High fibre in pregnancy cuts risk of Preeclampsia

first_imgLadies, please take note. Consuming a high-fibre diet may reduce the risk of preeclampsia during pregnancy, researchers have found. “Simple recommendation to ‘eat real food, mostly plants and not too much’ might be the most effective primary prevention strategy for some of the most serious conditions of our time. The mother’s gut bacteria and diet appear to be crucial to promoting healthy pregnancy,” said study lead author.The recently published study showed that pregnancy outcomes and infant immunity are linked to gut bacteria. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainPlant-based fibre is broken down in the gut by bacteria into factors that influence the immune system. The research team investigated the role of these metabolic products of gut bacteria during pregnancy. The researchers found that in humans, reduced levels of acetate, which is mainly produced by fibre fermentation in the gut, is associated with the common and serious pregnancy-related condition preeclampsia. Preeclampsia occurs in up to 10 per cent of pregnancies and is characterized by high blood pressure, protein in the urine and severe swelling in the mother’s body. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe study also found that preeclampsia affected the development of an important foetal immune organ – the thymus. Foetuses in preeclamptic pregnancies were found to have a much smaller thymus than children from healthy pregnancies. The results showed that promoting specific metabolic products of gut bacteria during pregnancy might be an effective way to maintain a healthy pregnancy and to prevent allergies and autoimmune conditions later in life.last_img read more

Nigel Lythgoe Attends 47th Annual Blue Ribbon Childrens Festival

first_imgMore than 6,000 fifth grade students (two groups of 3,100 students each) from throughout Los Angeles County immersed themselves in the performing arts at the 47th Annual Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival last week, February 28.Jill Baldauf, Nigel Lythgoe, and Rachel Moore at 47th Annual Blue Ribbon Children’s FestivalCredit/Copyright: Courtesy of The Music CenterThe three-day event will welcome more than 18,000 students and continues on March 1 and March 2, 2017. The event culminated in a synchronized dance on The Music Center Plaza. Upon arrival, students attended a free performance by Ailey II, the celebrated second company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in The Music Center’s iconic Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.Following the performance and an alfresco rehearsal on the Plaza, students performed a dance inspired by the Rocka My Soul finale section of Alvin Ailey masterpiece Revelations. For many children, The Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival marks their first opportunity to experience a live performing arts event. Multi-award winning producer, performer and co-creator of So You Think You Can Dance and executive producer of American Idol, Nigel Lythgoe, who is also a member of the Music Center’s Board of Directors and who was recently awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire), along with Chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Mark Ridley-Thomas, were on hand to offer special words of encouragement to the students who had spent weeks prepping for their dance routine on the Plaza.As California’s longest continuing free arts education initiative, The Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival is presented by The Blue Ribbon, the premier women’s support organization of The Music Center. Founded by Dorothy Chandler in 1968, The Blue Ribbon is committed to giving students access to the best of the performing arts from a young age. Since its inception in 1970, The Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival has introduced more than 860,000 young L.A. students to the power and inspiration of the performing arts. More than 125 Blue Ribbon members volunteer over the three-day period to keep the Festival running smoothly.“It is our pleasure to host 18,000 fifth graders at The Music Center to experience a performance of Ailey II and the celebratory dance on the Plaza following the show,” said Blue Ribbon president Jill Baldauf, “We know exposure to the arts is so important to a child’s education and development. The Blue Ribbon is proud to be able to provide this opportunity to experience the arts to our future leaders. We hope they return time and time again to The Music Center and bring their friends and families. The Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival may be a once in a lifetime opportunity, but the opportunities at The Music Center are for life.”Countywide, fifth-grade classes from 252 participating schools receive advance standards-based curriculum materials, background on the guest artists and classroom activities designed to prepare students for the performance they will be viewing. Inspired by Revelations, The Music Center’s Tara Cook Davis and Susan Cambigue-Tracey created choreography just for the students and distributed it to the teachers for advance instruction. Students also learn about audience etiquette, what to watch for during the performance, dance history and terminology.“The Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival is a shining example of The Music Center’s long-standing arts education programs and a testament to how the arts can inspire and transform the lives of young people,” said President and CEO of The Music Center Rachel Moore. “We are excited to give Angelenos the opportunity to experience Revelations for themselves when Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion this March.”This year, students explored the evolution of the spiritual, including its earliest roots in slavery and its inspiration of various art forms—Jazz, Blues, modern rock, classical, the American musical and dance. Alvin Ailey grew up in the rural American South, and the musical influences of his early life there shaped many of his most memorable works, including the acclaimed Revelations that debuted in 1960 and is now a signature piece in the Ailey repertory.Founded in 1974 by the late internationally renowned choreographer Alvin Ailey, Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Ailey was a pioneer of programs promoting arts in education, particularly those that benefited underserved communities. Throughout his lifetime, he was awarded numerous distinctions, including the Kennedy Center Honor in 1988 and, posthumously, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014.Following their performance, each student received a keepsake book, A Journey through The Music Center, made possible by a generous gift from Blue Ribbon member, Maxine Dunitz. Describing The Music Center’s four theaters and various aspects of live performance, the book is updated and reprinted annually for distribution at The Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival.Over the years, students attending the Festival have seen performances by the LA Phil, the LA Opera, American Ballet Theatre, The Joffrey Ballet and Diavolo Dance Theater, among others. At the 2015 Festival, participating students set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Largest ribbon dance for the greatest number of people simultaneously performing the same choreographed dance using handheld sticks with attached ribbons at a single venue.last_img read more

A look at corruption scandals facing Israeli prime minister

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking re-election Tuesday as corruption charges loom over him — and even if he gets another term, the legal proceedings could make it a very short one.Israel’s attorney general has recommended indicting Netanyahu with bribery, fraud and breach of trust charges in a series of corruption scandals that have dogged him for years and cast a pall over his future in politics. A potential fourth case emerged during the re-election campaign.Here’s a look at the background and current cases facing the longtime Israeli leader:___BACKGROUNDThe scandals have engulfed Netanyahu’s family and his inner circle, with at least three former close confidants turning state’s witnesses and testifying against him.Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit — a Netanyahu appointee — says he has enough evidence to press charges against Netanyahu in three separate cases, pending a pre-indictment hearing where Netanyahu will be given the opportunity to defend himself. His political opponents say that even if he’s legally permitted to stay in office, he will have lost the moral mandate to lead. Having him serve as prime minister while defending himself in court against series charges would be an embarrassment to the state, they say.Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, have long been known for their penchant for an expensive lifestyle and questionable use of public funds. Mrs. Netanyahu has been indicted for graft, fraud and breach of trust for allegedly overspending more than $100,000 in public funds on private meals at their official residence.___TELECOM TRADE-OFFThe most damaging case involves an influence-peddling scandal in which two of Netanyahu’s closest aides are testifying against him on suspicion of promoting regulation worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Israel’s Bezeq telecom company. In return, Bezeq’s popular news site, Walla, allegedly provided favourable coverage of Netanyahu and his family.Nir Hefetz, a former Netanyahu family spokesman, and Shlomo Filber, the former director of the Communications Ministry under Netanyahu, cut deals with prosecutors after they were arrested along with Bezeq’s controlling shareholder Shaul Elovitch, his wife, son and other top Bezeq executives. Former journalists at the Walla news site have attested to being pressured to refrain from negative reporting of Netanyahu.___LAVISH GIFTSPolice recommended indicting Netanyahu over accepting nearly $300,000 in gifts from Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer.Police say that in return for lavish gifts that included jewelry, expensive cigars and champagne, Netanyahu had operated on Milchan’s behalf on U.S. visa matters, tried to legislate a generous tax break for him and sought to promote his interests in the Israeli media market.Police have not commented on what Packer, who reportedly sought Israeli residency status for tax purposes, may have received, and Netanyahu has said all he received were gifts from friends. Longtime aide Ari Harow is a state witness in this case.___MEDIA MEDDLINGPolice have also recommended indicting Netanyahu for supposedly offering a newspaper publisher legislation that would weaken his paper’s main rival in return for more favourable coverage.Netanyahu reportedly was recorded asking Arnon Mozes, the publisher of the Yediot Ahronot daily, for positive coverage in exchange for helping to weaken Israel Hayom, a free pro-Netanyahu newspaper that had cut into Yediot’s business.Israel Hayom is financed by Netanyahu’s American billionaire friend Sheldon Adelson and largely serves as the prime minister’s mouthpiece. Netanyahu has noted that a proposed law to weaken Israel Hayom never passed and that he had even dissolved his coalition and called a new election in 2015 because of his opposition to the proposal. Harow is a state witness in this case, too.___GERMAN SUBMARINESNetanyahu was questioned, but not named as a suspect, in a probe related to a possible conflict of interest involving a $2 billion purchase of German submarines that implicated some of his closest associates.Netanyahu’s personal attorney David Shimron, who is also his cousin, represented the German firm involved and is suspected of using his influence over the prime minister in return for a hefty cut of the deal.But after seeming to escape this scandal, it was revealed that Netanyahu reportedly earned $4 million on a related German submarine sale to Egypt by owning shares in one of the German manufacturer’s suppliers.Netanyahu denies any financial wrongdoing regarding his investments in the Texas-based company Seadrift Coke steel factory, managed by another one of his cousins, Nathan Milikowsky.Seadrift was later acquired by Ohio-based GrafTech International, a maker of materials needed for steelmaking, which was a supplier to German industrial group ThyssenKrupp. The German company later sold submarines to Israel and Egypt. His opponents have made that discovery a central issue in the tightly contested race, with former Prime Minister Ehud Barak even saying Netanyahu’s actions “border on treason.”___Follow Heller at www.twitter.com/aronhellerapAron Heller, The Associated Press read more

Afghanistan making significant progress in mine clearance reports UN official

21 July 2008More than 38,000 anti-personnel mines have been cleared in the past six months across Afghanistan – one of the most heavily mined countries in the world – representing 10 per cent of the total number cleared in the past 18 years, a senior United Nations official said today. Afghanistan is one of the most heavily mined countries in the world, and more than four million Afghans are living in mine-contaminated areas. Haider Reza, Programme Director of the UN Mine Action Centre for Afghanistan (UNMACA), told a news conference in Kabul today that the Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan has cleared 38,297 anti-personnel mines, 419 anti-tank mines and 957,362 explosive remnants of war so far this year.In addition, some 65,361,363 square metres of land across the strife-torn nation has been cleared.As a party to the global anti-landmine treaty, known as the Ottawa Convention, Afghanistan has committed itself to clear all of its landmines by 2013.In addition, the Afghanistan Compact has set a target of reducing all contaminated land from landmines and explosive remnants of war by 70 per cent by 2011.Launched in January 2006, the Compact is the framework for partnership between the Afghan Government and the international community to help bolster the war-torn country’s security, economic development and counter-narcotics efforts.Mr. Reza credits much of the recent success to community based de-mining and mine risk education programmes. Community based de-mining has been particularly useful in areas where there is conflict and regular de-miners cannot operate. By training local people to carry out de-mining activities, the mine-clearing process can continue and locals can benefit from the employment such activities offer.“With these new approaches, Afghanistan will be able to meet the Ottawa Convention and Afghanistan Compact benchmarks,” said Mr. Reza. Over 760,000 men, women and children received mine risk education training in the first six months of this year. Together, mine clearance and mine risk education have helped decrease the number of mine victims to a record low of 24 people across the nation in June 2008.“The United Nations, together with the Government of Afghanistan is making every effort to make Afghanistan a safe country, free of landmines,” Mr. Reza said. read more

Walmart sues Tesla for solar panels that went up in flames

NEW YORK — Walmart is suing Tesla, saying that several solar panels that Tesla installed on Walmart store rooftops went up in flames, causing millions of dollars in damage.The retailer says fires broke out at seven stores between 2012 and 2018. Merchandise was damaged, and one store in Ohio had to be closed for eight days.In the lawsuit, Walmart says Tesla’s energy division, formerly known as SolarCity, engaged in “widespread, systemic negligence” and “failed to abide by prudent industry practices in installing, operating, and maintaining its solar systems.”Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press read more

Heres What Happened Today Wednesday

first_imgThe Boeing 737 is sacrificing 2-inches of leg room to fit in 11 more seats. [Geek.com]  A man has been remanded in custody for a week charged with the rape of two young girls. INTERNATIONAL  Palestinian families who fled their homes Source: Hatem Ali via Associated Press#GAZA: The UN Human Right rights council has launched a probe into Israel’s Gaza offensive.#UKRAINE: Two Ukrainian military jets have been shot down in a rebel-held area.#TAIWAN: Over 40 people are feared dead after a plane crash near Taiwan airport.#MH17: The black boxes recovered from the Malaysia Airlines flight have been flown to Britain where valid data has been downloaded.#UK: Peaches Geldof’s widowed husband Tom Cohen has told the inquest into her death that his wife had been a heroin addict.INNOVATION Two Gardaí have been injured after a patrol car was rammed in Portlaoise, four men have been arrested.  NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Source: Sam Boal via Photocall Ireland Here’s how a Sainsbury store will run on rubbish. [TheJournal.ie] A pensioner couple are facing eviction from their rented home after 15 years because it is now being repossessed by a receiver. Nine months after it was saved, the Seanad is finally being reformed.  Hundreds have attended a ‘die-in’ Gaza protest in Dublin this evening.  The Government has sent out positive signals about October’s Budget suggesting it may be less harsh than initially feared. A man has died after a crash in Limerick, it’s the second road death in the county in just 24 hours.  Demand for homeless services is up 25%. Focus Ireland says they helped 10,000 people last year who were on the streets or at risk of homelessness.  PARTING SHOTHundreds of prisoners were asked what image they would like to see from their cell. Here’s what they said. [TheNewYorkTimes]Originally published 9:00pmlast_img read more

Medical students confess I dont talk about my rape People might not

first_img Feb 5th 2017, 8:00 PM By Caitriona O’Neill and William Gallagher Caitriona O’Neill and William Gallagher Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3219262 19 Comments I’m fairly open about it with friends and classmates. I found that others who’d been having problems came to seek advice from me about how to get help, and it was great to be able to provide that advice, to be in their corner so they knew they weren’t the first or the only person to go through it. You’d take antibiotics for a chest infection, so why wouldn’t you get treatment for another form of illness?I wouldn’t ever disclose my diagnosis to an employer or to the school of medicine. There’s such a culture of “toughing it out” and just getting through. Given that Ireland is such a small place, I’d be concerned that such information could become available to another doctor who might have a hand in approving or rejecting an elective, or future scheme applications.As a country, we’ve come a long way in realising that mental health is just as important as physical health, but for some reason we expect our doctors and nurses to be bulletproof.3. FOR THE FIRST three and a half months of first year, I was largely alone. I was friendless in a new city, drowning in material I didn’t understand or know how to go about learning. I was constantly anxious, would spend weeks at a time hiding in my room and not going to college.I failed an exam at Christmas and was convinced that I was actually secretly stupid and had been kidding myself thinking I was good enough. Thankfully since then I have made friends, found my feet academically, and managed to find ways of dealing with my anxiety as well.But those feelings of inadequacy have never quite gone away. They rear their ugly head around exams, or any time I get a question wrong at a tutorial, or in front of a consultant.I sometimes spend entire days in bed instead of going to placement, not out of laziness, but out of utter conviction that if I go I will be humiliated, ignored or kicked out of medical school. I realise this is completely ridiculous, but such are the tricks anxiety plays on the mind.Still, medicine has enabled me to make amazing friends, the best I’ve ever had. Every friend I have is good for something specific, whether it’s to listen to me rant, or talk about books or politics or music, or to just make me laugh so I’m not thinking about exams, failure or my own perceived inadequacy. Therapy helps a bit too.From UCC, an unspecified university and from Trinity College.Connect with AMSI on Facebook.com/amsireland and amsiofficial.com.Depression, stress and emigration: Why medical students need to talk about mental healthHow students at Irish universities are buying unprescribed ‘study drugs’ to deal with exams>‘No profession has a public trial for making a mistake at work, other than doctors’> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The Association of Medical Students – Ireland (AMSI) has collected real stories and experiences of being a medical student in 2017. These, often heartbreaking, confessions show the culture of bullying within the medical profession, the support that we find in one another, and the terrible stigma that surrounds mental health, especially among healthcare professionals.1. I WAS RAPED. Three small words and suddenly my story is one everyone has an opinion on. About how I knew him, or how I was too drunk or how I asked for it to happen.This is why I don’t openly tell my “story”. If I did, people wouldn’t see me as the hardworking, funny, adventure-loving medical student that I am. They might not see me as a future doctor capable of taking care of their nearest and dearest. Instead, they might see me as a victim, an exaggerator, a drama queen and a liar.Herein lies the problem. We have a huge reputation to maintain as medical students. We are slaves to our fear of impossible standards.Let’s investigate this further by walking through your typical college day shall we? You attend lectures and study vast amounts of material. There are literally endless exams and assignments.We submit ourselves to social commitments like society meetings, training sessions and parties. We prepare our meals and feed our coffee addictions on a grand budget of zero euros and zero cents every month.Add in the emotional warfare of every consultant’s much loved Socratic method of teaching (aka drawing blood from turnips). Tachycardic yet?We are so quick to talk about how a consultant roasted us on ward rounds, how we injured our ankle in a match and how we definitely failed that MCQ. We wear these shortcomings like badges of honour and tell the stories in the canteen. But remember to talk about those fighting depression or social anxiety while they accomplish this impossible feat too.2. I WAS DIAGNOSED with moderate-severe depression in my second year, after suffering through the first, thinking that this way of feeling was what everyone went through. I tried counselling and CBT to no avail, but fortunately medication helped my situation immensely.I had great support from close friends. They stuck by me in the scariest of times, when I felt like I wasn’t in control of my thoughts and when I felt I couldn’t trust myself. I also encountered friends and classmates who said that I surely couldn’t be depressed if I was managing to scrape passes in exams, and smiling when they saw me during the day. Medical students confess: ‘I don’t talk about my rape. People might not see me as a capable future doctor’ Medical school is inherently stressful. This is heightened when you can’t talk openly about your problems. Sunday 5 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM Share220 Tweet Email 861 Views last_img read more

Kylian Mbappe grabs a brace in PSG win

first_imgKylian Mbappe’s impressive display and brace helped Paris Saint-Germain to a second straight win in their French Ligue 1 title defence.Mbappe came off the bench to score twice in a 3-1 win at Guingamp on Saturday but the victory was overshadowed by a contentious VAR decision in PSG’s favor, and a seemingly clear penalty not given to Guingamp with the scores level.The French champions could have been 2-0 down at halftime only for referee Clement Turpin to be alerted by the video assistant referee as to a possible foul in the buildup to the goal.The 19-year-old forward, who helped France win the World Cup last month, came on at halftime and instantly sparked PSG’s attack.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.Eight minutes later, Neymar’s trickery with the ball led to him earning a penalty, which he took himself for 1-1.But with about 10 minutes left, PSG defender Thomas Meunier clattered into Guingamp winger Marcus Coco as he charged into the area.Few minutes later, the clinical Mbappe put PSG ahead and then finished off Guingamp in the 90thlast_img read more

County audit finds issues on inventory

first_imgGreg Kimsey, Clark County auditor A routine county audit raised a red flag about Clark County employees in the Information Services department who were posting surplus computer equipment on Craigslist and buying it themselves.The incidents came to light Tuesday when Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey released findings from his department’s review of how county employees handle cash and track inventory.Among the problems highlighted was: “Staff uses insider information to potentially benefit on assets sold.”Kimsey said the matter was turned over to the county’s human resources department. HR Director Francine Reis was unavailable for comment on Tuesday, and it was unclear whether employees had been disciplined or if the investigation was ongoing.About 30 Dell desktop computers — monitors not included — and laptops had been declared surplus, said Tom Nosack, internal performance auditor and senior management analyst. Under county policy, the decommissioned equipment should have been listed on an auction site such as eBay, Nosack said, not Craigslist.That employees bought the equipment doesn’t violate any rules, but eliminating the auction process took away a control the county uses to ensure equipment goes for fair market value.last_img read more

Surveillance captures man breaking into Miami home

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man wanted for breaking into a Miami home.Surveillance cameras captured the man knocking on the door of a home near Southwest Fifth Terrace and 36th Avenue on June 29.The man was seen knocking on the door of the home to make sure no one was present before breaking in. He ultimately got away with over $1,000 in jewelry.Police said the man fled the scene in a silver SUV.Police said the suspect targeted another home in a similar way.If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Charting Womens Magazines Circ in FirstHalf 2011

first_imgThis story originally appears on FOLIO: sister site, minonline.In the August 15 min, we begin our review of magazine circulation for first-half 2011. We have seen it many times before and will almost certainly see it many times again as magazines’ all-important single-copy sales continue a decline that–for the most part–has been steady since the mid-1980s. Then, it was when “store books” Family Circle and Woman’s Day put subscriptions in the mix to maintain their rate bases. Today’s whammies are the digital technology that has produced an avalanche of media coupled with a weak economy and high gasoline prices that make consumers think twice about driving to their favorite retail outlet (still the primary source for magazine sales outside of big cities). It is no surprise that the August 9-released Audit Bureau of Circulations’ Fas-Fax for first-half 2011 revealed that cumulative newsstand sales for the 418 tracked magazines were -9.2% versus first-half 2010. Read the rest of the story here.last_img read more

Harman could make your next EV sound like a V8

first_img 34 Photos 2 More about 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance If you’ve been impressed with a new car’s high-end stereo in the past few years, odds are you have Harman to thank for that. But the quality of your Spotify stream isn’t the only kind of sound profile that Harman is working on. It also wants to make your EV sound like a V8… or a spaceship, or any other number of things.Harman invited me to its R&D facility in Novi, Michigan to check out its work in EV sound synthesis. This development work seeks to give EVs a voice that’s more than just a barely audible, high-pitched whine. My experience left me feeling that Harman’s work could bolster everything from safety to future ways to personalize a new car. The sounds of scienceUpon first glance, the Tesla Model S that Harman kitted out looks like any other one on the road. Inside, though, there are a few extra wires and switches coming off the center console. That’s the only sign that Harman’s had its way with this Model S. Harman’s sound synthesis works both inside and outside the vehicle — inside, it uses the car’s own woofers, while outside, it relies on speakers tucked behind the bodywork.I experience two demos at Harman, the first being akin to a gas V8 engine. From the outside, it sounds pretty spot on – there’s a bass-heavy rumble at lower vehicle speeds, and when the Model S accelerates, it sounds like there’s a gas engine under the hood making its way up the tachometer. Of course, there aren’t any shift sounds, since the Model S lacks a traditional gearbox, so I guess it sounds more like a V8 connected to a continuously variable transmission. Inside, there’s a light growl at idle, and it sounds accurate to a V8 as the Model S picks up speed. I’d be lying if I said it isn’t a weird experience.The second synthesized sound feels more appropriate for an electric car. This one is referred to as “futuristic,” not really attempting to emulate any single thing. It’s much more subtle from the outside, with kind of a whoomping noise that sounds like something a Foley artist would whip up to go with footage of a computer-generated UFO. This one is more pronounced inside than outside, coming straight out of Star Wars, and combined with the Tesla’s stupid-quick acceleration, it really makes me feel like I’m inside a car from the future. A new automotive frontierAs a supplier, Harman is responsible for a number of excellent audio brands licensed to various automakers. Lexus’ Mark Levinson systems? That’s Harman. Lincoln’s Revel? Harman again. BMW’s Harman/Kardon? OK, maybe that one’s obvious enough.In fact, the sounds I experienced at Harman’s Novi facility were the result of work with automakers, although it wouldn’t say which. Right now, it’s a bit of a Wild West-type scenario with this kind of work. According to a Harman spokesperson, some OEMs have approached the company solely to get their sound-synthesis hardware, while others want to work with the supplier to create distinct sounds. Some arrive with expectations, while others are more willing to hear ideas.Enlarge ImageHarman isn’t developing these synthesized sounds in a vaccuum — the supplier ran a study that sought input from everyday Joes and Janes, too. Nick Miotke/Roadshow Harman has the setup to make the latter happen. The act of creating the sound itself is left to a team of one or two engineers, in addition to several others for evaluation purposes. It takes “a few weeks,” according to a spokesperson, to go from idea to tangible thing, but that depends on whether or not Harman’s customer shows up with their own expectations.Once the sound profile has been assembled, before it ends up in a car, it’s off to Harman’s listening room. It’s a pretty basic room, with six leather chairs, a rug, a bit of echo-nixing material on the walls and a whole lot of speakers. Trained listeners take in the sounds here first before walking through a single door that leads to Harman’s benchmarking lab. The benchmarking lab is more for automotive audio systems, representing the step between hearing the sound in the listening room and taking it out on the road. When it comes to more traditional sound-system development, this is when Harman fits the speakers inside a demo car — the one I saw was a first-gen Hyundai Genesis sedan — to make sure the positioning is right, and also to ensure that there isn’t any buzzing or rattling.Benefits to safety and beyondThe most obvious benefit of crafting sounds for EVs is safety. EVs are nearly silent, which means visually impaired pedestrians may not be able to tell when a car is coming down the street. Governments have taken notice of this issue, as well — in fact, the US has asked automakers to comply with new regulations mandating external EV sound signatures by September 2020, and there are similar regulations in Europe and Japan. Some OEMs have already started adding these to their cars, but others are waiting for regulations to demand it. Thus, Harman will soon have built-in demand for systems like the one it’s developing.There can be other benefits, too. Personalization is big for automakers these days, but giving a vehicle some uniqueness is usually limited to aesthetics. Letting buyers pick from a variety of external EV sounds could give dealerships yet another way to tack a bit more money onto the window sticker, or cars could come with multiple selectable noises to fit the way a person feels on a given day. While it might be hard to think of drawbacks for something this straightforward, there are a couple. When it comes to mandates, automakers hardly flaunt their largesse — thus, any additional cost from adding this equipment would likely be passed to the consumer. New systems add complexity and weight, the latter of which can eat into range, but that’s less of a problem here given the size of the system.Harman’s spokesperson told me that its sound-synthesis development is generally aimed at automakers. However, the possibility exists for a system like this to be made available as an aftermarket option. At that point, it would just be a matter of selling a package that includes the speakers and a digital signal processor, which would require professional installation. As Harman notes, this whole industry is very much in its infancy. But as mandates pile up and EVs rise toward ubiquity, it’s going to move from cottage industry to what could very well be a hotspot of innovation and individualism. As far as we know, Harman’s managed to get ahead of the curve on this one. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Review • Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box Our picks for the 11 best EVs in America Preview • 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance: The future, quicker Now playing: Watch this: More From Roadshow Comments Harman could turn your next EV into a noisemaker 3:13 Tags Share your voice 2019 BMW X2 M35i review: A fun, potent little crossover Auto Tech Electric Carslast_img read more

Caterpillars spike around lakes and rivers near Aleknagik and Dillingham for second

first_imgNoctuid caterpillars munch on plants in Wood-Tikchik State Park. (Photo courtesy Daniel Schindler/University of Washington)Visitors to Wood-Tikchick State Park were greeted by an unusual sight this summer.Listen nowAlders that are normally dense, green and leafy were bare.University of Washington professor Daniel Schindler is an aquatic and fisheries science researcher in the park.“It looks almost like fall came early, so everything’s kind of brown and without any leaves on it,” Schindler said.It is the second year in a row that people around Dillingham, Aleknagik, Wood-Tikchik State Park and the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge are reporting a massive outbreak of caterpillars.Schindler is seeing at least two species, one bright green and one brown with dark stripes. They likely belong to the family Noctuidea.In the state park, the caterpillars’ appetites left their mark along the entire chain of five lakes.Up to the second lake, Schindler said the alders were completely defoliated up to 1,000 feet in elevation.It is the most damage to alders and willows from caterpillars he has seen in roughly 20 years working in the region.As the summer draws to a close, caterpillars are dropping off plants to burrow into the soil where they will winter over in their pupa form.In the spring they will emerge as moths.Before the caterpillars hunkered down for winter, gulls, fish and bears had a heyday.“Usually just before the salmon show up, the rainbow trout are pretty skinny, and this year they have big extended bellies on them,” Schindler said. “When we sample what they’re eating, it’s mostly caterpillars. Even the bears are eating them. The bear scat is full of caterpillar remains.”Now that the very hungry caterpillars are disappearing, the alders are quickly regrowing their leaves.That’s something Schindler notes that they did last year as well.“By middle of September when most of the vegetation was starting to go yellow and brown,” Schindler said. “The stuff that resprouted was still going gangbusters and was bright green. It’s pretty clear that the plants have some sort of evolutionary history with them. My wonder is whether the plants can handle two, three years of this in a row. That’s where there may be some long-term damage to the vegetation.”Still, it is unlikely that this huge caterpillar population will remain at its current size in the years ahead.Noctuid moths tend to go through a boom-bust cycle.“In Scandinavia where people have studied them a long time, it’s often a decade between major outbreaks,” Schindler said. “They’ll explode for a year or two and then disappear for a long time.”When the population will hit its peak and decline is unclear, but it does seem that the area will see another spring full of moths.last_img read more

West Bengal Doctors protest Medical fraternity across country join the stir

first_imgKolkata’s Nilratan Sarkar Medical College and Hospital is the epicentre of these protests.Doctors in major metro cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru, will be protesting on Friday, June 14, in solidarity with their counterparts in Kolkata, who are on a strike over an attack on their colleague.The Indian Medical Association (IMA) called for a nationwide protest on Friday, urging all medical professionals to wear black bands and the state units to hold a demonstration. AIIMS Resident Doctor’s Association also issued a statement saying that they will observe a pan-India strike and only emergency services will remain functional.Kolkata’s Nilratan Sarkar Medical College and Hospital is the epicentre of these protests, which were triggered when the family members of an octogenarian patient, who passed away, attacked the resident doctors – Paribaha Mukhopadhyay and Yash Tekwani – alleging medical negligence.While Mukhopadhyay wound up with a fractured skull and is currently in a coma, Tekwani is said to be admitted to the ICU.Following the attack, the junior doctors of NRS locked up the hospital gates and stopped work at the outpatient department (OPD) as a mark of protest. The incident triggered widespread demonstrations across the state-run medical college and hospitals in West Bengal. The Safdarjung Hospital also held protests.Delhi: Resident Doctors’ Association, Safdarjung Hospital holds protest over violence against doctors in #WestBengal. pic.twitter.com/qFELP2hXuX— ANI (@ANI) June 14, 2019Doctors from Bengaluru and Thiruvananthapuram also joined the strike.Kerala: Members of Indian Medical Association, Trivandrum hold protest over violence against doctors in West Bengal. pic.twitter.com/aOWGbqXxlx— ANI (@ANI) June 14, 2019 The protesting doctors refused to call off the demonstration even after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited the state-run SSKM Hospital on Thursday and gave the doctors a four-hour ultimatum. The CM also visited the OPD and emergency wing of the hospital, which remained closed.”This cannot be tolerated. They will have to get back to work. Many policemen die on duty but do policemen go on strike? I give them four hours to join duty or action will be taken against them. I ask the police to see that outsiders are not allowed in hostels. We will also withdraw government support (stipends) to interns if they do not join work. I saw patients waiting for treatment and some of them are critical,” Banerjee reportedly said after the visit.She also blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party, saying that they are giving these protests a communal colour and fuelling the agitation.Director of Medical Education Dr Pradip Kumar Mitra wrote to principal and directors of all medical college hospitals telling them to resume work immediately.”You are requested to ensure the resumption of normal patient care services in the Out Patient Department and Emergencies immediately. Please issue an order on the doctors to take up duty immediately to run these services. Action may be taken on those who will obstruct in discharging duties by the doctors in OPDs and Emergency,” he said.Professor Saibal Kumar Mukherjee, principal of NRS Medical College and Hospital, and Professor Saurabh Chattopadhyay, medical superintendent and vice principal, also resigned from their posts on Thursday. They cited “regret for being unable to overcome the crisis” as the reason.Meanwhile, doctors at AIIMS worked wearing helmets and bandages as a mark of protest against “worsening of violence against medical doctors in West Bengal.” Residents doctors of AIIMS.The IMA’s statement, released to call a demonstration on Friday, called the incident in Kolkata “barbaric. “The national law against violence on hospitals has to be brought in urgently. The law should provide a minimum of seven years of imprisonment for hospital violence,” the statement read. Doctors’ protest in Bengaluru.The Union Health Minister appealed to the doctors to resume services and carry out a symbolic protest instead, assuring them that the government is committed to their safety.”I appeal to West Bengal CM to not make this an issue of prestige. She gave the doctors an ultimatum; as a result, they got angry and went on strike. Today, I will write to Mamata Banerjee ji and will also try to speak to her on this issue,” he reportedly said. The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) also called for a day-long strike across all government hospitals on Friday to protest against the assault. Doctors at JJ Hospital in Mumbai joined the strike on Friday.Prashant Choudhary, President MARD, Sion Hospital, Mumbai: A mob assaulted doctors on duty at a hospital in West Bengal, when a targeted attack like this happens it becomes a law and order issue. Today, we are doing a silent protest over the incident. pic.twitter.com/qSOJ79ooc3— ANI (@ANI) June 14, 2019Doctors in Raipur also came out in support of their colleagues in Kolkata.#WATCH Resident Doctors at Raipur’s Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Memorial Hospital raise slogans of ‘We Want Justice’ as they protest over violence against doctors in West Bengal. #Chhattisgarh pic.twitter.com/70BsCTmGLN— ANI (@ANI) June 14, 2019Doctors at the government medical college in Nagpur assembled with posters of ‘Save the Saviour’ and ‘Stand with NRSMCH’.last_img read more

Vijaya Nirmalas demise Telugu film industry mourns funeral tomorrow in Hyderabad

first_imgTwitterThe sudden and untimely death of actress and director Vijaya Nirmala has shaken the industry. She has been one of the supporting pillars in the industry and was known for her kind hearted nature. She was born on February 20, 1946, in Tamil Nadu.Her father worked in film production and that is how she began her career in films. She has a son Naresh, who is also an actor, from her first marriage to Krishna Murthy. After divorcing her first husband, she married actor Krishna.On her sudden demise, actors from Telugu film fraternity have paid their respects to the legendary actress and even took to social media to extend their support and condolences to the family.Actor Jr NTR tweeted, “Vijaya Nirmala garu was a pioneering filmmaker whose life is an inspiration for many. Extremely saddened to hear the news, extending my deepest to her family. #RIPVijayaNirmalagaru.” (sic).Vijaya Nirmala Garu was a pioneering filmmaker whose life is an inspiration for many. Extremely saddened to hear the news. Extending my deepest condolences to her family. #RIPVijayaNirmalaGaru— Jr NTR (@tarak9999) June 27, 2019TwitterHer son, actor Naresh took to Twitter to declare the death of his mother and shared that her body will be kept at their residence in Nanakramguda and that her final rites will be performed on June 28.Her body will be kept at our residence ( Nanakramguda) today from 11am Her final rites will be held tomorrow, that is, 28.6.2019. Further information will be updated .????? pic.twitter.com/MorRuNOXCM— H.E Dr Naresh VK actor (@ItsActorNaresh) June 27, 2019TwitterSri Venkateswara Creations, a Dil Raju banner also tweeted that the death of the actress is a loss to the industry. They also shared an update about Maharshi’s 50 Days celebrations, and said that the press meet and celebrations which had to happen on Thursday will be postponed for later.Actors like Manchu Lakshmi, Sudheer Babu, Allari Naresh and others also took to their social media and many politicians like Venkaiah Naidu, Nara Chandara Babu Naidu and Nara Lokesh have also shared the deepest condolences to the family.అత్యధిక సినిమాలు తెరకెక్కించిన మహిళా దర్శకురాలిగా తెలుగు సినిమా రంగంలో మహిళల ప్రాధాన్యతను పెంచిన ఘనత శ్రీమతి విజయనిర్మల గారికి దక్కుతుంది. వారి ఆత్మకు శాంతి కలగాలని ప్రార్థిస్తూ, వారి కుటుంబ సభ్యులకు ప్రగాఢ సానుభూతి తెలియజేస్తున్నాను. #VijayaNirmala #TeluguCinema pic.twitter.com/mjzJbtNYpj— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) June 27, 2019TwitterMy deepest condolences to Krishna garu family on the sudden demise of vijaynirmala aunty. She was a force to reckon w. A true iconoclast. She stood for a lot of things important. May her soul rest in eternal peace. She came and truly conquered. A life fully lived.@ItsActorNaresh— Lakshmi Manchu (@LakshmiManchu) June 27, 2019TwitterA terrible day for my family. A pioneer, a legend and most importantly my mother like personality, #VijayaNirmala Garu made her way to the God. May her soul rest in peace. #Ripvijayanirmalagaru— Sudheer Babu (@isudheerbabu) June 27, 2019Twitterlast_img read more

Utility lines of 18 holdings cut off

first_imgThe special taskforce of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) on Tuesday severed utility connections of 18 holdings in Old Dhaka as part of its drive to remove chemical warehouses from the area, reports UNB.DSCC formed the taskforce after a devastating fire in Chawkbazar killed 71 people last month.Uttam Kumar Ray, DSCC public relations officer, said five committees of the taskforce conducted the drives separately at Moneshwar Road of Hazaribagh, Urdu Road, Hoseni Dalan Road, Agamosi Lane and Awlad Hossaim Lane.They cut off gas, water and electricity connections to the warehouses.In the last four days, utility services were cut off from 94 holdings. The drive will continue until 1 April.DSCC officials said the connections will be restored once the chemical warehouses are shifted.last_img read more

In The Wake Of Cheating Scandal How Are College Admissions Supposed To

first_imgAs we’ve previously reported on, a huge scandal about college admissions broke out a few weeks ago concerning some high-profile names, like actresses Lori Laughlin and Felicity Huffman.The case involved students seeking to attend top schools cheating on college entrance exams, and coaches paid off to claim students seeking admission were athletic recruits when they weren’t.The scandal folded in Yale, Stanford, USC, Wake Forest, and Georgetown, among others. At the center of it is William “Rick” Singer, who’s been charged with racketeering, money laundering, and obstruction of justice. He owned and operated a for-profit college counseling and preparation business, and ran a purported charity, using donations to the charity as payment for arranging the schemes. There were also two Houstonians found to have been connected to the debacle.So, in light of all of this, how are college admissions supposed to work? And how are universities trying to overcome the fallout of the scandal? What are the challenges students who try to get in the right way face?In the audio above, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks it over with Arthur Ortiz, vice president of enrollment at the University of St. Thomas, and Trisha Cornwell, the executive director of EMERGE, a local college prep program that serves students in Houston and Spring Branch ISD. X Listen 00:00 /09:34 Sharecenter_img Ben Mullins/Unsplash To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

These street posters live in the moment

first_imgSahmat, The Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust, marks the 30th National Street Theatre Day on April 12, at the Sahmat office, 29 Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi. The National Street Theatre Day was initiated after the murder of Safdar Hashmi in 1989 and falls on his birthday, April 12. Every year, Sahmat would issue a poster to send to street theatre groups across India. The beauty of these posters is its intrinsic sense of history both in terms of artistic practice as well as the visual kinetics of translating a silent protest to intolerance and prejudice towards humans. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe power of these posters lies in the balance of graphics and text-in drawing attention to the atrocities against mankind from all walks of life. The term RESIST stands out in bold letters but it is the aftermath of violence, the scars which remain that hide between the alphabets and the potent messages in the posters.A space was left on the poster for local groups to list their performance information on the poster as a way to link the performances across India through the poster. Many of the posters would be themed on current issues of the moment – freedom of expression, communalism and collective resistance. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThey were designed by Rajinder Arora, Parthiv Shah and Ram Rahman. Many are now in the design collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. “This year’s poster is on the farmer’s crisis and the protests across India,” says Ram Rahman. “It also presents earlier cultural responses to farmers crisis – the Bengal famine through drawings by Chittaprosad and photographs by Sunil Janah, the films ‘Dharti Ke Lal’ by IPTA, ‘Do Bigha Zameen’ by Bimal Roy and recent graphics by Orijit Sen.last_img read more

Vehicle destroyed in fire on R103 near Ladysmith

first_imgA vehicle was engulfed in flames yesterday evening (December 29) on the R103 before Colenso.The Ladysmith Fire Department and other emergency officials responded to the scene.No injuries were reported.The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage. Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img

Tico Boston Marathon hero back home for Obamas visit

first_imgYour cowboy hat is now famous from the picture of you on the day of the bombings. Will you continue to wear it?I always wear cowboy hats and have about 10 of them that I wear for work and going out. Actually, while living here in Costa Rica, I was a rodeo clown at the annual bullfights in Zapote [a southeastern district of San José].Really?Yes, my nickname as a rodeo clown was “El Gringo” because I was always dressed in an American football jersey when running with the bulls. I wore a Philadelphia Eagles jersey and for many years people knew me as El Gringo. I used to wear a bulletproof vest when runningwith the bulls and now lots of Costa Rican rodeo clowns do as well.You are also known for another episode in Florida when your son passed away, correct?Yes. When my son died I almost killed myself. I set fire to my van and burned 26 percent of my body in second- and third-degree burns. I really don’t know what happened. It was my birthday, August 25, 2004, when my son died. I tried to kill myself, but I survived. OnlyGod knows why.What are your plans now and for the future?Well, I want to see what happens with [Boston bombing victim] Jeff Bauman and remain in contact with him. I hope he can come to Costa Rica. Also, I am focusing on spreading awareness about suicide prevention and continuing to work with veterans. How has Boston changed since that day?It was in such a state of shock those days after the marathon. Everything stopped. In time, Boston has returned to somewhat of a state of normalcy. The streets and businesses are back open and the city is functioning as it did prior to the marathon, though the people are stilldealing with the residual trauma. There is still grieving, though the city is priding itself on being strong. It will require a lot of time and psychological support to overcome that day. Facebook Comments Adam Williams | Tico Times With the President of the United States as a registered guest at the Hotel Real Intercontinental in Escazú on Friday night, the scene in the lobby was one of unordinary sightings.When the massive presidential motorcade roared in around 9:30 p.m., Secret Service agents spilled out of vans toting assault rifles, hoards of hulking security personnel surrounded the front entrance, and what appeared to be the entire hotel staff scurried around to usher the distinguished guests to their rooms.Yet, amid the presidential buzz, a familiar face – one that dominated international news reports last month – silently stole the spotlight as he sipped a beer near the lobby bar.Donning his famed folded cowboy hat, and with wide eyes and long curly locks, Carlos Arredondo – the Costa Rican who achieved hero status for his efforts to save injured victims of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings – sat patiently in the lobby.A now-famous photo of Arredondo taken as he assisted wounded runner Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the bombing, has since emerged as the international image of heroism amid the tragedy of that day.Arredondo, who said he shook hands with U.S. President Barack Obama during his visit to Boston in the days following the bombings, was in town over the weekend to meet with Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla. That meeting took place Thursday. His next goal was to speak with Obama to promote Boston Samaritans, a suicide prevention organization, and to lobby for more support for U.S. military veterans.Early Saturday morning, Arredondo – covered in silver body paint – was seen standing on a chair in San José’s Plaza de la Democracia, being photographed for a year-end “People of the Year” issue by the daily La Nación.Arredondo sat down with The Tico Times on Friday to discuss his human rights work, his colorful history, and how the Boston Marathon bombing changed his life forever.Excerpts follow.TT: How does it feel to be referred to as a hero?CA: (laughs) Well, I don’t consider myself a hero. I did what anyone else would have done in that situation. I thank God that I wasn’t injured and was able to help out those that were as quickly as possible. Anyone in that situation, looking at all the injured people lying on theground, would have done the same thing I did.What was it like to be in Boston on the day of the bombings?It was a horrible tragedy. We were there very early in the morning giving U.S. flags to people there and supporting the soldiers and veterans that were running. After the bomb exploded, I just reacted as quickly as I could to get to where it went off to help anyone I could findthat was injured. It was a very dramatic experience. So many people lost legs and 280 people were injured. After the sound of the bomb, there was a ball of fire and afterwards smoke. All the people that were standing in the area where the bomb went off were no longerthere. Almost all of them were on the ground injured.In the picture of you from the marathon, you were helping a man after he was wounded in the bombings. I read that you have remained in contact with him. The young man I helped is Jeff Bauman. He is 27 years old and from Massachusetts. He is now stable. He lost both legs and suffered second and third-degree burns on his body. But, thanks to God, he has healed quite quickly. Jeff remains in high spirits and is feeling better. Ihave gone to see him four times in the hospital and we talk quite a bit by email. I am hoping that soon he will come to visit Costa Rica.How has your life changed since that day?My life has changed completely. I am now very concentrated in working to spread the word about some serious problems in the U.S. In the U.S., we lose 22 veterans a day due to suicide. It is a grave crisis and we are trying to combine an organization called Samaritans ofBoston, which works to prevent suicide, with the Veteran’s Hospital. The reason I am doing that is because my youngest son committed suicide. Currently we are working with other organizations and are in conversations with the U.S. Congress to provide better benefits to U.S.veterans and their families. No related posts. Carlos Arredondo hangs out at the Hotel Real Intercontinental in Escazú Friday night, hoping to catch a moment with U.S. President Barack Obama. Arredondo is asking the president to dedicate a building in honor of his son, a soldier killed in the early days of the Iraq war. Arredondo also lost a second son, who committed suicide. last_img read more