first_imgNorth Carolina’s only federally recognized American Indian tribe could soon offer sports and horse wagering to patrons at its two casinos. The General Assembly gave final approval Monday night to a measure that would give the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians the authority to offer the additional betting. The House voted for the measure that had already cleared the Senate three months ago. The bill now goes to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk. A Cooper spokesman says the bill will be reviewed before he makes a decision on whether to sign it. The sports-book option took shape after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law last year that made most sports gambling illegal. State law already lets the Eastern Band offer live poker, slot machines and video-style games.last_img read more

first_imgDidn’t get a chance to participate on Instagram? Weigh in with your thoughts here. Want to be able to participate in real time? Give our Instagram page a follow. Share This!One aspect of TouringPlans is that we use field-tested methods to minimize your wait in lines around the parks. One side effect of that is that TouringPlans fans don’t tolerate waiting in long lines–if the line is too long, they skip it for the moment. Over on our Instagram feed, Angela asked how long you would wait in line for a ride. Here’s your comments.last_img read more

first_imgThe Aussies were struggling at 27 for 4 in their second innings when veterans Ricky Ponting (60) and Michael Hussey (batting at 79) came to the team’s rescue on the third day of the first Test against India at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday. The duo has been facing criticism from the Australian media for their poor form with experts asking for them to be given the boot. However, the Aussie top order collapse brought out the best from the two cricketing giants. Repaying the faith imposed on them by the Aussie selectors, the veterans struck crucial half centuries to rescue the hosts. The duo was at its aggressive best adding a crucial 115 runs to power the hosts from 27 for 4 to 142 for 5 to save Australia the blushes and silence their critics. “I don’t care what people from outside the dressing room are saying. If I feel like I have got some support inside the dressing room then that’s all that really matters to me… There is plenty of motivation out there for me but first and foremost it’s for me to be a successful player in a successful team,” Ponting told newsmen after the third day’s game. The former Australian skipper had scored 62 in the first innings of the Test.last_img read more

first_imgRotterdam-based provider of towage and associated marine services Smit Lamnalco has won an exclusive licence by Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) to supply towage services in the Port of Gladstone.The licence will commence on January 1, 2019 for a five-year term, with an option to extend for a further three years to December 31, 2026. The company has been providing harbour towage services at the Port of Gladstone since 2011.“Smit Lamnalco is proud to have again been selected to provide towage services in this unique environment. We are looking forward to continuing our strong partnership with GPC, our port stakeholders and the local Gladstone community,” said Smit Lamnalco Commercial Director Frederik Rutgers.The Port of Gladstone is one of Queensland’s largest multi-commodity ports, handling coal, bauxite, alumina, aluminium, cement and liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes.Under the contract, eleven tugs, specifically designed to meet the unique operational characteristics of the port, will be deployed to service both harbour and LNG customers.Image Courtesy: Smit Lamnalcolast_img read more

first_imgRahul Gandhi Indian police on Thursday briefly arrested leading opposition figure Rahul Gandhi as he tried to reach farmers striking in Madhya Pradesh, where five protesters were earlier killed in clashes.The 46-year-old Congress party leader was detained as he crossed into the volatile region in central India by bike, having ditched his car to avoid detection by local authorities who denied him permission to visit.Gandhi, the scion to the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that ruled India through its Congress Party for decades, almost reached the epicentre of farmer riots that have roiled the area in recent days, but was stopped and held by police.“Rahul Gandhi has been bailed out of the jail,” Manoj Kumar Singh, the police chief in the bordering Neemuch district, told AFP.Thousands of farmers in the state governed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have for days been calling for loan waivers and a floor price for crops as economic and weather conditions pinch profits.The strikes turned violent Tuesday and five farmers were killed by police gunfire.Gandhi—forced to shout to reporters as police led him away—blamed Modi for the farmers’ deaths.Madhya Pradesh is one of several largely agricultural Indian states that have suffered disappointing rains and crop failures in recent years.More than 1,600 farmers killed themselves in Madhya Pradesh in 2016, official figures show.India has nearly 260 million farmers and farm labourers, and agriculture accounts for 17 percent of the gross domestic product.last_img read more

first_imgUS president Trump beats `CNN`. This screen-grab taken from Trump`s Twitter page.US President Donald Trump launched a fresh attack on the news media Sunday by tweeting a video — bizarre even by his standards — showing him knocking down and beating a professional wrestling “villain” whose face had been replaced by a CNN logo.The 10-year-old video, hailing back to Trump’s days as a guest celebrity at pro-wrestling events, came after a week in which his unrestrained Twitter attacks on two MSNBC talk show hosts drew widespread condemnation from members of both political parties.The latest tweet was immediately condemned by journalists, who said Trump seemed to be promoting physical violence against the media, while a Republican lawmaker said the president was trying to “weaponize distrust” through his postings.But administration officials insisted Trump has a right to respond to critical coverage.In the 28-second video, Trump, in a suit and tie, is seen knocking down another man in a suit who is standing next to a wrestling ring. Trump repeatedly pummels the fallen man, whose face is covered by a superimposed CNN logo. A fake CNN logo then appears on the screen reading “FNN: Fraud News Network.”A longer version of the video online shows that the man being beaten was World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) owner-promoter Vince McMahon, a friend of Trump’s. In that version, Trump also gets in the ring to shave McMahon’s head as part of the “The Battle of the Billionaires” at the WrestleMania 23 event.McMahon was present at the White House in February to pose smilingly with the president when his wife Linda McMahon — a former WWE executive — was sworn in as Trump’s Small Business Administration chief.Encouraging violence?Trump has recently stepped up his attacks on the news media. Besides the crude attack on MSNBC co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski — he called her “low I.Q.” and said he had seen her bleeding after a facelift — he has specifically bashed outlets including CNN, NBC, The Washington Post and The New York Times.Amid a torrent of criticism over his attack on Brzezinski, Trump doubled down Saturday, tweeting: “My use of social media is not Presidential – it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!”With Trump’s tweets coming just weeks after a mass shooting at a congressional baseball practice, reporters on Thursday asked White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders whether his rhetoric might be promoting violence.She replied: “The president in no way, form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence. If anything, quite the contrary.”But the wrestling video prompted a wave of recriminations.”It is a sad day when the president of the United States encourages violence against reporters,” CNN said in a statement. “Clearly, Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied when she said the president had never done so.”CNN suggested that Trump should instead be focusing on issues like health care, tensions with North Korea and his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Hamburg, Germany.A journalists’ group, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, roundly denounced the video. “We condemn the president’s threat of physical violence against journalists,” said a statement from the group’s executive director, Bruce Brown. “This tweet is beneath the office of the presidency. Sadly, it is not beneath this president.”‘A right to respond’A White House official, Homeland Security adviser Thomas Bossert, defended Trump’s video and said it demonstrated the president’s “genuine ability to communicate to the people.””I think that no one would perceive that as a threat,” he said on ABC. “I hope they don’t. I do think that he’s beaten up in a way on cable platforms that he has a right to respond.”But Republican Senator Ben Sasse rejected that argument, saying on CNN that there is a difference between complaining about bad coverage and “trying to weaponize distrust.”Meanwhile, several journalists said they feared Trump was stirring up anti-media violence.Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, said it was “unseemly” that Trump would “encourage such anger at the media.”And Annie Lowrey, a journalist with The Atlantic magazine, tweeted: “In seriousness, I am terrified that a journalist — perhaps one of the many political reporters I know and love — is going to end up dead.”Trump may see the news media as an easy target, one deeply disliked by his political base. But public approval of newspapers, at least, has significantly risen in the past year, a period marked by intensive and often critical reporting on the unorthodox Trump presidency.Only 20 percent of Americans expressed confidence in newspapers in June 2016. But by last month the figure had risen to 27 percent, the Gallup polling firm reported.last_img

first_img Listen Share He went on to explain that poll workers are trained on voter ID situations and that there are posters in four languages at each location explaining the correct ID information.The last day for early voting is Friday Nov. 4th. Election Day is Tuesday Nov. 8th.Abner Fletcher and Andrew Schneider contributed to this report. 00:00 /00:36 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:31 Xcenter_img Marissa CummingsVoters wait outside of Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library to cast their vote.Some early voters say that they have found out that poll workers at some locations are providing wrong information about the kind of ID needed to cast a ballot.Eligible voters do not need to present a photo ID to submit a ballot. There are 7 other options people can choose from.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Ruth Baxter said a poll worker misinformed people at the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library. One of our reporters had a similar experience at a different location after asking about alternatives to a photo ID.This information was brought to the attention of Harris Country Clerk Stan Stanart. Here is what he had to say. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Xlast_img read more

first_img When a smartphone launches, it’s logical to expect accessories designed for the new phone to fly off the shelves. Accordingly, demand should drop for accessories made for previous models.But sales of older inventory are actually booming, fueled oddly enough by new phones from Apple, Samsung and Motorola, according to mobile accessory companies.After the iPhone 6 launch, sales jumped for the older iPhone 5c cases, said Andy Fathollahi, CEO of protective case-maker Incipio. He forecasts up to a 30 percent jump in 5c cases sales in the coming months.”We expect to see this boost continue through the holidays,”Fathollahi said.Other companies are also anticipating growth for older gear. Case Logic is gearing up for a 15 to 20 percent sales spike for its iPhone 5 cases in the next eight weeks, said Tim Shonk, director of retail sales.Screen protection manufacturer Tech Armor has already noticed positive gains. Sales of its iPhone 5s and 5c screens grew 20 percent following the iPhone 6 launch, according to senior product manager Jeff Wilcox.What’s going on?The surge in demand for older accessories is being driven by what Fathollahi calls a conversion period.”Years prior, people were switching from a flip phone to a smartphone—that was the adoption period, not conversion,” Fathollahi said. “Now, everyone owns smartphones and it’s device upgrades that are driving sales.”Two-thirds of mobile subscribers own smartphones, according to media research firm Nielsen. That means more customers upgrade to newer smartphone models than buy one for the first time.Conversions are also stemming from smartphone users leaving one operating system for another, such as Android users switching to iOS.These converters are budget conscious, said Fathollahi, and are averse to the latest—and more expensive—smartphone models, preferring to upgrade to the next-best. For instance, an iPhone 4 owner may opt for the 97 cent iPhone 5c at Walmart instead of shelling out hundreds for the iPhone 6.And since three-quarters of smartphone buyers purchase at least one accessory as well, according to research firm NPD Group, these next-best upgraders are creating a new customer base that boosts sales for older accessories. “Customers come in and upgrade their hardware to just one level. And they leave with a case or two,” Shonk said.Banking on the conversion waveCasemaker Speck is targeting converters by investing in new designs for iPhone 5 and Samsung S5 cases. In a few weeks, the company will release new colors for iPhone 5 cases.”Our company’s growth comes from innovating the function and design of old cases,” said Speck spokeswoman Lindsay Anne Aamodt. “We want to make upgraded phones feel fresh and new.”Companies expect to ride out the current sales wave through the holidays, when they expect more accessories to be purchased as gifts. But in the long run, Aamodt said, another conversion wave will come and many iPhone 5 owners, now content with their device, will upgrade. 3 min read Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global October 7, 2014 This story originally appeared on CNBClast_img read more

first_img Precision Oncology News, 2018 A ROBOpilot controlled 1968 Cessna 206 taking off during it’s first flight at Dugway Proving Ground, UtahUS Air Force Biocartis, Kite Sign Agreement for Assay Development Aimed at Immunotherapies A new US Air Force kit that can turn a conventional aircraft into a robotic one has completed its maiden flight. Developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and DZYNE Technologies Incorporated as part of the Robotic Pilot Unmanned Conversion Program, the ROBOpilot made its first two-hour flight on August 9 at the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah after being installed in a 1968 Cessna 206 small aircraft.With modern autopilots, even small modern aircraft already have surprising ability to fly themselves, but there’s a big difference between maintaining a course and actually flying an aircraft the way a human pilot does. From the opposite direction, autonomous drones are becoming increasingly sophisticated, but these tend to be highly specialized and expensive.Funded by AFRL’s CRI Small Business Innovative Research project, ROBOpilot is designed to make these two paths meet in the middle by replacing the pilot seat (and pilot) with a kit consisting of all the actuators, electronics, cameras, and power systems needed to fly a conventional aircraft, plus a robotic arm for the manual tasks. In this way, ROBOpliot can operate the yoke, rudder, brakes, throttle, and switches while reading the dashboard gauges and displays like a human pilot. Genomics England, AI Startup Collaborate on Immunotherapy Almac Assay’s Ability to Stratify Esophageal Cancer Patients Demonstrated by UK Researchers Precision Oncology News, 2019 Precision Oncology News, 2018 Precision Oncology News, 2019 I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more Powered by We recommendcenter_img According to the Air Force, the installation is simple, non-invasive and non-permanent, using standard commercial technologies and components. This allows planes to be converted to unmanned operations without the complexity and costs of purpose-built UAVs, and switched back to human control configuration when required.The recent flight comes after a year of building and testing that involved trialing the device concept using a RedBird FMX simulator to demonstrate how well it can fly in a simulated environment before progressing to the real thing. The US Federal Aviation Administration-certified trainer showed that ROBOpilot could carry out autonomous takeoffs, mission navigation, and landings in both normal and abnormal conditions. “Imagine being able to rapidly and affordably convert a general aviation aircraft, like a Cessna or Piper, into an unmanned aerial vehicle, having it fly a mission autonomously, and then returning it back to its original manned configuration,” says Dr. Alok Das, Senior Scientist with AFRL’s Center for Rapid Innovation. “All of this is achieved without making permanent modifications to the aircraft.”The video below shows the maiden flight of the ROBOpilot.Source: US Air Force Blacksmith Electric Janssen Plans Year-End Erdafitinib Filing Based on Phase II Data in FGFR-Mutated Bladder Cancer Precision Oncology News, 2019 Precision Oncology News, 2019 Caris Life Sciences Acquires Pharmatech Privacy policy Google Analytics settings Precision Oncology Highlights From ESMO 2018 Yes Nolast_img read more