Robotics Professor Wows Republicans at Retreat

first_imgAs a political naif who considers himself an independent, computer scientist Chad Jenkins may have seemed out of place giving a pep talk to a group of Republican lawmakers. But when the GOP leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives invited Jenkins to speak at their annual retreat this week, the associate professor at Brown University jumped at the chance.His TED-style talk on Wednesday night made two points. On the surface, it demonstrated how his research on personal robots has helped Henry Evans, a mute quadriplegic, reconnect with the world. But he says his last slide, which thanked NASA, the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Education for supporting his research, was intended to convey a second, more subtle message: Federal support for basic academic research benefits society.Jenkins certainly accomplished his first goal. “It was fascinating. Everyone was very impressed with Chad and Henry,” says Nate Hodson, an aide to Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), who organized the retreat as chair of the Republican Conference.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Henry Evans was a 40-year-old chief financial officer in Silicon Valley when he suffered a devastating stroke in 2002. In the past year, Jenkins and his team have trained Evans to use his head movements to direct a quadrotor drone around his home in northern California—or inside a hotel on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where the lawmakers had gathered for a 3-day meeting that ended today. A PR2 robot that Jenkins and others have programmed also allows Evans to do everyday tasks like opening the refrigerator door and shaving himself.Evans’s spirit and resilience appealed to Rodgers, who had told her staff to be on the lookout for speakers who challenge the status quo and demonstrate what’s possible. And Evans’s nonprofit Robots for Humanity—described in a TED talk he and Jenkins gave last fall—seemed like the perfect vehicle for that message. “She wanted members to think about policies that could have the same impact on people that Robots for Humanity is having on the lives of individuals,” Hodson says. It was a busy week for the fifth-term legislator: On Tuesday, Rodgers gave the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.Jenkins was the only academic on the program. He shared the stage with Simon Sinek, an advertising executive whose 2009 book on leadership, Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, has made him a popular motivational speaker. The next morning, GOP legislators heard from online education guru Sal Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, before plunging into a substantive agenda that covered such thorny topics as immigration, energy, health care, and deficit reduction.Jenkins says he was mobbed after his talk, with members eager to know more about Evans’s daily life and how the technology works. His portion of the retreat was a social event, Jenkins emphasized, and most of his interactions were a blur. But he hopes the fistful of business cards he collected will eventually translate into new opportunities to help groups that could benefit from adaptive technologies, from wounded veterans to the elderly.He also thinks that he made some progress on reminding lawmakers of the value of federal spending on research. “We were guests, so we didn’t want to agitate them,” Jenkins says. “Henry is an amazing story of someone whose life has been turned around through investments in basic research. And when you see an academic who’s made a positive effect on his life, I don’t think you have to say it. They were looking for ideas that sounded good, and you have to assume that they can connect the dots.”A taste of Washington politics has left the 40-year-old researcher open to the idea of additional appearances on the national stage. And one legislator has already asked if Evans would be interested in appearing as his guest at next year’s State of the Union address. But in response to a question from ScienceInsider, Jenkins drew the line at overt political activity.“Testify before Congress? I could do that,” he says. “But if they invited Henry and me to the Republican National Convention, I’d have to think real hard about that. Being on national TV in a highly partisan atmosphere is different than talking about your research. It would also be pretty stressful.”last_img read more

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Events Planned in UK, Uttarakhand to Mark 50th Year of Beatles’ India Visit

first_imgThe 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ visit to India is going to be marked by several events, the first of which is an exhibition in their home city Liverpool. A Beatles festival in Uttarakhand is also planned.The exhibition in the United Kingdom, titled Beatles in India, will open on Feb. 16 and run for two years at The Beatles Story museum, Xinhua reported. The exhibition will showcase what is often called a key and relatively secretive part of the lives of the music band members — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr — with never-before-seen memorabilia, imagery and personal accounts from the people who were there with the band in 1968.On display will be a sitar used by Indian classical musician Ravi Shankar, who mentored George Harrison, that has been loaned to The Beatles Story by Ravi Shankar Foundation. Ravi Shankar’s influence on Harrison led to the popularity of the use of Indian instruments in 1960s pop music.The exhibit will also feature photography from Paul Saltzman, a sound engineer for the National Film Board of Canada at the time, who photographed the Beatles during their stay. Saltzman took some of the most iconic and intimate images of the band’s time in India.George Harrison’s former wife Pattie Boyd, and her sister Jenny Boyd, who also accompanied the band, will give their insight into the time. “The exhibit will look at the groups’ inspiration for the trip, their introduction into Transcendental Meditation as well as the songs they worked on in advance of the famous Beatles’s White Album,” said a spokesman at the Beatles Story, the report said.“It really was a special, magical time; forming many memories and, of course, an abundance of great Beatles music. I look forward to sharing thoughts and memories of India as part of the exhibition,” Boyd was quoted by Xinhua as saying.Diane Glover, from the Beatles Story, went to Rishikesh in April 2017 to meet the government officials. She went to the Maharishi’s Ashram, which has opened as a tourist attraction, and said: “It’s a magical place and as we walked through the remains of the Maharishi’s Ashram, it is clearly a place of peace and seclusion.”The Beatles came to Rishikesh to get away from the media fanfare around them and in search of spirituality after their manager’s death in 1968. The ashram they went to, situated at Swargashram after crossing the Ram Jhoola — the Chaurasi Kutia Ashram now known as the Beatles Ashram — caught global attention shortly after the band’s visit. The group disbanded two years after their tour.Their time of reflection, however, did not remain unmarked by controversy — Ringo Starr left in 10 days and Paul McCartney after a month. John Lennon and George Harrison stayed on but there were controversies and allegations regarding the maharishi’s alleged misbehavior with actress Mia Farrow, who was there as well. Lennon is later said to have written the song Sexy Sadie about the alleged incident.Even with the controversy, it turned out to be one of the most creative period in the band’s career. Seventeen of the 48 songs they wrote by the banks of the Ganges were used in The Beatles (White Album) and two more in Abbey Road.The Uttarakhand state tourism department will also celebrate 50 years of Beatles group’s visit at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh for the first three consecutive evenings during the International Yoga Festival starting from March 1 to 7. The ashram will have free entry during the festival. Related ItemsBeatlesMusicRishikeshlast_img read more

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Matt Nieto bloodied after collision with Ben Mbala

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES Matt Nieto incurred a cut above the left eye and laid down bloodied after a collision with Ben Mbala. Photo by Bong Lozada. INQUIRER.netBen Mbala literally drew the first blood in this heated Game 1 affair between La Salle and Ateneo in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals on Saturday.Matt Nieto was on the receiving end of an inadvertent elbow late in the first half which left him bloodied and writhing in pain on the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA With the Blue Eagles leading the Green Archers, 43-39, at the 36.6 second mark of the second quarter, Mbala had a hard time wiggling out of Kris Porter’s defense in the paint which led to him spinning to his right and inadvertently hitting Nieto with his right elbow straight to the face and cut him above the left eye.Matt Nieto down and bloodied after collision with Ben Mbala. Looked like an elbow but its Nieto who is called for the foul. pic.twitter.com/67rSwwq2kMFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout— Cedelf P. Tupas (@cedelfptINQ) November 25, 2017 MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Nieto was called for a blocking foul in the play as Mbala canned his freebies.The blue side of the crowd didn’t shy away from expressing their displeasure, with Nieto’s father Jet seen being restrained by some members of the audience.Ateneo is still on the driver’s seat, 43-39 against La Salle at the half as of press time.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LeBron wants teammate Rose to be ‘happy with whatever decision he makes’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Modi reminds of the past, talks of the future in Rajya Sabha

first_imgHighlights of PM Narendra Modi’s speech in Rajya SabhaPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday told the Rajya Sabha that cooperative federalism was the way forward to ensure development of the country.PM Narendra ModiSpeaking in the Upper House for the first time, Modi was replying to the debate on the President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to both Houses of Parliament in a joint sitting.At the outset of his speech, Modi set out to demolish questions being raised by the BJP’s rivals. “Questions are being raised how will you do, when will it happen. This is due to the pessimism that has set in the country, but optimism will set in soon,” he assured the House.-Pointing to his victory in the elections to the 16th Lok Sabha, Modi said the mandate of stability is not an ordinary decision by the nation and its people.-Both victory and loss teach you,one must learn from both: PM Narendra Modi -Very soon this season of gloom will descend: PM Narendra Modi-Lessons are learnt in both victory and defeat.-We have to go above mere victory and defeat to take lessons.-Acharya Vinobha Bhave message is important today.-Repeating what was said in the past is futile. Planning for the future is essential.-The West coast and its states are developing fast, the East and itsstates are underdeveloped. Do we want a Mother India whose one hand isweak and the other strong. We need to work toward the development of the eastern states. Development should be inclusive and all-assimilated. We cannot leave the Northeast ignored.advertisement-All colleges go on trips.College tours, at least each college should do a tour of a northeastonce in a while to encourage ecotourism of Northeast. Northeast chiefministers were called by Manmohan Singh. It is not an India of one ortwo, it is ONE India. We need to speak the language of unity. If someone is two in one, it is shortsightedness.-Coastal states development is key to international trade. Our coastal area can be a channel for global trade. In the president’s speech this was mentioned. They need to collaborate with each other. We geopolitically empowered to become a superpower through coastal trade. We can make the model for coastal states in consultation with them.-The Maoist inflicted, landlocked states can be also consulted in the same way for development. In Delhi, to get political mileage we make so many plans, which creates a tension-filled environment. This is regressive.-Our agro-climate zone, each state is mapped according to agriculture zones for different crops. We cannot run this country from Delhi itself, but addressing these zones according to their nature.-Swaraj is precious. I do not have the opinion that the previous government did nothing. We have to overcome the shortcomings if anything was left incomplete. -Good governance. Can we say that a poor person is being heard today? We need Swarajya. We need the governance disease-free, not like diabetes that destroys the whole body.-Our tourism industry is hampered by news of rapes. We cannot do politics over rape, Maoism, crime and murder. There’s no compromise over this. We will work together to remove these ills. Can’t we go beyond politics over these issues?-We should think on how to eradicate corruption. Among the plans to do this, we need to give all equal right to ask question on State policies. Technology is a great tool to remove corruption. A person can track his file online. CCTV cameras are keeping people in check. E-tendering is there, but need to diversify it. The application of CCTV camera to the railways. Heavy punishment for the corrupt will also help.last_img read more

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Video: Deadline day – 10 players who need a move

first_imgTransfer news and rumours LIVE: Man Utd want Boateng on Bayern loan ‘I’m not confident’ – Mourinho concedes defeat in pursuit of Man Utd deadline day signings Chelsea capture Kepa for world-record £72m fee Dembele airs Pogba ambition while ruling out deadline day move to Arsenal Completed Premier League 2018-19 transfers – arrivals, departures & contracts expiring for all 20 clubslast_img

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Arsenal could make one more signing before transfer window closes: Unai Emery

first_imgArsenal head coach Unai Emery has confirmed that the club are looking to sign one more player before the closure of transfer window.”I am with the players and those who have arrived this week, I am very happy with and I said at the last press conference that if there is an opportunity to try to sign one player, then we are looking,” goal.com quoted Emery, as saying.”I am very happy with how the club is working and we are working every day on how we can improve,” he added.The club have already signed five players namely Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi– ahead of the upcoming English Premier League (EPL).Spaniard Emery, who has also managed Valencia, Sevilla and Paris St Germain, was brought in to replace Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman ended his almost 22-year tenure at the helm of the North London club at the conclusion of last season.The Spaniard has been tasked with improving on Arsenal’s sixth-placed league finish and their run to the Europa League semi-finals last season. The Gunners also suffered a shock third round exit in the FA Cup.The English club are currently in Singapore where they will face Spain’s Atletico Madrid and Emery’s former club Paris St German in a pre-season tournament.Arsenal open the new Premier League campaign with a home fixture against champions Manchester City on August 12.(Wih ANI inputs)last_img read more

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Satyameva Jayate box office collection Day 1: John Abraham film is on fire

first_imgThis Independence Day, Bollywood fans witnessed an epic clash at the box office between two close friends. Akshay Kumar’s sports drama Gold clashed with John Abraham’s masala entertainer Satyameva Jayate. The question on everyone’s lips was- who would win the box office battle?According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, both the films performed phenomenally well and set the box office on fire, so there was clearly no need to worry for either side. Satyameva Jayate made Rs 20.52 crore on first day. 2018 is turning out to be quite a lucky year for John, whose previous film Parmanu The Story of Pokhran did good business at the box office. It earned Rs 4.82 crore on its first day.Though Satyameva Jayate has been panned by critics, it has opened on a good note and the morning shows at several cinema halls are running to full houses. It witnessed a 42.5% occupancy in its morning shows on the first day. The film opened in 2500 screens.Satyameva Jayate, directed by Milap Zaveri, tells the story of Veer, a vigilante, who is determined to weed out corruption by taking law into his own hands. Manoj Bajapayee, an honest and intelligent police officer, is out to catch him before all hell breaks loose.MOVIE REVIEW ALSO WATCH| John Abraham: Does cinema have a social responsibility?last_img read more

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Jeakson was Indian midfield’s heartbeat

first_imgU17 World Cup U17 World Cup: Jeakson Singh was Indian midfield’s heartbeat Rahul Bali Last updated 2 years ago 05:01 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jeakson SIngh scoring AIFF media U17 World Cup India U17 v Colombia U17 India U17 Colombia U17 The Minerva FC player put in a commendable shift in the middle of the park against Colombia… Most would have taken notice of Jeakson Singh after he scored in the 82nd minute to be India’s first goal scorer in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.A moment which would remain in the memories of those present at the stadium or for those who watched it on television or their mobile phones. This would be talked over and over about.It was indeed a top notch performance by Jeakson Singh irrespective of the fact that he scored. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. He was winning 50:50 duels and would close the opponent down, hustle him in order to win the ball back. On most occasions, his passing was simple as he would instinctively know where his team-mates were positioned. He did a lot of dirty work in the midfield and would often drop further back to help his two centre-backs, Namit Deshpande and Anwar Ali.In the first half, when Boris Singh created the opportunity from which Rahul Kannoly struck the post, the move started with Namit and Jeakson. The centre-back towered over a Colombian and headed it towards Jeakson. The midfielder linked with Boris and showed brilliant control to keep the ball. His final pass for Boris allowed the right-back to move in space and send a lofted ball for Rahul.Jackson Singh Thounaojam India U17After the introduction of Nongdamba Naorem, the Minerva FC attacking midfielder was immediately sent through on goal in what was his first involvement in the game. Aniket Jadhav received the ball on the left and in turn set it up for Naorem. The former DSK product unfortunately shot straight at Kevin Mier, the Colombian custodian.What many would have missed in the move is the fact that the move was initiated by Jeakson. The Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) product won the ball in the midfield and spotted Aniket in space to immediately find the Kolhapur-born attacker.In his own words, he calls himself a number six. Someone who is tactically adept at reading the game and whose passing range is wide. He also acts as a defensive screen by not allowing the opponent’s best midfielder to see a lot of the ball. He rarely gave Yadir Meneses, who has been referred as the next James Rodriguez in Colombia, an opportunity to create. Yadir’s best attempt came from a free-kick which was thwarted by Dheeraj Moirengthem.Thus, we saw Colombia coach Orlando Restrepo change his team’s tactics at half-time by choosing to attack through the wings instead. HOn Monday evening, India found a new hero in Jeakson Singh in the 82nd minute. For football connoisseurs, he already had made an impression in the first half.last_img read more

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Le gouvernement provincial célèbre la Semaine du Prix du duc dÉdimbourg

first_imgDes familles et des jeunes de toute la province participeront à des programmes de promotion de l’activité physique et de croissance des communautés dans le cadre de la Semaine du Prix du duc d’Édimbourg, qui se déroule du 16 au 22 octobre. La lieutenante-gouverneure Mayann Francis était accompagnée de représentants du ministère de l’Éducation et de membres du conseil provincial du Prix pour le lever du drapeau du duc d’Édimbourg à Province House, aujourd’hui 17 octobre. « Les jeunes Néo-Écossais donnent l’exemple en encourageant les gens à faire du bénévolat et à faire tout ce qu’ils peuvent pour renforcer leurs communautés, a dit la lieutenante-gouverneure. Le programme du Prix du duc d’Édimbourg reconnaît les jeunes qui font preuve d’altruisme et qui font de cette province un endroit encore meilleur. » Plus de 2 300 jeunes Néo-Écossais âgés de 14 à 25 ans participent aux programmes chaque année afin de promouvoir le développement des communautés et du pays, tout en acquérant les compétences élémentaires qui mènent à la croissance et au succès personnels. « Les programmes du Prix du duc d’Édimbourg offrent aux étudiants des possibilités d’apprentissage qui vont bien au-delà de ce qu’ils apprennent en classe, a dit Mat Whynott, adjoint de la ministre responsable de la jeunesse. En plus d’offrir un volet d’activité physique, les programmes constituent une excellente façon pour les jeunes Néo-Écossais de contribuer à leurs communautés et d’acquérir des compétences inestimables en leadership. » Pendant la semaine, les participants aux programmes, les leaders, les membres du conseil, les parents et les bénévoles participeront à des activités diverses qui souligneront l’excellent travail effectué par les jeunes dans leurs communautés. Les activités feront la promotion de la sensibilisation, de la gratitude, du conditionnement physique, de l’appréciation environnementale et du service communautaire, qui sont les thèmes principaux du programme. Pour obtenir plus d’information, consultez le www.dukeofed.org.last_img read more

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Jordin Sparks To Perform At A Magical Evening For The Christopher And

first_imgThe Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the nation’s leading nonprofit providing care to those living with paralysis and advancing research into treatments and cures for spinal cord injury, will honor international box office record breaking film THE INTOUCHABLES at its annual star-studded A Magical Evening fundraising gala on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.The Weinstein Company Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein will accept the Dana Reeve HOPE Award at the gala reception on behalf of TWC and the film’s directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache.Peter T. Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Reeve Foundation, stated, “the Dana Reeve HOPE Award is presented to a person or organization that has shown amazing grace, strength and fortitude. The recipient of this award is dedicated to continuing the hope that Dana Reeve brought to the world and to the millions of people living with paralysis. It is only fitting that we honor The Intouchables for touching audiences worldwide and reminding us of the commonalities shared between all of us, no matter the circumstances.”Having received worldwide critical acclaim and international box office success, THE INTOUCHABLES is an irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility that has warmed the hearts of millions. Based on a true story of friendship between a millionaire (Francois Cluzet of TELL NO ONE) living with paralysis due to a spinal cord injury and his street smart ex-con caretaker (breakout star Omar Sy), THE INTOUCHABLES depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common.Since its release, THE INTOUCHABLES has shattered box-office records worldwide to become the third highest grossing film of all time in France, the highest grossing French film in Germany ever, and has held the #1 spot in many countries around the world grossing over $356 million worldwide and counting. The film is currently playing in theaters throughout the U.S. and has won multiple awards at film festivals around the country including: the ColCoa Film Festival’s Audience Award and Critics Special Prize; the Florida Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best International Feature; the Wisconsin Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best Narrative Film; and the Nashville Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature.“On behalf of Eric and Olivier and TWC, I would like to express how humbled we are to be recognized by one of the most inspirational and forward thinking organizations of our time,” said Weinstein. “Christopher and Dana Reeve have bettered the lives of millions, and the fact that this film is the first ever to be honored by them shows us how the film’s true story touches the hearts of so many like it did ours.”Wilderotter added, “We have always honored individuals and corporations that embody our mission to further the quality of life for those living with paralysis. After seeing this extraordinary film, we felt compelled to honor all of the individuals who helped bring this film and its inspirational story to light. This film captures the Foundation’s mission of ’Today’s Care, Tomorrow’s Cure’ and we are passionate about sharing its empowering message with our community.”This year’s gala will also honor longtime Foundation supporter and current board member Paul Daversa and Daversa Partners, Inc. with the Christopher Reeve Spirit of Courage Award and feature a special live performance by recording artists Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo.Proceeds from A Magical Evening will benefit the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the benefit office at (212) 763-8594 or email ReeveFoundation@cmevents.net.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Korean Massage Centers Invading Morocco

first_imgCasablanca- Korean massage centers are increasingly flourishing in Morocco. But despite their claims of being centers that provide medical massage to their clients, most of these centers provide services without any legal authorization from the government. A report prepared by newspaper Annass, published on Wednesday, shed light on this new phenomenon. The report was set behind the scenes of some of these Korean massage centers, which also apparently claim to offer their clients theoretical classes on wellbeing and relaxation methods. According to Annass’s report, these centers are omnipresent, especially in areas with high population density. In Casablanca for instance, the kingdom’s largest city and economic capital, it is particularly in the areas of Hay Mohammedi and Sidi Maarouf that these centers are mostly found.  They employ girls from various backgrounds, dressed in white gowns, whose job is to lure potential customers passing by these centers by suggesting a free massage, or purchases of products with reduced prices. Even on the net, Korean massage is presented as one of the most original and modern methods of relaxation. They mainly claim that their methods do not rely on pressure or on digital stimulation of energy points, but rather on generating carefully measured vibrations.  These attractive promises appeal to people mainly suffering from back pain, insomnia and anxiety. But it turns out, according to the same source that most of these centers that claim to be supervised by professional physicians seek only one thing: luring the maximum number of customers to sell them their services. Relaxation from fatigues and stress via a massage proves to offer great but eventually temporary results. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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GuineaBissaus political stalemate taking toll on development – UN envoy

The drawn-out political crisis in Guinea-Bissau is taking a toll on development and the situation could get worse in the absence of “a frank and sincere dialogue” involving all parties concerned, Miguel Trovoada, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), said in a briefing to the 15-nation body. “The more that State institutions and the main political actors remain divided, the more the current political situation will become more complex, delaying the implementation of critical reforms,” he said as he presented the report of the Secretary-General on developments in the country and the activities of UNIOGBIS.All concerned parties – in particular the President, the President of the National Assembly, the Prime Minister and political parties – should put the national interest first and engage in “a frank and sincere dialogue, strictly respecting the Constitution and laws,” he said.Failure to do so, he warned, would perpetuate the cycle of political instability that had dogged Guinea-Bissau for too long and undermine the prospects of its citizens – who had displayed “remarkable civic spirit” – to enjoy such basic social services as health and education. He also expressed concern about growing organized crime, citing recent break-ins at the residences of a member of the Government and an international UN official.Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations and Chair of the Guinea-Bissau Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission, said it was reassuring that political discord had not translated into violence, but disheartening to see instability forcing international partners to delay the disbursement of financial resources pledged at the Brussels Donors’ Conference in March 2015.It is of the utmost importance, he added, that the Security Council endorse the continuation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Security Mission in Guinea-Bissau (ECOMIB), whose mandate would expire in June, he noted. The Peacebuilding Commission is committed to work together with the Security Council in supporting and strengthening the role of the UN and of the Special Representative in Guinea-Bissau, he said, also underscoring the important role of regional organizations, like the African Union and ECOWAS, which coherently articulate the urgent need to overcome the present impasses. However, he emphasized the importance of national leadership and ownership as catalytic factors of political change. “The seeds of economic and social growth have been sowed in Guinea-Bissau by the Bissau-Guineans by adopting a long term vision for peacebuilding and institutional reform […] The difficulties in improving governance in Guinea-Bissau should not prevent the country from moving forward on key developmental opportunities,” he said. read more

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Magic Johnsons Son on Being Gay I Can Only

Magic Johnson’s 20-year-old son is surprised by the public interest in his being gay, something that he revealed to his supportive family several years ago.Earvin Johnson III, known as E.J., says he feels as if he’s coming out of the closet a second time and that he’s “reveling” in the experience — even though news of his sexual orientation broke publicly sooner than he had planned.In an interview posted Tuesday on the YouTube.com talk show “Gwissues,” Johnson said that he didn’t feel violated after TMZ recently revealed that he’s gay.“I always wanted to come into the spotlight,” he said. “I always had dreams and plans of doing my own thing and creating my own image, so it came a little sooner than I thought it would, but this is still something I knew I would be going through and would have to experience.”The younger Johnson is a junior at New York University studying event management and design with an interest in fashion, journalism and media.He said the public reaction has ranged from support to criticism, including online postings involving “nasty things about me and what I’m doing.”“It’s almost like they’re attacking me for being me and so to that I can only say, ‘Well, I can only be myself, so I don’t know really what you want me to do,’” he told “Gwissues” host and interviewer Howard Bragman, a publicist who recently began representing Johnson.Johnson’s father, who co-owns the Los Angeles Dodgers, retired from the NBA in November 1991 after announcing he had HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. His wife, Cookie, was pregnant with E.J. at the time. The couple also has an adopted daughter, Elisa, and Magic has an older son, Andre, from a previous relationship.“I am very, very, very blessed to have the family that I do,” E.J. Johnson said. “My parents have always been super supportive. My sister and I have always been really close and she’s been really supportive as with my brother. When it was time to come out, I was, obviously, scared as most people are. After I got all the love and support from my family, then I knew I could go out and conquer the world, I guess.”Johnson said he first came out to his mother, who approached him when he was 13 or 14 years old.“I told her how I was feeling and she obviously told me that she had known and always would love me anyway. The same thing happened with my dad like a year or so later,” he said. “Everyone has to get used to it. No parent is prepared 100 percent and fully for something like that. We all had to work and move forward.”Read more: ESPN. read more

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What happened when Martin McGuinness met the Queen of England

first_img 23,271 Views Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeIT WAS ONCE unthinkable.A former member of the Provisional IRA’s Army Council shaking hands with a woman who epitomised everything he had fought against for decades.The same could be said of Queen Elizabeth II. Here was a woman who was the public face of the oppressing force for many in Northern Ireland. Her close cousin Lord Mountbatten was killed by an IRA bomb as he holidayed in Sligo in 1979. And yet, there they were, shaking hands. At a reception dinner, McGuinness stood for the national anthem he had vowed to resist for all of his life.It was a far cry from Derry’s Bogside where he honed his skills as a republican paramilitary.After their famous handshake on 27 June 2012, McGuinness was asked how it went, responding: “Good, it went really well,” before adding with a smile: “I’m still a republican.” The pair met at a Cooperation Ireland event in Belfast, attended by the Queen while she was in the North on a two-day Diamond Jubilee visit.This was the McGuinness of the Good Friday Agreement era. He knew, for all it drove a wedge between himself and hardline republicans, that reconciliation was the only way forward if he were to live to see a United Ireland. He did not live long enough for that to happen. However, it is fitting that McGuinness passed at a time when the reunification of this island is a topic of discussion both in Ireland and in Great Britain. https://jrnl.ie/3298374 What happened when Martin McGuinness met the Queen of England Arms were put down and hands were extended. Tuesday 21 Mar 2017, 9:15 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Garreth MacNameecenter_img 46 Comments Share235 Tweet Email1 Queen Elizabeth II arrives to meet Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson. Source: Paul Faith Queen Elizabeth II shaking hands with the late Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness in 2012. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesIn their second meeting in 2016, Queen Elizabeth cracked a few pointed jokes as she met Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Hillsborough Castle in Down. This was as part of a two-day visit to the North.“Hello, are you well?” McGuinness asked as he extended his hand in greeting to the monarch in a televised meeting.“I’m still alive anyway,” Queen Elizabeth laughed, shaking his hand.The significance of the meetings between these two polar opposites did not go unnoticed. The move was welcomed by the established political leaders on both sides of the Irish Sea.Dissenters were vocal about their unhappiness with McGuinness. To some republicans, his shaking hands with the Queen was the ultimate betrayal, a rejection of an oath he took when he joined the IRA. Even now, there are still raw feelings over the meeting. Sinn Féin’s grassroots members were irked, while more hardline republicans, including members of the Éirigí group called him a hypocrite for attending a banquet, standing for God Save the Queen, while families in the North relied on food banks to survive. Queen Elizabeth II and Martin McGuinness attend a Cooperation Ireland Reception at Crosby Hall on November 8, 2016 in London. Source: Jeff SpicerBut for McGuinness, this was a necessary evil. He knew he had to lead by example. If a man who once vowed to eradicate a British presence in Ireland can lay down his arms and extend his hand to a person who personifies everything the armed struggle stood against, it sent the message that peace and the politics of the North could finally mix.Read: Martin McGuinness has died at the age of 66 >Read: ‘He served the people of Northern Ireland’: Tributes pour in across the political divide for Martin McGuinness > Mar 21st 2017, 9:15 AM Short URLlast_img read more

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Greeks ramp up privatisation

first_imgAs Greece struggles to earn the next payout from its third bailout, the revival of its stalled privatization program may help rebuild creditors’ trust after months of often bitter confrontation.Greece is aiming to lease 14 regional airports and line up the sale of a majority stake in the port of Piraeus before the end of the year as the government attempts to rev up asset sales that have consistently failed to live up to expectations through successive bailouts.Next year officials in Athens are targeting 3.5 billion euros ($3.9 billion) from asset sales and concessions, as much as the country raised in the past four years.“The willingness of the government to continue the privatizations will signal its credibility and the ability to take ownership of Greece’s third economic adjustment program,” said Theodoros Stamatiou, senior economist at Eurobank Ergasias SA. “The current series of privatizations will signal to foreign investors that the government is willing to do business with the international markets.”Following a three-month lull that saw Alexis Tsipras become the first prime minister to win re-election after signing up to an aid package, Greece is running up against financial deadlines once again.Euro-area finance officials will consider this week whether the government has completed the legislation required to release the next 2 billion-euro disbursement from the bailout and next month the country is trying to close the first review of the rescue program. That’s a key part of the process for accessing another 25 billion euros to recapitalize the banks.Inspectors in AthensThe European Central Bank is due to release its assessment of the banks’ capital needs by the end of the month and European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis will meet Tsipras in Athens on Monday to assess progress on implementing the bailout.“The immediate priority is the implementation of the program and the successful conclusion of the first review,” Dombrovskis said in an interview with Athens-based To Vima newspaper published Sunday. “It’s especially important that we ensure that the program is on the right track when the time comes for recapitalization of the banks.”The proceeds from the asset sales will be used to repay some of the loans Greece will receive for its battered banks, as well as for financing investments following the steepest recession in more than half a century. Access to the privatization cash was one of the few concession Tsipras managed to wring out of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the rest of the EU leaders when the rescue was thrashed out during all-night talks in July.By December, the government aims to complete the 1.2 billion-euro regional-airport lease with Fraport AG-Slentel and receive a binding offers for a 67 percent stake in Piraeus Port Authority SA from AP Moeller-Maersk’s APM Terminals unit, China Cosco Holding Co and Philippine port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. That deal is due to be completed in early 2016.These privatizations “will have an impressive impact on the Greek economy” and will show that the economy “has been stabilized,” Stergios Pitsiorlas, chairman of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund, said in an interview in Athens. “They will radically change the image of the country and bring more investments.”The fund will also address “as a matter of priority” the 20-year extension of the concession to operate Athens International Airport and the sale of a 30 percent stake in the Greek capital’s air transport hub, Pitsiorlas said.Energy OpportunityWhile the target for 2016 represents a step change from the country’s progress so far, it’s only a fraction of what’s required. Creditors insist that Greece generate 50 billion euros from a “significantly scaled-up privatization program” over the three years of the country’s latest aid program.Other assets on the bloc include Hellenic Telecom SA, Hellenic Petroleum SA, state-gas supplier Depa SA and a 17 percent stake in Public Power Corp. SA, Pitsiorlas said. The country’s position in Balkan energy transit routes presents “an opportunity we shouldn’t miss,” Pitsiorlas said.Greece will decide on the shape of a new state asset fund to manage the process by the end of November, Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said Oct. 20. That structure will give the government more leeway to extract value from state holdings as it looks to use the windfall to help the rest of the economy recover, Pitsiorlas said.The proceeds from privatizations “can’t just be thrown into the bucket for debt servicing,” he said. “Some of this money has to be used for immediate needs and investments.”Source: Bloomberg, Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Tough start to the season Ayoze Perez

The Newcastle footballer believes this is the right moment to change the team’s fate and start adding points in the English Premier League seasonNewcastle United has lost four of their five matches, with one point coming in thanks to a drawing at Cardiff.And for footballer Ayoze Perez, the upcoming schedule should allow them to turn their season around.The Magpies will face this month: Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Brighton and Hove Albion, and Southampton.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Now our league starts and it’s time to start getting points,” Perez told Sky Sports.“It has been quite a tough start to the season. We have had games against the top sides and we could have picked up some points, but we couldn’t. Now we are playing against a team in our league, which we can beat, and we are making sure we are ready for it.”“If you compare our situation with our performances we shouldn’t be where we are, but we have been playing against the top sides. Even with a perfect game you can get beaten, but only we can make it better,” he added.“Now is the time to get points, that’s the most important thing. It’s time to play against ‘normal’ teams and start doing what we did last season.” read more

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Trial to begin for woman accused in shooting of husband

first_imgA 12-person jury was selected Monday in the trial of a Ridgefield woman accused of shooting her husband in 2007 after finding out he’d been having an affair.Sheryl J. Martin, 54, will stand trial on a charge of first-degree attempted murder for allegedly shooting Eddie Martin in the leg and arm on Sept. 8, 2007.The trial in Clark County Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson’s courtroom is expected to last two weeks. Opening arguments are expected this morning.It’s uncertain what Martin’s attorney, David McDonald, will present as a defense because the judge this summer struck down his request to use a rare defense called the “betrayal trauma theory.” The theory contends Martin couldn’t form the intent to kill her husband because she was emotionally distraught when he told her he’d been unfaithful and wanted to end their 30-year marriage. The theory, which Johnson decided was too unknown to be reliable, has never been used as a defense in a trial in the United States, said Senior Deputy Prosecutor John Fairgrieve.last_img read more

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Two drunken youth attack traffic cops

first_imgHyderabad: In a shocking incident, two youth in an inebriated state attacked police and thrashed them on Saturday night at Champapet. According to Saidabad police, during vehicle checking, traffic police stopped the vehicle of one Raoof and Jahangir and conducted breath analyser test. The youth picked up an argument with the police and attacked them. In the incident, Assistant Sub-Inspector Shankarbabu and Home Guard Rajeshwar Singh sustained severe injuries. The police personnel where shifted to a hospital for treatment. The police apprehended the drunk drivers and registered a case against them under section 332 IPC.last_img read more

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Modis alliance set to sweep to India general election victory

first_imgElection staff members count votes inside a vote counting centre in Ahmedabad, India, on 23 May 2019. ReutersPrime Minister Narendra Modi’s party is set for a historic victory as India began counting on Thursday hundreds of millions of votes from its general election, according to data from the Election Commission.The National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was ahead in 324 seats, with the opposition United Progressive Alliance winning in 111, after 10:00am (0430 GMT), about two hours after the counting of about 600 million votes began, Indian TV channel NDTV said.NDTV and rival channel CNN News 18 have called the election for Modi’s alliance.Official data from the Election Commission showed the BJP ahead in 279 seats – more than the 272 seats needed to command a majority in the lower house of parliament – which would give it the first back-to-back majority for a single party since 1984. The main opposition Congress Party was ahead in 52.There are 542 seats available and final results are due by Thursday evening.The NDA’s predicted margin of victory is much larger than surveys indicated in the run-up to the vote, when most polls showed it would be the largest alliance but would fall short of an overall majority.At the BJP’s headquarters in New Delhi, the mood was upbeat, with party workers cheering as TV channels reported the growing lead.”It’s a huge mandate for positive politics and the policies of Narendra Modi,” said GVL Narasimha Rao, a BJP spokesman.”It’s a huge win for India, we are humbled by the magnificence of this victory.”Congress leaders were sombre.”We could have done better, the BJP seems to have exceptionally well,” Salman Soz, a Congress spokesman told NDTV.”Our weak point is we have been disorganised.”Security SwingModi was under pressure when he began campaigning, losing three state elections in December amid rising anger over farm prices and unemployment.However, campaigning shifted towards India’s relationship with nuclear-armed rival Pakistan after a suicide car bomb killed 40 Indian police in the contested Kashmir region in February, to the benefit of the right-wing BJP, analysts said.”National security became the discussion,” said Harsh Pant, a political analyst at the Observer Research Foundation think-tank in New Delhi. “It allowed the BJP to shirk some issues where it was weak.”Election staff members count votes at a vote counting centre in Mumbai, India, on 23 May 2019. ReutersThe BJP has also capitalised on the star power of Modi, a frenetic campaigner, as well as superior financial resources.It outspent Congress by six times on Facebook and Google advertising, data showed, and by as much as 20 times overall, sources told Reuters this month.”The longer election certainly helps Modi: he loves contact with the people,” Pant said. “The BJP’s electoral machinery is also much more effective on the ground.”Battle For BengalPolice guarded voting centres in West Bengal on Thursday, where campaigning had turned violent as the BJP tried to take seats from the Trinamool Congress, a powerful regional party.The BJP was leading in 17 seats in the state, that sends the third largest number of lawmakers to parliament, significantly better than its score of two seats in 2014, NDTV said.”Wherever we go people are talking about a BJP wave in Bengal,” said Tapas Das, a taxi driver in the state capital, Kolkata.”Everyone wants to see a change.”The NDA held a meeting on Tuesday, at which Modi was garlanded with flowers by members of the alliance, to discuss its policy agenda for its second term in power. It has promised to double farmers’ income and boost infrastructure spending over the next five years.Indian stocks surged to historic highs as Modi headed for victory. The broad Nifty index was up 1.35 per cent at 11,896.The rupee headed towards 69.20 to the dollar, up from the 69.67 close on Wednesday, while the yield on the 10-year bond dropped 3 bps to 7.23 per cent.”Markets will heave a big sigh of relief as it favours continuity and familiarity in terms of roll-out of policies,” said Ajay Bodke, CEO at financial services firm Prabhudas Lilladher.last_img read more

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