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Relaunch Targets Readers with 2M Net Worth

first_imgWith a guaranteed rate base of 125,000 (up from 103,000), Worth willalso be available on a limited basis at select newsstands with a coverprice of $18.95 and via Sandow Media’s exclusive network of 60newsstands at private airports. The Worth Web site will launch on June 1 in conjunction with the print publication.In February, Sandow eliminated roughly 45 percent of the magazine’s staff, reducing its headcount from 18 to 8. The company also said it would relocate Worth from New York to Boca Raton, Florida. Worth, the18-year-old financial title that was acquired by Sandow Media lastyear,  will relaunch this month with a new look, tagline—and distribution model.The title will have an “invitation-only readership,” and serve a only selectgroup of high net worth individuals.Just how high? Allrecipients—ages 30 to 65—must have a minimum net worth of $2 millionand, of course, an interest in financial subject matter.”Most high net worth Americans are rethinking their investmentstrategies,” CEO Adam I. Sandow, the magazine’s new owner, said in a release. “This heightenedinterest makes it an excellent time to execute a completely new visionof Worth.”Worth will be mailed to a high net worth database of 110,000households in major markets, including Manhattan, Westchester County(New York), Fairfield County (Connecticut), Boston, Miami, Chicago,Dallas, Houston, Phoenix-Scottsdale, San Francisco and Los Angeles. After the first issue,recipients will receive Worth every two months starting in October.last_img read more

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BREAKING NEWS Have You Seen This Missing Wilmington Teen

BREAKING NEWS Have You Seen This Missing Wilmington Teen

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, a Wilmington teenager has been missing since May 19, 2018.Kathrine Morona, who also went missing in March and was found safe, is a 16-year-old Hispanic female with black hair and brown eyes. She is 5’3″ and 130 pounds. Her nose is pierced and may be wearing glasses. Kathrine may be in the company of an adult male.If seen, please call 911, 1-800-THE-LOST, or the Wilmington Police Department at 978-658-5071.Kathrine MoronaLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMISSING CHILD: Have You Seen This Wilmington Teen?In “Government”BREAKING NEWS: Have You Seen This 14-Year-Old Girl Missing From Wilmington?In “Breaking”PHOTO OF THE DAY: Have You Seen These 2 Missing Billerica Children?In “Photo of the Day”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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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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Church of Englands synod takes on Brexit divisions as zero hour approaches

Church of Englands synod takes on Brexit divisions as zero hour approaches

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,LONDON (RNS) — The Church of England’s most senior leaders are expected to rebuke Britain’s political leaders over their handling of Brexit at the church’s General Synod this week.In a special motion at synod, just weeks before the Brexit deadline, the archbishops of Canterbury and York will urge politicians to do more to heal divisions in society.The motion, put forward by Justin Welby, archbishop of Canterbury, and John Sentamu, archbishop of York, says that “social divisions feel more entrenched and intractable than for many years.” It also refers to “the divisions within the major political parties which are stifling the emergence of a hopeful and viable visions for the common good in our communities.”Although the motion does not explicitly mention Brexit, it says that “the nation’s leaders must work together for the common good at this time of division” and that the Christian commitment “to putting the voices of the poor and marginalized at the heart of the nation’s concerns” must be reaffirmed.The archbishops call on every diocese and parish to pray regularly for Parliament members and the government, seeking God’s strength and wisdom for the responsibilities they bear.Justin Welby, archbishop of Canterbury, addresses the General Synod at Church House on Feb. 20, 2019, in London. Video screengrab via Church of EnglandThe synod debate comes in the same week that Prime Minister Theresa May has written to all 317 Tory MPs, urging them to unite behind a Brexit deal while warning them “history will judge us all” over the process. But three of her Conservative MPs quit their party. Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Heidi Allen wrote a joint letter to May saying that the government’s “disastrous handling” of Brexit was the final straw. Meanwhile, May was striving yet again this week to persuade the European Union to agree to changes to the “backstop” plan to prevent the return of customs checks on the Irish border.The U.K. remains on course to leave the European Union on March 29, even as May has been unable so far to convince a majority of MPs to back the withdrawal terms she struck with the EU last year.The country also remains deeply divided over Brexit, with growing anxiety about the impact on jobs and investment when Britain quits the EU, especially if a new relationship with Europe is not in place by the time of Britain’s withdrawal.Church of England Synod officials have cleared almost two hours in the agenda on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 23) to enable the assembly of representatives of clergy, bishops and lay members of the church to debate the motion on the state of the nation.This is at least the third time Welby has voiced his concern in the Brexit debate. Two years ago, in his presidential address to General Synod, he said the Church of England must take part in reshaping post-Brexit Britain or risk seeing the country ruined by its current problems.“This could be a time of liberation, of seizing and defining the future, or it could be one in which the present problems seize our national future and define us,” he said.Attendees take a break to meet one another at the Church of England’s General Synod at Church House on Feb. 20, 2019, in London. Video screengrab via Church of EnglandIn January, speaking in the House of Lords, Welby warned that if Parliament fails in the task entrusted to it of sorting out a Brexit deal, a second referendum might be necessary. “This is about more than Brexit, and Parliament must not show itself unfit for the job,” he said.Just before Christmas, Church of England bishops also said they were praying for “courage, integrity and clarity for our politicians” at a time of turmoil over Brexit, while Welby and Sentamu called on churches to pray for politicians, “praying for wisdom, courage, integrity and compassion for our political leaders and all MPs; for reconciliation; and for fresh and uniting vision for all in our country.”Their comments were also endorsed by the Rt. Rev. Susan Brown, moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, along with the Most Rev. John Davies, archbishop of Wales.With time running out, the U.K.’s Anglican churches aren’t the only ones praying for Britain. The umbrella organization Churches Together in Britain and Ireland has issued a request that all its member churches and associated bodies join together “in a time of dedicated prayer for the political situation in the United Kingdom.”The moderator of CTBI, Angaelos, Coptic archbishop of London, asked for help from abroad as well, saying, “We hope and pray that every person of faith will join us in prayer across our nation, and beyond.” Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts News • Photos of the Week Share This! By: Catherine Pepinster Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Catherine Pepinster,Load Comments,Pope demands ‘concrete’ response to abuse crisis at Vatican summit By: Catherine Pepinster Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Catholicism By: Catherine Pepinster Share This! Share This! 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SheriffElect Ed Gonzalez Wants To End Program That Leads To Deportations

SheriffElect Ed Gonzalez Wants To End Program That Leads To Deportations

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Florian MartinHarris County Sheriff-elect Ed Gonzalez wants to end the 287(g) program because he deems it can violate due process and it is an unnecessary strain on the resources of the Sheriff’s Office.Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick supports a bill banning so-called sanctuary cities, which are communities that don’t fully cooperate with the federal government in turning over undocumented immigrants, but the next Harris County Sheriff wants to work less with the feds.Harris County Sheriff-elect Ed Gonzalez wants to eliminate the 287(g) program, by which the Sheriff’s Office alerts immigration authorities when they have undocumented immigrants in the county jail.Gonzalez argues the program can violate due process and it is an unnecessary strain on the resources of the Sheriff’s Office.He is also worried about distrust because immigrant communities get the impression that “the Police are now basically deportation agents.”Additionally, Gonzalez argues the program can lead to racial profiling, but some disagree.That is the case of Chris Chmielenski, director of content and activism at NumbersUSA, a group based in Virginia that advocates for reducing the levels of legal immigration to the United States and ending illegal immigration.“I don’t think the intent of the program is to single out people who may be in the country illegally. I think the intent of the program is just to help assist the federal government in enforcement of immigration laws,” Chmielenski says.So, what do two top politicians in greater Houston think about eliminating the 287(g)?Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says he didn’t follow “any of the political campaign so, no, I have no comment.”And Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner comments he will leave that “concern” to the County.Doing away with the program could mean trouble for Harris County because Patrick says eliminating sanctuary cities is one of his priorities for the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature.Republican State Senator Charles Perry has already introduced a bill which requires that city and county jails cooperate with immigration authorities and, if it becomes law, the State could deny funding for those that don’t comply.An example of that funding is the one that pays for some law enforcement programs, according to a person familiar with the bill.Gonzalez acknowledges he is concerned about possible punishment by the State if he eliminates the 287(g), but he hopes things will not come to that because of the political negotiations in Austin.“There’ll be strong dialogue on both sides of it,” Gonzalez notes “and I hope that we could move away from regressive type of policies that are impactful, especially to one large segment of the community, which is the Latino community in this case.”Gonzalez takes office next January. 00:00 /02:26 Sharelast_img read more

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General Good Health is Key to Avoiding Risk of Pregnancy Deaths

General Good Health is Key to Avoiding Risk of Pregnancy Deaths

first_imgErica Morales of Phoenix is among the thousands of women who die each year during pregnancy or within a year of giving birth from pregnancy-related complications. (Courtesy photo)The nation mourned the loss of Erica Morales, a Phoenix woman who died just moments after delivering quadruplets earlier this year.  Morales, who had undergone fertility treatment in order to conceive, began to experience signs of preeclampsia, a condition that causes blood pressure to rise, 31 weeks into her pregnancy.  While the actual cause of death is still under investigation, Morales’ blood pressure was documented as 190/90 and she posted a message on social media explaining her doctor’s concern about a potential stroke.  Following her death, several research bodies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, began efforts to reassert the connection between high blood pressure and other chronic conditions and maternal deaths.High rates of obesity, high blood pressure, and inadequate prenatal care cause death from childbirth more often for African-Americans in the United States than for Whites and other ethnic groups. Worsening this trend are the increasing numbers of Cesarean sections that result in deadly complications for overweight women or those suffering from hypertension or other ailments.Nationally, Blacks have a four times greater risk of pregnancy-related death than Whites –  a rate of 36.1 per 100,000 live births compared with 9.6 for whites and 8.5 for Hispanics, according to the CDC report.Caryl Mussenden, a Lanham, Md.-based obstetrician and gynecologist said that the overall health of Black women before pregnancy plays a vital role in maternal mortality rates.  “Health conditions that are not being managed well before pregnancy often become chronic diseases during pregnancy, especially obesity, which increases rates of diabetes and high blood pressure,” Mussenden said.  “Something like uncontrolled hypertension becomes particularly problematic because it can easily develop into preeclampsia, edema and swelling, all of which compromise the body’s organs, especially the kidneys.”A recent California study supports Mussenden’s observations, finding that of 386 women who died in the state during childbirth in 2002 and 2003 in cases of Black maternal deaths, the women were more likely to have been overweight or obese and to have risk factors identified in the prenatal period, including hypertension.  High rates of obesity or excessive gestational weight gain were contributing factors in one of four deaths.Further, cardiomyopathy, or heart disease, was assessed as the leading cause of pregnancy-related death for African-American women and accounts for 36 percent of deaths in that group. Another 65 had undergone emergency C-sections in order to save the life of the mother or child and died from related complications. In most cases, the study concluded, maternal mortality was preventable.Southeast resident Steve Shorter’s girlfriend, N’Zinga Bridgeman suffered a stroke shortly after giving birth to their son, Trey, after trying unsuccessfully to manage her hypertension.  Shorter said she endured debilitating headaches during the last three months of her pregnancy and was induced nearly five weeks prematurely.“The pregnancy was rough on her because she couldn’t get her pressure right,” Shorter said.  “She kept saying she was craving certain foods, but it was like everything she ate gave her headaches – lots of take out and stuff.  Then her feet and legs began swelling and then her fingers and face.”Bridgeman’s poor health and 270 pound girth (50 of which she gained during the pregnancy) made the pregnancy dangerous and a C-section necessary.  Shorter believes had Bridgeman’s weight and hypertension been managed before the pregnancy, the stroke would not have occurred.  Bridgeman and their son now reside in South Carolina with her parents.Mussenden said that the old adage, you are what you eat was most apropos for Black women – even before conception begins.  Obesity among Black women may not only be a major risk factor in maternal mortality, but also a juggernaut for reproducing obesity-related conditions in unborn children.“If we eat sugar, we gain weight and get fat.  In pregnant women, the sugar not only impacts the mother’s glucose levels and contributes to weight gain, but also causes rapid overgrowth of tissue in the baby, who develops conditions like heart defects and clef pallets,” Mussenden said.   “Out of control sugar habits can also cause these big babies – fat babies that are at increased risk of fetal distress and contribute to the rapid rise in deliveries by C-section.”Similarly, with high blood pressure the fetus is not getting enough blood supply through the placenta and does not grow enough, according to Mussenden.“It’s like starving a baby or putting the embryo on a diet so they are born weighing only 5 or 6 pounds.  If the nutrition is compromised, the babies are forced to be delivered early because they begin to show signs of fetal distress,” she said.Dr. Kerry M. Lewis, chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Howard University’s College of Medicine and chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, said, “I deal with a gamut of high-risk problems, but complications from obesity are an underlying problem in all of them.  Even young patients when they come in for prenatal visits have very elevated rates of high blood pressure. It really starts with obesity, so when they become pregnant, it places them at a higher risk for infections and other complications,” Lewis said.As pregnancy-related mortality rates in some states begin to rival those in under-developed nations, researchers have begun to insist solutions focus on access to proper health care information and resources, rather than on technological advances.  Said Michael Lu, an associate professor of obstetrics and genecology and public health at UCLA, the U.S. spends more money on health care for mothers and babies than any other country in the world, but without the associated health outcomes.“If you look at mortality as an indicator of community health, we’re doing pretty poorly.We’re not producing maternal and child health to the extent that we need to and it is not a problem of technology. It’s a systems problem. It’s an access problem,” Lu said.Under Affordable Care Act addendums, beginning in 2014, all maternity care will be covered by new individual, small business, and government exchange plans. “This will provide an extraordinary opportunity to improve women’s health not only during pregnancy but before, between, and beyond pregnancy, and across the life course,” said Lu.last_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

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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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OpenWorm project reaches new milestone—muscle simulation

OpenWorm project reaches new milestone—muscle simulation

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. (Phys.org) —The OpenWorm project has reached a significant milestone, team members report—muscular contraction that is able to drive the simulated worm forward in a stream of simulated water. The next step for project members is to connect simulated brain cells with muscle cells allowing the worm to control its own movements. The team also hopes to create a virtual version of the worm to allow for porting to an interactive web application for use by the general public. Citation: OpenWorm project reaches new milestone—muscle simulation (2013, December 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-openworm-milestonemuscle-simulation.html Building a digital life form: OpenWorm, Open Sourcecenter_img The goal of the OpenWorm project is simple and straightforward—building the first (others have tried and met with limited success) digital life form—getting there of course, is anything but. The idea is to replicate how it is that living organisms do what they do. In the case of the nematode, that means, among other things, swimming through water in a way reminiscent of an eel.The project is an international open source collaboration and as such is open to anyone who wishes to participate. Of course those who choose to do so will find a certain degree of expertise in computer programming or biology will be needed. The team reports that the nematode was chosen as the first simulated life form because of its simplicity—the real worm has just 959 total cells—almost half of which are muscle cells or neurons.Building a simulated life form is challenging—it would be a simple matter to simply draw a nematode and then animate it—Hollywood has been doing that for over half a century. What’s difficult is to use computer code to create and simulate the underlying basic elements that make up a nematode and then have them perform the way they do with the real organism, resulting in virtually identical behavior. That means creating code that describes such things as how its cell muscle cells work and then how they work together in order to cause the entire organism to move in a way that suggests forward progress. In this instance, that’s a lot of code and number crunching—it took three full days of rendering to produce less than a fraction of a second of action. This is significant progress—the OpenWorm project only just started this past May. The first simulation involved causing muscle cells to do nothing more than twitch. Explore further © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more

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Govt looks to overhaul ITIs across Bengal to review selection process of

Govt looks to overhaul ITIs across Bengal to review selection process of

first_imgKolkata: In a significant stride towards overhaul of the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) across the state, the Technical Education department has decided to review the process of selection of the private companies with which the state has joined hands in running some of these institutes. There have been complaints of improper administration, particularly against those ITIs that are run under public-private mode.There are 76 ITIs in the state that are run under public-private mode. As per terms and conditions, the state allocates the building, designs the course curriculum, earmarks the fees and arranges Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeadmission for 80 percent of the students in these institutes. The equipment, faculties and other infrastructure are provided by the private body that is selected through tendering.”We have withheld tenders of as many as 19 ITIs after there were complaints regarding administration. We are conducting a probe and there will be re-tendering. Some private companies were having administrative control of a number of institutes and in the process, were unable to run them in proper manner. A single company will not be allowed to run four or five institutes,” Basu said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA senior official of the department indicated that heads will roll at the top level of some of these institutes.It may be mentioned that state Technical Education minister Purnendu Basu had himself conducted visits at a number of ITIs across the state, to devise means of overhauling the infrastructure of ITIs, wherever needed.Technical Education has seen a major infrastructural boost under the Mamata Banerjee government since 2011. “When we assumed office there were 80 ITIs. Now we have 248 ITIs – both government and private,” the minister added. The department has also decided to upgrade the course curriculum at the ITIs keeping in pace with market demand. “A number of machines are lying defunct at workshops of some of our old ITIs. We will repair some of those and will replace the outmoded ones,” Basu maintained.Upgradation of the hostels are also under the radar of the department with segregation of the students of first year. “Sometimes there are complaints of ragging by first year students against the seniors. So we have decided to have separate hostel facilities for first year students wherever possible,” the minister said.last_img read more

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For a healthier body mind and soul

For a healthier body mind and soul

first_img“I woke up and I had a big ideaTo buy a new soul at the start of every yearI paid up and it cost me pretty dearHere’s a hymn to those that disappear…”If you too do feel that you’ve lost a part of your soul, fret not, there is hope and there are ways of recovering that lost self. At a recently held session on healing therapies in the Capital at The Imperial, healers from various parts of the country came by to discuss and share their methods with Delhiites. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBaani from Tathaastu says, “There are times when one feels as though they have lost a part of their soul, it can happen for any given reason – harsh words from a friend, or some traumatic incident – which may lead a piece of one’s soul to break away from the body. You can realise it later when you notice that you are not the same person anymore, as you don’t like certain things the way you used to. Among all healings techniques, Soul Retrieval is the one which helps us bring pieces of one’s soul back.” Modern Science works on proofs and facts while spiritual healing works through belief. Says Baani, “The process works faster and better when one believes in it. If one is resistant to the idea, it takes more time than usual to heal someone.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveEven if you are sceptical about spiritual healing because of the unexplained facets of the procedure, Almas Lokhandwala had her arena set up with the Himalayan singing bowls, ready to talk about how sound vibrations can heal even one’s tumours! To give her visitors a feel of it, she strikes the edge of the largest bowl with a mallet creating a soft ‘aum’ sound that lingers on for a minute. Sound therapy causes the sound vibrations to relax one and help concentrate in meditation. “When we are nourished with sound, the cells in our body start vibrating and reorganising themselves into a state of well being. The rich sonic vibrations of the Himalayan Singing Bowls alter space mind and time,” explained Almas Lokhandwala. With increasing cases of illness in people, and helpless modern medicines, many choose to try out or walk the path of spiritual healing.last_img read more

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Playout provider DMC has launched what it describe

first_imgPlayout provider DMC has launched what it describes as Europe’s first fully virtualised platform for all-IP video.Hosted at DMC’s network operations, media management and distribution facility in Amsterdam, the platform provides international content owners with access to 700 million European viewers, according to DMC.The platform, which delivers 30 channels today, will be used by more than 80 channels in Europe from September 1 2017, following the full migration of remaining channels from DMC’s former facility.The DMC platform was enabled by a number of key partners including Cisco, Equinix, Pebble Beach Systems, Red Hat, Super Micro and VMware.DMC says that the all-IP platform enables it to deliver new channels in a matter of hours, with the potential to reduce this to minutes, expanding the scope for new services such as pop-up channels for market testing and companion channels for special events on OTT platforms.The platform has been shortlisted for an award at this year’s IBC in the content distribution category.“Being shortlisted for an IBC Innovation award is a great honour and reinforces our belief that future video services will rely on a fully virtualised, private broadcast cloud – a concept that we have turned into a fully operational platform in less than two years,” said Raymond Lamphen, general manager and vice-president of DMC.“The success of this launch is testament to the vision, skill and endeavour of our entire team and the support and trust of our customers, who have embraced the opportunity to move towards a fully virtualised IP approach to media management and playout. We are excited to use our pioneering heritage of creativity and ambition and extensive knowledge of the media market to act as the passport to Europe for content owners everywhere.”last_img read more

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Loop Now Technologies a company founded by early

Loop Now Technologies a company founded by early

first_imgLoop Now Technologies, a company founded by early members of LinkedIn and Snapchat, has officially launched its short-form video app Firework on iOS and Android.Billed as ‘the future of social mobile TV’, Firework is a video service that lets users post and share clips of up to 30 seconds.The formal launch brings with it a number of new features, including Firework’s patent-pending Reveal camera technology that lets users move their phone from horizontal to vertical to reveal more of a video.Firework’s intelligent discovery engine uses machine-learning to provide users with content that is personalised to their interests. The service also uses AI to filter out unsafe and unwanted content, with the help of human moderators.Creators can collect and repost videos on Firework and the app offers person-to-person direct messaging instead of an anonymous comments section. Users are also encouraged to participate in sponsored hashtags for a chance to win cash prizes.The service was previously in beta and Loop Now claims Firework was the fastest social media app to achieve one million users, doing so in five months and growing more than 200% quarter-over-quarter.last_img read more

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The site is extremely well secured We dont know

The site is extremely well secured We dont know

first_img“The site is extremely well secured. We don’t know exactly how they got on site,” Brendan Duddy said.“Security is not 24 hours. That might have to be looked at.“It’s mad that anyone would do this. We will do our best to make sure no one gets in again.“This could have been a complete tragedy.” YOUNG people have been warned about the dangers of construction sites after a video has emerged of three people scaling the arm of a 100ft crane in Derry.It was posted on social media on Saturday night.The crane is based at the construction site of a new hotel being developed by the Duddy Group on the Strand Road. Warning sounded after three people captured scaling 100ft crane in Derry was last modified: June 12th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Brendan DuddyhotelSTRAND ROADTHE DUDDY GROUPWarning sounded after three people captured scaling 100ft crane in Derry ShareTweetlast_img read more

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Im sure you got this but an ETF is a major deal

first_imgI’m sure you got this, but an ETF is a major deal. I am back as a true believer if that happens! —Mary Justin’s note: When I read today’s essay over the weekend, I knew I had to share it immediately.It comes from our good friend Jeff Brown, Bonner & Partners’ top tech analyst. And it reveals an opportunity that’s both massive… and flying under every mainstream investor’s radar.Read on to see how one piece of technology could secure America’s economic dominance for decades… By Jeff Brown, editor, The Near Future ReportEarly this year, we almost saw the largest corporate merger between two technology companies in history.The companies in question were U.S. semiconductor giants Qualcomm and Broadcom.Broadcom had been pursuing Qualcomm since November 2017. It initially offered an unsolicited bid of $103 billion to acquire controlling interest of Qualcomm.Qualcomm resisted. So Broadcom took another route.It initiated a hostile takeover of Qualcomm. That’s when the acquiring company attempts to bypass its target’s board and purchases a controlling interest in the company directly from shareholders. Very often, this means offering to buy shares at a premium.At $117 billion, the new bid for Qualcomm would have represented the largest technology merger in history.But then the White House stepped in… and this past March, President Trump blocked the merger. The president said that “credible evidence” suggested that the takeover would pose a risk to U.S. national security.The official details are classified. But I believe I know why the White House took this unprecedented step.At the heart of the president’s decision to block the merger is fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology.I’ll explain exactly why in just a moment.But before we get to that, let me provide some context for why 5G will be such a pivotal technological advancement… Revealed For The First Time in Exclusive Live Event…The Step-By-Step Blueprint Big Wall Street Institutions Use to Steal Opportunities from the Little GuyThink Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are a fad, over-hyped, worthless? That’s exactly what they want you to think… In this exclusive broadcast, you’ll discover how these institutions have, in the past, taken opportunities from the little guy. Why they’re doing it all over again now. And cut through the spin so you can see the truth with your own eyes. Register for this free event now, and get three free investment recommendations, plus the chance to claim part of an exclusive $2 Million Dollar Bitcoin Giveaway. Details here. Matter of National SecurityCountries that lead the way in deploying these networks will have a competitive economic advantage over other countries. And the technology companies in these “first-mover” countries will be the first to develop the hardware and software enabling these 5G wireless services.Right now, the government’s fear is that China will set the 5G precedent.For context, Chinese company Huawei supplies the infrastructure and support for more than half of the 537 4G networks around the world. And recently, it was caught using its technology to spy on U.S. network traffic.This led to Huawei being banned from the U.S. and several other western markets over spying concerns.The U.S. government sees it as imperative that U.S. wireless networks are built out quickly—with U.S. and European technology—to ensure that the country’s networks are less likely to fall victim to foreign espionage.That’s why the Trump administration blocked the Broadcom/Qualcomm merger.You see, while Broadcom recently stated its intention to bring most of its business back to the U.S., the bulk of its business is still based in Singapore. And while Singapore is its own country, it’s heavily controlled by Chinese Singaporeans.The concern was that Broadcom would force Qualcomm to cut back on its research and development into 5G, letting Huawei fill the void… and making U.S. wireless networks vulnerable to cyberspying.This isn’t wild speculation, either.The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a government agency that oversees foreign investment in American companies, specifically mentioned the threat posed by Huawei when officially recommending the blocking of the Broadcom/Qualcomm merger.The Trump administration even threatened to take things one step further…Nationalized InfrastructureIn January of this year, leaked White House documents showed that the U.S. government was considering nationalizing the 5G network buildout—in other words, seizing control of wireless networks from AT&T, Verizon, and other service providers… and putting them in the hands of the government.My hunch is that this was just a warning… a way to light a fire under the U.S. companies involved in the 5G buildout.The feds were saying, “Get out there and build these 5G networks quickly, or we’ll do it for you.”This was a very smart move by the current administration. And it worked.Verizon and AT&T—along with T-Mobile and Sprint, which are in the process of merging—are already building out 5G networks.The hope is to have the U.S. regain leadership in wireless network deployments, which will stimulate even stronger leadership in wireless network technology.If the U.S. fails, the government fears that America would be dependent on Chinese technology to make use of 5G. That would give China an enormous amount of leverage over the U.S.Verizon is building out its 5G network in Sacramento, California. It says it will have 5G infrastructure built out in five or six other American cities before the end of the year.AT&T is building out its 5G network in Waco, Texas. It also has a long list of cities it aims to have a presence in by the end of the year. One of them will likely be Atlanta.And T-Mobile—the third-largest mobile communications provider in the U.S.—says it will be launching in 30 cities before 2018 is over.The 5G infrastructure boom isn’t some distant event. It’s happening right now. And of course, there is a way for investors to gain exposure…How to Play It… in Three StagesTo best determine how to play this trend, we have to look at what stage of the game we’re in.You see, these buildouts happen in predictable phases… Recommended Link After that, new devices (smartphones) that work with the towers are developed. First, the physical infrastructure (cell towers) is put up. — Right now, we’re in the infrastructure phase of the 5G buildout.For 4G, it took about 200,000 cell towers to build out a nationwide network. A 5G network buildout will require around 1,000,000 cell towers—a 5x increase. When all is said and done, there will be a 5G tower on nearly every street corner.Check out the chart below. It shows how spending on 4G wireless infrastructure changed over time.Spending on the 4G wireless infrastructure hit about $200 billion a year at its peak. I expect 5G infrastructure spending will hit a peak of $275 billion and will require a minimum of $200 billion annual spending through 2025.The best bet right now is to look at the companies that will handle the physical infrastructure.American Tower (AMT) is one way to gain exposure. It’s a wireless communications infrastructure company. It builds and maintains communications infrastructure, like cell towers.It was instrumental in the 4G buildout that started in 2011. And it’s also heavily involved in erecting and maintaining the towers used in the 5G buildout.The chart below shows the performance of AMT from 2011, when the 4G buildout started, to present. I expect American Tower will continue to climb as 5G infrastructure continues to be built.Betting on companies that were instrumental to the 4G buildout, such as American Tower, is an easy way to gain exposure to this unstoppable trend.Regards,Jeff Brown Editor, The Near Future ReportP.S. The completion of the 5G wireless network is essential if America is to maintain its economic dominance over countries like China. That’s why the president is pulling out all the stops to get the network built. And as 5G revolutionizes our communications networks, it will also send a handful of companies soaring…I’ve already shared four companies with readers of my Near Future Report. I expect some of these companies to at least double, perhaps more, in the next 12 months. I put together a brief video presentation with all the details right here.Reader MailbagIn last week’s Dispatch, we explained why a new bitcoin ETF could send the cryptocurrency soaring 5x from here. Below, readers share their thoughts…Yes. And bitcoin could also plummet to zero. —Timothycenter_img — Then, new applications are developed to run on those devices. I am not a bitcoin investor right now. I am signed up for the Teeka Tiwari & Glenn Beck presentation. I would like to speculate on bitcoin. —BruceAs always, you can send any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch right here.And if you’re still on the fence about owning bitcoin, you need to mark July 19 on your calendar. That’s when world-renowned crypto expert Teeka Tiwari will give a special live broadcast—“The Great Cryptocurrency Conspiracy of 2018.”He’ll be joined by media personality Glenn Beck in what’s sure to be our biggest event of the year. And the best part is, it’s completely free to sign up, hear what they have to say, and get three free crypto recommendations… Click here to reserve your spot today. Recommended Link I own bitcoin and several other cryptocurrencies. I understand the new ETF will boost bitcoin to new heights, and I assume that other cryptos will skyrocket too. It depends on what cryptos will join bitcoin in the new ETF and what weight they will have. Do you have any insight as to what cryptos your readers need to own along with bitcoin? —Thomas Network EvolutionWhen you connect to the internet on your computer, smartphone, or smart TV, a vast physical communications infrastructure makes that connection possible.Hundreds of thousands of miles of transoceanic cables connect to vast, land-based fiber optic networks, which in turn connect to consumers’ homes and businesses.Over the years, these wireless networks—and the infrastructure that supports them—have evolved.It all started in the 1980s with first-generation (1G) networks. Compared to what’s possible today, it didn’t allow much. You could only place voice calls—there was no layer for carrying other types of data. And you had to use one of those brick-sized cell phones Gordon Gekko yaps into in the movie Wall Street.But from then on, a new network generation went live roughly once every 10 years. Each provided faster download speeds and more applications. The most recent one, 4G, went live around 2011.Now we’re shifting to the fifth generation of wireless networks—5G. And it represents the largest leap in wireless technology to date.1,000 Times FasterThe current 4G networks are a disappointment.The developers that built the 4G network thought it would deliver average download speeds of 100 megabits per second (Mbps). But in reality, most people only see speeds of about 10 Mbps.[Megabits per second, or Mbps, is a common measurement for internet connection and download speeds. For example, to stream a high-definition video from Netflix, you need a download speed of at least 5 Mbps.]At 10 Mbps, the U.S. has some of the slowest internet speeds in the world. We’re in 50th place, behind Romania (at 27 Mbps) and Finland (at 17 Mbps). Even Dracula and the reindeer have internet speeds faster than most Americans.But with 5G, the peak speed jumps to 10 gigabits per second (Gbps). One gigabit is 1,000 megabits. So at peak speed, 5G will be 1,000 times faster than the average 4G connection we have today.Even if we just assume that average 5G speeds would be 10% of their potential, we’re still looking at 1,000 Mbps. That means that average 5G speeds will be 100 times faster than what we have today.With that kind of speed, you’ll be able to download a two-hour movie in 10 seconds. Dropped phone calls and slow-loading web pages will be a thing of the past.Plus, some previously “sci-fi” tech will finally become a reality. Technologies like self-driving cars, virtual reality, and holographic projection will all operate over high-speed 5G connections. The applications are endless.5G is a game-changer because of all the technological innovation it will bring about. It’ll be responsible for $12 trillion worth of new goods and services by 2035. That’s about 60% of America’s total GDP in 2017.And here’s why the government considers the completion of 5G a matter of national security… Trump Declares National Emergency President Trump has mobilized his entire administration to battle this problem by declaring it a National Emergency under federal law. And Congress just approved $6 billion to fight it. Now a company is joining the battle by tackling one of the biggest problems our country has ever faced. In the past, companies in this niche saw peak gains of 96,900%, 196,500% and 787,400%. Could this new company be the next to ride this unique wave? Get all the details here before it’s too late.last_img read more

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Last weekend The Vagina Monologues was performed f

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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Here you have a government agency whose mission i

Here you have a government agency whose mission i

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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A county court has delivered a devastating judgmen

A county court has delivered a devastating judgmen

first_imgA county court has delivered a devastating judgment against the Local Government Ombudsman, after it discriminated against a disabled woman by failing to provide the reasonable adjustments she needed to lodge a complaint against a local authority.The ombudsman has been ordered to pay £12,500 in damages to Jeanine Blamires to compensate her for the ordeal, following breaches of both the Equality Act and the Data Protection Act by the ombudsman.Although the judgment is only in draft form, its conclusions are unlikely to be altered.District judge Joanna Geddes even awarded aggravated damages against the ombudsman over the breach of the Equality Act, because she said it had defended the case in a way that “added to the injury, frustration and distress” felt by Blamires, which had “exacerbated” the symptoms of her long-term health conditions.She also awarded aggravated damages for the Data Protection Act breach, because of the ombudsman’s “continued denial” that it had broken the law.Blamires has told Disability News Service that she was “disgusted” and “sickened” by the ombudsman’s behaviour and that she believed it had now “lost its moral authority to adjudicate over others”.Judge Geddes said Blamires’ husband David (pictured with his wife at a parliamentary evidence session) told the court that his wife had “found the whole process extremely distressing and has on several occasions been reduced to tears by the intransigence of the defendant in not meeting her disabled needs by making reasonable adjustments.“This has led to a deterioration in her condition and a reduction in her ability to fulfil her role as a housewife and mother.”The case relates to her attempt in March 2012 to help her daughter lodge a complaint through the ombudsman against North Yorkshire County Council over a housing issue.She then complained herself about the council five months later.Blamires, who represented herself in the legal case, had told the ombudsman – when lodging the complaint against the council – that she had severe ME and dystonia, while her husband also had ME, as well as chronic pain and dyslexia, and that they would need help to use the service.She told the ombudsman that they both found telephone conversations difficult, and that “though e-mail is useful, regular meetings are better, we have a lot of evidence and we are not sure about what you will need”.But the ombudsman lost this information in transferring her application form to a different format, and then took two years to admit to the court that it had done so.It had originally claimed that Blamires failed to fill in the part of the form that related to requests for reasonable adjustments.As the process of lodging a complaint against the council progressed, she told the ombudsman that she was struggling – for impairment-related reasons – to submit all of the necessary paperwork.But the ombudsman ignored this and without warning reached a provisional decision in the case against the council – one which she found unacceptable – in December 2013.She complained that she had not been allowed to present all of her evidence, and that the ombudsman had failed to provide reasonable adjustments, and she asked it to arrange face-to-face meetings and some support to help her with the complaint.Blamires told Disability News Service this week: “The defendant didn’t provide it. They only offered extra time. I just cried.“They didn’t have all the evidence and they didn’t understand my complaint.”Judge Geddes says in the draft judgement that the ombudsman had issued the provisional decision without exploring the issue of reasonable adjustments, and even though it knew that Blamires had expressed more than once “how overwhelmed and fatigued she was by the process”.The judge added: “They were aware that she found the volume of paperwork she had ‘overwhelming’ and was struggling both to know what to submit in support of her claim and to physically complete the task of sending it by reason of her disabilities.”Judge Geddes even suggested that the ombudsman’s argument that its limited resources did not allow it to offer face-to-face meetings or advocacy as a reasonable adjustment – when one of its own leaflets said that it did – implied that such promises were published to “pay lip service only to the duties the [ombudsman] has to anticipate and make reasonable adjustments”.The judge even had to withdraw some of her own statements made earlier in the case because the ombudsman had provided her with misleading information about the extent of its powers.As well as being ordered to pay £12,500 in damages to Blamires, the ombudsman was also ordered to pay her costs of £750.Blamires said she was “disgusted” by the ombudsman’s behaviour during the lengthy case – including misleading the court, failing to disclose documents and submitting false information – when its own purpose was “supposedly to ensure justice”.She said: “It has been an horrendous ordeal for my family who care for me who have had to watch as I have got worse due to this fight.“I am so glad that District Judge Geddes listened to me. It’s taken too long to do this – four years – much of that time and public money has been wasted by the ombudsman due to its behaviour. I am sickened by it.“I am not sure it is now possible for the Local Government Ombudsman to sustain its role to remedy injustice. It has lost its moral authority to adjudicate over others.“Councils are not going to respect the Local Government Ombudsman’s decisions because the Local Government Ombudsman chose not to respect the county court.”She wants communities and local government secretary Sajid Javid to replace the ombudsman with a new organisation.But she also praised Leeds Combined Court, which “did the exact opposite” of the ombudsman by providing her with reasonable adjustments, including arranging video conferencing for one of the court hearings, and supporting her when she became ill in court.And she thanked the charity, the Personal Support Unit, which helps people who have to represent themselves in court, and supported her by reading documents, and helping her write witness statements and skeleton arguments.Michael King, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman*, said in a statement: “We didn’t get things right for Mrs Blamires and I have personally apologised to her.“We hold ourselves up to the same standards we expect of those bodies we investigate and we will fully accept the final findings of the court when we receive them.“This is a salutary reminder that mistakes happen and when things do go wrong, it’s how you deal with them that matters.“This case highlighted some issues with our IT system and the way we were doing things that we needed to change. We’ve done that and we’ve strengthened our quality checks and revised our guidance.“But we won’t stop there. We will use this as an opportunity to look at what else we can do to be flexible and find more creative ways of helping people access our service.” He added: “We are sorry if the judge felt we provided her with misleading information, this was not our intention.”*It was renamed earlier this monthlast_img read more

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