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Why You Absolutely Must Read Books

first_imgEvery human being that is born starts at exactly the same place. They are a blank slate, knowing nothing that they need to know to survive and thrive in the world in which they find themselves. There is no knowledge that is transferred biologically from parents to child. Regardless of the capacity to learn and the different forms of intelligence human beings possess in greater or lesser quantities, you have none of it.Even though you know nothing at birth, much is already known by others. The people that have come before you have had experiences that resulted in a certain knowledge in that area. Other people have studied some area to make discoveries and develop a deeper understanding of this thing or that. When you are born, you are way behind in the acquisition of human knowledge, some gained through experiences and some through research and study.If you embrace the idea that books are not helpful to learning you are deciding that there is nothing worth knowing if it is not gained through your own experience. This is to suggest that the way one should learn about the dangers of fire is to burn themselves, even when others who have already had that experience might strongly suggest that you don’t burn yourself, and even if they can explain to you very clearly and easily how not to do so.Let’s use K. Anders Ericcson’s 10,000 hours rule, popularized by Malcolm Gladwell. Through a lifetime of experience, someone has learned something useful to other people. While doing so, they have also developed the concepts and ideas that help other people make sense of this thing they know. They have also developed some advice, some strategies, and some tactics that might help other people produce results in this area both faster and more effectively, and they’ve codified these ideas in a common form that allows the transfer of this knowledge from one person to another.The suggestion that one would be better off avoiding any knowledge that wasn’t gained through own their experience is to believe that there is nothing that can be known that would shorten the learning curve. Following this thinking, you would have to learn that multiplication and division are concepts on your own. It would mean that the only history of any value is your own and that your analysis of your experience is the only experience with any real value. The collective whole of human knowledge and experience would be of no value to you at all, being full of ideas, concepts, strategies, tactics, and instructions that, despite being useful to thousands or millions of people before you, are worthless.It is true that you cannot learn to swim by reading a book. But you can shorten the learning curve and accelerate your mastery by learning from those who already swim at a level far beyond the level of competency you’ve achieved. Part of that learning can and will be codified in the form of a book. Reading helps you understand your experience and provides context.For around $25 and 6 hours of your time, you can learn what took someone else a lifetime to learn.Any suggestion that you should not read books should be rejected with extreme prejudice, and you should think carefully about taking any advice from people who believe there is nothing to learn from others if it has been published as a book. There is no reason to remain ignorant when help gaining knowledge and understanding is available to you, and for a song at that. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

WATCH: Joel Embiid, Stephen Curry show off volleyball skills

first_imgUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 🏐x 🏀Joel Embiid and Steph Curry get loose before the #NBAAllStar game // 8pm ET on TNT! pic.twitter.com/nlMfE0WiWe— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 18, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJoel Embiid and Stephen Curry warmed up to play basketball — by playing volleyball.ADVERTISEMENT He took his massive right arm and, with fine form, spiked the ball as one would when trying for a kill and a point in volleyball. The ball bounced hard off the court, the carom skipping over the sideline and the ball winding up in the second row of seats.Embiid covered his mouth in mock disbelief, and the volleyball game ended.Curry, Embiid and the rest of Team Giannis absorbed a come-from-behnd 178-164 loss to Team LeBron in the main event of the NBA All-Star weekend in Charlotte.Embiid finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds while Curry, last year’s captain, 17 points, seven assists and nine boards.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Time for official jersey retirement for Danny Ildefonso? His son, fans thinks so LATEST STORIES Embiid and Curry passed a basketball back and forth before Sunday night’s All-Star game by using volleyball maneuvers, perfectly executing bumps and sets. That is, until Embiid seemed to decide he was bored with all that.center_img PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles03:13Steph Curry dances and dazzles in Manila return02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

18 amazing facts about Sachin Tendulkar, the master blaster

first_imgSachin Ramesh Tendulkar also known as the master blaster in the world of cricket was born on April 24 in the year 1973. A career that spanned 24 years has seen some of the most exciting times in cricket. He is known to be one of the most complete batsman of his time and arguably the biggest cricket icon the game has ever known.Besides sports, the ‘God of Cricket’ was nominated to be a member of the Rajya Sabha and has been bestowed with various awards.In December 2012, Tendulkar announced his retirement from the One Day International’s. He then retired from the Twenty20 cricket in October 2013.On November 16, 2013 he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket after playing his 200th and final Test match. It was in his home ground at the Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium against the West Indies.Tendulkar has played 664 international cricket matches in total, scoring 34,357 runs.We have collected some lesser-known, interesting nuggets on him you definitely don’t want to miss:Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Neymar leaving PSG would embarrass Ligue 1 – Aulas

first_imgLyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has told Paris Saint-Germain to do whatever it takes to keep Neymar. Neymar, 27, is heavily linked with a move away from the Ligue 1 champions this close season, with a return to Barcelona mooted just two years after his world-record switch. While the Brazil star staying at PSG would only make Thomas Tuchel’s men stronger, Aulas said they needed to keep the forward.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “It’s embarrassing for Ligue 1 if at one point the TV rights bidding was done with visibility that included Neymar,” he told Le Parisien on Wednesday. “He was before at Barca. With a very big cheque, he arrived in Paris. I think PSG have to do what it takes to keep him. “But as president of OL, I am in a bad position to judge.” Lyon have gone through plenty of change in the off-season, with Sylvinho replacing Bruno Genesio at the helm and Juninho arriving as sporting director. The likes of Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid), Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham) and captain Nabil Fekir (Real Betis) have been sold from the squad that finished third in Ligue 1 last season. Aulas hopes his club can close the gap to PSG, but warned they will need chase down the top team in the league.  He is hoping by the time the next World Cup rolls around his side can be back in contention with the Paris outfit, but says the prospects for the coming season aren’t great.  “In the medium term, yes [Lyon can compete with PSG]. We want to play a role. We will continue to invest. The goal is to get closer to PSG,” he said. “But the first year will be the hardest. You have to be patient. It is a project of three to five years. Before, it’s illusory. “The deadline of 2022, given the budget gap between the two clubs, must be reasonable.” Lyon open their Ligue 1 campaign away to Monaco on Friday, with their first clash against PSG set to come in late September.last_img read more

Ashes: James Anderson has restarted the cycle of excuses, says Michael Vaughan

first_imgAshes: James Anderson has restarted the cycle of excuses, says Michael VaughanMichael Vaughan has come down hard on England fast bowler James Anderson for suggesting that it would suit the team’s interests better to have pitches prepared which help the home side more than the visitors.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonSeptember 12, 2019UPDATED: September 12, 2019 10:44 IST Anderson and Vaughan in a file photo (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSJames Anderson wants pitches in England to be better suited for the home attackMichael Vaughan has dismissed the notion by calling it part of a ‘cycle of excuses’Visitors Australia have retained the Ashes following a win in the 4th Test at Old TraffordFormer England captain Michael Vaughan has said that English cricket is stuck in ‘a circle of excuses’ after the hosts failed to stop Australia from retaining the Ashes after a long gap of 18 years. England are trailing 1-2 in the ongoing Ashes with the 5th and final Test due to start at The Oval on Thursday.Vaughan was referring to comments made by some English players – both past and present – including their highest Test wicket-taker James Anderson, who suggested that the pitches on offer during the Ashes have suited the visitors more than the hosts. Vaughan attacked this perception in a column for The Telegraph.”We always go through a cycle in English cricket when we win or lose. When we lose at home it’s because the pitches have been too flat and have not assisted our bowlers. When we win a series at home it is because we are really good and have played brilliant cricket,” wrote Vaughan.”When we lose a series away it is because the pitches at home offer too much assistance to bowlers and we cannot produce batsmen who can bat for long periods of time. It is just one big circle of excuses.”When our greatest ever bowler, James Anderson, said this week he was disappointed the pitches have not helped us more in this Ashes series it showed the cycle had started up again.”If we want to produce cricketers who can play the relentless style of cricket then we cannot be complaining about the pitches and the ball not swinging enough,” Vaughan wrote.advertisementWhile England have failed to win an overseas Test series since beating South Africa 2-1 in 2015-16, their record at home has been better with Sri Lanka being the last team to beat them in 2014.Anderson, while citing the examples of India, Australia and Sri Lanka, had complained that it might serve England interests better if the pitches at home were more biased towards the hosts.”When you go to Australia, go to India, go to Sri Lanka – they prepare pitches that suit them. I feel like we could just be a little bit more biased towards our own team,” he had said earlier.Whatever the pitch turns out to be at The Oval, one thing is for sure: Australia are going home with the coveted urn.Also Read | Ashes 2019: England bring in Sam Curran, Chris Woakes for 5th TestAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Justin Langer backs ‘world class’ David Warner to come good at The OvalFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Michael VaughanFollow James Anderson Nextlast_img read more

Image of the Day: Odessa Makes Way for a Behemoth

first_imgzoom Odessa seaport Authority moored the 300-meter long CMA CGM Danube container ship for the first time on August 14, 2014. The Danube was carrying 1,027 containers on entrance to the port, and 1,307 containers were intended for loading.As noted by Odessa seaport Authority, in order to accept such a class of container ship, the representatives of the stevedoring companies and divisions of the port carried out a number of relevant preparatory technical and organizational measures.New container ship CMA CGM Danube (capacity of 9400 TEU) made its maiden voyage on June 30, 2014 from China, under a bareboat charter for CIMC.This container ship is the first in a series of 28 vessels with a capacity of 9,400 TEU, built for the French shipping line company DSIC in the Dalian shipyard in China. The remaining ships will be transferred to the owner by the third quarter of 2016. Press Release; August 18, 2014last_img read more

HMM We Have Nothing to Do with LBCT Acquisition

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Long Beach Container Terminal South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is not interested in the purchase of the California-based Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT), the company confirmed to World Maritime News.China’s COSCO Shipping Holdings is selling the terminal as part of the company’s USD 6.3 billion acquisition of Orient Overseas International Limited (OOIL). The disposal of the terminal is needed for COSCO in order to obtain the green light from the US regulators to complete the OOIL takeover.OOCL, a shipping unit of OOIL, holds a 40-year concession to operate the facility at the Port of Long Beach, which is the second busiest container port in the United States.As the LBCT sale is attracting interests from potential bidders, rumors emerged that HMM and Seaspan are in talks to jointly bid for the facility. However, HMM has now denied these rumors.“Please be advised that is the rumor which is not based on facts,” a spokesperson for HMM said.“HMM is not reviewing the matter and has nothing to do with LBCT’s acquisition,” the spokesperson added.The Port of Long Beach surpassed 8 million TEUs for the first time in its 108-history. The port handled 8.1 million TEUs last year, an increase of 7.2 percent. Imports grew 6.1 percent to 4.1 million TEUs, while exports totaled 1.5 million TEUs, up by 3.6 percent.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Neil Patrick Harris Offers Fans A Chance At A Truly Fortunate Experience

first_imgNeil Patrick Harris and the American Theatre Wing announced this week that they are partnering with Prizeo, the online platform that democratizes giving, to offer the chance for one lucky fan to join Harris on set of his Netflix Original Series “A Series Of Unfortunate Events” in Vancouver, BC, this fall.Beginning today, Harris is inviting fans to visit prizeo.com/NPH and make a $10 donation to receive 100 entries for the grand-prize opportunity to join him in Vancouver this October, where they’ll meet on set of “A Series Of Unfortunate Events.” Roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations for two are also included—a truly fortunate experience.The special sweepstakes benefits the American Theatre Wing, celebrating its centennial this year by reaffirming its mission to ensure that the next generation is on stage, behind the scenes and in the audience.“I am so proud to support my good friends at the American Theatre Wing,” says Neil Patrick Harris. “And I’m even more excited to have one ‘fortunate’ winner join me on set in Vancouver. Raising money for the Wing guarantees support for the next generation of theatre storytellers.”“Having hosted four Tony Awards and winning one himself, Neil is the true definition of a show man. We are thrilled that he is able to join in support of the Wing for our Centennial, with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing.“We are so excited to be partnering again with the American Theatre Wing, and now with Neil Patrick Harris” adds Jan Friedlander Svendsen, CMO of Charity Network. “After our successful Tony Awards campaign this Spring, we look forward to continuing to raise funds for this important organization—and one that is very near and dear to my heart as a Broadway fan.”Neil Patrick Harris’ Prizeo campaign runs from August 23 to September 26 at prizeo.com/NPH.last_img read more

Tamils have no security concerns Audio

“The Tamils living in Wellawatte or Colombo will not get security by giving police powers to the North. They are living among the Sinhalese. So the Tamils have themselves proven there is no security concern for them,” he said. Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) parliamentarian and Government Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says Tamils in Sri Lanka have no security concerns in order for police powers to be given to the provinces.The Minister said that of the Sri Lankan Tamil population some 60 percent of them are staying in the south. He accused the UNP of being the main reason the provincial council system was implemented and he said the UNP now has an opportunity to correct a “historical mistake”. (Colombo Gazette)CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO Ranawaka says police powers should be removed from the constitution and he urged the opposition to support moves to achieve that goal. read more

The 2015 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference In 140 Seconds

We liveblogged Sloan, we wrote about what it was like to be a woman at Sloan, and now we have video and audio proof that the 2015 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference happened. Here, in under 3 minutes, is what you missed at the world’s preeminent conference for people who love sports, data and every place they intersect:And here’s all the audio we recorded from the convention center:The State of Sports Analytics with Jonah Keri, Kirk Goldsberry, and Jody AvirganAudio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/jonah_kirk_jody-at-sloan.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Live From Sloan: Kid Stats GeeksAudio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/kidsatsloan.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Montage: Women at SloanAudio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/womenatsloan.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.How Bayern Munich Wins With DataAudio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/carl_bayernanalytics.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Live From Sloan: Houston Rockets GM Daryl MoreyAudio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/flowers_morey.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Live From Sloan: Dean Oliver Of The Sacramento KingsAudio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/carl_deanoliver.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more

Normet inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame for wet

first_imgThe Normet team that has developed that company’s sprayed concrete (wet shotcrete) for mining, will be inducted in the underground support category at the gala dinner in the Brown Palace Hotel, Denver on February 16 (www.im-halloffame.com). Normet was founded in 1962, turning 50 in 2012.  In March 2014, it produced its 10,000th machine and has been very well known as a leader in sprayed concrete machines and transporters which have over the last 20+ years, from a technology perspective, changed the way mines looked at ground support, primarily during development but also for production.The team members to be honoured are Tom Melbye, Mike Rispin, Odd Bjorn Kleven, Janne Lehto, Ismael Anabalon, Jouko Tenhunen and Rick Kraft.Sprayed concrete is now often the first ground support that a new mine will look at.  Its effectiveness as a rapidly applied, active and durable means of areal support has changed the way that mines develop their operations.  Its safety in application, whereby the operator was kept away from unsupported ground, and its ability to develop strength rapidly, make it a key component of a rapid development scheme.  The efforts of the individuals mentioned, and the support of many others, have been instrumental in moving the science of sprayed concrete forward in mining.  Concrete mix design, super plasticisers, hydration control agents, alkali free acelerators, are all part of a successful sprayed concrete program.  When it comes to the business end of the process, the application, Normet Line machines have led the way with their robust carrying capacity, versatile boom technology, precise accelerator dosing systems and built-for-purpose shotcrete pumps.last_img read more

Bactérie tueuse les agriculteurs déçus par la Commission européenne

first_imgBactérie tueuse : les agriculteurs déçus par la Commission européenneAlors que le bilan de la bactérie E. coli entéro hémorragique (Eceh) s’est alourdi à 24 victimes en Europe, les ministres de l’Agriculture des Etats membres de l’Union Européenne se sont réunis mardi à Luxembourg. Des indemnités financières pour compenser la chute des ventes des fruits et légumes ont alors été proposées pour les producteurs. Mais ces derniers jugent insuffisants les 150 millions d’euros évoqués.Depuis le début de l’épidémie engendrée par la bactérie Eceh, les ventes de fruits et légumes ont considérablement chuté en Europe. Pour aider les agriculteurs de l’UE à faire face à cette situation, le commissaire européen à l’Agriculture Dacian Ciolosa a proposé de débloquer un fonds de soutien exceptionnel de 150 millions d’euros (voir notre article). La Commission entendait indemniser les pertes des agriculteurs à hauteur de 30%, mais nombre de ministres ont réclamé un budget bien plus important. Mais si M. Ciolosa s’est d’après LeMonde engagé à revoir le montant du fonds à la hausse, ces efforts ne suffiront certainement pas à apaiser les agriculteurs qui réclament comme plusieurs ministres, parmi lesquels Bruno Le Maire, une indemnisation couvrant 90% à 100% de leurs pertes. Les producteurs français “ne sont pas responsables de ce qui s’est passé, ils prennent de plein fouet la crise, ils ont droit à une indemnisation à l’euro près”, a souligné le ministre français. Mais si Dacian Ciolos se dit prêt à augmenter le fonds, il ne “pensepas que le niveau du budget permettra d’aller à 100 %”.Alors que le ministre allemand de la Santé Daniel Bahr a annoncé ce mercredi une baisse “sensible” des nouveaux cas de contamination par la bactérie tueuse, le bilan de l’épidémie s’élève aujourd’hui à 24 victimes. En France, treize cas de diarrhée sanglante ont été observés ces derniers jours.Le 8 juin 2011 à 16:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Lawrence Ho continues to tighten Melco grip as shareholding grows again

first_img Load More Of Ho’s current 55.8% holding in Melco Resorts, 54.9% is held by companies in which Ho holds a majority stake, namely Melco International Development Ltd and its subsidiary Melco Leisure and Entertainment Group Ltd.His combined direct and indirect interest in Melco International Development Ltd currently stands at 55.05%, also up from 54.05% in November.It was in late November that Melco announced it had approved a new share repurchase program for the purchase of up to US$500 million Melco Resorts Shares over a three-year period, having previously completed the repurchase of shares worth US$490 million in March 2018.Full implementation of the program would see majority shareholder Melco International Development’s indirect holding in Melco Resorts’ outstanding share capital increase from approximately 53.78% as of November to around 57.42% by 2021.Melco said at the time that the program “reflects the confidence of the company in Melco Resorts’ long-term strategy and growth prospects.” RelatedPosts Melco Resorts and Entertainment’s Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho has increased his personal stake in the company to 55.8% – the latest in a series of maneuvers by the entrepreneur to tighten his grip on the Macau gaming operator.In an SEC filing late Friday US time, Melco revealed that Ho had upped his interest from the 54.6% stake he held as of last November, taking his current shareholding to 770,477,237 shares. The 43-year-old also has options to purchase another 4,596,981 ordinary shares and 217,140 restricted shares, which will vest within 60 days. Inquiry into Melco Resorts acquisition to determine whether Crown Resorts still suitable to hold NSW gaming license JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaullast_img read more

17 shot dead in Papua New Guinea prison breakout

first_imgMap of Papua New Guinea locating the Buimo jail, where at least 17 people were killed after a mass breakout, reports said Monday. AFPSeventeen prisoners have been shot dead after a mass breakout at a jail in Papua New Guinea, police said Monday, with 57 still on the run.Inmates from the Buimo jail in the Pacific nation’s second largest city of Lae made a dash for freedom after breaking out of their compound on Friday, with prison warders opening fire.The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary said in a statement 17 were killed, three were caught and 57 were still at large.”These are undesirable people and will be a threat to the community,” Lae police metropolitan commander Chief Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr said of the escapees, warning the public to be vigilant.”The majority of those who escaped were arrested for serious crimes and were in custody awaiting trial.”A good number were arrested by police last year for mainly armed robberies, car thefts, break and enter and stealing.”Police shot dead 12 inmates during a jailbreak at the same prison last year. In 2015 more than 50 prisoners escaped from the same facility.Jails in PNG are often overcrowded and conditions are poor.Wagambie said locals in Lae should brace for a spate of crime.”We experienced an upsurge of criminal activities when Buimo jail reported a mass breakout last year,” he said, urging family members and associates of the escapees not to harbour them.”I am warning them that they will be caught. They must do what is good for them and surrender.”Crime and lawlessness is rampant in PNG, a sprawling nation where many still live traditional and subsistence lives in remote areas.last_img read more

Boat carrying Rohingyas lands in Indonesia

first_imgSuspected Rohingya people sit on the ground as they arrive in Idi Rayeuk, East Aceh on 4 December 2018. Photo: AFPA boat carrying 20 men believed to be Rohingya migrants landed in Indonesia Tuesday, authorities said, the latest group of the vulnerable Myanmar minority to reach the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation.They arrived in Aceh province on Sumatra island in a rickety wooden boat, according to a local official, who said he thought the men were the persecuted Muslim Rohingya.”We can’t communicate with them because they don’t speak Indonesian, Acehnese, or English. So we don’t know much about them,” said Iswandi, the head of Idi Rayeuk district where they arrived, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.It is not known where the group, aged between around 20 to 40, set off from.However, in recent weeks authorities in both Myanmar and Bangladesh, where around a million of the Muslim refugees are living in camps, have stopped boats of fleeing Rohingya migrants headed mainly for Malaysia.It has been rare for Rohingya migrants to attempt the sea routes south since Thai authorities clamped down on regional trafficking networks in 2015, sparking a crisis across Southeast Asia as large numbers were abandoned at sea.That year, hundreds of Rohingya came ashore in Aceh, where they were welcomed in the staunchly conservative Islamic province.But there have been concerns the desperate community might start taking to the high seas again after mainly Buddhist Myanmar launched a new military crackdown last year that forced about 700,000 members of the Muslim minority to flee to Bangladesh.In April, about 80 Rohingya in a wooden boat landed in Aceh just weeks after dozens more arrived in neighbouring Malaysia.Indonesia tends to accept asylum seekers but they are usually barred from working and often spend years in immigration centres.last_img read more

Producing turbulence in a BoseEinstein condensate yields cascade of wavelike excitations

first_img A disappearing feast: Mean flows remain slim after eating eddies Journal information: Nature (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at the University of Cambridge has succeeded in creating turbulence in a Bose–Einstein condensate (BEC) and in the process, have possibly opened the door to a new avenue of research. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they achieved this feat and the evidence they found for a cascade. Brian Anderson with the University of Arizona offers a News & Views piece describing the work done by the team in the same journal issue and offers a brief overview of the characteristic distribution of kinetic energy in turbulent fluids. Explore further More information: Nir Navon et al. Emergence of a turbulent cascade in a quantum gas, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature20114AbstractA central concept in the modern understanding of turbulence is the existence of cascades of excitations from large to small length scales, or vice versa. This concept was introduced in 1941 by Kolmogorov and Obukhov, and such cascades have since been observed in various systems, including interplanetary plasmas, supernovae, ocean waves and financial markets. Despite much progress, a quantitative understanding of turbulence remains a challenge, owing to the interplay between many length scales that makes theoretical simulations of realistic experimental conditions difficult. Here we observe the emergence of a turbulent cascade in a weakly interacting homogeneous Bose gas—a quantum fluid that can be theoretically described on all relevant length scales. We prepare a Bose–Einstein condensate in an optical box, drive it out of equilibrium with an oscillating force that pumps energy into the system at the largest length scale, study its nonlinear response to the periodic drive, and observe a gradual development of a cascade characterized by an isotropic power-law distribution in momentum space. We numerically model our experiments using the Gross–Pitaevskii equation and find excellent agreement with the measurements. Our experiments establish the uniform Bose gas as a promising new medium for investigating many aspects of turbulence, including the interplay between vortex and wave turbulence, and the relative importance of quantum and classical effects. Scientists have learned a lot about the nature of turbulence in fluids over the past several hundred years, some of which surrounds the way kinetic energy is distributed among components that have different momenta—which can be seen in action, as Anderson notes, by stirring cream into a cup of coffee. But until now, no one had succeeded in producing turbulence in a BEC, in which a gas of bosons is cooled to near absolute zero causing them to occupy the lowest possible quantum state, thereby allowing for viewing quantum phenomena—Anderson calls them “microscopic droplets of atomic gasses.”In this new effort, the researchers conducted experiments designed to discover what might happen if turbulence were introduced to a BEC, in this case, one made of rubidium atoms captured in a laser-created virtual box—this type of setup provided uniform density of the atoms. The team then applied a timed magnetic field that served to shake up the cloud of atoms, which added energy to the system. They then determined the momentum distribution. For small time intervals, they found most of the atoms in the cloud were in a low-momentum mode—more shaking pushed the atoms into a higher momentum mode. After approximately two seconds, the researchers found evidence of a cascade of excitations by releasing the cloud and capturing what occurred with a 2-D camera.The method used by the team to cause the turbulence in a BEC is likely to be used as a model for future experiments involving quantum turbulence.center_img Citation: Producing turbulence in a Bose-Einstein condensate yields cascade of wave-like excitations (2016, November 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-11-turbulence-bose-einstein-condensate-yields-cascade.html Gross–Pitaevskii simulations of a shaken, box-trapped Bose gas. The blue shading indicates the gas density; the red lines indicate vortices. Credit: (c) Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature20114 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2016 Phys.orglast_img read more

How to Test Different Versions of Your Website in 6 Easy Steps

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now If you’re reading this because your boss asked you to A/B test two versions of your company’s website and you have no clue what to do, it’s okay. Read on. Help is on the way.Here goes. The first step is not to be daunted by the term itself. A/B testing, also often called bucket testing or split testing, is merely marketing jargon for testing one thing against another. In this case, we’re talking websites. However, A/B testing is also often used to weed out the best email marketing campaigns, ecommerce checkout pages and many other digital business entities and initiatives.  Secondly, take heart knowing that you’re not alone. You can bet someone somewhere at Google, Netflix, Facebook or Amazon — or, insert any other household-name Internet business or publisher here — is live A/B testing this or that URL on unsuspecting users right now.Related: So, What’s the ‘X-Factor’ in the A/B Testing Formula? (Infographic)Great, but what’s the point? It’s simple: comparing two different variants of your website reveals which one resonates better with your target audience. When done right, it can potentially boost your level of customer engagement, conversion rate and, ultimately, your bottom line. Additionally, you can use A/B testing to improve the effectiveness of specific elements of your website, including search ads, calls-to-action, promotions and more.When split-testing, typically website A is the control and is already live. Website B is the variable. Website A has the features you’re looking to make better, while website B puts forth new, alternative elements that you want to test. Once B is launched, you then divide your live traffic into two groups of test subjects, separately funneling them to the two website versions. From there, you dig into the data you collect along the way to gauge which website performs better overall. What’s working? What’s not? What stays? What goes? Soon you’ll know.For everything you need to build, execute and glean valuable insights from a successful A/B test, take a look at the six basic steps laid out in the infographic below. The helpful visualization comes to us by way of VWO, an India-based provider of A/B testing software for online marketers.Related: More Online Publishers Ought to Try A/B TestingClick to EnlargeRelated: Improve Your Website’s Conversion Rates With These 6 Design Tips This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freecenter_img November 1, 2015 3 min readlast_img read more

Firefox 70 shows an indicator when geolocation has been used

first_imgFirefox 70 shows an indicator when geolocation has been used by Martin Brinkmann on August 09, 2019 in Firefox – 26 commentsAll modern web browsers support the HTML5 Geolocation API that allows sites, with the permission of the user, to get the geographical position.The feature is used by numerous services on the Internet including mapping services that use it to quickly find out about a user’s location, services that provide regional versions of their sites, or services that provide suggestions that it bases on a user’s geographical region.Most browsers (all?) don’t indicate when a site uses the geolocation API. While it may be obvious at times, e.g. when you allow location access and a maps service focuses the map on that location, you may not know about it when it is not clear immediately.While you could and should assume that a site uses location information once you give it permission to use the API, you may want to know when and if it uses it.Firefox 70 includes an indicator that reveals when a site accessed the location for the last time. A click on the shield icon in the Firefox address bar displays the permissions that you gave the site in question. If you gave it permission to access location data, you will see the last access listed there underneath the permission.The bug listing on Mozilla’s bug tracking website dates back nine years. Mozilla wanted to better visualize the use of location by sites in Firefox to indicate the use of the API permanently for as long as the permission was granted.Firefox 70 displays an icon in its address bar to indicate use of the location API; previous versions of the web browser display no icon which means that users don’t see directly whether they have given a site (temporary) location access.It is a small change but it improves visibility of the permission significantly in the web browser.Firefox 70 is scheduled for a release on October 23, 2019 if the schedule is not changed. The next stable version of the Firefox web browser is Firefox 69 which is scheduled to be released on September 3, 2019.Firefox users can disable the geolocation feature entirely in the web browser.SummaryArticle NameFirefox 70 shows an indicator when geolocation has been usedDescriptionMozilla plans to add a location indicator to Firefox 70 that highlights permanently if a site has been given access to the location feature.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img News | Radiation Therapy | May 31, 2019 RefleXion Opens New Manufacturing Facility for Biology-guided Radiotherapy Platform RefleXion Medical recently announced the opening of its new manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Hayward,… read more News | PET-CT | March 06, 2019 Siemens Healthineers Announces First U.S. Install of Biograph Vision PET/CT Siemens Healthineers’ new Biograph Vision positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system has been… read more Related Content News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | June 05, 2019 BGN Technologies Introduces Novel Medical Imaging Radioisotope Production Method BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), introduced a novel method for… 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 Technology | PET-CT | January 23, 2019 FDA Clears United Imaging Healthcare uExplorer Total-Body Scanner January 23, 2019 — United Imaging Healthcare (United Imaging) announced U.S. read more Videos | Nuclear Imaging | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Utilization of PET For Evaluation of Cardiac Sarcoidosis Raza Alvi, M.D., a read more Raza Alvi explains use of PET to image cardiac sarcoidosisVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:09Loaded: 1.80%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:09 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | PET-CT | February 06, 2019 SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT: Examining the Value of Digital PET/CT Technological advancements in positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) offer both clinicians and pat read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | 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 | May 13, 2009 ACR Image Metrix to Provide Infrastructure for PET/CT Bone Imaging Study 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 May 13, 2009 – American College of Radiology (ACR) Image Metrix has been chosen by the Academy of Molecular Imaging (AMI) to provide data and image storage infrastructure for a new study to compare the effectiveness of conventional planar 99mTc-MDP bone imaging with 18F-sodium fluoride PET/CT (18F-NaF) at detecting bony metastases in patients with breast, prostate and non–small-cell lung cancers.The protocol was developed in conjunction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and calls for data collection on more than 500 patients at 13 sites nationwide.“Just as early detection of cancer is important, early detection of any spread of a cancer is vitally important to determining the best and most timely treatment for patients. PET and PET/CT are serving an increasingly important role in this care. Each refinement in care can make a big difference in the success of treatment for additional patients. ACR Image Metrix is proud to serve such a significant role in this important trial as the selected CRO [Contract Research Organization],” said ACR Image Metrix Chief Scientific Officer Bruce J. Hillman, M.D., FACR, who worked with AMI investigators to develop the protocol for the research. Cancer patients undergo more than 2 million planar 99mTc-MDP scans each year to determine whether cancer has spread from the organ of primary diagnosis to their bones. However, the test may miss some disease. 18F-NaF PET/CT bone scanning may have advantages over the conventional method in that it is often able to find smaller metastases and differentiate more accurately between cancerous and non-cancerous conditions.“ACR Image Metrix is unique in the CRO landscape regarding its ability to assist in protocol development then transmit, archive, and retrieve imaging data for such important trials. We are proud of our ability to substantively contribute to advances in patient care by providing significant infrastructure for cutting edge medical research,” said Michal Morales, General Manager of ACR Image Metrix.For more information: www.acr.org and www.ami-imaging.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 last_img read more

Double Targeting Ligands to Identify and Treat Prostate Cancer

first_img The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  The mice were imaged with small-animal PET/CT using 124I-RPS-027 (7.4 MBq [200 μCi]). Credit: JM Kelly et al., Department of Radiology, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NYSeptember 14, 2017 — Researchers have demonstrated a new, effective way to precisely identify and localize prostate cancer tumors while protecting healthy tissue and reducing side effects. The new approach utilizes a single molecule designed to bind two proteins with differing affinities in an effort to optimize specific tumor localization — prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) and human serum albumin — thereby enhancing tumor localization for targeted alpha radionuclide therapy. The study is presented in the featured basic article of the September issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine.PSMA-targeted radiotherapy of prostate cancer is a promising approach to the treatment of disease that has spread. A small number of ligands have been evaluated in patients, and while early tumor response is encouraging, the relapse rate is high and these compounds can cause adverse side effects.“We see now the pitfalls of PSMA targeting and have attempted to circumvent some of these by improved molecular design,” explained John W. Babich, Ph.D., professor of radiopharmaceutical sciences in radiology at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York. “We believe that our double targeting ligands are the first PSMA ligands designed to make use of the blood pool as a ‘safe zone’ reservoir to protect sensitive organs and tissues from off-target effects of alpha irradiation and, simultaneously, to reduce kidney localization while maintaining excellent tumor targeting.”The goal is to develop a way of optimizing therapy by increasing the dose delivered to the tumor while simultaneously reducing damage to healthy tissue. To that end, the research team developed the double targeting ligand RPS-027, which binds to both PSMA and albumin. It was tested in mouse models of human prostate cancer, and the results, assessed via positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT), show high tumor uptake, with reduced kidney uptake; very favorable tissue distribution; and a promising therapeutic profile. In comparison to existing ligands proposed for targeted therapy of prostate cancer, RPS-027 has tumor-to-tissue ratios that predict a significant reduction in side effects during therapy. The researchers propose dual targeting ligands such as RPS-027 as next-generation radiopharmaceuticals for targeted alpha therapy using Astatine-211 (211At).“Designing ligands that allow modulation of normal tissue localization can have a positive impact on the therapeutic index of alpha therapy and lead to widespread clinical utility,” Babich pointed out. “If our strategy can be applied successfully to other therapeutic targeting agents, we could expect an expansion in the use of targeted alpha therapy in the not-too-distant future.”The use of theranostics (combined diagnostic targeting and therapy) for precision medicine is already revolutionizing the care of patients with thyroid cancer and neuroendocrine tumors. Studies such as this one show real promise for their use against prostate cancer and other diseases. They also highlight the key role of nuclear medicine in developing new therapies that improve patients’ lives.For more information: www.jnm.snmjournals.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Related Content 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Prostate Cancer | September 14, 2017 Double Targeting Ligands to Identify and Treat Prostate Cancer Researchers demonstrate a theranostic one-two punch that precisely identifies cancer cells for destruction with targeted therapy, while sparing healthy cells 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 Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read morelast_img read more