first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Treaty 1 to 11 gathering is a growing movement made up of grassroots people and First Nations leaders from communities within the Treaty 1 to 11 areas.They held a meeting near Brandon, Man., this week.APTN National News host Michael Hutchinson was there and brings this report.last_img

first_imgOTTAWA – When G7 finance and international development ministers convene in British Columbia next week, Canada hopes the meetings will generate fresh ideas on how aid money can be leveraged to entice the private sector to boost investments in poorer parts of the world.The challenging search for solutions will take place in Whistler, where finance and international development ministers will gather together for the first time at formal G7 meetings.Many countries, including G7 members like the United States and the United Kingdom, have been working for some time to lure more private capital into developing nations as a way to help make up for inadequate levels of foreign aid.Canada has been a late bloomer in this area. Earlier this year, it became the last G7 country to create a development finance institution to operate alongside its government-run foreign aid program.Marie-Claude Bibeau, the federal international development minister, says the hunt for new ways to get more private investment cash into developing countries will be a key part of the talks in Whistler.As this year’s G7 host, Bibeau says Canada will also put female empowerment at the centre of the development discussions — with new approaches that will take into consideration the full life cycle of girls, adolescents and women.Whatever Canada announces on development, she added, will be in line with the Trudeau government’s feminist policy.But Bibeau stressed that without innovative ideas, the international community will fall well short of its overall targets on eradicating poverty.Investments from donor countries around the world will have to be between $5 and $7 trillion in order to achieve the planet’s sustainable development goals by 2030, she said.Total funding last year was around $147 billion, she added.“We have to go from billions to trillions, so we know that if we only count on those donor countries, such as Canada and the G7 countries, we will never end poverty,” Bibeau told The Canadian Press in an interview.“So, we really have to think differently and bring new partners on board.”Bibeau said many options will be on the table in Whistler. She declined to get into specifics, but added that solutions could involve new ways of removing financial hazards for the private sector in riskier parts of the world.Canada sees the G7 as an important setting to come up with new ideas because of the large role it plays in development.Bibeau’s office says the G7, including the EU, provides 76 per cent of the world’s “official development assistance,” which is defined as government aid intended to improve economic and social development in poor countries. The G7 also provides 81 per cent of the planet’s humanitarian assistance, a spokeswoman for Bibeau said.The G7 discussions will also focus on trying to get the private sector interested in investing in women’s businesses in developing countries — and Bibeau said there will be an emphasis on adolescent girls.Adolescent girls in poorer countries often face big obstacles related to gender-based violence, early pregnancies and other challenges that result in them leaving school early age, she said.For Bibeau, giving adolescent girls in these countries the chance to improve their education, health and nutrition will be a big part of the effort.“We believe that this is the best way to end poverty — but if we want to have empowered women, we have to give girls the opportunity to develop their full potential,” said Bibeau, who has invited girls from developing countries and Canadian indigenous communities to address the ministers directly.However, some argue it won’t be easy to convince companies to put more of their money into developing countries.Liam Swiss, a development expert at Memorial University in St. John’s, N.L., said it’s important and admirable for governments to encourage private sector investors to get involved.But companies’ main goals will remain focused on where they can make money, he said.“They’re profit driven, so you can have good corporate social responsibility, but at the end of the day, the things that matter most is what their shareholders can yield in profits,” said Swiss, who is unsure what new tools could be proposed to attract private investors.“In terms of new and innovative ways to bring that about, I’m a bit at a loss in terms of what the G7 could offer to firms to encourage their partnership and their investments in these ways that hasn’t been tried before.”Critics of this approach, Swiss added, warn about potential abuses by private-sector firms in communities and of individuals — and the possibility the poorest people won’t see economic benefits.Others are more optimistic about what the G7 meetings might come up with.Megan O’Donnell of the One Campaign, an anti-poverty group co-founded by U2 singer Bono, said efforts by come countries have been “extraordinarily successful” so far in attracting private investment dollars to developing countries.The key question, she said, is whether we know that there have been positive impacts for the poorest people.“There has been some interesting work to suggest that that is the case, but I think a lot more can certainly be done to continue to build that evidence,” said O’Donnell, the One Campaign’s policy manager on gender issues.Looking ahead, she believes giving more economic empowerment to women — as entrepreneurs, for example — will be a win-win because they can also help investors’ bottom lines, once the financial risks have been eliminated.“It might not be intuitive for them at the start to recognize, ‘Hey, this is really a profit-seeking opportunity for us,’” she said of companies.“But with removing some of those risks, then all of a sudden the private sector is increasingly incentivized.”last_img read more

9 March 2011The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners this week began an emergency distribution of food aid to an additional 50,000 people in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, in response to the severe shortages caused by the prevailing drought. “WFP and its partners are doing all we can to feed the hungry – especially women and children – who have been forced from their homes by a combination of drought and conflict,” said Stefano Porretti, the WFP Country Director for Somalia. “They are caught in the middle, squeezed on all sides, and need our support.”The additional food distributions consist of high energy biscuits, fortified with vitamins and minerals. The food was delivered to residents of 20 camps in the outskirts of Mogadishu. The distribution followed an assessment of the needs of displaced families forced to move closer to the capital because of the drought. In total, WFP aims to provide food assistance to 1.2 million people in Somalia this year. The agency requires some $46 million to enable it to respond to the needs of those facing hardship for the next six months. It has already reduced the size of rations for vulnerable groups, including the internally displaced persons in Mogadishu, due to dwindling resources.The agency will also work with its partners to open new centres providing cooked meals in or near camps for the displaced. The new centres will be in addition to 20 feeding centres that WFP supports across Mogadishu, feeding a total of 85,000 people each day. The total number of people being fed by WFP in Mogadishu now stands at 240,000.WFP is providing food to 710,000 people in central and northern Somalia because of drought, conflict, rising food and fuel prices.An estimated 2.4 million people – 32 per cent of the country’s 7.2 million people – are in need of relief aid as a result of drought and two decades of conflict. read more

22 September 2011The United Nations educational agency has embarked on a new partnership to train thousands of school principals, beginning in Kenya, Ghana and India, that has the potential to benefit up to 10 million children in the future. The initiative by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Varkey GEMS Foundation, a not-for-profit education organization, is known as the “10,000 Principals Leadership Programme.” “This partnership is an excellent example of the new platforms for cooperation the world needs today to achieve education for all,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, adding that tackling complex, global challenges requires innovative and far-reaching partnerships between the public and private spheres.According to UNESCO, school principals in many developing countries receive little, if any, leadership and development training. The new initiative foresees the training of 10,000 principals in the three countries targeted over four years. “All evidence shows that supporting the professional development of school principals and leaders is a key to success in any reform aimed at improving the quality of education and transforming the school culture,” said Ms. Bokova.The agency added that the multiplier effect of the programme has the potential to benefit thousands of teachers and up to 10 million children.Under the initiative, the Foundation, in cooperation with UNESCO, will provide leadership and professional development courses to improve the skills and knowledge of the school principals. During the first year, an initial group of trainers will be trained to ensure consistent delivery, as well as building capacity in the required methodology. The 50 to 60 trainers will be further supported to train 500 principals in Ghana, Kenya and India. During the subsequent three years, the 500 trained principals will in turn be responsible for training all the beneficiaries. The initiative was announced by former United States president Bill Clinton at the yearly meeting in New York of the Clinton Global Initiative. Speaking at that meeting, the founder of the Varkey GEMS Foundation, Sunny Varkey, stressed that the private sector can work with governments and civil society to ensure education for those less fortunate. “The fact that 67 million children around the world have no access to education is intolerable,” said Mr. Varkey. “For us to confront, collectively, some of the world’s biggest challenges such as poverty, conflict, prejudice and intolerance we need to lift the standards of education worldwide.”The new initiative reinforces an agreement signed earlier this year between UNESCO and GEMS Education to boost the advancement of girls in mathematics, science and technology through the training of teachers and school leaders, initially in Lesotho and Kenya. These projects are part of UNESCO’s Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education launched in May of this year. read more

TORONTO — At least 255 workers were told they will be laid off from GM Canada’s St. Catharines, Ont., auto parts plant because they don’t need the production due to a strike at the company’s CAMI facility in Ingersoll, Ont., according to Unifor Local 199 in St. Catharines, Ont.The company has confirmed they are making adjustments to production at the facility.More coming.

The Government of Morocco and the Secretariat today signed a host country agreement for the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention, which will take place in Marrakech from 29 October to 9 November.At the meeting, the political deal concluded in Bonn in July will be converted into a package of detailed decisions, the Secretariat said. Such decisions will enable ratification of the Convention’s Kyoto Protocol by Governments whose adhesion is necessary to bring it into force, also guiding future action under the Convention itself.”We must make further progress towards an effective international strategy to combat climate change,” said Mohamed Elyazghi, Morocco’s Minister of Spatial Planning, Urban Managing, Housing and Environment, who signed the agreement for the host country. “By hosting this conference, Morocco would like to demonstrate to the international community the political commitment that Africa as a whole has to this common objective,” he said. read more

Speaking at the UN General Assembly in the opening meeting of the General Debate, at UN Headquarters in New York, President Plevneliev underlined his country’s “difficult, dramatic and sometimes turbulent journey” from dictatorship to democratic rule.“Bulgaria has gone through a successful transition from totalitarian rule to a functioning democracy with an open market economy and a vibrant civil society,” he told the gathered delegates. “We stand ready to share the experience from our road to democracy with other countries undergoing similar challenges,” he added, noting that Bulgaria was seeking election to the Council for the period 2019 to 2021. As an indication of Bulgaria’s appreciation of human rights-related issues, Mr. Plevneliev emphasized his country’s “long-standing tradition of tolerance and dialogue” between ethnic and religious communities.“This tradition can be aptly illustrated by a glimpse of the centre of our capital, where four temples of different religions – Islam, Judaism, Catholic and Orthodox Christianity – coexist peacefully surrounded by archaeological monuments of several ancient civilizations,” noted President Plevneliev. In addition, he pointed to Bulgaria’s ongoing fostering of dialogue through the Sofia Platform which promotes an exchange of views and best practices among government officials, experts, representatives of civil society and non-governmental organizations, focussing on the transition process in Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the Middle East. “This forum has shown that though the historical, cultural and political realities vary in different countries and regions, conclusions and lessons learned can be relevant in the field of national reconciliation, rule of law, institution building and security sector reform,” he added. In his statement, the Bulgarian President also addressed a range of other issues, including terrorism, the situation in Syria, the Middle East peace process and disarmament.The Assembly’s General Debate, an annual occurrence held at UN Headquarters in New York, will conclude on 1 October. During the intervening week, the world’s heads of State and government and other high-level officials are expected to present their views and comment on issues of individual national and international relevance. read more

first_imgThat number is an impressive jump from the already impressive 24 hours of video per minute that YouTube was logging back in March.We’ll spare you the rest of the fun facts, but Google has plenty more, over on the official YouTube blog. Thirty-five hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute–that’s 2,100 hours per hour and 50,400 hours per day. In other words, if a standard Hollywood movie is 120 minutes long (which, actually, seems a bit generous), that means that the length equivalent of roughly 176,000 movies are uploaded a week.Okay, one more, from Google,Another way to think about it is: if three of the major US networks were broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for the last 60 years, they still wouldn’t have broadcast as much content as is uploaded to YouTube every 30 days.last_img read more

first_imgManifestation contre un puits de déchets nucléaires en Suède La société suédoise SKB chargée des déchets nucléaires dans le pays vient de déposer une demande pour construire un puits d’enfouissement pour 100.000 ans. Cette demande intervient au même moment que la catastrophe nucléaire qui menace le Japon.Deux demandes d’autorisation viennent d’être déposées par la société suédoise SKB. L’une concerne la construction d’un puits à Forsmark, près de la mer Baltique (à 150 kilomètres au nord de la capitale, Stockholm), l’autre concerne la construction d’un site de préstockage à Oskarshamm, sur la côte sud-ouest du pays. Les prévisions laissent penser que les sites seraient opérationnels d’ici à 2024 au plus tard.   À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéConcrètement, concernant le puits, les déchets nucléaires devraient être placés dans des coffres en cuivre et enfouis à 500 mètres sous terre. Il y seraient stockés pour au moins 100.000 ans. Mais les militants de Greenpeace expliquent que ce procédé est extrêmement risqué car il n’existe pas de garanties suffisantes qu’aucune fuite radioactive n’aura lieu pendant cette période.  Ainsi, 25 militants écologistes ont manifesté mercredi devant les locaux de la société SKB, demandant à ce que davantage “de recherches soient faites pour pouvoir garantir qu’aucune radioactivité ne puisse fuir”. Pour l’heure, la Suède utilise dix réacteurs nucléaires qui produisent 45% de son électricité.Le 17 mars 2011 à 19:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Lyrics Site Genius Accuses Google of Lifting Content Genius Season Two Protagonist Revealed National Geographic’s new scripted drama Genius has a great premise. Each season focuses on the life of an inventor or scientist, with the goal being to impart a deeper understanding of who the person was. Their first subject is Albert Einstien, a man we’ve all heard of, but most of us know very little about. Most people have a general idea of his contributions to science. They’re vaguely familiar with the concept of relativity, and they know that E=MC2 is a thing. That’s kind of it as far as the general public’s knowledge of Einstein goes. That’s why it’s exciting to have a TV show that purports to present an unfiltered look at who the man actually was.Judging by the first episode, Genius doesn’t shy away from showing the less-flattering aspects of Einstein’s life. If you never thought physics could be sexy, this series has much to show you. It is the horniest drama about an aging physicist in pre-Nazi Germany you’ve ever seen. The episode begins with an older Einstein having sex with his assistant up against a blackboard, which is a pretty effective way of letting you know exactly what kind of man we’re dealing with. His second wife, Elsa appears to tolerate his infidelity, even if she’s not terribly thrilled about it.Emily Watson stars as Elsa Einstein in National Geographic’s Genius (National Geographic/Dusan Martincek)From there, we’re taken back in time to Einstein’s early years. He’s struggling to pay attention in school, where they aren’t teaching the things that interest him. The mysteries of the cosmos, and all that. The story swaps back and forth between the two time periods. As a young man, we see Einstein drop out of one school, get tutored in liberal arts so he can get into the academy of his choice, and think about science a whole lot. As an older man in 1930s Germany, we see him grow uneasy about the rise of fascism and plan his escape to the United States.There are a few areas where the series shines. The first is in its cast. Geoffrey Rush (no news here) is a fantastic actor and disappears into the role of Einstein. His performance is amazing, and it’s matched by everyone around him. The writing definitely has its issues, but these actors make it work. Even the clunkiest lines in the show sound natural and believable thanks to this cast. Johnny Flynn as young Einstein is charming and so fun to watch, I can’t wait to see him grow into Geoffrey Rush as the series goes on. It makes me so happy the TV has gotten to the point where actors like this don’t limit themselves to film. One of the best things about Genius being a TV show is that we get to watch these actors week after week.Johnny Flynn stars as young Albert Einstein in National Geographic’s Genius (National Geographic/Robert Viglasky)The other thing this show does well is production design. The period sets look real, and the cinematography makes you feel like you’re there. That’s one thing you can say about Ron Howard’s stuff: It always looks really good. The production design and the performances make for the first episode’s most effective element. When Einstein is in 1930s Germany, you feel his sense of dread as Hitler rises to power. Despite having lost the election, the Nazis are out in full force. As desperate as Einstein and his colleagues are to believe they won’t come to power, all evidence is pointing to the contrary. That sense of hopelessness and knowing that the characters need to leave Germany as soon as possible is communicated effectively, leading to the most intense moments of the pilot.Of course, being a Ron Howard production, it has plenty of corny, saccharine elements. The dialogue is about as blunt and exposition-packed as it could be. Einstein may have been a genius, but there are times when the show clearly doesn’t hold its own audience in such high esteem. Character flaws are often told, rather than shown. Einsteins ideas feel very much simplified for a general TV audience. Since this show is on National Geographic, I guess I was hoping for more science. Yes, it’s important that we understand the man and who he was, but his ideas are also largely misunderstood and deserve a close look. Now, I’ve only seen the full episode, so it’s possible that the science gets expanded upon later, but for now, I was hoping to learn more about why his ideas were so revolutionary. So far, the closest we get is a scene where a Nazi professor doesn’t like Einstein’s theories.Michael McElhatton plays Dr. Philipp Leonard in National Geographic’s Genius (National Geographic/Dusan Martincek)Then there are the moments where a giant CGI sun or chalk-sphere appear in Einstein’s imagination. It felt like the producers needed to spice the lecture scenes up somehow, but they didn’t add anything. If the CG helped us understand the science behind what was being discussed in the scene, I’d feel better about it. As it is, it’s an out-of-place special effect that doesn’t mean anything.Genius isn’t a bad show, but it hasn’t gotten off to the greatest start imaginable. It has ten whole episodes to teach us about who Einstein was and why he was so important. The pilot felt like it was in a rush to introduce all the themes it would be exploring for the rest of the season. That’s OK. That’s what pilots do. It just doesn’t always make for the best introduction to a new series. Especially when it leads to blunt exposition in place of dialogue. It does do just enough right that I’m excited to see where it goes from here. Maybe it will explore Einstein’s character AND his ideas more in depth as the series goes on. In any case, it absolutely nailed the look and feel of the time period, which is enough to keep my interested for a while. Add in the masterful performances, and I’ll definitely stick around for the first season. Much like the man the show’s covering, Genius is deeply flawed, but there may be something worth your attention.Genius airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. on National Geographic.For more, read PCMag’s Fast Forward: Ron Howard on Einstein’s Genius, the Future of Filmmaking.last_img read more

Bernardo hopeful over hamstring injury

first_imgBrighton & Hove Albion defender Bernardo is hopeful the hamstring injury he picked up against West Ham United isn’t too serious.The left-back picked up the injury during a footrace with West Ham’s Michail Antonio, as the full-back sprinted away down the right to cross for Marko Arnautovic to level the scores at 2-2.Talking afterward, Bernardo said, according to Brighton & Hove Independent: “It’s something new for me, I’ve never had this muscle tightness.”“It was in the action of the second goal when I sprinted. I don’t know if it was when I stretched my leg to block the cross or if it was during the sprint.”“I fell on the floor and when I stood up, it was really tight. I could run and walk normally but it was burning, so right now all I can say is it doesn’t seem that bad because I can still do all the movements but I’ll know more tomorrow morning.”Pep Guardiola is convinced Manchester City will improve Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – May 12, 2019 Ahead of the crucial end of the season for Manchester City, Pep Guardiola is convinced his squad will improve even more next season.It appears…Asked if the ball had gone out for West Ham’s equaliser, Bernardo said: “I hoped but it didn’t happen. I tried my best but it was not enough.“He’s (Antonio) a very physical player. We were side to side during the sprint and in the last second he touched me, I lost balance and he managed to make a pass backwards and the guy was there to score.”“It’s a pity, I tried what I could but it was not enough.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Paula Deen Network will be a mix of entertainment and how-to content. Subscription membership plans run $7.99 a month for a full year, or $9.99 on a month-by-month basis. Promotional marketing has begun ahead of the September 24 launch, and prospective members are being offered incentives like coupons, contests and behind-the-scenes content. It was a little over a year ago when many wondered what would become of Paula Deen’s empire after her racially-fueled legal deposition was leaked. The Food Network took immediate action and terminated the remainder of her contract, which included two on-air programs. To make things worse, Wal-Mart, Target and Home Depot all stopped carrying her branded products. For a little while things looked bleak, but Deen bounced back quickly.Aside from her fans, Deen’s magazine publisher, Hoffman Media, was amongst the first to stand by her. A few weeks after the scandal broke the company announced they would continue to publish her magazine Cooking With Paula Deen. A smart move in hindsight, as the magazine reportedly grew its circulation by 40 percent thereafter. (A pretty good indicator that she didn’t disenfranchise her fans.) Last August all claims against Deen in her discrimination suit were dropped. Since, she has been busy rebuilding her brand.In February Deen’s “comeback” was made apparent when she revealed her new company Paula Deen Ventures. She reportedly received somewhere between $75 to $100 million in backing. In addition to manufacturing and producing her own cookware, books and cruises, Deen also publishes content through her website. And starting in September, she will roll out an on-demand digital video network.last_img read more

Army to Close Community Theaters in Europe

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR In the latest move prompted by the strict cap on defense spending, the Army is planning to eliminate its community theater program in Europe starting in fiscal 2017.About nine theaters, including those in Stuttgart, Kaiserslautern and Baumholder in Germany; Vicenza in Italy; and Mons in Belgium are expected to close. The theater program cost $1.96 million last year.In response to budget cuts in FY 2017, Installation Management Command (IMCOM), like the rest of the Army, had “to make some tough — and potentially unpopular — decisions as we work to separate wants from needs,” agency spokesman Scott Malcom told Stars and Stripes.“Our intent is to use our limited funds to provide critical base operating services and sustain the infrastructure that makes the Army ready,” Malcom said. “Is quality of life a child development center or a community theater? Are we in the humanities business or are we in the warfighting business?” he said.One or two theaters could survive since individual garrisons can choose to fund the program in different ways, Dane Winters, IMCOM-Europe’s entertainment director, wrote on the Baumholder Hilltop Theater’s Facebook page.Supporters of the theater program say the performing arts are a vital part of military quality of life as they reduce isolation and stress, and foster close host-nation relations, according to the story.last_img read more

GRAMMY Museum Signature Schools Announced In LA County

first_img Facebook GRAMMY Museum Signature Schools Announced In L.A. County Four worthy local programs will receive cash grants totaling $90,000 over the next three yearsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 16, 2018 – 2:29 pm On Oct. 16 the GRAMMY Museum announced four Los Angeles County public high schools have been selected to receive cash grants totaling $90,000 thanks to the GRAMMY Museum Signature Schools program, a GRAMMY In The Schools initiative, and the philanthropy of The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation.The recipients are Blair High School in Pasadena, Glendale High School, John Marshall High School in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, and Norwalk High School. The cash awards will be distributed over a three-year period. Additionally, each school will receive a custom award for display and recognition by the GRAMMY Museum.”Every year is a struggle to keep the train on the track,” said educator Amy Rangel of her program at Glendale High School Music several years ago, describing the community effort, financial help and ongoing struggles that come together while traditional school funding also does all it can. One high point for her was when her kids performed with donors Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. “All those guys in the band started in their school band program,” she said. “That’s where the seed was planted.” GRAMMY Museum Signature Schools Announced grammy-museum-signature-schools-announced-la-county https://twitter.com/BUMKEY/status/1050935584162635776 Twitter Email News Both at home in L.A. Live and through its many outreach programs, the GRAMMY Museum and its generous partner organizations also do all they can to support the artists of tomorrow who are still kids today — as well as supporting the social and psychological benefits that music education promotes.In the big finale for the movie Grease, Signature School John Marshall H.S. had a starring role as the make-believe Rydell H.S. But for the children attending this year’s Signature Schools, their music programs are an ongoing celebration which is only the beginning.Education Champions: 2019 Music Educator Award Semifinalists AnnouncedRead morelast_img read more

Man sentenced to death for killing wife

first_imgA tribunal in Chuadanga on Monday convicted a man of killing his wife in 2016 and sentenced him to death, reports UNB.The condemned convict is Akash Alias Mithu, 34, son of Ramjan Ali of Kuthipara village in Alamdanga upazila.According to the prosecution, Akash married Tahmina Begum in January, 2016 and since then he used to torture her over dowry. On 14 July of the year, he killed Tahmina slitting her throat.Later, victim’s father Sabed Ali filed a case with Sadar police station. Police arrested Akash the following day.Law enforcers submitted a charge-sheet against him on 10 October 2016.After examining the records and witnesses, Chuadanga Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal judge Zia Haider handed down the verdict.last_img read more

Freedom to Stand

first_imgEver imagined getting a call of nature and having nowhere to go? That would be awkward. Well not in India, at least not for men. While women have no choice but to suppress the call of nature, men would ease themselves in some corner or wall in full public view. You might give it a second thought on attending to nature’s call, on seeing the condition of public toilets in India. At any given point of time, a woman who wants to pee desperately has definitely thought of this one thing, ‘we wish we could pee while standing.’ Well, why should boys have all the fun? What if women had the freedom to stand and pee! Yes, now that’s possible.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Ladies – You can now pee while standing,” says Pee-Buddy website. Launched by Delhi based startup First Step Digital in December last year, Pee-Buddy claims to provide women the freedom to stand and pee anywhere such as public toilets in malls, airports, hospitals, highways, railway stations or even those in the metro stations. Pee-Buddy is the first of its kind use-and-throw product that allows women to pee while standing. It is a waterproof paper funnel that can be kept in bags at all times and used in toilets to pee without causing any spills or leaks. It’s a funnel-shaped female urination device (FUD), probably the first of its kind in India.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“With Pee Buddy, women just need to place it between the flow area (no insertion is required) and urinate. This way they can stay away from infections. On a different note, it is also useful because many times, due to dirty toilets, women hold the urge to urinate for a long time, which is a major reason for kidney stones,” said Deep Bajaj, Pee Buddy, founder as per an agency report.It’s not always the thinking seat that pops up a brilliant idea but at times a road trip does that too. “The inspiration for Pee Buddy came from a trip in 2013,” shares Deep. “We were on a road trip on the Delhi-Jaipur highway.  While the men drank beer and water casually, the women did not. Why? While men could pee anywhere and everywhere, womenfolk, on the other hand, needed clean toilets to ease themselves. The idea of a funnel using which women should be able to stand and pee like men was suggested by a friend’s wife. That thought stayed with me and the idea started taking shape thereafter,” he added. “We wanted to keep the name as direct as possible. It’s not an issue which is to be kept under wraps, common toilets are an issue and it was time that it got highlighted with same urgency,” he comments.    Public toilets are the hub for infectious water borne and air borne diseases causing UTI and other diseases. Women often end up using toilets in places like KFC, McDonald’s and CCD, but at the cost of buying something, which is not always possible. Pee-Buddy is highly beneficial for pregnant women and arthritis patients who are advised by their doctors to restrict their body movements. The device is more reliable as it is discharged after one use, preventing any chance of bacteria accumulation if used a second time.  “I had experienced this issue for women in my life. One with my life partner, during pregnancy, when ladies are a lot more prone to UTI and hence don’t travel much, and second in the case of my mother who had arthritis,” says Deep. Pee-Buddy is available online and in market stores all over India in packs of 5, 10, 20 and 40 for Rs 120, 200, 375, 720 respectively.last_img read more

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 8 min read The movie: An Affair to RememberThe culprit: The internetOne of the most romantic films of all time, according to the American Film Institute, An Affair to Remember (1957) stars Cary Grant as Nickie Ferrante and Deborah Kerr as Terry McKay, two star-crossed lovers aboard a ship traveling from Europe to New York. Unfortunately, as is the way with romantic movies, when the two initially meet, both are involved with other people.They become friends, however, and when Terry vacations with Nickie and his grandmother on the Mediterranean coast, they fall in love and agree to meet in six months at the top of the Empire State Building if they still want to be together.Related: Can You Guess the Movie Based on the Old Technology In It?Six months later, Terry still wants to be with Nickie, but she’s running late. In her rush to get to the Empire State Building on time, she darts across the street and is hit by a car. Seriously wounded, she is taken to the hospital.The accident robs her of her ability to walk, and Nickie – wanting to conceal her disability – refuses to contact Terry, who waited for her for hours, and believe she stood him up. Eventually, the lovers are reunited in dramatic fashion when Nickie unexpectedly turns up at Terry’s apartment on Christmas Eve.Why this wouldn’t work today: It’s very difficult – almost impossible – to remain off the internet. After spending hours waiting for Terry, there’s no way Nickie wouldn’t have Google-stalked her, and most likely, he would have been able to piece together details about her condition.If An Affair to Remember was set circa now, Carey Grant may have sent Deborah Kerr an unexpected/romantic text, but the age of randomly showing up at people’s apartments is pretty much over.We now exist in an era of constant communication, we’re the norm is to post a series of pictures, updates and posts chronicling our lives. People are rarely unavailable or unreachable, and that hasn’t just changed the way movies would be made, but how we live more generally. The movie: Office Space The culprit: The cloudMike Judge may be currently satirizing all things Silicon Valley, but back in 1999, he was busy satirizing daily life at a typical 1990’s software company with the cult classic Office Space.Related: Mixed Blessings: 4 Ways Computers Forever Changed How We WorkPeter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) leads a pack of dissatisfied, bored, perpetually mistreated programmers working at the generic software company Initech. They decide to stick it to the man nerd style by infecting Initech’s accounting system with a computer virus designed to skim fractions of pennies from the company every time it completes a transaction, with the intention of keeping the slow but steadily growing pot for themselves. (They also beat the shit out of their work printer). Unfortunately, a misplaced decimal point causes the virus to steal thousands of dollars over a single weekend. When Gibbons and co. show up at Initech’s offices on Monday to face their fate, however, they find the company has helpfully been set on fire by another disgruntled employee (Stephen Root), incinerating all incriminating evidence.Why this wouldn’t work today: All that incriminating evidence? As Judge’s current characters on HBO’s Silicon Valley could mutter at you, destroying evidence is no longer as simple as burning down a building. Two words: The cloud. The movie:  Before Sunrise and Before SunsetThe culprit: FacebookIn Richard Linklater’s 1995 cult classic Before Sunrise, Jesse (Ethan Hawke), a young American and Céline (Julie Delpy), a French student, serendipitously meet on a train and disembark in Vienna, where they spend one night together exploring the city, falling in love and, implicitly, sleeping together before Jesse’s plane leaves early the next morning for the States. The movie ends with the couple saying farewell at a train station, deciding not to exchange numbers but vowing to meet at the exact spot in six months’ time.Related: ‘Her’ Got Us Thinking. Can You Love — Like, Really Love — Your Technology?In Linklater’s next film in the trilogy (Before Sunset, 2004) we learn that while Jesse showed up, Céline didn’t (she wanted to! It’s just that her grandmother died – her funeral was the same day), and so the two don’t see each other again until they reconnect nine years later Paris, by which point Jesse is unhappily married and Céline is in a serious relationship. Although they’re still clearly meant for each other, both have grown-up responsibilities now (Jesse has a son!) and are less naïve about romance, life etc. The movie ends on a brilliantly ambiguous note — will Jesse stay in Paris with Céline or go home to his wife? (For the answer to that question, check out the third installment of the trilogy, Before Midnight).Why this wouldn’t work today: It’s a good thing Facebook wasn’t around in 1995, because it would have been one giant trilogy-killer. Even though Jesse, as a young man, presents himself as an artsy free-spirit, he would have definitely been on Facebook and he would have found Céline on the site when (if not before) she stood him up. The pair would have exchanged flirty Facebook messages that may or may not have led to an offline meeting, completely eliminating the basis of their sequel. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » The movie: You’ve Got MailThe culprit: Online dating (see also: Facebook)A Nora Ephron-directed romcom classic, You’ve Got Mail (1998) chronicles two New Yorkers falling in love via email. Meg Ryan plays Kathleen Kelly (screen name: “Shopgirl”), the owner of The Shop Around the Corner, an independent children’s bookstore, and Tom Hanks plays Joe Fox (screen name: “NY152”), owner of the big bad chain bookstore moving into the neighborhood (another reason this movie couldn’t exist today) that’s putting Kelly’s store out of business.Related: Spinning Viral Stars Into One-Man Empires: The Rise of YouTube’s Multi-Channel NetworksThe two exchange a series of increasingly personal emails, all without revealing their true identities. Meanwhile, they’ve unwittingly met in IRL (“in real life”) at a publishing party, exchanging insults over caviar. (Is it OK to eat the caviar if it’s meant as a garnish?)Eventually, via email, the pair decides to go on an actual date; Kathleen will be waiting with a red rose, but when Joe spots her and realizes “Shopgirl” = Kathleen Kennedy, he confronts her as himself (not revealing that he is actually “NY152”), leading to much romantic confusion until the big reveal.Why this wouldn’t work today: This is simply not how people behave on the internet anymore. You don’t meet strangers on a chat-room, and even if you did, you certainly wouldn’t agree to go on a date with him or her without doing some Google-stalking, identity-verifying to ensure you don’t get ‘Catfish’ed or murdered.Nowadays, “Shopgirl” and “NY152” could maybe meet on Match.com (book lovers both, they’d have a high compatibility score), but that makes for a far less interesting movie (See: He’s Just Not That Into You). And, depending on your persuasion, sadly/happily the AOL “you’ve got mail” message is a thing of the distant past. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Thanks to CGI, we get to watch Sandra Bullock spin frantically in space, Sam Neil roam with dinosaurs and Kate and Leo declare their love on a majestically sinking ship. But while technological advances have opened visual doors for directors, it’s also served up a fresh set of narrative challenges. Movie plots can require a good dash of mystery, isolation and/or serendipity to get things rolling, and that’s a hard thing to realistically convey in the age of the iPhone.The horror genre has been most affected, which is why scary movies now often include at least one disjointed scene of a character saying some variation of the phrase “looks like we’ve lost cell service!” before the slaughtering begins. (Romantic films have also taken a significant blow  – nothing kills serendipity or the romance of a missed connection like Facebook.)In that vein, here’s a look at classic films that would have been, if not entirely destroyed, at least dramatically altered or rendered wildly implausible by modern technology. April 21, 2014last_img read more

first_imgTechnology | June 04, 2009 TeraRecon Highlights Multitouch, Automation, Open Interfaces at SIIM 2009 June 5, 2009 – TeraRecon Inc. highlighted multitouch, automation and open interface features on its Aquarius iNtuition advanced visualization solution, which resonate with presentations at the 2009 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting June 4-7 in Charlotte, N.C.At SIIM 2009, updates on research, development and implementations of imaging informatics advances are presented by academics and professionals in the field. TeraRecon’s Aquarius iNtuition platform for advanced visualization is a comprehensive, client-server, enterprise solution for advanced visualization that incorporates many features closely in tune with the concepts and visions expressed at the SIIM meeting. Examples of such applications are as follows:Open API for integrating research algorithms: Research and development of algorithms such as segmentation and computer aided detection (CAD) can proceed to a certain extent in a “laboratory” setting, where algorithms are developed and tested on sample cases in a controlled environment [1]. However, in order to obtain real-world experience with such algorithms, it is necessary to deploy them into the real diagnostic interpretation workflow, which can often be challenging since most vendors of diagnostic interpretation systems do not support such integration of external algorithms. TeraRecon’s Aquarius iNtuition includes the AquariusAPS server which hosts a wide variety of automatic image processing algorithms which can be applied in a rules-based manner on any imaging data acquired by an institution’s scanners. AquariusAPS also supports an open application programming interface (API) for “plugging in” third-party algorithms, in order that they may be applied to an institution’s imaging data (even historically) and the results then observed in the context of the normal Aquarius iNtuition diagnostic user interface. The algorithm reported on by Mayo Clinic [1] is being integrated into the AquariusAPS server (for internal use only) by a Mayo Clinic team using this API, as an example of such an integration.For more information: www.terarecon.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 04, 2019 Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator SpellBound, an Ann Arbor startup specializing in augmented reality (AR) tools for children in hospitals, has officially… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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first_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Latest on criminal charges against a man accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s best actress Academy Award (all times local):4 p.m.A man who is charged with stealing Frances McDormand’s best actress Oscar will be released on his own recognizance.Terry Bryant pleaded not guilty to felony grand theft during his arraignment Wednesday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Deborah S. Brazil ruled the 47-year-old could be released without posting bail.Brazil says Bryant does not pose a threat to the community.Authorities say Bryant walked out of the Governors Ball Oscars after-party with the trophy on Sunday night and quickly gave it up when confronted by a photographer.Bryant’s attorney Daniel Brookman acknowledged Wednesday that his client can be seen on an Associated Press video holding McDormand’s best actress statuette, but says there’s a big difference between holding it and being convicted of grand theft.___1:10 p.m.A lawyer for a man charged with stealing Frances McDormand’s Academy Award says his client will fight the allegation.Attorney Daniel Brookman acknowledged Wednesday that suspect Terry Bryant can be seen on an Associated Press video holding McDormand’s best actress statuette.But Brookman says there’s a big difference between holding an Oscar and being convicted of a felony grand theft charge.Authorities say Bryant walked out of the Governors Ball Oscars after-party with the trophy on Sunday night and quickly gave it up when confronted by a photographer.Bryant, who is still in jail, is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.Brookman says Bryant will plead not guilty and ask for a reduction of his $20,000 bail.___12 a.m.A man charged with swiping and taking off with Frances McDormand’s Oscar during an Academy Awards after-party is set to make his first appearance in court.Terry Bryant is expected to be arraigned in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on Wednesday.Prosecutors on Tuesday charged Bryant with felony grand theft, a crime that could get him three years in prison.The 47-year-old Bryant remains jailed on $20,000 bail. It’s not clear if he has hired an attorney who can comment.Authorities say Bryant took McDormand’s best actress statuette Sunday night during the Governors Ball, the official post-Oscars party.Associated Press video shows what appears to be Bryant walking out with the trophy and proudly holding it high.A photographer followed Bryant and confronted him, and he was arrested. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 7, 2018 4:04 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 7, 2018 at 4:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Man accused of Oscar theft to be releasedlast_img read more

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first_imgShow tells backstory of icons like Rushmore, Lady Liberty Did you know that the original symbolism of the Statue of Liberty had nothing to do with welcoming immigrants? And that Mount Rushmore was basically built as a scheme to get road-trippers to make the trip out to South Dakota?You’ll hear the inside story on these icons and others from Geoffrey Baer, host of the PBS television series “10 That Changed America,” in three new episodes airing this summer. In addition to famous monuments, other episodes focus on streets that changed America — like New York’s Broadway — and on modern marvels like the Hoover Dam.Baer is based in Chicago, where he works for the local public television station WTTW and also gives tours for the Chicago Architecture Foundation. He spoke about the show and the backstory of some of the monuments featured in the episode airing July 17 in an interview with AP Travel’s weekly podcast “Get Outta Here !” Here are some excerpts from the podcast, edited for brevity and clarity.MOUNT RUSHMOREWhen cars were a new form of transportation, “a state official in South Dakota really didn’t think in the early days of the road trip that scenery was going to be enough” to lure people to drive all the way there, Baer said. So he decided to “create the world’s biggest roadside attraction.” Originally the carvings were going to depict heroes of the American West, but that wasn’t deemed a big enough draw, so the concept was changed to presidents.STATUE OF LIBERTYThe Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to America, but what was the meaning of the gift?Baer says America was seen in the late 19th century as a “beacon of democracy and freedom” in an era when French democracy was eroding. So the French used the statue as a way of sending “a message” to their own country by giving “America a gift of this great French figure of liberty.”The statue is often romanticized as a symbol of welcome for immigrants, partly due to its location within sight of Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants arriving in the U.S. were processed. They could see Lady Liberty as their ships pulled into the harbour. But Ellis Island didn’t open until 1892, six years after the statue was dedicated in 1886.“So it wasn’t until later that the statue took on this additional new meaning as a kind of beacon to immigrants,” Baer said.LINCOLN MEMORIALAbraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation declaring “all persons held as slaves” to be free. But almost nothing at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., mentions slavery.That’s because the intended message of the Lincoln Memorial was “that the Civil War was really brother against brother and now we’ve reconciled,” Baer said. Two of Lincoln’s speeches — his second inaugural address and the Gettysburg Address — are engraved on the walls, but not the Emancipation Proclamation.“It only was later that the monument became a platform for the civil rights movement,” Baer added. That tradition began in 1939 when the great opera singer Marian Anderson was denied permission to sing at Constitution Hall in Washington because she was African-American. Instead she sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Later in the 1960s, the monument became a site for civil rights protests, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech.Baer said one of the show’s most important themes is that whatever the original context may be for a memorial or monument, its meaning often changes with time. “Society is always changing,” he said, “even as the built environment stays where it is.”—Listen to AP Travel’s “Get Outta Here!” podcast with Geoffrey Baer on iTunes http://apple.co/2s2ruHY or on APNews.com https://apnews.com/afs:Content:2109900157Geoffrey Baer’s “10 That Changed America” https://www.pbs.org/show/10-changed-america/ FILE – In this Dec. 9, 2016, file photo, the faces of the presidents that make up the Mount Rushmore monument are shown near Keystone, S.D. The PBS host Geoffrey Baer is back this summer with new episodes of his series “10 That Changed America” focusing on streets, monuments and marvels, including one show that gives the surprising inside story behind icons like the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File) center_img by Beth J. Harpaz, The Associated Press Posted Jul 11, 2018 8:00 am PDT Last Updated Jul 11, 2018 at 8:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more