Pakistan vs Afghanistan, Headingley Cricket Ground: Leeds weather Update on Saturday

first_imgPakistan vs Afghanistan, Headingley Cricket Ground: Leeds weather Update on SaturdayPakistan vs Afghanistan, Today’s Weather Forecast: Here’s all that you need to know about the weather forecast and prediction for rain on Saturday at the Headingley Cricket Ground.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk LeedsJune 29, 2019UPDATED: June 29, 2019 11:07 IST Reuters PhotoRiding high on confidence after two back-to-back wins, Pakistan will look to carry on the winning momentum when they face Afghanistan in their crucial World Cup encounter at Headingley on Saturday.A win against Afghanistan will keep Pakistan in the hunt for the semifinal race. With seven points from seven games, Pakistan need to win both their remaining matches and hope for favourable results in matches of other teams too to make it to the top four by the end of the tournament.After their defeat to India, the Green Brigade had to face harsh criticism, both from fans and former cricketers. However, they kept aside all those negativities and registered thumping wins over South Africa and New Zealand.Their last win against the Black Caps would have bolstered their confidence immensely, considering the kind of performance they came out with against the Kiwis who were one of the two unbeaten sides in the tournament till then.Their bowling looks in firm form with Mohammed Amir, Shaheen Afridi and Wahab Riaz all chipping with crucial wickets. Their batting has also been bolstered by the inclusion of Haris Sohail who has contributed heavily in Pakistan’s last two wins. Also, with Babar Azam coming to his usual best, one can expect Pakistan to outstage Afghanistan.WEATHER FORECAST (Accuweather screengrab) (Accuweather screengrab)Afghanistan, on the other hand, have not been able to register a single win in the tournament so far. Their bowling has looked ok with all their spinners performing. But it’s their batting which has let them down in all the matches. The batsmen just have not been able to score and it has been a cause of concern for them.advertisementHowever, with nothing to lose, Afghanistan would hope to enjoy their game and come out with a surprise win against Pakistan, thus hampering their chances of making it to the knockout stage.Squads: Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, wk), Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Fakhar ZamanAfghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (c), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah (wk), Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Ikram Ali KhilFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Afghanistan vs Pakistan Leeds weatherFollow Leeds weather forecastFollow Headingley Leeds weather forecastlast_img read more

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Work Underway to Improve Sewerage System in Liguanea Area

first_imgA $73 million project to improve the sewerage system in the Liguanea area of St. Andrew is currently underway, which should significantly protect the aquifers.Three works are included in the project – the $33.7 million Hope Road (side roads) project; the $15 million Swallowfield Road sewerage expansion project; and the $24 million upgrading of the sewerage system serving Seymour and Retreat Avenues. They are being carried out under the Kingston and St. Andrew (KSA) Sewerage Improvement and Expansion Project and funded through the National Water Commission’s K-Factor programme. Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, who toured the Hope Road works on April 16, told JIS News that the project, expected to last six months, is critical not only to the 400 users expected to benefit in this phase of the project, but is significant in helping to secure the potable water sources.“The fact is that only about 30 per cent of the country is sewered and here in the Corporate Area where the head count is greater, it is easier to do the sewering. It will be gravity fed into the main. The whole idea is to get this down into the Soapberry plant (in St. Catherine), where the capacity exists,” he said.Mr. Pickersgill said the project would help to reduce the amount of seepage from pits that render the aquifers in the Liguanea area unusable.“Unfortunately, the Liguanea Plains, with a lot of water below (in aquifers) is not usable, because of what has taken place, so the more we can sewer, the better off we’ll be in producing more potable water,” he noted.Member of Parliament for the area, Julian Robinson, told JIS News that convincing the residents to co-operate and accommodate the works and work crew was not a difficult task, as a series of community meetings and consultations were held where it was explained what the works would entail and the benefits to be derived.“We have over 200 gated communities in the constituency, and we have a lot of conversions from single dwellings to multiple-dwellings, so there is the increased pressure on the infrastructure, both for water and for sewerage. So, it is imperative that when these conversions do take place, that persons are connected to the sewer main,” he said.Roads included in the project are: Sandy Park, Donhead Avenue, Richings Avenue, Walford Close, Hopeglade Mews, Hollywood Avenue and Mews, Sandhurst Avenue, Winston Avenue, Hope Mews, Hillcrest Avenue and Glenhope Avenue.By O. Rodger Hutchinson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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Government Steadfast With Plans To Improve Health Sector

first_imgThe Government remains steadfast with plans to effect significant changes to the country’s health care sector, as it strives to create a first world system, Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says.He notes that a balance between accessibility and optimal care must be the hallmark of Jamaica’s health care sector.The Minister was addressing residents of St. Catherine on July 9, during the eighth in a series of consultations on health financing, held on the grounds of the Spanish Town Hospital.“We believe that the provision of quality and affordable health care services and improvement in access can help us to achieve our national development objectives,” the Minister said.Among the changes to be made, he said, is the implementation of a referral system for persons seeking treatment in hospitals. Under this arrangement, individuals would be referred to the primary health system, such as clinics and health centres.The referral system is being established to reduce unnecessary costs at the secondary and tertiary level. In this vein, the Government is seeking to revitalise the primary health care system, which is considered the priority sector.As such, the Ministry of Health, since last year, started work on four regional Centres of Excellence at the primary care level. Dr. Ferguson noted that work is far advanced on three of these specialised facilities, which are located at the Isaac Barrant Centre in St. Thomas; the Santa Cruz Health Centre in St. Elizabeth; and Darliston Health Centre in Westmoreland.He informed that Government will be breaking ground “very soon” for an additional centre in Claremont, St. Ann. “These four Centres of Excellence will represent best practice in terms of primary health care in the country’s four regional health authorities,” the Minister said.Other initiatives to improve the country’s health care system, Dr. Ferguson said, involves “closing the gap” which now exists as it relates to a shortage of the necessary health care professionals in the public sector.He explained that while the Government aims to improve this aspect of the system, it must resort to the temporary recruitment of some health care professionals, including primary care nurses and doctors from Cuba.“Shortly we will be bringing in some dentists to help to close the gap. We will also be bringing in three pathologists very soon to help improve the turn-a-round time with respect to the examination of specimen and delivery of results from the National Public Health Lab. All of these are temporary arrangements, but must be done in the short run, if we are to alleviate the problems our people face,” Dr. Ferguson said.The Minister informed that within another month, there will be an additional 44 Cuban medical personnel in the public health sector including 29 nurses, eight doctors (including three pathologists), six dentists and one cytology technician.Additionally, the Ministry has also worked to upgrade and improve the services at more than 100 health centres across the island. Dr. Ferguson informed that this year, the Government completed work on 20 health centres at a cost of some $54.8 million.The Minister further pointed out that one of the Government’s main objectives is to find sustainable means of generating revenue to finance the public health sector.Dr. Ferguson noted that the ideal is for at about 10 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to be committed to health care. Jamaica currently commits approximately 4.7 per cent.He pointed out that whatever model of financing the Government adopts for the public health system, must be one that is not only sustainable, but also encourages a balance between access and quality care.“There is no point in saying we want to create access at the expense of quality,” the Minister emphasized.Dr. Ferguson noted that this is the main aim of the public consultations, which form part of Government’s efforts to review the no user fee policy, but also aim to look broadly at options to finance the public health sector.The Government has so far completed eight consultations, including talks with the Opposition Spokesman on Health, Dr. Ken Baugh, health groups and associations, staff of the Ministry of Health and other internal stakeholders and members of the public in all four Health Regions.According to the Minister, among the possible streams of revenue for the health sector is the provision of specialist services within the public system at a competitive cost.“Services such as plastic surgery, or going beyond the normal fillings and extractions, such as cosmetic dentistry, will be used as streams for those who can afford to pay,” he said.Other measures to be considered, according to the Government, include strengthening the billing mechanism to maximise revenue from payments by private insurance companies, addressing inefficiencies in drug procurement and distribution, and developing a mechanism to institute 24-hour per day service delivery.Dr. Ferguson pointed out that as part of plans to improve health financing in Jamaica, the Government will be introducing a Government of Jamaica (GOJ) Health Card on a phased basis.He noted that the introduction of the unique card will yield significant benefits through efficiencies in service delivery and overall patient care. The GOJ Health Card will be tied to the individual’s Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN). The Ministry, through the National Health Fund (NHF) will facilitate a simplified and on-going registration process and the card will facilitate better monitoring and identification.The card will also take into account private health insurance, so that instances where charges arise can be adequately and quickly covered, he said.“The GOJ card will, by a single swipe, identify persons who have health insurance, so we are not going to be depending on the honesty of patients or clients to tell us whether you have insurance or not,” the Minister stated. The card will also help hospital staff identify PATH beneficiaries, he informed.Another source of income for the public health sector, which is being considered, is the introduction of private wards, the Minister said.“We have also taken the policy decision that in hospitals across the country, where there is the possibility, we will look at private wards as an option for revenue that will offset the most vulnerable in our society,” he said.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

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Premier Congratulates Nova Scotia Medalists

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter today, Feb. 18, congratulated Team Nova Scotia gymnasts Jared Goad and Stephen Clouter on capturing the province’s first medals of the Halifax 2011 Canada Games. “What an amazing moment for Nova Scotia,” said Premier Dexter. “I can only imagine how these two young men felt standing on the podium in front of a roaring hometown crowd. They have worked so hard to get to this stage, and they performed when it really mattered. “Congratulations to Jared and Stephen on a fantastic showing. You have made your province proud.” Jared was the first to medal Thursday evening when he performed a near-perfect routine in the floor exercise event at the Canada Games Centre. The 17-year-old from Bible Hill took top honours, the province’s first gold medal at a Canada Games since 2003. Stephen, 14, from Lawrencetown, won bronze a short time later in the parallel bars event.last_img read more

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FC Barcelona and Real Madrid Fans Clash Over Tweets

Rabat – When the Champions League’s official twitter account wished  Barcelona’s star, Lionel Messi, a happy birthday as he turned 30 on Saturday, Real Madrid fans, especially those of Cristiano Ronaldo, reacted badly.The European league’s first tweet included a question mark implying debate as to whether  Messi was ” the greatest”. Messi’s fans replied that there was no need for a question mark.Happy 30th birthday Lionel Messi!?????The greatest?— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 24, 2017Messi is the greatest to ever play the beautiful game no questions should be asked. His career speaks for itself.— Manny Wiz Flores (@Mannywizfresh) June 24, 2017Ronaldo’s fans ,however, reacted differently to the matter, with some followers commenting  sarcastically, saying the Champions League account had spelt Ronaldo’s name wrong. you spelled ronaldo wrong— ?+*? (@macdaddytee) June 24, 2017The European league’s official account later posted another tweet, but this time asking whether  Messi was  “the greatest of all times”, inciting the war between fans of the two footballers.? 3?0? ?Messi in the #UCL:? 115?? 94? 2005/06, 2008/09, 2010/11, 2014/15Greatest of all time ??#HappyBirthdayMessi #L30Messi— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 24, 2017Messi and Ronaldo have both praised each other during interviews with Ronaldo telling  FOX Sports that he likes to watch all of the good players, including Messi.Leo told sports outlet, ESPN, that Ronaldo is “a phenomenal player with a lot of quality, who outdoes himself each year.” He added that rivalry is reinforced by the press, not by them. read more

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JVP leader slams Maithri for meeting MR

“Both Rajapaksa and Sirisena issued statements saying they did not meet. They met at President Maithripala Sirisena’s house,” he said. Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake slammed President Maithripala Sirisena for having talks with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.Dissanayake said that while Sirisena and Rajapaksa had denied that the meeting took place at the Speaker’s official residence, the meeting did take place last week at another location. He claimed that part of the secret talks was to stop arresting Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members in order to ensure the SLFP wins the Parliament elections.The police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) had questioned and arrested several SLFP members of the former Government over alleged fraud and corruption. (Colombo Gazette) Dissanayake noted that the public had on January 8 voted for Sirisena to remove Rajapaksa from power and yet now Sirisena is having secret talks with Rajapaksa. read more

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Liberia submits record number of treaty actions at World Summit event

Eighty-three of the actions, submitted by Gyude Bryant, Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia as a highlight of the Focus 2005 Treaty Event, took immediate effect, while the remainder awaited various approvals and other technical measures.“This is a landmark in Liberia’s journey away from a difficult past and towards a more tenable future grounded in the rule of law, respect for human rights, and good democratic governance,” said a spokesman for Mr. Annan, in a statement that warmly welcomed the treaty actions.“The United Nations and its partners stand ready to support the Liberian Government in ensuring that this range of new treaty obligations is fulfilled,” the statement concluded.The Summit’s treaty actions continue an initiative begun at the Millennium Summit in 2000 that has since become an annual event for treaties, for which the Secretary-General is depositary, during the opening of each General Assembly.The treaties selected this year, rather than focus on any specific aspect of international law as has been the case in the past, reflect what the Secretary-General calls “the central challenge for the 21st century – to fashion a new and broader understanding … of what collective security means.” read more

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Head of publishing trade group Tom Allen stepping down

by The Associated Press Posted Sep 12, 2016 8:11 am MDT Last Updated Sep 12, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Head of publishing trade group, Tom Allen, stepping down NEW YORK, N.Y. – The head of the book publishing industry’s trade group is stepping down.The Association of American Publishers announced Monday that Tom Allen, a former Maine congressman, will leave early next year. He has served as CEO of the association since 2009, presiding during a time of rapid growth of electronic books and conflict between publishers and the leading seller of digital works,, 71, said in a statement that after 20 years of commuting to Washington he looked forward to returning to Maine and focusing on part-time and “mostly voluntary activities” such as writing and environmental conservation.No successor to Allen has been named, but the association said a search is underway. read more

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Bangladesh wins toss to bat 1st in 2nd test vs West Indies

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and decided to bat first in the second and final test against West Indies on Friday.Looking to win its first test series against any side except Zimbabwe since 2009, Bangladesh made two changes from the squad that won the first test by 64 runs.Opener Shadman Islam was given his test debut and Liton Das was brought into the side, replacing injured opener Imrul Kayes and fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman. That meant Bangladesh, for the first time, went into a test without a frontline pace bowler.West Indies brought in pace bowler Shermon Lewis to replace banned fast bowler Shannon Gabriel. Gabriel was suspended from the second test after making “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact” with Bangladesh batsman Imrul Kayes during the first test.___Lineups:Bangladesh: Shadman Islam, Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Mohammad Mithun, Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan.West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Shane Dowrich, Jomel Warrican, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, Shermon Lewis.Umpires: Aleem Dar, Pakistan, and Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Sri Lanka.TV umpire: Richard Illingworth, England. Match Referee: Andy Pycroft, Zimbabwe.___More AP sports: and Associated Press read more

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The First Trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Dropped

first_imgStay on target It’s not coming out until next summer, but our first look at the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 just hit the internet courtesy of James Gunn, and we couldn’t be happier.James Gunn understands us. He knows how we’ve been longing for the first trailer for the new Guardians of the Galaxy film, especially after the huge success that was the first trailer and movie.“So the first Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer will be coming in not too long, but we know how thirsty you guys are for a glimpse,” he wrote on YouTube. “So we put together this special sneak peak at #GotGVol2 for you.”It hits all the correct bullet points for an amazing Guardians and Marvel trailer. You’ve got amazing music (yes it’s a repeat of “Hooked on a Feeling” but it works to remind you of how amazing the first trailer was), beautiful shots, some humor, and Baby Groot.We even get some story hints, including the fact that Yondu seems to be working with the Guardians, and Nebula seems to be having a rough time after falling from that ship in the first one.And according to Gunn, we can expect a full trailer soon, maybe with the addition of some Vol. 2 hits.In addition to the first look, we also got the first teaser poster, which gives us a better look at our characters. We have the whole team lined up, including Nebula and Yondu, along with the most important of all, Baby Groot.The poster itself is reminiscent of the 1980s thanks to the black and white filter and the hard rock vibes. They’re back. Check out the brand new poster for @Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2! #GotGVol2— GuardiansOfTheGalaxy (@Guardians) October 19, 2016Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be released in theaters on May 5th, 2017.center_img Toy Tuesday: The Most Astronomical Spaceship Toys11 Ways the Avengers Could Defeat Thanos in ‘Endgame’ last_img read more

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Virtual reality translates into real history for iTech Prep students

first_imgIf you live in Vancouver, you’re probably familiar with the pottery, tools, jewelry and other artifacts that tell a story about Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and the people who once lived there.But what about people elsewhere in the world? Or even local children for whom a visit to a national historic site may not be as fun as playing a game on mom’s iPhone? How can you bring the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s presence in the Pacific Northwest in the 1800s to a global audience?That’s the question Washington history students at Vancouver iTech Preparatory Middle School have sought to answer in recent years. On Saturday, the class will unveil the latest phase of Fort Vancouver Virtual Reality, or FVvr, pronounced “fever.” It’s the second step in social study teacher John Zingale class’s partnership with Fort Vancouver, an effort to bring the fort to a global audience using new technology.Using an application called Qlone, students created 3D scans of more than 100 artifacts from Fort Vancouver’s collection. From needles to buttons, and dessert plates to chamber pots, glove-wearing students used iPads to take dozens of photos of the historical objects. From there, the application creates a virtual model with which visitors to Fort Vancouver Virtual Reality’s website can interact with either on their computer or using a virtual reality headset. The website can be found at’s students have been working on different phases of the project for about two years. In 2016, his class developed a virtual tour using 360-degree cameras to take photos at various sites around the national historic site so people could explore without going in person.last_img read more

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Gambia Plays Togo In October

first_imgBy Yankuba JallowGambia will play double legged match against Togo in October 2018.The Scorpions will take on the Sparrow Hawks on Saturday 16 October at the Independence Stadium in the return leg while the first leg will earlier be away to Togo in Lome on 12 October.According to reports, the GFF Events Management Committee is heading on its planning stages ahead of Gambia’s next Afcon Qualifier match at home to Togo.The Committee at its meeting held recently as part of their ongoing logistical arrangements for next Month’s much anticipated match, has concluded and finalized that ticket prices for the said game are as follows: VIP D1000, Covered Pavilions D200 and Uncovered D100.The Gambia is sitting 3rd place in the group were the Desert Foxes of Algeria are leading with 4 points, Benin with 3 points, Gambia with 1 point and Togo with no point. The Scorpions lost their 1st match against Benin away but secured a draw against Algeria.Tom Saintfiet, the head coach of the Gambia national team said Gambia shouldn’t fear any top team in Africa anymore, in a post-match press conference after Gambia’s 1 all draw with the Desert Foxes of Algeria.last_img read more

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Gianluca Mancini admits Atalanta has regrets from match with Copenhagen

first_imgThe match between Atalanta and Copenhagen was goalless and Gianluca Mancini admits it was “galling” even after they had 10 shots on target.The first leg of the Europa League play-off was without tangible result as both club failed to score, however, the host dominated possession of the ball and had 12 shots on goal to one and 10 of them on target.“There are some regrets, because we took the initiative throughout, had so many shots on target and chances to score, so to see it end 0-0 is frankly galling,” the defender told Sky Sport Italia via Football Italia.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“The pitch wasn’t great, but that can’t be an excuse. As time went on, the turf was getting worse and worse, so we had to go with more high balls rather than passing to feet.”In 2017, Mancini signed by Atalanta but were immediately loaned back to Perugia from Atalanta. Mancini made his Serie A debut in a 1–1 draw against his former team Fiorentina, replacing Rafael Tolói after 25 minutes.last_img read more

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Yamaha patent drawings hint at its future electric motorcycle plans

first_img Post a comment Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire is the sporty electric streetbike we need 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire first ride: Harley’s electric future is bright Enlarge ImageYamaha’s charging solution for an electric sportbike involves putting the socket near the bike’s headlight.  Yamaha via European Patent Office While electric cars are becoming fairly commonplace, with most major manufacturers offering at least one model for sale to the public, electric motorcycles are still a bit of a niche product. Really, the only major manufacturer to offer a production electric bike is Harley-Davidson (though the LiveWire won’t hit dealers for a few months), but that might be changing.Cycleworld recently unearthed some Yamaha electric motorcycle charging patent documents and published them in an article on Tuesday. These are significant because if one of the big four Japanese motorcycle manufacturers (Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha) is getting serious about electric bikes, then all of them probably are.The patent drawings show a few takes on potential charging locations on two different styles of motorcycles. The first places the charging port on top of the “fuel tank” in the same place you’d expect to find a fuel filler cap on a conventional motorcycle. Another one, shown on a bike that strongly resembles Yamaha’s MT-07, puts the charge port under the pillion (aka rear passenger) seat. Others place the port in the front of the bike, near the headlight.While these drawings aren’t exactly groundbreaking on their own, taken in context, they paint a different picture. The Japanese Big Four recently began working together to decide on battery and charging standards for electric motorcycles, according to a report published in April by course, patent documents aren’t always a great indicator that something will actually make it to production, but given the high price point of current electric motorcycles — we’re looking at you, Harley-Davidson — seeing the Japanese manufacturers come into the segment and democratize it like they did with internal combustion motorcycles in the 1960s and 70s would be very exciting. 47 Photos Share your voice 0 More From Roadshow Motorcycles Electric Cars Tags Suzuki Yamaha Harley-Davidson Kawasaki Honda Motorcycleslast_img read more

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One arrested for adulterating liquor

first_imgParigi: The excise and enforcement officials of Hyderabad and Nalgonda raided the house of one Besta Laxman, who is engaged in making adulterated liquor in Doma mandal, on Tuesday. They seized corks, duplicate labels, four liters of RS Spirit from him. The excise CI said all the material was brought from Karnataka. He said a case had been registered and investigation was on.last_img

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SimpliSafe Chased the Wrong Customer This Pivot Saved The Business

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story appears in the January 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » February 11, 2019 4 min read Chad Laurans was convinced he’d made the perfect product for the perfect customer. He’d done his research, refined his marketing, launched a home security company called SimpliSafe with high expectations — and then was promptly disappointed. “Things were going pretty slowly,” he says. “It felt like we were headed toward this middling outcome where we could spend years and maybe decades and not have much to show for it.”To save his business, Laurans began asking himself a difficult question: Did I build the wrong product, or target the wrong customer? It’s a puzzle many entrepreneurs face as their businesses evolve, and as they seek what investor Marc Andreessen famously calls “product-market fit” — that is, the right product for a good market. Entrepreneurs may think they know the answer, but until they launch, they really don’t.Laurans would come to discover just how important a true product-market fit is. After lots of investigating and hard work, he had an answer — and eventually, a newly thriving business that serves more than two million people.RELATED: How to Find the Holy Grail of Product-Market FitHis path began back in 2006, after three friends’ homes were burglarized. The experience left all three feeling vulnerable and scared. They were living in apartments, which don’t often have alarm systems. But when they called home security companies to install an alarm, they ran into aggressive sales tactics, long-term contracts, and a system that wasn’t designed for renters. This set off Laurans’ entrepreneurial radar. He researched the home security market and found that it was dominated by a few big players and a business model of installing complicated wired systems. But he also discovered an opportunity to disrupt: Security systems could be designed and set up far cheaper using wireless tech, making them available to the renter market. So along with some cofounders, he built a wireless system tailored to renters, down to having a not-too-loud alarm siren (so as to not blare into a small apartment). When SimpliSafe launched in 2008, its marketing hammered home its target audience: The tagline was “Home security for city living.”But after a year of disappointing sales, Laurans knew something needed to change. He dove into SimpliSafe’s customer data and began surveying his client base. That’s when he discovered a key piece of information. Half of his customers were actually homeowners. They liked his simple-to-install system, had learned about it by word of mouth, and didn’t care that it was purpose-built for apartments. That seemed to explain the problem: Renters weren’t buying security systems in the way SimpliSafe had expected, and homeowners were trying to embrace a product that wasn’t really made for them. SimpliSafe had a choice to make. Should it abandon renters and pivot to owners? “This is not a small change,” Laurans says. “It’s rearchitecting our entire platform, requiring years of development work.” Ultimately, the company decided that this hard decision was the only right one.RELATED: VCs Want to See Product-Market Fit: Here’s How to Prove ItSimpliSafe began rebranding in 2010, releasing new versions over years that added the features homeowners wanted, like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, ability to connect hundreds of sensors, multiple bases, and a louder siren for a larger space. “It took us a long time to figure out,” Laurans says. Now growth is strong, and nearly 70 percent of SimpliSafe customers are new to home security, meaning the company is achieving its original goal of serving people who had never owned alarm systems before.Can apartment renters still buy a SimpliSafe system? Sure, Laurans says — he wouldn’t discourage them. But now he’s found his product-market fit, and he’s focused on makingthe most of it.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more September 25, 2008 – According to Naviscan Inc., positron emission mammography, or PEM, which uses advanced metabolic imaging to detect breast tumors in the crucial early stages, is giving doctors a new tool to help women beat breast cancer. The Naviscan PEM Flex Solo II reportedly can produce high-resolution images of 2 mm resolution, allowing physicians to visualize the presence of tumors the size of a grain of rice. The PEM Flex is similar to the size of a mammography unit and consists of two high-resolution detector heads mounted directly to breast immobilization paddles that are positioned to optimize imaging of the breast. The close proximity of crystal detectors and tomographic reconstruction produces the high-resolution images.According to the company, an independent study showed that PEM technology is more sensitive than MRI in detecting the smallest cancers. PEM demonstrated 91 percent sensitivity in ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) compared with 83 percent with MRI and better sensitivity in cancers less than five millimeters in size. PEM also detected a 2 mm DCIS case to be shown negative on MRI.Another study of 400 patients in a multi-center clinical trial comparing PEM with MRI will be completed this month, according to the company. Kathy Schilling, M.D., medical director of the Center for Breast Cancer in Boca Raton, FL, said that in the study PEM can accurately detected the most difficult to see cancers. According to Dr. Schilling, “The ability to image and diagnose these early stage cancers provides the potential for cure and will significantly impact breast cancer management.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more center_img IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | September 24, 2008 PEM Detects Most Difficult Cancers News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read morelast_img read more

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New EVP Leading Direct Lending Production at loanDepot

first_img in Headlines, News January 16, 2015 490 Views Mortgage sales leader Chad Smith has joined loanDepot, taking charge as EVP of production in direct lending, the company announced.A 15-year veteran of the mortgage game, Smith is responsible for leading loanDepot’s sales production team of more than 600 licensed loan officers working under the company’s brand from four national Web business centers in Arizona, California, Texas, and Tennessee.”I’m thrilled to join loanDepot. The company’s growth and sales performance has been incredible in just five years. I’m looking forward to continuing to grow the production team and building upon the company’s success,” Smith said about his new position. “I am excited to work with loanDepot’s leadership team and the organization in supporting its growth and profitability objectives by further increasing the level of performance of the production sales teams nationwide.”Throughout his career, Smith has played various key roles in building production teams and driving revenue growth for national, publically traded consumer-direct lending firms. Most recently, he was SVP of production at Discover Home Loans, where he oversaw all mortgage production and was credited with building out the company’s business.Prior to that, he was SVP of production at LendingTree Loans, where he led sales and processing teams across six states in generating more than $4 billion in annual funding. His time at LendingTree also saw him serving as VP and director of home equity.”Chad’s vast knowledge and experience in consumer-direct lending combined with his energy and passion will be a tremendous asset to loanDepot as we continue to build our volume to exceed a five percent refinance market share in the next decade,” said David Norris, president and COO at loanDepot, LLC. “I have the utmost confidence he’ll be an exceptional leader for our direct lending business.  We’re very excited to welcome Chad to loanDepot as we prepare for our next phase of growth.” loanDepot Movers & Shakers 2015-01-16 Tory Barringercenter_img New EVP Leading Direct Lending Production at loanDepot Sharelast_img read more

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