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College student moves Bombay HC to abort foetus cites fragile mental health

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first_imgMumbai: The Bombay High Court Wednesday directed the dean of JJ Group of Hospitals here to constitute a panel of doctors to assess the mental health condition of a 20-year-old college student, who has approached the court seeking to terminate her pregnancy.The petitioner is in 23rd week of pregnancy, which is a result of a “consensual” relationship. She approached the high court saying though the foetus has no known abnormalities and the pregnancy doesn’t pose a threat to her physical well being, carrying the pregnancy to its full term will be detrimental to her mental health. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In her petition, filed through advocate Neha Philip, the woman submitted opinions of some private medical practitioners affirming she suffered from some mental health problems and that her mental condition was “fragile”. The petitioner claimed she was also incapable of having given a coherent consent to such a relationship. The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act prohibits termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks. The Act permits abortion after consultation with one doctor up to 12 weeks. Between 12 to 20 weeks, medical opinion of two doctors is required for termination of pregnancy. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KBeyond the 20-week, exceptions are legally permissible only if continuation of the pregnancy poses a threat to the mother’s health and life. However, in the recent past, the Supreme Court and several high courts, including several benches of the Bombay High Court, have taken an expansive view of the definition of health and risks to the life of the woman as defined under the Act. These courts have permitted termination of a pregnancy if it were likely to have an adverse effect on the woman.last_img read more

Battle over sex ed curriculum is heating up again

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With just a few days to go before the first day of school, the battle over the new sex ed curriculum is heating up again. Protest were held outside Liberal MPP Offices across the province today. The protests were organized by Campaign for Life Coaliton, which opposes the changes – the first in 17 years – made to the sex ed curriculum.The Peel District School Board director told parents the board won’t tolerate requests for students to be exempt from learning about sexual orientation or gender identity, saying parents can only remove their children from the sex-ed portion for religious reasons.

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Ford recalls Escape and Maverick models over gas pedal concerns

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ford recalls Escape and Maverick models over gas pedal concerns by News Staff Posted Jul 26, 2012 4:58 pm MDT 2001-2004|escape|Ford|mavericks|recall Ford is recalling close to 485,000 Escape and Maverick models to fix sticking gas pedals which can result in crashes. The worldwide recall affects the 2001 through 2004 model years, powered by three-litre V6 engines with cruise control. The news comes just over a week after U.S. safety regulators began investigating the SUVs – called Mavericks in Europe. Sixty-eight complaints have been filed so far, including 13 crashes, nine injuries and one death. Out of the 485,000 vehicles, 421,000 Escapes are in the U.S. The rest are in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia and some other smaller markets. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

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Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (down 25.54 points to 15,838.63):Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 45 cents, or 10.02 per cent, to $4.04 on 8.7 million shares.Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG). Oil and gas. Up $1.17, or 7.76 per cent, to $16.24 on 8.2 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Down 87 cents, or 5.48 per cent, to $15.00 on 7.4 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up three cents, or 1.2 per cent, to $2.53 on 6.9 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Down eight cents, or 0.32 per cent, to $24.83 on 6 million shares.Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. (TSX:NDM). Miner. Down one cent, or 0.34 per cent, to $2.97 on 5.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Wireless communications. Up 17 cents, or 1.77 per cent, to $9.79 on 815,134 shares. The company says it has met all of its obligations to employees who allege in a proposed class-action lawsuit that they lost severance entitlements after being transferred to another employer. In a statement of claim on behalf of more than 300 former BlackBerry employees, an Ottawa law firm says BlackBerry has stated the transfer was “not a sale of business,” meaning the employees will lose all of their years of service entitlements without any compensation. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 17, 2017 3:16 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

Lori Walker still humble after 200 wins

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Women’s soccer coach Lori Walker, who is in her 18th season with the Buckeyes, picked up her 200th OSU win Sept. 12 against Indiana. Walker is winningest coach in program history.Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsIn her 18th season with the Ohio State women’s soccer team, coach Lori Walker joked that her hip hurts. Through 366 games with the Buckeyes, she’s stood for nearly 23 days, a price she’s had to pay for 200 wins.“It’s humbling,” Walker said. “When you hit a milestone like that, you stop and you reflect and you think about all the people who have helped you along the way.”Following the Buckeyes 2-1 overtime win against Indiana last Friday, Walker reached the 200-win plateau and continued her ascendance as OSU’s winningest coach in program history.Former Buckeye assistant coach Greg Miller discussed Walker’s humility as one of many reasons for her success.Miller, who became the University of Pittsburgh women’s soccer coach in 2012, said hiring coaches with different backgrounds and ideas has been a staple in Walker’s regime.“Over the years (Walker’s) done a great job of surrounding herself with people that offset some of the things that maybe she’s not so strong in,” Miller said. “She’s always been very smart about that.”Walker hasn’t shown too many weaknesses en route to a 200-135-31 record with the Buckeyes. Through the past 17 years, she has guided OSU to nine NCAA tournament appearances, having clinched a postseason berth in each of the past five seasons.Despite her years of experience, she still frequents coaching seminars where she works to stay up-to-date with the game’s latest trends and technologies.Requiring her team to wear heart-rate monitors is Walker’s latest scheme. The technology allows the coaching staff to gauge players’ work rates and recovery times, assistant coach Nick Flohre said.Walker also works to see the game from different viewpoints, a process that began when she was a 24-year-old coach at the University of Kansas.“I recognized if I wanted to stay in this profession and be a lifer then I really had to study the game,” she said.When studying the game became dull, Walker said she turned to work as a television analyst for Olympic and FIFA Women’s World Cup matches to rekindle her interest.“I got to a point where I was a little bored and stagnant in my coaching,” Walker said. “Broadcast was a wonderful way for me to study the game at a different level.”But while she works to incorporate new methods to her coaching, she has remained grounded in one of her core coaching principles.“She doesn’t sugarcoat anything,” junior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker said. “She wants everyone to be the best they can possibly be, so she demands a lot out of us and keeps the standard really high.”Walker’s connection with her players might be best explained through a story Miller recounted from his time with the Buckeyes.In a team meeting during the 2010 season, Walker confided to her team that they were going to the College Cup. Walker’s players countered her claim with a dumbfounded response, only to be surprised when their coach’s assertion proved correct.The College Cup, which is the equivalent of the NCAA tournament in basketball also includes 64 teams.Walker’s confidence in her program has not waned since then, and according to her players, neither has her expectation of success.Justification for the high standards expected from OSU can be found in Walker’s many accomplishments. She was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2010 and has helped OSU to three Big Ten championships.Given Walker’s success, there’s no room for uncertainty on her teams.“We don’t have time for doubt in college sports,” Walker said. “(Players) only get 3 1/2 (years) to be excellent and (coaches) have to try to get them there as fast as we can.”Before coaching, Walker made the most of her time at the University of North Carolina as a goalkeeper on four national championship teams.Immediately following her playing career, Walker began developing her relentless approach to coaching.Walker spent two years as the first women’s soccer coach at the University of Kansas and three seasons as an assistant under former U.S. Women’s National Team coach April Heinrichs at the University of Maryland.“That was a critical time to my development,” Walker said of her time with the Terrapins. “(Heinrichs) was a great mentor for me.”Both stops presented different challenges. With the Jayhawks, Walker was a young coach in a brand new program. Prior to that, at Maryland, Walker was responsible for coaching a 21-year-old goalkeeper, as a 21-year-old assistant coach.As she ages, Walker said she now must work harder to keep personal relationships with her players. The key is listening, she said.Walker is the first to respond to players with personal issues, Flohre said.“Off the field, she truly cares about us as people and our development as women,” McVicker said. “She genuinely cares about us.”Walker’s love for the job doesn’t seem to be slowing. While reflecting on her milestone, she digressed to ponder the idea of her 300th win.That mark may be down the road, but if that day comes, Walker will probably still be on her feet for it.Correction: Sept. 18, 2014An earlier version of this article stated Jillian McVicker said Lori Walker is the first to respond to personal issues, when in fact, Nick Flohre said that. read more

Is South Melbourne FC in trouble

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first_imgA prominent Melbourne businessman is taking South Melbourne FC to court over a loan secured in 2004. It is alleged the terms of the loan included time limits and a debenture charge over the assets of the club, and they have since been breached. The money, he claims, is in excess of two-hundred thousand dollars. Although negotiations for repayment had started several years ago, they have since soured and there is current legal action afoot. The club has been a flag bearer for Hellenism in Melbourne and Australia in general and now finds itself on the brink of receivership, should the court action prove successful. Further, it is understood that the club entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the State Government of Victoria in 2009 where the club received payments in excess of $25,000 per month. This MOU facilitated the creation of a lease, ensuring the long term tenure at Lakeside Oval. To this date, it is understood, that this lease has not been executed by all sides. All of which the club categorically denies. Leo Athanasakis, the club’s president, assures that the club is in no economic strife. “The Club is in a sound financial position and will publish its financial accounts prior to the end of the year in accordance with its long standing practice,” he said. “The club has no debt other than this liability now to him. The club owes nothing to players, owes nothing to other creditors.” In fact, he says, the club will be “declaring a profit of close to $150,000”. The president explains the delay is normal, with most sporting clubs waiting six months for the government’s approval. “The Lease has now been signed six months ago and it’s currently within parliament as the process dictates with other leases that involve crown land. It happens with bowling clubs, tennis clubs or any other club that signs a lease with the government, they go through the same process and they all take about six months before they come back.” “So it has been signed by South Melbourne and the government and they go through parliamentary process, red tape in other words,” he says. The club will also be seeking legal advice over what he calls “riddled and misleading” article published in Ta Nea. The article only uses unnamed callers to back up its claims the club is in financial turmoil and blames the club of unfairly raising the cost of subscription for juniors to $3,500. The subscription, the president says, is not for juniors, but is a highly intensive training regiment for 14-21 year-olds. The program has already sold out, offers 5 days training a week and has full time staff outside of the normal teams. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Dossier médical personnel une bonne idée pour les Français

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first_imgDossier médical personnel : une bonne idée pour les FrançaisD’après un récent sondage sur le sujet, les Français seraient plutôt favorables au Dossier médical personnel, autrement appelé DMP.D’après un sondage mené par Viavoice pour le Groupe Pasteur Mutualité, les Français seraient 74% à être “plutôt favorables” au Dossier médical personnel. Le DMP est un dossier informatique mis en place pour chaque individu, et qui peut être consulté avec l’accord du patient par l’ensemble du corps médical afin de faciliter la coordination des soins, explique l’AFP. Le sondage révèle également que deux Français sur dix n’y sont pas favorables.L’adhésion ou pas au DMP dépend de l’âge des personnes interrogées. Ainsi, ce sont les plus de 65 ans qui sont le moins favorables au DMP tandis que les 35/49 ans et 50/64 ans sont les tranches de la population qui adhèrent le plus au système. Le lieu d’habitation semble également jouer sur la considération accordée au DMP puisque les habitants des grandes villes semblent davantage apprécier le dispositif que les individus habitant en zone rurale. Le Dossier médical personnalisé devrait être officiellement lancé en janvier 2011. Pour autant, plusieurs dossiers ont d’ores et déjà été créés.Le 22 décembre 2010 à 10:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Football frapper trop souvent le ballon avec la tête pourrait conduire à

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first_imgFootball : frapper trop souvent le ballon avec la tête pourrait conduire à des dommages cérébrauxSelon des chercheurs américains, les footballeurs qui tapent trop souvent dans le ballon avec la tête exposent leur cerveau à de sérieux risques, pouvant conduire à des problèmes de mémoire, d’attention voire même de vue.   Si l’on savait déjà que certaines sports violents tels que la boxe pouvait gravement endommager le cerveau, c’est aujourd’hui au football que s’attaquent des chercheurs américains. Plus précisément, ceux-ci dénoncent les risques d’un geste régulièrement effectué par les joueurs : taper dans le ballon avec la tête. Ils expliquent en effet avoir trouvé des “preuves concluantes” de changements cérébraux provoqués par des ‘têtes’ trop souvent répétées. Selon eux, ceux qui taperaient ainsi dans le ballon plus de 1.000 fois par an, soit 20 fois par match, pour ceux qui jouent régulièrement, s’exposeraient à un sérieux danger. Pour trouver de telles preuves, les scientifiques du Albert Einstein College of Medicine de New York ont réalisé un scanner du cerveau de 32 footballeurs amateurs dont l’âge moyen avoisinait les 31 ans et qui jouaient régulièrement depuis leur enfance. Ils leur ont également demandé à quelle fréquence ils tapaient dans le ballon avec leur tête avant de les classer en fonction de ce paramètre. Ainsi, ils se sont aperçus que ceux qui faisaient le plus de ‘têtes’ présentaient davantage de cellules nerveuses endommagées dans leur substance blanche. Grâce au scanner cérébral, ils ont également pu évaluer la quantité de molécules d’eau qui se déplaçait le long des axones des cellules et en déduire un score appelé “anisotropie fractionnel” (FA). Des études précédentes ont montré un lien entre un FA faible et des problèmes cérébraux chez des patients victimes de blessures traumatiques au cerveau. Or, “entre les deux groupes, il existait des différences significatives de FA dans cinq régions cérébrales dans le lobe frontal et dans la région temporooccipitale. Les joueurs qui tapaient le plus fréquemment avec la tête avaient des FA significativement plus basses dans ces zones cérébrales”, explique le Dr Michael Lipton qui a participé à l’étude. Une dégénérescence progressive des cellules nerveuses ?  À lire aussiCerveau, Alzheimer et nucléaire, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 26 aoûtLes cinq régions identifiées interviennent dans les processus d’attention, de mémoire, de fonctionnement mais aussi dans les fonctions visuelles. Toutefois, le Dr Lipton précise que taper dans le ballon avec la tête n’est pas suffisant pour “lacérer les fibres nerveuses du cerveau”. C’est la répétition de ce geste qui “peut déclencher une cascade de réponse qui conduit à une dégénérescence des cellules nerveuses”. “Ce que nous avons montré ici ce sont des preuves concluantes que des changements cérébraux qui ressemblent à des blessures cérébrales traumatiques interviennent chez ceux qui frappent très régulièrement le ballon avec la tête”, résume Le Dr Lipton, cité par le Telegraph. Alors que le football est le sport le plus populaire au monde, ces résultats doivent être pris en considération, soulignent les chercheurs. La totalité de l’étude sera présentée aujourd’hui à la Radiological Society of North America. Le 29 novembre 2011 à 17:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Vigienature quand la science invite le public à observer la biodiversité

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first_imgVigie-nature : quand la science invite le public à observer la biodiversitéFondé par le Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (MNHN), Vigie-nature est un programme qui vise à étudier la biodiversité et ces changements en faisant appel au grand public. Amateurs de nature ou curieux, nous sommes tous invités à ouvrir l’oeil sur le monde qui nous entoure afin d’aider les scientifiques dans leurs recherches. Alors que le printemps a commencé à pointer le bout de son nez, les envies de promenade en forêt ou d’après-midi au jardin refont également leur apparition. Et pourquoi ne pas rendre ces moments au contact de la nature si agréables scientifiquement utiles ? C’est ce que propose le programme baptisé Vigie-Nature qu’a fondé il y a de cela plusieurs années le Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle de Paris. Animé par des associations, celui-ci repose sur le concept des sciences participatives. Autrement dit, il fait appel à tous les curieux de la nature, du débutant au plus expérimenté pour venir en aide aux scientifiques. Le but : observer le monde qui nous entoure afin de fournir le plus de données possibles aux spécialistes, selon des protocoles simples mais rigoureux.Au départ, Vigie-Nature ne reposait que sur le Suivi Temporel des Oiseaux Communs (STOC) créé en 1989. Toutefois, le programme s’est considérablement élargi depuis et inclut désormais également d’autres observatoires qui s’intéressent aussi bien aux papillons qu’aux plantes qui poussent dans nos rues. “La biodiversité subit de plus en plus de pressions multiples à différentes échelles. Comment la biodiversité réagit-elle à ses changements locaux ? C’est la question à laquelle nous voulons répondre et pour cela, nous avons besoin d’un très grand nombre de données. C’est le but de la science participative : que les chercheurs disposent de bien plus de données que s’ils étaient seuls”, explique Thomas Grenon, directeur général du MNHN. “Ce programme présente plusieurs originalités et notamment celle de recueillir les observations du grand public tout en ayant une véritable ambition scientifique”, ajoute Romain Julliard, directeur scientifique de Vigie-Nature. Et quant au sujet et aux lieux de leurs observations, les curieux n’ont que l’embarras du choix. Jardins, forêt ou rues de sa ville : il y en a pour tous les goûts grâce aux cinq observatoires désormais alliés à Vigie-Nature. Vous êtes plutôt oiseau ou papillon des jardins ? Tout juste créé cette année, l’Observatoire des Oiseaux des Jardins propose comme son nom l’indique de s’intéresser à 52 espèces de volatiles (et 5 vertébrés), d’apprendre à les identifier et surtout de les compter. En collaboration avec la Ligue de protection des oiseaux (LPO), cet observatoire cherche ainsi à en apprendre davantage sur ces espèces et de comprendre quand et pourquoi les oiseaux volent jusque dans les jardins. Grâce aux données, les spécialistes espèrent également déterminer les effets des changements climatiques, de l’urbanisation ou encore de l’agriculture sur chaque espèce. Pour réaliser les fameuses observations, un site a été mis en ligne : (ouverture le 1er avril). Les curieux peuvent y trouver toutes les informations pour réaliser les fameuses observations : des fiches sur chaque espèce, des photos, des vignettes pour le comptage, etc.Toujours du côté des jardins, mais pour ceux qui préfèrent scruter les papillons et escargots que les oiseaux, existe l’observatoire de la Biodiversité des Jardins créé en 2006. Animé par Noé Conservation, celui-ci propose de reconnecter les citoyens à la nature en leur faisant découvrir la faune de leur jardin. Pour cela, ils sont invités à compter entre mars et octobre pas moins de 28 espèces et groupes de papillons et 31 d’escargots et de limaces. “Depuis 2006, plus de 10.000 jardins ont été suivis au moins une fois et plus d’un million de papillons ont été comptés. Cela a permis de constater que 5 espèces étaient stables, qu’une était en recrudescence mais que 22 étaient en déclin. On a noté un déclin général de 40% mais les tendances restent à confirmer avec les prochaines observations”, précise Benoit Fontaine du MNHN.Des promenades en forêt utiles à la scienceMais le programme Vigie-Nature n’oublie pas non plus les grands amateurs de promenade en forêt avec “50.000 observations pour la forêt” tout juste créé cette année. “Aujourd’hui, on observe deux phénomènes majeurs : une artificialisation de plus en plus présente et une fragmentation qui progresse dans les milieux boisés. Quel impact ceux-ci ont-ils sur la biodiversité des milieux boisés ? C’est ce que nous cherchons à savoir. Nous connaissons déjà les bonnes conditions nécessaires à ce genre de milieu. Mais ce que nous ignorons, c’est la relation qui existe entre le présence des espèces et la fragmentation. C’est pour cela que nous avons besoin des promeneurs”, commente Grégoire Loïs, directeur adjoint de Vigie-Nature. En collaboration avec Natureparif et Noé Conservation, l’observatoire propose donc de s’intéresser à 24 animaux particuliers divisés en quatre groupes, les vertébrés, les coléoptères, les gastéropodes et les papillons de jour. Des espèces choisies en fonction de leurs caractéristiques, plus ou moins commune et plus ou moins précoce. Les observations doivent ainsi se faire dans des lieux bien identifiés entre mars et novembre. Il suffit ensuite de saisir les données sur le site Objectif de cette année : obtenir 50.000 observations.De la flore à étudier aussi dans les rues À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Quant à ceux qui n’ont pas vraiment le temps de se balader en forêt ou d’arpenter les jardins, ils ne sont pas non plus laisser pour compte et peuvent aussi partir explorer la nature… dans les rues de leur ville. Lancé l’an dernier, l’observatoire Sauvages de ma rue propose en effet aux volontaires d’identifier la flore que l’on peut rencontrer dans les villes, villages, au détour d’une rue, au pied d’un arbre voire entre les pavés à travers toute la France. “La flore des rues est très peu étudiée. Aujourd’hui, on connait les espèces mais on en sait très peu sur leur dynamique alors que ces plantes recouvrent près de 10 stades de France dans l’Hexagone”, note Nathalie Machon du MNHN. Alors que plus de 330 trottoirs ont été suivis l’an dernier et que 119 des 125 espèces ont été identifiées, l’observatoire veut recruter davantage de volontaires qui pour tout savoir peuvent se rendre sur le site Enfin, existe également un autre observatoire, celui-ci un peu plus particulier : le SPIPOLL qui ravira tous les amateurs de photographie. Créé en 2010, celui-ci propose de partir à la découverte des insectes pollinisateurs armé d’un appareil. Le principe est simple. L’observateur choisit une fleur et photographie tous les insectes qui se posent dessus. Ensuite, il poste sa collection sur le site et le tour est joué. “Aujourd’hui, nous comptons 5.439 collections, 43.236 photos, 840 observateurs et 463 taxons observés sur les 600 possibles. Cela nous permet d’en savoir chaque jour un peu plus l’écologie de la pollinisation en France”, précise Romain Juillard. Alors si toutes ces observations vont fournir des données précieuses aux spécialistes, le but scientifique n’est pas non plus le seul. “Vigie-Nature est aussi un outil de sensibilisation du public qui amène les observateurs à changer leur regard sur la nature et sur la biodiversité. Ceci peut créer des vocations mais aussi et surtout modifier le comportement que nous avons vis-à-vis de ce qui nous entoure. C’est de cette manière que nous arriverons à une meilleure gestion et donc à une protection des écosystèmes”, conclut Thomas Grenon.Le 25 mars 2012 à 11:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Maker Media and Barnes Noble Team Up for InStore Events

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first_img The in-store events are like experiential event marketing for an event. Barnes & Noble, after all, is Maker Media’s top seller of Make:. More than 10,000 copies of each bimonthly issue are sold at the retailer. And Maker Media put on more than 130 larger-format Maker Faires around the world in 2014, says the company. Yet some smaller niche brands have been immune to broader industry problems. And Maker Media isn’t necessarily focused on the newsstand aspect, anyway. The chain-wide rollout will expose its brands to a much wider audience, says Maker Media CEO Gregg Brockway. “We’re interested in introducing more people to making and the Maker Faire and it’s good for us to get in front of a broader audience and it’s good for Barnes & Noble because they want to experiment with more in-store activities.” Make:, which counts about 200,000 total readers per issue, is planning Mini Maker Faires in Barnes & Noble stores across the country in early November.  “The marketing efforts are very holistic, straddling local and national engagement with driving support from the corporate Barnes & Noble team, including Stephanie Fryling, VP Newsstand and Kathleen Campisano, VP of Toy and Game,” she says. “We’re activating the program at the local level to reflect the needs and wants of those communities, but also promoting the event through our national network of Makers, Maker Faires and our digital properties.”  Magazine single copy sales may be tanking, but at least one publisher is going to great lengths to market its brands at retail. Maker Media, publisher of the DIY tech magazine Make:, is partnering with Barnes & Noble to bring small-scale versions of its Maker Faires into the stores. The program will launch across all 650 retail stores, with marketing support from both companies, says a Maker Media spokesperson. The partnership is interesting because it’s happening during a particularly grim period in newsstand sales. For the first-half of 2015, sales efficiencies hit an all-time low of 26.8 percent and retail sales shrank another 14 percent, compared to the same period last year. Over three days, customers can participate in robotics and 3D printing projects, for example, and hear from prominent makers from their communities.  Barnes & Noble reported a $34.9 million loss for the quarter, its stock closed down almost 30 percent on Wednesday, fueling doom-and-gloom scenarios for brick-and-mortar booksellers. But programs like this one could bring more traffic into the store, and Maker Media will be selling its branded starter kits at the events as well—closing the promotional loop on all three of the company’s brand platforms: media, events and commerce.last_img read more

Sony challenges Samsung for 8K crown with 70000 98inch TV

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first_img 4K LCD $650 4K FALD LCD Tags 55-inch Now Share your voice The FALD on the chart above refers to full-array local dimming LCD backlights, the most effective image quality improvement for LCD TVs. The 8K versions bring back Sony’s Backlight Master Drive technology, which utilizes “ultra-dense LED modules that are independently controlled” and can “intelligently boost the brightness in the areas where it needs to be boosted.”  The 8K LCDs and the higher-end 4K OLED TVs, the A9G series, are part of Sony’s so-called Master Series. They feature Sony’s Picture Processor X1 Ultimate processing, its best yet. Sony says the 8K version “has a unique algorithm specially developed for 8K that can intelligently detect and analyze each object in the picture, resulting in exceptional detail and contrast for a more realistic picture that represents the creators’ intent.” That sounds a bit like the AI processing Samsung uses. XBR-43X800G 49-inch XBR-98Z9G Now XBR-55A9G Now Now 75-inch XBR-55X950G XBR-65X950G June $3,500 $70,000 Technology May June XBR-55X800G Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors TVs 65-inch 55-inch $1,200 $13,000 LG Samsung Sony Apple 4K OLED XBR-55A8G $8,000 XBR-85X950G 8K FALD LCD 4K OLED XBR-77A9G $3,500 55-inch 4K OLED 4K OLED 4K LCD XBR-75X800G Sony’s Master Series 8K Z9G comes in 85- and 98-inch sizes. They’re big. I’m 6′ 3″. Sony The 2019 8K TV battle lines have been drawn, and both heavyweight contenders have thrown down the platinum-plated gauntlet. In one corner is Samsung, the champion by dint have having introduced the first 8K TV to the US, the $15,000 85-inch Q900. Now its other new models are out, including a 98-inch version that costs — wait for it — $70,000.In the other corner is the challenger, scrappy upstart Sony. It introduced its own 85-inch and 98-inch 8K TVs at CES earlier this year but waited till now to reveal: $13,000 and, yes, $70,000 respectively. That’s a $2,000 savings over Samsung’s 85-inch TV. On the other hand Sony isn’t selling any smaller, cheaper 8K TVs this year, while Samsung goes all the way down to 65 inches for $5,000. 85-inch XBR-65A8G late April $5,000 $3,500 Now Model XBR-85Z9G 98-inch June 1:49 May News • The best Apple HomeKit devices of 2019 $2,200 $900 4K LCD XBR-85X850G $1,400 XBR-65X800G 4K OLED 85-inch 4K LCD May • $4,500 Price May 37 Photos Preview • Apple’s slow-moving HomeKit is a smart-home slacker 55-inch 65-inch 4K LCD Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Now The new 8K sets also have full-spec HDMI 2.1 inputs complete with 48Gbps capability, which means they’re compatible with higher frame rates and resolutions that could come down the pike soon, like 4K at 120 frames per second or 8K at 60fps. All 2019 Sony TVs support enhanced audio return channel (eARC) — with the exception of the A8G. Support for the other two major HDMI 2.1 features — variable refresh rate (VRR) and automatic low latency mode (ALLM, or auto game mode) — isn’t final yet. A Sony representative says that once the HDMI 2.1 evaluation period is over, the company will be able to provide more information.01-sony-master-series-z9g-85-inch98 inches is, like, really big. Sarah Tew/CNET Sony also revamped the sound quality, using four front-facing speakers to position the sound so it seems to emanate from the screen. Unlike Sony’s OLED TVs, however, the screen itself doesn’t produce the sound — instead there’s an array of drivers surrounding the screen (on the 8K LCDs) and positioned toward the top of the screen on the back (on the 4K LCDs).  Here’s a few more details on Sony’s 2019 4K TVs. 01-sony-master-series-a9g-65-inchSony’s new A9G OLED TV. Sarah Tew/CNET A9G Master Series OLED TV: Sony’s highest-end OLED TVs for 2019 are really similar to the 2018 version, the Master Series A9F, except that now it offers a 77-inch option in addition to 55- and 65-inch sizes. The main different is in design; the A9G has a more standard ultraslim look, without the large “kickstand” lean-back design of the A9F. Sony’s OLED TV screens are actually big speakers, and the version on the A9G (“Acoustic Surface+”) supposedly offers better sound. 07-sony-master-series-a9g-77-inchThe A9G is OLED-typical slim from the side. Sarah Tew/CNET A8G series OLED TV: Sony’s step-down 2019 OLED sets, the A8G series lacks the fancy processing of the Master Series and have just the standard Acoustic Surface screens. The series comes in 55- and 65-inch sizes. X950G series 4K LCD TV: Available in 55-, 65-, 75- and 85-inch sizes, these sets look similar on paper to the X900F we reviewed in 2018, complete with full-array local dimming and Dolby Vision. It gets a couple new features however, including improved sound (“Acoustic Multi-Audio”, said to improve sound positioning) and a far-field mic for Google Assistant.  Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support: Similar to LG’s and Vizio’s, Sony’s 2019 TVs will work with Apple AirPlay 2 and Homekit via a software update coming this summer. That means iPhone, iPad and Mac computers can be used to control TV show and movie playback on the big screen, whether from iTunes movies and TV shows or other compatible apps. Photos can also be shown on the TV screen, and it can mirror a phone or computer screen to show web pages for example. The TV can be part of a multiroom audio setup, and controls for the set itself can appear on the phone screen.  With HomeKit, “these TVs can be added to the Home app and included in scenes or automations with other HomeKit accessories” according to Sony’s press release. “For example, users can create a ‘Movie Night’ scene in the Home app to easily turn on their TV and dim the lights, and simply ask Siri to launch the scene.” I expect to review the first 2019 Sony TVs later this spring. Stay tuned. Update April 29, 2019: Adjusted price on Samsung’s 98-inch 8K TV from $100,000 to $70,000. Samsung’s web site currently still shows the $100,000 price, but a Samsung representative told CNET: “The $99,999 price was our introduction/launch price and since launch it was planned to move to the lower price in April.” Clarified support for HDMI 2.1 features. Sony 2019 TVs 65-inch Now 8K FALD LCD XBR-49X800G reading • Sony challenges Samsung for 8K crown with $70,000 98-inch TV 4K FALD LCD Now $2,000 Available See All Apple HomeKit 85-inch 65-inch Now Now playing: Watch this: XBR-75X950G 4 4K LCD Sony’s 2019 8K, 4K and OLED TVs go against Samsung and LG 75-inch $3,500 Apple 4K FALD LCD The first Sony 8K TVs are really, really big at CES 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? XBR-65A9G Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 4K FALD LCD 43-inch $750 77-inch Comments Size $2,500 Here’s where I remind you that only folks with money to burn should buy any 8K TV. They’re (duh) too expensive, there’s no 8K content and, like all first-generation technology, they’re destined to be replaced by cheaper, better versions next year.  Sony also announced pricing for the rest of its 2019 TVs. Here’s the full lineup: last_img read more

Budget allocation to BCs inadequate Krishnaiah

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first_imgMusheerabad: BC Association President R Krishnaiah expressed his concern over meagre allocation in the central Budget introduced in the Parliament on Friday. He termed the allocation of Rs 1,050 crore for 70 crore BCs as meagre and demanded at least Rs 1 lakh crore for BC welfare. Krishnaiah said that not even a single scheme was announced for the educational, employment, financial and political development of the BCs. He said that Kasturirangan Commission has recommended the establishment of 8,000 BC hostels and to provide free education, but the budget did not allocate funds to support the initiative, he said. He also expressed his displeasure for not providing any details on employment generation in government departments, public sector companies and railways. He demanded the government to introduce BC sub-plan with Rs 50 crore funds for providing employment opportunities to BCs.last_img read more

Kurdish Independence 800000 bpd of crude needed to oil statecraft

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first_imgA boy, who fled from the violence in Mosul, stands near tents in a camp for internally displaced people on the outskirts of Arbil in Iraq’s Kurdistan region.Reuters FileThe business of America is business, after all. Former CIA director and US General, David Petraeus, just burnished that American credential when he said the Kurdish people can have their independent country when they start producing 800,000 barrels of crude oil per day.American statecraft has always been burdened with accusations, mostly true, of treating political destinies of peoples with an eye on the pie.Rudyard Kipling’s 1889 poem ‘The White Man’s Burden’ illustrated the imperialist worldview that saw colonies as a burden and a drain on resources. Colonies have ceased to exist but America’s business of statecraft has thrived.Kurdistan is a state in the birth throes. Almost 30 million Kurds in countries such as Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran hope to be a nation one day. That’s obviously a far cry, but the Kurds in Iraq, who make up 20 percent of the country’s population, are so close to that goal.But it’s just that they don’t produce enough oil — at least not enough to matter in the grand scheme of American statecraft.”We calculated at one point – the CIA – that they needed to export about 800,000 barrels of oil at US$105 per barrel. They are only producing 800,000 barrels on a really good day and exporting a subset of that now in the forties per barrel. So, they still need some of what they get from Baghdad,” Petraeus said.Kurds don’t have an official homeland and the land they inhabit doesn’t produce enough oil. That’s too bad. Er, they do produce 800,000 barrels a day but they have to export all of that to be eligible to statehood. Yet the General concedes the Kurds have a right to independence.”I think, ultimately, they probably do have a right to an independent state and an independent people, but again they’re going to have to get a good deal,” the general said, Bas News reported.On a serious note, yes, Kurds are seriously in trouble. The oil-rich city of Kirkurk, which the Kurds call their Jerusalem, has almost three percent of the world’s proven oil reserves. And this city, from where they were systematically pushed back over decades, doesn’t come under the purview of the proposed independence referendum.The independence vote will take place in the regions of Erbil, Dohok and Suleimaniah, which make up the autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).Yes, the question of Kirkurk is complicated, with so many other ethnic groups laying claims to it. It’s also a fact that the KRG now depends a lot on the central Iraqi government for the funds to govern the region. The referendum on September 25 will almost certainly return a yes vote but that doesn’t make the creation of an independent Kurdistan a certainty. For Iran and Turkey, who the KRG depends on in the oil trade, also vehemently oppose the statehood. Tehran and Ankara have plenty of reasons to worry about as they have large Kurdish minorities.The General hasn’t explained the math — how the export of 800,000 barrels per day will strengthen the Kurdish hand in this context. Maybe the Americans will qualify that statement and offer a closer glimpse into how statecraft works.Like, of course, the way the Calvin Coolidge phrase — the business of America is business — got airbrushed later on. Interpreters argued that the 30th president was misquoted on this. The actual quote, according to them, was: “The chief business of the American people is business.”last_img read more

Pope meets orphans at Mother Teresa House

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first_imgPope Francis leaves after meeting with sick people and staff of the Mother Teresa House in the Dhaka`s Tejgaon neighborhood, Bangladesh, 2 December, 2017. Photo: ReutersPope Francis visited a home in Dhaka founded by Mother Teresa for orphans, unwed mothers and destitute elderly on Saturday as he wrapped up his trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh.The pope, who leaves for Rome later on Saturday, was surrounded by children and nuns wearing the traditional blue-and-white habit of the woman who died in 1997 and became a saint in 2016.Mother Teresa, who started the Missionaries of Charity to serve “the poorest of the poor,” opened the home in the early 1970s to look after Bangalee women who became pregnant as a result of rape by Pakistani soldiers during the war of independence.Today the home, in one of the world’s poorest cities, looks after orphaned and abandoned children, unwed mothers and sick elderly people.Francis, who has made outreach to the poor and other people on the margins of society a priority, visited some of the bed-ridden sick.He later made an impromptu address to nuns and priests during which he praised Bangladesh, a predominantly Muslim country where Catholics make up less than one percent of its around 169 million people, for having what he called some of the best inter-religious relations in the world.Francis said he was very pleased by an inter-religious meeting on Friday night, where he held an emotional encounter with Muslim Rohingyas from Myanmar and then used the word Rohingya for the first time on his current trip, saying they had God within them and should be respected.Previously, in Myanmar, he followed the advice of Myanmar Church officials who said his use of the word could prompt a backlash against Christians and hurt Myanmar’s fragile path to democracy.That had disappointed rights groups such as Amnesty International.Predominantly Buddhist Myanmar does not recognise the stateless Rohingya as an ethnic group with its own identity.At the Saturday morning meeting at the home founded by Mother Teresa, the pope urged the priests and nuns who live in communities to avoid gossip, calling it a form of “terrorism,” a comparison he has made often in the past while visiting religious communities.His last event in Bangladesh will be a meeting with young people at a college founded by Catholic priests after the war of independence in the early 1970s left the new country with a dearth of places of higher education.last_img

Founding Member of Celebrated GoGo Band Rare Essence Remembered

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first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comAbout 2 a.m. on April 20, Rory Felton, better known as “DC”, founding member of the famed go-go band Rare Essence, was found dead of stab wounds in an apartment in Southwest, Washington, D.C.The Washington Post reported Felton, 57, was discovered in the Bellevue neighborhood with at least two stab wounds.  An adored member of the music community, the details of what happened to Felton remain unclear and police have not disclosed any suspect or motive.Rory Felton was found stabbed to death. Police have no suspects. (Courtesy photo)“Everyone that knew him knows what a great guy he was and how much he loved being a part of the DMV music community,” said Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson, a fellow founding member of Rare Essence.While his physical presence is gone, Felton’s family and friends continue to remember the member of the legendary go-go group, whose saxophone sounds helped set the tone for some of the band’s most classic sounds, like “Take A Little Ride Through the City,” which he co-wrote.“That’s how he lived his life,” Penny Felton, his wife of 27 years, told The Washington Post. “He loved outside, he loved the city,” Mrs. Felton remembered about her husband, who although originally from Halifax, Virginia, moved to the District as a teen and ended up falling in love with the culture the go-go scene.Kevin Kato Hammond, whose Take Me Out to the Go-Go Magazine covers D.C.’s go-go scene, called Felton’s saxophone solo on “Take A Little Ride Through the City” his signature performance.“Rest in musical harmony, DC,” Hammond wrote on his web site. “We’re going to continue taking a little ride through the city for YOU.”Although known as a cowbell player and saxophonist, Felton was also remembered as a standout on and off the stage.“His creativity, energy, style (especially with those hats he wore) were great, along with the smooth dance moves. He was a frontline member that stood out,” Johnson told the AFRO.Felton is now being name checked in the same breath as go-go legends who have died such as Chuck Brown and Rare Essence front man, Lil Benny.“As well as being in the horn section he and Lil Benny were the best steppers we’ve ever had,” Johnson said. “They were very smooth and on point.  It was a real pleasure watching those two perform.”Before Felton’s passing, Johnson said the band was planning on doing a series of shows with the “Original Rare Essence” band members.  “Now we are starting to think about more of a tribute show of sort.  We’re still trying to figure it out,” Johnson said.In the meantime, Johnson suggests Felton and Rare Essence fans watch “old school” videos in order to remember the saxophonist and enjoy the music that continues to live on despite his passing.Felton’s wife imagines her husband continuing to play music in the afterlife.“He always stated that he will always be playing is music,” she told The Washington Post.  “So I suspect that he’s playing with [Lil] Benny and Footz and Chuck Brown playing his music.”last_img read more

Quirkiness plays full house for Nevada tourism

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J They say it’s the small things that count but for Nevada’s tourism industry it’s the EST bringing in the travellers including the quirkiest, loneliest and loveliest.Speaking to e-Travel Blackboard yesterday, Nevada Commission on Tourism deputy director Larry Friedman explained that while the State is often known for its Las Vegas thrills, its ‘quirky’ appeal is also gaining attention across the globe.Among the most popular of the quirky attraction, according to Mr Friedman is Highway 50 aka The Loneliest Road.Prior to launching the campaign in Europe, the highway didn’t play a role in local tourism but Mr Friedman said since being stamped as ‘bizarre’, it has seen a 25 percent spike in North European visitors looking to experience The Loneliest Road.For those who can make it past the Las Vegas quickie-marriage, one of the loveliest tourism attractions in Nevada is the city of Locklock.Taking its Cold War namesake and the ancient Chinese custom designed to keep one’s love in a never-ending chain, the city provides couples in love the opportunity to lock that love with a literal lock.Mr Friedman said the initiative has made way for travellers looking for something out of the ordinary.“Quirky is yes, getting attention,” the tourism director said.“It’s not for everyone but there are people who want to explore wide open spaces and take a quirky day walk.”Mr Friedman also said he believes Australian travellers are the perfect market for the US, find out why next week on e-Travel Blackboard.last_img read more

What the Mortgage Industry Needs to Know About Housing This Year

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first_img March 4, 2016 616 Views in Commentary, Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Origination Between regulations, potential rate hikes, and the upcoming election, the mortgage industry will have plenty to focus on throughout the year. Dr. Umit Gurun, a Professor of Accounting and Finance at the Naveen Jindal School of Management at University of Texas at Dallas, provides MReport with insight on what the housing market picture may look like for the rest of the year.MReport: What will be the biggest change in the mortgage industry in 2016? Anything to be wary of or look forward to? Gurun: There will be three major events to watch for in 2016:Potential interest rate hikes by FED: Given the market turmoil in January, oil price plunge, most prominent macroeconomists seem to think FED will postpone interest rate increases to later years.Potential increase in housing supply: The housing statistics and building permits also do not seem to suggest builders will increase housing inventories, especially in the affordable housing market.Adaptation to new regulations in mortgage industry. Know Before You Owe (TRID) rule went into effect in late 2015. With this rule, it will be easier for the borrower to compare their loan products. As a result of this regulation implemented by Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s (CFPB), I expect mortgage companies face increases in loan processing times (or hire more people to cope with regulation demand) and eliminate certain mortgage products, such adjustable rate mortgages.Dr. Umit GurunMReport: How will the upcoming election affect housing? If it will at all?Gurun: Several academic studies point out that president’s economic and employment policies will be absolutely important for the health of the markets, including real estate markets. We know little about who will run for presidency and what economic policy proposals are going to be, so it is perhaps a bit early to speculate on what to expect if the election is won by Democrats or by Republicans.MReport: How do you project the ongoing theme of low supply and high demand to play out in 2016? Any chance supply will make a comeback?Gurun: The building permit statistics in January 2016 does not seem to suggest a big supply of housing is coming to makeup for the shortage, especially in affordable homes market. Thus, I would expect the prices of existing houses to increase based on the intensity of bidding wars. I am, however, optimistic about a comeback of supply. If the prices increase to a certain level, supply side can not pass the opportunity to make profits.MReport: What is the most important aspect in the housing market that has your attention right now?Gurun: Increasing rental rates and barriers that make millennials hold out of housing market. I am expecting banks to come up with special products that would be appealing to millennial’s preferences to increase their home ownership. The rush to build medium to high-end apartment projects in cities is also a big shift in real estate markets.MReport: What will the homeownership picture look like in 2016? Can we expect to see some gains?Gurun: The homeownership rate dropped from 69 percent to 64 percent since the peak of 2007. The current level is pretty much the same level U.S. had between 1960 to 1995. For U.S. residents 35 and under, the ownership is about 36 percent. Given the home ownership preferences of millennials and the stringent rules on obtaining mortgages, I do not expect the homeownership to increase in the near term.MReport: The millennials are what people like to say are hesitant or unable to purchase homes. True or false? What’s you view on this? What’s really eating this generation?Gurun: Good question. You are right, everyone has a pet theory on this issue. I think the main drag is definitely consumer debt and high rental rates. It is tough for millennials to save money for down payment if they are buried under student loans and if they are paying high rents now. If mortgage lenders create products that would suit for these first time home buyers, it will definitely be a game changer. Millennials are also more likely to move to city centers and demand different type of residential properties for their needs. In other words, a lot of parameters have changed since the parents of millennial were in housing market. Perhaps we should say this generation is just different from their parents. Homeownership Housing Market Umit Gurun University of Texas at Dallas 2016-03-04 Staff Writercenter_img What the Mortgage Industry Needs to Know About Housing This Year Sharelast_img read more

Flulinked deaths rise to 17

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first_imgAnother patient has died after flu exacerbated her underlying health problems, raising the number of flu-linked deaths to 17, the health ministry said on Friday.The woman, who was being treated in a state hospital, was in the high-risk group for serious diseases.Four other serious cases are in intensive care units of state hospitals, but there has been no new admission of a serious case over the last 48 hours, the ministry said.In total, 59 patients with serious symptoms have been recorded since December 1, most of whom have been discharged. Some of them are being treated in state hospitals.Although influenza activity has declined significantly over the past few weeks, the virus is still active. The flu season is expected to last at least until the end of March.The health ministry reiterated that the flu vaccine remains the best way to prevent the disease, especially for vulnerable groups. You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoHealthCentral.com7 Sneaky Signs of Lung CancerHealthCentral.comUndo Remand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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