Australia coach Darren Lehmann has said that he is disappointed with India captain Virat Kohli for declaring that he is no longer friends with Australian players after an aggressively-contested Test series.Australia lost 1-2 in the the four-match rubber, which was marred by constant showdowns between the players of both the sides. (Australian media continues nasty tirade against Virat Kohli)CLICK TO WATCH FULL VIDEOAt the end of it, Kohli had no qualms saying that he has been proven wrong in considering Australian players his off-field friends.Asked about Kohli’s comment in a pre-departure media interaction, Lehmann said, “Disappointing but that’s his opinion isn’t it?” (Steve Smith asks: Can we come in for a drink? Ajinkya Rahane replies: I’ll get back to you)On whether he thought that the rest of the Indian team had sentiments similar to Kohli, Lehmann replied in the negative.”No, I don’t think the Indian team (feels that), I too was very impressed with (Ajinkya) Rahane’s captaincy. I thought he was brilliant,” Lehmann said, trying to side-step the query by referring to Rahane’s stand-in captaincy during the fourth and final Test in Dharamsala. (Ajinkya Rahane should stay on as India’s Test captain: Mitchell Johnson)Kohli had missed the series-decider owing to a shoulder injury and even that had been mocked by the Australian players.Lehmann was lavish in his praise for Australia captain Steve Smith, comparing his superb batting run in the series with no less than Don Bradman. Smith finished with 499 runs in four games. (Virat Kohli blasts detractors: If someone pokes us, we won’t back down)advertisement”Smith has been brilliant, he has been unbelievable. He has been Bradman-like with the bat. I am really pleased with him and how he has brought the team as a leader,” he said.However, Lehmann was candid in admitting that the Australian team’s performance did not quite match up to India. He was nonetheless proud of the effort put in by the visitors. (Virat Kohli blasts detractors: If someone pokes us, we won’t back down)”We were disappointing in a couple of Test matches. We got so close but yet so far I suppose. We were a 100 runs short in this game. But I am proud of the lads and the effort they put in,” he said.”The way they have gone about it, it has been impressive. There are a lot of learnings for this group on this tour. They are hurting with the result at the moment but I am pleased with the effort and attitude. Smith will just get better and better. (If anyone pokes us, we won’t back down: Virat Kohli) “They have copped a lot from the Indian media. I am pleased with how they have handled it. We weren’t good enough in this series but we have got to keep learning,” he added.Meanwhile, former Australian player Mark Taylor also reacted to Kohli’s remarks. He said, “I was disappointed to hear Indian captain Virat Kohli say he would never be friends with the Aussies at the conclusion of what has been a gripping Test series for the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Cricketers play together a lot these days, both with and against each other, so you’ve got to be very careful about holding grudges and making stances like that.”He added that people like Smith and Kohli should set an example for the rest of the world when it comes to how cricket should be played.
India Today Web Desk JaipurApril 2, 2019UPDATED: April 2, 2019 18:15 IST IPL 2019: Can Virat Kohli help RCB open the account vs RR on Tuesday? (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli will become the third captain after MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir to captain in 100 IPL matchesKohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore are yet to open their account in IPL 2019Kohli, who hasn’t begun IPL 2019 well with the bat, has a poor record against Rajasthan RoyalsVirat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore have had a horror start to their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 season, losing all of three matches so far. RCB’s campaign got off to the worst possible start as they were bowled out for just 70 on a rank-turner in Chennai and they have struggled to gain any momentum so far.RCB lost a tight contest against Mumbai Indians at home, showing signs of improvement but the optimism was short-lived as they were bowled out for 113 after conceding 231 to Sunrisers Hyderabad in their third match on Sunday in Hyderabad.Virat Kohli and his men are in desperate need of a win as they face Rajasthan Royals, who are also winless after three matches, in Jaipur on Tuesday.RCB though will be hoping for a change in fortunes in Virat Kohli’s milestone match. Kohli will only become the third captain in IPL history after MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir to play as captain in 100 matches when he takes the field on Tuesday at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.RCB will be boosted by the availability of Australian all-rounders Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile who have joined the squad on the back of a successful ODI series campaign in the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan.Kohli’s ordinary record against Rajasthan RoyalsHowever, Virat Kohli’s record against Rajasthan Royals over the years should be a cause for concern. His batting average against the Royals in 21.26 — the lowest against all teams in IPL.Kohli hasn’t started the season on a good note as he has been dismissed twice for single-digit scores in three matches.advertisementNonetheless, RCB should take heart from their record against Rajasthan Royals away from home. The Bengaluru-based franchise has beaten the former champions four times on the road. However, in 2018, on Royals’ return to the league, RCB were beaten by 30 runs after Karnataka spinners Shreyas Gopal and Krishnappa Gowtham ran through their batting order.Also Read | 4 wickets or 5 wickets against Delhi Capitals? Sam Curran is not sureAlso Read | Sam Curran, KXIP’s most expensive foreign player of IPL 2019, gives team new dimensionAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan RoyalsFollow IPL 2019Follow Indian Premier LeagueFollow Virat Kohli IPL 2019: Virat Kohli eyes first points for RCB in milestone matchVirat Kohli will be featuring in his 100th match as Royal Challengers Bangalore captain on Tuesday. Having faced three straight defeats in IPL 2019, the former finalists will be hoping to open their account in Jaipur when they take on Rajasthan Royals. advertisement
The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), through its observance of National Drug Awareness Month 2012, is urging Jamaica’s youth to adopt healthy lifestyles and to reject influences of under-aged drinking and substance abuse. Themed: ‘Mek Wi Protect Wi Yutes from Substance Abuse’, the purpose of Drug Awareness Month is to encourage the public to participate in a national education programme to increase awareness of the effects of drug abuse on individuals, families, groups and the community at large. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on Tuesday November 6, Executive Director of the NCDA, Michael Tucker, noted that “our young people have significant challenges with substance misuse as a result of an undying need for experimentation.” He added that youth often seek refuge from the problems they face or from peer pressure by indulging in illegal drinking and by smoking. Continuing, he said that recent surveys have shown that “there is a significant experimentation within our school population with alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and ganja or other drugs.” Meanwhile, Eastern Regional Manager of the NCDA, O’Neil Smith, informed that several activities have been planned to commemorate Drug Awareness Month. As part of effort to raise public awareness, Mr. Smith noted that the Council will be launching the Resistance Education Against Drugs (READ) programme, on Monday November 12, at the Medallion Hall Hotel in Kingston, beginning at 9:30 a.m. READ is intended to give a fillip to the ongoing Prevention Education Programme in schools. The programme will target primary school students (ages 5-7) and will seek to enhance protective factors among the target group as well as to build on resistance strategies and best practices. Among the highlights of the activities are two services of thanksgiving, which will be held at the Brown’s Town Seventh-Day Adventist Church in St. Ann and at the Ridgemount Church in Mandeville on the November 17 and 18, respectively. Other activities for the month include a training day and health fair at the Marcus Garvey Youth Information Centre, St. Ann’s Bay (November 21 and 23, respectively); a Parenting Training Seminar at St. James High School (November 22); a Drug Awareness Day at the Morant Bay Anglican Church Hall in St. Thomas (November 27); a Research Day at the Medallion Hall Hotel (November 28); and a Healthy Lifestyle Expo and Debate Competition in St. James (November 30). The Executive Director is appealing to all Jamaicans to join the NCDA in its effort to raise public awareness through the implementation of innovative programmes that promote and enable the prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and resocialisation of individuals affected by drug abuse. The Council has, since its inception, been working through partnerships with schools, communities, churches and corporate organisations, in an effort to promote healthy lifestyles among children, adolescents and adults.
Rabat – Jesko Hentschel joined the Rabat office on August 1, succeeding Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly who recently completed her four year term.Hentschel will continue to manage the dialogue and partnership with the authorities, key stakeholders and World Bank development partners in Algeria, Libya, Malta, Morocco, and Tunisia.“It is an honor for me to be working in the Maghreb and Malta,” said Hentschel in a press release. Hentschel holds a PhD in International Trade, Development, and Econometrics from the University of Konstanz in Germany. He also holds a master’s degree in science policy and planning in developing countries from the London School of Economics, and a master’s in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the USA.Hentschel joined the Bank in 1992. He has held positions in the Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, and Central Asia Regions, most recently serving as country director for Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay.Read also: Morocco and World Bank Sign $500 Million Preschool Education Loan“The World Bank has a long-standing partnership with the region. Together with my colleagues in the country offices and across the institution, I look forward to deepening our engagement to help the region harness its immense potential and boost sustainable and inclusive growth,” Hentschel said following his appointment.The World Bank currently has 21 active projects in Morocco, in partnership with local organizations across a range of sectors including education, financial inclusion, groundwater management, and renewable energy project development.In February 2019 the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors endorsed a Country Partnership Framework (CPF) with Morocco, guiding a six year financial and technical assistance program.Since the start of this year, the World Bank has approved close to $1.3 billion in loans to Morocco.In February, the World Bank approved a $700 million loan to accelerate Morocco’s adoption of digital technology. On July 11, the Moroccan Minister for Economy and Finance and the World Bank signed $500 million loan agreement to fund Morocco’s 2015-2030 Education Support Program. The program aims to improve access to early education in Morocco.
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court has affirmed the right of a startup company to scrape people’s profiles on networking service LinkedIn for data.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Michigan upheld a previous ruling Monday siding with hiQ Labs, a San Francisco company that analyzes workforce data scraped from public profiles.LinkedIn invoked a federal anti-hacking law in telling hiQ to stop. LinkedIn also installed technical blocks to prevent hiQ from accessing otherwise publicly available information on LinkedIn users. A 2017 ruling ordered LinkedIn to stop blocking the startup. LinkedIn appealed.LinkedIn, which is owned by Microsoft Corp., says it is disappointed in the decision and evaluating options for an appeal. HiQ did not immediately respond for a message for comment Monday.The Associated Press
A coalition of 51 attorneys general is sending comments to the FCC in support of requiring voice service providers to implement a caller ID. With authentication framework if they fail to implement the framework voluntarily by the end of 2019 and to provide free, default call-blocking programs to customers.A bipartisan public-private coalition of 51 attorneys general and 12 phone companies last week who reached an agreement to work together to stop illegal and invasive scam calls. Related Article: Trump nominates Jeffrey Rosen for deputy attorney generalIn their comments to the FCC, the coalition of attorneys general states that phone service providers should be required to:• Offer free, automatic call-blocking services to all customers. The call-blocking services should be based on reasonable analytics and should not block important calls, including emergency alerts or automated calls that customers have signed up for, like medical reminders or school notifications.• Monitor network traffic to identify patterns consistent with scam calls and take action to cut off the calls or notify law enforcement.• Implement caller ID call authentication technology, which will help ensure that telephone calls are originating from secure, verified numbers, not spoofed sources. The coalition supports the FCC’s proposal to take regulatory action against telecom companies that do not comply with this technology.• Develop caller ID authentication to prevent robocalls to landline telephones. This is particularly urgent because the people defrauded by scam calls are often elderly Kentuckians who primarily use landline technology. Graphic Courtesy: MGN Online FRANKFORT, KY. (WTVQ) – AGs are doubling down on recent, successful efforts with phone companies to stop scam calls. They are doing this by urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to compel more phone companies to join the fight.- Advertisement –
IRVING, Texas — Free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson became the first three-time winner of the Marvin Miller Man of the Year, part of the players’ association’s Players Choice Awards.The 37-year-old Granderson, the winner in 2009 and 2016, split last season between Toronto and Milwaukee. He was followed in the voting by Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout. The award is given annually to a player for on-field performance and contributions to the community that inspire others.Boston designated hitter J.D. Martinez was voted Player of the Year, Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts was selected the AL’s Outstanding Player and Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich was chosen the NL’s Outstanding Player.Tampa Bay lefty Blake Snell was the AL’s Outstanding Pitcher and New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom the NL’s Outstanding Pitcher. New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar and Atlanta outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. were the Outstanding Rookies. Free agent outfielder Cameron Maybin and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp were the Comeback Players of the Year. Maybin was with Miami and Seattle this year.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Future treatments for hypertension, heart failure, and kidney disease might contain a surprising ingredient: vampire bat venom.University of Queensland researchers discovered a new class of blood pressure-regulating peptides in vampire bat venom, said a University of Queensland press release. The team’s research, which was published in Toxins on Jan. 8, found that these peptides could help advance treatments for many medical conditions.According to the team, these peptides are mutated forms of the Calcitonin Gene Related Peptide (CGRP), which is used by the human body to relax blood vessels. Unlike human CGRP, the bat venom peptides are unusually selective, so they have a more therapeutic effect on blood vessels. Plus, they generate less side effects as well, which is a benefit for human medical treatment.The study said vampire bat venom contains two critical anticoagulant toxins: Draculin and DSPA (Desmodus rotundas salivary plasminogen activator). Draculin inhibits the coagulation of blood during feeding, while DSPA aids in continuous blood flow by breaking up blood clots.“This could potentially help doctors in the treatment of a range of disorders featuring heightened pressure in small blood vessels, or may be able to improve blood flow to damaged or transplanted tissue such as skin grafts,” Bryan Fry, a UQ associate professor, said in the press release.Rat rCGRP and vampire bat venom vCGRP charts (Photo Credit: Vampire Venom: Vasodilatory Mechanisms of Vampire Bat Blood Feeding/Toxins)The team obtained vampire bat venom and tested its impact on rat small mesenteric arteries. The results were interesting: A peptide (vCGRP) extracted from the vampire bat venom had a relaxing effect on rats’ arteries. Since vCGRP and rCGRP (a peptide found in rats) had similar relaxation effects on blood, the team concluded that vCGRP might be beneficial for treating human medical conditions in the future.Additional testing on vampire bat venom might be difficult moving forward though: The team’s original field site in Mexico has been overtaken by drug trafficking activity, so they’ll need to find a new place to continue their research.“This discovery is another example of why it’s so important to broadly protect nature, since we can’t predict where the next great biologically sourced drug discovery is going to come from,” Fry said in the press release.”We’ll have to find new field sites that are safe to work in, but once we do that we’ll be on track to find new peptide variations and potential wonder drugs, helping improve and save lives.”More on Geek.com:Massive 20-Foot Great White Shark Spotted Off Hawaii Coast Romeo the Frog Finds His Juliet in the Bolivian WildernessPython Found Covered With More Than 500 Ticks Treated for Anemia Stay on target
What’s on tap for this weekend’s weather? Check our local weather coverage.In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories of the week:Lawmakers introduce bill on Interstate 5 Bridge replacementSouthwest Washington lawmakers have introduced a bill in Olympia to address the region’s most divisive topic: how to replace the 100-year-old Interstate 5 Bridge.The measure introduced Thursday, if passed, would declare replacing the piece of aging infrastructure a project of statewide significance, a move that could expedite the permitting process and construction of a new bridge.Read more about the new talks about an Interstate 5 replacement bridge.Vancouver police department to add 61 positionsThe Vancouver City Council has approved a package of tax and fee hikes to increase funding for the city’s police department, a move that will add 61 positions to the department by 2020.
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MPA CEO Mary Berner says PIB reporting is in a period of transition as the association investigates ways to incorporate digital numbers. “We’re very focused on trying to expand PIB measurement to include all of the digital advertising as well. We should have that in the next several months,” she says.Berner also points out that categories that did not perform so well in the first quarter, such as drugs/remedies and retail, were in the midst of a cyclical decline. But automotive, which has traditionally been a strong category, has turned into a “magazine problem,” says Berner. “They’ve shifted to deal promotions and shorter term campaigns to move product,” she says, indicating that the print platform isn’t suitable for this kind of marketing.The food and technology categories, which had suffered extended declines, were also up, as were toiletries and cosmetics.Looking at Q1 numbers since 2007, total ad page counts across all of the titles tracked have declined 38 percent. Business and finance titles, except Kiplinger’s (up 19 percent), took a hit on pages for the quarter. Bloomberg Businessweek was down 33 percent, Forbes dropped 20 percent, Fortune remained flat and Harvard Business Review dipped 17 percent.Newsweeklies did not fare well either—Time was down 13 percent in pages, The Week dropped 21 percent and the Economist was down 27 percent.In aggregate, however, some of the major publishers showed increases for the quarter. Condé Nast is reporting a first quarter increase of 3 percent across titles. Titles such as Bon Appétit (+38 percent) and Details (+25 percent) helped shore up some that dipped—Architectural Digest dropped 16 percent, Self slipped 10 percent and The New Yorker was down 11 percent. Meanwhile, Condé Nast says digital grew 35 percent in the quarter while integrated campaign programs jumped 50 percent in the quarter compared to the same period last year.Hearst also cited integrated programs as a growth source, with overall pages up about 7 percent. Fashion and shelter categories performed well in the quarter, again helping to push overall ad page growth into the positive while other titles, like Country Living (-18 percent) and Redbook (-11 percent) stumbled. At Time Inc., the company notes that 10 of its titles were up in pages, with increases across 11 of 15 ad categories. First-quarter PIB numbers are out from the MPA and ad pages have continued their decline, dropping about 5 percent when compared to the same period last year. The MPA points out that revenue eked out a half-point gain in the quarter, the first in two years, but given the vagaries of rate card reporting versus what an ad is actually sold for, revenue figures are difficult to estimate at face value. Yet reporting on PIB numbers has become challenging not simply because print ad pages have been pinched, but because they now only tell part of a larger story. Nevertheless, print is still one of the three main legs of the magazine publisher’s business model.
Google Assistant Google Fiber Amazon Chrome Robots Netflix Samsung Share your voice Tech Industry So, Google managed to rake it in last quarter despite recent data and privacy scandals. And Apple released a phone update to fix the Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug. But the news thunder was stolen this week by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who dropped a bombshell Thursday afternoon alleging the National Enquirer tried to blackmail him with nude photos.Here’s your chance to catch up on the week’s news.Google Assistant could soon know you better than you doIn an exclusive interview, a top Google exec says the company’s AI could one day recognize your moods and pick up conversations where you left off. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Vegan? Carnivore? Samsung’s dating app plays Tinder with your fridgeThe Refrigerdating app helps you find a date based on what’s in your fridge. Chris Monroe/CNET How Jeff Bezos went from quiet Amazon geek to National Enquirer blackmail victimThe Amazon founder’s public persona has done quite the 180. His tell-all is seen as a public relations “masterstroke.” Alex Wong/Getty Images CRISPR machines can wipe out entire speciesWe could use the genetic-engineering tool to combat invasive species and diseases. Should we? Crisanti Lab/Alekos Simoni Google Fiber suffers massive setback after experiment fizzlesGoogle’s trick to more rapidly and cheaply deploy its super-speedy Google Fiber project has hit a wall. Jason Hiner/CBS Interactive Jeff Bezos just confirmed what we all knew: Nudes are no big dealThe Amazon CEO says he’s being blackmailed over nudes. But do I want to see tech tycoon d*ck pics? No thank you, Mr. Pecker. James Martin/CNET This home security drone will help you tell possums from prowlersHomeowners could start protecting their property with Sunflower Lab drones in 2020. Stephen Shankland/CNET Bandersnatch? Bird Box? I’d rather scroll through Netflix till the end of timeSex Education? Nope. House of Cards? No thanks. Russian Doll? Maybe I’ll add it to my list and literally never watch it. Getty Images iRobot’s Terra cuts the grass while you relaxThe grass-cutting robot is designed to autonomously trim your turf. iRobot says it’ll be as smart and as easy to use as a Roomba. Juan Garzon/CNET NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. 0 Post a comment Tags
More From Roadshow Mercedes-Benz 68 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Preview • 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe: Beautiful brutality Hatchbacks Luxury cars Sports Cars 2020 Nissan Versa first drive: 15% more price, 100% more car 0 Mercedes-Benz 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door Coupe: A practical beauty Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Post a comment Enlarge ImageGiven the price of the GT 63 variants, the GT 53 looks like a screaming deal. Mercedes-AMG Back in December, Mercedes-AMG released pricing information for the first GT 4-Door Coupe model to hit the US market, the V8-toting GT 63. Now, we know how much the less expensive I6 variant will cost, and as it turns out, it’s a fair bit less.The Mercedes-AMG GT 53 4-Door Coupe will start at $99,995, factoring in $995 for destination and delivery, when it goes on sale this spring. That price is $37,500 lower than the next available trim, the GT 63, and it’s a far cry from the $159,995 GT 63 S that lives atop the lineup. Both 63 variants are already on sale.To be fair, there is a fairly large performance delta between the 53 and 63 models. The GT 53 sports a 3.0-liter turbocharged I6 gas engine that puts out 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. That mates to a 48-volt mild hybrid system that can provide an extra 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of twist in short bursts. It’s still plenty quick, reaching 60 miles per hour in about 4.4 seconds, and it tops out at an electronically limited 174 mph.By comparison, the GT 63 and GT 63 S wield a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8. It puts out 577 hp and 590 lb-ft in GT 63 form, enough to drop the 0-to-60 time to 3.3 seconds, while the top speed raises to 193 mph. The GT 63 S turns that wick up to a positively mega 630 hp and 664 lb-ft, dropping the 60-mph sprint to 3.1 seconds. If performance isn’t your end-all, be-all, then it might be wise to save a whole bunch of money by sticking with the GT 53.Even though it’s the “base” model, the GT 53 isn’t exactly light on kit. Standard equipment includes adjustable suspension, a Burmester surround-sound audio system, navigation and one positively gorgeous interior modeled after the GT coupe. The only bummer is that it still uses Mercedes-Benz’s old COMAND infotainment system, and not the new MBUX setup that’s making appearances on other new models. More about 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe Share your voice
Less than ten years after oil started flowing, Alaska’s economy cratered. The recession was quick and deep. Ten banks failed, real estate values plummeted and tens of thousands of people fled the state. It was Alaska’s great recession, 20 years before the rest of the country went through almost the same thing.Eating out wasn’t just a quick bite for Pete Zamarello. It was a sacred time when dreams were sketched in notebooks. He amassed an empire over plates of Italian or Mexican — Pete’s favorite foods.Zamarello liked to arrive at a restaurant with an entourage. And patrons would look up to catch a glimpse. This guy was an Anchorage celebrity. At least, that’s how Paul Gardner remembers it.“When Pete walked into a restaurant, he didn’t wait for anybody to set him,” Gardner said. “He’d say, I don’t need your help, I can set myself!’ So he’d pick any table and they’d just have to deal with him.”Gardner dealt with Zamarello for decades. First as an employee and later, a friend.Zamarello died about three years ago and Gardner is now the trustee of his estate.When Zamarello was alive, he owned this place. And back when oil was booming, he shaped the landscape of Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. But he grew up on the island of Cephalonia, which is a part of Greece.When Zamarello first arrived in Alaska in the 1960’s, he made money buying and selling oil leases. Then he sold a few houses. And by the 1970s, he turned his sights to strip malls. People called him ‘The Stripmall King. And Zamarello? He wasn’t offendedPete Zamarello wore thousand dollars suits paired with cheap shoes. All bushy sideburns and big sunglasses. You could catch him driving around town in a blue Lincoln Continental.But Zamarello built an extravagant lifestyle on top of a shaky foundation — the conviction that Alaska’s oil boom would never end.“He was the first time I ever heard someone say I was too big to fail,” state economist Neal Fried said. “That term wasn’t invented just recently in that last Great Recession. He was saying, ‘I owe the banks so much there’s no way they’re going to close on me’.”Alaska Mutual was just one of the financial institutions that loaned Pete Zamarello money. Kevin Tune worked there. He was in his late-twenties at the time — with a mustache and a rattail haircut. He tucked his eight inch tail of hair into the collar of his suits.Tune wasn’t a lending guy. He was a bank auditor. But he saw some of the loans that went out the door. And he remembers by the late 70s, it was kind of bonkers.“I actually saw loan documentation on bar napkins in files,” Tune said. “And I thought this is unbelievable. You’re lending on a financial statement created on a bar napkin from Chilkoot Charlies.”Tune said more than a dozen banks in Anchorage were competing for customers. They cut deals, like allowing them to have no down payment.In the heyday, Pete Zamarello was borrowing from at least 15 different banks.Then in the first half of 1986, the price of oil crashed- it fell nearly 70 percent. That combined with the overbuilt real estate market in Anchorage, caused the state’s economy to suddenly fall off a cliff.Newspaper articles from the time describe the housing market in freefall and condominium complexes as ghost towns, as owners abandoned their properties.Paul Gardner said Zamarello’s strip mall empire was also emptying out.“During that time it looked really, really bleak,” Gardner said. “Pete was telling me that he had tenants coming in and just dropping the keys on his desk and leaving because they couldn’t make it anymore.”In 1986, Pete Zamarello filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. He was about $150 million dollars in debt — owing hundreds of creditors.Kevin Tune saiid Alaska Mutual was also struggling. The bank relied heavily on real estate lending — loaning to commercial developers like Zamarello and also regular homeowners. It was a great business to be in during the boom years. But as business owners defaulted on their loans and homeowners started handing in their keys.It was a busy time for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The agency helped work out a deal for Alaska Mutual to merge with another bank in an effort to keep the bank’s doors open. But it was still at risk of being shut down by the FDIC. So at the end of each week, Kevin Tune sat back and waited.“Every Friday everybody is going is this going to be the day? Is this going to be the day? Is this going to be day?” Tune said. “And I still remember sitting in the office of our vice president going OK, there’s the rental cars we’re expecting. And they came in. And you’re first kind of shocked even though you knew it was coming. But the fact of the matter is probably 300 people just lost their job effectively at 6 o’clock that night. Nobody knew what was going to happen.”Tune and his colleagues were asked to return to the bank on a Saturday, while the FDIC went through the bank’s numbers. It was much worse than they thought.“And they were absolutely shocked,” Tune said. “The first thing out of the one individual’s mouth was… ‘We’re going to have to go back. We’re going to have to get additional people’.”The FDIC had a small office in town already. But this bank failure called for a much bigger presence in Anchorage. So the FDIC moved into a large glass office building in midtown. And there was a bright side.“They hired virtually everybody back,” Tune said.Tune and his colleagues had new jobs with the FDIC. Because who better to try to get rid of bad loans than the very people who helped create them?“I don’t think that ended up being any sort of problem but its an interesting dynamic when you have people collecting on a loan that they did,” Tune said.When it was all over, the FDIC ended up closing ten failed banks in Alaska.The state economy started growing again in late 1988. But the real estate market took much longer to recover. Since those days, the economy chugged along, growing modestly for nearly 30 years. But things have changed. We’re now in our first recession since the 1980s.In some ways it’s the same old story: The price of oil dropped dramatically in 2015, which meant billions of dollars in state revenue vanished. The oil industry has lost thousands of jobs.But Neal Fried said what’s happening now is not the same.“I mean there’s just monstrous difference between now and then,” Fried said.In the early 80s, there were way too many condos and houses being built. Right now, Anchorage has a tight housing market. And nearly two years into the recession, prices are flat.The population is also a lot more stable. Back then, the median age in Alaska was 26. When things got bad, people picked up and moved. That’s not as easy for most residents today.Another key difference? Alaska has a lot more savings in the bank.But here’s the thing: This time, it’s not a classic oil town bust. Alaska’s recession now is a lot less predictable. Even if the price of oil jumps again, it won’t save the state’s economy because there’s a lot less oil in the pipeline.“And these are sort of uncharted waters, which does create uncertainty,” Fried said. “I mean if this is just a classic boom bust. I wouldn’t be worried about it at all.”When he was going through the airport security line in Anchorage recently, a TSA agent pulled Fried aside and asked him if he should buy a house. It’s a question he gets a lot these days.Fried told the man the same thing he tells everyone who asks — it depends on your situation.“I’m generally a pessimist,” he said, “But what I do know, since I’ve been doing this long enough, is that the optimists typically have been right more often than the pessimists, and that gives me some optimism.”Fried says it’s impossible to say what the future holds for Alaska’s economy. But the state learned a humbling lesson during the 80s bust. There’s a difference between being an optimist and believing you’re too big to fail.
An international passenger arrives at Washington Dulles International Airport after the US Supreme Court granted parts of the Trump administration’s emergency request to put its travel ban into effect later in the week pending further judicial review, in Dulles, Virginia, US. Reuters file photoNew security measures including stricter passenger screening take effect on Thursday on all US-bound flights to comply with government requirements designed to avoid an in-cabin ban on laptops, airlines said Tuesday.Airlines contacted by Reuters said the new measures, which could include short security interviews with passengers, would be in place by Thursday.They will affect 325,000 airline passengers on about 2,000 commercial flights arriving daily in the United States, on 180 airlines from 280 airports in 105 countries.The United States announced the new rules in June to end its restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on planes coming from 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa in response to unspecified security threats.Those restrictions were lifted in July, but the Trump administration said it could reimpose measures on a case by case basis if airlines and airports did not boost security.European and the US officials told Reuters at the time that airlines had 120 days to comply with the measures, including increased passenger screening. The 120-day deadline is Thursday. Airlines had until late July to expand explosive trace detection testing.Lufthansa Group said on Tuesday the measures would be in place by Thursday and travelers could face short interviews at check-in or at the gate. Economy passengers on Lufthansa’s Swiss airline have been asked to check in at least 90 minutes before departure.Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd said it would suspend in-town check-in and self bag-drop services for passengers booked on direct flights to the United States. The airline said passengers would also have short security interviews and it has advised travelers to arrive three hours before departure.Airlines for America, a US trade group, said the changes “are complex security measures” but praised US officials for giving airlines flexibility in meeting the new rules.U.S. authorities in June also increased security around aircraft and in passenger areas, and other places where travelers can be cleared by US officials before they depart.A Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Tuesday declined to discuss the specific changes but said “the United States continues to work with our partners to raise the baseline of global aviation security and keep the entire traveling public safe.”The TSA said in July it was imposing new security rules requiring US domestic airline travelers to remove all electronic items larger than mobile phones such as tablets, e-readers and video game consoles from carry-on baggage for screening.
Stay on target Cygnus Capsule Delivers Delicious Easter Feast to Space StationSmartly Dye Your Dumb Easter Eggs With This Chart If you’re celebrating Easter this year, your abode might be rife with colorful Easter eggs, Easter bunnies, or other colorful pastel decor. But have you ever considered dropping half a hundred on a designer chocolate Easter egg? No? You might want to put your credit card far away from you and never head to Japan then because this post is about to make you want to. No, seriously.Check out the Uovo di Pasqua (“Easter Egg,) at the Il Cioccolato shops in the Bulgar Ginza Tower in Tokyo. It was a limited edition item sold at the shop, where just 50 went home with lucky shoppers in the Matsuya Ginza Department Store. Packaged in a gorgeous black Bulgar box and bag, you’d think you’d have just purchased a designer bag or some sort of luxurious perfume, but what’s waiting inside is actually a clear plastic box with an Easter egg etched with gold leaf and a beautiful design. Oh, and it’s pretty big, too.The folks at RocketNews24 chowed down on the delicious-looking egg, which came with a note describing the story behind the egg and explaining that the egg itself is made of bitter chocolate. The taste was described as a little sweet for bitter chocolate, but as I’m not a fan of dark chocolate anyway, I’m not too concerned about that. My only real worry is that this chocolate egg would be too gorgeous and luxurious to eat. Just look at that thing. When’s the last thing you purchased something from Bulgari that you were just going to take out of the package and eat?This Easter egg is certainly an impressive thing to snag if you’re looking for something unusual to nab this holiday, but if you’re not in Japan, unfortunately, you’re going to miss out, until the United States gets in step with these awesome Easter eggs, anyway.
Watchmen is one of those revered classic comics that nearly everyone seems to love. Many consider it to be one of the greatest graphic novels of all time, and because of that, it’s been tricky to adapt. In 2009, Zack Snyder directed a film adaptation of the comic that drew mixed reactions. Some loved it, saying it was the best possible adaptation we were likely to get. Others criticized the excessive use of slow motion, changes to the ending, and comics-style pacing that didn’t fit a feature film. Now, HBO is taking their own shot at adapting the beloved comic.Damon Lindelof, fresh off the series finale of HBO’s The Leftovers, is in talks to develop a Watchmen TV series for the premium cable network, Variety reports. HBO previously tried to turn the comic into a TV series back in 2014, but that effort never went anywhere. Lindelof’s series will reportedly be starting from scratch, having nothing to do with HBO’s earlier effort or Snyder’s 2009 movie.When the comic came out in 1985, Alan Moore used the series to take a critical look at the nature of superheroes. It made sense to turn it into a film in 2009 when superhero movies were rapidly becoming each year’s biggest blockbusters. Now that they’ve improbably gotten even bigger than they were back then, it’s the perfect time for someone to take another look at Watchmen. While Damon Lindelof’s work has been met with mixed reactions in the past, The Leftovers was near-universally beloved by critics and audiences alike. Coming off that success, it’ll be exciting to see what Lindelof can do with Watchmen. Gal Godot (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Warner Bros.)Another exciting DC development involves the only DCEU film to be an unqualified success. DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns confirmed in an interview with Variety that he and director Patty Jenkins are currently writing Wonder Woman 2. As great as the first movie is, the fact that they’re making a sequel is no surprise. It was interesting to learn recently that Jenkins was not contractually locked down for a sequel, meaning she now has some negotiating leverage when those contract discussions start up, if they haven’t already. Either way, she is definitely involved in writing the sequel.“Patty and I are writing the treatment right now,” Johns said. “The goal is to make another great “Wonder Woman” film. I had a blast making it with Patty the first time. We’ve got a cool idea for the second one.”Johns, of course, didn’t say what that cool idea was, nor did he confirm that Jenkins was definitely going to direct the sequel. Still, the fact that she’s still involved in Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure is promising. After the way Wonder Woman turned out, it’d be ridiculous for DC not to do whatever it takes to sign her for the sequel.Johns also said the studio is learning from the mistakes of past DC movies, which sounds promising. Specifically, he recognizes that Batman v. Superman was too dark, and too unlike what people want from a Batman or Superman movie. Wonder Woman, he said, celebrated everything people love about her character and that’s why it worked so well. While the characters of Batman and Superman aren’t going to change, and the universe won’t suddenly shift to be happy and optimistic from now on, we might get movies that are more in line with who Batman and Superman are as characters.Via Warner Bros./DC EntertainmentFinally, those who prefer the animated versions of DC’s characters have something to look forward to at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Warner Bros. will premiere the upcoming Batman and Harley Quinn movie at Comic Con on July 21 in the San Diego Convention Center’s Ballroom 20, IGN reports. After the premiere the cast and crew of the movie will take the stage for a panel discussion.Directed by Sam Liu, who did the Killing Joke animated adaptation, the film involves Batman, Nightwing and Harley Quinn teaming up to fight Poison Ivy and The Floronic Man. Kevin Conroy reprises the role of Batman, Melissa Rauch plays Harley Quinn, Loren Lester is Nightwing, and Paget Brewster is Poison Ivy. DC’s animated output has been some of the best comic book movies to come out of the studio, so this is definitely a panel Dark Knight fans won’t want to miss.Those of us who can’t make it to Comic Con this year will just have to wait for the movie’s digital release on August 15, or pick it up on Blu-ray August 29.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Batman Loses a Dad Again, Another Ben Affleck Update & More DC Movie NewsSecret Aquaman Role, Wonder Woman’s Throwback Photo, & More DC Movie News Stay on target
Stay on target Here Comes A New Challenger! Ryu!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighters: Ryu and Ken. ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero Who Are They?Ryu is the stoic martial artist star of Street Fighter, and therefore the most important character in all of fighting games. He shoots fireballs, punches waterfalls, and makes everyone go crazy when he grows a beard. He struggles to contain a dark force within himself, but always fights for a good cause. And that’s because he has the help of his blonde American sparring partner Ken Masters.Smash HistoryWhen we learned that Smash Wii U/3DS would get DLC we assumed it would just be returning veteran characters like Mewtwo, Roy, and Lucas. However, during one of the game’s early updates, we were shocked to learn that Ryu and his wholly original moveset (for Smash anyway) would join the battle. Hackers even played as him early. Meanwhile, Ken was added to Ultimate as the best example of the Echo Fighter concept, since his color swap is the first famous example of a fighting game clone character.What Looks New in Ultimate?Basically all “traditional” fighting games are descendants of Street Fighter II, and Ryu’s moveset is what the rest of Street Fighter is based on. So the fact that you can perform Ryu’s moves with their original inputs, use many classic Ryu combos, in Smash Bros. to great competitive success should really put to rest any arguments that this isn’t a real fighting game. As an already strong character, Ryu got a mix of buffs and nerfs in Ultimate, including the ability to always face opponents in solo matches. Meanwhile, Ken is one of the most remixed Echo Fighters, with increased speeds, fiery Shoryukens, and new kick attacks.Our Hopes?It’s hilarious that in 2019 arguably the best fighting game featuring Ryu and Ken (and Guile!) isn’t Street Fighter V but Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Ken definitely has better hair in this game. We hope that Street Fighter’s inclusion here though maybe plants the seeds for a full-on versus games between the World Warriors and the Smash Bros. The next Smash game we think needs a new gimmick beyond an ever-expanding roster and a different kind of crossover could be the ticket.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. 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News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… 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. 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 | 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 Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… 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 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 News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more 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 | 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 Related Content 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 | 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 | May 16, 2011 Frost & Sullivan Awards GE ‘Price Performance Value’ Leadership in PET Award May 16, 2011 — GE Healthcare today received the Price Performance Value Leadership Award in PET (positron emission tomography) for North America 2011 from global research organization Frost & Sullivan. According to Frost & Sullivan, the Price Performance Value Leadership Award is a prestigious recognition of GE Healthcare’s accomplishments in PET. Based on Frost & Sullivan’s analysis of the latest value-based systems currently being offering by PET/CT manufacturers, GE Healthcare’s Optima PET/CT 560 was found to offer a higher price performance value than any other system on the market. First to the market with PET/CT in 2001, GE Healthcare has built upon its excellence in PET/CT with the Optima PET/CT 560, an innovative scanner designed to address the demands of today’s healthcare environment. Combining superb image quality, high productivity and a patient friendly experience, the Optima PET/CT 560 can continuously deliver ongoing value over time. The system offers efficiency and investment protection with the capability to grow with the future needs of the clinical practice. From the uninterrupted full head to toe exam to the remarkable dose reduction features, the Optima PET/CT 560 was designed to help physicians put patients’ needs first. It includes advanced VUE Point HD intelligent 3-D iterative reconstruction technique to enhance resolution for uncompromised image quality that can help enable clinicians to confidently detect small lesions and increase quantitative accuracy. According to Frost & Sullivan, despite growing evidence pointing to its superior diagnostic capabilities in many applications within oncology and cardiology, PET/CT’s higher costs have been a deterrent to widespread adoption of this technology since its commercial introduction in 2001. Frost & Sullivan notes that the recent downturn in the U.S. economy and uncertainties surrounding healthcare reform further exasperated this challenge, as these circumstances intensified demand in the market for the more affordable imaging equipment that provides adequate performance in clinically relevant applications. Frost & Sullivan also notes the significant cost-barrier in PET/CT has prompted manufacturers of this technology to become more focused on developing systems that provide the highest performance at the lowest price point possible. For more information: www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享
Accor has opened its 1100th hotel in Asia Pacific, with the launch of the new Sofitel Beijing Central, bringing the group’s APAC network to more than 210,000 rooms. The announcement comes just six months after Accor celebrated its 1000th hotel and shows how rapidly the group is expanding in Asia, with the region now representing 50% of global growth.“We have had a record six months since announcing our 1,000th hotel with the Pullman Tokyo Tamachi late last year and it’s incredible to think that we have added another 100 hotels already since then,” said Michael Issenberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Accor Asia Pacific.“Sofitel Beijing Central will be a great addition to our network in China and will become one of the premier luxury hotels in the city.”Sofitel Beijing Central is located in the heart of Beijing’s civic and diplomatic area, just moments from Jianguomen subway station. Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the National Museum of China and the National Grand Theatre are all within easy reach of the hotel.It features 345 spacious luxury rooms and suites, with Sofitel Club floors providing generous circular bathtubs and access to the brand new Club Millésime Lounge that will be launched towards the end of 2019. The property boasts three impressive dining outlets that epitomise Sofitel’s authentic and lively food and beverage culture. The hotel has more than 1,500 sq m of event space including nine flexible meeting rooms for up to 400 delegates.Gary Rosen, Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, Accor Greater China said, “2019 marks the 55th anniversary of Sino-French relations and coincides with the 55th anniversary of the Sofitel brand. We are excited to launch a new Sofitel in China’s capital against the backdrop of these two significant occasions. France is one of the most popular outbound destinations for Chinese travellers and as an ambassador of French culture Sofitel enjoys tremendous opportunities as a preferred brand for luxury travellers.”Accor has the largest pipeline in Asia Pacific and opened 128 hotels in the region last year. The group opens, on average, a new hotel every 36 hours globally and in Asia Pacific opens a new hotel every three days.