US Army Pacific Commanding General holds talks in Sri Lanka

The Commanding General of the US Army Pacific (USARPAC) General Robert Brown met the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Sirimewan Ranasinghe at the Naval Headquarters in Colombo today (23rd July).The Director General Operations, Rear Admiral NIraja Attygalle warmly welcomed the visiting US General to the Naval Headquarters before he was accorded a Guard of Honour in accordance with naval traditions. Subsequently, General Brown held cordial discussions with the Commander of the Navy and they shared a couple of views on matters of professional interest.Mementoes were also exchanged to mark the significance of this occasion. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Housing prices on the rise

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Sydney and Melbourne led the country in house price rises in September, hitting highs not seen since 2010. Sydney’s home values rose 2.5 per cent during the month and were up 5.2 per cent over the September quarter, while Melbourne’s values also rose substantially by 2.4 per cent, up by 5.0 per cent over the quarter. Figures released today by RP Data Rismark described the growth as a ”technical” recovery in the housing market, prompting further speculation that the country is in a property bubble. Historic low interest rates have prompted people to borrow and return to the market. By the end of September, capital city values were 0.7 per cent higher than their previous record high set in October 2010. Perth showed weakening signs coming off the mining boom, just rising 1.3 per cent over the September quarter. Brisbane didn’t fare so well either, showing just a 1.1 per cent rise over the past year. Canberra’s home values fell during September by 0.7 per cent, Hobart’s were also down 2 per cent and Darwin’s dropped 2.5 per cent. Adelaide’s rose 1.1 per cent during the month. Source: The Agelast_img read more

India’s Chandrayaan-2 Space Mission Launches to Moon’s Surface

first_img India is going to the moon again: The nation just launched its Chandrayaan-2 mission, which aims to land on the lunar surface and explore the moon’s mysterious south pole region.On July 22, the robotic Chandrayaan-2 mission blasted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India, lifting off the pad on a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III) rocket at 5:13 a.m. EDT, Space.com reported.The Chandrayaan-2 launch, which was originally scheduled for July 15, was initially delayed due to a “technical snag,” however, officials were able to fix the issue before today’s launch attempt.“My dear friends, today is a historical day for space and science technology in India,” K. Sivan, chairman of the India Space Research Organisation (ISRO), said in a statement to Space.com. “It is the beginning of a historical journey of India towards the moon and to land at the place near the south pole, to carry out scientific experiments, [and] to explore the unexplored.”भारत के लिए यह एक ऐतिहासिक क्षण है।चंद्रयान-2 के सफल प्रक्षेपण से आज पूरा देश गौरवान्वित है।मैंने थोड़ी देर पहले ही इसके लॉन्च में निरंतर तन-मन से जुटे रहे वैज्ञानिकों से बात की और उन्हें पूरे देश की ओर से बधाई दी। #Chandrayaan2 https://t.co/50UodlbH0y— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 22, 2019Chandrayaan-2’s launch is the beginning of a long deep-space journey: The spacecraft, which carries 13 payloads and has three elements (an orbiter, a lander, and a rover), is expected to reach lunar orbit on Sept. 6 and place a lander-rover duo near the moon’s south pole area a couple of days later. Then Pragyan, a robotic rover, will spend one lunar day (14 Earth days), obtaining chemical and mineral samples from the moon’s surface, CNN noted. Over the next 12 months, the orbiter will trace the moon’s surface and study its outer atmosphere.#ISROHere’s a view of the majestic lift-off of #GSLVMkIII-M1 carrying #Chandrayaan2 pic.twitter.com/z1ZTrSnAfH— ISRO (@isro) July 22, 2019If the Chandrayaan-2 mission goes according to plan, India will be the fourth nation, in addition to China, the former Soviet Union, and the U.S., to make a soft landing on the moon’s surface. Previously, India’s Chandrayaan-1 mission spotted water molecules on the lunar surface and involved an impact probe that was carefully crashed into the moon’s south polar region. Following the Chandrayaan-2 mission, the Chandrayaan-3 is expected to return to the moon from 2023 to 2024.More on Geek.com:‘Technical Snag’ Grounds India’s Chandrayaan-2 Space Mission India Unveils Chandrayaan-2 Spacecraft for Moon Landing MissionApollo 11 at 50: Houston (And the World) Celebrate Historic Moon Landing Stay on target Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface last_img read more

Arizona wildfire near biggest in states history

first_imgLUNA, N.M. (AP) — An enormous wildfire in eastern Arizona is poised to become the largest in state history, as firefighters Tuesday tried to keep it from devouring a small New Mexico mountain town and authorities questioned two people about an abandoned campfire that may have started the blaze.Fires also grew elsewhere in New Mexico and at the state’s border with Colorado, where flames forced the closure of a busy interstate highway.Kelly Wood, a spokesman for the multiple agencies battling the massive Arizona fire, said late Tuesday that two people of interest were being questioned but he couldn’t provide any further details. The U.S. Forest Service might release more information about the investigation Wednesday, Wood said.In Luna, N.M., just across the Arizona state line, evacuation plans were in place for the roughly 200 residents. Crews have been working to protect the town for days, hacking down brush, using chain saws to cut trees and setting small fires to burn anything that the approaching flames could use as fuel.“That’s what’s saved the town,” fire incident command spokesman Sean Johnson said. “The line is holding.”Fires have devoured hundreds of square miles in the Southwest and Texas since the wildfire season began several weeks ago. Scant winter precipitation in Arizona, New Mexico, part of west Texas and southern Colorado is blamed on La Nina, a term describing cooler waters in the equatorial Pacific Ocean that keep the jet stream from dipping down and bringing storms to the region.last_img read more

Over 300 adolescents involved in 99 Dhaka murders

first_img.Over 300 adolescents have been involved in 99 murder incidents over the past 16 years, according to records of different courts in Dhaka.“Young children are becoming more and more involved in murder in Dhaka,” said state prosecutor Shahabuddin Miah who has been conducting cases for over three years at the Dhaka juvenile court.Speaking to Prothom Alo, he said they are killed in clashes between seniors and juniors. Adolescents are involved in these incidents, Shahabuddin Miah added. Prothom Alo investigations reveal that over the past one and a half years, at least 120 adolescents have been involved in 13 murders, and cases have been filed in their names. Of them, 27 have been arrested and detained at the juvenile development centre in Gazipur.Previously juvenile crimes were tried at the Dhaka juvenile court. From 19 January this year, such cases are being tried at the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal. Till 31 December 2018, there were 1,381 cases under trial at the juvenile court, 86 of these being murder cases. These incidents took place over the past 15 years.Police have even issued charge sheets against over 150 young boys.The children arrested in such crimes are sent to the juvenile development centre in Tongi, Gazipur. Supervisor of the centre, Jahangir Hossain Chowdhury, told Prothom Alo, till 30 April this year, there were 724 young boys at the centre, who had been involved in crimes related to drugs, murder, assaulting women and children and such.A senior official of the juvenile development centre, on condition of anonymity, said that 277 of the 723 child inmates were accused in drug-related cases. After drugs, the most cases against these young ones were related to rape and killing.According to Prothom Alo’s findings, most of the arrested children were involved in narcotics. Records of Dhaka’s juvenile court show that police had issued charge sheets in 146 narcotic cases against the young ones. There were 68 cases against adolescents accused of theft. Then there were 61 cases against over 150 adolescents accused of rape, attempted rape and sexual abuse.The social welfare department deals with child ‘criminals’ who have been brought under the law. An official of the department, Suman Madhu, told Prothom Alo, these young ones are being involved in drugs, killing, rape, mugging and all sorts of crime. Such cases are on the rise.Why are the young ones turning to murder?Documents relating to 30 murder cases against adolescents reveal that most of the murders among these young boys are a result of clashes between juniors and seniors. Of the 30 murders, 14 were because of these conflicts. Both sides in the clashes were acquainted with each other. The young boys were also involved in clashes over rivalry related to love affairs. Six of the 30 murders were the result of such love-related rivalry.These young gangs were also involved in spreading their power in various areas of Dhaka city. Six of the 30 murders were related to these power tussles.The murder cases against adolescents indicate that the young victims of such murders are mostly between 12 and 17 years of age. And most of the killers are between 15 and 18 years of age.Shaon, a 15-year-old student of Gandaria High School in the capital city, was seriously injured during a gang fight near his school at 10:30 on Saturday night. He succumbed to his injuries and died the next day. Eight days before this incident, 15-year-old Yasin Arafat was killed in Hazaribagh of the city. Police say both Shaon and Yasin were killed as a result of conflict between seniors and juniors.Fifteen-year-old Arif would work in a factory of Old Dhaka. He was stabbed to death on 15 March this year in front of Dhaka University’s Curzon Hall. Police say six members of an adolescent criminal gang killed him. They would regularly carry out snatching and mugging in the High Court mazar area.Professor of criminal science at Dhaka University, Zia Rahman, spoke to Prothom Alo about the reasons why these young boys were getting involved in crime. He said, the relationship which the adolescents are supposed to have with society is missing. Social and family control has broken down. A large section of the adolescents are obsessed with the Internet and video games. They turn to pornography. Overall, there has been a change in the psychological mindset of adolescents. That is why they become involved in all sorts of serious crime.Senior-junior clashesEighteen-year-old Shakil was killed on 1 November 2012 in Bhatara. Police told the court that before Eid, Shakil had become involved in senior-junior clashes with fugitive criminal Sher Khan in Bhatara. He was killed in these clashes.On 12 April last year, SSC candidate Russel Rony was killed. One of the accused in the case revealed in court that Russel used to study in Khilgaon Government Quarter High School. On the day of the incident he had gone to play cricket in the local playing ground and his team won. This resulted in clashes with the defeated team and Russel was stabbed and killed in the clashes.Lawyer Faruk Ahmad has fought cases on behalf of many adolescents and has interacted with their families. He told Prothom Alo, family ties are not like before. Many parents in Dhaka cannot give their children time. Many young ones are turning to drugs. There is a strange propensity among these young boys to display their ‘heroism’.Gangs and power playShezan, a 15-year-old boy, was killed on 7 March this year next to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. A juvenile criminal gang of Chawk Bazar and Bangshal was involved in the killing. Three of the gang members were arrested. The Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) told the court in March that there were several senior-junior groups in Suritola, Chankarpool and Malitola of Chawk Bazar and Bangshal. There was a power struggle between these groups over gaining control of the localities.Deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Lalbagh zone, Ibrahim Khan, told Prothom Alo, gangs cannot grow in Old Dhaka in the same manner that the gang culture has grown in Uttara because Old Dhaka is too congested. However, Shaon Hossain, uncle of the killed Shezan, said there are adolescent groups in Chawk Bazar and Bangshal. They are involved in all sorts of crime in the area.Love conflictsRounak Hossain, an HSC student, was killed on 1 March last year in Old Dhaka’s judge court area. Police told the court that he was killed as a result of conflict over a love affair.About four years ago on 19 October 2014, a businessman was killed in Mirpur. Police investigations revealed that the businessman’s wife was involved in a love affair with a young boy. The boy, along with three of his associates, killed the businessman.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir.last_img read more

New CAH Director Claps Back

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comWhat About Wards 4, 7 and 8?In the wake of the #DontMute movement happening in the District, which fights against the silencing of D.C. culture such as GoGo music, another agency important to maintaining and sustaining D.C. culture is now being threatened.  The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH), under the Office of the Mayor, was one of the agencies mentioned in the District Council’s FY-2020 Budget proposal that would see some serious changes, and its new Executive Director Terrie Rouse- Rosario, is passionately pushing back on how some leaders are seeking to tamper with the CAH and its funds.About six months ago, Rouse-Rosario took the helm as executive director of the Commission on the Arts and Humanities after a storied career leading organizations around the country. With 15 grant programs and work with the Office of the Mayor, the CAH provides funds, programs and educational outlets which promote the arts for residents and visitors alike to experience D.C.’s rich culture. Some of CAH’s initiatives include SummerSet D.C., Chuck Brown Day, The Mayor’s Arts Awards and programs like the National Endowment for the Arts, annual competition “Poetry Out Loud.”  Executive Director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Terrie Rouse-Rosario is pushing back against the Council’s proposal to allocate one-third of its funds to specific organizations and to be removed from mayoral control. (Courtesy Photo)Under Rouse-Rosario’s tutelage and with the Mayor’s excitement and approval a new Cultural Arts Plan was unveiled last month.  Rouse-Rosario explained part of her reasoning for joining CAH was because of the mayor’s immense support of the arts and ensuring that residents across all eight wards have access and support to continuing artistic endeavors.“The mayor over the last three years has literally over doubled the amount of money going to the arts. For an administration to have that kind of foresight and to be able to get it done is unprecedented” Director Rouse-Rosario told the AFRO, in an exclusive interview. “At the same time we find ourselves going into the FY- 2020 budget where it appears that there are 21 organizations that have organized and are trying to ensure that they get 33 percent of that money,” Rouse-Rosario told the AFRO, and here lies one of the first reasons the director is fighting back.In the FY-2020 budget proposal, the Council and Chairman Mendelson included a subtitle called, “Commission on the Arts and Humanities Independence and Funding Restructuring.” In that “restructuring,” the 21 organizations would receive 33 percent of CAH’s total annual budget.  Chairman Mendelson’s office sent the AFRO a statement explaining the decision to allocate funds for certain arts organizations.  “The Council is making more dollars available for arts organizations and adopting a funding formula that arts groups requested and endorsed, in order to ensure a more uniform and equitable process for funding.”Executive Director of the D.C. Commision of the Arts and Humanities does a private tour of their large local art collection.Rouse-Rosario argues with 486 grantees receiving funding from CAH in 2019, allocating funds for a little over 20 organizations to receive about one- third of the budget is greedy and unfair.  “We’re arriving at a point where the Council wants just 21 little organizations to get one-third of the budget which is not acceptable from my standpoint- and it’s not equitable,” she said.Making matters more unequal, Rouse-Rosario and her team noted that the organizations chosen to receive further funding are concentrated to certain parts of the city.“And of course, none of them happen to be in Wards 4,7 and 8, and these are groups that in the past have also received a good portion of the budget, particularly in this last year of earmarking,” Rouse-Rosario told the AFRO.  “So that group should not be determining how they get money and then how everyone else gets money.”With only certain wards reflected in this allocation of funding, Rouse-Rosario argues that this proposition also jeopardizes the full scope of D.C. culture.“That’s their way of defining the culture.  A number of them happen to be the performing arts organizations, most of them are in Ward 2,” she told the AFRO.As the city’s artistic fabric is far more elaborate than traditional performing arts spaces on certain sides of the city, Rouse-Rosario is concerned with exclusivity of the funds allocation; yet inequitable granting of money is not the only issue the director is fighting in the proposed budget. In the Council’s attempted restructuring of CAH, there is a plan  to make the organization an independent entity. “The most devastating part of all these factors, has been on the part of the Council and Council member Mendelson to take the entire CAH out from under the executive- in other words take it away from the mayor,” Rouse-Rosario told the AFRO. “They’re reasoning is that the Commissioners need to have more involvement with the agencies. Rouse-Rosario argues that removing CAH from the mayor’s office would be detrimental to, not only the organization, but the District’s work and fight towards statehood.“The way they were setting us up was going to set us back 50 years, and put us out of compliance with almost every other state arts agency in the United States and the territories,” she told the {AFRO}.“This move would insulate CAH from the oversight of the government, which would be in conflict with the federal-state partnership requirements set by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), “ Rouse-Rosario wrote in a letter sent to the Council.In response, Chairman Mendelson’s office sent the AFRO the following statement:  “The Council ensures that an independent Arts & Humanities Commission will continue as intended under the law established in 1979.”  At press time it was not apparent which mandate Chairman Mendelson is referring to  as CAH responded saying, “The Commission on the Arts and Humanities was established under D.C. Law 1-22, effective 1975; not 1979.”So how can the Council propose a budget and restructuring for a long-running mayoral appointed commission? The Council proposes an annual budget and creates or amends legislation to ensure that their financial propositions correlate with law and is upheld by leaders and lawmakers.According to Rouse-Rosario, certain commissioners were aware of the impending budget work done by the Council and met with the Chairman to express their concerns.“It’s sort of their way of responding to a number of Commissioners, who are part of this move that they want to be in control and a few of them were also finding their term- because there are 3-year terms- ending and they want to be appointed back,” Rouse-Rosario told the {AFRO}. “It’s almost like a revolt.  It’s a like a coup… and they [the commissioners] actually got in front of it,” she told the AFRO.However, Rouse-Rosario said that the Council is not being completely transparent or honest in justifying their proposal for CAH and hopes to collaborate with the Members in order to find a way to further perpetuate the goals of equity.  “A great deal of misinformation, misunderstanding and personal bias framed the rationales for this legislation, and I would welcome the opportunity to discuss these matters in greater depth in the hopes of finding a more appropriate path forward for this agency.”last_img read more

Microsoft taps the Halo franchise for next Windows codename

first_imgMicrosoft’s unified user experience across their operating systems is being taken one step further with an internal branding decision aligned with the Halo franchise.One of the more positive things about the Microsoft user experience is that it looks the same no matter what you are using. The tile experience is incredibly similar across the Xbox, Windows, and Windows Phone platforms, and Microsoft is the only company so far to have been able to visually unite their operating systems in such a way.It looks like Microsoft is now planning to update these platforms in a unified fashion as well, and the plan for the next major OS update in Spring 2015 has been internally dubbed “Threshold.”Hardcore Halo fans may find that name oddly familiar, and that’s because Threshold is the name of the planet that sat beside the first ring in the game. This isn’t the first time Microsoft has dipped into the Halo honeypot for internal names either. Remember Cortana, the name for the Google Now-esque personal assistant that Microsoft has been working on? These are far from the only instances.As the owner of the Halo franchise now, Microsoft has been far from shy about using content from that universe in the rest of its products. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does cause you to ask how long it will before these little Easter eggs stop putting smiles on the faces of fans.The impressive thing to take away from this announcement is the update window Microsoft seems to have established. With the Xbox One UI and Windows 8.1 freshly available for users to kick the tires, a spring 2015 launch launch for their products continues the shorter iteration periods that Microsoft has been working towards. Microsoft will surely have smaller, interim updates for all three platforms in the mean time, but a planned point for each platform like that is a great move on their part.last_img read more

New soft motor more closely resembles real muscles w video

first_img More information: — Iain A. Anderson, Tony Chun Hin Tse, Tokushu Inamura, Benjamin M. O’Brien, Thomas McKay, and Todd Gisby, “A soft and dexterous motor,” Applied Physics Letters (2011). Available online: link.aip.org/link/doi/10.1063/1.3565195– www.abi.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/hom … projects/biomimetics Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (PhysOrg.com) — “When you pick up a spoon with your fingers, you are able to move it from side to side and rotate it too by moving thumb and forefinger in opposition,” Iain Anderson tells PhysOrg.com. Your hand is a soft machine. To be able to mimic the hand, we need soft technology.” Citation: New soft motor more closely resembles real muscles (w/ video) (2011, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-soft-motor-resembles-real-muscles.html Replacing batteries may become a thing of the past, thanks to ‘soft generators’ PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Explore further Play The first motor is a single membrane orbiting gear motor. Electrical activation of the membrane causes the central gear to orbit and the orbital motion of the gear turns the shaft. The second motor has the flexible rubbery gear. Electrical activation of the membrane can make the flexible gear assume an elliptical shape and grip the shaft. We can then move the electrical activation around the membrane so that the major axis of the ellipse rotates. When this happens the shaft is turned. The flexible gear motor has no rigid bearings and so it is possible to tilt the shaft up and down and side to side. Video credit: Iain Anderson Taking the idea further, Anderson had the idea of making the gear flexible so it could grip the shaft, like a thumb and forefinger grips a spoon. “This breakthrough made the bearings redundant, opening the door to multi-degree-of-freedom motion.” These degrees of motion include the abilities to tilt and rotate, in addition to simply moving the shaft up and down or side to side.In order to make the motor, Anderson and his group take a special polymer material and stretch it so it becomes a really thin membrane. They create a rubbery gear from the same material and then place the gear at the center of the membrane. Then, sections of the membrane are painted with carbon grease. This grease, when conducting electricity, forces the membrane to change shape and this causes the gear to deform, moving the shaft. “We use selective actuation to turn the shaft.” Anderson is a scientist at the Biomimetics Laboratory at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute in New Zealand. Anderson’s lab works with dielectric elastomer artificial muscles, developing technology designed to more closely mimic the movements of muscles. “We’ve been researching artificial muscles for a few years now, and we wanted to see if we could create a machine without any hard bits – a machine that mimics the same degree of freedom you see when you move your hand.”With the creation of a bearing-free motor, Anderson worked with others from the Biomimetics Laboratory, including Tony Chun Hin Tse, Tokushu Inamura, Benjamin O’Brien, Thomas McKay, and Todd Gisby. Their work can be seen in Applied Physics Letters: “A soft and dexterous motor.” Anderson says that the idea for an artificial muscle membrane motor came from his students a few years ago. They showed him an interesting motor. “They were working on this quietly amongst themselves. When they got it running they showed me. This had a rigid central orbiting bearing that was pushed side to side by one membrane and up and down by another,” Anderson explains. The motor consisted of two different membranes pushing on the same gear, with a shaft supported by rigid bearings. Anderson continues: “So we could get the gear to orbit by combining motion from both membranes and when the orbiting gear supported by the membranes came into contact with a gear on the shaft, the shaft rotated.” Artificial muscles are not new, Anderson points out. He says that SRI pioneered much of the technology used in artificial muscles today. SRI also produced an artificial muscle rotary motor. This first artificial muscle rotary motor, though, “had a lot of hard bits in it. But by using the membrane approach we have been able to make a rotary motor with fewer hard bits.”The ultimate goal is to create soft machines that are completely free of hard bits. There are advantages to soft motors, Anderson says. “They are lightweight and have the advantage of reduced mass. Their flexibility makes them less likely to break. Additionally, living things are mostly soft. If we want them to interface with living things, it makes sense to have them soft.”Anderson says that the next step is improve the control they have over the motor, as well as create a mechanism that allows the motor to automatically adjust to a heavier load – in much the way that your arm adjusts to keep your hand from lowering a glass of water as you fill it. “We’re into soft generators as well,” he continues. “We’re trying to make the world soft.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

This gay dad made an app to stop his kid and you

first_imgGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Jason Plotch and his family | Photos: Courtesy of Jason Plotch eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘Dad, when can I get my own cellphone?’ I knew the day would come when our little girl would ask for her first cell phone. I just wasn’t prepared for her to start asking at six years old.Natalie is just like any other only child growing up in Brooklyn with two gay dads. She’s animated, opinionated, sweet, smart, and, of course independent.My partner Clint and I were working full-time. I was working around the clock on my last startup, a social app called ‘Hyper.’ Clint, a high school teacher, would come home drained after teaching seniors all day.I would go to work trying to figure out how to get teens to spend as much time on their phones as possible, and Clint would go to work trying to get them to put their phones away.What we weren’t doing a good job on was monitoring our own child’s tech usage. Both in terms of how much time she was spending on her iPad and what content she was consuming.What began as a parenting crutch for us to get some quiet time under the guise of Natalie playing educational games and watching educational videos slowly devolved into brainless YouTube for hours on end.It was all she wanted to do. What’s worse, she was spending most of her time watching other kids open up presents and toys. (This is seriously a thing).‘We became a family of screen zombies’Before we knew it, she was falling behind in reading in her first-grade class, and we had all turned into a family of screen zombies. The scene was all too familiar.Day and night we would each be on a laptop, cell phone, iPad, TV, or a combination of all of the above. I was the biggest addict of us all.I was constantly checking for ‘phantom’ updates and notifications that weren’t even there. Blindly scrolling through Apple News and liking pics on Instagram. At dinner, I was barely present at all with my friends or my family.At some point last year, my team decided it was time to shut down Hyper. It just never caught on. Ever since, between all of the scrolling and swiping, reading and liking, I was brainstorming ideas for my next product. What would it take to be successful?One day, a partner from the old team said to me, ‘You know what would be cool? If we helped people use their phones less.’I looked at the human-shaped lump hiding under a blanket on the couch where I knew my daughter was watching YouTube videos and decided it was time we got to work. Once I wanted to get everyone addicted to checking their phones. Now I wanted to get them to put their phones away and focus more on each other.‘Only a rainbow penguin can solve this’I started researching and reading everything I could about tech addiction, focusing, and studying. I couldn’t believe how topical this was.According to Jean Twenge, generational psychologist and author of iGen, the average teen checks their phone more than 80 times a day and spends two and a half hours a day texting.Researchers are just now beginning to really study and understand the social implications of all of this tech addiction. If it is like this now, I wonder – as a dad – how much of Natalie’s future high school social interactions will happen through a screen.Slowly but surely, a new app called Hatch was born.The game uses a positive behavior reinforcement system by rewarding users for putting down their phones with fun, mysterious creatures that hatch out of a space egg. Now, when I want to be present with my family, I open the app and set a timer for 20 minutes.While the clock ticks down, I can have a wonderful conversation over dinner. (Or read, or stretch, or any other productive task). When the time is up, I open the app, click ‘hatch’, and discover a new friend. For the month of June, we even added a touch of Pride to the app.Our wonderful animator created a special rainbow penguin we affectionately call Jort. Natalie just gleefully hatched one for the first time tonight after she finished 30 minutes of uninterrupted reading. This would have been an impossible task six months ago.Fighting technology with technology is a funny idea. For now, it remains to be seen if our new app will be a commercial success. But what I can tell you is that family dinner, which used to be oriented around the TV, has migrated to the dinner table.Instead of sitting side by side, playing on our phones while we eat, face to screen, we are chatting, face to face. And that’s the way it should be.For more information about Hatch, click here.Words: Jason PlotchThese trans dads want you to know you can be trans and start a family Why I sobbed tears of joy when Trinidad and Tobago decriminalized homosexualityGay guys tell their horror stories from vacations with their straight friendsHow do I convince my mum to accept my sexuality and wish me happiness?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/this-gay-dad-made-an-cute-app-to-stop-his-daughter-and-you-getting-addicted-to-tech/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton will be evaluated for a concussion that knocked him out of their 41-20 loss at the Denver Broncos on Sunday.Stanton, who was 2-0 in his first two starts for Arizona this season, exited the game following a hit in the third quarter.“He’ll go through the protocol for a concussion and when he clears, he’ll be back,” said Cardinals coach Bruce Arians after the game. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   center_img “He seems OK right now, but you never know. You’ve got to go through the protocol and take all the precaution we can.”Stanton, who completed 11-of-26 passes for 118 yards before leaving Sunday’s game, made his third consecutive start for Arizona in the absence of Carson Palmer. Palmer started all 16 games for the Cards last season and led the team to a win in its first game in 2014, but is recovering from a nerve injury in his right shoulder.Stanton was replaced by rookie quarterback Logan Thomas on Sunday. Thomas was 1-for-8 with an 81-yard touchdown pass to running back Andre Ellington.When asked whether Thomas can be a long-term solution at quarterback, Arians said the Cardinals may have no choice but to find out. “He’s going to have to be. There is no other answer,” he said. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Government sees the positive in poverty figures

first_imgThe government on Tuesday sought to massage latest European Union data showing a slight drop in the percentage of people in Cyprus who are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, saying that this reflected an overall improvement in the economy.According to Eurostat figures, the at risk of poverty rate in Cyprus rose to 25.2 per cent in 2017, from 23.3 in 2008.But after social transfers, 15.7 per cent were classed as being at risk of poverty in 2017, a slight decrease from 15.9 per cent back in 2008.In Cyprus, 11.5 per cent of the population was ‘severely materially deprived’ in 2017, compared to 9.1 per cent in 2008.And in the category of ‘persons aged 0-59 living in households with very low work intensity’, the scorecard in Cyprus was 9.4 per cent last year, compared to 4.5 per cent in 2008.Nevertheless, the government still managed to put on a positive spin on the numbers.Citing figures not in the Eurostat news release, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said the percentage of Cypriots at risk of poverty has been falling steadily in the past three years: from 28.9 per cent in 2015, to 27.7 per cent in 2016 and then to 25.2 per cent in 2017.Though noting that the indicator does not relate to real incomes, Prodromou said that “the general improvement in economic conditions in our country, and the remarkable ongoing economic growth recorded since 2016 and accompanied by the general rise in income, also leads to a reduction in the percentage of the population at risk of poverty or social exclusion.”According to the EU’s definition, “The at risk of poverty rate or social exclusion is the share of people whose total household income (after social transfers, tax and other deductions), available for spending or saving, is below the at risk of poverty threshold, which is set at 60 per cent of the national median equivalised disposable income after social transfers.“This indicator does not measure wealth or absolute poverty but low income in comparison to other residents in that country.”In 2017, 112.9 million people, or 22.5 per cent of the population, in the European Union were at risk of poverty.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoEditorChoice.comIf You Have Any Of These 20 Toys Around, You Just Became RichEditorChoice.comUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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The board voted 4-2 to reinstate the money, N.Dakota James Charboneau 10% happier. Hillary Clinton, shows that the then-GOP presidential nominee does not register confusion or surprise when Cohen refers to a plan to purchase the rights to model Karen McDougal’s story from American Media Inc. the parent company of the National EnquirerAMI whose chief executive is David Pecker had signed a $150000 deal with McDougal in August 2016 for her story but never published it"Um I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David" Cohen says according to the transcript"So what do you got to pay for this one-fifty " Trump says"Yes" Cohen replies "Um and it’s all the stuff"On Tuesday night Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani disputed the idea that the recording shows that Trump knew about the McDougal deal"It doesn’t" he said in an interview with The Washington Post "That’s open to interpretation and we can have a fight about that""To me it sounds like Cohen is explaining something to [Trump] that he doesn’t understand" Giuliani said adding: "He doesn’t seem that familiar with anything There is nothing to indicate he knew anything in advance"The president’s legal team released the transcript after one of Cohen’s attorneys Lanny Davis provided CNN with the audio of the tape – marking a dramatic escalation of rhetoric and turn against Trump by the Cohen campFull audio: Presidential candidate Trump is heard on tape discussing with his attorney Michael Cohen how they would buy the rights to a Playboy model’s story about an alleged affair Trump had with her years earlier according to the audio recording "https://tco/YmC0QuDqTx pictwittercom/fBbq7r1Lq9— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) July 25 2018Davis told The Post that Cohen who is under federal investigation for possible bank fraud and election law violations decided to release the tape "following extensive discussions" with his lawyers The Cohen team was pushed to act by statements Giuliani had made about Cohen’s role in the conversation Davis said"It became necessary to rebut false statements" he said "We were not going to let Michael become a punching bag"When asked whether the Cohen team would release more recordings of Trump in the coming weeks David said he would not comment but acknowledged "There are a lot of other tapes"Trump’s legal team does not believe that he was captured saying anything of substance on any other recording made by Cohen according to people familiar with the materialThe Wall Street Journal first reported four days before the November 2016 election that McDougal had been paid by the National Enquirer At the time Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks called McDougal’s claims "totally untrue""We have no knowledge of any of this" she saidThe revelation of the existence of the recording last week showed for the first time that Trump knew of her claims and efforts to keep her quiet at least two months earlierThe transcript and audio released Tuesday indicate that Trump’s knowledge of McDougal’s claims to AMI predated that early September 2016 conversation with CohenIn the audio released by CNN Trump sounds matter-of-fact as Cohen walks through his plan saying at one point "Yeah I was thinking about that"There is no sign that Cohen followed through with the plan to purchase the rights to McDougal’s story from AMIHowever the timing of the conversation between the GOP nominee and his longtime "fixer" also provides more evidence that Cohen was trying to quash embarrassing stories about Trump before the election – a major focus of the investigation by federal prosecutors in ManhattanIn rival cable news appearances Tuesday Cohen and Trump’s attorneys clashed over who on the tape suggested the transaction be completed with cashOn the audio released by Cohen Trump says something muffled and then can be heard saying "pay with cash"In the transcript released by the president’s legal team Trump is quoted as saying "Don’t pay with cash"Davis zeroed in on Trump’s use of the word "cash" to suggest the then-candidate was seeking to mask his activities – a claim that Giuliani fiercely disputed"It’s outrageous that someone would tape his client surreptitiously and it’s also foolhardy for them to yell and scream and make believe what’s on the tape" he said on Fox NewsAlan Futerfas an attorney for Trump Organization said Tuesday that the context of the word "cash" in the conversation is a reference to paying one time with liquid currency – rather than financing a transaction with a loan He said the reference is clear because Trump was raising the idea of financing as another option"The notion that they were discussing using a bag of cash or green currency is ridiculous" Futerfas saidThe transcript and the audio also show that Cohen told Trump he had discussed buying the rights to McDougal’s story with Allen Weisselberg the chief financial officer of the Trump OrganizationFuterfas disputed that Tuesday"The notion that Mr Cohen would have spoken to Mr Weisselberg about a proposition he had yet to even make to the president does not ring true" he said "Mr Weisselberg is a bookkeeper who simply carries out directions from others about monetary payments and transfers There would be no reason for Mr Cohen to have any conversation with Mr Weisselberg prior to him recommending and obtaining approval for the purchase he was suggesting "—This article was written by Carol Leonnig and Robert Costa both are reporters for The Washington Post? 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