first_imgQuestioning the credibility of electronic voting machines, BSP chief Mayawati on Monday asked why the BJP was afraid of holding elections through paper ballots. She said the chief election commissioner must think about it in wake of doubts being raised from several quarters.“If BJP leaders consider themselves honest, why are they afraid of conducting future elections through ballot papers,” she told a press conference on her 62nd birthday, alleging that the BJP came to power in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand because of alleged faults in the functioning of the EVMs. The debate over the authenticity of EVMs has been on for nearly an year now. Other political parties, including the Congress, too, previously raised the possibility of tampering with EVMs. The Election Commission has rejected the charge. Following the Gujarat Assembly polls in December, the EC did a random vote count on EVMs and paper trail slips in 182 polling stations in the state for greater transparency. An official of the election machinery in the state had then said there was a “100 per cent match” in the vote count. Ms. Mayawati, whose birthday is being celebrated as ‘Jan Kalyankari Diwas’ by her party, also expressed the possibility that the Lok Sabha polls, due in 2019, may be held this year along with various state Assembly elections. She released the 13th edition of a book based on her life — A Travelogue of my Struggle-Ridden Life and BSP Movement-13.“The BSP was the first party in the country to raise the issue of EVM anomalies soon after the results of the UP Assembly elections were out, and approached the Supreme Court.Later, whatever improvements were made in the EVMs, it was due to the efforts made by the BSP,” she claimed. The BJP won the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls — held in February-March last year — after a gap of 15 years during which regional parties like the SP and the BSP had held sway. Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ms. Mayawati said: .“Har-Har Modi, Ghar-Ghar Modi had a narrow escape of being thrown out from Gujarat this time. Had the voteshare of Dalits in Gujarat been 18 to 20 per cent, he would not had been able to escape.” The slogan she referred to was a campaign highlight of the BJP during the general elections in 2014. Levelling allegation at the Centre, she said: “The BJP government wants to change the Constitution and laws. A minister in their government is talking about changing the Constitution, but no action has been taken against him.” The BSP chief alleged that the Congress and the BJP have damaged every section of the society after Independence.“Today there is an atmosphere of communalism and casteism in every state. Capitalistic-minded political parties do not like our party. The BJP is trying to finish our party. Both, the Congress and the BJP are chor-chor mausere bhaai (hand in glove with each other). These parties do not want to see Ambedkar-inspired party (the BSP) to move ahead. First, it was the Congress and company, which tried to finish us, and now it is the BJP and company which is trying to do so,” she said. Ms. Mayawati said as she was not allowed to speak in the Rajya Sabha, she resigned.“In the same manner, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar was also harassed, and subsequently he resigned from the post of the Union Law Minister,” she said. The BSP chief said: “I want to know from the Congress why Babasaheb was not honoured with Bharat Ratna. Why the recommendations of Mandal Commission were not implemented. The BJP government is virtually deactivating the reservation system, thereby rendering people jobless.” She said people who had to face trouble due to demonetisation would be given help by her party.last_img read more

first_imgAuthorities in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district on Monday temporarily suspended operations to rescue 15 miners trapped since December 13 in a 370 feet illegal coal mine in Lumthari village.The exercise will resume once powerful pumps are made available to the authorities, said district Deputy Commissioner F.M. Dopth.NDRF Assistant Commandant S.K. Singh said the current water level in the mine shaft is about 70 feet. About 100 personnel of the NDRF are waiting for the water to recede to 30 feet for divers to do their job.last_img read more

first_imgLucas Digne has revealed that he elected to leave Barcelona in the summer and join Everton because the club gave him a ‘wow’ factor.The 25-year-old left-back has earned a France recall for the forthcoming matches against Netherlands and Uruguay thanks to his excellent early season form with the Toffees, for whom he has already turned out 10 times in the Premier League.While he admitted it was a wrench to leave Barcelona, he felt the challenge Marco Silva laid down to him at Goodison Park was too attractive to turn down. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I wasn’t really planning to leave Barca and they were not looking to sell me, but when I spoke to Everton manager Marco Silva on the phone I got this special feeling,” he told Goal . “He really lit a fire inside of me and I thought: ‘Wow! I really want to play for this club and manager.’“Then I went to Barca and asked them to please let me go. After a few talks, they accepted, that this was my wish. I am thankful for that, because now I feel happy in Everton.“Barca was my childhood dream, so yes, it was difficult to leave, because I could have stayed to continue a great life in the club and the city. The club wanted me to stay.”But I am 25 years old now and in a phase of my career, where I want to play every week, have a bigger role in the team and feel the full confidence of the coach. So I could not turn down the Everton project. “I was only 22 when I signed for Barca, and it was the perfect place to develop myself. In my two years at Camp Nou I played 46 games for what I consider the greatest club in the world, training every day with the very top players in the world, like Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Neymar and so many more. “Of course, I am a better player now. I enjoyed both seasons in Barca tremendously and chose to leave after a great season, winning the double in Spain, playing fantastic football, and for me personally developing as a player.”Eden Hazard Lucas Digne Chelsea vs Everton Premier League 2018-19The move to Everton, however, has proven to be richly rewarding, with the former Lille, Roma and Paris Saint-Germain player, already a veteran of more than 200 appearances in Europe’s top leagues, thrilled by the intensity of the Premier League challenge.“Getting into the Premier League has been a pleasure,” he added. “Football is great everywhere – and different. I’ve learned a lot and developed myself as a player and as a person from these different experiences in different countries.“Both the Premiership and La Liga are top class, but the difference is the incredible intensity during the game. In the Premier League there are challenges all the time and it’s full speed ahead every week. “The style of football gives me a lot of pleasure. It is very physical and box-to-box for 90 minutes, and I enjoy going forward and getting a lot of crosses into the box. It is also intense because of the supporters, not only in the home games but also away, where they are simply fantastic. They give you extra power on the pitch.”  Digne revealed that settling at his new club has been straightforward due to the welcoming nature of the squad.“I feel fantastic with Everton and in English football,” he said. “It has been a super start to life in the Premiership, and the everyday life in the club gives me an extraordinarily good feeling. “For me it was great to join other French speaking guys like Kurt Zouma and Morgan Schneiderlin, who I know from Les Bleus – and Idrissa Gueye, who I knew for six or seven years in Lille. But in general, we have a great group of players both on and off the pitch.”And that group is finding its rhythm in the Premier League, in which they sit ninth. The left-back is confident that the team will continue to improve as the weeks go by.“The recent results show our progress,” he said, reflecting on the last six matches. “We have done well with four league wins and only one defeat – and our latest game was a 0-0 draw away against Chelsea. It was a tough game, but we fought well and got a deserved point and a great clean sheet in a difficult stadium.Lucas Digne France 2018“It is still early days for us as a team with many new players and a completely new style of football for the club with a new manager. But there is a great appetite for success, and the manager has an extremely good mentality and a great idea of football. I believe, that now every player understands what he wants. “The manager and his staff have been working hard to implement the new style, and we as players have also been working hard both in training and in the matches. And that is why we are improving as a team and we are now getting good results. “The next step is to believe in ourselves even more in the games against the biggest teams in the league because then the future will look bright for Everton. We are a club with huge traditions and a great history, and most of all we want to give our supporters something new to celebrate.”Though Digne’s immediate thoughts are with the France national side, the Toffees face Cardiff City on November 24 before the Merseyside derby against Liverpool follows on December 2. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgWellington, Nov 30 (PTI) The ICC U19 World Cup 2018 was today launched here with 44 days to go for the 16-team event that brings together future stars who will compete across four cities and seven venues in New Zealand from 13 January to 3 February.The function was attended by Hon Grant Robertson, Minister for Sports and Recreation of New Zealand, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson, New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive David White and Event Brand Ambassador Corey Anderson among others.Speaking on the occasion, Richardson thanked New Zealand Cricket for hosting the tournament for the third time and extolled the importance of the U19 Cricket World Cup in grooming players from around the world.Richardson: “The ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup is special for so many reasons. It gives players an unrivaled experience of global events, a real flavor of international cricket at senior level and a glimpse into what life as one of the worlds best is really like.”This event plays an important role in developing the participating teenagers into international professionals, teaching them invaluable lessons in comradery, discipline, leadership, playing under pressure and of course in the spirit of the game.”A host of past and present stars have come through the U19s since its inception in 1988. The fact that a number of current captains including your very own Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Joe Root, Sarfraz Ahmed, Dinesh Chandimal and Eoin Morgan have all played in the event demonstrates the calibre of cricket we have come to expect at this event.”advertisementNew Zealand all-rounder Anderson remembered how the tournament helped shape his career.Anderson: “It is an honour for me to be associated with this tournament as its Brand Ambassador. I played in two U19 World Cups ? in 2008 and 2010 ? and can?t forget the experience of playing with the upcoming best from around the world.”I was lucky to have figured in the tournament along with players like Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Joe Root, all of who have gone on to lead their respective sides in world cricket. The tournament provides players with many learnings which hold them in good stead as they develop into top-class cricketers.”Details of the Trophy Tour for the tournament were also revealed during the event, which was attended by current players from the New Zealand and the Windies sides, who are due to play in the first match of their two-Test series at Wellingtons Basin Reserve from tomorrow.The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour will commence in Wellington on December 1 and after several school and club visits to create awareness about the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup and to drive attendances, will culminate in Lincoln on December 13.The West Indies are the defending champions of the tournament, which is widely acknowledged as a platform to inspire the next generation of cricketers and fans.Australia and India have been most successful in the tournament, winning the title three times each. Pakistan are the only side to have defended the title when they emerged victorious in the 2004 and 2006 editions while England and South Africa are the other teams to have won the tournament. PTI AH AHlast_img read more

first_img(Elder Raymond Robinson. APTN/File Photo)APTN National News OTTAWA–Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt is scheduled to meet with hunger-striking Manitoba Elder Raymond Robinson on Friday in Ottawa.Robinson, from Cross Lake First Nation, began his hunger strike Wednesday and also said he wouldn’t drink any water during the hunger strike which he plans to hold until Prime Minister Stephen Harper agrees to meet with First Nations leaders on a “nation-to-nation” basis and the department of Aboriginal Affairs scraps controversial changes to its funding agreements with First Nations.Valcourt’s office reached out to Robinson for the meeting and the date was finalized Wednesday evening.Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister’s Office indicated Valcourt was ready to meet with Robinson.“The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs is prepared to meet with Raymond Robinson, or any First Nation community member who wants to make progress for First Nations,” said a PMO spokesperson in an email to APTN National News.Robinson said he was open to a meeting with Valcourt.“I’m more than willing to sit down with him,” said Robinson, during a short cell phone interview with APTN National News shortly before a planned speaking appearance at Concordia University in Montreal.The PMO said Valcourt also met with Cross Lake Chief Garrison Settee last Wednesday and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief David Harper to talk about education and housing issues.Robinson’s decision to go without water during the hunger strike has put him on a perilous course that would see him face serious health issues within days.“Like all reasonable people, we encourage Raymond Robinson to continue to consume food and water,” said the PMO statement.Robinson accompanied Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence during her protest fast which ran from December until January and was held on Victoria Island in the Ottawa River. Robinson’s nephew was murdered in Cross Lake during that time.Spence told APTN National News that she “understood” Robinson’s protest, but was “concerned.”Robinson is expected to soon go into seclusion for the majority of the hunger strike.A human body can only go a few days without water before the kidneys start to fail.last_img read more

“Whenever you put your name to a message, you raise awareness far and wide, among policy-makers and among the millions of people who elect them,” the Secretary-General told an audience at the UN’s New York headquarters that included more than 40 Messengers of Peace and Goodwill Ambassadors appointed by him and the heads of various UN agencies.”In an age when the media tends to focus on issues they think of as more immediately accessible to the public, our chances of breaking through the barrier of indifference are vastly improved when we have people like you to plead our case,” Mr. Annan added.The Secretary-General said that the celebrities, in particular, could capture the attention and imagination of young people, those who will continue the work started by the current generation. “You can help instil in young people the values of understanding, solidarity, respect and communication across cultures – the very ideals the United Nations stands for – so that those values come to them naturally for the rest of their lives,” he stressed.Princess Basma Bint Talal of Jordan, a Goodwill Ambassador on behalf of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), said that one of the most challenging and inspiring aspects of her role was to create a deeper understanding of the linkages that existed between global policies and local realities. As an Arab Muslim woman, the Princess added, she had seen firsthand the positive impact of sustainable human development approaches promoted by UNDP and the dignity and self-reliance which capacity development created for individuals and local communities. In her desperately troubled region, it was such efforts that created opportunities, choices and hope.Basketball player Dikembe Mutombo, a Goodwill Ambassador on behalf of UNDP, said his experiences have been extremely rewarding, recalling one memorable experience that took place at the World Conference on HIV/AIDS in Durban, South Africa. On the first day of the conference, an 11-year-old boy named Nkosi gave an inspiring message to the delegates. His voice was small but powerful, Mr. Mutombo said, and he spoke about unconditional love, courage, brotherhood, tolerance and forgiveness. Though his community had rejected him, a loving foster family had taken him in and he had fought a long, hard battle with AIDS as his short life had made an impact on all who had met him and heard him that day.The 48 celebrities – drawn from the worlds of art, music, film, sports, literature and public affairs – are meeting at the invitation of the Secretary-General to share information on the priorities of the UN system and to enlist their support for lending greater impetus to the Millennium Development Goals campaign.The Messengers and Ambassadors help raise awareness of key UN issues and activities, ranging from poverty, HIV/AIDS and intolerance, to improving the status of women, promoting educational and employment opportunities for youth, and protection for vulnerable groups, such as children and refugees.The two-day programme, entitled “Celebrity Advocacy for the New Millennium,” will include a series of workshops focusing on the priorities Member States have set up in the Millennium Declaration and which will guide the work of the Organization for the coming years.Among those attending the meeting are Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, actor Danny Glover and former Miss Universe Lara Dutta. Singer and actor Harry Belafonte, actor Peter Ustinov and actress Feryal Ali Gauhar are also participating in the event, as are actress Angelina Jolie, actor Dr. Chea Samnang and Her Royal Highness Queen Inkhositaki La Motsa of Swaziland. read more

first_imgStay on target Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Singapore’s first robot masseuse has completed its first week on the job.Expert Manipulative Massage Automation, or EMMA, started work Monday at the NovaHealth Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) clinic.The machine—a mechanical arm with soft tips that mimic the human palm and thumb—can measure the exact stiffness of a particular muscle or tendon, particularly in back and knee massages. A cloud-based AI also tracks and analyzes the patient’s progress, making it easier for a physician to measure recovery.“There is great potential for EMMA to be of service to society, especially as the population ages,” Inderjit Singh, chairman of NTU’s innovation and enterprise branch, said in a statement. “The massage techniques of experienced and renowned TCM physicians can be reproduced in EMMA, giving the public easier access to quality treatment.”Developed as a low-cost treatment alternative by Nanyang Technological University-based startup AiTreat, EMMA works alongside two human colleagues: a physician and a massage therapist.But the newbie already has a leg (arm?) up on her mere-mortal coworkers: “EMMA is designed to deliver a clinically precise massage … without the fatigue faced by a human therapist,” according to Albert Zhang, founder of AiTreat and NovaHealth.Situated between two beds and two patients, the third-generation prototype can do the work of two masseurs, Zhang boasted, therefore reducing manpower (and, as feared, eliminating jobs).“By using EMMA to do the labor-intensive massages, we can now offer a longer therapy session for patients while reducing the cost of treatment,” he continued.A conventional package for lower back pain—including consultation, acupuncture, and a 20-minute massage—costs anywhere from $60 to $150, according to NTU Singapore.NovaHealth, however, promises the same consultation and acupuncture, plus a 40-minute massage by EMMA and a human therapist, for just $68.“The human therapist is then free to focus on other areas such as the neck and limb joints, which EMMA can’t massage at the moment,” Zhang added.Zhang and Goh Chye Tee, director of NTU’s Chinese Medicine Clinic, are also working to measure and benchmark the robot’s effectiveness, comparing it to that of a professional (and human) TCM massage therapist.For more, see Geek’s lineup of 11 Robots That Are Going to Steal Your Jobs.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

FEMA lends trailers to Monroe County residents impacted by Irma

first_img(WSVN) – FEMA delivered more than 80 travel trailers to Monroe County, Wednesday.Eligible residents who lost their homes to Hurricane Irma will receive the mobile homes with electric and water functions.The trailers could be placed on approved private property sites or relocated to six larger FEMA-approved sites that can hold multiple trailers.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

About 70 Haitian migrants repatriated after being stopped at sea

first_imgCAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (WSVN) — A U.S. Coast Guard crew stopped dozens of Haitian migrants at sea.The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant spotted the migrants’ 40-foot freighter about 26 miles north of Cap-Haitien, at around 1:30 a.m., Sunday.Officials said approximately 70 migrants had embarked on the illegal voyage.The Haitian Coast Guard was contacted shortly thereafter. They arrived a few hours later to return the migrants home.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Across the Country

first_imgBob Ross will continue as executive director of the Connecticut Office of Military Affairs, after being re-appointed by Gov. Ned Lamont (D), according to The Day. Ross is also on the ADC board of directors…. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) has not yet named a senior military advisor, according to the Dayton Daily News. DeWine has said he wants the position to be cabinet-level…. Karen Gwaltney Towns became the first military spouse sworn into the Missouri bar under a new rule that allows military spouses to practice in the state without taking exams, according to a press release from Sustainable Ozarks Partnership.Photo by Sustainable Ozarks Partnership ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgThe Denali mud slide is the result of heavy rain. The park reports measuring nearly 8 inches of rain at Eielson last week. National Weather Service meteorologist Benjamin Bartus said July precipitation there was extreme.Listen now“From July 1st to the 30th, not including the 31st, the Eielson visitor center saw 16 inches of rain which is incredible,” Bartus said.Weekend rain also bumped up last month’s precipitation tally in Fairbanks, where Bartus says July 2016 ranked as the 4th wettest on record with 4 point 9-7 inches of rain.“And for the two-month span of June and July, this summer that was actually the second wettest on record with 8.26 inches,” Bartus said.Bartus said as much as 4 inches of rain fell on hills north of Fairbanks over the weekend, raising already high rivers, which are flooding low lying areas, including along the Chena and Tanana Rivers.“The steamboat subdivision has been getting some water across roadways out towards North Pole and around Rosie Creek as well,” Bartus said. “We’ve seen water come over roadways and those are the two big impact areas so far around Fairbanks. Up the Chena, the upper Chena the Granite tours area, that area has seen some high water. Trailheads in that area would be inundated with water as well close to the river.”A flood advisory remains in effect for the Fairbanks area until Wednesday afternoon. Bartus said some drying is forecast.“The low pressure system that brought us all this rain showers and a lot of steady rain actually over the past few days has pushed through us and we’ll see some gradual clearing,” Bartus said.Bartus cautions that there’s a chance for more rain later in the week.last_img read more

Superintendent of Polices stern warning to eve teasers

first_imgTandur: Eve teasing will land you behind bars, warned Superintendent of Police Narayana. He explained about the acts related to eve teasing and functioning of She teams to the students of various colleges, here on Wednesday.Speaking on the occasion, the SP said girls and women who face the teasing should inform police and their details would be kept secretly. He advised them not to share their contact details with strangers. He advised them to follow the path shown by parents and teachers. Additional SP Bhaskar, Cis Ravi Kumar, Upender, Principals of colleges Narender, Narayana Reddy, students from Government Junior College, Chaitanya, Ambedkar, Srikara, Siddhartha were present.last_img read more

Amber Alert Canceled Missing 13YearOld Girl Found Safe

first_img Share AMBER ALERT/Katy ISD PoliceWendy Arely Hernandez-OrantesAn Amber Alert issued for a missing 13-year-old girl was canceled Tuesday evening after she was found safe, police said. Katy ISD police were searching for the girl after she was last seen Monday morning walking toward her bus stop near the 2013 block of North Fry Road, according to the Amber Alert issued Tuesday.You can read more about this story on KHOU.com. last_img

Dispatches From Baltimore A City at War

first_imgSubmitted to the AFRO by Wise WhiteheadReading about Baltimore City through the lens of a Black mother offers the outside world an analytical framework for trying to interpret and understand the intricacies of what it is like to move through a city that is currently at war. This is not a war in the traditional sense of the word, as bombs are not dropping from the sky and Napalm is not being released into the air. But it is a war, being played out in real time, between the way things are at this moment and the way things ought to be. Baltimore City is a violent place. With 39 homicides within the last 30 days and 234 homicides (as of October 2) this year, it is a city that is at war with itself. It is not comfortable. It is not safe. And it is not normal. We are besieged with disturbing images and stories of community violence and predatory policing, coupled with the reality of our run-down neighborhoods, our food deserts, and our crumbling schools. This can only be seen as a set of social scripts that are, as Patricia Collins writes, “the legacy of racism, sexism, class exploitation…that assign categories of superiority and inferiority.” In this sense, a Black mother’s words and pain can then act as the critical social theory that is needed to explain how Black people, living within what Lawrence Brown calls a “Category Five hyper-segregated apartheid city,” are marginalized and oppressed through institutional structures and practices, social norms, and ideological elitism. It also can help to explain the violence and the rage.Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead (Courtesy Photo)James Baldwin once wrote that, “to be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.” Rage leads to violence and it cannot be hidden though it can be dissembled and dissimulated. There are no simple solutions to ending the violence or the rage. Additionally, once you add race and you look at the work of psychiatrists William H. Grier and Price M. Cobbs, you realize that “Black rage,” which stems from the desperation, the conflict, and the anger that comes from being Black in America, is what is being played out across this city. Black rage is what it feels like to live in a city where your children attend schools with leaky roofs, busted pipes, and faulty sprinkler systems. It is what it feels like when there are no recreation centers or green spaces for young people to go when the school day ends. It is what it feels like when politicians, once elected, spend their days talking about the problems without ever offering viable and workable solutions. Black rage is what it feels like to live in a city that gives tax breaks to millionaire businessmen while failing to raise the minimum wage for the working poor. It is what it feels like to work hard every day and never be able to work yourself out of poverty. It is what it feels like to watch a generation of young Black men shoot and kill each other without any regard for their lives or for their communities or for their futures. Black rage is what it feels like when your children are unable to drink the water in their school and you are unable to receive free services to help treat the lead that is already in their body. It is what it feels like to be in a war and what it feels like to live in Baltimore.I have spent years trying to figure out how to navigate through my Black rage and how to operate within a city that is not designed for me to be free or to get free. It is complicated. It is messy and it is hard. This wave of violence, that is sweeping through our city, feels like a cancer that is feeding off of our terror and our pain.Our children deserve to demand and expect more from us. They deserve to hold us to the highest standards; to expect us to do right by them; to hold us accountable for helping to maintain a system that is designed to fail them and is unable to protect them. They deserve for us to not just try, but to solve the impossible. We are at war and our terror-dome is filled with the loud sounds of gunshots and the silent screams of our children and we can no longer believe or pretend that just because we do not hear them or we do not want to, then they do not exist.Karsonya Wise Whitehead is the #blackmommyactivist and an associate professor of communication and African and African American studies at Loyola University Maryland. She is the host of “Today With Dr. Kaye” on WEAA 88.9 FM and lives in Baltimore City with her husband and their two sons.The opinions on this page are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the AFRO.Send letters to The Afro-American • 1531 S. Edgewood St. Baltimore, MD 21227 or fax to 1-877-570-9297 or e-mail to editor@afro.comlast_img read more

MoviePass Expands Selections but The Meg Crazy Rich Asians Absent From This

first_imgStruggling movie-subscription provider MoviePass keeps rejiggering the schedule of titles available to customers on certain days — in a bid to reduce its cash burn.Over the next week, MoviePass is offering up to nine movies to choose from daily, whereas it told subscribers on Aug. 16 they’d be limited to six per day.This weekend, MoviePass’s lineup includes Melissa McCarthy comedy “The Happytime Murders.” But it excludes the two biggest movies currently in theaters: “The Meg” and “Crazy Rich Asians.” Other popular films in current release that are a no-show for MoviePass: Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” “Christoper Robin” and Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman.”More important, note that many of the films on MoviePass’s schedule are in very limited release, so the number of movies customers are actually able to see in nearby theaters may be just one or two. The upcoming lineup includes such indie films as John Cho-starrer “Searching,” which bows this weekend, along with “We the Animals,” “Papillon,” “An L.A. Minute,” “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” “Skate Kitchen” and “Juliet, Naked.” As of Aug. 15, MoviePass changed the terms of its plan to limit customers to only three movies per month for $9.95, down from one per day under the prior offer. MoviePass also has told customers showtime availability “may be limited depending on the popularity of those films on the app that particular day.”The limited availability of blockbuster films stems from the fact that MoviePass pays a premium for the most in-demand moves during peak periods. The company’s dramatic curtailing of options for customers — coming off a nearly $127 million loss for Q2 — punctures a hole in its original Netflix-for-theaters promise.Meanwhile, the new subscription plan from AMC Theatres is going gangbusters.The AMC Stubs A-List plan, launched in response to MoviePass, costs $19.95 per month for up to three viewings per week. Last week the chain said AMC Stubs A-List members have attended more than 1 million movies and the program has signed up over 260,000 paying members less than two months after launching. The company said A-List members now account for more than 5% of its weekly attendance.Here’s the lineup of films MoviePass says will be available to customers from Aug. 23-29 (as of Thursday at noon ET):Thursday, Aug. 23: “The Happytime Murders,” “Mile 22,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “We the Animals,” “Papillon,” “An L.A. Minute,” “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” “Skate Kitchen,” “Juliet, Naked”Friday, Aug. 24: “The Happytime Murders,” “Alpha,” “We the Animals,” “Papillon,” “An L.A. Minute,” “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” “Skate Kitchen,” “Juliet, Naked”Saturday, Aug. 25: “The Happytime Murders,” “Searching,” “A-X-L,” “We the Animals,” “Papillon,” “An L.A. Minute,” “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” “Skate Kitchen,” “Juliet, Naked”Sunday, Aug. 26: “The Happytime Murders,” “Searching,” “Alpha,” “We the Animals,” “Papillon,” “An L.A. Minute,” “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” “Skate Kitchen,” “Juliet, Naked”Monday, Aug. 27: “The Happytime Murders,” “The Equalizer 2,” “We the Animals,” “Papillon,” “An L.A. Minute,” “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” “Skate Kitchen,” “Juliet, Naked”Tuesday, Aug. 28: “Crazy Rich Asians,” “A-X-L,” “We the Animals,” “Papillon,” “An L.A. Minute,” “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” “Skate Kitchen,” “Juliet, Naked”Wednesday, Aug. 29: “The Meg,” “Mile 22,” “We the Animals,” “Papillon,” “An L.A. Minute,” “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” “Skate Kitchen,” “Juliet, Naked” ×Do You Speak Singlish?Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJ Balvin Wants to Work with Rihanna00:27 twitter facebook reddit Linkhttps://variety.com/2018/digital/news/moviepass-expands-selections-excludes-meg-crazy-rich-asians-1202915320/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0002:4302:43More Videos00:27J Balvin Wants to Work with Rihanna01:04Keke Palmer Was Inspired by Her ‘Hustlers’ Co-Stars02:31’The Eternals’ Cast Would ‘Destroy’ the Avengers01:32Awkwafina On ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Oscars Snub & ‘Jumanji’ Sequel04:33Luther Brown & The Choreography of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ – Variety Artisans02:57Why Jameela Jamil Speaks Out Against AirbrushingCloselast_img read more

Study shows some cuckoo birds may actually help their hosts

first_img Journal information: Science (Phys.org) —A team of researchers in Spain has found that at least one species of cuckoo bird may actually help its nest-mates survive. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how in studying the great spotted cuckoo, they found that crow hatchlings were actually more successful due to the presence of an uninvited bird. Most everyone knows that cuckoo birds are the ultimate free-loaders. Mothers lay their eggs in the nests of birds of different species, leaving them to raise their young for them. What many may not realize however, is that different kinds of cuckoo birds behave differently when they hatch. Some famously push all the other eggs out of the nest, leaving themselves as the sole survivor and beneficiary. Other’s however, don’t do that, instead, they leave the other chicks alone and share in food the mother brings, acting as an adopted sibling, of sorts. At first glance it would appear that the host birds gain no benefit from this arrangement, but upon closer inspection, that assumption has been proved wrong.The researchers in Spain were studying the relationship between cuckoos and host carrion crows. In so doing, they were surprised to find that survival rates for crow chicks in nests shared by a cuckoo, were actually higher than for cuckoo-less nests. Looking even closer they discovered that the cuckoos had a survival mechanism that crows did not—they gave off a stink when threatened that caused predators such as feral cats to stay away. The stink, the researchers found, was caused by a chemical mix of repulsive compounds that included indoles, acids, sulfur and phenols. Taken together it proved too much for cats and birds of prey which typically find chicks in a nest easy pickings when the mother is away gathering food.The discovery by the team came as part of a 16 year study of carrion crows that included observations of birds in 741 nests. After noting the advantage to crow chicks when a cuckoo chick was present, the team actually moved chicks around between crow nests, to find out whether it increased their chance of survival—it did, on average by 40 percent, even when there were fewer crow chicks.The team’s research shows that parasitic relationships among birds are more complicated than originally thought. Prior research has also shown that carrion crow mothers appear to understand the benefit of a cuckoo chick—upon discovery of the interloper, they treat it as their own, rather than push it out of the nest. Study shows fairy-wrens learn to drive off cuckoos from their neighbors More information: From Parasitism to Mutualism: Unexpected Interactions Between a Cuckoo and Its Host, Science 21 March 2014: Vol. 343 no. 6177 pp. 1350-1352 DOI: 10.1126/science.1249008ABSTRACTAvian brood parasites lay eggs in the nests of other birds, which raise the unrelated chicks and typically suffer partial or complete loss of their own brood. However, carrion crows Corvus corone corone can benefit from parasitism by the great spotted cuckoo Clamator glandarius. Parasitized nests have lower rates of predation-induced failure due to production of a repellent secretion by cuckoo chicks, but among nests that are successful, those with cuckoo chicks fledge fewer crows. The outcome of these counterbalancing effects fluctuates between parasitism and mutualism each season, depending on the intensity of predation pressure. Explore furthercenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Study shows some cuckoo birds may actually help their hosts (2014, March 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-03-cuckoo-birds-hosts.html © 2014 Phys.org A carrion crow brood parasitized by a great spotted cuckoo. Credit: Vittorio Baglionelast_img read more

How to Easily Locate the Accelerometer in an iPhone

first_imgHere the Δ means “change in”. So the acceleration is the change in velocity divided by the change in time—that is a rate. But here is the key point. Both the acceleration and velocity are vector quantities. This means that they depend on direction as well as magnitude. Since the velocity is a vector, you can have an acceleration just by changing the direction of the velocity. Moving in a circle at a constant speed means there is indeed an acceleration.If we have an object moving in a circle, the acceleration is pointed towards the center of the circle and depends on two things: the angular velocity (ω) and the circular radius (r). If you increase either of these values, the magnitude of the acceleration will also increase according to the following:So perhaps you can see where this is going. If I move a phone around in a circle, I can measure both the acceleration and the angular velocity. From this, I can calculate the radius of the circle—which will be the distance from the center of the circle to the accelerometer. That shouldn’t be too difficult. Actually, I have done this experiment before but it was a slightly different setup.Actually, you can do this yourself. Really, all you need a device that rotates the phone such that it moves in a circle with a constant radius. For me, I used this nice rotating platform.Notice the addition of the ruler so that I can accurately measure the distance from the center of the circle to the bottom of the phone. I also put a small clamp at the end to prevent the phone from flinging off the platform. That would be bad.The other thing you need is a way to measure both the angular velocity and the acceleration. Most phones have a type of gyroscope to measure rotations so that you can get both measurements with your phone. Although there are several apps to record sensor data on your phone, but I really like PhyPhox (for both Android and iOS).Now we are all set. Start recording data and rotate the phone. As the angular velocity changes, so does the acceleration (since the radius is fixed). Since the acceleration is proportional to the square of the angular velocity, I can plot acceleration vs. ω22. It should look something like this (hopefully).It seems to be linear—so that’s good. The slope of this line is 0.14138 meters with an intercept of 0.093 (rad/s)2 (that’s close to zero). That slope is the important part. It’s the distance from the center of the circle to the sensor. I recorded the distance of the bottom of the phone to the center with a radius of 0.09 meters. This means that the accelerometer is 5.1 centimeters above the bottom of the phone.But wait! What about the side-to-side location? I can repeat the experiment with the side of the phone facing the center of the circle. Here is the data for that run.In this case, I had the screen facing down with the “sleep” button side of the phone facing the center of the circle at a radius of 15.9 cm. The slope of the line above is 17.7 cm. That means the sensor is 1.8 cm from the side. OK, this is technically wrong, but I’m going to use it anyway. The 17.7 cm is actually the radial distance to the sensor. This will only give me the distance from the side of phone if the sensor was half way from the top of the phone. Oh well, this will be close enough.So here is a diagram of my iPhone (looking at it from the back).Pretty sure that’s where the sensor is located. Now I just need to take apart my phone to verify this result. Oh wait. I’m not going to do that. Everyone should probably know that I’m obsessed with both physics and smart phones. If I can use my phone for a physics experiment, I’m good to go. That’s exactly what I am going to do right now—use some physics to find the location of the accelerometer in the iPhone 7.Your smart phone has a bunch of sensors in it. One of the most common is the accelerometer. It’s basically a super tiny mass connected with springs (not actual springs). When the phone accelerates in a particular direction, some of these springs will get compressed in order to make the tiny test mass also accelerate. The accelerometer measures this spring compression and uses that to determine the acceleration of the phone. With that, it will know if it is facing up or down. It also can estimate how far you move and use this along with the camera to find out where real world objects are, using ARKit.So, we know there is a sensor in the phone—but where is it located? I’m not going to take apart my phone; everyone knows I’ll never get it back together after that. Instead, I will find out the location by moving the phone in a circular path. Yes, moving in a circle is a type of acceleration.Of course you already knew that circular motion was a type of acceleration. Yes, you knew this because you have been in car (you have probably been in a car). It turns out that the human body can also feel accelerations—although we sometimes confuse these accelerations with gravitational forces, but we can still feel them. If you are sitting in a car seat and the vehicle speeds up, it accelerates and you can feel that. Now if that car is turning in a circle, you can also feel it. That turning car is accelerating—even if it travels at a constant speed.If you want to really understand why circular motion is a type of acceleration, you need to start with the definition of acceleration.last_img read more

Social Security System launches antiinfluenza vaccination campaign

first_imgRelated posts:Mandatory prices for medical procedures rankle public, politicians Number of obese Ticos has almost quadrupled in four decades Costa Rica reports lower cancer mortality rates Caja to stop printing social security slips starting next year Costa Rica’s Social Security System, orCaja, launched a vaccination campaign this week to inoculate 1.3 million people against seasonal influenza.The campaign will run until July 14 and aims primarily at vaccinating people from high-risk groups against the virus. That includes pregnant women, children between six months and five years, and people over 60.Caja officials also recommend applying the vaccine to people ages 5-70 with chronic health conditions, including chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, morbid obesity, heart disease, congenital or acquired immunosuppression, hemoglobinopathies, cirrhosis, malnutrition, Down syndrome, neurological problems or infantile cerebral palsy.Leandra Abarca, coordinator of the Caja’s Immunization Program, said in a news release that this year the institution expanded the segment of the population to be vaccinated, raising the upper limit on children from three to five years of age.“This campaign required the acquisition of 100,000 doses more than last year, representing a total investment of $5 million for the Caja,” Abarca said.Side effects of the vaccine are minimal and occur in under one percent of those immunized. The vaccine can be applied together with other medical treatments and is free at Caja’s medical centers, the agency noted.Influenza spikesSeasonal influenza is a contagious acute respiratory disease caused by a virus. It can occur in mild or severe forms, and can even cause death.Abarca said 93 percent of the 130 people who died from influenza last year in Costa Rica were not vaccinated, despite the possibility of receiving the vaccine for free at a Caja hospital because they all belonged to at-risk groups.Because of the seasonal pattern of the influenza virus, Caja officials expect cases to peak at different times within a year.“We usually have a peak in May and another between July-August, and in the past three years we saw another peak in the last months of each year,” Abarca said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Bribri Springs Brewery Bending the craft beer rules in Puerto Viejo

first_imgJason Tayler “JT” Ficociello is a happy craft beer brewer.The U.S. expat lives in Puerto Viejo and gets to do what he loves ever since he was a 14-year-old teenager in Vermont. Back then he only brewed small batches with the help of his trusty copy of Charlie Papazian’s The Complete Joy of Home Brewing.“In the States you need to be 21 years old to drink but you don’t need to be that age to buy malted barley, hops, yeast and then mix it together with water and ferment it,” he said cheekily while sitting at his hotel, Kaya’s Place, just across from Puerto Viejo beach.Now he brews a lot more beer.His other business, Bribri Springs Brewery, started back in 2012 and, now, its craft beers are poured straight from kegs at Kaya’s bar or from his own carefully chilled bottles.The Tico Times team stayed at Kaya’s Place a few days back in December.JT had just arrived from a stay in Vermont where he visited his parents and his son, Luke.While he was there, three of his brewed drinks fermented in the Caribbean, waiting for a professional tasting. There was a specialty cider; a “Basi” that’s fermented with sugarcane and spices; and the “Ursa Major”, a mouthwatering “ras” imperial stout. It was JT’s favorite and, for what is worth, mine too.JT served us a tasting round with around three or four gulps in tulip-shaped glasses so we could get a “full bang of the aroma” in our noses. JT inspecting one of his beers. (Alexander Villegas / The Tico Times)The aroma is rich and deep, a product of JT’s meticulous attention to every detail, even the water. Bribri Springs gets its namesake from its farm in Bribri and the source of its beer’s main ingredient.“The water is everything in beer. That [spring] water is awesome,” assures JT.JT’s brewery is still the only craft beer business in the Caribbean. Every beer-loving visitor knows about it — I know because a lot of them told me to try the Aurora Borealis, which is a fruity beer. The version I drank was infused with watermelon, but I wasn’t a fan.Everything else was amazing. Before the tasting, I took a shot of the Sun Down Brown and thought it was great. It was flavorful and full of malt. It’s exactly why I love dark beers like brown ales, stouts and porters.The main reason I thought it was so good was that I hadn’t tried the Ursa Major, which is awesome and perfect. It was the last beer we tasted because JT made sure we drank the Basi when it was cold and the cider when it was even colder. But he let his Imperial Stout get warmer. The Ursa Major, an imperial stout by BriBri Springs Brewery (Alexander Villegas / The Tico Times)“Creamy. It’s good,” he said as he watched the dark liquid stick to the glass, almost like a foamy custard. “I’m very happy with that: it’s creamy, the bubbles are the right size.”He said it tasted like chocolate, I agreed.“It’s the grains,” JT said.I could tell you a lot of good things of the cider and the Basi too. They were both light and fizzy, perfect for a sunny day in Puerto Viejo. The Basi is an unclassifiable 18 percent alcohol drink that mixes both fruits and spices but tastes “wild and crazy, kinda like me,” as JT says. “[The Basi is] wild and crazy, kinda like me,” JT said. (Alexander Villegas / The Tico Times)But nothing I write about those two is nicer than telling you that the Ursa Major has earned the right to not get any other kind of comment on this article. Awesome and perfect, that’s it.It’s virtually impossible to drink Bribri Springs outside Talamanca: you either buy it there or wait until JT visits one of Treintaycinco’s craft beer celebrations. He’s usually at the monthly Salón Comunal or the recently Cerveza Indie Fest that is organized by the Asociación de Cerveceros Artesanales.“In this world of Imperial, everybody who drinks craft is an ally,” JT says.So be an ally, grab your car or take a bus and head to the beach. Make the most of your Puerto Viejo trip and drink a glass of craft beer at Kaya’s because it’s the only place on Earth you will ever taste it.Kaya’s place hosted The Tico Times during the December Deep Dive.This article was corrected at 3:20 p.m on Feb. 4, 2019. The original article named Justin Tayler Ficociello as the owner of BriBri Springs Brewery. His name is Jason Tayler Ficociello.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Rough edges and rich culture: Our Puerto Viejo Deep Dive Perro Vida celebrates first year of craft brewing Off the eaten path: Lidia’s Place Puerto Viejo Deep Dive: Surfing the Caribbean’s gnarly waveslast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories As Jurecki noted, Mitchell played all nine of his NFL seasons with the Cardinals, both in St. Louis and Phoenix. During his two years at Sun Devil Stadium, Mitchell ran for 891 yards and four touchdowns.Following his playing days, Mitchell went on to coach in the high school ranks, leading Casa Grande High School from 1993 to 1994.He had his first taste of coaching in the NFL in 1999, when he served as the Seattle Seahawks running backs coach for eight years. Under Mitchell’s tutelage, Seattle running back Shaun Alexander claimed the franchise’s first MVP award in 2005.In 2008, Mitchell served in the same role with Washington and the Redskins finished with the eighth-best rushing offense (130.9 yards per game) in the league.Mitchell spent the last two-plus seasons as the head coach of Southern University. However after a rough start in 2012, he was reassigned to another position. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has filled up his coaching staff with plenty of old colleagues from his time with the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers. However, according to Mike Jurecki of XTRA Sports 910 in Phoenix, Valley fans might recognize who Arians has reportedly picked to be the team’s new running backs coach.Hearing Stump Mitchell will be the Cards RB’s coach, played for the St. Louis/ Phx Cards 81-89… HC @ Casa Grande HS, Morgan St. & Southern— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) February 3, 2013 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more