#MambaThick: Kobe posts ‘dad-bod’ pic, deletes it soon after

first_imgNational Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Wrecking Balls get last PVL men’s semis berth The snap, which was originally published by TMZ Sports, featured the five-time NBA champion sporting a noticeably “beefier” physique than fans are accustomed to.“Objects on camera may appear larger than they do in the mirror,” Bryant captioned the unflattering post, which he deleted soon after.The Laker legend also hinted at going on a diet, as he wrote: “Gimme 30 days,” adding the hashtags: #challengeaccepted #mambathick and #mambabeast.Netizens also managed to capture Bryant’s photo before it was deleted and began using the #mambathick hashtag.Screen Grab from TwitterIn true Kobe-esque fashion, he responded with a follow-up post, hinting on a possible social media black-out. /raADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Aside from his unearthly talent on the basketball court, retired Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is perhaps best known for his relentless work ethic, staying in tip-top shape for most of his 20-year NBA career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOver a year removed from professional basketball, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the 38-year-old father of three gain some post-retirement weight.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Such was the case on Tuesday, (Wednesday in Manila) when the “Black Mamba” posted a shirtless photo of himself on his personal Instagram account. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

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Thomasian spirit will always remain with me, says Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Almadro was once a student of UST’s Faculty of Engineering. He took up Electrical Engineering and tried his luck with the Tiger Spikers as a setter but failed to crack the team that won the Season 55 title.“I just tried out, and during that time there was no libero yet so I tried out as a setter since I’m a small guy,” said Almadro after Ateneo’s Game 3 win, 25-17, 25-22, 25-22, Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I couldn’t make the lineup so I decided to just play for the college team of Engineering.”Almadro, whose parents and sisters graduated from UST, said his stay at the university was smack in the middle of the Growling Tigers’ four-peat run under Aric del Rosario. Oliver Almadro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Who would’ve thought that the one who helped break the collective hearts of Thomasians was a former University of Santo Tomas student himself?Oliver Almadro crushed the Golden Tigresses’ title hopes when he steered Ateneo to the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball championship after three games and give the Lady Eagles their third ever title in team history.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport And this type of fanfare stuck with him even when he left UST in 1998 to transfer to Colegio de San Juan de Letran, UST’s sister school under the Dominican order.It was with the Knights where Almadro eventually became a varsity player as an unheralded setter. It was also at Letran where he started his coaching career.Almadro said he was a working student for one year at Letran, focusing on his studies as a Computer Management student wherein he got the Best Thesis and Best Oral Defense recognitions.Apart from burning the midnight oil, Almadro also learned from the best coaches possible, becoming a former deputy of Nes Pamilar and La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus.Almadro was De Jesus’ assistant from 1997 to 2007 at La Salle, and in between that time graduated from Letran in 1999.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:57US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ He may have been to many schools but his Thomasian spirit remains strong.“My identity as a Thomasian was still there because my parents and sisters were Dominicans so that spirit will always remain with me,” said Almadro. “I would like to thank my family because it was because of them that I became passionate.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Former NBA star Odom used ‘fake penis’ to cheat drug testers in 2004 DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Breitner tips India to become big in football in two decades

first_imgBy S S Ramaswamy Mumbai, Feb 14 (PTI) Former German football great Paul Breitner has tipped India, the worlds second-most populous nation, to become a major power in the globes most followed sport in under two decades. The 64-year-old former midfield general, who was part of the German sides which won the World Cup in 1974 in Munich and then finished runners-up to Italy in 1982, based his assessment on what he has seen in the new generation of players over the last eight years in the FC Bayern Youth Cup tournament. “I see great improvement in the young Indian players from 2008 (when the tournament was introduced in India) to now. What I have seen today was very good level (of football) as compared to all other countries where I am training,” said the FC Bayern Munich legend in an interview to PTI. Breitner is in the city to witness the semifinals and final of the pan-India Under 16 tournament being held today. “I expect that besides China, India also will become a great football nation. (But) it will need 15-20 years. You need two or three generations but I am convinced that football in India will become a very important and good one. “If you ask me why, the answer is the Indian people have some movements which are different from others, like your hockey team – they use body feints – which is outstanding,” said Breitner who was part of the German outfit that also won Euro titles in 1972 and 1980. Breitner, among a handful of players to have scored a goal in two World Cup finals including the score-levelling penalty in the 1974 final against The Netherlands that Germany won 2-1, said the way forward was for Indians to be trained by top European coaches or by those Indian coaches who are, in turn, tutored by overseas coaches. “Indian players will become very good if they have the chance to be trained by good coaches. This is the most important thing which you have to think about and work upon,” he said. (MORE) PTI SSR ARS PM PM PTPadvertisementlast_img read more

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Mike Gundy Rips Big 12 Leadership Regarding Expansion

first_imgMike Gundy came out swinging this week on a variety of things including the fair-weathered nature of OU fans as well as Big 12 expansion.“I don’t understand expansion right now. I don’t know what we’re doing,” Gundy told the Tulsa World. “I think right now we’re pretty much clueless.”Gundy has listed several reasons for his displeasure with the leadership in the Big 12, ranging from the failed Longhorn Network (which he previously railed on) to the head-scratching list of expansion candidates, including the University of Houston.Gundy told Guerin Emig of the Tulsa World that Houston is a concern without actually saying the word “Houston.”“The concern is, and where that comment is coming from, is if your northern schools put a southern school, and another school in Texas, in the same league, that essentially is going to pull recruits from all of us,” Gundy said. “That’s what it comes down to.”“Anyone that’s not in Texas will have a more difficult time recruiting Texas if another Texas school gets in this league,” he reiterated.Gundy is fully aware that it is tough enough to mine the rich recruiting grounds in Texas with four Big 12 schools already in state (Texas, TCU, Baylor, and Texas Tech). Adding a fifth in the University of Houston, blessed with a brand new stadium, recent success, and located in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country, would be a huge hit for other schools trying to recruit in the area.“We have about 130 guys on our team and 30 of them are from Houston or that surrounding area,” Gundy added to the Tulsa World.He also expressed the sense of “community” and environment amongst coaches and high school programs within the state. Many high school coaches are alumni of Texas schools, and have already built relationships with the colleges through other recruits over the years. This is just another potential giant to battle.He went on to stress patience with the current edition of the Big 12, and pointed out the conference has been right in the thick of contention for the College Football Playoff the last few years.“That’s why in my opinion, I don’t think it’s worth it,” he added on expansion. “Just be patient, see where we’re at. We’re not that far off. Two years ago we should have had a team in the playoff. Last year we did. What’s the big deal? That’s my opinion. Nobody likes to hear it, but that’s my opinion.”If and when the Big 12 does decide to expand, perhaps it would be better to expand its presence geographically with a school with a national fan base such as BYU, or another talent-heavy state, such as UCF in Orlando, Florida. Either way, Gundy brought the heat opposing expansion at this time, and has opened the door for other coaches to voice their opinions as well.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Lakshya Sen defeats Felix Burestedt to enter Dutch Open final

first_img Press Trust of India October 12, 2019UPDATED: October 12, 2019 22:53 IST Lakshya Sen stormed into Dutch Open men’s singles final. (BAI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLakshya Sen defeated Felix Burestedt to reach Dutch Open finalLaskhya beat Felix 21-12 21-9 in a lop-sided semifinalThe 18-year-old had clinched the Belgian Open last monthRising Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen stormed into the men’s singles final with a straight-game win over Felix Burestedt of Sweden at the Dutch Open Super 100 tournament here on Saturday.The 18-year-old Indian, who had clinched the Belgian Open last month, beat Felix 21-12 21-9 in a lop-sided semifinal contest that lasted 33 minutes.Lakshya had earlier sailed into the men’s singles semifinals with a 21-9 21-16 win over compatriot B M Rahul Bharadwaj on Friday night.Lakshya, who had won the Asian Junior champion, a silver at Youth Olympic Games and a bronze medal at World Junior Championships last year, will now take on Yusuke Onodera of Japan in the summit clash on Sunday.In the semifinal, it was neck-and-neck between Lakshya and Felix till the first six points before the Indian pocketed five straight points to surge ahead 11-6.Felix clawed his way back to reduce the margin to 10-12 before Lakshya upped his game to pocket the first game.The second game was a one-sided contest as Lakshya raced to an 8-0 lead. Felix managed to secure nine points but Lakshya kept his nose ahead to seal the contest.Ealier in the quarterfinals against Bharadwaj, Lakshya dished out a dominating game, moving to a 6-0 lead early on and then jumped to 11-3 at the interval.He continued his march ahead, reeling off six straight points at 13-8 to move to 18-8 and soon pocketed the game comfortably.In the second game, Bharadwaj opened up a 4-2 lead for a brief period but Lakshya came back to turn the tables and surged to 11-6 at the break.advertisementBharadwaj tried to make a comeback but Lakshya kept his nose ahead to eventually shut the door on his opponent.Also Read | Badminton: Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon cleared of doping chargeAlso Read | Ultimate aim is to win gold at Tokyo Olympics: PV SindhuFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Lakshya Sen defeats Felix Burestedt to enter Dutch Open finalLakshya Sen, who had won a silver at Youth Olympic Games, defeated Felix Burestedt 21-12 21-9 in a lop-sided men’s singles semifinal.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Aker Unveils New Concept, the Arctic Drillship (Video)

first_imgWMN Staff, April 23, 2014; Video:akersolutions zoom Aker Solutions has developed a concept for an arctic drillship able to operate in sea ice. Scale model tests shows the Aker Solutions Arctic Drillship is performing as expected.The features which have been introduced are positioning by mooring of a bow mounted turret with mooring disconnection possibility, azi-pod thrusters which helps to assure ice-vaning in case of change in the ice drift direction as well as a new hull shape that breaks the ice while keeping the ice from going under the vessel hence protecting the riser from ice impact.The drilling and drilling support facilities have all been enclosed, so as to protect people and equipment from cold temperatures. Prediction of performance in ice is uncertain by use of theoretical means. To reduce uncertainty the design has been tested in a model ice basin, both for unbroken and managed ice.Offshore arctic is back as the new frontier for oil and gas developments, after the last boom a couple of decades ago. New requirements for safe exploration and development require new technology.Aker Solutions’ Arctic Drillship is an important step forward towards entering new areas for oil and gas exploration in a safe and environmental friendly manner.last_img read more

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Nominations Sought to Recognize Outstanding Nova Scotians

first_imgThe province is asking people to nominate, or re-nominate, candidates for Nova Scotia’s highest honour. Nominations are now being accepted for the Order of Nova Scotia. Members of the Order are invested for making significant and lasting contributions to their community. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 21. “The Order of the Nova Scotia is the highest honour the province can bestow on someone. It is a symbol of respect and gratitude for the tremendous contributions of our most exemplary citizens,” said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant, chancellor of the Order of Nova Scotia. “I encourage people to nominate someone for the Order, and am happy to note that re-nominations have also been very successful.” Since its creation in 2001, 72 recipients have been invested into the Order, including five last year. “Each year, we have the pleasure of recognizing the work, art, and achievements of some of our most outstanding citizens,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “The Order demonstrates how the passion and dedication of one individual, regardless of their career or field, can make our communities, and our province, a better place.” Past recipient Viola Robinson of Yarmouth was invested into the Order in 2009. A celebrated and respected leader in Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaw community, her work to end systemic discrimination has spanned decades and includes advocating for changes to sections of the Indian Act that discriminated against Aboriginal women. “Receiving the Order brought so much pride, joy and dignity to my life and created an awareness about the Order of Nova Scotia that I never knew,” Ms. Robinson. “There is a great need to continue the practice of nominations so those who are deserving can share in the joy of celebrating the recognition of their accomplishments.” Nomination forms are available at all Access Nova Scotia centres, Province House, offices of members of the legislative assembly, Nova Scotia members of Parliament and the Senate, and municipal offices. People re-nominating, can submit a photocopy of the previous nomination package, with a new nomination form. For more information, contact the Protocol Office at 902-424-2467, e-mail orderofns@gov.ns.ca or visit www.novascotia.ca/iga/order.asp .last_img read more

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Sting And Paul Simon To Play For Duke Ellington School Of The

first_imgThe Duke Ellington School of the Arts is pleased to announce that Sting will headline the seventh annual Performance Series of Legends benefit concert on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm at the Music Center at Strathmore, joined by special guest Paul Simon plus an additional surprise performer.This concert is the latest installment of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts’ Performance Series of Legends that has previously featured Dave Chappelle, Denyce Graves, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Smokey Robinson and Patti LaBelle. Led by Founder Peggy Cooper Cafritz and Head of School, Rory Pullens, The Duke Ellington School of the Arts has taken an innovative, entrepreneurial approach to fundraising in order to support its dual arts and academic curriculum.“We are absolutely thrilled that Sting has offered his resources and talents to our school. His contribution through this performance series not only gives our students inspiration and valuable exposure, but provides a source of revenue that enables us to continue the important mission of providing arts education excellence to deserving students who wouldn’t otherwise have this opportunity,” states Rory Pullens, Head of School and CEO of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.Individual tickets are available now via Ticketmaster, with benefit prices ranging between $250 and $750. VIP tickets are $1,000 each and will include access to a private reception prior to the concert. Sponsorship levels range from $5,000-$100,000 and are available through The Ellington Fund at 202-333-2555 or info@ellingtonarts.org. Please visit www.ellingtonschool.org for further details or to learn more about the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.last_img read more

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Congress finally stitches alliances in several states

first_imgNew Delhi: After much uncertainty, the Congress has finally succeeded in putting in shape alliances in some states for the Lok Sabha battle, with a functionary saying it will be the “most alliance friendly” election for the party. After being in power in Karnataka along with the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), the Congress has formed major alliances in Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Bihar, Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir. The Congress is largely contesting alone in the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh after being rebuffed by the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). And its talks with the Left in West Bengal have crashed and there is also uncertainty over a tie-up with the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi. In Assam, AIUDF appears keen to shake hands with the Congress to avoid a split in opposition votes. The alliances, party leaders hope, will not only help Congress candidates perform better but will also help it to form a post-poll coalition. Praveen Chakravarty, Chairperson, Data Analytics Department of Congress, said the Congress will concede the most number of seats to allies and contest the fewest number in this parliamentary election. “Amidst all the din, 2019 will be the most `alliance friendly’ election for @INCIndia. With just the already announced alliances, it will concede the most number of seats to alliance partners and contest its fewest number of seats in a Lok Sabha election ever,” he tweeted. The Congress had reached out to opposition parties in a major way in 2004 to oust the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. The party contested 414 seats, its lowest number since 1996, and the carefully crafted alliances helped the party get a surprise result and form a coalition government. The Congress-led alliance was re-elected in 2009. Congress leaders are hopeful of a similar outcome in 2019. The Congress contested 529 seats in 1996, 467 in 1998, 451 in 1999, 414 in 2004, 440 in 2009 and 464 in 2014. The party has so far declared candidates on 218 seats for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The party will fight nine of 40 seats in Bihar, 26 of 48 in Maharashtra with two seats being given to smaller parties, 20 of 28 in Karnataka, seven of 14 in Jharkhand, nine of 39 seats in Tamil Nadu and at least four in Jammu and Kashmir, including two where it will have “friendly contests” with its ally, the National Conference. The nitty-gritty of alliances in Bihar and Maharashtra were announced only in the last two or three days and the time taken in reaching the tie-ups could impact campaigning by the candidates. The Congress has come up so far with eight lists of candidates. But its alliance talks with the CPI-M in West Bengal have crashed as both parties are keen to fight Raiganj and Murshidabad seats. The CPI-M has announced 25 candidates in its first list in West Bengal, leaving the Congress unhappy. In Uttar Pradesh, the Congress is hoping for a revival after having performed very poorly in the last Assembly and Lok Sabha battles. Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi undertook a boat ride from Prayagraj to Varanasi to bolster the party’s prospects. The party has sealed an alliance with the Krishna Patel-led faction of Apna Dal. It has left two Lok Sabha seats — Pilibhit and Gonda — for it. In Kerala, the Congress heads the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) and there is no squabble in ticket distribution. Congress strategists feel that some opposition parties, fighting on their own in states, will join hands with it after the Lok Sabha polls if there is an opportunity to keep the BJP out of power.last_img
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Kosovo Assembly elects President Prime Minister as UN hails spirit of compromise

In a single, open ballot, the Assembly overwhelmingly elected Ibrahim Rugova, head of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), as President of Kosovo, and chose Dr. Bajram Rexhepi of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) its Prime Minister.Of the Assembly’s 120 members, 112 were present at today’s session, with 88 voting in favour of the proposed government package. Three voted against the proposal and 15 abstained.Nine cabinet ministers were also named, while the candidate for the post of Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development, which will go to a member of the Coalition Povratak, has not yet been confirmed.”In the spirit of compromise, your leaders have achieved a long-awaited Agreement. I am convinced that this Agreement can be the foundation for a better future of Kosovo,” UNMIK chief Michael Steiner said in a speech to the Assembly, referring to the accord reached last Thursday on the new government.”The Secretary-General of the United Nations has wholeheartedly welcomed the Agreement,” he said. “Kofi Annan urges you to make good use of it, and establish a government now.”Today’s Assembly meeting, which was a continuation of the inaugural session that last met on 10 December 2001, was convened by Assembly President Nexhat Daci, whose first act Monday was to accept the endorsement of the PDK members of the Assembly Presidency, Xhavit Haliti and Hydayet Hyseni. read more

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Fukushima Tepco envisage de rejeter en mer leau stockée dans la centrale

first_imgFukushima : Tepco envisage de rejeter en mer l’eau stockée dans la centraleTepco, l’exploitant de Fukushima, ne sait plus quoi faire des dizaines de milliers de tonnes d’eau contaminée stockée dans les réservoirs de la centrale accidentée. Alors que la compagnie pensait pouvoir rejeter ces eaux dans l’océan Pacifique, les pêcheurs japonais s’y opposent farouchement, craignant une contamination environnementale.La compagnie d’électricité Tepco fait encore des siennes à Fukushima. Après avoir connu une série d’incidents à la centrale accidentée, l’opérateur est en effet de nouveau la cible de vives critiques. La raison ? L’idée que Tepco a eu pour se débarrasser de l’eau stockée à Fukushima. Concrètement, il souhaite récupérer de l’eau de pluie, y compris celle présente dans les nappes phréatiques du sous-sol de la région de Fukushima, pour la mélanger à l’eau hautement radioactive provenant des systèmes de refroidissement de la centrale accidentée. Puis il envisage de rejeter cette eau en mer, affirmant qu’elle ne contiendra alors que très peu d’éléments radioactifs. La société assure ainsi que cette eau n’est pas plus contaminée que celle des rivières environnantes qui finissent dans l’océan.Mais les pêcheurs de la région de Fukushima ne l’entendent pas de cette oreille et redoutent une contamination halieutique. Pour le moment, ils bloquent donc Tepco avec ses dizaines de milliers de tonnes d’eau dont l’opérateur ne sait que faire. Lundi, la compagnie a expliqué son plan de pompage aux organismes de pêche de la région, mais ceux-ci estiment à l’heure actuelle ne pas disposer de suffisamment d’éléments pour se prononcer. Pas de décision avant le mois prochain À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Nous avons besoin d’entendre à nouveau des explications de Tepco et de l’État avant de nous concerter et d’émettre un nouveau jugement”, a indiqué un représentant de fédération de pêcheurs cité par l’AFP. Quoi qu’il arrive, aucune décision ne sera pas prise avant le mois prochain et Tepco doit parvenir à gérer les 400 tonnes d’eau quotidienne qui arrive sur le site de Fukushima-Daiichi. D’autant que les réservoirs commencent tous à peu à peu être pleins et que les autres solutions de stockage ne sont pas adaptées. En effet, les bassins creusés dans le sol ne disposent pas de matériaux pour couvrir le fond avec une étanchéité parfaite. Selon l’Agence internationale de l’énergie atomique, ce problème de l’eau serait le plus grave auquel doit actuellement faire face le site de Fukushima.Le 14 mai 2013 à 16:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Hispanic population rises quickly

first_imgThe big jump in Clark County’s Hispanic population comes as no surprise to the Rev. Armando Perez.About 900 people attend his Spanish-language Mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church each Sunday.St. John is one of five Catholic churches in Vancouver, and the archdiocese 25 years ago tapped it to provide ministry to Hispanics, the fastest-growing minority group in Clark County.“There’s been this boom,” Perez said.Clark County grew about 23 percent over the past decade to reach a population of 425,363 in 2010, according to U.S. Census figures released last week. The Hispanic population grew even quicker. It nearly doubled to reach 7.4 percent, or 32,166 residents, up from 4.7 percent, or 16,248, in 2000. Statewide, Hispanics account for 11.2 percent of the population.By comparison, Clark County’s population of Asians grew from 11,095 to 17,504, from 3.21 to 4.12 percent; the number of blacks grew from 5,813 to 8,426, or from 1.68 percent to 1.98 percent; and the number of American Indians and Alaskan Natives grew from 2,910 to 3,625, or .84 percent to .85 percent of the county’s total population.As population growth among Hispanics outpaces that of other minority groups, they have become targets of discrimination, said Rosalba Pitkin, a member of the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs and a program coordinator at Clark College.The question of whether a Hispanic person was born here is quick to crop up, she and others said. The Census Bureau won’t release data detailing the number of foreign-born Clark County residents for several months.last_img read more

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Men plead not guilty to interrupted burglary in Amboy

first_imgA transient who goes by “Peanut” and his suspected accomplice pleaded not guilty Friday to attempted murder and other crimes connected with an interrupted residential burglary and shootout Christmas Eve in Amboy.Suspected shooter Brandon March and Brian Slay of Woodland, both 32, are charged with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and first-degree attempted theft. All four charges carry a firearm enhancement, each of which adds another five years to any potential sentence.The confrontation occurred Dec. 24 when Thomas Schenk arrived at his Amboy home in the 37000 block of Northeast 216th Avenue at about 1:45 p.m. and found his garage unlocked and the inside of his house ransacked.Drawing his concealed handgun, Schenk walked through his house and found a man, whom police later identified as March, loading a bag with Schenk’s belongings, according to court documents.“Schenk confronted the subject, who responded by raising his hands and saying ‘don’t shoot’ multiple times,” according to a probable cause affidavit by Clark County sheriff’s Detective Scott Gilberti. The burglar sprinted to the back bedroom and then reappeared from behind a bookcase holding a handgun, Gilberti wrote. He commanded Schenk to drop his weapon, but Schenk refused to do so. The two men each fired at each other twice, according to Gilberti.last_img read more

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BNP seeks punishment of EC secretary

first_imgElection commission secretary Helaluddin Ahmed and BNP joint secretary general Moazzem Hossain Alal.In a letter sent to election commission secretary Helaluddin Ahmed on Tuesday, BNP has accused him and three other officials of instigating the party activists and implicating them three cases.They also threatened to take legal measures against the officials if the government does not take measures against them.The other accused are a joint secretary, DMP commissioner and a deputy commissioner of Motijheel police station.A BNP delegation led by joint secretary general Moazzem Hossain Alal handed over the letter signed by party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday afternoon.The letter said, the commission instigated an untoward situation in front of the party’s central office and implicated the party leaders in name of enforcing electoral code of conduct.EC turned a deaf ear when Awami League nomination seekers created public sufferings by blocking roads while collecting nomination papers from 9-12 November. Two AL men were killed in infighting that time but EC did not take any action against AL, accused the letter.On the other hand, EC termed the gathering of BNP supporters as violation of electoral code of conduct when the party started selling nomination form to the aspirants. EC then asked Dhaka Metropolitan Police to take measure against BNP, the letter added.Police clashed with BNP men on 13 November. So far three cases were filed in the incident implicating 472 BNP activists, arresting 70 and putting 38 on remand.last_img read more

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Advocacy Groups Say PostHarvey Pollution Waivers Should Be Ended

first_img 00:00 /00:46 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X Photo via PixabayAdvocacy groups say Texas needs to reinstate pollution rules that have been suspended since Hurricane Harvey. They argue the waivers just aren’t needed more than seven months after the storm.Limits on multiple types of pollution are still not being enforced in the Harvey-hit counties where disaster declarations remain in effect. That includes the Houston area, home to many refineries and chemical plants, which haven’t been required to report air pollution violations since the storm.“That means that companies are voluntarily keeping track of their emissions,” said Rosanne Barone with the Texas Campaign for the Environment. Companies have acknowledged excess pollution in recent months, but since they don’t have to, Barone is worried the data could be incomplete.Governor Greg Abbott can reinstate the rules, or they’ll go back into effect when the disaster declarations are lifted.“The purpose of waiving regulations was to aid Houston, Harris County and the entire affected region and allow them to more swiftly respond and restore their communities,” said Abbott spokesperson Mac Walker. “This is a process under constant evaluation, and to the extent the waivers are no longer needed, they will end.”last_img read more

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Turn Your Life Into Your Own Personal Dating Sim With This Photo

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target If you play a lot of dating sims, no doubt you often look at life as if you were viewing it through the lends of your very own sim. Well, now you can, thanks to a Japanese Twitter user @itopod, who has created an adorable little piece of plastic called the Main Character Lens, or Shujinkou Lens in Japanese, which lets you take the lens and place it over your everyday life to make it look like you’re playing your own dating sim in real life.The rectangular piece of plastic has a border that looks like the text box and command menu of a regular dating simulator you have running on PC. The background of the photo will blur slightly, which is similar to what the artwork looks like in most dating sims. You could put your subject behind the glass and have a blurred background, too. It’s meant to create the “moment three seconds before a female character appears” and has the three question marks in the top left “name” box to simulate that. It looks like your life is about to change with that small little detail.【お知らせ】あらゆる風景や場所がヒロイン出現3秒前になる「#主人公レンズ 」できました。文言は全部で40種類。300円です。みんなでエモい気持ちになろうや…当日はブースに巨大なひもくじ筐体が出現。なんのセリフが当たるかはお楽しみ!コミティアE50b「なかよしインターネッツ」でまってるぜ! pic.twitter.com/idSfrOjwgU— itopoid@主人公レンズWeb版公開中! (@itopoid) November 22, 2017There are different lenses with different text on them, for every situation you can think of: romantic, funny, sexy, and more. You have to buy the lenses off of Twitter user @itopod for now, though, because these, unfortunately, haven’t hit the mainstream. But think about how amazing these little pieces of plastic would be if you got them out of gashapon machines, where you get a random one with each amount of money you spend. It’d be cool for American vending machines too, but of course, our culture isn’t such that would really understand what they’re for.You could probably make your own by printing out your designs on Shrinky Disks too, but that’s if you really want to spend time doing so. I used to make a lot of Shrinky Dink necklaces when I was a kid, and they were tight. I want to buy some of these lenses. I think I’ll do just that.center_img Interview: Befriending the Justices in ‘Supreme Courtship’Boyfriend Dungeon: Date Your Weapons! Kickstarter is Now Live last_img read more

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Carbon climate and North Americas oldest boreal trees

first_imgThe researchers used a dual-isotope analysis of tree rings (δ 13 C and δ 18 O; carbon-13 and oxygen-18, respectively) to track changes in iWUE over a 715-year period. Their results showed “a remarkable and unprecedented (59%) iWUE increase over the past 150 y,” the period tracking the onset of major anthropogenic atmospheric carbon emissions. Examination of dual-isotope data from this period revealed two distinct patterns of iWUE activity, each corresponding to two of the three iWUE scenarios described earlier. The first phase, spanning the years 1850 to 1965, corresponded to S1, where ci remains constant in relation to increasing ca. This time period showed a 28% increase in iWUE compared with the pre-industrial average from the preceding 550-year period. By 1965, when ca levels reached 320 ppm however, iWUE activity shifted to reflect a constant ci/ca ratio (0.49), as described in S2, and this was accompanied by an additional 31% rise in iWUE. The rate of increase in iWUE observed in the first phase of the study is among the highest ever seen in the Northern Hemisphere, and remarkable also in that the response occurred in already mature trees. The shift in activity from a constant ci to a proportional Ci/Ca relationship—a change in paradigm from S1 to S2—that took place in the second period beginning in 1965, was also remarkable. No such shift had previously been observed in a North American boreal forest.The observed shift in the trees’ acclimation strategy suggested physiological changes either in A, gs, or both, and so the researchers looked to clues in the dual-isotope analysis to clarify the mechanism at work in both time periods. They found that in the first period, from 1850 to 1965, A (assimilation rate) stimulation by increased CO2 probably drove iWUE increases; but after 1965, the iWUE response likely changed to one dominated by gs, that is, in this case—declining stomatal conductance. In essence, these trees seemed to employ a strategy that maximized carbon gains at relatively low ca, as seen in period 1. However, beginning in 1965, the trees switched over to a drought-avoidance strategy as their photosynthetic apparatus approached a saturation point, after which water losses would be disproportionately high in comparison to carbon gains, were they to maintain a constant ci.Next, the researchers looked at variations in climate in relation to iWUE, examining variables such as soil moisture index, vapor pressure deficit, and temperature. Their analysis showed that, while each of these climate-related factors did have a significant effect on iWUE between 1953 and 2014, each had a maximal effect at a different time frequency. Moreover, the very large increase in iWUE beginning in 1850 could not be attributed to climatic changes such as the hotter/drier conditions that have prevailed since 1965. Evidence indicates colder and wetter conditions in fact prevailed, and the high stomatal conductance necessary for iWUE increases at the observed rate of the 1850 to 1965 period likely would not have been possible in hotter and drier conditions. The climatic trend of hotter and drier conditions may have played a role in facilitating the switch from S1 to S2, however. Perhaps the most important finding of this study though, is the fact that the unprecedented iWUE increases seen since 1850 did not result in substantially higher growth. Looking at ring-width indices from the trees, the researchers found periods of high growth from relatively recent modern times (1980s-1990s) of equivalent magnitude to other periods from well before 1850. The researchers offer several plausible explanations for this lack of apparent growth, ranging from growth of non-stem components of the three, such as root exudates, to nutrient limitations, for example, the effect of phosphorus on biomass growths in white cedars. Regardless, the results of this study serve as cautionary evidence to those developing dynamic global vegetation models (DGVMs) which rest upon the assumption that higher atmospheric carbon necessarily translates to greater carbon storage via photosynthesis to biomass. Thus the authors conclude: “Our results thus suggest that even in favorable conditions for growth, not all trees can take advantage of elevated levels of ca and iWUE. These mechanisms are not typically taken into account by ecophysiological models and DGVMs which may lead to them overestimating any positive effects bestowed by a higher ca on carbon assimilation and fixation. Predictions of elevated future growth and possible alleviating effects on ca might be overly optimistic if the models do not allow for the possibility of constant or even reduced growth in the context of increasing ca.” Claudie Giguere-Croteau and colleagues published their study “North America’s oldest boreal trees are more efficient water users due to increased [CO2], but do not grow faster,” recently in PNAS. Their study of white cedar trees from the southern edge of the North American boreal forest comprises a dual-isotope analysis of rings from 715-year-old trees located around the shores of Lake Duparquet in Quebec. The extreme old age of the trees is significant in that the sampled growth rings provide hundreds of years of climate and growth condition data prior to the onset of the Industrial Revolution and the concomitant increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide (ca), which, by the criteria of this study, began in 1850. As the authors of the study note, “plants have not been exposed to concentrations [of ca] above 290 ppm for at least 650,000 y, so the dynamic carbon–water coupling that prevailed for several millennia could be disrupted with potential, yet uncertain, impacts on hydro-ecosystem functioning.”Elevated ca, in terms of plants’ physiologic response, is known to correspond to iWUE—a measure of carbon uptake per unit of water lost—though iWUE may also be governed by variables such as assimilation rate (A) and stomatal conductance (gs), and how these variables ultimately affect a plant’s internal carbon (ci). The authors cite three possible scenarios that explain tree acclimation processes in response to rising ca in relation to iWUE. Scenario 1 (S1) supposes a constant ci, in which iWUE increases robustly. Scenario 2 (S2) allows for a constant ci/ca ratio, in which iWUE increases moderately. Scenario 3 (S3) assumes a constant difference between ca and ci, whereby iWUE remains constant. S1 seems the most plausible scenario in the face of the CO2 fertilization effect, though few long-term data exist to further elucidate the specific nature of iWUE in a North American boreal forest, and much uncertainty exists in this respect. Against this background, Giguere-Croteau and colleagues present their findings. Thuja occidentalis L (white cedar). Credit: USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database/Wikipedia © 2019 Science X Network In an age of unprecedented high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, the question of whether or not plants and trees can utilize excess carbon through photosynthesis is one of paramount importance. Researchers have observed what has been called the CO2 fertilization effect, whereby plants’ rates of photosynthesis increase in response to higher levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, although this is thought to be dependent on various other factors such as temperature, moisture, nutrient availability, etc. A group of researchers from Quebec sought to better understand how the oldest boreal trees in North America—Thuja occidentalis L, white cedar—have responded to higher levels of atmospheric CO2 (ca) in terms of these trees’ intrinsic water use efficiency (iWUE). Increase in red spruce growth tied to the Clean Air Act Citation: Carbon, climate, and North America’s oldest boreal trees (2019, February 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-carbon-climate-north-america-oldest.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: Claudie Giguère-Croteau et al. North America’s oldest boreal trees are more efficient water users due to increased [CO2], but do not grow faster. PNAS published ahead of print January 28, 2019. doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1816686116 Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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6 Things Millennials Have Taught Me About Real Estate

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. February 12, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free 4 min read Many seasoned professionals discount millennials as a entitled, lazy, tech-driven generation. But whether the roots of this new generation’s work style and priorities stem from the parenting they’ve had or their technological adaptability is irrelevant.Related: 5 Ways Millennials Are Like No Generation Before ThemWhat is relevant is their impact on one particular area, real estate. Crowdfunding mortgages, increased listings automation and changes to office culture are only a few business aspects they’ve already impacted.So, perhaps we can learn from the way they work, because this generation’s style of working has something to offer the rest of us in more ways than one.Having worked with millennials, who are now the largest percentage of the workforce, over the past few years, I’ve noticed six ways they’re making waves in the ever-changing industry of real estate. 1. Questioning the way things are done Question everything, and be open to change. Many of us see this as a tireless theme among young professionals, but let it teach you to question your own ways. The world of real estate is constantly evolving, from the inroads the digital sphere is making, to new forms of financing. Throw “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” out the door. There’s always room for improvement, and the first step is questioning processes that are already in place.For instance, instead of going out of my way to find new clients, I’ve been encouraged by millennials to adopt onlilne lead generation as a key tool for gaining new clients. Why spend your time looking for new potential leaders when they can come straight to you?2. Getting experimentalAfter you’ve questioned enough, it’s time to take action and get experimental with your problem-solving. Even in real estate, startups have taken over. Millennials are usually the ones most interested in taking risks in order to bring in the latest thing. But risks sometimes work, because the greatest payoffs potentially come from venturing outside of the known. And the only way to see if these new ways will work is to experiment. Existing companies in the real estate industry need to take hold of this mentality to evolve and stay relevant.3. Embracing technologyTechnology has completely changed the landscape of real estate. Online listings were only the beginning. Digitally enhanced processes are making real estate transactions much faster, a quality that millennials truly value.On the consumer-facing side, mobile apps, online applications, housing-price history and other information are helping buyers to make more informed decisions. As a real estate professional, I find that automated software and CRM systems have also revolutionized market pricing and lead generation. Related: 9 Things You Need to Know to Give Millennials Great Customer Service4. Embracing a flexible schedule What’s work without a little play? Millennials have made flexible work schedules an integral part of young startup companies. Real estate is more than your typical 9-to-5; it requires 24/7 availability and a strong relationship with your clients. Your schedule must mirror your clients’ to truly develop trust and meaningful relationships.5. Using non-conventional forms of financingCrowdfunding started as a way for young entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into a reality without heading to a big bank for a loan. Now, the same can be said for real estate. Alternative lending includes crowdsourcing funds for investment properties from small investors; mortgages remain the most solid option to enable the quick turnaround needed in hot real estate markets. 6. Being loyalBeing loyal to a company, an idea or a way of working encourages all of the above. Millennials believe in not compromising integrity, in developing a strong connection with colleagues and in working for a company whose vision they’re aligned with. The result is that “loyalty” has risen to the top of their priorities list when they look for a company they can grow with. And that loyalty correlates with their passion for what they do.Working on ideas you’re passionate about can make all the difference — and millennials have plenty of passion. What do all of these things have in common? Taking a little risk on something — or someone — new can keep your business booming. It’s time for the rest of the real estate industry to catch up. Take a look at how your younger employees and colleagues work. Maybe they can teach you a thing or two. Related: This Is How Millennials Want to Be Managed Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

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Recap M6 reopens after tenvehicle accident involving double decker bus and car

first_img Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said they sent fire crews from Knutsford, Sandbach, Wilmslow, Birchwood and Winsford to the scene. A spokeswoman said: “Firefighters were called to a multi-vehicle collision on the M6 southbound near Knutsford. “The incident involved a number of vehicles including a car transporter, a double decker bus, a car and a number of HGVs “Crews released one man from one of the vehicles. He was handed into the care of paramedics and is believed to have minor injuries.” Read MoreCouncil gritting teams out tonight as temperatures set to plummet over weekend For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .16:57Another accident on M6One lane closed and queueing traffic due to accident, a car and a lorry involved on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 Chester Road (Knutsford) and J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel).Lane one (of three) is closed awaiting recovery. 15:57Statement from Highways EnglandA Highways England spokesman said: Clear-up works are complete. #M6 J19-J18 southbound is now fully OPEN. Long delays remain on approach to J19, but these should now start to ease. We thank you for your patience if you were delayed or held up as a result of this closure today.”15:55M6 reopened15:42Closure set to be removed shortlyA Highways England spokesman said:Clear-up works are now nearing completion. We’ll shortly be starting to remove the closure at J19. We’ll keep you updated on when this happens. Long delays remain on approach to J19.” 15:18Carriageway could reopen by 3.30pm.North West Motorway Police say lanes could reopen by 3.30pm.A spokesman said: “J19 to J18 SB (Tabley to Middlewich) Recovery has now been completed and the road surface has been checked All the lanes are scheduled to be OPENED in the next 5/10 minutes. 15:12Trapped traffic cleared but M6 remains closedA Highways England spokesman said: “Trapped traffic has now all cleared from within the closure. Clear-up works continue, and we now have gritters at scene to assist with this. The carriageway remains closed at J19, with nearly 7 miles of slow moving traffic on approach to the closure.”14:36LatestA Highways England spokesman said:Recovery is nearing completion at scene, and our crews are now working on clearing the carriageway. Trapped traffic caught within the closure continues to pass the scene via lane 3 only. Approaching the closure at J19, there are severe delays.” 14:06Congestion on surrounding routesThere is queueing traffic on the A34 Rood Lane in Congleton, which is due to people taking longer alternative routes away from the M6 problems. 13:51Diversion in placeTraffic should follow the solid circle symbol using the A556 towards Northwich, the A530 to Middlewich and the A54 to rejoin the M6 at J18. 12:4011 miles of tailbacksMotorists are now stuck in 11 miles of tailbacks.12:35The accident involved TEN vehicles#TrafficUpdate – The M6 remains closed southbound between J19 & J18 following a multi-vehicle collision near Knutsford.The incident involved 10 vehicles – including a car transporter, a double decker bus and a number of HGVs – there are no reports of any injuries. pic.twitter.com/K83bbev5oX— Cheshire Police (@cheshirepolice) October 26, 201812:23HIghways England… #M6 southbound J19-J18. Traffic remains held as we work to remove the several vehicles involved in the earlier collision in the roadworks. We hope to have a lane open soon. J19 southbound entry is currently closed due to this incident. Pls allow extra time or delay yr journey. 11:41Traffic now back to Junction 20Traffic is now back as far as J20 which is the M56 Lymm interchange.11:26Update from the fire service Firefighters are currently at the scene of a multi-vehicle collision on the M6 southbound near Knutsford.The incident is believed to involve a number or HGVs and a car transporter. Crews have prepared their equipment and extricated one man from a lorry. He was handed into the care of paramedics and is believed to have minor injuries.Motorists are advised to avoid the area. 11:26Firefighters are on the sceneFirefighters are at the scene of the road traffic collision involving a number of vehicles on M6 southbound between J19-J18. The road is closed. Information will be added to our website soon. https://t.co/Sp3lEWKGXX— Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (@CheshireFire) October 26, 201811:24A picture from the scene11:19Eight vehicles involvedThe accident is believed to involve a car transporter, five lorries, a double decker bus and a car involved 11:17Update from Cheshire PoliceThe M6 in Cheshire is currently closed southbound following a multi-vehicle collision near Knutsford.The incident is believed to involve a number of HGVs and a car transporter.Emergency services are in attendance at the scene and a full closure is currently in place on the southbound carriageway between junction 19, Knutsford, and Junction 18, Middlewich.Motorist are advised to avoid the area at the current time.11:06Motorists are being asked to avoid the areaNorth West Motorway Police are asking people to avoid the area. 11:04Traffic is at a standstill11:01Update from INRIXCameras show as of around 10:40 no traffic is passing the incident due to several lorries being involved. Traffic officers have just arrived on scene.10:53Avoid the area North West Motorway Police update: #M6 J19 to J18 Southbound We are making to the Multi vehicle RTC on the #M6 Once patrols are on scene we will update you. Please avoid the area. Share this video We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comThe M6 was closed for much of the day following a ten-vehicle accident this morning. The crash, involving including a car transporter, a double decker bus, a ford focus and seven HGVs, took place on the southbound carriageway of the motorway between junction 19 and junction 18 in Cheshire at around 10.30am. No one is believed to have been seriously injured, although an air ambulance was sent to the scene. The carriageway was closed until just before 4.30pm. A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “The M6 in Cheshire has now reopened following a multi-vehicle collision near Knutsford. “The closure has now been lifted, however there are still long delays and motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.” A Highways England spokesman said: “Clear-up works are complete. M6 J19-J18 southbound is now fully open. Long delays remain on approach to J19, but these should now start to ease. We thank you for your patience if you were delayed or held up as a result of this closure today.” Read MoreUp to 2,500 jobs could be lost as Asda set to consult staff The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Watch again Watch Next Scene from the M6 accident Video Loading Video Unavailable M6 southboundSi Parkes M6 incidentVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:00/0:40Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:40 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_img June 10, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Siemens Healthcare 510(k) clearance for the Biograph mMR, the first system worldwide to enable simultaneous whole-body acquisition of data from magnetic resonance (MR) and positron emission tomography (PET). While MR provides exquisite morphological and functional details in soft tissue, PET goes further to investigate the human body at the level of cellular activity and metabolism. The Biograph mMR enables users to generate the location, function and metabolic activity of organs in a single image at the same time. The Biograph mMR allows a combined approach to imaging anatomical, functional and biochemical characteristics of disease. Potential clinical applications for molecular MR include the early identification and staging of malignancies, therapy planning and treatment. The Biograph mMR shows the greatest promise in oncologic and neurologic applications where MR and PET have proven their clinical value. The Biograph mMR has been adopted as a diagnostic imaging research tool for developing novel approaches to the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Initial Biograph mMR installations are at the University Hospital in Tuebingen and the University Hospital “Klinikum rechts der Isar” of the Munich Technical University, both in Germany; and Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital. “We’ve initiated clinical use testing of Biograph mMR in an effort to diagnose diseases at a very early stage; to see the progression of disease and to use that information to develop a therapy plan precisely focused on the respective patient. Furthermore, we plan to use the system for cancer followup in the long run, by reducing radiation exposure by the use of the system,” said Prof. Dr. Markus Schwaiger, director of the Clinic for Nuclear Medicine at the “Klinikum Rechts der Isar” of the Munich Technical University. Prior to the Biograph mMR, the integration of MR and PET technologies was nearly impossible. The conventional PET detectors, which use photomultiplier tubes, could not be used in the strong magnetic field generated by an MR system. Integration was further limited by the lack of space inside the MR device. For this reason, previous MR-PET fusion imaging solutions relied not on simultaneous imaging, but rather sequential imaging (or post-scan registration) of MR and PET data, resulting in a significant time lag. The Biograph mMR represents the first complete integration of diagnostic-grade MR and PET into a single-gantry whole-body scanner through incorporation of its 3.0T MR technology and unique Avalanche photodiode solid-state PET detector technology, which addresses the functional incompatibility of MR and PET. With the Biograph mMR, patients can be scanned in as few as 30 minutes for a combined whole-body exam, compared to one hour or more for sequential MR and PET exams. Additionally, Biograph mMR has a footprint comparable to a standard, high-field MR scanner and can be sited in a typical MR room, eliminating renovation costs for facilities seeking to replace an existing MRI. Earlier this year, Siemens Healthcare received the 2011 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation for the Biograph mMR. The Growth Partnership Company presented the award to Siemens for demonstrating excellence in the following categories: innovative element of the product, leverage of leading-edge technologies, value-added features/benefits, increased customer return on investment (ROI) and customer acquisition/penetration potential. For more information: www.siemens.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… 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. 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