In this month’s column with Pascal Curran, financial advisor and founder of advicefirst.ie, we gain a jargon-free guide to understanding the process of planning for a mortgage:At Advice First, as Mortgage Brokers we’ve done all of the research and know the market inside out, meaning that we can talk it through with you in simple terms, and let you know the best available option for you, unbiased, informed (and zero jargon!!)Pascal’s tips for getting Mortgage Ready:Are you ready to take a leap into home ownership (congratulations!) and unsure of the steps to take, and how to ready yourself for this journey? We’ll break some of it down to simplify the process, it’s good to do your homework so that you can be armed with knowledge before you’re bombarded with info (…and a sales pitch!) and luckily, we’ve done this homework for you, and can help you in a personalised way when you call in to us. Income:Lenders looking closely at your basic income; make sure you have three months payslips at the ready, last year’s P60 and a salary cert completed by your employer (you can obtain a salary cert from your Mortgage Broker or lender).Permanency:To obtain a mortgage you must have completed your probationary period and you should have at least six months (but preferably twelve months) in continuous employment. Lenders want to see consistency and long-term ability to repay.Costs:Having saved for this beforehand, is sensible. For example, do you have enough money set aside for the deposit, valuation and legal fees, and for furnishing the property? You will be required to have lender evidence on paper – e.g. bank statements and gift confirmation (if any) of this deposit prior to the loan offer being issued. Please note: You should also consider the additional costs incurred in taking a mortgage, including the cost of the valuation and the cost of the solicitor. Shop around and find out what the average cost will be, you should never instruct a valuation or solicitor until you get advice from your Mortgage Broker.Savings:Lenders will require evidence of savings. Not only is this showing that you can live within your means, it also demonstrates good financial planning and an ability to make repayments.Paperwork:When you go to your Broker or lender you should bring the following bits and pieces:3 months’ recent payslips (some lenders require less)6 months’ bank account statements (for all bank accounts)6 months’ saving bank account/Credit Union statements12 months’ loan account statements, for all existing loans including existing mortgagesRecent P60Keep an eye on:Check that you have not had any unpaid direct debits or standing orders on your statements (these are sometimes denoted by referral fees). If there are unpaid direct debits or standing orders, check why this occurred and explain this to your Mortgage Broker/Lender. Doing this can save a lot of time later in the process.Ability to repay:Can you show ability to repay i.e. paying rent? You can demonstrate an ability to repay by showing a strong savings history and strong payment history, i.e. ability to pay a specified rent each month. It is important that the rent and savings transactions can be seen on your bank account statements. Loans which have recently been paid off are also useful to show ability to repay.Deep in the O/D:Do you live within your means, avoiding overdrafts? If you have an overdraft, check your six months bank statements and ensure you are not continually falling into the overdraft. If you do not have an overdraft, ensure that you have never overspent and initiated an unauthorised overdraft. Check also that you have not been “living from one pay cheque to another”. If this is the case, very strong savings records may help.Credit history:Don’t forget – if you are unsure about your credit history or if you missed payments in the past, log on to www.icb.ie and pay a small fee to get your credit report sent directly to you. You should show this to your Financial Broker/lender when applying for a loan.In this column each month Pascal will provide financial advice on the most frequently asked topics – here on Donegal Daily and is looking forward to further breaking down the barriers around financial advice in his renowned experienced and jargon-free way!If you would like to book a no obligations consultation with Pascal, click here to visit advicefirst.ie or simply call +353 74 910 39 38 to talk to us today. Follow us on Facebook & Instagram Advice First Financial Services Ltd trading as Advice First Financial is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.Catch up on Pascal’s first Financial Advice column here:Meet Pascal Curran – Donegal Daily’s new financial advice columnist!Getting a mortgage? What you need to know and prepare for with Advice First was last modified: March 29th, 2019 by Pascal CurranShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:advice firstMortgagePascal Curran
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Long gone are the days where magicians would invite viewers to participate in a global magic trick on their TV sets – the iPad is the new magicians friend, it seems. Online video sharing sites like YouTube have created a place for talented street magicians like David Blaine to share their amazing videos with the world. Perhaps the magician seen in this video will adopt his trick of pulling a sandwich out of a print advertisement for the iPad.Flying High With the iPadKim Heras of The Next Web reported today that budget airline Jetstar would be renting iPads to flyers aboard trips longer than 90 minutes. The devices, which can be rented for $10, will come preloaded with books, movies, TV shows and games for the passengers to enjoy while soaring at 30,000 feet. Not only is this an incentive for travelers to pick Jetstar, but it is great marketing for Apple which can put a device in your hand for a limited amount of time – just enough, perhaps, to convince you to buy one.Bluebox, the U.K.-based company providing the iPad service for Jetstar, should be rolling this out to other airlines in the near future, says Heras. Of course, this service would be greatly bolstered by the proliferation of in-flight WiFi, which is slowly migrating across airlines in the U.S. and internationally. Heras hits the nail on the head, however, stating that the real killer app is allowing passengers to stream the entertainment features straight to their own devices without the rental.Other iPad SightingsIt’s clear that the iPad has quickly become a iconic representation of cutting edge technology and wealthy early adopter geek toy. If you have other great examples of the iPad being used in new and interesting ways, send them our way or post a comment below. In the meantime, please enjoy this highly entertaining video about the marriage between two of America’s greatest inventions: the iPad and velcro. Photo by Veronica Belmont. Tags:#Apple#web Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… As announced yesterday, Apple has sold 2 million iPads in its first 2 months of production. With that many iPads out in the world (and mostly in the U.S.), it’s no surprise that iPads are popping up everywhere. From the device’s first celebrity appearance with Stephen Colbert on the Colbert Report to being spotted in the lap of Poker pro Andy Bloch at the World Series of Poker, the iPad has quickly become a fairly ubiquitous gadget. To explore just how popular the gadget is, here’s a few examples of the iPad in the wild that you may not have seen yet.European Parliament Hands Out iPads to All MembersLast month a Belgian newspaper reported that the European Union would be providing iPads to each member of the European Parliament. For those keeping score, that’s 736 people for a grand total of anywhere between 300,000 and 600,000 in iPad sales depending on the model. Additionally, the money is being taken from a taxpayer budget of 5 million and could represent as much as 12% of the budget spending.iPads in America, however, are still banned from the House and Senate floors where similar technologies, like laptops, have remained absent. The EU says they are passing out the iPads to parliament members to make them more accessible to their constituency, but shouldn’t that responsibility be up to the members themselves?The iPad Street MagicianThe iPad apparently isn’t just good for browsing the web and watching video in style. It can also bend spoons, and make books, birds and money appear out of thin air. At least that’s what one Japanese street magician wants you to believe. By combining some sleight of hand, camera trickery, rehearsed timing and a personalized iPad video, this magician, Shinya, proves that the iPad can be a useful tool for magicians. chris cameron 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Microsoft took a step toward creating – and owning – the Star Trek holodeck this week via a patent application that introduces the concept of a “peripheral display” that can project game scenes onto the walls, ceiling and floors of a room.The idea, according to patent application number 20120223885, is to improve the realism of the display, so that the player is immerse more thoroughly in the game world.Right Out Of Star TrekThat’s not too far away from the holodeck concept introduced in Encounter at Farpoint, the premiere episode of Star Trek: Next Generation where the crew members enjoy simulated experiences in a room where holographic projections layered on extruded force fields and replicated matter give the illusion of reality. (OK, maybe it israther far away, but one step at a time.)Microsoft already has produced one of the most immersive peripherals for a video game: Kinect, whose infrared “eyes” can detect a user’s skeleton, face and voice, recognizing him and placing him in a virtual world. Players can interact with virtual objects by kicking, punching, or grabbing them – although such interactions must by necessity take place within the two-dimensional frame of the TV screen.What Microsoft’s patent application proposes is a way to reduce the awareness that you’re sitting in front of that screen:Even when focused on the display, the user may perceive architectural and decorative features of the room the display is in via the user’s peripheral vision. Such features are typically out of context with respect to the displayed image, muting the entertainment potential of the media experience. Further, because some entertainment experiences engage the user’s situational awareness (e.g., in experiences like the video game scenario described above), the ability to perceive motion and identify objects in the peripheral environment (i.e., in a region outside of the high resolution display) may intensify the entertainment experience.” Related Posts What the patent application offers is the ability to go beyond that limitation, projecting “peripheral” images onto the walls, ceiling and floor of a player’s living room. The application suggests that the “depth camera” (the existing camera used by a Kinect or some next-generation device) could be placed next to an “environmental display” projector, so that the same unit could project images around the user. More sophisticated setups could use more than one RGP projector. Instead of “surround sound,” think of a “surround display.”Next Step? 3D!Microsoft even goes so far as to suggest that a properly placed arrangement of cameras could enable 3D “wiggle” stereoscopic images on the walls, improving the experience even further. The patent application also mentions that the projected images would account for the angles of the walls and other scenery – a feat that Intel accomplished in real life this week, and with a Kinect, to boot.As for a controller – who needs it? An improved Kinect-like device could also be used to track the player’s eyes or face, letting those serve as controls, the patent suggests.Of Course There’s A CatchOf course, there are a significant number of issues Microsoft doesn’t really account for, such as the number of projectors needed to create an actual image. Players may not be able to tromp through the living room hunting space aliens without tripping over a coffee table or couch. (But imagine the hilarity of a game that superimposed a virtual Covenant Hunter over your wedding photo!)There might also be problems with orientation; the patent application suggests that players could turn around and see a virtual enemy sneaking up behind them. If a game player was able to orient himself independently, he or she would end up interacting primarily with the display projected on the walls, not the HDTV. To think of this another way: if the HDTV always represented the north-facing view in the game, any time the player wanted to run south, or east, he or she would be facing the wall. And if the game rotated back to accommodate the player movement, there would really be no way to interact with an enemy behind you.Still, we can’t help but be excited about any progress toward creating the much-loved Holodeck. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#gaming#Microsoft#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… markhachman 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App
MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Defending champions National University and University of the Philippines continued to tear the house down in their respective divisions to earn outright Finals berths in the UAAP Season 80 badminton tournament Thursday at Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.The Bulldogs continued to stay unscathed in the men’s division, dispatching their last foe University of the East, 5-0, to gain entry to the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Green Archers and the Blue Eagles face off for the last semifinals ticket in the men’s division on Friday.Meanwhile, UP turned back Adamson, 4-1, to proceed to the Finals after a six-tie sweep of the eliminations.La Salle bagged the second-seed, which comes with a twice-to-beat incentive, after pulling off a 4-1 win over NU, while Ateneo silenced UST, 5-0.The Lady Eagles and the Lady Bulldogs clash in the first of the step-ladder semifinals on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brownlee admits Ginebra got outplayed in Game 2, vows next game will be different Alvin Morada, Keeyan Gabuelo, and Alem Palmares hoisted NU’s flag in the singles category, while tandems of Morada and Palmares, as well as Christian Cuyno and Mike Minuluan as the Jhocson-based crew went unbeaten in six matches this year.The Bulldogs have now gone undefeated through 33 ties harking back to 2014, and will be waiting for its best-of-three Finals date next week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUP claimed the twice-to-beat advantage in the men’s stepladder semis after turning back La Salle, 4-1, behind singles’ bets JM Bernardo and CK Clemente and doubles’ squads Betong Pineda and Paul Gonzales to rack up a 5-1 record.University of Santo Tomas forced a three-way tie for third place with a dominant 5-0 victory againstAteneo, and has moved up to third place thanks to the quotient system. LATEST STORIES View comments
Twitter/@theACCESPN released a roundtable discussion Friday morning in which its college football writers decide just how many College Football Playoff contenders there are in each conference heading into 2016. As you’d expect, ESPN believes the ACC has two playoff contenders – Clemson and Florida State.From ESPN’s Andrea Adelson:For the first time, the ACC has multiple playoff contenders headed into the season: Clemson and Florida State. Their emergence has begun to change the narrative about ACC football, which has muscled its way into the national conversation over the past three seasons. So far, the league is 2-for-2 in getting teams into the College Football Playoff. (It also has the last BCS champion.) Whether it goes 3-for-3 largely depends on its two best teams: The Tigers hope to get back into the playoff for a second straight season behind Deshaun Watsonand seven other returning starters on offense; Florida State hopes to take down the Tigers behind Dalvin Cook and a stout defensive front. They meet Oct. 29 in Tallahassee, Florida. The winner has the inside track, though it probably has to end up undefeated to assure its playoff spot.The ACC has been decided during the annual meeting between the Seminoles and the Tigers for some time now, and that does’t appear to be changing in 2016. Louisville is a young, talented team that could cause some fits, and Miami has a leader in quarterback Brad Kaaya, but the conference will be won on October 29 in Tallahassee. MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Toughest Stadiums To Play In This YearHow Much Money The Big Ten Made Last YearMatt Leinart Jokes About Kevin Love’s Quote
OTTAWA – Conservative MPs say the government should be going after a Canadian who told a New York Times podcast that he shot people in the head as an executioner for Islamic State militants in Syria.The man, who used the name Abu Huzaifa al-Kanadi, is now reported to be living in Toronto.In question period on Friday, Conservatives demanded government action, but Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale was cautious, saying he couldn’t comment because of security concerns.“This individual is speaking freely to the media,” said Conservative House leader Candice Bergen. “The government has got to know where he is.”Bergen said he told the podcast he won’t be held responsible for his killings.“The media are reporting this individual is in Toronto, right now, as we speak. Can the government confirm it? Why isn’t this government doing something?”Goodale said police and security agencies are doing their jobs properly.“I am charged with the responsibility of keeping Canadians safe,” he said. “Discussing operational matters on the floor of the House of Commons is exactly the opposite of keeping Canadians safe.”Bergen, however, was not backing down.“This guy is apparently in Toronto,” she said. “Canadians deserve more answers from this government. Why aren’t they doing something about this despicable animal?”CBC News reported in 2017 that Abu Huzaifa had been questioned extensively by RCMP and CSIS, but had not been charged.The Canadian Security Intelligence Service has estimated that about 60 Canadians have returned home after fighting with foreign terror groups.The federal government has established a centre to fund research and programs to stop radicalization and help people leave extremist groups, although the Conservatives have scorned its efforts as little more than poetry lessons for terrorists.The government says it has a host of other counter-terrorism tools for returnees, including surveillance, criminal investigations, peace bonds, and the revoking of passports.Such measures are effective, Goodale told the Commons.“The security and police agencies of this country do an extraordinary job in identifying individuals that pose a risk to the public and taking the appropriate action to make sure that Canadians are safe.”
Advertisement Advertisement “We’re thrilled that WYNONNA EARP is now part of the Space lineup,” said Jordy Randall, Executive Producer, SEVEN24 Films. “Canadians across the country are now going to be able to see why this show has struck such a chord with audiences around the world.”Developed for television by showrunner Emily Andras (KILLJOYS) and based on the IDW Publishing comic book series of the same name by Beau Smith, WYNONNA EARP is a fast-paced, gun-slinging thriller that follows Wyatt Earp’s great-granddaughter as she battles demons and other supernatural beings. After years away, Wynonna Earp (Melanie Scrofano, DESIGNATED SURVIVOR) has traveled back to her home town of Purgatory to reluctantly take on the role destined for Wyatt Earp’s heir: end the family curse that has resurrected the villains her legendary ancestor dispatched – now known as Revenants. Using her unique abilities, a magical gun, and a dysfunctional posse of allies, Wynonna must try to stop the Revenants from taking over the town – and escaping into the world.After a successful run on U.S. network Syfy last year, WYNONNA EARP earned critical acclaim including being named E! News TV Scoop Best New Show 2016, and Collider.com’s Best New Sci-fi series. In addition, the series was nominated for six Canadian Screen Awards, winning for Best Cross-Platform Project – Fiction, and has also been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series.Starring Melanie Scrofano as the titular demon hunter, WYNONNA EARP also features Tim Rozon (BEING HUMAN) as Doc Holliday, Shamier Anderson (Race) as Agent Xavier Dolls, and Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Avengers: Age of Ultron) as Waverly Earp.In the debut episode, “Purgatory” (Saturday, April. 15 at 10 p.m. ET), on the night of her 27th birthday, Wynonna Earp – descendent of the great gunslinger Wyatt Earp – reluctantly returns to her hometown to take on her family’s legendary curse.WYNONNA EARP was developed for television by Emily Andras who also serves as executive producer, writer, and showrunner. Executive producers are Jordy Randall (HEARTLAND), Tom Cox (YOUNG DRUNK PUNK), David Ozer, Ted Adams, Rick Jacobs and Todd Berger. Brian Dennis (THE BEST LAID PLANS) is producer. The writing team spearheaded by Andras includes Alexandra Zarowny, Brendon Yorke, James Hurst, Shelley Scarrow, and Caitlin Fryers. Directors are Paolo Barzman, Peter Stebbings, Ron Murphy, and Brett Sullivan.WYNONNA EARP is produced by SEVEN24 Films in association with Space and Bell Media and distributed by IDW Entertainment. Production Executive for Bell Media is Rebecca DiPasquale. Tom Hastings is Director, Original Programming, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter@SpaceChannelSpace on FacebookAbout Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, MASTERCHEF CANADA, hit drama CARDINAL, and upcoming original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and Ilana Banks’ new detective drama. Among the original series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are Space’s internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK as well as KILLJOYS and DARK MATTER; Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2; CraveTV comedies LETTERKENNY and WHAT WOULD SAL DO?; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON; and nine series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About SEVEN24 FilmsSEVEN24 Films is an independent film and television production company whose work has spanned over two decades. Executive Producers Tom Cox and Jordy Randall have produced dramatic series, mini-series, television movies and feature films garnering over one hundred industry awards and nominations. Current projects include the hit family series HEARTLAND, the longest running one-hour series in Canadian history, now in its tenth season on CBC and UPtv, as well as YOUNG DRUNK PUNK, a half-hour comedy starring KIDS IN THE HALL alumnus, Bruce McCulloch. Other award-winning projects include the Canadian Screen Award winner, BOREALIS, as well as the Gemini Award-winning movie MAYERTHORPE and Gemini Award-winning mini-series BURN UP (with Bradley Whitford and Neve Campbell). Tom Cox and Jordy Randall were also co-producers on numerous high-profile feature films including the Academy Award nominated Brokeback Mountain, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and Resurrecting the Champ and are both recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of their contribution to the arts.About IDW EntertainmentIDW Entertainment launched in November 2013 to distribute productions globally as well as to develop film and television properties based on IDW’s extensive catalog. The division is currently in development on a slate of properties including the chilling and realistic vampire thriller, V WARS, by New York Times best-seller Jonathan Maberry with writer/executive producer Tim Schlattmann (DEXTER, SMALLVILLE); political conspiracy series, COBB, with writer/executive producer Thania St. John (CHICAGO FIRE, COVERT AFFAIRS); quirky supernatural mystery, DOUGLAS ADAMS’ DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY, with writer/executive producer Max Landis (CHRONICLE); supernatural action series, PANTHEON, with co-creator Michael Chiklis (THE SHIELD). IDW also has several active theatrical projects in development. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.About SpaceSpace is home to phenomenal programming including imaginative dramas, epic movies, engaging reality series, and the daily entertainment talk show INNERSPACE, the source for all-things genre, and the popular after show AFTER THE BLACK. Named “Channel of the Year” in 2013 by Playback magazine, Space is also home to original series ORPHAN BLACK and KILLJOYS, and the exclusive Canadian home for signature series DOCTOR WHO, THE EXPANSE, DARK MATTER, and AFTERMATH. Space content is always available at Space.ca, and on Facebook, @SpaceChannel, and other social media platforms. Space is part of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. TORONTO, March 29, 2017 – Space announced today that it has become the Canadian production partner of Calgary producer SEVEN24 Films for their original Canadian series WYNONNA EARP, distributed by IDW Entertainment. Season 1 of the 13-episode, one-hour, supernatural western, which Variety named as one of the Top 20 series of 2016, airs exclusively in Canada on Space beginning with a two-episode premiere event on Saturday, April 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, following the Season 10 premiere of DOCTOR WHO. Season 2 of WYNONNA EARP, recently nominated for six Canadian Screen Awards, is currently in production in Calgary, and premieres exclusively on Space this summer.“WYNONNA EARP is an action-packed, supernatural thriller that introduces us to the badlands of the Wild West with a contemporary twist,” said Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. “This modern western is an exceptional addition to the existing slate of exclusive genre series on Space, and we’re delighted to schedule it immediately following ratings juggernaut DOCTOR WHO.”“WYNONNA EARP and the SEVEN24 Films production team are a perfect addition to the Canadian programming slate at Space which already boasts the best genre lineup on any network, including ORPHAN BLACK, KILLJOYS, and DARK MATTER,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “This buzzy drama delivers a compelling and fresh new style of programming to our Space audience.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Facebook Login/Register With:
New Delhi: The Government will come out with the first ever Rs 20 coin which will be shaped like a 12-edged polygon with a design of grains to denote farm dominance in the country. Besides, new series of one, two, five and ten rupees coins too would be minted, which will be circular in design and have denominations written in Hindi script.The exact date of issuance of these new series coins is yet to be announced. The Rs 20 coin will weigh 8.54 gm and its outside diameter will be 27mm with the outer ring made of nickel silver and the centrepiece of Nickel brass, a finance ministry notification said. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuThe face of the new Rs 20 coin shall bear the ‘Lion Capitol of Ashoka Pillar’ with ‘Satyameva Jayate’ inscribed below. The left periphery will have the word ‘Bharat’ in Hindi and the right periphery will have the word ‘India’ in English. The reverse side of the coin would have the denominational value ’20’ in the international numerals along with the Rupee symbol. “The design of grains depicting the agricultural dominance of the country is flanked on the left periphery of the coin,” the notification said. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor writes to PM Modi: Don’t let your ‘mann ki baat’ become ‘maun ki baat’The year of minting in international numerals shall be shown in the centre of the left periphery of the coin, it added. According to the notification, the new Rs 10 coin will have an outside diameter of 27 mm and weigh 7.74 gm, while the Rs 5 coin will have a diameter of 25 mm and weight of 6.74 gms. The new series one rupee and two rupees coin will weigh 3.09 gm and 4.07 gm, while the diameter would be 20 mm and 23 mm respectively. The face of all these coins shall bear the Lion Capitol of Ashoka Pillar with the ‘Satyameva Jayate’ inscribed below, flanked on the left periphery with the word ‘Bharat’ in Hindi and on the right periphery with the word ‘India” in English. As per Coinage Act, 1906, the Government of India has the sole right to mint coins and the responsibility for coinage vests with the Government. The designing and minting of coins in various denominations is also the responsibility of the Government. Coins are minted at the four India Government Mints at Mumbai, Alipore (Kolkata), Saifabad (Hyderabad), Cherlapally (Hyderabad) and Noida (UP). The coins are issued for circulation only through the Reserve Bank in terms of the RBI Act.
Madrid: Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez might have been rested but instead both played and scored as Barcelona came from behind to beat Rayo Vallecano, ahead of their crunch Champions League second leg against Lyon. Raul de Tomas’ scintillating strike gave struggling Rayo a surprise lead at the Camp Nou but Messi converted a penalty and Suarez finished a brilliant passing move to seal a 3-1 win, after Gerard Pique had headed in an equaliser on Saturday. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherWhen Barca kicked off, Atletico Madrid had just completed their own 1-0 victory over Leganes, although Diego Simeone was more cautious, resting Antoine Griezmann, Alvaro Morata and Saul Niguez, with Tuesday’s trip to Juventus in mind. “It is normal when there is an important game on Tuesday,” said Simeone, who substituted Griezmann at half-time. “He was not injured, he had just given all that he had to give.” There was always a risk that La Liga’s top two might take their eye off the ball, given Barcelona’s last 16-tie with Lyon hangs in the balance after a goalless draw in France, while Atletico hold a 2-0 lead over Juve but can expect an onslaught in Turin. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”We have a crucial match on Wednesday,” Ernesto Valverde said. “We know the importance it has for many reasons — because of the opponent, the competition and because we have seen what has happened to other big teams already.” Yet both avoided slip-ups to leave Real Madrid even further adrift in La Liga before they play away at Real Valladolid on Sunday. Barca stay seven points clear of Atletico and, temporarily at least, move 15 ahead of Real. Even with a two-goal cushion for the final eight minutes, Ernesto Valverde kept Messi and Suarez on until the end, which may have surprised some, given he was accused of exhausting key players last season at the expense of success in Europe. Messi’s appearance was his 443rd for Barcelona in La Liga, moving him ahead of Andres Iniesta and behind only Xavi Hernandez, on 505, in the club’s all-time list. Samuel Umtiti started his second match in three months after recovering from a knee injury. “Little by little he is reaching his level,” said Valverde. But Philippe Coutinho was underwhelming again, despite being picked ahead of Ousmane Dembele. He poked an early chance wide after a Messi cross and De Tomas put Rayo in front soon after, driving at Pique before unleashing a sizzling shot past Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Pique headed one Messi free-kick wide and then another in at the near post, nipping in front of Rayo goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski to nod in his sixth goal of the season. Dembele came on for Arthur Melo at half-time and Coutinho dropped deeper, but it was right-back Nelson Semedo that earned the penalty, after a foul from Jordi Amat. Messi made no mistake. Rayo’s belief, and energy, melted away and Barca’s third was their best of the night. Suarez freed Dembele down the right and he found Suarez again with a pull-back. Instead of shooting, Suarez bounced the ball off Ivan Rakitic in the area before finally tapping home. There was nothing as free-flowing at the Wanda Metropolitano where perhaps the greatest show of creativity came from Leganes, whose players wore shirts with the name of their mothers on their backs to celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday. The first half was almost entirely forgettable but despite the absence of attacking punch, Griezmann came off at half-time for Thomas Lemar, with no visible sign of an injury. Griezmann would have taken the penalty soon after, won by Angel Correa with some quick feet in the area, which lured Kenneth Omeruo into a clumsy challenge. Saul stepped up and missed, but tucked in the rebound after Andriy Lunin could only push the ball back into his path.
In a match of football, if a player does a foul, a referee’s natural instinct is expected to be a quick blow of the whistle, occasionally followed by a card as punishment for flouting the rules. The game resumes, only to pause at another foul by either team. The vigilance of a referee is good, with the position’s autonomy highly respected and appreciated, yet there are instances when undetected mistakes are brought to the referee’s notice by anxious players of the other team. At that point, the referee’s credibility is put to test. Fair play is expected and, more often than not, practised. And the contest proceeds irrespective of the outcome with the foul treated as part of the game. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has been approached by the opposition leaders lamenting about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s misuse of position to draw political mileage while the nation edges towards the Lok Sabha polls scheduled to start on April 11. The ECI has directed a committee of officers to examine the Prime Minister’s announcement of an Anti-Satellite Missile test. The news channels went into a frenzy as Modi tweeted about his plan to address the nation at noon. From a variety of apprehensions that may have been cooked in the anticipation of the announcement, it unfolded to be an achievement in the field of Science & Technology. India had entered the elite list of Space Super Powers, only the fourth nation to do so in the world. There is no doubt that this makes every Indian proud. Collectively, as a nation, we have walked quite a mile since we won our Independence back in 1947. The fact that our PM treated us to this delight on Wednesday noon, however, did not digest for some. While the achievement reverberated in the heads of many, some snapped out of it. But few criticised and demonstrated discontent over it. The outcry of opposition leaders protesting a flout of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by Modi labelled the day which started on a high note of scientific progression. Like the anxious players on a field, they complained to ECI, in case ECI did not detect such a prominent address by the PM. Few pertinent questions spurred in social discussions amongst which one was if the achievement was necessary to be announced by the PM himself and not DRDO, that too in the middle of the election campaign with MCC in effect. PM is the head of the state and in all likelihood an appropriate person to do so. And, besides, our PM is the one who has ensured that we are in “safe hands” and hence demonstrating space prowess is only fitting for such a statesman. But, the statesman did not address the nation despite Pakistan holding his nation’s Airforce pilot captive. The time and occasion of his announcement are what have left a dubious mark on the entire episode. Also Read – A compounding difficultyThe MCC was developed with the intention to check and maintain fair play in the contest. Part VII of the MCC deals with regulations for the ruling parties and point four of part VII deals with misuse of official mass media by the ruling party for publicising achievements during the election period. Modi’s ‘Mission Shakti’ speech has attracted criticism over the aforementioned norm, and to the opposition parties’ credit, and facilitated scrutiny by the ECI. Similarly, the unprecedented biopic of a serving Prime Minister scheduled to release just days prior to the elections and a web show about Modi’s life have both been considered as flouting of MCC in full effect during the election period. With incumbents making partisan statements and state governments complaining of the commission’s double standards, MCC has been a regular feature in the election discussions this week. Will the voters care is the bottom line of the entire episode. The bitter taste in the opposition camps is the apprehension of Modi’s announcement doing irreversible damage to their election prospects by his government’s achievement. Modi launched his party’s campaign from Uttar Pradesh citing how his administration had shown the courage to conduct a surgical strike in all spheres – land, sky and space. Though, even if he hadn’t announced it himself, including it in the campaign speech the next day would also have attracted abject criticism from the opposition camps. But announcing himself is where the rivals are hurt. Sitting BJP Ministers using the party’s slogan – “Namumkin ab mumkin hai” – have only rubbed salt on the opposition’s wounds in what is expected to be a fine example of good governance through technological achievement. While the eyes focus on ECI and what it comes up with its examination, the PM has nevertheless, got the benefit of doubt, and all that remains to be seen is how big an impact it made on the voter.
NEW DELHI: As many as 132 FIRs and daily diary (DD) entries have been registered till date against various political parties and others for violation of the model code of conduct in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls, the poll body in Delhi said on Tuesday.The statistics surveillance team of Delhi’s Chief electoral office constituted to keep an eye on the expenses of political parties, has seized Rs 1.38 crore in cash and also seized 162.86 kg of narcotics and drugs. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”A total of 132 FIRs or DD entries have been lodged till date in connection with the violation of the model code of conduct,” Delhi CEO Ranbir Singh told reporters “Out of these, 15 are against the Aam Aadmi Party(eight FIRs and seven DD entries), 16 against the Bhartiya Janata Party (nine FIRs and four DD entries), four against the Congress (all DD entries), one against the Bahujan Samaj Party (1 DD entry), Samajwadi Party (one DD entry), and 95 against others or non-political (entities),” the CEO office said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe office of the Delhi CEO said more than 2.87 lakh posters, banners and hoardings have been removed since the poll code came into force. “As many as 30,533 posters, banners and hoardings were removed from areas under the New Delhi Municipal Council, 43,075 from East Delhi Municipal Corporation areas, 2,411 from Delhi Cantonment Board, 1,08,028 from South Delhi Municipal Corporation, and 95,317 from North Delhi Municipal Corporation areas,” the statement said. Police have registered 709 FIRs and arrested 707 people under the Excise Act, it said, adding, 257 FIRs have been registered under the Arms Act in which 296 people were arrested.
London: A day after a UK judge refused to dismiss an order freezing nearly 260,000 pounds (USD 337,730) in one of his London bank accounts, embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya on Thursday questioned the SBI-led consortium of public sector banks pursuing him through the courts to recover dues they claim are owed to them. In his latest Twitter intervention, the 63-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss made another reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interview last month in which he had claimed that the government has recovered assets worth Rs 14,000 crores related to the now-defunct airline’s loan defaults. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Mallya is wanted in India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to an alleged Rs 9,000 crores. “None other than the Prime Minister of India specifically says in an interview that his government has recovered more money than I allegedly owe PSU Banks and the same banks claim otherwise in English courts,” reads Mallya’s Tweet. “Who does one believe? One or the other is lying,” he said. His statement came hours after Master David Cook, a judge in the Queen’s Bench Division of the Royal Courts of Justice in London, ruled on Wednesday that an interim debt order in favour of SBI and other banks seeking access to funds in Mallya’s ICICI UK bank account “should remain in force”. However, the application to make it final has been adjourned until after the hearing of Mallya’s pending bankruptcy petition, expected by the end of this year. The funds held in the account 258,559.79 pounds will meanwhile remain frozen as part of the worldwide freezing order in favour of the Indian banks last year.
London: Nicholas Hoult says he would love to reprise his role in the X-Men series if there are plans to bring the mutant back in other films in the Marvel franchise. Filmmaker Simon Kinberg, who has directed the upcoming Dark Phoenix, recently said the Sophie Turner-led film marks the “culmination” of all the movies made under the X-Men franchise. Hoult, who plays Beast/ Hank McCoy in the films, said while he is uncertain about how the series will branch ahead of Fox Studios’ merger with Disney, he would like to be a part of these films. “That’s the thing, it’s a character that I love. That character’s grown as I’ve grown, and I feel like when I grow and get older and discover new things in life I can put more into the character. The actor said he did not expect to play Beast for as long as he has.
FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Apr. 11, 2017), we’re all about the NBA MVP race. Who should win it? We debate the merits of Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, James Harden and Russell Westbrook.Links to what we discussed:Per an ESPN forecast, Westbrook is leading the MVP race.The Ringer’s Haley O’Shaughnessy writes about Steph Curry’s one-week MVP campaign blitz.FiveThirtyEight is running a weeklong series about all the MVP candidates.Neil Paine makes the case for Kawhi Leonard.Chris Herring makes the case for James Harden.NBA.com’s David Aldridge argues that a vote for LeBron James for MVP is never a mistake.The Ringer’s Paolo Uggetti calls Russell Westbrook an irrational MVP, but the clear choice.
Things That Caught My EyeWe put some baseballs in an X-RayAre the balls juiced? Are material changes to the ball an influence on the spike in home runs analysts have found? Commissioner Manfred says that the balls have not changed, but a number of studies from journalistic outfits, this one included, seem to counter that idea. ESPN took the next logical step and did a CT scan on eight MLB balls. The finding? It surely looks like the core of the balls are less dense compared to the control balls from several years ago. Indeed, a layer of pink rubber in the core of the balls was 40 percent less dense in the dinger-era balls than the 2014-2015 era balls. [FiveThirtyEight]Lundqvist deserved betterThe New York Rangers made 11 of the 12 postseasons since the 2004-05 lockout, have won the sixth-most points, and failed to win a Stanley Cup. In the past week the Rangers have had a fire sale, all despite numbers that bear out goalie Henrik Lundqvist carrying much of the load for the team. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?The second week is the only reason the U.S. is not ashamed of its Olympics.The United States got 12.9 fewer medals in Pyeongchang than our very simple medal model would have projected them getting, underscoring a deeply unfortunate games for a typical Winter powerhouse. Most of that underperformance was in week one, though, with week two serving as a clawback toward the mean from what could have been an even worse games. [FiveThirtyEight]Philly is experimentingFirst-year Phillies manager Gabe Kapler appears to be experimenting with defensive shifts in the outfield. Essentially, two players swapped corner outfield positions when a switch hitter made it to the plate batting lefty. While the infield defensive shift is rather common, an outfield defensive swap is something new and compelling. [Fangraphs]North America 2026 in jeopardyWhile a combined bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup seemed a likely prize after the U.S.’s 2022 bid lost to Qatar in a tainted-by-corruption 2010 vote, that bid appears to be in modest jeopardy. Sources indicated that some voters are unsure if the U.S. can be considered a friendly place for foreigners, and that a rival bid from Morocco may be gaining steam. [ESPN]MLBPA files grievancesThe MLB players association filed a grievance agains the Oakland Athletics, Miami Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays, alleging that the teams aren’t spending money they have to commit toward on-field product in the offseason. [CBS Sports]Big Number19.6 percentThat’s the probability that the Phoenix Suns get the top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. There are seven teams that are virtual locks to make the top 10 draft positions at this point in the season. The Sacramento Kings have a 16.8 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick, followed by Atlanta with a 14.2 percent chance, Memphis with a 10.8 percent chance and Orlando with a 9.3 percent chance. [ESPN]Leaks from Slack: neil:The Next Big Thing in Defense?kyle:the angels should do this in ohtani games just to further f— with positional changes on pencil and paper scorecardsPredictions NBA Oh, and don’t forgetThis guy can swing it We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe See more NBA predictions All newsletters
The Big Ten conference has submitted a set of recommendations to the NCAA — including redefining the cost of education and providing improved medical insurance — that it says would improve the college experience for student-athletes who are in “good-standing” with their respective universities.The release is in response to the NCAA’s new autonomy structure that was announced in August which allows the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pacific 12 and Southeastern conferences to make their own rules concerning scholarships, full cost of attendance and health care for student-athletes.The release by the Big Ten listed four main suggestions its made to the NCAA includingCost of education: Make sure full grant-in-aid meets a student-athlete’s cost of education, as determined by the federal government.Multi-years Scholarships: Guarantee all scholarships so even if a student-athlete is no longer able to compete, there won’t be an impact on a university’s commitment to provide an undergraduate education — no matter what the reason is that student can’t compete.Lifetime educational commitment: Ensure that scholarships don’t have an expiration date, so if a student-athlete leaves a university for a professional career before graduating — whether the career materializes, and regardless of its length — the scholarship will be honored after his or her playing days are complete.Medical insurance: Provide improved and consistent insurance for student-athletes.The release added that Big Ten athletic programs provide almost $200 million in direct financial aid to student-athletes on 350 teams in 42 separate sports.
England’s Danny Rose has started to understand how football can overwhelm people after experiences in the club game that he “wouldn’t wish on anybody”.Rose received an outpouring of goodwill from the public and fellow players after opening up about his struggles with mental health. He explained how a lengthy injury lay-off and the suicide of an uncle led him to visit a psychologist and spend a number of months on medication.The Tottenham left-back intends to help other sufferers after the World Cup, using his revelations to shine light on the side of professional football rarely seen.Asked why he is so honest, Rose told IRN via Evening Standard:“I don’t know, really.“It is the best job in the world, don’t get me wrong, but I think people seem to think there’s no other issues within football. You just get your money at the end of the month and you play every week.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“You know, there’s so much more to football than what people may see on a Saturday. I don’t believe in hiding that from people.“Even though I feel very privileged to play football, it’s not something I would – with the things I’ve experienced within the game – be shouting from the rooftops to recommend to people’s children to be a footballer.“Because there are a lot of things that happen on a day-to-day basis at club football that I wouldn’t wish on anybody.”Rose would not go into specifics but added:“There’s pressure, there’s politics – there’s loads of things.“There’s not just playing on a Saturday and you receiving your money at the end of the month. There’s so, so much more to football than what people see.
RAMONA (KUSI) – Fire crews have reached full containment of a wildfire that spread over hilly rural terrain east of Ramona Friday afternoon, officials said.The fire destroyed one back-country home and threatened several more before ground and airborne crews could subdue the flames.The non-injury blaze erupted for unknown reasons about 1 p.m. Friday off the 25000 block of Old Julian Highway, near Cinnamon Rock Road in the Witch Creek area, according to Cal Fire.Within an hour, the flames had scorched about 10 acres and engulfed a house, said Issac Sanchez, a fire captain with the state agency.By 2:15 p.m., crews had halted the spread of the blaze, dubbed the Cinnamon Fire. A more accurate estimate showed the blaze had burned about 13 acres by 7 p.m.Firefighters had the smoldering burn area about 100 percent surrounded by about 9:30 p.m., the fire agency tweeted. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 21, 2018 Updated: 12:23 PM Firefighters knock down 13 acre Ramona wildfire July 21, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitter
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Thousands of asylum-seeking migrants, who would have been left on San Diego’s streets, have been helped by a secret shelter.San Diego’s ACLU executive director Norma Chavez Peterson took KUSI’s Ashlie Rodriguez inside the county’s emergency migrant shelter, in a location we cannot disclose.She says the shelter has helped more than 7,000 migrants, mainly women and children from Central America, as they apply for asylum.While KUSI crews were rolling, federal agents dropped another bus load of people off, but this wasn’t always the case.Last year, under direction from the Trump Administration, the safe release program ended. KUSI Newsroom, February 25, 2019 Posted: February 25, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 11:28 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Secret shelter helps asylum-seeking migrants
Three more flu deaths brings death toll to 67, flu cases decline KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 6:35 PM KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 25, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – County health officials reported three more flu-related deaths today, while confirming that overall flu cases continue to fall.The three residents who died last week ranged in age from 55 to 96 and had additional medical issues. The three deaths bring the county’s flu season death toll to 67 through April 20, according to the county Health and Human Services Agency. The county recorded 341 flu deaths at this point last season.The county also confirmed 171 flu cases last week, which is down from a revised total of 243 cases the previous week. Countywide confirmed flu cases have now fallen for four consecutive weeks.The county has confirmed 9,174 flu cases to date this season compared to 20,640 at this point last flu season.“While the number of flu cases continues to drop, influenza is still making San Diegans sick,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public healthofficer. “People should continue getting vaccinated and taking other preventative measures to avoid getting the flu.”County health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly advise the annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older, especially in demographics with a heightened risk of serious complications, such as pregnant women, people older than 65 and people with chronic conditions.Flu shots are available at doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, community clinics and the county’s public health centers.Residents also can call 211 or visit the county’s immunization program website, sdiz.com, for a list of county locations administering free vaccines. Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 25, 2019
Comments Preview • Pixel and Pixel XL unveiled: Google’s post-Nexus phones come out swinging (hands-on) Tags Mentioned Above Google Pixel (32GB, Quite Black) 5:52 Pixel 3: 6 months in 15 Pixel 3 features you should use right now See it How To • How to transfer your data from an iPhone to Android phone Phones Rumors Google The company has become more aggressive in trying to get more people to switch to its phones, with a new promotion on the Google Play Store knocking the prices down by $200, bringing the regular Pixel 3 to a $599 starting price and the 3 XL to $699. Earlier this month the company went so far as to take 50% off the Pixel 3 price if purchased on Google Fi, though that deal has since ended. Luckily for the company, and fans of the brand hoping to save a bit more, rumors point to the Pixel 3 getting cheaper siblings shortly. Dubbed the Pixel 3a or Pixel Lite, the new phone is expected to share the same general look as the current Pixel line, but switch to a slower Snapdragon 670 processor, lower standard storage (32GB instead of 64GB) and plastic as opposed to glass, to get to a cheaper price. Noted leaker Evan Blass recently tweeted images of the forthcoming handset, including one in a new purple hue. News • Google Pixel 3A: Where is AT&T? Review • Our Google Pixel review: Pure Android at its absolute best In purple. pic.twitter.com/hgcC1V7zxK— Evan Blass (@evleaks) April 26, 2019 Google Pixel Share your voice $219 13 Now playing: Watch this: Angela Lang/CNET Google’s Pixel 3 line of phones may be praised for its speedy performance and excellent cameras, but that hasn’t done much to help the company gain traction in the smartphone market. Speaking on parent company Alphabet’s earnings call Monday, chief financial officer Ruth Porat acknowledged, as transcribed by Seeking Alpha, that the company’s phones haven’t been selling as strongly as they would’ve liked. Porat said that Pixel sales were lower year over year, in part due to “heavy promotional activity industry-wide, given some of the recent pressures in the premium smartphone market.” Google’s latest Pixels, available from Verizon, Google’s Fi or unlocked in the US, launched last October starting at $799 for the 5.5-inch Pixel 3 and $899 for the 6.3-inch Pixel 3 XL. The high prices put the phones in close competition to rival flagship devices from Apple and Samsung. 17 Photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers.
Shops owned by Muslim in Sri Lanka attacked as tensions remain after Easter Sunday bombingstwitterSri Lanka said on Monday it was temporarily blocking some social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, after mosques and Muslim-owned businesses were attacked in the wake of Easter bombings by Islamist militants.Several dozen people threw stones at mosques and Muslim-owned stores and a man was beaten in the town of Chilaw on the west coast on Sunday in a dispute that started on Facebook, sources told Reuters.Authorities said they arrested the author of a Facebook post, identified as 38-year-old Abdul Hameed Mohamed Hasmar, whose online comment “1 day u will cry” locals said was interpreted as threatening violence.Authorities arrested a group in the nearby areas of Kuliyapitiya and Dummalasuriya later on Sunday and early on Monday for allegedly attacking Muslim-owned businesses, a police source told Reuters.Military spokesman Sumith Atapattu said people in the area then demanded the arrested men be released.”To control the situation, a police curfew was imposed during the night,” Atapattu said.The flare-up in violence came three weeks after Sri Lankan Islamist bombers blew themselves up in four hotels and three churches, killing more than 250 people.Since then, Muslim groups say they have received dozens of complaints from across the country about people being harassed. Other communities say they are fearful that the government, which failed to act on successive warnings about looming Islamist attacks, has not caught all potential militants.Sri Lanka has used temporary bans on social media in an attempt to curb misinformation and rumours.”Social media blocked again as a temporary measure to maintain peace in the country,” Nalaka Kaluwewa, the director general of the Department of Government Information, told Reuters on Monday.A violent clash erupted a week ago in Negombo, where more than 100 people were killed during Easter prayers, between Muslims and Christians after a traffic dispute.The government also imposed a ban on social media after that clash.
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Trump & Kim Jong Un.North Korea on Sunday said its leader Kim Jong Un was ‘fixed’ on holding a summit with US president Donald Trump, raising hopes the historic meeting might still take place after a turbulent few days of diplomatic brinkmanship.The latest conciliatory declaration from Pyongyang came as the White House confirmed it was sending a team to Singapore to prepare for the 12 June summit-a further signal that both sides were moving to cool tensions following a rollercoaster few days on the Korean Peninsula.Trump rattled the region on Thursday by cancelling his meeting with Kim, citing “open hostility” from Pyongyang.But within 24 hours he reversed course, saying it could still go ahead after productive talks were held with North Korean officials.Trump’s unpredictability sparked a sudden and surprise meeting on Saturday between Kim and South Korean president Moon Jae-in-only the fourth time leaders from the two countries have ever met-as they scrambled to get the talks back on track.Pictures showed them shaking hands and embracing on the North Korean side of the Demilitarised Zone separating the two nations.Kim “expressed his fixed will on the historic DPRK-US summit talks” during the talks with Moon, the state-run KCNA news agency said in a report released Sunday, using the official abbreviation for North Korea.“Kim Jong Un told Moon Jae-in to positively cooperate with each other as ever to improve the DPRK-US relations and establish mechanism for permanent and durable peace,” the report added, saying South and North Korea would hold another round of “high-level” talks on June 1.The presidential Blue House in Seoul said the two sides discussed ways to improve ties “and to ensure a successful US North Korea summit”, adding Moon would give an update Sunday morning.Remarkable detenteThe surprise meeting came as Washington gave a strong hint the summit was back on.“The White House pre-advance team for Singapore will leave as scheduled in order to prepare should the summit take place,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.Trump’s original decision to abandon the historic summit initially blindsided South Korea, which had been brokering a remarkable detente between Washington and Pyongyang and is desperate to avoid conflict breaking out.Last year, Trump and Kim were trading war threats and insults after Pyongyang tested its most powerful nuclear weapon to date and missiles it said were capable of reaching the US mainland.Tensions were calmed after Kim extended an olive branch by offering to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, sparking a rapid detente that led to Trump agreeing to hold direct talks with Pyongyang.Moon won the election last year partly by vowing to be open to dialogue with Pyongyang and finding a solution to a Cold War-era sore that continues to blight the region.The flurry of diplomatic backslapping and bonhomie disappeared in recent weeks as the summit was thrown into doubt by increasingly bellicose rhetoric from both top US administration officials and Pyongyang.Trump eventually pulled the plug on talks in a personal letter to Kim on Thursday.But he left the door open to future meetings, and Pyongyang responded by saying it was willing to sit down “at any time”, prompting Trump to reply that the Singapore summit could still take place.‘Bold but risky’Saturday’s meeting between Moon and Kim took place on the North Korean side of Panmunjom, a heavily fortified village that lies between the two countries and marks the spot where the armistice ending the Korean War in 1953 was signed.Only last month, the two leaders met in the same village, with Kim famously inviting Moon to step briefly into the North before they both held talks in a building on the South’s side.Koh Yu-hwan, an expert on Korean relations at Dongguk University, said Saturday’s meeting between Moon and Kim increased the likelihood of the Singapore summit taking place as originally intended.“Today’s summit is aimed at resolving the misunderstanding caused by communication glitches between Washington and Pyongyang and lay the groundwork for the US-North Korea summit,” he told AFP.Adam Mount, a nuclear policy expert at the Federation of American Scientists, said it was a “bold but risky” move by Moon, describing the sudden summit as “a clear demonstration of how dangerous Trump’s temper tantrum was”.Unlike last month’s summit, which was held in front of live TV cameras, Saturday’s meeting took place in utmost secrecy, with reporters only being told later that the face-to-face had taken place.Footage released by the Blue House on Twitter, accompanied by a dramatic orchestral score, showed Moon arriving in a convoy of cars and first shaking hands with Kim’s sister Kim Yo Jong, who has played a major public role in recent talks with the South.
Angela Hernandez is found at the bottom of a cliff in Monterey County, California, 13 July 2018, in picture obtained via social media. Photo: ReutersAn Oregon woman who disappeared a week ago was rescued from the bottom of a California coastal cliff where she survived by drinking water from the radiator of her wrecked sports utility vehicle, authorities said on Saturday.Angela Hernandez, 23, of Portland was found by a pair of hikers on Friday evening after they saw her wrecked Jeep Patriot SUV partially submerged at the bottom of a 200-foot cliff in the Big Sur area, said Monterey County Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Thornburg.Her disappearance captured widespread attention after she and her vehicle were last seen on a surveillance camera video at a Carmel gas station on July 6, about 50 miles north of the stretch of Highway 1 where she was found.The hikers discovered Hernandez conscious, breathing and with a shoulder injury, Thornburg said.Rescuers managed to get her up the cliff and to a helicopter which flew her to a nearby hospital. She was in fair and stable condition but appeared to have suffered a concussion during the collision, the California Highway Patrol said in a statement.Hernandez told investigators she swerved to avoid hitting an animal on Highway 1 on 6 July and plunged over the cliff north of Nacimiento Fergusson Road.She stayed alive “by drinking water from the radiator of her vehicle,” according to the Highway Patrol.”It’s usually the fall that gets them, or the ocean that gets them, and she was lucky to survive both,” said Thornburg.Hernandez was on a road trip from her home in Portland to visit her sister Isabel in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, when she crashed.”My sister survived 7 days alone 200ft down a cliff on HW1,” her sister Isabel Hernandez said in a Facebook post on Saturday. “This is very traumatic and will be a slow recovery process.”
Iranian people burn the US flag as they mark the anniversary of the seizure of the US Embassy, in Tehran, Iran on 4 November. Photo: ReutersThousands of Iranians chanting “Death to America” rallied on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the seizure of the US Embassy during the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the imminent reimposition of US sanctions on Iran’s oil sector.Students attending the government-organised rally in the capital Tehran, broadcast live by state television, burned the Stars and Stripes, an effigy of Uncle Sam and pictures of president Donald Trump outside the former embassy compound.Hardline students stormed the embassy on 4 November, 1979, soon after the fall of the US-backed shah, and 52 Americans were held hostage there for 444 days. The two countries have been enemies ever since.State media said millions turned out for rallies in towns and cities, swearing allegiance to the clerical establishment and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The figure could not be independently confirmed by Reuters.Rallies are staged on the embassy takeover anniversary every year. But rancour is especially strong this time following Trump’s decision in May to withdraw from world powers’ 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and reimpose sanctions on Tehran.The deal brought about the lifting of most international financial and economic sanctions in return for Tehran curbing its disputed nuclear activity under U.N. surveillance.Trump said the deal was weak and favoured Iran. The other signatories – Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China – remain committed to the accord.US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the penalties set to return on Monday “are the toughest sanctions ever put in place on the Islamic Republic of Iran.”Interviewed on “Fox News Sunday,” Pompeo said, “There’s a handful of places where countries already have made significant reductions in their crude oil exports and need a little more time to get to zero. And we’re going to provide that to them.” He did not elaborate.Pompeo noted that oil sanctions would be coupled with financial sanctions involving “over 600 designations of individuals and companies in Iran.”The Iranian military said it would launch two days of air defence drills on Monday and assured Iranians that it could neutralise any threats, the state news agency IRNA reported.”We can assure our people that the enemy will not be able to carry out its threats against our country,” IRNA quoted Habibollah Sayyari, the coordinating officer, as saying.”Donald Salman”Among the anniversary events was an exhibition of cartoons in Tehran called “Donald Salman” – a reference to the close ties between the US president and King Salman, ruler of Iran’s regional rival, Saudi Arabia.”It’s black humour, but the audience can also be brought to reflect on the contradictions in the behaviour of Trump and (the royal house of) Al Saud,” artist Masoud Shojaei Tabatabai told state television in Tehran.The restoration of US sanctions on Monday targeting Iran’s oil sales and banking sector is part of an effort by Trump to force Iran to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes outright, as well as its support for proxy forces in conflicts across the Middle East.In a speech on Saturday, Khamenei said Trump’s policies faced opposition around the world. “America’s goal has been to re-establish the domination it had, but it has failed. America has been defeated by the Islamic Republic over the past 40 years,” he said.
A woman gave birth to a baby girl on the road at Tangail on Tuesday morning on her way to Kurigram from Gazipur to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with her near and dear ones. Photo: CollectedStuck in long gridlock for hours, a woman gave birth to a baby girl on the road at Tangail on Tuesday morning on her way to Kurigram from Gazipur to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with her near and dear ones, reports UNB.The newborn was named ‘Swarani’ to remember the incident.Baby’s father Habib Hossain of Porarvita village in Kurigram Sadar upazila said he along with his pregnant wife started for their village home from Gazipur by a bus in the early hours.They got stuck in a long tailback on the Dhaka-Tangail highway and reached the roundabout of the Bangabandhu Bridge around 10:00am when her wife went into labour, he said, adding that then they got down from the bus.Later, his wife gave birth to a baby girl through normal delivery by the road around 10:30am, Habib said.In the meantime, a passenger of the bus called national emergency helpline 999 for help, he added.Two nurses from Bhuapur Upazila Health Complex rushed in by an ambulance and they provided the mother and the baby with primary treatment.Sajeda Khatun, senior nurse of the hospital, said the baby was born before they arrived at the spot.Both the mother and the baby girl were doing well, she said, that the couple started for their home again along with the baby girl.Day-labourer and part-time rickshaw-puller, Habib lives in Gazipur with his wife. They were going to their village home to celebrate Eid with other family members.
COURTESY / MCMAHAN FAMILYFive-year-old Ryland Ward was shot five times in Sutherland Springs.A five-year-old boy is one of the last victims from the Sutherland Springs shooting that remains hospitalized. Now family members believe he could be out of San Antonio’s University Hospital in a few weeks. Ryland Ward, who was shot five times, was one of the 20 injured rushed to hospitals Nov. 5, when a gunman killed more than two dozen others during church service. He suffered wounds to his kidney, bladder, arm and leg. His great-uncle Earl McMahan says Ryland has undergone multiple surgeries over the last six weeks.“Right now he’s got a brace on the outside of his leg — screws and pins through his hip down to his femur. He has his arms wrapped. He’s been having skin grafts on it,” he said. “They’ve done all they can for it. There’s going to be more surgeries later on but we’ll just take it as we go.”CREDIT COURTESY PHOTOChancie McMahan, left, sits with her son Ryland Ward a few weeks after he was shot five times in Sutherland Springs.Ryland does not have a damaged spirit. Last week he made a request for Christmas cards to be sent to him at University Hospital. So far he’s received almost 3,000 cards.“He just loves receiving these cards,” McMahan said. “He just lights up. He’s got such an awesome smile and just to see him smile makes everybody happy.”Ryland lost three family members in the shooting. His step-mother Joanne Ward was killed along with Ryland’s sisters, Brooke Ward and Emily Garcia. Joanne Ward sacrificed her life in hopes of saving her children, McMahon said.“Ryland would not be here if she had not laid on top of him,” he said. “She was a really special person.”The family credits the hospital staff and prayers for helping Ryland in his recovery. “There’s just been so many — just not in Texas and the United States but around the world — that’s been praying for him and the others involved,” McMahon said.Ryand was carried out of First Baptist Church by Rusty Duncan, one of the first responders to the scene.“He’s the one that found Ryland in that place and picked him up,” McMahon said.” (He) carried him outside, put the tourniquets on his arm and his leg. … From what I’ve heard the doctors say, (that) is what saved his life.”CREDIT COURTESYNearly 3,000 Christmas cards have been sent to Sutherland Springs shooting victim Ryland Ward, 5.Ryland still has a few surgeries to go before release but family members hope he can be home sometime around his sixth birthday early next month. Share
Share Listen The City of Houston is being taken to task for thousands of violations of the Clean Water Act over the course of five years.The nonprofit group Bayou City Waterkeeper served the city with a 60-day notice of intent to sue over more than 9,000 sewage discharge violations the city had self-reported. The attorney representing Bayou City Waterkeeper suggests the problem could actually be more severe than the city has admitted.What exactly is happening in these sewage discharges and why are so many occurring? Have our major floods affected and exacerbated this problem?In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty learns more about the violations and their ramifications from Tracy Hester, who teaches environmental law at the UH Law Center.In response to the letter of intent to sue, the City of Houston issued the following statement:In response to a letter from Bayou City Waterkeeper providing a 60-day notice of its intent to sue the City regarding Sanitary Sewer Overflows (“SSOs”), Mayor Sylvester Turner today provided an update on the status of the City’s long-term negotiations with the EPA in connection with improvements of its sanitary sewer system to address SSOs.The City and the EPA have been negotiating the details of a plan for several years, but the damage to the system from Hurricane Harvey and the need to coordinate with FEMA impacted the discussions. Negotiations are now resuming on a plan to supplement the City’s continuation of its work to upgrade its aging sewer system to keep up with the increasing demands of Houston’s rapidly-growing population and to provide enhanced service to the ratepayers.The City is reviewing Waterkeeper’s letter but believes that any issues raised will be addressed in a plan ultimately agreed to with the EPA and the State – the governmental agencies that regulate SSOs. The City’s negotiations with EPA are part of a national program that EPA has been implementing with numerous cities across the nation to reduce SSOs under the Clean Water Act. The City’s analysis of SSO data from 2015 and 2016 indicates that most of the SSOs are the result of grease and other materials causing blockages in the collection system.Houston’s sewer system is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the nation, with more than 6,000 miles of sewer mains, nearly 400 lift stations in its collection system, and 39 wastewater treatment plants. While the City has been negotiating the agreement with the EPA to formalize a program to address additional system performance, the City had already invested billions of dollars two other programs over the last 20 years to enhance the sanitary sewer systems. The Greater Wastewater Program completed in 1997 cost $2.2 billion and involved 430 projects in constructing relief sewers, sewer rehabilitation, and upgrading or replacing lift stations. In 2005, the City also entered into an agreement with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to spend an additional $755 million to upgrade, clean and renew additional sewer pipes and infrastructure and completed that work ahead of schedule in July 2016.The plan that the City is negotiating with EPA includes additional investment into its wastewater infrastructure, as well as a supplemental environmental project to replace defective private sewer lines in a low-income area of the City where laterals have caused or contributed to SSOs at no cost to the homeowners.The City’s public outreach program to increase awareness of residents and commercial establishments of the need to avoid putting grease down kitchen drains – which can build up in pipes and cause blockages and overflows – is also a continued focus that will lead to direct results benefiting all ratepayers as grease blockages are the leading cause of sanitary sewer overflows. The City will also continue its on-going efforts to educate residents how they can help minimize sewer overflows by ensuring that downspouts, sump pumps, area drains and other features designed to remove rainwater runoff from private residences are not being connected to the sanitary sewer system, as this will contribute to overflow events.“The City of Houston has devoted more than $3 billion in the last 30 years to upgrade and improve its massive wastewater and sewer system infrastructure. The City remains committed to spending more as part of the continuing need to renew and upgrade one of the largest sewer systems in the country for the benefit of our ratepayers,” said Houston Public Works Director Carol Haddock. “The City continues to identify and invest in new technologies and techniques that will enhance future performance as well.” Gail DelaughterView of Buffalo Bayou from Allen Parkway. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /12:11
In an attempt to influence younger people to live healthier, a D.C. festival fused Hip Hop culture with environmental sustainability, exercise, and healthy eating.Swae Lee, one of the brothers in rising rap star group Rae Sremmurd, during their show at the Broccoli City Festival on May 6. (Photo by Charise Wallace)The Broccoli City Festival, which ran in the District from April 29-May 6, included a 5k run in Anacostia on April 29, a conference on May 4 and 5, an arts and music popup show on May 5, and a concert on May 6. The conference was listed as sold out as of May 2, according to the Broccoli City Festival’s Facebook page.On May 6, despite the rain, thousands attended the festival’s final day, at St. Elizabeth’s East Gateway Pavilion in southeast D.C., basking in positive energy, healthy eating, and entertainment from Rae Sremmurd, Solange, AlunaGeorge, Lil Yachty, NAO, Rapsody, and Chaz French.Even though the performers and vendors were the highlight of the festival, Broccoli City’s primary initiative was to raise awareness about healthy food availability in southeast D.C. “As far as the people, I do see an awareness coming,” founder Brandon McEachern told the AFRO. “I care about the people who came, the ones who got that free broccoli taco at the Whole Foods’ tent. Those type of things keep me elated.”McEachern, 33, is from Greensboro, N.C., but also referenced the district as his second home since he traveled simultaneously throughout his childhood to visit family in the Northwest area of the city. “From Parasucos (a popular denim brand in the early 2000s) to go-go bands, I’ve been coming to D.C. every summer my whole entire life,” he said.McEachern noticed a correlation between D.C’s low-socioeconomic communities and Los Angeles’ Crenshaw area, because both lacked access to better quality food and it reflected on residents’ performance levels, as compared to areas like Santa Monica, where people were eating salads and living longer.“In Crenshaw, you see liquor stores, liquor stores, and McDonalds . . . similar to how it is out here,” he said. “But when you go to Santa Monica there’s salads, people are chipper, they riding bikes, their skin looks different. So, I had to figure out that there was a correlation within the food and how they were treating themselves.”With help from co-founder Marcus Allen and Darryl Perkins, director of community engagement, they began helping urban communities in southeast D.C. in 2013 to combat gentrification and food deserts.“I feel like we keep getting let down . . . instead of trying to do something like Broccoli City Festival by giving us an outlet to just have fun and not be angry,” Anthony Bob, 22, told the AFRO. He volunteered at the festival and lives in southeast D.C. “They don’t see what’s happening to people that’s from southeast. Broccoli city is one, but we still have Congress and others in office who have their own agenda.”The festival has created year-round programs such as Code Green, Urban Farming, and Power of One to discuss health consciousness, environmental sustainability, and economic growth.Code Green develops workshops to fight health risks among the youth and adults. Urban Farming aims to fight food deserts by practicing growing food. Power of One uses political campaign strategies for millennials to engage in volunteer activities, which is a prominent way to earn a free ticket to the festival.“Far too often communities of color, low-income families, and other marginalized groups do not have equal access to clean air, water, and land,” Rep. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) told the AFRO. “The United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force will collaboratively craft legislation to discuss environmental justice needs in communities of D.C. and across the country.”The festival partnered with several organizations, including TIDAL, Beats By Dre, Planned Parenthood, D.C. Kitchen, &Pizza, U.S. Department of Parks and Recreation, Toyota, American Heart Association, and others.The festival’s next venture will be the “Smile Project,” which will consist of a weekend filled with family-friendly festivities starting on June 1-4 for inner-city youth.
(PhysOrg.com) — As anyone who has ever used a Windows based computer for any length of time knows, the longer you have it, the slower it goes; this is because of the accumulation of data files and entries in system logs; information that in many cases isn’t really necessary. Thus, our computers slow down due to the accumulation of “waste.” Now, two computer scientists from Johns Hopkins University have published a paper on arXiv, where they argue that data waste management on computer systems could, and should be handled similarly to the way physical-world waste is managed. More information: The Life and Death of Unwanted Bits: Towards Proactive Waste Data Management in Digital Ecosystems, Ragib Hasan, Randal Burns, arXiv:1106.6062v2 [cs.ET] arxiv.org/abs/1106.6062AbstractOur everyday data processing activities create massive amounts of data. Like physical waste and trash, unwanted and unused data also pollutes the digital environment by degrading the performance and capacity of storage systems and requiring costly disposal. In this paper, we propose using the lessons from real life waste management in handling waste data. We show the impact of waste data on the performance and operational costs of our computing systems. To allow better waste data management, we define a waste hierarchy for digital objects and provide insights into how to identify and categorize waste data. Finally, we introduce novel ways of reusing, reducing, and recycling data and software to minimize the impact of data wastage. Citation: Computer scientists say it’s time to start looking at treatment of data waste (2011, July 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-scientists-treatment.html Explore further E-waste trade ban won’t end environmental threat © 2010 PhysOrg.com In their paper, Ragib Hasan and Randal Burns pick up where computer scientists at Cornel University left off after discovering in 1999 that up to 80% of files written to the hard drive by the Windows NT operating system were deleted within five seconds of being created.Hasan and Burns analyzed three computers: a MacBook laptop, a desktop running Ubuntu Linux and a Fedora Linux fileserver in the University Library (Linux is a variant of the Unix operating system used primarily at educational and research institutions). Their intent was to find out what percentage of the files on each of the computers had not been accessed since their creation. They found that the percentages for each were: MacBook: 20.6, Desktop: 47.4 and Server: 57.1 and that the percentage of disk space used for each was 98.5, 38.1 and 99.5 respectively; clearly indicating that a large number of files using a lot of disk space had never been used again once being created. This is clearly an inefficient use of resources.It is for this reason that the duo suggest a new approach be used for data waste, one that takes advantage of the research already done with physical waste; specifically, they suggest a pyramid approach be used, similar to the one put in place by physical waste management companies. At the bottom of the new pyramid would be the worst case scenarios, then moving up, the next best and so on till reaching the top, and that they be labeled as such: Dispose, Recover, Recycle, Reuse and Reduce, with zero data waste being the optimal goal.In this case, Dispose is just that, erasing the data, Recover refers to extracting usable components, Recycle would be refurbishing component for reuse, and Reuse would be using those recoverable components in another way, and Reduce, the ultimate goal would be creating software that doesn’t create waste data in the first place.Besides slowing computers down due to I/O bottlenecks, data waste can also contribute to faster burnout times for flash technology, which have a limited number of lifetime write/rewrites before dying, something the authors point out, will likely become more important as such technology is increasingly being used in hand-held computing devices. 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 colours that ruled Day 1 seemed to have stayed on through most of the collections witnessed on 27 March as well.The day kicked off with Myoho by Kiran & Meghna, Prama by Pratima Pandey and Vaishali S. My Village by Rimzim Dadu and Kallol Datta’s 1955 came next followed by Anand Bhushan, Nachiket Barve, Amit GT, Charu Parashar, Ashima-Leena, Malini Ramani, Nikasha and finally the new wunderkind of Indian fashion – Rahul Mishra.Malini Ramani’s explosive collection of glam blacks accentuated with silvers, golds, pinks and reds and Nikasha’s pretty pastels for Bibi got our attention on Day 2.
If you love apples, so also love the humble banana. Eating a banana daily is likely to boost eye health and prevent vision-related diseases, a study has found.Researchers have found that bananas have carotenoid – a compound that turns fruits and vegetables red, orange or yellow and are converted into vitamin A, important precursors for eye health — in the liver.According to previous research, foods containing high levels of carotenoids also protect against chronic diseases, including certain cancers, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The study showed that banana rich in provitamin A carotenoids may offer a potential food source for alleviating vitamin A deficiency — important for sight.To combat vitamin A deficiency, researchers have been investigating methods to boost carotenoids in bananas. Cara L Mortimer and other researchers from Queensland University of Technology in Australia studied two banana varieties to find out why they make very different amounts of carotenoids. They found that the pale yellow, low-carotenoid cavendish variety produces more of an enzyme that breaks down carotenoids. In addition, another variety stashes its carotenoids in microscopic sacs during ripening, shifting the chemical equilibrium in the fruit so it can make even higher levels of these substances. The findings, published in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, can someday help in the development of banana varieties with enhanced health benefits.Bananas are ideal food for young children and families for many regions of the world, because of their sweetness, texture, portion size, familiarity, availability, convenience, versatility and cost.
One of the largest producers of aluminum in the world, Norsk Hydro, was hit by a cyber attack in the company’s IT system on Monday evening affecting major parts of its smelting operations. The attack which escalated overnight and which is still ongoing has caused the company to resort to manual operations at its smelting facilities. The company’s website is currently down and it is posting updates to Facebook. Hydro said that IT systems in most business areas are impacted. According to a statement to BBC, Hydro said that the digital systems at its smelting plants were programmed to ensure machinery worked efficiently. However, these systems had to be turned off. The company is unsure what type of cyber attack it is facing or who is responsible. “We are working to contain and neutralize the attack. It is too early to assess the full impact of the situation. It is too early to assess the impact on customers. We have established a dialogue with all relevant authorities”, the firm updated on their Facebook post. “They are much more reliant today on computerised systems than they were some years ago. But they have the option of reverting back to methods that are not as computerised, so we are able to continue production”, a Hydro spokesperson told BBC. According to Reuters, “The company shut several metal extrusion plants, which transform aluminum ingots into components for car makers, builders, and other industries, while its giant smelters in countries including Norway, Qatar and Brazil were being operated manually.” A Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM) spokesperson said, “We are helping Norsk Hydro with the handling of the situation, and sharing this information with other sectors in Norway and with our international partners.” Hydro is arranging a press meeting on Tuesday, 19 Mar 2019 at 14:00:00 GMT where it will inform everyone about the cyber-attack. We will keep you updated as and when updates to this story is announced. In the meantime, you can check out Norsk Hydro’s Facebook wall for updates. Read Next 5 nation joint Activity Alert Report finds most threat actors use publicly available tools for cyber attacks How social media enabled and amplified the Christchurch terrorist attack Microsoft claims it halted Russian spearphishing cyberattacks
December 27, 2013We continue the report about the East Foundry Apartment and surrounding landscape renovation [see posts from 12/16, 12/18 12/20 and 12/23/2013]. The first level of concrete has been poured onto the silt bed and the crew of workshop participants and interns is smoothing-screeding the surface.[photo and text by Sue Kirsch]Construction intern Felipe Quintero is mixing the concrete and workshop participant Marco Vargas Weers will wheel it to the work site.[photo and text by Sue Kirsch]In the background we see Paul Hernandez who designed this renovation project.[photo and text by Sue Kirsch]The first layer of concrete is complete and here are Dan and Paul laying in a perfectly formed reinforcement steel – rebar set.[photo by Julia Dorn-Giarmoleo and text by Sue Kirsch]More concrete is spread over the rebar.[photo by Julia Dorn-Giarmoleo and text by Sue Kirsch]Here is the completed panel, with grooves and small bits of rebar sticking out at its end, which will be handy to connect this panel with the wall where it is planned to be.[photo by Julia Dorn-Giarmoleo and text by Sue Kirsch]In the next report, scheduled to post on Monday, December 30., we will see more photos of work on the renovation location.
The editor of the BBC News Channel, Kevin Bakhurst, has left the UK public broadcaster’s news channel for its Irish counterpart RTÉ.Bakhurst has been at the BBC since 2005 and will become managing director of news and current affairs at RTÉ and a member of the broadcaster’s executive board. He joins the Irish broadcaster in September.
Updated at 6:23 p.m. ETHundreds of students and faculty at two universities in Los Angeles have been asked to stay home unless they can prove that they’ve been vaccinated against measles.The LA campuses of the University of California and California State University imposed the quarantine after they became aware of people infected with measles who had potentially exposed hundreds. At UCLA, a student exposed at least 500 people earlier this month; at Cal State, someone with measles went to a library and encountered hundreds.California officials said Friday the two campuses have more than 650 students and staff under quarantine order.UCLA was notified by the LA County Department of Public Health that one of its students had contracted measles. After identifying people the infected student might have come in contact with while contagious, the school asked them to provide proof of immunization. On Wednesday, 119 people who couldn’t provide proof were quarantined.Of those, dozens were able to prove immunity and were released from quarantine by Thursday afternoon. But 82 were still quarantined, and “a few may need to remain in quarantine for up to seven days,” the school said in a statement.”Considering the time that has elapsed since the last possible exposure to the individual with measles on April 9, the highest risk period for developing measles has already passed — and the period during which symptoms may appear is nearing the end,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said.Los Angeles County declared Monday that the county was facing a measles outbreak, with international travel leading to five confirmed measles cases, including students from UCLA and Cal State L.A. So far this year, 38 people have been infected with measles in California, state officials said, according to the Los Angeles Times.As of Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was reporting 695 cases of measles from 22 states — the highest it’s been since measles was ostensibly “eliminated” from the country in 2000. There’s been a 300% increase in the number of measles cases worldwide over the first three months of 2018, according to the World Health Organization. “That increase is part of a global trend seen over the past few years as other countries struggle with declining vaccination rates and may be exacerbating the situation here,” the CDC said. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Microsoft Adds Read Aloud Feature to Word August 1, 2017 Image credit: Drew Angerer | Getty Images Matthew Humphries Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. –shares This story originally appeared on PCMag This week Microsoft rolled out a number of new features heading to Office 365. The stand out addition is a feature called Read Aloud in Word, which you’ll eventually find available under the Review tab on the Word menu.Microsoft offers a range of tools that come under the heading of Learning Tools in Word. They exist to “help you improve your reading skills by boosting your ability to pronounce words correctly, to read quickly and accurately and to understand what you read.” Read Aloud falls squarely into the “read quickly and accurately” category.When enabled, Read Aloud allows you to hear any given Word document being read out loud while each word is highlighted simultaneously. By going through this process, Microsoft believes it is easier to recognize and correct errors. And because Read Aloud happens within the existing work flow, it’s easy to rectify each error as soon as it becomes apparent.Microsoft also views Read Aloud as beneficial for users with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. It should allow for improved reading and accuracy, and ultimately more error-free documents.Other new features of note include the ability to turn text into timelines in PowerPoint and support for 3D objects in Office apps. PowerPoint Designer tracks any times, dates and associated topics placed in slides and can intelligently create professional-looking timelines using that information. As for 3D support, Word, Excel and PowerPoint will all accept 3D objects from the Remix 3D catalog. In PowerPoint, you can even create cinematic animations using Morph on those objects.For now, these new features are being made available to Office Insiders, but Microsoft says they will “reach general availability later this year” for all Office 365 users. Senior Editor 2 min read Microsoft Have documents read back to you with simultaneous word highlighting to help find errors and better support users with learning disabilities. Next Article Enroll Now for $5
–shares DEA Chief’s Congressional Testimony About Legal Marijuana Angered Some, Baffled Many 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Green Entrepreneur App Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Cannabis Guest Writer dispensaries.com Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. May 18, 2018 Download Our iOS App Image credit: Aaron P. Bernstein | Getty Images It’s hard to know what to make of the testimony on legalized marijuana from Robert Patterson, chief of the Drug Enforcement Agency, before the House Judiciary Committee earlier this month.He attributed deaths to marijuana use but offered no information to back that up. He said he didn’t see “mass incarcerations” of marijuana users, even though FBI numbers show they increased in 2016 (the last year numbers are available). He said he was unaware of the many studies showing that opioid use has dropped in places where marijuana is legal.For example, in Canada, where medical marijuana is legal at the federal level, a recent study showed a “significant reduction” in opioid use in just six months.The House Judiciary Committee held the meeting to discuss the opioid crisis. Both prescription opioids and street drugs account for about 115 overdose deaths each day in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those deaths, about 40 percent involve prescription drugs.While opioids were the topic, marijuana repeatedly came up during Patterson’s testimony (available here online in its entirety). Here are some of the highlights on marijuana that many have taken issue with or at least found very curious.Related: Racial Injustice and the Legal Marijuana IndustryUnaware of StudiesThe DEA currently lists marijuana as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and no medicinal value. In his testimony, Patterson said that marijuana remains a Schedule I drug “because of the science.”However, when asked by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, Patterson said he was unaware of the often-referenced 2017 study by the National Academy of Sciences that found “conclusive or substantive evidence” that marijuana effectively deals with chronic pain issues.Patterson also did not know about state studies from Minnesota and New Mexico about decreased use of opioids where marijuana is legal, or the similar findings of a study from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Gaetz appeared baffled that the head of the DEA would be unaware of such studies. However, Patterson did eventually say he is in favor of more study, although he also said he believes legalized marijuana is contributing to the country’s substance abuse problem.Related: To Touch the Plant or Not: What Type of Cannabis Business Should You Start?Not Seeing Arrest IssuePatterson also noted that he hears repeated references to arrests of marijuana users. “I don’t see a huge enforcement presence but I hear this statistic all the time about this mass incarceration of users…and I don’t see it,” he said.Those numbers come from the federal government itself. The FBI released data last year showing that the number of people arrested for marijuana increased in 2016, and accounted for more arrests than murder, rape, aggravated battery and robbery combined.Overall, the number of arrests for marijuana increased 12 percent to about 653,000 arrests nationwide. While the FBI numbers did not break out possession vs. other charges, historically possession of small amounts makes up the majority of marijuana arrests. A detailed study of marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010 by the American Civil Liberties Union found that 88 percent of all arrests were for simple possession of marijuana.Patterson also said he knew of marijuana-related deaths, but when pressed on the issue he had no information on-hand to back that up.Related: New Study Will Explore Medical Marijuana as a Treatment for Autism“Dangerous Environment”Patterson did say he supports more research into marijuana. However, research is stymied because the federal government currently only allows marijuana grown at one location at the University of Mississippi for use in study.However, Patterson said personally he thinks the country is in a “dangerous environment” when it comes to legalizing marijuana given what he now knows about what fuels addiction issues in the United States. He did not elaborate.He also said, under questioning from Gaetz, that he believes legalized marijuana adds to the substance abuse problem in the country. When asked what studies show that medical marijuana would increase the use of opioids, Patterson said, “I don’t know.”In an opinion piece for The Hill, Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, wrote that when thousands of Americans are dying from opioid overdose “it is almost inconceivable that the DEA would willfully and publicly maintain such a Flat Earth position with regard to the use of medical cannabis as a potential alternative.”To stay up to date on the latest marijuana related news make sure to like dispensaries.com on Facebook The nation’s top drug enforcement officer was unflinching in his opposition to legalizing marijuana and apparently not embarrassed by his complete ignorance of the relevant science. Add to Queue Next Article
Add to Queue Technology Push e-mail is coming to a mobile device near you. Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Amanda C. Kooser –shares December 1, 2006 Magazine Contributor What’s Push E-Mail? Everybody’s doing it: messaging on their phones and PDAs. Push e-mail, which automatically synchronizes your messages with your wireless handheld as soon as they land on your mail server, is taking off like IM. The heavy lifting is done by a server that syncs your office and away inboxes so you don’t have to do it manually, or continuously check for new messages. It’s a small service that was quite difficult and expensive to execute when Research in Motion introduced it on its BlackBerry devices several years ago.Now, push e-mail is getting cheaper and reaching a wider audience via BlackBerry web services. And solutions like Good Technology’s Good Mobile Messaging and Visto bring push e-mail to smartphones and devices other than the BlackBerry. Seven Networks also has several affordable push solutions for internet-based e-mail.And Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphones will benefit from Microsoft’s new Direct Push Technology. A great example is Hewlett-Packard’s Windows Mobile 5.0 iPAQ hw6900 that sports cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth links and built-in GPS navigation. Microsoft’s Mobile 5.0 Messaging and Security Feature Pack not only handles e-mail, but also updates tasks, contacts and calendar items.More push is good news for mobile entrepreneurs. Just be sure to check with your cellular service provider to see which devices and services it supports.Safety FirstGet extra security at lower prices with new Wi-Fi gear.Lots of growing businesses buy their Wi-Fi gear at the same stores consumers do. Small-office networking equipment is low-cost, easy to set up and easy to get your hands on. But a little more security, flexibility and bandwidth couldn’t hurt. In fact, several manufacturers have come out with Wi-Fi gear with the features businesses need at only slightly higher prices than consumer hardware.High-end security features are especially important if you’re transmitting sensitive financial data or accommodating telecommuters and other mobile employees. The inexpensive Linksys WRV200 Wireless-G VPN Router with Rangebooster supports VPN encryption for communications with remote workers. This $80 (all prices street) router can also deliver quality voice and video to multiple SSIDs and VLANs. For $230, Linksys’ newest small-business router will add intrusion prevention to VPN.The WRVS440N Wireless-N Gigabit Security Router also supports faster and farther draft-n transmissions and comes with four gigabit Ethernet ports. Business buyers can even pick up wireless access points equipped with Power Over Ethernet to power their devices through the cable rather than an outside power cord. Entrepreneurs don’t necessarily have to spend a lot to upgrade to Wi-Fi gear with extra business features and more advanced security. 3 min read This story appears in the December 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now »
–shares Just Add Water: Powdered Alcohol Approved by the U.S. Government 2 min read Alcohol April 21, 2014 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now » Kate Taylor Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Is alcohol in its liquid form is too limiting? Be on the lookout for “Palcohol” – a powdered alcohol that could hit stores by fall.The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau recently approved seven versions of Palcohol, created by wine entrepreneur Mark Phillips. The product comes in rum and vodka form, as well as in powdered mixed-drink flavors like “Powderita” and Cosmopolitan.Once the products hit liquor store shelves, one pouch will be equal to one shot of alcohol. The company’s website – which once included edgier references to sneaking Palcohol into venues where alcohol is famously expensive or snorting powdered alcohol – attempts to showcase Palcohol as a convenient take on familiar liquors.Related: Like It or Not, ‘Pizza Cake’ Could Soon Be a Thing”Think of Palcohol as liquor….just in powder form,” reads the site. “It will be sold anywhere where liquor can be sold and a buyer must be of legal drinking age to buy it.”While the patent is still pending for Palcohol, if and when the product is released it will be a game changer not just for college students trying to get drunk cheap, but also for retailers and lawmakers. Just as Four Loko, nicknamed “blackout in a can,” raised concerns regarding caffeine in alcoholic beverages that resulted in the drinks ban in several states in 2010, Palcohol promises to open discussion on the issues and dangerous of powdered alcohol.Amazingly, some state governments saw this coming – almost 40 years ago. In 1978, California passed a law stating that alcoholic tax laws will “apply with respect to powdered distilled spirits in the same manner and to the same extent as with respect to other distilled spirits.” Related: 8 Totally Weird Fast-Food Items That Everyone Is Talking About Reporter Add to Queue
Oct 31 2018Following the 2018 Nobel Prize for Medicine, global attention is now more than ever turned toward the promise of immunotherapy in oncology. An international team’s work has shed new light on a molecule called TIM-3 that might play a key role in the regulation of the immune response. Scientists and physicians from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the MUHC (MCH-MUHC), and McGill University in collaboration with French teams from AP-HP, Inserm, Université Paris-Descartes and the Imagine Institute at the Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital, have singled out this protein as the next potential target for immunotherapy treatments in patients with cancer and other diseases.These results are being published in the journal Nature Genetics on Monday, October 29.Researchers found that when the TIM-3 protein is suppressed or inactive, the immune system becomes completely “unleashed” and T cells are uncontrollably over-activated, resulting in a rare form of lymphoma (a form of cancer that starts in the lymphocytes) called subcutaneous panniculitis T lymphoma (LTSCP).The team of researchers has identified two founder mutations at the origin of this syndrome, which act directly on the TIM-3 protein, preventing it from expressing itself on the surface of the lymphocytes and attacking the cancer cells. They also found that this form of lymphoma associated with over-activation of the immune response was more widespread than they first thought. Both mutations have been found in individuals of East Asian, Australian, and Polynesian origin as well as in patients of European origin.This work was based on findings from the teams at the RI-MUHC and the MCH-MUHC, showing the same rare form of lymphoma in brother and sister. After sequencing their genomes, the researchers discovered that both patients carried the same mutation on a gene called HAVCR2 that codes for TIM-3 and that it was transmitted by their parents.In discussions with colleagues in Australia and France, the team realized they too had similar cases of patients with the same mutation (Tyr82Cys) who seemed to be mostly of East Asian or Polynesian descent. Another mutation (Ile97Met), on the same gene, was identified in patients of European origin. A functional study of these mutations, conducted in Paris, confirms their responsibility in this new genetic disease. In all, 17 pediatric and adult cases were the subject of this scientific publication.”The discovery of this mutation has shed light on a previously undescribed mechanism that allowed us to explain both the clinical presentation and the very particular evolution of these lymphomas under treatment,” explains Dr. David Michonneau from the hematology-transplant service in the Saint-Louis AP-HP hospital.Related StoriesLiving a healthy lifestyle may help offset genetic risk of dementiaGene modulation goes wireless hacking the “boss gene”Fungal infection study identifies specific genetic vulnerability among Hmong peopleAccording to Dr. Geneviève de Saint Basile from the laboratory “Molecular basis of immune homeostasis abnormalities” Inserm at the Imagine Institute and the center for the study of immunodeficiencies at Necker-Children’s Hospital AP-HP, “The results of this collaboration demonstrate the regulatory role of the TIM-3 molecule in humans and they also provide strong arguments for reconsidering this entity as an inflammatory rather than a malignant pathology, and for promoting the use of immunosuppressive drugs in its treatment.””For these patients with this rare form of lymphoma, our results reinforce the use of immunosuppressive therapies that will provide much better results and fewer side effects than cytotoxic chemotherapy,” says Dr. Nada Jabado, who is a clinician-scientist from the Child Health and Human Development Program at the RI-MUHC and a professor of Pediatrics and Human Genetics at McGill University in Montreal.Researchers are now trying to see if patients with autoimmune diseases such as lupus – a disease where the immune system turns against the body itself – may have some TIM-3 dysfunction. There would also be promising avenues for the treatment and understanding of cancers, infectious diseases such as HIV or even malaria as well as multiple sclerosis. Source:https://muhc.ca/newsroom/news/scientific-breakthrough-promising-new-target-immunotherapy
Explore further Amazon Prime discount coming to all Whole Foods Citation: What’s new for Amazon’s Prime Day? Deals at Whole Foods (2018, July 3) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-amazon-prime-day-foods.html In this Feb. 8, 2018, file photo, Amazon Prime Now bags full of groceries are loaded for delivery by a part-time worker outside a Whole Foods store in Cincinnati. Amazon’s Prime Day deals are coming to the aisles of Whole Foods, as the online retailer seeks to lure more people to its Prime membership after recently hiking up the price. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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. Amazon’s Prime Day deals are coming to the aisles of Whole Foods as the online retailer seeks to lure more people to its Prime membership after a recent price hike. This year’s sales event, which starts July 16, will be six hours longer than last year’s and will launch new products. Amazon hopes to keep Prime attractive for current and would-be subscribers after raising the annual membership fee by 20 percent to $119 and to $12.99 for the month-to-month option. Outside of Prime Day, Amazon has added special discounts for Prime members at its more than 460 Whole Foods U.S. stores and has been adding new TV shows and movies on its video streaming service.”They want Prime to be a must-have membership,” says Suzanne Tager, who heads Bain & Co.’s retail and consumer products practices.Prime Day, created by Amazon in 2015 to mark its 20th anniversary, has inspired other e-commerce companies to invent their own shopping holidays. Online furniture seller Wayfair introduced Way Day in April, becoming its biggest revenue day ever. While Prime Day brings in more revenue for Amazon, too, it also helps boost its Prime memberships. It had more sign-ups during 2017’s event than any other day in the company’s history, Amazon said at the time, without providing specific numbers.Here’s a look at what’s new for this year’s Prime Day:WHOLE FOODS IN THE MIX: Expect discounts on groceries as well as in-store events, such as cooking demonstrations, says Jamil Ghani, the global vice president of Amazon Prime. And at its more than a dozen Amazon Books stores, discounts will expand beyond devices.IT’S LONGER: After extending the daylong event to 30 hours in 2017, this year’s Prime Day will be 36 hours long, starting the afternoon of July 16 and running through July 17.NEW PRODUCT LAUNCHES: Several companies have agreed to launch new products on Prime Day, Amazon says. Among them, a Fingerlings unicorn doll whose horn lights up and a Delta kitchen faucet that can be turned on through Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant.PRIVATE LABEL PUSH: Amazon has been increasing its line of store brands, and it’ll be offering deals such as 25 percent off its Rivet furniture brand, which didn’t exist a year ago. Other deals include 30 percent off its Mama Bear diapers and baby products.MORE COUNTRIES: Amazon has been expanding its Prime membership around the world, and four new countries will be a part of Prime Day this year: Australia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Singapore. Amazon disclosed for the first time this year that it had more than 100 million paid Prime members worldwide.
Citation: How we’re designing musical instruments with the help of disabled musicians and VR (2019, January 16) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-musical-instruments-disabled-musicians-vr.html Most new digital technologies tend to be designed with an able-bodied user in mind. The first desktop computers required fine motor skills to navigate software menus using a mouse, and mobile phones need users to press buttons, swipe screens, and so on. To use such technology a person needs to be fairly dexterous. Explore further This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. For our clarinettist we focused on the VIVE controllers, as they are more tactile than visual. They can also track physical positions in a space, which meant the clarinettist was able to position sounds in the 3-D Sonic LAB by having the VIVE controller strapped to his instrument.Inclusive thinking and designThese bespoke VR instrument designs featured in a showcase concert in November 2018, where disabled musicians performed alongside musicians from the Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble.The audience was positioned in a circle closely surrounding the musicians in order to enhance the immersive experience of the performance space.The disability equipment market worldwide is estimated to increase to more than US$8 billion by 2020, and sales of disabled equipment in the UK have increased over 93% over the last ten years. All technologies, including VR, can be inclusive if the perspective of disabled people is part of their design. Our approach reveals how new technologies can be developed, that actively engage disabled musicians in music making and demonstrate a commitment to quality of life for disabled musicians. We will continue to design instruments that can be used in VR, but we will now focus on using more affordable systems, with a view to creating a virtual reality ensemble of disabled and able-bodied musicians. How to dance to a synthetic band Virtual Reality technology opens up new experiences and possibilities in music for people with disabilities. Credit: Performance Without Barriers, Author provided The instrument was developed with able-bodied musicians in mind, so we designed it to take into account different types of mobilities. This led to one of our musicians with cerebral palsy playing a new VR instrument that was specifically designed to take into account her expressive upper body movements. It did not require her to use fine motor precision in her arms or fingers, which she does not possess. Virtual Reality technology opens up new experiences and possibilities in music for people with disabilities. Credit: Performance Without Barriers, Author provided Provided by The Conversation VR headsets are necessarily about what you see. However, we found that the tactile feedback from the hand-held controllers – through which a user accesses a menu and press commands to reach content – allowed this particular musician to play the instrument by feeling and hearing it, rather than seeing it through the headset. Not having to rely on the headset also meant she could maintain visual contact with other musicians during the performance.Another example of our collaborative VR design was working with a blind performer. Key to this musician were his virtuosic skills on the clarinet. The idea was to build on his expertise and adapt and enhance his musical performance skills using VR technologies.VR experiences are so concentrated on the visual experience that often they disregard the inherently immersive nature of sound, but it’s all around us, a proper 360° experience. Clearly, a visual headset was not relevant or helpful to this blind musician. We needed to focus on how we could use the other immersive qualities of a space for a music performance.Our team is based at the Sonic LAB in Queen’s, an immersive and fully customisable 3-D sound space – often referred to as the iMAX for the ears – we decided to adapt the VIVE technology to this existing context. In our Performance without Barriers research group, we design digital musical interfaces with disabled musicians in mind. This work engages disabled performers from the start of a new technology and looks at the specific abilities they have. In this way, technologies develop in tandem with them, taking into account their mobility, needs and creative interests.Current VR technology is designed for the able bodied, but more importantly it often allows only for passive interactions – listening to music performances, such as Elton John’s 360 concert, for example, or “riding” a rollercoaster. We were more interested in how disabled musicians can use VR technologies in an active and performative way.Working togetherOur research team consists of a diverse group, including electronic engineers, computer scientists, sonic arts researchers, immersive content designers, a soloist ensemble and a local group that helps disabled musicians perform and compose their own music independently. Together with these musicians, we teamed up with a US software developer, who was designing a VR musical instrument called the “Infinite Instrument”, running on a 360° VR headset called HTC VIVE. 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.
Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 00:20 IST No discussion took place on the bill | File photo from PTIHIGHLIGHTSAltogether 44 private member bills were introduced in the Lower HouseThe Law Commission had earlier said that compulsory voting was not feasibleBJP’s Sanjay Jaiswal introduced the bill “to designate Pakistan as state sponsor of terrorism”A private members bill which seeks to designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday.Sanjay Jaiswal (BJP) introduced the bill “to designate Pakistan as state sponsor of terrorism”.No discussion took place on the bill.Altogether 44 private member bills were introduced in the Lower House.Besides, a private member Bill to provide for compulsory voting by the electorate in the country was introduced by Janardan Singh Sigriwal (BJP).The Law Commission had earlier said that compulsory voting was not feasible.Introducing the bill, the Member said that in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, over 33 per cent of registered voters did not vote, which was not a good sign for democracy.He cited example of Algeria, Bolivia, Brazil, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy and Switzerland where there was compulsory votingAdmitting that the country might face some challenges in implementing compulsory voting, Sigriwal said it could provide ‘e-voting’ facilities.Ajay Mishra (BJP) said the country should move forward towards one country, one election.Stating that the voting process should be further simplified and there need not be any compulsory voting, Mishra said if any government collapses before the end of its 5 year term, then the power to govern the state should be vested with governor or President for the remaining tenure.Nishikant Dubey (BJP) said there are 28 countries in the world which had implemented compulsory voting and even after implementing it in Australia the voter turnout was 90 per cent.He demanded a discussion on the Supreme Court order to give NOTA button in EVMs and also the verdict on NJAC.C R Chaudhary (BJP) said the government is mulling sending e-ballot papers to NRI voters residing out of India which can send back via post.While, CM Ramesh (BJP) moved a Constitution Amendment Bill that did not give details, Pratap Singh Bajwa moved “The Safeguarding and Adjucating Farmers’ Economic Rights Commission Bill”.M V Rajeev Gowda introduced The Reserve Bank of India (Amendment) Bill, 2018, while Vandana Chavan introduced bills that included The Children with Specific Learning Disabilities Bill 2018, The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education and The Contract Labour Amendment Bill.KTS Tulsi introduced the Criminal Law Amendment Bill, 2019, Binoy Viswan The Minimum Wages Amendment Bill, Vinay P Sahasrabuddhe The Companies Amendment Bill, Vikas Mahatme The Promotion Social and Emotional Learning in Schools Bill and Rakesh Sinha introduced The Population Regulation Bill.Parvesh Sahib Singh (BJP) introduced a bill to provide for the compulsory use of bio-degradabale packaging materiaL in the supply and distribution of certain commodities.This was with the aim to curb the usage of plastic and other such non-degradable material in packaging.Shashi Tharoor (Congress) introduced a bill to provide for the establishement of a States and Union Territories Reorganisation Commission.This is to recommend the reorganisation of States and Union Territories to the Central Government through periodic review of demands for new States or Union Territories.Also Read | Pakistan will not open airspace until India withdraws fighter jets from IAF forward airbasesAlso Read | Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi heckled in London over press censorshipAlso Watch | Army general exposes Pakistan’s lie on terror; Al Qaeda chief threatens India; moreFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byMohak Gupta Tags :Follow Lok SabhaFollow PakistanFollow Terrorism Next Private Member Bill to designate Pakistan as state sponsor of terrorism introduced in Lok SabhaSanjay Jaiswal (BJP) introduced the bill “to designate Pakistan as state sponsor of terrorism.”advertisement
Next War of words between Jagan Mohan Reddy and Chandrababu Naidu in Andhra AssemblyA war of words between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and leader of opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu rocked the state Assembly on Friday.advertisement Press Trust of India AmaravatiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 00:23 IST Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy (right) and leader of opposition N Chandrababu Naidu.A war of words between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and leader of opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu rocked the state Assembly on Friday.Pandemonium prevailed in the House as there were heated exchanges between the two leaders during a debate on interest-free loans for farmers.As the debate on the issue was taken up for second day due to persistent demands by opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Naidu reeled out statistics from different documents to deny the allegations by Jagan Reddy that the previous government did not implement zero per cent interest scheme.As the chief minister had on Thursday dared Naidu to resign and leave the House for failing to give even a penny to the farmers, Naidu hit back at Jagan Reddy by providing the statistics. “Will you resign now or apologise to people?” the TDP chief asked the chief minister, evoking protest from treasury benches.Countering Naidu, Jagan Reddy said the TDP government provided only Rs 600 crore for the scheme while it should have given Rs 11,600 crore in five years. He said Naidu was claiming a great achievement by giving just 5 per cent money.There were repeated interruptions when the chief minister was speaking. Irked over this, he remarked “We are 151. If we decide you will not be seen around.”When TDP leader Atchan Naidu tried to intervene, Jagan Reddy asked him to sit and taunted him. “The man is of this size, but the brain is not of that level. You don’t know what to speak and what not to speak,” said the chief minister.Speaker T. Seetharam also reprimanded the TDP members for repeatedly creating disruptions.YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) has 151 members in 175-member Assembly. The TDP’s strength is 23.ALSO READ | Andhra Pradesh: YS Jagan Mohan Reddy govt presents its first budgetALSO WATCH | Rahul Gandhi finally steps down as party president; Jaganmohan Reddy’s demolition spree; moreFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnupriya Thakur Tags :Follow Jagan Reddy
Mumbai’s Tulsi lake overflows due to heavy rainsTulsi is the smallest lake which has a share of 1 per cent in the total water supply. The other one is Vihar Lake.advertisement Vidya MumbaiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 00:15 IST Mumbai’s Tulsi lake overflowed at 7 pm on Friday. (Photo: ANI)Mumbai’s Tulsi lake overflowed at 7 pm on Friday due to incessant rains. Last year, the monsoon arrived late and the lake filled to its capacity on July 9.This year, the rainfall in the catchment areas was higher and the lake overflowed.Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) said, “One of Mumbai’s sources of water supply, lake Tulsi started overflowing, today.”Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO): One of Mumbai’s sources of water supply, lake Tulsi started overflowing, today. (File pic) pic.twitter.com/1i2NkpY99x ANI (@ANI) July 12, 2019Tulsi is the smallest lake which has a share of 1 per cent in the total water supply. The other one is Vihar Lake. Both of the lakes are located in Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP).Meanwhile, water quantum in lakes supplying to Mumbai’s needs rose further touching almost as much as last year’s water stocks the same day.The total water stocks on Friday was 6.35 lakh million litre or 43.92% of the required stocks.Last year on July 12, the total water stocks stood at 6.36 lakh million litre or 44 per cent of the required quantum, according to Times of India.There was a significant rise in water stocks as compared to a day earlier as well. On Thursday, the total water quantum stood at 5.47 lakh million litre or 37.83 per cent.The total required water stocks in all the seven lakes is 14.47 lakh million litres.Also Read | Mumbai rains: Flight operations briefly suspended at Chhatrapati Shivaji airport due to low visibilityAlso Watch | Mumbai rains: Is City of Dreams now Ram bharose?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow Mumbai rainsFollow Tulsi lake Next