Ottawa will implement Senate proposals to strengthen accessibility law minister

first_imgThe Canadian Press Canada’s accessibility minister says the government will be acting on the Senate’s proposed recommendations to strengthen the country’s first piece of accessibility legislation for people with disabilities.Carla Qualtrough sent a letter to disabled advocates saying the government planned to accept all the amendments senators had proposed for Bill C-81, also known as the Accessible Canada Act.Earlier this month, the Senate committee on social affairs, science and technology adopted several amendments that nearly a hundred disability organizations said were necessary to make the law effective.Chief among them was a call to set a timeline requiring the act to be fully implemented in all areas under federal jurisdiction by 2040, as well as recognition of sign language as an official language among deaf Canadians.The federal government had resisted some of those measures as the bill worked its way through the House of Commons, but Qualtrough says all proposed Senate amendments will now be included.The amended bill is expected to come back before Parliament for final consideration next week.last_img read more

UN marks first annual International Day of Charity

Donate time or money, volunteer or act with kindness, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged people around the world as the United Nations marked the first ever International Day of Charity coinciding with the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa. “Charity plays an important role in upholding the values and advancing the work of the United Nations,” Mr. Ban said in his message for the Day, which will be observed annually on 5 September. “Charity sometimes gets dismissed, as if it is ineffective, inappropriate or even somehow demeaning to the recipient,” he added. “Let us recognize charity for what it is at heart: a noble enterprise aimed at bettering the human condition.” UN humanitarian agencies rely on charitable donations from governments and the public to respond to natural disasters, armed conflicts and other emergencies, Mr. Ban said. In addition, UN bodies such as the UN Volunteers Programme (UNV) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) offer venues for people across the world to get involved.Amid the 1,000 days of action to reach the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the sustainable development agenda that will build on them after the 2015 deadline, Mr. Ban said the role of charity can and should grow. In recognition of charity’s key role in alleviating humanitarian crises and human ‎suffering, as well as of the efforts of charitable organizations ‎and individuals, the General Assembly, in 2012, designated 5 September as the International Day of Charity.The date was chosen in honour of Mother Teresa, whose life and good works for some of the poorest and must vulnerable inspired emulation across the world, Mr. Ban said. In establishing the Day, the General Assembly asked that charity be encouraged through education and awareness-raising activities. Among those initiatives is the UN Academic Impact’s ASPIRE [Action by Students to Promote Innovation and Reform through Education], through which young people assist less fortunate peers to find the financial opportunities to go to school.At the UN Headquarters in New York, the Permanent Mission of Hungary – in cooperation with the Department of Public Information, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP) and the UN Foundation – is organizing two panel discussions to highlight the importance of non-profit organizations in development. The two discussions will concentrate on the role of charity in water and sanitation, and poverty alleviation and eradication issues. read more

A Hard Days Knight Arise Sir Ringo as Beatle due to be

first_imgJohn Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and George Harrison in 1965  John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and George Harrison in 1965 Credit:PA “Because I do think it’s about time, but she probably was a bit busy with Sir Brucie.” Starr’s charity work includes donations to causes supporting AIDS awareness, abused children, human rights, poverty around the world and the creative arts. He made headlines this year by suggesting he voted Leave in the Brexit referendum, saying afterwards: “The people voted and they have to get on with it.” Asked whether he could put in a word with the Queen, he joked: “The last time I went by she was out. Otherwise I would have popped in and said ‘Look, love, Sir Richard Starkey’ [Starr’s real name].  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney Credit:Getty “He’ll feel ten feet tall when he goes back. Sadly, two of the Beatles, John Lennon and George Harrison, are no longer here to be honoured in a similar way.”But giving Ringo a knighthood will go some way towards recognising the enormous contribution The Beatles made to popular music. He is a beacon of Beatlemania.”In 1965, all four members of the Beatles were awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace.Sir Paul has previously suggested his friend had been robbed of a deserved knighthood, telling NME in 2011 it was “about time”.  Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney  Ringo Starr, the Beatles drummer, will be knighted in the New Year’s Honours, it has been claimed.Starr will join his bandmate Sir Paul McCartney as a knight, 52 years after receiving an MBE.Sir Paul was knighted in 1997 but, according to the Sun on Sunday, Starr, 77, had given up hope of a further honour until a letter arrived from the Palace several weeks ago.The knighthood will be awarded for services to music and charity and announced next week along with a full list of official recipients.A close family friend told the newspaper: “It came as a bolt from the blue. Ringo was totally knocked sideways but is chuffed to bits.”last_img read more

10 things Irish lads love

first_imgWE GAVE YOU TEN THINGS Irish girls love, now it’s the boys’ turn.Irish lads are fairly simple creatures, with needs and wants amounting to not much more than food, FIFA and the odd pint or two.Here are 10 things that they love most passionately.A pint of milk with their dinner Source: ShutterstockNothing completes a plate of spuds and gravy quite like a big glass of milk. Sure aren’t you a growing boy still?A pint of something stronger, for relaxation purposes Source: Flickr/sander_123Pick your poison – be it cider, beer or stout, the refreshing, rejuvenating properties of a pint are incomparable after a particularly long day.Quoting Father Ted/Hardy Bucks/Anchorman Source: PandawhaleNo matter where, no matter when, a line from one of these bad boys is always hilarious. Always. Always?Banter Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall IrelandBanter is a mysterious thing – it cannot be described concretely. But it’s almost definitely different to “the craic”, and it’s an essential quality in most people and activities.Acting the maggot Source: YouTubeWhen banter goes too far. Something may get destroyed in the process, be it an object or someone’s dignity.Laura Whitmore Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandWhile Amy Huberman is the one all the Irish girls want to be, Laura is the girl all the Irish lads want to be on. Probably because she appears to be “good banter”.Sports pundits Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesOK, this may be a love/hate relationship – but there are very few Irish lads who wouldn’t want their jobs.Lynx Africa Source: ChemistdirectIf you’re ever wondering what that smell coming from the back of the bus is, it’s probably this.Playing FIFA with the lads Source: Flickr/dpstylesGoing out to a nightclub is great and all but sometimes you just want to get the lads around, have a few cans, and stay in playing FIFA. It’s not all about scoring girls, you know.Starting Source: Flickr/Alasdair MiddletonWhen Irish lads do go out however, you bet your boots they’ll square up to any lad who dares threaten anyone they love. It’s a matter of honour, of course.10 things Irish girls love>8 things that make Irish men almost unbearably attractive>last_img read more

Pentagon Mystery Missile Not a Missile

first_imgReassuring? Sort of… The whole thing will likely continue to be a bit unsettling until we get an explanation about what actually caused that giant contrail–preferably not something involving billionaire Tony Stark. The “mystery missile” that captured the attention of–and generally terrified–the country was, in fact, not a missile. Not according to the government, at least. The Defense Department addressed public concerns today, stating that, while it still isn’t quite sure what cause a missile-like plum of smoke off the coast of Los Angeles yesterday, it’s pretty sure that it wasn’t a missile. Says CBS News,AdChoices广告The Pentagon is still not sure what that was in the sky off the coast of California — except that it was not a missile fired by the U.S. or some other country, reports CBS News Pentagon correspondent David Martin.last_img read more

Lancement dun plan national de lutte contre les AVC

first_imgLancement d’un plan national de lutte contre les AVCFrance – Mercredi, Roselyne Bachelot a présenté au Conseil des ministres le plan interministériel de lutte contre les accidents vasculaires cérébraux (AVC). Ce dernier vise notamment à réduire de 6% le nombre de décès ou de dépendance des personnes victimes d’un AVC d’ici 2014.Pour y parvenir, le gouvernement débloquera 134 millions d’euros entre 2010 et 2014. Cette somme permettra notamment d’améliorer la prévention ainsi que la prise en charge des AVC.À lire aussiCanicule : l’heure du bilanLes mesures de prévention consisteront notamment à inciter la population à augmenter son activité physique et à limiter sa consommation de sel, à promouvoir la consommation de fruits et légumes, à lutter contre le tabagisme, ou encore à dépister et traiter l’hypertension. De même, le gouvernement mettra en place des campagnes d’information qui permettront de déceler les signes annonciateurs d’un AVC, pour une meilleure réactivité.Concernant la prise en charge, les agences régionales de santé (ARS) auront pour mission de coordonner au niveau régional l’organisation de “filières territorialement définies”, qui intégreront prévention, soins d’urgence et de réadaptation ainsi que le retour à domicile. Le gouvernement souhaite également créer de nouvelles unités neuro-vasculaires (UNV),  spécialisées dans la prise en charge des victimes d’AVC. Actuellement au nombre de 87, on pourrait en dénombrer 140 d’ici la fin 2011. Les AVC, première cause de handicap chez l’adulte, touchent près de 130.000 personnes chaque année et le phénomène ne fait que s’accroître en raison du vieillissement de la population. Le 22 avril 2010 à 11:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Doom Eternal brings chaos blood and a new multiplayer mode to E3

first_imgWe knew Bethesda’s E3 2019 showcase was going to really highlight the demon obliterating antics of Doom sequel, Doom Eternal, and we’ve already seen the Eternal marketing hard at work for this year’s show. Now, we’ve got a trailer — and a release date.A 16 second teaser trailer was unveiled on June 6 which showcased Doomguy wielding a chainsaw and a big ol’ red chainsaw. The staple demon-slaying type operation Doom is renowned for. The new trailer showcases that operation and is filled with tons of blood and Doomguy — The Slayer — moving at lightning quick speed.You can watch the first of a few trailers below: Bethesda announced that Doom Eternal will be available on November 22 for the Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Google Stadia. Video Games Announcing BATTLEMODE, DOOM Eternal’s brand-new 2v1 multiplayer, built in-house by the team at @idSoftware. #BE3— Bethesda (@bethesda) June 10, 2019 $299 $299 Walmart Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) 0 Best Buy 17 Photos E3 2019 See It Microsoft Nintendo • Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go E3 2019: The most anticipated games of gaming’s most anticipated show See It Post a comment $299center_img E3 2019 See it Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw Share your voice See It How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? See All Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details The story is far from over. Watch the all-new trailer for #DOOM Eternal and prepare for the game’s launch on 11.22.19. #BE3— Bethesda (@bethesda) June 10, 2019 Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know reading • Doom Eternal brings chaos, blood and a new multiplayer mode to E3 2019 $289 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags Nintendo Switch At Bethesda’s presentation, it felt as though they just unleashed trailer after trailer of pure mayhem. My poor brain is still recovering. I’m too old for a video game this frantic. The pace is tremendous — it’s a Doom game after all — but everything sincerely felt cranked up a notch. The single player demo went through what can only be described an insane orgy of violence, before ending with a boss battle tease. Very good stuff.Then there was the multiplayer reveal, which was interesting enough. Perhaps the most exciting part: a new mode called “Battlemode” where two people can face off against one slayer and strategise against them. It’s essentially a 2 v 1 mode where demons strategise to take down a regular player. Bethesda are referring to it as a battle between “strategy” and “skill”. Very interesting. Amazonlast_img read more

Kingfisher Airlines Agrees To Clear Rs 10 Crore Of Service Tax Dues

first_imgCentral Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) chief S K Goel on Sunday said that the ailing Kingfisher airlines had agreed to clear Rs.10 crore of its whopping Rs.76 crore service tax due, in service tax arrears which it has already collected from passengers, by end of this fiscal year.The 7-years-old airline has been experiencing a severe debt-crisis over the corresponding period last year, following which the airlines has massively scaled down its operation and last week it had completely pulled down services to international routes.The huge outstanding amount by the Kingfisher airlines promoted the service tax department to cancel bank accounts of Kingfisher. So far the department concerned has frozen as many as 40 accounts of the Kingfisher.”However, the service tax department will de-freeze some of the airlines account to help the payment of remaining dues,” said Goel.”They have told us that they are going through a cash- crunch and needs some more time to pay up,” PTI quoted Goel as saying.”Kingfisher has dues to the tune of Rs 76 crore; we are talking to them. They will be depositing about Rs 10 crore this month,” he added.The DGCA has served a number of notices to the cash-strapped airlines that is now operating 16 out of 64 aircrafts, creating a mess in the aviation sector.The Aviation Ministry and the DGCA has dashed off a strong warning saying that it would cancel the licence of the Kingfisher airlines, in case it fails to come out with a new operational schedule by next week.Meanwhile, commenting on the penal action against the unfortunate Kingfisher airlines, which the department threatened early this week, Goel said that according to a legal provision, a defaulter could take up to 12 months to pay the dues. However, violating the deadline will promote the department to restore to other legal options.Kingfisher went on a flight cancelation spree after the airlines incurred a thumping Rs.6, 000 crore of loss.Meanwhile, pilots quitting the jobs or boycotting the duties over the non-payment of salaries pushed the airlines along with passengers into an unholy mess.last_img read more

Victorias Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel flaunts her figure in barely there swimwear

first_imgCandice SwanepoelCandice Swanepoel Official Instagram (angelcandices)Candice Swanepoel sure knows how to flaunt her figure. The Victoria’s Secret Angel turned up the heat in a gorgeous swimsuit. The pic was [posted to her Instagram account and we have to say that Candice sure knows how to work the camera.The 30-year-old South African model looked stunning in an intricate green bikini while bathing in refreshing blue-green water. The look also featured a halter top that is sold as the Bianca from her swimwear line Tropic of C, and retails for $130. She advertises the brand as combining European and Brazilian styles while being fashioned from sustainable materials.Candice has been branching out with other brands and it looks like she has found a lot of success with her ventures. The model lives in Brazil with her husband, Brazilian model Hermann Nicoli.Candice has a stunning figure and the supermodel works really hard to be in swimsuit shape. Speaking to InStyle, the supermodel said: “It’s all about balance for me. One meal in the day will be lighter than others, probably during lunch I will [eat something] heavier so that my body has time to burn it off. Night-time is something lighter, and I will always have a big breakfast.” Candice SwanepoelCandice Swanepoel Official Instagram (angelcandices)Reportedly Candice Swanepoel was named the world’s most influential lingerie model last year and the sultry pics cure prove why. But the stunning model didn’t even need lingerie to get pulses racing with her post. The Victoria’s Secret model appeared peaceful and composed as she posed side on for the risque picture. This is not the first time that the Victoria’s Secret Angel has set Instagram ablaze with her gorgeous swimwear snaps. Recently she posted images in a white bandeau bikini and an aqua swimsuit for another one.Candice who sported the $10 million Fantasy Bra in 2013, sure is keeping busy. The stunning beauty has two children with partner Hermann Nicoli. You can check out the pics here: Candice SwanepoelCandice Swanepoel Official Instagram (angelcandices)Candice SwanepoelCandice Swanepoel Official Instagram (angelcandices) Candice SwanepoelCandice Swanepoel Official Instagram (angelcandices)last_img read more

Youth found dead on train roof in Ctg

first_imgAn unidentified young man was found dead on the rooftop of a train at Chittagong Railway Station  on Thursday.Shahidul Islam, officer-in-charge of Chittagong GRP police, said the body of a young man aged around 22 was recovered from the rooftop of a train ‘Udayan Express’ coming from Sylhet in the morning.The body was sent to local hospital morgue, the OC added.The police official also said the body bore several injury marks on the head.Police suspected that the young man might have been hit by the iron rod of railway station some time in the night.last_img read more

AL attacking opponents sensing defeat in polls BNP

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said Awami League has long been carrying out attacks on the leaders and activists of the BNP and Oikya Front across the country sensing its debacle in a fair election, reports UNB.”They (AL) have realised they’ll face a miserable defeat if the election is held in a credible manner. That’s why they’ve attacked Dr Kamal Hossain, me and our leaders and activists all over the country,” he said.The BNP leader, however, said they will not quit the election race under any circumstance.Fakhrul made the remarks while addressing a Bangladesh Nationalist Party workers’ meeting at Shaheed Titu auditorium in Bogura.He strongly condemned and protested the attack on Jatiya Oikya front chief Kamal Hossain, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rab and other alliance leaders at the main gate of Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Mirpur in the capital.Earlier in the day, some people, said to be supporters of local Awami League candidate Aslamul Haque, attacked the vehicles carrying Kamal Hossain, ASM Abdur Rab and Jaglul Haider Afrik with sticks, leaving at least 10 people injured.Fakhrul, also a BNP candidate for Bogura-6 constituency, urged the party leaders and activists to work harder for ensuring the victory of ‘Sheaf of Paddy’ – election sysmbol of the BNP — by convincing voters to go to polling stations and cast their votes.”You’ll not only cast your votes, but also guard every polling station all day long on 30 December so that no one can rig votes. Don’t return home without taking the results. Our victory will be ensured if we can protect people’s votes,” he directed the BNP leaders and workers.At the beginning of his address, Fakhrul said he is not a candidate for Bogura-6 seat, but a representative of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and its acting chairman Tarique Rahman. “So, work unitedly putting aside all the misunderstanding among you to ensure the party’s victory.”Fakhrul is scheduled to conduct electioneering in the town and address several election rallies in the afternoon.last_img read more

Historic summit due for Trump and Kim

first_imgKim Jong Un and Donald TrumpKim Jong Un and Donald Trump are going to meet on Tuesday for an unprecedented summit in an attempt to address the last festering legacy of the Cold War, with the US president calling it a “one time shot” at peace.Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal-which has seen it subjected to several sets of UN Security Council sanctions and threatened with military action by the Trump administration-will top the agenda.Bringing the Korean War to a formal end 65 years after hostilities ceased will also be on the table at the first-ever summit between a North Korean leader and a sitting president of its “imperialist enemy”.The meeting in Singapore is the climax of the astonishing flurry of diplomacy on and around the Korean peninsula this year, but critics charge that it risks being largely a triumph of style over substance.Washington is demanding the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation (CVID) of the North, while Pyongyang has so far only made public pledges of its commitment to the denuclearisation of the peninsula-a term open to wide interpretation-while seeking security guarantees.Former US deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage expected little progress on the key issue of defining denuclearisation.“The success will be in the shutter clicks of the cameras,” he said. “They both get what they want.”Trump insisted last week that the summit would “not be just a photo op”, saying it would help forge a “good relationship” that would lead to a “process” towards the “ultimate making of a deal”.But as he embarked for Singapore he changed his tune, calling it a “one-time shot” and adding he will know “within the first minute” whether an agreement will be possible.“If I think it won’t happen, I’m not going to waste my time,” he said.He has also dangled the prospect of Kim Jong Un visiting Washington if the meeting goes well.But even the merit of the event itself-long sought by the North, and which Trump apparently impulsively agreed to in March, reportedly without consulting his advisers-has been called into question.“People call it a historic summit but… it is important to understand that this summit was available to any US president who wanted to do it and the point is no US president wanted to do this, and for good reasons,” said Christopher Hill, a former lead US nuclear negotiator with North Korea.Decades of tensionsThe two countries have been at loggerheads for decades.The North invaded the South in 1950 and the ensuing war saw the US-led UN troops backing Seoul fight their way to a stalemate against Pyongyang’s forces which were aided by Russia and China, before the conflict ended in stalemate and an armistice which sealed the division of the peninsula.Sporadic provocations by the North have continued while Pyongyang has made increasing advances in its nuclear arsenal, which it says it needs to defend against the risk of a US invasion.Last year it carried out by far its most powerful nuclear test to date and launched missiles capable of reaching the US mainland, sending tensions soaring to a level unseen in years as a newly-elected Trump traded threats of war and colourful personal insults with Kim, with Trump dubbed a “dotard” and Kim “Little Rocket Man”.But the South’s Winter Olympics in February catalysed a flurry of diplomatic moves as Seoul’s dovish leader Moon Jae-in sought to bring the two sides together.Kim has met twice with both Moon and Xi Jinping, the president of China, long the North’s most important ally.Pyongyang has taken some steps to show sincerity, returning US detainees and blowing up its nuclear test site.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week that progress was being made in bringing the two sides together in their understanding of denuclearisation.But Trump-for whom a major accomplishment would bolster his position ahead of midterm elections in November-baffled observers when he said he did not think he had to prepare “very much” for the summit.“It’s about attitude,” Trump said. “So this isn’t a question of preparation.”last_img read more

DHS Secretary Says Over 30000 Federal Workers Involved In Harvey Recovery

first_imgPhoto: Courtesy of Ron Roth, FEMA, Office of External AffairsElaine Duke (second from the left), acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, talked to the media at Ellington Airport and emphasized there are more than 30,000 federal employees working on the recovery process in Texas.Elaine Duke, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), visited Houston and other parts of southeast Texas on Wednesday to check on post-Harvey recovery operations.Duke, who landed at Ellington Airport also spoke about hurricane Irma and noted: “I want to stress to the people of Texas, DHS and FEMA, that we can handle two storms. Irma will not distract from our efforts here.”The DHS acting secretary emphasized there are more than 30,000 federal employees working on the recovery process in Texas.She said that cleaning up debris and providing transitional housing to those who have lost their homes are two main priorities and warned about the health risks that standing water still poses.Duke also said that federal officials are not enforcing immigration laws at shelters because they don’t want to scare anybody who is seeking help. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X 00:00 /00:49 Sharelast_img read more

Chaiti Ghoshal on her role in 22 yards

first_imgMitali Ghosal’s debut directorial venture 22 yards just had its trailer launched in Mumbai by the iconic cricketer Sourav Ganguly who has seen highs and lows of the game as much as the protagonist of film ‘Barun Sobti’ has. The most important female role is essayed by actor Chaiti Ghosal, who plays sister to young cricketer Amartya in the film. Here are the excerpts from an interview with Millennium Post: Q. How did you land the role of Amartya’s sister in this film? Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe director Mitali wanted a Bengali actor who would be ale to speak Hindi, perhaps with a Bengali accent. Also, as I am be playing sister to Amartya, so the resemblance in looks was also an important criteria. Other than that, a female actor who was past the marriageable age, was the reason that the director chose me. Q. How was it working in a film based on ‘cricket’? A. I was very comfortable since I grew up in a family where my brother played cricket quite seriously. I knew that cricket was a game of one ball and that could make or break everything. Also, I was a huge fan of Sourav Ganguly in those days and my day would be made when he scored runs and vice versa. My sister Mitali was a cricket journalist too. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Q. What was your process, in order to prepare for the role? A. Mitali had lined up quite a few acting workshops for us. We also had to brush up our Hindi with a teacher. Plus, when Amartya used to go out and play, I had to go on field to learn the ropes. I have quite few scenes with Sobti, so I had to learn the technicalities of the game. Q. How difficult was it to play a sister to your own son? Ours is a theatre family. We are constantly used to juggling and swapping roles. besides the film depicts the elder sister as being quite a few years senior to the brother, as someone who almost brought him up. So it was not difficult… Q. Share your experience of portraying a ‘tough woman’ in the film? Usually, Bengali actors are cast in Hindi films as soft and shy women, but in this film I play a smart woman who speaks Hindi and who is argumentative. She throws quite a few challenges in the path of the hero where her brother’s cricket is concerned. Q. What are your future plans? I’m working on another theatre project with ‘Millennium Mams’. I’m also taking Ibsen’s Doll’s House to NAbC this year.last_img read more

The Remarkable Photophone of Alexander Graham Bell

first_imgScottish-born scientist and inventor, Alexander Graham Bell, is best known for inventing the telephone in 1876, but he lent his powerful mind to a number of other ideas, too. He did important work around communication for the deaf, according to Biography. In his later life, he became involved in a group that was focused on flight, and he also worked on hydrofoils and set a world speed record for this type of boat. One of his most fascinating ideas, which you’ve probably never heard of, is the photophone.Alexander Graham Bell.What, I can hear you asking, is a photophone? This invention was much like the telephone Bell had arguably already invented, but was designed to transmit sound using a beam of light instead of using electricity.The photophone was jointly invented by Bell and his assistant, Charles Sumner Tainter, on February 19, 1880, in Bell’s lab in Washington, D.C.On June 3rd that same year, Tainter transmitted a wireless voice message from the roof of the Franklin School to the window of Bell’s lab about 700 feet away, according to Revolvy.A diagram from one of Bell’s 1880 papers.Thoughtco describes how the device worked. The voice was projected through an instrument toward the back of a mirror, which would oscillate when the vibrations from the voice hit it.Sunlight was directed at the mirror, which captured those oscillations and projected them to a receiving mirror, at which point the oscillations were turned back into sound.It’s a little like the tin-can-and-string telephones some people made as children, with light replacing the string and the mirrors acting as the cans. The photophone was the first device for wireless communication, beating the radio’s invention by 20 years.Actor portraying Alexander Graham Bell in a 1926 silent film. Shows Bell’s first telephone transmitter (microphone), invented 1876 and first displayed at the Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia.The master patent for the Apparatus for Signaling and Communicating (photophone) was granted in December of 1880, decades before the principles it used could be put into practical application.Bell described the simplest version of the device as working with a flat, flexible mirror.A photophone receiver and headset, one half of Bell and Tainter’s optical telecommunication system of 1880.Under the vibrations of the voice, the mirror becomes alternately convex and concave, scattering and condensing the light.How bright the light looked from the point of receipt varied as a result of the sound waves acting on the mirror. In its first form, the receiver was also non-electric.Bell discovered that many things could be used as light-to-sound transducers, but that lampblack worked extremely well.Ernst Ruhmer at his photo-electric optical telephone system station, 1905.Bell transferred the intellectual property rights for the photophone to the American Bell Telephone Company in May 1880.He hoped it might be used on ships at sea or as a way of removing the need for the telephone lines that were increasingly snaking their way along city streets, but there were practical factors that precluded that.He also investigated the idea that the photophone may have uses in spectral analysis of things like sunspots and stars. While he did contemplate how his idea might be used in the future, he couldn’t imagine lasers, or mass telecommunications.Illustration of a photophone transmitter, showing the path of reflected sunlight, before and after being modulated.Bell, himself, described it as being his most important invention, even surpassing the telephone — and he was right.The importance wasn’t fully realized for a long time, since there were certain problems with the concept that the technology of the day couldn’t address.The first and most obvious problem was that there was no way to protect photophone transmissions from being interfered with by outside forces, like clouds, rain, snow, or fog.The underlying ideas of transmitting sound by way of light continued to be tinkered with by scientists and engineers for decades, both in the U.S. and Europe, with regular incremental improvements along the way. But it was nearly 100 years later when the true genius of Bell’s idea came to fruition with the invention of fiber-optics in the 1970s, when the idea to protect the light using cables was developed.Read another story from us: Why do People say “Hello” when Answering the Phone?Bell’s work was the seed for the growth of the fiber-optic telecommunication networks that today send telephone and internet signals all around the world.last_img read more

VIDEO Brady discusses his AWOL offseason and his plans to play until

first_imgTom Brady is heading into his 20th NFL season after an offseason where he continued to assert his independence over Bill Belichick and “The Patriot Way” by skipping the team OTA’s and offseason workout program.Many fans wondered what Brady was up to during his A.W.O.L. offseason, and in a newly released episode of Tom vs. Time Brady explained that he decided to change up his offseason to spend more time with his family, and to break up what had become a monotonous routine over the course of his long career.He also briefly mentions the controversy surrounding him and the Pats last season, and how he really doesn’t care about the noise anymore. Watch here:last_img read more

Molecular Diagnostics Market to Witness Increasing Growth 10557 Million at CAGR

first_imgThe Global Molecular Diagnostics Market was valued at $5,962 million in 2016, and is expected to garner $10,557 million by 2023, registering a CAGR of 9.1% during the forecast period 2017-2023. The reagents segment accounted for the highest market share of the global molecular diagnostics market in 2016, owing to the increase in demand for the reagents with rise in number of testing various diseases. These are used in hospitals, laboratories, and others.Download Report Sample @ PCR segment accounted for the highest share of the global market in 2016, owing to the increase in the demand for using PCR in proteomics and genomics and is a cost-effective technique, automation of laboratories is possible with cost-effective techniques.Molecular diagnostics are cumulative techniques for analyzing biological markers at the molecular level, such as genome and proteome. These techniques are used for diagnosis of the various infectious diseases, cancer, and other genetic disorders, by performing tests, which detect specific sequences in DNA or RNA including single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), deletions, rearrangements, insertions, and others. Growth in number of patients suffering from infectious diseases and cancer; advancement in molecular diagnostics; increase in awareness and acceptance for personalized medicines, and growth in the biomarker identification market are the major factors driving the market growth. Stringent regulatory requirements for product approval hampers the market growth. Increase in adoption of molecular diagnostics in the emerging region provide growth opportunities for the market.Get a purchase enquiry @ infectious diseases segment accounted for more than two-fifths share of the global market in 2016, owing to the increase in the number of patients suffering from, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis C virus (HCV), Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Chlamydia trachomatis/ Neisseria gonorrhoeae (CT/NG), and other infectious diseases.The hospitals segment accounted for highest market share of the global market in 2016, owing to the large number of patients are treated in hospitals and most of the tests for these patients are performed in laboratories attached to hospital.Geographically, North America dominated the global market in 2016, and is estimated to continue its dominance during the forecast period. This is attributed to higher adoption for technologically advanced devices, well-equipped healthcare facilities, higher adoption of personalized medicine, and rise in number of patients suffering from infectious diseases and cancer.Leading industry players:Abbott Laboratories, Inc., BioMrieux SA, Becton, Dickinson and Company, Cepheid (subsidiary of Danaher Corporation) (Denmark), Grifols, Hologic Corporation, Novartis AG, Qiagen N.V., Siemens Healthcare GmbH, and Roche Diagnostics.About Us:Allied Market Research (AMR) is a full-service market research and business consulting wing of Allied Analytics LLP based in Portland, Oregon. Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. Each and every data presented in the reports published by us is extracted through primary interviews with top officials from leading companies of domain concerned. Our secondary data procurement methodology includes deep online and offline research and discussion with knowledgeable professionals and analysts in the industry.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesUSA/Canada (Toll Free):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1(855)550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

FHFA Establishes GSEs Conforming Loan Limits for 2016

first_img The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced Wednesday that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae’s maximum conforming loan limits will be largely unchanged in 2016, except some higher-priced counties.According to the Agency, the maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages acquired by the GSEs in 2016 will remain at the current level of $417,000 for one-unit properties.The FHFA noted that the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) deemed the baseline loan limit to be $417,000. The rule also mandated that “after a period of price declines, the baseline loan limit cannot rise again until home prices return to pre-decline levels,” the FHFA stated.The FHFA reported that the current loan limit of $417,000 will not change because the Agency “determined that the average U.S. home value in the third quarter of this year remained below its level in the third quarter of 2007.”In a letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) urged the FHFA to keep the conforming loan limit at its current baseline rate of $417,000 and not let the limit drop any lower.”NAFCU believes the current 2015 limits should be kept in effect in order to avoid a disruption to the national housing market that is still recovering,” Subramanian said. “NAFCU’s economic research team has concluded that while home sales are widely expected to improve in 2015 as the labor market improves, the exit of many investors from the market and the lack of first-time homebuyers represent two issues of concern for the coming year. Sudden or drastic changes to the conforming loan limit rate for the Enterprises could hamper this recovery.”However, the FHFA does intend to raise that number a bit in 39 counties where housing costs are a bit higher.Depending on the area’s median home value, HERA will provide higher loan limits in high-cost counties, FHFA said. In 39 specific high-cost counties, where home values rose in the last year, the conforming loan limit will be increased.”Although other counties also experienced home value increases in 2015, after other elements of the HERA formula—such as the statutory ceiling and floor on limits—were accounted for, these local-area limits were left unchanged,” the FHFA explained.According to the FHFA, several counties in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Tennessee, and Washington will all see their conforming loan limit raised in 2016.Click here to view the FHFA’s complete list. in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News FHFA Establishes GSEs’ Conforming Loan Limits for 2016 Conforming Loan Limits Fannie Mae Federal Housing Finance Agency Freddie Mac Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 2015-11-25 Staff Writercenter_img November 25, 2015 561 Views Sharelast_img read more

In a developing news story several Arab nations –

first_imgIn a developing news story, several Arab nations – United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Yemen – cut diplomatic ties with Qatar yesterday (Monday 5 June 2017) in protest at what they say is Qatar’s support for radical Islamist ‘terror’ groups. Each has given its citizens 14 days to leave Qatar, and closed air and sea corridors.Etihad Airways and Emirates are the first, of what is anticipated to be several, airlines to announce suspension of all flights to and from Doha, the Qatar capital from today (Tuesday 6 June 2017) until further notice. Qatar Airways has announced this morning that its flights to UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt have been suspended from today. Click here for details of those flights today that will proceed as scheduled and/or have been unaffected.EgyptAir, Gulf Air and Saudia are also expected to be directly affected.This from the BBC:Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways and Dubai’s Emirates are suspending all flights to and from Doha, starting from Tuesday morning. Both carriers operate four daily return flights to Doha.Budget carriers FlyDubai and Air Arabia are also cancelling routes to Doha, with other airlines, including Bahrain’s Gulf Air and Egyptair expected to follow suit.It comes after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt all said they would stop flights in and out of Qatar, and close their airspace to the country’s airline, Qatar Airways.And it is Qatar’s flag carrier that risks being the biggest loser. On one level, its flights to places like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Cairo will stop. That is dozens of flights a day.It has already said it is cancelling its services to Saudi. EgyptEmiratesEtihadQatarlast_img read more

October 18 2017Last week Repositioning Paolo So

first_imgOctober 18, 2017Last week, “Repositioning Paolo Soleri: The City is Nature” opened at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art to a wonderful turn out. The private opening included a tour with the Director and Chief Curator of the Museum, Sara Cochran which finished up at the Soleri exhibit right as the public reception began. Here you can see one of the scroll drawings on display. It was explained that the curator chose to display the scrolls in tilted display cases with little stools to give the audience the feeling of sitting at a drafting table similar to how these drawings may have created by Soleri.The exhibit includes a beautiful display of bridge designs. Claire Carter, the curator of the retrospective, took time to search through the archives department here, aided by Sue Kirsch and a team of hard working Arcosanti residents, to pair these bridge designs with corresponding sketches and designs on paper.Designs of other arcologies on paper and plexiglass models are light from beneath giving them a futuristic ambiance.There are also many ceramic and bronze bells on display among other beautiful pieces that the audience marveled over. The exhibit is on display at SMoCA from now until January 28, 2018. For more information about the show and the museum, visit by Sue Kirsch, text by Shannon Mackenzie)last_img read more