Your Chance To Ride Shotgun With Lewis Hamilton Really Fast

first_imgomaze.com is giving you the chance to ride shotgun with Lewis Hamilton at the US Grand Prix, and all you have to do is donate to charity.Wanna Ride Shotgun with Lewis Hamilton at the US Grand Prix?That’s right, before the United States Grand Prix goes down in Austin, you’ll ride shotgun with the four-time world champion in a Mercedes-AMG GTR around the actual race circuit. But that’s only the first lap. You and a friend will also get exclusive access to the team paddock and hospitality area during race weekend to cheer Lewis on as he competes to win the US Grand Prix for the fifth time in a row. Plus, you’ll even take a seat behind the wheel of his car to snap a photo (or two or three). Flights, a Mercedes rental, elegant dinner and hotel are included.The more you donate to Red Nose Day through omaze.com, the more chances you have to win.Red Nose Day USA drives positive change through the power of entertainment. It’s about making it fun to come together to raise money and awareness for children who need our help the most, in America and around the world. Red Nose Day USA’s mission is to end child poverty — one nose at a time. Red Nose Day USA launched in America in 2015 and has raised over $145 million in its first four years in the US. Funds raised support programs that ensure children who are living in poverty are safe, healthy and educated. Red Nose Day started in the UK in 1988 and has raised over $1 billion globally.To find out more about this exciting opportunity, click here.last_img read more

CVS Health: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) _ CVS Health Corporation (CVS) on Wednesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $419 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.On a per-share basis, the Woonsocket, Rhode Island-based company said it had a loss of 37 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were $2.14 per share.The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.07 per share.The drugstore chain and pharmacy benefits manager posted revenue of $54.42 billion in the period, which also topped Street forecasts. Ten analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $53.71 billion.CVS Health expects full-year earnings in the range of $6.68 to $6.88 per share.CVS Health shares have climbed almost 7 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has increased 11 per cent. The stock has dropped nearly 3 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on CVS at https://www.zacks.com/ap/CVSThe Associated Press read more

Hajj 2019: Morocco Wants to Ensure ‘Better Conditions’ for Pilgrims

Rabat – The minister of Islamic affairs, Ahmed Taoufiq, flew to Mecca on Sunday to discuss the preparation for the next hajj season with the Saudi minister of pilgrimage, Mohamed Saleh Bin Taher Benten.During the meeting, the two officials agreed on the preparations required for the next pilgrimage season for Moroccans, according to a statement from the Saudi Ministry of Pilgrimage quoted by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).This meeting is part of consultations with the heads of delegations to prepare the next season of pilgrimage, to provide the best services to pilgrims, and to allow them to perform their rituals in the best conditions, added the press release. Read Also: Morocco’s Islamic Affairs Recognizes ‘Suffering’ of Pilgrims in HajjThe Saudi minister also held meetings with the president of religious affairs of Turkey and the minister of religious affairs of Indonesia, the statement said.In the 2018 pilgrimage season, several Moroccan pilgrims complained about their struggles in Mecca due to lack of management, transport, and shelter.Videos posted online showed Moroccans complaining about the bad conditions.Several Moroccans also said that they had missed major hajj rituals, such as the “stoning of the devil.”Pictures of Moroccan pilgrims also featured elderly men lying weakly on the floor. The Moroccan Ministry of Islamic Affairs, however, denied the allegations in a statement. The ministry said that “some allegations reported by some media outlets” were “lies dating back to previous years,” claiming that information about pilgrims losing their way in Mecca was also false.The ministry also described the 2018 hajj season as “positive.” read more

South African judge appointed to head new UN internal justice body

Justice O’Regan was appointed a judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa in 1994, and has worked as an attorney and a law professor, specializing, among other areas, in labour law, race and gender equality, and constitutional law. She was chosen by consensus by the four other members of the Internal Justice Council, whose appointments were approved by Mr. Ban in April. The two members nominated by staff, following a process inclusive of all staff unions, are Jenny Clift of Australia and Geoffrey Robertson of the United Kingdom and Australia. The two members nominated by management are Maria Vicien-Milburn of Argentina and Sinha Basnayake of Sri Lanka.UN spokesperson Michele Montas said the Internal Justice Council “will play a critical role in establishing the UN’s new system of administration of justice, due to enter into effect on 1 January 2009.”The five-member body will advise the Assembly on suitable candidates for judges on the future UN Dispute Tribunal and the UN Appeals Tribunal. It is also tasked with drafting a code of conduct for the judges, and for providing its views on the implementation of the new system to the Assembly. The Council’s establishment was recommended in 2006 by the “Redesign Panel” of external judicial experts, and is modelled on similar mechanisms at other international public organizations. 11 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Justice Kate O’Regan of South Africa as the fifth member and chairperson of the Internal Justice Council – established by the General Assembly to help ensure independence, professionalism and accountability in the new system of administration of justice at the United Nations. read more

TNA decides to vote in support of noconfidence motion against MR

The Tamil National Alliance strongly condemns and opposes the undemocratic efforts to use such delay to bribe Members of Parliament with both money and Ministerial posts to induce them to cross over in order to fraudulently obtain a majority in Parliament.“We strongly oppose and condemn Tamil National Alliance Member of Parliament S. Viyalendran being a part of this conspiracy. Necessary action will be taken against him immediately,” the TNA said. For the above reasons, the Tamil National Alliance says it will vote in support of the No Confidence Motion to be brought against the Government headed by Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has been unconstitutionally and illegally appointed as Prime Minister.The TNA says remaining “neutral” in such a situation, would pave the way for achieving an undemocratic end by force. (Colombo Gazette) The Tamil National Alliance has decided to vote in support of the no-confidence motion against Mahinda Rajapaksa in Parliament.A TNA statement said that at a party leaders’ meeting of the constituent parties of the Tamil National Alliance last evening it was decided that according to the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the President does not possess the authority to remove a Prime Minister who is in office. Such authority that vested in the President previously was specifically repealed by the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. In these circumstances the Gazette notification declaring that the Prime Minister had been removed and another Prime Minister appointed are unconstitutional and illegal, the TNA said. The Tamil National Alliance also considers the President’s decision to prorogue Parliament made following the above actions as undemocratic and in violation of Parliamentary Supremacy. After having declared as Prime Minister a Member who does not command the confidence of Parliament, this had been done in order to create delay and prevent such Member from having to prove a majority in Parliament. read more

Brock launches Human Rights Equity and Decolonization Committee

Brock University recently took its next step in ensuring the campus environment is inclusive, fair and welcoming for all.The President’s Advisory Committee for Human Rights, Equity and Decolonization (PACHRED) held its first meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 30, following months of work to bring the group to fruition.Mandated by Brock University President Gervan Fearon to advise on issues facing equity-seeking communities, the committee includes 36 faculty, staff and students from across the University.“PACHRED has been created to be a forum for discussion and learning on issues of equity and inclusion at Brock,” said Mary-Beth Raddon, who co-chairs the committee with Bradley Clarke, Brock’s Director of Student Life and Community Experience, and Joshua Manitowabi, a PhD student in Interdisciplinary Humanities. “Through our collective learning, we are to be an advisory body to the President.”The group’s strength, Raddon said, lies in its “diverse membership of students, staff and faculty from across the University who share a commitment to making Brock more welcoming, just and fair for everyone.”“Another strength is members’ knowledge about issues affecting equity-seeking groups stemming from lived experience, study, research and advocacy within and beyond the university context.”Committee members will work with one or more of six affiliated groups that are examining specific equity-related areas of concern, including anti-ableism, mental health, decolonization, sexual violence, racial justice, gender and sexual diversity and employment equity.By coming together as a single committee at least five times a year, the group as a whole has the potential to explore the interrelatedness of these issues. Meetings are open and dates will be posted on the PACHRED website.“PACHRED builds upon the important work of the Human Rights Task Force in seeking to promote and safeguard human rights at Brock, and ensuring that the recommendations put forth by the Task Force are advanced in meaningful ways,” Clarke said.He described the committee’s inaugural meeting as a special event.“It was a chance to look to the future and to do so with a group of dedicated, knowledgeable, and compassionate people who will work together to make our University more safe, welcoming and inclusive for all,” he said. “I’m excited for the many ways that we will engage the broader Brock community in achieving this goal.”Fearon also weighed in on the University’s progress and path moving forward.“Brock is taking significant steps to advance human rights, equity and inclusion with the support of the entire University community,” he said. “I look forward to hearing from PACHRED on how we can further support this momentum and further make Brock an outstanding and exemplary institution for teaching and learning, research, scholarly and creative activities, and community engagement for our students, faculty and staff.” read more

The Greek Orthodox Church to offer aid for Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new initiative is being undertaken by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, as a means to assist Greece in coping with the ongoing refugee crisis that has further worsened the plight of the country. In his message to all the temples of the Archdiocese, Archbishop Stylianos explains how “our church could not remain indifferent” to the humanitarian crisis challenging our homeland and calls for drastic action, asking churchgoers to offer items of clothing, food and money. To this end, on Sunday 10 April an offering tray will be passed around among the congregation in all the churches of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, to collect funds for the Archdiocese of Athens’ NGO Apostoli (Mission). The Archdiocese also urges the congregation to bring clothing and food (especially dry or canned) which will be packed and placed in a container, in order to be sent to three major Athens-based charity organisations: Hatzikyriakio Childcare Institution, Kivotos tou kosmou, and Hamogelo tou paidiou (The Smile of the Child). Anyone wishing to assist this effort is advised to contact their local church. For more information visit www.greekorthodox.org.aulast_img read more

LATV3 relève lorbite de lISS

first_imgL’ATV-3 relève l’orbite de l’ISSDimanche, le cargo européen ATV-3 a réussi à relever l’orbite de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) à 389,8 kilomètres. L’engin s’y est amarré jeudi dernier et les spationautes ont déjà pénétré à l’intérieur. Mission accomplie pour l’ATV-3 Edoardi Amaldi. L’engin qui a décollé le 23 mars dernier s’était déjà correctement amarré à la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) jeudi dernier pour délivrer ses 6 tonnes de cargaison aux spationautes actuellement à bord. Mais ce week-end, il a rempli une autre de ses tâches : aider à relever l’orbite de la station. Selon un porte-parole du Centre russe de contrôle des vols (TsOUP), l’ISS se trouve désormais sur une orbite de 389,8 kilomètres. À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?”Les moteurs du cargo européen ATV-3 ont fonctionné pendant 411 secondes (presque sept minutes) comme prévu. L’ISS a reçu une impulsion supplémentaire d’un mètre par seconde. Cette manœuvre a permis de relever l’orbite de la station de 1,7 km. L’ISS évolue actuellement à une altitude de 389,8 km”, a ainsi indiqué le porte-parole cité par RIA Novosti. Ce sont les deux moteurs principaux du cargo Edoardo Amaldi qui ont servi à effectuer la manœuvre tandis que les moteurs du module de service russe Zvezda et du cargo russe Progress M-14M arrimé à l’ISS ont assuré l’orientation de l’engin dans l’espace.Le vaisseau ATV-3 long de 10 mètres pour 4,5 mètres de diamètre livre aux spationautes à bord de l’ISS 6 tonnes de frêt composé de nourriture, de vêtements, de matériel, de 285 kilos d’eau potable et de 100 kilos d’oxygène. Les spationautes y ont d’ailleurs déjà pénétré pour voir ce que l’engin leur apportait. Le 2 avril 2012 à 10:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Clark College hosts food summit Friday

first_imgClark College will host a full-day food summit Friday featuring a series of talks and breakout sessions on the local food system.The summit runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Clark College’s Columbia Tech Center campus at 18700 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver. Break out sessions cover topics such as sustainable farming, food business and fermented foods.To register for the free event, visit clark.edu/campus-life/arts-events/food-summit/index.php.Clark College worked with the Clark County Food System Council and Slow Food Southwest Washington to develop the summit, which is funded by a Department of Education Grant.last_img read more

Supreme Court strikes down as vague part of immigration law

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that part of a federal law that makes it easier to deport immigrants who have been convicted of crimes is too vague to be enforced.The court’s 5-4 decision — in an unusual alignment in which new Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the four liberal justices — concerns a catchall provision of immigration law that defines what makes a crime violent. Conviction for a crime of violence makes deportation “a virtual certainty” for an immigrant, no matter how long he has lived in the United States, Justice Elena Kagan wrote in her opinion for the court.The decision is a loss for President Donald Trump’s administration, which has emphasized stricter enforcement of immigration law. In this case, President Barack Obama’s administration took the same position in the Supreme Court in defense of the challenged provision.With the four other conservative justices in dissent, it was the vote of the Trump appointee that was decisive in striking down the provision at issue. Gorsuch did not join all of Kagan’s opinion, but he agreed with her that the law could not be left in place. Gorsuch wrote that “no one should be surprised that the Constitution looks unkindly on any law so vague that reasonable people cannot understand its terms and judges do not know where to begin in applying it.”The case turned on a decision from 2015 that struck down a similarly worded part of another federal law that imposes longer prison sentences on repeat criminals. The majority opinion in that case was one of the last written by Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016 and whose seat Gorsuch filled.last_img read more

New laundry center opens in Blue Hills

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 24, 2017 – Providenciales – Lapels Express Laundry Center, Millennium Highway in Blue Hills, Providenciales had its grand opening on Wednesday April 19.Lapels Express Laundry Center newest location features the best selection of high efficiency, state-of-the-art washers and dryers.The new facility has all the amenities for your comfort and convenience. Free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs for customer viewing, soap and snack bar, kids play area, indoor and outdoor seating and much more.Lapels Express Laundry Center Blue Hills is open daily from 6:30 am to 9pm, Monday to Thursday and 6am to 10pm Friday to Sunday.#MagneticMediaNews#NewLaundryCentreinProvidenciales Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #newlaundrycentreinbluehills Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Brainscan research delivers lessons on how kids learn

first_imgUniversity of Washington researchers are investigating how a child’s brain changes to master reading and writing. SEATTLE — On a recent afternoon, a 10-year-old girl with long, blond, curly hair, gave University of Washington researchers a peek inside her brain.Lying flat on her back inside a machine that looks like a big doughnut, Shelter Gimbel-Sherr read individual letters presented on a video screen and then wrote the one that would come next in the alphabet on a special pad.All the while a scanner generated images of her neural tissue.UW Washington researchers Virginia Berninger, an educational psychologist, and radiologist Todd Richards, watched on a computer screen from a control room.“There we go,” Richards said. “She wrote something! That’s a good W.”They are at the forefront of brain research that’s illuminating what happens inside the brain as young children learn to speak, listen, read and write — and how to help those who struggle with those skills, like Shelter.That’s because our brains aren’t naturally wired for reading and writing (or multiplying and dividing). Infants aren’t born with the neural pathways needed for those skills.In early childhood, a complex blending of genetics and early experiences — good and bad — wires the brain’s cells and regions together, forming increasingly sophisticated networks that, over time, either support or hinder future learning and happiness.The brain’s extraordinary flexibility during children’s first five years primes them for learning about their world, but it also makes them vulnerable if they don’t get many opportunities to learn about spoken and written language at home.last_img read more

RIAA Eagles Greatest Hits Has Outsold Michael Jacksons Thriller

first_imgNews Email Twitter The GRAMMY-winning band’s ‘Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975′ has been certified 38x platinumJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Aug 20, 2018 – 3:30 pm The Eagles have dethroned GRAMMY-winner Michael Jackson of his best album of all-time title.The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) told the Associated Press that the GRAMMY-winning band’s Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 album is now certified 38x platinum, making it the best-selling album of all time. Michael Jackson’s Thriller is currently second on the list at 33x platinum. According to the AP, the last time sales were tallied for the Eagles’ greatest hits album was in 2006, while ales for Thriller were updated just last year. “We are grateful for our families, our management, our crew, the people at radio and, most of all, the loyal fans who have stuck with us through the ups and downs of 46 years,” Eagles founding member Don Henley said in a statement. “It’s been quite a ride.”The band has another album on the RIAA’s best-selling list – Hotel California is now the third best-selling album of all-time at 26x platinum. The album was initiated into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2008.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook RIAA: Eagles Have Best-Selling Album Of All Time riaa-eagles-greatest-hits-has-outsold-michael-jacksons-thriller RIAA: Eagles’ Greatest Hits Has Outsold Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ last_img read more

Karnataka political crisis Mayawati directs BSP MLA Mahesh to stay out of

first_imgIANSBahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader and JD(S) ally MLA Mahesh has reportedly backed out from voting for Monday’s Karnataka floor test.According to reports, Mahesh said that BSP chief Mayawati has asked him to abstain from the vote of trust on Monday and Tuesday and also to remain neutral, so he will not attend the floor test. He was also missing from the Assembly when a high drama unfolded during the sessions.With the resignation of 16 MLAs from the coalition (Congress-12 and JD(S)-3), the government is currently on unstable ground as more party leaders are falling off from both parties. Independent MLAs H Nagesh and R Shankar have also withdrawn their support from the government.The coalition government has been downtrodden since the resignation spree took place in the state. If the speaker Ramesh Kumar accepts the resignation of the 15 dissident legislators, the majority will brink to 101 or further down.Even though the coalition government is facing a huge challenge to hold its roots in the state, the party leaders are still working harder to pull the rebels to their sides and pacify them. Congress troubleshooter DK Shivakumar said that the JD(S) is willing to step down and make way for the Congress to head the state.DKS told the reporters that JD(S) supremo HD Devegowda has spoken to the Congress high command and he has no problem with the Congress taking over the chief ministerial post. A confident Shivakumar also said that Mahesh will attend Monday’s assembly session even though the party high command has refused him from doing so.last_img read more

Nepali female student commits suicide in city

first_imgA Nepali student of a dental college allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at the college hostel in the city’s Vatara area on Tuesday, reports UNB.Police recovered the hanging body of Binisha Shah, a third-year student of Pioneer Dental College, from the hostel in the afternoon.Quamruzzaman, officer-in-charge of Vatara police station, said Binisha came out of the examination hall half an hour before the end of the scheduled time of the term-2 examination after submitting her answer sheet.Later, she went to the hostel and hanged herself from the ceiling of her room, he said, adding that they recovered the body around 1:45pm.last_img read more

Mexicos MeToo Faces Backlash After Celebrities Air Accusations Of Rape And Assault

first_imgAlfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty ImagesPeople take part in the commemoration of International Women’s Day in Mexico City on March 8. The national public security department’s statistics show that more than 41 percent of women over the age of 15 have experienced some sort of sexual violence.As sexual harassment complaints mounted in the United States against powerful men in Hollywood, politics and the media, Mexico’s entertainment industry largely remained silent.At least, that was the case until a few weeks ago, when it appeared that the #MeToo Movement — Mexico edition — had arrived.Women working in Mexico’s entertainment industry began coming forward with accusations of sexual harassment, inappropriate behavior and rape. However, within days, the women became the targets of heavy criticism. For now, #MeToo Mexico appears to be experiencing more backlash than movement.Actresses and other public figures speak out Last month, several Mexican actresses came forward, telling their stories in a series of TV interviews.“He kissed me and touched me in a way that I didn’t want to be touched,” one actress, Karla Souza, told Mexican reporter Carmen Aristegui on CNN en Español, the network’s Spanish-language network. Souza was describing an experience she said she had with a director, whom she did not name, early in her career.Souza is well known in Mexico for a string of hit movies and has broken out in the U.S. as the character Laurel Castillo on the ABC show How to Get Away with Murder.She told CNN en Español that uncomfortable advances by her alleged attacker turned into violence.“In one of the instances, he violently assaulted me and yes, he raped me,” she said, wiping tears from her eyes.The next day, Mexican media group Televisa issued a statement saying it conducted a preliminary investigation “in the face of public accusations about the sexual abuse” of Souza and was severing ties with director Gustavo Loza.I am proud to stand in solidarity with my sisters in Mexico and women around the world whose voices are finally being heard and saying #TIMESUP.— Karla Souza (@KarlaSouza7) February 21, 2018Loza vehemently denies any inappropriate behavior. Souza declined to speak to NPR.Meanwhile, more actresses came forward, as did a comedian and an Olympic diver, alleging harassment and other inappropriate behavior by men.Startling statisticsSexual harassment and violence are nothing new and are widespread in Mexico. In a recent Brain-Gallup poll, nearly half of Mexican women said they have been victims of sexual harassment.The national public security department’s statistics show that more than 41 percent of women over the age of 15 have experienced some sort of sexual violence.Mexican playwright Sabina Berman, 62, says sexual harassment in Mexico’s entertainment industry has a long history. She says when she picked up her first paycheck from the country’s writers guild, José María Fernández Unsáin, then the guild president, molested her. She was 19.“He appeared behind me and he put his hands inside my pants … and from there, harassment happened for 10 years,” Berman tells NPR.She says every time she went to pick up her check, Fernández would call her into her office and molest her. Finally, it stopped: “Because I became successful enough to have an assistant, and then I sent him to go get the checks,” she says with a laugh.A spokesman for the guild told NPR they would not comment on Berman’s accusations. Fernández died in 1997.Dia Dipasupil/Getty ImagesActress Natalia Cordova-Buckley, shown here during New York Comic Con last October, has defended her fellow actresses: “You speak out and they assassinate you in the media,” she said.Last month, in an interview with Aristegui on the journalist’s online show, Berman brought up an incident involving underage girls that she said occurred during the filming of the movie Gloria in 2014. Berman accused the casting director of misconduct. His company sent out a scathing denial. Within hours, Berman retracted her accusation, citing a faulty memory, and issued an apology.“You speak out and they assassinate you in the media”Berman’s gaffe was severely criticized, fueling a backlash already underway since Souza and the other actresses went public with their accusations.“Sorry, but it is irresponsible of these women to go on TV and refuse to name names and to make false accusations,” TV Azteca host and actor Horacio Villalobos said on his show, echoing some of the skepticism permeating social media.Others questioned why the women didn’t report alleged crimes at the time they occurred.A new hashtag, #YoNoDenuncioPorque, meaning “I don’t report because,” quickly emerged and began trending on Twitter as people posted reasons why they wouldn’t report harassment or abuse to the police. Fear of losing work and being related to an aggressor were among the reasons cited.Mexican actress Natalia Cordova-Buckley, who plays superhero Yo-Yo Rodriguez in the U.S. television show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., defended her fellow actresses on CNN en Español.“You speak out and they assassinate you in the media,” she said.Noted security expert Alejandro Hope sided with the women in his weekly column in a Mexican newspaper. Hope wrote about police routinely blaming victims of sex crimes and how impunity trumps justice in Mexico. These factors greatly discourage reports, he wrote.“We have to transcend this backlash” With no new revelations since #MeToo Mexico made its debut last month, it appears the movement has lost steam.But actress Cordova-Buckley warns not to write it off too quickly. “The women just needed a break and are regrouping,” she wrote in a text message to NPR.#Machismo, you’ve just met your worst enemy.A letter to end #Misogyny.Letter in pictures.Share if you wish.#TheFutureIsFemale pic.twitter.com/A3BzqH4aZY— Natalia Cordova (@YOSOYCORDOVA) October 12, 2017In a Twitter post from October that has gained new attention in recent weeks, she wrote about machismo in Mexican society and said while it had haunted her for her entire life, it had met its “worst enemy” and she would continue speaking out.“We have to transcend this backlash, this immediate machista [male chauvinist] backlash,” says Berman, the playwright.And not just for the sake of actresses, she adds — but for the millions of Mexican women who don’t have access to an open mic.Copyright 2018 NPR. 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VIDEO Lions team meals catch fire in the locker room after devastating

first_img Advertisement The Lions suffered a heartbreaking last second loss to the Falcons when Golden Tate was ruled down after initially appearing to score the game-winning touchdown.????? Heartbreaking loss for the Lions. Detroit had it won and then lost in a matter of seconds (via @nfl) #OnePride pic.twitter.com/nKQxhPQNuz— Fanatics View (@thefanaticsview) September 25, 2017 As if the that didn’t sting enough, insult was added to injury when the team meals caught on fire in the locker room after the game. If there is a video that more perfectly captures the last 40 years of the organization, we haven’t found it.To make matters worse for the #lions. The food is on fire at Ford Field by the locker room. pic.twitter.com/aLFNDj4kc3— Evan Jankens (@KINGoftheKC) September 24, 2017last_img read more

ComicCon Restricts Usage of Google Glass

first_imgJuly 25, 2014 This weekend, San Diego will play host to Comic-Con International, where scores of attendees will be outfitted in eye-catching getups inspired by their favorite fictional characters. But amidst the myriad wigs, weapons, capes and crowns, one accessory will be largely off limits: Google Glass.Though Glass may seem in its natural habitat among the throngs of self-professed geeks and techies that flock to Comic-Con, organizers have banned the device “during footage viewing in any program room,” according to the convention’s policies.“If your Google Glasses are prescription, please bring a different pair of glasses to use during these times,” organizers warned.Related: Google Glass Creator Babak Parviz Snagged by AmazonThe device is permitted, however, on the convention floor where exclusive movie sneak peeks are not being screened.Promising though Glass may be, this is only the latest hiccup it has faced on the rocky road to widespread adoption. Earlier this month, the device was banned by all UK cinemas. And stateside, Google is reportedly rallying lobbyists in states that are weighing restrictions on use of the device while driving.Glass bans are also being enacted and considered in strip clubs, casinos, restaurants, hospitals, concert arenas and banks across the country. Related: The Daily Show Hilariously Slays ‘Glass Holes’ Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.center_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min readlast_img read more

Robot Microscopes Demystify Plankton the Seas Most Vital Residents

first_imgSo the local copepod population starts to crash, and the algae population in turn explodes, the phytoplankton poisoning themselves with all their waste products. They die and release toxins that poison other organisms, and suck all the oxygen out of the water as they decay. Now you’ve got a whole lot of dead critters on your hands. “That’s a case where watching the behavior [of plankton] would indicate that there’s some imbalance,” says Zimmerman. “That’s the kind of stuff we have to monitor.” (C) 2016 MBARIMBARI researcher Thom Maughan is developing his own microscope that’ll allow the Wave Glider to sniff out plankton. This data will be made publicly available through MBARI’s Oceanographic Decision Support System. “When we show the Wave Glider in its position out there, you’ll be able to hover your mouse over it and get some idea of the size distribution of the microorganisms that the microscope is seeing,” says Maughan. “Then you should be able to drill down and see what types of organisms are being identified.”This kind of automation isn’t just about convenience—it’s about necessity. “It’s getting to be a rare person that can identify the plankton,” says Maughan. “Those are the old-school traditional microbiologists. Apparently they’re getting to be fewer and fewer of those folks who are really intimate with that plankton world.”With the oceans undergoing rapid transformation, science can’t afford to lose this knowledge. Plankton are all too important, and still all too mysterious. Leave it to the machines, though, to help make sense of a confounding ocean kingdom.More ocean robotics The system can at the moment track plankton concentrations. But it’s not just about quantifying the amount of plankton in a given area—it’s about decoding the balance between the zooplankton that eat phytoplankton, and how the organisms are behaving individually and as part of a group. IBM eventually wants to track things like drunken copepod movements in real time; it’s still building a library of plankton, but hopes to have a system of devices in the wild within five years.Scientists have to consider shape, too. A giant single-celled organism called a stentor, for example, is normally trumpet-shaped, but will ball up when exposed to too much sugar. “So behavior, shape, these are all things that with AI we can definitely track to understand if something is going wrong,” says Simone Bianco, a researcher at IBM.IBM isn’t the first to enlist AI in the quest to better understand plankton. The excellently named FlowCytobot sticks to piers and sucks in water, which passes through a laser. Particles like plankton scatter this light, which triggers an imager.The system judges the images based on some 250 features, like symmetry. “Then through manual classification, where the user creates an image training set of hundreds of images at a time, the neural net learns to identify those plankton without user input,” says Ivory Engstrom, director of special projects at McLane Research Laboratories, a scientific instrument company that makes the FlowCytobot.The FlowCytobot alerts scientists, like these studying algae blooms in Texas, to events like the outbreak of toxin, but it’s tethered in one place. Over at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, scientists are working on a more mobile platform for monitoring plankton: the Wave Glider. Think of it like a very expensive surfboard, loaded with solar-powered instruments. Do you like a planet that hasn’t yet melted? Do you like sushi? How about breathing? Then you’re secretly in love with plankton, tiny marine organisms that float around at the mercy of currents. They sequester carbon dioxide and provide two thirds of the oxygen in our atmosphere and sacrifice themselves as baby food for the young fish that eventually end up on your plate.Yet science knows little about the complex dynamics of plankton on ocean-wide scales. So researchers are asking the machines for help, developing clever robots that use AI to examine and classify plankton, the pivotal organisms at the base of our oceanic food chain. That kind of work will be critical as Earth’s oceans continue to transform, potentially throwing ecosystems in chaos.Take IBM’s ocean-going microscopes—which, conveniently, leverage the same technology sitting in your pocket right now. Two LEDs sit a few inches above the same kind of image sensor you’d find in a smartphone. When plankton pass over the sensor, they cast two shadows. “So by taking two pictures, one with each LED, you can get the 3-D position of all the plankton in a drop of water on the image sensor,” says Tom Zimmerman, a researcher at IBM.So you’ve got an image of some plankton, which could be one of two types: zooplankton are animals like fish larvae, and phytoplankton are marine algae. The old way of identifying them—there are over 4,000 species of phytoplankton alone—used to be to sort through it with the eyeballs of a human expert. But now researchers have artificial intelligence: IBM is working to integrate AI into the system to automatically quantify and identify the specks. The idea is to create a floating instrument that dangles hoses of different lengths so it can sample plankton concentrates at different depths. A network of these microscopes could then alert scientists to anomalies as they unfold in real time.Take, for example, the misadventures of a zooplankton called a copepod. It eats algae, which can contain a toxin that gets it drunk. “Now, you think that would be fun for the copepods, but it isn’t, because usually copepods dart around in random directions which helps them avoid being eaten by their predators,” says Zimmerman. “But when they get drunk they go straight and fast, which makes it really easy for them to get picked off by their predators.” Over at MIT, researchers have developed a hypnotic fish robot for studying coral reefs. This mermaid robot, on the other hand, isn’t quite so elegant. Still useful, though. Here’s more on MBARI’s extensive drone program.last_img read more

A reason to cry over spilt milk

first_imgDairy farmers are currently facing production shortages and will likely run into supply issues in the coming months.  Consequently, some dairy processors are already paying commercial farmers 60 cents more per litre on average for milk to ensure consistent supply in winter. Poor pasture conditions due to the drought and the sharply higher grain prices have squeezed margins at farm level and the increase should help improve the situation. The price is expected to further increase in May and will hike operating costs for the entire milk value chain, leaving retailers with no choice but to increase the price that consumers pay for milk and dairy products.  Paul Makube, Senior Agricultural Economist at FNB, says the price of milk is determined by demand and supply from the market. However, because dairy farmers are price takers, they do not set the market price. Instead, when there are supply issues, milk processors often increase the price paid to dairy farmers to guarantee supply as they cater for the domestic and export markets.  “The challenge we are currently facing is that most dairy farmers are still recovering from the impact of the drought and will not be able to produce enough milk in the short-term,” explains Makube.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more