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Aston Martin DBX teaser affirms the SUVs ties to the DB lineage

first_img Aston Martin Aston Martin’s DBX SUV throws snow all over the place More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Now playing: Watch this: Preview • 2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante: A good reason for sunburn 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice 10 Photos This December, Aston Martin will welcome its first SUV into the world known as the DBX. The British luxury brand delivered the news in a teaser video (embedded above) for the DBX SUV on Monday without providing a more specific date. Previously, we knew the luxury SUV was coming in the final quarter of this year, but Aston Martin is going to wait until the very last month to unveil its SUV. Not only that, but the brand wants us to know that just because this is an SUV, it doesn’t mean it’s not a true part of the DB family. The designation dates back decades and sits as a prefix to some of the most iconic Aston Martin models.This teaser focuses specifically on the grille, which takes a familiar shape from the DB line of cars. Today, that encompasses the DBS Superleggera and DB11. As is all too familiar a story, people dig utility vehicles these days, which has led to an insurgence of ultraluxurious SUVs. The Rolls-Royce Cullinan, Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus and more have recently cropped up. The DBX will do its best to capture the same market, though more than likely, owners will park it next to another Aston Martin in the garage.Aside from the small shot of the grille, we do get a rough look at the headlights and daytime-running lights as the teaser closes. However, prototype photos already give us a good idea as to what the SUV will look like when we see it later this year. The biggest mystery remains the rear end, which we don’t see at all in the teaser. Even in the previously released prototype photos (see the gallery below), the DBX’s back end was pretty well camouflaged. Do expect a Vantage-esque look with the taillights.While the original idea was to make the DBX an electric vehicle, Aston Martin scrapped that plan as the Lagonda came back into the picture. As for powertrains, it’ll likely stick to V8 and V12 engines, but we’ll know for sure in a few months. The Rapide AMR has the last-ever naturally aspirated… 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan Post a comment More about 2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante 4:39 Tags 0 SUVs Luxury cars Aston Martinlast_img read more

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Amid growing global demand for aircraft mechanics local training program opens in

first_imgYuut Elitnaurviat is opening an aircraft mechanic training program with its first cohort beginning February 2019. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur/KYUK)Airplanes connect rural Alaska to the world, and all those planes need mechanics to maintain and fix them. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has a severe shortage of aircraft mechanics, and it’s expected that a shortage will soon be felt across the world’s airline industry. A new Bethel training program wants to fill the gap with local workers.Listen nowInside a bright white hanger at the airport sits a fleet of small, multi-colored airplanes.“We have Cessnas. We have Pipers. We have a Bonanza, a Navajo Chieftain, we have a Cherokee 140,” Mike Hoffman, executive director at Yuut Elitnaurviat, said as he pointed around the hanger.These are some of the most common planes flown in the region. Yuut Elitnaurviat is the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s adult workforce development program, and it’s opening an aircraft mechanic school in Bethel. Hoffman takes pride in that many of the program’s planes, and the resources to get them there, were donated.“I went up to McGrath and took the wings off that blue one that’s in the back there with my brother Jeff, and threw it on a barge that my other brother was the captain of, and he brought it down for free,” Hoffman said. “It’s just people understanding this school and what it’s going to bring to the region.”What it will bring is local people earning local training to fill critical local jobs in the region of the state that has the lowest per capita income and highest unemployment rate.“Virtually every airline that I know of here is looking for mechanics,” said Keith Henthorn, business manager for regional airline Yute Commuter Service.None of the airline’s mechanics are Bethel residents. Instead, they come from Fairbanks or Anchorage, or even out of state.“You know, I just Tuesday offered a guy from Florida $42 an hour to come up here and be a mechanic for me,” Henthorn shared.Henthorn would rather hire locals and keep that money in the region. He could hire five mechanics today. Local hires would both serve the community and boost the airline’s bottom line. Bringing in outside workers is expensive. It costs flights, housing, and — because of the shortage of employees — overtime. Having fewer mechanics creates less effective airlines. The deficit clogs up the system with grounded planes, delayed flights, backed up freight, and disgruntled passengers.“Our goal is to have 10 aircraft available every day,” Henthorn explained. “Typically, we have eight. Now we still get most of the things flown that we need to get flown. Just makes it for a little bit longer business day than is practical in most environments.”The population of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is growing, and Yute Commuter Service wants to grow with it. To do that, they’ll need more mechanics, and so will the rest of the region’s airlines. Yuut Elitnaurviat’s aircraft mechanic program can nearly guarantee jobs for graduates. That’s what Programs Director Jeremy Osborne found when he surveyed the regional airlines.“They said if we could turn out magically maybe 300 airplane mechanics, they would probably be able to employ all over the Y-K Delta,” Osborne said. “I mean Ravn [Alaska] and Grant [Aviation] are not just in the Y-K Delta. They have Nome, Unalakleet, all the villages up there.”Graduates could work anywhere. Over the next two decades, Boeing predicts North America will need 189,000 more aircraft mechanics. Worldwide, Boeing forecasts the demand will reach 754,000. A national shortage of aircraft mechanics is expected to appear in four years as baby boomers retire, and the U.S. Senate has recognized the problem. This spring, the Senate passed a bill to provide half a million dollars to aircraft mechanic programs like Yuut Elitnaurviat’s.It could be said that when it comes to job opportunity and security in this field, well, the sky’s the limit.“You could go down to Anchorage. You could go down to Texas,” Osborne said. “You could go anywhere, and this credential follows you.”The first cohort of mechanics begins February 2019 and runs a year and a half. If you’re interested in applying for Yuut Elitnaurviat’s aviation maintenance program, call 907-543-0999.last_img read more

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India survive massive scare to beat Aghanistan Jasprit Bumrah proves the saviour

first_imgIt was supposed to be the biggest mismatch of the World Cup, the weakest team in the tournament against the strongest side. But India vs Afghanistan turned out to be anything but. A day after the World Cup witnessed its biggest upset, an even bigger one looked on the cards.On a pitch assisting spinners, the Afghan bowling attack came into its own and the troika of Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb ur Rahman tied up the Indian batsmen in a web of spin and caused the Indian batting to stagnate. How tough it was to get the ball away can be gauged by the fact that in the last ten overs, Rashid was bowling near maidens to batsmen like MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav.But most people would have backed India to still win this match on the back of their highly capable bowling attack and two wonderful spinners. But Afghanistan showed an indomitable spirit and combined it with intelligence to approach the target in a systematic manner. They identified the biggest threats in the Indian bowling line-up. They showed a lot of respect to Bumrah and Kuldeep and never took any unnecessary risks.But then Virat Kohli brought Bumrah back into the attack and in his mid-innings spell, dismissed the two well set batsmen, Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi, in the 29th over. The match now looked to be in India’s kitty. But the fight was left in the Afghan side and their veteran Mohammad Nabi remained as cool as MS Dhoni normally is. He had two important partnerships, first with Najibullah Zadran and the second with Rashid Khan.Even after the wicket of Rashid, Nabi remained defiant and determined to take the game right till the end. And he succeeded. It was again the brilliance of Bumrah which kept India ahead in the game. The pinpoint accuracy displayed by the bowler from Gujarat under pressure was incredible. He conceded one six in the 47th over but the penultimate over of the innings was a majestic display of death overs bowling where not a single delivery missed the mark of a perfect yorker. The result was Afghanistan needing 16 from the last over. Nabi made it extremely nervous for the Indians by hitting the first ball of the final over for a four, but then with his wicket, the challenge ended and with no option left for Afghans to go for big slogs, Shami got a cheap World Cup hattrick.  Twitter reacted in this way:#INDvAFG Indians to Shami after 3rd ball of last over ?#INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/V4UVTUId0N— Ankit Singh (@Thakur_Ankit_) June 22, 2019Twitter#INDvAFG Indian bowlers today: pic.twitter.com/HziPJFzkbp— Akarsh Mishra (@AkarshM02253904) June 22, 2019TwitterKohli: who will bowl last over in tremendous pressure? #INDvAFGSami: pic.twitter.com/3lCpBH9FGP— prayag sonar (@prayag_sonar) June 22, 2019Twitter@imVkohli’s post match presser in a nutshell. #INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/TgJ2PX8c5r— Nilay Sharan (@nilay_sharan) June 22, 2019TwitterEven Afghanistan played better than usThis is for Pakistani team!#INDvAFG #AFGvIND pic.twitter.com/euZjChqalj— Faisal (@FaisalViewss) June 22, 2019Twitter#INDvAFG Love you guys… Well Played Pathans !!! Take a bow pic.twitter.com/AOAIOoJsG9— Vishal Shah (@shahvishu79) June 22, 2019Twitter#INDvAFGWell done Afghanistan, for a wonderful game! pic.twitter.com/LFIHDYVaYK— Manali (@manalitweetz) June 22, 2019TwitterHow Shami stops Afghanistan to win this match#INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/VktjEnW4rN— Meme Central ➐ (@Thundergod13) June 22, 2019Twitterlast_img read more

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Modern Dhaka key to MIC status

Modern Dhaka key to MIC status

first_imgDhakaBangladesh’s capital city has grown rapidly without urban development proper, and lack of adequate planning has led to congestion in Dhaka city and its poor livability.This was observed in a new World Bank analysis that was shared at a high-level international conference at a city hotel on Wednesday.Many residents, including the 3.5 million slum dwellers, often lack of access to basic services, infrastructure and amenities, said the analysis.It mentioned that with 36 per cent of the country’s urban population living in greater Dhaka, the capital city has become one of the world’s most densely populated cities.The global agency insisted that Bangladesh must manage Dhaka’s urban growth to achieve its vision of becoming an upper-middle income country by its 50th birthday.The WB recommended taking full advantage of East Dhaka – where there is ample availability of land near the core of the city – to increase the city’s economic opportunities and livability.In its analysis, the WB pointed out that in the past 10 years, average traffic speed has dropped from 21 km/hour to 7 km/hour, only slightly above the average walking speed.Congestion in Dhaka also eats up 3.2 million working hours per day, according to the analysis.“Based on current trends, Dhaka will have more than 35 million people by 2035.  A productive and livable city of this scale can make enormous contribution to its citizens and the economy,” said WB country director Qimiao Fan.“However,” he added, “Dhaka must seize the opportunity to properly plan, coordinate, and invest for the future to achieve its full potential. As Bangladesh’s long-term development partner, the World Bank looks forward to supporting the city’s ambitious transformation.”Martin Rama, WB chief economist for South Asia, cited the examples of Eastern Shanghai’s Pudong District and some others that demonstrated  proper planning and execution could encourage economic vibrancy, improve livability, and ease congestion.“With Dhaka’s huge and increasing population, developing East Dhaka in a sustainable manner is more effective and economical than attempting to retrofit over-built and over-congested areas. The time to act is now,” he said.Sheila Dikshit, former chief minister of Delhi, India, and Qizheng Zhao, former vice mayor of Shanghai, China shared their experiences on transformations in Delhi and in Eastern Shanghai’s Pudong district, respectively.Both cities gained greatly from public-private partnerships as well as coordination efforts from multiple ministries and agencies, said a WB news release.Local government, rural development and cooperatives minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain delivered the keynote speech.Policy makers, senior government officials, mayors for Dhaka North and South, urban planners, civil society representatives, and private sector leaders also joined the conference.last_img read more

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ACC to quiz BASIC Banks Bacchu Monday

ACC to quiz BASIC Banks Bacchu Monday

first_imgBASIC Bank chairman Sheikh Abdul Hye BacchuThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will again interrogate former BASIC Bank chairman Sheikh Abdul Hye Bacchu on Monday as he skipped the last quizzing on 9 May in connection with a case over embezzlement of the huge amount of money from the bank.Earlier, deputy director of the commission Shamsul Alam served a notice on him to be present to face the interrogation in connection with the embezzlement of a huge amount of money from the bank.ACC fixed the new date for interrogating BASIC Bank’s former chairman Sheikh Abdul Hye Bacchu as he skipped the interrogation on pretext of ailment, ACC’s public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB.He added that Bacchu submitted an application seeking two-month time on the ground of illness but ACC only allowed a week.The central bank sent a report on the scam to the ACC on 14 July 2014 about the detail of embezzlement and found Bacchu’s illegal influence in all the activities of the bank.According to an inquiry of Bangladesh Bank, about Tk 45 billion was swindled out from Basic Bank during six years while Sheikh Abdul Hye Bachhu was serving the bank as its chairman.He resigned from the Bank on 4 July 2014, as the finance ministry sent a letter to Bangladesh Bank to dissolve the then board of the bank on 29 May 2014.The ACC filed 56 cases with three police stations in the capital accusing more than 100 individuals, including 26 bank officials, in September of 2015 while the commission filed another five cases last year. But, Bacchu was not made accused in any of the cases.Alongside, Sheikh Abdul Hye Bacchu skipped the interrogation of the ACC several times in various excuses.last_img read more

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Caned by headmaster schoolgirl kills self

Caned by headmaster schoolgirl kills self

first_imgA schoolgirl who took poison reportedly after being caned and scolded by her headmaster died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased was Sathi Akhter, 15, daughter of Iqbal Bepari of Khoyazpur village in Madaripur’s Sadar upazila and a Class-X student of Charmugria Girls’ High School.Locals said Sathi, daughter of Iqbal’s first wife, used to study staying at her maternal uncle’s house at Peyarpur village.She locked into an altercation with her two classmates in their classroom on Saturday.As the matter came to the notice of headmaster Md Nur Hossain Hawlader, he caned the trio and rebuked them.Returning from school, Sathi took poison and fell sick.She was taken to Sadar Hospital from where she was sent to the DMCH on Sunday as her condition deteriorated. She, however, died on Thursday morning.As the death news spread around, students of the school held a protest rally and formed a human chain demanding punishment of the teacher who went into hiding after the incident, said Sumon Deb, additional superintendent of Madaripur police.The students also gave a memorandum containing their demand to the deputy commissioner and superintendent of police Subrata Kumar Halder.The SP said a police team visited the village.last_img read more

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HC summons top DNCC DSCC officials over dengue

HC summons top DNCC DSCC officials over dengue

first_imgFemale aedes mosquitoThe High Court on Monday summoned the chief health officers of the two city corporations of Dhaka to appear before it on 25 July to explain their failure in controlling mosquitoes in the city, reports UNB.The HC bench of justice Tariq ul Hakim and justice Shohrowardi passed the order after receiving a report on the steps taken by the two city corporations to destroy Aedes mosquitoes for preventing the spread of dengue and Chikonguniya viruses.The High Court also expressed dissatisfaction over the joint compliance report of the two city corporations submitted before it.Assistant attorney general Saira Fairoz submitted the report which said medicines are being spread across the capital for killing mosquitoes in addition to taking steps to create mass awareness.Referring to the reports, the HC in its observation said, “The court is not happy with the steps taken by the two city corporations and it clearly shows that they’ve failed to take any effective measure. Had they taken any measure then people would not have been admitted to hospitals. We don’t see anyone getting admitted to hospital with dengue virus.”On 16 July, the High Court had asked the authorities concerned to take effective measures within 24 hours to destroy Aedes mosquito for preventing the spread of dengue and Chikonguniya.It had passed a suomoto order after taking cognisance of the reports of dengue fever and Aedes mosquito published in different newspapers.It had also asked the two city corporations and other respondents to inform the court about the steps taken for controlling dengue and chikanguniya within 22 July.The HC issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the ineffectiveness of the respondents in controlling aedes mosquito should not be declared illegal and why action should not be taken against them for failure to take effective measures.The mayors of Dhaka North and South city Corporations, chief executive officer of the two city corporations, health secretary, LGRD secretary, director general of the Directorate of Director General of Health Services (DGHS) have been made respondents to the rule.last_img read more

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Houston HarveyDamaged Courthouse Could Stay Closed Two Years

Houston HarveyDamaged Courthouse Could Stay Closed Two Years

first_imgHouston Public Media/ArchiveHarris County Criminal Justice CenterThe Hurricane Harvey-damaged Harris County Criminal Justice Center in downtown Houston could remain closed for two more years during flood-related repairs.The Houston Chronicle reports county officials on Thursday received an update from an architectural firm assessing the 20-story structure.Harvey made landfall in South Texas on Aug. 25, causing storms that dumped several feet of rain and swamped parts of Houston. The lower part of the courts building flooded, with equipment damage affecting the entire skyscraper.Precinct 3 Commissioner Steve Radack says the courts building will likely remain closed until late 2019 or early 2020. A cost estimate for repairs could be available by March.Court operations and hundreds of staffers, including more than 30 judges, have relocated to other buildings with some makeshift courtrooms in a jail basement. Sharelast_img read more

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Louisville Baseball Announces 2019 Promotional Schedule

first_imgThe fourth-ranked Cardinals open the 2019 season on Friday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m., ET against No. 20 Connecticut at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. Game two of the series is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m., ET with the series finale set for Sunday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m., ET. The 2019 home opener is slated for Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 3 p.m., ET against Eastern Kentucky at Jim Patterson Stadium. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville Athletics has announced the 2019 baseball promotional calendar, which includes an array of fan-friendly special events and season-long promotions at Jim Patterson Stadium for the Cardinals’ fifth season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.The 34-game home schedule features great giveaways, the return of fan favorites and the introduction of special offers, which allow fans to experience all the ballpark’s offerings at exceptional values. Promotions and game times are subject to change. A list of season-long promotions and special events are listed below, while additional details on all Louisville baseball promotions are available at GoCards.com/OnDeck. Story Links 2019 Baseball Promotions 2019 Baseball Season Tickets Fans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @LouisvilleBSB.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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No 10 Louisville Takes Two from Wake Forest

first_imgLouisville jumped on the Demon Deacons early on Friday, scoring four times in the first two innings. Danny Oriente hammered a double that short-hopped the left-centerfield wall to plate a pair of runs in the first and Tyler Fitzgerald tucked a ball inside the first base bag for a two-run triple in the second. Louisville (21-6, 8-3 ACC) won 6-1 in the opener behind another strong performance from Reid Detmers, and followed it up with a 10-7 come-from-behind victory in the nightcap. ACC Network Extra LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 10th-ranked Louisville baseball team swept a doubleheader and clinched the weekend series on Friday against Wake Forest at Jim Patterson Stadium. PDF Box Score (Game One) Like in game one, all nine starters reached base in the second game with seven coming around to score at least one run. The second game of Friday’s doubleheader started in reverse fashion, with Wake Forest scoring the first four runs of the game. The Demon Deacons plated four on five hits in the third inning to put UofL in a hole. The Cardinals kept chipping away at the deficit, with Jared Poland making it a one-run game with a run-scoring single in the sixth. Louisville finally busted through for good in the seventh, taking control with a five-run frame. The Cardinals have swept each of their three doubleheaders this season and have now won 18 of 23 ACC series played at home since joining the conference in 2015. Photo Gallery (Game One) Video: Reid Detmers Postgame Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Preview Video Highlights (Game One) Logan Wyatt helped cut the deficit in half in the fourth, doubling home Jake Snider in the fourth and later scoring on a passed ball. After a Wake Forest solo homer pushed the lead to three, Lavey launched his first long ball of the season in the fifth to make it a two-run game again. Video: Logan Wyatt Postgame center_img Video Highlights (Game Two) Fitzgerald pushed the Cardinals into the lead for the first time with a bases loaded double that scored two. Snider added a run with a groundout and Oriente brought another home with a perfectly executed squeeze bunt. Wyatt then added the final blow of the inning with his second home run of the season. Video: Justin Lavey Postgame Detmers (5-1) finished with just one run allowed in 7.1 innings, striking out 10 without a walk. All nine Louisville starters registered at least one hit or walk in the win. Next Game: Wake Forest 3/31/2019 | 1:00 PM Video: Dan McDonnell Postgame Louisville held on from there, getting a strong effort from Jack Perkins out of the bullpen for the first win of his career. The freshman allowed just one run in 2.2 innings with a pair of strikeouts. Michael Kirian tallied his first career save after recording the final four outs. Photo Gallery (Game Two) Live Stats PDF Box Score (Game Two) The four-run cushion would be more than enough for Detmers, who tallied his fifth double digit strikeout effort in seven starts this season. The sophomore retired the first 10 batters he faced on Friday, before running into the only trouble he faced all day.Wake Forest (15-13, 5-6) collected three straight hits to score their only run of the game in the fourth, but Detmers buckled down to retire 11 of the next 12 batters he faced. He exited after a pair of hits in the eighth, but Michael McAvene quickly cleaned it up getting a double play on his second pitch out of the bullpen. The Cardinals added two more runs on singles from Henry Davis and Justin Lavey as insurance in the bottom half of the eighth before McAvene finished things off for his second save of the year. Story Links Louisville and Wake Forest are scheduled to wrap up the series on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. ET at Jim Patterson Stadium, with Sunday available should weather be a factor on Saturday. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Facebook Delays Unveiling of Echo Show Competitor Report

Facebook Delays Unveiling of Echo Show Competitor Report

first_imgFacebook has scrapped plans to unveil a smart speaker with video chat capabilities at its f8 developer conference in early May, according to a Bloomberg report. The change of plans comes in light of the recent privacy backlash, which reportedly also prompted the company to revisit some privacy safeguards for the project.Facebook had reportedly been working on a smart speaker that doubles as a video chat device, similar to Amazon’s Echo Show, for some time. The company has yet to publicly acknowledge its plans for such a project, but was set to unveil it at its f8 event on May 1 before making it commercially available towards the end of the year, according to Bloomberg.The device is likely going to mimic some of the functionality of existing smart speakers, which monitor their environment for so-called hot-words like “Okay Google” or “Alexa.”  Upon hearing it, they kick into high gear and transmit audio to the cloud to answer questions, deliver personalized news, music and more. In addition to this fairly standard set of features, Facebook’s device reportedly also makes use of facial recognition to easily let users initiate video calls with their contacts.  However, the outfall over the Cambridge Analytica data scandal would likely not have provided the best context for the introduction of a device capable of voice and video recognition.In fact, the company is now rethinking how to handle some of the data gathered by the device, The Information reported Wednesday. Instead of uploading facial recognition data to the cloud, it might process it locally on the device itself — an approach that mirrors the way Apple uses biometric data to unlock the iPhone X.Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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A Lego robot that can make you Micky Mouse shaped pancakes w

A Lego robot that can make you Micky Mouse shaped pancakes w

first_img Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Robotics is a serious science, but like all of the most serious things in this world it does have a fun side too. Sometimes a robot, with all of its advanced equipment and the intense hours of programming involved, comes along and it does something that is so silly and so darn entertaining that you just have to sit back, watch the video and laugh. When a robot begins making you Micky Mouse shaped pancakes you can begin to suspect that you are experiencing one of those moments. When that robot is made of Lego’s then you can be sure that you are in one of those situations. A more stealthy robot may be hearing you soon 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. Of course, this bot can do more than just the icon of a children’s toy corporation, it can make any shape that you can programming it to, provided that it fits onto the griddle. The pancake cooking bot is in reality a 3-axis CNC-made robot, designed by Mexican Viking. The machine uses the Z coordinate to control where the batter is released. The robot was originally coded in Python NXT but had to be changed due to unnamed complications with the use of the language in this application. Mexican Viking changed it to the LEGO Mindstorms programming language. This programming language then creates the image using a text files with three coordinates that tell the machine where to move and when to dump the batter. The machine cannot be bought commercially and it is not going to be on sale in the near future. If you want to make one of your own you can use the directions on Mexican Viking’s website to create one for yourself. Citation: A Lego robot that can make you Micky Mouse shaped pancakes (w/ video) (2011, July 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-robot-micky-mouse-pancakes-video.html © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

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Lightmatter interaction can turn opaque materials transparent

Lightmatter interaction can turn opaque materials transparent

first_img 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. © 2014 Phys.org , arXiv Quantum holograms as atomic scale memory keepsake Explore further In a new study published in Physical Review Letters, researchers have developed a new method for manipulating light scattering. They theoretically show how to induce transparency in otherwise opaque materials using the complex dipole-dipole interactions present in a large number of interacting quantum emitters, such as atoms or molecules. This ability could have several potential applications, such as producing slow light or stopped light, along with applications in the field of attosecond physics.”The significance of our work is in the discovery of a very neat phenomenon (dipole-induced electromagnetic transparency [DIET]), which may be used to control light propagation in optically active media,” coauthor Eric Charron, Professor at the University of Paris-Sud in Orsay, France, told Phys.org. “We showed how light scattering by a nanometric size system, collectively responding through strongly coupled two-level atoms/molecules, can be manipulated by altering the material parameters: an otherwise opaque medium can be rendered transparent at any given frequency, by adequately adjusting the relative densities of the atoms/molecules composing it.”As the scientists explain, light scattering is very well understood when dealing with individual quantum emitters; that is, single atoms or molecules. But the physics becomes much more complex when dealing with two or more interacting emitters. In this case, the electromagnetic field experienced by an emitter depends not only on the light beam striking its surface, but also on all of the electromagnetic fields radiated by all of its neighbors, which in turn are affected by the emitter in question. Each quantum emitter can have a dipole, meaning a positive side and a negative side, due to an uneven distribution of electrons within the emitter. In a dense “vapor” of many quantum emitters, strong dipole-dipole couplings can then occur. The collective effects usually result in an enhancement of the light-matter interaction, although a very complicated one. Here, the researchers have theoretically shown that strong dipole-dipole interactions in a dense vapor of quantum emitters can be used to manipulate the spectral properties of the light scattered by the emitters. In particular, the medium may become transparent at a particular frequency that can be controlled to a certain extent. The scientists explain that, on the most basic level, DIET results from destructive interference between the electromagnetic waves emitted by the quantum emitters. DIET is also closely related to another phenomenon, called electromagnetically-induced transparency (EIT). EIT is also based on destructive interference, but it is induced by a laser instead of dipole-dipole interactions.The scientists expect that DIET could have many of the same applications as EIT, which include the generation of slow light or stopped light by interactions with the medium. Slow light has a variety of optical applications, including information transmission, switches, and high-resolution spectrometers. Also, in the field of attosecond physics, DIET could potentially be used to generate high harmonics in dense atomic or molecular gases.The researchers anticipate that DIET can be experimentally implemented in a few different ways, including in atomic vapor confined in a cell as well as in ultracold dense atomic clouds. However, both systems still face challenges for demonstrating DIET, which must be addressed in the future.”Currently our goal is to hunt for the observation of DIET in multilevel atomic or molecular systems,” Charron said. “Each emitter will behave as a series of oscillating dipoles, and this is expected to yield a series of transparency windows, thus opening the way for more elaborate and flexible manipulation strategies. We will publish new results on this topic in Arxiv in the next few weeks. Moreover, DIET offers yet another way to slow the light due to strong anomalous dispersion. We thus plan to develop the study of slow light with DIET in the near future, with potential applications for information processing.”center_img (Phys.org) —All objects’ colors are determined by the way that light scatters off of them. By manipulating the light scattering, scientists can control the wavelengths at which light is transmitted and reflected by objects, changing their appearance. Journal information: Physical Review Letters More information: Raiju Puthumpally-Joseph, et al. “Dipole-Induced Electromagnetic Transparency.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.163603 . Also at arXiv:1407.1970 [quant-ph] Citation: Light-matter interaction can turn opaque materials transparent (2014, October 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-10-light-matter-interaction-opaque-materials-transparent.html Illustration of a thin, dense vapor of quantum emitters (blue disk) interacting with an incident electromagnetic field. 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50 Richter scale tremor felt in South Bengal districts

50 Richter scale tremor felt in South Bengal districts

first_imgKolkata: A tremor was felt at some places in South Bengal districts, including Hooghly and West Midnapore.The magnitude of the tremor was 5.0 on the Richter scale and the intensity was moderate. According to the regional meteorological department, the time of origin of the earthquake was 6.33 pm and its epicenter was somewhere near Khanakul block in Hooghly district, at a depth of 10 km.Concerned officials of the state Disaster Management department have initiated collecting information about the situation in the districts after the tremor was felt.last_img

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Mamata congratulates PM Modi will skip swearingin ceremony

Mamata congratulates PM Modi will skip swearingin ceremony

first_imgKolkata: Congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi a day before the swearing-in ceremony which is scheduled to be held on Thursday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has requested the former to excuse her for not attending the function.Earlier, Banerjee had decided to attend the function in Delhi and was scheduled to leave for the national Capital on Wednesday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Bengal BJP has decided to take the members of 54 people whom they termed as “martyrs” to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataReacting sharply, Banerjee said the BJP’s claim that 54 people died in political violence is “completely untrue.” There have been no political murders in Bengal and the persons might have died due to family feud or personal enmity or other disputes. She remarked that the swearing-in ceremony is “an august occasion to celebrate democracy” and should not be devalued by any political party that wants to use it as an opportunity “to score political points.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateShortly after cancelling the trip to Delhi, she tweeted: “Congratulations, new Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji. It was my plan to accept the “Constitutional Invitation” and attend the oath-taking ceremony. However, in the last one hour, I am seeing media reports that the BJP are claiming 54 people have been murdered in political violence in Bengal. This is completely untrue. There have been no political murders in Bengal. These deaths may have occurred due to personal enmity, family quarrels and other disputes, nothing related to politics. There is no such record with us. So I am sorry Narendra Modi ji, this has compelled me not to attend the ceremony.” She further mentioned: “The ceremony is an august occasion to celebrate democracy, not one that should be devalued by any political party which uses it as an opportunity to score political points. Please excuse me.” Political experts felt that as the administrative head of the state, Banerjee has taken the right decision. It is an insult to her to share the same dais with the family members of the deceased as to accept it will mean a stamp on BJP’s tall claims. The saffron party claims that 46 party workers had died during the Panchayats election held in 2018 and five during the recently-concluded Lok Sabha election.last_img read more

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Curbing an abuse of court process

Curbing an abuse of court process

first_img Categories: Featured news,News,Runestad News Tags: #SB, increase penalties for fraudulent service, op-ed, process server, Runestad 03Aug Curbing an abuse of court processcenter_img Op-ed by State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake The work life of a process server in Michigan is no picnic.  Your job is to deliver bad news to strangers.  At first glance, delivering some papers to folks at $26 per hour plus gas reimbursement for each successful service seems like a good deal. Rarely, however does this job ever actually go smoothly.Usually no one is home and it can take multiple attempts over the course of many weeks to reach the defendant.  Often the address is incorrect and residents do not feel compelled to respond to the notes left on their front door.  In these instances where there is no response or confirmation, the papers must be returned as undeliverable at a fee of $10, which averages just short of earning minimum wage.This is certainly an incentive to find the defendant and serve the papers, but it is also motive to falsely report the papers as served to expedite the process. You don’t need the defendant’s signature or photograph; so, it’s easy money if you are willing to fill out a form creatively.Easy, yes, but this neglectful behavior is not to be taken lightly.  The court system depends on its forthright process servers.  Such fraud undermines our confidence in the justice system.  More importantly, an individual’s welfare can be at stake.  The victims are often invisible and vulnerable. While a defendant could argue that he wasn’t served, it may be impossible for someone to go to court and prove an alibi for some unremarkable day that was months or years ago.This is what happened to Carnell Alexander, the Detroit man who was arrested and had his wages garnished for support on a child that he had not        fathered and had never known. Mr. Alexander claims he was not served, and fortunately had a solid publicly documented alibi. However, due to his failure to respond to the service that never happened, he was ordered to pay.I have supported the integration of better evidence, such as smartphone GPS and cameras, into process serving, but this can’t solve the whole problem.  It only makes it easier to prove fraud after the fact. For this reason, I am currently working on legislation to introduce this fall that will increase the penalties for fraudulent service and require a declaration by the process server given under penalty of perjury.Ideally, the bill will establish a separate crime for process serving fraud, which carries a possible two-year prison sentence.  This directly addresses the relationship created between the signer and the court. The declaration requires the process server to state that the employee has examined the proof of service and its contents are true. My bill will ultimately hold the process server accountable and force employees to be honest in their day’s work.######last_img read more

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first_img“We need support from the public in providing us with the information we require to bring the perpetrators to justice.“I would appeal to anyone who has information that could assist us to contact detectives at Strand Road on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1286 of 5/10/18.“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”Man shot in brutal paramilitary attack sustains ‘life-changing’ injuries was last modified: October 8th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: “When a man in his 50s answered, he was pushed to the floor and shot twice in one leg and once in the other.“Police attended the scene and the ambulance service took the man to hospital for treatment to injuries which may be life-changing. “This was a brutal attack, which is being treated as a paramilitary style assault at this time.“Our enquiries are an early stage and I would appeal to anyone who was in the Brandywell road area between 8pm and 8.30 pm last night and saw a number of men in the area acting suspiciously to get in touch. A MAN has been left with possibly life changing injuries after he was shot in both legs in a paramilitary style attack in Derry.Police described the attack as “brutal”.Detective Inspector Conor McStravick said: “We received a report around 8.30pm that a number of men wearing masks, gloves and dark clothing had knocked on the door of a property in the Brandywell road area. BrandywellDerryDI CONOR MCSTRAVICKMan shot in brutal paramilitary attack sustains ‘life-changing’ injuriespolice PSNI ShareTweetlast_img read more

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first_imgAnyone with a technical degree will admit that college programmed them to consider “sell” a dirty word—to think salespeople use trickery to lure consumers into buying things they don’t need. It makes no difference whether it’s an investment product or a Pet Rock; anyone involved with selling or its evil twin marketing is guilty until proven innocent. I spent the majority of my first career in sales and marketing, where I focused on negotiations and pricing. My clients included 40 of the top 500 US corporations. Now I work alongside some of the best economists and analysts in the world, and well, let’s just say I bring a different perspective and experience base to our meetings. That difference became apparent during a recent discussion on how our subscribers can protect themselves and even profit from inflation. We were all in agreement on several key points: The government cannot continue to print money as it is without high inflation resulting. Traditional investments like precious metals will soar when the world finally discovers the US dollar is worthless. Own them, be patient, and when it hits, what a ride it will be. Billions of dollars will flow out of the stock market as interest rates begin to rise. Certain companies and industries fare better than others in an inflationary environment. Success means investing in those companies whose stock prices and dividend appreciation will grow ahead of the rate of inflation, giving investors true gains. Investors should look for: Companies with a worldwide presence to hedge against the US dollar; Companies with a history of regular dividend increases ahead of the inflation rate; and Companies that can quickly pass through their cost increases to the market. Take oil companies and airlines, for example. When oil companies notice some saber-rattling in the Middle East, the price at the pump can go up a nickel or more the next day. Contrast that with the airline industry, which does a very poor job in this regard. Why do air travel and gasoline—both considered commodities—perform so differently when their costs are rising? The major oil companies understand market dynamics as well as any industry I’ve served. If an event is going to cause their costs to rise for whatever reason, it only takes one company to raise its prices, and the competition immediately follows. Market share is generally unaffected, but the entire industry makes money. Price fixing is illegal, and that’s not what oil companies are doing. Go to the Weather Channel, surf around, and you can find the best gas prices in any given ZIP code. If you’re a dealer, you adjust your prices accordingly. After all, how far is a customer going to drive to save a couple cents per gallon when gas is priced over $3/gallon? It sounds crazy, but gas customers don’t have as much mobility as one might think. They risk spending more in gas driving around than they might save at the pump. The airlines used to do the same thing when they were a regulated industry. One company would announce a fare increase, and all the competition would follow. Now unregulated, some airlines have significant cost advantages over their competition. A few years ago, Southwest Airlines made a huge bet on the direction of fuel prices and guessed right. It had a terrific advantage over the competition, and it was reflected in its pricing. Unlike a driver needing gas, an air traveler has time to hop on the Internet and compare airfares quite easily, and price is a major factor when buying a plane ticket. While costs increase in the industry, those who maintain a cost advantage over their competition use that as an opportunity to increase their load factor. Instead of raising prices quickly, they lag behind. Fill just two or three more empty seats on a flight, and that income is straight profit. It is a very difficult industry in which to pass through cost increases quickly. Instead, for years the industry has scrambled to cut costs to remain profitable. At this point, I shared what I consider to be the best place to look for companies that will beat inflation with the team. I started with two fundamental truths about cost and pricing: In business, the cost of producing your product or service should tell you only one thing about how you should set your price: specifically, the price you don’t want to sell it for. The selling price should be the value of your goods or services in the mind of the customer, as tempered by competition. Too many businesses set their selling price as a formula called “cost plus,” which is the wrong way to go about it. Your cost information tells you when you’re losing money on every sale. There are companies that price their goods below cost with the intention of building up enough volume to bring their unit cost down in order to become profitable. Sometimes it works. But the sooner it does so the better, because these companies cannot continue losing money forever. Take Amazon.com, for example. It used price as its main competitive advantage for years, delivering few if any profits for the better part of a decade as it grew. There can really be only one strong price leader, and that leader will condemn itself to being a low-margin, low-profit business so long as it competes on price alone. From a marketing perspective, there are two different types of markets: concept and brand markets. In a concept market, a new idea, technology, philosophy, or methodology is sold. A brand market is an established market where competitors are fighting for market share. The iPad is an easy example. The iPad was a new concept called a tablet computer. The competition was a different technology—an expensive notebook computer, your home computer, or a smartphone. In a concept market, many times you’re creating a market (tablets) at the expense of another market (portable computers). Personal computers, for their part, completely destroyed the typewriter market. Apple is a great marketing company, its technology is excellent, and it understood it could price the new gadget below its true competition (computers) and still make terrific margins. As a new market is created, competition sees the opportunity and jumps in. In the early stages, it validates the concept, and the total market growth accelerates even faster. Competition normally prices its product under the pricing umbrella of the market leader. At the same time, they may drop off a feature or two to keep their costs down. That further reinforces the market leader as the technology leader. Eventually the market is created, and competition begins fighting for market share. Look at what’s happened to the printer business. Printers have now turned into a commodity—almost a disposable product, really. The market is now a brand market. Capitalism creates competition, which benefits the consumer. Each competitor is trying to convince consumers that their brand is better than the competition’s, and price is an important factor in that contest. The next thing I look at is who dominates the market. You may be surprised to find the company with the highest quality and highest price is also a low-cost producer because they have the lion’s share of the market. Rather than cut price, Apple continues to upgrade the quality of its products to keep the competition in continual catch-up mode as opposed to leapfrogging their technology. Because the dominant market leader provides the pricing umbrella for the industry, this creates an interesting Catch-22 in an inflationary environment. As production costs rise, the longer the dominant player hangs on, the more difficult it is for the competition, because they cannot pass on their cost increases to the consumer. If they raise prices, they will lose market share. Once the big boy announces a price increase, the rest of the market generally follows. The dominant market leader also recognizes there are certain segments where price is a major consideration. There is now a market niche for basic, low-cost tablets. If the leader tries to cut its price to capture that segment, it has to determine how much additional share it would gain to offset the margin loss on the share it currently has. In addition, there are laws concerning predatory pricing, meaning pricing your products with the intention of driving your competition out of business. Concept sellers are generally content to open up a new market, and expect some loss of market share as it matures. Let’s look at some real numbers: Apple’s share price rose with the iPad very well, and it’s holding good margins. Now the iPhone5 is out, and the company is hoping for similar results. There are many examples of concept sales in the technology sector (with which BIG TECH and Casey Extraordinary Technology subscribers should be familiar); however, concept sales take place in many markets. One of our holdings in the Money Forever portfolio has developed a new type of noninvasive medical test that gives better results with much less trauma to the patient. Its main competition is not a similar test, but rather the older, less-effective technology. As this new test becomes the standard, various brands will begin fighting over market share. In the meantime, the company is rapidly growing and maintaining excellent profit margins along the way. In turn, its shareholder value is really accelerating. There are countless TV commercials for products and services like online dating services, reverse mortgages, or hair color for men, all of which are still in the concept stage. The companies are all still selling their idea as opposed to why they are better than the competition. Much of their success will depend on the size of the market they create with their ideas. Direct competitors offering a lower price to garner market share is of little concern. Companies that create new concepts by finding large markets with needs begging for solutions will prosper. That’s one reason the technology sector is ripe with these success stories. How many products do we use today that were not even invented 20 years ago? Our research team is constantly on the lookout for concept sellers in all markets throughout the world. Those who recognize the opportunity ahead of the crowd (before we learn about them on television) will see some extraordinary gains. They will thrive in any market, even during high inflation. Concept sellers range from smaller companies with new ideas or technologies to huge companies like Apple or Sony that develop new products to fill needs they see in the market. When one finds a need and develops a product that’s in high consumer demand, its stock will generally rise, even in a tough market, and its gross margins will be protected because it can more easily pass cost increases to the customers. If you’re not already a subscriber to BIG TECH or Casey Extraordinary Technology, I urge you to subscribe and take advantage of the 90-day money back guarantee. Both newsletters have spotted new tech trends well ahead of the crowd, and their subscribers have made spectacular profits because of it.On the Lighter Side Thank you to everyone who sent along positive feedback about the Oxford Club Wealth Survival Summit. If you missed it, you still have time to watch it here. If you’re looking for a good Christmas gift, Doug Casey’s new book Right on the Money will be released on December 16. Right on the Money is the second book in the Conversations with Casey series. This time, the conversations focus on speculating, economics, investing, politics, and how to profit in times of political and economic chaos. The book is a set of keys to a potential fortune, available only to contrarians who are brave enough to use them during a time of chaos and volatility gripping our world. Click here for more information. It looks like winter has hit a good portion of the country. Donna, our media relations manager, said the skiing in Stowe was great over the weekend. No skiing in Florida, but I did enjoy watching football games played in blizzards. I can’t imagine 60,000 semi-sober fans leaving the stadium, finding their cars covered by a foot of fresh snow, and then trying to exit the parking lot. The Monday night game in Chicago had a wind chill of 9 degrees below zero. Right after I married Jo, I decided to take my bride and stepdaughter Holly from Fort Myers, Florida to Chicago for a Bears game. The wind chill was well below zero, and we were bundled up as well as Floridians could be. After the game, we went with the Bears Fan Club to Butch McGuire’s, where the team’s president gave our club president a game ball. I have a photo of Holly sitting on one of the player’s laps, grinning from ear to ear. Despite the cold, they loved it. The girls were really good troupers. But if we want to watch the Bears now, we wait until they come to Florida! I’m giving in to Father Time when it comes to cold weather. And finally… Speaking of time, I read some material about being politically correct. Apparently words like “old,” “fat,” “bald,” and “hard of hearing” are now offensive. 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Last weekend The Vagina Monologues was performed f

first_imgLast weekend The Vagina Monologues was performed for the first time in Myanmar. Audiences loved it. Each performance was filled to capacity.But right up to the opening curtain of the free event, organizers worried that the country might not be ready for a politicized play about female genitalia and empowerment. After all, when they called a sweet shop in Yangon, the country’s largest city, and asked for a culinary tie-in — vagina-shaped lollipops — the proprietor hung up.Fortunately, their next attempt went a little better. When they called a bakery to request the vaginal symbol — [{*}] — on cupcakes, the woman who answered the phone cut to the chase.”So basically in the shape of a vagina, no?” said the baker, Ei Thet.Ei Thet says she’d never had a request like that before but was happy to give it a try.Her openness helped put their minds at ease. Perhaps the locals were ready for the play.Last weekend, 26 women — from Myanmar and abroad — performed the series of monologues about vaginas. And the vagina-shaped cupcakes sold out.Ready or not?The Vagina Monologues was written in 1994 by American playwright and activist Eve Ensler. On Valentine’s Day 1998, she broadened it into a global campaign called V-Day. Each February, to encourage women around the world to perform the work, Ensler suspends the play’s copyright. This year, she extended that status through March.Taking the play international has helped spotlight its universal appeal — even in Myanmar, one of the world’s most conservative countries.”We still can’t talk about the vagina,” says Nandar, a 23-year-old feminist and one of the event’s organizers. Nandar, who goes by one name, read the play’s monologue “My Angry Vagina.” It’s a rant about how society feels the need to create products to clean and perfume vaginas, explains Nandar, “even though it is part of a woman’s body, something that gave birth to all of us.”After growing up in a village in Shan state — where women aren’t allowed to touch men, wash their hair or leave the house if they are menstruating — Nandar says she hopes these monologues will hold up a mirror to some of the discriminatory beliefs and negative attitudes perpetuated in her homeland.Nandar helped Irena Grizelj, a consultant for a peace-building agency and the primary organizer of the event, set up the show. Irena Grizelj says she was inspired after watching a diverse group of women in Myanmar begin a frank discussion about the play’s themes, using the monologues as a starting point: “The whole point of The Vagina Monologues is to stir up a discussion. The title itself makes you talk! The monologues are bold, provocative, subtle and funny.”Besides, says Nandar, “We were told our vaginas are dirty, not to touch. That’s such bulls**t.”Before the play debuted in Yangon, organizers weren’t the only ones who were nervous. Several performers weren’t sure if the timing was right for such a controversial play.”I was excited to hear that this would be on in Myanmar but also a bit nervous about the reaction from the public,” says 24-year-old Evelyn Yu Yu Swe, a DJ and founder of Myanmar’s Women’s Self Defence Centre. Over the past two years, her team of nine trainers has taught more than 400 women.A man was movedActually, this wasn’t the first time the Vagina Monologues has had an impact in Myanmar. Two years ago, a writer named Moe Thet Han found the text online and was drawn to its audacious title. He was especially moved by the monologue “My Vagina Was My Village” — an eerily poetic verse in which a woman recounts her wartime rape and compares it to the destruction of a village.He decided to translate the monologue and wrote an article about its power for Rainfall, a feminist magazine. He says he was the first in Myanmar to write about The Vagina Monologues.And the some of the themes of the play are topics of current discussion. On March 8, International Women’s Day, the Karen Women Organisation (KWO) called out the army’s reported use of rape against minorities — and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.”Their time is up,” said a statement from KWO, which represents the Karen people of southern Myanmar. “No woman from Burma of any background should experience these attacks — not the Rohingya, not the Shan, not the Kachin, not the Karen.”Finding freedom For many here, this kind of thinking is long overdue.A Karen woman named Zoncy, who performed the “My Vagina Was My Village” monologue, says that “vagina discussion has never happened in my life — even with my mum or sisters or friends. I feel like I am free now.”In an impromptu Q&A after the last show, on March 24, a performer named Thinn Thinn spoke about her experience reading “They Beat the Girl Out of My Boy.” The monologue describes the life of a transgender person. For Thinn Thinn, who isn’t transgender herself, this was the first time she reflected on the treatment of transgender people in Myanmar. She spoke to the audience about the perspective she gained.”In Myanmar,” she told the crowd, “[transgender people] don’t have a place. I want transgender people to come to this performance and know [that] this is their space.”Hopes and laughs Audiences who saw the play in Yangon this year received a program that summarized each monologue in the Myanmar language. Due to time constraints, only two of the monologues — “My Vagina Was My Village” and “My Short Skirt” — were fully translated. (Moe Thet Han was one of the two translators working on the project.)Given the play’s popularity, some are discussing the possibility of translating all of the monologues next year.”I hope this performance of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ will help inspire conversations around women’s sexuality,” says Evelyn Yu Yu Swe. She hopes those conversations won’t be confined to “women’s sexual experience through the clinical lens of ‘reproductive health.’ [I hope we can] really start to talk about women’s sexual lives, sexual pleasure, all the other aspects of sexuality that affect women beyond periods, menstruation and reproduction.”Nandar agrees. The first performances weren’t perfect, she concedes. But they were a first step.They were also a way to bring a sense of humor to a serious subject.A doctor named Thet Su Htwe, who founded a group called Strong Flowers to teach about reproductive health, family planning and relationships, would close each night’s performance by sharing some of the names that people use for “vagina” in Myanmar. When she said that some refer to it as a “samosa” — in Myanmar, those are salty potato-and-onion pastries — the audience erupted in laughter.Libby Hogan is a multimedia journalist based in Myanmar. She covers women’s issues, ethnic minorities and the environment. 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first_img“Here you have a government agency whose mission is to alert people of imminent dangers, and the one thing they’re supposed to do isn’t being done very well, because the message is garbled,” says Covington.So what kind of technology is used for sending weather alerts?George Newman, the chief operator and operations manager at WFDD, spends much of his time troubleshooting the equipment at the station. That includes making sure our Emergency Alert Services, or EAS machine, is functioning properly. The Sage Digital ENDEC is used to receive and send all types of alerts, including those from the National Weather Service. EDDIE GARCIA/WFDDOurs is a blue box called a Sage Digital ENDEC. Newman says it’s an encoder and decoder that brings in all the systems WFDD is required to monitor.“You can hear it’s clear, but there’s some static in the background,” says Newman. “National Weather Service alerts are consistent because they’re coming from the same place.”So how are these alerts made?The alerts are composed on a custom workstation called WarnGen. And though there have been updates, it has been in use since the late 1990s.Nick Petro works for the National Weather Service in Raleigh. He’s their warning coordination meteorologist. That means he’s a liaison between the teams that get weather info out to the public.“So what happens then is once the alert is created it goes across our internal network,” Petro says. “It creates the audio, and it uses a voice synthesizer to create the actual warning. And then it gets pushed out through our software that manages the NOAA weather radio broadcast.”A voice synthesizer – so what we’re hearing is a synthetic interpretation of a human voice.  What could affect the sound quality of this weatherperson simulation? Petro says there are a number of variables.“That audio signal is sent over telephone lines,” he says. “There’s one point of entry for maybe signal degradation or static to enter the stream.”Were talking landlines here. Yes, the kind that once upon a time we relied on for a phone call. That telephone line leads to a transmitter that sends the message into the air.Petro says that’s “another entry point for static or signal degradation to get in the system.””A lot of times the weather or atmospheric conditions can affect the way radio waves propagate and alter or introduce static into an audio stream.”So if this system of sending and receiving is so potentially noisy, why is it still being done this way? Are any changes in the works?“That, I would say, would probably take some effort,” Petro says. “And I don’t know what it would take. I don’t know what the cost involved would be. I don’t know if there are any efforts to do any upgrades. But certainly, the system that we have in place now is the system that we have. If there is a solution to make it better out there, I’m not really sure what that is, or how, or when any such improvements could be deployed.”That’s one of the reasons Petro urges you to look into backup methods, like a NOAA weather radio, or apps, such as Ready NC, Weather Underground, NOAA Weather Radar, or Hurricane Tracker. And with a major storm on the way, a battery-powered portable radio can be very helpful for getting up to the minute alerts. For more ideas on being prepared for disasters, check out Ready.gov.  And stay safe out there. One of the services that radio stations like WFDD provide is broadcasting alerts from the National Weather Service. These emergency alerts let listeners know about weather concerns, helping folks stay safe. With Hurricane Florence being on track to hit the East Coast this week, and a state of emergency in place in North Carolina, these types of messages are important.And many times, those announcements are clear. But sometimes, those messages are clear as mud. You may have heard one that was a little noisy, or distorted, and felt frustrated that you couldn’t decipher it.Listener Howard Covington shares your concern.He asks, “Why in an era of broadcasting advances can’t the weather service produce an alert that can be easily understood?”Covington feels that with modern technology, we should hear crisp audio.center_img 0/140Your contact infoWe’ll be in touch if we look into your question.NameEmail addressZip Code Sign me up for your newsletter!Please don’t publish my nameSubmitSupported by Reynolda House Museum of American Artpowered by Hearkenlast_img read more

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