The Matrix wanted Sandra Bullock as Neo

first_imgLos Angeles: The Matrix producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has revealed that before Keanu Reeves was chosen to play Neo, he initially wanted Sandra Bullock for the role. Di Bonaventura, whose filmography includes discovering the cult classic sci-fi franchise at Warner Bros and Transformers film series, said there were far more than two options to choose from. Several A-listers including Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Will Smith were considered for the part. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”We went out to so many people I don’t remember. We were getting desperate. We went to Sandy Bullock and said ‘We’ll change Neo to a girl.’ (Producer) Joel Silver and I worked with Sandy on ‘Demolition Man’ and she was and continues to be a very good friend of mine.” “It was pretty simple. We sent her the script to see if she was interested in it. And if she was interested in it we would try to make the change,” he told The Wrap in an interview as part of the film’s 20th anniversary year. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna”It just wasn’t something for her at the time. So really it didn’t go anywhere,” di Bonaventura added. A representative for Bullock said the actor did not recall the specifics of the pitch for The Wachowskis’ epic but di Bonaventura was always supportive of her career. She added, however, that the right person was cast for the film. In 2009, the actor said that she was also considered to play Trinity and regretted not taking it. The role famously went to Carrie-Anne Moss. Reeves and Bullock had previously worked in the 1994 ‘s action blockbuster film Speed, a few years before The Matrix was released.last_img read more

Sudan UN monitors discuss selfdetermination referenda with southern leader

12 October 2010A United Nations panel monitoring the January referenda which will decide whether Southern Sudan secedes from Africa’s largest country discussed security and other key challenges with the region’s leaders today. The three-member panel, appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and led by former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa, held a 90-minute discussion with Salva Kiir, President of the Government of Southern Sudan and First Vice-President of Sudan, in Juba, the regional capital, as they continued their first visit to the country.After the talks, which covered issues ranging from how to make the referenda as free and fair as possible to security arrangements during campaigning to how to deal with the key post-referenda challenges, Mr. Mkapa told reporters he believes credible elections can still be held by the scheduled date of 9 January.“What is required is the cooperation of all the parties – both in the national Government as well as the southern Government – but also the support of the international community in clearing up those particular hurdles that require financial or technical provisions,” he said.“If that is done, given the goodwill and the honour that the CPA signatories are required to observe, there’s no reason why January 9th will not be successful and mark the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the people of the Sudan,” he added, referring to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement ending two decades of warfare between the northern-based Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in the south.The referendum on self-determination in Southern Sudan is the final stage in the CPA, while a second referendum is being held on the same day in the oil-rich Abyei region to decide whether it belongs to northern or southern Sudan.The panel, which will make periodic visits to Sudan in the lead-up to and during the referenda and report back to the Secretary-General, also met with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in both the national capital, Khartoum, and Juba, where they received a briefing from senior UN officials on latest developments on the ground there. Mr. Ban formed the panel last month at the request from the parties to the CPA, who sought a UN monitoring body to help enhance the credibility of the Sudanese-led referenda and ensure the acceptance of their result by their constituencies and the international community.Asked whether he had any message for the people of Southern Sudan, Mr. Mkapa replied: “I would say that they should follow the process closely. When registration starts, they should register. When the civic education about the terms of the referendum is given, they should listen carefully, weigh the chances and vote according to their conscience. And I’m quite certain that, inshallah, almighty God will guide them on the right path.” read more

Over 320000 Afghans repatriated since 1 March as returns gather pace UNHCR

More than 320,000 Afghans have returned home from neighbouring countries in less than two months, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which assists with the repatriation effort.The figure covers Afghan refugees returning since 1 March from Pakistan, Iran, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, a spokesman for the agency told a press briefing in Geneva today.Over the past three days, the rate of return from Iran reached 2,000 a day under a programme in which UNHCR monitors the voluntariness of the movement and the government provides transport up to the frontier, spokesman Kris Janowski said.The International Organization for Migration (IOM) collects the Afghans at that point and returns them to their home provinces. In less than two weeks, more than 15,000 Afghan refugees have repatriated since the programme began on April 9.From Pakistan, more than 302,000 Afghans have repatriated on their own since 1 March after registering at the UNHCR-run centres in the country. More than 8,900 people have also returned from the now-closed Tajik border camps, and 18 Afghans have repatriated with UNHCR assistance from Turkmenistan, Mr. Janowski added.Meanwhile in Afghanistan, UNHCR was leading a nationwide effort to help thousands of people forced from their homes by decades of internal strife and famine to return to their residences and start anew, according to Mr. Janowski.Monday saw the departure of the first internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Bamiyan to Saighan district in central Afghanistan. A convoy of 12 minibuses and 14 trucks ferried 1,396 people to 13 villages in Saighan valley. Up to 7,500 IDPs were expected to return from Bamiyan in the next eight days under a joint UNHCR-IOM programme.Since December, the UN refugee agency has helped more than 25,600 IDPs return to their homes in central and eastern Afghanistan and plans to assist the return and reintegration of some 400,000 IDPs in 2002. Afghanistan has more than 1.2 million IDPs.In a related development, the United Nations today received a donation of $500,000 from the World Conference on Religion and Peace for assistance to Afghan refugees and internally displaced persons. Welcoming this “act of generosity,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said it was an example to people everywhere that believers from different faiths could join hands in the cause of peace.Today’s donation marked the second instalment of a $1 million pledge. The money was raised by interfaith organizations all over the world in an effort that began last September. In a letter to Dr. William Vendley, the Secretary-General of the Conference, Mr. Annan noted that while governments required constant reminders, faith communities came forward to make donations “without us knocking on your door.” read more

With realities shifting in Darfur operations on the ground must change urges

“The peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) should be directed to the area where it is most needed, namely at the site of continued conflict in the Jebel Marra,” Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the UN Under-Secretary-General for peacekeeping operations, told the Security Council on Monday.“In the rest of Darfur, the UN system should leverage the capabilities of the agencies, funds and programmes best suited to tackling the problems that remain there.”Presenting a special report from the UN Secretary-General and the AU Commission Chairperson, Mr. Lacroix outlined two “central concepts” behind a new two-year strategy – each supporting the other.The first, dealing with peacekeeping, would focus on protection of civilians, humanitarian support and mediation of local conflict.The second central tenet, would, in effect, bridge the evolution from peacekeeping to early recovery and development, in collaboration with the UN country team serving Darfur, he added.“The whole-of-system transition concept focuses on addressing the critical drivers of conflict and preventing relapse,” explained Mr. Lacroix.For the roadmap to be realized, the senior UN official underscored the need to have longer-term funding arrangements in place and increase voluntary contributions from donors.In addition, funds from the assessed budget would need to be used during the transition and in close collaboration with the Peacebuilding Support Office, to access sufficient resources, he added.Also vital is the need for continued engagement and partnership with the AU and backing of the Government of Sudan and UN Member States, he said.“We believe that, working together, this new approach can help establish a future of UN and AU support to Darfur that will help to improve the lives of the Darfuri people now and in the long-term,” concluded Mr. Lacroix. read more

CSU Fullerton snaps 2game streak routs Cal Lutheran 9960

FULLERTON, Calif. — Khalil Ahmad scored 29 points and CSU Fullerton returned home to snap a two-game losing streak by crushing Division III Cal Luthern, 99-60 on Saturday night.The Titans won just one of their three games at the Myrtle Beach Invitational, their final game against Monmouth, and lost at Hofstra and Sacramento State in overtime before returning home for two games.CSU Fullerton (3-5) converted 40 of 65 shots from the field (61.5 per cent) and knocked down 7 of 14 from long range.Ahmad hit all three of his shots from beyond the arc and Kyle Allman, who came in averaging 20.5 points per game, contributed 18.Austin Cole hit 3 of 5 from distance and lead Cal Lutheran with 18 points. Kyle Ferreira added another 13 points.The Titans next play host to unbeaten Loyola Marymount Wednesday.The Associated Press read more

Penguins feed on jellyfish with prominent sex organs underwater footage shows

first_imgA waddle of Adelie penguins in the snow in AntarcticaCredit:Cheryl Ramalho/WWF/PA An Adelie penguin on glacial ice along the western Antarctic PeninsulaCredit:Steven Kazlowski/naturepl.com/WWF/PA The cameras weighed between 15g and 22g – less than an ounce – and were retrieved when the birds returned to the nest.Footage filmed by the penguin cams was released last December when it became an internet sensation, WWF said. A waddle of Adelie penguins in the snow in Antarctica It is thought the penguins, the smallest and most widespread in the Antarctic, target the jellyfish with prominent sex organs because the carbon and protein content of the reproductive organs is greater than any other part of the creature.Jean-Baptiste Thiebot, from the National Institute of Polar Science, Japan, said: “We were surprised to see the penguins go for jellyfish and it raised the question: is this new behaviour for Adelie penguins, possibly developed because they had a hard time finding food during this year of very unusual sea-ice conditions, or is it simply newly revealed by using this video approach to study their diet?”To clarify this, we will need to see comparisons across different penguin species and different ocean regions.”But these observations already reveal one more piece of the puzzle in the oceans’ food web.” 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. An Adelie penguin on glacial ice along the western Antarctic Peninsula Information gathered from the research is being used by the wildlife charity to help create marine protected areas around Antarctica, to protect species such as the Adelie penguin, which is affected by fishing in the region and climate.Rod Downie, WWF polar programme manager, said: “A year on from the release of the penguin cam footage, it’s clear that we still have a lot to learn about Adelie penguins and other ice species.”The results give us a better understanding of how they might respond to climate change and related shifts in the Antarctic food web.”Studies such as the penguin cam research will help international efforts to protect the “amazing waters” around Antarctica, he said. Adelie penguins target jellyfish with prominent sex organs for a tasty meal, research from Antarctic “penguin cams” suggests.Footage shows the penguins occasionally feeding on jellyfish with visible sex glands, even when their preferred food of small shrimp-like crustaceans known as krill are available, the study backed by conservation charity WWF found.The findings, revealed in a new publication by scientists from the French and Japanese national Antarctic programmes, come from research conducted by fitting penguins with tiny cameras to see what they got up to under the sea ice.last_img read more

License to Explore from Hexagon optimises drilling campaigns

first_imgHexagon Mining has introduced License to Explore, “an attractive lease license arming explorers with the powerful tools they need to produce high-quality data.” License to Explore “recognises the need to optimise drilling campaigns while respecting tight budgets.” It comprises two options, HxM Explorer and HxM Modeler. Both are described as highly versatile and designed for the life of a drilling campaign.For the field geologist, HxM Explorer delivers CAD and Surface Modelling tools for building implicit surfaces and solids directly from drillhole data. Users can quickly interpret and evaluate scenarios. HxM Explorer’s mapping and drillhole design tools enable the explorer to design drilling programs with the benefit of storing drilling and logging data and assay results in the leading MineSight Torque system.Additional functionality can be added to HxM Explorer and HxM Modeler for surface meshing of huge point clouds collected by UAVs. The Torque database can be enhanced with a QAQC module for managing the validity of drillhole data. Future add-on options include a workflow management tool for developing implicit models and a field logging device that is directly linked to Torque.HxM Modeler is designed for the office-based explorer tasked with building a comprehensive block model and analysing data gathered in the field campaign. HxM Modeler contains many of HxM Explorer’s CAD and surface modeling tools. “So as well as being able to build and manage block models easily, a geologist can quickly evaluate the data collected in the field season and start planning for the next stage of project development.”“Mining builds our economies and explorers are at the forefront of that work, operating on tight budgets and under great pressure,” said Hexagon Mining President Hélio Samora. “We believe License to Explore and the options it delivers will help alleviate some of that pressure with world-class solutions in an attractive lease package.”last_img read more

Apple TV set reportedly held back by content deals

first_imgIf you’re expecting an Apple TV set to launch within the next few months, you may have a bit longer to wait. A report says that, although Apple has prototypes of the iTV living in its locked-down design studios, it’s having trouble securing the content deals that it wants and it may be another year or so until the integrated TV launches.Apple is supposedly looking at 42-inch or larger TV set models for the initial release. This contradicts previous alleged supply chain leaks that say that the company will be launching with smaller (and cheaper) 32- and 37-inch sets; that report also had the sets arriving in mid-2012.The new report cites an alleged former Apple employee who says that a slick 50-inch TV set is housed in Sir Jony Ive’s locked-down Cupertino design studio. As Ive’s studio is where all of Apple’s ideas go to take physical form, this is hardly surprising news; Ive may have had TV prototypes in there for years.More of a revelation is the news that Apple is getting hung up in trying to make content deals. A source who allegedly was part of the Apple TV team says that content providers are resisting Apple’s courting. The company supposedly wants to give customers à la carte packages: think of it as a build-your-own cable package.Such an offering would be a revolution in content distribution, and customers would embrace it wholeheartedly. And that’s exactly why content providers are reluctant to make a deal. They’re perfectly happy with charging sky-high rates for tiered cable packages, and will likely fight tooth-and-nail to preserve their old method. Apple nudged (nay, shoved) the music industry into the 21st century with its iTunes content deals; a similar seismic shift in the television industry frightens content providers.Aside from the possible new content distribution method, the TV set would also incorporate Siri and iOS devices as remote controls. You could simply ask Siri to “play something by Martin Scorcese from the last ten years,” and watch as Gangs of New York begins. Likewise, Apple would likely release its own Apple TV apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for slightly more traditional controls.When will we see the Apple TV set? This report cites an analyst who believes that it’s still over a year away. That may or may not be the case, but the product’s release probably does hinge on Apple’s content deals. Without those, it’s just a slick-looking TV with Apple TV built-in.via USA Todaylast_img read more

PDX work may bring more flights over Vancouver

first_imgMajor runway work resumes today at Portland International Airport, with the side effect of bringing more small airplanes over McLoughlin Heights and the rest of the Vancouver area.The north runway at PDX is being closed as work continues on a major extension of it. The project started last year and will last until next year, though it took a break for the summer.While the runway is closed, the south runway has to pick up most of the slack. But at the busiest times, the airport uses its north-south crosswind runway, which brings planes low over Vancouver.Most of the planes on that runway are the Horizon Airlines/United Express size.For more information, click HERE for the news release.last_img read more

Google and Nokia recognised for employee share schemes

first_imgGoogle, Nokia, Telefonica and Valero Energy were among the organisations recognised for best practice in employee share schemes at the Employee Share Ownership Centre’s (Esop) Employee Ownership Awards 2017 on Tuesday 31 October 2017.Now in its 16th year, the awards were held at the Reform Club in London and were hosted by Sir Graham Melmoth. The awards aim to recognise excellence in employee share ownership schemes that have been implemented in organisations across the globe.Communications and electronics organisation Nokia won the award for best all-employee international share plan, while fuel manufacturer Valero Energy took the award for best all-employee share plan. Telecommunications business Telefonica topped the best share plan communications category.The full list of winners:Best all-employee international share plan: Nokia. Commended: The Sage Group.Best all-employee share plan: Valero Energy.Best share plan communications: Telefonica. Commended: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.Best use of video communication: Amadeus IT Group.Most creative solution: Google.Jennifer Kirk, director of global equity management at Google, said: “Alphabet/Google is honoured and humbled to receive this award. The Fractional Shares programme has been extremely well-received at our [organisation] and employees are thrilled to be able to maximise the Alphabet shares they retain after each vesting event.”last_img read more

CES 2019 Pintsize but powerful the Mek Mini gaming desktop is smaller

first_img Tags CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Now playing: Watch this: Here’s an overview of the specs: Zotac Gaming/Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 with 8GB of GDDR6 RAM Six-core Intel Core i7-870016GB of DDR4 RAM (overclockable)240GB NVMe M.2 SSD and 2TB SATA HDDKiller AC 1550 Wi-Fi and dual Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 5HDMI 2.0b, 2x DisplayPort 1.4, DVI, USB Type-C, 2x USB 3.0, 4x USB 3.1Programmable lights via Zotac’s Spectra Lighting System softwareAvailable Q1 2019 for $1,500 (about £1,170 or AU$2,090) Share your voice 85 Photos 0 Post a comment All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 CES 2019center_img While it’s not as compact as the Mac Mini, the Mek Mini is tiny compared with most other gaming desktop PCs. But it doesn’t skimp on power. You get an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 GPU, Intel’s heavy-duty Core i7 processor and 16GB of DDR4 RAM — specs similar to those of the company’s towering Mek1, which Zotac showed off at CES last year. All that hardware generates a lot of heat, and keeping things cool in the Mek Mini’s small footprint required a fair amount of engineering. The case has 270 degrees of ventilation, with air intakes on the sides and at the bottom, as well as exhaust vents on the top and the rear to ensure sufficient flow. The Mek Mini desktop is smaller than most gaming laptops 1:34 CES Products Intel Nvidia Sarah Tew/CNET At CES 2019 we’ve seen superthin laptops, laptops with impossibly slim bezels and big-but-thin laptops. We’ve even seen desktop hardware crammed into a laptop. So why not a desktop gaming PC that’s smaller than a laptop?Enter the Mek Mini — a $1,500 gaming powerhouse that measures roughly 10 by 10 by 5 inches. It’s smaller than a 12-pack of beer and, having cradled it in my arms, I’d estimate that it weighs around 6 or 7 pounds (about 3 kg).  11 Photos Desktops Gaming Is this the cutest computer at CES?last_img read more

Supreme Court rejects Tarun Tejpals plea

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday rejected journalist Tarun Tejpal’s plea seeking to set aside the charges of sexual assault framed against him by a trial court. The top court also ordered to conclude trial in the case within six months. Tejpal had moved the top court challenging the trial court order which had framed the charges dealing with rape and wrongful confinement against him. He has pleaded not guilty and claimed innocence. A former junior woman colleague had accused Tejpal of rape during the ThinkFest, a conference organised by the Tehelka founder in Goa in 2013.last_img read more

UK Service Celebrates Windrush Generation From Caribbean

first_imgBy The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May joined more than 2,000 people at London’s Westminster Abbey on Friday to celebrate the contribution of immigrants from the Caribbean, 70 years to the day after hundreds of West Indians arrived to help rebuild war-scarred Britain.The former troopship Empire Windrush landed in Britain on June 22, 1948, carrying people from across the Caribbean who had responded to an ad offering cheap tickets to those wanting to work in the U.K.Performers from The Hebe Foundation charity during a Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the contribution of immigrants from the Caribbean and to mark the 70th anniversary of the landing of the ship Empire Windrush, at Westminster Abbey in London, Friday, June 22, 2018. Friday’s anniversary comes weeks after the government apologized over its treatment of people from the Caribbean wrongly identified as living in Britain illegally. (Niklas Halle’n/Pool Photo via AP)The anniversary comes weeks after the government apologized over its treatment of long-term U.K. residents from the Caribbean who were wrongly identified as living in Britain illegally. Some were refused jobs and medical treatment or denied re-entry after trips abroad because they couldn’t produce papers to prove their status.The Windrush migrants and those who followed them came from British colonies or ex-colonies and had an automatic right to settle in the U.K. But some were ensnared recently by tough new rules introduced since 2012 that were intended to make Britain a “hostile environment” for those entering the country illegally.The treatment of Windrush-era migrants sparked widespread anger and forced the resignation of now ex-Home Secretary Amber Rudd.The government has said it will pay compensation to affected members of the Windrush generation.The Rev. Canon Joel Edwards paid tribute to the “Windrush resilience” of Caribbean-born people who went on to become trade union leaders, politicians, senior civil servants and leaders in other areas of British life.“In recent months the word ‘Windrush’ has evoked a great deal of emotion and even anger across our political landscape,” he told the congregation. “In this service of thanksgiving, ‘Windrush’ means more than migration.”Allan Wilmot, 93, who came to Britain in the 1940s with the Royal Air Force, said the service had been “very moving.”“I am happy that our efforts have been recognized,” he said.“The British are never in a hurry to do nothing,” he added, smiling. “But eventually they get around to it.”last_img read more

Marvels First Avengers 4 Trailer Is Finally Here

first_img After much anticipation, Marvel’s Avengers 4 trailer is finally here and it’s an emotional rollercoaster to the final battle.On Friday, Marvel Studios debuted the Avengers 4 trailer on its YouTube Channel and introduced the movie’s title on its Twitter account. Dubbed Avengers: Endgame, the thrilling film highlights the Avengers’ last major showdown with the sinister Thanos. The movie will premiere in theaters on April 26, 2019.Marvel Studios also shared the new movie poster for Avengers Endgame on Twitter. There aren’t any characters on it, however, it definitely ramps up all the excitement for the film.Check out the new poster for Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame. In theaters April 26, 2019. pic.twitter.com/DFYmIq006o— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) December 7, 2018“Part of the journey is the end,” Marvel Studios tweeted on its page on Friday morning. Well, we’ll all have to wait to see what’s in store for Avengers: Endgame.More on Geek.com:‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Top Survey of Movies to See in 4KCharacters We Hope to Return in ‘Avengers 4’You’ve seen Thanos in ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ Now Play as Thanos in Fortnite Vintage Shelf: Spike Lee Brings the Heat in ‘Do The Right Thing…Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week Stay on targetlast_img read more

Humpback whales saving other species from orcas found to be common and

first_img Journal information: Marine Mammal Science Humpback whale. Credit: NOAA. Humpback whales slow to arrive in Hawaii A team of researchers led by Robert Pitman, a marine ecologist with NOOA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center, has found evidence that suggests humpback whales may engage in altruistic behavior during encounters with killer whales attacking other marine species. In a paper available on the open access site Marine Mammal Science, the team describes their analysis of humpback whale encounters with killer whales and why they believe it is possible the whales are intentionally helping other creatures to escape certain death by orcas. More information: Robert L. Pitman et al. Humpback whales interfering when mammal-eating killer whales attack other species: Mobbing behavior and interspecific altruism?, Marine Mammal Science (2016). DOI: 10.1111/mms.12343 The research began, the team notes, when Pitman observed a humpback whale come to the rescue of a seal after a pod of killer whales had knocked it off an ice floe back in 2009. Also, another team member had witnessed a group of humpback whales driving off a pod of killer whales that had killed a grey whale pup—they surrounded it and prevented the orcas from eating it for several hours. Such incidents prompted the group to look a little deeper—they conducted searches of both published and unpublished papers detailing humpback observations and discovered among them 115 incidents of humpback whales rescuing other creatures from orca attacks. They noted that just 11 of the incidents involved rescuing humpback whale calves—the rest involved rescuing a variety of other marine creatures such as sea lions, gray whales, sunfish and harbor seals.The researchers found that many of the humpback whales that engaged in rescue attempts had scars on their bodies, indicating that they were survivors of orca attacks in their youth—it seemed plausible that they were simply responding to an unpleasant memory.The team notes that humpback whales are the only cetaceans (marine mammals that include dolphins, porpoise and whales) known to drive off killer whales under any circumstances—they regularly do so to protect their young. They suggest it might be accidental, as the whales have learned to respond to the sounds killer whales make when attacking—saving members of another species just occurs naturally as they seek to protect their own.After considering all of the possibilities, the team has concluded that altruism “could not be ruled out.” The humpback whales might do it simply because they see another creature under duress and wish to help.center_img Explore further © 2016 Phys.org Citation: Humpback whales saving other species from orcas found to be common and maybe altruistic (2016, August 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-08-humpback-whales-species-orcas-common.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

The tie that binds

first_imgIt is that day of the year again when brothers all across the country get an over-dose of love. With people increasingly moving away to other cities to pursue education and careers, Raksha Bandhan is a time when dear ones are missed. One courier company is making sure that the brothers get their rakhis well in time. Called the ‘Rakhi Express’ the service allows you to send the rakhi in a special envelope with a personalised card.  Though the new age tradition of e-rakhis still goes strong. Speaking about deliveries – Rakhi this year seems to have brought about some crazy gifting options – while you could stick to the usual loot of chocolates and sweets, phones, tablets, ipods are also big.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Rumour has it that brothers are gifting cosmetic surgery options. Women today seek lasting results from non surgical quick cosmetic procedures like Botox and hyaloronic acid based dermal fillers like Juvederm. ‘During festive seasons like Raksha Bandhan, a lot of people come for beauty enhancing treatments. Mostly they want quick procedures that have minimal downtime. Some procedures that meet this requirement are dermal fillers like Juvederm that help revitalize skin, give volume and help clear fine lines and wrinkles,’ says Dr Indu Ballani.last_img read more

In retrospect

first_imgLike all the painters of the Progressive Artists Group, Gade revolted against the traditions of academic art, which the British education system had clamped on Indian art education. He believed in an unconventional and dynamic artistic style. He had a commendable intuitive understanding of the pictorial dimensions of color, and as often referred as a painters’ painter.Gade was born in 1917 at Amravati in Maharashtra, India. He studied science at the University of Nagpur where he enrolled in 1939 with the Nagpur School of Art. He taught at Jabalpur’s Spencer Training College for five years before completing a Diploma and then a Masters in Art during 1949-50. He later enrolled for a year at the Central Institute of Education, New Delhi in 1958.Visual imagery is the best medium to reflect the truth and Gade’s effort were always to converse the reality via his paintings.Head over and experience the color of Gade to relish his cherished dream and sense the adventure which artist had gone to create the wonderful masterpieces.WHEN: On till 10 FebruaryWHERE: Dhoomimal Gallery, G-42 Connaught Placelast_img read more

Medmenham Abbey – Home of the Notorious Secret Society Hellfire Club

first_imgHistory does not record a single event of interest that took place within the abbey walls while Cistercian monks actually inhabited Medmenham between 1204 and 1536. It’s what happened to a woman around the time of its founding and to a man 200 years after its dissolution that spark interest–and, in the case of what happened in the 18th century, a notoriety that lasts up to today. The person responsible for the abbey’s existence was Isabel de Bolebec, a woman of strength who was determined to have a say in her own life. This was no small feat in the early 13th century, especially for an heiress.The de Bolebecs were a family that possessed extensive land at the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, mostly in Buckinghamshire. Isabel was the daughter and co-heiress of Hugh de Bolebec and is believed to have been born shortly before his death in 1165. Her first husband was Henry de Nonant, Lord of Totnes; they had no children together.At some point Isabel granted lands to the abbey of Woburn, an existing house of Cistercian monks, and they decided to expand, using those lands. Medmenham Manor had belonged to her father, and she decided to bestow the land between the manor and the Thames to the Cistericians. She was clearly a pious woman who believed in religious patronage–she is best known for being a major benefactress of the Dominican order in England. In 1204 a colony of Cistercians began to live in the newly constructed abbey on the Thames.In 1206, Isabel’s husband died, and she petitioned King John for the right to not be married again or, if she did, to choose the man herself. She was about 40 years of age. Nearly all marriages of heiresses were arranged, with their fortunes as rich prizes for the king to bestow on men who he wished to favor. Some of these marriages were unhappy, even traumatic. Henry I is known to have charged rich widows for the privilege of remaining single. Sometimes the women had to pay the king in order for him to release back to them their own inheritances!Photo:Shaun Ferguson / Medmenham Abbey / CC BY-SA 2.0Isabel paid King John 300 marks and three palfreys (horses) for the right to marry the man of her choice. He was Robert de Vere, a man her own age from a family as old and prestigious as the de Bolebec’s. They had a son right away, naming him Hugh, and in 1214 her husband inherited from his brother the earldom of Oxford. The de Vere’s managed to hold onto the title of Earl of Oxford until 1703, all of them descended from Isabel.Our story then jumps to the 16th century and the Dissolution of the Monasteries. When Henry VIII broke with Rome and began to dissolve the monasteries, the smaller ones were broken up first. Medmenham Abbey definitely fell under that category. In July 1536, the abbot and only one monk lived there–when they were evicted and pensioned off, the abbot received a pension of 10 marks. The Valor Ecclesiasticus put the abbey, the small village lying a quarter-mile away, and the parish church at an estimated combined value of 20 pounds, 6 shillings.Henry VIII granted the stone buildings and land to Thomas and Robert More; it passed to the Duffield family  in the late 16th century. Two centuries later, Francis Duffield leased the abbey to one Sir Francis Dashwood. It was then that everything changed.Medmenham Abbey and the River Thames at Medmenham, Buckinghamshire Photo: Motmit –CC BY-SA 3.0Sir Francis Dashwood was born in London in 1708, the only child of a baronet who made a fortune in trade with Turkey. Sir Francis inherited his estates, title and money at the age of 15. He went on the Grand Tour of Europe in high style. Gossip circulated that along with a passion for art and literature, the young baronet formed a fondness for brothels.By the age of 18, Dashwood was a prominent member of the Dilletanti Society, devoted to celebrating the values of ancient Rome and Greece. He spent a great deal of money turning his father’s country estate, West Wycombe Park, into an Italianate villa that eventually became known as one of the most beautiful houses in England.He was obsessed with private societies, and in 1752 he formed what he dubbed the Brotherhood of St. Francis of Wycombe with likeminded friends such as the Earl of Sandwich. He soon decided a discreet location was needed, and Dashwood poured money into Medmenham Abbey, which was near West Wycombe Park. The abbey was easy to reach by boat from London.The medieval ruin was renovated to resemble a Gothic structure with this theme written in stained glass at the entrance: Do What Thou Will. Dashwood and his friends came up with a new name for themselves: the Monks of Medmenham. It was later that their most famous name sprang up: the Hellfire Club. Among its rumored members: the Earl of Bute, Frederick Prince of Wales, the Duke of Queensbury, and even, as a visitor, Benjamin Frankin.Medmenham Abbey Photo:Mark Percy CC By 2.0What transpired inside the onetime abbey of Cistercians? Did the “monks” merely read poems and get drunk? Or were these gatherings blasphemous and pornographic, with Georgian aristocrats performing anti-Christian rituals and entertaining prostitutes dressed as nuns? Another theory was that the debauchery was a guise for political discussions, since many were members of the government opposition. Although a well-known hater of the Catholic Church, Sir Francis was dogged by suspicion of being a secret Jacobite.London gossiped about little else but the secret society until the scandal overwhelmed the Medmenham community. Although Dashwood employed many people in the area, he must not have been popular after he and the Earl of Sandwich released a monkey into the parish church during services, and watched the worshippers flee, screaming. Dashwood took the Hellfire Club underground–literally. He moved the gatherings out of the abbey and into a series of tunnels he’d had carved out of the chalk and flint of West Wycombe Hill.Medmenham AbbeyThe reports of the members’ misdeeds grew even more shocking there. Amazingly, Dashwood, who inherited the title 15th Baron Le Dispenser, served in Parliament and rose to Chancellor of the Exchequer although, as was agreed upon by all: “Of financial knowledge he did not possess the rudiments.”The Duffield family took back the abbey and sold it to the Chief Justice of Chester. It is unknown what the new owner did to Dashwood’s Gothic creation. In 1898 the abbey was “restored” by a Mr. Hudson, and in the early part of the 20th century was owned by an army colonel. It is now the site of a prosperous waterfront property in private hands. Nothing of the abbey remains.“Vintage photograph taken circa 1870 of Medmenham Abbey. A Cistercian abbey was founded in Medmenham in the 12th century, under the ownership of Woburn Abbey, though it was not officially recognised by royal charter until 1200.The Hellfire Club permeated the culture, popping up in new forms all over England and Ireland, and references can be found in novels, films, and songs. Often there is a whiff of blasphemy, of dark doings taking place in an abbey ruin. It didn’t help that Alistair Crowley, the notorious occultist, adapted the Hellfire Club’s “Do What Thou Wilt” to be a personal motto.Related story from us: An explanation emerges for how the 12th century Paisley Abbey in Scotland could feature a gargoyle out of the film “Alien”But it is Sir Francis Dashwood’s undeniable taste that brings the story from hell back to a bit of heaven. West Wycombe Park, his estate, is owned by the National Trust, although the present head of the Dashwood family lives in part of it with his family. The interiors are used by many film and TV companies today, including Downton Abbey‘s. When fans looked upon certain aristocratic rooms inhabited by the show’s characters, they are catching a glimpse of the man who shocked Georgian society to the core.Nancy Bilyeau has written a trilogy of novels set in the court of Henry VIII: ‘The Crown,’ ‘The Chalice,’ and ‘The Tapestry.’ The books are for sale in the U.S., the U.K., and seven other countries. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com.last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | October 12, 2009 ScImage Tool Delivers PACS to the EMR News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Related Content October 12, 2009 – ScImage, an enterprise imaging and informatics company, has created a robust toolset for delivering PACS content to electronic medical records systems (EMR).The company has already implemented its zero-footprint content delivery mechanism, PicomWeb, at several institutions where images, waveforms, final reports and other diagnostic documents are readily available to users of the EMR.The secure URL-based interface delivers image pointers to the target application which, upon activation, automatically deliver the PicomWeb viewer and requested content. Users may simply browse to patient images and data for clinical review and access using standard image manipulation tools. Users may also switch to full diagnostic viewing with a single click from PicomWeb. “The result is the creation of a physician portal that delivers images, reports, waveforms and documents to EMR users, on demand,” states Sai P. Raya, Ph.D., ScImage Founder and CEO. “Importantly, the content and relevant tools can quickly transition to full diagnostic mode for those users with the right credentials,” Dr. Raya, continued. PicomWeb can be implemented as part of a PicomEnterprise deployment, as a unifying layer for multiple disparate systems, or as an embedded link in an existing EMR system. The result is a single point of entry for all of your physicians’ to access image and reporting information.PicomWeb can authenticate users by means of common, open architecture methods such as Microsoft Active Directory. This will assist an already busy IT department by eliminating the need for a labor intensive installation for casual users and streamlines user management. More importantly, because image and reporting information is not stored on a local machine during access, HIPAA compliance becomes much easier.PicomWeb represents a new level of image enablement and distribution for healthcare information systems and interoperability to facilitate improved patient care. Additional features include automatic routing of diagnostic reports and image archive query on demand.“We believe that PicomWeb can benefit institutions who have already adopted an EMR and those who will be implementing one by delivering valuable content right to EMR from PACS,“ stated Sai P. Raya, Ph.D., ScImage Founder and CEO. “Moreover, IT managers and staff responsible for supporting enterprise-wide deployments will appreciate the simplicity of PicomWeb.” For more information: www.scimage.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read morecenter_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. 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first_imgNews | January 06, 2010 ACNM, SNM to Hold Joint Nuclear Medicine Conference News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more January 6, 2010 – The American College of Nuclear Medicine (ACNM) is holding its annual meeting Jan. 27-28, 2010, in Albuquerque, N.M., in conjunction with the Society of Nuclear Medicine’s (SNM) Mid-Winter Meeting. The meeting, which provides attendees with the opportunity to earn up to 25 continuing education credits, will highlight the latest advancements in molecular imaging and nuclear medicine. The educational sessions will conclude with special workshops on nanomedicine and clinical trials.The ACNM meeting will offer presentations on PET/CT of the head and neck, including thyroid cancer, chest and abdomen. ACNM will also offer lectures on the use of molecular imaging for lung scans and brain imaging and the use of new PET radiopharmaceuticals for treating disease. For nuclear medicine and radiology residents, ACNM will offer abstract presentations and a session on how to find a job in nuclear medicine.SNM will offer a two-day CT case review workshop that will provide 16 hours of continuing education credit for physicians. SNM will also offer workshops on the use of molecular imaging for the diagnosis of neurodegenerative disorders, and diagnosis and treatment of heart failure. Sessions will take place Jan. 29-31.SNM’s Technologist Section (SNMTS) will host “The Sharp Edges of Nuclear Medicine: See What’s New,” Jan. 30-31,2010, to introduce technologists to new techniques in fusion imaging, with a focus on patients with epilepsy. SNMTS will also host a joint session with the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, focusing on legislative and regulatory issues facing nuclear medicine today, including USP and the Medicare Improvement Providers and Patients Act of 2008 (MIPPA).SNM’s Molecular Imaging Center of Excellence will host its annual summit on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. This year’s summit will focus on nanomedicine and molecular imaging. More than 20 experts from a variety of fields will examine current and potential uses of nanomaterials for patient care through improved diagnosis and individualized treatment strategies.The week will cap off with SNM’s Clinical Trials Workshop (CTN), Feb. 1-2, 2010. The CTN Workshop will expand on last year’s successful meeting through in-depth presentations and discussions about how to expedite drug discovery, gain approval for new biomarkers, and comply with regulatory requirements in the U.S. and abroad. Featured seminars will cover the need for standardization in imaging trials, clinical research operating procedures, quality assurance, phantom utilization and good manufacturing practices. The CTN will host a special roundtable on the evening of Feb. 1 for leadership and senior staff at clinical research organizations. The CTN will also host sessions especially for nuclear medicine technologists about professional development opportunities in clinical trials research.For more information: www.snm.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. 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