ESPN Releases Predictions For Today’s Bowl Games

first_imgGary Patterson leading his TCU football team onto the field.FORT WORTH, TX – OCTOBER 20: Head coach Gary Patterson of the TCU Horned Frogs prepares to take the field with hois team to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. The Texas Tech Red Raiders beat the TCU Horned Frogs 56-53 in triple overtime. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Bowl season resumes today after a three-day hiatus with a trio of postseason clashes. They get underway later this afternoon.First up is the Servpro First Responder Bowl in Dallas, featuring Boise State and Boston College. That will be followed by Minnesota and Georgia Tech in the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit.The final game of the day might have one of the best names of bowl season: the Cheez-It Bowl. California and TCU will meet in this one.ESPN has unveiled its predictions for all three games using its FPI formula.Here’s what the computer is saying for each.Boise State has a 56 percent chance of beating Boston College.Georgia Tech has a 60.5 percent chance of taking down MinnesotaTCU has a 53.3 percent chance of beating Cal.Boise State and Boston College will kick off at 1:30 p.m. ET, with Minnesota and Georgia Tech at 5:15 p.m. ET. Cal and TCU will meet at 9 p.m. ET.All three games will be broadcast on ESPN.last_img read more

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Swire Boosts Asia Pacific Coverage

first_imgzoom Swire Shipping, a Singapore-based liner trade division of the China Navigation Company (CNCo), has upgraded its multipurpose liner service coverage in the Asia Pacific region.The company’s dedicated Trans-Tasman service operating between New Zealand and Australia will be enhanced to provide a 15-day frequency. Swire will also start providing 12 additional Brisbane calls by a direct service from New Zealand.Swire Shipping’s weekly liner service from Brisbane to Lae, Papua New Guinea (PNG) will be further improved with two additional sailings per month with four-day transit times. The upgraded service will provide six direct sailings per month.A regular service connecting Brisbane to ports in Southeast Asia will be reintroduced to Swire Shipping’s network coverage. This service will offer 11-day transit times from Brisbane to the Philippines as well as direct sailings to Thailand and Singapore.last_img read more

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2003 Flu Campaign Begins

first_imgSeniors, the chronically ill, health-care workers and other high-risk Nova Scotians will once again be eligible for free fluvaccines this year. “Our experience with SARS last spring is a strong reminder abouthow vulnerable we are, as individuals and as communities, toinfectious diseases,” said Dr. Robert Strang, medical officer ofhealth for Capital Health District. “While we plan and preparefor emerging infections like SARS, we must also remember, andwork to decrease, the tremendous impact influenza has everywinter.” The Department of Health is providing free vaccine at doctors’offices and community clinics for people who have a higher riskof getting severely ill, or even dying, from influenza. Thesehigh-risk groups include:– people over age 65;– adults and children under age 65 with chronic heart and lungproblems, and other chronic diseases. In order to fully protect high-risk people, the vaccine is alsoprovided free to people who have close contact with high-riskindividuals. These close contacts include:– people who live in the same house as a high-risk person;– anyone working or volunteering in a hospital, long-term carefacility, home care or home support agency;– people who provide care in a community-based office includingdoctors, dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, pharmacists, orphysiotherapists. “This year, we’re happy to be able to add two new groups to thelist of Nova Scotians eligible for the free flu shot,” saidHealth Minister Angus MacIsaac. “We’ve added anyone who is astudent in a training program to be a health care worker and,because of their important role in providing essential servicesfor our communities, police officers and firefighters, includingvolunteers.” Nova Scotia’s district health authorities are launching internalcampaigns encouraging their staff and volunteers to be immunized. “If you choose to be a health-care worker, then you must acceptthe responsibility to help protect the people in your care,” saidDr. Strang. “Health-care facilities have been doing a tremendousjob over the past few years of increasing the numbers of staffand volunteers who are immunized. We expect the momentum tocontinue so that we can further reduce the number of people whobecome seriously ill as a result of the flu.” A typical flu season in Nova Scotia runs from November to April,sending more than 20,000 people to their doctors. About 2,500people are admitted to hospital during a normal flu season, and400 people die as a result of complications from the virus.last_img read more

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Spotify launches doityourself platform in Canada for local advertisers

first_imgAdvertisement The multinational company says that beta trials of Spotify Ad Studio — a platform that allows marketers to upload full audio spots or scripts to be voiced by the company — have been expanded to include Canada and the United Kingdom. Login/Register With: The company doesn’t provide country-specific information about its audience but it has an estimated global audience of 159 million paying monthly active users and 92 million free monthly active users. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO — The Spotify music-streaming business is pitching a way for Canadians to create their own audio advertising. Spotify charges its customers for each delivered advertisement, with the price affected by the targeting parameters and a $250 minimum payment in local currency.center_img Among the claims made by Spotify is that it can use consumer music preferences as a way to target advertising — in addition to age, sex and location. Advertisement Twitter The self-serve platform has been going through trials in the United States for about five months. Facebook The Spotify music-streaming business is pitching a low-cost way for Canadians to create their own audio advertising. Music streaming apps, including Spotify, are seen on an iPhone in New York on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jenny Kanelast_img read more

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Nova Scotia battery company gets 24 million federal loan to help expansion

SPRINGHILL, N.S. — A Nova Scotia battery company is getting a $2.4-million federal loan to help it with an expansion of its production facility.Surrette Battery Company Ltd., Canada’s only manufacturer of deep cycle lead-acid batteries, is embarking on a 25,000-square-foot expansion that will see it incorporate advanced technologies into its production line.The move will allow the company to create up to 18 full-time positions at its Springhill, N.S., plant.The federal funding will be funnelled through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.The company is also in line for a $1.2-million innovation rebate from Nova Scotia Business Inc., once it installs its equipment.Surrette Battery employs 82 people and was recently awarded a contract to supply up to 60,000 batteries a year, for a minimum of five years, to export markets in Germany, Italy and France.The company’s batteries are used in the marine, railroad, renewable energy and motive power industries.The Canadian Press read more

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London Olympic Games leave lasting legacy of positive social change – UN

“Since they had been awarded the 2012 Games, the London organizers had repeatedly set out their ambition to host Games for everyone,” the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke, said in a news release.He added that the Government of the United Kingdom and the International Olympic and Paralympic Committees and their partners had surpassed their objectives. Earlier today, Mr. Lemke met Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Geneva, where the two men discussed the involvement of the UN system in the Games and the lessons that can be learned for the future.Various UN agencies took part in this year’s Games, which ended yesterday. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), for example, collected sports clothing that was sent to designated refugee camps around the world, and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) held an advocacy event as part of the Africa Utopia Festival.The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) also held related events during the Games, and Mr. Ban participated in the Games by taking part in the torch run and carrying the Olympic flag during the opening ceremony.During their meeting, Mr. Ban and Mr. Lemke agreed to intensify the collaboration between the Paralympic Movement and the UN, in order to continue to advance the rights of persons with disabilities, their inclusion in society and their well-being and empowerment, particularly through the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.The Convention is the first legally binding international instrument to address the rights of persons with disabilities, including their participation in sport. The Convention and its Optional Protocol were adopted in December 2006, and entered into force in May 2008. Since then, it has been signed by 153 countries and ratified by 119 of them.The two UN officials also discussed the importance of future host countries promoting the Olympic Truce, which calls for the cessation of all conflicts during the sports event. The Truce is based on the ancient Greek tradition whereby athletes, artists, their relatives and pilgrims could travel safely to the Olympic Games and afterwards return home safely. The modern-day version of the Truce has been promoted annually through a General Assembly resolution since 1993, and it was extended to the Paralympic Games for disabled athletes in 2006.The resolution calls on Member States “to cooperate with the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee in their efforts to use sport as a tool to promote peace, dialogue and reconciliation in areas of conflict during and beyond the Olympic and Paralympic Games period.”The resolution for this year’s Games was the first time that all 193 UN Member States co-sponsored it and passed it unanimously. However, it was violated by the continued fighting in numerous ongoing armed conflicts around the world. Mr. Ban and Mr. Lemke agreed to encourage Member States to address the issue during the upcoming meeting of the General Assembly on Sport for Development and Peace, which will be held next month in New York. read more

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Stander to the fore as Ireland get back on track with dismantling

first_imgEddie Jones demands that England ‘take Italy to the cleaners’Schmidt rates Gilroy display as ‘a mixed bag’ as Jackson stresses his quality By Murray Kinsella Share3 Tweet Email1 Feb 12th 2017, 8:33 AM https://the42.ie/3235592 Stander to the fore as Ireland get back on track with dismantling of Italy A nine-try victory in Rome brings Ireland back into contention for the Six Nations title. 28 Comments Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 8:33 AMcenter_img 16,344 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Android Murray Kinsella reports from RomeWITH RORY BEST missing at Stadio Olimpico yesterday, Ireland needed leaders to step up to the mark and Joe Schmidt was not left disappointed during their record-setting 63-10 win.Jamie Heaslip assumed the captaincy and delivered one of several outstanding individual performances, but CJ Stander was the clear man of the match as he thunderously led his team through the Italians. Stander was man of the match for Ireland. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOSchmidt watched on in pleasure as the Munster flanker scored three of Ireland’s nine tries, the cherries on top of a performance that included team-leading tallies of 22 carries and 10 tackles from the blindside.Stander even turned provider when his sliced kick bounced up for fellow hat-trick gatherer Craig Gilroy.“I thought CJ was really good today, even the try-scoring and tactical kicking aside,” said Schmidt afterwards. “Defensively, I thought he got off the line and got through a real volume of defensive work.“A lot of what he did didn’t result in tries for him, but resulted in positive outcomes for us. He’s a really positive contributor, a really willing contributor and the one thing I would say is that we have a back row with big engines.“They put themselves about, the amount of times they have involvements in games is very high and it helps us negotiate our way around the pitch.”Indeed, it was dominant stuff from Ireland’s back row on an excellent day for the visitors, with Sean O’Brien also producing some important plays.With the sun shining in Rome and the city hosting an influx of jovial Irish supporters, there was a major feel-good factor for Ireland as they boosted their confidence ahead of the home Six Nations clash with France in a fortnight’s time.After the disappointment of defeat in Murrayfield in round one, this felt like Schmidt’s side getting back to somewhere close to the levels of November. Simon Zebo hugs Keith Earls after the victory. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOTo manage the late loss of Best to illness was a further encouragement for Ireland, who didn’t seem to miss their captain in the slightest. Early penalty decisions to go for tries rather than the posts underlined the positive mindset.“We had momentum and it’s a feeling out there in terms of decision-making whether you take the points or go for a scrum, but I thought the position and time and score on the different occasions, we backed ourselves,” said stand-in skipper Heaslip.“It was pretty much player-led, as we always are. We have Rory as our captain but we have a really good leadership group that are tight and we talked all week as a group on the different messages we wanted.“In the last 24 hours, we just talked about actions. The guys in the leadership group and everyone in the squad – especially the bench – fitted in, and led by their actions.”Conor O’Shea’s Italy were, of course, dreadfully poor opposition. Their defensive organisation was disastrous, while their kicking game invited pressure and they barely fired a shot in attack apart from a penalty try after a close-range maul was collapsed.Perhaps Ireland didn’t really learn too much in this facile victory, but Schmidt pointed to the valuable experience gained by debutant Niall Scannell and replacement hooker James Tracy.“We learned that a few more guys have got some experience and that it’s important to keep on investing in them. It’s great for Niall to make his Test debut and those first few scrums in the first few minutes went really well, so he really stepped up to the mark. He hit the mark in the lineout really well as well.“I thought James Tracy in his second Test match, his Six Nations debut, we learned that guys will grow and their confidence will grow if they get into the right frame of mind with the right players around them. Rob Kearney goes up for the high ball at Stadio Olimpico. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO“They’ll feel more comfortable at this level because it is quite suffocating, Six Nations rugby. Some of them played a bit in the autumn and were a little bit taken aback by the level last week [in Scotland] and while it wasn’t quite the same today, there was still some really physical aspects to the game.”The bonus-point victory left Ireland second in the Six Nations table overnight, with Scotland to play France today, and they are certainly back in contention for the title.Next up is the visit of les Bleus to Dublin on 25 February, and though they have reignited their title hopes, Heaslip and his team-mates won’t be getting carried away yet.“I’m not looking too far down the line,” said Heaslip. “We’re going to enjoy tonight. There’s a lot of friends, a lot of family over, a lot of the lads’ wives and partners.“There’s a lot of sacrifice that goes into that, having wives and girlfriends over on Valentine’s weekend, save a couple of quid!“We get back into camp on Wednesday in Monaghan and I’m sure Joe will have plenty for us. Until then, we’ll enjoy the moment.”Subscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: iTuneslast_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews Kubo and The Two Strings

first_imgKubo and The Two Strings is a movie I was actually a little bit apprehensive about. Not because I didn’t think it’d be good – even if I wasn’t totally in love with Box Trolls, Laika Animation is pretty much batting a thousand at this point – and I’m the sort of movie fan who’d watch a documentary about elephant dung cleanup if you stuck the words “MAGICAL SAMURAI ARMOR” somewhere in there.But sometimes you can see the something straining to not just be good but to be applauded for the stature of those aspirations, and that can be a little off-putting. And let’s face it: Nothing sends Western animation producers into unintended cringe mode more reliably than tackling Eastern mythology. The spectacle of a studio that openly fancies itself to be the “artisanal Pixar” doing their best Studio Ghibli impression absolutely had the potential to bring out that innate inferiority complex that manifests as an overcompensating urge to prove that one WAS, in fact, “way into” anime before Dragon Ball Z launched stateside.What an immense joy to discover then that Kubo and The Two Strings is one of the sharpest little movies of 2016 and (easily) the best animated offering of the entire summer – And not just because the only competition was a talking-fish sequel and a movie about sexually adventurous groceries; because I liked both of those. But Kubo is absolutely something special, a combination of the sort of delicate character-driven art piece that Laika (the spiritual-successor to the legendary Will Vinton studios) has always thrived on and a deceptively simple hero’s journey with enough big action and sly humor to potentially gift the critically hailed studio its first out-and-out blockbuster.Is it as good as previous high water mark Paranorman? Well, no, but few things are. But it’s definitely the best Laika has pulled off otherwise since bursting onto the scene with Coraline, proving that these people know their stuff and can deliver even if you’re not 100% enthralled with their “Whole Foods to Disney’s 7/11” self-image (let’s face it, this is the one production house in Hollywood for whom setting a kid’s movie to a George Harrison song covered by Regina Spektor isn’t a surprising decision.) Quality is quality.An original story borrowed copiously from a grab bag of Japanese folklore influences, Kubo is about a kid with an eyepatch living in a remote feudal Japanese fishing village who uses his magical ability to bring origami creatures to life (there’s a fun joke about whether this actually “counts” as origami in the proper sense) with his guitar to support his similarly magical but injured and increasingly distant mother as a street performer. He entertains villagers with epic stories he’s unable to finish because his mother has forbidden him from staying out past sunset – a rule whose purpose becomes clear when he breaks it and finds himself set upon by demonic beings of godlike power who want to steal his remaining eye. Rescued by his mother’s intervention, Kubo is dispatched to find means of protecting himself by reuniting a set of magical armor bequeathed to him by his father, a legendary Samurai warrior said to have died defending him. Eventually joined by powerful allies in the form of Charlize Theron as Monkey and Matthew McConaughey’s half-insect warrior Beetle, he sets out to find the treasures and destroy his enemies.Not precisely the most original storyline on the planet, to be sure – in fact, from a certain perspective it’s basically an unofficial Legend of Zelda movie – but the story isn’t really the point. The point here is to savor the intricately animated action sequences and to drink in the potent mood of the piece, which brings a kinetic edge to Laika’s signature detail-heavy, slightly melancholy production design (in that respect, it’s probably the best Zelda movie anyone is going to make anytime soon). Where flaws exist is indeed on the narrative side, in as much as a pair of twists involving Monkey and Beetle are a bit too easy to guess and Act 3 relies a bit much on those fantasy quest scenarios where people suddenly grasp arbitrary rules of magic because the plot needs them to. Minor quibbles, though, and worth it to savor great vocal turns like Theron’s stoic badass Monkey, Rooney Mara as a pair of twin henchwomen who’ll be a big hit on the cosplay circuit, and Ralph Fiennes as a surprisingly sinister villain.Besides, the reason to watch Laika movies is to ogle the production design (which, as ever, is simply stunning here) and to marvel at the incredibly detailed stop-motion animation. As with previous features, the meticulously constructed models and astonishing 3D-printed facial expressions make little attempt to hide their handcrafted, artificial origins; which turns even the subtlest scene into a jaws dropping spectacle of sheer human effort – whether we’re staring slack-jawed at the superhuman effort that must have gone into making strands of hair and billowing robes move realistically or thrilling to fight scenes as intricately choreographed as anything in the live-action or anime canon. One showstopper in particular is said to involve the largest individual stop-motion puppet ever animated; and there’s a traditional Laika “how we pulled THAT off” mid-credits demonstration that made me gasp out loud – and will likely be the origin-story for an entire generation of future animators.Yes, fine; a stop-motion Miyazaki riff was going to be gushed over by animation snobs no matter what, but much like the (otherwise utterly different) Sausage Party you can believe the hype. Kubo and The Two Strings is one of the year’s best films – a miniature masterpiece you MUST experience in theaters.***1/2 (3.5 out of 4 stars)last_img read more

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Missing Soldotna Teen Found Safe

first_imgAt this time there are no criminal charges involved in her disappearance, according to Troopers. Abigail Bystedt, 17, is  reportedly now safe with family. A Trooper Spokesman said AST was made aware of her location on November 27. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A missing Soldotna teenager has been found after missing for almost three weeks, according to the Alaska State Troopers. Bystedt was last seen in Soldotna on November 9 wearing jeans, a black sweater and a carrying a grey backpack. Her name has been removed from the missing person bulletin list.last_img read more

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Magazines A Reality That Doesnt Particularly Need Augmentation

first_imgSuch “breakthroughs” attract attention, but they usually seem to get in the way of print’s virtues rather than to accentuate them. Both the CueCat and augmented reality presume that magazine readers want to sit at a computer, magazine in hand—when effortless portability is one of the key benefits that the printed word retains over the Web. And Esquire tried gamely to deal with the limitations of the still-rudimentary, monochromatic e-ink technology—but the resulting cover was far less compelling than most of the ones it produces with plain old non-electronic ink. The best magazines have infinite potential to thrive in the digital age, but that the secret to success won’t lie in trying to be digital. Letting magazines be magazines is a far smarter strategy: If I were a magazine editor today, I’d be redoubling my efforts to deliver the most useful, imaginative, well-packaged service journalism possible. And if I were a marketer investing print advertising dollars, I’d want my messages to appear in the publications that did the best job of engaging readers through high-quality, ever-evolving editorial content.I don’t mean to entirely dismiss augmented reality. The technology has the potential to develop into something genuinely useful. Imagine, for instance, seeing exactly what you’d look like in a particular pair of eyeglasses by viewing an augmented-reality feature that digitally painted them onto your on-screen image. And hey, gimmicks can be fun, at least for awhile. Yet another faddish innovation that augmented reality reminds me of is the spate of ads back in the 1980s that played tinny music via embedded sound chips. Anyone want to argue that those changed the magazine industry for the better? All around us, magazines are undergoing the futuristic process known as augmented reality. It started this past summer, when Popular Science worked with a company called Metaio to create a cover which, when held up to a computer’s Webcam, appeared on-screen in a form that was half live video, half 3-D animation, with 3-D animated wind turbines that spun when the reader blew into the computer’s microphone. (The whole extravaganza was sponsored by wind turbine maker GE.) More recently, Real Simple announced that its December issue would use similar technology from Total Immersion to create a 3-D gift box filled with video content from advertisers. And the December issues of gaming titles from Future US will feature augmented-reality ads for a game called Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising. Hold the ad in front of your Webcam, and a 3-D animated battle will break out on your display.  In multiple ways, it feels like deja vu all over again. Magazine publishers keep attempting to inject interactivity into their print publications via high-tech features that appears to great fanfare and never seem to go much of anywhere. I’m thinking of everything from the CueCat, the legendarily unsuccessful feline-shaped barcode scanner adopted by Forbes and Wired in 2000, to Esquire’s flashing e-ink 75th anniversary cover from last year. Augmented reality is sexier than either the CueCat or e-ink, but in its current form, it produces the same sort of  basic cognitive dissonance. last_img read more

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UofL Will Part Ways with Tennis Coach Rex Ecarma

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville will part ways with Men’s Tennis Coach Rex Ecarma, moving toward a change in leadership for the Cardinals’ program. Story Links UofL has exercised the 10-day notice provision in Ecarma’s agreement to terminate his services without cause, effective Aug. 26.  He will be compensated per the term of his contract.  Current assistant coach Jakob Gustafsson (pronounced Yah-cub GUS-tuf-son) will serve as acting coach while a national search for a new head coach is executed. “‘While we have great respect for Rex’s accomplishments as a player and coach at the University of Louisville, we have determined that a change in leadership is needed in our men’s tennis program,” said Vince Tyra, UofL Vice-President and Director of Athletics. “We have been clear about our roles and expectations in providing our student-athletes an outstanding experience while a part of our program.  The conclusion of an independent investigation into our men’s tennis program determined otherwise.  We will turn our attention to landing another outstanding person and coach, along the lines of recent hires, in order to develop terrific people while competing for championships.” Ecarma spent the last 29 years (1991-2019) as the Cardinals’ head tennis coach and compiled a 475-317-1 overall record with 12 NCAA team regional appearances.  The Louisville native played for the Cardinals from 1984-87 when he earned 92 career doubles victories, second-most at UofL. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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VIDEO The Florida Gator mascot took a foul ball to the head

first_imgMost of the time in Florida, if you see an alligator roaming around the stadium at a sporting event, it’s time to head for the exits. Unless it’s Albert, the Florida Gator mascot.Last night, during UF’s game against North Florida, Albert was cheesing it up with a kid in the stands when he spotted a foul ball headed in their direction. Instead of saving himself, Albert put himself in the line of fire, and took the foul ball off his headpiece rather than risk it hitting the kid.The kid returned the favor by performing CPR on Albert, who survived the incident.It’s always nice to see courage in action, even in small doses. Even from a mascot.Saving children from foul balls – just another reason to follow @AlbertGator on Twitter! #GoGators pic.twitter.com/44j6FgkpXa— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) April 19, 2017last_img read more

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VIDEO Allen Robinson calls out Blake Bortles at Jags practice for being bad at

first_imgBlake Bortles is consistently ranked in the bottom tier of NFL quarterbacks. Some think he’s the worst in the league.No one in the Jags organization seems to have confidence in Bortles, and now his teammates are openly blasting him in front of their opponents in camp.Today, star wideout Allen Robinson called out his quarterback after an out of bounds misfire in some passing drills against the Bucs. As he walked back to the huddle, a mic picked up Robinson expressing his frustration at his QB not giving him a shot to make a play.“F—-n keep that s–t in bounds bro.” That’s his quarterback… at least or now.My man Allen Robinson deserves better than Blake Bortles. He even sounds sick of him in this video pic.twitter.com/Dxa4wMTu50— Buddy ? (@TacoBeIIGawd) August 15, 2017 Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Related Content April 26, 2010 – Performing real-time imaging in the operating room (OR) is a reality today. Intraoperative imaging provides surgeons with navigational accuracy despite anatomical movement that occurs during a surgical procedure. This assists neurosurgeons in conducting tumor resections, while avoiding critical areas of the brain. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave Medtronic clearance to launch of the PoleStar N30 Surgical MRI system in the United States. The PoleStar system is the next generation of intraoperative MRI, designed to provide greater flexibility. It also may reduce the need for revision surgeries and the length of stay at the hospital for the patient. More than 50 PoleStar systems have been installed in ORs worldwide since 2001. The launch of the PoleStar N30 is the culmination of six years of research and development by Medtronic scientists and engineers working with surgeon customers from leading hospitals and clinics. For more information: www.medtronic.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more center_img Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more 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. Medtronic’s PoleStar N30 Surgical MRI News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Technology | April 26, 2010 Intraoperative MRI Gets FDA Clearance Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Braccolast_img read more

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A look at some of the top smoking nations

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Top Stories Comments   Share   (AP) – Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev declared war on tobacco Tuesday, calling for a ban on tobacco advertising, an end to smoking in public and a rise in the price of a pack. Russia’s smoking rates are among the world’s highest, led by Kiribati where 57 percent of the adult population lights up. Here’s a look at the ways some other top smoking nations are trying to bring down the number of smokers: Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement CZECH REPUBLICPercentage of adults who smoke: 37Marlboro pack costs $4Advertising tobacco products is broadly banned except at points of sale. Smoking is banned in public places including train stations, but is allowed in bars and restaurants at the owners’ discretion.___Sources: World Health Organization’s Global Health Observatory Data Repository with contributions from AP correspondents.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Quick workouts for men GREECEPercentage of adults who smoke: 52Marlboro pack costs $4.80Since 2009, most tobacco advertising is banned except in places where cigarettes are sold, and smoking is not allowed in public spaces. The smoking ban is widely ignored, and most bars still have ashtrays on tables.RUSSIAPercentage of adults who smoke: 42Marlboro pack costs $2Tobacco advertising is limited to marketing drives at bars and printed ads that carry health warnings. Smoking is prohibited on trains, airplanes and some other public places, but is allowed at most bars and clubs. Many cafes and restaurants have non-smoking areas.ALBANIAPercentage of adults who smoke: 40Marlboro pack costs $2.20Tobacco advertising is banned in Albania, and the law prohibits smoking in bars, offices and other places where people gather, but the rules are sometimes flouted.BULGARIAPercentage of adults who smoke: 37Marlboro pack costs $3.50A program introduced last year to limit tobacco advertising is commonly ignored, with celebrities commonly appearing on billboard ads. A full ban on smoking in indoor public spaces was imposed in June, meeting fierce opposition from restaurant owners who say they’re losing up to 50 percent of their business. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistlast_img read more

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first_imgThe number of property transactions rose 2 per cent year-on-year in June, to 858, which is the lowest rate of increase in 14 months, the land registry said.Last month’s slowdown in property transactions was mainly on a 23 per cent slump in the number of assets changing hands in Paphos, to 180, the department said in a statement. Transactions in Nicosia district fell 10 per cent, to 146.In Limassol, which grew into the island’s magnet for real estate investment in the current decade, 338 properties changed owners in June, an 11 per cent rise on June 2017, the department said. In Larnaca, the number rose 39 per cent, to 133, and in Famagusta 33 per cent, to 61.The number of property transactions in the first half of the year rose 24 per cent, to 4,470, compared to the respective period of last year, the department said.The figures also include an unspecified number of properties on-boarded by banks via debt-to-asset swaps as part of loan restructuring agreements.You May LikeAsk30 Remarkable Hotels Across America To Put On Your Bucket ListAskUndoMilitary BudRetire In Style For Less In These 20+ CountriesMilitary BudUndoPrivate Jet | Search AdsCalifornia Private Jet Rates May Surprise YouPrivate Jet | Search AdsUndo Cypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoNew York state decriminalizes pot, stops short of Cuomo’s legalisation callUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Four new green points for Limassol district

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ExxonMobil ENI Total Delek and Statoil among 3rd round bidders updated

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesEnergy minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said that Cyprus received three bids for block 10 in its exclusive economic zone, one from a consortium consisting of the U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum, one from a consortium comprising Italy’s ENI and France’s Total, and a third from Norway’s Statoil.The ENI-Total consortium was also the only bidder for block 6, Lakkotrypis told reporters after briefing the cabinet on the outcome of Cyprus’s third oil and gas licencing round, adding that the government received two more offers from a consortium consisting of Israel’s Delek, Avner and Capricorn, and a second one from ENI.“The government is very satisfied with the outcome,” Lakkotrypis said. “We have achieved the qualitative targets that we set to attract companies, which have the necessary technical and financial calibre to help us, especially during this difficult financial situation this sector is currently experiencing.”Lakkotrypis added that on Monday he had asked the chairman of a special advisory committee to start evaluating the bids so that he can submit a proposal to the cabinet.The minister said the evaluation criteria, which to 65 per cent take into account financial parameters, with the remaining 35 per cent concerning technical aspects, reward companies that pledge to drill exploratory wells within the first three years after signing the contracts. The minister declined to comment on the content of the bids received, including possible signature bonuses.Block 10, which is adjacent to Egypt’s exclusive economic zone and close to the 30 trillion cubic feet Zohr finding, announced by ENI in September last year, was relinquished by Total months earlier after it decided to concentrate its efforts on Block 11. ENI, together with South Korea’s KoGas, has the exploration and exploitation licence for blocks 2, 3 and 9 in Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone. Delek together with the Houston-based Noble Energy and British Gas, a subsidiary of the British energy giant Shell, also partner in the Aphrodite field in block 12, so far Cyprus’s single gas discovery containing 4.5 trillion cubic feet.Lakkotrypis said that with the third oil and gas round, which the government announced in March, Cyprus’s sovereignty rights, disputed by Turkey, were strengthened.“Our strategy as a whole, with the entry of Shell (via British Gas) and with some of the terms that we modified in this competition, it was to attract companies which would help us technically and financially but also in terms of the political dimension,” he said. Still, the bids “will be judged by their technical and financial (value) according to the criteria we have set.”Deputy government spokesman Victor Papadopoulos said that the interest shown in the third round “means a lot in every aspect” and added that “everyone can come to their own conclusions”.While production at Aphrodite is not expected to begin before 2020, and stakeholders are considering various options, including transporting gas to one of Egypt’s mothballed liquefaction plants, Lakkotrypis said that for the government the possibility of setting up a similar facility in Cyprus remains on the table and could be implemented once “necessary quantities” are discovered.“All options are on the table,” the energy minister said. “The first factor is what discoveries we are going to have, which will be confirmed in the immediate future”.Currently, consultations with Egypt concerning the sale of Cypriot gas “are quite intensive,” Lakkotrypis said, adding that consultations regarding the development of Aphrodite were also rigorous. “They are both related to each other,” he said. “We would like to conclude as early as possible, there are timetables, but allow me not to say more about this”.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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