Morocco Celebrates Grand Opening of Museum of Contemporary African Art

By Sarah GoodmanRabat – The Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) held an official international opening on Saturday, February 24, at the Maaden luxury compound in Marrakech. MACAAL is the first of its kind in North Africa: a nonprofit art museum that showcases not only contemporary Moroccan art but also artists from across the continent.The same weekend, Marrakech hosted the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, which debuted on the African continent after earlier iterations in London and New York. Though MACAAL launched locally in 2016, the museum’s February 24 international opening built on the momentum and crowds drawn to Marrakech for the weekend. Leila Alaoui, “Khamlia, southern Morocco #1”: The Moroccans Series. Courtesy of MACAALMACAAL was both founded and funded by Othman Lazraq and his father Alami Lazraq, a multimillionaire Moroccan property magnate and art collector. Othman Lazraq is the president of the museum, which now displays some of his family’s 2000-piece collection.The museum also avows an ambitious education and outreach agenda. “Our mission is to disseminate, educate, and popularize art in Morocco and within the continent, namely among younger audiences. We believe that culture is a shared asset that can be an outstanding lever for development,” according to Othman Lazraq.François-Xavier Gbré, “Archives I, printing works, Porto Novo, Benin”; Tracks Series, 2009-2016. Courtesy of MACAALTetouan-based, Los Angeles-born art historian Tina Barouti believes this is a trend across the continent, with museums such as MACAAL and the Zeit Modern Art Museum in South Africa creating “spaces by Africans to represent themselves on their own terms and soil.”Speaking to Morocco World News, Barouti noted that Morocco is uniquely situated at a “crossroads,” and that MACAAL’s “breathtaking” architecture and ambitious education programs demonstrate the ways that Morocco is asserting itself as African.Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden. Photo Credit: Sarah Goodman/MWN“We are seeing Morocco value its African identity by supporting not only emerging Moroccan artists but also emerging African artists. In this climate, it’s really important for North Africa to represent itself as African.”The Contemporary African Art Fair also held FORUM, a series of seven talks curated by Omar Berrada, a Moroccan writer, translator, and co-director of the Dar al-Mamûn library and artist residency.“There’s been a lot of talk about Africa in Morocco in recent years, for many reasons,” said Berrada, referencing to Morocco’s 2017 decision to rejoin the African Union after a 33-year absence. “There is a serious [Moroccan] interest in reclaiming a sense of belonging on the continent, which wasn’t the case five or ten years ago.”Joana Choumali, “Mme. Djeneba”: Hââbré, The Last Generation. Courtesy of the artist and 50 Golborne galleryMorocco has begun establishing itself as a both a destination for and a cultivator of contemporary African artists. In 2014, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI opened the kingdom’s first museum of modern and contemporary art in Rabat.However, Berrada continued, “it cannot only be based on economic investment—there needs to be cultural substance in terms of research, knowledge, and art production. For that to happen, there needs to be more presence, more exchange, more crossing of borders, until artists from all over Africa are more present here and vice-versa.”With 900 square meters for exhibitions divided between two floors, MACAAL creates an impressive space for African artists to display their works and promote cultural exchange.The Grand Opening also inaugurated the temporary photography exhibit “Africa is No Island,” available through August 24. It surveys works by 40 emerging and established photographers from across the continent and the wider African diaspora. As MACAAL explains, the exhibit examines “universally relevant cultural concepts of tradition, spirituality, family and the environment, within the context of modern African experiences and daily life.”The museum captured the new exhibition and the greater international opening on Twitter: “Africa is not an island but rather a connected territory, full of possibilities.”Mohamed El Baz, “A Love Supreme.” Courtesy of MACAAL read more

Lack of resources threaten gains in Pakistans HIV response warns UN agency

8 February 2010Although Pakistan has a plan of action to tackle HIV and AIDS, the country is facing a lack of resources that could jeopardize an effective and timely response to the epidemic, according to the lead United Nations agency on the issue. “Pakistan has made substantial progress over recent years, including in addressing sensitive social issues and increasingly involving people living with HIV in the forefront of the AIDS response,” says Oussama Tawil, Country Coordinator for the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). “However, it is now critical that a collective effort be made to sustain the momentum in these life-saving measures.”According to UNAIDS, the South Asian nation has an HIV prevalence rate of less than 0.1 per cent among its general population. But overall prevalence among injecting drug users has risen steadily from 10.8 per cent in 2005 to nearly 21 per cent in 2008. There are an estimated 91,000 injecting drug users in Pakistan of which nearly one in four in large urban settings are infected with HIV, notes the agency.The country needs $293 million over five years to implement its national action plan, which includes measures to urgently address the rising levels of HIV infection amongst injecting drug users and other segments of society through sexual transmission and avoid a spill-over to the general population. During 2006-2007, AIDS expenditure totalled nearly $29.7 million, with prevention-related activities having been allocated the biggest share – 61 per cent. Despite the resources made available by the World Bank, bilateral donors and the Government, “these funds are insufficient to cover the current needs and to create a sustainable long-term capacity to address the HIV response in the future,” states UNAIDS. The agency warns that HIV/AIDS could have a severe impact in certain communities over the coming decade. “Financial and human resources are urgently needed to scale-up the provision of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services in order to have a definite impact on the HIV epidemic and to mitigate its social and health consequences,” UNAIDS said. read more

Emotional Prince William on how his mothers death made him a mental

first_imgThe Duke Of Cambridge attends a screening of the BBC’s ‘Mind Over Marathon’ Documentary  The Duke Of Cambridge attends a screening of the BBC's 'Mind Over Marathon' Documentary  The first part of the programme, Mind over Marathon, will be broadcast at 9pm on BBC One on Thursday. “I really think we’re on the cusp of something really big and I know the BBC are keen to continue covering mental health and really trying to make that change. “As you can see, you know, I have my own reasons for being involved in mental health – what happened to me with my mother when I was younger – but equally the charitable work I do at the moment and the areas that I’m involved in, it all comes back to mental health.”Speaking without notes, the Duke went on to say: “So many parts of what I go and visit and people I meet, mental health is at the key heart of all their problems, whether it’s homelessness, veterans’ welfare, addiction, many of that stems from mental health issues. Diana, Princess of Wales, died on August 31, 1997, when Prince Harry was 12 and Prince William was 15. The Duke, along with his wife the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, has been campaigning for Heads Together to encourage the nation to speak about their psychological problems or to be a sympathetic ear.Lady Gaga has joined their campaign, teaming up with the Duke for a video, watched by thousands online, where they encouraged people to open up about their feelings and bring an end to the “shame” of talking about mental health issues. The Duke of Cambridge poses with Mind over Marathon runners Speaking after the screening of the first instalment of the two-part Mind over Marathon documentary, at Old Broadcasting House, in central London, the Duke said:  I’m speechless actually. I’m quite emotional. So I am just going to take a minute to calm myself down.”He went on to say: “I really think this is a pivotal moment in the change of mental health.center_img The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in their Heads Togther marathon bands The Duke of Cambridge poses with Mind over Marathon runnersCredit:Getty The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in their Heads Togther marathon bandsCredit:Getty “And we need to make mental health normal, we need to treat it the same way we treat physical health, it has to be seen in the same way.”And the more documentaries we have like this, the more we have influential and very important people speaking about their issues and their battles, the better.”In a separate video with Lady Gaga, the pop star, he said: “It’s time that everyone speaks up.” The Duke of Cambridge has said the death of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, spurred him on to tackle the issue of mental health, as he pledges it is “time everyone speaks up”.Speaking after the preview screening of a BBC documentary about a group of London Marathon runners with psychological problems, the Duke said the more “influential and very important” people open up about their “issues and their battles” the better.His words follow widespread praise for his brother Prince Harry, who this week disclosed that he sought counselling to come to terms with his mother’s death. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

The end of deal between IHF and Adidas

← Previous Story GERMANY 2017: Seven teams at 100% after Round 2 Next Story → 500.000 REASONS – Petar Nenadic to Telekom Veszprem from January 1 AdidasIHF The International Handball Federation and Adidas AG are announcing that it was agreed not to extend the existing partnership agreement. The agreement will end on December 31, 2017.  The International Handball Federation wishes to explicitly thank Adidas AG for their professional and successful collaboration. adidas AG and the International Handball Federation were partners for decades and worked together at many events, such as Olympic Games and World Championships.                         The International Handball Federation will announce the new equipment supplier for the next period soon.source: IHF read more

Large amount of cash stolen in Monaghan robbery

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for information after two men stole a substantial amount of cash from a bank in Monaghan.At around 5pm yesterday, two men, not better described, used a small white van to gain access to a bank on the Dublin Road in Castleblayney.One of the men then entered the building and took a large amount of cash.The two then left the scene in the white van, in the direction of Carrickmacross.No weapons were used and no persons were injured during this incident.Investigating Gardaí are appealing for information and in particular any sightings of a small white coloured van with two men onboard in the vicinity of Castleblayney/Carrickmacross/Cullaville prior to or after 5pm yesterday.Anyone with information is asked to contact Castleblayney Garda Station on 042 9740668, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.Read: Man tied up, bundled into car boot during home raidlast_img read more

New Video Game Console Cycle to Start In 2014

first_imgGood news for gamers everywhere! The next generation of video game consoles could kick off in 2014, according to Sony and Microsoft. However, it does come with a catch for both companies, Nintendo is reportedly ready to launch its next console as early as next year.While all of these are loose target dates, many gamers are already getting ready for the upcoming gaming cycle. The last one happened in 2006 to 2007, which left both Microsoft, and Sony behind Nintendo until recently. None of the three companies have released any statements about these dates, but Sony and Microsoft are both building up to the launch. AdChoices广告Via TG Dailylast_img read more

Man murdered in west Belfast was shot in living room in front

first_img Image: Google Maps Updated at 3.30pmTHE MAN WHO was murdered in Belfast yesterday evening was shot dead in his living room in front of his partner and child.The PSNI said police and other emergency services were called to a house in the Glenbawn Avenue area of Belfast at around 8pm.The victim has been named as 28-year-old Raymond Johnston.This afternoon, the PSNI confirmed that a man produced a weapon and opened fire in Johnston’s living room in front of his partner and 11-year-old child.“Our thoughts are very much with his family and I condemn this horrendous murder,” Detective chief inspector Geoff Boyce said.The PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch confirmed it has launched a murder inquiry following the killing.Boyce said: “I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed a male wearing a blue coat with fur around the hood make off from the scene, getting into a black car with tinted windows which drive away from the scene.”He said that while a definitive motive for the shooting has not been established, the PSNI is exploring a number of possible lines of enquiry.“Obviously as the investigation is at a very early stage I cannot expand further upon that at present,” Boyce said.“Local police will continue to maintain a presence in the area to provide reassurance to residents. We all have a part to play to ensure that the community in Poleglass has the time to come to terms with what has happened here and to ensure that those responsible for this murder are brought to justice.”Sinn Féin councillor Stephen Magennis said the local community in Poleglass is “stunned and outraged at this latest brutal killing”.He said: “I have spoken to some of the victim’s family and friends and they are obviously devastated and in a state of shock.There can be absolutely no justification for this murder which was carried out in the most brutal fashion… The people carrying out these attacks are bringing nothing but death and destruction. They need to be condemned and should get off the backs of this community.Alliance leader Naomi Long called it a “shocking murder” and joined Magennis in appealing for anyone with information to contact the PSNI.The PSNI is appealing to anyone with information, “no matter how insignificant they may think it is”, to contact detective on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1192 of 13/02/18 or ask to speak to a detective at the incident room at Musgrave Street.Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.With reporting by Sean MurrayRead: Man arrested after shooting incident outside NSA headquartersMore: Boris Johnson refuses to rule out resignation over UK’s Brexit stance Short URL Feb 13th 2018, 10:07 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Hayley Halpin http://jrnl.ie/3850768 Glenbawn Avenue in west Belfast.center_img Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 3:35 PM Man murdered in west Belfast was shot in living room in front of partner and child The incident happened around 8pm yesterday evening. 31,374 Views 38 Comments Share18 Tweet Email Glenbawn Avenue in west Belfast. Image: Google Mapslast_img read more

Police boost security after terror threats

first_imgAmid rising fears of a possible terrorist attack on a high-level target, Greek Police are enforcing security measures akin to those used for the Athens Olympics in 2004, Kathimerini has learned.Police patrols have been intensified around central landmarks and around hotels where foreign officials visiting Athens as part of the country’s presidency of the European Union are staying. One official revealed that bomb disposal experts have been instructed to search individuals and vehicles that appear suspicious near venues hosting foreign envoys.The force is also reviewing security for the 320 top potential targets for terrorist hits in Athens, according to sources.Greek authorities are believed to have enlisted the help of the FBI and Scotland Yard to boost security.The security alert comes a day after fugitive November 17 convict Christodoulos Xeros announced his return to terrorism in a video message and letter posted online. Xeros has been at large since absconding from a furlough from Korydallos Prison earlier this month. The development rattled the government and prompted the US State Department to press the Greek authorities to find the fugitive.Police investigations continued on Wednesday, with raids on several apartments in Athens and Thessaloniki and three arrests, two in the capital and one in the northern port.Meanwhile, the police offered a 4-million-euro reward to anyone providing information leading to the arrest of Xeros as well as another two convicted members of Revolutionary Struggle and the unknown killers of two members of the neofascist Golden Dawn. Nikos Maziotis and Panagiota Roupa have remained unaccounted for since July 2012, when they were released after serving the maximum of 18 months in pretrial custody.Authorities offered a reward of 1 million euros for information leading to Xeros’s arrest, the same sum for the arrest of Maziotis or Roupa and 1 million euros for details about the gunmen behind the murders of two Golden Dawn members in Neo Iraklio, northern Athens.In a related development, it emerged that Justice Minister Haralambos Athanasiou is drafting legislative reforms that would make it easier for judicial officials to remand suspects pending trial. He is also planning to tighten security in the country’s prisons, particularly in supposedly high-security institutions such as Korydallos Prison near Piraeus, which got a new warden on Wednesday. Hara Koutsomichali replaces Maria Stefi, who was transferred to another prison as an investigation gets under way into how Xeros was allowed to meet regularly with jailed members of another guerrilla group, Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, while he was an inmate at Korydallos.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Tokyo Is Being Recreated As 100 Piece 3D Printed Map

first_imgVisiting Tokyo can be expensive, and it’s only going to get more expensive as we get closer to the Olympics taking place there in 2020. However, you don’t need to visit Tokyo in order to experience the city. You can instead have it shipped to you in the form of high quality 3D printed map squares.That’s the aim of the One Hundred Tokyo Kickstarter, which has already doubled its funding target. It’s a project created by Japanese 3D printing company iJet. They’ve been working in the field of 3D printing since 2009 and the quality of their work is clear to see from the images included here.The One Hundred Tokyo project involves a serious amount of work to produce each of the 100 x 100mm map squares. iJet first takes map data provided by Zenrin (also used by Google Maps) and turn that into a highly detailed full-color 3D model. Tweaks are made to allow for 3D printer extrusion before the printing occurs. The base uses gypsum powder and gets hardened using a special resin. Once hard, another layer of resin paint is used to complete the realistic map piece.On the base of each map square coordinates are printed to ensure all 100 can be fitted together to create a full map of Tokyo. However, owning the whole map is going to be very expensive. Each map square will cost $125 at retail, but Kickstarter backers can claim one for as little as $95 if they are quick. Two pieces cost $175, four pieces cost $350, and nine pieces cost $790. If you want the complete one hundred square map, that’s $10,000, which will rise to $12,500 at retail.So far iJet has completed 13 of the squares and is using Kickstarter to raise funding for the remaining 87. With 9 days to go they’ve raised $20,000 while only asking for $10,000, so this is definitely going to happen. As for when your map square(s) will be delivered, the listed date is November 2017.last_img read more

Rodrigo apologises for spotkick miss

Rodrigo apologises for spotkick miss

first_imgValencia striker Rodrigo Moreno has apologised for missing a penalty in his side’s stalemate with Real Valladolid.Rodrigo was denied by Valladolid goalkeeper Jordi Masip in the second-half penalty after  Ruben Alcaraz’s free-kick cancelled out Dani Parejo’s goal for Los Che.“We played really well but just could not score a goal,” Rodrigo admitted to reporters after the game, as cited by Football Espana.Ernesto Valverde, Lionel Messi, BarcelonaValverde downplays fears over Lionel Messi’s Barcelona future Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Ernesto Valverde believes Lionel Messi’s comments on his Barcelona future have been taken out of context, and gave an update on the forward’s injury.“I want to take this opportunity to apologise to my teammates and to our fans for missing the penalty, it was a critical moment in the game and I am very sorry.“We created a lot more opportunities and we are all responsible for not scoring more.”With Los Che struggling to win games, manager Marcelino has come out to say he is unfazed about the rumours calling for his exit from the club.last_img read more

Attention Recruiters Avoid the Long Lines on Black Friday Redeem Your Recruiter

first_imgDon’t stand out in the cold on Black Friday for that gift, go online to the Recruiter Reward Center and cash in on your hard work. You’ve worked hard this year and ASA wants to make sure you have every opportunity to cash in on your success. Recruiter Rewards Points earned in fiscal year 2013 (Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept.30, 2013) for recruiting ASA/state members. Points MUST be redeemed by Dec.31, 2013 or they will be forfeited.Recruiter points can be redeemed for a selection of more than 50 gift cards, including dining, shopping, travel, special bundles and pre-paid cards from the Recruiter Reward Center. Some of the stores in the Recruiter Reward Center include: Build a Bear Workshop, Barnes and Noble, J C Penny, Kohls, HomeGoods and Macy’s.Click www.SoyGrowers.com/belong/recruiter-programs-rewards to find out how many points you have and select the stores to redeem your points. Any points earned for recruiting between Oct. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2013 may be combined with fiscal year 2013 points for redemption.For questions contact ASA’s Farris Haley at fhaley@soy.org or 314-754-1284.last_img read more

Cardinals stun Seahawks at CenturyLink

first_imgSEATTLE — Carson Palmer delivered in time to keep the Arizona Cardinals’ playoff hopes alive. Palmer overcame four interceptions to throw a 31-yard touchdown to Michael Floyd with 2:13 left. The Cardinals kept their postseason hopes going with a 17-10 win over Seattle on Sunday, snapping the Seahawks 14-game home win streak. Arizona (10-5) had to win after Carolina beat New Orleans. And the Cardinals did thanks to a stingy defense that flustered Russell Wilson into one of his worst days as a pro, delaying any celebration of an NFC West championship. The Seahawks can still clinch the NFC West with a win over St. Louis next Sunday. Palmer twice was intercepted in the end zone, including Richard Sherman’s second pick of the game early in the fourth quarter. After Seattle (12-3) took a 10-9 lead with 7:26 left, Palmer led the Cardinals 75 yards and found Floyd for a juggling TD catch with 2:13 left. Arizona wrapped up the stunning victory when Wilson’s pass deflected off Doug Baldwin’s arm and was intercepted by Karlos Dansby with 1:56 left. The Cardinals were able to celebrate handing Seattle its first home loss since Dec. 24, 2011 against San Francisco — and the first for Wilson. Palmer finished 13 of 25 for 178 yards. Floyd’s TD reception was his only catch and Larry Fitzgerald was held to three catches for 18 yards. It was the second time in three weeks the Seahawks let a fourth-quarter lead slip away. Despite those paltry numbers and Palmer’s interceptions, the Cardinals had a chance late because of their defense. Wilson finished 11 of 27 for 108 yards, taking his first home loss since he was at North Carolina State. He rarely had time to throw and when he did, he missed open receivers. His final pass was underthrown, with Doug Baldwin wide open if the throw was on target.last_img read more

Stanley Ho in good shape after being rushed to hospital emergency room

first_img Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts The family of Macau gaming supremo, Dr Stanley Ho, have described him as being “in good shape” following reports he was rushed to the emergency room of a Hong Kong hospital on Friday night.According to local media reports, the condition of the 97-year-old – who has spent the past five years receiving full-time care at the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital following a fall at his home in 2009 – deteriorated late Friday afternoon, with nursing staff rushing him to the emergency room. Pansy Ho becomes first Macau casino boss to speak out for Hong Kong government on protests RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Load More But those reports were denied by Dr Ho’s third wife and SJM Holdings director Ina Chan Un Chan and their daughter Laurinda Ho Chiu-lin.Fronting the press on Saturday outside the hospital, Chan and Ho described Dr Ho as being “in good shape,” adding “I don’t know why there are these rumors.”Apple Daily, which first broke the story on Friday night, also claimed that multiple family members including his fourth wife Angela Leong and daughter Daisy Ho had visited Dr Ho in hospital but Leong later told reporters this was not the case.The health of Dr Ho – who co-founded STDM in 1961 and subsequently won a bid to operate Macau’s gaming monopoly – has been the source of speculation ever since his 2009 fall, which saw him gradually withdraw from public life while handing over control of his companies to various family members. It included the transfer of his entire direct 7% stake in SJM to Leong in 2010.Dr Ho officially stepped down as Chairman of Hong Kong’s Shun Tak Holdings in June 2017, with daughter Pansy Ho stepping into the role – then as Chairman and Executive Director of STDM’s casino arm SJM Holdings in June last year with Daisy Ho elevated to the top position and Leong named co-Chairman.As reported by Inside Asian Gaming, Pansy Ho, who is also Co-Chairperson and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings, last month initiated what appears to be a powerplay for control of SJM, with four of her firms forming an alliance with major SJM shareholder the Fok Foundation that effectively gives the alliance control of 53% of the company.last_img read more

Trump revives US Space Command for military operations

first_imgThe administration hasn’t forgotten about Space Force, first proposed by Trump in a March speech. Pence also announced Trump will soon sign a new space policy directive that will lay out plans and a timeline for the creation of the Space Force as a sixth branch of the armed forces.  Pence addressed members of the Air Force’s 45th Space Wing. He was attending a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch scheduled for Tuesday, but the launch was postponed due to a flight computer error. The rocket is set to carry an Air Force GPS satellite into orbit. Space Command will be headed up by a four-star officer. Trump’s memorandum for the Secretary of Defense asks James Mattis to recommend officers for nomination as commander and deputy commander.”A new era of American national security in space begins today,” Pence said. Sci-Tech 23 Photos CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. Military Space 1 Share your voice Tags Space Force awakens Comment Vice President Mike Pence announces the revival of the US Space Command in Florida.  Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET It’s not just NASA that has interests in orbit. The US military has long been involved in space activities ranging from satellite communications to intelligence gathering. That work will be unified under one umbrella with the revival of the US Space Command. Vice President Mike Pence announced the return of Space Command during a speech at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday. “President Trump will direct the Department of Defense to establish a combatant command that will oversee all our military activities in space,” he said.Space Command will become the military’s 11th combatant command, each of which oversees a geographic or functional mission. It joins existing entities including Cyber Command and Transportation Command.  Space Command was originally created in 1985, but later merged into Strategic Command in 2002. Donald Trump’s directive will once again make Space Command its own entity. “It will develop the space doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures that will enable our warfighters to defend our nation in this new era,” Pence said. Trump’s Space Force is moving forward. Here’s what you need to know Trump announces Space Force, America’s military presence in space NASA’s wildest rides: Extreme vehicles for Earth and beyondlast_img read more

Gordon is Finally Back Where He Belongs on Gotham

first_img Sorry to all Gordon/Valerie fans out there, it looks like their relationship is over. As this week’s Gotham begins, Jim is watching over Valerie in the hospital, feeling guilty that he got her shot. She wakes up and immediately breaks up with Jim. When he told the Hatter to kill Lee, she says, he knew he would do the opposite. He proved to her that he still loves Lee and because of that the two can’t be together. It’s too bad, really. We all knew this relationship wouldn’t last, but they had such great chemistry together, I was hoping it wouldn’t end just yet.Before we can lament what could have been, we cut to the Hatter. Oh yes, he’s still around, and he’s gotten his hands on a virus called the Red Queen. He says the city took someone he loves from him, so he’s going to make it go insane. Hatter breaks into the morgue and steals his sister’s body. The police investigate the crime scene, and Jim tries to help. Barnes tells Jim that only cops are allowed to be there, and for once, Bullock agrees with him.Gordon visits Lee at the hospital to apologize and sees the Hatter there. He gives chase, and Hatter surprises him with a face-full of Red Queen. Gordon lies on the ground and has hallucinations of being trapped in an elevator with Barbara. He gets off the elevator imagines searching for Bruce. When he finds him, Bruce shows him a pile of dead bodies and saying it’s all because of him.Gordon has the trippiest hallucinations. (Erin Richards as Barbara Kean) (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)He wakes up back in the elevator and Barbara brings him to the next floor. He imagines himself married to Lee with two kids. After promising them a dog, the lights flicker, his family disappears, and he’s back in the elevator. He demands to be taken back to them, and Barbara asks why he’s playing at being a private detective if he wants them so much. She gives him a key, saying it’s up to him whether he uses it or not. Gordon finds himself on the street with his father, who invites him into his car. Gordon talks to his father about why he’s afraid to be a cop.Luscious visits Barnes and gives him the results of the tests on Alice’s blood. In every case, the rats went insane, turned violent and died. When Luscious says a cure could take years, Barnes says they only have a few hours. Hatter has bottled Alice’s blood and planned to release it on the city. Barnes interrogates a hospital employee and, through a little infected blood-induced rage, learns that Hatter and his goons were driving a catering van. He figures out that Hatter plans to release the virus at the state dinner that evening.Meanwhile, Nygma has spent twelve hours with Isabelle, the riddle-loving woman from the end of last week’s episode. He returns to Penguin, who is devastated to find out that Nygma is in love with someone else. While Nygma prepares him for the state dinner, the Penguin finds out where Isabelle works and sends Nygma off to prepare for his date. In the meantime, Penguin visits Isabelle at the library where she works. He casually mentions that Nygma spent time in Arkham for murder. To make sure she’s scared away from him, Penguin tells Isabelle how much she looks like the woman Nygma killed.The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) Tells Isabella (Chelsea Spack) about Nygma’s past. (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)At the state dinner, Penguin meets Katherine from the Court of Owls who says she’ll contact him when the time is right. Before he can learn anymore about her, Hatter runs in with a gun and hijacks the dinner. He’s about to force them to drink the wine, but the police arrive and capture him. Hatter laughs when he sees that Barnes is infected with his sister’s blood.Nygma is on his date with Isabelle and confesses to her what he did to Ms. Kringle. She reveals she knows what he did and came on the date anyway. He’s the only man, she says, whose measured up to the great romantic heroes she’s read about. The Penguin walks in just as they share a kiss. He excuses himself to go to bed, obviously not happy that his plan to break them up failed.We also check in with Bruce, as it’s been a while since we’ve seen him. Selena is coming over at 6:00 and Bruce are making dinner for her. Alfred promises to make himself scarce when the young lady arrives. It’s as adorable as it sounds. It almost seems like Selena isn’t going to show up, but she climbs in the window just as Alfred is about to pack the food up. Bruce is initially angry that Selena stood him up, but she admits she was late because them dating is weird for her. Bruce admits it’s weird for him too and they sit down for cake.Bruce and Selina (Camren Bicondova) have their first date. (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)A nurse finds Gordon lying on the hospital floor and brings Mario to him. Mario revives him just as his father tells him the answers he seeks are in his ring. Once home, Gordon digs through his father’s old things and finds the ring. On it is the insignia “while we breath, we shall defend.” Gordon meets with Barnes and asks to rejoin the GCPD. Barnes happily welcomes him back. As the episode ends, Katherine meets with her boss. We don’t see his face, but he wears the same ring Gordon’s father wore.By the end of this episode, we’re finally at the point we knew we’d arrive at all season. Gordon and Vale are over, and he’s rejoined the GCPD. We still don’t know a ton about the Court of Owls. Usually dragging a mystery like this out over so many episodes would get tiresome, but the Hatter was such a great villain, the Court didn’t matter the last few weeks. Now that his story seems to be drawing to a close, perhaps we’ll learn more about the Court of Owls in the coming weeks. I can’t help but think it isn’t completely over, though. This season is called “Mad City,” after all. Alice’s blood is still out there. And who better to make Gotham go mad than the Hatter? NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News Stay on targetlast_img read more

Toyota shows off all solid state lithium superionic conductor based prototype battery

Toyota shows off all solid state lithium superionic conductor based prototype battery

first_img More information: via Tech-on (Phys.org)—It’s no secret that Toyota has been hard at work trying to improve on current battery technology to power electric vehicles, last year the company described a prototype solid state lithium superionic conductor battery in an article in the journal Nature Materials that was based on a three dimensional framework. And just this month the company announced plans to introduce several new lines of hybrid and all electric vehicles over the next three years (after also announcing that the Prius hybrid now accounts for ten percent of all sales). The sticking point has been and remains, the batteries used in such vehicles which can account for up to half their cost to consumers. Explore further The all-solid-state battery prototype. Credit: Tech-on © 2012 Phys.org At the heart of current batteries for use in electric vehicles are liquid electrolytes, which by their very nature present fire safety hazards. Adding technology to reduce the fire hazard adds to the cost of the battery, thus a battery based on a solid electrolyte would be cheaper and safer. Up till now however, such electrolytes have only been practical at the 50–80 °C range which obviously isn’t workable for an electric vehicle. The new prototype is an attempt to overcome that restriction.The new battery, first described last year, uses Li10GeP2S12 in a layered three dimensional framework where cells are sandwiched together to create a stack of seven tiers with each having a voltage of four volts for a total of twenty eight at normal temperatures. The result, they say is a battery with five times the output density of previous varieties. To demonstrate its progress in refining the battery, the prototype was demonstrated recently to a group attending a green technology seminar as a power source for an electric scooter.The battery is sulfide based and differs from previous prototypes in that germanium was added to the mix to bring a more refined structure to the material. It boasts improved conductivity to 1 x 10-2S/cm-1, which is on a par with liquid electrolyte based batteries, though the company readily acknowledges that there is still a lot more work to do before such a battery could be used in electric vehicles for sale. They are shooting for a 2015 to 2020 timeframe, at which point, the hope is that a way will have been found to dramatically reduce production costs, which are at this point, apparently far too high to allow for use as a commercial battery. Citation: Toyota shows off all solid state lithium superionic conductor based prototype battery (2012, September 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-toyota-solid-state-lithium-superionic.html Journal information: Nature Materials 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. Research group develops “superior conducting” solid state lithium batterylast_img read more

An hour of darkness

An hour of darkness

first_imgBy spending an hour in the dark, hotels like Le Meridien joined millions around the world to send a powerful message about a brighter future for the planet.23 March saw the hotel turn off its lights, all except the ones needed for basic amenities (by turning off exterior signage lighting; dimming or turning off non-essential interior lighting; using candlelight in appropriate public areas such as restaurants and bars) to celebrate Earth Hour. For those who don’t know about this world-wide initiative, here is a little crash course! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Earth Hour is a worldwide event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and held towards the end of March annually, encouraging households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change. The event first took place in 2007, when 2.2 million residents of Sydney participated by turning off all non-essential lights. Following Sydney’s lead, many other cities around the world adopted the event in 2008. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEarth Hour 2013 was being held on 23 March from 8:30 pm To 9:30 pm during participants’ local time.Guests of the hotel and others who gathered to mark the event were encouraged to support the cause by lighting candles in the hotel’s lawns to form the well recognized Earth Hour logo ‘60+ Earth Hour’.’A lot of hotels across the country are doing things for Earth Hour,’ says Meena Bhatia, Vice President, Operations and Marketing, Le Meridien. ‘We chose to light candles on the hotel lawns,’ she explains. Guests were requested with letters to switch off lights for an hour and to join others to mark the 60 minutes. With the kind of response the initiative garnered, clearly they were more than happy to be a part of it.While the flickering candles created a magical atmosphere, it also marked out the gravity of the need to conserve energy across the planet. As granted as we take regular energy sources such as water, electricity and even solar power, Earth Hour is a stark reminder that unless we learn to use resources wisely, a day might come when nothing remains.We switched off for Earth Hour…hope you did too!last_img read more

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first_img 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 November 11, 2014 — Seno Medical Instruments Inc. announced that the use of the Seno Imagio breast imaging system and the associated predictive model appear to have the potential to significantly improve physicians’ ability to accurately rule out breast cancer compared to traditional ultrasound alone.”Diagnostic specificity, or the ability to accurately identify benign masses, remains disappointingly low for imaging methodologies optimized to identify all cancerous lesions with near 100-percent sensitivity,” said A. Thomas Stavros, M.D., medical director, Seno Medical Instruments. “We believe that by training Imagio readers with this real-time predictive model, they may be able to accurately reclassify benign breast lesions to a lower BI-RADS score so the patient can confidently avoid a biopsy on benign masses. If confirmed by Seno’s prospective, multicenter PIONEER Pivotal Study of Imagio, the predictive model may improve the image reader’s ability to accurately characterize solid breast masses as cancerous or benign and to spare women with benign lesions from the biopsy process beyond the standard-of-care today.”The predictive model is based on key opto-acoustic features of breast masses obtained by Imagio during a 79-subject pilot study. Seno completed active enrollment of 2,100 subjects in the U.S.-based PIONEER study in September. The results of the study will serve as the basis for the company’s Premarket Approval Application (PMA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).Stavros presented results of the parallel reader study, which was designed to prospectively test the predictive model, at the 18th SIS World Congress on Breast Healthcare. The meeting, hosted by the American Society of Breast Disease and by the Senologic International Society, took place in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 16-19, 2014.To develop the real-time predictive model, an expert radiologist blinded to histologic outcomes evaluated traditional diagnostic breast ultrasound and the five different Imagio opto-acoustic features of 79 masses (41 benign, 38 cancer) classified BI-RADS 4 prior to biopsy. Linear regression was used to model and predict the probability of malignancy, while logistic regression was used to model and to predict whether a mass was benign or malignant.Three independent radiologist readers analyzed the grayscale ultrasound images and assigned BI-RADS categories and percentage risk of malignancy (POM) to each mass. They then scored the five individual Imagio opto-acoustic features and assigned BI-RADS categories and POM to each mass based upon OA without the predictive model applied. Finally, the readers repeated the Imagio OA feature analysis and assignment of BI-RADS category and POM with the aid of the predictive model. All three independent radiologists identified all of the cancerous lesions with Imagio images, generating 100-percent sensitivity across all readers, while one cancer was missed on grayscale ultrasound. With Imagio OA without the predictive model the IRs achieved 11%, 24% and 25% better specificity than with conventional grayscale ultrasound. With the predictive model added, each independent radiologist was able to improve his/her ability to accurately classify a suspicious breast mass as benign by 28%, 36% and 38%, achieving better specificity than with conventional grayscale ultrasound, respectively. Incremental improvements in specificity attributable to the predictive model (over subjective assignment) were 17%, 12% and 13%.Imagio was designed to identify two functional hallmarks of a potential malignancy: the presence of abnormal blood vessels (angiogenesis) and the relative reduction in oxygen content of hemoglobin. The technology is non-invasive and does not require contrast agents or radioisotopes, which are required for other modalities such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or positron emission tomography (PET), nor does it use ionizing radiation (X-ray).According to the American Cancer Society’s estimates, 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer and an additional 64,640 cases of in situ breast cancer were diagnosed and approximately 39,620 women in the United States died from the disease during 2013. Only lung cancer accounts for more cancer deaths in women.For more information: www.senomedical.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more 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 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 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 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 | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 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 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 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 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 News | November 11, 2014 Real-Time Predictive Model to Interpret Images From Seno Breast Imaging System May Eliminate Need for Biopsies System may be able to help image readers accurately characterize solid breast masses as cancerous or benign read morelast_img read more

Pakistan shuns physicist linked to God particle

first_img“This would be a great vindication of Salam’s work and the Standard Model as a whole,” said Khurshid Hasanain, chairman of the physics department at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad.In the 1960s and early 1970s, Salam wielded significant influence in Pakistan as the chief scientific adviser to the president, helping to set up the country’s space agency and institute for nuclear science and technology. Salam also assisted in the early stages of Pakistan’s effort to build a nuclear bomb, which it eventually tested in 1998.Salam’s life, along with the fate of the 3 million other Ahmadis in Pakistan, drastically changed in 1974 when parliament amended the constitution to declare that members of the sect were not considered Muslims under Pakistani law.Ahmadis believe their spiritual leader, Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who died in 1908, was a prophet of God _ a position rejected by the government in response to a mass movement led by Pakistan’s major Islamic parties. Islam considers Muhammad the last prophet and those who subsequently declared themselves prophets as heretics.All Pakistani passport applicants must sign a section saying the Ahmadi faith’s founder was an “impostor” and his followers are “non-Muslims.” Ahmadis are prevented by law in Pakistan from “posing as Muslims,” declaring their faith publicly, calling their places of worship mosques or performing the Muslim call to prayer. They can be punished with prison and even death. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Check your body, save your life 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   The president who honored Salam would later go on to intensify persecution of Ahmadis, for whom life in Pakistan has grown even more precarious. Taliban militants attacked two mosques packed with Ahmadis in Lahore in 2010, killing at least 80 people.“Many Ahmadis have received letters from fundamentalists since the 2010 attacks threatening to target them again, and the government isn’t doing anything,” said Qamar Suleiman, a spokesman for the Ahmadi community.For Salam, not even death saved him from being targeted.Hoodbhoy said his body was returned to Pakistan in 1996 after he died in Oxford, England, and was buried under a gravestone that read “First Muslim Nobel Laureate.” A local magistrate ordered that the word “Muslim” be erased.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Their plight _ along with that of Pakistan’s other religious minorities, such as Shiite Muslims, Christians and Hindus _ has deepened in recent years as hardline interpretations of Islam have gained ground and militants have stepped up attacks against groups they oppose. Most Pakistanis are Sunni Muslims.Salam, a child prodigy born in 1926 in what was to become Pakistan after the partition of British-controlled India, won more than a dozen international prizes and honors. In 1979, he was co-winner of the Nobel Prize for his work on the so-called Standard Model of particle physics, which theorizes how fundamental forces govern the overall dynamics of the universe. He died in 1996.Salam and Steven Weinberg, with whom he shared the Nobel Prize, independently predicted the existence of a subatomic particle now called the Higgs boson, named after a British physicist who theorized that it endowed other particles with mass, said Pervez Hoodbhoy, a Pakistani physicist who once worked with Salam. It is also known as the “God particle” because its existence is vitally important toward understanding the early evolution of the universe.Physicists in Switzerland stoked worldwide excitement Wednesday when they announced they have all but proven the particle’s existence. This was done using the world’s largest atom smasher at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, near Geneva. Salam resigned from his government post in protest following the 1974 constitutional amendment and eventually moved to Europe to pursue his work. In Italy, he created a center for theoretical physics to help physicists from the developing world.Although Pakistan’s then-president, Gen. Zia ul-Haq, presented Salam with Pakistan’s highest civilian honor after he won the Nobel Prize, the general response in the country was muted. The physicist was celebrated more enthusiastically by other nations, including Pakistan’s archenemy, India.Despite his achievements, Salam’s name appears in few textbooks and is rarely mentioned by Pakistani leaders or the media. By contrast, fellow Pakistani physicist A.Q. Khan, who played a key role in developing the country’s nuclear bomb and later confessed to spreading nuclear technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya, is considered a national hero. Khan is a Muslim.Officials at Quaid-i-Azam University had to cancel plans for Salam to lecture about his Nobel-winning theory when Islamist student activists threatened to break the physicist’s legs, said his colleague Hoodbhoy.“The way he has been treated is such a tragedy,” said Hoodbhoy. “He went from someone who was revered in Pakistan, a national celebrity, to someone who could not set foot in Pakistan. If he came, he would be insulted and could be hurt or even killed.” More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressISLAMABAD (AP) – The pioneering work of Abdus Salam, Pakistan’s only Nobel laureate, helped lead to the apparent discovery of the subatomic “God particle” last week. But the late physicist is no hero at home, where his name has been stricken from school textbooks.Praise within Pakistan for Salam, who also guided the early stages of the country’s nuclear program, faded decades ago as Muslim fundamentalists gained power. He belonged to the Ahmadi sect, which has been persecuted by the government and targeted by Taliban militants who view its members as heretics. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates How men can have a healthy 2019 Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories last_img read more