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By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Each year, the beautiful city of Essaouira devotes its maze of streets, lovely beaches, and vibrant public squares to music for the annual Gnaoua and World Music Festival. This summer, from June 29 to July 1, the beach town will host the festival’s 20th anniversary. This year’s edition will bring together a mixture of Moroccan, African, and international artists to celebrate the music of the Gnaoua brotherhood on Morocco’s Atlantic coast.Neila Tazi producer of the festival has expressed her satisfaction at the introduction of the event’s program in a press conference, held on May 2 in Casablanca.Tazi told the press that the 20th edition will provide festival goers with the opportunity to enjoy luxurious concerts offered by some of the renowned Moroccan Gnaoua artists, including Mohammed and Said Kouyou, Hassan Boussou Mustapha Bakbou and Hamid El Kasri and Houssam Guinea.The press conference of the event has been also marked by the presence of Driss El Yazami, President of the National council for Human Rights (CNDH), Abdeslam Alikkane, Artistic Director and President Yerma Gnaoua Association. Karim Ziad, Artistic Director.Several other international and local Gnawa bands will also take part in the festival, namely Gnawa Diffusion, Gnaoua D’Agadir and Band of Gnawa and Marsa Band and Ribab Fusion. In addition to Gnaoua masters from around Morocco, Essaouira stages will also host international stars of jazz, blues, and rock music, including Bill Laurance, Speed Caravan, Carlinhos Brown and Lucky Peterson.The festival will also include musical concerts performed by Congolese pianist and composer Ray Lema, French multi-instrumentalist Titi Robin, and Moroccan superstars Hindi Zahra and Mehdi Nassouli.The three-day event will also feature collaborative performances joining Gnaoua withinternational jazz and blues bands. Apart from Gnaoua music, Essaouira’s Aissawa and Hmadchas brotherhoods will also participate in this annual event. read more


Canada has a rich history of innovation, but in the next few decades, powerful technological forces will transform the global economy. Large multinational companies have jumped out to a headstart in the race to succeed, and Canada runs the risk of falling behind. At stake is nothing less than our prosperity and economic well-being. The FP set out explore what is needed for businesses to flourish and grow. Over the next three months, we’ll talk to some of the innovators, visionaries and scientists on the cutting edge of the new cutthroat economy about a blueprint for Canadian success. You can find all of our coverage here.Maker Nation looks at the untold stories behind key discoveries and inventions made in Canada. Push-up bras, strapless bras and even the idea to show bra-wearing women on T.V.; all of them came from the Great White North. Watch more Maker Nation videos How a Canadian came up with the idea to shoot people out of cannons read more


Scandal at Volkswagen widens with new problems in C02 emissions in 800,000 vehicles FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, file photo, the grille of a Volkswagen car for sale is decorated with the iconic company symbol in Boulder, Colo. Germany’s Volkswagen, already reeling from news that it had cheated on U.S. tests for nitrogen oxide emissions, said Tuesday, Nov. 3, that an internal investigation had revealed “unexplained inconsistencies” in the carbon dioxide emissions from 800,000 vehicles that could cost the company another 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion). The revelation comes after VW’s admission in September that it rigged emissions tests for four-cylinder diesel engines on 11 million cars worldwide, including almost 500,000 in the U.S. It has already set aside 6.7 billion euros ($7.4 billion) to cover the costs of recalling those vehicles. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) BERLIN – Germany’s Volkswagen, already reeling from the fallout of cheating on U.S. emissions tests for nitrogen oxide, said Tuesday that an internal investigation has revealed “unexplained inconsistencies” in the carbon dioxide emissions from 800,000 of its vehicles — a development it said could cost the company another 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion).The investigation was undertaken by the company after the revelations that many of its vehicles had software that allowed them to deceive U.S. nitrogen oxide tests. CEO Matthias Mueller promised Tuesday that Volkswagen “will relentlessly and completely clarify what has happened.”“It is a painful process, but for us there is no alternative,” said Mueller, who took over after CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned in September because of the emissions-rigging scandal. “For us, only one thing counts, and that is the truth.”The news is the latest in a string of problems identified with Volkswagen emissions, which have caused share prices to plummet.In September, the company admitted it had installed software designed to defeat tests for nitrogen oxide emissions for four-cylinder diesel engines on 11 million cars worldwide, including almost 500,000 in the U.S. It has already set aside 6.7 billion euros ($7.4 billion) to cover the costs of recalling those vehicles — and analysts expect the emissions scandal to cost the company much more than that.That scandal had already widened this week, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Volkswagen had installed software on thousands of Audi, Porsche and VW cars with six-cylinder diesel engines that allowed them to emit fewer pollutants during tests than in real-world driving. Volkswagen has denied the charge, but faces the prospect of more fines and lost sales.It was not immediately clear whether the 800,000 vehicles announced Tuesday with the newly discovered carbon dioxide emission problems were among those already affected. Volkswagen did not identify any models by name.However, Jeannine Ginivan, spokeswoman for Volkswagen Group of America, said “we are told the issue is not related to the U.S. market.”Volkswagen also did say the 800,000 were “predominantly vehicles with diesel engines,” raising the possibility for the first time that some Volkswagens with gasoline-powered motors may also have emissions problems. A VW spokesman did not immediately return a phone call seeking clarification about that.Volkswagen’s board of directors said in a separate statement that they learned of the development “with dismay and concern.”“The board of directors and the committee specially established to investigate will meet soon to discuss further measures and consequences,” the board said.Despite the new issue, the company assured customers that the safety of the vehicles in question “is in no way compromised.”It said Volkswagen “will endeavour to clarify the further course of action as quickly as possible and ensure the correct CO2 classification for the vehicles affected” with the responsible authorities.In talks with the authorities — whom Volkswagen did not identify — the company said it hoped to come up with a “reliable assessment of the legal, and the subsequent economic consequences, of this not yet fully explained issue.”The news broke after Germany’s DAX was closed for the day, but Volkswagen shares ended down 1.51 per cent to 111 euros. by David Rising, The Associated Press Posted Nov 3, 2015 11:44 am MDT Last Updated Nov 3, 2015 at 4:45 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


A new poll suggests most Quebecers aren’t anti-pipeline.A survey by Leger, done for the Montreal Economic Institute shows most residents would prefer to import oil from home, than from Mexico, Saudi Arabia or Algeria.“And that’s quite striking,” MEI President Michel Gagnon-Kelly, “Fifty nine per cent of Quebecers prefer, all things being equal, that all oil come from Western Canada.”However, around the same amount would also like Quebec to explore its own oil resources.“Right now, 100 per cent of the oil consumed in Quebec, comes from outside of Quebec,” Gagnon-Kelly said.By a wide-margin, 41 per cent of respondents also picked pipelines as the safest way to transport oil.Tanker trucks were a distant second choice at 14 per cent.“It’s not surprising considering, the horrible accident that occurred in Lac Megantic a while ago,” Gagnon-Kelly said.He said the results are refreshing, considering recent anti-Energy East comments by Quebec Mayors.“It shows that sometimes the political leadership is not always in sync with the views of the general public,” he said. Poll shows Quebecers more supportive of pipelines than politicians Energy East Pipeline www.energyeastpipeline.com by Kaitlin Lee Posted Feb 16, 2016 8:59 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


first_imgWith bucket sizes ranging from 18-35 m3 (depending on materials), it has an operating weight range of 216-220 ts (depending on configuration) and is powered by a Tier 2-compliant Komatsu SSDA16V160E-2 engine rated at 1,316 kW net. It is available in two configurations, standard boom and high lift boom.In standard boom configuration, it can load Komatsu HD1500-7 (144 t capacity) and similar-class trucks in four passes, and 730E(184 t capacity) trucks in five passes.In high-lift boom configuration,it can load 830Es (222 t capacity) trucks in seven passes. According to Michael Hall, Komatsu Australia’s Mining Product Manager, the new WA1200-6 offers a number of improvements over the WA1200-3, which was released over 10 years ago.“The WA1200-3 has been a very successful large mining loader,” he said. “More than 100 of  these have been sold over the past decade – with around 30% of the going to mines in Australia. “Its main application has been as a frontline loader in high production mines -for example, Rio operates 20 of them in Western Australia. It has also found applications in coal mining in the eastern states, and in places has been used as ROM loader.”Hall said the WA1200-6’s main improvements compared with its predecessor relate to higher productivity, better fuel and operating economy, and increased reliability and durability. “Net engine power at 1,316 kW is almost 100 kW higher than the WA1200-3, and even higher than equivalent competitors in the same class,” he said. “High productivity is achieved through higher breakout and traction forces than any other loader on the market and large bucket capacity.“These features allow it to economically and effectively load all but the largest mining dump trucks currently in operation,” he said.Other productivity features include its “Hi-Cab” design, which gives the operator an eye-level height of 6,380 mm – sufficient to look directly into the body of a 220 t dump truck – and a payload meter capable of providing detailed information on material volumes being loaded.In terms of operating economy, tests carried out by Komatsu indicate that the WA1200-6 uses 15% less fuel compared with the WA1200-3, while fuel efficiency (cubic metres of material moved per litre of fuel) is more than 20% better.These fuel efficiency improvements are achieved through a range of new technology developments onthe WA1200-6, including: Operator-selectable maximum traction power, allowing the operator to set maximum traction force according to the condition of the road, material and type of work, greatly increasing fuel efficiency and extending tyre service lifeA dual-mode active working system, which can be selected depending on the type of material being worked – either “Powerful loading” mode giving more tractive power in blasted rock and hard ground, or “Normal loading” mode for loading loose material where higher traction forces are not requiredAutomatically selected economy and power engine modes; power mode is only used when digging or when approaching a dump truckThe use of more efficient hydraulic systems, including a “Pump Neutral Cut” system for the hydraulic pumps, which uses only the required amount of oil flow for the work being carried out, and a variable displacement steering pump incorporating Komatsu’s Closed-centre Load Sensing System to deliver precisely the amount of oil flow required for steeringA modulated clutch system which automatically raises the bucket faster when approaching a dump truck, while reducing forward travel speed – reducing braking requirements and speeding up the approach to the truck.“These upgrades to the WA1200-6 make it a significantly more fuel-efficient loading tool than its predecessor,” said Hall. “These fuel-saving features, combined with operator-efficiency improvements, including low-effort precision joystick control, automatic transmission and a pillarless cab for a wide and uninterrupted field of view, ensure optimum production while minimising operator fatigue.”Another operating cost-reduction feature is Tyre Saver, which reduces tyre slip and extends tyre service life by sensing a slipping tyre, then controlling the torque converter via the modulated clutch to minimise tyre slip.Komatsu has also paid attention to improving durability and reliability through a range of new features. These include:The use of Komatsu-designed and manufactured components throughout the drivetrain and hydraulic systemsIncreased torsional rigidity in the front and rear frames and the loader linkage for improved stress resistanceIncreased cooling capacity on the torque converter and hydraulic system.“In addition to these features, we have also made the WA1200-6 easier to maintain and service, through increased oil replacement intervals, lubricated pins on the loader links, the inclusion of an automatic greasing system, and a 5100 litre capacity fuel tank giving 20 hours’ operation between fills,” said Hall.“Overall machine component monitoring is through our Equipment Management Monitoring System (EMMS), which monitors the condition of all critical components.“This is backed by our KOMTRAX Plus remote monitoring system for large mining equipment, which allows Komatsu service technicians to remotely monitor and analyse vehicle health and other operating conditions and feed this information back to the mine site.“This ensures customers receive timely vehicle maintenance advice, resulting in reduced maintenance expenses, reduced downtime costs and the ability to avoid mechanical trouble,” he said.Since releasing the WA1200-6 on the global market late in 2010, Komatsu Australia has already sold three units, said Hall. “Global acceptance has been impressive, with production for this financial year already sold.“Following a massive recovery effort at the factory after the March earthquake and tsunami, we expect the first of these units for Rio’s West Angelas mine in north Western Australia, to be ready for shipping in July,” he said. “Additional units will be delivered to Western Australian mines over the next 12 months.”last_img read more


first_imgA 42-YEAR-OLD MAN has been found guilty of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl in the gift shop of Madame Tussaud’s, the famous waxworks in London.Oldkount Ballabbas of no fixed abode was found guilty at a London court of child abduction and sexual assault on a child under 13.The incident happened on 8 August last year when the victim was alone in the gift shop after leaving her mother and her family in the café next door.Ballabbas began talking to the child before moving her into a quiet area of the gift shop. He then started touching her chest over her clothing and kissed her on the cheek.The girl repeatedly asked to go back to her mother but Ballabbas held her by her shoulders, preventing her from escaping.The 8-year-old only got away when he was disturbed by another shopper and lost his grip on her, giving her time to flee.Ballabbas fled the scene immediately but was arrested two days later close to Madame Tussaud’s.Undated image of Oldkount Ballabbas (Image: Metropolitan Police) Metropolitan Police officers said it was not the first time that he had tried to touch other girls or women.“Ballabbas is a dangerous man and CCTV has revealed that he followed females of all ages prior to the attack on the little girl,” said Detective Constable Liz Clements.He will be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on 6 March.Read: 44 school abuse claims to be reviewed following O’Keeffe judgement > Column: Why do the Irish courts not care about women? >last_img read more


first_imgSAUDI ARABIA TRIED to silence a speaker from discussing a human rights case about the country at the UN Human Rights Council.But Ireland stepped in to help the speaker as she made her presentation.The Center for Inquiry speaker, Josephine Macintosh, said that: “Last month, Raif Badawi, who founded a Saudi website dedicated to fostering debate on religion and politics…was charged with insulting Islam.“He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, a thousand lashes and 1 million Saudi riyals.”Saudi Arabia interrupted the speaker to say, “We believe what is being said is completely outside of the mandate of this report…we request they stop the intervention.”The United States asked that the speaker be allowed finish her presentation.Ireland then added:“We think it’s important to respect the right of NGOs to take the floor, to express their views irrespective of our position on the substance of the statement. We believe that statements shouldn’t be interrupted on the grounds that an NGO mentions concrete examples of human rights violations where there’s a link to the agenda item and we think that’s the case in this situation.“We ask you to allow the NGO to finish her statement.”France and Canada also called for the NGO to continue.Macintosh then resumed:Corporal punishment such as flogging violates laws set by the convention on torture. We call on Saudi Arabia…to release Raif Badawi.Saudi Arabia interrupted on two more occasions saying the accusations were unacceptable.Here’s the full video of the incident: Source: Center for Inquiry/YouTubeRead: The only roles they can play are terrorists’: New film festival challenges Arab stereotypes>last_img read more


first_imgSo you’re in the mood for some Angry Birds action but after a while, you decide that it’s time to start working on your homework instead. Did you know that Rovio, the makers of Angry Birds, will still be virtually watching you and recording your GPS and WiFi location data? And it is far from the only app of its kind.Researchers at MIT looked through several popular Android apps and found that many of them will indeed to collect private information about users even after they close the app. There have been many studies about the needless collection of private data for some apps, making harmless games and productivity software seem more voyeuristic than anything, but the issue of what happens after you close the app has been far less discussed.Another example is the game Bowman, which will track users’ Web browsing history long after they’ve stopped playing. Also, WhatsApp, a popular substitute to the default texting app, scours user address books nonstop.The study only looked at Android apps, presumably since they are more open and accessible, but this is no doubt an issue with the iPhone and iPad as well.Of course, even on Android, developers are limited with what they can do with user data. Those who violate these policies will find their apps removed from Google Play entirely, but the point of this study is the privacy implications of even the most successful mobile games and apps.These apps have legitimate reasons for collecting user information, but the question is whether or not it makes sense for that data collection to continue when users are not actively engaged with the app. The MIT researchers hope their findings will help shine a light on this excessive practice and lead to more privacy for the end users.via Boston Globelast_img read more


first_img May sits with year six pupils during a visit to Captain Shaw’s Primary School in Bootle, Cumbria. Source: Jack Hill/The TimesUK PRIME MINISTER Theresa May’s reaction to a student’s robot has become a meme.On the campaign trail yesterday, May went out and about with Copeland by-election candidate Trudy Harrison. The two visited Captain Shaw’s CE Primary School in Bootle, Cumbria, where students showed her examples of their work on Lego robots.However, her grimace was caught on camera and became a meme across social media. By Paul Hosford when someone likes my tweet but then clicks through to read the rest of my timeline pic.twitter.com/GEuKSBaS6H— Thomas Seal (@TW_Seal) February 15, 2017 Source: Marie Le Conte/Twitter 26,871 Views Source: Thomas Seal/Twitter Today Theresa May joined the the ranks of “politicians who regret making school visits” https://t.co/38L8hBbB7c pic.twitter.com/y33ruS7KiA— The Poke (@ThePoke) February 15, 2017 Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 10:40 AM Theresa May met some children today and it went GREAT. pic.twitter.com/2Ph8yzDhnW— Marie Le Conte (@youngvulgarian) February 15, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Elizabeth Pears/Twitter Feb 16th 2017, 10:40 AM Theresa May didn’t look too impressed with a student’s Lego robot The students were explaining the robots are used to prevent “turtles getting run over and falling down drains”. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet When your friend is telling you about that bad date she went on pic.twitter.com/8Of8pJJJhH— Elizabeth Pears (@BizPears) February 15, 2017 Sky News reports that the students were explaining the robots are used to prevent “turtles getting run over and falling down drains” and to get them back into the sea.Labour is heavily tipped to hang on to the seat which was vacated by the resignation of their MP Jamie Reed, but May’s arrival signalled that the Conservative Party is targeting an upset.The vote is one week from today.Read: Kenny on the ropes as Fine Gael hopefuls line up to challenge himRead: Hard border fears as government accused of seeking out locations for customs posts Share Tweet Email1 17 Comments Short URL Source: The Poke/Twitter http://jrnl.ie/3242497 last_img read more


first_imgSomething for the weekend…Employees at Marks and Spencer (M&S) were given complimentary thermal underwear after the heating failed at one of its stores in Oswestry, Shropshire.The M&S Simply Food store was also issued with temporary heaters after it was without heating for several days.An anonymous customer reported ‘fridge-like’ conditions inside the store when he visited and subsequently contacted the M&S customer feedback team to register a complaint about the temperatures its staff were working in.A spokesperson from M&S said: “The comfort of our customers and employees is extremely important to us and we’ve done all we can to ensure there’s a comfortable shopping environment, including installing temporary heaters across the store.”At Employee Benefits we are wondering whether the thermal underwear kept M&S’ employees engaged (as well as warm) through the chilly conditions…last_img read more


first_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Toyota Supra prototype looking trippy in camouflage 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Detroit Auto Show 2019 6 42 Photos Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago reading • 2020 Toyota Supra: This might be it May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend See Allcenter_img Sports Cars Coupes Is this the 2020 Toyota Supra? We’ll know for sure next month. SupraMKV.com In what has been the most drawn-out reveal since the Acura NSX, another set of might-be 2020 Toyota Supra images hit the internet this week. We’ll finally see the real thing in the metal at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show in January, but for now, this could be our best look yet.The images come from fan site SupraMKV.com; a user says Toyota emailed these Supra photos following a waiting list inquiry on its German website. That’s a really bad way to accidentally leak a highly anticipated sports coupe, and a few other forum users said they received the same pictures after registering interest on the German website, too. (For the record, I tried to do the same, and no such pictures showed up in my inbox.)The 2020 Supra hardly feels like a surprise at this point. These latest leaked photos show a car with details that match an earlier set of shots, and many of the big styling cues can be seen through the camouflage on the prototype Supra that Roadshow’s Tim Stevens drove earlier this year. Heck, we even know most of the details about its underpinnings, since it shares its hardware with the 2019 BMW Z4 which I tested in M40i guise back in November.Nevertheless, Toyota will officially debut the 2020 Supra in January… assuming it doesn’t leak before then, anyway. Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show Tags More From Roadshow • Comments BMW Toyota Share your voice Detroit Auto Show 2019 Toyotalast_img read more


first_imgSenator Lisa Murkowski (File photo by Skip Gray/ 360 North)Alaska U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski raised the issue of sexual assaults involving minors on military bases during a Senate Defense Appropriations hearing last week.Listen now”Investigators released a total of eight cases at Alaska installations, five of them reportedly at Fort Wainwright,” Murkowski said. “So, of course this certainly gets your attention.”Senator Murkowski asked U.S. Army Secretary Mark Esper about how youth on youth assaults are handled. Esper responded that the Army conducts an initial investigation, but current protocol requires cases to be handed off to local, state or federal authorities for prosecution.”We have some authority, but it’s mainly administrative. So what we could do is we could bar that kid from being on post, or we could remove the family from the post,” Esper said. “But beyond that, the authorities really reside outside the military to do that, and I think that’s something we need to take a look at.”Esper says the Army’s focus is providing victim and family support services.last_img read more


first_imgNalgonda/Bhongir: Nalgonda Zilla Parishad Chairman Banda Narender Reddy stated that State government was taking all measures for the welfare of all sections of the society.On Friday, along with District Collector Gaurav Uppal and Nakrekal legislator Chirumarthi Lingaiah, he released as many as 1.80 lakh fish seedlings into Pedda Cheruvu of Akkenepally village of Narketpally mandal in the district. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us District Collector Gaurav Uppal informed that a comprehensive plan was designed to help fishermen in the district and added that as part of the programme, as many as 5.50 crore fish seedlings were distributed to fishermen cooperative societies for the welfare of fishermen. Similarly, in Yadadri-Bhongir district, Zilla Parishad Chairman Alimineti Sandeep Reddy along with District Collector Anita Ramachandran released fish seedlings at Vura Cheruvu of Surepally village of Bhongir mandal. Speaking on the occasion, Sandeep Reddy explained the State government’s welfare schemes to revive caste-based professions in the State.last_img read more


first_imgIt’s probably a complete coincidence that LulzSec targeted a game whose name abbreviates to LoL, but that doesn’t stop the fact that players have complained all day about being unable to log in to the game’s authentication servers and start playing. As of this writing, the League of Legends status page says the game servers are up and available to play, but the game’s forums are littered with posts and complaints from users who can’t log in.LulzSec already noted on their Twitter account that they managed to bring the League of Legends authentication servers down, and commented on how amusing it is that so many players are so angry they can’t log in to the game.This is the third time today LulzSec has managed to bring a major game to its knees, and the fourth time this week. Earlier today news broke that EVE Online and Minecraft had been successfully hacked, and earlier this week the group announced they had breached Bethesda Softworks, mapped their network, and copied everything from the source code to Brink to account credentials for over 200,000 Brink players. They also said they won’t release that user information, since they “actually like this company,” and want Bethesda to “speed up development on Skyrim.”Riot Games, the developers and publishers behind League of Legends, has yet to officially comment on the matter.last_img read more


first_imgSmartphone apps designed to track women’s period cycles often disappoint users with a lack of accuracy, and may wrongly predict when it is safe to have intercourse, a new study has found. Researchers from University of Washington (UW)in the US collected data from about 2,000 reviews of popular period tracking apps, surveyed 687 people and conducted in-depth interviews with a dozen respondents.Nearly half of the survey respondents used a smartphone app to track their periods for a variety of reasons: to understand their body and reactions to different phases of their cycles; to prepare for their periods; to achieve or avoid pregnancy or to inform conversations with healthcare providers. Researchers focused on nine different period tracking apps, and on what characteristics users liked or disliked. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThey found that while some apps were more successful in meeting users’ needs, none were perfect. Women participants found the modelling assumptions used in some period tracking apps were not accurate or flexible enough to consistently predict their menstrual cycles, particularly when their periods were not regular.Many apps do not allow users to correct them when the predictions are wrong or to input data or explanations about why a particularly stressful month or change in birth control might have thrown off their cycles, researchers said. “In some cases, you do not have a way to go in and say I missed my period because of x reason or because I was in the hospital – both ordinary and exceptional circumstances can mess up the algorithms because they are not really robust,” said Nikki Lee from UW. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The apps are most accurate if your cycles are really regular, but the people who most need an app are the people whose cycles are not regular,” Lee said. Apps rarely allow women to customise results or how they are presented. Someone who is trying to avoid getting pregnant or to prepare for their period, for instance, might want an app to provide a more generous window for predicting when they are ovulating or when their period will arrive so they are not surprised, researchers said. Someone trying to become pregnant would likely want the app to zero in on a narrower span of time when their chances of ovulation are highest, they said. “People did not feel like the apps were very good at supporting their particular needs or preferences. People felt they were better than tracking their periods on paper, but still were not great in a lot of basic ways,” said Daniel Epstein, from UW. “One significant issue is that few apps are transparent about explaining their methodology or limitations,” said Julie Kientz, associate professor at UW.In working with healthcare providers on a teen health app, she learned that teenage girls were relying on smartphone apps as their primary form of birth control to tell them when they should avoid having sex. “That’s pretty disconcerting because accuracy can be a problem with these apps,” Kientz said.last_img read more


first_imgA cultural evening organised by Aayam Institute of Performing Arts, left the audience mesmerized by traditional Bharatnatyam recital. The performance, which was an ode to God Krishna, was held at Triveni Kala Sangam Auditorium, on January 14. Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, New Delhi, marked his presence as the chief guest of the evening.Apart from him, the event, “Krishanmai”, was also graced by personalities like Padma Bhushan Raja and Radha Reddy, Padma Shri Bharti Shivaji, Padma Shri Pt. Bhajan Sapporo and Dr Ashok Pradhan, who could not resist appreciating the fantabulous performance by Aparna Chandnani. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAparna, who is a disciple of Guru Shrimati Sindhu Bhagia Mishra, presented her solo Bharatnatyam recital choreographed by her Akka (Sindhu Ma’am). The performance, in which verses were taken from the poems of Meerabai, Surdas, and other saint-poets, was conceptualized and choreographed by Sindhu Mishra. The music was composed by Sudha Raghuraman.The event commenced with Guru stuti, which depicted Meera’s was of guru, who could wade a path to reach Lord Krishna. This was followed by Allarippu in chatusra jati ( a traditional Bharatnatyam item). The next in line was ‘Varnam’, consisting of jathis ( pure dance ) and abhinaya. ‘Varnam’, whose portions have been taken from Meera’s poem, is all about Meera’s love, bhakti, and passion for Lord Krishna. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe third performance showcased traditional padam portraying the sweet relationship between mother Yashoda and Krishna. The fourth one, however, was based on the sweet arguments of Krishna and Radha. Here, Radha was trying to explain to her mother that it was due to the mischiefs of Krishna that she reached home late. This piece was taken from Surdas’s poetry.Finally, the curtain was drawn after a beautiful rhythmic piece in Carnatic music.last_img read more


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first_img Facebook Comments SYDNEY, Australia — Global New Year’s Eve festivities are set to begin under tightened security, with Brussels scrapping celebrations as fears of jihadist threats cast a pall, just weeks after brutal attacks in Paris. Australia’s biggest city, Sydney, traditionally the first to host a major event to ring in the New Year, held its 9:00 p.m. family fireworks, with pyrotechnics exploding over the harbor ahead of the main show at midnight.Crowds thronged to vantage points to see the displays which are expected to draw one million people, ahead of the chimes of midnight moving across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and finally the Americas.Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore and other Asian cities may rival Sydney’s pyrotechnic splash, but Brunei offers a sober evening after banning Christmas in a shift to hardline Islamic law.Jakarta remains on high alert after anti-terror police foiled detailed plans for an alleged New Year suicide attack in the Indonesian capital.High security in EuropeAt the heart of Europe, annual festivities and fireworks in Brussels have been cancelled as the Belgian capital — home to NATO and the European Union — remains on high alert.“It’s better not to take any risks,” Mayor Yvan Mayeur said Wednesday after police arrested two people suspected of plotting to launch attacks during the festivities at Brussels landmarks. A total of eight people are now being held in the case.The French capital, still reeling from the Nov. 13 slaughter of 130 people, has also cancelled its fireworks display. But authorities agreed France’s biggest public gathering since the attacks can go ahead on the Champs Elysees avenue, with bolstered security.“The people of Paris and France need this symbolic passage into the New Year,” said Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.“After what our city has lived through, we have to send a signal to the world,” she told the weekly Journal du Dimanche.In Turkey, police have detained two Islamic State suspects allegedly planning to stage attacks in the center of Ankara, which is expected to be packed on New Year’s Eve.Meanwhile, in Moscow police will for the first time close off Red Square, where tens of thousands of revellers traditionally gather.“It’s no secret that Moscow is one of the choice targets for terrorists,” Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin said recently.In Britain, Scotland Yard said there will be around 3,000 officers across central London in what is reported to be an unprecedented anti-terror security effort.“Our plans are purely precautionary and not as a result of any specific intelligence,” said Superintendent Jo Edwards, spokeswoman for Scotland Yard.Fireworks were banned in towns and cities across Italy, in some cases because of a recent spike in air pollution but also because of fears that, in the current climate, sudden loud bangs could cause crowds to panic.The number of police on duty in Italy has been increased by 30 percent compared to last year although the Interior Ministry stressed: “There has been no specific alert.”In Madrid, thousands of people will flock to Puerta del Sol square, however police will limit the number allowed in to just 25,000.Berliners will do better with about a million expected at the Brandenburg Gate for a free mega-street party.Party at the pyramidsCairo meanwhile is trying desperately to attract tourists to bolster the economy.The government is staging celebrations in front of the pyramids near the Egyptian capital, with ambassadors, artists and intellectuals all invited.Egypt has been in turmoil since the 2011 uprising but was further hit by the Oct. 31 crash of a Russian airliner over the Sinai killing 224 people.On the nearby Gaza Strip, the Islamist group Hamas has banned public New Year’s Eve parties.Police spokesman Ayman al-Batinji told AFP such celebrations were “incompatible with our customs, traditions, values and the teachings of our religion.”In stark contrast, Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown is hoping to reclaim its mantle as host of the best beach parties in Africa after Ebola scared people away.The city of 1.2 million was deserted 12 months ago during the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded.“This New Year’s Eve I am going to dance and party until the cock crows,” said 35-year-old Franklyn Smith.Celebrations away from the palm-fringed beaches will be muted, however, as people remember almost 4,000 victims of the epidemic.In the Philippines, stray bullets and exploding firecrackers killed one person and injured almost 200 others as the country plunged into its annual chaotic revelry.In New York, despite a pledge of tight security for Times Square, another million people are expected to turn out to see the ball descend. This year’s show includes performances by artists Demi Lovato, Daya and Jessie J.center_img Related posts:France, allies signal major response after Paris attacks leave at least 127 dead France launches new airstrikes on Syria and more anti-terrorism raids in France Costa Rica honors French terror victims in Parque Francia U2’s Bono writes Paris attacks song ahead of French gigslast_img read more


first_img Conforming Loans Credit GOvernment Loans Jumbo Loans loans 2017-04-06 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, News, Origination, Servicing Jumbo and Government Loans Boost Credit Availability According to a recent report, March saw an increase in mortgage credit availability. Analysing data from Ellie Mae’s AllRegs Market Clarity tool, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) determined that its Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI) increased 3.2 percent in March.The March MCAI was 183.4, indicating loosening credit. The Index was benchmarked at 100 in March 2012. Three of the four component indices of the MCAI saw increase, with the Jumbo MCAI jumping 11.7 percent, followed by the Conventional MCAI (up 4.5 percent), and the Government MCAI (up 2.3% percent). Despite these increases, the Conforming MCAI decreased 2.6 percent.“Credit availability increased in March driven by increased availability of Jumbo loan programs and Government loan programs,” said Lynn Fisher, MBA’s VP of Research and Economics. “Led by a wave of adjustable rate Jumbo offerings, the Jumbo MCAI surged in March, more than offsetting its 4.4 percent decline in February, which was the first tightening of the that component index in 11 months. Increases observed in the Government MCAI were driven by increased availability of FHA’s Streamline Refinance and 203 K home rehabilitation loan programs.”Although Jumbo loans and Government Loans drive the MCAI increase, conforming loans access decreased by 2.6 percent. A  blog post by Laurie Goodman from the Urban Institute ties this drop to high credit standards. Since 2009, 6.3 million fewer loans have been made, and as much as 1.1 million fewer loans were made in 2015 than would have been if credit standards from 2001 were still in effect. The Urban Institute states that lenders are imposing even more stringent standards than those required by the entities that guarantee or insure these loans.Additionally, mid-priced homes, such as those with conforming loan balances, have seen price increases lately, and the MBA reported this week that interest rates for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances increased from 4.33 percent to 4.34 percent.center_img April 6, 2017 614 Views Sharelast_img read more


first_img LONDON — Street artist and social commentator Banksy has apparently popped up in Wales, leaving a new artwork on a garage in Port Talbot that references the town’s air pollution.A video posted to his official Instagram account on Wednesday had close-ups of the piece.With the song “Little Snowflake” as a soundtrack, the video shows images painted on two garage walls that form a right angle. On one side, a child appears to be playing in falling snow. Yet the other side reveals the “snow” is actually falling ash and smoke from a fire in a dumpster. The video pans up to show the nearby steelworks, which loom over the town.“They’ve not dropped a Banksy on us, have they?” a man asks on the video, which is captioned: “Season’s greetings.”The Associated Press Banksy’s new artwork in Wales: A comment on air pollution? AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Dec 19, 2018 11:09 am PDTlast_img read more