As a successful actor and star of ABC Family’s hit television show Pretty Little Liars, Ian Harding has a busy schedule. When he is not on set, the 27-year-old uses his success and newfound fame for a larger purpose: to advocate for lupus.Harding has teamed up with the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) to raise awareness about lupus, an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease that affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans.The spring issue of Lupus Now magazine, published by the LFA, highlights how Harding balances his thriving career and uses his celebrity to help young women recognize lupus and seek out answers and support. Harding talks openly about his connection with the disease, and how his mother’s diagnosis in 1994 shaped their lives, but didn’t inhibit his opportunities. The article discusses Harding’s personal mission to raise awareness and deliver the message that lupus is a daily struggle; however, it can be lessened through the support of friends and family.Harding and his sister were young children when his mother was diagnosed. Looking back, he explains that if he were more aware of the physical demands of lupus, he would have been a greater help to his mother. “If I were a kid again and knew what this disease entailed, I would have asked her how I could help more,” says Harding.Today, Harding looks to extend his support to thousands of others who suffer from lupus and its brutal impact.“This may sound weird, but it just feels like it’s something that’s beatable if we stay on this path,” he says. “My biggest worry is that some people might give up. You can live with this disease. It’s a daily struggle, it’s terrible. But you can do it—just like my mom.”To read the complete article, or to order a subscription to Lupus Now magazine, go online to lupusnow.org, contact your local LFA chapter, or call 866-4-THE-LFA. Published three times per year for people with lupus, their families, and health professionals, Lupus Now includes the latest information on new treatments, clinical trial updates, lifestyle and wellness features, personal stories, and more.
17 November 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplored the Israeli Government’s decision today to expand Jerusalem’s Gilo settlement, stressing that it was built on Palestinian territory occupied by Israel in the 1967 war. “The Secretary-General reiterates his position that settlements are illegal, and calls on Israel to respect its commitments under the Road Map to cease all settlement activity, including natural growth,” a statement issued by his spokesperson said, referring to the peace plan that foresees two States – Israel and Palestine – living side by side in peace and security. “He believes that such actions undermine efforts for peace and cast doubt on the viability of the two-State solution,” it added.It was the latest of several recent statements by Mr. Ban calling for a halt to Israeli settlement activity and the demolition of Palestinian homes and evictions in East Jerusalem. Last month he stated that Jerusalem must be the capital of two States – Israel and Palestine – with arrangements for the holy sites acceptable to all, if peace in the Middle East is to be achieved.
“If there had been my sons would have at least had a fighting chance of survival.“There were 25,000 people on Camber Sands that day and yet no one saved them.“It is very, very sad but neither of my sons could swim.”Clive Efford, MP for Eltham, vowed to raise the issue when Parliament resumes, saying: “Questions need to be asked about how we arrange safety on Britain’s beaches.”Campaigner Josie Holloway from Greatstone in Kent was at the funeral, with the 20-year-old having started a campaign to have a lifeguard at the popular beach a month before the tragedy.The 20-year-old said there had been more than 30,000 people on the beach on August 24.She slammed the council, who she said would raise more than £21,000 from a single car park but none of the funds going to beach safety.Her campaign on Change.org has since been signed by more than 8000 people.The Home Secretary Amber Rudd has faced criticism following five men’s deaths after it was revealed she had been told of the need of lifeguards before the tragedy.The MP was urged to put lifeguards onto the beach, which lies in her constituency, but beach safety was not improved.More than 300 people have died while swimming in the country’s waters in the last three years with families being warned to take care in the water.The men’s deaths were the second tragedy to hit Camber Sands this summer with Gustavo Silva Da Cruz, 19, dying after getting into difficulty while swimming on the same stretch of beach in July.Two other men, aged 17 and 35, got into difficulties and had to be rescued on the same day the teen drowned.In total, 12 people have died on Britain’s beaches in the last 12 weeks. (Colombo Gazette) The Hindu funeral ceremonies for the men were held side by side in white marquees decorated with white, yellow and orange flowers. Their friends Ravi, Kobi Nathan and Kurushanth are believed to have then become trapped when they tried to rescue them.Kurushanth was pulled out first and declared dead at the scene, while Ravi and Kobo still had heartbeats but died a few minutes after being pulled from the water.It wasn’t until later that evening when the tide receded that the bodies of Ken Nathan and Sriskantharasa were discovered. The funerals for the five young men from Sri Lanka, Kenugen Saththiyanathan, 18, known as Ken, and his brother Kobikanthan Saththiyanathan, 22, known as Kobi, their friends Nitharsan Ravi, 22, Inthushan Sriskantharasa, 23, and Gurushanth Srithavarajah, 27, were held at dawn on Sunday at Winn’s Common in Plumstead after they drowned at Camber Sands in England in August.The men’s devastated families have now called for a permanent lifeguard to be stationed on Camber Sands and to improve greater safety measures on Britain’s beaches, The Sun newspaper reported. The heartbroken father of two of the brothers who drowned has previously blasted the lack of lifeguards on the beach. Several women were so overcome with grief they had to be carried from the tents by relatives and treated by a St John’s ambulance team.Emergency services have since said it was likely that Ken and Inthushan had got into difficulty first, getting trapped in quicksand or mud beneath the water. Members of south London’s Tamil community also attended the funeral to lay petals on the open coffins. Satthiyanathan Arumukam, 51, said he had moved to the UK as he had believed it was a safe place for his family.He said: “I brought my children from Sri Lanka because it is not safe back there. I thought it would be safe for my family to live in Britain.“But there were no lifeguards on the beach where they died.
by News Staff Posted May 29, 2012 7:43 pm MDT California-based SpaceX announces 1st commercial contract for big Falcon Heavy rocket HAWTHORNE, Calif. – Space Exploration Technologies says it has signed its first commercial contract for a new rocket that will be more powerful than the one that launched the company’s Dragon capsule to the International Space Station last week.The Hawthorne, Calif., company known as SpaceX said Tuesday it will loft a satellite for the communications services company Intelsat, using a Falcon Heavy launch vehicle.Such launches cost $83 million to $128 million, depending on weight.SpaceX says its Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful rocket in the world and, historically, second only to the Saturn V rockets that launched the Apollo missions to the moon.Last week, SpaceX launched a cargo-carrying capsule atop its Falcon 9 rocket as a test run for NASA. The capsule successfully docked with the space station. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
(Photo by Mike Frey/Getty Images)Serena Williams is reportedly being singled out. While drug testing is a standard part of the tennis pro’s life, it’s become too regular for the star.A source familiar with a recent testing situation disclosed to Deadspin that a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency officer showed up to Williams’ Florida home June 14 at 8:30 a.m. unannounced. An assistant let the 23-time Grand Slam winner into the residence and informed the official Williams was not home. The agent apparently refused to leave until the mother of one got tested.After a standoff, Williams still didn’t get tested. She made a call to Women’s Tennis Association CEO Steve Simon about the test and what she described as unfair targeting. Simon told USADA CEO Travis Tygart to get in touch with Williams, acknowledging to the sports news blog he got a text from her and “called her back and left a message.”“She shared with me some concerns and questions she had about an out-of-competition drug test,” he said.The USADA database reveals Williams has been tested a total of five times in 2018. As a result, the athlete has been tested more than other top American women’s tennis players, including Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens, who were tested once, and sister Venus Williams was tested twice. The top 5 male players in tennis were also tested less than Williams.A spokesperson for Williams deemed the testing “invasive and targeted.”“Over her 23-year career in tennis, Serena Williams has never tested positive for any illegal substance despite being tested significantly more than other professional tennis players, both male and female — in fact, four times more frequently than her peers. She has vocally supported, respected and complied with USADA testing throughout her entire career. While she willingly continues to submit to testing, there is absolutely no reason for this kind of invasive and targeted treatment.”This isn’t the first time Williams has made headlines for her excessive dope testing either. In May she tweeted about her exhaustion with the practice, which USADA communications director Brad Horn said Wiliams had passed every time she’s taken one this year.“And…… just like that anti-doping is here ….again… second time this week,” she tweeted at the time. “Proud to participate to keep the sport clean. Even if they do test me at my current ranking of 454 in the world. Two times every week #BeingSerena.”And…… just like that anti doping is here ….again… second time this week. proud to participate to keep the sport clean. Even if they do test me at my current ranking of 454 in the world. Two times every week #BeingSerena— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) May 21, 2018
Lady Tamara claimed up to ten staff had access to a fleet of six vehicles, including the Land Rover in question. She therefore refused to admit to the offence and suggested that one of her many workers could have been driving over the speed limit instead. But prosecuting barrister Ember Wong said Lady Tamara, the eldest daughter of the sixth Duke of Westminster, “failed to provide the names of potential drivers”, something that was “easily available to her.”Ms Wong insisted that the noblewoman did not do everything she could in the circumstances to reveal the offender to the authorities.Lady Tamara admitted defeat, and she replied: “Yes, I didn’t.”She now also faces £706 in costs and received six penalty points.House manager Oliver Harris said procedures had since changed. “We have put in a driver log,” he said. “We have had two people speeding post this event but have been able to know who has been driving on both those occasions.”He added: “This was something we haven’t dealt with before.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Wrexham magistrates courtCredit:Andrew Price It was an excuse that could only have been offered by one of Britain’s wealthiest women.Lady Tamara van Cutsem, a close friend of the Royal family, attempted to avoid a speeding ticket by pointing the finger at her own household workers, a court heard.However the 39-year-old noblewoman claimed that she had too many staff members – and too many cars – to remember who was behind the wheel. “I simply don’t know if I was the driver at the time,” she claimed.Despite Lady van Cutsem’s pleas, magistrates in North Wales convicted her of failing to provide information that could help identify a speeder.The £660 fine is unlikely to be a problem, however. Lady van Cutsem is the sister of the current Duke of Westminster, Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor, who became one of the country’s richest men after he inherited their father’s £9 billion estate when he died in 2016.She married wealthy banker and landowner Edward van Cutsem in 2004 at Chester Cathedral, in a ceremony described as the “wedding of the year”. The Queen was among the guests, while Princes William and Harry were ushers.The court heard Lady Tamara’s Land Rover Freelander had been captured by speed cameras travelling 35mph in a 30mph zone in Bangor-on-Dee, near Wrexham, on January 15. Lady Tamara van Cutsem leaving Wrexham Magistrates after being found guilty of a driving offence, pictured with Oliver Harris who was a witness in the trialCredit:Andrew Price She told magistrates: “We have six fleet vehicles under my name. We have a farm business and it’s easier to have cars employees can drive. Whichever car is spare they take.”I simply don’t know if I was the driver at the time. I didn’t want to lie on the paper.”The court heard Lady Tamara had told police that the vehicles were used by herself, her husband and ten employees but three of the staff were eliminated after an internal inquiry.Writing to the speeding ticket department, she added: “It disappoints me the offence has been committed. This section of the road is frequently travelled by this vehicle.”The 39-year-old had already received three points in 2017 for speeding. Howard Jones, defending, argued Lady Tamara had shown ‘reasonable diligence’ in her efforts to identify the driver. Staff had been quizzed and attempts made to check CCTV and tracking systems.Mr Jones said: “The defendant receives the notice and then does an internal inquiry to find out who was driving this pool vehicle on that particular date because she didn’t believe it was herself and didn’t wish to admit to an offence she hadn’t committed.“She didn’t want to mislead anyone.”
In its latest Q1 2018 results, First Quantum Minerals provided a comprehensive update on key operations including Kansanshi and Sentinel in Zambia; and the in-development Cobre Panama mine in Panama. In terms of outlook at Kansanshi, the company stated: “Improved mining performance is expected along with optimisation of the drilling and blasting practices as well as a focus on the expansion of the trolley assist program. Additional waste stripping in the main pit is planned to continue until the middle of the year, with the advancement of waste stripping in the first major push-back toward the eastern side of the pit due to commence in the second quarter. The increase in the trolley-assist program is expected to augment waste mining.” Kansanshi started with a fleet of 23 Hitachi EH3500ACII trolley assist trucks but has been growing the fleet further with more recent additions of the newer EH3500AC3 model. It is not yet clear if the now expanded waste fleet will include the same class or larger trucks and what model/brand they will be.The addition of a new wheel loader and other items of fleet are also expected to reduce the disruptions of feed to the primary crushers, which should increase ore throughput. For the quarter, Kansanshi produced 63,585 t of copper, which was 1% higher than the same period in 2017 due primarily to an increase in total plant feed grade, partially offset by lower overall plant recovery. Plant recovery was impacted by a decrease in oxide, mixed and sulphide ore recoveries. Leach efficiency and subsequently mixed and oxide cathode recovery were negatively impacted by ore changes. Plans are underway to improve leach efficiency and float recoveries. A total of 25,440 t of concentrate containing 6,974 t of copper was processed through the high pressure leach unit in the first quarter. Gold production of 32,080 ounces was 11% lower than the same period of 2017, resulting from lower gold feed grade.At Sentinel, copper production of 50,310 t was 39% higher than the comparable period of 2017. The increase in production was achieved despite a tough and prolonged wet season due to improved ore supply from the mine, with 26% higher total mining volumes, “as a result of improved mine geometry, dewatering infrastructure and improvedmining conditions. Significant improvements in water management resulted in a 75% decrease in weather- related production downtime compared to the same period of 2017.”Cobre Panama development activity continued during the first quarter of 2018 and the overall project progress atthe end of Q1 2018 was 70% complete. The project was impacted in March by industrial action culminating in a 10-day work stoppage which affected a number of the work areas for as long as six weeks, and as at the end of the quarter the works were restarting in a controlled manner. The advancement of the power station continued and is now 89% complete overall. Commissioning of the set 1 power and utility systems are well underway and set 2 power commissioning commenced this quarter. The first 150 MW set is scheduled to be generating power in Q2 2018 followed by the second set in Q3 2018. The process plant and mine site were 58% complete at end of Q1, and peak construction levels are planned to continue as the process plant advances towards staged commissioning later this year. Engineering is 95% complete and the remaining focus is on closing final vendor deliverables along with electrical, instrumentation and controls design. Procurement was 97% committed, with the remaining procurement being final orders for bulk commodities, electrical, instrumentation, and buildings. The focus is on completion of manufacturing and delivering to site with the overall procurement effort being 74% complete.Some key milestones achieved through the quarter include: the successful steam blows of set 1 boiler, start of commissioning activities on set 2 boiler, mechanical installation commenced for the primary crusher units in the mine, commencement of operations of the ultra-class Liebherr T 284 mining fleet, and the mobilisation of keycommissioning personnel for the process plant. Key status for the construction of the project at the end of the quarter includes the mine pre-strip at 78% complete, and the tailings management facility earthworks at 79% completion. The project remains scheduled for phased commissioning during 2018 with continued ramp-up over 2019 and 2020.
← Previous Story Men’s U20 EHF EURO 2018 to start in Celje Next Story → U20 EHF EURO 2018 DAY 1: Portugal beat France! PGE Vive Kielce coach Talant Dujshebaev wrote an open letter in which he explain that he will stay at the club despite serious financial problems which making life among Polish champions difficult…“I did not come to Kielce for money. I came for a long-term project that was and still is one of the best plans for club and handball development that I have encountered. This is a project that brings Kielce to the best players and discovers young prospective players who achieve even higher levels in the club. It is a project that established the city and the Świętokrzyskie region on the map of the world. Thanks to him, I got to know Kielce, I opened to Poland and fell in love with it.I experienced the best period in its history with this club, winning the Champions League in 2016. This is a showcase of the city, region and Poland. This is proof that it is possible to achieve the highest goals without space money, because we are still far from the financial opportunities of the European leaders, taking the fourteenth place in terms of the budget in the Champions League. If we lower it further, later it will be extremely difficult for us to get back to the level we are currently presenting.I trained, and previously I played in many teams. In some, things went better, in others worse, still others just fell. I know how the inhabitants of the cities, where the clubs ceased to exist from day to day, regretted later that they did nothing to prevent this. They realized this after the fact, when nothing could be changed anymore.I played in one of the best clubs in the world in Santander at one time. We were the champions of Spain, the winners of the first edition of the Champions League in the 1993/94 season. Now there is no sport there at this level. I experienced a beautiful summer in Ciudad Real, a small city with 70,000 inhabitants, which had a club winning national championships and three times the Champions League. This does not exist anymore.When we had small economic problems then, the city did not want to help us. A year ago, I spoke with one of the former presidents of Ciudad Real. He told me that if he could turn back time he would give the club support. Many such cities gain a second life thanks to sport, thanks to handball. Supporters of the clubs we play with come to us, stop at our hotels, eat in our restaurants, buy in our stores – it’s a profit for the city and its residents. In Ciudad Real, there is no club now, no people, the city is dying. I know because I have homes in Santander and Ciudad Real. When I come to this side, people look at me with admiration and jealousy. They envy me that I am in Kielce. They envy that we have such a great club here.I could go to another one. I got a few proposals, and yet I want to stay in Kielce and continue the project, which together with the players, the board, the supporters, and the authorities of the city and the region I started in 2014. Many of my players have similar feelings. I talked to each of them. We accept a 25% reduction in wages, because it is in such situations that we show that we are a team. That we are together and together we face adversity. After all, they would easily find new employers, but it cost us too much to reach the place where we are now.If we do not get more financial support, will Kielce still be a handball? Of course it will be. In Ciudad Real is also – in the second Spanish league. In Santander, after many years the club returns to the top league. It will be, but at what level?I am asking you, supporters, sponsors and city authorities for solidarity and support they have shown us so far. Be with us as you were at every match, also when everything did not go our way. Be with us as we want to be with you. For you and for this city, we want to continue playing, continue to fight and continue to fill you with pride.It’s time for a new stage of the project started a few years ago. We are building a new, perspective team, and this construction will take several years. I appeal to the authorities to reconsider my decision, which I will not be able to change later. I start with myself – I give up 25% of my salary, giving it up for the purposes of our joint project. I know, I’m not a Kielczan, but I feel this city and I treat this region like my own Home. Together, let’s make sure that this House can continue to develop and that we will experience another great emotions in it.Yours faithfully,trainer of PGE VIVE KielceTalant Dujshebaev PGE Vive KielceTalant Dujshebaev
If you’re one of the many who have been drooling over a huge, high-res monitors, we are going to make your day. Right now you can grab Dell’s new UltraSharp U3014 display for $999.99, marked down from $1499.99. This is the lowest price ever offered on this 2013 model and a ridiculous bargain for all tech and features you get.This isn’t just a monitor with a huge screen. The U3014’s 30-inch panel serves up 256×1600 WQXGA resolution via an IPS panel, which allows extra-wide viewing angles and richer colors. Speaking of colors, the U3014 can display 1.07 billion of them and supports 99% of the Adobe RGB color gamut. For those not in graphic design, this means the U3014 shows colors as they are intended to appear and is ultra color accurate across the board. It even comes color calibrated from the factory.Previous high-end displays used CCFL backlights to achieve these color reproduction goals, mainly because they didn’t have a suitable LED version. Through using a new GB-type of LED, Dell was able to get the color performance they needed while reaping the size and power benefits of an LED backlight, which is quite important in a display of this size.Of course the U3014 isn’t just a pretty screen. It has all the features needed to get the job done too, like a four port USB 3.0 hub, media card reader, and four different digital inputs (DVI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI). The stand is adjustable for height, tilt, and swivel so you can get the perfect ergonomic setup. All of this premium kit is backed up by a 3 year warranty with advance exchange, where Dell ships you a replacement straight away and you return your defective one in their packaging and on their dime.Monitors don’t get much better than the U3014 and this is the biggest discount Dell has ever offered.Dell UltraSharp U3014 30-inch 2560×1600 IPS LCD Monitor for $999.99 + free shipping (reg. $1499.99 | use coupon VLH6GD5V4L3LD2 | ends soon) Our other top deals:Lenovo IdeaTab A3000 16GB 7-inch Android 4.2 Quad-Core Tablet for $179 + free shipping (reg. $229 | use coupon TABLETOFFERS)Amazon Gold Box: over 60% off back to school electronicsApple iPad 4 16GB WiFi Tablet for $449 + free shipping (reg. $499)
Super Smash Bros. Melee is best-known for being that one game that everyone who owned a GameCube had to have. Over the past few years, it’s picked up even more steam in the competitive fighting game community. And that’s… a little odd isn’t it? At this point, Melee is pushing 15 years — practically Jurassic for most games. It’s so old that competitive players need to lug around tube TVs to tournaments.Despite all that, Melee has one of the largest followings in the fighting game scene. Sunday closed out EVO 2016, the biggest fighting game tournament of the year. Street Fighter headlined the event, but coming in second (by viewer count) was Melee. Smash 4 for the Wii U launched less than two years ago, plus you can play it on one of them fancy HD screens. So what gives?In a word? Drama. People love a good story. Before we even get to the combatants and the ups and downs of the competition, the fact that Melee has hung around is, in itself, a story.Melee the UnderdogMelee wasn’t ever designed to be played in professional tournaments. Where other fighters will go through years of testing to get the balance just perfect, Melee is a party game at heart; it’s there to let you play with for your favorite Nintendo characters and wail on your friends.But competitive players found a way. By nixing most of the stages, the game’s signature items (like the Poke Ball and Home Run Bat) and laying down an aggressive set of rules that the designer himself thinks is ridiculous, the game is balanced… ish. Melee is playable in a Frankensteinian way at the competitive level, but only just.It’s enough that most “serious” fighting game players refuse to acknowledge Melee as something that can or should be played in tournaments. People love underdogs though, and in spite of Nintendo’s attempts to move on (at the very least to more recent Smash Bros. releases), Melee endures.Back in 2013, Melee hadn’t yet garnered the competitive attention it has now. It was often left off the roster for the bigger fighting game tourneys like EVO. But, tournament organizers wanted to give Melee (as well as a few smaller games like Skullgirls) a chance to earn a slot at the event.EVO officials put together a donation drive, stating that whichever game got the most donations in its name would be included. Melee fans raised almost $100,000, beating out the next most popular game, Skullgirls, by $20,000. After falling out of the spotlight when Major League Gaming — the US’ largest eSports community at the time — dropped Melee back in 2007, the plucky fighter was back, and more popular than ever.The Five Gods of SmashIn 2008, it wasn’t clear that Melee would ever reach major adoption again. In what fans have come to call the “Dark Age,” Melee wasn’t a regular at any major tournament for over a year. As bigger competitions like MLG and EVO shifted over to the newer Super Smash Bros. Brawl, many simply forgot about Melee entirely.That was until Smash player Alukard held the Revival of Melee Tournament. It was the first tournament where two of the five players who would come to be known as Gods of Smash played. Mew2King, Armada, HungryBox, Mango, and Dr. PP, the gods earned their titles in a stretch of tournaments running from 2009 to now. Each of them has traded wins and rarely lose to anyone outside of the group. And it’s these five that are credited not just with bringing Smash back, but giving it what every good sports drama needs — a story.Each of the five represents a different personality or play style, inviting fans to project themselves onto their favorite. For my own history as an almost-competitive player, I came to idolize Armada. For years he specialized in playing Princess Peach from the Super Mario Bros. games. At the time, people weren’t sure that Peach was viable at the competitive level. Most matches centered on Fox, Falco, Sheik, and Marth. But here Armada was, pushing a new line of strategies and playing a totally different kind of game.A couple of years later in the grand finals of Pound V, he did the same thing again when he picked Young Link to match HungryBox’s Jigglypuff. Young Link was (and still is) considered to be one of the worst characters in the game. It was an unprecedented move that gave people who played with “bad” characters hope. And right then, Armada revived the dream of Smash — that anyone can play whichever fighter they love and do well. It’s a fantasy, sure. After all, I’ve been working on my Young Link game for years and I’m still nothing. But that narrative — that you could one day be a champion — mattered. What’s more, Armada became the representative of low-tier mains (the primary character someone uses in a game) in general.That’s the killer, and each of the other Smash gods became proxies for their fans’ personal narratives. In the same way that New Yorkers cheer for the Yankees, smashers of all sorts could hitch their identity to another player. Hungrybox became the likable guy who invented a new style of play because, as he says, he can’t move his fingers as quickly as other players. Mango mastered a wild, unpredictable style of play that channels drunken boxing. Choosing one of the gods to follow was almost like buying into their micro-religion. Smash players became metonymic. And when I bought into Armada’s fandom, he became my avatar. When he lost, I lost.The Platinum AgeThe shift was so dramatic to the Smash community that fans now herald this as the “Platinum Age.” Tournaments have seen tenfold increases in participation, with thousands of players registering and competing at the largest tournaments. With that influx, the game’s started to change.For years several characters were seen as far above the rest. Fox, Falco, Peach, Marth and Jigglypuff were the best of the best. In the past two years, though, once versatile players like Armada have dropped their old characters in favor of Fox. The consensus seems to be that at the highest levels, he’s the only one worth playing at all. Of the five, Hungrybox is the only one that’s stuck with his original character. Until Sunday night, he had also never won EVO and sometimes struggled to keep up with the other top players. His victory legitimized non-Fox characters, and the narrative of Smash has shifted.Scores of new players have brought with them a bunch of new tactics and popular characters. The old gods’ tactics have grown stale and there’s fresh faces eager to unseat them. Some, like Plup, have won matches against a couple of the gods. No one has defeated all five just yet, but it’s only a matter of time.And that’s what makes this epic such a fascinating one to follow. Melee, despite being fifteen years old, keeps changing. Its fans have changed and the culture around it continues to evolve, weaving a story of a weird, underdog that clawed its way back into prominence. If anything, Melee was on the verge of stagnation not long ago. The five gods became so insular and so much better than everyone else, that their reign seemed like a given. But since EVO 2013 the community has grown faster than anyone expected. Backed by a burgeoning crop of new styles and players, Melee won’t be returning to the aether anytime soon.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 2, 2018 – Nassau – The Minnis Administration will introduce an “ambitious” housing programme in 2018 that will provide “extremely low cost lots” to potential first-home owners in New Providence.The lots will be supplied with all of the necessary utilities. Potential homeowners will be responsible for constructing their own homes and will be able to either use their own architect for the design of their individual plans or use pre-existing plans offered by the Government of The Bahamas. Potential homeowners will have two years to build their homes at duty free concessionary rates.“Because the lots will be inexpensive, we expect scores of first-time homeowners to take advantage of this programme,” Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Monday during his National Address.“Access to affordable housing is critical for social and economic development. We look forward to many Bahamians taking advantage of this significant opportunity for home ownership,” Prime Minister Minnis added.The Prime Minister said the programme will be extended to the Family Islands: “Thus encouraging Family Island ownership, second home ownership and entrepreneurship development of bed and breakfast properties.”By: Matt Maura (BIS)Photo caption: Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis during his National Address, January 29, 2018. (Photo/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services)
Employee Benefits poll: Around a third (30%) of respondents cite employee wellbeing as the key driver for their organisation’s benefits strategy in 2019.A straw poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 76 responses, also found that 22% of reward and benefits professionals will be focusing on employee engagement for 2019, while 20% will centre their 2019 benefits strategy around talent attraction and retention.A further 20% of respondents believe a key driver for their 2019 benefits strategy is cost efficiency; this compares to 7% who feel their 2019 benefits focus will be on diversity and inclusion.As January’s ‘new year, new me’ mindset continues, it is pertinent that the employers polled want to mainly concentrate on employee wellbeing, engagement and retention, perhaps to prove that the grass is not always greener to employees who are considering jumping ship.Does your organisation offer a return-to-work or recruitment programme? Tell us in our latest poll…
.Police recovered an unidentified body of a man from Sukhbaspur in Munshiganj Sadar upazila on Sunday night.Locals spotted the body, aged about 40, around 11:00pm and informed police, said Md Aminul Islam, inspector of Hatimara Police investigation camp.Later, police recovered the body and sent it to General Hospital for autopsy, said the inspector adding that the body bore several injury marks in its head.
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Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Related Content Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | March 13, 2013 Woe is PET/MR News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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 What a difference a few decades makes. In the early-1980s radiologists couldn’t wait to get their hands on an MR scanner. Never mind the clinical value was anything but certain. The most anybody could say is that MR absolutely, positively diagnosed multiple sclerosis. Reimbursement, shmeimbursement. Lay down a couple or three million dollars. Knock down a wall. Bring that monster in. We’ll just hope it pans out.Not so today. PET/MR has been on the market since late-2011, FDA cleared and CE marked. At the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) March 7, Prof. Heinz-Peter Schlemmer, M.D., head of the radiology department and coordinator of the imaging and radio-oncology research program at the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg, Germany, asked whether PET/MR was “a marriage made in heaven or hell?” It was a rhetorical question.Schlemmer threw advocates a bone, explaining their initial euphoria as “understandable,” then slamming them upside the head, saying PET/MR “cannot enter routine clinical practice before diagnostic accuracy, influence on therapeutic management and economic factors have been carefully considered and evidenced by clinical studies.”Never mind that his argument doesn’t make much sense…he may be right. In today’s global economy, novel technologies are a hard sell.By Schlemmer’s account, PET/MR is a day late and a dollar short. Coming more than a decade after PET/CT, it would appear to have missed the boat, albeit not for lack of trying. The unique challenge of cohabitating a PET ring and superconducting magnets was why the first PET/MR images took until 2006 to make. This excludes the images fused from separately performed scans, of course. And therein may be the saving grace of PET/MR.A good case can be made for the purchase of a hybrid. It merges data from simultaneously performed MR and PET scans, yet has the potential to conduct MR separately. Vendors leveraged the two faces of PET/CT in the early days, when demand for hybrid scans was only beginning. PET/MR can deliver about the same diagnostic information as its CT counterpart. Some believe it can do even more.Consider oncology. MR is the go-to modality when assessing cancer. Oncology applications account for 90 percent of PET/CT. And the coming wave of biomarkers, led by Eli Lilly’s Amyvid for visualizing amyloid plaques suggestive of Alzheimer’s Disease, will be focusing more and more PET attention on the brain, another strength of MR.Schlemmer admitted as much in his cautionary tale at the ECR. MR provides superior anatomical resolution to CT, he noted, with PET providing metabolic and membrane receptor information. “Together (PET/MR) increases your sensitivity and specificity for tumor detection and characterization,” he said.Yet Schlemmer felt compelled to warn against putting too much stock in the hybrid’s chances, saying it remains to be seen if the simultaneous acquisition of MR and PET will deliver better accuracy than “subsequent sequencing.” I have to ask…why should we care?Schlemmer’s argument can be turned on its head. Why not gather those data simultaneously rather than separately? Sure, you have to buy the hybrid, but you can run it in MR mode, if demand for PET/MR is not available. Reimbursement shouldn’t be an issue. MR and PET are each reimbursable.Most astonishing is that pessimism about PET/MR should come from Europe. If there is one place on earth that should be throwing its radiological arms around PET/MR, it is Europe. Concerns about X-ray dose in the United States were first voiced on the other side of the Atlantic. MR is free from ionizing radiation.You’d think support for PET/MR would be bubbling over there. News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. PET/MR: better together or apart? Image courtesy of Siemens, provided by University of Geneva Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. 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Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals reportedly offered two different pay cuts to former defensive back Tyrann Mathieu before releasing him, according to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer.Per Breer from Mathieu, the Cardinals initially wanted $5 million of the $11 million he was due in 2018 taken out in a restructuring of his contract. When Mathieu declined the week prior to free agency, Arizona came back with a reduced offer of $3 million chopped off the $11 million. Top Stories 58 Comments Share Mathieu would reject that and his release would come after. Mathieu spoke with Breer the day of his release.“I wasn’t playing well, I didn’t hit the ground running. And so there was noise, chatter about me and about what I can do and whether I was all the way back from the injuries. I’d listen to the radio, look at articles, they’d put that out there. The Cardinals can cut him. I was aware. So I just tried to put myself in a position where people would want me again. I thought I finished the season strong.“I had a few years where I’d come back from injuries and play at a high level. And to do that over and over, it was poking at my confidence. That held me back, my confidence level down, and keeping me from what I was having to do.”The guarantees in Mathieu’s five-year contract extension from 2016 amounted to $40 million, but Mathieu would only make slightly less than $22 million of that amount.Mathieu told Breer money isn’t the lone factor in his upcoming decision of where to sign next.“It’s not all about money for me. I want to go somewhere where I can be completely immersed in football, and it’s not too much about anything but winning. I want to be a part of winning culture, where you feel that all the time. That’s all I want.”NFL reporter Jason La Canfora tweeted Thursday the asking price for Mathieu is $11 million a year “if they get their number,” which would be the same number Mathieu was due from the Cardinals in the upcoming season. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) intercepts a pass against the Chicago Bears during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
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