision.“It was all within the coaches’ plan to win,” Jones said. “He felt like J.T. brings an extra element to the game down in the red zone, and certain things we wanna do in the run game. (Meyer) proves to be right once again.”The plan to begin using Barrett, who started 12 games for OSU and amassed 3,772 total yards — 938 of which were on the ground — and a Big Ten record 45 touchdowns in 2014, in the red zone came to Meyer during a walk on Monday, according to Jones.Jones said Meyer decided to then ask Barrett and Jones what they thought of the idea.“I agreed with him,” Jones said. “J.T. brings the element to the game in the run game and certain positions on the field … It was all for the benefit of the team.”And benefit the team it did.The theory that rotating signal-callers could be detrimental to the continuity of the offense did not seem to hold any merit Saturday.The offense looked much more polished against the Terrapins, as it had no turnovers and racked up 499 yards of total offense.“I think this system works perfectly for our offense,” Elliott, who extended his streak of 100-plus-yard performances to 11 after gaining 106 yards, said. “I don’t think it took anyone out of rhythm, everyone was in rhythm, everyone was playing well.”Moving forward, Jones said he thinks the situational usage of Barrett can work because Meyer does an “unbelievable job of managing it.”But whether or not the Buckeyes have found their fix to their red zone ails and quarterback situation is not so clear to Meyer.“Sure,” he said about if the issues were repaired. “Until next week.”That matchup next week is set to be against Penn State at Ohio Stadium on Oct. 17. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. read more

Earthquake rattles several Cbean islands

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEarthquake rattles Southern C’bean islandsOctober 2, 2017In “latest news”Caribbean islands rattled by two earthquakesJanuary 4, 2019In “latest news”Caribbean islands jolted by 4.6 quakeFebruary 27, 2019In “latest news” PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.9 rattled several islands in the Caribbean on Saturday, the Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has said.There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.The SRC said that the quake, which occurred at 12:25 pm (local time), was located at Latitude 17.51N, Longitude: 61.31W and at a depth of 10 kilometres (km).The quake, the latest in a series to hit several Caribbean countries was felt 74 km north east of St John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, 142 km north of the capital of Guadeloupe and 159 km east of Basseterre, the capital of St Kitts/Nevis.The SRC has been warning Caribbean countries to be vigilant saying that the region is overdue for a major quake. read more

World Championship W in Brazil begins tomorrow

← Previous Story SEHA (Round 11): No Winner in Macedonian Derby Next Story → Champions League (M): Atletico and Medvedi share points! 24 teams will compete at the XX Women’s World Championship in Brazil from 2 to 18 December – and all of them for the beginning want to go to São Paulo, where all the matches will be held as of the quarter-finals. However many of them want to go one step further, namely to the London Olympic Games. If the coaches of the top nations are to be believed, there are as many favourites among the 24 participants as never before at a Women’s World Championship. Up to eleven candidates for the semi-finals were named, the WCh – the first Women’s World Championship on the Pan-American continent – will probably be as balanced as never before.The preparations in the South American country have been in progress since Brazil was awarded the organization of the WCh at the IHF Council meeting in Herzogenaurach in 2008. The four playing venues – São Paulo, Barueri, São Bernardo and Santos – were quickly found, the matches are played in arenas with a capacity between 5,000 and 11,000 spectators.Following the Pan-American Championships in São Bernardo do Campo and a long continental qualification, the preliminary round groups were drawn, just after WCh host Brazil had confidently defended its continental title. And already the preliminaries promise to be highly exciting:Among others Olympic and European Champion Norway, the strong European teams from Germany and Montenegro, African Champion Angola as well as China will face in Group A in Santos. Title holder Russia (World Champion of 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009), the best Asian teams from Kazakhstan and Asian Olympic participant Korea, Spain, the Vice European Champion of 2008, and the 2012 ECh host Netherlands will meet among others in Group B in Barueri. The four best-ranked teams of these two groups will play the eight-finals, same as the competitors of Group C and D.Group C (playing venue São Paulo) includes among others host Brazil, Vice World Champion and top favourite France as well as the third-ranked team of the ECh Romania, whereas Denmark, Sweden and Croatia will be the main candidates to become winner of Group D in São Bernardo do Campo.Not only the composition of the preliminary round groups, but also the new playing mode will ensure an exciting tournament: The main round was abolished, and the five preliminary round matchdays will be followed by the knock-out phase and the eight-finals. The winning teams will then travel to São Paulo, where all matches as of the quarter-finals (as of 14th December) until the final on 18 December will take place in the Ginasio do Ibirapuera in front of 11,000 fans.It is however not only about the WCh title in Brazil, but also about the tickets to the London Olympic Games: The new World Champion will directly qualify for the 2013 WCh in Serbia as well as for London. The best six teams, which have not yet secured their tickets to London through the continental qualifications, qualify for the Olympic Qualification Tournaments from 25 to 27 May 2012, where in total twelve teams will compete for the last six places of the Olympic women’s tournament. Currently only Great Britain (host), Norway (Europe), Korea (Asia) and Brazil (Pan-America) have qualified for the Olympics. And as there are as many favourites as never before, all will be at stake at the latest as of the eight-finals.And this closeness of the top teams is a high target for worldwide media: Nearly 500 media representatives from more than 20 countries will be present in the four venues. And as UFA Sports, IHF TV rights partner, announced the World Championship will be broadcast to more than 120 countries. text: IHF read more

Helle Thomsen resigns in Swedisn NT

After successful year on the bench of the Swedish female national team, Helle Thomsen, resigned from the position of the head coach. Thomsen, who lead her team in bronze medal campaign at the Women’s EHF EURO 2014, will focus on her duties with FC Midtjylland from now on. ← Previous Story Junior WCh 2015 FINAL: Denmark VS France Next Story → ALLEZ LES BLEUS: French junior team extends domination!

16 pub signs that are too clever for their own good

first_imgAH, SANDWICH BOARDS. Either a source of cringe or genuine amusement. Either an enticement to come on in or a warning to run far.These places, though? These places are doing it right.1. Better than factor 50. Source: Imgur2. AH, GOOD ONE. Source: Imgur3. More like, soup of our lives. Source: Imgur4. 4 ply, you say. #fancy Source: Genevairishpubs5. Well, when you put it like that. Source: Pinterest6. You’re right, I am. Source: 9gag7. Can’t even with this. Source: Imgur8. Cop on to yourself. Source: Imgur9. Hmm, makes you pause and reflect. Source: Imgur10. Tempting. Source: Imgur11. “I think that guy wants to fight you.” Source: bduff/Tumblr12. Same destination, different journey. Source: The Poke13. You were never here. Source: Imgur14. ~interpretive dance~ Source: Imgur15. That’s a shame. Source: Imgur16. I can be your hero, baby. I can drink up allllll the wine. Source: Imgur21 pubs in Ireland you must visit before you die >8 things you say to your co-workers…and what they actually mean >last_img read more

Meteorite explosion and shower lights up the sky in Russia

first_imgPeople in the regions of Chelyabinsk, Tyumen, and Sverdlovsk in Russia were in a bit of a panic early this morning as a large explosion was heard and the sky lit up by an object that looked to be on fire. The shockwave from the blast smashed windows, stopped cell phones working, and ended up injuring around 250 people (caused mainly by the broken glass and concussions). The cause of the blast and trails in the sky was a meteorite shower.Dash cams are very popular in Russia, so it’s no surprise footage of the blast and shower continues to appear online. And after watching it, you can understand why some people would panic. An explosion, a bright flash of light, and then something on fire traveling across the sky above you could be a number of things. We typically only associate meteorite showers as quick flashes of light, not giant balls of fire and explosions.The initial reaction of Russia’s Emergency Ministry was to deploy aircraft and send out 20,000 rescue workers. Beyond minor injuries and a lot of broken glass there doesn’t seem to be much damage, though. There are reports of a meteorite hitting a building and collapsing a roof, but that seems to be the worst of it.Above and below we’ve included the best of the video footage so far to give you some idea of what happened.last_img read more

Piksi GPS with centimeter accuracy hits Kickstarter

first_imgThe GPS in your smartphone sure is a handy piece of equipment, but it’s not always all that accurate. The Piksi RTK GPS, on the other hand, can pinpoint locations within one centimeter — and it costs less than $1000.That might seem expensive at first glance, but RTK GPS setups typically sell for a heck of a lot more (like 6-10 times that much). The high-precision chips are most commonly found in top notch surveying equipment, and the folks that require those devices are quite willing to pay for their unmatched accuracy.San Francisco’s Swift Navigation wants more people to be able to harness the power of RTK GPS, however. A Kickstarter pledge of just $900 scores you a complete Piksi package — putting it within reach for many backyard inventors and DIY tinkers.The GPS tech inside Piksi obviously isn’t cheap enough to put inside phones right now, but RTK GPS wouldn’t really work in our phones anyway. A minimum of two RTK units is required — a mobile unit, which would be affixed to something like a UAV or robot and a stationary “reference receiver.” Swift’s bundle includes two Digi International XBee radios to let the pair of Piksis communicate with each other.So while it’s not a viable option for our mobile electronics yet, the Piksi is an excellent fit for things like surveillance drones, rescue robots, or self-driving cars.If you’ve got a million-dollar idea that requires ultra-precise location tracking, picking up a Piksi to add to your prototype would be money well spent.last_img read more

Les stars du web demandent au G8 un libre accès à Internet

first_imgLes stars du web demandent au G8 un libre accès à InternetLes représentants du eG8 de Paris présents au G8 de Deauville ont demandé aux dirigeants politiques un accès toujours plus aisé au web pour les populations.Présent à Paris en début de semaine pour le eG8, un forum qui a réuni des professionnels de l’Internet, Mark Zuckerberg a fait sensation jeudi au “vrai” G8 de Deauville. Le patron de Facebook y a plaidé pour un accès toujours plus aisé des populations à la Toile. “Internet est vraiment une force puissante qui donne une voix aux gens”, a-t-il ainsi lâché dans des propos relayés par l’AFP.”Nous avons unanimement estimé qu’il faut garantir un accès libre et ouvert à Internet à chaque habitant de la planète”, a ajouté Maurice Levy, le patron de Publicis qui organisait la réunion des professionnels du web, dont il a souhaité qu’elle soit désormais annuelle. “Oui, nous devons protéger la propriété intellectuelle, non, nous ne devons pas créer une situation par laquelle Internet ne puisse pas grandir et se développer”, a-t-il continué avant de conclure par le souhait de voir les gouvernements “investir massivement” dans le haut débit afin d’éviter que la quantité croissante d’informations ne provoque un “effondrement du système”.Le 27 mai 2011 à 12:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

1 killed after car hits TriRail in Pompano Beach

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – One person was killed after, officials said, a car hit a Tri-Rail train in Pompano Beach.Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene of the collision along Race Track Road, south of Atlantic Boulevard, Sunday afternoon.Rescue crews transported the victim to Broward Health North, where the patient later died.Tri-Rail officials said there were 119 passengers on board the northbound train at the time.Officials said the gate mechanism at the crossing sustained significant damage as a result of the impact.BSO deputies held the train for several hours while they conducted their investigation. Other trains were diverted.Shortly after 6 p.m., Tri-Rail officials confirmed all of their trains are running on schedule. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Reedtown Massacre Reveals the Future of the Trade Media Business

first_imgThe trade media business, such as it was, has been ripped apart and largely destroyed by Google. The musical chairs game that private equity players have been playing is finally out of seats and many household names have been left holding the bag, trying to hardball the banks into restructuring or just going bankrupt. The “strategic” multi-market players are shedding print assets like pounds in a sauna wearing a rubber suit.And so, last week’s shocking closure of 23 titles by Reed merely underscores the evolution of our industry back into what it once was, and I will paraphrase Bill Ziff, who said, “It used to be that our business was run by enthusiastic eccentrics—people who worked and lived day in and day out in their markets and hardly even realized that they were running a ‘business,’ in the classical sense, at all.”The key observation above is that most trade publishers in the Old Days were single market companies—smaller nimble companies dedicated to their niche industries. The trade conglomerates that grew in the 1980’s and 1990’s benefitted handsomely from ganging printing, fulfillment and the usual assortment of backroom operations to run  properties at a much lower cost, as well as the trend toward professionally managed trade shows which coined money for them back in  the day. Over time, the best managers in their market were given additional responsibilities managing other markets or being switched to other divisions a-la Jack Welch’s GE. The best salespeople became publishers. Then group publishers and VPs. They were promoted away from their markets, from their customers, from their street-level expertise.This happened again and again at Reed, Advanstar, Penton, VNU, Cygnus, Miller Freeman and at their various successor companies. Eventually, the “professional managers” of various market segments became less and less embedded in their industries, spending their days in budget and forecast meetings and battling other execs in different markets for investment and acquisition dollars.I know the feeling. A lifelong computer and electronics industry publisher, for a time I found myself managing all sorts of alien market groups. I remember the acute embarrassment I felt at being paraded around as a high level executive at the key trade shows for these different markets when I barely had a clue what was going on in these customers’ businesses.Of course, this alienation and lack of understanding of markets didn’t kill the business—Google and paid search killed it as identified by IDG’s Pat Kenealy six years ago. But now that b-to-b publishing is in tatters, a post-apocalyptic vision comes into view: small, nimble, single-market-focused companies, run by people who have labored in their markets for years, getting to know the vendors, the readers, the nuances and intricacies that can allow them to be successful, despite Google.By shuttering 23 publications, Reed has left the door open for more than a few groups of dedicated market experts to re-colonize and emerge as the trade media companies of the future.last_img read more

Flipkart Videos to be Walmarts new wishlist Amazon Prime to face stiff

first_img Close FlipkartReutersWith Amazon’s Prime Video gaining popularity among Indian consumers, e-commerce giant Flipkart is also launching a series of technology-driven initiatives to grab their next 200 million online consumers.The ideas include the launch of a Hindi version of the app and ‘Flipkart videos’ which would culminate a range of movies, shows, web, and entertainment series. With a view to compete with Amazon and a yet-to-be-launched e-commerce website of Reliance industries, Flipkart is likely to provide ‘focused product suggestions’ to customers based on their requirements.In an interview with Business Standard, Kalyan Krishnamurthy, CEO of Flipkart Group said that in the past 10 years, the company’s vision is to create India specific tech solutions. The ideas would help to roll out the needs of the next 200 million users in India.  Kalyan Krishnamurthy, CEO, Flipkart (Left)Asus Press KitThe Walmart-owned business also has plans to launch the app in other regional languages such as Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, and Bengali. This is the first ‘audio-visual guided navigation’ being used for Hindi and other languages to expand consumers. About 90 percent of new Internet users in India are native language speakers from Tier 2 and beyond cities, said Jeyandran Venugopal, head consumer experience and platform at Flipkart in the same interview with Business Standard.The company is trying to hold an edge over its competitors by giving premium content with free-for-all video streaming.  It is also partnering with various players to get content. Amazon Prime VideoThe viewership of online video content has witnessed a drastic increase since the internet boom in 2016 and statistics suggest that video content and entertainment series play a crucial role in connecting consumers to go online and experience the world of e-commerce. Flipkart believes that making good content available to the newbie e-commerce users can boost the number of people visiting the site on a daily basis. The launch of ‘Flipkart Ideas’ allows customers to restrict their range of products according to their needs. It would be integrated within the existing Flipkart app, both in Android and iOS versions.Bringing content from over 30 brands and 400 influencers associated with Flipkart, in various videos, GIFs, images, stories, quizzes and polls formats, under one umbrella will give the power of online shopping in the customer’s hand. Now, they can make better purchasing decisions and also get them timely and researched information while shopping. With the rise of internet-savvy public, especially in Tier-2 cities, Flipkart said that the Flipkart Ideas’ focus is on creating a fan base out of the new section of consumers who would like to see their day-to-day offline experience trascend into online shopping and this is how the company wants to  target its next 200 million internet users. Is Jeff Bezos and Amazon set to take over the world? IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:19Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:19?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Khaleda gets breathing space in jail Quader

first_imgObaidul Quader.File photoRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday said BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s jail sentence has provided her opportunity to take some rests in jail.“Khaleda Zia is enjoying all the facilities and the dignity a division prisoner is entitled to, in jail. She is getting foods. Even she’s been able to keep her personal aide with her in jail, which is unprecedented in the country,” said Quader.Also the road transport and bridges minister, Quader made the remarks while talking to newsmen after inaugurating a structure on the second Kanchpur Bridge in Shimrail of Siddhirganj, Narayanganj.“Khaleda Zia can listen to songs, and read books in jail… There are a lot of books in Dhaka jail. She has got an opportunity to comfortably take rests for some days. She [Khaleda] often lives with different difficulties and complexities outside jail. The jail is a place of relief and peace at least,” noted the ruling party spokesperson.He went on to say, “You can visit the room in which Khaleda Zia stays. It’s a [former] room of jail super. It’s a very nice room.”The AL general secretary claimed that the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) had expected that millions of people would take to the streets shortly after the pronouncement of the conviction of Khaleda.“Having failed to get response from the people, the BNP has now taken a strategy of organising peaceful programmes to hide its failures,” he added.BNP chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia landed in jail on 8 February after a Dhaka court sentenced her to five years in jail.Her lawyers are yet to be given certified copy of the verdict to file an appeal petition against the judgement with the High Court.last_img read more

Stevie Ray Vaughan – The Life of a True Guitar Hero who

first_imgAlthough he lived eight years longer than the legendary musician members of the “27 Club” including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and, later, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse, Texas blues musician Stevie Ray Vaughan’s early end at age 35 in a helicopter crash brought his extraordinary life and music career to a sudden end. Born in Dallas in 1954, Stevie Ray was gifted his first toy guitar at age seven and subsequently received a number of hand-me-down electric guitars from his older brother, Jimmie. He began to play with various bands in the Dallas area as a teenager and formed his first band, Blackbird, in 1971.Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble played the Ritz Theater in Austin, Texas on March 18th & 19th 1983. Photo by Bbadventure CC BY-SA 4.0Stevie Ray dropped out of high school and moved his band to Austin, lured by the more easy-going audiences in the city that calls itself the Live Music Capital of the World. After leaving Blackbird in late 1972, Vaughan joined a string of bands and began touring and recording. Finally, in 1978, he took charge of the band with whom he discovered widespread acclaim, renaming it Double Trouble.Vaughan’s childhood home in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas. Photo by Old Oak CliffDouble Trouble became an opening act for one of Stevie’s childhood idols, blues legend Muddy Waters. Around the same time, Vaughan was arrested for drug possession, prompting Waters to remark, “Stevie could perhaps be the greatest guitar player that ever lived, but he won’t live to get 40 years old if he doesn’t leave that white powder alone.”Although Double Trouble became well-known throughout Texas, Stevie Ray didn’t start to gain national popularity in the US until his collaboration with British rocker David Bowie on Bowie’s now classic album, Let’s Dance, in 1982. Later, Jackson Browne offered Double Trouble free use of his LA recording studio, where they recorded an astonishing ten songs in a two-day span. These were later compiled on Double Trouble’s first studio album, Texas Flood.Double Trouble in 1983. From left to right Chris Layton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Tommy ShannonDouble Trouble was the opening act for The Moody Blues in the mid-eighties, after which they were invited to appear on the TV series Austin City Limits. Then, the band played a sold-out concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, prompting Variety magazine to publish an article saying that their set “left no doubt that this young Texas musician is indeed the ‘guitar hero of the present era.’”Related Video: The Forgotten Beatle – Whatever Happened to their Early Drummer Pete Best?Double Trouble’s second studio album, Couldn’t Stand the Weather, was even more widely acclaimed than their debut, though their third record did not prove to be as popular.Stevie Ray Vaughan signing an autograph for a fan after Double Trouble’s show in Minneapolis, MN on October 25, 1989 on their In Step Tour. Photo by Joe Bielawa CC BY 2.0It is impressive that Stevie Ray could play so astonishingly, despite his intense, long-term addictions. His bandmate Tommy Shannon said, “Stevie and I reached this point where we had to have it all the time. If the phone would ring in the morning and wake us up, we couldn’t answer the phone before we had some alcohol.” After hitting rock bottom, both Vaughan and Shannon went into rehab in 1986 and got sober.According to Stevie Ray, Double Trouble’s fourth album — which turned out to be their last — was called In Step because, after getting rid of his addictions, he was “finally in step with life, in step with myself, in step with my music.” The record came out in 1989 and earned Stevie Ray and band a coveted Grammy award.Signed Stevie Ray Vaughan reproduction guitar. Photo by Monkeyleg CC BY-SA 4.0Sadly, right when he was hitting his peak stride, Stevie’s life was cut short in the early morning hours of August 27, 1990. After he and members of Eric Clapton’s touring entourage performed at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Wisconsin, they headed for the Chicago airport in a helicopter. Due to foggy conditions, it crashed shortly after takeoff, ending all five passengers lives on impact. No traces of any substances were found in the autopsies of the victims.Read another story from us: John Denver’s Fateful Last Flight – An Illegal Takeoff on an Experimental PlaneApproximately 3,000 mourners attended Vaughan’s funeral, including music-industry stars ZZ Top, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, and Buddy Guy, among many others. Vaughan’s tombstone proclaims: “Thank you… for all the love you passed our way.”last_img read more

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first_img Superimposed on an MRI image of the tumor the DESI-MS system shows areas clear of tumor (D11 and D2) as well as the main tumor region with a high level of the tumor metabolite 2-HG (D3.)During tumor surgery, surgeons work to remove tumor tissue without damaging surrounding healthy tissue. This is particularly critical when removing brain gliomas, as damage to adjacent healthy brain tissue can have significant effects on a patient’s neural function. On the other hand, if cancerous tissue is not completely removed, the tumor may grow back. To address these issues, NIBIB-funded researchers have developed an imaging system that rapidly and accurately detects a molecular marker found in brain gliomas. It promises to improve the precision of these difficult surgeries by enabling the complete removal of the tumor, while reducing residual damage to brain tissue and neural function.The imaging system is known as desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (DESI MS). The technique was developed by R. Graham Cooks, Ph.D., at Purdue University, and the brain study was done with collaborators at Harvard Medical School and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and is described in the June 30 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science. DESI MS promises to be a significant improvement over the current method of distinguishing brain tumor tissue from healthy tissue, which relies on an extremely lengthy and difficult procedure for surgeons and patients.The current protocol uses frozen section pathology, which involves removing suspected tumor tissue and having it analyzed by pathologists. They use a freezing and staining method that takes about 20 minutes and is too slow to be repeated multiple times during surgery. This method, developed more than 150 years ago, is both inefficient and lacks precision. It can result in incomplete tumor removal and regrowth, as well as inadvertent damage to healthy tissue, which can cause significant deficits in functioning for patients.The new technique solves some of the problems of the current method. Researchers use the ability of mass spectrometry to identify metabolites that are present in brain tumors, but not in healthy tissue. As surgery progresses, tissue samples are removed and sprayed with a charged liquid that splashes onto the surface of the tissue, lifting off droplets; the droplets are then sucked into a mass spectrometer, where the mass and charge of the metabolites are measured. Brain gliomas produce large amounts of a tumor metabolite, 2-hydroxyglutarate (2-HG), which is captured in the droplets. This very rapid, objective method allows for clear delineation of tumor versus non-tumor tissue, so surgeons can remove all, and only, tumor tissue.  The DESI MS system was first tested on glioma specimens from 35 patients. Twenty-one of the 35 samples contained high levels of 2-HG, a product of the mutant form of a gene known as IDH, which is associated with tumor formation. The results clearly demonstrated that DESI MS can detect 2-HG in tumor tissue with very high sensitivity and specificity.The researchers went on to test the system in an operating room. The group installed a complete DESI MS system in the Advanced Multimodality Image Guided Operating (AMIGO) suite at Brigham and Women’s Hospital that is a part of the National Center for Image-Guided Therapy. The AMIGO surgical suite is an operating room with built-in imaging devices such as MRI, so the surgeon can use it to map the tumor pre-operatively. Tissue sections from tumors from two patients were examined using DESI MS. In both cases, the post-operative analysis confirmed that intraoperative DESI MS had accurately detected the presence of 2-HG in each tumor.The researchers chose detection of 2-HG to test the DESI MS system because about 80% of gliomas and glioblastomas are associated with mutations in the IDHgene, which results in high levels of 2-HG. The approach described here could be applicable to the resection of all 2-HG-producing tumors. Gliomas are tumors of brain glial cells and account for the majority of malignant brain tumors in adults. Gliomas make up approximately 30% of all brain and central nervous system tumors and 80% of all malignant brain tumors. These experiments provide proof-of-concept of the accuracy and practicality of the DESI MS system, and suggest that the system can be used with this common 2-HG-producing tumor, as well as other tumors in which a metabolic marker of malignancy is produced. The DESI MS system was shown to be extremely accurate and was easily adapted for use in the clinical setting. It does not have the limitations of MRI, which cannot provide information about the type of tumor, and requires that surgery be halted for an hour or longer for scanning and interpretation of results. Moreover, each operating room that contains an MRI machine costs more than $10 million. In contrast, DESI MS platforms could be set up in any operating room at a very small fraction of the cost. The DESI MS system promises to be a powerful new tool for both research and clinical applications with the potential to transform surgical care of patients with brain tumors and other solid tumors. 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Qantas introduces A380s direct to Dallas Fort Worth

first_imgSource = ETB News: Emma Huynh From September 2014, Qantas passengers flying from Sydney to Dallas Fort Worth, will have the opportunity to fly on the world’s largest aircraft, the A380, which will replace the B747 and enable a direct route. “This schedule change unlocks more A380 flying time that we can use on the Dallas route,” Mr Joyce said. The aircraft replacement of the A380 over B747 will see Qantas flying six return services per week direct between Sydney and Dallas, every day except Thursday, representing a net increase of seats on the route by more than 10 per cent per week. Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, said that as a result of schedule, maintenance and network changes, the A380 aircraft is best utilised for these adjustments.last_img

March 3 2004 The construction crewmembers are wor

first_imgMarch 3, 2004The construction crewmembers are working on entrance slabs to East Crescent Unit 6, 7, 9 and 10. [Photo & Text: aa]The construction crewmembers are working on entrance slabs to East Crescent Unit 6, 7, 9 and 10. [Photo & Text: aa] Framework for the slab is prepared and concrete will be poured within a week. Crew leader Ray Shong checks the level of the wooden frame for the pour (left). Workshoppers help to set the frame in place (right). [Photo: Siobhan Watts & Text: aa]last_img