Nickelodeon Partners With DoSomethingorg For HALO Awards

first_imgAs Nickelodeon celebrates this year’s five HALO Awards honorees this Nov. 30 for their commitment to service; the network is adding two pro-social elements to the telecast that will let audiences deepen their connections and commitments to the causes they care about.Nickelodeon is taking its HALO Effect initiative into 2015 with $50,000 of grants to fund kids’ charitable efforts, and is also launching on Nov. 15 a pro-social project with designed to connect kids and teens to the community service initiatives championed by this year’s five Nickelodeon HALO Awards honorees. The HALO Awards is Nickelodeon’s annual event that recognizes real-life kids who are doing extraordinary things in their communities and ‘Helping and Leading Others’ (HALO).This year’s HALO honorees — Lulu Cerone, Yash Gupta, Cassandra Lin, Nicolas Lowinger and Alanna Wall — are being commended for their work to raise awareness across numerous issues relevant to kids today, including environmental sustainability, volunteerism, helping the underprivileged, and building awareness for youth philanthropy. Kids and teens can visit and click on the profile of each HALO honoree to sign up and participate in activities that include creating activity books for kids in hospitals, encouraging friends and family to decrease oil waste, donating gently worn eyeglasses and backpacks, and teaching internet safety tips to friends and family. Additionally, users can upload images showcasing how they participated in these activities and earn an opportunity to be nominated for Nickelodeon’s year-round pro-social initiative, HALO Effect.The HALO Effect initiative recognizes one deserving teen every month for “helping and leading others” (HALO) in their community. Over the past year HALO Effect has awarded more than $50,000 to 10 kids across the country to help fund their charitable organization of choice. HALO Effect awards a $5,000 grant to a charity of each teen’s choosing. Teens selected are also featured in an on-air profile on TeenNick and highlighted on throughout each month. This year’s HALO Awards will showcase the work of the 2014 HALO Effect winners during the hour-long concert special.“The Nickelodeon HALO Awards celebrates what is truly a generational movement among kids and teens about the need to address the most pressing issues of our time,” said Marva Smalls, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Nickelodeon Group. “Our hope is that the platform we are giving this year’s HALO Awards honorees will serve as inspiration to kids across the country.”“The impact of the Halo Awards will extend beyond the screen and into the homes and communities of young people across the country. We built five custom campaigns, influenced by the rockstar Halo honorees and their causes, so inspired viewers can take an immediate action for social good. It’s simple: tune in, take action,” said Naomi Hirabayashi, Chief Marketing Officer at sixth annual HALO Awards will celebrate the work of five teens that are actively helping others in their communities with a concert special featuring performances by Jessie J, Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, The Roots, Echosmith, The Vamps and Fifth Harmony; along with appearances by Zendaya, Victoria Justice, Carlos PenaVega, and Nickelodeon’s live-action stars. Led by host/creator/executive producer Nick Cannon the hour-long concert will premiere across Nickelodeon’s networks (Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Nicktoons) on Sunday Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) and stream live for the first time ever on, the Nick App and Nick and the Nick App are the official digital destinations for all things HALO. Kids will be able to learn all about the HALO Awards, relive the best performances from last year’s show, watch videos featuring Nick Cannon and all of this year’s musical acts, flip through photo galleries featuring kids who have HALO’d, find out which celebs will have a front row seat to this year’s concert event, and score some exclusive sneak peeks before the show.Presenting sponsors of the annual Nickelodeon HALO Awards are Green Giant, Reese’s Puffs Cereal and Dave & Buster’s.The Nickelodeon HALO Awards is produced by Superfly in association with Nickelodeon Productions. Nick Cannon, Alex Coletti, Jay Schmalholz and Shelly Sumpter Gillyard are executive producers.last_img read more

Gloria Estefan Pays For Boys Cerebral Palsy Treatment

first_imgGloria Estefan is funding treatment for a young boy with Cerebral Palsy.The boy’s family wanted to start an amazing new treatment program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, but the $36,000 fee was going to be a struggle. The singer found out about the plight of 8-year-old Nico Fernandez when a fan tweeted her.“I clicked the link and I saw that Nico’s mom had been doing everything in her power to get him to the institute,” Estefan told PEOPLE. “I knew there was a deadline because she was trying to get him into a summer program.”Nico’s mother had started a GoFundMe page to try and raise the money for the treatment.“I told her to keep the money that had been raised on GoFundMe to help with her other important expenses,” said Estefan.To find out more about Gloria Estefan’s mission to help Nico, click here.last_img read more

Disciplinary inquiry against Pragya others on Godse remark Amit Shah

first_imgNew Delhi: Distancing from the statements of party leaders Pragya Singh Thakur, Ananth Hegde and Nalin Kumar Kateel calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a “patriot”, BJP President Amit Shah on Friday said the party’s Disciplinary Committee will inquire into the matter and submit a report within 10 days. Saying the statements by the three leaders was against the party’s ideology, Shah tweeted: “The statements made by Pragya Thakur, Ananth Hegde and Nalin Kateel in the last two days are their own statements. The BJP has no relation with their statements. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “However, they have retracted their statements and also apologized. The BJP has taken a decision to send their statements to the Disciplinary Committee. The committee will submit a report within 10 days to the BJP after receiving the replies of the three leaders over their statements that are against the ideology of the party,” he said. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President’s announcement came as the party faced criticism over the remarks ahead of the final phase of the Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Pragya Thakur was the first among the three party leaders to call Godse a “patriot”, leading the Election Commission to seek a report from the Madhya Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer. As her statement went viral, two BJP MPs — Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde and Nalin Kumar Kateel — also came out in her support. Godse shot dead Mahatma Gandhi at a prayer meeting in New Delhi on January 30, 1948. He was hanged after a trial.last_img read more

Pizza Hut loses Halaal status

As a result Pizza Hut Sri Lanka has ceased to be an establishment certified as Halaal by the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, the press notice said. However when an application for the renewal of the certification was considered by the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, the application was rejected as it did not meet certain requirements. Pizz Hut Sri Lanka has lost its Halaal certification as it failed to fulfill certain requirements, the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama said in a press notice today.The notice said that Gamma Pizzakraft Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, the local agent for Pizza Hut, was issued a Halaal certification till December 2011 by the Halaal certification division of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama. read more

NZ and Sri Lanka beef up diplomatic ties

Key said Mr Wickremsinghe’s visit to New Zealand – the first by a Sri Lankan leader – followed his own trip to Sri Lanka in February and showed each government’s commitment to strengthening the relationship, Radio New Zealand reported. “Establishing high commissions in Wellington and Colombo in the next few years will help support that process.”Key said the two Commonwealth countries discussed reducing trade tariffs, working together on boosting tourism and bringing more students to study in New Zealand. New Zealand and Sri Lanka will establish high commissions in each other’s countries, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said today.Key was speaking at a joint news conference with his Sri Lankan counterpart, Ranil Wickremesinghe, in Auckland this morning. Wickremesinghe is in New Zealand for three days. (Colombo Gazette) They also talked about MMP, as Sri Lanka is considering introducing a proportional representation system.The Sri Lankan prime minister says his country is considering introducing the MMP system for its own parliament.Wickremesinghe, who is making the first visit by a Sri Lankan prime minister to New Zealand, said Sri Lanka also wants to study New Zealand’s political system. Wickremesinghe was to visit Auckland Zoo this afternoon to see the elephant Anjalee, gifted to New Zealand by his country.Trade between the two countries is growing, mainly because of rising demand for milk powder in Sri Lanka.Key said Sri Lanka was an increasingly attractive market for exporters, and he hopes to boost trade between the two countries. “Sri Lanka has embarked on a courageous course to rebuild the country after a generation-long civil war, and we are keen to support that process both politically and by growing our strong economic relationship. “The Sri Lankan Parliament is seriously considering taking on the New Zealand mixed member proportional system, which means there’ll be more Sri Lankan MPs down here,” he said. read more

Brock University to gain three new Canada Research Chairs

They are billed as being “some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds.”Canada Research Chairs (CRCs), noted in their fields of research, strive to achieve research excellence as they increase Canada’s research competitiveness.There are eight CRCs at Brock and three more are about to join them. The University is recruiting three Canada Research Chairs in the areas of psychology, kinesiology and child and youth studies.“Brock has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to high-impact and transdisciplinary research,” says Interim Associate Vice-President, Research Michelle McGinn.“Each of these new CRCs will contribute new knowledge and innovations in their respective fields that will provide unparalleled opportunities for the students who will work and learn alongside these top scholars and will add much to the fabric of Canadian research,” she says.The three Chairs will all contribute to environmental impacts on human health and function.The Canada Research Chair in Biological Psychology, Epigenetics investigates the role of environmental factors in brain and behavioural development.Biological Psychology is a foundational subdiscipline within psychology. Epigenetics provides compelling evidence that environmental influences can have life-long, transgenerational effects that do not reflect changes in DNA, but rather in gene expression, says Professor of Psychology Cathy Mondloch“Given the multi-generational impact of these environmental influences, the scholarship of epigenetics will enhance human health and well-being,” says Mondloch, who is Chair of the Department of Psychology.Mondloch says the new position will strengthen ties among transdisciplinary research groups such as the Jack and Nora Walker Canadian Centre for Lifespan Development Research and the Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience group, “partnerships that will further enhance our innovation, creativity, and ability to foster healthy lives in the Niagara Region.”The Canada Research Chair in Tissue Remodelling and Plasticity throughout the Lifespan will examine the impacts that growth, aging, activity level and nutrition have on how tissues adapt, maladapt, and are repaired at various stages in life.Researchers in this area use advanced techniques such as epigenetics (the study of inheritable changes that are not genetic in nature), metabolomics (the chemical evidence that signals a cellular process has occurred), proteomics (the study of proteins), and various types of imaging to examine tissue developments at certain points in life.“While we know that a healthful diet and physical activity promote health, there is still much to be discovered about whether there are specific windows of opportunity during the lifespan in which these factors can particularly optimize health, by preventing or delaying the development of chronic disease,” says Professor Phillip Sullivan, Chair of the Department of Kinesiology.“Ultimately, this research will lead to strategies to promote the health and well-being of Canadians while also reducing costs to the health care system” he says.The Canada Research Chair in Children and Youth: Performance and Mental Health aims to understand the relationships between physical performance and health and well-being in children and youth. This includes how performance can have direct and indirect positive and potentially negative effects on the physical, emotional and mental health of children and youth.“There are several important aspects of performance that can have some very positive effects on children and youth,” says Professor of Child and Youth Studies John McNamara. “At the same time, children and youth can face profound pressure to perform at very high levels. This pressure comes from many sources, including society, families, and ultimately can be pressure that children and youth internalize and place on themselves.”The Canada Research Chairs Program invests around $265 million each year to attract and retain top researchers in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities and social sciences.The program is an initiative of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). read more

43 WWE RAW Ratings Increase in viewers following WrestleMania

first_img Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Google+ Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles WhatsApp unknown WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership stays over 2 million, WWE stays No. 1 on Tuesday Facebook WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Football Kurt Angle Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Are Becky Lynch And Seth Rollins Dating? Pinterest Last night’s 4/3 WWE RAW drew an average of 3.77 million viewers on Monday night on the USA Network according to a report by is up from last week’s show that drew 3.3 million viewers. RAW came in at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 for the night on cable in the 18-49 demographic.It was the strongest show for RAW in a long time coming off WrestleMania 33.Hourly breakdowns of the WWE RAW RatingsHourly breakdowns were as follows.Hour 1: 3.826 (up from 3.253 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 3.893 (up from 3.426 million viewers)Hour 3: 3.583 (up from 3.197 million viewers)RAW, headlined by the return of Finn Balor teaming with Seth Rollins against Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe in a tag team match, averaged a 1.43 among adults 18-49 on Monday night. This is up from last week’s show that averaged a 1.18 rating.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Cesaro WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles I figured the second and third hour would have competition with the March Madness Final. Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Now Playing Up Next April 4, 2017 at 4:31 pm 1 COMMENT Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Seth Rollins Videos Articles Twitter Comments are closed.last_img read more

WWE Watch Along to premiere during Fastlane this Sunday with WWE stars

first_imgFacebook Syracuse University Offering ‘Unofficial Pop-up Class’ To Become A YouTube Star system.scripts.YouTube to pay fine for collecting data on kids WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Google+ Natalya Neidhart on Why Total Divas Name Didnt Change After WWE Started Calling Women Superstars WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) YouTube to pay fine for collecting data on kids WWE is promoting the premiere of a new live show called “WWE Watch Along” where stars and legends will join Pat McAfee to watch Fastlane backstage this Sunday.The show will stream live on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter during the PPV. Advertised to appear is Alexa Bliss, The New Day, Mustafa Ali, The IIconics, Natalya, Beth Phoenix, Christian, Cathy Kelley and the potential for surprise guests.You can check out WWE’s official announcement below.WWE Watch Along to debut during WWE Fastlane on YouTube, Twitter and FacebookThis Sunday, you’re invited to the ultimate WWE Fastlane party. WWE Superstars and Legends will join host Pat McAfee to watch WWE Fastlane backstage at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, and you can watch with them live on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.Guests who will be popping in and out of this special WWE Watch Along livestream include Alexa Bliss, The New Day, Mustafa Ali, The IIconics, Natalya, Beth Phoenix, Christian and Cathy Kelley. And that’s just the names we know so far. There’s no telling who might crash this party.You’ll hear candid commentary from our guests, get live reactions from the Superstars after some of the night’s biggest matches, and might even have the opportunity to throw out some questions and commentary of your own.You won’t want to miss WWE Watch Along, so tune in to WWE Fastlane, streaming live on Sunday, March 10, at 7 ET/4 PT on the award-winning WWE Network, and watch along with the Superstars on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSyracuse University Offering ‘Unofficial Pop-up Class’ To Become A YouTube StarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list YouTube Summer Camps For Kids Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Longtime Columbia River HS coach Dana Blair dies

first_imgLongtime Columbia River High School teacher, coach, state champion and Title IX pioneer Dana Blair has died, Vancouver Public Schools confirmed Friday afternoon in an e-mail to the community.Blair, the head coach for volleyball for 23 seasons, led the Chieftains to state championships in 1991 and 2000. She also was the head softball coach, leading the program to the championship game in 2005.After leaving volleyball and softball, she brought her championship touch to the Columbia River bowling team. That squad won a state championship in 2015.She was teaching physical education this year and was a month away from starting another bowling season with the Chieftains.In all, she spent 36 years as a teacher in Vancouver.An e-mail from Alex Otoupal, the principal at Columbia River, was sent Friday afternoon.“This morning we received the tragic news that Dana Blair, a longtime and well-loved teacher and coach, died,” the e-mail states.“Understandably, our school community is deeply saddened by the news.”A cause of death was not given.Students did not have school Friday, but teachers were on campus for an in-service day.“It’s still, for lack of a better word, shock,” said Tony Liberatore, the school’s athletic director.Blair also was a student at Columbia River before becoming a teacher — a true, lifelong Columbia River Chieftain.“As a student, and a teacher, and a coach, all the key moments of athletic history, she was a part of them,” Liberatore said.Blair also was a champion for equal rights for women in athletics. She was part of a landmark 1979 lawsuit against Washington State University, “a decision that helped entrench Title IX and ensure its enforcement,” according to former Columbian Sports Editor Greg Jayne, who wrote about Blair’s historic achievement in 2004.“I think maybe I was born a little too early,” Blair told Jayne. “I would love to have these kids’ opportunity. They’re pretty lucky.”last_img read more

Schmeichel talks about Srivaddhanaprabha

first_imgThe former owner died tragically after a helicopter accident and for Leicester City’s goalkeeper he was the best boss everLeicester City’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died tragically after his helicopter crashed outside the King Power Stadium.And for the Foxes’ goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, he was the best boss one could have.“If you look back at my career, I’ve had to constantly prove myself and be compared to others. Constantly having to prove I am good enough,” Schmeichel told Sky Sports.“Then came a guy who said he believed in me from the first minute. He said he’d seen me play and just gave me the platform.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I’ve been here nearly eight years now and that says a lot about the stability here and the belief he had in me,” he commented.“Having gone from nine clubs to just being at one club, I was searching for someone who believed in me – he and his family did.”“It’s very easy to be caught up in this world of money, fame, and fortune. He is a guy who has done all that and doesn’t care about it. He only cares about helping people,” he added.“It just speaks to the man that he was. He didn’t need to buy a football club. That’s never a good business investment.”last_img read more

Two die in Vancouver fire

first_imgHere is a news release from the Vancouver Fire Department:Slighty after 1:30 am, Vancouver Fire Dept responded to a report of a house fire at 15304 NE 13th Circle. Vancouver’s Engine 10 reported flames en route and arrived at the home in 5 minutes to find the single story house well involved in flames.The fire was initially threatening a nearby home. Crews deployed hose lines to provide exposure protection to the threatened home, attacked the fire and performed a search. The fire was called under control at 2:06am. The damage to the home was extensive. At approximately 4:00am fire crews overhauling the fire discovered two deceased individuals. There is no information as to identity, age or gender at this time. Family hs been notified. No additional information is currently available.Please direct further inquiries regarding the ongoing investigation to Vancouver Police PIO Kiim Kapp.Chris MoenCapt/PIOVancouver Fire Dept.The multi-agency fire investigation is assembling is open and ongoing.last_img read more

HoustonArea Man Fatally Shot Trying to Save Teen Neighbor

first_imgGood Samaritan killed trying to help teen during attempted robbery. Occurred near West Hardy/Rankin. If you have info, please call @CrimeStopHOU 713-222-8477 or 713-221-6000. #hounews— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) July 28, 2018 Harris County authorities say they’re seeking at least three suspects for the shooting death of a good Samaritan who tried to save a 16-year-old neighbor from being robbed at gunpoint.Sergio Bruno said the 29-year-old shooting victim, Moyses Arreguin, was like a brother to him. He said he was chatting Friday night with Arreguin, who lived a few homes away, and then was sitting on the back of his truck alone when men who had been driving on the street jumped out of their car, pulled a gun on him and demanded cash.Arreguin apparently spotted the confrontation, ran over and used a baseball bat on one of the robbers before he was shot several times.The armed attackers fled in their car.In the murder of Moyses Arreguin, we are searching for at least (3) suspects. Two are younger Hispanic males, 16-20 years old, slim built. Fled in a dark colored 4-door sedan. Will update as more information becomes available. #hounews— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) July 29, 2018 This photo breaks my heart. Moyses Arreguin died a hero. Gunmen shot and killed the young father as he tried to protect his teenage neighbor. Those cowards remain at large. @SheriffEd_HCSO & @HCSOTexas are investigating this murder. I pray for justice ->— Steve Campion (@SteveABC13) July 28, 2018 Last night, my 29 year old brother with 2 daughters, Moyses Arreguin was shot in the back and killed. He stood up to a man who was aiming a gun to a 16 year old kid. He saved the boy’s life but another man came and shot my brother. PLEASE SHARE THIS! #JUSTICEFORMOYSES— arturo cervantes (@artcerv) July 28, 2018 NEW FOOTAGE: Tragic video shows moments before good Samaritan shot and killed while saving neighbor #HOUNews— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) July 28, 2018 Share “If you could choose your neighbor, you’d choose him.” That’s his family, friends describe 28YO Moyses Arreguín who was shot, killed protecting 16YO teen neighbor from armed robbers last night. @HCSOTexas investigating the death of the husband and father of 2 little girls #khou11— Melissa Correa (@MCorreaKHOU) July 28, 2018last_img read more

Displaced Barry Farms Residents Sue DCHA for Loss of Housing

first_imgResidents of the historic Barry Farm Public Housing development filed a lawsuit against the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) Aug. 29 in U.S. District Court. The suit alleges the private developers under contract with the Housing Authority have significantly reduced space allotments in redevelopment plans that would effectively displace the complex’s mostly Black tenants.According to a copy of the filing, many residents would “stand to lose their housing because the number of two-, three-, four-, and six-bedroom units that accommodate them will be significantly reduced as part of the planned redevelopment of Barry Farm. Additionally, the tenants say they were led to believe that 1,400 units would be built – with 444 units of varying sizes set aside as public housing – but now are told only 344 public housing units will be built, a loss of 163 (2-, 3-, 4-, and 6)-bedroom units, according to the Washington Lawyers’ Committee.The lawsuit also alleges that “once conditions in a particular unit deteriorated to the point that the unit was uninhabitable, DCHA often pressured tenants to move, without assurances that they would have an enforceable right to return, rather than repair the unit. In the event where residents moved out of their units, DCHA additionally adopted a practice of keeping such units vacant, which allowed a significant number of units at Barry Farm to remain vacant months before HUD approved the demolition.The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and Foley & Lardner are representing the tenants. “Now, with redevelopment at hand, families with children stand to be left behind in a manner that is discriminatory and illegal,” Joseph Edmondson, a partner at Foley & Lardner, said in a release. “It appears Barry Farm residents are being written off by the very public housing administrators with responsibility for providing them with safe and habitable housing in an attempt to clear the property and squelch dissent.”The historic Barry Farm neighborhood is located East of the Anacostia river in Southeast D.C., along Suitland Parkway. The community dates back to the postbellum period when emancipated Blacks settled there.“The lawsuit seeks the tenants’ rights to return after redevelopment and to ensure unit sizes measure in terms of bedrooms,” said Edmondson. “We allege that this is discriminatory against families with children.”DCHA has not released a response to the lawsuit.On Sept. 6, residents in Ward 8 are holding a press conference and rally to outline steps D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the city’s government could take to protect lower-income residents against slumlords and displacement.last_img read more

Our sun will burn out before we explore all of No Mans

first_imgThere are so many planets in No Man’s Sky that it’s impossible for humanity to explore it all. Hello Games founder Sean Murray summed it up for Stephen Colbert when he appeared on The Late Show: 18 quintillion planets. That’s “18” followed by 18 zeros.The number is difficult to grasp, but Hello Games puts the number into a strangely digestible perspective. Players will probably never see another player, allowing gamers the chance to make their mark on untouched galaxies and systems. The weight of this project offers people a scale to measure our own universe in a way, by putting it in a medium where people can touch down and experience the vastness of space. It’s a little overwhelming to think about.Murray explains his team was able to “play god” and create a universe on such a huge scale was by procedurally generating galaxies through a computer. As he explains to Colbert, the project is based in math, evolutionary biology, and physics, which all come together to create a set of criteria for what should make up a planet. All of them diverse in their environment and the creatures that live within it.The point of the game, aside from giving newly discovered galaxies funny names, is to reach the center of the universe. Players must gather enough resources to work their way to the universe’s center. It’s up to the community to share and help one another find that center, explained Murray in an interview.“There’s a reward for every piece of information that you share, but you’ve got to judge whether it’s as good as keeping it to yourself. You could be the only one to find a certain type of ship. It’s an interesting experiment for when the game comes out.”Some people will no doubt be bent on reaching the game’s end goal, but others may feel less motivated by making a world’s first and be more focused on escapism. “Where you’ll go and how fast you’ll make your way through this universe is up to you. It’s yours for the taking,” reads the game’s page.As for how soon we can expect No Man’s Sky to be released, it’s still in question. However, if Hello Games’ founder is making appearances on mainstream media channels, maybe we can expect it sooner rather than later.last_img read more

Watch Boston Dynamics New Robot Can Stack Boxes Like a Boss

first_img Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsRobots to Compete in Underground Challenge in Mining Tunnels Stay on target They’ve given us a dynamic humanoid that does parkour and backflips and a robo dog that twerks, and now Boston Dynamics has unveiled a box-stacking bot that could be king of the warehouse.On Thursday the company showed off a “reimagined” version of Handle, a mobile manipulation robot designed for logistics, on their YouTube channel.The original version of Handle, created in 2017, is a research-robot that stands 6.5 feet tall, travels at 9 mph, and jumps 4 feet vertically.AdChoices广告This new Handle robot has been upgraded as a mobile manipulation robot designed for warehouse tasks and logistics, and would probably be Jeff Bezos’ dream Amazon employee.The robot, which  now sports an overhead suction-cup gripper instead of twin arms, can efficiently stack multiple heavy boxes on a pallet, as well as unload them, according to Boston Dynamics.“Handle autonomously performs mixed SKU pallet building and depalletizing after initialization and localizing against the pallets. The on-board vision system on Handle tracks the marked pallets for navigation and finds individual boxes for grasping and placing,” the company said.The boxes shown in the video weigh around 12 pounds, but the company says that Handle is designed to be able to manage boxes weighing up to 33 pounds.“This version of Handle works with pallets that are 48 inches deep and 68 inches tall,” Boston Dynamics said.More on Use Robots to Get Bees and Fish to ‘Talk’ to Each OtherWatch: Here’s the First Four-Legged Robot to Do a BackflipRobots Have Disassembled 700,000 Rockets for the US Militarylast_img read more

No Big Bang Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning

first_img Theorists apply loop quantum gravity theory to black hole 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. More information: Ahmed Farag Ali and Saurya Das. “Cosmology from quantum potential.” Physics Letters B. Volume 741, 4 February 2015, Pages 276–279. DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2014.12.057. Also at: arXiv:1404.3093[gr-qc].Saurya Das and Rajat K. Bhaduri, “Dark matter and dark energy from Bose-Einstein condensate”, preprint: arXiv:1411.0753[gr-qc]. © 2015 Citation: No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning (2015, February 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from No singularities nor dark stuffIn addition to not predicting a Big Bang singularity, the new model does not predict a “big crunch” singularity, either. In general relativity, one possible fate of the universe is that it starts to shrink until it collapses in on itself in a big crunch and becomes an infinitely dense point once again. Ali and Das explain in their paper that their model avoids singularities because of a key difference between classical geodesics and Bohmian trajectories. Classical geodesics eventually cross each other, and the points at which they converge are singularities. In contrast, Bohmian trajectories never cross each other, so singularities do not appear in the equations.In cosmological terms, the scientists explain that the quantum corrections can be thought of as a cosmological constant term (without the need for dark energy) and a radiation term. These terms keep the universe at a finite size, and therefore give it an infinite age. The terms also make predictions that agree closely with current observations of the cosmological constant and density of the universe.New gravity particleIn physical terms, the model describes the universe as being filled with a quantum fluid. The scientists propose that this fluid might be composed of gravitons—hypothetical massless particles that mediate the force of gravity. If they exist, gravitons are thought to play a key role in a theory of quantum gravity.In a related paper, Das and another collaborator, Rajat Bhaduri of McMaster University, Canada, have lent further credence to this model. They show that gravitons can form a Bose-Einstein condensate (named after Einstein and another Indian physicist, Satyendranath Bose) at temperatures that were present in the universe at all epochs. Motivated by the model’s potential to resolve the Big Bang singularity and account for dark matter and dark energy, the physicists plan to analyze their model more rigorously in the future. Their future work includes redoing their study while taking into account small inhomogeneous and anisotropic perturbations, but they do not expect small perturbations to significantly affect the results.”It is satisfying to note that such straightforward corrections can potentially resolve so many issues at once,” Das said. ( —The universe may have existed forever, according to a new model that applies quantum correction terms to complement Einstein’s theory of general relativity. The model may also account for dark matter and dark energy, resolving multiple problems at once. Explore further The widely accepted age of the universe, as estimated by general relativity, is 13.8 billion years. In the beginning, everything in existence is thought to have occupied a single infinitely dense point, or singularity. Only after this point began to expand in a “Big Bang” did the universe officially begin.Although the Big Bang singularity arises directly and unavoidably from the mathematics of general relativity, some scientists see it as problematic because the math can explain only what happened immediately after—not at or before—the singularity. “The Big Bang singularity is the most serious problem of general relativity because the laws of physics appear to break down there,” Ahmed Farag Ali at Benha University and the Zewail City of Science and Technology, both in Egypt, told and coauthor Saurya Das at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, have shown in a paper published in Physics Letters B that the Big Bang singularity can be resolved by their new model in which the universe has no beginning and no end. Old ideas revisitedThe physicists emphasize that their quantum correction terms are not applied ad hoc in an attempt to specifically eliminate the Big Bang singularity. Their work is based on ideas by the theoretical physicist David Bohm, who is also known for his contributions to the philosophy of physics. Starting in the 1950s, Bohm explored replacing classical geodesics (the shortest path between two points on a curved surface) with quantum trajectories. In their paper, Ali and Das applied these Bohmian trajectories to an equation developed in the 1950s by physicist Amal Kumar Raychaudhuri at Presidency University in Kolkata, India. Raychaudhuri was also Das’s teacher when he was an undergraduate student of that institution in the ’90s. Using the quantum-corrected Raychaudhuri equation, Ali and Das derived quantum-corrected Friedmann equations, which describe the expansion and evolution of universe (including the Big Bang) within the context of general relativity. Although it’s not a true theory of quantum gravity, the model does contain elements from both quantum theory and general relativity. Ali and Das also expect their results to hold even if and when a full theory of quantum gravity is formulated. Journal information: Physics Letters B This is an artist’s concept of the metric expansion of space, where space (including hypothetical non-observable portions of the universe) is represented at each time by the circular sections. Note on the left the dramatic expansion (not to scale) occurring in the inflationary epoch, and at the center the expansion acceleration. The scheme is decorated with WMAP images on the left and with the representation of stars at the appropriate level of development. Credit: NASAlast_img read more

Frequent travellers earn free days with Nationals Rent Rent Reward

first_img Friday, August 25, 2017 Tags: Car Rental, National Car Rental, Promotions Share Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Frequent travellers earn free days with National’s ‘Rent Rent Reward’ TORONTO — National Car Rental’s ‘Rent Rent Reward’ promotion is back, giving registered Emerald Club members the chance to earn one free rental day for every two qualifying rentals during the promotion.Each free day covers base rate (time and mileage) only. The earning window runs through Feb. 28, 2018, with a redemption period through June 15, 2018.To further increase the chances to earn free days, this year’s promotion offers additional promotional points to members who complete any five bonus opportunities through Rent Rent Reward and to members when they complete their third qualifying rental during the promotion.“Once again, we’re proud to show our Emerald Club members our appreciation for their loyalty and support with our annual ‘Rent Rent Reward’ promotion,” said Rob Connors, vice president of brand marketing for National. “For over a decade, we’ve offered this promotion with a focus on helping new and existing members earn more free rental days while providing them with premium service and a convenient, efficient car rental experience.”More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthRegistered members receive one free rental day for every 600 points accrued through the promotion period, and every qualifying rental is worth 300 points. Additional bonus points can be earned through both rental and non-rental activities, including:Utilizing National’s mobile app to book rentals while earning unlimited points (75 points per completed rental).Renting any size vehicle in Latin America and the Caribbean (one-time bonus of 300 points upon completion of a rental).Renting any size vehicle in Europe (one-time bonus of 300 points upon completion of a rental).Participating in the Emerald Reserve service – which accommodates members who require a specific car class, such as a convertible, SUV, minivan, etc. – at Emerald Aisle locations (one-time bonus of 25 points upon completion of a rental).Completing an online customer survey (one-time bonus of 50 points).New this year, members can earn even more points by:Completing three qualifying rentals (one-time bonus of 200 points upon completion of third rental).Completing any five bonus opportunities available through Rent Rent Reward (one-time bonus of 75 points upon completion of fifth bonus opportunity).More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemEmerald Club is free to join and members get expedited service at airports and free upgrades in National’s Emerald Aisle, an exclusive section of the lot where members can select any vehicle as long as they reserve a mid-sized or larger car.Emerald Club members can register for the promotion at Free days earned for qualifying rentals through Rent Rent Reward are awarded in addition to a member’s chosen rewards earnings (frequent traveller miles/points or rental credits).Registered Emerald Club members may track and redeem the free rental days they earn through Rent Rent Reward between today and June 15, 2018, by visiting to three free days can be redeemed per rental at any time, including weekends. National notifies participants about their free rental days via email. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Study Borrowers Fail to Do Legwork when Researching Loans

first_imgStudy: Borrowers Fail to Do Legwork when Researching Loans in Data, Origination November 27, 2012 425 Views Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Consumer spending Fannie Mae Mortgage Rates 2012-11-27 Tory Barringercenter_img A new study from “”Fannie Mae””: suggests that many Americans fail to do their homework when considering mortgage options, creating problems for both borrowers and lenders.[IMAGE]According to the GSE’s “”November National Housing Survey Topic Analysis Report””:, many borrowers may be missing out on savings when it comes to shopping for mortgages, largely because of a lack of understanding about what’s available. This leads to increased costs and sometimes creates problems during the life of the loan.””Although a home purchase is the largest financial obligation most people will ever make, many borrowers do not fully understand their mortgage products and costs,”” said Doug Duncan, chief economist at Fannie Mae. “”As a result, some homeowners in this position may find themselves with unsustainable payments down the road.””The problem is especially prevalent among lower-income respondents (defined in the survey as households earning $50,000 or less per year). Forty-three percent of low-income respondents said they obtained an offer from only one institution when shopping for their current mortgage–a full 10 percentage points more than high-income respondents (households earning at least six figures annually).Research done for HUD indicates borrowers who fail to shop around may be missing out on $1,000 or more in savings on closing costs.While lender reputation seems to be an important factor for borrowers across all income groups–at least two out of three respondents in each income bracket say it is a major consideration–low-income consumers are more swayed by real estate agents and mortgage brokers when choosing a lender. They are also less likely to factor in the competitiveness of their offers: 54 percent of low-income respondents cite competitiveness as an important factor, while 76 percent of high-income respondents say it is a major point for them.In addition, high earners appear to be more comfortable shopping around using technology. Half of low- and mid-income respondents say they obtained the quote on their mortgage in person, while more than 60 percent of high-income shoppers got their quote over the phone or on the Internet (through either their lender’s website or a third-party comparison website).Moreover, high-income respondents expressed greater comfort with the idea of using their mobile devices to research homes, lenders, and rates. However, respondents across all income groups still seem reluctant to actually obtain a mortgage product on a mobile device, with less than a quarter of each group saying they would be comfortable doing so.Another common thread among consumers of all income brackets is their failure to understand key mortgage elements. When asked to estimate the maximum percentage by which the monthly adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) payment can increase over the life of the loan, 41 percent of respondents were unable to answer.Among those who actually offered an estimate, the average guess was around 10 percent, well short of Fannie Mae’s calculation of more than 50 percent. Sharelast_img read more

MONTREAL — Despite a request from the mayor of Lac

first_img MONTREAL — Despite a request from the mayor of Lac-Megantic, Que., Netflix is refusing to remove from its movie “Bird Box” footage of the rail explosion that killed 47 people in the town.Lac-Megantic mayor Julie Morin says in a statement that she spoke with a representative from the streaming giant today and was assured that the company would work with its partners to ensure the footage is not used in future productions.At least two dramas currently on Netflix’s Canadian platform, including the hit “Bird Box,” briefly use actual footage of the 2013 tragedy. Morin told The Canadian Press this week that she wanted the company to review its catalogue and remove the images.Morin says in the statement that following today’s conversation, she is satisfied Netflix is sensitive to the recovery of her citizens, many of whom are suffering post-traumatic stress. The company that sold the stock footage of Lac-Megantic to another Netflix production, “Travelers,” says it is saddened that images of the tragedy were used for entertainment.Pond5 says in a statement that the footage of the disaster was taken out of context. The company says it is contacting all customers who purchased similar footage to ensure they are aware of the sensitivity of the content.The Canadian Press Netflix rejects request to remove Lac-Megantic images from ‘Bird Box’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 17, 2019 11:54 am PDT Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac-Mégantic, Que., Saturday, July 6, 2013. A day after learning that a science-fiction show on Netflix used actual footage of the Lac-Megantic rail disaster in an episode, the mayor of the Quebec town said she believes images of the tragedy were used in a second Netflix production, “Bird Box.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson last_img read more

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