American Rapper JayZ to face Court for Plagiarism of an Egyptian

Rabat – American rapper Jay-Z will appear in court next October accused of plagiarism of the main beats of a song by Abdelhalim Hafez.This week, court documents set October 13th to conduct a jury trial in Los Angeles against Jay-Z for his song entitled “Big Pimpin,” released in 1999.Baligh Hamdy composed the beat in 1957 for Abdelhalim Hafez’s song entitled “Khossara Khossara.” The beats of both songs were clearly composed using a Middle Eastern flute.ABC reported that “Big Pimpin’’ hip-hop producer Timbaland has said he found the Egyptian song without any identification on a CD, and that he believed it was in the public domain.In 2001, Jay-Z’s relatives reportedly tried to resolve the problem by paying $100,000 to the label EMI Arabia in order to hold the copyright to the song.However, in 2007, Osama Ahmed Fahmy, the composer’s nephew determined to file lawsuit in a U.S. Court saying that the settlement deal was inappropriate according to Egyptian law.Fahmy added in his lawsuit that, “Khosara, Khosara” is ‘culturally significant’ in Egypt and local law at the time gave no “blanket license to make derivative works that alter or add to the copyright.”Fahmy and his lawyers intend to look for experts in order to assess the profit of Jay-Z’s song.Jay-Z’s lawyers believe this lawsuit is ridiculous and derided the conflict saying that to assume “people buy concert tickets to hear one song, never mind an instrumental sample contained in one song…is beyond speculative — it is farcical.” read more

Manchester United Wanted to Sign Thomas Müller at All Costs Agent

Miami – Italian agent Giovanni Branchini declared to that Manchester United tried their best to acquire Bayern Münich’s Thomas Müller, whom the agent represents.“Manchester United wanted Thomas Muller at all costs,” revealed Branchini.Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal admires the German star and allegedly did not hold back using solid attempts to get him. The Italian agent emphasized that the British club was not easy to convince that Müller would not be released and would remain with Bayern. “I’ve spent days trying to explain Bayern Münich would never let him leave – so in the end they changed their mind,” he added.Branchini said that Old Trafford wanted to purchase the 26-year-old player during the last summer transfer window for a large yet undisclosed amount.According to UK’s Daily Mail, the amount of the offer reportedly placed by the Red Devils to sign the German forward has not been confirmed, however there were rumors of a £71 million bid.United’s boss might have missed on giving Müller a red jersey this time, yet the relationship between both men is a great one.In 2010, when Van Gaal managed Bayern, he favored the German star so much that he was quoted as saying: “with me, Müller will always play”. On his part, Thomas told Champions magazine, that the Dutchman was “a genius technician” who makes players “improve every time”.The Red Devils of Van Gaal seemed to be determined in enlisting Bayern’s forward, but only time will tell if Münich will release him, as his contract is reportedly set to expire in 2019. read more

Major German union urges members to join climate protests

BERLIN — One of Germany’s largest unions is calling on its members to join the weekly “Fridays for Future” protests calling for action on climate change.Verdi head Frank Bsirske told the WAZ newspaper on Monday he was calling on the union’s 2 million members to start taking part in the climate protests, which have attracted thousands weekly in cities across Europe and elsewhere in the world.Bsirske says “it’s about showing the flag — we need a much more consistent approach to climate change policy.”Thousands of young protesters have skipped school on Fridays to join the protests inspired by Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg.Bsirske says he’s not calling for union members to skip work but to join in after their shifts are done.___For more Associated Press stories about climate change, go to Associated Press read more

Syria in message to consultative group meeting in Tehran Ban urges united

“We face the grim possibility of long-term civil war destroying Syria’s rich tapestry of interwoven communities. This would have tragic implications for Syria’s people and could affect stability across the region. We cannot let this prediction come true,” Mr. Ban said in a message delivered on his behalf to an international consultative meeting on Syria, taking place in Tehran, Iran, today. “All of us have a responsibility to the people of Syria. We must use all of the peaceful means in the UN Charter to help them unite around a Syrian-led transition process that is based on dialogue and compromise by all sides on the ground, not bullets, arrests, abductions and intimidation,” he added.Syria has been wracked by violence, with an estimated 17,000 people, mostly civilians, killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 17 months ago. Over recent days, there have been reports of an escalation in violence in many towns and villages, as well as the country’s two biggest cities, Damascus and Aleppo, with the latter reportedly the centre of intense combat between Government and opposition forces, involving both aerial bombardments and heavy weaponry.In his message, the UN chief noted the General Assembly adopted a resolution last week, which stressed the importance of making rapid progress on a political transition and encouraged Member States to provide active support to this end. “For this consultative group, this means that it must take concerted efforts to persuade Syria’s leadership to change course and embrace a political transition,” Mr. Ban said. The UN chief noted that the primary responsibility for stopping the violence lies with those on the ground, particularly the Syria Government. “But their refusal to lay down arms does not absolve the rest of us of the need to act. I urge all of you to face up to the collective responsibilities we shoulder,” he said.The Secretary-General stated that a first move by the Government is vital, as “its intransigence and refusal to implement the six-point peace plan has been the greatest obstacle to any peaceful political process, ensuring the distrust of the opposition in proposals for a negotiated transition.” The opposition, too, he said, should be more forthcoming in favour of opportunities for a political solution. “Most importantly and urgently, all sides must protect civilians and abide by their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law,” the Secretary-General stated.Put forward by the outgoing Joint Special Envoy for the UN and the League of Arab States for the Syrian Crisis, Kofi Annan, earlier this year, the six-point plan calls for an end to violence, access for humanitarian agencies to provide relief to those in need, the release of detainees, the start of inclusive political dialogue, and unrestricted access to the country for the international media.The Secretary-General also noted the agreement reached by the Action Group on Syria, at the end of June in Geneva, Switzerland, in which it strongly condemned the violence in Syria and outlined the steps for a peaceful transition there, including, among other points, the establishment of a transitional governing body that would exercise full executive powers and that would be made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups.“For the first time, the international community was able to agree on a path that should lead to a state that is genuinely pluralistic and democratic,” Mr. Ban said. “This was an important step in support of the Syrian-owned process. This was a genuine opportunity for a better future for all Syrians that offered a process with which all can seriously engage.” Also on the issue of Syria, the UN expert on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani, said today that disregard for international human rights and humanitarian law has led to a “severe internal displacement crisis in Syria.”Expressing deep concern about the situation of the estimated 1.5 million people reportedly recently internally displaced by the conflict, Mr. Beyani called upon all the parties involved to ensure respect for international law, including human rights and humanitarian law, in all circumstances, so as to protect and assist internally displaced persons (IDPs), and prevent conditions that may lead to further forced displacement. “It is imperative that all parties to the conflict respect international humanitarian and human rights law, particularly the right to life and the right to physical integrity, and ensure the protection of IDPs as civilians,” Mr. Benyani said. The Special Rapporteur also urged the Government of Syria to allow full and unrestricted access to IDPs by humanitarian groups so that they are able to reach those in need. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs like Mr. Benyani, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. read more

On world Day Ban spotlights how technology can improve life for 1

Observing the Day, marked annually on 3 December, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that persons with disabilities face limitations and hardships largely due to the lack of services available to them. “Through adaptive, assistive and inclusive technology, persons with disabilities can make the most of their potential in their communities and in the workplace,” said Mr. Ban. The UN Chief also emphasized how employers can harness technology to create environments for persons with disabilities to find productive work and fully use their skills and capacities. “Technology can also help persons with disabilities caught up in natural disasters by making sure that critical information reaches them,” Mr. Ban added. This year’s International Day, on the theme Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology will look at this issue in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. “Let us spare no effort to ensure that policies, programmes, guidelines and 21st century technologies are accessible to persons with disabilities, and sensitive to their perspectives and experiences,” Mr. Ban said. The UN defines disability as a condition or function judged to be significantly impaired relative to the usual standard of an individual of their group. The term is often used to refer to individual functioning, including physical impairment, sensory impairment, cognitive impairment, intellectual impairment, mental illness, and various types of chronic disease. As it stands now, 80 per cent of all people with disabilities live in a developing country and 50 per cent of them cannot afford health care. More than 100 million disabled persons are children and children with disabilities are almost four times more likely to experience violence than non-disabled children. People with disabilities are also at higher risk of violence include stigma, discrimination, and ignorance about disability, as well as a lack of social support for those who care for them. Evidence shows that when barriers to their inclusion are removed and persons with disabilities are empowered to participate fully in societal life, their entire community benefits. Barriers faced by persons with disabilities are, therefore, a detriment to society as a whole, and accessibility is necessary to achieve progress and development for all. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) – signed by 159 Member States and adopted by the General Assembly in 2006– recognizes that the existence of barriers constitutes a central component of disability. Under the Convention, disability is an evolving concept that “results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.” At UN Headquarters, the Day will be marked with several panel discussions on disability-inclusive sustainable development goals, inclusive disaster risk reduction and emergency response, and enabling work environments as well as film screenings and a musical performance. Organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), the events will be attended by representatives from Member States, civil society, as well as the private sector. The International Day of Persons with Disabilities was established following an adoption of a General Assembly resolution in October 1992, to promote awareness and mobilize support for critical issues pertaining to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development. read more

Shortlist announced for SMMT Automotive Award for Innovation

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has announced the shortlist for its 2015 Automotive Award for Innovation. The diverse list includes entries from both start-ups and established businesses, with technologies ranging from virtual reality retail to next-generation driverless car technology.Now in its sixth year, the Award – in partnership with the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), sponsored by GKN, and supported by The Times – rewards the best UK-developed technologies with potential to influence the automotive sector in years to come.SMMT Automotive Award for Innovation 2015 shortlisted entries:Evolute Drive Limited – MSYS TransmissionTransmission technology for electric vehicles that saves power, helping reduce the size of the battery, and increases vehicle range.Leyland Trucks – DAF Lightweight Future Truck Chassis (FTCC) ConceptNext-generation truck chassis design that delivers significant weight reduction. A 500kg weight saving leads to an estimated fuel consumption improvement of between 2-6% on a 12-tonne vehicle.Oxford Advanced Surfaces – Onto™ SB1000 Adhesion PromoterA chemical surface treatment that enables polyurethane and epoxy adhesives to be stuck to difficult-to-bond advanced materials – promoting the use of lightweight, more environmentally friendly materials in automotive manufacturing.Transport Systems Catapult – LUTZ Pathfinder PodsThe UK’s first-ever trial deployment of fully automated, self-driving vehicles in pedestrianised public areas, supporting government’s aim of establishing the UK as a global hub for the development of autonomous vehicle technologies.ZeroLight – ZeroLight digital 3D car configurator An advanced car configurator with the potential to transform automotive retailing. 3D graphics create a ‘live’ scene of a car with which buyers can interact in real-time, using either a display screen or a virtual reality headset.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “This year’s entries prove that innovation comes in all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s a new type of glue for bonding tricky materials or a 12-tonne truck, any concept that has the potential to radically improve the industry should be supported and celebrated. The 2015 judging panel has its work cut out – choosing one winner will not be an easy task.”Jon Beasley, Director of Technology and Projects at the Advanced Propulsion Centre, said, “The exciting range of technologies, products, processes and services in this year’s shortlist reflects the incredible diversity of innovation in the UK automotive sector. Each one has the potential to be a winner and I am sure will achieve success in its particular market. It is gratifying to see such great work and development carried out in UK companies.”Rob Rickell, President of Group Technology, GKN plc, said, “This year’s finalists demonstrate clearly the diversity that exists in the UK automotive industry and showcase the fantastic work that goes on in this country. We believe the automobile is undergoing significant change – electric drive, lighter, connected and autonomous – within 10 years, 40% of new cars will have some form of electric propulsion. It is the innovation of companies such as these, and the likes of GKN, that is facilitating this evolution.”The shortlisted companies will now present their entries to a panel of industry experts, with the winner to be announced at the SMMT Annual Dinner on 24 November. Shortlisted entrants will also be presenting their technologies at Advanced Engineering UK, held at Birmingham’s NEC on 5 November.The Award judging panel for 2015:Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, SMMTRobert Lea, Industrial Editor, The TimesJon Beasley, Director of Technology and Projects, Advanced Propulsion CentreRob Genway-Haden, Global Chief Engineer, GKNRichard Hill, Head of Automotive and Manufacturing, NatWestJon Excell, Editor, The EngineerClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Family demand Sala plane is salvaged after potentially fatal carbon monoxide levels

Wreckage was found on the seabed 30 metres from where final radar readings located it at an altitude of 1,600ft (488m), suggesting it had dropped almost vertically in its final moments, the interim report found.About 15 minutes before the crash took place at 8.16pm on Jan 21, an air traffic controller had asked Ibbotson, a part-time gas engineer, whether he needed to drop further in altitude, apparently to avoid cloud and maintain vision.The pilot replied: “Negative, just avoided a patch there, but back on heading five thousand feet.”The plane then “climbed rapidly” to about 2,300 ft before it crashed into the sea breaking into three pieces at around 8.16pm on Jan 21.The aircraft, which was built in 1984, has papers held by a company based in Norfolk, Southern Aircraft Consultancy.Ibbotson, who had previously written on Facebook that he was “rusty”, had reportedly filled out forms incorrectly before take off. On one, he was said to have written N246DB instead of N264DB.He is also said to have been qualified to fly at night only if conditions were clear without any bad weather. 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. The Emiliano Sala plane tragedy may have been caused by the footballer and his pilot breathing deadly levels of carbon monoxide in the cockpit.Toxicology tests on Sala show he had a carbon monoxide saturation of 58 per cent in his blood.Anything over 50 per cent is likely to cause “seizure, unconsciousness, heart attack”, according to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.The discovery raises new questions over the air-worthiness of the Piper PA-46 Malibu that crashed into the English Channel on Jan 21.Pilot Dave Ibbotson, a part-time gas engineer, was at the controls despite only holding a private licence. Sala and the pilot died as the player completed a £15million transfer to Cardiff City from Nantes.Legal recriminations are ongoing between the clubs. David Henderson, who arranged the flight on behalf of the agent Willie McKay, is currently on bail, having been arrested in June on suspicion of manslaughter.The AAIB said in a statement: “Toxicology tests found that the passenger had a high saturation level of COHb (the combination product of carbon monoxide and haemoglobin). It is considered likely that the pilot would also have been exposed to carbon monoxide.”A full report on the crash is still pending but Sala’s family demanded investigators  salvage the wreckage of the plane from the English Channel. A “detailed examination” was necessary in the wake of the carbon monoxide results, a lawyer for the family said.Daniel Machover, of Hickman & Rose solicitors, said: “That dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide have been found in Emiliano’s body raises many questions for the family. How he died will be determined at the inquest in due course. The family believe that a detailed technical examination of the plane is necessary.”The family and the public need to know how the carbon monoxide was able to enter the cabin. Future air safety rests on knowing as much as possible on this issue.”Emiliano’s family call on the AAIB to salvage the wreckage of the plane without further delay.”A previous interim AAIB bulletin on the tragedy confirmed the mystery owner of the plane made no attempts to apply to either American or British authorities for commercial use.Investigators are still establishing whether the doomed flight took place on a “cost sharing” basis, which does not breach Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) guidelines.The US-registered Piper Malibu N264DB, unlicensed for commercial flying, fell thousands of feet in the space of 20 seconds after making a 180-degree turn, minutes after Ibbotson requested a descent. read more

Russia deploys two bombers to Venezuela for exercises

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS-Russian spat over bombers landing in VenezuelaDecember 11, 2018In “World”Latest developments in Venezuela with Russian bombers being monitored- GovtDecember 13, 2018In “latest news”Venezuela crisis: Russian military planes land near CaracasMarch 25, 2019In “latest news” Venezuelan Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino (2-L) is pictured after the arrival of two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 strategic long-range heavy supersonic bomber aircrafts at Maiquetia International Airport, just north of Caracas, on December 10, 2018.CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Two Russian long-range strategic bombers landed in Venezuela Monday for what the government said were air force exercises aimed at strengthening the defence of the leftist-ruled South American country.General Vladimir Padrino, the Venezuelan defence minister, welcomed about 100 Russian pilots and other personnel after the two TU-160s and two other aircraft landed at the international airport that serves Caracas.Padrino said the deployment showed “we also are preparing to defend Venezuela to the last inch when necessary.”President Nicolas Maduro often accuses the United States of plotting against his government, which has overseen the plunge of a once-rich petro state into a severe economic crisis.Besides the two bombers, the deployment included an An-124 transport plane and an Il-62 passenger plane, according to a Russian military announcement in Moscow.Padrino noted that Russian aircraft had visited before in 2013, but said their current deployment was part of a “new experience.”He said exercises would be held to “raise the level of interoperability of the aerospace defence systems” of both countries.It was unclear how long the Russian deployment would last, and Padrino did not provide details about the exercises planned.In recent years, Venezuela has purchased millions of dollars in military equipment from Russia, he said. read more

Brazil takes South American Gold

← Previous Story Another voice for “shot-clock”, Dragan Djukic: Handball has to go to the next step! Next Story → ZRK Vardar and FC Midtjylland qualify for EHF F4 in Budapest! World champions conquered the only title that was not in their hands in America after yesterday’s victory over Uruguay for 39-13, on the last match of the South American Games. Morten Soubak’s girls reacted after Thursday’s alarming draw against Argentina and made sure the goal difference was unreachable for the neighbors, who finished second with the same points.Brazil played in a convincing way again and finished the first half 18-9. The Danish coach chose to use most of the girls that took gold in Serbia and also gave some minutes to the ones that are new to the squad. “We had highs and lows during the competition and that was good to find out that we’re the team to beat. Even if we don’t have any other official commitments for the rest of the year, everyone will study us and beat us in any friendly that we play. We’ll have to get used to thiis”, reflected Soubak to the CBHb’s website.“Next year will be full of challenges and very important ones”, added the coach, whose team will have the Pan American tournament, the Pan American Games in Toronto and the World Championship in Denmark in December. Right wing and 2012 player of the year Alexandra Nascimento highlighted the group union “until the end” and anticipated: “We’ll have to continue evolving. All national teams, from Europe and from here, are renewing and evolving and we’ll have to do the same”.On the last game of the day Argentina defeated Chile 17-21 and secured the silver medal and a place in Toronto 2015, the previous step to Rio 2016, one of the wildest obsessions for Peruchena’s girls. The match was even and the Chileans finished the first half leading 10-9. However, the ‘albicelestes’ were able to overcome the difference and won the second half 7-12. Chile, who got the bronze medal, is also qualified for the Pan American Games, while Uruguay (finished 4th) will play a repechage against United States and the fourth qualified of the Central American and Caribbean Games, which will be held in November of this year in Veracruz, Mexico.TEXT: LAURA AGENAPhoto Credits: CBHb website. brazilsouth america read more

Amazon confirms Kindle Fire will have Netflix

first_imgIf you were taking a look at how the Kindle Fire compares to the Nook Tablet, you may have noticed that the Nook Tablet was the one launching with Netflix preinstalled. Well you can cross that advantage off the of the Nook’s list, as Amazon announced the Fire will also run the popular streaming service.Up to this point, it wasn’t clear whether Amazon would support Netflix on their tablet. After all, they want to sell you Prime memberships for your video streaming needs. While Prime has a solid (and growing) content selection in its own right, many customers were left wondering whether the cheaper Kindle Fire would run the service that they are already subscribed to.The news is a major blow to the Nook Tablet. While B&N’s seven inch slate has slightly better hardware specs than the Fire, it’s trailing in the software department. Being able to say “our tablet runs Netflix, theirs doesn’t” would have been a huge boon for Barnes & Noble. If Amazon can make it clear to customers that they support Netflix as well, this could steal some significant sales away from their rival.We will likely see a delicate balancing act by Amazon in promoting the Netflix capabilities. While making it known will divert sales away from the Nook Tablet, making it too known could divert sales away from Amazon Prime. Prime is part of the reason that the tablet can be sold at a subsidized $200, so the company obviously doesn’t want everyone using Netflix in its place.No matter what this means for Amazon, this is undoubtedly a win for customers. If you’re already a Netflix subscriber who wants to buy the Fire, that means you don’t have to pay Amazon $79 per year to stream TV and movies on your tablet. Many customers will still join Prime anyway, but the fact that you don’t need to in order to unlock the full capabilities of your tablet is huge.Amazon also announced that Pandora and Facebook would be available at launch for the Kindle Fire. There was no mention of Hulu Plus, so that is still one big feather that Barnes & Noble can stick in their tablet’s hat.More at Amazon, via Liliputinglast_img read more

See Space Shuttle Endeavour fully powered for one of the last times

first_imgMankind’s explorations into space have yielded some incredible imagery over the years. NASA’s first photo of Earth looming over the surface of the moon is remains stunning, even though we’ve now captured much more colorful shots of our planet from the International Space Station. More recently, pictures of the Curiosity rover’s shadow stretching over the surface of Mars were an incredible reminder of how far our reach has grown.But as the video of Curiosity’s final descent proved, the technology that we use to explore space can be as awe-inspiring as what we find there. Before Space Shuttle Endeavour was decommissioned in May, freelance/media photographer and former NASA photographer Ben Cooper took some rare photos of the craft fully powered for one of the last times.The images of the cockpit completely lit up provide a sense of what Endeavour would have looked like in space during one of its missions. The numerous switches, buttons, and screens glowing around the cockpit’s two seats are an overwhelming reminder of how much goes into breaking Earth’s atmosphere. Cooper’s gallery also includes photos of the shuttle’s white room, which has collected signatures from astronauts, technicians, and guests touring the interior.Endeavour’s 25 flights included multiple Spacelab experiments, the first Hubble Space Telescope service mission, and a rendezvous with the Mir space station. It’s final trip to the International Space Station in May was the next to last mission of the American Space Shuttle program. After being decommissioned, Endeavour was flown on top of a 747 Shuttle Aircraft to its new home at the California Science Center.Prints of all the photos are for sale in various sizes through the site’s order page.See the full gallery at Launchphotography.comlast_img read more

WWE announces return of Mixed Match Challenge on Facebook Watch for a

first_imgFacebook Google+ Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte center_img Twitter WhatsApp WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WWE has announced the return of the Mixed Match Challenge series.The series, available on Facebook Watch, will return on on September 18 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern (9:00 CT) immediately following Smackdown Live.You can check out the full announcement below, including announced teams.WWE® MIXED MATCH CHALLENGE™ RETURNS FOR A SECOND SEASON ON FACEBOOK WATCHSTAMFORD, Conn., September 4, 2018 – Facebook and WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced that the in-ring series, Mixed Match Challenge™, will return for season 2, streaming live exclusively on Facebook Watch on Tuesday nights beginning September 18 at 10 p.m. ET. The series will be available in the U.S. and, for the first time, now stream live on Facebook Watch in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, Philippines, Spain, Thailand and Vietnam. Fans can follow the Mixed Match Challenge Facebook Page to add episodes to their personal Watchlists.New elements for season 2 include: 14 episodes, each 30 minutes in length; a round-robin elimination format; two matches in each show; and an interactive pre-show beginning at 9:50 p.m. ET. In addition, the season 2 finale will take place during WWE’s TLC pay-per-view event on Sunday, December 16.“We’re excited to partner with WWE to bring back Mixed Match Challenge for a second season and introduce the series to fans in 10 new countries,” said Devi Mahadevia, Facebook North America Live Sports Programming Lead. “This season will build off the success from the first one, with fresh interactive elements designed to bring fans even closer to the action and their favorite Superstars.”“We’re thrilled to expand our strategic partnership with Facebook, which reflects our innovative approach to content distribution and fan engagement,” said Jayar Donlan, WWE Executive Vice President, Advanced Media. “Season 2 of Mixed Match Challenge will continue delivering live action-packed, family friendly entertainment our passionate fans are accustomed to while offering more opportunities for our fans to engage with WWE on Facebook.”Mixed Match Challenge ParticipantsMixed Match Challenge season 2 is a round-robin mixed tag team tournament, where male and female Superstars from Raw and SmackDown Live team up to determine which combination of strength, skill, athleticism and experience reigns supreme.Monday Night RawAlexa Bliss™ and Braun Strowman®Alicia Fox® and Jinder Mahal™Kevin Owens™ and Natalya®Bayley™ and Finn Bálor®Bobby Lashley® and Sasha Banks®SmackDown LiveAJ Styles® and Charlotte Flair®The Miz® and Asuka™R-Truth® and Carmella™Jimmy Uso™ and Naomi®Rusev® and Lana®Each season 2 episode will reflect a progressive approach to production, with elements optimized for mobile consumption and social interaction, including the ability for fans to engage with Superstars during the show. Fans will also have the opportunity to vote on different aspects that directly impact the action for all 14 episodes on Facebook Watch throughout the season.The unique storylines for Mixed Match Challenge season 2 will continue between episodes across WWE’s Facebook Pages with short-form videos and social content. WWE will also promote and recap each episode across its extensive digital and social footprint, including on the Mixed Match Challenge Facebook Page.Mixed Match Challenge season 1 generated more than 35 million views in the U.S. alone, and resulted in WWE Superstars The Miz and Asuka winning $100,000 for their team’s charity, Rescue Dogs Rock.WWE is a powerhouse on social media with nearly 1 billion followers globally. WWE has nearly 500 million likes across all Facebook Pages and WWE’s main Facebook Page has more than 39 million likes. WWE Superstar John Cena® is the #1 most-followed active U.S. athlete on Facebook with more than 44 million likes.last_img read more

Thousands protest police shootings in St Louis

first_imgST. LOUIS — Thousands have gathered in St. Louis for a second day of rallies and marches protesting Michael Brown’s death and other fatal police shootings.Vietnam-era peace activists, New York City seminarians and hundreds of fast-food workers bused in from Chicago, Nashville and other cities joined local residents and activists Saturday.Michael Brown, a black, unarmed 18-year-old, was shot and killed Aug. 9 by Darren Wilson, a white officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.Four days of events are planned in the St. Louis area. They started Friday afternoon with a march outside the St. Louis county prosecutor’s office in Clayton.Saturday’s march in downtown St. Louis came hours before the Cardinals were set to host the San Francisco Giants in the first game of the National League Championship Series.last_img read more

Cheapest iPhones discontinued in India What does it mean for users

first_img iPhone XS And XS Max: 7 Things You Need To Know About Apples Updated Premium Phone Apple is a globally-recognised brand that is synonymous with premium smartphones. In India, Apple’s influence is profound, but the high price tags attached to the iPhones keep many from buying Apple’s smartphones. With the launch of every new iPhone, the prices of older iPhones drop and give some consumers a chance to be a part of Apple’s ecosystem – a well-received practice in India.Apple’s latest iPhones, the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, are placed in the higher price bracket, so older iPhones like iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone SE generate interest among the masses. But it looks like shoppers will need to increase their budget even if they are planning to buy the cheapest, older-generation iPhones.According to The Economic Times, Apple has discontinued production of some of its older iPhones, which include 2016’s iPhone SE, 2014’s iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and 2015’s iPhone 6s Plus. The industry sources cited in the report said the decision to discontinue popular and cheaper iPhones in India is to drive value instead of volumes.As a result, consumers planning to purchase a new iPhone in the entry-level segment will need to spend at least Rs 8,000 extra. All four models are currently out of stock on Amazon India and Flipkart is still selling some variants of the iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 6, but the other two models are completely sold out. Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus as seen on official websiteAppleAccording to the sources, the supplies for the discontinued iPhone models stopped last month. Prior to that, the cheapest iPhone selling in India was the iPhone SE at a much affordable price point of about Rs 21,000. With the new change, the iPhone 6s takes the spot for the cheapest iPhone with a price tag of around Rs 30,000.”Cupertino does not want Apple India to chase volumes by discounting at the cost of profit,” said one leading trade partner of Apple. “These models which are being phased out will increase the average selling price of iPhones in India and boost both profit and revenue.” Apple’s iPhone SE as seen on its official siteAppleApple hasn’t officially confirmed the discontinuation of the four popular iPhone models, which are currently listed on Apple’s US website. But existing users of the discontinued iPhones should not be alarmed. They will continue to work as usual even though it is only the iPhone 6s series that is on the current (iOS 13) and last software cycle. For years, these iPhones have commanded great volumes for the company, and it remains to be seen how the new strategy will impact sales in the country. Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:05Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:03?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly applauds Virat Kohli for his performance as latter breaks Brian

first_imgSTR/AFP/GettyLegendary former India captain Sourav Ganguly took to twitter to appreciate the performance of Indian skipper Virat Kohli as he went ahead of the former’s number of runs in ODIs and also broke one of legendary West Indian batsman Brian Lara’s record. The Prince of Kolkata, in his tweet, appreciated Kohli by stating that the 30-year-old played another magnificent innings in ODI cricket.”Virat Kohli another master class in one day cricket…what a player,” his tweet read.The 47-year-old cricketer had earlier appreciated Kohli’s leadership on Twitter by stating that the Delhi lad has taken captaincy to new heights after India’s emphatic win against Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup.The former skipper who led Team India to World Cup final in 2003 played his last ODI match against Pakistan in 2007. He has 11363 runs to his name whereas Kohli after scoring a magnificent century against West Indies went past the former and now is the eighth-highest run-getter in ODI history with 11,406 runs. Former West Indies batsman Brian Lara.Reuters fileThe 30-year-old cricketer broke Brian Lara’s record of highest score by a team captain on West Indian soil in ODIs. The former Windies captain held the record with a score of 116 runs against Sri Lanka in 2003. Kohli broke the record scoring 120 runs off 125 balls against West Indies on August 11, 2019.The Indian skipper was ecstatic and relieved with his performance. He said after the match that one of the top-three need to perform and he did so. Team India sporting the special cap. Robert Cianflone/Getty ImagesIndia defeated West Indies in the rain-interrupted match by 59 runs at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain. The Men in Blue batted first and set up a moderate total of 279 runs for the loss of seven wickets. In reply, the Windies squad got bundled out for 210 runs with Bhuvneshwar Kumar picking up four for 39 in the eight overs he bowled. Mohammad Shami and Kuldeep Yadav also picked two wickets each. India took a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series and will play the final fixture at the same venue. The first ODI  was abandoned due to rain.Team India will face the West Indies in a two-match Test series which will start from August 22 in Antigua and Barbuda and it will be a part of ICC World Test Championship.last_img read more

Free trade zones in Belarus

first_imgThere are six free economic zones in Belarus — Brest, Vitebsk, Gomel-Raton, Grodnoinvest, Minsk and Mogilev. Foreign investors in FEZ subject to the system of state guarantees investment protection. For instance, FEZ Brest includes three sections — Kozlovichi, Airport, as well as the territory of the largest Brest enterprises located within the city limits. The main priorities are the creation of enterprises with high technology in the pharmaceutical, automotive, electronics, engineering and other industries.Vitebsk consists of 12 separate areas, called sectors. FEZ Gomel-Roton is located at the intersection of three international highways — Road Transport Corridor E9 – Helsinki – St. Petersburg – Gomel – Kiev – Sofia – Athens; international motorway Brest – Gomel – Bryansk – Voronezh – Rostov-on-Don and the international highway.last_img read more

Husband arrested for killing wife in Konnagar

first_imgKolkata: A person was arrested on Saturday night for allegedly killing his wife by bashing her head on the floor at Konnagar in Hooghly.According to locals, on Saturday evening they heard screams from the house of Mitra family on Ghosal Lane in Konnagar. When some people went there to check, they saw one Pallabi Mitra lying in a pool of blood on the floor.Her husband Sujoy Mitra and in-laws were standing surrounding Pallabi’s body. Police and her family members were immediately informed. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeCops recovered the body and sent it for an autopsy. Later, Pallabi’s elder brother alleged that Sujoy killed his sister. He also informed that they used to fight on a regular basis as Sujoy was a habitual drunker.She was also tortured for no reason. Though Pallabi’s in-laws refused to accept the allegations, the sleuths are investigating the case from all possible angles. On seeing the incident place and the injury on the body, it is suspected that Pallabi was killed by being banged on the floor. Her son identified the body. Police are questioning Pallabi’s in-laws for further investigations. The sleuths are waiting for the autopsy report.last_img read more

Dating App Tinder Heads to China

first_img 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global The CEO of mobile dating app Tinder has revealed plans to expand into China within a year — a move that would involve a significant shift in strategy as the only way the product’s users can get in touch is banned in the country.Tinder, which has grown at a remarkable rate since its launch in September 2012, enables singletons to view pictures of potential matches in their area. To avoid the use of fake accounts, users sign in through Facebook – which is banned in China. This does not look set to deter Sean Rad, founder and CEO of Tinder, who told CNBC that China was definitely a market he wanted to be in. “China is the market that I think about a lot. There are a lot of sensitivities around entering that market, but we’ve definitely done a fair amount of due diligence and we do have plans to enter the Chinese market,” Rad told CNBC.”I wouldn’t say we’re close…I would say that within the next year we will definitely have a presence in China.”U.S.-based Tinder already has a significant – and growing – number of international users, and is currently available in 24 languages. Two of its fastest growing large markets are the U.K. and the Nertherlands where its user base is expanding by around 2 percent every day. The app works by showing users pictures of potential matches in their area. If they like what they see, they swipe right; if not, they swipe left. When both parties are interested they are matched and – crucially only then – given the ability to message each other.Tinder would not reveal the total number of its users, but Rad would say that the app currently clocks up around 400 million profile ratings – known as swipes — per day across the world, resulting in over 4.5 million matches.”Right now we’re the top app in over 15 countries, and we’re experiencing phenomenal growth throughout the entire world,” Rad said. Tapping ChinaThese numbers could be considerably higher, however, if the app successfully tapped the Chinese market. China had 464 million mobile internet users at the end of June 2013, according to the China Internet Network Information Centre, and that number is growing fast – up almost 20 percent from June 2012.But to make this move, Tinder would have to lose its current link to Facebook.New York-based Jeremy Edwards, lead analyst at IBISWorld which produces market research on global dating services, said that Tinder’s Facebook ties made China expansion plans difficult.”Plus, most of the dating apps in China have been tailored for that market specifically,” he told CNBC. “So it’s difficult to tell how an app like Tinder would be received over there.”In China and beyond this could mean new partnerships with local operators, according to Jack Kent, mobile and media industry analyst at research firm IHS in London.”One downside (of being linked to Facebook) is that it limits the audience and excludes those not on Facebook,” he told CNBC. “And in markets where Facebook is less prevalent, Tinder may need to tap-in to other social platforms and identities.”Facebook friend?There are other potential problems with Tinder’s link to Facebook. For instance, when it reported earnings in October, Facebook CFO David Ebersman admitted that the daily activity among younger teens has declined.But Rad dismissed these concerns, arguing that Facebook gave the app authenticity. The app only lets users post images from their Facebook photo albums to further discourage fake accounts. “It’s possible that in certain demographics or certain age groups that behavior is changing, but those users still have a Facebook account,” Rad said. “Over the long-term as we expand into various markets where Facebook maybe isn’t as prominent, we definitely need to think of internationally other ways of authenticating our platform. But for now, Facebook has been very good for us.”Indeed, Facebook certainly provides Tinder with a large base from which to pluck potential users. “With around 1 billion mobile users, no other social platform can compete with Facebook’s global reach,” IHS’ Kent added. Making money…But despite its grand expansion plans – and massive user base – Tinder does not yet generate any revenue. The app is free, and “we intend keeping it free always,” Rad insisted. Monetization options open to Tinder include in-app purchases (such as a subscription model like Linkedin Premium) and advertising, Rad said, but would not disclose further details. He added: “We’re prioritizing product development and growth over monetization right now. It’s something we will get to soon, but it’s something that requires time, resources and effort.”Rad would not say when Tinder users should expect monetization features to be introduced, but added: “It’s safe to say that we’re months away.”IBISWorld’s Jeremy Edwards said that one of the most lucrative options open to Tinder was selling user data on to third party. “Tinder knows a lot of information about its users – your name, age, sexual orientation, where you live, where you spend time… Advertisers are very interested in this kind of data,” he said.Too expensive?But its current lack of revenue does not, of course, mean that Tinder has no value. In March this year, 17-year-old British entrepreneur Nick D’Aloisio sold his Summly app to Yahoo for close $30 million, despite reporting no revenue, according to technology blog AllThingsD . Is Tinder heading a similar way? It’s currently an independent company, although IAC – which owns OkCupid and – is its lead investor.”Our ambitions span well beyond just a simple sale,” Rad insisted. “I don’t think there’s any company out there that could afford us.” Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. December 12, 2013 Register Now » This story originally appeared on CNBClast_img read more

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first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | June 13, 2019 iCAD Introduces ProFound AI for 2D Mammography in Europe iCAD Inc. announced the launch of ProFound AI for 2D Mammography in Europe. This software is the latest addition to… 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 kinetic curves of breastAugust 24, 2009 – Breast MRI allows physicians to evaluate suspicious lesions using a variety of variables and computer-aided kinetic information can help significantly in distinguishing benign from malignant suspicious breast lesions on MRI, according to a study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR). In the study, performed at the University of Washington Medical Center, researchers analyzed and compared the computer-aided evaluation variables of 125 suspicious breast lesions. Three different kinetic curves (washout, plateau and persistent), were compared along with lesion morphology (size and shape). Researchers wanted to clarify which, of the many variables that reflect kinetics, were most predictive of malignancy. The investigators found overlap in kinetic patterns across benign and malignant lesions, but did determine that the “most suspicious” curve type, washout, was useful in separating benign from malignant lesions. According to Constance Lehman, MD, lead author of the study, of the lesions with the most suspicious curve type (any washout), 45.7 percent were malignant compared with 20.0 percent with plateau and 13.3 percent with entirely persistent enhancement. “We continue to study the specific features on MRI most predictive of breast cancer. We know that the morphology of the lesion is extremely important, but our study also supports the use of kinetic features in lesion assessment. The “most suspicious” curve, washout, does seem to help distinguish benign from malignant lesions,” said Dr. Lehman. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | June 12, 2019 Three Palm Software Releases WorkstationOne Version 1.8.8 Three Palm Software announced the release of the 1.8.8 version of its breast imaging workstation, WorkstationOne. This… read more Technology | Computer-Aided Detection Software | May 21, 2019 MaxQ AI Launches Accipio Ax Slice-Level Intracranial Hemorrhage Detection Medical diagnostic artificial intelligence (AI) company MaxQ AI announced that Accipio Ax will begin shipping in August… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 26, 2019 Progenics Pharmaceuticals Collaborating With Veterans Affairs on AI Cancer Imaging Research Program Oncology company Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced their collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Greater Los… read more News | August 24, 2009 Kinetic Variable Useful for Identifying Malignant MRI-Detected Breast Lesions 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 Related Content 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 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.last_img read more

Maine Sen Angus King discloses prostate cancer surgery

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Angus King of Maine said Monday he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery on Friday.The 71-year-old independent said the cancer was discovered early, during a routine annual checkup. It has not spread and he said he expects to make a full recovery.King says Maine residents should expect to see him back on the Senate floor within weeks and back on the campaign trail when he runs for re-election to a second term in 2018. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health too New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img “I’m looking forward to a full recovery and to continuing my service in the Senate,” King said. “And no, this does not my affect my intention to run for re-election, except my poor little prostate won’t be along for the ride.”King also said that as a young man 40 years ago he was successfully treated for malignant melanoma. He said that outbreak and the prostate cancer are unrelated.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more