World Cup 41 North American cities submit bids for 2026 World Cup Last updated 2 years ago 03:09 8/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Spencer Platt World Cup United States Canada Mexico The cities have made an official declaration of interest, with the the United Bid Committee set to review all the bids Forty-one North American cities have officially submitted bids to serve as host cities for the 2026 World Cup.The joint bid for the United States, Mexico and Canada is heavily favored to win the right to host the World Cup, and it will review all cities’ submissions and release an initial shortlist of venues this fall. The United Bid Committee submitted requests for information to 44 cities in July. Of those 44, three have dropped out of the running to host matches: San Diego; Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Calgary, Alberta. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Twenty to 25 cities will be included in the final bid to FIFA, with at least 12 locations expected to be named host cities should the bid be successful. Of the 80 matches in the 48-team tournament, the U.S. is set to host 60, with Mexico and Canada hosting 10 matches each.All stadiums are required to have at least 40,000 seats for group-stage matches, and a capacity of at least 80,000 is required for the opening match and the final. FULL LIST OF CITIES SUBMITTING BIDSCANADA (six cities)Edmonton, Alberta – Commonwealth StadiumMontreal, Quebec – Stade OlympiqueOttawa, Ontario – TD Place Stadium Regina, Saskatchewan – Mosaic StadiumToronto, Ontario – BMO FieldVancouver, British Columbia – BC PlaceMEXICO (three cities)Guadalajara, Jalisco – Estadio ChivasMexico City – Estadio AztecaMonterrey, Nuevo Leon – Estadio RayadosUNITED STATES (32 cities)Atlanta, GA – Mercedes-Benz StadiumBaltimore, MD – M&T Bank StadiumBirmingham, AL – Legion FieldBoston, MA (Foxborough, MA) – Gillette StadiumCharlotte, NC – Bank of America StadiumChicago, IL – Soldier FieldCincinnati, OH – Paul Brown StadiumCleveland, OH – FirstEnergy StadiumDallas, TX – Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Arlington, TX) – AT&T StadiumDenver, CO – Sports Authority Field at Mile HighDetroit, MI – Ford FieldHouston, TX – NRG StadiumIndianapolis, IN – Lucas Oil StadiumJacksonville, FL – EverBank FieldKansas City, MO – Arrowhead StadiumLas Vegas, NV – Raiders StadiumLos Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA (Inglewood, CA) – LA Stadium at Hollywood ParkLos Angeles, CA (Pasadena, CA) – Rose BowlMiami, FL – Hard Rock StadiumMinneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank StadiumNashville, TN – Nissan StadiumNew Orleans, LA – Mercedes-Benz SuperdomeNew York/New Jersey (East Rutherford, NJ) – MetLife StadiumOrlando, FL – Camping World StadiumPhiladelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial FieldPhoenix, AZ (Glendale, AZ) – University of Phoenix StadiumPittsburgh, PA – Heinz FieldSalt Lake City, UT – Rice-Eccles StadiumSan Antonio, TX – AlamodomeSan Francisco/San Jose, CA (Santa Clara, CA) – Levi’s StadiumSeattle, WA – CenturyLink FieldTampa, FL – Raymond James StadiumWashington, DC (Landover, MD) – FedEx Field
USA TodayAfter a two week hiatus, the Duke Blue Devils are back in the Top 25 after dropping out of the polls for the first time in eight years on February 1. Duke has been playing better as of late, and secured a massive win over then-No. 7 Virginia on Saturday thanks to a controversial buzzer beater by Grayson Allen, launching them back into the two Top 25 polls.Here’s the far baseline view of Grayson Allen’s shot pic.twitter.com/I0vb4BQTc3— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) February 13, 2016At the top of the polls, Villanova hangs on at No. 1 for the second straight week after comfortable wins at DePaul and vs. St. John’s. The Wildcats may not be an overwhelming No. 1, but with their only losses coming to Oklahoma, Virginia, and in overtime to Providence, they are consistent in a year that’s been anything but for the college basketball world.Here is the full AP Top 25:1. Villanova 2. Kansas 3. Oklahoma4. Iowa 5. North Carolina 6. Maryland 7. Virginia T-8. Xavier T-8. Michigan State 10. West Virginia11. Miami (FL) 12. Arizona13. Iowa State 14. Kentucky 15. Dayton 16. Oregon 17. Purdue 18. Louisville 19. Notre Dame20. Duke 21. SMU 22. Indiana23. Providence 24. Texas25. BaylorHere is the USA Today Coaches’ Poll:1. Villanova 2. Kansas 3. Oklahoma4. North Carolina 5. Maryland 6. Iowa 7. Xavier 8. Virginia 9. Michigan State 10. Miami (FL)11. West Virginia12. Arizona13. Dayton 14. Kentucky 15. Iowa State16. Purdue 17. Oregon 18. Notre Dame 19. Duke 20. Providence 21. Indiana22. Baylor23. South Carolina24. Texas A&M25. Texas
Actor, comedian and Rally Health Ambassador Kevin Hart, and E! News host Maria Menounos hosted a free outdoor health festival, Rally HealthFest, at Nelson A. Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City, lower Manhattan on Saturday, July 30, to show New Yorkers how making simple lifestyle changes can be a lot of fun and help improve their overall health.The New York Rally HealthFest featured fitness activities including boot camps, yoga classes, rock climbing and spin classes, as well as an interactive kids’ zone, all supported by Rally partner Asphalt Green, an NYC nonprofit.Attendees also had a chance to participate in a group workout with Ron “Boss” Everline, Kevin Hart’s personal trainer; got nutritional tips from young celebrity chef Haile Thomas; and earned prizes for participating in activities. There were plenty of healthy eats and beverages from Juice Press. Attendees also joined Rally partner DiamondBack to help build bicycles that will be donated to Madison Square Boys and Girls Club.“Kevin Hart is the ultimate motivator inspiring people to take charge of their health,”said Grant Verstandig, Rally Health founder and CEO. “As our Health Ambassador, Kevin has spoken directly with thousands of people at our HealthFests — most recently in Los Angeles — to help them learn steps they can take to adopt a healthier lifestyle.”Said Hart, “I’m passionate about health and fitness and really love meeting the awesome people who come out to our Rally HealthFests to renew, or make a brand new commitment to their own health and fitness. That’s powerful stuff. I want New Yorkers to know that taking even the smallest steps can make a big difference in their health, and we’re here to help.”To find out more, click here.
The snake battles with the flying kangaroo. Image: Fairfax Media Vision: Robert Webber Source = e-Travel Blackboard: A.N There are some films that will never be shown for your in-flight entertainment; movies that involve a plane crashing or in a hostage situation are quite high on the list and ‘Snakes on a Plane’ is undoubtedly not too far behind.Yet when some passengers were able to finally explore their selection of channels 20 minutes into a Qantas flight from Cairns to Port Moresby, others took a look to the left and discovered that nature had defied all laws that govern what is appropriate to watch at 35,000 feet.The QF191 passengers were treated to a rare battle between man’s creation and snake as a three-metre python took to the skies on its wing.Originally being nestled behind the wing for what surely began as an innocent Queensland nap, the snake was soon taken on an unexpected journey as it battled with 400km/h winds and minus 12 degree weather.The front row viewers described how they watched the snake struggle throughout the 1.5 hour flight, along with the pilots who took turns in monitoring the effort of the snake who was whipped around the wing.As the white Qantas wing began to see splashes of red, it was clear that the snake’s battle was all but over.A Qantas spokesperson later stated that they had “never heard of this happening before”, whilst the president of the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association, Paul Cousins, said that for the snake to be able to reach the cabin, would have been impossible, which perhaps explains the lack of panic on the early morning flight.
Korean Air Celebrates Inaugural Flight to Zagreb, CroatiaKorean Air Celebrates Inaugural Flight to Zagreb, CroatiaKorean Air celebrated its inaugural flight from Seoul, South Korea to Zagreb, Croatia on September 1, marking the first regular service connecting Croatia and Far East Asia directly.The airline’s maiden flight KE919 from Seoul, which took 11 hours and 40 minutes, was welcomed with a water cannon salute upon landing at Zagreb (Franjo Tuđman) International Airport on Saturday. An inaugural flight ceremony was held at Zagreb Airport, with government and industry officials, Mr. Park Won-sup, Korean Ambassador to Croatia, Mr. Damir Kušen, the newly appointed Croatian Ambassador to Korea, Ms. Olivera Šarić, Assistant Minister of Tourism, Ms. Martina Bienenfeld, director of Touristic Board of Zagreb, Mr. Jacques Feron, CEO of the Zagreb International Airport attended.“We are delighted to launch our first regular service to Croatia, the fast-growing country in tourism in South East Europe,” said Mr. Byung-Ryool Park, Korean Air’s Managing Vice President for Europe. “Taking this opportunity, Korean Air will support in reinforcing trade and tourism relations between Croatia and Korea.”Mr. Jacques Feron, CEO of the Zagreb International Airport said “We are extremely proud that our efforts in connecting Zagreb with Asia all year round and in continually enriching the overall offer of flights show results. Almost half a million South Korea’s tourists visited Croatia last year and therefore we believe that this line will strongly contribute to the continued positive results recorded at Franjo Tuđman Airport, as well to the tourist results and the image of Zagreb.”Korean Air commenced the three-times weekly non-stop service between Incheon and Zagreb, utilizing Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The flight departs Incheon, Seoul at 11:00, arriving in Zagreb at 15:45. It then departs Zagreb at 17:20, arriving back in Incheon at 11:30 the next day. The airline’s new service provides a convenient schedule for travel between Seoul and Zagreb. Those passengers arriving in Seoul and wishing to travel onwards enjoy easy connections at Incheon International Airport, with access to a wide range of destinations in Asia and Oceania for both business and leisure travel.With the addition of the new route, Korean Air will operate international flights to 112 cities in 43 countries. About Korean AirKorean Air, established in 1969, is one of the world’s top 20 airlines carrying more than 26 million passengers in 2017. The airline operates over 460 flights per day to 125 cities in 44 countries on six continents; it has a modern fleet of 175 aircraft and employs over 20,000 professional employees. Korean Air’s core business includes passenger, cargo, aerospace, catering and in-flight sales. The airline’s main hub is at the newly-opened Incheon (ICN) International Airport Terminal 2.Korean Air is a founding member of the Sky Team airline alliance, which together with its 20 members annually welcomes 730 million passengers worldwide, on more than 16,609 daily flights, covering 1,074 destinations in 177 countries. The airline recently launched a joint venture partnership with Delta Air Lines in the trans-Pacific market.In 2019 Korean Air will celebrate its 50th anniversary. With a vision to be a respected leader in the world airline community, Korean Air is dedicated to providing excellence in flight.More on Korean Air’s programs, routes, frequencies and partners is available at koreanair.com, facebook.com/KoreanAir, Google.com/+KoreanAir_KE, and Twitter@KoreanAir_KE. Source = Korean Air
“The use of such motorised vehicles as a leisure activity can be both exciting and fun however, if used inappropriately, this can be against the law in certain circumstances. “Quads, and some scramblers, do not comply with Construction and Use Regulations and Vehicle Safety Standards and therefore are restricted to “off-road” use only. “This does not mean that they can be driven anywhere off-road. “These vehicles should only be driven on private land where the landowner has given permission and should not be driven on pavements, roads, public property or parks. “Insurance and safety equipment must be complied with as well in order to drive these vehicles legally. “We have the power to seize these vehicles and will do so in an effort to ensure public safety. If you have any concerns please call the non-emergency number 101.”POLICE INVESTIGATING REPORTS OF SCRAMBLER BIKES CAUSING NUISANCE IN CO DERRY was last modified: November 18th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: “We’ve had a number of reports of scramblers causing a nuisance in the Iniscarn Forest, area of Desertmartin.“These vehicles are dangerous, they are not toys.“Any people involved in using scramblers are asked to be very mindful of their safety and parents of children that are using these vehicles are asked to ensure that they are suitably equipped for them.“No-one wants to be dealing with serious injuries, or worse, in their family. ShareTweet THE PSNI say they are are investigating reports of scrambler bikes causing nuisance in the Desertmartin area of Co Derry.The police are advising about the dangers of such vehicles on the roads.A spokesman Magherafelt PSNI said: “It’s important to bear in mind the dangers associated with the use of off-road scramblers and quad bikes. DESERTMARTINPOLICE INVESTIGATING REPORTS OF SCRAMBLER BIKES CAUSING NUISANCE IN CO DERRYPSNI MAGHERAFELT
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Register Now » Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Travel 94shares Have a question about what you can bring with you on the plane this holiday season? @AskTSA has some suggestions. Image credit: Shutterstock Add to Queue This year, AAA is predicting that 50.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home for Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent — in the form of 1.6 million people — increase from last year.The holiday travel season is particularly stressful gauntlet that the majority of us have to run every November and December, but there are tools to help simplify things — like the Transportation Security Administration’s @AskTSA Twitter account, which offers travel tips to make going through security as painless as possible.For a quick-hit of 10 holiday-related items TSA says you can and cannot bring with you on your travels, read on.Related: Why the TSA — Yes, the One at the Airport — Is Actually Amazing at Instagram1. Don’t bring wrapped presents.@VeevsVT Wrapped gifts are allowed but not encouraged, as they may need to be unwrapped if further inspection is required.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 5, 20172. You can, in fact, bring a turkey. We’re glad you asked! Turkeys are allowed through the security checkpoint.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 20, 20173. Pies are also good to go. Thanks for checking. Pies are allowed through the security checkpoint. Enjoy!— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 20, 20174. Strollers are allowed through, just be sure to plan ahead.A stroller is allowed through the security checkpoint. Pls collapse the item and send it into the X-ray for screening. If the item doesn’t fit inside the tunnel, a physical inspection from our officers will be necessary.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 20, 20175. In case you’re planning to dress in a Turkey or Santa Claus costume. Costumes are allowed in carry-on bags. Have a great day!— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 20, 2017Related: Here Are Some of the Weirdest Things Confiscated at the Airport6. If you’re bringing leftovers back, just make sure they are frozen solid. Good question! Freezer packs, used to keep food cold, must be completely frozen solid when presented for screening.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 19, 20177. If you want to commemorate the occasion with help from a selfie stick. Thanks for reaching out! A selfie stick is good to go in carry-on bags.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 19, 20178. In case your pet is a member of your family.Thanks for reaching out, Carrie! Small pets are allowed through the security checkpoint, although we advise checking with your airline for their policy. Pls read for more information on traveling w/ pets: https://t.co/QJAD57ubtt— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 19, 20179. If you want to take a minute away from family togetherness with some video games.Thanks for asking, Taylor. Yes, game consoles are allowed in carry-on bags. Please place this item in a separate bin for X-ray screening. Safe travels!— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 20, 201710. Lobster stuffing, anyone? TSA says okay.Live lobsters are allowed through security and must be in a clear, plastic, spill proof container. Our officers will visually inspect it at the checkpoint; it should not go through the X-ray machine. Pls contact your airline regarding their policy.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 19, 2017Related video: Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch Ep. 9: Simplifying Your Daily Routine Nina Zipkin Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 10 TSA-Approved Travel Tips to Make Your Holiday Travel Easier Entrepreneur Staff November 21, 2017 3 min read Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture.
–shares Before They Spoiled the Software Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue Brought to you by PCWorld Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business September 30, 2007 Next Article Software developers would like you to believe that with every new version, their products improve substantially, adding slicker interfaces and more powerful features, and making better use of faster processors and more RAM. As applications mature, they imply, we are all moving toward the Golden Age of Software.But we know that’s not always the case.We’ve all seen programs that started out as a simple 1MB utility become a Jabba-the-Hutt-sized monster with an interface so complex you need a Ph.D. in physics to understand it. We’ve seen software that dropped some of its niftiest features to lure you into buying a more-expensive Pro version. We’ve seen a once-unassuming application become greedy for as much of your system resources as it can grab.Of course, sometimes bloat is in the eye of the beholder. Additions that are great new features for somebody else may be, for you, useless buttons that just get in the way.You don’t have to put up with it, though. We’ve rounded up a list of good software that went bad, and we’ll show you how you can turn back the clock by downloading and installing the earlier, better versions.How We Found ThemFor our compilation of earlier-is-better software, we went to the pros–the people who use plenty of programs every day. We asked our own PC World editors for their lists of applications that were better before developers started mucking around. And we also went to an online treasure trove of older-but-better software–the site OldVersion.com, which has rounded up countless earlier versions of dozens and dozens of programs. We asked site founder and editor Alex Levine to give us his picks of the best oldies, and we asked site users to weigh in as well.Note: When clicking on a link for software at OldVersion.com , you may need to scroll down the resulting page to find the version you want. Also, OldVersion.com isn’t the only site that archives old software. If you’re looking for a hard-to-find older application, try oldapps.com and old-versions.net .The Safety TradeoffBefore we start on our list of Golden Oldies, though, keep in mind one big caveat: An undeniably good thing that comes with new versions of software is the fixes you get for security holes, sometimes very serious ones. So if you choose to run old versions of programs, you are taking a calculated risk. Make sure your other defenses are as strong as you can make them, and be extra careful about what you click.Instant Messaging ProgramsDo you think your instant messaging application is bloated? Welcome to the club.AOL Instant Messenger (AIM)OldVersion.com’s Alex Levine, like many others, complains that the newest version of AIM features more pop-ups, more advertising, and a difficult-to-use interface. “A lot of our users use AIM 5.5.x or 5.9.x simply because [those versions] do what users need the app to do and don’t use as much CPU,” he says.”They made the newer versions way too foofy and filled with [stuff] I don’t need,” one OldVersion user says of AIM. “The older versions work much better; they do just what I want, which is allow me to communicate with people with a minimum of fuss and without a slick interface that I don’t need.””The smilies are unbearable in the newer versions,” another user adds. “Not only do they do that horrible explosion thing, but for some reason you can’t make them any smaller than the default, and the really tiny smilies are so much cuter :).”ICQAmerica Online seems to have a knack for wrecking good instant messengers. ICQ was at one time the big boy of the instant messaging world. Then AOL bought it. Ever since, people have been complaining about the software’s bloat.”I still use ICQ 2003 Pro, primarily because it still has the original single message mode instead of the split chat window,” says PC World’s Elliott Kirschling. “I would prefer to use an even older and less bloated version, but they no longer connect to the newer clients and network.””It used to be a wonderful little IM program, then they just couldn’t leave well enough alone and kept adding more and more,” complains one OldVersion.com user. Oldversion.com has previous versions of both ICQ and ICQ Lite , an even slimmer client. If you want to check out what people are complaining about, you can download ICQ 6 , the current version.Windows Messenger, MSN Messenger, Windows Live MessengerThis Microsoft instant messaging program has gone through so many name changes and incarnations, we defy anyone to name them all. The latest is Windows Live Messenger , which some people complain is a system hog.”Windows Live Messenger is all flair and no guts,” says one OldVersion.com user. “I want a messenger to send messages to people, not eat up my system resources with transparent skins and flashy interfaces.” This IM devotee says he uses, instead, MSN Messenger 7.5 .Media PlayersLooking for a simple media player? You’ll have to go back in time.Windows Media PlayerOnce upon a time, Windows Media Player was a simple, compact application that just played media files. Nothing more, nothing less. Those days are long gone. Today’s Windows Media Player 11 is a major, full-blown application for managing media, with all kinds of bells and whistles. Not everyone, though, likes those bells and whistles.Says one OldVersion.com user: “It used to be a utility that would play media files you had on the computer. Now it’s some unholy bloated ‘Media Center’.” OldVersion.com has versions of Media Player that go all the way back to 5.1 (a mere 0.2MB download!).MusicMatch Jukebox (Now Yahoo Music Jukebox)Yahoo Music Jukebox (the latest version of what used to be MusicMatch Jukebox) manages an unfortunate double-whammy: Critics say it’s both bloated and lacking many of the best features of its predecessor.” Older versions of MusicMatch Jukebox were the best solution for recording, organizing, tagging, and playing a large music collection,” PC World’s Kirschling says. “Version 10 was the last version, and it did get some small updates after Yahoo bought it, but now they are trying to force everyone to ‘upgrade’ to Yahoo Music Jukebox. The problem is that Yahoo Music Jukebox does not have most of the advanced features that MusicMatch has.”I’ll add a personal note here. I used to be a MusicMatch user as well, but I lost interest in it before it was sold to Yahoo, sometime back around version 9, when Big Bloat set in.WinampWhat is it about media players that makes developers want to muck around with them? Do they get a charge out of saying, “My player is bigger than yours”? For whatever reason, these programs grow bigger, not better, with time. Winamp is another player program that has grown through the years, and not necessarily for the better. Older versions were mean and lean, great at playing media and getting out of the way. The new version , some users say, gets in the way.”My favorite version is Winamp 2.95. That’s before they started bulking up the client and adding completely unnecessary things,” says one music aficionado at OldVersion.com. “I just want something that plays my MP3s. I don’t need it to burn CDs for me or download new music or cook my breakfast or massage my feet.”iTunesIn the case of iTunes 7 , bloat isn’t the problem. But discriminating users complain that Apple took away a really useful feature. ” Early versions of iTunes allowed you to stream your music collection to an unlimited number of PCs on a local network,” PC World Senior Editor Eric Dahl explains. “The current version restricts you to five PCs per day, meaning that if your music collection is popular with your coworkers, some of them may get cut off.”QuickTime PlayerQuickTime is another example of Apple taking away features from a perfectly good program, says PC World Executive Editor Allan Stafford. “QuickTime Player got stripped of lots of features in an effort to get people to buy the Pro version.”The current version is QuickTime 7 . Grab older versions here .Image and Video SoftwareSure, this software category usually means big, and bigger, programs. But sometimes you get less, not more.iMovie ’08 (for the Mac)Here’s an example of a great program gone bad–really, really bad. When Apple updated iMovie , it essentially changed the software completely, stripping out all the best features and leaving behind a shell of the former program. So now it doesn’t have a timeline for video editing, its audio editing tools are poor, it won’t accept plug-ins–and that’s just a start.David Pogue wrote in his newsletter for the New York Times, “I can’t remember any software company pulling a stunt like this before: throwing away a fully developed, mature, popular program and substituting a bare-bones, differently focused program under the same name.”Fortunately, the versions of iMovie that were included in Apple iLife 2004 and Apple iLife 2006 are still available through Amazon.com.Corel Paint Shop ProFor many years, Paint Shop Pro was the top piece of graphics shareware. It was the anti-Photoshop–plenty of features, plenty of power, yet simple to use and fast-loading. Then came version 8. Good-bye, simplicity. Things haven’t improved any in the current version, Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 , which costs about $100.”If I want to do something quick and simple, I just use Paint Shop Pro 7,” says one OldVersion.com user. “Paint Shop Pro 8 just tried too hard to be Photoshop Lite.” At least OldVersion.com has trial versions of previous incarnations of Paint Shop Pro .”With 8, they tried to do too much with it and I had no idea how to even use half the features or buttons,” says another OldVersion site user. “I use Paint Shop Pro for basic stuff like cropping, because it loads quicker than Photoshop. For what I need, version 8.0 is practically useless.”ACDSeeEarly versions of ACDSee, an image management program, were slick and fast-loading, and were ideally suited for viewing graphics and doing image conversions. The current version is big and slow, and not nearly as easy to use, many users complain.”Once version 3.0 hit, the application was unsuitable for my use because of all the unnecessary stuff they added,” says one OldVersion.com user.”The older versions of ACDSee loaded in a snap, like the Windows image viewer, [and] had better functions for resizing and slide shows, and also let you do JPG/GIF/BMP/PNG conversions,” another user says.ACDSee 9, the current version, sells for $40. You can find earlier, trial versions at OldVersion.com .And Two More Previous FavoritesThese two applications are popular–but are the current versions the best?Adobe ReaderThis widely used program is designed to do one thing, and one thing alone–let you read Adobe PDF files. Once upon a time that meant a svelte program. Today it means a sumo wrestler. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at the file sizes. Version 2.0 was a 1.4MB download. The current version 8.1 weighs in at a hefty 22.3MB.The best earlier version of this classic, says one OldVersion.com visitor, is Adobe Reader 5.0.5 . “The bloat showed up in version 6,” he says, “and even though it started disappearing in version 8, there’s still a splash screen, annoying updater, and so on.”EudoraLots of long-time PC users have fond memories of this e-mail client; indeed, for many old-timers, it was the first e-mail software they ever used. But some of the changes the program introduced over the years, such as a feature that read your e-mail to warn you if it was potentially insulting, seemed less than necessary to lots of users.Good news may be on the way. Eudora has gone open source, and future versions are being developed by the Mozilla Foundation. You can get the current version here or pick up an earlier version .Our Quick Checklist of Old and New VersionsHere is our complete list of the applications discussed in this article.AIM (current)AIM 5.5.x or 5.9.x (older versions)ICQ 6 (current)ICQ (earlier versions)ICQ Lite (old versions)Windows Live Messenger (current)MSN Messenger 7.5 (earlier version of Live Messenger)Windows Media Player 11 (current)Media Player (earlier versions)Yahoo Music Jukebox (current; formerly MusicMatch)MusicMatch Jukebox (older versions)Winamp (current)Winamp (older versions)iTunes 7 (current)iTunes (early versions)QuickTime 7 (current)QuickTime (older versions)iMovie (current)iMovie, Apple iLife 2004iMovie, Apple iLife 2006Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 (current)Corel Paint Shop Pro, trialware of earlier versionsACDSee 9 (current)ACDSee (earlier, trial versions)Adobe Reader 8.1 (current)Adobe Reader 5.0.5Eudora, current versionEudora, earlier versions Technology Sometimes a program’s new version is actually worse than the previous one. 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Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 11 2019Patients with left-sided heart failure who get implanted devices to improve the pumping of their hearts may be more likely to develop heart failure on the opposite side of their hearts if they are pre-treated with off-label selective vasodilator drugs, according to new research published in Circulation: Heart Failure, an American Heart Association journal.Between 10% and 40% of patients who undergo left-ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation for left-sided heart failure develop right-sided heart failure — a complication that spells worse outcomes. To head off the complication, physicians sometimes prescribe preemptive treatment with off-label selective vasodilator drugs called phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors (PDE5i). PDE5i drugs are currently approved for use to avoid right heart failure in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension due to causes other than heart disease, which is a different patient group from the ones followed in this study.PDE5i drugs dilate the pulmonary artery — the large vessel that carries blood away from the heart’s right side and into the lungs. A handful of small studies have shown a possible benefit to this off-label approach in some patients but affirmative data from large-scale studies have been lacking and the current study hopes to help close this gap.An LVAD is a mechanical heart pump. It’s placed inside a person’s chest, where it helps the heart pump oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. Unlike an artificial heart transplant, LVADs do not replace the heart. LVADs help the heart do its job.The findings of the new study — the largest analysis to date to assess the utility of this approach — call the preemptive treatment with PDE5i drugs into question. Related StoriesStroke should be treated 15 minutes earlier to save lives, study suggestsWeightlifting is better for the heart than cardioStudy explores role of iron in over 900 diseasesThe results are based on analysis of 11,544 U.S. LVAD recipients who underwent implantation between 2012 and 2017. Of all device recipients, 1,199 (10%) received pre-implantation treatment with PDE5i drugs which target the pulmonary artery to reduce the pressure in the heart’s right ventricle. Overall, 24% of all patients who got LVAD implants developed right-sided heart failure, but the group that got pre-implantation drugs did so at higher rates. To minimize the possible effects of other factors that could bias the outcomes, the researchers matched 1,177patients treated with PDE5i drugs to group of 1,177 patients who did not receive such preventive therapy but were otherwise similar to the pre-treated group in terms of disease severity, age and the presence of other diseases that could affect outcome and health status.Compared with those who did not get drug therapy, the group that received vasodilator drugs before LVAD implantation were 31% more likely to develop right-sided heart failure (29% for those treated, compared with 24% among those who did not receive pre-treatment). Additionally, the relative risk of bleeding within a week of LVAD surgery was 46% higher in patients receiving PDE5i therapy (12% of patients receiving therapy versus 8% of those not receiving this therapy), the analysis showed.Source: American Heart AssociationJournal reference:Gulati, G. et al. (2019) Preimplant Phosphodiesterase-5 Inhibitor Use Is Associated With Higher Rates of Severe Early Right Heart Failure After Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation. Circulation: Heart Failure. doi.org/10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.118.005537. We found no benefit of this therapy in patients receiving LVAD devices, including patients with pulmonary vascular disease or right ventricular dysfunction — the very patients who might be expected to benefit most. Our findings should give pause to clinicians considering this therapy, and we would caution against routine use of these therapies prior to LVAD surgery.”Michael Kiernan, M.D., M.S., Study Senior Investigator, Cardiologist, Tufts Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston
Alibaba revenue jumps ahead of shopping bonanza Singles Day Besides expanding overseas, the e-commerce giant continues to invest in China in what it calls “new retail”, which optimises in-store sales and service using data culled online.Hema, a grocery store launched by Alibaba in 2015 and one of the “new retail” flagships, allows customers to shop and dine in-store as well as order groceries online.”I think you have to understand Alibaba and what Alibaba is doing in the context of the long-term secular trend that’s developing in China, which is the rise of the Chinese middle class,” Alibaba Executive Vice Chairman Joe Tsai said at a Singles Day gala.”That trend is not going to stop, trade war or no trade war.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The world’s biggest 24-hour shopping event, celebrating its tenth year, kicked off early Sunday and once again shattered its own sales mark as Chinese online buyers seized on promotions to snap up everything from electronics to clothing and housewares.Sales rose 27 percent, compared with 39 percent last year.Although retail sales in China have been steady, the outlook is uncertain as the economy slows and concerns rise over the impact of the trade war with the United States.Alibaba’s share price, which doubled in 2017, is down 16 percent this year.Singles Day was originally set aside as an unofficial day for China’s unmarried, but Alibaba latched on to it a decade ago as a shopping promotion akin to the late-November US “Black Friday” retail crush.Capitalising on the growing addiction to one-click smartphone payments in China, it has proven a huge success.But Alibaba earlier this month lowered slightly its full-year revenue forecast, citing consumer uncertainty over the economic outlook.Company officials remained bullish on the future, however, as Alibaba pushes new initiatives. ‘Singles Day’ has become a huge annual shopping frenzy in China, similar to ‘Black Friday’ in the United States Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang speaks in front of a screen showing total sales at over 213.5 billion yuan (30.7 billion USD) shortly after the end of the 11.11, or “Singles Day” shopping festival Explore further Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba filled a record $30.7 billion in orders on Sunday during its annual “Singles Day” shopping frenzy, but growth slowed from previous years. Citation: Alibaba hits another ‘Singles Day’ record but growth slows (2018, November 12) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-alibaba-singles-day-growth.html © 2018 AFP
Just the beginning”This first flight is not a conclusion,” Turcat told the hundreds of journalists after that first flight. “It is the beginning of our work.”It would take another seven years and 5,500 hours of test flying before Concorde was authorised to enter into commercial service in 1976 with flights operated by Air France and British Airways. And in the end commercial passenger services only lasted 27 years. The gas-guzzling “great white bird” was retired on both sides of the Channel in 2003, brought down by its high costs and a dwindling market, with a 2000 crash outside Paris—in which 113 people were killed—heralding its final demise. When the misty skies cleared over southern France on the afternoon of Sunday March 2, 1969, the green light was signalled for the highly anticipated first ever flight of the Concorde. French pilot Andre Turcat, who was at the controls for the first test flight of the Concorde, pictured here a few months later in June 1969, in the cockpit of the supersonic jet The supersonic jet the Concorde pictured in the sky above Toulouse in France during its inaugural test flight on March 2, 1969 Concorde: technical feat, financial fiasco The roar of the four powerful engines and the silhouette of the aircraft, like a bird of prey in the sky, halted traffic on a nearby highway as people across the region stopped to watch, an AFP report said. Sweating in the cockpitInside the cockpit it was tense. Three of the four air-conditioning systems had broken and the temperature rose quickly. “Under our helmets, we were soon sweating profusely,” Turcat recalled in his book “Concorde” (1977).When the wheels hit the tarmac for the landing, thick smoke rose from the tyres and a security parachute opened at the rear to brake the 112-tonne machine.The crowds along the runway broke into applause. The flight had lasted 27 minutes.The British test flight came weeks later, on April 9, with Brian Trubshaw taking off aboard the 002 prototype built in Britain.On October 1 Turcat would also take the jet through the sound barrier for the first time. Journalists had been alerted two days earlier that the test flight was imminent; the world had been waiting since the futuristic aircraft, with its pointed nose and triangular wings, was publicly presented in December 1967.Here is an account, drawn from AFP reports, of the momentous day in aviation history when the supersonic turbojet first took to the skies 50 years ago.’She flies!’Several hundred journalists and spectators were crowded near the runway of the airport at Toulouse, where prototype 001 of the Franco-British aircraft was constructed.With French test pilot Andre Turcat at the controls and the event aired live on television, the sleek white plane started off down the runway just after 3:30 pm.She picked up speed, eased off the runway and then powered into the sky, straight as an arrow.”She flies! Concorde flies at last!” exclaimed BBC commentator Raymond Baxter. AFP sent out a flash alert: “Concorde has taken off.”Concord or Concorde?It was a source of pride on both sides of the Channel: Britain and France had joined forces in 1962 to build an airliner capable of flying faster than the speed of sound. © 2019 AFP In fact Concorde’s maximum velocity was more than twice the speed of sound.The coalition of two governments and two aircraft makers—British Aircraft Corporation (now BAE Systems) and Sud-Aviation, a precursor to Airbus—had encountered a series of hurdles and differences.Even the aircraft’s name, which means “agreement” in both languages, was a sticking point: English-style “Concord” or “Concorde” in French?Britain’s technology minister Tony Benn settled the dispute in 1967, keeping the “e” for “excellence”, “England”, “Europe” and “Entente cordiale”, as he said.Proving the plane can flyFor Concorde’s maiden flight, Turcat manoeuvred just a simple loop above the Garonne river at reduced speed and with the plane’s landing gear out.The aim was not to break speed records but rather to “show the plane can fly” and “return to the ground”, he would later explain. Explore further Citation: When Concorde first took to the sky 50 years ago (2019, March 1) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-concorde-sky-years.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The Concorde, pictured here in 1971, had a number of distinctive visual features, including its triangular-shaped wings Pilot Andre Turcat pictured in France in 1969 at the controls of the Concorde, which he flew for its first test flight on March 2 that same year
Hydrogen fuel stations are still are rare sight across Germany Stuttgart-based Bosch and Powercell Sweden AB—formerly a subsidiary of carmaker Volvo—aim to bring the fuel cells to market “in 2022 at the latest”.Hydrogen-powered electric vehicles could prove winners compared with their battery-driven cousins for some applications.They offer a longer range and can be refuelled about as quickly as a petrol- or diesel-powered vehicle.At the same time, hydrogen cars boast some of the advantages of battery-electric, including powerful acceleration, silent operation and no emissions at the point of use except water vapour.But a number of technological hurdles remain to be cleared before mass deployment.Large amounts of electricity are required to produce hydrogen, and there is a very limited network of fuelling stations.Just sixty refuelling points are available across Germany.Bosch did not reveal the financial terms of its deal with Powercell Sweden, but the two firms will work together to develop the so-called “stack”—components at the heart of the cell where the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen takes place to produce electricity.The group last year decided not to compete with existing Asian industry leaders in producing electric batteries for cars, seeing the rivals’ technological advantage as too great to catch up.By doing so, it turned away from supplying German carmakers like mammoth Volkswagen as they gear up to offer dozens of electric vehicles over the coming decade.Manufacturers have taken the plunge on electric power faced with looming tougher emissions rules in the European Union, loaded with hefty financial penalties if they are breached.European carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction targets “can only be reached by electrifying more and more of the powertrain. The fuel cell can play a decisive role here,” Bosch said.At first, “the best opportunities for broad adoption of fuel-cell technology are in the commercial-vehicle market,” the firm added, although it expects broader use in passenger cars should follow.By 2030, Bosch estimates that 20 percent of all electric vehicles worldwide will be powered by fuel cells. In a first, electric cars outsell traditional ones in Norway Citation: Germany’s Bosch powers up hydrogen cells for cars (2019, April 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-germany-bosch-powers-hydrogen-cells.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2019 AFP The world’s biggest auto parts maker Bosch said Monday it would work with a Swedish firm to develop key components for hydrogen fuel cells designed to power cars, after backing off building electric batteries.
Explore further German police shut down major ‘darknet’ illegal trading site The FBI announced the actions Wednesday in Pittsburgh. A grand jury returned indictments against the Israelis on charges of money laundering conspiracy. One of them lives in Brazil.The website seized under court order was identified as DeepDotWeb, accessible on the darknet under a slightly different name. The darknet is part of the internet but is hosted within an encrypted network and accessible only with anonymity-providing tools.The FBI said DeepDotWeb provided users with access to illegal marketplaces selling illegal drugs, assault rifles, hacking tools, stolen financial information and other contraband. The FBI has shut down a website it says was a gateway to illegal marketplaces on the darknet and announced the arrest of its two alleged Israeli operators. They are accused of making millions of dollars in kickbacks for their services. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: US shuts down illegal web marketplace; 2 Israelis charged (2019, May 8) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-illegal-web-marketplace-israelis.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.