Olympiakos Routs Host Panthrakikos 4-1

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Andreas Samaris scored a goal and dished two assists to help defending champion Olympiakos beat host Panthrakikos 4-1 in the Greek league on Nov. 23.Costas Manolas scored in the 21st minute with a header off Samaris’ free kick and Igor equalized in the 42nd. Joel Campbell gave Olympiakos its lead back with a looping header in the 53rd, before Samaris scored with a free kick in the 58th and assisted Javier Saviola on his seventh goal of the season two minutes before time.Olympiakos rested several starters, including top scorer Costas Mitroglou, ahead of the Nov. 27 Champions League clash at Paris Saint-Germain. Victory took Olympiakos nine points clear of second-place PAOK, which hosts Aris on Nov. 24.  Αlso, OFI won 1-0 at Apollon and Atromitos beat Veria by the same score.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Manning Bids Football Adieu

first_imgENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Peyton Manning got through the weekend thanks to hundreds of texts and calls from men he played against or alongside over his unparalleled 18-year NFL career.He had to crack a few jokes to help fight back the tears at his retirement news conference March 7, when the words didn’t always come as easy as the emotions.His voice cracking, especially when he mentioned his hero, Johnny Unitas, Manning said goodbye to the game he loved in an auditorium packed with friends, family and laughter.Manning, who turns 40 this month, said the timing was simply right to call one last audible one month after winning his second Super Bowl trophy.“I thought about it a lot, prayed about it a lot … it was just the right time,” Manning said. “I don’t throw as good as I used to, don’t run as good as I used to, but I have always had good timing.”Manning came to Denver on March 20, 2012, for the chance to win another title in the twilight of his career. General manager John Elway had the blueprints.Four years later, he hobbles away a champion, just like his boss did 17 years ago.Manning is going golfing later this week with brothers Cooper and Eli — whose trip to Denver morning was scuttled by a stomach bug.Manning plans to travel to Indianapolis later this month for a lower-key goodbye, nothing like this one, and said he’ll still participate in his family’s annual passing academy this summer.Aside from that, it’s anybody’s guess.Maybe a front office or a broadcast booth beckons. He hasn’t ruled out anything other than this: he and his wife and 5-year-old twins won’t be moving out of Denver. They love it here.“I’m totally convinced that the end of my football career is just the beginning of something I haven’t even discovered yet,” Manning said. “Life is not shrinking for me; it’s morphing into a whole new world of possibilities.”March 7 wasn’t a day to ahead but a time to take stock.“When I look back on my NFL career, I’ll know without a doubt that I gave everything I had to help my teams walk away with a win,” Manning said.“There were other players who were more talented, but there was no one could out-prepare me, and because of that I have no regrets.”Elway thanked Manning for coming to Colorado, saying he made his own job easier, noting that with Manning living here, free agents were basically asking Elway “where do I sign?”It was through the eyes of a former QB and not those of a GM that Elway really enjoyed watching Manning, however.“Peyton Manning revolutionized the game,” Elway said. “We all used to think a no-huddle was a fast pace, get to the line of scrimmage and get people off-balance. Peyton revolutionized it, and you know what, we’re going to get to the line of scrimmage, take our time, I’m going to find out what you’re doing and then I’m going to pick you apart.“I can’t tell you how many times I said, ‘Dang, why didn’t we think of that?’”Manning went 50-15 in Denver, leading the Broncos to four AFC West titles, two Super Bowl trips, one championship, and in 2013 guided the highest-scoring offense in league history.All after retraining himself to throw following a series of neck fusion surgeries forced him to miss the 2011 season and he was cut by the Colts.Former Colorado Rockies slugger Todd Helton, Manning’s teammate at Tennessee in the 1990s, once told the story about how Manning’s right arm was so shot after his neck operations that he thought Peyton was goofing around when he threw a football and it fluttered like a wounded duck.“He had nothing,” Helton recounted. “But I knew he’d come back and be Peyton Manning again because nobody else works that hard.”Manning revealed last summer he still had no feeling in the fingertips of his right hand, and yet he threw 140 of his NFL-best 539 TD passes for the Broncos, including a record 55 in 2013.Team President Joe Ellis told Manning, “If there is a list of achievements needed to attain greatness, you’ve checked every box.”Elway was equally emotional when he walked away from the game after winning his second championship in 1999, and on March 7 he said, “Having been through it, I know it’s a hard day for him.”Indeed, Manning choked up several times, especially when he listed all the things he’d miss about football: deciphering defenses; the flights home after a big win; his teammates.Coach Gary Kubiak recounted Manning’s journey through six weeks of rehab and his return to the field in leading Denver to a comeback victory over the Chargers in the regular-season finale that secured the AFC’s top seed.“I know it was tough, and you were special along the way,” Kubiak said, turning to the five-time MVP. “So, it was only nine months for me, but I’ll remember it for a lifetime.”Manning revealed after the news conference he had an “orthotics guru” who had also helped other NFL QBs take up shop in his garage last November to fit him with some orthotics that helped him get back on the field. He added the torn ligament near his left heel feels fine and won’t require surgery in retirement.He informed Elway, Kubiak and Ellis of his decision to retire on March 5. The move gives the Broncos $19 million in cap space to try to sign several of their free agents, including Manning’s heir apparent, Brock Osweiler.Manning also called each of the other coaches he played for: Jim Mora, Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell and John Fox.He also called Bill Parcells, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Tom Moore, Jim Irsay, Wes Welker, and Brandon Stokley. Then, he group-texted some former teammates with the Colts and Broncos, his high school buddies and his college pals.He texted coaches he played against, telling them all they’d been a part of his football life. All of the responses and conversations “kind of helped me through the last day and a-half,” Manning said.Manning refused to let anything dampen his big day, declining to address in detail a recent rehashing of a sexual harassment claim from his days at Tennessee.“This is a joyous day,” he said, “and nothing could overtake this day.”Earlier, reciting from Scripture, he said, “I have fought the good fight and I have finished the race.”“Well, I’ve fought a good fight,” Manning said. “I’ve finished my football race and after 18 years, it’s time.”(ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Successful World Cup fails to halt slide in Vladimir Putin’s popularity

first_imgAs France clinched the World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday evening, the cameras panned to Vladimir Putin, looking delighted in the official box together with Fifa president Gianni Infantino.The Russian president has every reason to be happy: the general consensus is that Russia has hosted a successful World Cup and hundreds of thousands of foreigners are leaving with positive impressions of the country. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more But a strange thing is happening, as Russia basks in the glow of a job well done: Putin’s approval ratings are dropping among Russians.A recent survey by a state-funded polling agency showed that confidence in the Russian president dropped from 77% to 63% since elections in March, with the biggest reason believed to be a controversial rise in the pension age, which was announced on the first day of the World Cup.The World Cup has passed off with no major incidents off the field, no violence or hooliganism and many positive stories of fans who travelled to Russia. On Friday, Infantino said this year’s World Cup had been the best ever and thanked Russia for the organisation. “It is an incredible, amazing World Cup. From the very beginning of the tournament, we have experienced incredible emotions from being here,” he said.Having been in power for the best part of two decades, Putin and Russia are often seen as interchangeable concepts: what’s good for one is good for the other. This time, though, that doesn’t seem to be the case.“One of the tasks of the tournament was to further link the concepts of ‘Putin’ and ‘Russia’ but instead it has started to move them in different directions,” wrote political commentator Andrei Kolesnikov in a recent comment for Vedomosti newspaper.Putin attended the opening match, but missed Russia’s extraordinary win against Spain in Moscow and their narrow quarter-final defeat to Croatia in Sochi. Those games were instead witnessed by the unpopular and gaffe-prone prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev.In March, Putin won another six-year term with an overwhelming 77% of the vote in the presidential elections. Despite the impressive figures, the public mood around election time was marked by apathy, with many saying they were voting for Putin because there was no alternative.The pension change was announced on the opening day of the tournament and Putin himself has attempted to distance himself from the measure, but the polling figures suggest this has not been successful. Reuse this content Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Topics Since you’re here… The Guardian view on the Trump-Putin meeting: good for Vladimir, but not for the rest of us Europe news World Cup Croatia Russia There were protests in a number of Russian cities in early July, organised by an unusually broad coalition of political forces, including parliamentary opposition parties that are usually broadly loyal to the Kremlin. The organisers did not hold protests in World Cup host cities.The retirement age will rise gradually from 55 to 63 for women and from 60 to 65 for men over a number of years. Economists say it is important to raise the age from norms that were set in the era of Joseph Stalin, but the move is extremely unpopular with Putin’s supporters.His approval ratings, while still high by the standards of western democratic leaders, are his lowest since March 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea and a wave of patriotic fervour boosted his popularity.Kolesnikov pointed to another survey, by the independent Levada Centre, which asked Russians whether “things are going in the right direction” in the country. Only 46% said they agreed, again the lowest figure since the annexation of Crimea. “And there is no second Crimea option available, even if we storm the North Pole,” wrote Kolesnikov. 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Gio in ‘best shape of his career’

first_imgMexico Giovani dos Santos starting 2018 ‘in the best shape of his career’ Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 06:19 1/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Giovani dos Santos Jonathan dos Santos Mexico Getty Images Mexico Mexico v Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina LA Galaxy Friendlies The LA Galaxy attacker won’t play regular-season matches until March, but Juan Carlos Osorio says he’s had an excellent offseason SAN ANTONIO — Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio says concerns about the fitness of his MLS-based players are unfounded, noting that the trio of Carlos Vela, Jonathan dos Santos and Giovani dos Santos are training well and highlighting Gio’s work in the offseason.Osorio and El Tri are preparing for their first match of 2018, a friendly Wednesday against Bosnia and Herzegovina. With the match falling outside a FIFA window, the squad is made up entirely of the MLS trio and players based in Liga MX. There has been criticism of Osorio’s decision to include the MLS players, who are not yet in season, but Osorio said all three can contribute Wednesday and going forward.”The most important is to understand that even those who didn’t come in competing including those who haven’t started the season, as is the case with the guys in MLS, our three players Jonathan, Carlos and Giovani, they look really good. Giovani especially, I think you’ll see, like I said last week when I was in LA, that he’s been working and he may be in the best shape of his life,” Osorio said at a news conference Tuesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player While Jona and Vela trained in Mexico City at the national team’s training center, Gio largely worked out elsewhere. But Osorio said he’s sticking to the training plan the national team sent out at the close of World Cup qualification, and Gio says he’s reaping the benefits.”Really, as the manager said I’ve taken advantage of this time to work the best way possible. I’m good physically. I think it’s been the best offseason I’ve had in my career,” he said. “I’m mentally and physically very strong. As I always say, it’s always an honor to be with the national team, and hopefully we do things well tomorrow.”Dos Santos said it was tough to describe exactly what he’d done differently this offseason when compared to previous ones in his long career, but said 2018 being a World Cup year provided him motivation to continue training rather than take “I think I worked on everything. Physically, some things, muscles in my body I wouldn’t work on during the season,” he said. “Things that get you ready physically. It’s tough to explain, but I’ve tried to do everything possible to come to my team and the national team as prepared as I possibly can be.”Though Gio’s place in the national team seems particularly precarious, the 28-year-old said he wasn’t feeling any urgency beyond the normal pressure players feel in a World Cup year.”I don’t think anybody has their place safe in the national team in the world of football. In the end, it’s very clear that the coach makes the decision and we as professionals have to as well as possible on the field,” he said. “It’s a World Cup year. Every Mexican player worldwide dreams of going to the World Cup. We have to do everything we can to draw the coach’s eye. In the national there are no friendly games. Tomorrow is an important game, the first of the year in a World Cup year so we’re hoping to do what we can to help our team in the match.”El Tri kicks off with Bosnia and Herzegovina at 9:06 p.m. ET.last_img read more

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Province Building International Partnerships

first_imgNova Scotia is demonstrating its expertise in solid waste management, while further developing important international trade partnerships. The province is hosting a delegation from Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, this week, including officials from Bee’ah, the state’s environmental agency. “I am pleased to welcome members of the delegation to Nova Scotia,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Our two regions have already collaborated on significant educational and export opportunities. This most recent visit further builds on the strong relationship Nova Scotia has with the United Arab Emirates.” The delegation will visit universities, the Nova Scotia Community College, municipalities and waste management companies to learn more about the province’s advanced solid waste technology and programs. Our Path Forward, the province’s solid waste resource management strategy, launched in 2011, will build on successes and help Nova Scotia reach its goal of 300 kilograms of solid waste per person per year by 2015. “Nova Scotia has a reputation as a leader in putting our solid waste resources to good use rather than disposing of them,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “We’re excited to share our knowledge and introduce the delegation to innovative companies based here in the province.” Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris noted that this is also a good opportunity to introduce the delegation to companies based in the province. “In Nova Scotia, we recognize the importance of creating new business relationships with international partners,” said Mr. Paris. “Our international commerce strategy will be rolled out this year to help government better support the needs of our businesses engaged in international economic activities, while increasing our global competitiveness for the two-way flow of trade, investment, skills, ideas and innovation.” “Nova Scotia has tremendous capacity to export services,” said Ava Czapalay, president and CEO of EduNova and a board member of Waste Resource Management International. “We have found that by working together, our education and training organizations have an even more compelling story to share with the world. The visit by Bee’ah officials is proof that a collaborative approach to developing service exports is working.” For more information on Nova Scotia’s solid waste resource management strategy, visit www.gov.ns.ca/nse/waste/swrmstrategy.asp. For information on international commerce, visit www.gov.ns.ca/econ/ic/ .last_img read more

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DHR joyride derails near Darjeeling after brushing against vehicle, no one injured

first_imgDarjeeling: The 52596 Darjeeling Himalayan Railway steam loco joyride brushed against a vehicle and got derailed. This resulted in multiple services of the DHR being cancelled on Monday.The joy ride was returning from Ghoom to Darjeeling. At Dali, around 4 km from Darjeeling, a vehicle was moving out of a garage located next to the tracks. The engine brushed against the vehicle, dragged it along and got derailed in the process. There was no report of any injury to the 27 passengers in the two coaches of the derailed train. The Railway Protection Force has lodged an FIR against the owner of the vehicle. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe single line was blocked owing to this. Subsequently, the 4:20 pm steam joyride was cancelled along with the 4:30 pm diesel joyride. The passenger train to Kurseong from Darjeeling was also cancelled. A diesel joyride returning from Ghoom was stuck, along with the train to Darjeeling from New Jalpaiguri. “We will return the full fare for the cancelled services. We will also ensure that the passengers booked in the cancelled services get a chance to take the ride on Tuesday or any other day if they desire. Owing to the ongoing tourist rush, we will provide additional coaches to accommodate the tourists,” stated a DHR authority. The cancellation of service came as a major damper for the tourists. “I returned to Darjeeling after 20 years and extended my stay as I did not get tickets for the joyride. On Tuesday I have a return train from NJP but I will avail a joyride before I depart from Darjeeling,” stated Asish, a tourist from Hyderabad.last_img read more

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Vocational Training: King Mohammed VI Calls for Realistic Approach

Rabat – Yesterday, King Mohammed VI chaired a working meeting a the Royal Palace of Rabat to discuss programs to upgrade vocational training and improve options and teaching methods.Education and vocational training have been hot topics at the government council’s weekly meetings at the request of King Mohammed VI.In addition to health and social disparities, King Mohammed VI has been calling on Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani’s cabinet to make more efforts to ensure better education to guarantee students job opportunities after graduation. The King also urged the government to upgrade programs for vocational training, which he believes could increase employment.“Vocational training is a powerful lever for employment, provided  it receives the attention it deserves and as long as it is given a new status as well as a broader scope,” King Mohammed VI said in a speech. Yesterday, the monarch met with senior officials, including El Othmani.During the meeting, King Mohammed VI asked for a realistic approach that “rigorously sets priorities according to the needs of the national economy and the labor market, and the social expectations and aspirations of Moroccans,” according to a statement from the royal office.The government promised that it is finalizing its vocational training program and it will be “elaborated in accordance with the royal guidelines.”Read Also: EU, Morocco to Advance Cooperation in Vocational TrainingKing Mohammed VI tasked a commission with proposing concrete solutions to provide job opportunities for young Moroccans.According to the commission’s statement, it will present its proposal at the next and final meeting.The King ordered the creation of a committee to elaborate specific solutions to curb youth unemployment on October 1.The vocational training project aims to create new training programs for sectors with high economic potential and improve training in more traditional sectors, such as handicrafts or agriculture.The projects are a series of four-month training programs, to assist young people working in the informal sector with enhanced technical and language skills.Four weeks after King Mohammed VI ordered the creation of the commission, El Othmani asked the monarch to give his commission more time to find solutions for unemployment.The unemployment rate remains high among young people aged 15-24, at 27.5 percent.A statement issued this year by the High Commission for Planning (HCP) notes that  Morocco’s overall unemployment rate fell slightly, from 10.2 percent to 9.8 percent, from 2017 to 2018.Another recent statement from HCP said that Morocco’s working age population, aged 15 and older, numbered 25,950,000 people in 2018, but the active population of people employed or seeking employment was 11,979,000. The unemployment rate of those with a vocational training certificate is 23.9 percent: 36.5 percent for women and 19.3 percent for men. read more

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‘Smecta’ Medicine May Cause Lead Poisoning, Says French Agency

Rabat – In February 2019, the French National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) decided not to recommend the use of Smecta for children under two, or to pregnant and breastfeeding women.In recent weeks, the recommendation caused concern in Morocco. Medical professionals and users of the medicine alike, want clarification on whether the medicine is safe for adults, and whether it will remain on the market in Morocco.According to ANSM’s website, this recommendation applies to all diosmectite medications used to treat diarrhea, gastric burns, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. The recommendation targets Smecta and its generics. The cause of concern is the presence of lead in these clay-based medicines. Highly absorbent, clay obtained by soil extraction for medical purposes captures many impurities and small amounts of heavy metals, such as lead, naturally present in the environment.Despite the cleaning process the clay undergoes to be transformed into drug, tiny quantities of the metal persist.Following new international recommendations on drug-acceptable thresholds for heavy metals, the ANSM asked laboratories marketing clay-based medicines to ensure that there is no risk of lead passing through blood in treated patients, and especially in children.In response, IPSEN Laboratories provided a clinical study on the subject. The results indicated that there is no risk of lead passing into the blood of adults treated with Smecta for 5 weeks.However, ANSM states that this risk can not be ruled out for children under two. Therefore, it is recommended as a precaution not to administer Smecta or its generic Diosmectite Mylan to children under 2 years of age.In 2018, Smecta ranked fifth in IPSEN ’s sales reaching €126 million in revenue, says Statista website.The ANSM’s recommendation caused concern and confusion in Morocco.Dr. Mohamed Lahbabi, president of the Confederation of Trade Unions of Pharmacists of Morocco (CSPM), explained to Moroccan channel 2M.ma that “the ANSM has only recommended to no longer prescribe Smecta to children under two.”Lahbabi also criticized the “false information” relayed by certain Moroccan newspapers and news sites.He further reprimanded “the amplification of the ANSM’s warning and of the information relating to the prohibition of sale and withdrawal of Smecta from Moroccan pharmacies.”World Health Organization (WHO) defines lead as “a cumulative toxicant that affects multiple body systems and is particularly harmful to young children.”WHO considers that “there is no known level of lead exposure that is considered safe.” read more

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Price index shows property prices have stabilised Daftie

first_imgAN ANALYSIS of the official sale prices of Irish properties, as published in the National Property Price Register, has shown that house prices have stabilised in the last six months.Property website Daft.ie has matched the properties included in the register, which launched last month, with properties listed for sale in its own website – and found evidence that the drop in household prices may have ended.Though analysis of the site’s own listings showed a 0.6 per cent fall in the average asking price in the third quarter, the property price register shows a 3 per cent increase in sales prices between the second and third quarters.When the figures are combined, and also compared to the residential property index compiled by the Central Statistics Office, it emerges that prices were more stable in the last two quarters than they have been for years.Both the Daft and register figures show a 29 per cent drop in prices in Dublin since the start of 2010. The register shows prices in other cities as being down by 35 per cent, slightly more than the Daft projection of 33 per cent.The study has also found that properties sell for about 10 per cent less than their advertised sales prices, but that this gap has narrowed this year after widening in 2010 and 2011.Disclosure: Daft.ie’s publisher Daft Media Ltd is a member of the Distilled Media Group. Journal Media Ltd has shareholders – Brian and Eamonn Fallon – in common with Distilled Media Group.Read: Around 15,000 visitors a day checking new property price registerMore: House prices are still falling – except for South County Dublinlast_img read more

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Review Skylanders Giants for Xbox 360

first_imgThere’s no denying the complete success that was the original Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure. Activision released a unique title that allowed the game characters to be stored on the figurines that are purchased separately. Skylanders combines a collectibles game and a simple RPG-style leveling system into a franchise that proves popular enough that most stores couldn’t keep the shelves stocked. Now, Skylands is in jeopardy once again, and a new game has been created to continue to the franchise, Skylanders Giants.Refreshed gameplayGiants picks up very shortly after the original ends, with the big bad heading back to Skylands. For reasons that never really get explained, you have discovered one of the ancient Skylanders, known as a Giant. These characters are slower, but significantly stronger than the regular characters. As you play the game, you learn when the best points to use each character type are, but are never really forced to use any individual model.The gameplay is very much like the original, complete with campy dialogue and a seemingly endless supply of small pick-up quests. Giants includes a difficulty meter in the beginning, allowing the game to appeal to multiple skill levels. As you complete quests and smash the baddies, the Skylander you are using grows in experience and earns cash that can be spent on leveling the skills of that character. Everything points the player to a series of boss fights, very much like the original Skylanders.Giants is a sequel that has grown up with its audience. Young audiences can keep playing the same simple and slightly repetitive game, but there’s plenty of new places to grow. The main resting area for the game offers achievement rich challenges and mini games that enhance the individual models. The traveling ship that acts as the main resting area can now also be customized and improved by the players, made from accessories that are collected throughout the game.The game does a great job of keeping the original audience engaged and making sure the players who completed every aspect of the original title have no shortage of things to do. The graphics are all identical across the different consoles, though noticeably laggy on the Wii Console. The Wii U graphics are identical to the Xbox 360 quality, with optimizations for the Gamepad that allow the entire game to be played on either the console or the pad.New collectiblesOne of the key parts to the success of Skylanders was the wealth of collectible miniatures. The original series included accessories and bolt-on levels that could be played at any stage of the actual gameplay. The Skylander characters also come with codes to be use in the Cloud Patrol game for iOS and Android, as well as the web-based mini games on the Skylanders website.Skylanders Giants includes five new kinds of collectible figures. Each element of the Skylanders game has one Giant figurine and one Light Core figurine, as well as a unique new Skylander. Filling in the blanks are new Series 2 figurines. These models are a refresh of the original figurines, but posed differently. When used in the game, the series two figurines have an extra level of skills that can only be earned and used in the new game.There are expansion pack accessories that include battle arenas for multiplayer, as well as new equipment that can be used in-game with all forms of Skylanders. If you have a favorite character that you have completely leveled up from series one, you can use them in any way you like in Skylanders Giants. The new models released in Giants are not backwards compatible with the original game, but any skills or cash earned by series one characters in Giants transfers over without a problem.Final thoughtsSkylanders Giants is a worthy successor to the original, poised to create the same shelf clearing fervor that the original inspired. This franchise is in an oddly unique position as a title that attracts the Saturday morning cartoon crowd almost exclusively. As entertainment centers fill up with the Skylanders figurines, it is easy to look back and wonder what would happen if other games were to have adopted the same collection model in years past. The Skylanders model of collect and play isn’t new, but it is difficult to imagine the exact same kind of experience from a title like Pokemon.Skylanders Giants starter packs are on shelves and available online now, with expansion packs and store exclusives ready to roll out through the holidays.last_img read more

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Its Christmas time at Flow Turks and Caicos

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 14, 2017 – Grand Turk – The commencement of the annual island wide Christmas Senior Citizens Party tour, started in the Nation’s Capital at the HJ Robinson High School Auditorium.“It is also a joy to spread Christmas cheer to the senior citizens around the islands whose service and life has made a way for all we enjoy today as a people.   We are committed to the Senior Citizens and the community of Grand Turk,” remarked Flow Country Manager, *Delleriece Hall*.Nearly 100 seniors from the community of Grand Turk in attendance, eager and excited to celebrate another year with Flow as they showed up bearing wonderful organic locally-made gifts, and lots of food and delicacies.Speaking on behalf of the Senior Citizens Club of Grand Turk, Mrs Melhado said, “I want to commend you all that in spite of all we have been through, you are here today.   I want to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas!”Master of Ceremony for the event was Grand Turk native, the beloved Huntley Forbes Jr., creating many smiles with his special sense of humor.Among performers were 15 year old, student of the HJ Robinson High, Ms Miranda Archibold who rendered a selection on the saxophone, 7 year old Adrian Butterfield rendered a selection in song, the team from Flow,  MC Huntley Forbes Jr, and music by Yellowman and Sons Entertainment.Special gifts were presented to the eldest male senior, Mr Clarence Simmons, 92 years old, and eldest female, Mrs Helena Williams, 94.The tour continued, Dec 13 in North and Middle Caicos. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#FlowChristmasSeniorCitizensTour, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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Police search for crook who stole merchandise from Pembroke Pines sporting goods

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. He was last seen wearing a gray and blue Under Armour hat, blue Under Armour hoodie, blue shorts and gray sneakers.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward. Can you identify this unknown suspect who removed $1,599.99 worth of merchandise from Dick’s Sporting Goods (11940 Pines Blvd)? The suspect is described as a white male, mid-50s, approx 5’11” & 220lbs. Please contact the PPPD at 954-435-6563 w/ any information. (Case 2019-044137) pic.twitter.com/YQo8X1IoSs— Pembroke Pines PD (@PPinesPD) August 5, 2019center_img MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man who stole golfing equipment from a Dick’s Sporting Goods in Pembroke Pines.The Pembroke Pines Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who they said stole from the sporting goods store, located in the area of Southwest Second Street and South Flamingo Road, at around 7:40 p.m. on July 23.Officials said he took off with nearly $1,600 worth of golf club equipment.last_img read more

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Tfue countersued by Faze Clan

first_img More on esports The coolest Fortnite merch you can buy Fortnite season 10 challenges and where to find stop signs, stone heads Fortnite pro Ninja leaves Twitch for Mixer A 16-year-old just won $3M playing in the Fortnite World Cup Fortnite season 10, or season X, is now live.  Epic Games Faze Clan is countersuing Turner “Tfue” Tenney, the esports company’s CEO confirmed Thursday. It alleges the pro Fortnite player made over $20 million from streaming the game, as well as from gaming endorsements and sponsorships, The Verge reported.Tenney, a 21-year-old pro gamer, originally filed a lawsuit against Faze Clan back in May, alleging the company restricted his business opportunities with an “oppressive, onerous and one-sided” contract. He also claimed Faze Clan failed to pay him his share of sponsorship earnings, and took around 80% of his earnings. 0 23 Photos Tags Post a comment Share your voice Faze Clan submitted a complaint in the Southern District of New York, CEO Lee Trink said, because “Tenney has caused us serious damage and stands to do much more.”Trink said Tenney was 20 years old when he signed the three-year rookie gamer contract, and “under Faze Clan’s guidance, Tenney started having tremendous success.” The esports organization then offered to renegotiate the contract as his popularity grew, but Tenney rejected all offers including “a seven-figure salary bonus and no revenue split for Faze Clan at all,” the CEO said.”Despite how we valued Tenney as one of our rising stars, it became clear he did not want real negotiations,” Trink said. “He simply wants to take the knowledge Faze Clan has imparted to him and the audience we’ve helped him build and compete against us.”Faze Clan’s complaint alleges Tfue breached his contract by publicly disparaging the company, stealing confidential information, interfering with contracts and business relationships at Faze Clan and advocating for other streamers to leave and compete against the organization.It wants compensation for services and damages, as well as injunctive relief, The Verge said.At the time of Tenney’s lawsuit, Faze Clan said in a tweet it was “shocked and dismayed” by the lawsuit.”In fact, we’ve collected a total of only $60,000 from our partnership, while Tfue has earned millions as a member of the Faze Clan,” the company said. “We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished together over the past year with Turner and will continue to support him.”Fortnite, one of the most popular free-to-play games on consoles ever, launched in 2018 and became a cultural phenomenon, raking in $3 billion for developer Epic Games across all platforms last year.”In no uncertain terms, these gamers are artists, entertainers and content creators — they perform, they act, they direct, they edit and they stream,” Turner’s lawyers wrote in the complaint, filed in May in Los Angeles Superior Court.Tenney didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Computers Gaming Video Gameslast_img read more

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Vishals engagement date with Anisha Reddy revealed

first_imgVishal Krishna and his girlfriend Anisha Alla.PR HandoutAfter Arya tied the knot with actress Sayyeshaa recently, it is now the turn of his best buddy and actor Vishal to bid goodbye to singlehood. The latter had revealed in January that he finally found his dream girl and would have his engagement soon.Now, the buzz is that the engagement date has been fixed. Well, Vishal’s engagement with Anisha Reddy will be held on March 16 in Hyderabad. It is said to be an event restricted to their family and close friends.All these years, Vishal was linked up with his long-time friend Varalaxmi Sarathkumar. Time and again, there were strong rumours of their marriage. But to everyone’s surprise, the actor, who is also the president of Tamil Film Producers’ Council and secretary of Nadigar Sangam, announced that he was getting engaged to Anisha.Anisha Reddy is a multifaceted talent who has done guest appearances in the films like, Pelli Choopulu (as Vijay Devarakonda’s ex-girlfriend) and Arjun Reddy (a friend of the hero). Interestingly, both the films had Devarakonda in the lead roles. This apart, Anisha is interested in singing, music and writing.On the professional front, Vishal is working on a few movies that include Ayogya (Temper remake) and a film with Sundar C. Whereas Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, who was seen in Vijay’s Sarkar and Dhanush’s Maari 2 in the last few months, is busy with films like Velvet Nagaram, Kanni Raasi and Neeya 2.On Sunday, March 10, Arya married actress Sayyeshaa as per the Islam customs in Hyderabad. Baahubali star Rana Daggubati and Vishal at Arya and Sayyeshaa’s wedding.Johnson PRlast_img read more

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Sigma Fraternity and Zeta Sorority Host Conferences in DC

first_imgTwo Greek organizations will host events to commemorate the services of their leadership and members in Washington D.C. during the month of July.The Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity will hold its centennial celebration July 16-20 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in N.W. D.C. “It is fitting that Washington, D.C. should be the place of this celebration, because we were founded here on the campus of Howard University and we shall honor our founders,” Jonathan A. Mason Sr., international president for the fraternity, said in a press release.The Centennial Celebration – One Century of Service will hold an opening ceremony and a variety of events including: a gospel concert, July 16, featuring Flex Alexander, Pastor Shirley Caesar, and Bobby Jones; a Hip-Hop concert, July 17, featuring Rapper Walé; a roundtable luncheon, July 18, featuring radio talk show host Warren Ballentine, civil rights activists Ben Chavis Mohammad and C.T. Vivian, and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.); and a unity rally, July 19, featuring the Rev. Al Sharpton.A full list of events can be viewed at http://pbs100.org/schedule-at-glance/.“As we celebrate one century of continuous service within our communities, we march on toward the next century of exceptional service embracing our motto, ‘Culture for Service and Service for Humanity,’” Mason said.Sorors from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority will join the fraternity to commemorate its 100 years of service, during their biannual “Blazing New Paths: The Power of Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood” conference, July 14-19, at the Washington Hilton Hotel in N.W. D.C.The theme of the conference illustrates the organization’s renewed focus on advocacy and innovation under the leadership of International President Mary Breaux Wright, a press release said.The conference will include an opening program in the International ballroom July 15; a workshop and panel discussion on the president’s national signature program – Elder Care Initiative – July 16; and an awards banquet July 18, as well as personal and career development workshops and non-profit leadership and social action training sessions.“This is such an inspirational moment in history for both organizations,” Wright said in the press release. “I am proud to lead Zeta at such a significant time, and look forward to reaffirming the Zeta Sigma bond.”last_img read more

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Soho Lounge – Coming Going Gone

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4 vehicles collide in Driefontein

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A BTI bus, a truck, a BMW and a Toyota Tazz have been involved in an accident in Driefontein.The Tazz was allegedly overtaking a truck when a BMW was approaching from the opposite direction. The whole right side of the BMW was scratched as the cars passed each other.The driver of the truck did not see that a bus up ahead was stopping and ended up pushing the Tazz underneath the bus. There were passengers on the bus at the time.Sharaj Ambulance Services, EMRS and Jaydon’s responded to the scene.No serious injuries were sustained.The driver of the Tazz sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there?last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | April 19, 2012 FDA Clears GE’s Q. Freeze for PET/CT to Better Assess Cancer Treatment Response Q.Freeze imaging technology can eliminate a patient’s respiratory motion within PET/CT imaging, potentially saving healthcare costs April 19, 2012 — GE Healthcare this week announced it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of Q.Freeze, one of the positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) quantitative imaging technologies designed to enable treatment evaluation earlier in a patient’s cancer treatment.Q.Freeze combines the quantitative benefits of 4-D phase-matched PET/CT imaging, MotionMatch, into a single static image. By collecting CT and PET data at each phase of the breathing cycle, then matching the data for attenuation correction purposes, Q.Freeze is designed to improve quantitative consistency compared to conventional static PET imaging techniques while facilitating the reading of the 4D PET/CT imaging. None of the acquisition data is wasted, as 100 percent of the counts collected are combined to create a single static image. The goal is an image that has the dual benefit of frozen patient respiratory motion and reduced image noise.The spark behind the idea — which has been under development since 2006 — was that correcting for lesion movement tied to respiratory motion at the same comfort and dose level as a routine static procedure would support clinicians’ diagnostic confidence. Because patients may not breathe the same way as they might have during their baseline study, Q.Freeze could help enable easy and proper longitudinal response to therapy comparisons.“GE Healthcare has demonstrated its excellence in addressing one of the biggest clinical challenges in PET/CT: respiratory motion” said Michael Barber, vice president and general manager, molecular imaging, GE Healthcare. “Respiratory motion impacts image clarity and quantification accuracy of lesions in organs subject to respiratory motion, such as the lung, liver and pancreas. Now with Q.Freeze, GE Healthcare is offering an innovative technology that makes patient respiratory motion correction a routine procedure for every scan.”In a recent study by Cristina Messa, head of the nuclear medicine department, and Luca Guerra, nuclear medicine physician of the Center for Molecular Bioimaging and San Gerado Hospital (HSG-CBM) in Monza, Italy, a patient underwent PET/CT for nodule characterization. Their findings included a comparison of static acquisition, 4-D PET/CT acquisition and Q.Freeze acquisition to determine clear evidence of a metabolic lesion. The Q.Freeze acquisition was able to increase image quality, making the lesion easily identifiable. According to the doctors, this improvement leads to a potential workflow benefit, allowing the physician to review only one set of images free of a patient’s respiratory motion.Q.Freeze is included in the GE Healthcare Q.Suite, a collection of next-generation capabilities designed to further quantitative PET by generating more consistent standardized uptake value (SUV) readings — enabling clinicians to assess treatment response accurately. During the course of cancer treatment, clinicians traditionally gauge progress by looking for physical change in the size of a tumor, typically using computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR). However, with quantitative PET imaging, they are also able to consider a tumor’s metabolic activity. In many cases, metabolic changes in a tumor can be perceived earlier than physical ones; thus quantitative PET can give physicians an earlier view of how well a treatment is working.For quantitative PET to be effective, consistency of SUV measurements between a patient’s baseline scan and subsequent follow-up scans is critical. Variation can occur throughout the PET workflow, in areas from patient management and biology to equipment protocols and performance. Controlling these variables to increase consistency can improve the clinician’s confidence that an SUV change has true clinical meaning.“Doctors are seeking quantitative tools, such as Q.Freeze, to obtain reproducible measurements over a longitudinal patient study. Q.Freeze is one of the first element of a suite of tools that may enable doctors to assess confidently biological changes in a patient during a course of treatment, allowing them to quickly and accurately modify treatment regimens,” said Vivek Bhatt, general manager, PET/CT, GE Healthcare. “These tools, ultimately, could potentially contribute to personalized oncology care, increase quality of patient care and reduce wasted expenditure on ineffective treatment.”For more information: www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more Related Content News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. 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Ticos take bronze in first international kayak tournament

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica tuna decree seems to be working First sail on a fly Fishing for freight trains Flamingo Fishing Rodeo set to begin in one of sportfishing’s best destinations Costa Rica earned the bronze medal over the weekend in Cookeville, Tennessee, after participating in the first-ever PanAmerican Delegation Kayak Bass Tournament.United States and Canada took the gold and silver, respectively.Teams from the National Fishing Club and the Amateur Fishing Club traveled to unknown waters to compete. Kayaks head out to fishing grounds. Via Todd Staley.“The Ticos did extremely well considering that they were fishing in waters they never fished for a species that is not native to Costa Rica, and competing against professional bass anglers,” said Henry Marin, project manager for the Federacion Costarricense de Pesca and board member of the PanAmerican Delegation.In total, eight countries participated in the event which is expected to grow annually. Costa Rica is hosting a PanAmerican tarpon tournament in September. Rodolfo Barrantes with large freshwater drums. Via Todd Staley. Mark Evans from Stone Mountain Outdoors with a few points for Costa Rica. Via Todd Staley.Todd Staley has run fishing sport operations on both coasts of Costa Rica for over 25 years. He recently decided to take some time off to devote full-time to marine conservation and is the communications director at FECOP. Contact him at wetline@hotmail.com. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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UKs Cameron woos Arab Spring leaders

first_img Four benefits of having a wireless security system Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement NEW YORK (AP) – Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron is wooing the new leaders of Egypt and Libya with a pledge to release frozen financial assets and property in the U.K. tied to deposed regimes.In talks Wednesday in New York, Cameron told Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi he would try to release about US$160 million of assets linked to ex-ruler Hosni Mubarak.The British leader made a similar offer to Libya’s president Mohamed Yousef el-Magariaf in a separate meeting.center_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Top Stories Cameron told Morsi that the head of the U.K. armed forces, Gen. David Richards, also would visit Cairo to discuss possible British training for Egypt’s military.The two joked over the poor time keeping at the U.N. general assembly. “You never quite know when you are making your speech,” Cameron told Morsi.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

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