first_imgNew Delhi: Originally intended to serve as an advanced operating system for digital cameras, Android OS has come a long way and its next iteration — Android Q is set to be officially introduced in the third quarter (Q3) this year by Google.Google acquired Android Inc. for nearly $50 million in July 2005.Since then, the OS has grown by leaps and bounds as the company continues to license the Android OS to third-party OEMs like Huawei, OnePlus, Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo and Realme, to name a few. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this yearIn a bid to deliver better user experiences, the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are now using the same base code and adding their own skin atop the Android user interface (UI) — often using it as a selling point to stand out.Custom Android UIs such as EMUI by Huawei, OxygenOS by OnePlus and One UI by Samsung — which has succeeded Samsung Experience and TouchWiz — offer a better experience to users with less bloatware than ever.We take a look at some of the top Android skins and customisations available today. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in IndiaOxygenOS: Developed by Chinese handset maker OnePlus, it is a customised version of Android mobile OS exclusively for their smartphones. The highly-acclaimed skin offers close to vanilla Android sans any bloatware. It also offers a number of useful performance optimisations such as iPhone XS-style gesture interface.EMUI: Chinese tech giant develops this custom UI for its Huawei and Honor line-up of smartphones. Previously known as Emotion UI, this custom skin offers features like navigation gestures, customisable home screen, gestures to launch apps and more. OneUI: Samsung’s One UI is a crisp interface and a massive upgrade from TouchWiz that was full of bloatware. One UI offers a simple user experience while notes, emails and other Samsung apps have been customised to show only essential information.MIUI: Chinese handset maker Xiaomi’s skin is known as MIUI, which is a highly-customised version of Android. Its Redmi, Mi and Poco line-up of devices use this skin. The UI has some bloatware and has also faced flak for pushing ads into the MIUI apps, including the music app and even the settings menu.ColorOS: Oppo, another Chinese handset maker calls its custom skin ColorOS. It features gestures that can be used to launch apps, lock screen magazine among others.last_img read more

Highlights at the close Wednesday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,171.39, down 30.98 pointsDow — 21,711.01, up 97.58 points (record high)S&P 500– 2,477.83, up 0.70 of a point (record high)Nasdaq — 6,422.75, up 10.58 points (record high)Currencies:Cdn — 79.97 cents US, up 0.01 of a centPound — C$1.6331, up 0.12 of a centEuro — C$1.4572, down 0.20 of a centEuro — US$1.1653, down 0.14 of a centOil futures:US$48.75, up 86 cents(September contract)Gold futures:US$1,249.40 per oz., down $2.70(August contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$21.449 per oz., down 3.2 cents$689.59 per kg., down $1.02 read more

Meanwhile President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Special Envoy on Human Rights, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe is hoping to meet the President and propose that he be sent for the session. At the press conference Pillay had said that several people she had met during her visit had been threatened or intimidated.She had said that she will brief the UN Human Rights Council about those threats.Report by Indika Sri Aravinda The government has decided to send a low level delegation for the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) which begins this week in Geneva.External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatillake said that a four member delegation from Sri Lanka will be sent for the session.“A high level delegation will not be sent for this session. There is no need for that. In March next year we will send a high level delegation,” Amunugama said. He said that Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinghe will lead the delegation and speak on behalf of Sri Lanka. He is of the opinion that if he is sent he will get more time to speak at the session as opposed to the time given for an Ambassador.The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay will be making an oral statement on Sri Lanka to the Council on September 25 on the implementation of resolution 22/1 on promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka. Pillay will submit a full report on Sri Lanka in March next year.Pillay will be commenting on her recent visit to Sri Lanka where at a concluding press conference she had made some critical remarks on what she heard and saw during her visit. read more

Two people were arrested by the customs department at the airport today with foreign currency valued at over Rs. 7 million.The customs department said that the Sri Lankan males, aged 34 and 29, are residents of Watawala and Ragala. They were arrested by the customs department with US$ 22,000, Euro 25,900 and Swiss Franc 4,500.00 equivalent to Rs. 7,185,000.00 which was concealed in their baggage.The two men had attempted to take the money out to Singapore on a SriLankan airlines flight.

A Facebook spokesperson said it was reviewing how Accenture provided resources to deal with stress, and added that drug and alcohol use on the job violates its contracts.The company sees hiring all content reviewers directly as a bad use of resources, said two people familiar with Facebook’s strategy who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly. They added that using staffing firms allowed the company to avoid layoffs in the future.One argued that people have an idealized view of the career path once available at companies like Kodak, where janitors rose through the ranks to become vice presidents — while forgetting that, in their view, Kodak’s unsustainable cost structure left it unable to respond to changes in the market. Eventually, this person said, the company’s plan is to offload an increasing proportion of content moderation to automated systems. This echoes comments Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has made when employees have brought up content moderation to him in employee meetings.How much human intervention will be needed in the long run is a matter of debate. One content reviewer who has worked for Facebook through Accenture for several months says even over that span there’s a noticeable difference in how well automated filters catch fake accounts that act in particular ways. But new behaviours have already emerged to fool the computers. “There’s no way you could train a robot to understand those complexities,” he said.On Facebook’s message boards, employees said that the spectre of automating away content review jobs should make the company more sensitive to the lives of the humans doing the job in the meantime. “It seems like the least we could do is treat people well before they get replaced,” one of them In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, Facebook Inc. rushed to expand efforts to police its platforms, trying to keep political misinformation, graphic violence, terrorist propaganda, and revenge porn off the products. This has entailed both new technology, and thousands of new workers. Facebook now has about 15,000 content reviewers, almost all of whom work not for Facebook itself but for staffing firms like Accenture and Cognizant.The company’s decision to outsource these operations has been a persistent concern for some full-time employees. After a group of content reviewers working at an Accenture facility in Austin, Texas complained in February about not being allowed to leave the building for breaks or answer personal phone calls at work, a wave of criticism broke out on internal messaging boards. “Why do we contract out work that’s obviously vital to the health of this company and the products we build,” wrote one Facebook employee. (Bloomberg News viewed dozens of messages about the topic, on the condition that it not publish the names of people involved.)A Facebook spokeswoman said there has been no change in policies at the facility in Austin, and that it is has been working with Accenture to ensure practices comply with Facebook policies. Accenture did not respond to a request for comment. Apple revokes Facebook’s app development credentials after latest data tracking revelations Facebook and Google’s multibillion dollar digital ad businesses expected to keep growing, despite privacy concerns Mark Zuckerberg says he’s going outside his comfort zone in 2019 to host regular discussions on tech The pressure on the company doesn’t seem likely to subside. Over the years, a stream of media reports have detailed one of the internet’s most dystopian jobs. The most recent example came on Monday, when the Verge published a lengthy account from several Cognizant employees working in Phoenix. They described the trauma of being presented with an endless procession of graphic violence and disturbing sexual activities, and said the restrictive working conditions further aggravated their stress.Legally, Facebook believes it is insulated from much of what goes on in the outsourcing centres like the ones in Austin and Phoenix. Selena Scola, a content moderator working for a company called Pro Unlimited sued Facebook in September, saying it was responsible for her post-traumatic stress disorder. In a court filing, the company responded by saying that Scola had no right to sue, because she was an independent contractor. It argued that any harm she suffered was either her own fault, or the fault of unnamed third parties. The case is pending.But legal cover isn’t the only consideration. Over the weekend, Facebook circulated an explanation on internal message boards trying to dispel employee concerns, and detailing how it planned to address questions about how staffing companies treat their employees. The message, posted publicly to Facebook’s blog on Monday, was written by Justin Osofsky, Facebook’s vice president of global operations. It said that outsourcing content review was the only way it could scale quickly enough to meet its needs. “Given the size at which we operate and how quickly we’ve grown over the past couple of years, we will inevitably encounter issues we need to address on an ongoing basis,” he wrote.I don’t have a problem with nudity — that’s what I signed up for — but then there are random beheadingsanonymous Facebook moderator Jussi Nukari/AFP/Getty Images Facebook says it plans to review its contracts with staffing firms, requiring them to have adequate facilities and mental health resources. It also plans to make regular site visits to make sure staffing firms are adhering to the requirements. The company plans to do a wider review of its relationships with contracting firms, starting with a summit with vendors in April. “We will regularly evaluate these roles, our needs going forward, the risks, location, mix of the workforce, and many more areas,” wrote Osofsky.Even in the best of conditions, content review is a brutal job. Bloomberg news spoke with three current content moderators employed by Accenture and all of them requested anonymity because they had signed non-disclosure agreements. “It’s a strain. I don’t know what I’m going to see,” one said. “I don’t have a problem with nudity — that’s what I signed up for — but then there are random beheadings.” Another said that moderators periodically discuss their daily “body counts” — the number of dead bodies they see per shift.Facebook and Accenture both provide access to “wellness” resources to help moderators deal with the stress. Facebook is also running a pilot program at one facility that offers virtual reality-based treatments for stress, a strategy that has proven effective in other contexts.All three content moderators who spoke to Bloomberg News said they were reluctant to come forward for help. “Because of the whole contractor situation, they can fire you for any reason,” says one of them. One said he tried meditation to deal with the stress of the job; another said he regularly visited Reddit pages featuring cute animal photos. Many reviewers attempt to pay as little attention to their work as possible, either by listening to music or streaming movies as they work. Alcohol and marijuana use is common both on and off the premises, they said.An Accenture office in Finland. read more

Kerrie Pickering receives the Award for Innovation at the recent International Conference on Innovation and Trends in Wine Management.A Brock University presentation about the Ontario wine industry adapting to climate change has been honoured as one of the three best papers delivered at a major conference in the heart of France’s wine country.Master’s student Kerrie Pickering won the Award for Innovation when her presentation was cited from 60 submissions at the International Conference on Innovation and Trends in Wine Management, held recently in Dijon.Her paper was titled “Innovation and adaptation in the Ontario grape and wine industry: An integrated, transdisciplinary response to climate change.” The full list of authors includes Brock scientists Debbie Inglis, Gary Pickering, Ryan Plummer and Kerrie’s supervisor Tony Shaw.As Ontario grape growers see an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, Kerrie said the Brock team is examining the industry’s ability to implement strategies that reduce the impact of climate change.“We are trying to look at the industry’s capacity to cope with extreme events,” she said. “We are developing some strategies to address this but now we need to know what the industry needs to be able to implement and mobilize them.”The research is a collaboration of the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) and Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, where Kerrie is a project manager. This unique partnership has researchers from different disciplines working together to examine the challenge of adapting to climate change.“A lot of interest with climatic change has addressed and continues to address mitigation,” said Plummer, director of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre. “Increasingly there is a realization that adaptation, how you build the capacity to deal with change and adapt, is critical.”Traditionally, research looking at adaptive capacity has focused on one aspect that affects the ability of an industry to adapt to change. Kerrie’s approach was to look at the full set of determinants to have a complete picture of how to build adaptive capacity.The project identified that the industry’s capacity to mobilize resources to support new products and strategies was largely determined by eight key considerations. They are: financial – is there access to economic resourcesinstitutional- is there effective leadership in the industry access to technology political connections perception of risk diversity in income knowledge transfer and social capital.Although this project focused on Ontario, the framework developed can be applied to any wine region in the world by considering the same determinants.The next step for this project involves gaining valuable feedback from the industry. An online survey has been sent to grape growers and vintners in Ontario. Kerrie hopes the responses will give researchers insight that will help them target the support structure to implement adaptive strategies.This initiative is supported by funding through the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation’s (MEDI) Ontario Research Fund, which supports industry-led research and innovation. This project is a collaboration between MEDI, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Grape Growers of Ontario and Brock’s CCOVI. This is part of CCOVI’s heightened emphasis on outreach to the grape and wine industry. read more

first_imgBut in women there was no significant variation.Researchers called on doctors to advice male patients at risk of heart disease to have more sex.In a report on their findings they said: “This is the first study of its kind to evaluate the correlation between sexual frequency and homocysteine levels.”A good quality sex life, frequent sex and libido are all related to health in the middle-aged and elderly.”Increased sexual frequency could have a protective effect on general health and quality of life – especially in men – so doctors should support patients’ sexual activity.’Dr Mike Knapton from the British Heart Foundation said the study produced an “interesting result” but did not prove regular sex reduced homocysteine levels.He said: “A relationship does exist between sex and heart disease risk.”Checking your blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as keeping active and not smoking, remain the best ways to ensure a healthy future.”A major review of scientific data in 2015 found raised homocysteine levels increased the risk of death from heart disease by 66 per cent. Doctors have long suspected  that frequent sex can reduce the risks, but the latest findings, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, are the first to show it works by driving down homocysteine levels.The chemical is a vital building block of proteins and occurs naturally in the body.But excess levels, which can be caused by poor diet, are thought to damage blood vessels supplying the heart – raising the risk of a deadly clot forming.Researchers from the National Defence Medical Centre in Taiwan tracked more than 2,000 men and women, aged from 20 to 59.They analysed blood samples to measure levels of homocysteine and matched the results up with volunteers’ sexual activity. And last year experts at Boston University discovered the chances of a stroke jumped by almost a third in those with high readings.It has also been linked with Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The results showed the lowest traces of the chemical were found in men claiming to have sex at least twice a week, while the highest readings were found in those restricted to less than once a month.center_img Show more Sex is good for the heart because it reduces the levels of a harmful chemical in the blood, scientists believe – but the effect is only seen in men.Having sex several times a week can cut lead to better circulation and healthier blood vessels in men, which researchers say is crucial for preventing a build-up of the chemical homocysteine.But scientists say women benefit much less because sexual arousal is less dependent on having a healthy blood flow, which is a key factor in keeping homocysteine under control.Heart disease is the biggest killer in Britain.  Increased sexual frequency could have a protective effect on general health and quality of life – especially in men – so doctors should support patients’ sexual activitylast_img read more

first_imgBritish success at Wimbledon has made it a record year for bookies, with bets on the tournament up by 50 per cent on 2016.With Johanna Konta becoming the first British woman to make it through to the semi finals since Virginia Wade in 1978 and Andy Murray looking to defend his title, the total number of wagers on the tournament is expected to reach £1.4bn, according to analysis.British interest has massively increased in the last few days as British number one Konta defied expectations.This year, 25 per cent more bets were placed on Konta to win compared to last year, when there was less than five per cent, making a record the sum for this tournament.Alex Kostin, a betting expert at, said: “We expect to see £1.4billion of bets placed which is a record amount.”While one reason is the absence of a football tournament this summer, the other, he said, is the “Konta effect”.  Despite being the bookies’ second favourite to win after Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, Konta has attracted the largest number of bets, with 52 per cent of bets on the three favourites placed on her to win.  The figures – which analysed betting trends across Ladbrokes, Coral, William Hill and Bet 365 – found the number of bets on Konta has increased by 25 per cent on 2016, when she was knocked out in the second round.Bookmakers have ranked Konta as second most likely to win, with Muguruza first and Venus Williams third.Meanwhile in the men’s final, Federer is the bookies favourite, followed by Djokovic and Murray in third place.”Bookies lost last year on Wimbledon because no one predicted Murray winning,” said Kostin.But bets have increased this year with pundits split on who is likely to win.“Wimbledon is wide open tournament this year – normally there’s one sure favourite,” according to Kostin. “This year Federer, Murray and Djokovic all have a chance.”  “The trend is clear and it has been like this for the three previous days – Konta is winning in bets placed, primarily from the London area,” said analyst Kostin. However, for the first time since 2011, neither Murray nor Djokovic are the favourites among pundits to win, with 38 per cent of bets placed on Federer winning in the men’s final. Kostin said: “We think a really important factor in [the increase in bets] is because there’s no football tournament is.”He added: “Konta generates a lot of attention. The main factor is Konta – she’s a new star. “She’s doing great but we know that it’s difficult to predict. As we see neither book makers nor punters bet on Williams to win it and psychologically knowing she’s the favourite can play a role. center_img “But I hope her coaches and trainers protect her from the information so she doesn’t feel the pressure – I hope bookmakers and punters don’t spoil it for Konta.”   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

The head of the charity warned of “extremely worrying” trends, now threatening to set back decades of progress made tackling the major killer. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) said the number of strokes, cases of heart failure and angina is also set to soar unless radical action is taken to address unhealthy lifestyles. The forecasts are linked to Britain’s diabetes timebomb, which is fuelled by rising rates of obesity.  One in three children are obese or overweight by the time they leave primary school, along with two in three adults. Britain’s obesity epidemic will cause heart attacks to rise by almost 30 per cent within two decades, new forecasts suggest. Within two decades, the number… read more

first_imgThe World Gold Council’s latest Gold Investment Digest publication says ongoing risk aversion, growing uncertainty over where consumer prices are headed and a renewed vigour in the search for effective portfolio diversifiers all supported gold investment demand throughout the first quarter of 2009. For the first quarter 2009, the gold price ended at $916.50/oz, on the London PM fix, representing a moderate increase of 4%, contrasted against a 12% decline in US stock prices during the period. Inflows into gold ETFs continued to grow throughout the quarter, with investors buying a record 469 t of gold, dwarfing the previous quarterly record of 145 t, set in the third quarter of last year. This took the total amount of gold in ETFs to 1,658 t, worth $48.6 billion.  “One reason the financial crisis has been so devastating for investors is that many alternative assets did not deliver on the promise that they would provide portfolio diversification,” said Natalie Dempster, Head of Investment, North America for, marketing organisation, World Gold Council and author of the publication. “The same cannot be said for gold. Gold has been one of the few assets that has genuinely provided investors with diversification throughout the financial crisis.”Reports from coin and bar dealers acknowledge another very strong quarter in retail demand for coins and bars in Q1 09, after a 396% year-on-year increase in Q4 08. Dealers have continued to report shortages in the availability of official coins and small bars.During the quarter average gold price volatility softened to 29.2%, on a 22-day rolling basis, in Q1 09, from 44.8% in the final quarter of last year. Having eased slightly over the quarter, the volatility still remained well above gold’s long-run price volatility of around 13%. Continued uncertainty over the health of the world’s financial sector and broader economy, alongside aggressive monetary and fiscal policy moves from the world’s leading central banks and major governments kept market volatility high across the board. For example, the volatility of the S&P500, also measured on a 22-day rolling basis, ended Q1 09 at 49%.Looking at the broader economic backdrop, the publication said: “Commentators expressed two distinct views with respect to where consumer prices are headed. One sees inflation coming, as a consequence of the staggering increase in public spending and the quantitative easing measures being put in place by central banks around the globe. The other view argues that deflation is the more likely prospect, pointing to recent inflation figures – US consumer prices were unchanged on an annual basis in January for the first time since 1954 – and the continued deterioration in consumer confidence and spending. Both scenarios have possible positive implications for gold.”“Gold is not just effective during a financial crisis. The unique and diverse drivers of gold demand and supply mean that changes in the gold price do not correlate with changes in the prices of other financial assets, regardless of the health of the financial sector or broader economy,” Dempster said. “Gold is an effective portfolio diversifier regardless of the stage of the economic cycle.”Gold Investment Digest can be downloaded at read more

first_imgHD collections are becoming a popular way for game publishers to re-release older titles with a fresh coat of paint. Gamers get a shiny new HD version of the games they like, while publishers and developers get more revenue from existing titles. Konami has jumped on board and is releasing Metal Gear Solid, Zone of Enders, and Silent Hill HD collections. But for Silent Hill, it has been discovered they may actually be splitting the collection for digital distribution.When you purchase Silent Hill Collection in disc form, you’ll get both Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3 with updated visuals. That doesn’t look to be the case if you prefer to download your games. A listing on the PEGI ratings site has the games posted twice and not as a collection, suggesting you may be able to buy either game, rather than being forced to purchase both as a pack.As both games were originally released for the PS2, they aren’t going to be huge downloads, even with the HD update. It could be Konami has decided to experiment and see if the games sell well individually in digital form. Doing this split in disc form would be difficult due to the cost involved of producing more copies and predicting which games would sell better.If this is indeed the case, it will be interesting to see how the games are priced in comparison to the disc version on release in early March. If you prefer one Silent Hill game over the other, then you will definitely save some cash by purchasing only one of them via PSN or Xbox Live.via Joystiqlast_img read more

first_imgSHERWOOD, Ore. — Police in the Portland suburb of Sherwood say a teen boy has died of a gunshot wound and investigators believe he may have been playing a game of Russian roulette.Sherwood Police Captain Ty Hanlon says the boy died early Monday morning at a mobile home in Sherwood. The teen was dead by the time emergency responders arrived.KOIN-TV reports that based on witness interviews, police believe that the teen showed up to the mobile home with gun and fatally shot himself while playing Russian roulette.last_img read more

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 2, 2017 – On Wednesday 1st February 2017, in the Grand Turk Supreme Court, Lavardo Smith of Kew Town Providenciales, was sentenced to Life Imprisonment for the 2011 murder of Santa Suarez Ramirez of the Dominican Republic.It was reported on Wednesday 20th July 2011 shortly after 9 pm that a female was shot at the sailing Paradise Restaurant located in Blue Hills. As a result, Police and emergency services responded where the victim, who was the barmaid was later pronounced deceased from a gunshot wound. Investigation reveals that Smith armed with a gun along with two other males, dropped off by a fourth male who was waiting in a getaway car, entered the establishment and while inside Santa Suarez Ramirez was shot and killed.Police later arrested and charged all four males. Two of the men pleaded guilty to their charges and was subsequently sentenced to 4 and seven years respectively for their roles in the incident while Smith and the fourth man maintained their not guilty plea. They both went to a trial in the Supreme Court. In 2013, Smith was charged and found guilty of murder; he was sentenced to life imprisonment, while the fourth man was charged and found guilty of manslaughter and was sentenced to 12 years.  Both men appealed to the Court of Appeal on a misdirection given by the trial judge which was granted. Hence a retrial was set for 2017.The matters are being tried separately, Lavardo Smith was unanimously found guilty yesterday by a 12 member jury.  The fourth male retrial commenced in April 2017.Press Release: RTCIPF#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Columbia River treaty fishing tribes are urging the states of Oregon and Washington to apply for new permits to kill sea lions that eat salmon bottled up at the fish ladders over Bonneville Dam.The tribes issued a statement on Thursday saying the science is clear that sea lions eat about 20 percent of the spring chinook run on the lower Columbia, and the removal program has been supported by a special taskforce.NOAA Fisheries Service this month lifted the permits while a challenge from the Humane Society of the United States works its way through court, but urged Oregon and Washington to apply for new permits for next year.Oregon has already said it will.last_img read more

first_img 0 Singh took to another talk show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, to bring the news. “To clarify, it’s not Jimmy’s slot,” she joked Thursday. Tags Daly is ending Last Call With Carson Daly after 17 years on the broadcaster, reportedly to spend more time with his family. Chelsea Lately, who hosted Chelsea Lately on E! for seven seasons and Chelsea on Netflix for two, was reportedly considered for the gig, but it wasn’t to be.Singh joins the short list of female talk show hosts, including Samantha Bee, host of Full Frontal With Samantha Bee on TBS in a format that does not include guest interviews, and Busy Tonight on E! with Busy Phillips.Singh really is a superwoman. Share your voice Lilly Singh joins NBC’s late-night crew members, Jimmy Fallon (left) and Seth Meyers. Screenshot by CNET via Jimmy Fallon/YouTube Superwoman is becoming a late-night talk show host.Lilly Singh, aka Superwoman on YouTube, is taking over Carson Daly’s 1:30 a.m. PT slot on NBC to become one of the few women to host a late-night talk show on a broadcast network.We’ll get to see how A Little Late With Lilly Singh goes when it debuts in September. Its half-hour slot will feature interviews and pre-taped comedy sketches and segments we’ve come to expect from shows like The Late Late Show With James Corden or The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”An Indian-Canadian woman with her own late-night show? Now that is a dream come true,” Singh said Thursday in a release, via The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m thrilled to bring it to life on NBC, and I hope my parents consider this to be as exciting as a grandchild.” Singh started out on YouTube in 2010 under the name “||Superwoman||” and has gained 14 million subscribers, adding music, acting, writing, live performance and now TV talk show hosting to her bow.She frequently collaborates with Dwayne Johnson, Selena Gomez and Priyanka Chopra, to name a few, and had roles in HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 and the Mila Kunis-starring Bad Moms in 2016. She’s well-versed in sketches, with many of her YouTube videos involving impersonations of her parents, who emigrated to Canada from the Punjab region of India.On Twitter, where she has 5.76 million followers, Singh said Thursday: “It’s official. Ya girl is getting her own @nbc late night show… A Little Late with Lilly Singh. Thank you so much for being here. I am truly so grateful.”center_img Post a comment It’s official. Ya girl is getting her own @nbc late night show… A Little Late with Lilly Singh. Thank you so much for being here. I am truly so grateful. ❤️Thank you @jimmyfallon @sethmeyers— Lilly Singh (@IISuperwomanII) March 15, 2019 Culture Targetlast_img read more

first_img Tags Originally published April 16, 7:34 a.m. PT.Update, at 3:32 p.m. PT: Added more details.Update April 18, 7:36 a.m. PT: Added information about Disney’s pledge. Share your voice 4 Commentscenter_img President Emmanuel Macron said Notre Dame will rise again. Stephanie De Sakutin/ Getty Images Efforts to rebuild Notre Dame are underway after a devastating fire ravaged the Paris landmark on Monday. The historic cathedral burned for nine hours before firefighters contained the flames, and the devastation included the loss of the cathedral’s iconic spire and part of the roof. On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to rebuild Notre Dame. When tragedy strikes, it might seem overwhelming, especially if you’re an ocean away. Here are a few places to get you started if you’re interested in being a part of rebuilding the cathedral. Charities and nonprofits Fondation du Patrimoine has collected more than 7 million euros internationally for the Notre Dame Cathedral. Donations can be made once or monthly by credit card, check or bank transfer. The nonprofit is dedicated to preserving historical and cultural sites in France.  The Friends of Notre Dame is a 501c3 public charity. Donations to Notre Dame’s restoration can be made by credit card, through PayPal, or by sending a check to the address on the website. The charity has broken up its budget into long-term, intermediate and urgent needs for the cathedral. Urgent needs include restoring the fallen spire, the collapsed roof and the sacristy.  The Basilica of the National Shrine, also known as America’s Catholic Church, is collecting donations online and prayer requests in the wake of Monday’s fire at the cathedral.  The National Shrine encouraged the world to unite and rebuild the cathedral that has served as a place of worship for eight centuries.  The French Heritage Society, a public nonprofit, established a fund on Monday to collect donations for the restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral. You can donate online with a credit or debit card, with PayPal, send checks in the mail, or donate over the phone by contacting Benjamin Wells at the FHS Programs Membership Office, at (212) 759-6846, ext. 201. Donations are tax deductible under US law and eligible for deduction under French law.  Dozens of GoFundMe campaigns have cropped up around the world to help rebuild Notre Dame. While you can donate to these, be aware that they’re unofficial fundraisers. It’s important to always research organizations to make sure they’re reputable.   Who else is helping In addition to Macron promising to launch an immediate fundraising campaign, French philanthropists pledged donations totaling 700 million euros to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral.  Bernard Arnault, head of LVMH; François-Henri Pinault, CEO of Kering; and L’Oreal’s Bettencourt Meyers family promised a combined 500 million euros on Tuesday. The University of Notre Dame will also donate $100,000 to the cathedral’s relief, and it said the campus basilica’s bell would toll 50 times at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday. IBM has pledged to give 1 million euros, while Apple CEO Tim Cook also tweeted that his company would donate funds. Disney reportedly pledged $5 million to the restoration efforts. Disney produced The Hunchback of Notre Dame, an animated adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel in 1996. We are heartbroken for the French people and those around the world for whom Notre Dame is a symbol of hope. Relieved that everyone is safe. Apple will be donating to the rebuilding efforts to help restore Notre Dame’s precious heritage for future generations.🇫🇷— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 16, 2019 Culturelast_img read more

first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the Budget 2016-17 Monday, Feb. 29, and all eyes will be on whether he announces a raise in tax exemption limits. Tax slabs had remained unchanged last year. The Economic Survey tabled Friday had recommended that the government not increase tax exemption limits. “One of the low-hanging fruits would be to refrain from raising exemption thresholds for personal income tax, allowing natural growth in income to increase the number of taxpayers. In some ways, this would be reform through inaction,” the Economic Survey said. This is said to be the Narendra Modi government’s most crucial budget, given that the BJP-led government will complete two years in office and also since the party seeks to gain ground in the upcoming Assembly elections in five states. The government is expected to move from its pro-infrastructure approach to focus on social welfare. You can watch the General Budget presentation Feb. 29 live on the Ministry of Finance’s Youtube video feed and the DD News video feed below. International Business Times India will also run a live blog on the Railway Budget Thursday.last_img read more

first_img High-Flying Electrons May Provide New Test of Quantum Theory ( — When Enrico Fermi investigated the Rydberg atom in the ’30s, he never imagined that the giant atoms could form molecules. Later, in the ’70s and ’80s, theoretical physicist Chris Greene predicted that Rydberg molecules could exist. But it wasn’t until recent advancements in ultracold physics that such an observation has been made possible. A recent study now shows that the Rydberg molecule can be created in the lab, and its observation supports decades of theory. Explore further In a paper published in Nature, scientists from the University of Stuttgart in Germany and the University of Oklahoma in the US explain how they have created Rydberg molecules with a calculated lifetime of 18 microseconds. Their Rydberg molecule consists of two rubidium atoms, one a Rydberg atom and one a groundstate atom. Connected by a very weak chemical bond, the two atoms are separated by about 100 nm (several thousand Bohr radii), which makes them much farther apart than atoms in most other molecules.As opposed to groundstate atoms, Rydberg atoms are excited atoms that have one electron in an outermost orbit very far from the nucleus (a state with a very high principal quantum number). For this reason, Rydberg atoms are large and can exhibit unusually long-range interactions. For example, scientists have previously investigated the bonding of two Rydberg atoms, which occurs across very large internuclear distances.In the current study, the scientists investigated a different bonding interaction, which occurs between a Rydberg electron and a groundstate atom. As the researchers explain, this bond arises from the low-energy scattering of the Rydberg electron with the negative scattering length from a groundstate atom when the atoms are at a specific location within the Rydberg electron wavefunction. To observe these giant molecules, the researchers prepared a magnetically trapped sample of ultracold rubidium atoms. As the rubidium cloud cooled, the atoms in the gas moved closer together. At temperatures close to absolute zero (-273°C), the atoms’ nuclei were separated by the critical distance of 100 nanometers. The researchers then excited some of the atoms to the Rydberg state with a laser. “If we have a gas at the critical density, with two atoms at the correct distance that are able to form the molecule, and we excite one to the Rydberg state, then we can form a molecule,” said Vera Bendkowsky of the University of Stuttgart, lead author of the study. Using spectroscopic techniques, the researchers could investigate these exotic molecular states, such as determining the 18-microsecond lifetime of the molecules. The experimental results agree well with predictions, confirming long-held fundamental atomic theories. Based on the results of their spectroscopic characterization, the scientists predict that other states could be realized and investigated in the near future. One possibility is the realization of “trilobite molecules,” which are bound states involving a Rydberg electron with large angular momentum.More information: Vera Bendkowsky, Bjorn Butscher, Johannes Nipper, James P. Shaffer, Robert Low & Tilman Pfau. “Observation of ultralong-range Rydberg molecules.” Nature, Vol 458, 23 April 2009, doi:10.1038/nature07945.via: BBC News© 2009 Citation: Scientists Make First Observation of Unique Rydberg Molecule (2009, April 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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. Johannes Rydberg, the physicist whom the Rydberg atom is named after. Credit: AIP Emilio Segre Visual Archives, W. F. Meggers Collection. last_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. The people of Tamarindo now have another option for a place of worship. An Episcopal church called Saint Paul’s by the Sea offers services every Sunday at 10 a.m. with ReverendPedro Méndez. The church is located at Plaza Tamarindo, on the second floor, #18, and you can reach the reverend at 8417-8694.Next month, Mango Groove Surf Club will be opening in Playa Avellanas. Located steps from the beach, it will feature fresh, local and healthy food, drinks and surfing. Check out more details on Facebook.Halloween will be celebrated in typical grand Tamarindo tradition. A few nights before, on Saturday, Oct. 27, head to Aqua for the big blowout party. There will be huge cash prizes for best costume. On Halloween night itself, check out Sharkeys, as well as the open mic night at Hotel Pasatiempo.Early registration is available until Oct. 19 for the 3rd annual Ruta La Paz, a run on Tamarindo beach followed by sunset music. The actual event, set for Nov. 10 at 3:30 p.m., is open to all ages and skill levels, all with the goal of raising money for La Paz Scholarship Program. There will be a 5k and a 10k starting in front of the Tamarindo Rotunda. Early registration is $20; from Oct. 20-Nov. 9 its $23; and race day the price is $26. A free Children’s Beach Dash will take place at 3 p.m. You can register in Flamingo at La Paz Community School (2654-4532), in Tamarindo at Nogui’s Restaurant (2653-0029) or in San José at Newton Store (Sabana 2296-3031, Curridabat 2253-3687). For more information, visit www.rutalapaz.tamarindo–Ellen Zoe Facebook Commentslast_img read more