Talking Horses: Thistlecrack fears played down but is he past his best?

first_imgHorse racing tips Since you’re here… Hide Show Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest “This stress fracture will heal up in a month. It’s high profile because it’s Thistlecrack but, believe me, it’s much more common than you think. So, he’ll get a month in the box and then he can go out in a field.”Our conversation ended with Tizzard looking for the bright side. “He’ll only be a few months older in October, so that’ll make no difference. We’ll have a full season with him next year.”We all hope that turns out to be true but I can’t help feeling we must have seen the best of Thistlecrack, who will be nearly 11 by the time he races again. Anyway, good luck to all concerned.Ayr having been abandoned, Ludlow provides our jumps action for the day and its card includes one of those races where you go through the form thinking: ‘Nothing’s going to win this.’ Or at least that was true for me of the staying handicap chase, until I got to the bottom one, Tb Broke Her (3.00).This is not an especially original choice, as Matt Sheppard’s charge is favourite, but still a good price, for me, at 7-2. Previously trained in Ireland by Arthur Moore, whose strike-rate has sadly dwindled in recent years, Tb Broke Her won by nine lengths on her second start for Sheppard, when a step up to three miles seemed to help. I don’t think another 7lb is going to hold her if she gets a clear run.Earlier, Megabucks (1.55) could go well for the in-form Henry Oliver yard at a tempting 10-1. He’s a points winner in England and Ireland, where he dead-heated in 2015 with Burrenbridge Hotel, who also found his way to Oliver’s yard and hosed up last month on a mark of 111. Oh, and who was 10 lengths back in third? That’s right, Poetic Rhythm, the Challow winner. I mean, I don’t want to go overboard on ancient point-to-point form but that’s pretty strong. Anyway, Megabucks fared just OK in three hurdles starts at the end of last year but here he is over fences from a mark of 112, with Tom O’Brien replacing Robert Hawker. I like the look of it.Also 10-1 is Ice Canyon (5.45) at Kempton, having run a huge debut for Mark Brisbourne when beaten by a length at 50-1 last month at Wolves (tipped by the Guardian; drat, drat, drat). Brisbourne stepped him up radically on the distances he’d been tackling in Ireland and it seemed to make a difference, which in fairness his pedigree suggested it would. From just 1lb higher, he’s well worth another go. Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Twitter Was this helpful? Reuse this content Quick guide Wednesday’s tips by Chris Cook Horse racing Ludlow 12.50 Zalvados 1.20 Shalakar 1.55 Megabucks 2.25 Virginia Chick 3.00 Tb Broke Her (nap) 3.35 Dahills Hill 4.05 Shee’s Lucky Lingfield 1.10 Highly Approved 1.45 Power And Peace 2.15 Grey Waters 2.50 Pattie 3.25 Blastofmagic 3.55 Sophie Gray Kempton 4.15 Spare Parts 4.45 Orchid Lily 5.15 Sir Hamilton 5.45 Ice Canyon 6.15 Diagnostic 6.45 Compton Prince 7.15 Time To Blossom Ayr abandoned  Topics Thank you for your feedback. Thistlecrack Share on WhatsApp blogposts Share via Email Share on Messenger Today’s best bets, by Chris CookColin Tizzard was inclined to play down the gravity of this week’s Thistlecrack news when I had a quick word with him at Taunton on Tuesday. The trainer talked down the extent of the horse’s injury and the significance of his consequent absence, which will keep him on the sidelines through the rest of this season.Tizzard told me: “All I will say is, he had a tear in his tendon from the Cotswold Chase [last year] and it was touch and go whether we even raced him this year and we have, he’s run two races, he ran very well in the King George after having nine months doing zero. At least his tendon’s all right. Talking Horses Final twist in dead-heat fiasco leaves Robin Dickin feeling ‘robbed’ … 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. 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Photos: Here Are The Best Signs From College GameDay At Alabama vs. Wisconsin

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Happy college football Saturday, everyone! Our favorite sport is back, and with it is ESPN’s College GameDay, which broadcast from Fort Worth, Texas this morning ahead of today’s Alabama-Wisconsin game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Of course, with a big match-up comes some hilarious, clever, and occasionally NSFW fan signs. With GameDay in their hometown, there are plenty of TCU fans there as well, so expect the normal Baylor trolling. Here are our favorites from week one:Bad Academics Make Athletics #Gameday— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) September 5, 2015The @CollegeGameDay signs are in midseason form already.— Derek Ponamsky (@DerekPonamsky) September 5,— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 5, 2015“Saban pays for Tinder”— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) September 5,— Dan Lyons (@Dan_Lyons76) September 5, 2015The Waterboy makes an appearance.— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 5,— Dan Lyons (@Dan_Lyons76) September 5,— Dan Lyons (@Dan_Lyons76) September 5, 2015Please don’t RT, we don’t want this guy to get caught.— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 5, 2015But what I really wanna know is… cc: @PFTCommenter @BadgerFootball— Jim Dayton (@jamesdayton94) September 5, 2015Genius.— Patrick Murphy (@_Pat_Murphy_) September 5,— Dan Lyons (@Dan_Lyons76) September 5,— Dan Lyons (@Dan_Lyons76) September 5,— Dan Lyons (@Dan_Lyons76) September 5, 2015Kiffin’s Krimson Korner”— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) September 5, 2015“I’m lactose intolerant”— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) September 5, 2015#gamedaysigns— Ryan Taube (@DetroitDrT) September 5, 2015#WPS— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) September 5, 2015Always good to see the Asians at GameDay— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) September 5, 2015Of course, the @WSUCougars are here.— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 5, 2015Get pumped everyone. Football is back.last_img read more

Report: Southampton 1 West Ham 2

first_imgFelipe Anderson scored a quickfire double as West Ham came from behind to beat Southampton 2-1 and end the Premier League strugglers’ winning run.Ralph Hasenhuttl’s appointment has turned around Southampton’s fortunes in recent weeks, leading to back-to-back victories, but, despite Nathan Redmond’s scrappy opener, they met their match in the form of West Ham’s Brazilian winger.Having netted a stunning equaliser 168 seconds after Redmond’s goal, Felipe Anderson doubled his tally at the culmination of a slick counter-attack before the hour mark. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Lucas Perez should have wrapped up the win, but his failure to convert from close range ultimately mattered little as West Ham held firm to claim a third successive away win for the first time since September 2015.9 – After just one goal in his opening 10 Premier League appearances, Felipe Anderson has scored seven goals in his last nine. Settled.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 27, 2018Danny Ings prodded into the side netting as Southampton started in buoyant mood, though West Ham would have been ahead had Perez kept his cool from Aaron Cresswell’s cut-back.But it was after the interval that the game burst into life, when – with Lukasz Fabianski having pulled off a fine save – Redmond was able to bundle home, although it seemed that Southampton’s attacker used his hand to get a vital touch.Manuel Pellegrini’s men wasted no time in responding, though, and were level inside three minutes as Felipe Anderson rifled home from the edge of the box.And the turnaround was complete in the 59th minute, Felipe Anderson lashing high into the net after latching onto Michail Antonio’s precise pass, although Southampton were adamant there was a foul in the build-up.Jannik Vestergaard prevented Perez atoning for his earlier miss soon after, but that block was not enough to spark a comeback, as Hasenhuttl suffered his second defeat as Saints boss. What does it mean? Saints remain in the mireThanks to Burnley’s defeat on Boxing Day, Southampton had the chance to move clear of the relegation zone, but they remain just three points above the 18th-place Clarets.West Ham, meanwhile, are up into the top half, level on points with Everton and one behind Leicester City in seventh.Felipe Anderson’s flare coming to the foreSigned for a reported £36million from Lazio in July, Felipe Anderson struggled to settle in the opening weeks of the season but is now hitting his best form and his quality could well be enough to propel West Ham towards a push for European qualification.Injuries mounting up for the HammersDespite the victory, Pellegrini will be hugely concerned over West Ham’s extensive injury list, with nine first-team players missing Thursday’s encounter. Indeed, Pellegrini named only six substitutes, rather than the seven that are allowed.Key Opta Facts- Southampton have dropped 15 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season; the most of any team in the competition, with 12 of those coming in home games.- West Ham have won five of their last six games in the Premier League (L1) – their previous five wins in the competition came over a run of 20 games between April and November.- This was West Ham’s first Premier League away win after conceding the opening goal since May 2017, when they won 2-1 against Burnley at Turf Moor.- Southampton have suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats against West Ham for the first time since October 2001.- West Ham have won 15 points in the Premier League in December (P6 W5 D0 L1); their most in a single month of a season in the competition’s history.What’s next?Southampton bring 2018 to a close by hosting champions Manchester City, who will be looking to avoid a third straight defeat. West Ham, meanwhile, face Burnley. read morelast_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP looking for suspect vehicle in hit and run

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Police in Grande Prairie are asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle after a pedestrian was struck last night in a hit and run.At approximately 11:55 p.m. Wednesday, the RCMP were called out to a report of a 38-year-old woman that was struck by a vehicle while walking southbound on 100 Street between 87 Ave and 88 Ave. Witnesses reported seeing an older model black Ford pickup truck swerving on the road before locating the woman lying in a snowbank.The driver of the truck did not remain at the scene and drove off, though the truck did sustain front-end damage after pieces of the vehicle were found at the scene. The woman was transported to hospital and remains in critical condition. Police are encouraging the driver to do the right thing, come forward, and report the collision. Cpl. Shawn Graham with the RCMP said officers are actively following up on this investigation.Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).last_img read more

UN officials urge eradication of sexual violence in Africas Great Lakes region

“Sexual violence not only wreaks havoc in the lives of individual women and girls – it also causes lasting damage to the social fabric and economies of the Great Lakes region,” Ms. Migiro told the Fourth Ordinary Summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.“We see it in failed harvests, lost productivity, fractured families, protracted insecurity and reduced political participation,” she added, emphasizing the need for access to health, psychosocial and judicial services for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. They must also be assisted to rebuild their lives, she said.Ms. Migiro urged heads of State and government gathered at the summit to ensure that the ICGLR’s Protocol on Prevention and Suppression of Sexual Violence against Women and Children, as well as the Protocol on Judicial Cooperation, are enshrined in national laws.The Deputy Secretary-General said she was encouraged by the recommendations of ministers in charge of gender in the region, which cover key areas, including prosecuting perpetrators, supporting victims and strengthening national legal and financial capacities.She pointed out that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is leading a UN system-wide effort to end violence against women, including domestic violence, harmful traditional practices and sexual violence as a tactic of war and terror. Those efforts include the UNiTE to End Violence against Women and Girls campaign launched in 2008.Margot Wallström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, urged leaders in the region to ensure that all relevant government departments – justice, defence, security, education and interior – and not just ministries in charge of gender and health – are engaged in the fight against sexual and gender-based violence.“We have seen that rape can be a life sentence for the survivors,” said Ms. Wallström. “They are sanctioned socially and economically. Their freedom of movement, health and human dignity is denied.“By punishing the perpetrators, we can lift this burden of blame and shame from the backs of innocent victims. Formal accountability, recognition and redress can make the difference between rape being a traumatic event, and rape being an event that permanently destroys lives and livelihoods.“In short – this is everyone’s business – from gender experts to generals; from local police to regional and international peacekeepers. We must continually expand the circle of action.”She said the UN stands ready to deploy a newly-constituted team of experts on the rule of law to assist governments affected by conflict to strengthen institutional safeguards against impunity. All national and regional early-warning mechanisms should also be attuned to the risk of impending, ongoing or escalating sexual violence to trigger rapid response, she added.“To disarm the weapon of rape, we must recognize – once and for all – that it is not a ‘private’ issue to be silenced. It is a political and security issue that demands a political and security response,” said Ms. Wallström.The ICGLR was set up in the wake of the 2002-2006 war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with the assistance of the African Union, UN and aid donors.It is intended to facilitate the implementation of the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the region signed in December 2006 by 11 heads of State and government – Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic (CAR), DRC, Kenya, Rwanda, Republic of Congo, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia. While in Uganda, Ms. Wallström has held meetings with a series of senior Government officials from the region, including Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete. 15 December 2011Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today stressed that efforts to restore peace and stability in Africa’s Great Lakes region will not come to fruition unless the scourge of sexual violence is completely eradicated and justice systems are strengthened to end impunity. read more

Closing Bell TSX ends slightly higher on building permits data while US

TORONTO — North American markets made modest gains Monday as traders held back from any major moves following the record-breaking highs of last week.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,453.92 +15.89 0.13%S&P 500 — 1,617.50 +3.08 0.19%Dow — 14,968.89 -5.07 -0.03%Nasdaq — 3,392.97 +14.34 0.42%The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 15.89 points to 12,453.92 as Statistics Canada reported that building permits were up for the third consecutive month in March.The Canadian dollar was up 0.09 of a cent at 99.32 cents US, after going through small declines earlier in the day.Market analyst Colin Cieszynski said it’s not unusual for markets to pause during a quiet week after taking in so much major economic news days earlier.“We had such a huge run and we had so much news last week that often times, the markets will sit back, take a breather afterwards and digest the news already out there,” said Cieszynski, with CMC Markets.Cieszynski said the markets have held up well despite not much going on.“They’re flat and slightly positive (which) actually suggests that there’s really good underlying support,” he added.The only major economic data scheduled for the week are the latest Canadian job numbers which come out Friday. Consensus expectations suggest the economy added about 11,000 jobs in April.On Monday, Statistics Canada reported municipalities issued $6.5 billion worth of building permits last month, up 8.6% from February.Most of the gains were from the commercial sector in Ontario and Alberta, with those permits rising 19% to $2.8 billion. Residential permits increased 1.7% to $3.6 billion after an 8.1% decline in February.Meanwhile, Wall Street saw some gains after being mixed after markets opened.The Dow Jones industrials was down 5.07 points at 14,968.89 after breaking through 15,000 for the first time on Friday. The S&P stayed above its record of 1,600, which it hit on Friday and closed up 3.08 points to 1,617.50. The Nasdaq jumped ahead 14.34 points to 3,392.97.In commodities, the June crude contract rose 55 cents to settle at US$96.16 a barrel, its highest close since April 2, according to FactSet data. June gold bullion was up $3.80 at US$1,468 an ounce and July copper was down nearly half a cent at US$3.31 a pound.The energy sector closed flat, registering a small gain of 0.11% on the TSX, helped by strong gains of 1.82% by TransGlobe Energy Corp. (TSX:TGL) ahead of their earnings on Tuesday.Shares in Penn West Exploration Ltd. (TSX:PWT) closed up 5.05% at $9.99 after the oil and gas company named two prominent oilpatch veterans as chairman and vice-chairman.The energy sector was pulled down slightly by the sudden news that the president of Athabasca Oil (TSX:ATH) was leaving the company. The announcement sent the company’s stock down 5.4% to $5.96.June gold bullion was up $3.80 at US$1,468 an ounce as the gold sector grew, aided by Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) who saw their share price go up by 1.54% to $20.46.July copper was down 0.04 of a cent at US$3.31 a pound. The majority of the sector was positive, with the leaders being Sherritt International (TSX:S), Thompson Creek Metals (TSX:TCM) and Rio Alto Mining.The TSX closed with mixed results, led by industrials which was up 0.71% and metals and mining with a gain of 0.37%. The worst decliner was consumer staples, which dropped 0.78%.In major corporate news, private equity firm Onex Corp. (TSX:OCX) says it will pay US$950 million in cash to acquire business-to-business trade show operator Nielsen Expositions. The purchase, from an affiliate of Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE:NLSN), is expected to close in the second quarter.Smartphone-maker BlackBerry (TSX:BB) also saw its shares dip 0.19% to $15.74 after an analyst with Canaccord Genuity said sales of the new Z10 phones are “mixed.”The Z10 touchscreen device sales trends are weakening, he said citing the research firm’s global survey, while the Q10 keyboard has seen “strong initial demand” since its release less than a week ago in Canada and a few days earlier in the U.K.On Tuesday, all eyes will be on a long list of major companies set to report their earnings, including WestJet (TSX:WJA.A), Kinross Gold Corp (TSX:K) and George Weston Ltd. (TSX:WN).In the U.S., meat processing giant Tyson Foods was the leading decliner on the S&P 500 after its stock fell more than three% to US$24.10 on news that its income dropped as chicken feed costs rose and profits fell in its beef business. Tyson’s latest quarterly net income sank 42%.News that Bank of America and bond-insurance company MBIA had reached a settlement over a long-running dispute helped send both companies’ stocks up. Bank of America closed at $12.88 after falling 5.23%, while shares in MBIA were up nearly 50% to $14.29. The Wall Street Journal reported the bank will pay $1.7 billion to MBIA and also extend a credit line to the troubled company.ON DECK TUESDAYI feel sorry for savers suffering ‘brutal’ yields, says Warren BuffettEuro founder calls for ‘catastrophic’ currency to be broken upBCE cites Netflix threat as it floats ‘sharpened’ proposal for $3.4-billion Astral takeoverPenn West stock soars after oil patch veterans appointed as chair, vice-chairAthabasca shares dive as president exits companyECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES3 p.m.Consumer Credit (March): Economists expect $16-billion CORPORATE NEWSCANADAWestJet Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 63¢ Kinross Gold Corp Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 13¢ Intact Financial Q2 earnings: Analysts expect $1.32 UNITED STATESWalt Disney Co Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 76¢ a share Electronic Arts Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 58¢ Marathon Oil Co Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 72¢ Whole Foods Market Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 73¢ Molson Coors Brewing Co Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 34¢ read more

Air Canada CEO says NAFTA erosion would be bad for countrys largest

The erosion of free trade with the U.S. and Mexico would be bad for Canada’s largest airline, Air Canada’s chief executive said Tuesday.“We see the economic value and the economic contribution that NAFTA has facilitated,” Calin Rovinescu told the Forum of the Americas in Toronto.Although bilateral air agreements are not part of the agreement, he said the largest foreign carrier in the United States by flight frequencies and cities served has relied significantly on connecting and business traffic coming across the border.Rovinescu said free trade has been good and will continue to be beneficial for Canada and the United States, in particular.“I would be very concerned to see a further erosion of this,” he said, referring to NAFTA.“My confidence is there that the negotiators…will come to something sensible, but we certainly have seen the benefits of this.”The 23-year-old agreement faces an uncertain future after U.S. President Donald Trump launched renegotiations with a threat to tear up a deal he describes as being bad for the United States.Rovinescu said Air Canada (TSX:AC) makes a $75 billion to $100 billion annual economic contribution when factoring in the model that estimates the economic benefit from airlines equalling five to seven times revenues.“Serving those 70 or so cities in the United States has enabled us to make more than our fair share of economic contribution,” he added in a question session with Canadian Chamber of Commerce president Perrin Beatty.Air Canada’s CEO added that he’s disappointed by Boeing’s trade action against Bombardier’s C Series aircraft, which the airline has ordered.He said the C Series is the first new innovation in the smaller narrowbody segment in more than two decades that is shaking up the 100- to 150-seat airplane market.Airbus and Bombardier recently announced that the European aircraft manufacturer will purchase a majority stake in the C Series program and build an assembly line at its plant in Mobile, Ala., for the U.S. market. The move is aimed at allowing the aircraft to avoid the imposition of export duties. read more

Bewleys has failed to get a reduction in its rental terms

first_imgAll we have sought is an acknowledgement of economic reality and fair treatment with a rent that reflects market values, but this has been blocked by Nama and the landlord.Retail Excellence Ireland said that today’s decision is bad for jobs and investment in the domestic economy.Chief executive David Fitzsimons said: “This decision will simply undermine a potential return to stability in the domestic economy and will lead to the loss of vulnerable jobs in the Irish retail industry.” THE TENANT OF Bewley’s Café premises on Dublin’s Grafton Street will continue to pay €1.5 million in rent after the Supreme Court upheld an appeal against a decision that mandated a reduction.The landlord, Johnny Ronan-controlled Ickandel Limited, had appealed a judgment secured by Bewley’s in the High Court last year against the upward-only nature of the rental contract agreed 35 years ago.The last rental agreement was struck on January 1 2007, at the height of the property bubble, when rental costs on Dublin’s main shopping streets were among the highest in the world.The appeal followed a decision by Mr. Justice Charleton in the High Court last year which stipulated that the rent must come down.The case was appealed to the Supreme Court by Ickandel, which had its loans transferred into Nama when the economy collapsed.Original judgmentDelivering his original judgment, Justice Charleton said that from the time of signing the contract “there had been marked deflation in the rental and housing purchase sector”, and that “the last rent was at the height of the property price inflation that undermined the Irish economy”.He found that the parties had agreed never to fall below the initially agreed rent, but not “for anything other than a fair and open market rent”.ReactionBewleys say they are “immensely disappointed with the judgment” and will consider it with legal advice.Group CEO John Cahill said:“The landlord has managed to achieve an oppressive rent of €1.5million that was set in 2007, at the height of the unsustainable property bubble and is double the market rate at 1 January 2012.”He continued: The decision of the Supreme Court to apply the terms of this onerous lease proves how out of kilter legacy commercial leases are with a turbulent domestic economy.Read: Next week, Bewley’s Grafton Street could get a cut in its €1.5 million rent>Read: The High Court said that Bewley’s rent should fall. The Supreme Court will today hear an appeal>last_img read more

Bullet time rig made with single GoPro camera and a kitchen accessory

first_imgAdmit it, when you saw Keanu Reeves limboing in place in The Matrix, you thought bullet time was pretty awesome. Then, when you dove over countless countertops in Max Payne while pulling off headshots, you were pretty sure just about everything should be performed in bullet time. Unfortunately, though, you aren’t a video game hero, and you don’t have oodles of cameras attached to a rig that spirals around you like Keanu did. Now, Caleb Kraft is here to show you that you can build your own bullet time rig. It might end up a little boring though, depending on what you choose to film.In the iconic scene in The Matrix, Neo is dodging bullets in slow motion, but the camera pans around the slow motion scene in regular speed. To achieve this effect, a circular rig with a bunch of attached cameras was used. The cameras all snapped pictures from their respective angles, and the pictures were edited together to make the scene. Kraft made his own (relatively) cheap rig, which only involved one camera and, amusingly, a lazy susan.The camera used was a GoPro Hero3, and it was mounted to a robotic arm, which in turn was mounted to the lazy susan (basically a rotating circular tray). Kraft set the GoPro’s recording mode to 120fps, then simply hit record, and spun the lazy susan. When the arm is spun faster, it looks more like bullet time.The results — what you see in the video above — teach you that when bullet time doesn’t involve mind-bending bullet dodging, bullet time video can also feature people doing normal things in slow motion, like chopping bananas in half and pouring beer into glasses. It’s not quite the same as Neo dodging Agent Jones’ bullet on a rooftop helipad but it’s still pretty cool, especially given how cheaply it can be done.last_img read more

Egypt celebrates contribution of its former Greek and Cypriot communities

first_imgThe Greek and Cypriot communities that called Egypt home from the 18th century onward had a significant influence on society and life as a whole.With their incredible contribution still felt to this day, Egypt has launched a new initiative titled Roots Revival Week in a bid to formally remember and celebrate these communities and send a message of love to all who lived on the land and left an impact.Egypt’s presidential spokesperson, Bassam Rady recognised that Greeks and Cypriots worked alongside their Egyptian brothers leading to a great renaissance in Egypt. They participated in cultural, commercial and industrial fields, crafting the country’s first banks, and were represented across business life, shipbuilding, agriculture, tourism, printing and publishing.Many non-Egyptians fled the country before the Egyptian Revolution and after the Suez Canal Crisis, but the Greeks were the last to leave, eventually going on to migrate to countries like Australia and the United States.The Holy Cathedral Church of the Annunciation of the Theotokos in Alexandria. Photo: Grigoris RerasThe Roots Revival Week concept was first proposed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on a visit to Cyprus in 2017, and was officially inaugurated on Monday in Alexandria by Sisi and his Greek counterpart, President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and President Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus.To help mark the occasion, members of the Greek and Cypriot communities currently residing in Egypt were also in attendance.Throughout the week, the initiative will see scheduled visits made to specific landmarks in Alexandria where the Greek and Cypriot communities lived. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Washougal man, 71, faces vehicular homicide allegations in swimming hole deaths

first_imgA Washougal motorist accused of running over two German tourists at the Sandy Swimming Hole told police he had been drinking at a local Chinese restaurant.David Croswell, 71, faces two counts of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence of intoxicants and two counts of hit-and-run resulting in death. He made a first court appearance Wednesday morning in Clark County Superior Court.A preliminary breath test taken nearly four hours after the Tuesday afternoon crash found Croswell had a blood-alcohol level of 0.085, court records show. In Washington, a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or greater is considered evidence of drunken driving.Croswell, who requires the use of oxygen, was pushed into court Wednesday in a restraint chair.Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu asked for $200,000 bail based on the severity of the allegations. Croswell has minimal criminal history, with a 1982 conviction for first-degree negligent driving, which was reduced from a DUI, and possession of marijuana.Croswell’s court-appointed attorney, Shon Bogar, said Croswell is a lifelong Washougal resident. Bogar said his client has medical problems, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.last_img read more

Tribal Judge Bill to Improve Village Public Safety Doesnt Go Far Enough

first_imgThe U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee today looked at a raft of bills aimed at improving the safety of Native American communities, including Alaska Native villages. A bill that would strengthen Alaska tribal courts and tribal law enforcement drew no opposition at the hearing, but the bill is likely to become more controversial.Download AudioNatasha Singh, General Counsel for Tanana Chiefs Conference and also a tribal judge in Stevens Village, told an anecdote to illustrate the problem. Last summer, she was in a village when an intoxicated man tried to sexually assault a 13-year-old girl. Village leaders called the State Troopers but were told they couldn’t respond. Singh says this is at least the third such attempt by the same man.“Now this man is currently still in the village. He regularly drinks, and the community, the women and children, have little protection from this individual,” Singh testified. “Do not allow this man to continue to terrorize his tribe.”A bill sponsored by Alaska Senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski aims to improve the delivery of justice in villages. It would repeal the exclusion of most of Alaska from a law called the Violence Against Women Act. The bill, the Alaska Safe Villages and Families Act, also encourages the state of Alaska to sign agreements with the tribes to enforce state law and deal with drug and alcohol offenses.Singh says that doesn’t require federal law, because it’s essentially pre-trial diversion, or the state delegating it’s authority to the tribes. TCC and the state are working on agreements to do that already. She says the bill should go further and provide federal recognition of the tribe’s authority to deal, on its own, with local domestic violence and sexual assault as well as drug and alcohol offenses, even when the accused is not part of the tribe.“What I’d like to tell you today is that if a woman in a village is the subject of domestic violence, the local tribal court must be assured that it may take lawful, immediate action against the abuser, regardless of tribal membership,” she said.A TCC proposal, endorsed by other Native groups, calls for adding an Alaska “tribal law project” to the bill to recognize that kind of authority. Singh says the tribes would have civil jurisdiction only, unless the state agrees to more. And that’s highly unlikely, at least while Sean Parnell is governor. The head of the governor’s Washington D.C. office, Kip Knudson, declined to be interviewed for this story, but said Parnell’s response was reflected in a 2011 letter detailing the state’s response to a similar bill. In it, then-Attorney General John Burns suggested the bill was aimed at advancing tribal sovereignty rather than improving law enforcement. He also objected to what he said would be the dividing of Alaska into multiple jurisdictions.At the hearing, Sen. Mark Begich told Singh he was open to adding the tribal law project to the bill.“You need some assistance from the federal government so you can create some additional tools in the tool box for justice within your own communities,” he said.In a letter to Parnell last week, Begich said the public safety problem in Alaska is so severe it warrants an “all of the above” approach. Such an approach, though, might cost him a co-sponsor. Sen. Murkowski said at the hearing she wants to pursue funding and training for Alaska’s tribal courts. Her spokesman Matt Felling says Murkowski has opposed previous proposals to extend Alaska tribal jurisdiction over non-members of the tribe.last_img read more

Karnataka Bank rights issue closes on November 21

first_imgKarnataka Bank, the Mangaluru-based private sector lender, will be closing its rights issue to existing equity shareholders on November 21 2016. The bank is offering up to 9.42 crore equity shares in the ratio of 1:2 to its existing shareholders at Rs 70 per share (including premium of Rs 60 per share) to raise about Rs 695 crore.The share price of the bank was trading at Rs 114, up 2.33 percent, on the BSE on Thursday at around 12.02 pm.For the second quarter (Q2) ended September 2016, the bank reported net profit of Rs 124 crore, up 21 percent from Rs 102 crore in the corresponding period last year. Net interest income rose 19 percent to Rs 762 crore from Rs 638 crore, year-on-year.Total income for Q2 increased to Rs 1,496 crore in comparison to Rs 1,369 crore despite other income falling to Rs 18 crore from Rs 25 crore.Gross non-performing assets (NPAs) and net NPAs stood at 3.64 percent and 2.63 percent, respectively, as of September 30 2016. Total business comprising deposits and advances rose to Rs 89,707 crore, up 10.32 percent on a year-on-year basis.Capital adequacy ratio was 11.19 percent.last_img read more

DC Dems Seek Poverty Solutions

first_imgOn June 17, the Ward 8 Democrats hosted a panel discussion titled: Concentrated Poverty: Understanding the Effects on Neighborhoods. Participants included Stan Jackson, president of the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation; Ward 8 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Greta Fuller; Linnea Lassiter of the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute; Beverly Wheeler of D.C. Hunger Solutions; and Kathy Zickuhr of the D.C. Policy Center. The participants discussed poverty in the District with the backdrop of information provided by Ward 8 Democrats President Charles Wilson.Stan Jackson, president and CEO of the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation, thinks poverty in Ward 8 needs to be addressed so that Black residents afford housing. (Courtesy photo)Wilson presented information showing the median family income in predominantly Black Ward 8 dropped nearly 17 percent between 2006-2015, from $28,979 to $24,096 and in neighboring predominantly Black Ward 7, the median family income dropped 10 percent, from $34,562 to $31,273 during that period.In contrast, in majority White Ward 2, the median family income jumped nearly 65 percent, from $114,752 to $189, 324.Wilson also presented data showing many Ward 8 residents couldn’t afford to buy into the homes they have or couldn’t qualify for the housing developments that are slated for the ward.“Housing is a component of what makes a community vibrant,” Jackson said in a statement.Jackson said while instruments like the $100 million Housing Production Trust, created by the D.C. Council to support affordable housing, got things started, it is legislation that limits building reasonably priced units. He notes that the soon-to-be-built Maple View complex in Ward 8 has 16,000 square feet available but by regulation a grocery store cannot be put in it. “We are in vicious cycle and public policy needs to change,” Jackson said.Wards 7 and 8 are both having a problem with grocery stores. Wheeler has been outspoken about how the eastern part of the city is missing out on fresh fruits and vegetables.Her organization recently released a report that showed in 2010, Ward 7 had four and 8 had three full-service grocery stores in 2010 but by 2016, those wards only had two and one, respectively.Meanwhile, according to the report, Ward 6 had the largest increase in grocery stores with four in 2010 to 10 in 2016 and Ward 3 only had a slight drop during that time period from 11 in 2010 to nine in 2016.Wheeler said there are only three full-service grocery stores for the combined populations of Ward 7 and 8, which is approximately 150,000 people.“People who live in Ward 7 and 8 have to spend money and time on transportation to get to a quality grocery store,” she said in a statement. “That’s not right. People have a right to eat healthy and not have to take two buses to get to their stores.”Zickuhr said throughout her presentation that for many years, the District and federal governments did little to fight poverty. “The factors are interconnected such as questionable zoning practices and transportation concerns,” she said. “Having a job is great but if you can’t get to it easily, it becomes a problem. Plus, the person who doesn’t have access to a car may be living in a food desert.”In a statement, Lassiter said that in the District, poverty and race are interconnected.“You cannot talk about income inequality without talking about race,” she said. “Many people in the public policy arena don’t want to bring up race.”Fuller agreed with Lassiter that race is a factor in poverty and income generation. “I have noticed that Blacks who are educated have higher unemployment rates than Whites who are in a similar situation,” Fuller said. “We must continue to support economic diversity in this city as housing and living costs increase in this city.”When an audience member asked about solutions, responses ranged from the District achieving statehood so that it can determine its own destiny; electing people to office who are more sensitive to the needs of those impoverished; and for residents east of the river to have an active role in economic plans for Wards 7 and 8.But, despite the grim statistics, Jackson said he is upbeat about Ward 8. “Ward 8 is rich with resources,” he said in a statement. “This is a ward that is being affected by progressive change. Look at Trinidad-Ivy City. Five years ago, you had [police] checkpoints in that area and now it is hot.”last_img read more

Transform and Roll Out An Interview The Crew 2s Julien Charpentier

first_img Ubisoft’s The Crew did something original when it released late in 2014. It took the idea of an open world racing game to its logical conclusion by allowing players to race across a truncated version of the United States. Though The Crew found its own unique path in the racing genre, it didn’t leave much of a lasting impression. With that said, the game did well enough that it’s getting a sequel this summer with the appropriately named, The Crew 2.Based on what we’ve played, The Crew 2 looks like it’ll be better than the original. The biggest thing going for it is the fact players can switch from cars, bikes, boats, and planes with the press of a button. There’s also a deceptively deep progression system in place; making it the “CaRPG” experience promised by Ubisoft. The Crew 2 is by no means a “serious” racing game, but that’s precisely what makes it so much fun.I sat down with Narrative Director, Julien Charpentier, to learn more about The Crew 2. During our chat, we discussed the game’s underlying mechanics, where the team drew inspiration, and the answer to the eternal question: what makes a racing game “fun.”Why did you incorporate so many types of racing games into one?When we did the first one, we realized it was a gigantic world and what people enjoyed was the sandbox of it. It’s like a toy. So we looked into it and said “How can we make it even better? How can we get people to have more fun with it?” This was the drive. Thanks to our Creative Director, who said to us: Okay, we’re going to do planes, and we’re going to do boats. And we all said “what?” But it turned out good in the end.Was it difficult to create a cohesive racing system given the different types of vehicles in the game?It was a slow process of iteration. We did a lot of research. When I say research, we went to see people that actually do boat racing, or street racing and bikes and everything, and we asked them many questions. As much as we could, it’s not always possible, but as much as we could, we tried to do a tour or handle the vehicles ourselves so we could learn and find those differences. Afterwards, we made everything accessible, so there isn’t completely different button mapping. We needed to be consistent. It was important that the controls were the same, but the way the vehicles are handled is different.Racing games usually fall under two categories: sim and arcade. Did you try to favor one over the other?I think we wanted to lean towards arcade. Let’s be honest, we’re jumping on roofs, we’re doing crazy stunts, we have the world that is bending wildly during a race. We were looking for the fun experience. It’s nothing against simulation, but we prefer the easier to pick up way. This was really important for us; to make sure you pick it up and you’re able to handle yourself right away. Something like the plane, for example, is not naturally easy from the get go, but you have a learning curve that goes easily. For example when I started playing drift, I was one of the worst in the entire studio. I hated it. But now, I’m loving it, it’s my favorite thing. I’m one of the best in the studio.How was the open world experience improved for this game? Is the world bigger than it was in the previous installment?The size of the world is roughly the same, honestly. But, simply by adding ground, water, air we changed everything. Before, when you met a river, it was an obstacle. You had to find a bridge. Now, a river is no longer an obstacle, it’s a path. So we had to redo all of the rivers. It’s a new system. It was like building a movie set. You only build what’s seen on camera. We did the same thing before (in the first game). Now with planes, everything is on camera. You have to redo everything. You have to change the way you think to make sure everything works under any circumstances. Maybe a tunnel that was 7 feet wide, you’ll need it to be larger so that a plane can go through it. This is the type of thing that we tried to do throughout the entire process.So the game is designed in a way where players can transform into different vehicles at any time and it’ll always work?We were extremely careful to make sure that, when you jump in a car that is going 200mph that it’s not the same thing as jumping with a motocross bike that goes 100mph at best. But you still need to achieve that jump. So yes, we were really careful in making sure that the matrix still works whether it’s a fast car, slow car, or a motorbike.Was this game inspired by anything? The reason I ask is because Grand Theft Auto Online has a races with transforming vehicles.Actually, they were inspired by us. We unveiled The Crew 2 at E3 last year. We don’t have the ownership of good ideas, but we know we weren’t inspired by any other games. Because we’ve been working on this for years already. We were inspired by ourselves from everything. But this specific example you’ve given? No, we’re not at all inspired by that.What do you think is the most impressive part about the game’s graphics?I know some people were disappointed by the graphics of The Crew so this was one of the things we wanted to improve a lot. For example, every tree in the game has been completely rethought. We wanted everything to be more beautiful yet easier for the engine to create and render. It was a long process. On top of that, we had the clouds. Clouds were just a background thing in the first game. In this one they are alive, they are volumetric. This means that you can go through them, go above and under them. If you’re tired of rain, go above the clouds and it won’t rain any more. It’s now a sunny day. It was important to have this feeling of going above the clouds. I don’t think I ever saw that in a game before, where I can do that on any single occassion.Do different weather conditions affect races?It does, but just a bit. Like I said, we want the game to be easy to pick up; to be more arcade-y than simulation. When it rains, it will change your grip. I’m not sure about the number, but it’s roughly around 10%. It’s not enough to create a huge difference. You want the rain to be a new challenge, not a pain in the ass.How does the game decide what type of weather it’ll throw at players? Is it based on the local weather or is it all preprogrammed?The weather is on a server. It changes but you don’t choose the weather you’ll have. The only exception is some events that will have “forced weather.” For example, every single time you go to one of these events you’ll know that it’ll either rain or snow. But you can’t change the weather. Like in real life, you’ll just have to deal with it.So the game is always online, correct?Absolutely.How deep does customization go?Even though the game is arcade-y, we have RPG components. Every time you finish an event, you’ll gain loot, which is actually parts. Those parts increase your level. That’s the first aspect of customization. The second aspect is that you can actually gain visual parts. You can change the HUD, and pretty much the entire car (visually). The third one is that, in the options, we have what we call “extreme” or “professional” handling. This means you can activate or deactivate any help you want. If you’re a player like me who just likes to pick up and go, you don’t have to bother. The game will take care of it. But if you’re the person who wants to be very specific and say “I don’t want a handbrake that is too strong,” you can tweak it.I’m like that too. I don’t want to bother with all of that micromanaging. I just want to race. Is there a way you can have the game select the best parts?No, because a part is two-fold. We have what we call the “level” of the part. Let’s say the car is 100, and the part will lead you to be 101, 102 or 103. We also have “affects.” On one part, you will be able to gain 5% of Turbo. Sometimes you’ll want to say, “Okay, this part is 105 but it has 5% Turbo. This one is 107, but it doesn’t have the 5% Turbo. What do I choose?” We really want you to do the choosing, not us.This last question isn’t about The Crew 2 specifically, but I’m curious to hear your response. What do you think makes a racing game “fun”?Whoa! That is a very difficult question to answer. You have to take a lot of things into consideration. You have to make sure that the path is fun. It’s important to make sure that you have options on the path from time to time; shortcuts and everything. That the A.I. is worth going up against. Co-op is important too, because it’s a lot funnier when you play with a friend. In the system we have, when one of you wins the race, everyone (on your team) wins. But that doesn’t mean you don’t want to be the guy who comes in first place. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to not win the race. I don’t want my friend to say he won for me. All those elements, and the variety allow us to have a racing game that is fun. What The Crew 2 Lacks in Focus it Makes Up for With VarietyThese Are the Games You Should Check Out in June Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

To Succeed in 2018 Ecommerce Entrepreneurs Must Focus on This One Change

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read This story appears in the December 2017 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » December 6, 2017 Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. For 2018 trends, we asked an expert on what entrepreneurs can expect this coming year in e-commerce. For merchants and retailers, ecommerce automation has started to become a huge deal, and companies leveraging it have a massive competitive advantage. Give it a little bit of time, but it will soon become table stakes. You can automate all kinds of different things. Take fraud, for example. You can now set a rule in your ecommerce platform that if an order comes in that is deemed “medium risk,” an email automatically goes to the finance department to check it out. For a high-risk order you can set a rule to automatically cancel the order. It’s like marketing automation, but even more powerful. Related: 12 Awesome Tips From Ecommerce ExpertsBy off-loading decision-making from humans to an automated system, you get the thing we all need in order to be more successful: time. This is what I love about automation — ­­it feeds into how you can focus on the stuff that actually has impact, like creating more personalized experiences for shoppers. We’re seeing a lot of retailers ask, “How do we make sure we are showing relevant products? How do we send the right email at the right time to the right person with the right message?” Increased personalization and the streamlining of that experience is becoming really important. We’re also seeing companies move toward mobile payments and wallet apps so people don’t have to type in all their personal information at checkout. We’ve all been in a situation where we try to check out and it’s 17 minutes later and you’re not out yet. You know if it’s a crappy experience; it’s an intuitive thing. And it’s a huge point where people can drop off. Related: Side Hustlers: Watch This Before You Launch Your ECommerce SiteFinally, we see that social media is going to continue to be a huge driver of ecommerce. As a result, you’re seeing things like shopping directly on Instagram.– Hana Abaza, Head of Marketing, Shopify Pluslast_img read more

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first_img Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more November 17, 2011 – PenRad announced it is offering customers access to a new integration within its mammography information system (MIS): Volpara Breast Density Software for automatic quantification of breast density and volume. This integration offers PenRad MIS users access to further streamline workflow and improve patient care management.Volpara automatically quantifies breast density and volume, and provides physicians with automatic and objective quantitative breast tissue density information. It can be used in informing patients of their tissue density-related risk and in documenting the need for adjuvant screeningA national trend has been developing to incorporate laws requiring breast imaging programs to notify patients of breast density following a mammogram. Dense breast tissue has been shown to obscure abnormalities on a mammogram.Connecticut and Texas have passed breast density laws, and several other states have related legislation pending. These new laws indicate that upon completion of a mammogram, if dense breast tissue is demonstrated, patients may benefit from adjunct screening tests (i.e. ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging) to assist in identifying abnormalities.“PenRad shares our commitment to improving the detection of cancer through better access to critical breast health information,” said Ralph Highnam, M.D., CEO at Matakina International Ltd. “The objective measurement of breast density clearly offers important clinical information, but the technology will not be used effectively unless it is easily integrated into routine diagnostic workflow. The ability to display breast density values on the PenRad MIS is a significant step.”PenRad products include a Web-based multimodality reading workstation; computer-aided analysis for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computer-aided detection (CAD) for ultrasound; and information systems for fast and reliable interpretation, reporting, tracking and management of clinical data.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more center_img News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Related Content Technology | November 17, 2011 PenRad Expands MIS By Offering Integrations With Volpara Breast Density Software Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more last_img read more

The Venture offers up to 1 million for social entrepreneurs

first_imgScotch Whisky giant Chivas Regal this month launched “The Venture,” a competition in which applicants from 23 countries — including Costa Rica — will have a chance to pitch a proposal for a share of a $1 million fund as well as counseling and mentorship to accelerate the winning projects.The Venture is open for businesses and startups as long as they offer a positive impact on their countries.It was first held in 2014 with finalists from 16 countries, and for this year’s edition Costa Rica was included among the eligible nations.In addition to the funds and counseling, finalists will have global exposure and the opportunity to raise additional funds through the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.The Venture is open to social entrepreneurs who have an established, for profit startup or business. Businesses in early stages are accepted as long as they have a working prototype of their concept, ideally with some demonstrable user traction, and generating a maximum of $500,000. Young entrepreneurs are allowed but at least one of them has to be over 25.Businesses in a growth stage also can participate as long as they can show significant user traction and sales, generating a maximum of $1 million.The main requirement for all is to demonstrate that their business has a positive impact for their country.Businesses or projects can be technological, environmental, community-based, public health-oriented or from other areas that can result in benefits for the social environment. The local call is open for Ticos and foreigners legally residing in Costa Rica and whose projects will be developed here.Interested entrepreneurs can submit their proposals through an online form at before 9 p.m. (Costa Rica time) on Oct. 31.The best five proposals from Costa Rica will be disclosed on Nov. 14 and those selected will have to pitch them before a jury for a maximum of 90 minutes.The winning proposal will be announced on Nov. 26 and the entrepreneurs will travel to the Dominican Republic to pitch their proposals before an international jury along with winners from that country, Guatemala and Panama.Each regional winner of The Venture will travel to Silicon Valley, California, for a week where they will have the opportunity to participate in trainings and seminars at companies such as Indiegogo, Google and Singularity University, among others.Finalist proposals will be submitted to a public vote during five weeks where they will compete for five weekly prizes of $50,000.Chivas brand manager in Costa Rica Dennis González said the remaining $750,000 will be distributed in June 2016 among the three best projects worldwide in a final pitch (in English) also in California.The contest this year will include representatives of 23 countries, among them Japan, Indonesia, Korea, Chile, Mexico, Spain, England, South Africa, United States, Panama and Guatemala.One of the winners last year was a project from Chile involving the manufacture of vending machines dispensing basic grains (rice, beans, lentils) in small amounts aimed at poor people who cannot afford to buy a kilo.Chivas also granted funds to a Brazilian online platform to file complaints against public agencies and also to a project in Japan for manufacturing a device that measures the humidity of plants to determine the exact amount of water needed by crops.“During the fundraising stage alone, 14 of the 16 finalists raised more than 100 percent of the funds they required to develop their initiatives,” González said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s capital is the second best city in the region for doing business, World Bank says Costa Rica to build its first industrial park for small- and medium-sized businesses Foundation offers $1.3 million in funding for sustainable development projects Central American Bank grants Costa Rica $2 million to finance environmental projectslast_img read more

AP Exclusive NKorea halts rocket launchpad work

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Another unknown is why North Korea about eight months ago stopped construction on the launch pad, rocket assembly building and launch control center at what was intended to be a major new facility at the Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground on the northeast coast, according to analysis provided to The Associated Press by 38 North, the website for the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.But the analysis of May 26 commercial satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe and Astrium provides some possible scenarios about what’s happening.One theory is that equipment and construction troops sent from the site to help repair widespread rain damage last year may still be at other posts. Another is that North Korea’s leadership has decided that its more modern Sohae rocket launching site on the northwest coast, the one used to launch rockets in April and December 2012, will be sufficient to support large rocket developmentBut the most intriguing theory from the analysis is that the work stoppage could reflect a decision in Pyongyang to slow or stop building larger rockets.“If Pyongyang ultimately abandons facilities to launch large rockets it only began building in 2011, that could have important implications for North Korea’s space launch program as well as the development of long-range missiles intended to deliver nuclear weapons,” Joel Wit, a former U.S. State Department official and now editor of 38 North, said in an email. Earlier this year, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un enshrined the drive to build a nuclear arsenal, as well as expand the economy, in North Korea’s constitution. The Korean Peninsula remains technically in a state of war because the Korean War ended 60 years ago Saturday with a cease-fire, not a peace treaty.Since 2006, North Korea has staged three nuclear tests of apparently increasing power and a series of long-range rocket launches. North Korea says its rocket launches are meant to put peaceful satellites into orbit.What the Obama administration saw as faster-than-anticipated North Korean progress on nuclear weapons and missiles prompted a March announcement that Washington would spend $1 billion to add 14 interceptors to the U.S.-based missile defense system.Outsiders have difficulty assessing North Korea’s intentions and technical capabilities, but many doubt that Pyongyang has yet mastered the technology needed to miniaturize a nuclear device to mount on a long-range missile and attain its goal of being able to directly threaten the United States. Some analysts, however, believe Pyongyang may be able to arm shorter-range missiles with warheads.___Associated Press writer Hyung-jin Kim contributed to this report. Follow Foster Klug on Twitter at 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Four benefits of having a wireless security system Comments   Share   Top Stories Any clues about North Korea’s secretive rocket program, which Washington and others see as a cover for work on missiles that could strike the U.S. mainland, are significant.Another analyst said North Korea’s construction stoppage may be linked to a desire to ease tensions that spiked this year after weeks of North Korean war threats following U.N. sanctions over its nuclear test in February and rocket launch in December. The rival Koreas have since made tentative efforts at diplomacy.“North Korea may have concluded that there’s nothing more to be gained from confrontation,” said Ohm Tae-am at the state-run Korea Institute for Defense Analyses in South Korea. He said North Korea’s struggling economy may also have figured into a decision to stop funding the construction work.The 38 North analysis said there’s no sign of activity, equipment or personnel at the new launch pad at Tonghae. Grass is growing from the foundation of a large new rocket assembly building, and work is incomplete on a road meant to bring construction equipment and, eventually, large rocket stages to the site.Even if North Korea resumes work at the site, the delay means completion could be pushed back to 2017, at least a year longer than earlier estimates, according to the analysis. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korea has stopped construction work at a site meant to launch bigger and better long-range rockets, a possible sign that Pyongyang is slowing or even halting development of larger rockets, according to a new analysis of recent satellite imagery.The sight of unfinished roads and grass growing from the foundation of a large new rocket assembly building could be welcome news for Washington and others who see Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile work as a threat _ though it is unknown if the work stoppage is only temporary. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more