CM shares success story of Didi Ke Bolo on social media thanks

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday tweeted about the overwhelming response that “Didi Ke Bolo”, the mass outreach programme launched by Banerjee on July 29, received from the people of Bengal.In one month, more than 10 lakh people reached out to the platform to appreciate the initiative, provide valuable suggestions and for grievances redressal. “I am humbled with the overwhelming response of the people on the @DidiKeBolo platform. In the last 30 days, over 10 lakh people have reached out to us with their words of appreciation for the initiative, valuable suggestions and grievances. I thank each one for their support and acknowledgement. We take note of their valuable suggestions and are committed to working overtime to resolve their grievances to an extent possible in an expeditious manner,” Banerjee tweeted. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTo be precise, altogether 1,000,350 people from various parts of the state have reached out to the Chief Minister and her office through the platform appealing to the government or the party to address various issues. As per statistics, the total number of calls on the helpline number — 9137091370 — has been 800,635 while the grievances mailed to www.didikebolo.com stands at 199,715. Complaints of grievances, suggestions, appreciatory messages and miscellaneous messages (by people who reached out to the authorities in distress) were received on the helpline number. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAbout 42 percent complaints were for grievances redressal, 32 percent callers provided suggestions for the platform, 22 percent shared appreciatory messages while 4 percent callers came up with miscellaneous messages. In the past 30 days, a total of 214 people in distress reached out to Didi’s office through the mass outreach platform, out of which 161 cases were resolved on a priority basis. This also included calls from people of Bengal, who were marooned during floods in Kerala and Karnataka. As part of the initiative, about 500 TMC MLAs and senior leaders conducted outreach programmes in 1,022 villages. Leaders held “Jan Sangjog Sabhas” during their on-ground visits, in which they visited key influencers in the villages, interacted with local residents, took their suggestions and listened to their grievances and spent a night in one of the workers’ homes. According to insiders within the agency that handles the complaints, the “Didi Ke Bolo” platform mostly received complaints regarding malfunctioning of municipal bodies and non-availability of BPL ration cards and the cumbersome process to get SC, ST and OBC certificates in the rural areas. Several problems related to healthcare have also been addressed.last_img read more

What a role model Paralyzed Bronco makes Adidas ad hall of fame

first_imgAIRDRIE, Alta. — An ad shows a serious Ryan Straschnitzki taping up his hockey stick and pulling on an Adidas jersey before he slides away on an ice sled.“As a kid I always dreamed of playing for Team Canada … and I still do,” Straschnitzki narrates in the commercial.“You know, when one door closes, another one opens.”The 20-year-old from Airdrie, Alta., was paralyzed from the chest down after a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team crashed into a semi truck that ran a stop sign in April 2018.Sixteen people were killed and 13, including Straschnitzki, were injured in the collision in rural Saskatchewan.Shortly after the crash, Straschnitzki made it his goal to join Canada’s sledge hockey team and win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games.His positive attitude caught the attention of Adidas and he signed a three-year deal with the sportswear company earlier this year.Initially, Straschnitzki was hired to participate in Adidas Canada’s hockey and training campaigns and programs.But the 60-second inspirational ad popped up online this week.“They did a really good job and made me look good, so I can’t complain,” Straschnitzki told The Canadian Press.“I mean, my dad always bugs me I’ve got a face for radio,” he said with a laugh.Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame has also shortlisted Straschnitzki and 16 other athletes for it’s first ever People’s Choice Award. The top four will be honoured with trophies at an induction ceremony in Toronto in late October.Cheryl Bernard, the hall of fame’s president and an Olympic curling silver medallist, said Straschnitzki was a natural choice because of his resilience, grit and hard work. The attention he has brought to sledge hockey and his message is inspiring.“What a role model,” she said.“I’m absolutely certain there’s been some horrible nights and days, and I look at what he’s done and I don’t think I would have it in me. And I think that message is what the public needs to see.”To be inducted into the hall of fame, athletes have to be retired for at least four years, said Bernard. The People’s Choice Award is open to current athletes, who are champions of their sports and communities.“We are basically starting to build a portfolio of future hall of famers.”Straschnitzki said he takes being a role model seriously and has been inspired by wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen, who reached out to him after the bus crash.Two weeks ago, Straschnitzki returned to Humboldt for the first time since the collision when the Broncos held their season opener. Straschnitzki said he also wanted to be there to support former teammate Graysen Cameron of Olds, Alta., who was also injured in the bus crash, as he returned to play with the team.There was a sense of relief in being back, Straschnitzki said.“It’s like nothing has changed. It was the same atmosphere.“The town loves to go to the games.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2019— Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterBill Graveland, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

EU investigates German carmakers for possible collusion

first_imgBRUSSELS – European Union regulators have opened an in-depth investigation into whether automakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen colluded to limit the development and roll-out of car emission control systems.The EU Commission said Tuesday that it had received information that BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen, and VW units Audi and Porsche held meetings to discuss clean technologies aimed at limiting car exhaust emissions.The probe focuses on whether the automakers agreed not to compete against each other in developing and introducing technology to restrict pollution from gasoline and diesel passenger cars.“If proven, this collusion may have denied consumers the opportunity to buy less polluting cars, despite the technology being available to the manufacturers,” said EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.The Commission said its probe was focused on diesel emission control systems involving the injection of urea solution into exhaust to remove harmful nitrogen oxides. The probe follows a report in Der Spiegel magazine last year that the automakers had agreed to limit the size of the tanks holding the urea solution.The case is another source of diesel trouble for German automakers in the wake of Volkswagen’s emissions scandal.The Commission said, however, there was no evidence the companies had colluded to develop so-called defeat devices — computer software that illegally turns off emissions controls. Volkswagen in 2015 admitted using such devices and has set aside 27.4 billion euros ($32 billion) for fines, settlements, recalls and buybacks. Former CEO Martin Winterkorn was criminally charged by U.S. authorities but cannot be extradited; Audi division head Rupert Stadler has been jailed while prosecutors investigate possible wrongdoing.The automakers said they were not able to comment on details of the case but pointed out in statements that opening a probe does not necessarily mean a violation will be found. Daimler and Volkswagen said they were co-operating with the probe; BMW said that it “has supported the EU commission in its work and will continue to do so.”Daimler noted that the probe only applied to Europe and did not involve allegations of price-fixing. BMW said it supported the Commission in its work from the start of the investigation and would continue to do so. “The presumption of innocence continues to apply until the investigations have been fully completed,” Volkswagen said in a statement.After the Volkswagen scandal broke, renewed scrutiny of diesel emissions showed that cars from other automakers also showed higher diesel emissions in everyday driving than during testing, thanks in part to regulatory loopholes that let automakers turn down the emissions controls to avoid engine damage under certain conditions. The EU subsequently tightened its testing procedures to reflect real-world driving conditions for cars being approved for sale now. Environmental groups are pushing in court actions to ban older diesel cars in German cities with high pollution levels.The Commission probe also is looking at possible collusion over particulate filters for cars with gasoline engines.The Commission said that it did not see a need to look into other areas of co-operation among the so-called “Circle of Five” automakers such as quality and safety testing, the speed at which convertible roofs could open and at which cruise control would work. It said anti-trust rules leave room for technical co-operation aimed at improving product quality.Anti-trust fines can be steep. In 2016 and 2017 the Commission imposed a fine of 3.8 billion euros after it found that six truck makers had colluded on pricing, the timing of introduction of emissions technologies and the passing on of costs for emissions compliance to customers. Truck maker MAN, part of Volkswagen, was not fined because it blew the whistle on the cartel. The others were Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco, DAF and Scania, also owned by Volkswagen.___McHugh reported from Frankfurt, Germany.last_img read more

Lebanon UN mission investigates rocket attack in south

About 11 p.m. UNIFIL radars detected the firing of a rocket from Qaissiyeh valley, with the rocket striking a private home in the village of Houla, the mission reported in a press statement issued today.UNIFIL said it was investigating the incident on the ground “to determine the facts and circumstances of the incident as well as to locate the launching site of the rocket fire.”Major-General Alberto Asarta Cuevas, the mission’s Force Commander, strongly condemned the attack and voiced concern about the recent wave of incidents in southern Lebanon.“This is the third incident involving serious security breaches south of the Litani river in a period of two weeks,” he said. “These instances show that despite all our efforts there continue to be weapons and hostile armed elements ready to use them within our area of operations.”He reiterated that the mission will work closely with the Lebanese military to try to ensure there are no other armed personnel, assets or weapons between the Litani river and the Blue Line.“There is clearly a need for further enhancing security control in the area.”The firing of a rocket occurred two days after a bomb exploded as a UNIFIL vehicle travelled through the port city of Tyre, injuring five peacekeepers and two civilians.On Saturday, General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser added his voice to that of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Security Council members and Major-General Asarta Cuevas in condemning the attack.In a statement issued by his spokesperson Mr. Al-Nasser welcomed Lebanon’s pledge to bring the attack’s perpetrators to justice.“President Al-Nasser calls upon all parties to observe the safety and security of UNIFIL peacekeepers and other UN personnel in accordance with international law,” the statement noted. “He attaches great importance to the fulfilment of UNIFIL’s mandate.”The mission, which has been in operation since 1978, currently has just over 12,000 peacekeepers from 35 countries.Meanwhile, Mr. Ban, who has been on an official visit to Doha, Qatar, for the UN Alliance of Civilizations forum, met on the sidelines yesterday with Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansoor.Mr. Ban urged Mr. Mansoor to launch a thorough and immediate investigation into Friday’s attack and to bring the perpetrators to justice. 12 December 2011The United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is investigating last night’s firing of a rocket that has damaged a home and seriously injured a woman in the country’s south. read more

Kilinochchi residents nab armed gang

Residents in the area, on being alerted of the move by the gang to rob the houses, surrounded the men and attempted to catch them. The area residents caught four of the men while two managed to escape. The men were tied and handed over to the police together with the knives and swords. (Colombo Gazette) Residents in Kilinochchi caught a group of armed men who had arrived at a location with the intention of robbing several houses.A six member gang with knives and swords had arrived at the YMCA residential area in Kilinochchi early this morning on three motorbikes.

FEATURE Im not whole – female genital mutilation survivor speaks out

A network of women advocates in Doka, Sudan. They are committed to ending FGM in their community. Photo: UNFPAAt 15, Jaha had to be “reopened” in order to have sex with her husband.Female genital mutilation also has a direct impact on maternal mortality. Girls and women that have undergone the procedure are 70 per cent more likely to suffer haemorrhage after giving birth and are twice as likely to die during childbirth. FGM also has a direct impact on infant mortality, as it is linked with higher rates of infant resuscitation, stillbirth and increased risk of death during and immediately after birth.“I have three kids and every time that I’ve delivered my babies, having to go through that process, of getting stitched up because of FGM and the scars that I have and the pain that I go through when I’m delivering my baby. With all three kids that I have, my labour has been more than 18 hours and that is a direct result of FGM,” says Jaha. Strong in her conviction, Jaha founded Safe Hands for Girls, a non-governmental organisation aiming to end all forms of violence against women, especially FGM. Women who go through FGM, she says, especially girls born in the United States, suffer from low self-esteem. “They feel they can’t enjoy sex… and if they share their stories, they will be seen as freaks.” International migration has increased the number of girls and women living in the West who have undergone FGM. And while that can be addressed in Western countries, where the procedure is wholly outlawed, change in Africa and the Middle East where FGM is prevalent must come from within.Many countries see people from the West advocating against child marriage and FGM as intruding on their culture and religion, Jaha says. “But when it comes from within, when you have people like myself, when you have people from the community, saying that even though this has been our culture, it’s not putting women ahead. It’s the women that know the pain and it’s those women that are standing up to say that we do not want this.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Jaha Dukureh, activist and FGM survivor. UN Photo/Evan SchneiderPrevalent in mostly least developed countries where there are also high rates of child marriage and adolescent pregnancies, FGM is deeply rooted in tradition and upheld by the unequal power relations between men and women and the desire to control women’s sexuality, according to the UN. In some communities it is believed that the practice has religious support but there is no evidence that FGM is required by Islam, Christianity or any other religion. “Besides the physical harm that is implied on women, there is also the psychological part which when we sit with women, they mostly talk about. They feel that it’s a humiliation for them to go through such a practice. Young girls are very touched when we talk to them about FGM because the most common word that we hear from women is that it’s the worst day of my life,” said Mona Amin, a UN Development Programme FGM expert in Egypt. A march against FGM. The participants are graduates and supporters of a rite of passage that serves as an alternative to FGM. Photo: UNFPA/Mandela Gregoire The practice is almost universal in that country as well as in Somalia, Guinea and Djibouti, where more than 90 per cent of girls and women have been cut. In Jaha’s home country, The Gambia, the prevalence rate for women aged 15-49 remains at 76.3 per cent, which means that 3 out of 4 women get cut in their lifetime. She says FGM is a deeply ingrained custom, one that is used to prevent girls from having sex before marriage and to keep them “clean.” And women who do not undergo FGM often are stigmatised and shunned from their communities. “Women don’t need to be mutilated in order for them to stay virgins and I don’t think we’re unclean if we don’t go through FGM,” Jaha says. “For girls who have not gone through FGM, they’re seen as unclean, not fit to be in the same room with women who have gone through FGM. They even go as far as to say they stink when they walk into a room. It’s discrimination, basically. We’re telling women they’re not clean because a part of their body is not cut.” Jaha was just a week old when she was infibulated. Infibulation, or type 3 female genital mutilation (FGM), entails narrowing of the vaginal opening through the creation of a covering seal. The seal is formed by cutting and repositioning the inner, or outer, labia, with or without removal of the clitoris. “I’m not whole. I’m not intact. Something was taken away from me,” she says. Jaha was at the United Nations this week to share her story on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. Marked every year on 6 February, the Day aims to raise awareness of the risks of FGM, with this year’s theme focused on urging health workers to mobilize against the “medicalization” of the deeply harmful practice. Female genital mutilation exposes girls and women to severe complications, including haemorrhage, tetanus, sepsis, urine retention, sexual dysfunction, and even death. Yet, 130 million girls and women alive today have been cut in some 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East, according to the UN. If the practice persists, by 2030, another 86 million girls will experience some form of FGM. read more

Boris Johnson set to appeal court summons over Leave campaign claim

On Monday night Mr Ball said the former Foreign Secretary’s legal team has lodged an application for a judicial review of the case.The politician is reportedly claiming the summons was unlawful.He will also seek to have the criminal proceedings suspended until the outcome of the judicial review if his application is granted.Mr Ball said he intends to oppose the application after being named as an “interested party” in the case.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Boris Johnson will seek a judicial review of the decision to summon him to court to face a private prosecution, it has been claimed.The Tory leadership contender has been ordered to appear before a judge to answer three charges of misconduct in a public office following an allegation that he lied about how much Britain gives to the EU.Marcus Ball, a Remain campaigner, took out a private prosecution claiming Mr Johnson was wrong to say that Britain gives £350million a week to Brussels.Last month District Judge Margot Coleman decided Mr Johnson had a case to answer and issued a summons at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.It means he could face a criminal trial over charges that carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. read more

Wisla Plock looking for new playmaker – Szollosi is close…

balazs szollosiManolo Cadenas ← Previous Story Anton Mansson goes back to Bundesliga – TBV Lemgo! Next Story → RK Vardar easy win over Tatran Presov The Polish runners-up Orlen Wisla Plock second year in a row facing with the problem of playmaker’s position. Wisla’s coach, Manolo Cadenas, admits that his team searching for a new solution after injuries of two players:– Considering the fact, that Jurkiewicz and Tioumentsev got injured, as well as frequency of the games I have to admitt, that we need one more center back player, who is able to give us adequate quality – said Manolo Cadenas after the last game against Wybrzeże.Wisla Plock are interested in Hungarian youngstar, Balazs Szollosi almost everything was agreed, but at the end his team Balatonfuredi declined the offer. read more

The Daily Old Medias Last Gasp

first_imgThere’s plenty going on in the world of technology right now. At the top of the list–and rightfully so–is the fact that, according to a new traffic analysis, Egypt recently restored Internet access after last week’s post-protest blackout. There’s also Google’s big Honeycomb unveiling today–something that’s sure to make a huge impact on the consumer electronics world as we know it. Microsoft is battling with Google, some iPad hardware may have leaked out, and oh, NASA found a bunch of planets outside of our solar system. Neat.Somehow, though, every news outlet can’t stop talking about The Daily–Rupert Muroch’s attempt to single-handedly save traditional print media. The iPad app launches today for $0.99, plus a $39.99 yearly subscription fee.We’ve rarely seen this manner of media coverage on the launch of an iPad app–this sort of fawning is generally the product of a slow news day, which, last time I checked, today was anything but. This sort of intensive coverage seems to be the result of two factors. First, Murdoch is rich and controls an ungodly amount of global media. When he speaks, people listen.Second, the media itself is eager to jump on any perceived savoir–and understandably so. No one wants to become obsolete. I’ve got to wonder though, is the rest of the world so concerned with how they get their media? As long as it arrives and is easily digested, I suspect that the world could care less how the proverbial news sausage is made.Perhaps I’m letting cynicism get in the way of what could potentially be a great product, but it’s hard to imagine this manner of media fanfare surrounding any other industry. So, what do you think–is this a case of old media holding out hope for continued relevance in an ever evolving digital age?last_img read more

Gullit thinks Sarris criticism against players was too risky

first_imgDutch legend Ruud Gullit is convinced that Maurizio Sarri’s tactic of criticizing his players is destined to fail miserably if he continues to do it.Maybe it’s because Maurizio Sarri didn’t get the memo when both Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte were sacked by Manchester United and Chelsea, but Dutch legend Ruud Gullit doesn’t get why the Italian manager decided to criticize his player out of left field.Both Jose and Antonio began their own demise right after they started coming after the players because they thought it was a good way to “wake them up”, they started to come after them in a very public manner and many of them didn’t take it very well.A football manager in one of the biggest clubs in the world needs to understand one thing, professional players have giant egos and they don’t take criticism very well in private, let alone in public.So when both of these managers decided it was a good idea to throw their players under the bus in front of the cameras, it was pretty obvious that the rest of the players in the squad would take the side of their teammates rather than the manager.Mourinho came after several of his players and we all know what happened, Conte went after a few and everybody at Chelsea turned against him.Sarri playing with fire, warns Gullit https://t.co/npD2rc8TLr pic.twitter.com/KRwBhkqYW0— Sola (@Sollynatey) January 26, 2019Maurizio Sarri doesn’t seem to understand that doing this is a big “no-no” in any major club, coming after Eden Hazard might end up as a huge mistake on his part.The situation might end up a bit different than with the other two managers we mentioned, as the Belgian forward’s reaction could just be to leave the Blues and finally make his decision to play for Real Madrid and the Chelsea players might resent the coach because they will think his criticism pushed him away from the club.An expert on knowing how dressing rooms work is Dutch midfielder Ruud Gullit, a former AC Milan star who was part of that mythical Rossoneri squad that won two consecutive European Championships before the format became known as the UEFA Champions League.During his time as a Milan player, Gullit was able to know the insides of the dressing room in detail and knows exactly how a star-studded squad would react to criticism like the one Sarri is handing out at the moment.Sarri warned against ‘risky’ criticism of @ChelseaFC stars by Blues legend Gullit https://t.co/dxkVpRXoAB pic.twitter.com/8eH9BuPStc— Premier League News (@BarclaysLeague) January 26, 2019Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It is very, very risky to criticize your players in public like Sarri did this week – even if you know you are right,” Gullit wrote in a BBC Match of the Day column.“Sometimes as a manager you really want to be open about what you are thinking, good or bad, and for the right reasons. You are hoping your players respond in the right way.”“But if that openness is misinterpreted by them, then you have more problems.”“What you really don’t want is a situation that plays out in the media like the one we have just seen at Chelsea. The only people who benefit when that happens are the newspapers.”“Sarri spoke about Hazard, calling him an individual and not a leader, and then Hazard responded by basically saying he does not care what his manager thinks, he is still going to do his thing – so shut up,” he added.“That is already a sign of what can go wrong when you call your players out.”“I have never really felt like Sarri’s job was at risk through all this but, if they keep talking about each other then, as a manager, he is in trouble.”“That has nothing to do with the power of the player involved, either.”“Yes, Hazard is Chelsea’s best player, and they rely on him too much, but it is the whole dressing room that Sarri has to handle here and keep happy, not just an individual.””It is very, very risky to criticise your players in public like Sarri did this week, even if you know you are right.”Ruud Gullit says Maurizio Sarri should avoid saying anything negative about his Chelsea players.👉 https://t.co/8zQgNnrRij#CFC #Chelsea pic.twitter.com/2Y8HAXSkQh— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 26, 2019What do you think about managers who publicly come after their players as a manner of improving their game? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Extreme highend headphones are big and bulky except this one

first_imgThe Abyss Diana Phi headphones Abyss I’m a lucky guy, I’ve reviewed most of the world’s state-of-the-art headphones, and they’re all big, head hugging over-the-ear designs from the likes of AKG, Audeze, Beyerdynamic, Grado, Hifiman, Sennheiser, and Stax. The Abyss AB-1266 is the biggest headphone I’ve ever worn, and the best-sounding headphone I’ve had a long-term relationship with.Then last year I reviewed a new, much smaller Abyss headphone, Diana, and while it was awfully good, it wasn’t in the league of those aforementioned very best full-size headphones. Close, but no cigar. Abyss is an upstart headphone maker rapidly advancing the state of the art, so now there’s a second Diana: the Diana Phi. It looks the same, but the Diana Phi’s insides are different. It features a new version of the mighty AB-1266 Phi’s driver, and the sound tuning has been refined. The Diana Phi’s handmade, real leather ear pads are larger and a different shape than the original, still-in-production Diana’s. To cut to the chase, the new Diana Phi is the smallest ultra-high-end planar magnetic headphone I’ve ever tested (not counting the Audeze LCDi4, but that’s an in-ear model).abyss-ab-1266-cc-2-2048xThe very large, but not uncomfortable Abyss AB-1266 Phi Abyss Diana Phi’s impedance is rated at 32 ohms. Its very flexible cable is five feet long, and it’s fitted with a standard 3.5 mm stereo plug and a 6.3mm adapter, or a 2.5mm, four-pin XLR, or 4.4mm balanced plug. The headphone weighs 12.3 ounces and comes with a beautifully finished canvas carry bag. Abyss headphones and their drivers are all designed, machined, finished, and hand-assembled in their Lancaster, New York factory. The Diana is $2,995, Diana Phi is $3,995, and the AB-1266, now called the AB 1266 Phi TC, is $4,995.Listening to the two DianasThey look alike, but what about the sound? Well, both are highly transparent and pure, and the bass is deep with excellent control. Original Diana is no slouch, but switching over to Diana Phi, the sound is more vivid, the soundstage expands, and it’s more clearly focused. Thanks to the new larger ear pads, I found the new Diana a little more comfortable over long listening sessions. Owners of original Dianas can upgrade to the new pads, which run $175 a pair.The Diana Phi sound is more incisive, so I could more clearly hear how George Harrison was “bending” his vocals on Within You Without You from the latest high-resolution Beatles Sgt. Peppers album. I never before noticed the extent that he was mimicking the sitars’ sounds. Harrison never sang like that again. On Paul Simon’s So Beautiful or So What? album, the instruments, especially the percussionists, were more cleanly separated and distinct from each other. It sounds like a better mix over the Diana Phi. I was spellbound by Chan Marshall’s sultry vocals on her latest Cat Power album, Wanderer, with a set of Audeze LCD MX4 headphones. The sound balance was warmer, mid bass was richer, the music was more “organic” than what was coming from the Diana Phi. The MX4 was my Headphone of the Year in 2018, but switching over to the Diana Phi, Marshall’s vocals came through with more presence — I felt like I was at the session. Thanks to the Diana Phi’s superior dynamic punch, the music sounded more alive; cymbals sounded airier and more detailed. The MX4 was more relaxed — it took the energy down peg or two. Both headphones have very potent, cleanly defined low bass. diana-phi-noback-sEnlarge ImageAbyss Diana Phi Abyss The MX4 does have one clear-cut advantage over the Diana Phi: the MX4’s higher sensitivity makes it a much better match to portable, battery-powered music players and phones. The Diana Phi does its best at home with the Mytek Brooklyn, Pass Labs HPA-1, and best of all, the Luxman P-750u headphone amp. The extreme high-end headphone market is getting mighty crowded, but near as I can tell, the Abyss Diana Phi doesn’t have a direct competitor. Nothing this small sounds this good!As for the really large Abyss AB-1266 Phi TC, it’s still the one to get for headphone buyers craving the very best. 5 Headphones Home Entertainment Tags Share your voice Comments The Audiophiliaclast_img read more

Party Politics Texas Edition Ep 31 November Elections And Houston Astros Fever

first_img Listen Jay Aiyer, political science professor at Texas Southern University and Brandon Rottinghaus, professor of political science at the University of Houston sport their Houston Astros gear after the team wins the World Series. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Houston Astros win, need we say anymore? Okay it’s not really politics, but this doesn’t happen every day you know! U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is nuts… for pecans 00:00 /18:35center_img On this weeks’ episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus get into the politics of: X Abbott on Confederate plaque at Texas Capitol  $61 billion dollar Harvey aid package looked for from Washington Bribery investigation on Texas A.G. Ken Paxton closedThen, the guys get you up-to-date on what you’ll be voting on this November when it comes to constitutional amendments, sexy right? By the way, don’t forget to check out our national episodes of Party Politics, too.Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin and our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

No 25ranked Volleyball Takes Part in Media Day

first_imgThe ranking was announced by PrepVolleyball.com, where a panel of college coaches from across the country and representing all three NCAA women’s volleyball divisions determines the top list of classes. “It is very exciting to start the 2019 season,” said Busboom Kelly of her No. 25-ranked Cardinals. “We have a bunch of new players and faces. We lost four starters from last season but so far this has been an amazing preseason. This group has worked really hard on their connection with each other on and off the court. It does not feel like we are a younger, inexperienced team.  So they have been a joy to coach and we can’t wait to show everyone what we have been working so hard on.” University of Louisville volleyball coach Dani Busboom Kelly and players Aiko Jones and Alexis Hamilton previewed the upcoming season at the annual media day Monday at the Planet Fitness Kueber Center. Click here for the entire press conference. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 502-GO-CARDS, or by visiting the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 at Cardinal Stadium (2800 South Floyd Street) on weekdays from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m., ET. Single match tickets will also be available for purchase on match days at the L&N Federal Credit Union Arena ticket windows starting one hour prior to match time. Story Links The Cardinals home slate includes 15 matches against teams that were nationally ranked in 2018, as well as 11 matches against teams that earned an NCAA Tournament berth last season. The Cardinals posted a 22-9 record in the 2018 season and made their 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. UofL is led by returning HM All-American Melanie McHenry as well as starters Emily Scott and Piper Roe, a member of the US Collegiate National Team.   The Cardinals will host Miami (Ohio) next Saturday at 3 p.m. for an exhibition match at L&N Federal Credit Union Arena as the final tuneup before the onset of the regular season. The season will highlight one of the best Cardinal recruiting classes in recent memory. The 2019 UofL volleyball recruiting class was ranked No. 16 in the nation, the highest ranked class in the ACC and the highest ranking Cardinal class since 2006. Single match tickets can be bought here  To see the complete schedule, click here   Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Peloton Taps TV Vets Jennifer Cotter Kevin Chorlins to Lead Content Team

first_img“Jen and Kevin are two of the biggest innovators and leaders in digital media, and we couldn’t be happier to have these two running our world-class production and content team,” Peloton president William Lynch said in announcing the hires. He cited Cotter’s experience working with talent to produce daily live programming and Chorlins’ background in lifestyle television.Cotter reports to Lynch, and Chorlins reports up to Cotter. Both officially start at Peloton next Monday, June 3.Cotter spent nearly 13 years at HSN, most recently as executive VP for content, television and programming, where she oversaw a team of more than 500. Prior to joining HSN, she was one of the founding executives of the Oxygen Network, where she spent six years and served as senior VP of development.Chorlins joins Peloton from Discovery-owned Scripps Networks, where he worked for almost 12 years, most recently as senior VP of international content and brand strategy since 2010. In that role, he oversaw global content, marketing and communications strategy for brands including Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, DIY Network and Cooking Channel. He first joined Scripps Networks in May 2007 as DIY Network’s director of consumer marketing before being promoted to VP of marketing for the channel.Founded in 2012, New York City-based Peloton distributes content through the Peloton Bike, the Peloton Tread, and Peloton Digital apps for iOS and Android.Earlier this year, a group of music publishers sued Peloton, alleging the company provided access to more than 1,000 songs via its high-end exercise equipment without obtaining a license. Those include tracks from Rihanna, Drake, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran, Wiz Khalifa, Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, according to the complaint, which seeks damages of over $150 million. In response, Peloton said it has “partnered with each of the major music publishers, record labels and performing rights organizations, and many leading independents. We have also invested heavily to build a best-in-breed reporting and licensing system to support our partners and provide our members with a world-class fitness experience.” NBCU, Peloton Will Stream Spin Classes from PyeongChang in Olympics Marketing Deal Popular on Variety Relatedcenter_img Peloton is bulking up its programming muscle with the hire of two television and digital-media execs to lead the fitness-tech company’s original content division: Jennifer Cotter, a former senior exec at HSN, is its new chief content officer, and longtime Scripps exec Kevin Chorlins joins as senior VP of content.The duo will lead Peloton’s content and production teams in New York and London, which produce as many as 48 classes per day spanning indoor cycling, indoor and outdoor running and walking, boot-camp, yoga, meditation, strength training and stretching.The company says it has 1.25 million customers for the high-end Peloton bikes and treadmills as well as its $19.49-per-month digital-subscription service, which provides unlimited access to the classes.In the next 12 months, Peloton is eyeing boosting its output to over 300 fitness shows per week on average for members in the U.S., U.K., and Canada and, starting later this year, Germany. In 2020, it plans to open a new 35,000-square-foot broadcast production facility and multi-studio space on Manhattan’s West Side (consolidating its three current NYC studios) as well as a London-based studio to broadcast live classes across European time zones. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 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 UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Solar Plane to Fly Continuously Around Mars

first_imgSky-Sailor, the working dream of a solar-powered, autonomously-controlled microairplane, has exciting implications in two areas: one on the technological advances of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs); and another on exploring the lower atmosphere of Mars. Scientists André Noth, Walter Engel and Roland Siegwart of the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems in Switzerland believe that Sky-Sailor will reach the inner orbit of Mars within a decade or two, depending on advancements in technology. Components of Sky-Sailor. Image credit: Noth, et al. Engineer André Noth with Sky-Sailor. Image credit: Alain Herzog – EPFL. While other solar airplanes have been developed since the late 1970s, the scientists have defined loftier goals for Sky-Sailor. The group plans to have the airplane fly continuously for at least several months, all by itself, and all on solar power.“Sky-Sailor is unique because it is designed to fly autonomously—not only during the day, but also during the entire night until the next morning, where a new cycle of charge and discharge of the battery can start,” Noth explained to PhysOrg.com. The project began in late 2003 as part of a technology program for the European Space Agency to explore the gap between the areas covered by high-flying orbiters and land-rolling rovers. By early 2005, the scientists had built and tested an initial prototype, which was launched by hand and achieved a continuous flight time of five hours, with a 24-hour flight test planned for the summer of 2007. In a paper in IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, Noth, Engel and Siegwart reported on their most recent research.“The benefit of having a solar airplane on Mars would be the ability to cover an extended area in a short period of time and on each location on the red planet,” Noth said. “Rovers have poor area coverage and satellites a predefined path, i.e. their orbit. Airplanes could be a complementary help for ground mission, giving information to a rover about the best path to reach a point of interest, and avoiding stones and ravines where it could get stuck. Moreover, an airplane could study the atmosphere (e.g. composition, winds, weather) and the magnetic field, which are topics which we have very little information on so far.”In order for Sky-Sailor to navigate Mars, the group demonstrates, the plane must satisfy that planet’s flight conditions: a low atmospheric density, decreased solar energy, variable winds and below-freezing temperatures. At an altitude of 1500 m and an average velocity of 30 km/hr, Sky-Sailor’s top priorities include a low-weight structure to minimize energy needs, and a small enough volume to fit inside the shell which will transport the plane to Mars. According to these constraints, the scientists demonstrate an optimal wingspan of about 3 m. Weight is a bit trickier, especially with the current battery densities which mean the batteries currently account for almost half of the plane’s total mass of 2.6 kg. The scientists’ goals, therefore, rely on improved battery technology in the future.“Sky-Sailor was designed as a prototype flying on Earth to prove that continuous flight is feasible on Mars (by flying at altitude were air density is comparable, for example),” Noth explained. “In fact, many challenges remain, such as the fact that, at the very low temperature on Mars, the battery would have a highly reduced capacity if not heated and maintained at more than 0-10°C. Moreover, entry into the atmosphere of the red planet with the airplane folded in a shell would decelerate with the use of a parachute, which requires investigation. So whereas it is feasible now on Earth, it would require a huge amount of additional work to be sure that the airplane can safely travel all the distance to Mars, withstand the vibration during the entry in the Martian atmosphere, then deploy itself and work in an atmosphere where the temperature can decrease to -100°C.”The current plane prototype, which the scientists constructed by hand, is made of rigid, low-weight materials including balsa wood and carbon fiber. The 216 flexible solar cells, with a 17% efficiency, enable the plane to retrieve more than 80 watts at optimal sun conditions. To maintain a leveled flight, Sky-Sailor requires around 16.25 watts—the excess energy is stored in a lithium-ion polymer battery for night use. With the storage capability, the scientists say that the plane can fly all night, plus several more hours during cloudy or foggy conditions.For such a small, light-weight structure, the plane can do some high-tech things. Digital sensors can measure altitude and airspeed, allowing the plane to fly over targets such as coasts or canyons, while a CCD camera can image the ground. While the plane’s default is autopilot, a ground control station can also allow the scientists to monitor and give orders to the plane while in flight.Based on these abilities, the group suggests that Sky-Sailor might have uses closer to home, as well. Because of its low-cost, long flight times and simplicity, the scientists list applications such as border surveillance, weather research, media imaging, and forest fire prevention—where the latter alone costs billions of dollars in damage each year.“What is the most exciting is the global design methodology of such a system,” said Noth. “In fact, we are not developing new solar cells or new batteries for the prototype, but rather we are finding the best way to combine actual technologies in order to optimize characteristics like the autonomy, for example. For comparison, a good chef can cook you an exceptional meal with standard products, whereas an apprentice can miss it completely even using expensive products. The important knowledge lies in the recipe, and this is the same for the case of an engineer working on a multidisciplinary project.”Citation: Noth, André, Engel, Walter, Siegwart, Roland. “Flying Solo and Solar to Mars: Global Design of a Solar Autonomous Airplane for Sustainable Flight.” IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine. September 2006 pp. 44-52.Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Newfound kilometer-size asteroid orbits the sun every 151 days Citation: Solar Plane to Fly Continuously Around Mars (2007, March 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-03-solar-plane-mars.html Explore further 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. 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Researchers fabricate first largearea fullcolor quantum dot display

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Researchers fabricate first large-area, full-color quantum dot display (2011, February 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-fabricate-large-area-full-color-quantum-dot.html (PhysOrg.com) — For more than a decade, researchers have been trying to make TV displays out of quantum dots. Theoretically, quantum dot displays could provide extremely high-resolution images and higher energy efficiencies than current TVs. Now in a new study, researchers have presented the first large-area, full-color quantum dot display that could lead to the development of displays for the next-generation TVs, mobile phones, digital cameras, and portable game systems. Explore further Quantum-dot LED screens may soon rival OLEDs and LCDs Electroluminescence image of a four-inch full-color quantum dot display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. Image credit: Tae-Ho Kim, et al. ©2011 Macmillan Publishers Limited. 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. The researchers, Tae-Ho Kim and coauthors from various institutes in South Korea, have published their study on the first four-inch, full-color quantum dot display in a recent issue of Nature Photonics. The display consists of a film printed with trillions of the tiny quantum dots (an average of 3 trillion per cm2). The quantum dots emit light at a specific wavelength (color) that can be tuned by changing the size of the quantum dots. Previous attempts to make full-color quantum dot displays have faced challenges in that image quality tended to decrease with the size of the display. To overcome this challenge, the researchers in the current study used a different method for applying the quantum dots to the film’s surface. Instead of spraying the quantum dots onto the film, the researchers created an “ink stamp” out of a patterned silicon wafer. They used the stamp to pick up strips of size-selected quantum dots, and then stamp them onto the substrate. Unlike the spraying methods, this method does not require the use of a solvent, which previously reduced color brightness.As the results showed, the new quantum dot display has a greater density and uniformity of quantum dots, as well as a brighter picture and higher energy efficiency than previous quantum dot displays. The new display is also flexible, so applications could include roll-up portable displays or flexible lighting applications. The technology could also be used in photovoltaic devices, which would especially benefit from quantum dots’ high energy efficiency. More information: Tae-Ho Kim, et al. “Full-colour quantum dot displays fabricated by transfer printing.” Nature Photonics. DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2011.12.via: Nature Newslast_img read more

Simulation shows nuclear pasta 10 billion times harder to break than steel

first_imgNeutron star. Credit: NASA A better way to model stellar explosions More information: Elasticity of nuclear pasta, Physical Review Letters (2018). journals.aps.org/prl/accepted/ … 708d692a5b0747353591arxiv.org/abs/1807.02557Press release Explore further Prior research has shown that when stars reach a certain age, they explode and collapse into a mass of neutrons; hence the name neutron star. And because they lose their neutrinos, neutron stars become extremely densely packed. Prior research has also found evidence that suggests the surface of such stars is so dense that the material would be incredibly strong. In this new effort, the researchers report evidence suggesting that the material just below the surface is even stronger.Astrophysicists have theorized that as a neutron star settles into its new configuration, densely packed neutrons are pushed and pulled in different ways, resulting in formation of various shapes below the surface. Many of the theorized shapes take on the names of pasta, because of the similarities. Some have been named gnocchi, for example, others spaghetti or lasagna. Caplan, Schneider and Horowitz wondered about the density of these formations—would they be denser and thus stronger even than material on the crust? To find out, they created some computer simulations.The simulations showed that the nuclear pasta was, indeed, stronger than the material on the crust. The simulations also showed that such formations are likely the strongest material in the entire universe. They showed, for example, that they are 10 billion times stronger than steel. But that is not the end of the story. The simulations also backed up another theory that suggests neutron stars could be generating ripples in the fabric of spacetime due to their strong gravitational pull. The theorized rippling effect is due to the irregular formation of the nuclear pasta. This means that neutron stars could be emitting gravitational waves that could someday be observed by super-sensitive equipment here on Earth. A trio of researchers affiliated with several institutions in the U.S. and Canada has found evidence that suggests nuclear material beneath the surface of neutron stars may be the strongest material in the universe. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, M. E. Caplan, A. S. Schneider, and C. J. Horowitz describe their neutron star simulation and what it showed.center_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. Journal information: Physical Review Letters Citation: Simulation shows nuclear pasta 10 billion times harder to break than steel (2018, September 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-simulation-nuclear-pasta-billion-harder.html © 2018 Phys.orglast_img read more

Reviving the art of storytelling

first_imgKathakar-International Storytellers Festival that starts off on January 30 aims to generate awareness on the traditional methods of storytelling in different parts of the world. Traditionally, folk tales, epics and community history were communicated orally with gestures and expressions to leave a lasting imprint on listener’s mind. Though novel concepts of storytelling have been introduced in contemporary times, the traditional methods are still alive. Following story tellers will be performing at the festival – Villupattu (Tamil Nadu), Baithak ni Bhavai, Baithak ni Bhavai (Gujarat); Khongjom Parva (Manipur),  Emily Parish (Sweden), Sarah Rundle (UK), Godfrey Duncan (TUUP, UK), Daniel Hall (Hungary). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Villupattu is an ancient tradition in which stories are narrated using a unique musical instrument i.e. a bow (villu) placed on a mud pot. The lead singer beats the pot while singing and co-singers play active listeners uttering appropriate oral responses to the song in between.Bhavai is a popular folk theatre form from specially Gujarat. Nayak Baldevbhai D and his troupe from Kalol, Gujarat will present stories on Patan, Gujarat and also on social themes. Khongjom Parva is a style of ballad singing from Manipur that depicts stories of the heroic battle fought by Manipuris against British forces in 1891. Padam Shri recipient, Nameirakpam Ibemni Devi from Imphal, Manipur will perform at the festival. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEmily Parish is a story teller who explores ancient art of story telling within a contemporary context. A Swedish national, she will be sharing folk tales from Europe, India and Africa.Sarah Rundle is from West London, UK. and specialises in community storytelling. Performing for last seven years on various themes, she will be presenting stories from Silk Route in this festival.Born in Guyana and raised in West London, Godfrey Duncan has been working as a professional story teller since 1981. He will be presenting folk tales from Africa. Daniel Hall has majorly worked in the field of English language theatre. He will be sharing folk tales from Hungary.When: January 30 – February 1 Where: Amphitheatre, Janpathlast_img read more

How to face the sun

first_imgSummer time means scorching heat, high humidity and harsh sun rays that can make your skin discoloured, dry and dull. From opting for anti-fungal products to using facial mist can be some ways to retain the moisture of your skin. Experts give us easy and effective tips to keep skin look hydrated and healthy during the warmest season. Go easy: Since we produce more oil during the summer months, it’s tempting to use harsher scrubs and face washes. These can strip the skin off its essential oils – so go for a mild foaming cleanser instead. If you perspire a lot, it’s more important to use a gentle cleanser as you will be washing your face multiple times a day. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSunscreen ready: UV rays are one of the main causes of hyper pigmentation and skin discoloration. But this can be prevented by applying sunscreen an hour before you step out into the sun. Oral sunscreen are also easily available that will not only keep your skin protected but also your hair.Opt for anti-fungal products: Summers attract a lot of germs and fungal infections. It’s best to apply antifungal body washes, lotions and powders around this time to keep the germs and infections at bay. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveExfoliate: Gentle exfoliating at least twice or thrice a week will help remove dead skin cells and it will also improve the blood circulation to the face. It can also allow your skin to absorb the moisturizing products better.Hydrate: The heat can make you sweat and lose moisture – so don’t skip this step. You can replace the heavy creams you used during winter with lighter, water-based moisturizing lotions. Apply it as soon as you take a bath to lock in the water molecules and keep your skin feeling hydrated and fresh. Facial mists: Carry a facial mist in your bag and spray it whenever you feel you need to soothe and refresh your skin. It restores the skin’s moisture and prevents it from over-drying. Minimal makeup: Under bright sunlight, natural or mild makeup looks the best – so don’t overdo it or you’ll end up with melting foundation and smudged eyeliner.last_img read more