first_img See Jennifer Lopez’s Outrageous “Dinero” Video watch-jennifer-lopez-cardi-b-dj-khaled-dinero-video Facebook Watch Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, DJ Khaled In “Dinero” Video From diamond bowling balls to pet ostriches, get a glimpse of the high life in the singer/songwriter’s latest music videoRenée FabianGRAMMYs May 24, 2018 – 12:53 pm Jennifer Lopez is living it up right in the music video for her latest track “Dinero.”The music video, which was directed by Joseph Khan, features a black-and-white tongue-in-cheek portrait that takes the high life to another level entirely. In the clip, J.Lo passes the time with a diamond bowling ball in her mansion, wins a game of poker against three shirtless hunks, roasts marshmallows over a burning pile of cash, and walks her pet ostrich (of course).Meanwhile, DJ Khaled interjects in drive-by shots of “more money” or “cash flow” while sauntering around a mansion, drinking from a small cup and hanging out the top of a limo. Not to be outdone, Cardi B comes on scene blazing in an elegant all-white feathered ensemble in bed with J.Lo before joining a game of croquet. Lopez wraps things up after a bedazzled dance sequence before (spoiler alert) relaxing in a bathing pool with a unicorn nearby.”Dinero,” which was released last week, marks the third recent single from Lopez, following “El Anillo” and “Se Acabó El Amor” with Abraham Mateo and Yandel. Rumor has it Lopez is due to put out a new Spanish-language album this year, Por Primera Vez, but a release date has yet to be announced. This would be her first full-length release since 2014’s A.K.A.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Twitter Email News last_img read more

first_img 26 Share your voice Tags Commentscenter_img If you need the whir of a fan to fall asleep, you’re not alone. Many people use white noise-like sounds to drown out unwanted noises. Emily Keegin/Getty Images If you’ve used a fan, air conditioner or even the sound of clothes tumbling in a dryer to help you fall asleep, you’re far from alone. Many people need a comforting, familiar and consistent sound to doze off at night.That’s because it’s typically not sound itself that wakes us up or keeps us from falling asleep in the first place. Rather, it’s the harsh changes in sound that wake us up — think a slamming door, a barking dog, a crack of lightning.That’s where sleep sounds come in. By filling our bedrooms with a constant sound, we can muffle those outside sounds and create a more soothing environment.However, the sounds we typically associate with white noise, such as the whirl of a fan or static on TV, often are not white noise at all. You may in fact be listening to something closer to pink noise, blue noise or brown noise.colors-of-noiseAll the different “colors” of noise resonate with different amplitudes at different frequencies. They can all help you sleep, but it’s worth experimenting with the different sounds. Wikipedia What’s a sound wave, anyway?OK, let’s dig in to a bit of science. You can deconstruct sound waves into two components:Frequency, which refers to how quickly the wave vibrates per second and is measured in Hertz units (distant memories of high school science coming back yet?). One Hertz means one vibration per second.Amplitude, also called power, which refers to the size of the waves. This is usually measured in decibels, a measure of the volume or intensity of sound.All the different colors of sound vibrate at different frequencies, and their names are loosely analogous to the colors of light. For example, white noise emits all of the frequencies audible to human ears, just like white light contains all of the colors of light visible to the human eye.Don’t confuse the colors of sound with ambient noise, which refers to the background noise present in any given setting; for instance, the rumble of a train mixed with passenger chatter, or the rustle of leaves in the wind mixed with the chirping of birds.The colors of sound are continuous, unchanging signals at a particular frequency and amplitude.This article goes over four colors of sound commonly used for sleep, what they sound like and how to try them out.marpac-dohm-classic-white-noiseThe self-proclaimed original white noise machine, Marpac has manufactured versions of its Dohm Classic since 1962. Marpac White noiseThe legacy of sleep sounds, white noise has lulled people to sleep for ages. Because white noise encompasses all of the frequencies any person can possibly hear (about 20 Hertz to 20 thousand Hertz), it holds the potential to block out any outside sound.The consistency of white noise creates a tried-and-true masking effect, which can help people fall asleep faster. White noise sounds like the static you hear when you accidentally tune cable TV to an unused channel.Try it: Because it’s the most popular of all the colors, virtually every sleep sound app includes it. You can also find tons of products that use white noise, such as this Marpac white noise machine with more than 10,000 five-star reviews.Pink noisePink noise has recently become the darling of all the sleep sounds, presumably due to the fact that recent research has shown pink noise to increase time spent in deep sleep and improve memory. Pink noise is a mix of high and low frequencies, like the sound of failing rain or gentle ocean waves, making it soft and calming. It also has more power in the lower frequency bands than white noise does, and those strong bass tones make it sound less harsh to the human ear.Because it comprises both high and low frequencies, it also has sound blocking benefits that can help to drown out distracting noises that keep you from falling asleep. For example, if you live in an apartment complex where people come and go all night, pink noise may help you drown out the sounds of revving engines or footsteps.Try it: Check out Honeywell’s DreamWeaver Sleep Fan, a small bedside fan that emits pink noise along with the oscillation and cooling of a fan.honeywell-dream-weaverThe Dreamweaver is a new product from Honeywell that combines an oscillating fan and pink noise for ultimate snoozing. Honeywell Brown noiseThink of brown noise like a deeper version of pink noise, with even more bass tones and low-frequency concentrated energy. It sounds dampened compared to white noise, but somehow stronger, comparable to hard ocean surf during a storm or the rumble of a brass instrument humming a low note.Unlike the other sounds, brown noise isn’t named after the actual color brown. Instead, brown noise gets its name from its similarity to the Brownian motion, the random and speedy movement of particles in liquid.Try it: The LectroFan Classic has 10 variations of noise, encompassing white, pink and brown. You can also find brown noise on most sleep sound apps. lectrofan-classicLectrofan makes a small bedside noise machine that emits a variety of different “colors” to help you sleep. Lectrofan Blue noiseThe energy of blue noise is mostly concentrated at the high-frequency end, with very few deep tones to balance it out. As such, blue noise sounds similar to the hiss of a kinked water hose. If you’re not sensitive to high-pitched sounds, blue noise does a great job of heavily masking outside noises.It’s harsh at loud volumes, but audio engineers often use blue noise for dithering, a process where they intentionally add noise to a production, such as a song remix, in order to smooth out the sound.Try it: Because blue noise is harsher than the other colors, not many manufacturers include it in basic sleep sound machines. If you really like blue noise, you’ll probably have to fork out more change for a higher-end device that allows you to mix and customize sounds at different frequencies, like the Sound Oasis S-5000 Deluxe Sleep Sound Therapy System. There is, however, an Android app that claims to be the only app dedicated to just blue noise and White Noise for iOS has a blue noise track.Which color of noise is best for sleep?The truth is, we don’t know. No one knows for sure, because no scientists have conducted research that explicitly compares different colors of sound in a controlled setting. To find out which type of noise helps you sleep best, test them all out with an app.I like White Noise Lite for iOS. I’ve had the lite version on my phone for years, using it whenever I need a little assistance dozing off. It has all the different colors of sound explained in this article, plus some other familiar sounds, such as air conditioner, oscillating fan, light rainfall and thunderstorm. You can even mix tracks to create the perfect sleep sound cocktail for you.Once you find a sound you like and that has consistently helped you fall asleep, consider purchasing a sleep sound machine, such as the LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine, which has 20 sounds to choose from. Machines often offer higher definition sound and can reach louder volumes than a phone can. Sleeplast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 73.96 points up to stand at 20437.33. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 17.10 points up to stand at 6079.80. Muthoot Finance and Crompton Greav were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 9.78% and 5.29% along with Motherson Sumi and Financial Technology with an increase of 4.91% and 4.61% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Tata Steel and India bulls Real Estate with a decrease of 4.19% and 3.48% along with United Brew-$ and Cairn India with a decrease of 3.29% and 3.00% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 13.41 points at 11,804.69 while the banking sector is down 59.61 points at 11,683.77 and the realty sector is up 26.85 points at 1,232.20. The Indian currency is down 0.19% at Rs 62.10 per dollar.last_img read more

first_imgGold prices continued to hover around five-and-a-half-year low on Friday, heading for a seventh consecutive weekly loss, the longest losing streak since 1999. The yellow metal traded at around Rs 24,800 per 10gm in the domestic market.The precipitous fall in gold prices is expected to continue, with the yellow metal likely to test the Rs 20,000 levels over the next 6 to 12 months. Here are the key reasons behind gold price slide:Looming US Central Bank Interest Rate Hike in SeptemberA key factor responsible for the recent slide in gold prices is the impending interest rate hike by the US Federal Reserve. The recent improvement in the US economic data has further strengthened expectations over the rate hike by the central bank as early as September. Gold prices are projected to see a free fall in such a scenario as the rate hike will make the US dollar more attractive.Appreciating US Dollar As gold prices are quoted in dollars, any appreciation in the US currency will result in lower metal prices. The dollar has been strengthening for the past two years amid growing expectations on the US central bank rate hike. So, a strong dollar has weighed on the gold prices. A rate hike by any central bank in the world is always positive for the local currency. Fading Safe-haven Appeal of Gold Gold is considered as a safe haven investment whenever there is turbulence in the global financial markets. But, during the crisis in Greece last month, gold prices did not gain much, raising concerns that the metal is losing its safe haven status. Also, a crash in Chinese stock markets did not move the gold prices higher, although it severely impacted other asset markets. Slowing Gold Demand in China Gold prices are also pressurised by lower demand in the world’s second largest gold consumer, China. A massive rally in Chinese stock market, up over 150% in the past one year, is one of the main reasons for the slowing demand for gold in the country. Besides, slowing economic activity in China has dampened the demand.   Subdued Global Inflation Investors buy gold as a hedge against inflation. But, due to an absence of higher inflation in major economies like the US, Europe, and Japan, investors are staying away from buying gold. Large scale monetary easing announced by the central banks in the Eurozone and Japan has also failed to push the inflation in those regions.last_img read more

first_imgUpendra-Rachita Ram’s erotic scene from I Love YouScreenshot of YouTube videoKannada superstar Upendra and actress Rachita Ram are said to have some sensational bold and erotic scenes in their upcoming movie I Love You, which will be among the highlights of the film.Kannada superstar Upendra’s kind of films needs no introduction. They have always been very special. From Om to Super, they were all sensational blockbusters. Expectations from his films are always high. Many of his Kannada films have made their mark on the Telugu box-office too. After a long gap, he is coming up with a promising film that has his role shaped in a unique way.Dimple Queen Rachita Ram has played the female lead and Upendra is seen in more stylish avatar in I Love You. The actor took special care to get the styling right. Uniquely, you will find Upendra dancing in a never-seen-before manner in the songs. The erotic and bold scenes between the lead pair will be a major highlight. An incredible hot song is also there. It will definitely thrill the audience.I Love You is directed by R Chandru, who has delivered many hits. The owner of Sri Siddeshwara Enterprises was so much impressed with his narration that he decided to produce the movie on a grand scale. Besides having all the elements that the audience expect from Upendra’s movie, the film also has romantic, family and thrilling elements. Director R Chandru is so confident that I Love You will exceed the standards of Upendra’s previous movies. Upendra-Rachita Ram’s erotic scene from I Love YouScreenshot of YouTube videoThe first trailer of I Love You has crossed 10 million views on YouTube and social media. It is generated a lot of hype and curiosity about the film, which is all set to hit the screens in a large number of theatres in the Telugu States on June 14. The makers of the film will hold its pre-release event in a grand way on the beach side in Vizag on June 8.Sonu Gowda, Honavalli Krishna, Jai Jagadeesh and Pd Satish are in the supporting cast of I Love You. Interestingly, Brahmanandam is playing an important role in the movie and his scenes will be a highlight. The film will have Dr Kiran Thotambyle’s music, Sugnan’s picturisation, Deepu S Kumar’s editing, Mohan B Kere’s art direction, Chinni Prakash, Dhanu, Mohan’s dance and Ganesh, Vinod and K Ravi Verma’s stunts.last_img read more

first_imgThe Audi logo is pictured during the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles.ReutersThe automobile market in India is witnessing a fall in the number of cars being sold and the most affected of all is the luxury carmaker Audi. The German auto company has put its further investments in the country on hold due to the fluctuations in the market.Rahil Ansari, head of Audi India told Economic Times that the investments in the country are not confirmed at the moment as any decision would be taken on the basis of how the market develops, during the inauguration of a sales outlet in Gurgaon. He also mentioned that last year the company sold 6,463 units which don’t justify the idea of making commitments of investing in the country in the future, said Ansari.The company, however, decided upon taking a sustainable path that can bring back the overall volume of sales to 10,000 units, provided the taxes and customer satisfaction see a substantial improvement.  Representational ImageINDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesThe slow pace of the local market may affect Audi’s annual sales to see a dip in 2019. The recent inauguration of a sales outlet would help boost the demand for the luxury car among the Indian public.To recover from this, the company will launch 10 vehicles and special edition vehicles that will contribute to more sales. During the event, Ansari admitted that he doesn’t see a very positive progress for at least one year. But the company is hoping on redeeming its losses in the second half of 2019.The idea for a proposed recovery plan is to launch more petrol, hybrid and fully electric cars as the introduction of 2020 BS-VI norms will make diesel cars costlier as the taxes levied in the norm cannot be adhered to by the manufacturer. This means the consumer would end up paying lot more than the actual price which can decline the sales of the luxury brand. Audi PB18 e-tron conceptHowever, to give their best shot in fighting BS-VI, Audi has decided to launch the A6 and A8 sedans in the second half of this year, alongside its fully electric e-Tron which is a plan yet to work out.last_img read more

first_imgBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Prothom Alo File PhotoBNP on Sunday alleged that its chairperson Khaleda Zia’s nomination paper has been cancelled as part of government blueprint to hold a lopsided election, reports UNB.”We think, it’s an ill-motivated decision. Our leader’s (Khaleda Zia) nomination papers have been rejected as part of government’s master plan and a blueprint to keep her away from the election,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office, he also alleged that nomination papers of their party’s some other popular candidates were also annulled as the government is trying to hold a one-sided election and stay in power by force.The election commission rejected the nomination paper of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia for contesting the parliamentary election from Feni-1 constituency due to her conviction in two corruption cases.last_img read more

first_img.Detectives arrested seven people from different parts of the capital on Friday night for their alleged involvement in the leak of questions of the recruitment test of Department of Narcotics Control, reports UNB.Dhaka Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner Masudur Rahman said a unit of detective branch of police conducted raids in different areas and arrested them following allegations of question paper leak.The details will be disclosed later at a press briefing.The recruitment test was held on Friday.last_img read more

first_imgA man walks past a TV broadcasting a news report on the dismantling of the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site, in Seoul, South Korea, 24 May, 2018. Photo: ReutersNorth Korea followed through on a pledge to blow up tunnels used for nuclear testing on Thursday, media reported, as part of steps that have reduced tension on the Korean peninsula and raised the possibility of a summit with the United States.North Korea has conducted all six of its nuclear tests at the Punggye-ri site, which consists of tunnels dug beneath Mount Mantap in the northeast of the country.A small group of international media selected by North Korea was on hand to witness the demolition, which Pyongyang says is proof of its commitment to end nuclear testing.The destruction of the site began at about 11am with the blowing up and collapsing of a tunnel and an observation post.After some time, it destroyed another tunnel and other facilities, then a third tunnel and another observation post.About five hours after beginning the operation, it destroyed two military barracks, South Korean media said in pool reports.The North Korean offer to scrap the test site has been seen as a major concession in months of easing tension between it, on the one hand, and South Korea and the United States on the other.But the progress appears to have been checked this month with North Korea raising doubts about an unprecedented June 12 summit in Singapore between its leader, Kim Jong Un, and US president Donald Trump.The North objects to US demands that it unilaterally give up its arsenal of nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles.Last week, Trump sought to placate North Korea after it threatened to call off the summit, saying Kim’s security would be guaranteed in any deal and his country would not suffer the fate of Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya, unless that could not be reached.But the reference to the case of Libya has angered North Korea.’DUMMY’In a statement released by North Korean media on Thursday, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui called US vice president Mike Pence a “political dummy” for comparing North Korea – a “nuclear weapons state” – to Libya, where Gaddafi gave up his unfinished nuclear development programme, only to be later killed by NATO-backed fighters.”It is to be underlined, however, that in order not to follow in Libya’s footstep, we paid a heavy price to build up our powerful and reliable strength that can defend ourselves and safeguard peace and security in the Korean peninsula and the region,” Choe said.Choe said the fate of the summit was “entirely” up to the United States.”We will neither beg the US for dialogue nor take the trouble to persuade them if they do not want to sit together with us,” said Choe.She said she could suggest to leader Kim that North Korea reconsider the summit if the United States offended the North’s goodwill.China, North Korea’s sole main ally, said it hoped the summit between Kim and Trump could proceed smoothly, after Trump cast further doubt over whether it would go ahead.Both countries should cherish the opportunity and all parties should ensure that dialogue leads to a positive outcome, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular briefing.Trump said on Wednesday he would know next week whether the summit would take place as scheduled.White House aides are preparing to travel to Singapore this weekend for a crucial meeting with North Korean officials to discuss the agenda and logistics for the summit, said US officials in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity.last_img read more

first_imgIndian prime minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with Bangladeshi president Mohammad Abul Hamid prior to a meeting in New Delhi on 31 May, 2019. Photo: AFPThe people of Bangladesh have been waiting for years to see the Teesta river water sharing issue settled, president Abdul Hamid told Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday.”I believe an agreement will be signed soon, which will fulfil India’s commitment in this regard,” president Hamid said.A deal on sharing the water of Teesta has remained pending since 2011 but the Indian government has been assuring Bangladesh that it is working to conclude the deal as early as possible.Prime minister Modi said that the unsettled bilateral issues “will be settled very soon” but he did not particularly mention the Teesta water sharing issue. He also stressed on strengthening and making the joint river commission effective.President Hamid went to Delhi to join the swearing-in ceremony of Modi. They met at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi and during their discussion, the Rohingya issue also came up.The president noted that the Rohingya issue has not only become a burden for Bangladesh but also a security threat for South Asia.He said India is Bangladesh’s closest friend. “India’s role in early resolution of the Rohingya issue is very crucial,” he said to Modi.”India may create pressure for ensuring a congenial environment in Rakhaine state so that Rohingyas can voluntarily return to their homeland,” the President said.Modi said that India always talks about the Rohingya issue in different international forums.”Rohingya issue is not a problem for Bangladesh alone. This is now everyone’s concern. India is always with Bangladesh in solving the issue,” the Indian prime minister said.Strengthening bilateral tiesHamid congratulated Modi on his reelection and conveyed the best regards of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.”She and the people of Bangladesh are eagerly waiting to welcome you at an early date,” the president said.He said that the Bangladesh-India bilateral ties have seen remarkable progress, virtually in all areas and noted that the neighbours amicably settled enclave and maritime boundary issues.Addressing India’s security concern, the president said: “Bangladesh doesn’t allow its territory to be used by any terrorists, groups or entity against any state or people. We’ll never allow our territory for any terror activities.”The president said he was looking forward to working closely with Modi and the Indian government in coming days to “move forward with common aspirations to further consolidate our relationships, settling all outstanding issues between the two countries”.Prime minister Modi spoke about jointly celebrating the 50th Independence Day and birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. “It’ll have a global impact,” he said.”It’ll also play a positive role in strengthening the bilateral and multilateral relationship [between Bangladesh and India],” Modi said.last_img read more

first_imgMap of Rakhine state, Myanmar Myanmar’s military said on Friday six Rohingya Muslims killed and nine wounded in an aerial attack in the western state of Rakhine this week were affiliated with an armed rebel group.The army-run Myawady newspaper said the villagers were “together with terrorists while the army was cracking down on the Arakan Army’s terrorist activities” on Wednesday in the township of Buthidaung.Rakhine state came to global attention in 2017, when the Myanmar army drove about 730,000 ethnic Rohingya across the border into neighbouring Bangladesh, following attacks by Rohingya insurgents on police posts.The United Nations has accused the army of ‘genocidal intent’ in cracking down on the Muslim minority.More recently, the military has been battling another armed group, the Arakan Army, which draws recruits mostly from the ethnic Rakhine population.The men were collecting bamboo near the Sai Din waterfall when an army helicopter attacked, three villagers and a regional lawmaker told Reuters on Thursday.”All of them were bamboo workers,” said Soe Tun Oo, a fellow labourer.Arakan Army spokesman Khin Thu Kha denied the dead and wounded men were members of the armed group, saying the military had attacked indiscriminately.”They bombed everywhere, believing there were Arakan Army members in the jungle,” he added.Ten people are being treated at the Buthidaung public hospital, Kyaw Min Tun, a hospital official, said on Friday.In a statement, the military said nine injured were taken to a military-run hospital for treatment.But a military spokesman, Tun Tun Nyi, declined to comment on the discrepancy between the accounts.In Geneva, a spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said the organisation was “deeply disturbed” by the escalating violence in Rakhine and condemned “what appear to be indiscriminate attacks and attacks directed at civilians”.Ravina Shamdasani said there were “credible reports of the killing of civilians, burning of houses, arbitrary arrests, abductions, indiscriminate fire in civilian areas, and damage to cultural property”.She cited sources on the ground as saying at least seven people were killed on Wednesday and that the attack was carried out in an area where thousands of Rohingya were taking shelter having fled earlier fighting.”As the international community is taking steps towards accountability for the crimes committed against civilians in previous years, the Myanmar military is again carrying out attacks against its own civilians – attacks which may constitute war crimes,” she said.More than 20,000 people have been displaced by the violence across five townships in Rakhine state, she said, urging authorities to allow humanitarian relief for those affected.The United States embassy in Myanmar said this week it was “deeply concerned about the harm to civilians of the ongoing conflict in Rakhine and Chin States between the Arakan Army and the Myanmar military.””We call on all parties to renew their efforts to end the fighting and work toward a peaceful resolution of the conflict.”last_img read more

first_img Listen 00:00 /01:18 Sandra Bland/FacebookSandra Bland, who was found dead at the Waller County Jail on July 13. Sharecenter_img X State Rep. Garnet Coleman of Houston has introduced the “Sandra Bland Act” (HB 2702). The bill would mandate sweeping criminal justice reforms, including a crackdown on racial profiling.Among other measures, the bill would ban so-called “pretext stops.” That’s the practice of a police officer stopping a car for an alleged traffic violation, in order to investigate another suspected, unrelated crime.“Now that happened to me when I was growing up,” said Coleman, who introduced the bill on the steps of the Texas Supreme Court. “It’s not supposed to happen to my children. This is 30 years later. So that’s the reason why I think this is important, and that’s the reason the people standing here with me think this is important, because this led to a death that didn’t have to occur.”In 2015, Sandra Bland, an African-American woman, was stopped in Prairie View by a white state trooper over a failure signal a lane change. The trooper arrested Bland. Three days later, she was found dead in her jail cell. The death, which Waller County authorities ruled a suicide, became a flashpoint in the Black Lives Matter movement.The Sandra Bland Act faces a difficult road in the Republican-led state legislature. The Texas Municipal Police Association has already criticized the bill as misguided. The bill’s high number makes it unlikely the measure will make it through both houses before the end of the session in May. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

first_imgFacts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are clear: African Americans make up 44 percent of new HIV/AIDS infections in a country in which only 12 percent of the population is Black. Of the approximately 8,000 new infections among women in 2014, six in 10 were Black women.Organizations and agencies nationwide are now targeting African American women for daily regimens of pre-exposure prophylaxis, also known as PrEP and distributed under the trade name Truvada. The drug was approved by the FDA in 2012, and studies have shown that taking PrEP before engaging in risky sexual behavior can cut the possibility of transmission of HIV/AIDS by more than 90 percent.“Historically, we’ve been focusing on men who have sex with men. No one focused on women- and certainly not Black women,” said Linda Blount, president and CEO of the Black Women’s Health Imperative. “We can absolutely prevent HIV. The message to women is that PrEP is available! No one has to know. You can take the pill and take control of your own sexual health to protect yourself and your families.”Blount’s group seeks to impact public policy and access to care for Black women through advocacy efforts and research across the country. Blount said the issues surrounding new HIV/AIDS infections reach well beyond access to PrEP, which is available through various private, public, and community health insurance agencies.“There are zip codes in Baltimore and Atlanta where roughly 40 percent of the men are incarcerated,” Blount told the AFRO. “When you subtract 30-40 percent of men from a population, you have a group of heterosexual women with fewer heterosexual partners. If you’re a low income Black woman, you’re really going to stay in your community. If HIV is present, [the risk of] contracting the virus increases dramatically as you are exposed and re-exposed to the same social risk.”Organizations such as The MAC AIDS Fund are now funding programs specifically aimed at getting more PrEP information and prescriptions in the hands of Black women before they engage in unprotected sex.According to Gilead Sciences, Inc., the company that developed Truvada, the drug is a combination of two antiretroviral drugs that keep HIV-1 from replicating in new cells. The drug has long been used in HIV-positive patients, but in recent years health authorities have stressed the benefits of Truvada when taken prior to exposure to HIV-infected blood, breast milk, or semen.last_img read more

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Related Popular on Variety Among the changes: Facebook said it will ban users from live-streaming for 30 days after one violation of its policies prohibiting extremist speech or promoting terrorism. During the March 15 attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, one of the assailants used Facebook Live to broadcast a 17-minute video on the social network.In its statement about declining to join the Christchurch Call to Action, the White House said, “We encourage technology companies to enforce their terms of service and community standards that forbid the use of their platforms for terrorist purposes. We continue to be proactive in our efforts to counter terrorist content online while also continuing to respect freedom of expression and freedom of the press.”However, the White House continued, “we maintain that the best tool to defeat terrorist speech is productive speech, and thus we emphasize the importance of promoting credible, alternative narratives as the primary means by which we can defeat terrorist messaging.”According to Facebook, the video live-streamed by the Christchurch attacker was viewed about 4,000 times in total before it was removed. In addition, in the first 24 hours, the company said it removed about 1.5 million videos of the attack globally (with 1.2 million of those videos blocked at upload).Under their participation in the Christchurch Call to Action, Facebook, Google/YouTube, Twitter, Microsoft and Amazon pledged to take five individual actions and four collaborative ones.The companies said they individually will update their terms of use “to expressly prohibit the distribution of terrorist and violent extremist content”; enhanced user-reported incidences of terrorist or violent extremist content; invest in technology to identify and remove such content; putting in place “appropriate checks” on live-streaming video aimed at cutting the risk of disseminating terrorist and violent extremist content; and release regular reports on the detection and removal of terrorist or violent extremist content. Together, the companies said they will continue to work to improve technology to detect and remove terrorist and violent extremist content more effectively and efficiently; develop a protocol for responding to emerging or active events across all stakeholders; will educate the public about the issues; and support research into the impact of online hate on offline discrimination and violence.center_img Facebook Reportedly Working on New Snapchat-Like Messaging App for Instagram Former Oculus Head of Mobile VR Max Cohen Leaves Facebook The U.S. is sitting out an international initiative — sparked by the March terrorist attack on Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand — aimed at halting the spread of terrorist and extremist content on social media, citing the need for freedom of speech.“While the United States is not currently in a position to join the endorsement, we continue to support the overall goals reflected in the call,” the Trump administration said in a statement Wednesday. “We will continue to engage governments, industry and civil society to counter terrorist content on the internet.”Separately Wednesday, the White House launched an online tool for users to report if they suspect they’ve been the subject of “political bias” by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or other online platform.At a meeting Wednesday in Paris, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, five tech companies — Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Google and Amazon — signed on to the Christchurch Call to Action, which outlines a nine-point plan for steps the industry has committed to take to address the abuse of their platforms to spread terrorist content.last_img read more

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — The humanoid robot iCub has learned a new skill: archery. After being taught how to hold a bow and shoot an arrow, it learned for itself how to improve its aim, and was so successful it could hit a bullseye after only eight trials. iCub, the Toddler Robot (w/ Videos, Pictures) Humanoid robot iCub learns the skill of archery. The iCub robot is an open-source robotic platform about the same size as a child three and a half years old, or around 104 cm tall. It has 53 degrees of freedom (hence it is called the 53-DOF iCub) distributed about the head, torso, arms, legs, and hands. The distance between the target and the iCub was 3.5 meters.The robot’s hands were set manually to allow it to grip the bow, and one joint in the index finger was used to release the string and shoot the arrow. The algorithm controlled the posture of the left arm and the orientation of the right arm (string side).ARCHER is a chained vector regression algorithm that uses experience gained from each trial to fine-tune the next attempt by modulating and coordinating the movements of the robot’s hands. Movements of the arms are controlled by an inverse kinematics controller. After each shot a camera takes a picture of the target and an image recognition system based on Gaussian Mixture Models determines where the tip of the arrow hit the target by filtering the colored pixels of the picture based on their likelihood of belonging to the target or the arrow head. This information is then used as feedback for the algorithm. Humanoid robot iCub learns the skill of archery. The learning algorithm, called ARCHER (Augmented Reward Chained Regression) algorithm, was developed and optimized specifically for problems like the archery training. Photo: Dr. Petar Kormushev The algorithm used to teach iCub is called the Augmented Reward Chained Regression (or ARCHER, naturally), and was developed especially for problems with specific knowledge about the goal to be achieved and which have a “smooth solution space.” In archery, the greatest reward comes from hitting a bullseye, the center of the target.center_img 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. Photo credits: Dr. Petar Kormushev More information: Research paper: kormushev.com/papers/Kormushev_Humanoids-2010.pdf The algorithm was developed by Dr. Petar Kormushev and colleagues of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT). The results of the research will be presented in December this year at the Humanoids 2010 conference in Nashville TN in the US. Citation: The iCub robot learns archery (2010, September 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-09-icub-robot-archery.htmllast_img read more

first_img Travelweek Group Wednesday, June 14, 2017 CALGARY — WestJet is celebrating fathers across Canada with a special Father’s Day sale that includes savings on both flights and vacation packages.Starting today, the company is offering three days of great savings on flights within Canada, and to Europe, the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. Bookings must be made by June 15.The offer applies to travel within Canada or to the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean between July 5-Aug. 2, and between Sept. 5-Dec. 13 for travel between Canada and Europe.To sweeten the day for dads, WestJet is also offering sale prices on getaways to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, with savings up to $135 per room at select Secrets, Breathless, Dreams, Now and Sunscape Resorts & Spas in Mexico.This offer must also be booked by June 15, for travel between June 15 and Oct. 31. Blackout dates are June 15-Aug. 18 (subject to change.Featured vacation packages on sale include:Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta (savings up to $135 per room)Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort (savings up to $135 per room)Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa (savings up to $135 per room)Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta (savings up to $135 per room, plus kids stay free)Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa (savings up to $135 per room, plus kids stay free)Now Amber Puerto Vallarta (savings up to $135 per room, plus kids stay free)Sunscape Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa (savings up to $135 per room, plus kids stay free) Posted by Sharecenter_img WestJet launches Father’s Day Sale on flights and vacations Tags: WestJet << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_img Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Share Posted by Travelweek Group NEW YORK — Virtuoso is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year by highlighting 20 experiences available at the network’s original 20 hotels.Over the course of a quarter-century, Virtuoso has grown from just 20 hotels in 1992 to today’s 1,246, which include more five-star properties than any other organization. Nearly 500 of the program’s partner hotels work solely with Virtuoso, and nearly half of the hotels within its program are under 100 rooms, offering clients ‘hidden gems’ around the world.To date, Virtuoso has added 94 properties in 2017, and has annual sales of US$21.2 billion. Its portfolio encompasses hotels, resorts, lodges, tents, camps, private islands, villas and apartments.“Since its inception, Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts has thrived due to its superior collection of world’s-finest properties, its commitment to excellence, and its continual innovation,” said Albert Herrera, Virtuoso senior vice president, Global Product Partnerships. “However, it’s the commitment to working with travel advisors and the value these hotels place on the human connection, be it the advisor-client relationship or the hotel-advisor partnership, that makes them stand apart from other luxury hotels. The magic of the program is that it is constantly advancing to deliver exciting options to upscale travellers.”Here are the 20 experiences at Virtuoso’s original 20 hotels:Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane: Guests can re-energize at the hotel’s glass-walled rooftop floor, featuring a spa, fitness centre and lounge. There are also private shower suites.Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay: Guests can explore local religious traditions with the resort’s Hindu priest, who leads ceremonies, blessing rituals and shrine visits.Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea: Guests can join award-winning photography duo Cesere Brothers on a customized seasonal whale-watching and photography adventure.Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara: Sporty clients can play beach volleyball with two-time Olympian, gold medalist and Santa Barbara native Todd Rogers.The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale.The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale: A 30-minute helicopter flight takes guests on an unforgettable exploration of Arizona.Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland: Guests can stay in a unique two-bedroom suite: inside a historic lighthouse on a world-famous golf course built atop the ruins of a medieval castle.The Lanesborough, Oetker Collection, London.The Lanesborough, Oetker Collection, London: Enjoy afternoon tea with a Debrett’s Social Etiquette Advisor. Anglophiles will learn why afternoon tea became one of the most beloved British pastimes.Mandarin Oriental, Geneva: Guests can experience a watch-making workshop in the city renowned for its luxury timepieces.Mandarin Oriental, Munich: At BMW World, guests will enjoy an exclusive individual experience that includes a ride to and from the museum in a private BMW.Belmond La Samanna, Saint Martin.Belmond La Samanna, Saint Martin: For those who enjoy adventures at sea, this hotel offers charters of yachts used in the America’s Cup Regatta.The Peninsula Beverly Hills: Kids will become celebrity VIPS in an interactive simulation, where they experience a day in the life of Hollywood’s hottest stars. They will film a live-action movie and walk the red carpet at the film’s premiere, complete with paparazzi.The Peninsula Hong Kong: Guests can become dumpling masters during a dim sum class at Michelin- starred Spring Moon. At the end of the class, they can savour their own delicacies.Rosewood Mansion On Turtle Creek, Dallas: Consult with one of Dallas’ top fashion experts at the iconic NorthPark Center. A stylist will provide bespoke fashion recommendations and advice for clients who want to grow, customize and refine their personal flair. A two-hour private session and US$100 shopping spree at the upscale center will get them started.The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia IslandThe Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island: Experience unspoiled natural beauty on a guided kayak tour through the scenic salt marshes of the Intracoastal Waterway.The Ritz-Carlton, Naples: Design a personal keepsake alongside Conrad Williams, a Dale Chihuly-trained glass artist. Guests can choose from a rainbow of colors and work with the artist, forming molten glass with their breath and shaping tools. When done, they can take home their creation as a one-of-a-kind souvenir.The Pierre, a Taj Hotel, New York: Music lovers have a treat awaiting them at the hotel’s swanky Two E Bar: a live jazz performance three nights a week. The bar’s Art Deco surroundings, as well as the hotel’s status as a Jazz Age landmark, also enhance the experience.Claridge’s, London: Executive chef Martyn Nail will share secrets behind the cooking and presentation of Claridge’s menus while preparing dishes, assisted by class members. Each dish will then be served to the audience with complementing wines chosen by the hotel’s sommelier.The Connaught, LondonThe Connaught, London: For those who have always wanted to know how to effortlessly stir and shake their way to the perfect blend, the world-renowned Connaught Bar introduces a series of mixology masterclasses led by award-winning Director of Mixology Agostino Perrone.Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort: he young, and young at heart, can learn to ride the waves at the Flow House Boca, the ultimate surfers’ destination. Body surfing, stand-up surfing, even night sessions – guests master surfing in whatever style they prefer at the ultimate surf-on-land experience, the FlowRider dual-sided wave simulator.The St. Regis New York: he hotel’s King Cole Bar is the birthplace of the Red Snapper, the original Bloody Mary. Created in 1934, the hotel recently celebrated the millionth sale of the cocktail. Patrons can sip a Red Snapper in the intimate lounge, named Best Bar by Virtuoso.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsFor more information on Virtuoso’s Hotels & Resorts collection, or to book a stay, visit virtuoso.com/hotels.center_img Virtuoso: 25 years, 20 experiences, 20 original hotels Tags: Luxury Travel, Virtuoso << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_img Source:https://news.stanford.edu/press/view/26744 Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 13 2019Concussion researchers have long suggested that damage to the corpus callosum, a thick bundle of nerves that connects the brain’s two halves, could result in some common side effects of concussion, like dizziness or vision problems. The assumption is straightforward – that damage to the corpus callosum could affect coordination between the two halves – but difficult to prove.Although still not proof, Stanford University researchers have gathered evidence to support the idea by combining data from sensors worn by athletes, simulations of brain movement based on those measurements and brain images of people with and without concussions. Their findings, published March 12 in Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, suggest that impacts to the side of the head might cause harmful vibrations in a structure connected to the corpus collosum.”Concussion is a big, vague term and we need to start breaking it down,” said Fidel Hernandez, a former graduate student in the lab of David Camarillo, assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, and co-lead author of the paper. “One way we can do that is to study individual structures that would be likely to cause traditional concussion symptoms if they were injured.”Evaluation, three waysThis research is built on data from mouth guards worn by football players and developed by the Camarillo lab. Each mouth guard records head movement and acceleration in six directions through an integrated accelerometer and gyroscope. Analyzing 115 impacts recorded by these mouth guards, the researchers found two associated with concussion diagnoses. By applying the mouth guard measurements to a simulation of the neck, head and brain, the researchers saw instances where the corpus callosum was pulled around by a structure above it called the falx.The falx sits like a mohawk hairstyle between the brain’s two halves and is stiffer than the rest of the brain, like leather versus gelatin. Watching reproductions of the recorded impacts and additional simulations, the researchers saw that hits to the side of the head could produce vibrations in the falx, due to its stiffness. Those could then propagate down to the corpus callosum, creating the kind of tissue strain that is often implicated in concussion. Simulated strikes that made the head tilt toward the shoulder produced C-shape waves in the falx, while those that caused the head to turn produced S-shaped waves.With direction from the simulations, Michael Zeineh, assistant professor of radiology and his lab, including former postdoctoral fellow and co-lead author of the paper Maged Goubran, assessed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans from the two athletes who had been diagnosed with concussion. The researchers looked with the most sensitive method available – diffusion imaging – and found evidence of possible damage to the corpus callosum in both brains.Related StoriesAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaPosterior parietal cortex plays crucial role in making decisions, research showsResearch team to create new technology for tackling concussionDiffusion imaging is rarely used in clinical practice and, even with this advanced technology, the researchers only saw the corpus callosum abnormalities because they knew where to look and had a comparison group – scans from athletes from the same sport and with similar years of experience who had never been diagnosed with concussion.”The bottom line is, when we do post-concussion brain scans in clinical settings, we don’t find anything. I’d say 95 percent of them are normal,” said Zeineh, who is also co-senior author of the paper. “Clinically, we interpret by eye, but the kinds of changes we’re showing in the paper, you can’t see with your eye. Concussion cannot be diagnosed by imaging alone.”Given there were only two concussions in the data, the researchers emphasize the connection between side impacts, corpus callosum strain by the falx and concussion is still a hypothesis. A few previous studies have discounted this link but none have combined biometric measurements, simulations and neuroimaging at this resolution. The researchers need more data to see how their hypothesis holds up and they are already working with women’s lacrosse and additional football players to obtain that.”The neuroimaging is really important for confirming the simulated models, but it’s been difficult to get this combination of mouth guards and imaging,” said Camarillo, who is co-senior author of the paper. “Now, we can prove these things out in a more rigorous and larger sample size.”Understanding what we’re up againstWhen someone is diagnosed with a concussion, the treatment is almost always the same. The problem is that there are likely many kinds of concussions with symptoms that depend on which part of the brain was injured and how badly.”All concussions are not created equal,” said Hernandez. “We try to draw a line – a binary ‘yes concussion’ or ‘no’ – but concussions happen on a gradient.”A more detailed understanding of concussions could lead to more tailored treatments and change how we prevent them, showing us, for example, which kinds of concussions are most damaging or easiest to avoid. This topic matters beyond sports, as many concussions are the consequence of falls, particularly in the elderly or very young. Car crashes carry concussion risk as well. So, not only could research like this help improve protective gear for football players and cyclists, it could inform safety standards for cars or suggest new ways to design safer homes.last_img read more

first_imgJust in time for the holidays, Apple added a new gifting option that will allow you to give the gift of in-app purchases to your friends and family. (c)2018 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Facebook ‘gifts’ launch, users can send presents Citation: Apple tweaks app rules to allow users to gift in-app purchases (2018, December 24) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-apple-tweaks-app-users-gift.html 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. Explore further In an update to its App Store guidelines, the tech giant announced that “apps”—or app developers—are authorized to enable iOS users to buy in-app goods for one another. That includes both ongoing subscriptions and one-time gifts.Apple’s previous policy didn’t permit such gifts.First spotted Wednesday by MacRumors, the language located under the Payments section of the guidelines now states: “Apps may enable gifting of items that are eligible for in-app purchase to others. Such gifts may only be refunded to the original purchaser and may not be exchanged.”The previous wording stated: “Apps should not directly or indirectly enable gifting of in-app purchase content, features, or consumable items to others,” according to MacRumors.The iPhone maker does not offer any insight into how the integration of internal-content-gifting will work, however.Currently, if you wish to give a nonfree app to someone, you tap the blue and white three-dots icon located across from the app’s price. You’ll then be prompted to send the app via email to the recipient.Apple’s latest move could really benefit gamers who use in-app currency such as “Fortnite” V-Bucks. Users could also gift premium content such as locked photo filters and ad-free app upgrades.last_img read more

first_img Elliott Management, which owns more than 4 percent of its stock, said in a letter to eBay that if it focused on its online marketplace, it could push its share price, which had been trading for around $30, to $55 or even more than $63 by the end of next year.In early trading Tuesday, shares of eBay Inc. jumped 9 percent.Elliott believes the Classifieds business has a potential value of $8 billion to $12 billion, with StubHub’s value at $3.5 billion to $4.5 billion. 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. Explore further This Jan. 14, 2015, file photo, shows signage at the entrance to eBay’s headquarters in San Jose, Calif. An activist shareholder is telling eBay that restructuring its business could help more than double its stock price. Investment firm Elliott Management, which owns more than 4 percent of eBay stock, said in a letter sent to eBay Inc.’s board that enacting the recommendations could lead eBay’s stock to be valued at $55 to more than $63 per share by the end of next year. The stock closed at $31 on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) Citation: Elliott pushes for changes at eBay (2019, January 22) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-elliott-ebay.htmlcenter_img © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. EBay 3Q profit rises 23 percent An activist shareholder says eBay would be better off without StubHub or its classified ads businesses.last_img read more