The Very Best of “The Mother City,” Cape Town, South Africa

first_imgThe glossy brochures for every travel destination promise “Something for everyone!” Yet, few deliver. Cape Town is a rare exception. As the oldest town in South Africa, the beloved “Mother City” is the hippest, most vibrant, most cosmopolitan urban center on the continent, book-ended by a dramatic, craggy mountain range to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west. Foodies, adventure-seekers, historians, culture-lovers, and hard-partiers — there’s something for every brand of traveler. Of the countless reasons to visit South Africa’s cultural capital, here are our favorites.Must-DoIt’s impossible to understate just how much South Africa in general and Cape Town, in particular, offer travelers. There’s a reason — many reasons, actually — that it’s among our top five favorite all-around destinations in the world. No matter what sort of traveler you fancy yourself, here’s what not to miss.For Thrill SeekersThe list of adventure experiences in and around Cape Town could fill an encyclopedia-sized tome. On the city’s outskirts, Signal Hill and Lion’s Head are home to some of the best paragliding opportunities in South Africa. Table Mountain, the city’s most famous natural icon, is a worthy round-trip by cable car or, for the more adventurous, via an ascent hike followed by abseiling 1,000 meters down on the world’s highest commercial abseiling adventure. The nearby beaches are an ideal spot to strap into sail-powered Blokarts which are capable of screaming across the sand at more than 60 miles per hour. If land-based adventures aren’t wild enough for you, Cape Town is among the world’s best destinations for caged shark diving. Cape Adventure Zone can hook you up with guided single- and multi-day treks just outside the city.For Nature LoversNot far from the city center, Boulders Beach is a tiny, protected cove with soft, sloped dunes dramatically dotted with massive granite boulders. The beautiful, turquoise water is pristine, but cold — making it a fine spot for beach-goers who aren’t that concerned with swimming. But, the “big get” is the beach’s large colony of endangered African penguins. Most visitors are surprised to learn that Africa is home to the notoriously cold weather creatures. But, thousands of the tuxedoed birds share the sand with plenty of wide-eyed human visitors. A series of wooden boardwalks wind through the boulders and the bird’s colony allowing for extremely close-up photo opportunities. For a quieter, more tourist-free alternative, head to Stony Point (en route to Hermanus). The beach there is a bit more rustic, but the larger penguin colonies more than make up for it.For Wine LoversThe numerous wine regions that dot South Africa’s countryside are set amid a perfect growing climate that makes for some of the best wine in the world. Grab a rental car and day trip around the peninsula. In particular, head south away from the city to the waterfront and Camps Bay to the beautiful gardens at Kirstenbosch. Along the way, pit-stop at the wineries along the Constantia Wine Route like Eagles Nest and Klein Constantia. The quaint seaside village of Kalk Bay is an ideal spot to break for lunch and stroll among its galleries and shops. The Winelands are another must-visit for vino lovers as the terroir in and around Stellenbosch makes for fantastic reds.Constantia Wine Route/FacebookFor HistoriansSouth Africa’s history is as diverse and fascinating as it is heartbreaking. For visitors to Cape Town, the most concise way to gain an appreciation for the country’s past is at Robben Island. Situated less than seven miles offshore in Table Bay, this notorious island prison once housed some of the country’s most notable prisoners including Walter Sisulu, Jacob Zuma (the country’s current president) and, of course, Nelson Mandela. A guided tour includes first-hand accounts from an ex-political prisoner who can provide keen insights into the harsh life of South Africans under the Apartheid regime.For FoodiesWithin just twenty years, Cape Town has become almost unrecognizable. The evolution from its dark and sordid past into an ultra-hip, cosmopolitan destination is due in some part to a thriving gourmet food and dining scene. The sheer number of new restaurants and diverse cuisines is dizzying. For comfort food done right, head to Constantia’s locally popular The Brasserie. Solid burgers, thin crust pizza, and a fantastic lamb shank & mash dish are all served amid a relaxed dining room with a whiff of rustic sophistication.Photo/The BrasserieIf it’s gourmet international fare you’re after, Mondiall Kitchen & Bar pulls inspiration from American, Italian, and French cuisines with daily specials that feature everything from Mexican to Japanese to South African. They pour a fantastic Paloma (el Jimador and grapefruit topped with soda), but the House Lassi (a non-alcoholic Indian refresher with live yogurt, cardamom, rose water, honey, and cinnamon) is worth a sample.For decidedly non-local fare, head to Addis in Cape. This Ethiopian eatery is as authentic North African as it gets, including communal eating and traditional entrees like homemade wot (stew) poured into large sourdough pancakes called injera.Ethiopian FoodWhat to SkipThe coast and beaches, like Camps Bay and the four Clifton beaches, around Cape Town are postcard-worthy. But, the important fact the tourism office neglects to convey to visitors is that the water is positively freezing year-round (there’s a reason all the sane beach-going Capetonians wear wetsuits, and the above-mentioned penguins find the water just delightful). Head instead to the Indian Ocean suburbs that line the False Bay coast where warm waters and the beautiful beaches at Muizenberg and Fish Hoek provide far better swimming opportunities (just beware of the “dinosaur-sized” sharks).Where to StayLike any world-class city, Cape Town has its fair share of chain hotels. But, it also boasts a solid collection of one-of-a-kind boutique and luxury alternatives. Situated along bustling Long Street, Grand Daddy Hotel offers some of the city’s most original lodging. While the interior floors feature lovely designer accommodations, it’s what’s on the hotel’s roof that’s most noteworthy. The Rooftop Trailer Park Experience is unlike any we’ve seen anywhere in the world. Guests take a vintage elevator to the hotel’s top floor and step into a purpose-built, rooftop trailer park. Seven pristinely restored Airstream trailers each feature a unique themed decor from the vineyard-inspired Winelands to Rooftop Safari to City Flights (adorned with the owner’s own aviation maps and inspired by their love of travel). All boast air-conditioning and a mini-fridge, plus an outdoor patio set and an actual USPS mailbox.The Silo Hotel Entrance/The SiloThe Silo hasn’t yet opened its doors. But, when it does in September, it will be among the most beautiful and uniquely designed hotels in Cape Town. Built on the top six floors of a once-abandoned, 90-year-old grain silo, the 28 rooms will feature stunning eclectic interiors with one-of-a-kind “pillowed” windows that billow gently outward like a glass and steel balloon. The rooftop will house a panoramic sundeck with a glass-sided pool and a gourmet restaurant. The silo’s reconstruction will also feature the brand new Zeitz MOCAA — Africa’s largest contemporary art museum. March: There’s no better month for event-lovers. The annual Cape Town Carnival brings the city’s own colorful, unique twist on traditional Carnival celebrations — all with a distinct focus on  African heritage, culture, and diversity (tickets on sale each December). The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is among the top five events of its kind worldwide. In early March 2018, the festival will celebrate its near-twentieth anniversary with more than 50 local and international acts.May: March through May signifies the start of the annual grape harvest, when tourists can often participate in the gathering, juicing, and of course tasting process for the year’s vino. May’s Constantia Food & Wine Festival is one of the area’s largest celebrations, featuring scores of local wine and gourmet food vendors. Pack Your Bags (When to Go)The main consideration for North American travelers is that Cape Town’s seasons are reversed: the summer months correlate to our winter, and vice-versa. So, June and July are the coldest and often wettest months of the year. That said, there really isn’t a bad time to visit weather-wise. All of South Africa enjoys fairly temperate year-round weather.Budget travelers should keep an eye toward the March-May and September-November time-frames. During these “shoulder seasons,” the tourist crowds thin out, the weather is more mild and predictable, and prices are substantially lower than in peak season.If it’s specific events you’re after, here are Cape Town’s most notable: Editors’ Recommendations 11 Under-the-Radar Cities in Canada Worth Exploring The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities center_img On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Capetown Carnival 2017July Through September: After the winter solstice, whale watching season begins in the waters of the South Atlantic. Head to the charming fishing village of Hermanus (an easy day trip from the city) and witness southern right whales basking in the crystal clear waters of Walker Bay. The town boasts plenty of quaint restaurants, shops, and galleries as well, making it a worthwhile destination in its own right. The Hermanus Whale Festival in late September is a celebration of all things marine mammal with live music, art gallery installations, stand-up comedy shows, and a half-marathon.November: Cape Town might not top your list of “must-visit whisky destinations,” but it should. Every November, the annual Whisky Live Festival attracts more visitors than any similar event in the world. Over the course of three days, attendees can sample nearly 180 brands from Scotland, Ireland, Japan, Wales, and beyond.December: For 2017, the Ultra-Trail World Tour will make its debut in Cape Town. The rugged landscape surrounding the city makes for the perfect host for this brutally challenging landrace. Runners will travel between 35-100 kilometers (depending on their chosen track) across Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, Table Mountain, the Constantia Winelands, and Devil’s Peak. The terrain is unforgiving and the weather can range from sub-freezing to more than 90 degrees in the heat of the day. An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? last_img read more

Hanjins Panamax Quartet Sold for USD 224 Mn

first_imgzoom Four of Hanjin Shipping’s 4,275 TEU containerships were sold to South Korean company Korea Marine Transport Co (KMTC) for a price of USD 22.4 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.The 2008-built Panamaxes, which were sold through a bank sale, are the Hanjin Durban, Hanjin Norfolk, Hanjin Piraeus and Hanjin Rio de Janeiro.Featuring a length of 260 meters and a width of 32 meters, the vessels, built by South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries Co, fetched a price tag of USD 5.6 million each.VesselsValue data shows that each of the boxships has a market value of around USD 5.3 million.The sale comes only days after Dutch media reported that three 13,000 TEU Hanjin containerships were sold at an auction in Rotterdam for a total of USD 392 million.The 2012- and 2013- built Hanjin Europe, Hanjin Africa and Hanjin Harmony were reportedly sold on behalf of the German HSH Nordbank.Another Hanjin ship, the Hanjin Gold, is expected to be auctioned off by a Rotterdam court in January 2017.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Jordan to star in produce Methuselah movie

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Michael B Jordon is set to lead the cast of Warner Bros’ upcoming Methuselah movie. The Creed star will also be serving as the producer on the project, reported Variety. The studio has been working on the film for many years with Will Smith and Tom Cruise interested in the project. Zach Dean wrote an early script after coming on board in 2014. And, the latest draft is written by Tony Gilroy. The story centers on the longest-living figure in the Bible, Methuselah, who is the son of Enoch. Jordan’s interest in the project may stem from his background. He has shared in the past that he “grew up in church,” telling that he considers himself “spiritual.”Jordan is also set to star in and produce the Denzel Washington-directed memoir ‘Journal for Jordan’.last_img read more

Mexican airline Grupo Aeromexico reviewing PLM Premier partnership with Aimia

Companies in this story: (TSX:AIM) MONTREAL — Grupo Aeromexico is reviewing its partnership with Aimia Inc., the latest problem for the loyalty analytics company which is facing a fight with a group of its shareholders.The Mexican airline says it is “re-evaluating all aspects of its customer loyalty strategy.”Aeromexico holds a 51.9 per cent stake in PLM Premier which runs Club Premier, the airline’s frequent flyer program. Aimia holds the remaining stake.The airline says it’s looking to minimize reliance on PLM Premier going forward and ensure a seamless transition away from it as soon as possible.Aimia says it was disappointed by Aeromexico’s comments and called PLM Premier a highly successful partnership.It added that it will uphold its rights under the various contractual arrangements regarding its joint investment in PLM, which has a contract with Aeromexico that runs to 2030.Last year, the Montreal-based company rejected a US$180-million offer by Aeromexio for its stake in PLM Premier.The comments by the Mexican airline come as Aimia faces a fight over its annual meeting which was held last month. Aimia says the meeting was held by the book, however a group of dissident shareholders wants the company to redo the meeting because they say it was “plagued with irregularities.”Mittleman Brothers LLC, Aimia’s largest shareholder with a 23.3 per cent stake, has also raised concerns about the way two new directors were appointed to the board less than a month after the annual meeting. The Canadian Press read more

On World Day UN urges international community to invest in recruiting empowering

“Today, as the global community comes together around the new 2030 Agenda, the role teachers play has never have been more important,” said the heads of key UN agencies in a joint statement on the Day.Quality teachers are increasingly recognized as the most important factor in children’s learning- and thus, in improving educational attainment levels, increasing the ability of young people to participate in society and today’s knowledge economies, boosting productivity and prosperity.The statement was issued by UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova; UN International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Director-General, Guy Ryder; UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director, Anthony Lake; UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Administrator, Helen Clark; and Fred van Leeuwen, the General Secretary of Education International, which represents teachers’ organizations across the globe.The statement underscored the mounting shortage of quality teachers, unequal distribution of trained teachers, and inadequate or non-existent national standards for the teaching profession.These are all key contributing factors to wide equity gaps in access and learning. According to estimates compiled by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, to achieve universal primary education by 2020, countries will need to recruit a total of 10.9 million primary teachers.“This is a global education crisis in the making – unless we act,” said the officials, noting that the looming crisis was recognized at the 2015 World Education Forum, in Incheon, South Korea, where leaders committed to “ensure that teachers and educators are empowered, adequately recruited, well-trained, professionally qualified, motivated and supported within well-resourced, efficient and effectively governed systems.The new global education goal, Sustainable Development Goal 4, which is at the heart of the Education 2030 Agenda, call for “inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”“Realizing this goal is critical to achieving all our global development targets – for strong societies depend on well-educated citizens and a well-trained workforce. But we can only realize this agenda if we invest in recruiting, supporting, and empowering teachers,” explained the UN agency heads.In a separate statement on the Day, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) highlighted the key roles teachers play in empowering students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the 21st century and better connect with people and experiences beyond their borders. “Being well-trained, dedicated, enthusiastic and interactive, our teachers are reshaping the future of our school children. The ways our teachers are working through the reform are being noted beyond UNRWA,” said Caroline Pontefract, Director of Education at UNRWA. This year’s celebrations give the Agency an important opportunity to recognize the important work of UNRWA teachers, who continue to deliver quality education despite the many difficulties the face, including the ongoing crisis in Syria and last year’s devastating conflict in Gaza, as well as an unprecedented funding shortfall in the Agency’s core programming budget had risked a delay in the school year in Jordan, Gaza, the West Bank, Syria and Lebanon. World Teachers’ Day, held annually since 1994, commemorates the anniversary of the signing in 1966 of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers, and celebrates the essential role of teachers in providing quality education at all levels. The Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers has, essentially, served as a charter of rights for teachers worldwide. read more

UN report urges Somalia to ensure freedom of expression as it is

“The trend of arrest and detention of journalists and other media workers seems to indicate an intention to intimidate or harass journalists and media owners which inevitably leads to self-censorship or to media workers eventually leaving the profession,” says the report produced jointly by the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).Al-Shabaab has prohibited all media to operate in areas under its control but state actors are main perpetrators of violations against media workers and political activists, the report says“Somalia has made great progress in recent years, after decades of conflict and violence,” said Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia and head of UNSOM, Michael Keating, in an OHCHR news release. “But Somalis continue to suffer multiple human rights deficits. They need and deserve accountable institutions.”“Strong, independent and critical journalism is a vital element of any democratic State,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. “Attacks against individual journalists and media organizations have a deeply corrosive impact on democracy, with profoundly negative repercussions on freedom of expression and human rights in general.”The UN human rights chief urged the Somali authorities, both at the Federal and State levels, to take prompt action and ensure that all violations of the right to freedom of expression, including the various serious attacks perpetrated against media workers, are fully investigated, irrespective of the identity of the perpetrators.The report says that 2016 represents a “critical juncture in Somalia’s political transition,” and highlights the encouraging progress towards more inclusive elections and accountable government since 2012, including the rebuilding of State institutions and the adoption of important new laws, including one on political parties and one on the creation of an independent National Human Rights Commission.The report, however, states that freedom of expression, which plays a central role in the building of democratic States, especially in times of political transformation, remains significantly limited, documenting 120 cases of arbitrary arrest and detention of media workers between January 2014 and July 2016.Despite the “vibrant media culture” in Somalia – which hosts more than 90 media outlets and scores of websites and blogs – numerous violations aimed at journalists and political leaders are documented, including killings, attacks, arbitrary arrests and detention, intimidation, harassment, closure of media outlets, confiscation of equipment and blocking of websites.30 journalists killed between August 2012 and June 2016The dangers facing media workers and public figures are illustrated by the killing, between August 2012 and June 2016, of a total of 30 journalists and 18 parliamentarians in Somalia.Al-Shabaab has prohibited all media to operate in areas under its control and has been targeting media workers across the country, the report says. But federal and state-level security forces, including the National Army, the Police and the National Intelligence and Security Agency, are main perpetrators of violations against media workers and political activists. Radio Shabelle has been particularly targeted, with five serious incidents between 2013 and 2015. The report states that the authorities have made very limited efforts to investigate and prosecute such violations.The report stresses, among other things, the need to strengthen the justice system to better protect freedom of expression. Since January 2015, only ten of the 48 journalists and media workers who have been arrested have been brought before a court, it states. read more

Tavares enjoying getting to know funloving Matthews and Marner with Maple Leafs

TORONTO — John Tavares has reaped the rewards of playing alongside Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner in his first season with the Maple Leafs.Getting to know Toronto’s talented 21 year olds off the ice hasn’t hurt, either.“They’re both very different, but very driven,” Tavares said earlier this week. “Great people and fun to be around. They bring a lot of energy to the group.“For a guy like me who’s a little bit too serious sometimes, it helps me out,” the 28-year-old added with a slight grin. “They’re extremely talented hockey players, and you can see how bad they want to be great.”That desire to be great is something Tavares knows a lot about. In the hockey spotlight since the age of 14, he’s now in his 10th NHL season and first with Toronto after signing a big-money deal on the opening day of free agency on July 1.Excellent in his own right so far with the Leafs, Tavares has benefited from Marner’s setups as the slick winger’s centre at 5 on 5. He’s also been on the receiving end of both players’ passes on Toronto’s potent power play, including from Matthews for a tap-in goal to open the scoring in Wednesday’s 5-3 home victory over the San Jose Sharks.Tavares knew Matthews and Marner were good. He just didn’t know how good.“You can just see their skill sets on a daily basis, just how great they are at playing the game and their understanding of their capabilities, and bringing it consistently night in and night out,” said Tavares, who has a team-high 17 goals to go along with 13 assists. “You see the drive and determination they have in practice or in games to be successful and be the players they want to be.”Marner is third in NHL scoring with 36 points and second in assists with 30, while Matthews has 12 goals and seven assists despite missing 14 of Toronto’s 26 games with a left shoulder injury.While Tavares may not have initially understood everything the pair brought to the table, the two youngsters didn’t know the true value of their veteran teammate either.“He’s exceeded them,” Matthews said of his expectations for Tavares. “Playing against him, you know how hard he competes. Being around him, it’s been good for us just like it’s been good for him. We all bring different things.“Me, Mitch, a lot of the younger guys on the team joke around and have fun. He’s a pretty serious guy. It’s kind of nice to see that side of him opening up.”Jokes aside, though, Marner said the leadership of Tavares, 39-year-old winger Patrick Marleau and 37-year-old defenceman Ron Hainsey can’t be understated for a team that sits 18-8-0, good for second in the NHL’s overall standings heading into the weekend.“They calmed us down in those late minutes of games,” Marner said. “Before when we were young, we threw the puck away too much. We had a lot of speed throughout the whole game, but at the end we got too nervous when we had a lead.“These three guys coming to our group just added calmness.”Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said having that veteran presence in the locker-room isn’t an accident.“They set a standard here of excellence,” he said. “It’s a good group to follow. We’ve got a lot of determined guys on our team. That’s what we’ve tried to do over the last four years … get quality people that want to be great.“When you have that in your group it makes it easier.”Tavares, meanwhile, is hoping to get a much longer look at restricted free agent William Nylander after skating with him a few times in the summer. The 22-year-old winger and the Leafs have until 5 p.m. ET on Saturday to get a deal done on a new contract so that Nylander is eligible to play in the NHL this season.“We want Willy here,” Tavares said. “He’s a great teammate and a hell of a player. Hopefully we get him back in the fold.“We know what a difference-maker he can be.”Tavares himself has been a difference-maker in Toronto by mostly employing his usual all-business approach, but he’s also appreciated the opportunity to get to know and play with free spirits like Matthews and Marner.“That just brings it out of everyone in the locker-room, not just myself,” he said. “It’s great to be around guys with that type of energy, hunger to play, and ability to just enjoy what they’re doing everyday.“Especially in a spotlight like this.”—Follow @JClipperton_CP on TwitterJoshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press read more

UN committee members hear call for independent Magdalene inquiry

first_imgA LIST OF issues relating to Ireland was presented to members of the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva today.At the top of the list was a call for an independent investigation into the treatment of women held in the Magdalene Laundries.The list was brought to the UN committee by Ireland’s independent human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL).It was presented by the ICCL’s in-house equality expert, Stephen O’Hare. The list will be used by the Human Rights Committee to prepare for its formal examination of Ireland’s human rights record under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).O’Hare said that the committee members “displayed a keen interest in recent developments in Ireland”. He added that they are aware that other UN treaty bodies, including the Committee Against Torture, have called for an independent investigation into the treatment of women held in the Magdalene laundries.“This is an issue that is simply not going to go away,” said O’Hare.Maeve O’Rourke of Justice for Magdalenes said that the Government is “wrong to have accepted the McAleese report as a comprehensive and objective report of the factual position” regarding the Magdalene Laundries.“It is deeply troubling that the Government does not understand forced labour of thousands of girls and women to amount to systematic abuse, warranting independent investigation,” O’Rourke added.Other topics on the ICCL’s list included: the progress of investigations into the death of Savita Halappanavar, discrimination against Roma and Travellers in Ireland, the operation of the Special Criminal Court, the ongoing merger of Irish Human Rights Commission and the Equality Authority, moves toward gender recognition legislation, same-sex marriage and the recently enacted Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act 2013.The ICCL anticipates that the Government will face some questions on the topics identified in its briefing paper when it appears before the Human Rights Committee next year.The full text of the ICCL’s 70- page briefing to the Committee is available on the ICCL website.Read: Call for immediate compensation as second Magdalene survivor passes away>last_img read more

SYRIZA under fire

first_imgA new row has broken out between the government and SYRIZA after Attica regional councilors came to blows late on Friday at a meeting to discuss the approval of regeneration plans for the site of the Astir Palace hotel in Vouliagmeni, southern Athens.Coming a few days after the government had short-listed four companies for the tender of the Astir Palace, which is expected to raise about 300 million euros for state coffers, the altercation, which involved Attica Governor Yiannis Sgouros and two SYRIZA MPs, is sure to be a hot political topic for days to come. Video footage of the incident shows councilors physically attacking each other.Sgouros accused leftist lawmakers Dimitris Tsoukalas and Stathis Panagoulis of causing the trouble after they allegedly launched a verbal attack on the governor for asking councilors to vote on whether to approve plans for one of the four buildings on the Astir Palace site to be knocked down and turned into apartments.“Some people believe that when they have a different opinion they can swear at and intimidate others just because they claim to do so in the name of society,” said Sgouros. “This way of thinking is dangerous for society and democracy.”The incident prompted New Democracy and PASOK to slam SYRIZA over the involvement of its two MPs. “It seems that SYRIZA lawmakers are finally putting into action Mr Tsipras’s plans to deter investors,” said PASOK in a statement.The leftist party responded by accusing its opponents of “mudslinging and propaganda.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

As downtown Athens slips into decline fears for safety arise

first_imgSince the economic crisis hit, it’s no secret business owners have been hard hit, with a number of them forced to close down.As the trend continues, however, few steps have been taken to improve security and sanitation in the areas of downtown Athens, reports Kathimerini.“The centre is slipping into decline. At this rate it will soon resemble a ghetto,” said Dimitris Nikolakopoulos, a member of the KIPOKA citizens’ movement. “In order to keep the city clean and safe, those who live or run businesses in the centre must look after the city. Regrettably, I see this is not always the case.”While businesses operations in the area are predominantly owned by immigrants, recent data has revealed a sharp decline in numbers.President of local resident’s association Panathinaia, Vasso Nikolopoulou is concerned that the remaining migrants who cannot find employment and unable to leave Greece, are resorting to crime to make a living.“Security has become a constant concern for those who live in the centre,” said Ms Nikolopoulou. “I have lived near Koumoundourou Square for many years. Every day I see people selling or doing drugs inside the park. There is no control.”Despite Ms Nikolopoulou’s complaints of the situation to authorities and the headquarters of SYRIZA, she says no action has been taken to respond to the matter. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Le miel contenant des traces dOGM ne peut être commercialisé sans autorisation

first_imgLe miel contenant des traces d’OGM ne peut être commercialisé sans autorisation L’avocat général de la Cour européenne de justice a estimé hier que si des traces d’OGM sont trouvées dans du miel, le producteur devra alors demander une autorisation s’il veut commercialiser son produit.L’avocat de la Cour européenne de justice a été très clair, si des traces de maïs MON810 sont détectées dans du miel, alors le producteur devra formuler une demande d’autorisation de mise sur le marché en vue d’une commercialisation. Yves Bot, cité par, explique : “La présence involontaire, même en quantité infime, dans du miel, de pollen issu de la variété de maïs MON810 a pour conséquence que ce miel doit faire l’objet d’une autorisation de mise sur le marché. Une denrée alimentaire contenant du matériel issu d’une plante génétiquement modifiée, que celui-ci y soit inclus de manière intentionnelle ou non, doit toujours être qualifiée de denrée produite à partir d’OGM”.Cette annonce intervient alors qu’un apiculteur allemand attaque en justice le Land de Bavière après que des traces de MON810 ont été trouvées dans son miel. En effet, les ruches de ce producteur se trouvent près du Land de Bavière qui dispose d’un terrain sur lequel du maïs transgénique a été cultivé à des fins de recherche. L’homme estime alors que cela rend son miel impur, alors qu’il ne peut empêcher ses abeilles de butiner. La CEJ n’a pas encore conforté les déclarations de son avocat général, mais si elle le fait, cela modifierait alors le règlement européen concernant l’étiquetage des produits avec ou sans OGM. Jusqu’à présent, l’étiquetage “avec OGM” n’est obligatoire que si le produit contient plus de 0,9% de produits génétiquement modifiés. Or dans le cas présent, il ne s’agit que de traces dont la présence n’a pas été forcément provoquée.Le 10 février 2011 à 17:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

WWE Championship match set for Royal Rumble New Rumble entrants are announced

first_img WWE RAW Results – 8/19/19 (King of the Ring Tournament begins, United States Title match) WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Now Playing Up Next 3 COMMENTS January 3, 2018 at 5:54 pm WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Tournament begins, United States Championship match WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia So if its a Handicap match champion ship match and Owens and Zayn win will that make them Co-WWE Champions? Twitter January 3, 2018 at 4:38 pm Videos Articles WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever The one who pins the champion gets the championship….for more details what Roman reigns Vs Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho US championship handicap match Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Jamie Stidiford Daniel Bryan January 4, 2018 at 2:33 am Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Pinterest Following last night’s Smackdown Live in Orlando, new matches for the Royal Rumble on January 28 in Philadelphia were announced including a WWE Championship match.Daniel Bryan announced that AJ Styles will defend the WWE Championship in a handicap match against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn at the conclusion of Smackdown. This came after a second week of interference in the main event involving Styles, Owens and Zayn.New entrants for both the Men’s and Women’s Royal Rumble matches were also revealed on Tuesday night. Carmella, Lana, Tamina, Mandy Rose, Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan were all added to the match, while Baron Corbin declared himself for the men’s match.Here is the updated card for January 28 in Philadelphia.WWE Championship – Handicap MatchAJ Styles (c) vs. Kevin Owens and Sami ZaynWWE Universal Championship – Triple Threat MatchBrock Lesnar (c) vs. Kane vs. Braun Strowman30 Man Royal Rumble MatchNames confirmed so far:* John Cena* Finn Balor* Randy Orton* Shinsuke Nakamura* Elias* Baron CorbinFirst Ever 30 Women Royal Rumble MatchNames confirmed so far:* Asuka* Ruby Riott* Liv Morgan* Sarah Logan* Sasha Banks* Bayley* Naomi* Natalya* Paige* Sonya Devllie* Mandy Rose* Tamina* Lana* CarmellaConclusion of WWE United States Championship TournamentFinal competitors to be determined on Smackdown Live the next two weeksRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestleMania Could Be Biggest EverVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Vaibhav Gupta Seth Rollins Videos Articles Roman Reigns WWE And WrestleMania 34 Bring New Orleans A Big Payday Now Playing Up Next Facebook Komodo I’m struggling to see how this is different to a triple threat. Are Zayn and Owens tagging? If so, I assume whoever makes the pin becomes champion. Videos Articles Google+ WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte WhatsApp Comments are closed.last_img read more

Paste Magazine Returns with New Digital Edition

first_imgPaste Magazine, which folded its print property in September 2010, then sold to Wolfgangsvault in March, relaunches today as a digital edition running on Paste’s proprietary web-based mPlayer platform. The mPlayer, which is currently available in a free beta preview until early September when the subscription model will be put in place, features Paste’s trademark long-form musician profiles with integrated features such as music videos, audio samples and short films. The weekly edition will have seven mp3 downloads to be paired with editorial features.This is a nod to the CD samplers that were included with the print version of Paste, on which samples from the magazine’s featured artists were available. Inspiration for the mPlayer came when Regan and editor-in-chief Josh Jackson began to build the idea of digital version of Paste from scratch, since staff no longer had access to assets such as Quark.“We didn’t want to go the standard way that print mags tend to go to, which is take a PDF and turn it into a digital replica. It just didn’t feel natural to us, felt like they were trying to force assets onto a computer screen, which didn’t engage with a customer,” says Jackson. Although Paste had kept its website active since the print property was pulled (and currently has about a million uniques), the Paste staff felt as if features were not getting the attention they deserve. “We missed the idea of surprising and delighting our audience with the unexpected, to be able to put together a package of features that they can come across at home with their iPad, with time to spend and read; we really built it around that,” says Paste president and co-founder Tim-Regan Porter. center_img Paste will feature a small group of advertisers per issue. As far as the staff is concerned, banner ads will be nowhere in sight; advertisement will be integrated into the player, and will be unobtrusive to readers. There are no set advertisers at the current time, as the property began to be introduced to potential buyers only last week.Marketing will begin with current fans, as Paste has 100,000 Twitter followers and 30,000 Facebook fans.“When you start from scratch, you can throw every idea you have about what a magazine or digital mag is out the window,” says Jackson. “Then, you can start with user experience and build around that. There’s room for imagination still.”last_img read more

Super Smash Bros Ultimate becomes Nintendo Switchs fastestselling game

first_imgPlenty of gamers are jumping into the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate battle. Screenshot by CNET Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has brought the fight to 3 million US players in the 11 days since its release and become Nintendo Switch’s fastest-selling game.It’s also the fast-selling game in the 19-year-old Smash series, according to US sales data that Nintendo released Tuesday. CNET staffers have found a few imperfections in the game but also definitely understand its popularity. The Switch console itself sold more than 8.7 million units between its March 2017 launch and last month, putting it ahead of Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One at the same point in their life cycles. (Both of those consoles came out in 2013.) Nintendo is expected to sell 17.3 million Switch consoles worldwide in 2019. 0 Plenty of gamers are feeling the urge to catch ’em all too, since Pokemon Let’s Go has sold 2 million copies — this figure includes both the Pikachu and Eevee versions — since its Nov. 16 release.The company highlighted 1.4 million unit sales of Super Mario Party since it came out in October, while 2017’s Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe hit sales of 4 million, 4.7 million and 5 million units, respectively.Nintendo said that its hardware unit and dollar sales for 2018 are at their highest annual totals since 2011 — the heady days of its Wii success — and that eShop sales grew 105 percent over 2017. 5:24 Tags Microsoft Sony Nintendo Here’s what you need to know about Super Smash Bros…. “We are thrilled to see such a strong reaction from consumers in the second holiday season for Nintendo Switch,” Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of sales and marketing and namesake of Mario’s nemesis, said in the statement.No mention was made of the Switch Online service, which launched in September and is required to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online. Nintendo didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on that.As for Europe, Nintendo didn’t offer sales figures for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate but said it’s the fastest-selling game ever released for a Nintendo home console there. Total sales over the game’s first three days were almost 30 percent higher than for Mario Kart Wii, which ended up shipping more than 37 million copies worldwide. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is also the fastest-selling game ever in the Europe eShop, Nintendo said.First published Dec. 18 at 7:02 a.m. PT.Update, at 7:55 a.m. PT: Adds European sales.CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.center_img Video Games Consoles The best video games of 2018 Post a comment 23 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Share your voicelast_img read more

Drop in public private investments holding economy back Raghuram Rajan

first_imgRBI chief Raghuram Rajan said Asia’s third-largest economy is being hampered by a drop in public and private investments, but held out hope that strong foreign capital flows will help rectify this weakness.Weak capital investment has been a hurdle in India’s quest to realise its growth potential and with factories running 30 percent below capacity, private companies are in no rush to invest in new projects.”On the growth front, the central concern is with investments,” said Rajan, who was speaking at a business event in Hong Kong on Friday, 20 November. “Private investment has fallen back quite a bit and so has public investment.”The RBI has cut its growth forecast for the current fiscal year to 7.4 percent from 7.6 percent previously, well below the government’s target of 8 to 8.5 percent, but still faster than China.Despite the slowdown in growth and investments, Rajan said strong foreign direct investment (FDI) and some traction in infrastructure development may encourage private investments.During the period from January to June, FDI flows into India raised to $19.4 billion, up 30 percent from a year earlier, a sign of what the government called investors’ growing confidence in the country.Earlier this month, India eased foreign direct investment norms in 15 major sectors, including mining, defence, civil aviation and broadcasting.”We are seeing a lot of traction in FDI, in both announcements and actual investments on the ground,” Rajan said.”Once we start seeing a little stronger demand, we will start seeing more projects being pulled out of the drawer,” he added.The central bank cut the benchmark policy rate by a half percentage point to 6.75 percent in September, after months of pleading by government leaders and industrial groups for more stimulus to stoke growth.He declined to comment on the appropriate level of the rupee, but said policy makers should guard against a debt build-up in the global economy in another swipe at quantitative easing policies pursued by global central banks.Rajan has been an ardent critic of the ultra-easing policies of the Fed and other central banks, warning that cheap money was creating dangerous leverage in the global financial system and posed problems for emerging markets.However, he said the global economy isn’t likely to remain in a long period of sub-par growth.”I would doubt this (low-growth) is a twenty-year phenomenon and I think we should be coming out of it,” Rajan said.”That is why we should be careful of creating an environment that leads to a significant creation of debt,” he added.last_img read more

Professor Pyg Plot Turns Gotham Back Into a Detective Show

first_img Gotham has been a lot of different things over the course of its run. That’s the fun of a show whose only purpose is to showcase Batman’s rogues gallery. Much like the actual Batman comics, the show can change what it is depending on that story’s villain. It can be a thriller or horror story, a conspiracy drama, a mob show; it can even go all the way superhero. At its core though, it’s a detective show. It’s about two cops solving mysteries and catching criminals. That’s not how this episode was advertised, but it’s what it delivered. It did a pretty good job too.Here’s the problem with relying too much on the episode previews to set your expectations. This week’s episode was sold like a horror movie. The ads focused solely on Professor Pyg taunting an unseen victim as you’d expect from a slasher movie serial killer. While there was a little bit of that, Pyg didn’t have nearly the presence those TV spots would have you believe. Instead, this episode of Gotham went back to its basics. No Bruce Wayne, no superheroes. Just Harvey and Bullock are investigating a string of cop deaths. If you were hoping for a good scare, that could be disappointing. Thankfully, this episode served as a reminder that detective procedural can be fun too. Especially when insanity continues to unfold around it. This is still Gotham.Ben McKenzie (Cr: FOX.)To be fair, the marketing wasn’t completely misleading. The scenes with Professor Pyg in them were pretty creepy, and the design of the character was legitimately chilling. I mean, wearing a severed pig’s head as a mask is a horror trope for a reason. It looks just human enough to be deeply disturbing. Combine that with his demented high-pitched voice and we’ve got ourselves a pretty great villain for the next few episodes. For this one, we just get a brief introduction. He’s tired of the corruption he sees in the GCPD and wants to rid the city of it, one cop at a time. It doesn’t take Bullock long to figure things out. Pyg’s first target is a dirty cop on Penguin’s payroll.This is the first episode in a while to really acknowledge Penguin’s licensed crime system. Apparently it’s not just the lack of danger that gets most of the GCPD on board. Penguin’s paying off a lot of cops to look the other way. Now, Pyg is targeting the cops who handle the money. Gordon and Bullock running around, tracking down dirty cops makes for some pretty enjoyable television. Bullock consistently has the best lines and delivery of any given episode, so I’m always happy when the show gives him more screen time. It’s hard to say what it’s all in service of, though. By the end of the episode, they’re barely any further in the investigation than when they started. Most of their time is spent trying to get information out of cops who don’t want to snitch on each other. It could have been trying to make a point about how police solidarity prevents good cops from doing their jobs, but the show even backs off of that point. Who would have guessed “Internal Affairs” is enough of an insult to send Gordon into a rage?Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue (Cr: FOX.)We’re clearly going to be dealing with Professor Pyg for a few episodes, and this one was only meant to serve as an introduction. Even knowing that, it still feels like they wasted some opportunities with this villain. We see brief shots of him followed by dead policemen with pigs on their heads. Had they just dialed down the procedural scenes a little bit, they could have injected the episode with some of the terror we want from a villain like this. There’s a scene where the detectives find an officer still living with a pig head on. When Gordon removes it, it pulls a string from the officer’s mouth. The string is connected to a grenade sewn into the guy’s stomach. This is the kind of horror-tinged insanity I want from Gotham, but it’s over as soon as it’s introduced. Just one Saw-style scene, because that’s clearly what they’re aping here, where Pyg taunts the officer about his predicament would have gone a long way. Also, why is Gordon suddenly stupid in this scene? He notices the string; he should see something embedded in the dude’s stomach. He continues to pull the string anyway because… the show really wanted to blow up a guy? Even the revelation that Bullock has been pressured into taking money from Penguin isn’t given any real weight. Gordon tells him to knock it off and that’s the end of it. The episode did succeed in making me gasp when Pyg cut Bullock’s throat, though. I was pretty sure Gotham wasn’t going just to kill him off, but you never know with this show. Leave my precious Bullock alone, Gotham!The rest of the episode was decent, though there’s little we haven’t seen before. Credit where it’s deserved, they finally found something interesting to do with Lee. It turns out she’s working as a fight club doctor in exchange for space where she can operate a free clinic for poor people. She explains that she came back to Gotham because she feels partially responsible for the Tetch virus getting released into the city. It’s a logical, consistent evolution of her character, and probably the best thing Gotham has done with her since she was introduced. Her relationship with The Riddler should be fun in future episodes too. He tries to blackmail her into helping him regain his intelligence. In an actually pretty funny turn of events, he is unable to blackmail her because he lacks the intelligence. In the end, she agrees to help him just to get him out of her hair. She’s probably also going to put a strain on Nygma’s new friendship with Solomon Grundy. She’s the only one who’s willing to be honest with him, or even address him by his old name. He’s going to catch on eventually. Also, Grundy looks… fine. This show has always looked like an expensive fan project, and turning Grundy into a grey version of the 1970s Hulk kind of fits in a weird way.Cory Michael Smith and Morena Baccarin (Cr: FOX.)The Lee-Nygma-Grundy story was really the only arc that felt like it went anywhere this week. Penguin and Sofia are given so many scenes in this episode that only serve to put them back where they started. After the last episode, Penguin is beginning to trust Sofia and associate her with memories of his mother. She then cancels lunch with him, prompting Penguin to send Zsasz after her. It looks like she’s building a fortress from which to take on Penguin in a war for the city, but when he confronts her, it turns out she’s just building an orphanage. She’s clearly still playing on his emotions, but what was the point of all this? He trusts her… more now, I guess? These scenes just felt like the arc is in a holding pattern while the show introduces Professor Pyg, and continues Nygma’s arc.Not to say this episode was bad. Moment to moment, it was still a quality detective story with some hints at scares that could have been. It was ultimately a good way to spend an hour, but Gotham is capable of better. Especially with a villain like Pyg.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News Stay on targetlast_img read more

Need a Room Painted This New Startup Wants to Streamline the Whole

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. October 16, 2014 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 3 min readcenter_img The Internet has solved many of life’s little headaches. With a couple of swipes of your finger, you can order your groceries to your doorstep, find a doctor who can see you immediately, rent an apartment halfway around the globe or hitch a ride in a stranger’s car.And today, with the official launch of New York City-based PaintZen, you can now order a painter to come to your home or office and paint your walls for you. Rejoice!The service gives people an instant online quote, helps them pick their paint colors and secure any building insurance and then sends a team of qualified painters (with paint, supplies and equipment) on a date and time of the user’s choosing.Related: Why These Ecommerce Front-Runners Are Building Brick and Mortar StoresThe idea is to take the hassle of what’s often a daunting process. Sure, you may be able to manage to paint a room yourself. But, first you have to lug paint and painting supplies to your home (no small task for city dwellers who live sans car) and then you have to spend your weekend on a ladder, covered in paint. In many cases, what actually happens is your living room never gets painted.Real-estate mogul and Shark Tank investor Barbara Corcoran agrees. She is one of the investors who participated in PaintZen’s $1.8 million seed round, announced today.The company, which painted 4,000 rooms in its testing phase, is launching only in New York City and San Francisco, though CEO and co-founder Michael Russell wants to eventually expand the service nationally.Related: How This 3-D Printing Startup Is Pushing the Boundaries of the Retail ExperienceAll of the painters who work with PaintZen — called “Paintmasters” — have a minimum of five years of interior painting experience. Also, they are reference checked and insured. You can be at your home — or not — when they come. Paintmasters will spackle the cracks and holes in your walls. One drag: you have to move all the furniture in the space you want painted to the middle of the room. (Soon there will be an app for that, too. One can hope.)In an age when you can order a manicurist to come to you with the click of a button and give you a fresh pedicure, it’s about time there is a way to order a paint job for your bedroom.Related: Furthering Its Goal to Get Physical, Amazon to Open West Coast Pop-Up Shops Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Microsoft starts Windows 10 May 2019 Update rollout

first_imgMicrosoft starts Windows 10 May 2019 Update rollout by Martin Brinkmann on May 22, 2019 in Windows – Last Update: May 22, 2019 – 14 commentsMicrosoft revealed yesterday evening that it has started the rollout of the new feature update for its Windows 10 operating system called the May 2019 Update or Windows 10 version 1903.Microsoft delayed the release of the new feature update for the operating system to take it through another round of testing. The decision to do more tests was made because the previously released feature update, Windows 10 version 1809, had clear quality issues that caused lots of issues for users ranging from data loss to problems with mapped network drives.Tip: you can defer feature updates for Windows 10 to block their installation.Windows 10 May 2019 UpdateThe feature update is available for users who search for it actively at the time of writing, and there not even for all administrators who do so. The update is also available via the Media Creation Tool either as an in-place upgrade or creation of installation media.Microsoft changed the process significantly. Previously, if you ran a manual check for updates, the update would be download and installed right away. Starting with this feature update, the update is presented to you first so that you get to choose whether to download and install it at that point in time.In other words: the feature update installation has been unlinked from the regular updating process on Windows 10 devices.The new option is available on Windows 10 version 1803 or 1809 devices that have the May 21st updates (or later) installed.Open the Settings application with the Windows-I shortcut.Go to Update & Security > Windows Update.Activate the “check for updates” button.Windows Update queries Microsoft’s servers for updates. It may return the feature update and display the option to “download and install now” in the interface.If you want to install the May 2019 Update, select the option (download and install now) and follow the process.Note that Microsoft limits availability at this point and that the company is “slowly throttling up” the availability while it is monitoring data and feedback.Microsoft published a video on YouTube that highlights the new Windows Update functionality.Some systems are blocked from receiving the new feature update at this point. You can check which update blocks are in place here.Closing WordsThe last feature update for Windows 10 highlighted the need to test updates more thoroughly before release. It will be interesting to see if the extra two months of testing improved update quality significantly.I suggest that you wait with the installation of the May 2019 Update for Windows 10 unless you really, really need it. Things should settle down after a month or two, and you don’t risk running into another updating issue that you may spend hours or even days fixing.As always, make sure you create a system backup before you start the upgrade. You may also start the upgrade using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool or the update now option on this Microsoft webpage.Now You: What do you expect from this update?SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft starts Windows 10 May 2019 Update rolloutDescriptionMicrosoft revealed yesterday evening that it has started the rollout of the new feature update for its Windows 10 operating system called the May 2019 Update or Windows 10 version 1903.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Make this insanely easy Berry Sorbet

first_imgIngredients:2 cups frozen berries, your choice¾ cup almond milk¼-½ cup purified waterOptional: ⅛ teaspoon vanilla extractRecipe:Add the berries and almond milk to the Vitamix and blend at the lowest variable speed, taking about 10 seconds to increase the dial to full speed. You may have to do this 2 or 3 times and turn off the blender in between to push the berries down.Add small amounts of water to blend to a sorbet consistency (the amount of water will depend on the berries you use). Don’t over-blend, as the heat/friction of the mixing will melt the sorbet.Serve immediately in dessert glasses and garnish with a few whole berries and/or a few sprigs of fresh mint. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Tip: martini glasses make excellent dessert glasses. You can also store in the freezer for a few hours before serving, but it might melt a little, so fresh is always best. Enjoy!DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

PET Imaging Agent Predicts Brain Tau Pathology Alzheimers Diagnosis

first_img 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 Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Image courtesy of Imago Systems Related Content News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more center_img News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | PET Imaging | September 05, 2018 PET Imaging Agent Predicts Brain Tau Pathology, Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Flortaucipir F-18 demonstrates statistically significant sensitivity and specificity for brain changes Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School September 5, 2018 — Eli Lilly and Co. and Avid Radiopharmaceuticals Inc. announced a Phase 3 study of positron emission tomography (PET) imaging agent flortaucipir F-18 met its two primary endpoints, defined as predicting brain tau pathology and predicting Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis.The study, referred to as A16, enrolled a total of 156 end-of-life patients with dementia, mild cognitive impairment or normal cognition who underwent flortaucipir PET imaging. Subsequently, 67 of these patients were evaluated post-mortem. The study met pre-specified endpoints, with flortaucipir demonstrating statistically significant sensitivity and specificity for detecting tau pathology of Braak Stage V/VI, a pathological staging scale for tau neurofibrillary tangles. Flortaucipir also demonstrated statistically significant sensitivity and specificity for detecting a high level of total Alzheimer’s disease neuropathologic change (combining both tau and amyloid plaque densities), using the National Institute on Aging and Alzheimer’s Association (NIA-AA) neuropathology criteria.Eli Lilly and Co. plans to disclose more detailed study results at the 2018 Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s Disease (CTAD) meeting, Oct. 24-27 in Barcelona, Spain, and will discuss these findings and potential next steps with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the near future.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more last_img read more