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July 2019

Nestlé expands Poland Spring flavoured sparkling water range

first_imgNestlé expands Poland Spring flavoured sparkling water rangePosted By: Jules Scullyon: February 22, 2019In: Beverage, Industries, Innovation, New products, Refreshment, WaterPrintEmailNestlé Waters North America has boosted its Poland Spring line of flavoured sparkling waters, in a move to offer more alternatives to sugary soft drinks.Six new variants have been introduced in the US: ruby red grapefruit, lemon ginger, white peach ginger, blood orange hibiscus, orange mango, and vanilla flavour twist.Poland Spring Sparkling is made from 100% natural spring water from Maine. The range is free from sugar, calories, and contains no sweeteners or colours.Yumiko Clevenger-Lee, chief marketing officer of Nestlé Waters North America, said: “After the incredibly positive response to the 2018 relaunch of Poland Spring Sparkling, we are excited to maintain momentum with new flavour options.“As we continue to expand our portfolio of unique and healthy sparkling offerings, our core focus remains unchanged and unmatched; simple ingredients starting with the 100% natural spring water Poland Spring has been known for since 1845.”The six new variants join the existing line-up of Poland Spring sparkling flavours, including: lively lemon, lemon lime, zesty lime, orange, triple berry, summer strawberry, raspberry lime, black cherry, pomegranate lemonade, and simply bubbles.To support the launch of the expanded flavour line, Nestlé Waters North America is rolling out an online campaign in the coming weeks.The new beverages will be available in the US in three bottle sizes – 20oz, 1 litre, and 0.5 litre (8 packs) – as well as 12oz cans (8 packs).Share with your network: Tags: Nestlé Waters North AmericaPoland SpringUSlast_img read more

Interview Firmenich on taste perception and its China strategy

first_imgAt the Food & Beverage Innovation Forum 2019, Imad Farhat, Firmenich global vice president of Taste Platform, spoke with FoodBev about the firm’s efforts in sugar reduction and its strategy in the Chinese market.The fragrance and flavour company has boosted its capabilities in China by signing a strategic agreement with Layn Natural Ingredients, a Chinese producer of plant-based sweeteners, flavours and botanicals. Share with your network: Tags: ChinaFirmenichFood & Beverage Innovation Forum 2019 Imad Farhat, Firmenich global vice president of Taste Platform. © FBIFInterview: Firmenich on taste perception and its China strategyPosted By: Jules Scullyon: May 21, 2019In: Beverage, Flavours, Food, FoodBev TV, Industries, Ingredients, VideosPrintEmailcenter_img Under terms of the deal, Firmenich has become the exclusive distributor of Layn’s natural sweetener ingredients for all international markets outside of China and for its key customers in China. According to Firmenich, the deal complements its existing strategic agreements with key players in this field.Farhat said: “China taught us to think much more broadly about taste perception and that’s been extremely beneficial for us.”last_img read more

Melania Trump is off to teach Africa how to look after children

first_img Report Share 4 Twitter Share on Twitter 1 Oct 2018 1:18 | Pick Strummered Report MeejaDarling Report | Pick Share on Twitter Report Report RoscoBoyle Reply Share on Twitter 30 Sep 2018 23:50 Topics Share on WhatsApp 15 16 Report ethelfrida Share on Facebook 10 11 Melania Trump is off to teach Africa how to look after children – hopefully better than the US 30 Sep 2018 23:59 32 33 Facebook 1 Oct 2018 0:40 Idltcaa 30 Sep 2018 23:12 Twitter 30 Sep 2018 23:54 Share via Email Reply Twitter recommendations Show 25 SpringinAmsterdam1 30 Sep 2018 23:31 Twitter Facebook 1 The first lady is jetting off to promote her ‘Be Best’ child welfare initiative, but there is no word on whether it promotes locking them in cages or allowing them to get shot expanded unthreaded Share on Twitter 10 11 newest 4 Share on Facebook next Support The Guardian Report Facebook Share Reply | Pick | Pick Share on Facebook 2 3 Will Melania advise Africans to send their children to expensive private schools? theparson Share on Twitter Report Share on Twitter 18 19 Share on Twitter Share Another thing the US excels at, of course, is school shootings. There have been 36 shootings in schools or college campuses this year alone. But rather than implementing common-sense gun control, the US has simply shrugged and decided that active shooter drills are just going to be the new normal in American schools. Which is good news for bulletproof-backpack manufacturers; sales have soared since February’s Parkland school shooting, in which 17 people were killed.It’s not such good news for the kids. According to a report by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, an activist group, nearly 60% of American high school students say they are afraid of gun violence occurring at their school or community. I’m not sure how many kids in Ghana, Malawi, Kenya or Egypt live in fear of getting shot in their maths class. Perhaps Melania can find out.It looks like Melania will be doing a lot of flying, so I hope she has packed enough reading material. She might want to start with the UN convention on the rights of the child, the landmark agreement that established global standards to protect children. The US is currently the only country in the world that hasn’t ratified the treaty. It used to share this dubious distinction with South Sudan and Somalia, but they both ratified it in 2015. You would think that the US’s failure to commit to a global convention protecting kids might preclude it from telling other countries how they can “Be Best” and champion children. But if there’s one thing the US has always been best at, it’s thinking it knows better than anywhere else.Talkin’ bout our simulationAs the world grows increasingly bonkers (I think that’s the technical term), I find myself drawn to the theory that we all live in a computer simulation that has gone haywire. I’m not the only person inclined to take this view. The “simulation hypothesis” – which posits that we are inhabiting a computer program created by an advanced civilisation – has become something of an obsession in Silicon Valley in recent years. Elon Musk is a particularly vocal proponent of the theory, arguing that the chances we aren’t living in a fabricated reality is “billions to one”. It’s not clear how many billions he’s envisaging, but knowing Musk, I would guess about 420.One of the founding texts of the simulation hypothesis is a 2003 paper by University of Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom. However, its roots go back to Descartes. Shakespeare also floated the idea. As the monologue in As You Like It goes: “All the world’s a stage / And all the men and women merely players / In a massive computer simulation / Programmed by our posthuman overlords.”The theory took a bit of a beating last year when some renowned physicists published a paper arguing that the idea is mathematically impossible, and would require more atoms than exist in the universe. Of course, you would expect something like this to happen in a sophisticated simulation; our overlords would want to ensure we’re not aware of the matrix or we might try to escape. Indeed, it has been reported that two tech billionaires have contracted some scientists to try and break us out of the simulation. The way things are going, I reckon that might be our only hope of finally putting an end to Brexit.The latest intern opportunity – and this one paysEver wanted to spend 30 hours in a “slightly used” coffin? Now you can! Six Flags, a theme park in Missouri, recently announced its “30-hour coffin challenge”; last 30 hours in a 2ft by 7ft coffin and you’re in with a chance of winning $300 (£230). However, if this idea doesn’t appeal, there are other ways to earn money while doing nothing. Nasa, for example, will pay you $15,700 to stay in bed for 70 days while they monitor the effects that staying horizontal has on the body. You’ve got to hand it to Nasa, they have managed to make the dream of lying in bed sound like an absolute nightmare. How does one spell “MISOGYNIST”?…… “I-D-7-3-2-4-1-6-9”. Get over it. She lost, He won. Maybe she should be nominated again in 2020. Twitter Report Share Share on Twitter Jasonreilly6 21 22 Share 9 10 30 Sep 2018 23:57 Share Twitter Facebook MeejaDarling | Pick Share on Twitter Facebook | Pick Twitter I could say something but when your married to Donald Trump – The jungles of Africa are just not far or deep enough. Run Melania Run. Report Reply 1 Oct 2018 0:20 Facebook Share Twitter Twitter meant “nice” not “ice” Report Facebook Share Facebook 1 2 Strummered Twitter 30 Sep 2018 23:39 Facebook 33 34 Agreed. I’m not saying UK is any better than the States with the food banks etc here and record child poverty, but there is things we can fall back on. If you are homeless in the States you are screwed, kids and all. You’ll either be on the streets or your kids in care. Share on Twitter 4 5 She could do more good at home. I believe that child mortality rates are much higher for black mothers than white. Exposing such gross hypocrisy is not cynicism. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter mikedow 33 34 Report HiramsMaxim Jasonreilly6 Share on Facebook She really doesn’t care; do you? ethelfrida Report | Pick 30 Sep 2018 23:56 Reply Share on Twitter Report Report Reply Strummered Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share oldest mikedow Facebook Report Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Then you would lose all of that aid money you need for your posh cars True. Being deposed will take longer cos the country will be too exhausted working split shifts in the hotels and you’re more likely to leave your kid in power. 30 Sep 2018 23:27 Jasonreilly6 Catonaboat Twitter 8 9 Homelessness anywhere is a sad indictment of any society. Reuse this content,View all comments > 1 Oct 2018 1:29 US education Share on Facebook Opinion Share on Twitter MeejaDarling PortilloMoment Show 3 more replies Twitter The US has much to teach the rest of the world about child welfare, you see, and I’m sure she’ll be passing on valuable advice. Such as: School buses provide a target for bombing. DirtWorshiper goldfortea | Pick Share 5nufk1n4prez | Pick Report Share 1 Oct 2018 0:21 mikedow Facebook 0 1 30 Sep 2018 23:36 “The first lady is jetting off to promote her ‘Be Best’ child welfare initiative, but there is no word on whether it promotes locking them in cages or allowing them to get shot” Given many of the pictures attributed to Trump of children separated from their parents and in cages were actually taken during the Obama presidency, I take it you will now attribute the same bile when Michelle Obama goes to Africa to try and make things better there? http://uk.businessinsider.com/migrant-children-in-cages-2014-photos-explained-2018-5 Facebook | Pick Share Dronestring Dane Sanzen Share on Twitter 1 Oct 2018 1:34 Reply Reply 30 Sep 2018 23:39 Twitter 68 69 Facebook kcirc01 Share Reply 30 Sep 2018 23:08 Twitter Share 30 Sep 2018 23:23 Twitter Share Share on Twitter Show 6 more replies SignificantOther 30 Sep 2018 23:44 | Pick mikedow Reply Share on Twitter Report Share Twitter Twitter Report Share on Facebook | Pick Facebook Facebook Letting article to be this lowbrow is quite astonishing… 30 Sep 2018 23:16 | Pick | Pick Email (optional) Reply Twitter LanceB8888 Share on Twitter | Pick Report Share on Twitter Dronestring Reply Facebook 29 30 Facebook Since you’re here… Share Share on Facebook Thomas1178 Share on Twitter She can leave that to senior members of the Labour party. | Pick goldfortea The big orange baby is staying home. 8 9 Share Share on Facebook Gelion Share on Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Facebook | Pick | Pick | Pick Share on Twitter Report Reply Share on Twitter 30 Sep 2018 23:59 Share on Twitter Facebook Edmund Blackadder Report It’s a big fake that Melania has more feelings than her husband and hates where she’s at. Where’s the evidence? Expert interpretations of her in photos??? Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Facebook Share Share Show 2 more replies Twitter Share on Twitter 15 16 ID7324169 Reply Share Share on Facebook Share Edmund Blackadder | Pick | Pick Report 30 Sep 2018 23:23 Musk spent too much time in Toronto, smoking dope and listening to The Moody Blues – In The Beginning Share on Facebook I tried clicking onto the physics article that supposedly proved that we are not living in a simulation. If it does refute the idea is does so indirectly because I could find any reference to it in the article. Share on Facebook Reply Share 1 Oct 2018 0:04 Reply 100,000,000 Americans live on or below the US poverty line, 400,000 die of “Poverty related illnesses” every year – 4m a decade, 30% of the US population struggle for health care. It’s a broken society. Twitter Share on Facebook Reply Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter Report Reply Reply Melania Trump Share on Facebook 30 31 Share on Twitter strong teacher unions that also don’t have issues with guns in the classroom Huh? I don’t think you understand the US Administrations policy – the Republicans placed Betsy DeVos to introduce vouchers everywhere; the aim is to privatise schools, break the unions and maintain an under educated class to continue to be available for labour exploitation. Betsy is the brother of Erik Prince the mercenary who set up Blackwater before the Iraq invasion to whom all security there was effectively outsourced. These billionaires are setting out to destroy what little social cohesion there is in the US. Facebook | Pick Report Okio Yonio Reply Twitter Show 9 more replies Twitter | Pick Show 10 more replies That’s not entirely true. Even Obama admitted in his last days that his scheme had been more expensive than he thought and would soon see such large increases that many would not be able to afford it. Each state is incredibly independent with different rates of taxes, allowances, laws and wealth and no one at the moment is able, even Obama, to try and bring together all of the states under a nhs style healthcare. Don’t forget here, some of the states are Democrat led and getting all the states to agree is the hard part. Share Twitter | Pick Report 28 29 12 13 Twitter 0 1 Snaggletooth718 7 8 Share Share 1 Oct 2018 0:05 Share on Facebook Report Show 22 more replies Share on Facebook Twitter Reply Share on Facebook 30 Sep 2018 23:49 Reply 56 57 Reply Share Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook 1 Oct 2018 2:11 30 Sep 2018 23:22 Report 1 Oct 2018 17:06 30 Sep 2018 23:17 ethelfrida 5 6 Report Share on Facebook “But if there’s one thing the US has always been best at, it’s thinking it knows better than anywhere else.” How true, even of the most right-on Americans. Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 10 11 30 Sep 2018 23:32 | Pick Facebook Facebook Reply Twitter Reply Facebook 3 4 Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Pinterest Okio Yonio Her parents were fast tracked to become US citizens and now live close to the WH – Barron spends much time with them. goldfortea 1 Oct 2018 1:33 Share on Facebook Facebook Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. ID7324169 | Pick 50 Share on Facebook Snaggletooth718 Share on Facebook Twitter 30 Sep 2018 23:21 “you thought not”, indeed. I have no time at all for Donald Trump, but snide cynicism of this kind doesn’t really help anyone. Has it occurred to the writer that whatever her flaws, or that of her husband, maybe Melania is just genuinely trying to do some good?We don’t have to part of this world of playground taunts. All Twitter Thomas1178 Report Twitter Reply 1 Oct 2018 0:49 Share on Twitter Twitter Reply | Pick 45 46 Report Reply 30 Sep 2018 23:24 Reply Facebook This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Shelley6148 Twitter Twitter 1 Oct 2018 0:01 Report Reply 1 Oct 2018 11:02 Show 3 more replies Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Share | Pick 30 Sep 2018 23:23 Twitter Share Twitter This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Share Report | Pick “But if there’s one thing the US has always been best at, it’s thinking it knows better than anywhere else.” How true, even of the most right-on Americans. Africa | Pick Opinion 1 Oct 2018 0:07 Unlike Trump, Obama did not have a policy of separating children from adults. Show 15 more replies SignificantOther ranelagh75 Share via Email Reply Reply Twitter And don’t forget her stilettos specially designed for the jungle. 12 13 Reply 30 Sep 2018 23:49 | Pick 32 33 gooner4thewin Share on Twitter Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 1 2 | Pick Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter TheLonely Twitter | Pick initalyperora I hope she’s got some nice clothes to wear while she’s there. Gelion Loading comments… Trouble loading? Facebook Twitter Report Report Facebook Share on Twitter 30 Sep 2018 23:58 Comments 736 Report Report SignificantOther Quite incredible she has to do this to get away from DT. Wouldn’t a divorce be easier? But they will never know how stupid they are unless we keep reminding them. We do it for their own good. | Pick Share steena Facebook Joe Dert Share on Twitter raffine Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook mikedow | Pick 1 Oct 2018 0:07 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Show 11 more replies Share Jasonreilly6 1 Oct 2018 0:03 RoscoBoyle Share Report 30 Sep 2018 23:14 Dane Sanzen ID7324169 Report 30 Sep 2018 23:34 Share on Twitter 30 Sep 2018 23:48 Share Is she taking her kid with her or leaving him with the nanny? 25 And the 25,000,000 – 30,000,000 kids in the US who live in poverty. 25 – 30 million. Let that sink in as a number. | Pick | Pick Facebook Report Report Reply I can tell that either you don’t live in the United States or you’re trying to confuse the issue. If you live in the US you are well aware that there are plenty of states with strong teacher unions that also don’t have issues with guns in the classroom. Just because the columnist pretends that that isn’t true doesn’t mean you need to as well. Surely we can set the bar higher than what she wrote. Share on Facebook Would you be happy to be married to Donald Trump? A man who pays porn stars for sex? A obese nasty misogynist. Clearly she’s not in it for love. Share on Facebook 13 14 Reply Report Facebook Is it misogyny to sarcastically point out the fact that Melania has frequently worn clothes that are inappropriate or insulting for the community or situation that she is visiting? Facebook Joe Dert 1 Oct 2018 5:26 12 13 Try Democracy Today! It’s American and doesn’t whitewash anything. Is your grammar an homage to Melania’s? 2 Oct 2018 2:53 she’ll be passing on valuable advice. Metal detectors at the door are a great way to start the school day. Armed guards employ a lot of ex-service people and keep their gun skills sharp. Vouchers are a great way to segregate schools so the poor don’t mix with the middle classes. It is important to prevent teachers from unionising. Slovenia is incredibly introvertive, take a look at its immigration policy. Share on Twitter 0 1 30 Sep 2018 23:44 Share 21 22 This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Facebook Report Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter Show 2 more replies Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter Why do African countries still accept these patronising visits Tourism. If it looks nice people will visit. the “great and the good” of rich countries Slovenia isn’t that rich… Share Twitter 3 4 9 10 One of the by-products of empire. Only a century or so ago you could replace ‘Americans’ with ‘Brits’. Exceptionalism is just a simplistic method of explaining why things are the way they are. Unfortunately for reality it is also a favourite of politicians, who get to offer warm congratulations to their voters as a result of the lie. Usually a politician lies to get themselves out of trouble, avoid responsibility or deny reality. This allows them the opportunity to make everyone feel good about themselves – as long as they swallow the lie. Many do, and always have. Facebook Order by oldest Share on Twitter Report Share on Facebook MyOtherNameIsReal | Pick Schnellmann Gelion Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Share on Twitter 5 6 Facebook ranelagh75 | Pick He can’t travel. Facebook Share Reply PercyThrills Report UnrepentantPunk Reply Share 30 Sep 2018 23:30 Threads collapsed Reply Facebook Reply Reply 1 2 | Pick 15 16 so you think you are above americans, hilarious hypocrisy, hahaha Share Share on Facebook Report … steena Facebook Reply 4 5 Facebook 31 32 Reply Share Share 1 Oct 2018 0:20 Mi dispiache, “caffè doppio” Reply 30 Sep 2018 23:30 Report 30 Sep 2018 23:54 Twitter 14 15 1 Oct 2018 0:16 1 Oct 2018 0:05 29 30 | Pick Report Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Show 11 more replies raffine 60 61 ranelagh75 steena 1 Oct 2018 2:14 1 Oct 2018 0:45 Share on Facebook mikedow What – are there any untruths here? Nothing anti-American that I can see, other than the name ‘Trump’: he continues to shame and embarrass the nation and all it purports to stand for. MeandYou 30 Sep 2018 23:15 Facebook Report Facebook | Pick Facebook 100 Your anti-Americanism is quite astonishing. Given that this is the Guardian, however, I’m not wholly surprised. Share 17 18 Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Twitter | Pick | Pick This is the world’s richest country where millions of children didn’t have access to healthcare. This was being addressed until her husband came along. https://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/13/big-drops-seen-in-number-of-kids-without-health-insurance-since-obamacare-passed.html Upliftmentinfo 30 Sep 2018 23:30 Report A european does not need to teach us how to look after children, we have been doing it before the european left the caucuas region. Reply Share on Facebook Show 1 more reply Facebook Twitter Strummered Facebook Twitter steena Report Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other comments (736)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. 1 Oct 2018 6:50 28 29 Share Joe Dert Share on Facebook | Pick RoscoBoyle Facebook Report 5nufk1n4prez Report Share Shares674674 How are diseases the fault of their victims? You display a sickening lack of both understanding and humanity. Reply 57 58 Twitter For what it’s worth, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, or UNCRC, is the basis of all of Unicef’s work. It is the most complete statement of children’s rights ever produced and is the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty in history. All UN member states except for the United States have ratified the Convention. The Convention came into force in the UK in 1992. USA is a democracy, and everyone knows that it’s not a prerogative of a first lady to make policies. However, the Office of the First Lady is actively involved in political campaigns, management of the White House, championship of social causes, and representation of the president at official and ceremonial occasions. Over decades first ladies have held influence in a range of sectors, from fashion to public opinion on policy. In this respect, anyone who cares about education, reducing inequality and poverty and many other worthy social causes, should be supportive of any first lady who will show interest and the bravery to get outside the Washington bubble. In the last century, all first ladies have chosen specific causes to promote, although always they’ve tried to avoid politically divisive topics. Some might think of Overton window, as ‘restricting’ First Ladies, to ideas and causes which are widely tolerated by the wide public. Although, Arwa’s criticism of social policies in the USA is based on evidence and reality, that doesn’t justify her scepticism on what some might consider as a brave actions by a First Lady. 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If I were the leader I would like to say “it would BeBest if you stayed at home and sorted yourselves out first”. Moreover if I were the leader of an African country I would be even more reticent in being lectured by a white American. initalyperora Twitter Report 2 Report Share 1 Oct 2018 0:15 Report SignificantOther Reply Share 7 8 Well said. Share on Facebook Twitter Share Facebook Facebook Joe Dert 83 84 She chose to marry him, this doesn’t paint her in a very flattering light. Share on Twitter 17 18 Share on Twitter Get Society Weekly: our newsletter for public service professionals Report This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. ethelfrida Reply Twitter Melania Trump has packed her bags and is heading far, far away from her husband. On Monday, the first lady is jetting off on a solo tour of parts of Africa; her first major international trip without the president. She is planning to visit Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt in order to promote her “Be Best” child welfare initiative. Months after it was first announced, it is still not entirely clear what the objectives of Be Best are, but Melania isn’t letting that stop her from spreading the grammatically incorrect gospel.At this point, the cynical reader may be grumbling: “I really don’t care about Melania’s travel plans, do you?” Well, I do. It is truly laudable that the first lady is taking time out from ignoring all the chaos in the White House to get on a private jet and pose for photos with smiling African children. We should all be so selfless.Of course, Melania is going to do a lot more than just posing. The US has much to teach the rest of the world about child welfare, you see, and I’m sure she’ll be passing on valuable advice. Such as: don’t try and seek asylum in the US unless you want to be separated from your parents, drugged and locked in a cage.The US also has important lessons to pass on about the value of education. This year, for example, a federal district court judge in Michigan ruled that “access to literacy” or a “minimally adequate education” was not a fundamental right. The judge used this decision to dismiss a class-action lawsuit filed by students at underperforming schools in Detroit, who argued that they had been denied access to literacy because of underfunding and mismanagement. According to the complaint, the schools lacked textbooks but were filled with vermin; the first thing teachers did each morning was clean up rodent faeces. Who says the American dream is dead, eh? raffine Share on Facebook 5 6 28 29 Twitter The US claims to be a Western democracy, leader of the free world. It is the richest and most powerful country. If it does not lead by example, what hope is there for the rest of the world? Report Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick Twitter Report raffine Dane Sanzen Share on Facebook Facebook Share Reply MeejaDarling 1 Oct 2018 0:17 Facebook 2 3 | Pick I thought she was Slovenian. Catonaboat SpringinAmsterdam1 Read more Just what the world needs, a white savior Trump! Share on Facebook Reply Twitter 8 9 1 Oct 2018 1:58 Twitter | Pick 11 12 raffine Schnellmann Share on Facebook Twitter Report Reply Share 1 Oct 2018 0:01 Thomas1178 It’s difficult to dislike a guy who enjoys baked goods. 3 4 Schnellmann | Pick Share on Twitter raffine 2 0 1 Strummered Actually, as a teacher, I’ve worked with families going through this and parents entering homelessness situations with children are prioritized for shelters, we’ve never had an issue getting them in and off the street. Which should not be taken to mean that the system works in any kind of reasonable way, none of the families I’ve worked with should’ve become homeless in the first place. Share 53 54 Arwa Mahdawi … Facebook | Pick Reason (optional) Melania Trump 3 Twitter Share Reply Share on Facebook Report Facebook | Pick MeejaDarling Share on Twitter 1 Oct 2018 0:11 Facebook Facebook 5nufk1n4prez gooner4thewin Reply Reply 1 Oct 2018 0:14 Twitter We all make mistakes. Not as big as that one but hey maybe he’s got something on her? Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Dane Sanzen Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook Show 1 more reply Share on Facebook | Pick Dronestring Share Share on Facebook collapsed 14 15 Report Report Facebook | Pick Share 7 8 Snakys Schnellmann Twitter | Pick | Pick Twitter Reply Report Share on Facebook [In] sub-Saharan Africa, almost half of the population [live in destitution]. Diseases like HIV/AIDS are leaving kids orphaned and in charge of their households at very young ages. An estimated 50 million orphans live in Africa. Malaria kills 3,000 African children per day. With a population expected to more than double by 2050, even fewer resources will be available to go around without dramatic change. https://www.children.org/global-poverty/global-poverty-facts/africa – Please define “we do not need to be taught how to look after children”, because the facts clearly state otherwise. Ridiculous and ignorant virtue signalling is an embarrassing disgrace and those who do it should be ashamed of themselves, especially when it comes to the health and survival of children. 22 23 ethelfrida ‘The US is currently the only country in the world that hasn’t ratified the treaty.’. Yes, even Somalia and South Sudan have ratified the UN convention on the rights of the child. Let’s hope someone tells Melania straight that she is a time-wasting hypocrite and she should go back to the US to look out for the asylum-seeking children who are still separated from their parents. Twitter MeandYou | Pick Share on Messenger clarinoprimo Close report comment form Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick | Pick Share on Facebook Report ranelagh75 Share on Twitter SpringinAmsterdam1 25 – 30 million. Let that sink in as a number. Or pretty much the same number as identify as Black in the Census. A coincidence? | Pick 30 Sep 2018 23:17 Share Snaggletooth718 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Reply Melania Trump … spreading a grammatically incorrect gospel.Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Facebook Share Share on Twitter Reply Can you refute any of the quoted facts? No, I thought not. Not from the very start, I’d say, so why worry over her? Share on Facebook Report 30 Sep 2018 23:23 Share on Facebook 1 Oct 2018 1:56 Well, I agree with you 100%. The situation in the US is not much better. 400,000 Americans a year die of poverty (“Poverty related diseases” in the US government reports). That’s 1,000 people a day in the US, 4 million a decade. And 25m – 30m children in the US live in poverty. As for sub saharan Africa, what can one do? The region has been in permanent war for a long time and therefore poverty, and poverty breeds population. Report Share on Facebook Facebook 1 Oct 2018 17:03 Share Facebook Reply Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Upliftmentinfo Reply Twitter A Carluccio’s almond croissant, which should really be cornetto being Italian, and a double rich espresso gets the day off to a good start. Share on Facebook SpringinAmsterdam1 Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Starts out the article admitting “”it is still not entirely clear what the objectives of Be Best are””, then spends the rest of the article essentially saying “how dare the US tell Africa what to do, because the US has issues”. So, you just decided to make up reality to fit preexisting issues you have?? You don’t know what Be Best is, so you’ll just decide it’s about lecturing Africa so you have an excuse to criticize the US for lecturing Africa? This is journalism to you? I know Arwa lives in the US, dates an American and all…but I’ve come to believe the primary agitation of foreigners like her about the US is that the US is mostly impervious to external influence. No matter how much Europeans whine and complain about American gun laws that don’t affect them in any way, the US still refuses to adopt European practices. The US refuses to even acknowledge them or consider them. The US shrugs off (despite crafting much of it) the UN convention on the rights of the child, even though it already has it in form, with US laws. It doesn’t agitate you because the US is somehow abusing kids (US laws already does exactly what the Convention is), it agitates you that the US refuses to just play ball and follow the herd with symbolic yes gestures. You don’t care about gun violence, violence in general, in Latin America, Africa or parts of Asia. The obsession with the US’s problems is weird, especially when it is clear you don’t particularly like the US; going so far as to concoct theoretical scenarios as a primer to lay into it. What does this say about your psychology I wonder? The US’s problems are microscopic next to much of Africa and you know it. I get Arwa has some sort of relationship with the US, so her America focus has to exist on some levels…but the generalized obsession with the US for those who claim to detest it is very weird. This isn’t foreign policy you have problems with, this is domestic stuff from a nation you’re not into…so why are you so obsessed with it? I give a damn what domestic laws exist in other nations, not even nations I like, let alone nations I dislike. 1 Oct 2018 1:35 Share 38 39 Facebook Share on Twitter What knowledge could she possibly impart on any level? The US needs to worry about it’s own children. Did you read the article? Look at how black children suffer in the US, school to prison pipeline, police violence, poor schools, poor healthcare…. I think African Americans will be shaking their heads together with Africans- it’s a bad joke! LanceB8888 Hypocrites. Share on Facebook Dane Sanzen Report 8 9 Share on Facebook 30 Sep 2018 23:28 gooner4thewin Share Share Share She’s now rich as shit, what makes you think she made a mistake? Being insanely wealthy is what the American Dream is all about. | Pick Report I lived in Nigeria and the wealthy there sent their children to ice boarding schools in Britain. See, it really doesn’t matter where the wealthy live – they all do the same thing. Reply JustaMorlock Twitter Then you would lose all of that aid money you need for your posh cars and property abroad just in case you are deposed. Share on Twitter YouCouldntMakeItUp Share on Facebook Share Show 6 more replies | Pick | Pick mikedow Twitter Twitter Report Share A lot of empty nothingness that has no known relationship to reality. The US has never lead by example, which is precisely why the US is such an oddball to begin with. If the world is genuinely just some empty slate, a series of nations filled with automatons, waiting for the US to tell them what to do (extremely strange, because the US would under no circumstance ever follow anyway, so following the US could only lead to self determination and individualism)? Then how does Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands exist then? They didn’t follow the US model? All this childlike “US is the leader, nobody knows what to do unless the US tells them” stuff is hogwash. History has never actually went that way. The US doesn’t want to lead anyone, nobody wants to be lead by the US. | Pick | Pick Share on Twitter 13 14 Reply Twitter 3 Share on Facebook 30 Sep 2018 23:20 This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. 30 Sep 2018 23:54 Children “Melania Trump is off to teach Africa how to look after children “ Huh! Thats’s NOTHING – Posh Spice designs Range Rovers! Twitter Share 30 Sep 2018 23:47 Reply Report Share 9 10 Share Share MyOtherNameIsReal Twitter Share on Twitter 1 Oct 2018 0:09 YouCouldntMakeItUp Wow, where did you get that from? Do you think you’re sticking up for Americans by saying that shit? Please don’t, we don’t need you. 1 2 next Facebook 30 Sep 2018 23:52 Twitter 30 Sep 2018 23:21 | Pick so you think you are above americans, hilarious hypocrisy, hahaha Facebook 39 40last_img read more

ADAIndiana Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the ADA

first_imgBalloonsWhat: 20th Anniversary of the ADAWhen: Monday, July 26, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.Where: Indianapolis ArtsgardenWhy: ADA-Indiana and the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities are hosting the State Celebration for the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Hoosiers from all over the State will gather in Indianapolis to join in the Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the ADA. There will be music, dancing, and refreshments.Plan to be there Monday, July 26th for the Big Celebration Party! Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedHighlights From The Disability Rights MovementSeptember 23, 2010In “ADA History”Accessible Adventures in IndianaJuly 26, 2017In “INDATA News”Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities’ 16th Annual ConferenceOctober 22, 2010In “Conferences and Events”last_img read more

Boost Personal Video Magnifier

first_imgImage Source: EnableMart.comBoost™ Personal Video Magnifier is a reading support tool for people with impaired vision.  This personal assistive technology device is a video magnifier that features a durable design and user-friendly interface. It has only three buttons to make it easy to use. The technology is suitable for use in the classroom and home. The Boost Personal Video Magnifer is about  4 x 1″ and weighs just over 4 ounces.Features include:Two levels of magnification: 1.9X and 13.6XColor, black/white, and revere imagesUser-friendly tactile buttons3.5-inch wide-screen TFT LCDFreeze frameAnti-blur TechnologyRechargeable Li-Ion batteryIncludes AC chargerTwo-year manufacturer’s warrantyShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedAukey Special Edition Video MagnifierDecember 4, 2014In “Products and Devices”Snow Portable Video MagnifierOctober 2, 2013In “Products and Devices”Synapptic Smartphone – Smartphone for Individuals with Visual ImpairmentsApril 11, 2019Similar postlast_img read more

5 Products to Make Grilling More Accessible

first_imgJust because summer is technically over in 3 days doesn’t mean it’s time to cover up your grill!  Fall is the perfect season for tailgating and hosting outdoor events.  If you’re looking for products to help make grilling more accessible or simpler, you’ve come to the right place.5 Products to Make Grilling More Accessible:1. The ‘Ove’ Glove:The ‘Ove’ Glove is a heat resistant, hot surface handler oven mitt or grilling glove.  It is ideal for grabbing items straight out of the oven or grill.Features:Comes with 2 machine washable glovesMade from heat and flame resistant kevlar material used by firefightersWithstands extreme heat up to 540ºF5 finger flexi grip helps prevent slipping as you grab hot items2. Big Green Egg Pit Mitt:Another grilling glove option is the Big Green Egg Pit Mitt.  “This ultimate grilling glove is made with durable heat-resistant fibers and features a soft cotton lining.”Features:Silicone texture surface makes it easy to grip itemsWithstands extreme heat up to 475ºF “for maximum protection and comfort”Comes with one glove but is reversible for the left or right hand3. Weber iGrill 3:Are you looking for a way to perfectly grill food every time?  Look no further than the Weber iGrill 3.  The iGrill 3 mounts directly into your Genesis II or Spirit II gas grill.  It connects to an app which then allows you to monitor “the doneness of up to four cuts of meat, from beginning to end, and notifies you on your smart device once food has reached the perfect temperature.”Features:4 probe capacityMeat probes are heat resistant up to 716ºFBluetooth connectivityCompatible with iOS 9 or higher and Android 4.4 or higher250 hour battery life (comes with batteries)4. LED Concepts BBQ Grill Light:If you have low vision and/or are grilling at night, the LED Concepts BBQ Grill Light may come in handy.  It provides instant illumination exactly where you need it.Features:Its heavy magnetic base attaches and holds to most metal surfaces like BBQ grills or stove topsAdjustable screw clamp for any non-metal surfaces making “this light great for multipurpose uses from a desk lamp to a work shop light to a bbq light”22 inch multi-flex neck adjusts 360º to illuminate any tasksMade of weather resistant aluminum5. Weber Barbecue Bear Claw Lifters/Shredders:The multi-use “Bear Claws” from Weber “are sure to become one of your most indispensable tools.”  You can use them to easily lift food from your smoker, grill, or racks.  Or you can use them to easily shred meat or poultry!Features:Ergonomically angled handles help get claws securely under food for lifting; angle is also ideal for shredding meatsSet of two clawsPlastic ergonomic handles designed for easy gripMachine or hand washShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint Relatedlast_img read more

US Podcast Ad Revenues Hit Historic 479 Million in 2018 an Increase

first_imgPodcast Ad Market Forecasted to Surpass $1 Billion By 2021In 2018, marketers spent $479 million to advertise on podcasts in the US, an uptick of 53 percent from $314 million in 2017, according to the latest IAB/PwC Podcast Advertising Revenue Study. The report, conducted by IAB and PwC US, forecasts that US podcast marketplace revenues will double by 2021, surging to over $1 billion. Self-reported revenues by leading podcast companies show a similar trajectory, reaching $345 million, a rise of 34 percent over $257 million in 2017.“Podcast storytelling is deeply engaging and provides marketers with a brand safe environment that enhances the appeal to advertisers. IAB has been a strong supporter of the podcast marketplace, and we look forward to spotlighting the medium’s latest at this fall’s IAB Podcast Upfront.”Direct-to-consumer Retailers and Financial Services spent more on podcast advertising than other industry categories. Overall, five business categories represented nearly three-quarters of all advertising revenue captured:Direct-to-Consumer Retailers (22%)Financial Services (21%)Business-to-Business (14%)Arts and Entertainment (10%)Telecommunications (7%)Marketing Technology News: Credorax Launches Smart 3D Secure Solution in Partnership With NetceteraHost-read ads continued to be the preferred ad type, constituting nearly two-thirds of all podcast advertising. Direct response campaigns were still the most popular ad type, but are decreasing in popularity, as brand awareness and branded content ad types rose in use. Cost-per-thousand was by far the most dominant pricing method.“Today’s technology has created an audio-first environment where audio is the preferred interaction—and consumers have put podcasts front-and-center,” said Anna Bager, Executive Vice President, Industry Initiatives, IAB. “Podcast storytelling is deeply engaging and provides marketers with a brand safe environment that enhances the appeal to advertisers. IAB has been a strong supporter of the podcast marketplace, and we look forward to spotlighting the medium’s latest at this fall’s IAB Podcast Upfront.”Marketing Technology News: Etsy Names Ryan Scott Chief Marketing Officer“The steady climb in revenues for the podcast ad market underscores the value of the platform’s flexibility and reach,” said David Silverman, a Partner at PwC US. “Consumers are listening to podcasts wherever and whenever—from their morning workout to their evening commute—making it appealing to brands that want to reach today’s audiences.”ABC Radio, Adswizz, AudioBoom, Authentic, ESPN, Gimlet, iHeartMedia, Market Enginuity, National Public Media, Megaphone LLC, Podcast One, Inc., PMM, Inc., Rawvoice, Stitcher, WarnerMedia, Westwood One, and Wondery sponsored the IAB/PwC Podcast Advertising Revenue Study.Marketing Technology News: Credorax Launches Smart 3D Secure Solution in Partnership With Netcetera Arts and Entertainmentbusiness-to-businessIABMarketing TechnologyNewsPodcast Advertising RevenuePWC Previous ArticleBox Maintains Aggressive Revenue Growth in Q1; Reveals Loyal Customers Continue to Drive SalesNext ArticleE2open Announces Acquisition of Averetek US Podcast Ad Revenues Hit Historic $479 Million in 2018, an Increase of 53% over Prior Year, According to IAB & PwC Research PRNewswireJune 4, 2019, 2:40 pmJune 4, 2019 last_img read more

Tesla Releases Official Wireless Phone Charger for Model 3

first_img You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous 6 Comments By Ryan Whitwam on June 4, 2019 at 4:11 pm Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Tagged In carsteslamodel 3wireless charging Post a Comment 6 Comments New TV Shows That Will Absolutely Get Canceled in 2019 Tom Hanks Breaks The Internet With Mister Rogers Debut Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads J.K. Rowling Confirms a Hermione Theory We Suspected All Along Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 and Unrecognizably Gorgeous The Tesla Model 3 might be the company’s “budget” offering, but it has some of the company’s newest and most advanced features. For example, the Model 3 was the first to get always-on Autopilot assistance. Today, Tesla unveiled a new accessory for the Model 3 — a wireless charger for your phone. It’s a little spendy compared with basic desktop wireless chargers, but not as much as similar OEM car accessories. The Model 3 wireless charging kit costs $125, and you can purchase it today. Tesla expects it to ship in 2-3 weeks. The charger has space for two phones and should work with any device that supports the Qi wireless charging standard. Prices on wireless chargers have come down considerably since Apple adopted the standard — you should be able to find a dual-coil charger like this for your desk at home for $20-30 at the most. Even the cheapest Tesla is a high-end vehicle, so it’s not surprising there would be a small premium attached. Although, the price isn’t bad compared with a lot of OEM accessories in cars. For example, Honda makes a wireless charging kit for some of its vehicles, and that hardware will run you over $200.Tesla’s wireless charger plugs into the center console right below the large touchscreen display. It comes with two USB cables and a snap-on plastic bottom lip. So, installation should be as simple as plugging in a few cables and wedging it into the available space, but it uses both of the in-dash USB ports. By contrast, some wireless charging kits for cars (like the aforementioned Honda option) require partially disassembling the dashboard to install. Unfortunately, Tesla doesn’t provide charging specs for the device. The base Qi charge rate is 5W, which is much slower than wired charging. Devices like the Pixel 3, newer iPhones, and all recent Samsung flagships support higher wireless charging speeds between 7.5W and 10W. It’s unclear if Tesla’s $125 wireless charger supports any of those faster speeds. The Nomad wireless charger for the Model 3 looks almost exactly the same as Tesla’s, and it does have 7.5W fast charging for iPhones. It’s not any cheaper, though.Now read:Tesla Stock Is Worth Half What Elon Said It’s Worth. Time to Panic?It Takes Just 3 Stickers to Make a Tesla Drive Into Oncoming TrafficTesla: We’ll Have Full Self-Driving by 2020. Robo-Taxis, Too.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> What the Biggest Fans Don’t Know About ‘Cutthroat Kitchen’ Tesla Releases Official Wireless Phone Charger for Model 3last_img read more

Intels Neuromorphic Loihi Processor Scales to 8M Neurons 64 Cores

first_img Why Billy Hargrove from ‘Stranger Things’ Looks So Familiar Deleted ‘Endgame’ Scene Showed Us Tony Stark In The Afterlife We Now Fully Understand the Bizarre Finale of ‘Friends’ 17 Comments Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 19shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Intel’s Neuromorphic Loihi Processor Scales to 8M Neurons, 64 Cores Intel has announced a significant advance for its neuromorphic research processor, codenamed Loihi. The company has now scaled up its Loihi implementation to the 64-processor level, allowing it to create a system with more than 8M neurons (8.3M). This new configuration (codenamed Pohoiki Beach) delivers 1,000x better performance than conventional CPUs in applications like sparse coding, graph search, and constraint-satisfaction problems. Intel claims that the new Pohoiki Beach delivers a 10,000x energy efficiency improvement over conventional CPU architectures in these sorts of tests.Neuromorphic computing is a subset of computing that attempts to mimic the brain’s architecture using modern technological analogues. Instead of implementing a typical CPU clock, for example. Loihi is based on a spiking neural network architecture. The basic Loihi processor contains 128 neuromorphic cores, three Lakefield (Intel Quark) CPU cores, and an off-chip communication network. In theory, Loihi can scale all the way up to 4,096 on-chip cores and 16,384 chips, though Intel has said it has no plans to commercialize a design this large.A close-up shot of an Intel Nahuku board, each of which contains 8 to 32 Intel Loihi neuromorphic chips. Intel’s latest neuromorphic system, Pohoiki Beach, is made up of multiple Nahuku boards and contains 64 Loihi chips. Pohoiki Beach was introduced in July 2019. (Credit: Tim Herman/Intel Corporation)“With the Loihi chip we’ve been able to demonstrate 109 times lower power consumption running a real-time deep learning benchmark compared to a GPU, and 5 times lower power consumption compared to specialized IoT inference hardware,” said Chris Eliasmith, co-CEO of Applied Brain Research and professor at University of Waterloo. “Even better, as we scale the network up by 50 times, Loihi maintains real-time performance results and uses only 30 percent more power, whereas the IoT hardware uses 500 percent more power and is no longer real-time.”One of Intel’s Nahuku boards, each of which contains 8 to 32 Intel Loihi neuromorphic chips, shown here interfaced to an Intel Arria 10 FPGA development kit. Intel’s latest neuromorphic system, Poihoiki Beach, annuounced in July 2019, is made up of multiple Nahuku boards and contains 64 Loihi chips. Pohoiki Beach was introduced in July 2019. (Credit: Tim Herman/Intel Corporation)The Pohoiki Beach implementation is not the largest planned deployment for the neuromorphic chip. Intel states that it intends to roll out an even larger design, codenamed Pohoiki Springs, which will deliver “an unprecedented level of performance and efficiency for scaled-up neuromorphic workloads.”We’ve covered the advances and research in neuromorphic computing for several years at ET. The work being done on these CPUs is closely related to the work that’s being conducted in AI and machine intelligence overall, but neuromorphic computing isn’t just concerned with how to run AI / ML workloads efficiently on existing chips. The ultimate goal is to build processors that more closely resemble the human brain.One of the oddities of computing is that analogies comparing human brain function and how computers work are so prevalent. Human brains and classic computers have very little overlap in terms of how they function. Transistors are not equivalent to neurons and the spiking neural network model that Loihi uses for transmitting information across its own processor cores is intended to be closer to the biological processes humans and other animals use than traditional silicon.Projects like this have a number of long-term research goals, of course, but one of the most fundamental is to better understand how brains work in order to copy some of their energy efficiency. The human brain runs on roughly 20W. Exascale supercomputing, which is considered the minimum for advanced neural simulation of anything more complex than an earthworm, is expected to consume megawatts of power per supercomputer. The gap between those figures explains why we’re so interested in the long-term energy efficiency and computation potential of the brain in the first place. Architectures like Loihi aren’t just an effort to write programs that mimic what humans can do; the goal is to copy aspects of our neurology as well. It makes their progress a bit more interesting.Feature Image Credit: Tim Herman/Intel CorporationNow Read:New Leak: Intel 10-Core Comet Lake CPUs Will Counterattack Ryzen 3000 FamilyIs Moore’s Law Alive, Dead, or Pining for the Fjords? Even Experts DisagreeIntel’s New Omni-Directional Interconnect Combines EMIB, Foveros Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads Little Lucy From ‘Narnia’ is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 23 By Joel Hruska on July 16, 2019 at 7:08 am The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today Tagged In scienceintelcpusartificial intelligencesemiconductorsaimachine learningneuromorphicneuromorphic computingLoihineuromorphic processor Post a Comment 17 Comments You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder Here’s What the Cast of the Matrix Trilogy Looks Like Todaylast_img read more

At a Glance Kingston KC2000 1TB SSD Review

first_img New Details Confirmed About Natalie Portman As Mighty Thor The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene Wesley Snipes Sounds Off On The Latest ‘Blade’ News ‘Black Widow’ Set Photos Reveal The Main Villain Kingston’s new KC2000 series SSDs were designed to tackle the high-end consumer SSD market. With capacities available up to 2TB in size and read/write speeds as high as 3,200/2,200MB/s, this drive has the potential to play a major role in the SSD market. But so far, the drives are off to a rough start.DesignKingston’s KC2000 SSDs use 96-layer 3D TLC Kingston NAND that connects to an SMI 2262EN controller. This controller features Silicon Motion’s NANDXtend ECC technology, which helps to keep data secure by preventing read/write errors. The drive also supports 256-bit XTS-AES encryption. These features make the drive better suited for business use, where the loss or theft of data could have serious consequences.These drives have average endurance ratings that match up with what we’ve seen from other 3D TLC NAND products in the past. In short, for each 250GB of NAND, the drive is able to handle 150TBW before failing.BenchmarksOur sister site PCMag ran a 1TB model of Kingston’s KC2000 through its usual quartet of benchmarks alongside three competing products from Adata, Samsung, and Western Digital. In the first test using PCMark 8 Storage test, we see virtually no difference from one drive to the next.Stepping things up with Crystal DiskMark 6.0 we start to see some deviation between the competing drives. In the sequential read/write test, Kingston’s KC2000 places second while reading data and last while writing it. It’s worth noting that the KC2000 actually exceeds its maximum reported read/write performance. The same can’t be said for the other tested drives, all of which come in below their rated performance.Reading and writing random 4K chunks of data is a weakness of this drive. It doesn’t come in dead last in this test, but its performance results leave much to be desired.Turning last to AS-SSD’s file transfer test, we once again see the KC2000 in a rather mixed position. The KC2000 came finished in second place while transferring the program folder and the game folder, and its performance results were close to what was achieved by the Adata XPG SX8200. Conversely, the drive’s performance while transferring the ISO file was significantly lower than the other tested drives.ConclusionFinally, there’s pricing. The 1TB model PCMag tested has an MSRP of $201.50, and strangely, it’s currently available for a higher price of $218.06 from Amazon. Unfortunately for Kingston, SSD prices have been trending downward, so that’s somewhat high for a 1TB SSD at the moment.The 1TB model of Samsung’s 970 Evo is similarly priced but offers better performance in most scenarios. The Adata XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB is significantly less expensive at $134.99, and it also supports ECC technology.Now read:At a Glance: Adata XPG SX6000 Pro ReviewAt a Glance: Acer Nitro XV3 XV273K ReviewAt a Glance: Dell UltraSharp U3219Q Review 3 Comments This Movie Will Have More Fight Scenes Than Any Other MCU Film Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Tagged In SSDsreviewsat a glancekingston Post a Comment 3 Comments By Michael Sexton on July 18, 2019 at 2:29 pm At a Glance: Kingston KC2000 1TB SSD Review You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Real Reason the ‘Blade’ Reboot Is Happening Celebs Who Were Sadly Killed By Their Fans We Finally Know Why Black Widow’s Death Was Necessarylast_img read more

New Ookla Speedtest Data ATT Wins Performance Verizon Holds Reliability

first_img The Biggest ‘Arrow’ Plot Holes No One Ever Talks About Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet New speed test data from Ookla shows that both Verizon and AT&T have boosted mobile network performance in the past 12 months, though our absolute world ranking compared with other nations remains mired in the middle of the pack. In Q1 2019, the United States ranked 40th in the world for mean wireless download speeds (between Spain and Saudi Arabia). In uploads we fared much worse, coming in at 94th (between Angola and Poland).Ookla bases its speedtest information and comparisons by gathering data from 2.7M unique mobile user devices used to perform over 11.5M total benchmarks. This type of testing is distinct from the driving tests that our sister publication PCMag also performs, but their results largely echo what Ookla is reporting. (Note: As a matter of full disclosure, both Ookla and PCMag are owned by Ziff Davis, which also owns ExtremeTech.)Performance across the entire United States increased by 24 percent in download and 13 percent in upload, provided you live in a major metropolitan area and could benefit from these improvements in the first place. I make this distinction — Ookla doesn’t — because, if you live in a rural area in the United States, the rate at which your performance improves may depend on when the ancient equipment in the local cell tower needs to be replaced and not much more. According to Speedtest.net, as of 7/8/2019, my iPhone SE is capable of 6.7Mbps down, 3.31Mbps up on AT&T’s LTE network. That’s about normal for where I live. It’s also 1/5 and roughly 1/3 of median US wireless performance.Both the degree of improvement you see year-on-year (if any) and when those improvements arrive are both tied to how urban your home is. If you happen to live in areas where AT&T hasn’t yet deployed LTE, for example, improved results like the ones Ookla is trumpeting mean nothing to your quality of service.I bring this up, not to dump on Ookla’s efforts, but to illustrate that reports like this really only have validity if you live in the areas they describe. This metric is referred to as “LTE Accessibility” in the first graph. Verizon users have access to LTE 95.9 percent of the time and are only without service 3.3 percent of the time. AT&T has a much lower rate of LTE access and a higher rate of “No coverage.”No single person’s experience is the same as a broad report like this, but these findings do echo what I found to be true when I had AT&T and lived in an even more rural area than I currently occupy. In 2014, my old stomping grounds were still using HSPA+. Five years later, that hasn’t changed. With a new wave of 5G devices certain to start shipping in 2020, cell providers are going to start banging on the “Upgrade your life with faster wireless!” drum. Never forget to check and make certain that your home address (or wherever you spend the bulk of your time) will actually benefit from the upgrade.As for the “Acceptable Speed Ratio,” ASR measures what percentages of a cell carriers’ connections are 5Mbps or above, to allow for HD video streaming. Verizon scores the best here, at 87.3 percent, but most of the other firms are closely clustered — T-Mobile is at 86.9 percent, and AT&T at 85.9 percent. Only Sprint is an outlier, at 81.2 percent, and that’s not terribly surprising given the lower-quality state of the Sprint network. Like PCMag, Ookla found that AT&T’s performance had grown the most in the past 12 months, thanks to its decision to begin replacing legacy LTE connections with more powerful, later-generation LTE hardware. Despite AT&T’s ongoing attempts to label this as “5G E” technology, it remains entirely linked to LTE signaling and methodologies.This distribution shows what percentage of each companies’ users report which level of network performance. 14 percent of AT&T users, 19 percent of Sprint users, 13 percent of Verizon, and 13 percent of T-Mobile customers are in areas where they receive less than 5Mbps of download performance. A far smaller group of people with every company have the opposite problem and live in areas where they report more than 100Mbps of regular service.Now Read:Ookla Rolls Out New Global 5G MapHere Are the Most Affordable Places to Live With High-Speed InternetUS Mobile Download Speeds Shot Up in 2018, T-Mobile Beats Verizon New Ookla Speedtest Data: AT&T Wins Performance, Verizon Holds Reliability 3 Comments By Joel Hruska on July 9, 2019 at 8:00 am Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads Little Lucy From ‘Narnia’ is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 23 Winona Ryder Is Not Letting Anyone Forget She’s Married to Keanu Tagged In internetlteAT&Tverizon4gt-mobile5gSprint3gHSPA+cellular5G EFaux Gfake 5G Post a Comment 3 Comments People are Furious ‘Cats’ Star Francesca Hayward Has White Fur ‘Bond 25’ Car Scene Clues Teased Via Workshop Photo Jason Momoa’s Marriage Just Keeps Getting Weirder and Weirder Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. 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Qlik Completes Acquisition of Attunity

first_img AcquisitionAttunitydata management software solutionsInternational ABMarketing TechnologyNewsQlik Previous ArticleAirtame Adds Power over Ethernet Product to Their ServicesNext Articleitelligence Receives 2019 SAP Pinnacle Award: SAP Global Platinum Reseller of the Year Attunity Ltd., a leading provider of data integration and big data management software solutions, announced the completion of the previously announced acquisition of Attunity by QlikTech International AB (“Qlik”). Pursuant to the transaction, which was approved by Attunity’s shareholders on April 7, 2019, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qlik merged with and into Attunity, with Attunity continuing as the surviving corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of Qlik. As a result of the acquisition, Attunity’s shareholders will be entitled to receive the merger consideration of US$23.50 in cash per ordinary share (without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes). In connection with the closing of the transaction, Attunity’s ordinary shares will cease to be traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market as of May 6, 2019.In connection with the merger, Attunity has obtained a pre-ruling from the Israeli Tax Authority with respect to the withholding obligations relating to the merger consideration. According to the pre-ruling, subject to certain exceptions, Attunity shareholders that are non-Israeli residents, who hold less than 5% of Attunity’s share capital and purchased their shares on or after December 17, 1992 (the date which Attunity listed its shares on NASDAQ), will be fully exempt from Israeli withholding tax. More detailed information about the tax ruling, the Israeli withholding tax rates and a declaration form to be signed by each of the applicable shareholders, will be included with the transmittal letter which will be sent to Attunity shareholders in the coming daysMarketing Technology News: Price f(x) Introduces Innovative Plug-and-Play CRM Integration and Enhanced Features to CPQ SolutionShareholders who possess Attunity share certificates will receive a letter of transmittal with detailed instructions, along with other forms, from the appointed paying agent, American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, regarding the surrender of their certificates for the merger consideration. For shares held in street name by a broker, bank or other nominee, the broker, bank or other nominee will handle the exchange of shares for the shareholders and will provide them with any relevant instructions for effecting the exchange.Marketing Technology News: Enterprise Bank & Trust Partners with Bounteous and Acquia to Launch Brand New Marketing and Technology ExperienceAttunity is a leading provider of data integration and big data management software solutions that enable availability, delivery and management of data across heterogeneous enterprise platforms, organizations and the cloud. Attunity’s software solutions include data replication and distribution, test data management, change data capture (CDC), data connectivity, enterprise file replication (EFR), managed file transfer (MFT), data warehouse automation, data usage analytics and cloud data delivery.Marketing Technology News: PushSend Launches All-in-One Marketing Platform That Brings Enterprise Capabilities to SMBs Qlik Completes Acquisition of Attunity PRNewswireMay 6, 2019, 4:21 pmMay 6, 2019 last_img read more

Adomni Launches LargestEver Programmatic Billboard Campaign with Kylie Skin

first_imgAdomni launched a record-breaking national digital out-of-home (OOH) campaign with Kylie Jenner to coincide with the release of her new skincare line, Kylie Skin. This is believed to be the largest single national programmatic digital billboard campaign ever, according to Adomni, reaching audiences in over 1,100 U.S. cities, including prominent areas such as Times Square and Las Vegas Boulevard.  The programmatic out-of-home Kylie Skin campaign targeted 4,300+ US roadside digital billboards and 1,500+ digital video screens in 200+ shopping malls. Using Adomni’s open online buying platform for OOH screens, the ads ran Wednesday morning shortly before the product launched. “It’s always exciting to find new ways to connect with people and I loved the idea of being able to have my Kylie Skin campaign show up on billboards simultaneously across the whole country, to tie in with everything I was doing on social media to promote my skincare launch,” said Kylie Jenner.Marketing Technology News: Teleperformance Groups ‘Praxidia Knowledge Services’ partners with CallMiner to launch TP Interact – a Comprehensive Interaction Analytics SolutionAdomni’s programmatic integration with media owners such as Lamar Advertising, Clear Channel Outdoor, Lightbox OOH Video Network and Superior Digital Billboards, make it possible to deliver campaigns at scale.“The opportunity to show the Kylie Skin team the scale of out-of-home’s reach and the ease-of-use of launching a campaign on the Adomni buying platform was extremely exciting for us,” said Jonathan Gudai, CEO of Adomni. “Kylie’s online and social following is truly remarkable.  Our ability to reach large format, high profile digital screens in the real world showcased how perfectly the digital and physical channels work together.”For this campaign, Kylie Skin had multiple pieces of creative artwork that were switched out throughout the day.Marketing Technology News: Zendesk Unveils Next Generation of Conversational Messaging Experiences“Thanks to programmatic technology and Adomni’s innovative integration with leading DOOH media owners, this campaign was able to be executed quickly, at scale, and with maximum impact,” Gudai said. “The world of digital online and digital out-of-home are coming together.  It has never been easier or more affordable to launch an out-of-home campaign.”Marketing Technology News: MRC Continues DoubleVerify’s Accreditation for Desktop, Mobile Web & In-App Impressions, SIVT Traffic Filtration & Viewability Adomni Launches Largest-Ever Programmatic Billboard Campaign with Kylie Skin PRNewswireMay 30, 2019, 11:22 amMay 30, 2019 DOOH mediaJonathan GudaiKylie SkinLamar AdvertisingMarketing TechnologyNewsOOH Video Network Previous ArticleNeuromarketing 101: Neurocreativity is Changing How We Create ContentNext ArticleAsia’s Retail Growth Hinged on Mix of Social Media and Digital Marketing Technologieslast_img read more

Satisfi Labs Taps Jonathon Scott to Head Product Expansion and Growth

first_imgSatisfi Labs Taps Jonathon Scott to Head Product Expansion and Growth PRNewswireJuly 10, 2019, 2:29 pmJuly 10, 2019 The Broadw.ai Co-Founder to Lead Product Development with Focus on Revenue Generating SolutionsSatisfi Labs, an AI-powered Knowledge Management Platform, announced that Jonathon Scott has joined Satisfi Labs as Head of Product, reporting to Don White, the company’s CEO and Co-Founder. Jon will leverage his expertise in the entertainment industry to lead Satisfi’s expansion of conversational search and commerce solutions, driving product strategies with more comprehensive user insights and data-based solutions to boost end user engagement, user experience, and create revenue generating opportunities.Jon joins Satisfi Labs from Hamilton, where he served as Director, Revenue Management. His responsibilities included managing ticket inventory, pricing, marketing and strategic analysis for all the North American companies of the production.Marketing Technology News: AccuWeather Continues Rapid Expansion with Relocation of Global Office in New York City“Jon’s proven track record in understanding engagement and commerce will be invaluable as Satisfi Labs continues to grow its product development and innovation,” said Don White. “Jon’s creative approach and expertise will benefit our clients seeking products and services that drive meaningful revenue opportunities. We are excited to have him join the team and help drive our product suite.”“Don and the team continue to build a way for companies across industries to harness the power of AI and enable them to grow their business by better serving their customers. I’m excited to be working with him and the amazing team at Satisfi Labs to continue expanding the product offerings and building best in class solutions for our clients across industry,” added Scott.Marketing Technology News: ada Strengthens Its Leadership Team as It Doubles Its HeadcountJon is also the co-founder of Satisfi Labs sister company Broadw.ai, along with Micah Hollingworth, where he has introduced Satisfi’s AI Knowledge Management Platform to the theater industry with successful launches with Tony Award-winning shows like WICKED and Come From Away. Marketing Technology News: New ISG Study Focuses on Digital Business Services Don WhiteJonathon ScottKnowledge Management PlatformMarketing Technology NewsNewsSatisfi Labs Previous ArticleSignpost Raises $52 Million To Arm Main Street With Automated Marketing TechnologyNext ArticleVoleo Sees 1700% Increase in New User Registration in First Two Weeks of Google’s Digital Strategy Programlast_img read more

Textmunication Announces Agreement to Integrate SMS with Deep Sky Mobile VoIP Platform

first_img cloud-based communicationMarketing TechnologyMemorandum of UnderstandingNewsRCSSky VoIP PlatformTextmunication Holdings Previous ArticleActiveViam Receives Investment from Guidepost Growth EquityNext ArticleCloudscene Launches Enterprise Tool to Find Cloud Connectivity Routes Worldwide Textmunication Holdings, Inc., a cloud-based communication technology holding company, announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to integrate SMS into Deep Sky VoIP Platform.“Top 20 Most Promising Digital Marketing Solution Providers”The Company is pleased to announce it has signed a MOU with Deep Sky Mobile to collaborate on the development of SMS and VoIP enabled projects for the commercial market.Along with Deep Sky’s VoIP and IoT services, our proprietary SAM platform which is capable of sending over 1 Billion SMS or RCS messages per month, could provide the infrastructure to build a network or Cloud and API applications that could be beneficial to both companies.RCS Integration We will explore the integration of Rich Communication Services (RCS) service within their suite of products. RCS is a communication protocol aimed at replacing SMS messages with a text-message system that is richer, provides interactivity and can transmit in-call multimedia. RCS has received strong backing from Google – and more recently from Samsung and Verizon who have also started implementing the RCS protocol.Recent GSMA (Global System for Mobile Communications) estimates indicate the RCS market will be worth $74 billion by 2021, with estimates that 86% of all smartphones will be RCS-enabled by 2020.Marketing Technology News: Yext Study: 58% Of Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Marketers Say Their Marketing Management Strategy Needs Major ImprovementsSMS Integration with IoT The Company will also work on integrating SMS in Deep Sky Internet of Things (IoT) Platform, which provides a cloud solution for industrial IoT (IIoT) clients to monitor critical assets and equipment in real-time.The integration of SMS will provide organizations with time-sensitive information on which to make critical decisions, and enhance Deep Sky’s IoT platform for enterprise clients requiring that data.AI and Data Analytics We will also work on developing an Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics cloud on which we can build “big data” solutions utilizing the information collected on both the SMS, IoT and VoIP platforms to provide next-generation service to customers.Wais Asefi, the CEO of Textmunication commented, “We are excited to announce our collaboration with Deep Sky in integrating our SMS and RCS technology along with their VoIP service. This vision won’t be done overnight, but we believe through our combination of technologies, and expertise, we now have the ability to build both companies in the enterprise service market.”Marketing Technology News: PMG Launches Marketing Intelligence Platform — Meet AlliInvestor Mailing ListIf interested in receiving investor updates on Deep Sky Mobile register onlineText SWRM to short code 52236 to sign-up for news alerts and announcements via SMS for Deep Sky MobileMarketing Technology News: Top of Mind Networks Adds BombBomb Integration to Surefire CRM Textmunication Announces Agreement to Integrate SMS with Deep Sky Mobile VoIP Platform Business WireJune 24, 2019, 6:06 pmJune 24, 2019 last_img read more

Rich Messaging Will Transform the Customer Journey

first_img 5Gcustomer journeyiMessageKiller Appmobile marketingoutbound marketingRich Messaging Previous ArticleTen Experts Offer Ten-Year Outlook For China’s Artificial Intelligence SectorNext ArticleIntelliverse Launches Free IntelliSales CRM New technologies like 5G and Rich Messaging are turning 2019 into a pivotal year for mobile marketing. Arguably, the industry has not seen such innovation and change since the launch of the smartphone. 5G promises to make the smartphone faster and more powerful, while Rich Messaging will bring both enhanced and totally new features to messaging. Messaging apps are already one of the most frequently used mobile apps and the introduction of Rich Messaging will make it the undisputed killer app.So, what is Rich Messaging? If you’re an iPhone or Android user, think of it as iMessage or Google Messages on steroids. Both Apple and Android have introduced expanded features, which makes messaging so much more than just text, allowing you to send images with links, appointments and payments, all within a messaging conversation.Read More: Key Social Media Monetization Tactics for Mobile-First Gaming BrandsMessaging Becomes the Killer AppIn the past, email was the killer app for consumer communications. But, messaging is already the preferred way people communicate in their personal lives and it will become the killer app for businesses too. Today, customer experience is fragmented. A person makes a purchase on the web, receives a text or email that it has shipped, and then must call customer service if that package doesn’t arrive, or go back online to process a return if it is damaged or doesn’t fit. With Rich Messaging, all of this is unified and accomplished without leaving the messaging app.A customer can buy shoes by messaging and the retailer can send a confirmation and track back in the same way. If the shoes don’t arrive or fit, the retailer can handle the entire post-purchase experience in messaging. All done in a way that’s not intrusive, yet branded.A detail mentioned before, that may have piqued interest was: buying in messaging. Web traffic on mobile is exploding and more purchases are being made by phone. But, if a customer has a question, traditionally the only option available was to call the company. No matter how good the customer service rep is, they’ll never do justice verbally, explaining the design of the shoe like a picture or video could. With Rich Messaging, the rep can message back and forth to understand what the consumer wants through imagery, then complete the transaction.Read More: Top 10 Apps Like InstagramRich messaging can also be used by outbound marketers to send offers, such as sales and product recommendations. But, outbound marketing via messaging should also be used with caution. Like email, messaging is opt-in, but inherently much more personal. Brands need to understand the consumer’s expected level and type of acceptable interaction on this platform.But right now, brands options are limited until Rich Messaging is implemented by all messaging platforms and carriers. RCS relies on cell carrier support and is currently being rolled out just to Android. Apple Business Chat is a nod towards its potential: it allows companies to communicate with customers across the iMessage platform and the Messages App.While we wait for this to happen, marketers should plan to update their mobile customer engagement strategy to include Rich Messaging. Early adopters of Rich Messaging have already begun experimenting and some have already moved to full-scale implementation. It’s a trend you can’t ignore.Read More: How to Analyze Your Lead Generation Form Using Google Tag Manager Rich Messaging Will Transform the Customer Journey Mike MyerJuly 2, 2019, 9:00 pmJune 27, 2019 last_img read more

Life on Mars Could Owe Its Foundation to Worlds Lightest Solid Aerogel

first_img aerogelaerogel insulationaerogel solidcolonising mars First Published: July 16, 2019, 7:21 PM IST | Edited by: — Mankind’s will to turn Mars into a life-sustaining colony is no real secret. But, as luck would have it, the process is unlikely to be as simple as sending Matt Damon out on a space mission. After having debunked theories such as terraforming due to the characteristics of the Martian atmosphere, the latest study published in the Nature Astronomy journal reveals the idea of using a material called Aerogel in order to maintain sub-surface water in the liquid state. This would enable colonies to have access to Mars’ water substrate, and thereby use such patches as micro-biomes, or mini habitats from where life on Mars can be sustained.The key to this new development in astrophysics lies in the properties of Aerogel. As the paper details, Aerogel is the world’s lightest solid, exhibiting Styrofoam-like chemical bond in its molecules. However, in contrast to other solids developed on Earth, Aerogel is 99 percent air, and its molecular bond exhibits greenhouse properties, where it allows heat from incident radiation to enter, while filtering out radiations like ultraviolet rays and also trapping the heat inside. While the fragile nature of the solid makes it a bit difficult to exist on its own, the lightness means its strength can be harnessed when built in between structural contraptions with high tensile strength. To emulate a possible use case, the scientists created a 2-3cm layer of aerosol and exposed it to a lamp that recreated the properties of Martian sunlight. The result showed that the surface underneath the Aerogel layer could be heated by nearly 65 degrees Celsius, which the scientists note is enough to create a permanent heat layer on Martian surface, which in turn can melt the subterranean water ice, and create liquid water reservoirs that will be crucial to mankind’s sustenance on the barren planet. Since the Martian atmosphere is too thin and does not exhibit Earth-like heat retention properties, solid elements such as Aerogel will be crucial in replicating life sustaining conditions on the planet.The importance of Aerogel further lies in the way the ice reservoir on Mars is distributed. While the Martian poles contain the frigid ice caps and are hence ideal for establishing water reservoirs such as this Aerogel-proposed one, Mars is warmer towards its equators, which in turn is more naturally inclined towards supporting human life in near-ideal temperature conditions. As a result, a matter such as Aerogel may be key to establishing uniform life links all across the planet. For instance, while the water reservoir establishment is one that can be built near the poles, more complex compounds based on Aerogel can be built in the equators to help human colonies withstand the harsh Martian winters. This will be particularly crucial, since Mars does not enjoy the natural atmospheric insulation.However, the chief scientists behind this project, Robin Wordsworth of Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Laura Kerber, geologist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, note that there are significant challenges to an Aergel-based ecosystem for mankind in Mars. The biggest obstruction to this is the large quantity of Aerogel that would be required for significant impact — either we need to find a way to make Aerogel in Mars, or efficiently ship batches of it from here to there. Given its fragile nature, this creates its own logistical hazard. The scientists further noted that the idea of terraforming the planet would be near-impossible given the practical obstructions, and as a result, society is likely to flourish in Mars in isolated batches — something that brings with itself yet another issue of its own, that of building Mars’ own, local communications system. last_img read more

Ram Vilas Paswan Seeks CBI Probe into Dalit Woman Rape Case in

first_imgNew Delhi: Union minister and BJP ally Ram Vilas Paswan Sunday demanded a CBI probe into the rape of a Dalit woman in Rajasthan’s Alwar and accused the Congress government in the state of hiding the crime for several days for electoral benefit. The Lok Sabha polls in the state are now over.The Lok Janshakti Party chief said in a statement the state government is responsible for such a “condemnable” development. He alleged it did not allow a case to be filed until the election concluded in the state. The crime had happened on April 26 but a case was registered on May 7 after the polls were over in the state on May 6, Paswan said.”We demand a CBI probe and stringent action against the culprits,” he said.He also took a swipe at BSP supremo Mayawati over her criticism of the Rajasthan government, accusing her of shedding crocodile tears.She supports the Congress after elections everywhere, he said.Mayawati’s BSP has given support to the Congress government in the state. Alwar rape caseBJPBSPcbi First Published: May 12, 2019, 3:10 PM ISTlast_img read more

Kangana Ranaut Rangoli Chandel Summoned in Defamation Cases Filed by Aditya Pancholi

first_img Aditya Pancholiaditya pancholi newsaditya pancholi rape casebollywood First Published: June 26, 2019, 10:39 AM IST A Mumbai Court on Tuesday issued summons to Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel in connection with defamation cases filed by actor Aditya Pancholi and his wife, Zarina Wahab.Chief Metropolitan Magistrate S B Dighe issued two summons each against Kangana and Rangoli with regard to the four cases filed by Pancholi and his wife. In 2017, in a number of interviews, Ranaut accused Pancholi of sexually and physically abusing her in the initial days of her career. She also claimed that he kept her confined to a house and she had to escape by jumping off the first-floor window. While the cases against Kangana are related to her several statements made during a television show, those against her sister are related to comments made on social media.”She (Kangana) had claimed that Aditya kept her under house arrest and she registered an FIR against him, but since no such FIR was ever registered, there is prima facie case that she defamed him,” Pancholi’s lawyer Shreya Shrivastava told PTI.The matter is posted for further hearing on July 26, Shrivastava added.In a recent interview to Deccan Chronicle, Pancholi’s wife came to his defence after the actor was implicated in a sexual assault complaint filed by Ranaut, whom he reportedly dated several years ago.“You can’t be in relationship with someone for years and then suddenly accuse him of rape just because the relationship has ended, or because the other person has moved on. It’s just not right,” Wahab said.Ranaut had filed a police complaint in May about having been “assaulted and exploited” by Pancholi 13 years ago; Pancholi, in turn, filed a case of defamation.Follow @News18Movies for morelast_img read more

Why is Naidu Exhausting Himself Shiv Sena Mocks Andhra CMs Efforts to

first_img BJPChandrababu Naiduexit polls 2019Lok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: May 20, 2019, 12:19 PM IST Mumbai: After the exit polls gave a thumping majority to the NDA, Shiv Sena on Monday took a dig at Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and mocked his efforts to form a non-BJP government at the Centre. The party said Naidu was unnecessarily exhausting himself by running from pillar to post as there was no guarantee of this “possible coalition” staying intact by the time results are out on May 23. “Why is Chandrababu Naidu is exhausting himself without any reason? Hope his current excitement lasts till May 23. We wish him luck for the same,” Shiv Sena said in its editorial mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.The TDP chief’s deliberations are part of his efforts to unite non-NDA parties and bring them together on one platform. In the past one week, he undertook a hectic round of discussions with parties and met leaders including Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Mahagathbandhan leaders — Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati.“There are at least five contenders for the Prime Minister’s post in the Opposition. There are more chances of their disillusionment (mohbhang). Who will form the government? This question has already been answered. Amit Shah said that BJP will win 300 seats and the party reached that target in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections only,” Shiv Sena said. “The country cannot afford to have a coalition government crawling with the help of several small parties,” it opined.Referring to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s meetings with several opposition leaders in the last few days, the Sena said some people think after the declaration of results, the situation in Delhi (Centre) would be unstable and “they want to benefit out of it”.”The opposition has assumed the BJP would not come to power, so they are trying hard to gain support of all possible parties to keep the BJP out of power,” it said. “Naidu is trying for a coalition but in reality, his efforts are going to be futile. He met NCP chief Sharad Pawar twice in Delhi, but there is no guarantee of this possible coalition continuing to stay intact by May 23 evening,” said the Sena, an ally of the BJP at the Centre and in Maharashtra.It claimed the Left parties were unlikely to open their account in West Bengal, and the Aam Aadmi Party was expected to meet a similar fate in Punjab, Delhi and Haryana.The Left’s base in Kerala was also likely to shrink further, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party said. “Naidu himself had a hard time in Andhra Pradesh where YSR Congress leader Jaganmohan Reddy seems to be putting up a strong contest. In AP’s neighbouring Telangana, compared to Naidu’s TDP and the Congress, the TRS led by K Chandrasekhar Rao is likely to secure a major win,” it said. last_img read more