French Open: Defending champion Novak Djokovic sinks Ramos-Vinolas to reach quarter-finals

first_imgDefending champion Novak Djokovic eased into the French Open quarter-finals on Sunday after outclassing claycourt specialist Alberto Ramos-Vinolas 7-6(5) 6-1 6-3.He will next face in-form Austrian, Dominic Thiem, the sixth seed, in a rematch of last year’s semi-final.The second seed, with new coach Andre Agassi absent from the stands, was too good for the Spanish 19th seed.The Serb, bidding to become the first man in the professional era to win each of the four grand slams twice, found some resistance in the first set with the third game lasting 13 minutes before Djokovic won it.”After that (first set) I started playing with fewer errors and that was good. That gave me a lot of confidence,” Djokovic said in a courtside interview.He finished Ramos-Vinolas off with a crosscourt forehand winner on his first match point.”Now it is the quarters in a grand slam and facing Dominic is not easy,” the world number two said.”He is a one of the best players in the world, especially on this surface. Now I have a day to rest and get ready.”last_img read more

India failed to emerge as football power by not quitting Commonwealth: Book

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 17 (PTI) Parochialism has been affecting Indian football over the years but things might have been different had India left the Commonwealth in 1950 to join the soccer world full time, a new book claims.India won the Asian Games football gold in 1951, again in 1962 and came fourth in the Melbourne Olympics in 1956.”Had soccer grabbed its chance, and Jawaharlal Nehru followed popular sentiment and left the Commonwealth, who is to say that today football, not cricket, would be the main sport of India,” UK-based sports commentator Mihir Bose says.”Had India left the Commonwealth in 1950, making Indian cricket a world outcast, and the Indian football gone to Brazil to play in the World Cup the same year, that by itself would have made India a football nation like Saudi Arabia which does not see playing in the World Cup an impossible dream,” he argues in his book “Game Changer”.”Had India gone to the World Cup in 1950, it would have been playing the best of world football. In the 1950s, that was not possible for India in cricket. Matching wits against the best would have been a tremendous boost for the sport,” Bose also told PTI.”Football then was more popular than cricket, had reached more parts of the country, had links with Indian nationalism in the way cricket did not and playing in the World Cup would have boosted the game,” he adds.He also says that football in India did not really follow the game as it was played in the rest of the world and has been “wretchedly” led.advertisement”Cricket administrators are bad but football have been worse,” he alleges.”Game Changer”, published by Palimpsest, is a critical take on the English Premier League and has a special chapter on Indian football titled “First Words”. The foreword is written by veteran football commentator Novy Kapadia.”The England team may not have been a success but the Premier League is the most successful leagues in the world. It shows how English domestic football has reinvented itself in the last quarter of a century from being a league that was going nowhere and outclassed by La Liga and Serie A,” Bose says about the EPL.He says Indian clubs need to learn from the sides in the English Premier League on how to market themselves.”English clubs are very good at reaching out to their fan base and making their club’s name well known and reaching out beyond the football public.”But to really develop the sport, Indian clubs need to set up academies which can nurture young players, he suggests.”Also they need to make sure their coaches go out into remote rural areas to seek out young players who could be turned into stars. They also need to develop links with clubs in England and other European countries so their young players can come to Europe to learn about the game. Their coaches should also do the same,” Bose says.According to him, Indian sports followers do not seem to be interested in the grass roots of the game and their focus seems to be on celebrity sports, and cricket in India has all the celebrities.”It is not easy for football to compete with cricket. This will have to be a long process,” he says.”FIFA thinks Indian football is a great underdeveloped story of world football. Indian football has a long, rocky road ahead but it is not an impossible one. They can learn from how the English Premier League reinvented the game,” he hopes. PTI ZMN RDSRDSlast_img read more

Jack Nicklaus New Ice Cream Benefits Charity

first_imgFans and competitors of Jack Nicklaus knew he had very few weaknesses in his legendary, record-setting golf career. There is, however, one weakness he confesses to off the course — ice cream — and now he’s giving into it and sharing it with the public.Salted Caramel Toffee, one of the seven rich and creamy varieties in the new line of Jack Nicklaus premium ice creamIn a partnership between two great family-owned companies, rooted in the Midwest, comes Jack Nicklaus premium ice cream, manufactured by a division of The Schwan Food Company — the 60-year-old Minnesota-based manufacturer and marketer of fine frozen foods and nationally renowned for its home delivery service.The new Jack Nicklaus pint-sized ice cream will be available at Winn Dixie, Bi-Lo and Kroger stores in select markets with a suggested retail price of $1.99. The ice cream comes in seven rich and creamy varieties, loaded with real ingredients. Flavors include: Warm Spiced Butter Pecan, Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl, Salted Caramel Toffee, Strawberry Lemonade, Triple Chocolate, Coffee and Donuts, and Homemade Vanilla.To launch the new business endeavor, Jack Nicklaus teamed up with Schwan’s Global Supply Chain, Inc. (“Schwan”). With a shared commitment to philanthropy, Schwan has become a supporter of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation ( The Foundation’s goal is to provide families access to world-class pediatric healthcare. Beyond the ice cream pilot program in 2015, the Nicklauses hope to tie in other children’s charities to sales of the product.Between Jack, his wife Barbara, and Schwan, there was a detailed collaboration to perfect the line.“It’s no secret that I love ice cream,” Nicklaus confessed. “Needless to say, I have never had so much fun in the research and development of a product. The team at Schwan has a world-class product development center. Together, we have created a variety of flavors — all with real ingredients — for a quality, premium ice cream at a value price.”The ice cream introduction extends the Nicklaus Companies efforts to celebrate the life and lifestyle of Jack Nicklaus by introducing quality consumer products, with a philanthropic tie-in. Among the Nicklaus-branded or licensed products introduced in recent years that benefit children’s charities are water, wine, lemonade, sunglasses, and golf balls.“Jack’s whole life is synonymous with excellence, family, and charity,” said Nicklaus Companies Co-Chairman Howard Milstein, “And our new collaboration with Schwan embodies all three values in a hand-picked selection of delicious ice cream flavors that also supports children’s healthcare. What could possibly taste better?”last_img read more


first_imgAndrew Kushnir Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Andrew Kushnir’s latest work, TOWARDS YOUTH: A PLAY ON RADICAL HOPE, made its debut on February 28 at Streetcar Crowsnest’s intimate Guloien Theatre. While the final product is a 2-hour examination of drama classrooms from around the world, Kushnir had to facilitate a detailed writing and editing process to bring months of research to the stage. Based on his and co-collaborator Dr. Kathleen Gallagher’s travels to schools in China, England, India, Greece, and at home in Toronto, Kushnir also incorporated contextual information from an international network of collaborators to develop an in-depth look into what’s happening in drama classes globally.With previous experience in documentary playwriting and an ongoing interest in how today’s youth fit into society, Kushnir’s focus was in bringing the real people behind the characters to life in a respectful, honest, and serious manner. “I think something that has been an ongoing practice in my work as an artist is recognizing how the voices of young people deserve more stages and deserve to be magnified in any way possible. I think we often think of them as being taught, but if we find new and better ways of listening young people can be teachers.”Kushnir’s working relationship with Gallagher, now nearly a decade long, leverages the similarities between both professionals’ studies and work. “Kathleen is paying attention to the way young people talk and the particulars of that – that’s the point of convergence where my form of theatre and her form of research share a lot of values and qualities.” The pair met while Kushnir’s play THE MIDDLE PLACE was on a 21-school tour, including it’s showing at a location where Gallagher was conducting research. When it came time for her to begin her Radical Hope research, she brought him onboard immediately. “She knew that I would have to go to India, to Taiwan, to Greece, to England, and to her site in Toronto to get a first-hand account of what she was seeing in the drama classroom.” Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Precipitation remains in forecast until Friday

first_imgShowers will continue through today, Tuesday, June 25th expecting another 10-15mm.There will be a break from the rain on Wednesday and we should see the next weather system bringing more precipitation Thursday night and continuing into Friday, according to Sekhon.“There is still a lot of ground that needs to be made up,” said Sekhon.Sekhon wants to remind people that it is Lightning Safety Week and when thunder roars, go indoors.It’s that time of year when you hear thunder, head to a safe place. Stay away from the shelter of trees, due to their height they are easy targets to attract lightening shares, Sekhon. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With precipitation levels being below the normal levels for this time of year, the current trend of precipitation is required to catch up.Bobby Sekhon, Meteorologist for Environment Canada shares, we are only at a third of the precipitation we receive in June. The average level is 65.5mm and we are so far in the 15 – 20mm range. July is usually the wettest month of the year for the Peace and June is the second wettest month.Between Sunday, June 23rd and Monday, June 24th Fort St. John received 10mm of precipitation and the area of the North Peace recorded between 10-20mm.last_img read more

Toyota robot can’t slam dunk but throws a mean three-pointer

TOKYO — It can’t dribble, let alone slam dunk, but Toyota’s basketball robot hardly ever misses a free throw or a three-pointer.The 207-centimetre (six-foot-10) -tall machine made five of eight three-pointer shots in a demonstration in a Tokyo suburb Monday, a ratio its engineers say is worse than usual.Toyota Motor Corp.’s robot, called Cue 3, computes as a three-dimensional image where the basket is, using sensors on its torso, and adjusts motors inside its arm and knees to give the shot the right angle and propulsion for a swish.Efforts in developing human-shaped robots underline a global shift in robotics use from pre-programmed mechanical arms in limited places like factories to functioning in the real world with people.The 2017 version of the robot was designed to make free throws.The Associated Press read more

Tamil man attempts suicide in detention

More than 5700 Sri Lankans have landed on Australian territory this year, making up more than 80 per cent of all asylum seekers who have arrived by boat. The latest case involves a man – known as Fairfax – who has been detained since June 2009. A Tamil refugee branded a security threat by ASIO and held in detention in Melbourne has attempted to take his life, following a suicide attempt last week by another Tamil man in Sydney.Managing arrivals from Sri Lanka has emerged as the biggest challenge for immigration authorities, with the latest boat intercepted at Cocos Island on Wednesday carrying 86 people. It comes as international pressure builds for a boycott of the Commonwealth meeting to be held in Sri Lanka next year. The Immigration Department has stepped up involuntary deportation of Sri Lankans from the majority Singhalese ethnic group, including 32 on Thursday.But the number of arrivals continues to outpace deportations and the United Nations has expressed alarm that Australia may not be adequately assessing asylum claims. He was found early on Thursday morning by another detainee and taken to hospital. (Huntsvaley news) Of Sri Lankan asylum seekers already in Australia, the most difficult cases include more than 50 people, the majority Tamils, held in detention.They have been found to be refugees – preventing them being returned home – but branded a security risk by ASIO, making them ineligible for release into the community.About 10 men with adverse assessments are being held at the Broadmeadows centre in Melbourne. There have been several suicide attempts this year among the group. read more

Two UN groups converge on Haiti to help with socioeconomic development

The representatives of the 15-member Security Council, led by Brazilian Ambassador Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg, arrived today on their first fact-finding visit to a Latin American or Caribbean country in preparation for voting on extending the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti at the end of May.During the four-day trip, the delegation aimed to support the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) as it assisted the Transitional Government in disarming illegal armed groups, establishing a national dialogue, organizing free, fair and open democratic elections and installing an elected government in February next year, Mr. Sardenberg told a news conference before leaving New York.The Council was also concerned about such issues as human rights compliance, he added.The Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan and MINUSTAH chief Juan Gabriel Valdés yesterday welcomed the Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) Ad Hoc Consultative Group on Haiti, led by the Permanent Representative of Canada, Allan Rock.The Ad Hoc Group was established last year to work with the Transitional Government on devising and implementing long-term, sustainable development strategies, Mr. Rock noted.It will also assess how the country has coped with recent flooding and how it is preparing to face future natural disasters, he said.The Group comprises representatives of Benin, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Spain and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as Haiti. read more

A look at trade growth in Canada US under North American Free

A look at trade growth in Canada, U.S. under North American Free Trade Agreement by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 13, 2017 2:40 am MDT Last Updated Feb 13, 2017 at 3:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets today with U.S. President Donald Trump. One of the issues sure to be discussed is the North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump wants to renegotiate. The Canadian government says nine million U.S. jobs are tied to trade with Canada, which buys more from the U.S. than all members of the European Union combined. Below are some numbers reflecting average annual growth in trade flows in goods and services among Canada, the United States and Mexico between 1993 and 2016 under NAFTA.— Canadian exports to the U.S. rose an average of 4.5 per cent annually.— Canadian exports to Mexico rose 9.9 per cent annually.— U.S. exports to Canada rose 4.5 per cent annually.— U.S. exports to Mexico rose 7.3 per cent annually.— Mexican exports to Canada rose 9.9 per cent annually.— Mexican exports to the U.S. rose 8.6 per cent annually.Source: Export Development Canada. read more

Brock in the News – September 24 – 30

Brock hires sexual-violence response leadBrock University welcomes new sexual-violence response lead Allison Cadwallader, whose area of expertise is to provide support and education to the community about sexual violence prevention: St. Catharines Standard, 105.7 EZ Rock, and The Canadian Press Dalhousie’s longtime leader to become Brock’s interim presidentBrock named its new interim president Friday morning. Tom Traves, who served as the president at Dalhousie for 18 years, will start his tenure Oct. 1. St. Catharines Standard, 610CKTB, Niagara This Week. A lesson in hard Chinese bargainingNational Post, The Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, CTV News, London Free Press, MSN Canada, Alaska Highway News Two stories from last week continue to make national and international headlines:Scientists say ‘Marsquakes’ are another clue to life on MarsPopular Mechanics, Mysterious Universe, Popular Science, Astrobiology Magazine read more

Only four of 350 brothels in Athens licensed

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram There are some 350 brothels in Athens but only four of them have operating licenses, Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias has informed MPs.Responding to a question from New Democracy MP Adonis Georgiadis, Dendias admitted that authorities did not have a definitive number for the total number of brothels as they regularly change their location.In July and August, 229 people were arrested in connection with illegal prostitution in Athens, Dendias revealed.Source: Kathimerinilast_img

VCE Modern Greek in crisis

first_imgVictoria is renowned for its thriving Greek population, which one would think would be reflected in the number of students enrolled in VCE Modern Greek. But it is not the case, and hasn’t been for some time now. “Families with Greek background have a major responsibility for the sad levels of VCE Greek today.”According to figures obtained by Neos Kosmos, across Victoria just 274 students are currently enrolled in the language at VCE level – the same number as in 2014, and two less than in 2013.The total number of Greek learners pale in comparison to Mandarin, with 3,274 of the 9,952 students sitting a VCE language oral exam in 2015 enrolled, followed by French, Japanese and Italian. Modern Greek lags behind in eighth place. Low numbers have been a cause for concern for the past decade, with enrolments in Modern Greek units decreasing from 393 in 2005 to 258 in 2009.Sydney University professor of Modern Greek Vrasidas Karalis says the trends behind the issue are complex.“There isn’t a single answer to explain the reduction of the number of students enrolled in Greek at secondary level,” says Professor Karalis, who believes second generation Greeks are more concerned with pursuing tertiary study directly related to career development. “For them, getting a cultural education by training their language at a university level obviously wasn’t a priority.“From now on we need better coordination, common teaching materials and a pedagogic system at Greek schools.” Karalis proposes further implementing technological resources may be the answer, and says wider community involvement and support is crucial. “Universities should offer scholarships for those kids interested to continue Greek at a tertiary level, as well as postgraduate scholarships to adults,” he says.“The utilisation of the Greek Australian community’s precious archives and the creation of networks with researchers, within and outside of higher education, could give an extra push to the Greek language.”Coordinator of Greek Language Education in Victoria, Dr Anastasios Tamis believes families play a big role in the decline of enrolments. He says some 40 per cent of students, the majority of whom are of Greek background, begin school without having engaged with Greek in their early years. “It’s obvious that families with Greek background have a major responsibility for the sad levels of VCE Greek today,” says Dr Tamis.“Today Greek educators provide too much material to students. In most cases they can’t comprehend what they are studying,” he adds, suggesting that many schools expect students to learn by rote grammar rules and verb conjugation without fully understanding their meaning. With an about 10 per cent of students enrolled in Modern Greek at VCE level believed to be recent arrivals from Greece, there is growing concern about the level of testing and advantage held by native speakers.“Unlike Victoria, other states and territories are running two or three different types of student exams, depending on whether they were born in Australia or in Greece,” says Professor Tamis, proposing the current system should be adjusted to suit the different needs and backgrounds of Modern Greek students.In Victoria five languages are offered at varying levels to suit student’s fluency, including Mandarin, Japanese and Korean.Dr Tamis says the state of affairs requires the Modern Greek Teachers’ Association of Victoria, along with the Education Office of the Greek Consulate in Victoria, needs to to step up to close the gap. A spokesperson from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) told Neos Kosmos that they are aware of the situation and are looking to ensure fairness in assessments for all students by analysing and monitoring exam performance. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sign installation to close section of 184 in Portland starting Friday night

first_imgThe Oregon Department of Transportation says Interstate 84 in Portland between two major freeways will be closed to traffic in both directions starting Friday at 11 p.m.Oregon DOT said I-84 will close between Interstates 5 and 205. All lanes are scheduled to reopen by 6 a.m. Saturday.Single-lane and some ramp closures will begin as early as 8 p.m. Friday, the transportation department said. The department plans to install new signs in hopes of improving safety on the road. One is being installed west of I-205 while another will be placed at Northeast 57th Avenue. A third sign will be installed at a later date, the transportation department said.Officials warned drivers to expect delays and use alternate routes.last_img

Report Vice Promotes Josh Tyrangiel Lays Off Several Others

first_img The reorganization places all of Vice News’ operations, including the weekly HBO series, an upcoming daily HBO production, website vertical, and YouTube channel, under the purview of Tyrangiel, who joined Vice from Bloomberg Businessweek last October. According to Politico, who first reported the news, it also means about 15 editorial staffers in New York and Los Angeles are on their way out. Additionally, Vice News foreign correspondent Harriet Salam tweets that all of Vice News’ UK-based editorial staff has been let go, as well as two other foreign correspondents, including herself. Vice Media has promoted Josh Tyrangiel to oversee all news operations at the company, while laying off as many as 18 staffers, multiple outlets reported today. Last week, when Vice Media CEO Shane Smith told Hearst Magazines Digital Media president Troy Young to expect “a bloodbath” in digital media, this might not be what he had in mind.center_img The reports come just weeks after Vice announced a series of editorial hires and promotions in both the UK and U.S., including Ryan McCarthy as editor-in-chief of Vice News, longtime NBC/MSNBC producer Madeleine Haeringer as executive producer of the new HBO program, and company veteran Ciel Hunter as head of content. This is a developing story.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday Sept 21 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsListen nowMan receives no jail time after being charged with felony assault, prompting outrageCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe state Department of Law is defending its plea deal with an Anchorage man – originally charged with kidnapping and assaulting a woman to whom he offered a ride. He was let off this week on time served, with some suspended. And that has angered some, including a group organizing to campaign against retaining the judge in the case.Vandal prevents landing of medical flight at Alaska airportAssociated PressLights broken by a vandal in a southwest Alaska village prevented an emergency medical flight from landing.State revises PFAS action levelDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe state has lowered the water contamination threshold for perfluorinated, or PFAS, compounds. The manmade chemicals, once commonly used in a variety of products, from non-stick coating to firefighting foams, are highly water soluble, and increasingly found in groundwater worldwide, heightening concerns about human ingestion of the chemicals linked to health problems.Two men charged as feds crack case of missing Anchorage mammoth tuskNathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageProsecutors are charging two men with stealing a 10,000-year-old mammoth tusk from the federal Bureau of Land Management in Anchorage. The indictment appears to be a break in a case that had gone unsolved since the tusk went missing six months ago.K300 Race Committee increases prize money in three racesKrysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – BethelWhile Alaska’s two biggest sled dog races, have cut down their prize money — the Kuskokwim 300 is doing the opposite. The K300 Race Committee has announced that it’s raising the purse for its three signature races.Proxy hunters help harvest moose for those who can’tHenry Leasia, KHNS – HainesAlaska Department of Fish & Game sometimes allows people to hunt on behalf of those who may not be physically capable.AK: In rural communities, Village Police Officers face impossible jobTeresa Cotsirilos, KYUK – BethelIn the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta’s villages, local law enforcement’s job can seem impossible. Alaska’s Village Police Officers are expected to arrest their own friends and family without adequate support, and for very little pay.49 Voices: Riley Woodford of JuneauKavitha George, KTOO – JuneauThis week we’re hearing from Riley Woodford in Juneau. Woodford is a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.last_img read more

Well known anchor of Doordarshan Neelum Sharma passes away

first_imgAs per reports, Neelum Sharma, one of the founding anchors of Doordarshan (DD) News and among its most recognisable faces, had passed away today (17 August). As she was suffering from cancer. She was said to be a strong advocate for women empowerment, well known for her programmes like ‘Tejaswini’ and ‘Badi Charcha’ and she had also been awarded the Nari Shakti Puruskar by President Ram Nath Kovind in 2018. In several media institutes she was a visiting faculty in and had won various prestigious awards like the Best News Anchor Award, Aadhi Aabadi Award and KPS Gill Fearless Journalist Award among others.last_img

Zomato surges ahead of Swiggy as per HSBCs valuation

first_imgAkshar Pathak, TwitterThe battle to dominate India’s online food business is getting tougher. In the latest development, HSBC Global Research has valued Zomato at $3.6 billion which is almost 70 per cent higher than the valuation attributed when it secured capital in the recent round of funding. Strikingly, the hike in the valuation has propelled the restaurant discovery and food-delivery company ahead of its rival Swiggy which is valued at $3.3 billion after it raised $1 billion in December last year.As per the HSBC’s brokerage arm, InfoEdge — which holds 26 per cent in the Gurgaon based Zomato — is the major reason behind the jump in the valuation of the company. HSBC has said that Zomato’s business has witnessed a fundamental change as the food delivery operation is contributing around 70 per cent of the total revenue.  The HSBC report said, “Given the scope of its recent expansion and the need for further funding, we value Zomato on a discounted cash flow basis, at $3.6 billion (at a marginal 9% premium to its competitor Swiggy as of the latest round of funding) versus $0.9 billion earlier due to the change in business focus.” Financial daily, the Economic Time has reported that Zomato has plans to increase its membership product Zomato Gold by two times. Further, to tap into the increasing importance of premium products, the food ordering app is also expecting to generate $20-25 million in revenue by the end of the calendar year 2019. It is to be noted that India’s food-delivery market is still at an emerging state in comparison to China which records approximately 600 million orders monthly.  Zomato has admitted that the losses per order have come down. Deepinder Goyal, its founder said that on every order, Zomato now loses Rs 24 against Rs 45 per order six months ago. “We expect employee costs and delivery fee costs per order to gradually decline with larger acceptance of these platforms and an increase in the number of orders per person. We estimate 300 million food-delivery orders a month by FY24e, with Zomato enjoying 37%-40% market share,” the HSBC report further added.  Currently, Zomato provides its services in 100 cities across India and plans to further enter 500 cities in the coming 2-3 years. The HSBC report also underlines that few issues that could hamper the valuation of the companies operating in the food-delivery segment include employee unrest due to low salaries and lack of social benefits.last_img read more

WizFile is an ultrafast Windows Search tool

first_imgWizFile is an ultra-fast Windows Search tool by Martin Brinkmann on April 09, 2018 in Software – Last Update: April 11, 2018 – 31 commentsWizFile is a free portable search program for Microsoft Windows devices to find files stored on the device it is run on quickly.Windows Search has never been great when it comes to finding local files quickly. It is rather slow, requires indexing, and there is always that slight delay before search starts.Third-party programs like Everything, FileSearchy, UltraSearch or SwiftSearch were designed to address the shortcomings of Windows Search; WizFile, created by one of my favorite software developers Dominic Dumée, is a brand new program that is very fast and powerful.WizFile Windows SearchWizFile is offered as a portable program or a program that you can install on a Windows device. It is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows starting with Windows XP.The program loads file and folder information to memory on start. The initial scan is very fast and did not take longer than two seconds or so on my system. It should not impact or delay searching as it finishes probably before you even start your first search using the program.The application keeps the data in memory and does not store it on the drive temporarily. While that is great, it means that it uses quite a bit of memory while active (it used 450 Megabytes on a Windows 10 Pro test system with a lot of files). This is a trade-off and could make the program unusable on low-memory devices.Update: version 1.03 of the program reduces memory usage significantly, especially on 64-bit systems.WizFile uses a similar interface as Bulk Image Downloader and WizTree, two popular applications by Antibody Software.Results are populated immediately when you start to type. It does not matter if you type a single character, a word or more complex search phrases, the matching list of files is returned ultra-fast.Each file is listed with its name, path, size, modification date, and attributes in the program interface. A double-click launches the file immediately and the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-E opens the folder it is stored in in the default file management software (you may also right-click and select the option).A tap on Del deletes selected files to the Recycle Bin and Shift-Del deletes them bypassing the Recycle Bin. The main menu and right-click menu lists other options such as opening a command prompt window at the location, copying the path, or running refresh or rescan operations.WizTree monitors the file system for changes while it is active and will update the search results automatically based on the monitoring.You can give this a try by searching for * (wildcard) and selecting the modified date sort order by clicking on the “modified” header in the program interface. New files are added to the results automatically so that you may use the program to monitor the file system for new files this way.WizFile Search functionalityThe default search looks for matching file names only by default; you may switch to search matching the entire path instead in the interface. The latter includes folder matches next to file name matches in the results. WizFile displays the size of each folder in its interface if folder results are returned.Search supports wildcard characters — * and ? — but no regular expressions. You may combine search queries to run AND or OR searches. Just add multiple search terms next to each other to run AND searches (include all), and use the pipe character | if you want to run OR searches.Here are a some examples to demonstrate the search functionality:finance — searches for all file names with the matching phrase in the file*.pdf — searches for all PDF documents with the matching phrase in the file name.*.mp3 — returns all mp3 files.*.mp3 jazz — returns all mp3 files with the matching phrase in the file name (an AND search).*.jpg | *.png wallpaper — to find all jpg or png files with the matching phrase in the file name.Closing wordsWizFile is a very fast local file search tool for Microsoft’s Windows operating system. It runs well out of the box and keeps all data in memory. That’s great for speed and portability but means that the program’s memory usage is relatively high.Search is powerful as it supports AND, OR, and wildcard searches, and because of how fast results are returned. WizFile does not support in-content searches which Everything does.Now You: Which search do you use to find local files on your system?Related articlesHow to make Windows 10’s search lightning fast and more usefulHow To Save Searches In Windows To Access Files FasterSummary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 12 votes Software Name WizFileOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

New ASTRO Guideline Establishes Standard of Care for Curative Oropharyngeal Cancer Treatment

first_img The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  April 17, 2017 — The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has issued a new clinical guideline for the management of oropharyngeal cancer. The guideline, “Radiation therapy for oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma: An ASTRO Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline,” is available as a free access article in Practical Radiation Oncology, ASTRO’s clinical practice journal.Drawing on data from clinical trials and other prospective studies, recommendations address the use of radiation therapy (RT) to treat tumors of the oropharynx in a variety of scenarios. The new clinical practice guideline covers optimal radiation dose and fractionation schedules, the integration of chemotherapy with RT and the role of induction chemotherapy.Oropharyngeal squamous cell cancer (OPSCC) is rapidly becoming the most commonly diagnosed head and neck malignancy. The demand for radiation oncologists to treat head and neck cancer is projected to increase nearly 20 percent by 2020 over 2010 rates.1 The profile of the typical OPSCC patient has changed in the past several decades. From 1988 to 2004, the rates of human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated OPSCC rose more than 200 percent, while the rates of HPV-negative disease dropped by half.2 The estimated risk of death for HPV-positive OPSCC patients is 50 percent lower than for those with HPV-negative disease, in large part due to the more favorable biology of HPV-driven disease, but also because these patients tend to be younger and healthier when they are diagnosed.3“Advances in treatment planning and technology, as well as a shift in the ‘typical’ oropharyngeal cancer patient over the past several decades, have led to a significant improvement in treatment outcomes for these patients,” said David J. Sher, M.D., MPH, co-chair of the task force that authored the guideline and a radiation oncologist at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. “Despite these advances, however, treatment in this sensitive and complex region of the head and neck often leads to short-term, long-term and potentially lifelong side effects — which become even more salient as this patient population trends younger.”“Radiation therapy is the most commonly used curative option for the primary treatment of oropharynx tumors,” said Avraham Eisbruch, M.D., also co-chair of the task force and a radiation oncologist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. “We developed the current guideline to address critical topics facing radiation oncologists who treat oropharyngeal cancer, including when to use chemotherapy, as well as appropriate dose and fractionation schedules for definitive and post-surgical RT settings.”The guideline first addresses the addition of chemotherapy to curative RT for oropharyngeal cancer, recommending concurrent chemoradiation for patients with stage IV disease or stage III disease with large-volume tumors, but not for patients with stage I-II disease. Recommendations by disease stage are as follows:Stage IV: Patients with stage IVA-B tumors receiving definitive RT should receive concurrent high-dose intermittent cisplatin. Advanced-stage patients who are medically unfit for high-dose cisplatin should receive concurrent cetuximab or carboplatin-fluorouracil; weekly cisplatin may be considered for these patients with the caveat that there is limited prospective evidence to support its use. Concurrent cetuximab should not be co-delivered to patients receiving definitive chemoradiation (CRT), nor should intra-arterial chemotherapy be used in this population;Stage III: Patients with stage III OPSCC receiving definitive RT should receive concurrent systemic therapy for T3 N0-1 tumors. CRT may be considered for larger volume T1-T2 N1 tumors that are at substantial risk for locoregional recurrence. Systemic therapy for other stage III patients may convey unnecessary toxicity; andStage I-II: Concurrent systemic therapy is not recommended for patients with stage I-II OPSCC receiving definitive RT, due to a lack of evidence supporting its use for early-stage disease.The guideline also provides guidance for the use of radiation and chemoradiation following primary surgery for OPSCC. Post-operative, or adjuvant, RT is recommended for patients who show pathologic risk factors for disease recurrence, such as positive surgical margins or positive lymph nodes following surgery, although concurrent chemoradiation is strongly recommended only for high-risk patients. Recommendations by treatment type and risk level are as follows:Concurrent systemic therapy for high-risk patients: Systemic therapy, specifically high-dose intermittent cisplatin, should be delivered with post-surgical RT for patients with positive surgical margins and/or extracapsular extension. Weekly cisplatin may be delivered to post-operative patients who are unable to tolerate high-dose cisplatin. Post-operative patients who are unable to tolerate cisplatin-based chemoradiotherapy should not routinely receive concurrent chemotherapy. Existing prospective data do not support the use of cetuximab, concurrent weekly carboplatin or routine concurrent weekly docetaxel with post-operative RT, although clinical trials are underway to examine these alternative agents; andAdjuvant therapy for lower-risk patients: Concurrent chemoradiation should not be routinely used in intermediate-risk disease. Adjuvant RT is strongly recommended for post-operative OPSCC patients at significant risk of locoregional recurrence but only conditionally recommended in scenarios (e.g. pathologic N1 disease, perineural invasion, lymphovascular invasion) with a more uncertain risk of locoregional failure. Adjuvant radiotherapy may be delivered to patients without conventional adverse pathologic risk factors only if the clinical and surgical findings imply a particularly significant risk of locoregional recurrence.The guideline also outlines optimal dosing and fractionation schedules based on treatment approach, disease profile and risk of recurrence. Recommendations by treatment setting are as follows:Definitive RT: Patients with stage III-IV OPSCC should receive a cumulative dose of 70 Gray (Gy) delivered to the primary tumor site and positive nodes in 2-Gy daily fractions over seven weeks, as well as an equivalent dose of 50 Gy delivered in 2-Gy daily fractions to the surrounding region at risk for tumor spread. For stage IV A-B patients not receiving concurrent systemic therapy, altered fractionation schedules (either accelerated or hyperfractionated) are recommended. For Stage IV A-B patients undergoing concurrent CRT, either standard or accelerated fractionation may be implemented. Altered fractionation also should be used for patients with T3 N0-1 disease not receiving concurrent chemoradiation, and it may be used for patients with T1-2 N1 or T2 N0 disease at high risk for recurrence;Post-surgical/adjuvant RT: Post-operative OPSCC patients at high risk for recurrence (e.g., those with positive surgical margins) should receive a total dose of 60 to 66 Gy delivered to the positive margins and region of extranodal extension in 2-Gy daily fractions. High-risk patients not undergoing concurrent systemic therapy should receive the upper limit of this range, while the 60-Gy total dose is recommended for patients with negative margins following surgery; andEarly T-stage tonsillar carcinoma: Ipsilateral RT, which involves treating only one side of the oropharyngeal area, is strongly recommended for the subset of OPSCC patients with early-stage tonsillar cancer, specifically well-lateralized T1-2 N0-1 tumors. It is conditionally recommended for patients with lateralized T1-2 N0-2a disease without evidence of extra-capsular extension.The guideline also addresses the role of induction chemotherapy (IC) in treating OPSCC, examining the three existing published randomized trials examining IC followed by CRT for the disease. Because none of these trials found an improvement in overall survival yet all found increased toxicity following IC, the guideline strongly recommends that IC should not be delivered routinely to patients with OPSCC.The guideline was based on a systematic literature review of studies published from January 1990 through December 2014. A total of 2,615 abstracts were retrieved from PubMed, and the 119 articles that met inclusion criteria were abstracted into evidence tables and evaluated by a 16-member task force of experts in oropharyngeal cancer, including radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, otolaryngologists and a patient representative. The Clinical Practice Statement was approved by ASTRO’s Board of Directors following a six-week period of public comment. 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Music streaming services Spotify and Rdio launch in Costa Rica

first_imgNo related posts. Streaming music serviceSpotify is now available in Costa Rica, along with one of its top competitors Rdio.On Wednesday, the companies announced their expansion into 20 new countries, including a large chunk of Latin America. Over the past few years, streaming music services have enjoyed a boom in demand in the United States. But due to licensing constraints, the best-established programs had not been available in Costa Rica. The most popular service, Pandora Radio, still only serves its 70 million users in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand.Spotify offers an ad-supported, free model and a premium subscription for desktop streaming. Rdio will give new users “metered access to the web version of Rdio for six months and a 14-day mobile trial,” according to The Verge.The two companies – Rdio to a lesser extent – are considered two of the biggest players in the increasingly crowded world of streaming music services. Apple and Google each have launched their own streaming music programs though neither have the service available in Costa Rica. Spotify, with 24 million users and six million paying subscribers, is now available in 55 countries. Rdio is available in 51 countries. However, Rdio recently laid off some of its employees and has never released its number of users. But the service does have one statistic in its favor – the majority of Rdio’s growth is coming from outside the United States. In addition to its international expansion, Spotify made two other big statements. The Swedish company will improve the features available for free streaming on mobile and tablet devices (a premium subscription is also available). The music service also is now carrying the catalog of Led Zeppelin. The legendary rock band signed an exclusive deal with Spotify, after previously refusing to license its music to streaming services. According to the New York Times, Led Zeppelin representatives had been negotiating a deal since at least January and Spotify beat out Rdio and other smaller programs for the musical rights of one of rock’s most celebrated groups.The expansion, the new mobile and tablet service, and the Led Zeppelin deal all should help the rapidly-growing company compete with Pandora. “Today we’re giving people the best free music experience in the history of the smartphone and the tablet,” Daniel Ek, Spotify’s CEO and founder, wrote in a statement. Rdio’s expansion makes it the second largest music streaming service in terms of global coverage, The Verge wrote.The two sites moved into many of the same markets in Latin America and Europe, and first-time subscribers can experiment with both services. Which one should Costa Rican users choose? Reviews seem to favor Rdio for interface and functionality, but prefer Spotify for its convenient free and paid subscription models and its massive catalogue (If you’re a Led Zeppelin fan, obviously you’re going to choose Spotify).Try out both sites here:Spotify – www.spotify.comNew countries for Spotify: Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Malta, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Slovakia, UruguayRdio – www.rdio.comNew countries for Rdio: Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Uruguay, and Venezuela.Matt Levin is a correspondent for The Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more