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Moroccan Authorities Arrest Sexual Assault Perpetrator

Rabat – Following the release of a sexual assault video on Tuesday that caused a public uproar on social media, Moroccan security forces arrested a 21-year old suspect on Wednesday in Benguerir–a city located in the Rehamna province in central Morocco. The suspect was allegedly involved in violently assaulting a young girl.The incident occured back in January, and the identity of the victim has now been identified.Yesterday, Morocco’s General Directorate for National Security opened an investigation, seeking to identify the suspect involved in the assault. In a statement, the DGSN urged all law enforcement to identify the identity of perpetrator who violently attempted to undress the victim, while  touching her inappropriately. The girl is heard begging and crying for help in the video, while a second aggressor stands laughing while filming the scene.Public UproarThe 55-second video has stirred backlash and concern among Moroccan citizens on social media. A hashtag is now being used to decry the incident. The hashtag “#Wash_Maandakch_Khtek” (translation: “Don’t you have a sister?”) echoes the young woman’s pleas, heard in the video as she tries stop her abuser.As awareness of the incident spreads, a Twitter user urged authorities to come up with a solution to end similar occurrences in Morocco: “We need a solution…six months in prison is not enough.”Others urged the government to apply the death penalty in rape cases.I’m so done with my country ??#???_???????_???— Asmaa Ait lahcen (@SimaVu) March 27, 2018As awareness of the incident spread, a twitter user urged authorities to come up with a solution to help end similar occurrences in Morocco. “We need a solution…six months in the prison is not enough.”#???_???????_???#???_???????_????????? ????.. ??? ???? ??? ????? ????? ??? ??????.— ??? ????? ?????? (@aabdpres) March 27, 2018“Please don’t you tell me that you are against death penalty anymore,” wrote another.Ne dites plus s’il vous plait que vous êtes contre la peine de mort #???_???????_???— Rim Kaanane (@RimKaanane) March 27, 2018The investigation of the incident falls just one month after Morocco’s new law against harassment and gender-based violence was enacted on February 14.Bouchra Abdou,  an activist, feminist, and director of Tahadi Center,  told Morocco World News that the new law is not “really enough.” She added that there should be a better security approach for dealing with assaults  in public spaces, adding that “authorities need to push up their sleeves and do something concrete about assault incidents and their perpetrators.” Abdou added that the Ministry of Education also needs to offer students awareness campaigns to educate them about the dangers of assault and harassment.In November, The Tahadi Association launched a campaign on both social media and in public spaces platforms to prevent sexual harassment on public transportation in Casablanca. The campaign was a response to a previous assault on a public Casablanca bus last August.Seven months ago, graphic footage was released of a group of teenagers violently assaulting a mentally ill-girl on a bus in Casablanca.The incident resulted in public protests in Morocco’s major cities, including Rabat and Casablanca, to denounce the lack of public safety. read more

Hungary champions rights of minorities during address to General Assembly

Speaking on the fifth day of the Assembly’s annual high-level segment, Péter Balázs said it was time for the international community to pay special attention to respect for minority rights, particularly at the upcoming meeting in November in Geneva of the second Minority Forum.“The presence of flourishing minority communities does not weaken a State, but rather makes it stronger,” Mr. Balázs said. “Trust between the majority and minority within a country can be built on this basis.”He noted that extreme nationalist, racist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic movements and sentiments have re-emerged or become stronger since the global economic crisis began.“We are witnessing alarming tendencies with a detrimental effect on the political participation, cultural life and educational opportunities of minorities… We cannot allow those alarming trends to prevail or roll back the advance of democratic values and human rights.”Mr. Balázs stressed the need to preserve the cultural and linguistic identities of national minorities and the upholding of their human rights in general.In his address the Foreign Minister also discussed the concept of “responsibility to protect,” the principle that requires governments to protect their citizens against genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.“We strongly believe that there is a clear and urgent need for further institution-building in the field of the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities.“That is the reason why Hungary prepared this year a feasibility study on the establishment of the Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities. Such a centre could stimulate worldwide cooperative efforts in the next few years to establish a well-functioning system for the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities, through a dynamic and systematic approach of early action mechanisms.” 28 September 2009Vibrant minority groups strengthen countries rather than undermine them, Hungary’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today as he warned of “alarming tendencies” to curtail the political, cultural and educational opportunities worldwide in the wake of the financial crisis. read more

JVP warns Government may face same fate as former regime

“We believe by staging protests the rights of the people can be won,” he said. Tilvin Silva said that if the current Government also disregards the views of the public then they will also face the same fate as Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette) Silva said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa disregarded protests staged by the public and eventually he was sent home at the last Presidential election. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today warned that the current Government will face the same fate as the former regime if it fails to listen to the voice of the people.JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said that staging protests or demonstrations is the best way to get a message across to the Government.

Finalists announced for Dean of Goodman School of Business

The Advisory Committee is pleased to announce the names of the shortlisted candidates for the position of Dean, Goodman School of Business:Barry Wright, Brock UniversityAndrew Gaudes, University of ReginaSylvie Albert, University of WinnipegFazley Siddiq, University of New Brunswick, Saint JohnThe candidates have been invited to meet with the Advisory Committee as well as with Brock’s senior administration, faculty, staff and students. Candidates will be making public presentations to the Brock community on the following dates:Barry Wright – Friday, Jan. 20, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room Plaza 600FAndrew Gaudes – Monday, Jan. 23, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room TH253Sylvie Albert – Wednesday, Jan. 25, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room TH253Fazley Siddiq, Monday, Jan. 30, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room Plaza 600FThe applicants’ CVs can be found at the website of the Office of the Provost and VP Academic. Members of the Brock community are encouraged to attend the presentations, and are also invited to make written submissions with respect to the suitability of each candidate. Anonymous submissions will not be accepted. Submissions will be confidential to the Advisory Committee.Submissions can be sent to Thomas Dunk, Chair of Advisory Committee, Schmon Tower, or emailed to tdunk@brocku.ca, re: Dean, Goodman School of Business. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 6.For further information, please contact Patricia Mosca at pmosca@brocku.ca (ext.6437). read more

WrightForeman with 28 leads Hofstra past Siena 9486

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Justin Wright-Foreman scored 28 points with four assists and Hofstra took an early lead and held it, beating Siena 94-86 on Wednesday night.Wright-Foreman was 12 of 19 from the field for the Pride (4-3). Eli Pemberton added 19 points and three steals, Desure Buie had 13 points and four assists and Tareq Coburn had 12 points and a team-high 14 rebounds.Wright-Foreman drained a 3-pointer midway through the first half to give the Pride a 26-23 lead and then hit back-to-back jumpers to push it to 40-29 with 4:14 to go before the break. Hofstra led 45-37 at halftime.The Pride led throughout the second half and two free throws by Coburn gave them a 79-59 margin with 7:15 to play.Jalen Pickett scored 27 points with 13 assists and five rebounds for the Saints (2-5). Evan Fisher added 25 points and seven boards.The Associated Press read more

Parents queued from 3am to get children into Breakfast Club

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. Parents hoping to get their children into a breakfast club queued from 3am outside a primary school due to limited space.More than 130 determined parents lined the curb outside the school for the annual breakfast club sign-up.Places at the early morning club are limited and the school operates a first-come, first-serve policy.Grandmother Annett Farrow, 69, left her home in Carmarthen, West Wales, at 1am to secure her place in the queue.She said: “We have been on the road since 1am and got here at 3am.”My son and daughter-in-law are on holiday so we had to come. If it gets them a place it will have been worth it.”We have bought biscuits and crisps – the only problem is the toilets. We have been using the toilets in the hotel opposite.” Grandmother Annett Farrow, 69, left her home in Carmarthen, West Wales, at 1am to secure her place in the queueCredit:Media Wales Grandmother Annett Farrow, 69, left her home in Carmarthen, West Wales, at 1am to secure her place in the queue “If I didn’t have this I would not be able to go to work- I can’t risk not getting a place, I don’t have a plan B.” The 400-pupil primary school, called Ysgol Y Berllan Deg in Cardiff, sends a letter out to parents to alert them to the sign-up date.The breakfast club is a Welsh Government scheme which provides a free, healthy breakfast at school each day.Leanne Taylor, who arrived at the school around 3am, said: “If I drop them off at 8.30 I won’t be getting into work until 10 because of the traffic. read more

7 people who cant wait for the Newlands Cross flyover

first_imgPhotocall Ireland4.Flickr/Creative Commons/Informatique5.Photocall Ireland6.Shutterstock.com7.Photocall Ireland€282m road deal to create 1,000 jobs and a Newlands Cross flyover>The 11 most annoying people in a traffic jam>16 ways to know your cat is a dog in disguise> CHANCES ARE, IF you’ve driven in Ireland for any length of time you’ve experience what we call to call “Newlands Cross” (Get it? “Cross”? As in “angry”?) at some stage or another.It can start as far back as Rathcoole on the N7, or as close to the city centre as Inchicore, and it will continue until that fabulous collection of traffic lights nestled between Clondalkin and Tallaght are far behind you.Work on a new flyover to alleviate the traffic problems at Newlands Cross kicks off today, and while the disruption will obviously be hellish, the payoff for people like this will be worth it…1.Photocall Ireland2.Shutterstock.com3.last_img read more

Man 20s arrested in connection with murder of Samantha Walsh

first_imgMan (20s) arrested in connection with murder of Samantha Walsh The 31-year-old woman’s body was discovered in an apartment in Waterford city. Image: RollingNews.ie https://jrnl.ie/3367249 23,780 Views 8 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha Apr 30th 2017, 7:27 PM Sunday 30 Apr 2017, 7:27 PM Short URL Image: RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED a man in connection with an investigation into the murder of woman whose body was discovered in Waterford city.Gardaí discovered 31-year-old Samantha Walsh after they were called to an apartment at Thomas Court, Thomas Street at about 3pm Friday afternoon.The man, aged in his late 20s, is being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Waterford Garda Station.Gardaí have appealed to the public with any information in respect of this crime to contact them. Superintendent Christopher Delaney said:“…In particular any persons who were in the area of Thomas Street on Thursday night 27 April 2017 and into the early hours of Friday morning. [We’re appealing to anyone] who witnessed anything and may have any information which may assist us.”Anyone with information is asked to contact Waterford Garda Station 051 305300 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.Read: Gardaí launch murder investigation into death of Samantha Walsh (31)Read: Woman (20s) found dead in Cork city this morninglast_img read more

Google se substitueraitil à notre mémoire

first_imgGoogle se substituerait-il à notre mémoire ?Des psychologues américains ont montré la semaine dernière dans la revue Science que l’arrivée des moteurs de recherche comme Google a changé la façon dont notre cerveau traitait l’information. Les internautes développeraient de nouveaux réflexes de mémorisation.Notre utilisation d’Internet a modifié notre façon d’utiliser notre mémoire. Telle est la conclusion de l’étude menée récemment par des chercheurs américains de l’Université Columbia et publiée le 14 juillet dans la revue Science. Pour ces psychologues, ce sont les moteurs de recherche, comme le célèbre Google, qui sont en ligne de mire et seraient particulièrement “dangereux” pour notre mémoire.Betsy Sparrow, auteur de l’étude, et ses collègues, affirment que les gens ont désormais tendance à se servir de la recherche en ligne comme d’une sorte de mémoire externe accessible à volonté, et que par conséquent ils feraient moins d’efforts pour essayer de mémoriser des informations quand celles-ci peuvent être aisément retrouvées sur Internet. Le réflexe “recherche Google” est courant Pour arriver à cette affirmation, les psychologues ont effectué des expériences sur des volontaires. L’objectif était d’étudier la relation entre la mémoire, l’entreposage de souvenirs et le web. La première observation marquante a été la suivante : lorsque les cobayes n’avaient pas les réponses aux questions, ces derniers pensaient systématiquement à leur ordinateur pour trouver l’information :  ils ont eu le réflexe “recherche Google”. Par ailleurs, les chercheurs ont remarqué que lorsque ces volontaires pensaient que l’information restait ensuite accessible pour vérification, ils ne s’en souvenaient pas aussi bien que s’ils estimaient que l’information était impossible à retrouver par la suite.À lire aussiUne incroyable intelligence artificielle donne vie à la Joconde de Léonard de Vinci (Vidéo)Autre constat : les gens ont tendance à se rappeler où ils ont trouvé l’information même s’ils ne sont pas toujours capables de s’en souvenir précisément. Betsy Sparrow explique : “Depuis l’arrivée des moteurs de recherche, nous réorganisons notre façon de se souvenir des choses. […] Nous nous souvenons moins en fonction du savoir lui-même qu’où nous pouvons le trouver”. Toutefois, les chercheurs ont tempéré ces résultats en reconnaissant qu’il était trop tôt pour juger d’un impact réel sur le cerveau. Mais il est certain que Google, qui compte à ce jour plus d’un milliard de visiteurs uniques par mois, a bouleversé les habitudes de très nombreux internautes.Le 18 juillet 2011 à 12:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mega Kim Dotcom offre 10000 euros pour hacker sa plateforme de téléchargement

first_imgMega : Kim Dotcom offre 10.000 euros pour hacker sa plateforme de téléchargementPas moins de 10.000 euros, c’est la somme qu’a annoncé offrir Kim Dotcom à quiconque pourra hacker Mega, sa nouvelle plateforme de téléchargement !Depuis son lancement, Mega, la nouvelle plateforme de stockage et partage de fichiers de Kim Dotcom, fait couler beaucoup d’encre. Censé être inattaquable, Mega était présenté par son fondateur comme le digne successeur de MegaUpload. C’est donc sans surprise que lors de son ouverture, le 19 janvier, Mega a été pris d’assauts par les internautes. En quelques heures seulement, Kim Dotcom assure avoir atteint le million de visites. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cependant, avec les lumières braquées sur Mega, de nombreux couacs ont été repérés, notamment concernant le système de sécurité. Kim Dotcom, lui, réfute les critiques. Il va même jusqu’à lancer un concours de hackers ! En effet, sur son compte Twitter, l’excentrique businessman a annoncé offrir 10.000 euros à celui qui parviendra à hacker Mega : “Le chiffrement open source de Mega reste inviolé. Nous offrirons 10 000 euros à quiconque le cassera”. Rien que ça !C’est principalement autour du mécanisme de chiffrement AES, basé sur le langage Javascript, que les critiques se sont concentrées. Pour se dédouaner en cas de téléchargement illégal, Kim Dotcom met au point un système de cryptage de données grâce à des clés d’accès RSA 2.048 générés aléatoirement que l’utilisateur est le seul à posséder. Cependant, des spécialistes ont repéré des failles XXS exploitables.Kim Dotcom, en proposant cette offre alléchante, souhaite faire appel aux hackers pour repérer et corriger des possibles failles de Mega, qui est toujours en phase bêta. L’Allemand s’était déjà excusé des bugs de sa plateforme de stockage survenus lors de son lancement, avouant que les serveurs n’ont pas été correctement testés. Le 1 février 2013 à 19:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Photos Solar Eclipse 2019 Stuns South American Viewers

first_imgStay on target On Tuesday afternoon, the moon blocked the sun in South America and plunged a swath of the continent in darkness.Dubbed The Great South American Eclipse, millions of viewers watched the total solar eclipse, which appeared in the sky over the city of La Serena, Chile, at 4.38 p.m. ET and traveled across the Andes mountain range before ending near Buenos Aires, Argentina, at 4.44 p.m. ET.People watch the solar eclipse at La Silla European Southern Observatory (ESO) in La Higuera, Coquimbo Region, Chile, on July 2, 2019. (Photo Credit: Martin Bernetti / AFP / Getty Images)In La Serena, totality lasted one to two minutes.During totality, the sky turned a deep, dark blue and treated viewers to a jaw-dropping spectacle. South Americans took to social media to share images and footage of the eclipse, calling it “awesome” and “stunning.”(Photo Credit: Martin Bernetti / AFP / Getty Images)Satellite imagery shared by the National Weather Service showed a major hurricane (Hurricane Barbara) and the celestial phenomenon in one satellite loop.Ok, so we had to take a crack at showing this loop as well. Major Hurricane #Barbara and a total solar eclipse traversing the Pacific Ocean! Just wow… #arwx pic.twitter.com/LihilCzjU9— NWS Little Rock (@NWSLittleRock) July 2, 2019The South American eclipse of July 2, 2019 is first total solar eclipse since August 2017, generating excitement across the continent because it offered the opportunity to see pale tendrils of the sun’s atmosphere, or corona.Chileans watch the sky with special suits prior to the solar eclipse. (Photo Credit: Marcelo Hernandez / Getty Images)“We only get a few minutes to see the solar corona during an eclipse,” Ivo Saviane, an astronomer at the La Silla Observatory situated on the outskirts of the Chilean Atacama Desert, told the New York Times. “But this is a great chance to see the corona shoot ultrahot gas and study mechanisms like solar wind, which are still quite mysterious.”(Photo Credit: Martin Bernetti / AFP / Getty Images)(Photo Credit Martin Bernetti / AFP / Getty Images)Outside of this path, a partial solar eclipse was visible in Argentina and Chile, as well as Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and parts of Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela and Panama, according to NASA.Tourists wait for the solar eclipse at La Silla European Southern Observatory (ESO), in La Higuera, Coquimbo Region, Chile, on July 2, 2019. (Photo Credit: Martin Bernetti / AFP / Getty Images)A tourist tries special glasses at La Silla European Southern Observatory. (Photo Credit: Martin Bernetti / AFP / Getty Images)The total solar eclipse on July 2, 2019 in Paiguano, Chile. (Photo Credit: Marcelo Hernandez / Getty Images)Want to be ready for the next eclipse? Here are the upcoming solar eclipses around the world in the next few years:2020: South Pacific, Chile, Argentina, South Atlantic2021: Antarctica2024: North America2026: the Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Spain2027: Morocco, Spain, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Somalia2028: Australia, New Zealand2030: Botswana, South Africa, AustraliaMore on Geek.com:Scientists’ Coronal Prediction of 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Nearly Spot OnThis Is the First-Ever Footage of a Solar EclipseNASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures Two Solar Eclipses on Mars Watch: First-Ever Footage of a Solar EclipseNASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures Two Solar Eclipses on Mars last_img read more

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Statue of Liberty to reopen

first_imgPeople take pictures as they to go around the Statue of Liberty on January 21, 2018 in New York City. The iconic landmark remains closed as part of the US government shutdown now entering its second full day after coming into effect at midnight on Friday after senators failed to pass a new federal spending bill. AFPThe Statue of Liberty, one of New York City’s most popular tourist sites, will reopen on Monday after being shut over the weekend in the wake of a federal government shutdown.The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island were closed following the Senate’s failure to approve a new budget on Friday night.New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday that the popular tourist attraction would reopen the following morning, saying New Yorkers “will not stand by as this symbol of freedom and opportunity goes dark”, Efe news reported.“Shutting down the park jeopardizes an economic driver for the State of New York. But the Statue of Liberty is more than just an economic driver. This park is a symbol of New York and our values. And her message has never been as important as it is today,” Cuomo said.He added that the Statue was “symbolic for what is going on right now in Washington”, drawing parallels between the shutdown and the country’s history of immigration.“The State of Liberty, America, New York, are all about immigration, it’s all about welcoming people. The concept of closing the doors to immigrants is repugnant to the concept of America. We’re all sons and daughters of immigrants,” the Governor said.Senators were unable to pass a bill on Friday night that would have approved funding for the federal government, with Democrats refusing to negotiate with Republicans until an agreement is reached protecting the status of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children known as “Dreamers”.The US Senate will make a last-ditch effort later in the day to end the federal government shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.last_img read more

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Syria land law will hinder refugee returns Lebanon

first_imgFile PhotoLebanon’s top diplomat warned Saturday that a recent Syrian property law could dispossess hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees from their land back home, leaving them permanently displaced in Lebanon.The law, known as Decree 10, allows Syria’s government to seize private property for zoned developments and compensate proven owners with shares in the new projects.But rights groups and lawyers fear that millions of Syrians who have sought safety abroad do not have the right paperwork or enough time to claim their land.On Saturday, Lebanon’s foreign minister Gebran Bassil said Decree 10 could adversely impact the nearly one million Syrian refugees in Lebanon.In a letter to his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem, Bassil expressed “Lebanon’s fear that the conditions imposed by this law will hinder the return of a not-insignificant number of displaced to their hometowns.”Once an area is declared a new development zone under Decree 10, owners inevitably lose their property.They can, however, get shares in the new project by proving they owned land there within 30 days of the decision being publicly announced.”The inability for displaced to prove ownership in the provided timeframe could cause to lose their property… and dispossess them of one of their main incentives to return to Syria,” said Bassil.Lebanon, a country of just over four million people, has seen its water, electricity, and waste removal infrastructure strained by the influx of Syrian refugees.Officials have ramped up calls recently, especially before the country’s parliamentary elections earlier this month, for Syrian refugees to go back to parts of their homeland where violence has died down.Despite some returns to slivers of Syria, the United Nations says the country as a whole remains still unsafe for civilians to return to.Bassil on Saturday sent a matching letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, demanding the UN inform Syrians in Lebanon on the content of this law.The UN should “do whatever necessary to protect the rights of displaced Syrians to retain their property,” and to communicate with Damascus on the subject, it said.Bassil’s comments come just days after president Michel Aoun demanded Syrians “return to safe areas in their country, without waiting for a final solution to the Syrian crisis.”Prime minister Saad Hariri also lambasted the legislation on Tuesday.”This total invention of Decree 10 has no purpose but to prevent these displaced from going back to their country,” he said.Syria’s war erupted in March 2011 and has since forced more than five million people to flee outside the country and has displaced over six million internally.last_img read more

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PossessedHand Technology group develops device to move your fingers for you

first_img More information: lab.rekimoto.org/projects/possessedhand/ TVs, Cell Phones to Learn ‘Sign Language’ Citation: PossessedHand: Technology group develops device to move your fingers for you (2011, June 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-possessedhand-technology-group-device-fingers.html (PhysOrg.com) — In an interesting meshing of robotics and prosthetics development, Japanese researchers from Tokyo University working in conjunction with Sony Corporation, have created an external forearm device capable of causing independent finger and wrist movement. Introduced on the Rekimoto Lab website, the PossessedHand as it’s called can be strapped to the wrist like a blood pressure cuff and fine tuned to the individual wearing it. The PossessedHand sends small doses of electricity to the muscles in the forearm that control movement, and can be “taught” to send preprogrammed signals that replicate the movements of normal wrist and finger movements, such as plucking the strings of a musical instrument. Though the signals sent are too weak to actually cause string plucking, they are apparently strong enough to cause the user to understand which finger is supposed to be moved, thus, the device might be construed to be more of a learning device than an actual guitar accessory.Currently devices that do roughly the same thing are done with electrodes inserted into the skin, or work via gloves worn over the hand, both rather cludgy and perhaps somewhat painful. This new approach in contrast, is said to feel more like a gentle hand massage. Though the original purpose of the PossessedHand seems to be as an aid to help people learn to play musical instruments, something that has inspired a bit of criticism from the musical community due to the fact that nothing is actually learned when using the device; the hand basically becomes an external part of the instrument, while the brain remains passive; it seems clear the device could be used in multiple other ways. For example, it could be used by hearing people to assist in speaking with deaf sign-language users, or to help people type who have never learned how, or perhaps more importantly to help paralyzed people or those suffering from a stroke. Image: Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, The University of Tokyo Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com In these instances it’s not always imperative that the user actually learn anything new, just that they are able to communicate when they want to. If the programming of the device could be made to work in real time in other ways, by the user, then its value would greatly increase. For example if a person could speak out loud into a microphone and those words could then be captured and translated to sign-language and transferred directly to their fingers, deaf people would instantly be able to communicate with anyone they meet who is willing to wear the cuff. Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, The University of Tokyo Image: Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, The University of Tokyo This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Taking the soul out of reading

first_imgWhen was the last time you went to a bookstore? Many book lovers today visit the online options because the collections there are vast and the prices competitive. But do you remember the time when buying a book was an experience in itself – was more than a purchase? Those were the days when a bookshop was an El Dorado of ideas, for books are nothing but the ideas of the world, both fiction and non-fiction, and any visit to a bookshop was an adventure. You would get your hands dirty with the dust on the covers of the titles at the back of the shop, or on the highest shelves. You would come into the store with one or some books in mind and spend hours looking at very different volumes that would have caught you eye after you entered. Eventually, there would come the time, that heart-breaking period, when you would have to choose what you would eventually buy and what you would keep back on the shelves for the next time, as you were sure there would be a next time – a time you were terribly sure would not be long in coming. Even the packaging of books, in recent times, had become a simple brown paper bag so that there would be no impediment to your reading the moment you came home and fished out your purchases. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With the online bookstores the tactile pleasures of holding a book in your hand disappeared totally. You would not be staggering to a corner to sort out your selections. Nor would you make a place in a relatively open space to lay out your choices. Instead, you would click on a volume and get to read a blurb and see the front cover and a flattering review which is bound to be positive, a marketing exercise only, and not a real evaluation of what you would peruse. Another drawback of online shopping is that you would have to know what you want when you come to the site. The pleasure of browsing, of tarrying at the shelves, of going from one section to the other, would be denied you. The adventure that going to the bookshop used to mean, would be no more. You were dependent on the site’s notification of “Those who browsed this book also looked at…”, and you would be sure that this was another thinly veiled marketing ploy showing off other titles available at the online store and not really an organic mapping of your personal preferences. If you knew what you wanted and would like to close the deal in minutes flat, then online shopping was just the thing. But it was not the real McCoy. Not by a long chalk. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixYet, they were, still, bookshops – a little different from the real shops you would have to step into and squeeze past piles of books to enter. Giant bookstore chains are quite another thing altogether. These behemoths were built to cater to the bestseller reading clientele and writing mafia (yes, I am calling it that – the churners out of bestsellers who do not turn a hair about whether their works stand the test of time or even be considered literature in the first place. Isn’t pulp fiction the kind that eventually gets converted quite quickly to pulp?). What is worse is that our India has a desi version of these pulp writers who just cannot be shut up no matter how vitriolic the voices against them are. They manufacture a book a year and also appear on mass media to air asinine views on subjects they have no clue about. In this, they are different from their western counterparts who do not want to ever influence public opinion.Just the other day, I was passing a stationery store in one of the southern station of the Delhi Metro and was horrified to see the title of the only two rows of shelves they had in a corner. These books came under the proudly proclaimed category of “bestsellers” – as if no reader would have the indecency to want anything else. This reminded me of the heartless, characterless chain bookstore juggernauts that are mushrooming across the world and also in India, squashing out the small bookshops which used to stock books of great variety and value. These bookshops offer hundreds and hundreds of ‘non books’, bestselling trash written by ghost writers under the names of celebrities. Love of literature they have no truck with. Much of their space is given over to garish gift items and greeting cards, tasteless, over-expensive stationery and some pens that cost more than a housemaid’s monthly wages in India. Haven’t you bought a bestseller lately?The author is a writer and documentary film-maker who lives both in Delhi and in Calcuttalast_img read more

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Registration for IIT KGPs Young Innovators Programme begins

first_imgKolkata: Registration for the third edition of the Young Innovators Programme of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, began on July 18. The programme aims at bringing out the innovative capabalities of students from classes 8 to 10, a statement said Friday. The competition would empower greenhorns to solve real-life challenges through innovations, the statement said. The theme areas for the programme this year are energy and environment, health and cleanliness, hardware modelling, product designing, disaster management and financial inclusion. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The first two rounds will be online, while the penultimate and the final rounds will be held at the IIT campus in Kharagpur. In the first round beginning July 20, students will conceptualise their innovations. Those getting selected for the second round will finetune their proposals and demonstrate its viability through videos. In the penultimate and final rounds, which are scheduled to be held on November 8 and 9, the selected students will demonstrate working models of the products and processes and make feasibility presentation of their projects. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state The students will receive the guidance of faculty members, researchers and students of the institute at mentoring sessions during different phases of the competition, the statement said. “Through this programme, we aim at igniting the spirit of innovation in the young minds and enable them to think beyond barriers,” said Anandaroop Bhattacharya, Associate Dean (International Relations) and a faculty member of Mechanical Engineering Department at the institute. The Young Innovator Programme started in 2017 and reached out to over 2,000 schools last year.last_img read more

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first_img“That’s always my focus. I could care less how I kick in June; I’m always focused on the beginning of the season — that first game of the season.”Feely, 38, is entering his 13th NFL season and his fifth year with the Cardinals. He shook off competition from former Miami Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter during last year’s preseason.But this year, the veteran appears to have a serious challenge from Catanzaro, whose kickoffs have traveled farther than Feely’s have thus far in preseason play. Both players have been perfect on their extra-point attempts (taken from 33 yards out as part of a preseason NFL experiment), but Feely’s final PAT in the Cardinals’ 30-28 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday ricocheted off an upright before it made its way through.Feely, who won the kicking duel during Monday’s practice, wishes he had a chance to kick a field goal on Saturday, after Catanzaro connected on all three of his attempts in the Cards’ 32-0 win over the Houston Texans a week earlier.“I was a little disappointed, but I understand,” he said. “It was 4th-and-short a bunch, and in the preseason you’re going to (go for it), whereas in the regular season you probably will kick a few of those. In the classic case of the young rookie trying to overtake the seasoned veteran, 38-year-old Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely is trying to stave off competition from 23-year-old rookie Chandler Catanzaro.With both kickers expected to get work in the Cardinals’ next preseason game on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, Feely said all he can do is continue to give his best.“I’m grateful that I get another opportunity,” he said. “I’m going to out there and keep getting better and get ready for September. “But I wanted a lot (of chances). I kicked the ball great in warm-ups, so I was hoping for four or five attempts.”Feely said he’ll do everything he can to prove himself during the remainder of the preseason, but he said it’s unrealistic to expect to hit the ball out of the end zone on every kickoff attempt.“As you get older, you’re not going to kick the ball as far. That’s just reality. You look at a guy like Adam Vinatieri, who I think is the best kicker of all time — the last 4-5 years, he hasn’t had to kick off at all, which I think has been great for him. “We’ve got (punter Dave Zastudil), and Dave doesn’t kick off, so there’s a need here to kick off. So, you have to do it well, and you have to find ways to get better every day, and that’s what I’m trying to do.” – / 21 Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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Bassist Robby Takac of The Goo Goo Dolls is 54. Actress Monica Bellucci (“The Passion of the Christ,” ”The Matrix Reloaded”) is 54. Actress Lisa Thornhill (“Veronica Mars”) is 52. Actor Silas Weir Mitchell (“Grimm”) is 49. Actor Tony Hale (“Veep,” ”Arrested Development”) is 48. Actress Jenna Elfman is 47. Actor Ashley Hamilton is 44. Actress Marion Cotillard (“Public Enemies,” ”La Vie en Rose”) is 43. Actor Christopher Jackson (“Bull,” ”Oz”) is 43. Actress Toni Trucks (“SEAL Team”) is 38. Actress Lacey Chabert (“Mean Girls,” ”Party of Five”) is 36. Actor Kieran Culkin is 36. Rapper T-Pain is 34.Oct. 1: Actress-singer Julie Andrews is 83. Actress Stella Stevens is 80. Saxophonist Jerry Martini of Sly and the Family Stone is 75. Jazz bassist Dave Holland is 72. Actor Stephen Collins (“Seventh Heaven”) is 71. Actor Randy Quaid is 68. Singer Howard Hewett is 63. Drummer Tim O’Reagan of The Jayhawks is 60. Singer Youssou N’Dour is 59. Actor Esai Morales (“NYPD Blue”) is 56. Actor Christopher Titus (“Titus”) is 54. Model-actress Cindy Margolis is 53. Singer-guitarist Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra is 50. Actor Zach Galifianakis (“The Hangover”) is 49. Actress Sarah Drew (“Grey’s Anatomy” ”Everwood”) is 38. Comedian Beck Bennett (“Saturday Night Live”) is 34. Actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell (“Underground,” ”Wanda at Large”) is 32. Actress Brie Larson (“United States of Tara”) is 29. Singer Jade Bird is 21. Actor Jack Stanton (“The Mick”) is 10.Oct. 2: Singer-guitarist Leon Rausch of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys is 91. Critic Rex Reed is 80. Singer Don McLean is 73. Country singer Jo-el Sonnier is 72. Actor Avery Brooks (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”) is 70. Guitarist Mike Rutherford of Genesis and Mike and the Mechanics is 68. Musician Sting is 67. Actress Lorraine Bracco is 64. Guitarist Greg Jennings of Restless Heart is 64. Singer Phil Oakey of Human League is 63. Singer Freddie Jackson is 62. Singer-producer Robbie Nevil is 60. Drummer Bud Gaugh of Sublime and Long Beach Dub All-Stars is 51. Country singer Gillian Welch is 51. Actor Joey Slotnick (“Boston Public,” ”The Single Guy”) is 50. Country singer Kelly Willis is 50. Singer Dion Allen of Az Yet is 48. Actress-talk-show host Kelly Ripa (“Live With Kelly and Michael,” ”All My Children”) is 48. Singer Tiffany is 47. Singer Lene Nystrom (Aqua) is 45. Actor Efren Ramirez (“Napoleon Dynamite”) is 45. Singer LaTocha Scott of Xscape is 45. Gospel singer and former “American Idol” contestant Mandisa is 42. Bassist Mike Rodden of Hinder is 36. Singer Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes is 30. Actress Samantha Barks (“Les Miserables”) is 28.Oct. 3: Singer Chubby Checker is 77. Actor Alan Rachins is 76. Magician Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy is 74. Singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac is 69. Blues singer Keb’ Mo’ is 67. Actor Peter Frechette (“Profiler”) is 62. Actor-comedian Greg Proops is 59. Drummer Tommy Lee of Motley Crue is 56. Actress Janel Moloney (“The West Wing”) is 49. Singer Gwen Stefani is 49. Singer Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys is 47. Singer G. Love is 46. Actress Keiko Agena (“Gilmore Girls”) is 45. Actress Neve Campbell is 45. Actress Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”) is 45. Singer India.Arie is 43. Rapper Talib Kweli is 43. Actress Alanna Ubach (“Legally Blonde” movies) is 43. Actor Seann William Scott is 42. Guitarist Josh Klinghoffer of Red Hot Chili Peppers is 39. Guitarist Mark King of Hinder is 36. Actress Tessa Thompson (“Westworld”) is 35. Country singer Cherrill Green of Edens Edge is 35. Actress Meagan Holder (“Pitch”) is 34. Singer Ashlee Simpson is 34. Rapper A$AP Rocky is 30. Actor Noah Schnapp (“Stranger Things”) is 14.Oct. 4: Country singer Leroy Van Dyke is 89. Author Anne Rice is 77. Actress Lori Saunders (“Petticoat Junction”) is 77. Actor Clifton Davis (“Amen”) is 73. Actress Susan Sarandon is 72. Actor Armand Assante is 69. Actor Alan Rosenberg (“Cybill,” ”L.A. 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