HC judge recuses from hearing Honeypreets bail plea

first_imgChandigarh: A Punjab and Haryana High Court judge has recused himself from hearing a bail plea filed by Honeypreet, the adopted daughter of convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. She is in jail in connection with violence that broke out in Panchkula in Haryana on August 25, 2017, following the conviction of the Dera chief. The case will now be put up before the Chief Justice so that the matter can be assigned to another bench. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Her counsel said she had no role in the violence and her name was subsequently added to the first information report (FIR). The self-styled godman was sentenced to 20 years in jail in August 2017 for raping two women. A special CBI court in Panchkula in January also sentenced him and three others to life imprisonment for the murder of a journalist over 16 years ago. Ram Rahim’s conviction had led to violence in Panchkula and Sirsa, leaving 41 people dead and over 260 injured.last_img read more

General Assembly creates group to work on sustainable development goals

The United Nations General Assembly today established a working group that will focus on the design of a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) to promote global prosperity, reduce poverty and advance social equity and environmental protection.The 30-member working group, which will consist of countries from all regions, will prepare a report containing a proposal on the SDGs that the 193-member Assembly will consider and act on at its 68th session, which begins in September. Participation in the working group will be facilitated by a rotational procedure within the regions. The working group is a direct result of the commitment made by governments at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June to establish a set of action-oriented, concise and easy to communicate goals to help advance sustainable development. The Rio+20 outcome document, entitled “The Future We Want” also calls for the goals to be integrated into the UN’s development agenda beyond 2015.The SDGs seek to guide countries in achieving targeted outcomes within a specific time period, such as on universal access to sustainable energy and clean water for all, and will build on the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after their 2015 deadline.The MDGs have been instrumental in driving down poverty rates and increasing access to education, healthcare, water and sanitation, but progress has not been uniform and the UN is currently ramping up efforts to help countries achieve the goals by the target date.“The Future We Want has broadened the scope for global action for people and the planet,” said the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo. “Sustainable development goals that build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, and that apply to all countries can provide a tremendous boost to efforts to implement sustainable development and help us address issues ranging from reducing poverty and creating jobs to the pressing issues of meeting economic, social and environmental aspirations of all people.” Assembly President Vuk Jeremic said he would engage closely with Member States to ensure that the process to create the SDGs becomes a top priority and that the work of the newly established group is at the centre of the Assembly’s attention.“This is a moment for us to imagine the future, and to decide on new ways to address global challenges – to truly define the ‘world we want,’ and at the UN we need to make such a vision a reality,” Mr. Jeremic said.In December, the Assembly passed a resolution outlining a series of steps to implement other aspects of the Rio+20 outcome document, including preparations for the establishment of a new high-level political forum, advancing action on the 10-year programme for promoting more sustainable patterns of consumption and production, and implementing steps to develop a sustainable development financing strategy, among others. read more

Mali Security Council urges parties to adopt timeline for implementing peace agreement

In a press statement, the Council welcomed the signing on 20 September 2017 by the Plateforme and Coordination armed groups of a series of commitments, including an immediate, comprehensive and definitive cessation of hostilities, calling on the armed groups to strictly adhere to this commitment. The 15-member body underscored the pressing need to deliver tangible and visible peace dividends to the population in the country’s north and elsewhere to keep the momentum of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, signed in 2015. The Council expressed its intention to dedicate a specific focus of its upcoming visit to the Sahel region to the implementation of the Agreement. The Council urged all parties to comply with their obligations under applicable international law and to bring an end to all human rights violations and abuses, and encouraged the Government to continue its efforts to combat impunity, with the support of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Expressing a concern about the security situation in Mali and the threat posed by terrorism and transnational organized crime in the Sahel region, the Council underlined that the efforts by the force of the Group of Five for the Sahel States to counter the activities of terrorist groups and other organized criminal groups will contribute to create a more secure environment in the region and help MINUSMA fulfil its mandate to stabilize the country. read more

£5 million scheme to reduce bus emissions

Government has announced a £5 million initiative, called the Clean Bus Technology Fund, which will allow local authorities across England to upgrade their buses to use greener technologies. The announcement comes just eight days after the Department for Transport (DfT) announced £12 million funding for 213 new low carbon buses.The scheme, announced today by the Local Transport Minister, Norman Baker, will allow authorities to improve their current fleet of buses by retrofitting more efficient engines, exhaust after-treatments and hybrid or alternative fuel conversions. Each authority is able to bid for grants of up to £1 million to, which will be used to upgrade the technology used on routes where the air quality does not currently meet European standards.Norman Baker said, “Improving air quality is important for the coalition government. This £5 million scheme will help clean up emissions from older buses in some of our most polluted urban areas.“It will lead to real improvements in air quality on some of our more polluted streets, as well as helping stimulate jobs and growth in the bus and retrofit industries. In addition it will give British companies the opportunity to market new technologies to overseas bus operators and governments.”Today’s announcement also follows a £5 million DfT grant, match funded by the Mayor of London, to carry out upgrades to 900 older London buses that operate on routes with some of the worst air quality.More information on the DfT Clean Bus Technology Fund can be found here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Google celebrates 13th birthday with Google Doodle birthday party photo

first_imgGoogle is turning 13 years old today. As the company says goodbye to its childhood and enters its formative teen years, it’s hard to remember what life was like without Google.As with other major events, like deaths, birthdays, and important dates in history, Google has posted a celebratory Google Doodle showing the Google logo at its 13th birthday party. The image looks like something you’d see out of your own photo album of your 13th birthday: homey, simple, and with lots of colorful balloons and streamers. Google is known for making elaborate and interactive doodles, but the one it chose for its own birthday is uncomplicated and charming.Google was incorporated on Sept. 4, 1998 by Stanford University PhD candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin who had been working on the search engine since 1996. Google’s mission from the get-go was “To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Google now has dipped its toes in just about every pool: Email (Gmail) maps (Google Maps, Street View, Google Earth), mobile operating system (Android,) mobile payment system (Google Wallet), and social networking (Google+), to name a few.The word “Google” is commonly used today, and was even added as a verb in the Oxford English Dictionary back in 2006, but few of us know where the name Google even comes from. The duo chose the name Google as a play on the word “googol,” which represents the number 1 followed by 100 zeros.The company now has almost 30,000 employees and is reported to have achieved $9.03 billion in revenue during its last quarter (32% up on last year). Clearly, Google has come a long way from its early childhood. Happy Birthday, Google!Watch the video below to see all of Google’s birthday doodles starting in 2002 when the company was only four years old.last_img read more

An incredible talent Tributes paid to rising star Lyra McKee journalist shot

first_imgWe are all poor for the loss of Lyra. Our hopes and dreams and all of her amazing potential was snuffed out by a single barbaric act. By Stephen McDermott Source: Michelle O’Neill/Twitter My heart goes out to the family of the young woman shot dead by so-called dissidents. This was an attack on the community, an attack on the peace process and an attack on the Good Friday Agreement. I appeal for calm and for anyone with information to bring it to the PSNI https://t.co/m8O43RkuRI— Michelle O’Neill (@moneillsf) April 19, 2019 TRIBUTES HAVE BEEN paid to Lyra McKee, the 29 year-old journalist shot dead during rioting in Derry.PSNI have launched a murder investigation following her killing in the Fanad Drive area of Creggan last night.They believe the shooting, which followed searches of a number of properties in the area, was carried out by a dissident republican and are appealing for witnesses.Speaking to the media, her partner Sara Canning said: 50,826 Views Friday 19 Apr 2019, 8:25 AM Share Tweet Email Lyra’s death must not be in vain because her life was a shining light in everyone else’s life, and her legacy will live on in the light that she has left behind.Father Joseph Gormley told BBC Radio Foyle that Lyra’s partner and family were “heartbroken” and described the moment that he met them in hospital last night.“They just thought it was somebody else, they really thought it had to be somebody else, [that] it wasn’t Lyra. But unfortunately it was,” he said.Gormley also condemned those responsible for the killing and said the community would stand beside Lyra’s family in the coming days and weeks.“I would love if those people who had fired those shots came over and saw what they did last night,” he said.“If they came over and saw that scene of a young woman and her family… This is their Good Friday, and we have to stand beside them on this terrible cross that has been visited on them by such an evil, evil act.”‘Rising star’At the time of her death, Lyra was working on two books: Angels with Blue Faces, to be published this year with Excalibur Press, and The Lost Boys to be published by Faber, who described her as a “rising star”, next year.She also appeared in Forbes magazine’s European edition of ’30 under 30′ when she was 25; the magazine said it was Lyra’s “passion… to dig into topics that others don’t care about”.Paying tribute, President Michael D Higgins described Lyra as a “woman of talent and commitment” and extended his sympathies to those close to her.“Sabina and I send our deepest sympathies to her family and friends and to all those who knew her and worked with her,” he said.Matthew Hughes, who described Lyra as one of his closest friends, said he was devastated by the news.“She was my mentor. She was a groomswoman at my wedding. I can’t imagine life without her, and yet now I must. I’m devastated,” he wrote on Twitter.The Irish secretary of the National Union of Journalists, Seamus Dooley described Lyra’s death as “a loss to journalism” and said it was “a dark day”. The senseless murder of Lyra McKee has left a family without a beloved daughter, a sister, an aunt, and a great aunt, has left so many friends without their confident, victims in the LGBTQIA community are left without a tireless advocate and activist, and it has left me without the love of my life, the woman I was planning to grow old with. This cannot stand. Source: Séamus Dooley/TwitterIn a statement issued later this afternoon, Dooley called Lyra a journalist of “courage, style and integrity”.“She was a woman of great commitment and passion,” he said.“I have no doubt that it was that commitment which led to her presence on the streets of the Creggan last night, observing a riot situation in the city.”NUJ General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet also paid tribute to Lyra, calling her death “a major loss to journalism”.“A young, vibrant life has been destroyed in a senseless act of violence,” she said.“Our thoughts are with her partner, family and many friends and colleagues. A bright light has been quenched and that plunges all of us in to darkness.”SolidarityTaoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney also expressed their sympathies to Lyra’s loved ones.“I would like to express my sincere condolences to Lyra’s family, her partner Sara and her friends,” Varadkar said.“Our solidarity also goes out to the people of Derry and to the entire journalism community.”Meanwhile, Coveney called on anyone with information about Lyra’s death to report it to the PSNI.“The news from Derry is shocking and tragic…There is no justification for this tragic loss of life and I call on those intent on violence and disturbances to stop,” he said in a statement.Lyra’s death was also condemned across the political divide in Northern Ireland.Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O’Neill said her heart went out to the 29 year-old’s family and condemned those responsible for her killing.“I am shocked and saddened at the tragic news that a young woman has been shot dead by so-called dissidents in the Creggan estate tonight,” she said in a statement.“My first thoughts and that of my party are with the family of the woman killed. This is a senseless loss of life.” Apr 19th 2019, 8:25 AM ‘An incredible talent’: Tributes paid to ‘rising star’ Lyra McKee, journalist shot dead during rioting in Derry PSNI have launched a murder investigation following the 29 year-old’s killing. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4599716 SDLP leader Colum Eastwood also extended his thoughts to Lyra’s family, saying they were experiencing an “unthinkable loss” in the most heartbreaking circumstances.“We have all lost an incredible young talent,” he said.“She had a passionate thirst for the truth and for telling the stories of people who had been forgotten or abandoned.”DUP leader Arlene Foster also condemned the killing, which she described as “heartbreaking”.Meanwhile, Assistant Chief Constable for District Policing Mark Hamilton described Lyra’s death as an attack on the people of Derry.“It has had horrendous consequences, and will affect people for many years,” he said.British Prime Minister Theresa May called Lyra’s killing “shocking and senseless”, and paid tribute to the 29 year-old as “a journalist who died doing her job with courage”.Additional reporting by Nicky Ryan 44 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Turn Any Helmet Into a Smart Helmet With Ahead

first_img Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket Stay on target Whether you’re cycling to work, tearing up the half-pipe, or operating heavy machinery, Ahead keeps you connected and safe.The wearable gadget snaps onto any helmet and syncs with a smartphone so you can make calls, listen to music, talk to Siri, get directions, and track activity with the touch of a button.“When you’re moving fast, headphones are dangerous and holding a phone is impossible,” maker Analogue Plus said. “Ahead keeps your ears open so you can tune into your music, phone calls or navigation without tuning out the world.”via KickstarterEarly bird customers can pre-order the palm-sized device in blue, white, or black for $89; each specially packaged box comes with three mounts: Velcro strap and curved for helmets, and flat for smooth surfaces at home or the office. The New York-based startup promises innovative technology like a built-in oscillator, which uses vibrations to pass sound directly into your helmet. Slap Ahead onto any head protector—open, closed, padded or not—to clearly hear music, conversations, route guidance, etc.Plus, Clear Voice Capture (i.e. two narrow-angle mics) pick up your voice, even with distractions like wind noise and city sounds.Weighing in at just 63 grams, Ahead is lighter than a wristwatch and fits easily in your hand, pocket, or backpack. The companion mobile app, meanwhile, lets users customize the wearable’s buttons and settings.via Kickstarter“We originally developed Ahead to allow construction workers to communicate safely and seamlessly on job sites,” the company’s Kickstarter page said. “Ahead supports the push-to-talk standards that many construction pros already use on their phones.”Boasting a battery life of three days on standby or eight hours with regular use, the gadget takes 1.5 hours to recharge and can be used as a speaker when plugged in.“It’s also built to high durability IP45 standards, so it can stand up against splashes and sharp objects,” according to Analogue Plus.The project has already earned more than $45,745 from 311 backers; Ahead has 25 days to reach its $50,000 all-or-nothing goal.last_img read more

WWE attendance figures (11/4-11/10, UK tour, TV tapings)

first_img Kurt Angle Now Playing Up Next Impact Wrestling announces TV tapings for Las Vegas at Sam’s Town Casino in November Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Pinterest Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Seth Rollins Twitter Google+ Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Videos Articles Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 WWE attendance figures from November 4 to November 10, 2015.* 11/4 live event in Dublin, Ireland: 8,500 fans.* 11/5 NXT live event in Lakeland, Florida: 275 fans.* 11/5 live event in Cardiff, Wales: 4,500 fans (sellout).* 11/5 live event in Glasgow, Scotland: 10,500 fans.* 11/6 live event in London, England: 8,400 fans.* 11/6 live event in Barcelona, Spain: 12,300 fans (sellout).* 11/7 live event in Leeds, England: 8,000 fans.* 11/7 live event in Madrid, Spain: 15,000 fans (sellout).* 11/8 live event in Birmingham, England: 10,500 fans.* 11/8 live event in Liverpool, England: 8,000 fans.* 11/9 RAW TV tapings in Manchester, England: 11,500 fans (sellout).* 11/10 Smackdown TV tapings in Manchester, England: 6,000 fans.* 11/10 live event in Belfast, Northern Ireland: 6,500 fans.Source: The Wrestling Observer NewsletterRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:07Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook Videos Articles Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns is in Remission Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Videos Articles WhatsApp Impact reportedly returning to New York City for TV tapings this November Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Scientists listen in on volcano’s inner workings

first_imgScientists have been listening to Mount St. Helens for decades, and yet the rumbling volcano still holds many secrets about its subterranean activities. However, a recent experiment using a new generation of highly sensitive seismometers might reveal more about what’s happening beneath the surface.Last month, a team of seismologists from the USGS-Cascades Volcano Observatory, University of New Mexico, University of Oregon, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cornell and Northwestern universities placed 140 temporary seismometers around the Loowit Trail, which circumambulates the volcano, at the lava dome that erupted in 2004 until 2008, the lava dome that erupted in 1980 until 1986, and the 1980 crater floor.“That’s the area we’d like to focus on to understand better the structure of the volcano there and the different processes in the new dome and the old dome,” said Wes Thelen, a seismologist with the USGS-Cascades Volcano Observatory.Mount St. Helens, already one of the world’s the most studied volcanos, is now host to the largest number of seismometers ever placed on a U.S. volcano.Scientists hope that after sitting on the volcano and collecting data for about a month the seismometers will gather details about small-magnitude earthquakes and offer insights on the shallow plumbing network beneath the surface.last_img read more

Klineline Pond levels of E. coli elevated

first_imgKlineline Pond is the latest Clark County body of water to be hit with warning signs from the Clark County Health Department, after a testing sample returned with elevated levels of E. coli.Last Friday, Battle Ground Lake posted warning signs because it might be a source of two cases of shigellosis bacteria. On Monday, Vancouver Lake was given warning signs for a possible bloom of cyanobacteria, a blue-green toxic algae, that has prompted a delay of this weekend’s planned Row for the Cure event.Klineline Pond was flagged Tuesday after one of five pond test samples came back with elevated levels of E. coli bacteria. The other four samples came back with bacteria levels within acceptable water quality standards, according to a department press release. The samples were collected Monday.E. coli bacteria can cause serious gastrointestinal illness if the water is swallowed.“One of the best ways to reduce the spread of E.coli in swimming areas is to ensure that children who are not potty trained stay out of the water,” Clark County Health Officer Dr. Alan Melnick said in a press release. “Swim diapers are not reliable, and we discourage their use.”Salmon Creek Regional Park and the splash pad remain open to the public. Water in the restrooms and shelters isn’t affected by the pond water and remains safe to drink, the press release stated.last_img read more

Rebic discusses Bayern link

first_imgAnte Rebic says he will decide his future after the World Cup, according to Goal.The Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder has been linked with a move to the Bundesliga champions to reunite with former boss, Niko Kovac who replaced Juup Hynckes as the new manager of Bayern Munich.The Croatian star praised his former boss for the success he brought to Eintracht Frankfurt as he led them to a German cup final win over his current employers but refused to discuss rumors linking him with a move to Allianz Arena.Rebic who scored twice during the DFB-Pokal final told reporters: “He (Niko Kovac) was very successful in Frankfurt, and that earned him a move to Bayern”Ante Rebic, AC MilanBobic praises “unstoppable” Ante Rebic Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 The Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director is delighted that AC Milan has finally found their left winger in Ante Rebic.Ante Rebic joined AC Milan this…“I’m still under contract at Eintracht and right now my focus is on the World Cup. After the World Cup, I will talk about my future”.Rebic has been one of the standout players for Croatia so far at the World Cup and Zlatko Dalic would be hoping there’s more to come from the forward.“20 years is a long time ago, and football was different then, but we (Croatia) believe we can achieve something similar.” He told reporters.last_img read more

Scholes hopes Man United can take advantage of unhappy Chelsea

first_imgPaul Scholes hopes to see Manchester United inflict further misery on Chelsea in Monday’s FA Cup clash.The Red Devils suffered their first defeat under interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Tuesday at Old Trafford to Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe’s second-half goals have left United at a big disadvantage for the return leg at Paris on March 6.For now, however, the Red Devils’ focus will be on this Monday at Stamford Bridge in a fifth-round tie with Chelsea in the FA Cup.After suffering his first setback as United coach, Solskjaer will be looking for a response from his players as he chases a third FA Cup title and his first as a manager.But Chelsea are also looking to bounce back from their own struggles following heavy defeats to Manchester City and Bournemouth across their last four matches.Therefore, Scholes is wary of the Blues threat heading into Monday night’s encounter.“Ole will want to win something as manager of United,” Scholes told the Daily Mail.“The FA Cup, after the result against PSG, could be the only thing they could win.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Chelsea look in trouble at the minute. Will they bounce back themselves? Ole will have to deal with that.“They’ll be disappointed. Chelsea will be looking for a big recovery. From what you read it doesn’t look like a happy camp at the minute so hopefully United can take advantage of that.”The former midfielder also added that he has no “issues” over United making Solskjaer the permanent manager at the end of the season.Scholes added: “I’d have no issues whatsoever [with Solskjaer getting the job].“I know people will start to question because now because he’s lost a game but that was PSG.“That could happen to the most experienced manager in the world because PSG are a top team.“I think for what he’s done so far he definitely deserves a chance.“I always knew there was talent in that squad. I think everyone did. Ole has come in with a smile on his face, put his arm around the players – there so much talent in that team. He’s given them freedom and you’ve seen the results.”The Chelsea and United FA Cup match will begin at 8:30 PM (CET).last_img read more

Bill and Melinda Gates talk toilets DNA kits and sexist data

first_imgBill and Melinda Gates. Fabrice Coffrini / AFP/Getty Images The major events of 2018 were, in the words of Bill and Melinda Gates, unexpected.Citing the broad spectrum of events, from devastating natural disasters on one end to a record number of women campaigning for elected office on the other, the philanthropists said that last year felt like “a series of surprises.” “The world looking backward from today is very different from what we pictured a couple of years ago looking forward,” the Microsoft co-founder and his wife said in their 2019 letter, which was released Tuesday.Once the world’s richest person, the software entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist, along with his wife, established the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 to donate the bulk of their fortune to improving health care and reducing poverty around the world. They created the foundation, which has an endowment of more than $50 billion, after reading that hundreds of thousand of children in poor countries were dying of diarrhea. The toilets of the future will save millions of lives. Bill Gates ToiletsThe Gateses have, for the better part of eight years, championed the power of a redesigned toilet as having the potential to save 800 lives each day.  In an update on the Gates’ quest for a reinvented toilet. Bill Gates wrote that he saw several next-generation toilets at a toilet fair the foundation organized in Beijing last year. Many of the companies are business-ready and provide inventions that kill pathogens, don’t require sewer infrastructure and are scalable. “They might not be the sexiest innovations in the world, but the toilets of the future will save millions of lives,” Bill Gates wrote.Other concerns the Gateses address: the median age in Africa, which is largely unchanged while the rest of the world progresses; the connection between urban population growth and global warming; the relationship between the anger and frustrations experienced by young men and their mass incarceration and related poverty; and nationalism vs. globalism.The Gateses say they’re still optimistic about the future because of the power of innovation, but also by the number of people devoting their ideas, their resources and even their lives to solving the challenges they’ve written about.”When we’re feeling overwhelmed by negative headlines, we remind ourselves that none of us has the right to sit back and expect that the world is going to get better,” the Gateses wrote. “We have a responsibility to do everything we can to push it in that direction.”Solving for XX: The tech industry seeks to overcome outdated ideas about “women in tech.”CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition. Now playing: Watch this: The Gateses said the discovery of the diarrhea threat facing children surprised them, leading to outrage and then ultimately to action. This year’s letter highlights nine things that surprised them in 2018, some that worry them and some that inspire them. Here’s a sampling of those things that the Gates hope will prod us all in to action, “because,” he said, “that’s how the world gets better.”At-home DNA testing kitsBill Gates pointed out that the rising popularity of at-home genetic testing kits led to the arrest of a suspect in the infamous Golden State Killer case, but he noted a discovery has emerged that could save millions of lives each year.An examination of more than 40,000 samples voluntarily submitted by 23andMe users helped scientists identify a link between preterm labor and a gene that regulates how the body processes a mineral called selenium. The study found that expectant mothers carrying the gene were more likely to give birth prematurely.”Researchers won’t know until later this year how exactly the mineral affects preterm birth risks,” Bill Gates wrote, noting that 15 million babies are born prematurely each year. “But if the link proves substantial, selenium could one day be a cheap and easy solution to help women extend their pregnancy to full term.”Sexist dataThe Gateses lament the lack of data on women and girls related to health and development. They say that an artificial divide separating out “women’s issues” hobbles improvement and progress. The problem, Melinda Gates explained, is compounded by the data that we do have — and that lawmakers rely on – being bad: “You might even call it sexist.” She pointed to data that focuses more on women being wives and mothers rather than wage earners because in many countries men are credited as the sole bread winner.”We like to think of data being objective, but the answers we get are often shaped by the questions we ask,” she said. “When those questions are biased, the data is too.”They also point out the power of a mobile phone in the hands of the world’s poorest women. Calling connectivity “a solution to marginalization,” the Gateses said that mobile phones can help the world’s most marginalized women build a new life.”Women are not only using their mobile phones to access services and opportunities,” Melinda Gates wrote. “They’re using them to change social norms and challenge the power structures that perpetuate gender inequality.”Obsolete textbooksThe standalone textbook, which can’t analyze a student’s understanding of the course material, is becoming “a thing of the past” thanks to advances in software, wrote Bill Gates.  He describes an algebra lesson plan in which students read text online, watch a video demonstrating the concept and play a game to reinforce the lesson. A quiz then identifies areas of weakness for the student.”All of this is a complement to what teachers do, not a replacement,” he said. “Your teacher gets a rich report showing what you read and watched, which problems you got right and wrong, and the areas where you need more help.”This has been a topic of previous annual letters, but Bill Gates says the tools have now been embraced in thousands of US classrooms, all the way from kindergarten through high school. A free digital course the Gateses fund, called Big History, is used in 3,000 schools, giving students immediate feedback on their writing assignments. AI in Healthcare: The future of medicine 5:21 Share your voicecenter_img 0 Tech Industry Tags Post a comment Bill Gateslast_img read more

GEs giant stovetop smart display goes on sale

first_img Share your voice Comment How GE torture tests its appliances 4:57 The GE Kitchen Hub connects with other connected GE appliances from the Café, Monogram and Profile lines, as well as a range of Haier appliances.  Tags CNET Smart Home reading • GE’s giant stovetop smart display goes on sale Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) GE Appliances We saw the latest version of the GE Kitchen Hub at CES this year, and now you can buy it.  The over-the-range hood has a built-in 27-inch smart touchscreen and fits in the space above your range. It’s designed to be the connected center of your kitchen. The official MSRP is $1,199, but some stores, including Home Depot, are selling it for less, namely $1,079.  The hub is powered by the GE Appliances U+ Connect platform (formerly the Haier U+ Smart Life Platform). It includes recipes and guided cooking from SideChef, support for streaming music and movies via Netflix and Spotify, video chatting, social networking, and smart home controls. The Kitchen Hub also includes Google Assistant smarts. From the screen above your stovetop you can check your calendar, get guided recipe help and control other connected appliances. center_img Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Now playing: Watch this: See All 1 Smart Home CNET Smart Home Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house • GE Google Assistantlast_img read more

Alaskans take flight in lastminute push to persuade Murkowski to vote no

first_imgSarra Khlifi joined a protest at the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday. Photo by Liz Ruskin.Sarra Khlifi of Anchorage said she, along with every sexual assault survivor she knows, has churned with emotion since Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of attempted rape and he angrily denied it.Listen now“We had this unspoken understanding of, like, ‘this week has been terrible,’” Khlifi said. “So when the opportunity came up to do something about it and come talk to Sen. Murkowski, I didn’t hesitate.”Khlifi heard the American Civil Liberties Union was paying to fly more than 100 Alaska women to D.C. Barely a day after getting the OK, she boarded a red-eye and was in Washington by morning.It was hot and humid. Khlifi and other Alaskans from her flight sweltered on a street near their hotel. They obviously weren’t in Anchorage anymore.“They’re wearing suits,” one of the women said.“Yeah, they’re not wearing yoga pants only? What’s happening?” Khlifi joked.She’s sharing a hotel room with three acquaintances: Anchorage attorney Nora Barlow, whom Khlifi knows from her gym, as well as Lori Pickett and Krista Scully, both program administrators at separate Alaska nonprofits.  The four women made their way to an outdoor cafe. A stranger at their communal table wished them well.Photo by Liz Ruskin.“So you guys just, overnight, purchased your tickets and jumped on the plane?” He asked. “Well, that’s commitment … I’m impressed.”Some of the ACLU-sponsored Alaskans met with Murkowski in the afternoon. While they made their case, they could hear a massive protest in the lobby of the Hart Senate Office Building. (More than 300 people were arrested, including actress Amy Schumer.)A lot of Alaskans wanted to see her, so Murkowski met with 18 at a time.“It was an intense meeting,” said Moira Smith, an Anchorage attorney and survivor of sexual harassment and assault. She says her group told Murkowski that elevating Kavanaugh would send a terrible message.Moira Smith and Krista Scully, both of Anchorage, protest at the Supreme Court. Photo: Liz Ruskin.“It would confirm that men’s behavior like this, which has damaged so many people, can go unnoticed and unblemished, and that people can get away without a real mark,” Smith said. “And it also would cast a terrible cloud over the Supreme Court as an institution.”Smith said Murkowski told them she remains undecided.A poll suggested a greater number of Alaskans want Murkowski to confirm the nominee, but the pro-Kavanaugh side is quieter and far less visible at the senator’s office in Washington this week.last_img read more