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Bill Clintons World AIDS Day Statement

first_imgBill Clinton released a heartfelt statement for World AIDS Day earlier this week.“Today is a day for reflection and even more, for rededication,” he said. “We reflect on the lives that have been lost to AIDS, the bravery of those who continue to live with HIV/AIDS and the commitment of so many worldwide to treat them. And we rededicate ourselves to eradicating the HIV/AIDS epidemic once and for all.“The challenges we face are clear. There are 37 million living with HIV worldwide, only 54 percent of whom are aware of their status. But as we look ahead, we should take strength from the remarkable progress that has been accomplished over the last 15 years. The number of new infections has fallen by 35 percent; the number of people receiving critical antiretroviral therapy (ART) in the developing world has increased from under 1 million to nearly 16 million; and the number of deaths attributable to HIV/AIDS has dropped by 42 percent since peaking in 2004.“We are proud to have been part of this progress through the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). This year, 9.9 million people worldwide have access to CHAI-negotiated HIV/AIDS medications, and we are pleased that just this week CHAI and its partners announced three new agreements that could increase access to more sustainable HIV drug regimens at reduced prices.“Today and in the years to come, the international community — governments, businesses, multilaterals, and NGOs — must continue to strive toward achieving universal treatment, improving diagnostics, and helping all countries build strong, self-sufficient health systems to meet the needs of their people and maximize the effectiveness of their resources.“The past 15 years have shown us that we can afford to be ambitious and that we have a responsibility to be so. We are committed to a world in which everyone who has HIV/AIDS or who is at risk for contracting the virus has access to the knowledge, treatment and support they need.”last_img read more

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Iraqs president visits Iran weeks after US renews sanctions

first_imgTEHRAN, Iran — Iraq’s president is visiting Iran less than two weeks after the United States restored oil sanctions that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.State TV says Barham Salih arrived Saturday and met with his Iranian counterpart, President Hassan Rouhani.Iran, which has had major influence over Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, is hoping to maintain exports to its neighbour despite the renewed sanctions. Iraq is Iran’s second-largest market after China, buying everything from food and machinery to electricity and natural gas.Trade between the two countries was some $7 billion in 2017, and they have vowed to boost it to $8.5 billion this year.The Associated Presslast_img

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Maoist attack in Jharkhand 3 cops injured

first_imgRanchi: Three policemen were injured in a Maoist attack in Seraikela district of Jharkhand on Monday, police said. Members of the banned Left-wing extremist group detonated landmines and then fired indiscriminately on a police bus in Hudanga village. The police personnel were on their way to the Suru irrigation project and dam when the attack took place. The injured policemen were rushed to a Jamshedpur hospital.last_img

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US investors take over Spanish 2nddivision club Reus

MADRID — American investors are taking over Spanish second-division club Reus, keeping it from being dissolved and dropped from the league.The club says real estate investment bankers Russell Platt and Clifton Onolfo have purchased 99.7 per cent of Reus’ shares.Financial details were not immediately released, but local media say the club’s debt has reached 5 million euros ($5.7 million).The statement by Reus on Monday says the new group plans to build an 18,000-capacity stadium and an entertainment complex.The club says Platt was a founder of Morgan Stanley Real Estate, while Onolfo was a former owner of the Connecticut Wolves, a team which used to play in the United Soccer League.The takeover will allow Reus to keep playing in the second division and avoid the immediate risk of extinction. Last month, players demanded out of their contracts because they hadn’t been paid in months.The new owners will have to show the club from near Barcelona is in compliance with rules by the Spanish league and other stakeholders.Reus’ match against Las Palmas on Saturday was suspended because of the team’s situation.The Catalan club is 20th in the 22-team second-division standings.Among the players affected by Reus’ situation was young United States defender Shaq Moore, who was playing on a loan from Levante. He returned to Levante this month.___More AP soccer: and Associated Press read more

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Facebook Live post nets wiretapping guilty plea for student

TOWSON, Md. — A Maryland university student has pleaded guilty to illegally wiretapping a congressional staffer and putting the conversation on Facebook Live without consent.The state prosecutor’s office said Monday a plea agreement was reached with Jake Burdett, a Salisbury University student. Under the agreement, Burdett will receive probation before judgment and 100 hours of community service.Prosecutors say Burdett, a 21-year-old advocate for Maryland Marijuana Justice, took part in a rally in front of Rep. Andy Harris’ office in Salisbury, Maryland, in October. Then he and others met with a member of the congressman’s staff in his office.Harris’ staff told the group not to record the meeting, citing office policy, but prosecutors say Burdett recorded and streamed it on Facebook Live without the staffer’s consent.The Associated Press read more

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UN anticrime agency helps Afghanistan combat corruption

20 August 2010The United Nations anti-crime agency is helping to bolster the justice system in Afghanistan, where reconstruction and development are hampered by corruption and poor governance. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is helping the Afghan Attorney General’s office create and implement a code of ethics and professional standards for prosecutors.It is also advising the Government on reforming anti-corruption legislation to be in line with the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), ratified by Afghanistan in 2008.Launched last August, the code of ethics was developed in an Afghan-led process over three years and finalized with the help of UNODC and the United States State Department. Consultations across the country with prosecutors also contributed to the final draft.The code integrates international standards with Afghan legal and cultural norms, including obligations to uphold human rights as well as the rights of those accused of committing crimes.Dozens of its articles specifically to prosecutors and set standards for their performance, and they include an internal disciplinary mechanism for investigations, adjudications and appeals of complaints lodged against prosecutors by other legal professionals and the public.UNODC voiced hope that the code will enhance professionalism and integrity in the Attorney General’s office and is one of many steps to ensure the highest integrity in all prosecutors to boost public trust in investigations and prosecutions.The agency will continue to support the office’s training for prosecutors in all provinces and to bolster accountability and integrity. read more

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The 10 most common occupations in Canada last year

OTTAWA — The top 10 occupations in Canada last year for men and women, according to the 2016 census:WOMEN1. Retail salespersons2. Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses3. Cashiers4. Elementary school and kindergarten teachers5. Administrative assistants6. Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations7. Administrative officers8. Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates9. General office support workers10. Early childhood educators and assistantsOlder Canadians forgoing retirement, working through golden years: censusWork-at-home trend stays static as daily commutes get longer across CanadaGender gap in STEM fields proving difficult to close, say experts, census dataMEN1. Transport truck drivers2. Retail salespersons3. Retail and wholesale trade managers4. Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents5. Construction trades helpers and labourers6. Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers7. Material handlers8. Carpenters9. Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations10. Cooks read more

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LTTE convicts in Gandhi assassination approach HC

Both the rules specify that imprisonment for life for the purpose of calculation of normal date of release shall be deemed to be sentences of imprisonment for 20 years,they said. Two Sri Lankan nationals, undergoing life imprisonment in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, have filed habeas corpus pleas in the Madras High Court,challenging their incarceration, after completing 20 years in prison.In their separate petitions, B Robert Payas and S Jayakumar contended that their detention in prison beyond 20 years was illegal and violative of their fundamental right under article 21 of the Constitution of India. The life convicts, presently serving their sentences at Puzhal Central Prison here, contended that the date of release of prisoners sentenced to life, has to be calculated as per rules 236 and 341 of Tamil Nadu Prison Rules, 1983. A division bench, comprising justice C Nagappan and justice PR Shivakumar, posted the matter for November 30.Payas and Jayakumar were arrested on June 10 and 11 respectively in 1991, in connection with the case. A designated court had in 1998 imposed death penalty on 26 persons including Payas and Jayakumar, which was later converted to life imprisonment by the Supreme Court on May 11, 1999.The Advisory Board of Tamil Nadu government to decide on the premature release of life convicts, convened on January 20, 2010, did not recommend in their favour. (PTI) read more

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Annan urges G8 leaders to give top priority to Millennium Development Goals

“Let me appeal to you to incorporate the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals] as an explicit priority in the programmes and policies of your Governments, and to do whatever you can to show that you are serious about them,” the Secretary-General wrote in a letter to the G-8 summit that will be held in the United States from 8 to 10 June on Sea Island, Georgia. The Millennium Development Goals adopted unanimously by all UN Member States back in 2000, set out yardsticks for measuring development progress by 2015 in eight areas of global importance, including hunger, poverty and health. Noting that four of the 15 years have already passed with “mixed results,” the Secretary-General stressed that the goals could still be reached by almost every country – “as long as it pushes through the necessary internal reforms and receives the necessary external support.” “We are running out of time, especially in sub-Saharan Africa,” Mr. Annan wrote in the letter that was released at UN Headquarters in New York. Noting that the task of achieving the MDGs posed the greatest challenge in Africa, he said that trade, health and official development assistance (ODA) were the three areas were action was vital for the continent. The Secretary-General emphasized the crucial importance of Goal Eight – a global partnership between developed and developing countries – for achieving the other seven targets. He also pointed out that reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS was a prerequisite for attaining other goals in regions where the impact of AIDS and malaria was particularly severe, as in sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. Annan welcomed recent initiatives by Canada and United States to give developing countries easier access to affordable anti-retroviral therapies, but noted that in themselves those measures were “not enough.” In a related development, the UN Children Fund (UNICEF) called on G-8 leaders to remember the plight of children in many countries. “If we are to meet the Millennium Development Goal aiming to reduce child mortality by two-thirds, the world needs to action greater deliberation and urgency,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said in a statement. “The G-8 countries have the power to drive child mortality rates down. UNICEF urges them to use it.” read more

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Will the Calgary Stampedes bottom line be affected by the recent economic

Will the Calgary Stampede’s bottom line be affected by the recent economic downturn? by 660 NEWS Staff Posted Jun 5, 2015 1:30 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 5, 2015 at 1:51 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The flags are up around the city and storefront windows are being decorated with animated cowpokes, but given the current state of Calgary’s economy, will the city’s biggest party be as big this year?There are signs that the bottom line could be hit like a midway whack-a-mole.Chuckwagon tarp revenue dipped by $750,000 in the recent auction and Stampede party planners have said they are waiting for their phones to ring.Bill Gray, president and chairman on the Stampede board, said he still has high hopes buoyed by strong ticket sales which he said are on pace with last year.“Certainly we understand that economic conditions have changed,” he said. “They have seen some less spending than normal on park than we have in previous years, but I think attendance will hold and I think everybody always looks forward to Stampede and they’re looking forward to the party this year maybe in particular.”He’s also optimistic that Canada’s languishing loonie will translate into more American visitors seeking a bigger bang for their buck. read more

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UN antidrug agency names Colombian footballer Falcao new Goodwill Ambassador

The United Nations anti-drug and crime agency today named Colombian footballer Radamel Falcao García Zárate as its Goodwill Ambassador for drug prevention.“I am proud to be a UNODC [UN Office on Drug and Crime] Goodwill Ambassador,” said Mr. Falcao. “My goal is to help the youth of this world show drugs a red card.”The striker for Monaco F.C., who will be getting a first-hand account of the UNODC fight against drugs and crimes, recently visited Ciénaga de Santa Marta, a coastal area of Colombia associated with drug trafficking.He helped secure $100,000 from Swiss watchmaker Hublot for an alternative development project to help families involved in illicit drug production and trafficking to turn to legal livelihoods. UNODC implements small-scale projects, such as fish breeding, beekeeping and livestock rearing, which are reinforcing 35 producers’ associations and directly benefiting 1,022 families.The head of UNODC, Yury Fedotov, called Mr. Falcao “one of the most exciting players of our time” at the announcement of the designation, who has used his skills to inspire young people and show them the way to a healthy lifestyle. “He is a role model of fair play, dedication and humility not just in his native Colombia, but also worldwide,” Mr. Fedotov said.“Football is the most popular sport in the world, with billions of fans around the globe. As UNODC Goodwill Ambassador, you can help us reach the young and marginalized,” Mr. Fedotov told Mr. Falcao. “I look forward to working with you and seeing young people fulfil their potential – as you have.”The footballer will represent Colombia in the World Cup next year. read more

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New treatment offers up to ten months extra life for women with

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. The new treatment combines the standard weekly chemotherapy with the immunotherapy medication atezolizumab which once every two weeks.The combination works by chemotherapy “roughening up” the surface of the cancer, which enables the immune system to better recognise and therefore fight the cancer as a foreign object.Following the results of this trial, which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the new treatment is now under review by health authorities who will decide whether to offer it on the NHS.Patients at St Bartholomew’s Hospital with triple-negative breast cancer are offered immunotherapy as part of ongoing trials.Triple negative breast cancer is more common in women under 40 and black women, according to Macmillan Cancer Support.It is one of the rarer forms of breast cancer, with around 15 per cent of breast cancers classified as triple negative. A new treatment could offer up to ten months extra life for women with one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, following a successful British trial.Using a combination of immunotherapy and chemotherapy, the body’s own immune system can be tuned to attack triple-negative breast cancer, scientists found.The research, carried out by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, also showed that the combined treatment reduced the risk of death or the cancer progressing by up to 40 per cent.Professor Peter Schmid, a professor of cancer medicine at QMUL and the author of the trial, described the results as a “massive step forward”.“Triple-negative breast cancer is an aggressive form of breast cancer; we have been desperately looking for better treatment options,” he said.“It is particularly tragic that those affected are often young, with many themselves having young families.”Triple-negative breast cancer is one of the most deadly forms of the disease and nearly one quarter of patients diagnosed will not survive for more than five years.The standard treatment for it is chemotherapy, which most patients quickly develop resistance to. If the disease spreads to other parts of the body, survival is typically only 12 to 15 months.But with the new treatment, researchers say that survival could be extended by up to ten months.Prof Schmid, who is clinical director of the Breast Cancer Centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, explained that he new treatment will “significantly extend lives compared to the standard treatment of chemotherapy alone.”“We are changing how triple-negative breast cancer is treated in proving for the first time that immune therapy has a substantial survival benefit,” he said.“In a combined treatment approach, we are using chemotherapy to tear away the tumour’s ‘immune-protective cloak’ to expose it as well as enabling people’s own immune system to get at it.” read more

David Villa explains why he chose Vissel Kobe

first_imgSpanish striker David Villa, explained the reason behind his decision to leave New York City FC and sign a new contract for Vissel Kobe.You may have already found out about the new destination that striker David Villa chose to continue his career, the Spaniard just announced that he wouldn’t be returning to the MLS and he announced that he will play in Japanese club Vissel Kobe.But we still hadn’t heard any details from the man himself after the announcement, he just offered a press conference in which he explained why he chose Vissel Kobe to continue his retirement years.To those who are not aware, David Villa is set to join Andres Iniesta and Lukas Podolski in the Japanese club that is putting together a very ambitious project under Spanish manager Luis Manuel Lillo.Villa is already in Japan where he already gave a press conference as a player for his new club, he was very clear about his reason behind the new adventure he is undertaking and revealed that he is very happy to join former teammates Andres Iniesta in the club.Both Spaniards made history with the Spanish National Team between 2008 and 2012, they also shared a dressing room at FC Barcelona under Pep Guardiola during the same period of time.My new club.— David Villa (@Guaje7Villa) December 1, 2018“In my years as a professional footballer, I have had to make many important decisions. For an athlete, the ones made off the field are the hardest, and I find myself in another one of those moments now,” Villa said via Goal.“Throughout my career, I have always listened to my body, people around me, and my instinct most of all.”“In those moments of doubt, I hope that a sign, a detail or something gives me clarity. A new challenge awaits, Asia.”“I take care when making such big career decisions, I need to know a club really wants me,” he added.“I love to feel welcome and I felt that from Vissel Kobe. That’s a big reason. “When I got the offer from Vissel I called Iniesta and my wife called Andres’ wife.”“The city of Kobe, the wonderful times with family, hearing about the club’s togetherness and their project – I got a good impression of the club from Andres.”“He was my team-mate as well as my friend for many years. It’s great that I can challenge myself in a new project with him,” he concluded.Ronaldo Nazario came to Real Madrid 17 years ago today Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 2, 2019 It is time to remember the time when Ronaldo Nazario was presented as a Real Madrid player, it was 17 years ago to this…Bienvenido a @vissel_kobe, Guaje! Feliz de volver a compartir vestuario contigo 😉😊 💪🏻 @Guaje7VillaWelcome to @vissel_kobe Guaje! Happy to play with you again 😉😊 💪🏻 @Guaje7Villa— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) December 1, 2018In his time alongside Andres Iniesta, David Villa has won a combined two European Championships (2008 and 2012), a World Cup in 2010, the 2011 Champions League, as well as two La Liga trophies amongst other titles alongside Andres.Villa was able to develop a unique attacking relationship and an understanding that is very rare in football, these details are what made his decision to play for Vissel Kobe all that much easier.David is about to turn 37 years old next Monday, a fitting age for a retiree to play one last season before hanging up his boots.But even if he is already a seasoned veteran in football, we can be certain that he will deliver many goals for Vissel Kobe because he still is at a very high level of performance.The 80 goals he scored for New York City FC, as a testament of what David Villa is still capable of doing.From the very start of his career with the Japanese club, Vissel Kobe can already be considered a title contender due to the impressive attacking trio they have with both Spaniards and German forward Lukas Podolski.El equipo que está armando Vissel Kobe 🇯🇵3 campeones del mundo🏆Andrés Iniesta 🏆David Villa 🏆Lukas Podolski— Futbol Picante (@futpicante) December 1, 2018How many goals will David Villa score for Vissel Kobe? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Readers Digest Association Emerges from Chapter 11

first_imgAfter six months of restructuring its debt through a pre-packaged bankruptcy, the Reader’s Digest Association Monday said it officially emerged from Chapter 11 protection.“This is a very important day for our company, and emerging with a de-leveraged balance sheet and a strong new capital structure is a significant step forward as we continue to transform RDA into a global media and marketing leader,” president and CEO Mary Berner said in a statement announcing the emergence.As part of its restructuring, RDA reduced its debt by 75 percent from roughly $2.2 billion to approximately $525 million. Holders of RDA’s senior secured debt will receive equity, effectively transferring ownership of RDA to the lender group. RDA said its gross operating leverage was lowered from 17.5X to 3.2X.The company said it secured $525 million in exit financing as a result of a recent bond refinancing. It will provide RDA with $30 million in cash interest expense savings annually, compared to its previous credit facility. In addition, RDA said it has access to $50 million of revolver credit.In connection with its emergence, RDA announced a new board of directors. In addition to Berner, the members are: chairman Norman Matthews, former vice chairman and president of Federated Department Stores; James Hawkes, former chairman and CEO of the Eaton Vance Corporation; Karen Osar, former exectuive vice president and CFO at Chemtura Corporation; Fredric Reynolds, ex-executive vice president and CFO of CBS Corp.; Webster Capital  managing partner Donald Steiner; Time Warner Cable vice president and chief strategy officer Peter Stern; and Carl Wilson, an executive vice president and CIO of Marriott International.RDA reportedly was expected to announce a new corporate name around the time of its emergence. An RDA spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment about a name change.last_img read more

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HREs secondgeneration 3Dprinted titanium wheels are still cool and complex

first_img 2019 Ford Edge review: Ford’s redesigned midsize SUV plays it safe More From Roadshow 1 HRE unveils updated 3D-printed titanium wheels 2018 Ford EcoSport: Better late than never 3D printing Comment The second-gen HRE3D+ wheels are lighter and less wasteful than before. HRE says that it’s reduced material waste from 80% of the raw material’s weight to just 5%. At the same time, whereas the first-gen wheels weighed 20 and 23 pounds in respective 20- and 21-inch sizes, those same wheels now weigh just 16 and 19 pounds, respectively. The lighter the wheel, the less effort needs to be expended to get them to turn, improving agility in all directions by reducing unsprung mass.The result is a design unlike anything the aftermarket offers. Using 3D printing allows HRE to create an impossibly intricate set of wheels, with spokes running through other spokes. The wheel faces are bolted to a carbon-fiber barrel using titanium fasteners, just about the lightest stuff you can use in a wheel today. HRE’s wheels are merely concepts for now, as the process to make the a set of HRE3D+ is likely prohibitively expensive. Nevertheless, as improvements continually stack up, perhaps cost can drop enough for them to be feasible aftermarket upgrades. For now, you can see these wheels in person at the RAPID + TCT additive-manufacturing trade show in Detroit from May 21 to 23.center_img Share your voice 21 Photos 2020 Audi R8 first drive: Improving an already fantastic supercar Tags Auto Tech HRE builds some amazing aftermarket wheels, and last year, the company blew minds when it unveiled a set of concept wheels made from 3D-printed titanium. Now, HRE is back at it with a second-generation wheel that, almost magically, found plenty of room for improvement.HRE on Tuesday unveiled the second-generation HRE3D+ set of wheels. While the design is more or less the same, it’s the underlying processes that have been improved, resulting in wheels that are somehow lighter while also cutting down on the amount of waste material generated during the printing process.Like its first set, HRE relied on the help of GE Additive, which developed the Direct Metal Laser Melting 3D printing process. The process, which is just as cool as the name belies, uses lasers to melt titanium powder in ever-growing layers. But it also uses a second process, Electron Beam Melting, which utilizes a beam of electrons in a vacuum to heat and join raw metals. The parts are then put into post processing, where CNC machines drill bolt holes and fine-tune various surfaces. last_img read more

Political Roundup Pres Trump Promises To Deport Millions And Texas Best And

first_imgListen On this week’s installment of our weekly political roundup, the Houston Matters experts discuss everything from Pres. Donald Trump launching his re-election bid with a promise to deport millions, to former White House communications director Hope Hicks testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, to Texas Monthly publishing its list of the best and worst legislators from the 86th Texas Legislature.In the audio above, Houston Matters discusses those and other political stories with Elizabeth Simas, and Jeronimo Cortina from the University of Houston. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /09:10 Share Xlast_img

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Tom Hanks Tim Allen Get Emotional Recording Final Lines for Toy Story

first_img Vintage Shelf: Spike Lee Brings the Heat in ‘Do The Right Thing…Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week Stay on target Toy Story 4’s cast just finished their final recording session and it was a very emotional moment for all involved.On Wednesday, Toy Story 4 actors, including Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and Tony Hale, posted bittersweet statements on Twitter about their last day, and how thankful they were to have been part of the animated story, which hits theaters on June 21, 2019.Final line, final session as Woody of Toy Story 4. We rode like the wind, to infinity and beyond. Hanx— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) January 30, 2019“Final line, final session as Woody of Toy Story 4,” Hanks wrote on Twitter. “We rode like the wind, to infinity and beyond. Hanx” Hanks has played the vintage cowboy doll for more than 20 years.Finished my Buzz for Toy Story 4 today and it got emotional. Wonderful full body story. You are all going to love the work this incredible team at Pixar created. We are all going to love this story….man its got everything.— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) January 31, 2019Allen, who voiced Buzz Lightyear in the film, said his final recording for the character was “emotional, ” and that he’s excited for fans to see the storyline Pixar created for all the toys.Final day recording Toy Story 4 with these wonderful people. Can’t wait for everyone to see it! #forkylives— Tony Hale (@MrTonyHale) January 31, 2019Tony Hale, who plays Forky, a new arts and crafts project that becomes friends with the Toy Story gang, also wrote a cute statement on the movie’s final recording day, and added the hashtag #forkylives. (Spoiler plot there?)The waterworks might start right now, but we’ll hang tight for the song, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”More on‘Toy Story 4’ Teaser Trailer Debuts Cute Forky Character‘The Batman’ Will Hit the Big Screen in 2021 Without Ben AffleckZack Snyder Is Directing Netflix’s ‘Army of the Dead’ Zombie Thrillerlast_img read more

Wearable display meets blindfold test for sensing danger

first_img More information: ——— Research paper (PDF): … SenseCameraReady.pdfvia Newscientist Glove designers plan messaging path for deaf-blind (—Researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago have developed a special set of body modules that provide wearers with extra-sensory perception as to who or what is nearby. The design could help the blind navigate safely or even support cyclists or drivers as additional safety support in traffic. Called SpiderSense, this is a wearable display that can pick up ultrasonic reflections from objects. SpiderSense can also allow the wearer, even if eyes are closed, to navigate. Modules are distributed across the suit to give the wearer as near to 360-degree ultrasound coverage as possible. The system modules can scan the environment; they are controlled through a Controller Box. The box carries the power source, the electronics and the system logic. The modules and the Controller Box are connected by means of ten pin ribbon cables. The researchers said that, in the future, this could be replaced by a wireless Bluetooth connection.Does their concept work? In one experiment, students on campus were asked to stand outside, blindfolded, and feel for approaching attackers. Each wearer had ninja cardboard throwing stars. If the test subject sensed someone approaching, then that participant was asked to use the stars. “Ninety five per cent of the time they were able to sense someone approaching and throw the star at them,” Mateevitsi said. Citation: Wearable display meets blindfold test for sensing danger (2013, February 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from While experiments showed success in outdoor environments, results of indoor testing were not as successful, where sensor modules overwhelmed the user with tactile feedback.The team intends to further develop the gear by adding more sensors. They suggest several practical applications. The gear could help the vision-impaired get around more easily, and they plan to start trials with the visually impaired. Another application might be as compensating support for the hearing-impaired. Still another could be as a supplementary aid in spatial awareness. They said that bicyclists, for example, could have one sensor on each forearm facing outwards and two sensors on their back, being aware of passing or incoming traffic.Their paper will be presented at the Augmented Human International Conference in Stuttgart, Germany, on March 7. SpiderSense on a blindfolded user. Credit: Victor Mateevitsicenter_img Positioning of Sensor Modules and Controller Box. Credit: Victor Mateevitsi © 2013 The researchers behind SpiderSense define it as a wearable device that projects the wearer’s near environment on the skin. The suit gives the user a special directional awareness of surrounding objects. They have explored a scenario where multiple sites over the body, rather than just hands, are fitted with transducers. These transducers relay information about the wearer’s environment into tactile sensations. As the researchers noted, sensory receptors that cover the skin provide opportunities for conveying alerts and messages. They set about to design a wearable device that could also relay alerts and messages. When the ultrasound detects someone moving closer to the microphone, the arms exert increased pressure on the body. The SpiderSense design and experiment results are presented in their paper, “Sensing the Environment Through SpiderSense,” by Victor Mateevitsi, Brad Haggadone, Jason Leigh, Brian Kunzer, and Robert V. Kenyon. 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. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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5 Ways to Control Your Email Inbox

first_img Enroll Now for Free As charges continue to swirl around hedge fund SAC Capital, Steve Cohen has put forward a novel defense: He couldn’t possibly have acted on a trading tip emailed to him because he is so swamped with emails, he ignores most of them. In fact, Cohen alleges he reads just 11 percent of the 1,000 emails he gets a day.That may help Cohen, but for other business leaders that kind of inattention could be deadly. Here’s some advice on how to get a grip before your inbox gets the best of you.Those emails sitting in your inbox — all 522 of them? Each is a decision you need to make, says Alex Moore, CEO of Baydin, a San Francisco-based email productivity software company.”The quicker you handle them, the more effective you can be,” says Moore. “Email reflects how much we have to do and an inbox with hundreds of emails is counter-productive. Too many people use their inbox as a revolving to-do list, but that’s not a good way to keep track of things. Instead, each email should be considered as a decision to be made. It should be handled, deleted or archived.”Related: 4 Easy Tools for Cleaning Up Your InboxIn January, Baydin launched, a free three-week program that offers skills and methods to help tame overwhelming email inboxes. To date, about 20,000 people have gone through the program.”The people who finish often tell us it changed their life,” says Moore. He shares the first five techniques small-business owners can use to reduce the amount of email they receive and better handle the emails that matter:1. Disable notifications.The first step to taking control of your inbox is to disable the notifications that interrupt and distract your day. Checking your email might seem harmless, but Moore says a case study by Loughborough University found that it takes an average of 64 seconds to fully recover from being interrupted by an email.Unless your job demands replies within minutes, Moore says you should check your inbox two to three times a day, preferably for fixed amounts of time.2. Unsubscribe from junk emails. It may seem easy to delete junk email as it comes in, but according to Moore, deleting a newsletter every day for the next year will consume over 30 minutes. And when important emails are mixed in with unimportant ones, it’s easy to lose track of the ones that require action.3. Learn how to search email.Important message seem to hide from you when you go looking for them. Instead of using folders, Moore suggests learning about the search terms offered by many email providers. His program offers a list of basic search keywords, including “has:attachment” which will search for messages that have files attached to them; “before:” which brings up messages sent before a date; and “filename:” which will take you to emails with attachments.Related: How to Cut Your Inbox by 60 Percent4. Adopt an archive mentality.To best manage your inbox, archive messages you no longer have an immediate need for to another folder. Under this system, only two types of messages stay in your inbox: messages that you haven’t read yet and a small number of messages that need prompt attention. Everything else moves to a single archive folder. When needed, emails can be easily located using search terms.5. Clean out older messages.After you have a system in place to effectively handle new emails, it’s time to clean up the emails that were in your inbox before you started. Anything more than 30 days old can be archived without reviewing. If you discover you need it, you can search the archive folder. Handle the remaining email a little at a time over the next few days. Go through each one, and respond, archive or delete. If you have hundreds of emails, divide them into batches.”Email should be a tool that supports your business,” says Moore, “not one that detracts from it.”Related: How to Turn Your Email Into a Producivity ToolThis is an update of a piece originally published on April 3, 2013. See the original article here. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img 4 min read July 24, 2013last_img read more

Is the Lenovo IdeaPad 320 Worth Buying

first_imgFor a sub-$400 laptop, the Lenovo IdeaPad 320 can turn some heads, with its sleek, premium-esque design. However, the specs it offers simply aren’t worth the price, as it sports a last-generation CPU, a lower-resolution display and a shorter battery life compared to a laptop like the Acer Aspire E 15, which sells for a similar price.The IdeaPad 320 has a simple but sleek design. Its gray plastic hood is vast and empty, aside from a glossy, silver Lenovo logo in the left-hand corner.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46  The interior, brushed-aluminum chassis has a gray paint job accompanied by a dark-gray keyboard. If the IdeaPad 320’s keyboard is anything like Lenovo’s other keyboards, it should be decent to type on at the very least. We like that the webcam is on the top bezel, but the bezels themselves are pretty meaty.At 4.9 pounds and 14.9 x 10.2 x 0.9 inches, the IdeaPad 320 is relatively slim, especially compared to other sub-$400 laptops like the Acer Aspire E 15. That one weighs 5 pounds and measures at 15 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches.Buy on WalmartFor a sub-$400 system, the IdeaPad 320 has a solid number of ports. The left side features the power jack, an RJ45 port, an HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, a headphone jack, one USB Type-C port, and a 4-in-1 card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC). The right side offers a security lock slot and a DVD drive.We haven’t tested the display’s color or brightness for ourselves, but it’s not a good sign that the IdeaPad 320’s 15.6-inch panel has a resolution of only 1366 x 768, especially when the similarly priced Aspire E 15 has a 1080p panel.Regarding performance, the IdeaPad 320 is not getting any love with its Intel Core i3-7100U processor or its AMD A12-9720P CPU, because laptops like the Aspire E 15 have 8th Gen Core i3 processors. The IdeaPad 320 comes with either 4GB or 8GB of RAM and a 500GB or 1TB 5,400-rpm HDD, while the Aspire E 15 comes with 6GB of RAM (upgradable to 8GB) and a 1TB 5,400-rpm HDD. So, the two machines are relatively similar on the RAM and hard-drive front.MORE: Longest Battery Life LaptopsAccording to Lenovo’s website, the IdeaPad 320 can last up to 6 hours on a battery charge, which is disappointing considering we typically look for at least 8 hours in any laptop (with the exception of gaming models). In contrast, the Aspire E 15 lasted 8 hours and 48 minutes on our Laptop Mag Battery Test.Based on the specs and price alone, we’d recommend avoiding the Lenovo IdeaPad 320. Sure, it’s slimmer and lighter than something like the Aspire E 15, but the performance, battery life and display resolution simply aren’t worth the price.For $379, the Acer Aspire E 15 features a sharper panel, longer battery life and better raw performance for an eerily similar price.Even for a sub-$400 laptop, you can do better than the IdeaPad 320.Credit: LenovoBest Lenovo LaptopsThe Best Laptops for Business and ProductivityThe Best Laptops for Every Need Weight4.85 pounds ColorsPlatinum Gray Size14.9 x 10.2 x 0.9 inchescenter_img Storage500GB, 1TB 5400-rpm HDD Ports2 USB 3.0, 1 USB Type-C, HDMI, 4-in-1 card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC), RJ45, headphone jack, DVD drive, security lock slot by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoForbes.comCrazy Rich Asians for RealForbes.comUndoComputerWorldBrandPost: PCs Join the As-a-Service PartyComputerWorldUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more