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BMW India comes to Chennai for Experience Tour 2014

first_imgBMW Experience Tour 2014 The BMW Experience Tour 2014 is covering several cities across India, with an aim of showcasing its vast product range. From September 4-7, the team is in Chennai, which is incidentally the seventh city to host BMW India’s 12 city tour. The event is being held at the Madras Motor Sports Race Track, located in Irungattukottai, Chennai.The objective behind this tour is to get BMW India’s entire range of sedans and Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) to lap a specially designed test course. Speaking about this initiative, Philipp von Sahr, President of BMW Group India said, “With this unique initiative, we wish to take a step closer to our customers, bring many more customers to the BMW fold and make them experience true Sheer Driving Pleasure.”So far, the BMW Experience Tour 2014 has already covered Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Pune, Mumbai and Chandigarh,. From Chennai, it continues down south, to the cities of Hyderabad, Bangalore and Kochi, from where the team will move towards Lucknow and Kolkata. The event will  provide customers an opportunity to test drive vehicles and interact with product experts.Separate sessions will be held by the company for sedans and SUVs. Customers will get to drive the BMW 1-series, 3-series, 5-series and the 7-series, as well as put these vehicles through a series of braking, slalom, corner braking and fast lap exercises. Similarly, the SUVs X3, X5 and X6 will be driven on ramps and other obstacles like articulation humps, steep hills and inclines.In addition, the Experience Tour will also provide customers the opportunity to experience BMW’s M range of performance cars, all under the guidance of expert trainers.advertisementlast_img read more


Frame Your Idea show in Mumbai from Mar 30

first_imgMumbai, Mar 13 (PTI) Nearly 70 filmmaking companies and studios will come together here from March 30 for a three-day session, where script writers would offer fresh ideas and content.Top digital content players as well as broadcasters would be represented at the Frame Your Idea (FYI) show launched by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry to listen to fresh ideas, stories and scripts from Bollywood people, a FICCI release here said.The FYI made its debut at FICCI Frames 2015 in which over 650 meetings were held across 3 days between idea owners and content producers, the release said.At FYI, anyone with a content idea or story or screenplay for a film, TV show, animation or gaming can pre-register, turn up and pitch it to the right people in the business of entertainment.”This is the first time that India would see such a great platform created giving an unique opportunity to idea owners to meet producers/ creators & studio one on one,” FICCI Animation & Gaming Forum chairman Ashish S K said.Last year, over 200 content idea owners participated in the show which had representation of over 20 content producers, studios and content commissioners. The pitches were conducted across five categories like film, animation, TV, gaming and documentary.Two categories have been added to FYI 2016 edition.The first one is Digital – comprising of web series and short films. This is manifestation of the new content appetite emerging due to internet and mobile as growing platforms of content distribution.The second category is Finished content – comprising of films and documentaries which claim to be an ambitious step towards the much-needed content market in the country, the release added.advertisementAccording to noted filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, “The proprietorship of a great idea doesnt lie with any one person and FYI is doing a great service to the idea owners and the practitioners of the trade.”FYI director Viraf Phiroz Patel said, “Once the idea owner registers for FYI 2016, he or she is assured at least 4 meetings of 10 minutes each, with his or her preferred producers/studios/broadcaster, through a first come first serve based automated slotting system. FYI is the shape of change to come.” PTI SVS GK NDS BASlast_img read more


Rio Olympics: Indian archers cleared to stay outside Games Village

first_imgIndian archers competing at the Rio Olympics can now breathe a sigh of relief as they would not need to travel 40 kilometers each day to reach Sambadrome Marqus de Sapuca – the venue for the archery events – from the Games Village. They can now save their best for the competition rounds as they will be lodged at a hotel just 10 minutes from the venue.The Rio Games Organising Committee (OC) has accepted the request of the Archery Association of India (AAI) to allow Indian archers stay outside the village to save time and energy on the travel. The archery events will take place from August 6 to 12.According to the Indian archers, it would have taken them more than an hour to reach the competition venue from the Olympic Park and that saw them request the AAI to arrange for their stay in a nearby hotel. The AAI took this into consideration and wrote to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to look into the matter. The IOA, in turn, requested the OC to make an exception and accept the request.”The OC has made an exception for Indian archers by accepting their request. The hotel, booked for the archers, is just 10 minutes away from the competition venue. The other Indian athletes would be staying at the Games Village,” chef-de-mission Rakesh Gupta said.In another first, the Sports Ministry has decided to offer an “out-of-pocket” allowance of Rs 1 lakh per month to each of the athletes who will be representing India at the Olympics.advertisementThe athletes would be able to use this allowance for their preparation. This has been done keeping in mind the various requirements of the athletes which will help them further intensify their training plans. They would continue to receive funding from the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) and National Sports Development Fund (NSDF).A total of 89 athletes have so far qualified for the Olympics and they would be receiving a total of Rs 3 lakh each for the next three months. The funding would cost the Ministry in excess of Rs 2.6 crore. The decision was taken by the ministry during its meeting with the officials of the sport federations and Gupta in the capital on Monday.”The ministry has decided to support the Rio-bound athletes in every possible way. The athletes can utilise this amount according to their own training programme and the amount will be directly credited to their bank account every month starting May 10,” an official informed.The Sports Ministry has set a target of ’10-plus medals’ at the forthcoming Rio Olympics that will see the largest-ever Indian contingent participating.The athletes have ensured participation in nine disciplines – archery, athletics, boxing, hockey, gymnastics, rowing, shooting, table tennis and wrestling. More athletes are likely to join the list once the rankings are finalised in badminton, golf and tennis.last_img read more


New No. 1 Angelique Kerber eyes revenge against Karolina Pliskova in US Open final

first_imgAngelique Kerber, who fulfilled a dream by completing her rise to the rank of world number one in women’s tennis, now has a chance to satisfy a more basic urge – revenge – in the US Open final on Saturday. (Kerber beats Wozniacki to reach US Open final)The 28-year-old German goes for her second Grand Slam title of the year against 10th-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova, who hopes to ride her huge service game to a maiden major in the Arthur Ashe Stadium showdown. (Amazing to be world No. 1, says Angelique Kerber)SECOND SHOT AT GLORYLast month, Pliskova denied Kerber from claiming the top rankings spot by beating her in the Cincinnati final, and at the trophy ceremony the tall Czech said, “Maybe next time,” as a tepid consolation to the German.The ‘next time’ has arrived, with a Grand Slam crown now at stake. (Serena Williams stunned by Karolina Pliskova in US Open semis)”I remember the Cincinnati final. I was actually really tired because I came from Rio and I had a lot of tough matches there,” Australian Open winner Kerber, who claimed silver at the Rio Olympics, told reporters.”(Here) I can really prepare for the final against Pliskova. I know how she is playing. I know she has a big serve.”I think I will go out there trying to get my next chance against her and take the revenge.”Pliskova paved the way for Kerber’s ascent, which will become official in Monday’s new rankings list, by defeating Serena Williams in the US Open semi-finals to clinch number one for the German.advertisementKerber has yet to lose a set at Flushing Meadows, but she has not faced the service firepower possessed by Pliskova, who has led the WTA Tour in aces the last two seasons as well as at this last Grand Slam of the year.HARDER TIMEPliskova, who had never before reached the second week of a slam, had a harder time, completing a Williams ‘double’ by beating older sister Venus in a third-set tiebreaker in the fourth round.The lanky, 24-year-old Czech said that with her mounting confidence, and big serve, she can go all the way.”In Cincinnati, I knew Angie … kind of felt some pressure there,” said Pliskova. “I was really going for my win there and got the win, which gave me a lot of confidence.”If you believe in yourself, you can beat anyone.”Kerber, always a great defensive player, dedicated herself to getting fitter, stronger and more aggressive on the court this year and it paid huge dividends right from the start as she claimed her first Slam victory in Melbourne over Serena.She was also runner-up to Serena at Wimbledon and has led the WTA Tour in match wins this season.”I think I played an amazing year. It’s my third Grand Slam final now in one year, so I just try to enjoy it,” Kerber said.Kerber, who beat twice Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova in the fourth round and last year’s Open runner-up Roberta Vinci in the quarters before eliminating former world number one Caroline Wozniacki in the semis, is now focusing on a second Slam title.The German had a celebratory swim in Melbourne’s Yarrow River after her breakthrough Slam but has nothing planned should she add the US Open crown.”No, I think that was once and that was OK,” she said when asked about taking another victory plunge. “Let’s see what we will do if I win it here.”last_img read more


I-League: Aizawl FC’s 616-day unbeaten run at home ends, lose Northeast Derby to Shillong Lajong

first_imgAizawl FC’s 616-day unbeaten streak at home came to an end when they went down 1-0 to Shillong Lajong in the first Northeast Derby of the season at the Rajiv Gandhi stadium on Monday.Since their defeat to Salgaocar on April 11, 2016, Aizawl had not lost a match at home but that enviable record came to an end in the most excruciating manner — against their regional rivals.In a fiercely-contested encounter in Aizawl, Lajong’s winger Redeem Tlang scored the solitary goal of the match in the 60th minute.Aizawl managed to win 25 points from the possible 27 points at home last season but the new season has not been as fruitful for the I-League champions.Aizawl are now in the 6th place, having managed just four points from the three games they have played till now.On the other hand, Lajong secured their third win of the season and moved to the second spot in the league table, equal with leaders Minerva Punjab FC, who have played one lesser match than them.Aizawl made only one change to the team that faced Churchill Brother as Lalbiak Thanga filled the gap left by injured David Rinmuana. Lajong’s coach Nongbet made two changes, captain Samuel Lalmuanpuia and Alen Deory were replaced in the starting XI by Shaibor Karpan and Kynsailang Khongsit respectively.Rajiv Gandhi stadium, also known as the fortress for Aizawl FC, saw the diminutive yet lively winger H Lalmuankima steal the ball at the  halfway line and sent a delightful pass to Kobayashi only for the Japanese to waste his golden chance. Kobayashi was alone in the box with no pressure from the Lajong boys, but still couldn’t find the back of the net.advertisementThe match was not played at the tempo the fans would have expected with both teams finding it hard to carve out goal scoring chances.Just after the half hour mark, Yemenese midfielder Al-Hagri danced past Aizawl’s Saighani and Kareem but his weak shot was collected easily by goalkeeper Avilash Paul. Al Hagri was given another gem of a chance but his poor finishing let him down once more.After an array of chances in the first 45 minutes the score stood at 0-0 at the end of the first half.Both teams started the second half brightly but it was the away team who scored the first goal of the match. Al Hagri’s shot inside the box was blocked by the Aizawl’s boys but the ball fell to Khasi winger Redeem Tlang, who calmly curved the ball towards the far side of the net and scored his second goal of the season.Tlang soon found another opportunity to score but the winger’s effort was heroically palmed away by the Aizawl FC goalkeeper.Menezes introduced Romanian attacker Andrei Ionescu at 67 minutes but the substitution went in vain as Andrei had little effect on the game. H Lalmuankima’s penalty appeal was waived off by referee Om Prakash Thakur and a few moments later Kobayshi’s shot flew just over the cross bar.Aizawl will next welcome high-flying and league leader Minerva in their last home game of the year on December 27 while Lajong will play their second Northeast Derby against I-League debutants Manipuri club NEROCA FC on December 23.last_img read more


Oklahoma WR Dede Westbrook Trolled Oklahoma State On Instagram

first_imgDede Westbrook trolls Oklahoma State.Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook has fired a shot ahead of this Saturday’s big rivalry game against Oklahoma State.Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are essentially playing in a Big 12 title game on Saturday, and it looks like one Sooners star is getting a little ahead of himself regarding the eventual result. Star wideout Dede Westbrook appears to have gone on Instagram and trolled the Cowboys ahead of the game. The message was deleted, but not quickly enough:#BulletinBoard #OKState— Royal John OSU (@WastedOptimism) December 2, 2016Westbrook was already likely to be a main focus for Oklahoma State’s defense on Saturday. This will ensure that.Both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State still have College Football Playoff dreams, though a lot would need to happen for either to make it. Bedlam should be a great time regardless.last_img read more


From BrandBlack To The Future

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts 1. Raptor Low 2. Raptor 3. Phantom 4. Jet Heel Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know center_img Have you heard of BrandBlack yet? Well, you might not have – but only because the lifestyle company doesn’t officially launch until November – November 12th to be exact. Luckily for you, we here at The Manual are in the know.BrandBlack is a new performance footwear and clothing line company founded by David Raysse. Raysse is a 20 year veteran of the athletic footwear industry – with some impressive titles under his belt – ie. former Director of Basketball at Adidas, former Lead designer at Fila and the designer of the Grant Hill II.Creativity runs in his blood. His parents were the founding members of Kenzo. Raysse’s sportswear line is said to challenge conventional ideas.Excited already? The clothing line will be out just in time for Spring. We have to say – we’re pretty excited ourselves judging from what we’ve seen so far. Check out the gallery above to get an idea of what to expect from BrandBlack’s shoe-game .For more information visit 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? We Asked the Experts last_img read more


Gabrielles Angel Foundation To Host Angel Ball 2018

first_imgGabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research announced today that they will honor Dottie Herman, Douglas Elliman CEO; Monte Lipman, Founder and Chairman of Republic Records,Avery Lipman, Founder and President of Republic Records; and Harvey Spevak, Executive Chairman & Managing Partner, Equinox at Angel Ball 2018 on Monday, October 22nd at Cipriani Wall Street.The evening will be emceed by Queer Eye host Karamo Brown and will feature a show-stopping performances by the legendary Morris Day and The Time and recording artist Julia Michaels. Additional performers and presenters will include Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, DJ Kiss, Star Jones and many more surprises. In addition, guests will be treated to an exclusive interactive installation by artist Fer Da Silva, which will be on display at Cipriani Wall Street.The highly-anticipated annual black-tie benefit is hosted by Grammy-nominated songwriter Denise Rich and her daughters Daniella Rich Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter. The evening honors the memory of Gabrielle Rich Aouad and benefits Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, which funds the best and brightest early career scientists whose research focuses on finding less toxic treatments for patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other related blood cancers.“I made a promise to my daughter, Gabrielle, that I would not stop funding research until we find a cure for cancer,” said Denise Rich, “Dottie, Monte, Avery and Harvey have all used their enormous influence to help raise awareness and much needed funds for cancer research and it is an honor to recognize this incredible group of entrepreneurs and philanthropists.”Sponsors for the event include celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz, Porsche Cars North America and ALECIA.Camilla Olsson, Michèle Rella, Ofira Sandberg and Lorraine Schwartz will serve as the Gala Chairs, alongside Honorary Chairs Amy and Brian France.Simon de Pury will lead the event’s live auction which will include a not-yet-available 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster Concept; the opportunity to throw the ceremonial First Pitch at Yankee Stadium and incredible jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz.For more information about the Angel Ball and Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, visit read more


Tangier Police Launch Investigation into the Assault of a German Woman

Rabat – The Judicial Police in Tangier have opened an investigation into the assault of a 50-year-old German woman, according to Maghreb Arab Press Agency (MAP). They are now looking for a suspect believed to be in relationship with the victim. The General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) have released a statement on the case. According to a witness testimony at the crime scene, the suspect had prior knowledge of the victim. The witness went on to say that the suspect and the victim had been cohabiting an apartment belonging to an acquaintance.The witness added that the suspect had begun to argue with the German woman. The suspect then tried to grab the victim’s handbag, and finished by assaulting her with a knife.The police have launched an investigation into the circumstances of the physical assault. The investigation will verify the witness statements about the suspect’s prior knowledge of the victim. read more


Arrest warrant issued against former Central Bank Governor

Mahendran, who is currently in Singapore, was the Central Bank Governor at the time the alleged scam took place.The Colombo Fort Magistrate today issued the arrest warrant on Mehendran. Meanwhile, Perpetual Treasuries head Arjun Aloysius and Chief Executive Officer Kasun Palisena, who are in remand over the scam, were ordered to be further remanded till March 29. (Colombo Gazette) An arrest warrant has been issued against former Central Bank Governor Arjun Mahendran.The warrant was issued in relation to the Central Bank treasury bond scam. read more


CBK and Modi meet each other in Male

Former President Chandrika Kumaraunga and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met each other at the swearing in ceremony of the new Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in Male’ today.Kumaratunga flew to the Maldives yesterday to attend the oath taking ceremony of the new President of the Maldives. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son Namal Rajapaksa was also a guest at the event. (Colombo Gazette) Kumaratunga was greeted on her arrival in the Maldives by former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed. She met Modi as she arrived for the swearing in ceremony and was seen having an animated conversation before she took her seat near him, next to Nasheed. read more


Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie visits Afghan refugees in Pakistan

The Academy Award-wining actress arrived yesterday in Pakistan for a four-day visit to focus world attention on the plight of Afghan refugees. The 500 refugees who left Attock in the 35-vehicle convoy were all skilled carpet weavers carrying their talents back to their original homes in the northern Afghan provinces of Balkh and Jozan.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it expected up to 400,000 Afghans to repatriate this year, following 2.3 million who went home under the programme in the three previous years. Since 7 March, when this year’s programme began, some 55,065 have already gone home.The trip marks Ms. Jolie’s second visit to Pakistan in four years. This time she met with UNHCR staff, and talked with refugees as well as Government officials.”Pakistan has been hosting Afghan refugees for many, many years and UNHCR greatly appreciates it,” she said yesterday after meeting Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. “There is still much that needs to be done.” read more


Brock teaches the business of lemonade to future entrepreneurs

A freshly squeezed business idea from Brock University’s Goodman School of Business will help teach Niagara’s future entrepreneurs what it takes to turn lemons into lemonade.Goodman Lemonade is leading a Grade 4 class at Power Glen Public School through the process of building a for-profit business. After learning some entrepreneurship basics from Goodman student leaders, the Power Glen students have been planning and designing lemonade stands that will be set up at the Brock University Farmers Market from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 1 in Jubilee Court.“This is a novel way for our students to share their business knowledge with the next generation of leaders and it’s a great chance for Power Glen students to gain entrepreneurial skills through experiential learning,” says Goodman School of Business Interim Dean Barry Wright.Goodman Lemonade, which is supported by both the Goodman Student Engagement Office and BioLinc, Brock’s business incubator run by Goodman, is designed to teach the students how much planning goes into a one-day sale.With a maximum budget provided by the Goodman School of Business, the young students have spent the last few weeks carefully crafting their business strategies and making decisions on everything from the type of lemonade being served to the garnishes and colourful decorations adjourning their stands.Eight different lemonade stands will be on display at the Farmers Market Thursday as teams of four students from Jennifer Millin’s Grade 4 class compete for sales from Brock staff and faculty attending the weekly outdoor market.The team with the highest profit at the end of the sale will earn the chance to choose what their class will purchase collectively with the total profits.The project has students excitedly creating posters, making business decisions and calculating expenses while they count down the time to market day, says Millin.“We can’t wait until we can come to Brock University and put all of our entrepreneurial skills to good use,” she says.What: Goodman LemonadeWho: Power Glen Public School – Jennifer Millin’s Grade 4 studentsWhen: Thursday, June 1, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.Where: Jubilee Court, Brock University read more


Ethiopias Tulu takes Dublin Marathon glory with Namibias Johannes claiming dramatic ladies

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Shane Costello 32 Comments Oct 30th 2016, 2:30 PM Ethiopia’s Tulu takes Dublin Marathon glory with Namibia’s Johannes claiming dramatic ladies race Ireland’s Patrick Monahan took the honours in the men’s wheelchair race. 2016 Women’s National Championship Winners: Laura Graham in first, Caitriona Jennings second and Pauline Curley in third. Source: Twitter – @dublinmarathonIt was Ireland’s Patrick Monahan, who was the first to cross the line however, with the Kildare man successfully retaining his men’s wheelchair race title in a time of 1:39:18 Monahan managed to successfully retain his title. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOThe Dublin Marathon is the fourth largest of its type in Europe, with up to 20,00o people taking part including 5,700 international entrants. The race is one of the biggest in Europe. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOThe race has been moved from its traditional spot of the October Bank Holiday Monday to a Sunday, in order to attract as many participants as possible, with the number of people taking part increasing by 25% compared to last year’s race. Some enjoyed the race more than others. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOThe marathon began at 9am this morning on Fitzwilliam Square, but a parked motorbike was left in the middle of the road at the start of the race, with security quickly forced to corden off the venhicle to prevent any major accidents in one of the most congesited areas of the course.The 26.2 mile route took the the runners down the quays, into the Phoenix Park, through Terenure and Stillorgan before finishing at Merrion Square.The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add! ETHIOPIA’S DEREJE DEBELE Tulu has stormed to victory in the 2016 SSE Airtricity Dublin City Marathon in a time of 2:12:17.Tulu finished ahead of his compatriots Dereje Urgecha Beyecha and Asefa Legese to complete an Ethiopian treble. Tulu lead an Ethiopian 1-2-3. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHONamibia’s Helalia Johannes claimed the ladies title in a time of 2:32:31, finishing incredibly just one second ahead of Ethiopia’s Ehite Gebireyes, who led for most of the closing stages. Kenya’s Violet Jelagat finished third. Johannes claimed a sensational gold, one second ahead of Gebireyes . Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOSergiu Ciobanu, who was controversially omitted from Ireland’s three-man marathon team for the Rio Olympics, claimed the men’s National Championship in a time of 2:17:38.Despite the 33-year-old running the third fastest time of the Irish qualifiers, Paul Pollock was chosen ahead of the Moldovan-born athlete for this summer’s Olympic Games. Ciobanu celebrates his national title with his family.Newry’s Laura Graham was the fastest Irish woman, clocking a time of  2:41:53 to finish in 10th.center_img 31,435 Views Share34 Tweet Email1 Add us: The world record-holding rugby team that didn’t even get a chance to qualify for the World CupSéamus Power in contention for his first PGA Tour title ahead of final round in Mississippi Short URL Sunday 30 Oct 2016, 2:30 PMlast_img read more


Piraeus stake sale a vote of confidence

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The transfer of the 4.64 percent stake that Portuguese group BCP held in the Piraeus Group to foreign investors was completed successfully on Wednesday, confirming the strong interest in the local banking sector.The sale was twice oversubscribed within just a few hours and some 80 investors, mostly from the US and Europe, acquired all the Piraeus Bank shares and warrants that BCP held. Among the buyers are institutional portfolios from Norway and others such as TT International, Third Point, Baupost and York Capital, as well as several hedge funds.The shares were transferred before the start of trading on the Athens Exchange yesterday at a price of 1.50 euros each while warrants were sold at 0.60 euros apiece, which entails an average discount of 16.7 percent. BCP collected 494 million euros from the sale of 235 million shares and as many warrants, having invested 400 million euros a few months ago to acquire them. When exercised, the warrants transferred will amount to a 20.1 percent stake in Piraeus Bank.Senior Piraeus officials told Kathimerini that they were very satisfied with the success of the transaction, stressing that the discount was relatively small when considering the fact that the price of the Piraeus stock had soared in recent weeks. They added that this constituted a major investment move as the shares transferred amount to one-third of the company’s free float. “It constitutes a significant step toward strengthening [Piraeus’s] presence in the capital markets,” read a group statement.Piraeus board sources added that the successful sale of the shares and the warrants to foreign investors is a vote of confidence not just in the Piraeus Group but also in the prospects of the Greek economy.The next major step for Piraeus is the share capital increase of its subsidiary, Geniki Bank, with an aim for the participation of a strategic investor. The group aims to turn Geniki into a specialized corporation for the restructuring of companies.last_img read more


Une imprimante 3D qui se sert de cellules souches comme encre

first_imgUne imprimante 3D qui se sert de cellules souches comme “encre”Des scientifiques ont réussi à concevoir une imprimante 3D capable de déposer des cellules souches embryonnaires humaines sans les endommager. Mieux encore, celles-ci conservent leurs propriétés qui les autorisent à se diviser en n’importe quel type de tissu humain.Les imprimantes 3D et leur possibilité n’ont pas fini de nous étonner ! Si des scientifiques étaient déjà parvenus à créer des tissus biologiques en se servant d’un tel procédé, la bio-impression vient de connaître une spectaculaire avancée. L’impression 3D consiste à fabriquer des objets en empilant une à une des couches de résine, de plastique ou d’un autre matériau.Ainsi, l’idée est rapidement venue de pouvoir remplacer le dit matériau par des cellules dans le but de fabriquer des structures organiques. Partie de là, une équipe de chercheurs a pu recréer en novembre dernier du cartilage qui, mis en place sur une souris, s’est révélé parfaitement fonctionnel. Parallèlement, d’autres expériences du même type ont été couronnées de succès avec des cellules souches embryonnaires (CSE) de rongeurs. Les CSE sont particulièrement intéressantes car elles sont pluripotentes, c’est-à-dire qu’elles sont en mesure de se différencier en n’importe quel tissu du corps humain. Or, si l’impression 3D de CSE chez l’Homme fonctionne également, les cellules sont plus fragiles que celles retrouvées chez la souris. Néanmoins, des chercheurs sont parvenus à surmonter cette difficulté. En effet, des scientifiques de l’Heriot-Watt University, en Ecosse, ont publié une étude dans la revue Biofabrication, dans laquelle ils indiquent avoir réussi à épargné la quasi-totalité des cellules souches humaines tout en leur permettant de garder leurs propriétés initiales. Un premier pas vers l’impression d’organes humains Pour cela, ils ont mis au point une imprimante 3D, pilotée par ordinateur et fonctionnant avec deux types “d’encres biologiques” : la première contient des cellules souches baignées dans un milieu de culture servant à les alimenter, la seconde ne contient que ce milieu. Pour contrôler la quantité de matière à créer, les chercheurs ont fait appel à un système à air comprimé qui leur permet de déposer uniquement quelques cellules s’il le faut. Avec la superposition des couches, ces dernières se regroupent ensuite en amas sphériques dont la taille est parfaitement maîtrisée.Un jour après l’opération, plus de 95% des CSE étaient encore vivantes, et 89% des cellules résistaient toujours 48 h plus tard, le tout en ayant conservé leur pluripotence. “A notre connaissance, c’est la première fois que ces cellules sont imprimées en 3D. La technique va nous permettre de créer des modèles plus précis de tissus humains. Sur le long terme, nous envisageons que cette technologie soit davantage développée pour créer des organes en 3D viables pour une implantation médicale à partir des propres cellules du patient”, a expliqué le Dr Will Shu cité par le Daily Mail. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Toutefois, nous sommes encore loin de la création d’organes complets à l’aide d’imprimantes 3D car les organes sont dotés d’une vascularisation importante et complexe qu’il n’est pas possible de créer artificiellement à l’heure actuelle. Reste que des tissus artificiels fabriqués rapidement et à moindre coût pourraient servir à imiter des organes, de quoi tester des médicaments, par exemple, ce qui épargnerait les tests sur les animaux. “C’est un premier pas. Il y a des progrès formidables dans la technologie des cellules souches pour transformer la cellule en ce que vous voulez”, a ajouté le scientifique.(crédits photo : Heriot-Watt University)Le 7 février 2013 à 20:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Thief caught on surveillance video breaking into Miami home

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Surveillance video captured a thief breaking into a Miami home and stealing a speaker.The theft happened along Northwest 48th Court near Fourth Terrace, at around 5:30 a.m., on Jan. 31.A woman sleeping inside got scared when her doorbell security camera alerted her about the crook.“I panicked because I was alone,” the woman said. “I kept calling my husband. Maybe he was near — he could come back. I really went into a state of shock.”“It’s kind of scary that there’s a guy scoping out your house and seeing your every move and waited until I left to try and go inside my house with my pregnant wife and my 5-year-old daughter while they were sleeping,” the woman’s husband said.The thief got away with a speaker worth about $200.If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. last_img read more

OBITUARY William J Bill Wolfe 75

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — William J. Wolfe, “Bill”, age 75, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly at home on August 23, 2019.Bill was born on June 3, 1944 in Medford; he was the son of the late Francis Wolfe and Isabel (Starrat) Wolfe. Bill was raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School.Bill met the love of his life Betty (Ellis) Wolfe while working in Boston and the two were inseparable ever since that day. Shortly after, Bill and Betty married in 1964 and began a family. They proudly shared 55 years of unconditional love and many, many fond times together.During their years of raising five children and many animals, Bill and Betty started Wolfe Real Estate in Wilmington. Bill and Betty became one of Wilmington’s top real estate companies and welcomed hundreds of home buyers to Wilmington. Bill’s clients and colleagues will remember his sense of humor, dedication and knowledge for the Wilmington real estate market.Bill was a family man who had the utmost love for his family; they made countless memories at Lake Ossipee and Waterville Valley. His pride and joy in life was his grandchildren. He never missed one of their hockey games, recitals, birthdays or special moments. He made friends wherever he went and treated everyone like a member of his family.Bill was a Boston Sports fanatic and an avid watcher of the Red Sox, Bruins and Patriots. He enjoyed “Football Sundays” after his Open Houses and spending summers on the boat. He was an all-around Wilmington native and enjoyed giving back to his community. One of Bill’s fondest memories was taking his Midget hockey team to Newfoundland.Bill was the beloved husband of Betty (Ellis) Wolfe, devoted father of Robert Trites & his wife Lynn of Elma, NY, Melissa Wolfe, Laurie (Wolfe) McHugh & her husband Tommy, William C. Wolfe, Carolyn (Wolfe) Giroux & her husband John, all of Wilmington, loving “Pa” of Jillian, Amanda, Patrick, Taylor, Brian, Shannon, Joey, Samantha, Shelby, Shawn, Steven, Brandon and Dalton, Great-Grandfather of Ayden, Lilah, Sophia and the soon to be Mason William, dear brother of Elaine (Wolfe) Dingle & her late husband Larry of Billerica, Mary (Wolfe) & her husband, Angelo, of Mount Sinai, NY and the late Stephen Wolfe of Fort Myers, Florida. Bill is also survived by many nieces, nephews and special friends.Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave, Wilmington on Wednesday, August 28th at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, August 27th from 4-8 p.m.Bill was an avid animal lover and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave, Salem, MA 01970.William J. Wolfe(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Elizabeth J. “Betty” (Kilpatrick) Valente, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William F. “Bill” Lawson, 72In “Obituaries”last_img read more


How to stream video games for fun and profit

first_imgWhat is it that separates a true geek from a wanna-be? In our book, it’s participation. Normies go see superhero movies, play video games, and enjoy all of the fruits of geek culture, but we’re the ones who actually make it. An important aspect of the geek personality is being able to produce your own cool ideas, and in this series we’ll give you all the tools you need to get in on the action.This week: how to stream video games for fun and profit.If there’s one thing that you’ve probably been told over and over about your gaming habit, it’s that you’ll never be able to make a living off it. Well, that all changed a few years ago. Now, a thriving subculture of people are broadcasting their digital adventures to the world and making a pretty penny off it. It’s called streaming, and it’s huge. Some of the biggest names in the industry get tens of thousands of viewers during their sessions, and advertising revenue means money goes into their pocket for each and every one of them. Streamers play all genres of games from all eras, and the most popular have carved out healthy niches for themselves.You don’t even have to be good at games to stream — although it certainly helps! Viewers are attracted to strong personalities, humor, intelligent analysis, and skill as much as boobs. Combine a few of those and you’re well on your way to streaming success.SuppliesThe first thing you’ll need is, of course, a stable internet connection. There’s nothing that turns viewers off a stream faster than lousy frame rate and audio drops, so make sure that your streaming machine is running directly into your modem or router — not over WiFi. Secondly, you’ll need some streaming software. There are numerous options on the market at a variety of price ranges. One popular free option is OBS, which you can get here. Xsplit has a free ad-supported version, and many professional streamers find it worth it to pay the $25 quarterly license fee. That lets you do things like transmit Skype feeds and push to projectors.A microphone is essential so you can give commentary on your game, react to people in the chat, and build your brand. If you’re using your computer’s on-board mic, wear headphones so you don’t pick up game audio on it. Most streamers choose a headset mic, which you can get at an affordable price. You don’t necessarily need a webcam, but having viewers able to see your face as you play and react to a game can be a huge addition to your stream. People will be watching not just for the games you play — dozens if not hundreds of streamers will be playing the same games — but the personality you bring to the table. If you’re going to be streaming from any console besides an Xbox One or PS4 (both of which support Twitch natively), you’ll need a capture card to transmit that output to the internet.Finally, you need to pick your streaming service. Right now, the dominant player in the market is Twitch. It has the largest viewer base and the most well-established business model. That said, there are some restrictions on content that may drive you to other competitors like Hitbox.Before you startRight off the bat: you probably won’t have many (if any) viewers on your first stream. That’s fine! Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was PewDiePie’s Hollywood mansion. Before you go live, though, it’s important to run some tests on your setup to make sure that the viewers you have get an optimal experience.OBS lets you record sample streams and play them back to test your setup. Here’s what’s important to look for. Audio balance: This might be the trickiest thing to get right. You want to make sure that viewers can hear you over the in-game sound, but you don’t want the feed to just be your voice (or any background noise like crying babies or partying neighbors). Game resolution and clarity: You want to make sure your screen is casting clearly so the gameplay is featured, and you want to make the shot of yourself doesn’t obscure any important part of the gameplay, like the HUD. Game familiarity: If people tune into your stream, they don’t want to watch you struggling with display resolutions. Make sure that the game boots and is playable so you don’t waste anybody’s time.When you’re ready to stream for the first time, reach out on your social networks to people you know, and ask them to tune in and share. The vast majority probably won’t, but the few that do will form the core of your support.Islands in the streamDeep breaths. It’s time for your first live broadcast.Set up the stream, send out another notification on social media, and then get to it. It’s going to feel weird at first, but there are a few things to keep in mind that will help you through.This is a performance: Remember that. What your viewers are seeing is a performance, not reality. So, consider ways to make it the best performance it can be. You’re going to want to talk a lot.Don’t censor yourself much: Anything that you normally would think rather than say while gaming is worth saying on stream. If you have a cam on, make sure your face is expressive. People are watching to connect with you, so let them.Recognize the audience: That’s what the stream chat is for. People will put all kinds of nonsense in that box, and you want to reward them for it. An engaged audience is a loyal audience. Responding to their comments on the air is a great way to develop that rapport and help you think on your feet.Keep your cool: Stream chat can be a notoriously lawless place, and randos love to razz streamers, especially inexperienced ones. Take their comments with good grace and move on.Finally, pick a good ending point for your stream. Try to keep it short and sweet, so viewers don’t get bored, but make sure you give them a good chunk of content. Always leave them wanting more – and when you go offline, let any viewers know when you plan to stream again.Getting biggerSo you’re up and running with your stream, playing games, interacting with the chat, and having a good time. Now, you want to make people smash that subscribe button and get your numbers up. There are two parts to that equation: acquiring viewers and making them want to stay.Use YouTube as a vital resource: Being able to upload video for free is a gift, and archiving your material is a good thing to do. That’s not saying you should be uploading every single stream, though. Now’s the time where you want to selectively edit out the best moments of your stream to make individual highlights. Keep these short and sweet — under a minute is a good target — and make sure to include your stream information in the comments (and annotations). Several websites do regular roundups of highlight videos like these, which is a great way to get your content in front of new audiences. If you think you have something good, don’t be afraid to send it out.Push alerts to your YouTube videos via Twitch: When your stream is live, use this strategy to alert people that you’ve gone live. Anybody watching your videos can, with a single click, tune into your live feed.Do giveaways or raffles: The prospect of getting some kind of swag is a powerful motivator, and many streamers use giveaways to fill their channels. If you use Google Chrome, there’s even a free extension that lets you pick a random viewer with a single click.Whatever method you use to bring viewers in, it’s your content that’s going to keep them there. Make sure to put energy and effort into every stream. Think of it like the old days of TV, when getting together to watch a show at the same time each week was a ritual. You want that same feeling from your viewers.Make some moneyThe vast majority of streamers do it as a hobby, nothing more. It’s a way to share the games they love with an audience. If you can build up a fan following, though, it’s very possible to turn it into something that pays.Monetize your Twitch account: You need an average concurrent viewer count over 500 people (that means 500 people need to be generally watching your streams at any time), as well as a commitment to stream at least three times a week. However, these aren’t hard and fast rules, and if you can demonstrate other factors that might make you a good investment, they might let you in.Monetize YouTube videos: It’s important to note that some publishers don’t allow you to get revenue from footage of their games — Nintendo is probably the biggest example. Thankfully, most PC publishers are well aware that streamers represent a huge free marketing opportunity and let you claim your share.Sponsorships: Many companies partner with high-profile streamers and pay them to use or promote their products on stream. These sponsorships typically aren’t super lucrative, but they can be a nice way to pull in a little extra scratch.Most importantly, have fun. If you’re not enjoying your stream, it’s highly doubtful that anybody else is going to. Don’t let the pressure of subscribers and viewers suck the fun out of playing games.Some useful resources for streamers:/r/Twitch on Reddit is a supportive community of streamers at all levels of successTwitch Tips is a wide-ranging resource that covers capture devices, overlays, and other technical issueslast_img read more

Researchers Hope to MassProduce Tiny Robots

first_img Explore further Mini robots to undertake major tasks? 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. “I look upon them more like a manufacturing way for future robots,” Erik Edqvist of Uppsala University in Sweden told “There are cool experiments going on with flying insects, swimming robots and so on. But it is time for the miniaturized robots to leave the research laboratories and find useful applications. That is where this work fits in. It is an attempt (with a somewhat small budget) to try to build robots in a mass-fabricated way.”As this was the first test of this fabrication technique, the researchers noted that they encountered some fabrication problems. The single largest problem was to connect the naked integrated circuit to the flexible printed circuit board by the conductive adhesive. Also, some solar cells did not stick due to weak adhesion. At this stage in the production process, the robots were folded manually, but the researchers hope to design a tool to enable a faster and more accurate alignment when folding. Many of these complications could likely be corrected, with the important result being that the microrobots can be assembled using a surface mounting machine, whereas prior robots have usually been manually assembled with a soldering iron. Images of the robots showing their size proportional to various objects. Image credit: Edqvist, et al. In the future, the researchers hope to move from building academic prototypes to manufacturing the robot on a commercial basis, which is necessary for overcoming some of the technical issues. By mass-producing swarms of robots, the loss of some robotic units will be negligible in terms of cost, functionality, and time, yet still achieve a high level of performance. Currently, the researchers hope to find funding to reach these goals.“Right now the robots need a new ASIC [application-specific integrated circuit] and some other redesigns to be able to work properly,” Edqvist said. More information: Erik Edqvist, et al. “Evaluation of building technology for mass producible millimeter-sized robots using flexible printed circuit boards.” J. Micromech. Microeng. 19 (2009) 075011 (11pp).Copyright 2009 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of ( — Tiny robots the size of a flea could one day be mass-produced, churned out in swarms and programmed for a variety of applications, such as surveillance, micromanufacturing, medicine, cleaning, and more. In an effort to reach this goal, a recent study has demonstrated the initial tests for fabricating microrobots on a large scale. Citation: Researchers Hope to Mass-Produce Tiny Robots (2009, August 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from An illustration of the I-SWARM robot: (1) solar cell, (2) IR-communication module, (3) an ASIC, (4) capacitors, (5) locomotion module. Image credit: Edqvist, et al. The researchers, from institutes in Sweden, Spain, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland, explain that their building approach marks a new paradigm of robot development in microrobotics. The technique involves integrating an entire robot – with communication, locomotion, energy storage, and electronics – in different modules on a single circuit board. In the past, the single-chip robot concept has presented significant limitations in design and manufacturing. However, instead of using solder to mount electrical components on a printed circuit board as in the conventional method, the researchers use conductive adhesive to attach the components to a double-sided flexible printed circuit board using surface mount technology. The circuit board is then folded to create a three-dimensional robot. The resulting robots are very small, with their length, width, and height each measuring less than 4 mm. The robots are powered by a solar cell on top, and move by three vibrating legs. A fourth vibrating leg is used as a touch sensor. As the researchers explain, a single microrobot by itself is a physically simple individual. But many robots communicating with each other using infrared sensors and interacting with their environment can form a group that is capable of establishing swarm intelligence to generate more complex behavior. The framework for this project, called I-SWARM (intelligent small-world autonomous robots for micro-manipulation) is inspired by the behavior of biological insects.last_img read more