Felix falls short as Kerley Kendricks shine

first_imgDes Moines (United States): Allyson Felix’s bid to qualify for the World Championships fell just short while 400m runner Fred Kerley and pole vaulter Sam Kendricks lit up the US Athletics Championships on Saturday. Felix, 33, racing in her first meeting for more than a year after taking time off to give birth to her daughter, finished sixth in the 400m final at Drake Stadium. Although Felix could still travel to Doha as part of the USA’s 4x400m relay squad, it will be the first time she has not entered an individual event at a major championships, ending a sequence of appearances that stretches all the way back to 2003. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I just didn’t feel great,” Felix said afterwards. “I knew that it was a less than ideal situation for me.” Felix, however, said she was encouraged by her performances in Iowa as she looks towards the 2020 Olympics. “I am grateful more than anything,” she said. “It would be crazy for me to say that I was disappointed. I have my health, I have my family and I couldn’t ask for anymore than that.” Asked if she would take a place on the US relay squad for Doha if it was available, Felix said form and fitness would influence her decision. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”If I feel like I’m in good form to be able to help the team, then yes,” she said. “If not I’ll be a cheerleader.” upset of the day came in the 400m, where rising star Michael Norman was beaten for gold by the powerful Kerley. Norman has lit up athletics in his first professional season this year with a world leading 43.45sec. But he was unable to overhaul Kerley down the stretch as the 24-year-old Texan muscled his way to the line in a personal best of 43.64sec, making him the seventh fastest 400m runner of all time. In the women’s 100m hurdles, world record holder Keni Harrison produced a flawless display to take gold in 12.44 sec, with Nia Ali second in 12.55sec and Olympic champion Brianna McNeal third in 12.61 sec. There was another dominant victory in the men’s 400m hurdles where the 22-year-old Rai Benjamin registered an emphatic win, surging clear of the field to win by around 10 meters. Benjamin’s time of 47.21sec was the third fastest time of 2019. He already owned the second-quickest of the year of 47.16 and only Norway’s Karsten Warholm has run quicker, with a 47.12. The outstanding field event performance of the day came in the men’s pole vault, where world champion Sam Kendricks soared to a world leading jump of 6.06m, a new American record. Only two men, Ukrainian legend Sergey Bubka and France’s Renaud Lavillenie, have ever jumped higher.The popular Kendricks was buried under a pile of his fellow competitors after clearing the height, which was also a new personal best.last_img read more

Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for BC Peace

first_imgSee the full warning below.Issued at 2019-06-27 00:19 UTC by Environment Canada: Severe thunderstorm watch issued for:B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)Current details: An area of thunderstorms just east of BC is moving toward the Peace River district and is expected to reach the region within the next hour. These thunderstorms have the potential to produce strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm. UPDATE – The watch has been updated to a warning with the following information added to the warning: At 5:37 p.m. MST, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the BC Peace.The watch says an area of thunderstorms just east of BC is moving toward the Peace River district and is expected to reach the region within the next hour. These thunderstorms have the potential to produce strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.last_img read more

Honduras Ban renews support for reconciliation moves after last years coup

In a meeting on the margins of the new General Assembly session, the two men discussed the recently established Truth and Reconciliation Commission, headed by former Guatemalan vice president Eduardo Stein, which Mr. Lobo set up to investigate events leading up to the June 2009 coup which ousted President José Manuel Zelaya seven months before the end of his term. At the time of its inauguration in May Mr. Ban praised the commission as “an important first step” toward binding the wounds opened by the ouster. “We encourage all of those in leadership in Honduras to take a sensitive, comprehensive and sustained approach to the task ahead,” he said then. “Truth-telling is a necessary but not sufficient basis for reconciliation.“Bringing the Honduran nation together will also require sustained efforts to strengthen democratic institutions, promote respect for human rights, and provide social and economic opportunity for all Hondurans.” 21 September 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today assured Honduran President Porfirio Lobo of United Nations support for his efforts to promote the rule of law, protect human rights and fight impunity in the Central American country, which was shaken by the ouster of his predecessor last year. read more

Over 6000 have returned

The Minister said that the Sri Lankan mission in Saudi Arabia has taken measures to assist Sri Lankans who seek to return to the island. (Colombo Gazette) The Ministry of Foreign Employment says over 6000 Sri Lankans employed in Saudi Arabia illegally have made used of an amnesty period and returned to the country.Foreign Employment Minister Dilan Perera said that there were 16000 Sri Lankans employed in Saudi Arabia illegally. However after the Saudi authorities offered an amnesty period, 6000 Sri Lankans got exit permits and left the country. He however said that several Sri Lankans are still working illegally in the Middle Eastern country and he urged them to make use of the amnesty period before they face arrest. read more

Disaster recovery assistance available for SW Alta

Disaster recovery assistance available for S.W. Alta. Between June 16th and 23rd, towns, First Nations and property owners in Southern Alberta experienced intense rainfall that resulted in significant, localized flooding.The Alberta government will now commit up to $30.7 million to help residents, small business owners, agricultural producers and towns, recover “uninsurable” losses from the flooding.John Muir with Municipal Affairs tells 660News, to start, people would apply to the program as a homeowner.“An assessor would come to their home, assess the damage that they received and determine what’s insurable and what’s uninsurable. The disastery recovery program would provide basic, essential assistance for “uninsurable” damage, so if you’ve experienced some damage to different parts of your home, we would provide funding to restore it to its basic function,” says Muir.He adds generally what they’re seeing is basement flooding, including anything from sewer backup, which is insurable damage to overland flooding that would cause basement flooding affecting anything that’s stored in basement, or carpet/ flooring or anything similar that received some damage last summer.Starting this Monday, November 3rd, the province will work with local townships to hold info sessions and set up temporary registration centres to help start the application process.Some southwestern Alberta communities eligible for funding include Lethbridge, Fort McLeod, Nanton and Pincher Creek, to name a few. by News Staff Posted Oct 30, 2014 6:55 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Security Council strongly condemns ballistic missile test by DPR Korea

In a press statement, Council members expressed their utmost concern over the DPRK’s “highly destabilising behaviour and flagrant and provocative defiance” of the Council by conducting this ballistic missile launch in violation of its international obligations under the body’s relevant resolutions, dating from 2006. “The members of the Security Council agreed that the Security Council would continue to closely monitor the situation and take further significant measures including sanctions, in line with the Council’s previously expressed determination,” said the statement.The body dealing with the Council’s sanctions regime against DPRK, known as the ‘1718 Committee’ after the Council resolution that established it, was urged to redouble its efforts to improve global implementation of all measures, including by implementing the relevant feasible recommendations of the Panel of Experts as soon as possible.Stressing that the DPRK’s illegal ballistic missile activities are significantly contributing to its development of nuclear weapons delivery systems and are greatly increasing tension in the region and beyond, the Council further regretted that the country is diverting resources to the pursuit of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons while its own citizens “have great unmet needs.” Further to the statement, the Council emphasized the vital importance of the DPRK’s immediately showing sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action and stressed the importance of working to reduce tensions in the Korean Peninsula and beyond. To that end, the Security Council demanded the DPRK conduct no further nuclear and ballistic missile tests.Reiterating the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in North-East Asia at large, the Council members expressed their commitment to “a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation,” and welcomed efforts by Council members, as well as other States, to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue. read more

Football Billy Price named Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year

Ohio State redshirt senior offensive lineman Billy Price (54) leads the Buckeyes out to the field prior to the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State fifth-year senior center Billy Price has been named Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year, the conference announced Thursday.Price is the third straight Ohio State lineman to win the award, following in the footsteps of center Pat Elflein and left tackle Taylor Decker, both of whom are in the NFL.Price made the switch from right guard to center for his final season with the Buckeyes. He has started in a school record 53 straight games, dating back to his first start as a redshirt freshman against Virginia Tech in 2014.Price was named first-team Big Ten on Tuesday and will likely receive All-American honors at season’s end. He was named a first-team All American last year by the American Football Coaches Association. read more

Pioneering project to start small deposit mining revolution receives €7 million funding

first_imgA pioneering new project, designed to lead an ethical and sustainable international ‘mining revolution’, has received a multi-million pound funding boost. The pivotal IMP@CT project, led by geology experts from the Camborne School of Mines, based at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall, will look to tap into a significant number of small, international metal deposits.It aims to establish an innovative method of mining – described by the team as “switch on-switch off’ (SOSO) mining – to excavate raw materials that play a crucial role in the production of many household and technological goods. This SOSO mining will also enable miners to respond rapidly to market demands, and excavate materials that are desired most in any given period.The project, which features 10 partner organisations from the UK, France, Germany and Finland, is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.Dr Kathryn Moore, a lecturer in Critical and Green Technology Metals at the Camborne School of Mines and project lead explained: ‘This research is exciting because it has the potential to unlock many small deposits globally, which would ultimately improve the security of supply of materials for manufacturers.“The project connects the companies creating the necessary technological innovations with academia and a national survey, who will investigate and model the broader step-changes required to roll out the new mining system in a sustainable way.’ At present, mining methods revolve around extracting materials from substantial ‘world-class’ ore deposits – such as the Lisheen zinc mine in Ireland, which closed in January 2016.Furthermore, production of metals from world-class mines is concentrated in certain countries, such as the antimony mines in China that produced more than 75% of global supplies in 2014.The closure of mines, coupled with increasing prices from metal-producing countries, helps creates market demand and opportunities for mining companies.To set up new worldclass mines, companies have to develop innovative mining techniques to deal with potentially low grade deposits, invest in large-scale infrastructure to meet demand for quantities, and conduct expensive feasibility studies to prove long-term commercial viability for potential sites.However, the global economic downturn over the last decade has meant that large-scale investment in these areas is limited – which has had a devastating effect on the raw materials sector.The IMP@CT project’s SOSO method to mine many critical metal and other small complex deposits will look to develop targeted, technological innovations in mining equipment design, as well as mine planning. The innovations will not only reduce the feasibility studies required, but also improve the quality of the extracted material, infrastructure, land use, resource consumption and waste. The team believes that this model can be adopted by European and national policy makers, as well as the wider mining industry in general.Dana Finch, also from the Camborne School of Mines and the Project Manager added: ‘Ethical issues are at the heart of the project. One of our partners will be conducting a social survey in the Balkans, in the region of the first test mine for the project, and we have involved experts in the fields of geo-ethics and social and environmental sustainability from the outset, to inform the way the technology might be implemented in the future.’IMP@CT: Integrated Modular Plant and Containerised Tools for Selective, Low-impact Mining of Small High-grade Deposits is co-ordinated by the University of Exeter, and runs until 31 May 2020. Picture courtesy of Minceco.last_img read more

Firefighters battle large blaze at Cork shopping centre

first_imgFirefighters battle large blaze at Cork shopping centre Several units from around Cork City are in attendance. 38 Comments Short URL Image: Cork City Fire Brigade https://jrnl.ie/4791011 By Michelle Hennessy CORK CITY FIRE Brigade is working to tackle a large fire at Douglas Shopping Centre this evening.The fire brigade said several units from around the city are in attendance.“Crews are working very hard in heavy smoke and fire conditions to contain [the] fire,” it said. Source: Cork City Fire BrigadeThe cause of the fire at the shopping centre is not yet clear. People are being asked to avoid the area to allow crews to access the building. Image: Cork City Fire Brigade Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Aug 31st 2019, 8:13 PM Share32 Tweet Email3 Saturday 31 Aug 2019, 8:13 PM 52,867 Views last_img read more

Des raies Manta suivies pour la première fois par satellite

first_imgDes raies Manta suivies pour la première fois par satelliteMis en ligne vendredi 11 mai sur le site PLoS ONE, les résultats d’une étude internationale sur les déplacements de raies Manta équipées, pour la première fois, d’émetteurs satellite, apportent aux scientifiques de précieuses indications pour mieux préserver cette espèce menacée. Capturées pour fabriquer des appâts pour la pêche au requin ou pour alimenter la pharmacopée traditionnelle chinoise, les raies Manta sont répertoriées comme “espèce vulnérable” par l’Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature (UICN). D’où l’importance de mieux connaître – et donc protéger – ce majestueux poisson planctophage qui atteint 7 mètres d’envergure.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour cela, des chercheurs de la Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), de l’Université d’Exeter (Royaume-Uni) et de l’administration environnementale mexicaine ont eu l’idée de fixer des émetteurs satellite sur le dos de 6 individus (4 femelles, 1 mâle, 1 juvénile) au large des côtes de la péninsule du Yucatan, au Mexique, au cours d’une période de 13 jours. Une technique qui a permis de fournir de nombreuses données sur les déplacements de ces créatures marines. “Les données révèlent que certaines raies ont parcouru plus de 1.100 kilomètres au cours de la période d’étude. Elles ont passé la plupart de leur temps à traverser des zones côtières abondantes en zooplancton et en œufs de poissons issus de frai”, a déclaré le Dr Matthew Witt, de l’Université d’Exeter cité par Science Daily. Les animaux sont principalement restés dans les eaux territoriales mexicaines, mais dans des zones rarement protégées (11,5 % des cas seulement), souvent sur d’importantes routes de trafic maritime. “Nos données en temps réel éclairent le monde méconnu de ce poisson mythique et contribueront à façonner la gestion et les stratégies de conservation pour cette espèce”, conclut le Dr Rachel Graham, du WCS, auteur principal de l’étude.Le 14 mai 2012 à 16:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Gas Tax Repeal Initiative earns a spot on November ballot

first_img Updated: 11:53 AM Posted: June 25, 2018 Mike McKinnon III, Allen Denton, Sandra Maas, Mike McKinnon III, Allen Denton, Sandra Maas Categories: California News, Local San Diego News Tags: Gas Tax June 25, 2018 FacebookTwitter IT’S OFFICIAL – Gas Tax Repeal Initiative Qualifies for the November Ballot – My full statement: https://t.co/cMIVTtih0y pic.twitter.com/GR7bTDqGM6— Carl DeMaio (@carldemaio) June 25, 2018 ⚠️ This flawed and dangerous measure pushed by Trump’s Washington allies jeopardizes the safety of millions of Californians by stopping local communities from fixing their crumbling roads and bridges. Just say no. ???? https://t.co/poYNjiPAVA— Jerry Brown (@JerryBrownGov) June 25, 2018A campaign financed by national Republican leaders, including GOP gubernatorial candidate John Cox, spent $1.7 million to put the Gas Tax Repeal Initiative on the ballot. DeMaio, chairman of Reform California and a conservative talk show host on KOGO Radio, spearheaded the effort in San Diego.“We are thrilled by the successful qualification of the Gas Tax Repeal Initiative and this is a huge win for the tens of thousands dedicated and organized grass roots volunteers who helped collect signatures,” DeMaio said. RELATED STORY: GOP’s John Cox promotes gas tax repeal as key campaign issueState law requires the signatures of 8 percent of the number of voters who cast ballots in the last gubernatorial general election, for an initiative to make it to the ballot. But if the number of signatures is estimated using sampling of the petitions, the law sets the minimum target 10 percent higher, and that was the target that was made today, Padilla’s office said today. Polls show most California voters want to kill the new tax that proponent’s say is meant to fix the state’s roads and bridges.Chairman of Reform California, Carl DeMaio was in studio sharing all the details. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSACRAMENTO (KUSI) – In November, Californians will have the chance to vote on repealing the gas tax hike. The Gas Tax Repeal Initiative needed 643,948 projected valid petition signatures statewide, and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s office today said that target estimate was exceeded.Gov. Jerry Brown, who along with state Democratic leaders pushed for the gas tax increase to fix California’s roads and bridges, blasted the initiative to repeal it. “This flawed and dangerous measure pushed by Trump’s Washington allies jeopardizes the safety of millions of Californians by stopping local communities from fixing their crumbling roads and bridges. Just say no,” Brown said in a statement. Gas Tax Repeal Initiative earns a spot on November ballotlast_img read more

Ethics panel will check into city councilors outburst

first_imgA mayor-appointed committee will hold public meetings to investigate possible ethics violations by Vancouver City Councilor Jeanne Harris when she argued with citizens and a fellow council member during a council meeting Sept. 13.The blow-back from Harris’ outburst has been felt for a week, with a YouTube video of her eruption cresting 17,000 views and more than 20 people coming before the council Monday night to condemn her actions. Harris appeared — and took a verbal beating — on the shows of conservative radio hosts Lars Larson and Victoria Taft.Harris, fed up with anti-tolling and anti-light-rail comments from citizens, repeatedly demanded that Mayor Tim Leavitt “gavel down” one speaker and left the room when he did not. She also quarreled with Councilor Jeanne Stewart during and after the meeting, telling Stewart to “shut up” after Stewart told her to “fix herself” and to “get sane.”Councilors Larry Smith and Jack Burkman requested an ethics violation investigation the day after the incendiary meeting; in response, Mayor Tim Leavitt appointed Smith, Burkman and Councilor Pat Campbell to investigate. A staff member appointed by the city manager will also be part of the committee.The committee will take “adequate time for a complete and thorough investigation,” and provide an advisory opinion to the full city council, City Attorney Ted Gathe said. Then, council members will decide what action to take, from no action to admonition to recalling her position, depending on the seriousness of the committee’s findings, he said.last_img read more

61st Annual Soldotna Progress Days This Weekend

first_imgThe parade will take place on Saturday at 11 a.m., starting down Marydale, then Binkley St, Judges’ Stand/MC will be at the Soldotna Library. The Parade ends and disperses on Shady Lane (next to the KP Borough building). Vendor & food booths will be open at Soldotna Creek Park, from 11am-5pm. The Rock the River concert kicks off at 6pm. The weekend kicks off on Friday, July 27, at 4 p.m., with a free Community BBQ hosted by the Soldotna Historical Society & Museum. Mayor Nels Anderson will be presenting a Proclamation to Marge Mullen, the first woman to homestead in Soldotna. Shannon Davis Director of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce: “Really, really great little museum with homesteader cabins. Things will start and 4 and go until 7, we hope people will show up and honor our homesteaders.” center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The 2018 Soldotna Progress Days will kick off this weekend to celebrate the community of Soldotna. To wrap up the weekend, on Sunday, there will be food and vendor booths from noon-5pm at the park. Click here for more details.last_img read more

Worlds smallest woman votes in high voltage India polls

first_imgHeads turned when the world’s tiniest woman, actress and Guinness World Record holder Jyoti Amge – who stands just 63 cm tall – turned up to vote at a polling station in Nagpur on Thursday.Sporting a red-and-checks sleeveless dress, the 25-year-old woman at 2 feet, 1 inch, patiently stood in the queue and exercised her franchise.”I request all people to vote. Please vote first and then go to complete all your other works,” Amge told the media as she displayed her marked finger.Amge, a celeb cook and entrepreneur, has appeared in Bigg Boss 6, acted in American and Italian television series and has her own statue in the Celebrity Wax Museum, Lonavala (Pune).last_img read more

Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502 Review

first_img3DMark Fire Strike1 of 19Tests notebook graphics performance.Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502Dell G5 15 SE (2019)Lenovo Legion Y7000MSI GF63 8RBCategory Average (as of 06/30/19) Optical Drive 512GB Hard Drive Size 6617 It might seem ridiculous to think that you can get one of Asus’ ROG Zephyrus gaming laptops for close to $1,000, but let me introduce you to the Zephyrus G GA502, the cheapest laptop with this ID to date. For $1,199, you get a strong GTX 1660 Ti GPU, long battery life and a solid pair of speakers – all packed into a sleek design. There are a couple of things stunting the Zephyrus G’s growth, including a middling AMD processor and a super-dull display. But overall, the Zephyrus G is a solid gaming laptop for the price.article continued below See our List of Favorite LaptopsClick on one of our top pick pages below to see which were selected as “Best in Class” by our seasoned tech editors.Best GamingGaming LaptopsFind the right mobile rig for your style of play.Best GamingBest Cheap GamingGaming Under $1000Play your favorite titles, without spending a fortune.Best under $1000#1 Gaming LaptopAlienware 13 (OLED Display)Our favorite gaming laptop right now is beautiful, powerful and portable.See it on DellOr Continue Reading Below… Asus Zephyrus G GA502 Price and Configuration Options The Zephyrus G that I tested currently runs for $1,199; it comes outfitted with an AMD Ryzen 7 3750H processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU with 6GB of VRAM, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. There’s a $1,099 model that Asus sells, which downgrades to 8GB of RAM. Design While the Zephyrus G is technically in the budget tier of the Zephyrus line, it’s still incredibly stylish. The aluminum hood is brushed vertically and diagonally, clashing halfway across the lid. The top half is home to a glossy ROG logo with red backlighting that just faintly lights up. There’s a sleek cutout at the hinge that reveals the deck as well as three LED indicators. Meanwhile, the interior of the chassis sports a similarly discreet design, with a normal keyboard layout and white-backlit keys, breaking away from the RGB madness and forward-facing keyboards of previous Zephyrus models. Above the keyboard are diagonal grooves carved into the chassis, next to the holes for the intake. The machine also has super-slim bezels and, funnily enough, no webcam. While the Zephyrus G is technically in the budget tier of the Zephyrus line, it’s still incredibly stylish. At 4.5 pounds and 14.2 x 9.9 x 0.8 inches, the Zephyrus G is an incredibly light and thin mainstream gaming laptop, thinner and lighter than the Dell G5 15 SE (5.6 pounds, 14.3 x 10.8 x 1 inches) and the Lenovo Legion Y7000 (5.3 pounds, 14.2 x 10.5 x 1.1~0.9 inches). The MSI GF63 8RB (4.2 pounds, 14.1 x 10 x 0.9 inches) is the lightest of the bunch, but the Zephyrus G is still slimmer. Ports There’s a decent number of ports on the Zephyrus G. On the left, the chassis features the power jack, an RJ45 Ethernet port, an HDMI 2.0 port, one USB 3.1 port, one USB Type-C port (DisplayPort 1.4) and a headphone jack. The right side provides two additional USB 3.1 ports. Display The Zephyrus G’s 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 display is especially dull and dim, more so than an average affordable gaming laptop. But, on the bright side, the panel has a smooth 120Hz refresh rate. In a clip for Dark Phoenix, the X-Men’s black and yellow suits didn’t pop and Mystique’s red hair looked muted. I could barely see Jean Grey’s surroundings as she stood at the entrance of the manor. However, the display was sharp enough to let me spot the stitching in Professor X’s suit. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, while Lara and Jonah were setting up camp at night, it was difficult to spot the edges of the forest that surrounded them. The orange accent in Jonah’s jacket and Lara’s jade necklace looked relatively dull. Lara’s hair, however, was incredibly defined, and I could see almost every strand coming out of her head. According to our colorimeter, the Zephyrus G’s panel covered a measly 71% of the sRGB color gamut, which is a decent ways below the 110% mainstream-gaming laptop average. The GF63 8RB (73%) barely did any better, but the G5 15 SE (154%) and the Legion Y7000 (153%) showed off true gaming-laptop displays. MORE: Laptops with the Most Colorful Screens At 240 nits, the Zephyrus G has the dimmest display of the bunch, falling short of the 271-nit average. The G5 15 SE (270 nits) and the Legion Y7000 (277 nits) were basically playing footsie with the average, and even though the GF63 8RB (246 nits) didn’t make it, it’s still better than the Zephyrus G. Keyboard and Touchpad Now that Asus has given the Zephyrus a normal keyboard layout, it’s better, right? Well, yes and no. The new keyboard is more comfortable in that it has palm rests, and its keys do have a high required actuation force, but they are still too shallow; there’s a lot of give and take. I typed 71 words per minute on the 10FastFingers.com typing test, which is just over my 70 wpm average. The keys have a measly 0.8 millimeters of travel, which is far from our preferred 1.5- to 2.0-mm travel. However, the keys did required a whopping 80 grams of actuation force, which is well above our 60g minimum. One thing I did appreciate from the previous layout was the touchpad, as it was ridiculously soft and its vertical design with discrete buttons made it more useful for gaming. The Zephyrus G’s 4.1 x 2.8-inch touchpad is still soft and comfortable to use, but offers no discrete buttons. The pad does have Windows precision drivers, and Windows 10 gestures – like three-finger tabbing and two-finger scrolling – worked well. Audio The Zephyrus G’s bottom-firing speakers managed to blast Missio’s “I See You” across a small office, and the overall audio quality was solid. The opening vocals combined with the keyboard were bright and clear. Most of the percussion came off strong, except the heavier bass drums, which felt muted. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, I ran around Lara’s manor when she was a child; I was serenaded with lovely chirping birds accompanied by an adventurous tune that immersed me into the rich people experience. Lara’s voice sounded crisp, and her footsteps were loud enough to overcome the Zephyrus G’s blaring fan. And when she fell from the roof and onto her ass without a scratch on her, the thud that emanated from the stone floor was satisfying. MORE: The Best Headsets for Immersive Gaming You can customize the audio via the Sonic Studio 3 app, which comes outfitted with presets for Music, Movie, Gaming and Communication. Within those presettings, you can adjust the treble, bass, voice clarity and even the reverb. The app also gives you access to a full equalizer; you can assign these settings to specific apps of your choosing. Gaming, Graphics and VR Armed with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU with 6GB of VRAM, the Zephyrus G blazed through Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Highest, 1080p) at 36 frames per second as I ran, sliced and shot my way through a jungle. The device stuttered occasionally, but it was solid overall. On the Rise of the Tomb Raider benchmark (Very High, 1080p), the Zephyrus G averaged 43 fps, which is roughly on par with the mainstream gaming laptop average (44 fps). It defeated the 37 fps from the G5 15 SE (GTX 1650) and the Legion Y7000 (GTX 1060), as well as the 27 fps from the GF63 8RB (GTX 1050 Ti). Armed with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU with 6GB of VRAM, the Zephyrus G blazed through Shadow of the Tomb Raider at 36 frames per second as I ran, sliced and shot my way through a jungle. The Zephyrus G did decently well on the Hitman benchmark (Ultra, 1080p), hitting 73 fps. Even though it didn’t make the category average (80 fps), it did beat the Legion Y7000 (70 fps) and the GF63 8RB (69 fps). However, the G5 15 SE (85 fps) ran the game better. MORE: PS4 Games: Our Staff Favorites On the Grand Theft Auto V benchmark (Very High, 1080p), the Zephyrus G took the reign back and crushed the competition with 57 fps. The mainstream gaming-laptop average (54 fps) is just behind the Zephyrus G, while the G5 15 SE (40 fps), the Legion Y7000 (46 fps) and the GF63 8RB (35 fps) all landed even farther from that speed. Don’t scoff at the Zephyrus G’s GTX roots – this baby is more than ready for VR. The laptop scored 9.2 on the SteamVR Performance Test, which is above the category average (8.2). The G5 15 SE (5.6) and the Legion Y7000 (7) had a slightly worse time handling VR. Performance Underneath the Zephyrus G’s thin chassis is the AMD Ryzen 7 3750H processor with 16GB of RAM, which seamlessly juggled 40 Google Chrome tabs and five 1080p-YouTube videos while Shadow of the Tomb Raider ran in the background. However, it didn’t do as great on our benchmarks. On the Geekbench 4.1 overall performance test, the Zephyrus G scored 14,059, which can’t compete with an average mainstream gaming laptop (20,539). The G5 15 SE’s Core i5-9300H (16,744) did slightly better, and the Core i7-8750H processor crushed our tests in both the Legion Y7000 (22,474) and the GF63 8RB (21,811). The Zephyrus G took 14 minutes and 23 seconds to transcode a 4K video to 1080p on our HandBrake benchmark, which is nearly four minutes longer than the category average (10:40). To be fair, the G5 15 SE was even slower (14:31), but the Legion Y7000 (9:24) and the GF63 8RB (10:20) sped through the test like champions. MORE: Best Graphics Performance Asus’ 512GB SSD copied 4.97GB of data in just 12 seconds, translating to 424 megabytes per second, which is just above the 382 MBps mainstream gaming laptop average. The laptop killed the 256GB SSD in the G5 15 SE (130 MBps) and the GF63 8RB (318 MBps), but the Legion Y7000’s was still faster (636 MBps). Battery Life Even for a gaming laptop on the more affordable side, the Zephyrus G has a decently long battery life. After continuously surfing the web over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness, the battery lasted 4 hours and 48 minutes, which is longer than the average mainstream-gaming laptop (4:06). The device even outlasted the Legion Y7000 (4:28) and the GF63 8RB (3:30), but it couldn’t outlive the G5 15 SE (6:53). Webcam The Zephyrus G does not come outfitted with a webcam, but there are several great external webcams that you can pick up if you plan on streaming. Heat Unlike its siblings, the Zephyrus G does not use Asus’ Active Aerodynamics System, which caused the underside to lift. Despite that, the Zephyrus G doesn’t get too hot, though its fans can get incredibly loud. After I played Shadow of the Tomb Raider for 15 minutes, the underside hit 108 degrees, which is above our 95-degree comfort zone. The center of the keyboard and touchpad hit 108 and 79 degrees, respectively. The hottest the machine got was 125 degrees, at the center of the vents on the underside. On our normal heat test, in which we play a 15-minute 1080p video, the underside peaked at 89 degrees, while the keyboard measured at 86 degrees and the touchpad hit 75 degrees. Software and Warranty The most important software that the Zephyrus G has is the Armoury Crate, which lets you track your CPU, GPU and fan performance. There are several performance modes, including Windows, Silent, Balanced and Turbo. There’s also a Manual mode, where you can go ham and customize the output yourself. You can create specific profiles for games and apps based on your mode. You can use the GameVisual app to customize the color of your display. And while the Zephyrus G doesn’t have any RGB lighting, you can use the Aura tab to sync and customize the lighting of compatible devices. The GameFirst V app can be used to manage your bandwidth. There’s also a flurry of Windows 10 apps, including Candy Crush Saga, Gardenscapes and Asphalt Street Storm Racing. The Zephyrus G comes with a one-year limited warranty. See how Asus performed on our Tech Support Showdown, Best and Worst Brands and Best and Worst Gaming Brands ranking. Bottom Line Asus’ ROG Zephyrus G GA502 ($1,199) is a good gaming laptop if you’re on a slightly flexible budget. You get strong graphics performance that’s more than ready for VR, good battery life and a solid pair of speakers. Not to mention that all of that is packed into a super-light and thin design. Despite that, it’s Ryzen processor can’t compete with its Intel competitors, and the display is too dull and dim for gaming. But for $1,099, you can get the Legion Y7000, which boasts a stronger processor, a brighter and more colorful display, and even on-par battery life. However, you will be sacrificing portability and even some graphics performance. Overall, the Zephyrus G is a solid gaming laptop, and among the most portable that you can get for the price. 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first_imgNews | October 03, 2013 Frost & Sullivan Awards Barco 2013 Product Line Strategy Award for Diagnostic Imaging Displays News | Oncology Diagnostics | February 06, 2019 Oxford University Hospitals Employs Barco Synergi for Multi-disciplinary Cancer Conferences Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) is trialing clinical collaboration technology from Barco for its Multi-disciplinary… read more Related Content The DBI CL8MPS from Double Black Imaging 50 Years of Innovative Visual TechnologyEIZO, which means image in Japanese, is a visual technology company that develops and manufactures high-end display solutions. 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Feature | Flat Panel Displays | April 18, 2018 | Melinda Taschetta-Millane Flat Panel Display Market Outlook The global flat panel display market is predicted to reach $177.3 million by 2027, according to a new report titled “… read more Technology | Flat Panel Displays | May 17, 2019 Tru-Vu Monitors Releases New Medical-Grade Touch Screen Display Tru-Vu Monitors released the new MMZBTP-21.5G-X 21.5” medical-grade touch screen monitor. It is certified to both UL… read more Technology | Flat Panel Displays | November 28, 2018 LG Unveils New Diagnostic Monitor, Digital X-ray Detectors at RSNA 2018 LG Electronics is expanding its U.S. medical imaging portfolio with a new high-performance 21-inch diagnostic monitor… read more News | Flat Panel Displays | June 18, 2019 Double Black Imaging Announces Expanded Display Line and Ergonomic Workstation Solutions Double Black Imaging (DBI) and their Image Systems Division are releasing their new clinical and diagnostic display… read more Feature | Flat Panel Displays | April 11, 2019 | By Melinda Taschetta-Millane Flat Panels to Help Enhance and Streamline Workflow The flat panel display market shows signs of maturing, however many new applications are available that can help to s read more center_img Sponsored Content | Videos | Flat Panel Displays | September 26, 2018 LG Medical Monitors Leveraging years of industry-leading expertise in flat-panel display technology, LG Business Solutions has expanded t read more Photo courtesy of US Electronics LG Medical MonitorsLeveraging years of industry-leading expertise in flat-panel display technology, LG Business Solutions has expanded their medical imaging device portfolio of the most accurate displays possible.SharePlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:57Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -4:57 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsdefault, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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October 3, 2013 — Independent global research organization Frost & Sullivan honored Barco, a healthcare imaging solutions company, with the 2013 North American Product Line Strategy Award in Diagnostic Imaging Displays at the 2013 Growth, Innovation & Leadership Awards on Sept. 9, 2013 in San Jose, Calif. The award recognized Barco for delivering excellence and best practices in the North American diagnostic image displays market.The Growth, Innovation and Leadership Awards are presented each year to companies that are predicted to encourage significant growth in their industries, have identified emerging trends before they became the standard in the marketplace and have created advanced technologies that will catalyze and transform industries in the near future.Frost & Sullivan utilized the following criteria to benchmark Barco’s performance against key competitors: breadth of product line, size of addressable product base, impact on customer value, impact on market share and breadth of applications/markets served.Empowering healthcare in an era of declining revenues The research observed that, at this time of uncertainty in healthcare, providers that use the most efficient and widely applicable equipment are best positioned to face whatever challenges may lie ahead. In an era of declining reimbursements, revenue stability has become largely dependent upon a healthcare facility’s ability to increase productivity while maintaining high clinical standards.High-value solutions enhance clinical productivity The organization lauded Barco’s Coronis Fusion 6MP display system and Mammo Tomosynthesis 5MP display system as two products that increase productivity and maintain the best possible image quality.The Coronis Fusion 6 MP display system is the market’s first and only dual-head six megapixel color diagnostic display, which enables simultaneous viewing of two side-by-side 3 MP diagnostic images on a single monitor. An ongoing clinical study at Montefiore has demonstrated that the dual-head, bezel-less display system increases a reading physician’s productivity by 19 percent.The market’s only diagnostic display designed and approved for breast tomosynthesis, the Barco Mammo Tomosynthesis 5 MP display system, is optimized to meet the quickly growing, critical need for breast imaging facilities across the nation.For more information: www.frost.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Flat Panel Displays | March 30, 2018 Canvys Introduces New 27- and 32-inch 4K Ultra HD Displays Canvys, a Division of Richardson Electronics Ltd., recently enhanced its 4K Ultra HD custom display series of high-… read more Sponsored Content | Videos | Flat Panel Displays | December 25, 2018 VIDEO: 50 Years of Innovative Visual Technology EIZO, which means image in Japanese, is a visual technology company that develops and manufactures high-end display s read more Technology | Flat Panel Displays | December 06, 2018 USEI Introduces Windows-Based iPad Medical Imaging Viewing Solution at RSNA 2018 U.S. Electronics Inc. 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University of Maryland Medicine Tests Novel Treatment for Parkinsons

first_img 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. News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. 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 | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more September 1, 2015 — University of Maryland Medicine and its Center for Metabolic Imaging and Image-Guided Therapeutics (CMIT) has begun to use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided focused ultrasound on a deep structure within the brain related to Parkinson’s disease.In the first clinical trial of its kind, researchers from the departments of diagnostic radiology & nuclear medicine, neurosurgery and neurology at CMIT are using MRI to guide ultrasound waves through the intact skin and skull to the globus pallidus. The University of Maryland is one of only two sites in the United States to offer this treatment to Parkinson’s patients.The globus pallidus contributes to the regulation of voluntary movements and is targeted with medications and, in advanced cases, deep brain stimulation using implanted micro-electrodes to treat motor symptoms of tremor, rigidity and dyskinesia in patients with Parkinson’s. Dyskinesia (abnormal, distorted movement) is a common side effect of the medication levodopa that can affect quality of life for patients with Parkinson’s.“In collaboration with my colleagues, we are excited to offer our patients a new, non-invasive therapy to control their Parkinson’s symptoms,” said principal investigator Howard M. Eisenberg, M.D., the Raymond K. Thompson Chair of Neurosurgery. “The neurology community has made significant strides in helping patients with Parkinson’s over the years; utilization of MRI-guided focused ultrasound could help limit the life-altering side effects like dyskinesia to make the disease more manageable and less debilitating.”“For years, our medical techniques have centered around anatomic imaging of the body and open surgical techniques to repair structural problems,” said Graeme Woodworth, M.D., associate professor of neurosurgery and director of the neurosurgery department’s Translational Research Laboratory. “CMIT is set to move this paradigm toward imaging body function and modifying alterations using non-invasive, image-guided focused ultrasound technology. We are very excited that these new technologies, available at the University of Maryland, are on course to revolutionize medical diagnosis and treatment,” he said.According to Woodworth, examples of this work leverage altered metabolic pathways to visualize disease processes and treatment responses, providing new information regarding the course of a patient’s condition. Using advanced focused ultrasound technology, surgeons can now apply microscopic sound waves to precisely target diseased regions deep within the body without incisions or radiation.Functional imaging and non-invasive ultrasound procedures are done on an outpatient basis in the CMIT MRI suite. During the Parkinson’s procedure, patients lie in an MRI scanner with a head-immobilizing frame fitted with a transducer helmet. Ultrasonic energy is targeted through the skull to the globus pallidus of the brain, and images acquired during the procedure give physicians a real-time map of the area being treated.“We’re raising the temperature in a very restricted area of the brain to destroy tissue,” Dr. Eisenberg said. “The ultrasound waves create a heat lesion that we can monitor through MRI.”The entire procedure lasts two to four hours, and patients are awake and able to interact with the treatment team. This allows the physicians to monitor the immediate effects of treatment and make adjustments if necessary.“Treatment-related side effects such as dyskinesia are the main reason my patients undergo surgery,” added Paul S. Fishman, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurology and sub-investigator on the clinical trial. “Focused ultrasound could offer these patients an alternative to surgery.”The clinical study builds on experience gained during a pilot trial that investigated focused ultrasound for patients with essential tremor. The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) was one of eight sites that participated in the pivotal Phase III trial to support a submission to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for regulatory approval.Researchers from the University of Virginia Health System reported in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2013 that 15 patients with essential tremor who received focused ultrasound saw “significant improvement” in their dominant hand tremor. Patients treated in the initial phase of the study at the University of Maryland experienced similar results.The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and the Focused Ultrasound Foundation are funding the Parkinson’s study. It is being conducted using the ExAblate Neuro system developed by InsighTec.For more information: www.medschool.umaryland.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | September 01, 2015 University of Maryland Medicine Tests Novel Treatment for Parkinson’s Metabolic Imaging Center uses new ultrasound technology to target deep structures of the brain Image courtesy of Imago Systems Related Contentcenter_img News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… 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 | 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. 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MSR Values Rise With Increasing Rates

first_img The value of residential mortgage servicing rights (MSRs) rose in July due to an increase in rates and lower expectations with respect to prepays, according to MountainView Financial Solutions. During a recent webinar giving the monthly snapshot of MSR performance in July, Mike Riley, Managing Director, Analytics at Mountainview said that an increase of 9-10 basis points in rates had led to an impact on mortgages especially in terms of value change attribution.The webinar gave insights on managing, valuing, acquiring and selling residential MSRs and discussed the interest rate environment, MSR risk management, MSR pricing levels and MSR market activity in July. Speaking on the pricing of MSRs, Mark Garland, Managing Director, Analytics, MountainView Financial Solutions said that the company was seeing a strong impact by state on new product pricing in relation to escrows. “We are seeing different levels of interest on escrows, different incidents of loans escrowed versus those waived, and a difference in escrow cushions across states,” Garland said.Depending upon projected balances by mortgage bankers who account for escrow custodial float, float rates, and interest on escrow rates, the impact on MSR values relative to escrows was between seven and 17 basis points in July.Speaking on the correlation between prepayment speeds and low FICO products Garland said that MountainView found that the prepayment times for low-FICO conventional and low-FICO government products were similar. “We took a wide array of products to see what a conventional product prepayment looks like across different FICO bands and compared that with low-FICO government products in similar bands,” Garland said. “We saw that there was really no significant difference in prepayment speeds.” When looking at the conventional mortgage products with primary rates between 4.25 percent and 4.49 percent, the study found that in July, prepayments for FICO scores ranging between 660-679, 680-710, and more than 720 were about the same at a little over 10 percent. When the rates rose slightly to 4.5 percent and 4.74 percent, the prepayment speed for FICO scores in the range of 660 and 679 rose to around 14 percent. However, the prepayment speeds for mortgages with FICO scores ranging between 680 and 710, and more than 720 remained at a little over 12 percent.The study found a similar correlation between FICO scores and prepayment of government mortgage loans.At a mortgage rate of 4 percent and 4.24 percent, it revealed that prepayment speeds of borrowers with FICO scores ranging between 620 and 639, and 640 and 659 were a little over 14 percent. For borrowers with scores of 660-679 and 680-710, the prepayment speed was a little over 12 percent.However, when mortgage rates increased to between 4.25 percent and 4.49 percent, the prepayment speed for borrowers with scores of 620-639, 640-659, and 660-679 were uniform at a little over 16 percent. However, the prepayment speed for those with scores in the range of 680-710 remained at 14 percent. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicing Share Conventional Credit Scores FICO Government loans mortgage Mortgage Rates Mountain View Financial Solutions MSRs Prepayment 2018-08-09 Radhika Ojhacenter_img August 9, 2018 1,046 Views MSR Values Rise With Increasing Rateslast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe “best available rate” just got better at over 50 of Design Hotels’ member properties. Guests can benefit from either 10, 15 or 20 per cent off when they stay in New York, London, Hong Kong, or a host of other desirable destinations. And if the reduced rate isn’t enough to tempt travellers onto the next flight, then perhaps the smell of the complimentary breakfast is.Need to know:Valid for bookings until 11 September 2016Available discounts: 10, 15 or 20 per cent offMinimum stay of two nightsOffer subject to availabilitySpecific conditions may apply per hotelGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more