New Beginning: Embattled Texas Cancer Institute Gets New Scientific Review Chair

first_imgLast Friday at its first meeting, the new oversight board of the reformed $3 billion Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) approved a new Scientific Review Council. The list, which includes top researchers such as cell biologist Tom Curran of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and epigenetics expert Peter Jones of the University of Southern California, suggests that the agency has regained the confidence of the scientific community after discord over funding practices prompted many reviewers to depart. The board also signaled its intention to make CPRIT interim Executive Director Wayne Roberts the agency’s permanent director.Chairing the Scientific Review Council is Richard Kolodner, a cancer geneticist at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research’s University of California, San Diego, branch. He is the only one of eight council members who did not step down last year. 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It’s too important in general and has many dividends it can pay, particularly in Texas, to just allow it to fail or fade away. I have great confidence that [Chief Scientific Officer] Margaret Kripke will build on the tradition of excellence that [former Chief Scientific Officer] Al Gilman and [former Scientific Review Council Chair] Phil Sharp established and help CPRIT succeed and continue to fund excellent cancer research. … I can’t guarantee there won’t be problems in the future but the mission of solving the cancer problem for our population is much too important for us to not try and to not succeed.Q: Will you be able attract the same caliber of reviewers? R.K.: I see no problem in getting high quality reviewers to serve on the panels. Indeed, virtually all of the previous reviewers I have contacted have expressed a strong interest in participating as reviewers again. Frankly I think it is attractive to review grants under circumstances where you know that most if not all of the worthy grants are likely to get funded.last_img read more

‘Boxing will fade away when Pacquiao retires’

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ For his part, Senator JV Ejercito said the unfair decision on the Pacquiao-Horn fight was a “huge blow” to the boxing world.He believes boxing’s popularity will decline once Pacquiao retires from the sports.“Sa tingin ko pagka-retire ni Senator Pacquiao, boxing will slowly fade ,” Ejercito said in the same forum.“Matatalo na sila ng MMA (mixed martial arts) because MMA and UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) is becoming more exciting than boxing tapos magkakaroon pa ng mga ganitong decisions that are very questionable so malaking dagok sa boxing ito,” he said.The senator also lamented how some Filipinos rejoiced Pacquiao’s loss.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Boxing will fade away when Pacquiao retires’1.7K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 “He’s a Filipino. Ihiwalay natin ang politics sa boxing. I really feel bad that there are some people who find joy or who are even celebrating in his loss,” he said.Pacquiao backed the request of the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) to the World Boxing Organization (WBO) to thoroughly look into the possible miscalls of the referee and the errors made by the judges in the fight.Pacquiao said he has accepted the decision but as a leader and a fighter, he has “the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public.”“I love boxing and I don’t wanna see it dying because of unfair decision and officiating,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipino Kingad puts win streak on the line against Hexigetu in ONE “If you’re going to ask Pacquiao to retire after his match with Horn, you definitely did not watch the fight,” Sotto said in Filipino during the Kapihan sa Senado on Wednesday.“Paano pagre-retire-in ’yung di naman natalo as far as the real fight is concerned,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSotto, who personally watched the controversial fight in Brisbane, said Pacquiao was a victim of “dagdag-bawas” from the judges who scored the boxing match.“Parang eleksyon kung minsan ’yan eh, ’yung natalo nadadagdag bawas eh,” he said. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Some colleagues of Senator Manny Pacquiao in the Senate do not want him to hang up his gloves yet.Protesting the results of Pacquiao’s welterweight bout with Australian Jeff Horn, Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said Pacquiao should call for a rematch with his 29-year-old opponent.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Rafael Benítez: ‘I was talking to the pilot but little by little I was feeling more sick’

first_img Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Share on Pinterest Read more Rafael Benítez will be relieved to return to the dugout on Saturday after being forced to watch Newcastle United’s previous game on television at his home in the Wirral.He is now sufficiently recovered from surgery to clear infection from the site of an old hernia repair to renew a warm acquaintance with Mark Hughes when Stoke City visit St James’ Park. Topics Read more Share on WhatsApp Rafael Benítez Share on Twitter Share on Facebook He will hope his Newcastle players can repeat last Sunday’s result at Swansea – a 1-0 win – and will be delighted to be no longer at the mercy of Britain’s weather and its mobile phone networks.After turbulent winds prompted his decision not to accept an offer to be flown to Swansea in a helicopter belonging to the club’s owner, Mike Ashley, a storm on Merseyside interfered with Benítez’s television’s satellite signal, causing the set to black out temporarily early in the game. Then, at half-time, the lack of a phone signal in the away dressing room left him unable to communicate with his assistants, Miguel Moreno, Mikel Antia and Antonio Pérez.“When the game started there was a storm and I couldn’t see the TV,” said Benítez, who has lost around four kilograms since the operation and continues to move gingerly. “I had to watch it on another TV. I was on the sofa and on the phone to Antonio all the time, shouting.”The day had begun with the Benítez family taking an unusually detailed interest in meteorology. “My daughter was helping me check the weather because Mike Ashley had offered the helicopter and she was saying: ‘Oh, it’s windy, it’s 30mph,’” he said. “I was talking to the pilot but, little by little, I was feeling a bit more sick. I decided that, if I went and I felt sick and needed to lie down, I would become more a problem than a solution. I wasn’t feeling well.”He turned his attention to the family’s main television set. “I was sure it was ready but then there was a storm and it wasn’t working. Three or four minutes passed with no picture but my daughter went into the other room and got the television there working. The worst thing of all, though, for me was when Antonio went into the dressing room and I lost phone contact.”With stitches and staples still protecting his surgical wounds, Benítez could not celebrate Jamaal Lascelles’s winning goal in the traditional manner. “I couldn’t move,” he said. “I still can’t do too many things but I was cheering.”center_img Share via Email Newcastle United v Stoke City: match preview news Newcastle United Stoke City Applause had been the last thing on his mind when last month’s transfer window closed with Ashley having failed to provide him with the left-back, goalkeeper, winger and striker Newcastle’s manager had craved but on Friday he appeared sanguine about the situation.Asked whether he was making plans to restock the squad in January, Benítez demurred. “At the moment I’m just making plans for Stoke, that’s it,” he said. “But for the moment I’m quite positive. We’ve won our last two games and we can improve.“It won’t be easy. There’s no chance of that. If you think we’re going to win 10 games in a row, it’s not going to be like this but I’m very pragmatic. There’s a time to fight and before [the window closed] I was fighting to improve my team in the way we have to improve. But now it’s a time to help this team by improving my players. I must improve every single player here.”Although aware he is very much admired by West Ham United, Benítez has clearly been moved by the torrent of “get well” messages that have poured in from adoring Newcastle fans. “There were a lot,” he said. “My commitment was already 100% and it still is but, if it was possible to say 101%, then it is now 101%.” Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

TFA Annual General Meeting

first_imgAll logistical requirements will be worked through in the coming weeks through the office.Please find attached the TFA AGM notice document, Board Nominations form and Life Membership nomination form. Stay tuned to the website for all of the latest information regarding the 2010/11 AGM. This story was first placed on the website on Friday, 14 October 2011. Related Files2011_agm_nomination_form-pdflife_membership_nomination_2011-pdfnotice_agm_2011-pdflast_img

Chronic Disease Innovation Fund Targets Risk Groups

first_img “This project is about coaching that responds to the health needs of African-descended people, including our history and lived experiences,” said Sharon Davis Murdoch, co-president of the Health Association of African Canadians. “Coaches will reach out to community leaders and key organizations to introduce themselves and the project. Building trust in the health system, and responding to individual and community challenges and strengths, will better enable health improvements.” The Chronic Disease Innovation Fund will invest $300,000 in 18 projects across the province. Community groups, in partnership with community health boards, applied for funding for projects that will help people stop smoking, reduce alcohol consumption, get active, and eat better. “Many Nova Scotians want to find ways to live healthier lives, but need some help and support. Communities know what they need, and these grants offer them a way to help meet those needs,” said Janet Knox, president and CEO, Nova Scotia Health Authority. For more information about the Matter of Black Health project, visit www.diabetes.ca. African Nova Scotians will be getting some help managing their health with the support of personalized health coaching. A Matter of Black Health: Health Coaching to Live Well in Nova Scotia is a project from the Health Association of African Canadians and Diabetes Canada. The province is supporting the project with $96,666 over the next two years from the new Chronic Disease Innovation Fund, Premier Stephen McNeil announced today at the Upper Hammonds Plains Community Centre. People of African descent have a higher-than-average risk of developing diabetes. “We want to help all Nova Scotians reduce their risk of chronic disease and live healthier, longer lives,” said Premier McNeil. “By working with a coach, this one-on-one approach will help individuals modify their behavior and tailor plans to better manage their health or chronic disease.” The Medavie Health Foundation is contributing an additional $100,000 to the project. The funding will be used to hire health coaches to work with individuals who have a chronic disease, or are at risk of developing one. Health coaching will be available to African Nova Scotians in the following communities: Halifax Regional Municipality Hants County Cape Breton, Antigonish and Guysborough South Shore Annapolis Valley Digby and Yarmouth. last_img read more

Government says no rift with India

The government says it has no rift with India despite issues raised in Tamil Nadu against Sri Lanka.President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the government has always invited politicians in Tamil Nadu to come to Sri Lanka and see firsthand the ground situation. He says some politicians had already visited the country and saw the actual situation but yet there are protests and demonstrations continuing in Tamil Nadu.The President however says despite the protests the relationship with India as a whole has not been affected. read more

Security Council delegation in West Africa meets Nigerian president

According to a UN spokesman in New York, the Security Council to West Africa mission travelled to Nigeria’s capital Abuja yesterday to meet with President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas and other ECOWAS officials.Speaking to the press following those meetings, mission leader Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom said that while the problems facing Guinea-Bissau, Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia were the focus of the current visit, the Council would also be looking in on Guinea and Sierra Leone, “because we wish to take forward the relationship between the countries of the Mono River Union now that there is a better chance for lasting peace in Sierra Leone.” But, over the next few days, the mission particularly hoped to help further peace and reconciliation in Côte d’Ivoire under the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement, a French-brokered peace accord reached in January that calls on the government, rebels and political opposition to share power in a transitional government until elections in 2005. On Liberia, Ambassador Greenstock said the Council members wished to “help ECOWAS…turn what is a very fragile ceasefire into a political agreement that will mean the end of factional government … and to a new transitional government after elections, which will serve the whole people of Liberia without discrimination.”He noted the likelihood that the Council would be “supportive” of a force for Liberia, adding that it was made clear to the delegation that ECOWAS would need help in this regard. “This help could come in a variety of forms from a variety of nations,” he said.From Abuja, the Mission travelled yesterday afternoon to Accra, Ghana, from where it is travelling today to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The mission began on Friday in Guinea-Bissau, where at the end of the two-day visit, Mexican Ambassador Adolfo Aguilar Zinser, acting head of the Mission, said, “We leave confident that the President will be ready to announce a new date for the elections very soon.” read more

Security Council urges Libyan parties to come together under new political deal

In a press statement, the Council expressed its deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and wished a swift recovery to those injured in the incident, which, according to media reports, left nearly 50 people dead and wounded many others yesterday morning when police recruits gathered at the training centre in Zliten, a coastal town between Tripoli and the port of Misrata.Also condemning the recent attacks on Libya’s oil infrastructure by a group that has claimed allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (or ISIL, also known as Da’esh), the Council urged all parties in Libya to join efforts to combat the threat posed by transnational terrorist groups exploiting Libya for their own agenda, by urgently implementing the Libyan Political Agreement.The Council also urged Libyan parties to work swiftly towards the formation of the Government of National Accord “that will work for the benefit of all Libyans and the finalisation of interim security arrangements necessary for stabilizing Libya.”Underlining the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, the Council stressed that those responsible for these killings should be held accountable, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions to cooperate actively with all relevant authorities in this regard.Council members in their statement went on to reaffirm “grave concern” about ISIL, groups that have pledged allegiance to ISIL – which includes foreign terrorist fighters who are in Libya, and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with ISIL and Al-Qaida operating in Libya – and the negative impact of their presence, violent extremist ideology and actions on the country’s stability, as well as neighbouring countries and the region, including the devastating humanitarian impact on the civilian populations.They reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the UN Charter, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.The members of the Security Council stressed the need to take measures to prevent and suppress the financing of terrorism, terrorist organisations, and individual terrorists in accordance with resolutions 2199 (2015) and 2253 (2015). read more

UN warns of escalating tension in eastern Ukraine as casualties hit highest

“The escalation of hostilities and the accompanying civilian casualties in eastern Ukraine over the last two months are very worrying,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said today in a news release.The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) documented 69 civilian casualties in June, including 12 dead and 57 injured, and 73 civilian casualties in July, including eight dead and 65 injured, the highest figures since August 2015. The average of 71 for these two months was more than double the monthly average of 34 from September 2015 through May 2016.“The many casualties we have documented in recent weeks suggest that neither Ukrainian forces nor the armed groups are taking the necessary precautions to protect civilians,” Mr. Zeid said, urging all sides to respect the ceasefire provisions, to remove combatants and weapons from civilian areas, and to scrupulously implement the provisions of the Minsk agreements.More than half of all the casualties recorded in the past two months were caused by shelling. Between 1 June and 31 July 2016, 72 civilians were injured and six killed by shelling, including allegedly through the use of weapons expressly prohibited by the Minsk agreements. Mines, explosive remnants of war, booby traps and improvised explosive devices were responsible for most of the remaining casualties.UN human rights teams on both sides of the contact line have documented reports of civilian homes looted, schools and hospitals shelled or used by Ukrainian forces and armed groups.An estimated 25,000 to 30,000 people cross the contact line each day, using five crossings that are surrounded by inadequately marked minefields, according to OHCHR. In recent weeks, the situation has become even more dangerous as exchanges of fire have reportedly taken place between Ukrainian forces and armed groups, particularly around the footbridge at Stanytsia Luhanska, the only crossing point in Luhansk region.Mr. Zeid urged the parties to heed the calls of the international community to disengage from the contact line and adhere to a full and sustainable ceasefire.The High Commissioner recalled that Ukraine has committed to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, but has yet to do so. “The ratification of the Statute, with its focus on individual criminal responsibility, will serve as incentive for all parties to the conflict to respect the law and ensure the protection of civilians,” he said.In total, from mid-April 2014 to 31 July 2016, the UN human rights office has documented 31,690 casualties, including 9,553 killed and 22,137 injured in the conflict area in eastern Ukraine, including Ukrainian forces, civilians and members of the armed groups. read more

Mondays Daily Brief Earth Day looking for a solution to Libya crisis

The UN Special Representative for Libya and Head of the UN Mission in the country, UNSMIL, Ghassan Salamé, is continuing his efforts to try and de-escalate military action in and around the capital, Tripoli. The commander of the self-styled Libyan National Army began an offensive to try and take the Libyan capital from forces backing the UN-recognized Government, more than two weeks ago. Here’s UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, briefing correspondents in New York on Monday on Mr. Salame’s progress. “Earlier today, he met with Tunisian Foreign Minister Khamis Jhinaoui in Tunis, with whom he discussed developments related to the clashes in southern Tripoli. Both asserted that the UN-facilitated political process is the ideal and only way to solve the Libyan crisis.” According to the UN office coordinating humanitarian affairs (OCHA), thousands of civilians, refugees and migrants remain trapped in conflict-affected areas, unable to flee either because of fighting or detention. In a statement released on Monday, OCHA said that medical teams were working relentlessly to evacuate and care for people wounded in the conflict. Through the Tripoli flash appeal, the humanitarian community has urgently called for US$10.2 million to continue providing life-saving relief, adding that “humanitarian needs in Libya are rapidly increasing, while funding levels remain low”. Traditional knowledge at ‘core’ of indigenous heritage ‘Do everything in your power to tackle climate change’ UN chief urges on Mother Earth Day Traditional knowledge is at the core of indigenous identity, culture and heritage around the world, the chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues said at the annual event’s opening day on Monday, stressing that it “must be protected”.Anne Nuorgam, who is a member of Finland’s Saami Parliament and head of the Saami Council’s Human Rights Unit, described the Forum as an opportunity to share innovations and practices, developed in indigenous communities “over centuries and millennia”.Indigenous peoples make up less than six per cent of the world’s population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest on earth, according to the Forum. They live in some 90 countries, represent 5,000 different cultures and speak the overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 6,700 languages.Find the whole story here.UN Security Council condemns ‘heinous and cowardly’ Sri Lanka attacks Marking International Mother Earth Day, the UN on Monday debated how best to build “an equitable and sustainable future” for all, through enhanced education and climate action, on the road to a key international summit on the issue due to take place in September.Billed officially as an Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature, the UN General Assembly session involved Member States and top officials discussing the need to take urgent action against the pace of global warming, in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement, to keep carbon dioxide emissions to well-below two degrees Celsius.The whole story here.UN continues diplomatic push for political solution to end Libya fighting Three top United Nations officials will visit Bangladesh later this week, to highlight the need for supporting the humanitarian needs of almost a million Rohingya refugees now living in the country. The UN announced the visit of High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi; the Director General of the migration agency, IOM, António Vitorino; and the UN relief chief, Mark Lowcock, head of OCHA, in a statement released on Monday. In the capital Dhaka, the delegation will hold talks with senior government officials, and then travel to Cox’s Bazar to meet with refugees, assess preparations underway ahead of the monsoon season and visit UN support projects. The aim of the visit is to highlight the need to continue strong international support, while solutions can be found for the safe, dignified return of Rohingyas to Myanmar. The members of the UN Security Council condemned “in the strongest terms the series of heinous and cowardly terrorist attacks” that took place in several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, which resulted in nearly 300 killed and hundreds more wounded.They expressed their “deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Sri Lanka” and wished “a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured”.Reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes “one of the most serious threats to international peace and security,” they underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice.The Security Council urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Government of Sri Lanka and all other relevant authorities in this regard.The members of the Security Council reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed. They reaffirmed the need for all States to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.Rohingya refugee crisis: UN Humanitarian top officials to visit Bangladesh read more

Wimbledon hero Marcus Willis to father baby conceived during tournament

first_imgWimbledon tennis star Marcus Willis has revealed he is going to become a father to a baby conceived during the tournament.The British player, 25, stunned Wimbledon this year when he reached the second round to face Roger Federer on Centre Court despite being ranked at number 772 in the world. He told Hello! magazine that becoming a father was “a dream come true” and even better than his tennis triumph.”I’m really excited. Wimbledon was amazing but this is the best thing to come out of it,” he said.Willis beat Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis to make it through to the second round just months after he was talked out of quitting tennis by his fiancee Jenny Bate. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.center_img Bate, 30, told the magazine: “We think the baby was conceived after the Berankis game.”The divorced mother-of-two, whose baby is due on March 12, said of the moment she told Willis that she was pregnant: “I have never seen his face light up more.”He said, ‘This is the best news, it’s better than Wimbledon’. I couldn’t have wished for a better reaction.”She added: “We have wondered if we should call the baby Roger or something Wimbledon-related. But we thought no, we’ll stick to a normal name. We’ll decide when we see its little face.”last_img read more

Sophia resident remanded on gun possession charge

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTaxi driver facing another robbery underarms charge remandedDecember 3, 2018In “Court”Miner charged for illegal possession of firearmDecember 30, 2013In “Crime”Miner found with loaded gun in crotch remandedDecember 17, 2015In “Crime” Kacey Prince, 25, of lot 753 South B Field Sophia was earlier today (Friday), remanded to prison after he was slapped with a gun possession charge.The charge stated that on July 17, he had in his possession a .32 tarus revolver without being a licence firearm holder at the time.Prince pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Leron Daly.According to facts presented, a sting operation was carried out in the area on the day in question when the said firearm was found in the back seat of a vehicle that was intercepted by police.The prosecution objected to bail being granted while citing the serious nature of the offence.Bail was refused and the accused was remanded to prison until August 24. read more

Metropolitan Elpidophoros takes over as new Archbishop of America

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Metropolitan Elpidophoros of Bursa in Turkey was elected the new Archbishop of America on Saturday following a decision taken by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul.The official announcement stated:“Today, Saturday May 11 2019, the Holy and Sacred Synod, continuing its work, proceeded to fill the vacated seat of the Archdiocese of America following the voluntary resignation of its shepherd, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Geron of America. Therefore, following the suggestion, permission and exhortation of His-All Holiness, the holy synodical members upon invocation of the Holy Spirit, duly casted their votes and unanimously elected as Archbishop of America His Eminence Metropolitan Elpidophoros of Bursa, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of the Holy Trinity in Halki and Professor of the Theological School of the Aristoteleian University of Thessaloniki.”He is replacing Archbishop Demetrios of America, aged 91, who has been at the helm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America since 1999. The archbishop tendered his resignation to Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew earlier this month.Bishop Antonios Paropoulos, the chancellor of the church who oversees the clergy in the United States, has also announced his retirement.Elpidophoros, 52, was born in Istanbul and had served as the abbot of Monastery of Holy Trinity in Halki from August 2011. As such, he welcomed Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to the grounds of the Halki Theological Seminary that had been shut down in Turkey in 1971.READ MORE: Australian Achbishop Makarios elected – but what’s next for the Greek Australian Orthodox ChurchFollowing his education at the Urban School of Makrochori, Istanbul, he attended high school in Athens and went on to study at the School of Pastoral and Social Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In 1991, he studied at the School of Byzantine Literature of the University of Bonn, Germany, and completed post-graduate studies in 1993.His doctorate thesis at Aristotle University in 2001 were on “The stand of Severus of Antioch against the Synod of Chalcedon”.He was ordained a deacon in 1994, and received the name Elpidophoros, meaning the bringer of hope. He was appointed scribe at the Holy Synod. In 1995, he was appointed the undersecretary of the Holy and Sacred Synod and was promoted as chief secretary in 2005, when he was awarded the title of Archimandrite of the Great Church of Christ by Patriarch Bartholomew.READ MORE: Patriarch Bartholomew offers honorary titles to financial and legal advisers of the Greek Orthodox Church in AustraliaHe has taught Symbolics, Interorthodox-InterChristian Relations and Ecumenical Movement as associate professor at the Aristotle University’s Department of Pastoral and Social Theology since 2011.As the new Archbishop of America he will oversee 1.5 million Greek Orthodox worshippers in the United States alone. He takes over a church that has been plagued by scandals, a financial crisis and a half-built St Nicholas Church at the National Shrine at the World Trade Centre – an ambitious project that stopped in December 2017 when the Archdiocese ran out of cash and money benchmarked for the church was funneled into the cash-strapped Archdiocese. The US Attorney’s office and state Attorney General have open investigations on the issue.last_img read more

You Can Now Preorder the Worlds First Flying Motorcycle for 380000

first_imgStay on target Harley-Davidson’s Electric Bike Is Now Available for PreorderWatch: Is This the World’s Most Advanced Smart Motorcycle Helmet? The Calforornia startup Jetpack Aviation (JPA) was the first company to design and manufacture a true jetpack for personal flight (and possibly, for racing). But it’s now touting a new “first” — the world’s first flying motorcycle, which is now available for preorders.Dubbed the “Speeder,” the flying motorcycle is self-stabilizing, jet turbine-powered, and capable of over 150 mph speeds, 20-minute endurance, and 15,00o-feet altitudes, New Atlas reported.Plus, it will let you live out those Star Wars fantasies you’ve been harboring for years — for just $380,00 (although you would need to shell out only $10,000 for preorders).According to Jetpack Aviation, the Speeder builds on JPA’s jet turbine expertise. It features four turbojet engines putting out a combined maximum thrust of 705 lbf – enough to lift up the 231-pound airframe and a pilot up to 250 pounds (the current design does not allow for a passenger).Photo Credit: Jetpack AviationThe Speeder, which runs on kerosene, JetA or diesel, is equipped with navigation and instrument light so you can fly at night (although this will really depend on your county’s aviation rules), and it will allow you to fly in light to moderate rain.JPA only plans to build 20 “Recreational” Speeders — as future production will be dedicated to military and government orders. The military version of the Speeder can also be flown unmanned.Have you ever dreamt to fly a motorcycle in the sky?This is no longer a dream…JetPack Aviation is pleased to introduce The Speeder.You can pre-order it now, go to our website for more information: https://t.co/U8PD2nYTVy#flyingmotorcycle #vtol #tech #pilot #aviation pic.twitter.com/xwLB5CiVZV— JetPack Aviation (@JetPackAviation) March 6, 2019The Speeder can be operated from any surface that is solid and large enough for take-off, so if you own a ship or motor yacht, you’re in luck. An aviation two-way radio with a system is also installed.You can preorder your Speeder here.More on Geek.com:World’s First Jetpack Racing League to Launch in 2019$150,000 Hoverbike Now Available for PreordersYou Can Now Preorder Harley Davidson’s Electric Bikelast_img read more

Indias largest trade fair kicks off 7000 firms from 28 countries participate

first_imgThe 35th edition of India’s largest trade fair kicked off on Saturday at the sprawling Pragati Maidan grounds New Delhi with President Pranab Mukherjee calling it an opportunity for India to strengthen its bilateral trade relations with the world.”The India International Trade Fair (IITF) is a brand name enjoying recognition from around the world. This annual celebration of trade is to develop our (India’s) bilateral relations with the rest of the world,” said Mukherjee in his inaugural address in New Delhi.The two-week exposition concludes on 27 November, with the first five days reserved exclusively for business visitors.Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the event is of a “global stature” and would see participation by at least 28 countries. This edition of the IITF will follow the theme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative “Make in India”.This year, while Afghanistan is the partner country, Bangladesh has been roped in as the focus country. Within India, Goa and Jharkhand are partner states, while Madhya Pradesh is the focus state.According to the organisers, over 7,000 firms from India and overseas are participating in the fair. The overseas participation is from countries including Egypt, Bhutan, China, Cuba, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet, Turkey and the UAE.The last year’s event saw a footfall of over 14 lakh, registering a 9% increase in the number of visitors in 2013. This apart, 63 business delegations from 41 countries, besides a large number of people from foreign missions in Delhi, also visited the fair.last_img read more

Marvel vs Capcom Infinite is the Fighting Game Fans Deserve

first_imgStay on target A couple of weeks ago, I got a chance to play Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite. While it is undeniably a MvC title, it’s different enough to be considered a reboot of the legendary franchise. Even as a long-time fan of the series, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this game. After playing it for over an hour, I was more than happy with what Capcom has in store for us.Previous Marvel vs Capcom entries featured combatants from both companies duking it out with no real explanation. This time, Capcom wanted an actual reason for why these characters are occupying the same space. To that end, Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite will feature a fully developed story.The Marvel and Capcom universes have been brought together by the power of the Infinity Stones. Marvel’s Ultron and Capcom’s Sigma join forces to meet their mutual goal: the complete eradication of all organic life. The Sigma virus has been unleashed and is turning every living creature into robots. The heroes of each universe must put aside their differences to stop their world(s) from being annihilated.This greater emphasis on story is how Capcom plans to attract folks who aren’t necessarily fans of fighting games. Capcom worked closely with Marvel to ensure that this title had a thrilling and engaging storyline. As a lifelong comic book fan, I was happy to hear that we’ll get a grandiose plot worthy of being in a comic book itself.Creating an accessible game was one of the main goals for the Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite team. Though the series has had a dedicated fanbase for two decades (starting with X-Men vs Street Fighter in 1996), it was only for hardcore fighting game enthusiasts. The games were too overwhelming for casual players who just wanted to play as their favorite heroes. Given how popular Marvel currently is, it makes sense that Capcom would try to streamline the experience. Practically anyone can jump in and have fun playing this game.Instead of having different combo patterns for each character, the game has a universal combo string. Pressing Light Punch-Light Kick-Heavy Kick-Heavy Punch will allow characters to initiate a combo that ends with an air-launcher. Players can then jump up to perform additional hits. Alternatively, repeatedly pressing Light Punch will also initiate another multi-hit combo. Players can deal a good amount of damage just seconds into a fight.I’ve been playing the versus games for years, so I had to unlearn a lot of what I had learned in the past. It didn’t take me long to adjust to things, however. I was able to pull off tricky combos with relative ease. Mixing in the new combo system with some of my personal “bread-and-butter” combos worked great. After minimal adjustment, I found myself thoroughly enjoying the game’s new mechanics.This new and streamlined way of pulling off combos may upset some long-time fans. After all, they pride themselves on being able to memorize and pull off highly complicated moves. While the core fighting mechanics have indeed been simplified, there is still a great deal of depth to the game. Thanks to the aforementioned Infinity Stones and the character swapping mechanic, this isn’t just a mindless brawler.Before we get into how the Infinity Stones work, let’s talk about characters. Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite has gone back to being a two-versus-two fighter. Having two selectable fighters means players can quickly pick their two favorites (along with an Infinity Stone) and jump right into the fight.Switching characters is as simple as pressing a button (in this case, the right shoulder button). What’s different here is that secondary characters can be brought in at any time. Previously, a character could only be brought in when certain conditions were met. That restriction is no longer in place, opening up possibilities that weren’t available before.One of the most frustrating things about playing a Marvel vs Capcom game was being aired combo’ed. You couldn’t do much except wait for your opponent to finish the combo, or hope they mess up. Now, since characters can be brought in at any time, players won’t have to suffer this indignity.If you’re getting air combo’ed into oblivion, you can press the switch button to bring in your partner. This will center the camera on your swapped-in partner, who you can use to save your teammate. This is a new mechanic that many (myself included) will be grateful for. Now, anyone who begins an air combo has to be aware that their opponent could call in their partner to save them. This can’t be done often (players need to have a level 2 power gauge), but it’s good to know you can get out of an air combo now.Though players can only select two characters at a time, the Infinity Stones more or less act as a third combatant. Unlike Marvel Super Heroes with its Infinity Gems, each of the six selectable Infinity Stones remain active for the entirety of a match. Their powers can be used at any time and can help bolster character strengths or eliminate weaknesses. The Infinity Stones add a layer of depth and complexity that long-time fans will appreciate.During one match, I used a Time Stone while my opponent used a Space Stone. With the Space Stone, my opponent was able to pull me towards him. He was able to do this whether I was beneath or above him. This allowed him to control the space around himself and forced me to think about how I would attack or defend. Using the Infinity Storm command (done by pressing both L1+R1 when the Infinity gauge is full), my opponent was able to trap me inside of a box that restricted my movements.I wasn’t exactly helpless, however. If I was being pulled in by the Space Stone’s power, I could call on my partner to jump in behind the enemy and attack them. The same thing applied to when I was trapped within the energy box. I could call in my partner to do some damage. But even within the box, I was still able to shoot projectiles at my foe. This is one example of how balanced the game is. Even if you are (in this case literally) boxed in, you can still be offensive.The Time Stone allows players to break the rules of time. They can move across the screen and perform attacks much faster than normal. The Time Stone also allows players to avoid projectiles by passing right through them. Initiating the Time Stone’s Infinity Storm lets players do ridiculously fast combos. They can call in their partner during this time and land more hits. Even huge lumbering characters like Hulk will move insanely fast with the Time Stone.When used correctly and with some forethought in mind, Infinity Stones are a powerful tool to use in the game. Stones can make the difference in battles or help define your team. Given the number of Stones and characters, the possibilities are endless. Anyone who’s worried this will be a shallow Marvel vs Capcom experience will find a lot of depth with the Infinity Stones and the reworked character swapping mechanic.Keeping with the spirit of simplification, most of the characters’ moves can be done with quarter circle movements plus an attack. Some other moves, like Dragon Punches, can be done by pressing down twice and attack. This could take some getting used to for older fans, but it doesn’t affect things as much as you would think. I was still able to do Ryu’s Shoryuken the way I’ve always done it. I wasn’t bothered by the fact there was also a simpler way to pull it off now.Combos, special moves, and super moves are all performed the same, but characters still feel distinct. Even returning fighters like Iron Man and Hulk have been re-worked to be a specific type of character. For example, Hulk is a bruiser while Iron Man keeps foes at bay. Balance is perhaps the most important thing for a fighting game. Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite seems to be doing its best to maintain balance while also making each character feel bad-ass. I played with all of the characters in the demo and found each to be unique. These distinctions will help shape how players use each character in battle.Past entries in the series have emulated a comic book graphical style. Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite is leaning more towards being cinematic with its presentation. Despite this, the game still has a distinctly stylized look that I found eye pleasing. Don’t get me wrong, I miss the cell-shaded look from Marvel vs Capcom 3, but I do appreciate what the new game is going for. I realize that some of the recently released videos and screenshots look somewhat washed out, but I can assure you that what I played looked crisp and clearly defined.Despite some changes to the classic formula, Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite is shaping up to be an enjoyable fighting game. With a roster of famous characters, a re-balanced fighting system, and a fully realized story, there is no reason that this game shouldn’t be a hit with fighting game experts and novices alike. Personally speaking, September 19 can’t get here fast enough. I’ll hopefully be able to play this game again at E3 and let you all know how it is shaping up at that time. PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console to Sell 100 Million‘Death Stranding’ Is Your PlayStation 4 Holiday Exclusive last_img read more

State Health dept to submit its dengue report to CM soon

first_imgKolkata: The state Health department has prepared a detailed report on dengue which will soon be submitted to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.The Chief Minister who is also in charge of the Health department had a concern over the dengue situation in the state. She had instructed the state Health department and the civic bodies to take adequate preventive measures to check the spread of the disease. A report was also sought from the Health department on the exact scenario in the state. Senior Health department officials will soon meet the Chief Minister in this regard. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe dengue expert committee constituted by the state Health department has gone through the reports submitted by various state-run and private hospitals on dengue-related deaths. All these hospitals were asked to share treatment-related documents with the department. A review meeting was conducted by senior Health department officials at Swasthya Bhavan recently. Various aspects related to the disease had been discussed in the meeting. A report prepared by the Health department says as many as 20 persons have died due to the disease in the city and its adjoining areas in the current year, while the figure in the state stood at 50. It has been learnt that the toll due to dengue in the state remained at 47 last year. But the number of total patients affected with the disease in the state last year remained slightly higher than this year’s figure. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to a senior Health department official, the total number of dengue cases in the state slightly declined than that of the previous year due to the constant anti-dengue drives carried out by the Health department and also by the civic bodies. The official also added that out of the total 20 persons who reportedly died due to dengue, around 15 were found to have died due to multi-organ failure. The victims had caught dengue and later their organs stopped functioning. According to the Health department sources, the nature of the dengue virus is changing as a result of which many persons are getting affected. It has been found that many of these patients in the city and adjoining areas were affected with ‘Den 2’ virus which has gained some strength in the past couple of years. The senior Health department officials are of the opinion that the disease will start subsiding from November as winter sets in.last_img read more

Breaking News Major accident in Harrismith Road

first_imgThe sound of sirens filled the air this morning (Thursday) as reports of a major accident near the army camp came through.Thus far, two people are reported to be injured.Paramedics and police are on scene.Public Safety has opened one lane and traffic is moving slowly.It is unclear what caused the accident.We will update this story as soon as we have more information. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more