INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Officials with the powerful political network led by conservative billionaire Charles Koch are promoting a new state-level education strategy that they hope teachers and their unions will support.Koch network Chairman Brian Hooks said Monday that it’s launching a new group next month that will focus on 15 million students in five unnamed states.Hooks didn’t give details on the policy priorities but said the initiative will focus on curriculum, technology and uniting a coalition that will include outreach to teachers unions.The announcement was made during a private retreat for wealthy donors who have committed to giving at least $100,000 annually to the sprawling Koch network of political, policy, educational and philanthropic organizations.Sally Ho, The Associated Press
The Canadian Press TORONTO — The financial strength of Canada’s defined benefit pension plans apparently improved over the first quarter of 2019, recovering some of the ground they lost when stock markets took a dive last December.Two of Canada’s largest pension advisory firms say conditions for Canadian defined benefit pensions improved because of a rally on domestic and foreign stock markets during the early months of this year. The Aon Median Solvency Ratio rose to 98.5 per cent as of March 31, from 95.3 per cent as of Jan. 1.Similarly, the Mercer Pension Health Index rose to 106 per cent at March 31, from 102 per cent earlier this year.The two firms use different methods for estimating the overall strength of Canada’s defined benefit plans.That type of pension can sometimes put significant financial stress on employers, since they are legally obligated to provide an agreed-upon level of benefits for retirees even when investment markets do poorly.
The government said Sri Lanka along with other developing nations have suffered an inequity as a direct result of the slow progress of the workload before the UN Commission that is processing the extended continental shelf claims from different coastal states that are signatories to the Law of the Sea Convention.“It is extremely unreasonable and totally unacceptable that a coastal nation with substantial entitlement to the valuable ocean bed resources must wait for decades to have their boundaries of their continental shelf demarcated officially by the United Nations,” Dharmakirti said. “We must make every effort to secure this for our next generation,” Chairman of the National Ocean Affairs Committee Chris Dharmakirti was quoted in the government statement as saying. Sri Lanka will send a team of legal, scientific and international affairs experts to attend the 22nd Meeting of the States Parties to the Convention on the Law of the Sea at the United Nations in New York, to canvass international support to expedite the hearings at the Continental Shelf Margin Claim. Sri Lanka would have to wait until 2028 to have its claim for the extension of the continental shelf heard, but it will push for a hearing by 2018 or 2020, the government said. (Xinhua) Sri Lanka is to push for the expansion of its sea boundary, also known as the continental shelf, and will deploy a delegation to the United Nations to discuss the issue, the government information department said on Sunday.The government said the expansion of the sea boundary will help it secure oil, gas, mineral sands and other resources from the ocean around the island.
The Government today announced that the ETCA agreement with India will be signed soon.The announcement was made by Minister for Development strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrema at a joint press conference with visiting Indian Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman in Colombo today. She discussed various bilateral trade and investment issues with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe over an official dinner hosted in her honour. The Sri Lankan delegation also included other Sri Lankan Ministers namely Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Sujeewa Senasinghe, State Minister of International Trade, Ajith P. Perera, Deputy Minister for Power and Renewable Energy and Ms Anoma Gamage, Deputy Minister of Petroleum Resources Development.The leaders expressed satisfaction on the progress of the proposed Economic and Technology Co-operation Agreement (ETCA) between India and Sri Lanka. It was noted that the Second Round of negotiations for the ETCA is scheduled to take place in New Delhi on September 29-30, 2016. The leaders also discussed several other issues related to bilateral trade and investment.The deliberations were extremely cordial and marked by a spirit of mutual respect and understating that characterizes the strong and vibrant relations between the two countries. During the visit, a meeting of the India-Sri Lanka Business Forum was held. Many issues relating to trade, services and investment were highlighted and it was agreed that their resolution be explored.The Commerce and Industry Minister also had a bilateral meeting with a high level Sri Lankan delegation led by Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade of Sri Lanka. Nirmala Sitharaman visited Sri Lanka with the objective of enhancing and deepening bilateral trade and investment relations. The visit has emphasised the importance of Sri Lanka as an important trading and investment partner for India and would help in further deepening the existing bilateral relations. (Colombo Gazette)
After the iPhone 4S provided an incremental update over the iPhone 4, we know that the next iPhone will be a major redesign. Details beyond that aren’t known, but we may have just gotten a peek.A report has the iPhone 5 (or whatever Apple calls it) being nearly ready for production in Foxconn’s Chinese plants. There are actually several sample models being produced, which means Apple is either a) keeping a few options open, or b) trying to throw off potential leakers.The sample iPhones all have several things in common. They all have displays that are four inches or larger. They are also all symmetrical in thickness, unlike the rumors about a “teardrop design” that we heard last year. None of the sample iPhones look like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, and none are the final versions.Perhaps the biggest news to come out of this leak, though, relates to launch timing. Following previous patterns, this stage of the production process would put the iPhone 5 in line for a summer release. This would return the device to its previous slot, and would arrive only eight or nine months after the launch of the iPhone 4S.Would Apple risk ticking off its iPhone 4S customers with a huge upgrade coming just months after they signed a new two-year contract? This wouldn’t likely be a deal-breaker. Apple knows that many of those customers would (perhaps grudgingly) pay extra for an early upgrade or buy off-contract if the iPhone 5 marks a revolutionary redesign with hot new features.Though you can never know which leaks are legit until Apple makes its announcement, this is from a Foxconn source who predicted the iPhone 4S last summer, when everyone else was foreseeing an iPhone 5. That doesn’t necessarily mean that this one is 100% legit, but it doesn’t hurt its credibility.via 9to5Mac
A public hearing of the Government’s Joint Standing Committee on Migration has revealed that in 2009-10 only half the number of migrants who had come to Australia under the ‘Skilled Graduate’ category of the General Skilled Migration Program (GSM) had been able to secure skilled employment in the categories they had nominated. The ‘Skilled Graduate’ category is largely made up of international undergraduate students who come to Australia to obtain qualifications with the intention of achieving permanent residency. The revelation surfaced in Skills Australia’s submission to the committee in Canberra last week, which drew on data from the Continuous Survey of Australian Migrants (CSAM) which is conducted by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). The GSM underpins Australia’s immigration policy. That parts of the program are failing its core objective – to provide targeted skilled labour to meet skills shortages in the Australian labour force, “is a big worry” said the Committee’s Chair, Victorian Federal MP Maria Vamvakinou.” Those who are getting the work are coming through the employer nomination scheme, but others [skilled migrants entering Australia independently through the GSM] are getting through the points-test, and when they get here, they can’t get jobs. This is a crucial issue.” Skills Australia is an independent statutory body providing advice to the Government on Australia’s workforce skills and development needs. Since 2010 it has also been a one-stop-shop to provide the government with a Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for migration planning, meant to ensure the GSM attracts migrants who have occupations and skills that meet Australia’s economic needs and skills shortages. Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Vamvakinou said some clear messages had come from Skills Australia’s submission to the cross-party enquiry into Australian migration trends, policies and effects.“A lot of migrants coming in under the Skills Migration Program are having difficulty getting jobs in the areas that they are skilled in,” said the Victorian MP. She added that despite the points-test system, (including proficiency in the English language) being applied, limited English language proficiency “was the over-riding factor,” in relation to migrants who had been given visas under the GSM, and who then were unable to find skilled employment in the area they had nominated. “We’re trying to get a handle on what we need to do to address the problems, said Vamvakinou, who has responsibility for chairing the migration committee that will make potentially far-reaching recommendations to the government’s future labour migration policies. “We’ll take further evidence and make recommendations that can address these issues. The most important at this stage is to identify the problems so that we don’t have people here who go to waste, and that we’re not bringing people here under false pretences.” Skills Australia’s submission to the committee suggests that the reasons why skilled migrants are unable to find work having entered Australia under the GSM, included a “lack of consistent offshore skills assessment, meaning that skilled migrants may not be sufficiently qualified to perform their nominated occupation,” and “cultural and language barriers.” The agency’s submission went on to caution against relying on migrant skilled labour to meet skills shortages, at the expense of training and retraining Australia’s own domestic workforce. The GSM is also implemented through Employer Sponsored Workers category – which requires an employer to sponsor the applicant. Outside that category, the program targets professionals and other skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer, but who have skills in occupations required by Australia, as listed in the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). The SOL is produced for the Federal Government by Skills Australia and planning for the GSM is reviewed annually. Sue Beitz, Head of Skills Australia Secretariat, told Neos Kosmos that recent changes made to the GSM, including prioritising the employer nominated category and tightening how independent skilled migrants are assessed, would be seen in the future to be addressing the problems. “For independent skilled migrants, the points-test has now changed; they need more work experience. If you look at chefs, for instance, they can still be on a list for migration – as there’s a genuine shortage in that occupation, but an employer now needs to sponsor that person, so that you don’t have someone coming here as a chef, just hoping that they’ll get picked up in the market.” The Joint Standing Committee on Migration has received over 500 submissions from individuals, academics and government departments. It will present its recommendations in February 2012. Meanwhile, industry weighed into the migration debate this week once again, with David Stewart, CEO of construction-giant Leighton Holdings re-igniting major differences of opinion between industry and the government over labour migration planning. The construction-giant supremo rounded on the government’s approach to migration, adding that union activity had become an unacceptable cost to productivity.“Australia can capitalise on its gas and mineral wealth but we will be constrained by labour,” he said. Stewart maintains that Australia could surrender key benefits of the mining boom because Canberra refused to address the labour shortage in Western Australia. “Government keeps the doors shut and won’t have migration to see people come in.” Referring to the resources boom in WA, Stewart said Australia would miss out on realising its fullest potential, unless the Government took steps to import workers in a similar way to nation-building projects of the past, such as the Snowy River damning scheme in the 1950s. Those who wish to make a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration can find further information at www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/mig/multiculturalism/subs.htm Those wishing to view Skills Australia’s submission, go to: www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/mig/multiculturalism/subs/sub344.pdf Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Greece’s public health system is “catastrophic”, “scandalous and frightening” and is so bad it cannot be given a grade, a German health ministry representative has said.Wolfgang Zoeller, a former German commissioner for patients’ issues, has also warned that the tight time frame imposed by the troika for health sector reform is “impossible to carry out”.Zoeller, who oversees his ministry’s cooperation with its Greek counterpart, made the comments in an interview with Deutsche Welle.In an earlier briefing of the Bundestag committee on health concerning his visit to Greece – including his talks with Health Minister Makis Voridis, the management of the primary healthcare network PEDY, non-governmental organisations and hospital doctors – Zoeller had called the situation “scandalous and frightening”.A former safety engineer, Zoeller was an MP with Angela Merkel’s party from 1990 to 2013. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the federal government’s commissioner for patients’ issues.According to Zoeller, the majority of people, including politicians, were unaware of how bad the situation really was in the Greek system.He said that while there was an awareness of what needed be done at a ministerial level, “the problem is in the implementation, in coordinating the middle echelons in the implementation of the laws and reforms. I think the ministry bureaucracy must do its work,” he said.From 2009 to 2011, the public hospital budget was reduced by over 25 per cent as a result of austerity cuts. Greece now spends less on public health than any of the other pre-2004 European Union members.Zoeller said the way forward lay in increasing the use of generic medication in Greece to reduce costs, and he stressed that Germany currently used 80 per cent generic drugs compared with Greece’s 10 per cent. “This should be possible in Greece. It is not at the expense of quality,” he underlined.He also welcomed changes that will provide free health coverage for the unemployed without health insurance as of August this year, saying that this was an extremely important step forward. Now it had to be seen how the organisational conditions for use of the health services would be secured, he added, noting that the finance ministry needed to release some €340m in funds for this purpose.He also proposed changes to the hospital funding system, suggesting a system closer to that used by German hospitals and said that the health ministry was favourably disposed to the idea.Zoeller, who will act as the German government’s envoy for monitoring the implementation of reforms in the Greek health system, stressed that time was a major factor and expressed disagreement with the tight time frame imposed by the troika, suggesting that “it was realistically impossible to carry out”.He stressed that urgent measures needed to be taken in the health sector, such as for the uninsured and for pharmaceutical spending, since they “concern matters of life and death”.Regarding changes in hospital funding methods, he said this needed time because, in the end, the new system had to be functional with working hospitals that people could turn to.Source: enetenglish, ana-mpa Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
EUGENE, Ore. — A 28-year-old Eugene man was arrested at gunpoint near the University of Oregon campus late Sunday afternoon after witnesses told police they feared he might be carrying an explosive device, UO police said.As a precaution, police ordered several businesses near the intersection of East 13th Avenue and Alder Street, as well as Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District, into lockdown.Ultimately, it was learned that the man, Immanuel Menelik Williams, was holding a cell phone charger. He was cited for disorderly conduct and taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield for evaluation, UO Police Department spokesman Kelly McIver said.McIver said the incident unfolded about 4:15 p.m. when witnesses called UO police to report a man yelling as passers-by and acting erratically along East 13th Avenue near Johnson Hall, the university’s administration building. Witnesses said the man was holding a device in his hand that appeared to include a button and a cord that disappeared into his sleeve, McIver said.The man continued to walk west on 13th Avenue and was contacted by an armed UO officer near the intersection of 13th and Alder, McIver said. The man initially did not comply with an order to stop, and the UO officer drew a weapon to compel compliance, ordering the man onto the ground.
Remember all those times when mom and dad made you turn off the TV and do your homework? Well, they were right, because no one’s ever going to pay you to watch … oh, wait. Sprint Angela Lang/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 50 Photos How about the chance to win £35,000 to watch Box Sets for an entire year? We’re serious, just ask @joeldommett! 🤑 Post your best video or photo telling us why YOU deserve this ultimate gig, simply tag @NOWTV with #BoxSetSabbatical 😎https://t.co/bkrHcu8NIl (T&Cs Apply) 👈 pic.twitter.com/CbNVOG21q3— NOW TV (@NOWTV) January 24, 2019 Amazon Post a comment Sarah Tew/CNET The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $520 at HP Chris Monroe/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Sarah Tew/CNET See It $999 The Cheapskate Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See at Amazon Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $60 at Best Buy Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $155 at Google Express HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Tags See It $210 at Best Buy DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Turo $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 Comments Share your voice Read Google Home Hub review $6 at Tidal Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Sarah Tew/CNET $299 at Amazon What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. See at Turo Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read the Rylo camera preview $59 at eBay Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Read DJI Osmo Action preview 7 0 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $999 Best Buy JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) See it An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $999 TV and Movies,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. NOW TV, a telecommunications company in the UK, Ireland and Italy, is offering a chance to win £35,000 ($45,700, AU$64,600) for a one-year job binge-watching box sets. The shows listed on the site include The Handmaid’s Tale, True Detective, Band of Brothers, The Walking Dead, The Sopranos, The Wire and more. (Sorry, fellow Yanks — UK residents only.)To apply, you need to post a video or photo explaining why you deserve the job, tagging @NOWTV and #BoxSetSabbatical. A panel of judges including comedian comedian Joel Dommett will pick a winner. Read the full details on how to apply carefully, and watch Dommett’s video for tips. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read the AirPods review Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Apple iPhone XS Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Rylo Boost Mobile Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Tags See It 2019 TV shows you can’t miss TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays
Singaram: Labour & Employment Minister Chamakura Malla Reddy today distributed textbooks and notebooks to the students at Medipally High School at K Singaram village in Medchal district. After unveiling a bust statue of Telangana ideologue Professor Jayashankar at the village, the minister distributed note and text books among the students. Speaking on the occasion, he said the State government will follow footsteps of Professor Jayashankar to provide quality education to the poor. “Our aim is to follow the ideals of Jayashankar Sir and implement schemes of welfare and achieve all-round development in the State. It is our duty to provide better education and facilities to the students to ensure them better future and achieve their goals in future”. Malla Reddy said the KCR government was making unrelenting efforts to achieve the ideals of late Prof. Jayashankar. Local TRS leaders J Venkat Reddy, TRS State general secretary Sudhir Reddy, ZP Chairman Sharath Chandra Reddy, M Sanjiva Reddy and others were present.
An aedes mosquito. File PhotoThe wife of Additional Inspector General of Police Shahabuddin Quraishi died of dengue at a city hospital on Sunday, reports UNB.Sayeda Akhter, 54, passed away around 11:30am, said Shahin, a staff of the Anti-Terrorism Unit chief.The dengue victim was undergoing treatment at the Square Hospital.Sayeda Akhter was first admitted to Samorita Hospital on 30 July and then shifted to Square Hospital on Saturday.The government on Saturday said 18 dengue patients died in the capital city since the beginning of this year. But unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is higher.The government said 22,919 people were hospitalised with dengue since 1 January.
Citation: Japanese company introduces irresistibly cute mind-controlled ‘cat ears’ (w/ video) (2011, May 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-japanese-company-irresistibly-cute-mind-controlled.html Explore further 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. The company, called Neurowear, demonstrated its new product in the “Smile Bazar”at Omotesando Hills, which it captured on video and displays on its site; and while the participants are clearly amused by the cat ears moving around, and there is much smiling and some laughing, it’s difficult to tell just how much control over the ears the wearers have. A natural question arises also as to whether people can get better at manipulating their ears if they wear them over time.In spite of the gimmick quality of the necomimi, it’s obvious that the concept could have a more serious purpose, such as helping those with communication difficulties express themselves. Also, a not so obvious part of the necomimi experience is the reaction of the people around the person wearing the ears; in the video, it’s impossible to not notice the looks of mirth on the faces of the people around, and, it’s difficult to not smile yourself as you watch the people in the video try on the device; their reactions, and the way the ears react combined with the expressions on their face, is actually rather profound, though it’s hard to say why. Whether it’s the cuteness factor, or a feeling that something is being conveyed by the person, albeit artificial ears, that you don’t generally see in any other way, there is something unique and sweet about the whole human/machine interaction that very clearly evokes something in others.The necomimi is another in a long line of products that listen and respond to brain waves, and doubtless there will be many more, though what’ s not certain, is whether they will be nearly as cute. More information: via neurowear.net/ © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — In a bit of science mixed with whimsy, a Japanese company has created a set of electromechanical cat ears that can be worn on the human head and manipulated with nothing but the mind. Called the necomimi (a combination of the Japanese words for cat and ear) and looking very much like the ears that come with a cat costume, the ears respond to thoughts or mood by means of a sensor on a second small band pressed against the forehead; they can stand straight up when the wearer is concentrating, or wriggle and turn slightly when amused, or lay flat when tired or bored, demonstrating what the company calls, an ability to reveal emotion. Newborn ear deformities corrected without surgery
(Phys.org) —The University of Michigan conducted a poll back in 1992, asking 26,000 men and women over the age of 50 and living in the U.S. what they thought about their chances of living to age 75, was it 10 percent, 50, 100? It was all part of a Health and Retirement survey conducted to shed some light on what people were doing about saving for retirement in light of news that social security might not be the safety net many people have been hoping for. Now, 22 years later, researchers with the Brookings Institute have revisited the answers given by respondents and compared those numbers to how long those people actually did live—to see how well the people back then were able to guess how long they would live. As it turns out, most were wildly pessimistic. Explore further © 2014 Phys.org Credit: Peter Griffin/public domain Citation: Health and Retirement study indicates people wildly underestimate how long they will live (2014, November 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-health-people-wildly-underestimate.html More information: Better Financial Security in Retirement? Realizing the Promise of Longevity Annuities, www.brookings.edu/research/pap … ities-abraham-harrisAbstractThe shift in the U.S. retirement system away from company pensions and towards individual retirement accounts has placed greater responsibility on workers for ensuring the adequacy of their saving and managing those savings. Absent ready availability of or familiarity with suitable financial instruments, retirees increasingly are self-insuring against a variety of retirement risks, especially the risk of outliving their assets. One alternative to self-insuring against extended longevity is an insurance product known as a “longevity annuity.” The essence of a longevity annuity is a fixed stream of payments that begins with a substantial delay from the time the contract is purchased—a longevity annuity purchased at age 60 or 65, for example, might begin payments at age 75, 80 or 85. The current market for longevity annuities faces many barriers, ranging from consumer decision making that does not account adequately for longevity risk to the fiduciary concerns of employers to incomplete markets for the hedging of risk by insurance companies. In this paper, we highlight how recent trends have precipitated a need for products that offer protection against longevity risk, consider whether longevity annuities can improve retirement security, highlight barriers to more widespread take-up of longevity annuities, and offer a menu of potential reforms to bolster this fledgling market. Survey: Working longer—older Americans’ attitudes on work and retirement In looking at the data, the researchers found that the most pessimistic of them all, those who believed they had zero chance of living to 75, were wrong in almost half the cases. On the other end of the extreme, those who were absolutely certain they would live to 75, were good predictors, a little over 78 percent of them were right. The rest fell somewhere in-between.Such numbers are important because people are living longer and the population has shifted to the point where there is not enough young people paying into the social security pot to pay for all the retirees at the other end. Thus, people are having to save money on their own, and some, such as the folks at the Brookings Institute are afraid that if people are pessimistic about how long they’ll live, they won’t save enough should they outlive their expectations. But, they also offer a possible solution.Their idea is convince people to buy a longevity annuity—it’s a type of investment that pays a certain amount back over a certain number of years, which, as it turns out, is very similar to how social security works—only in this case, it’s all private and is based entirely on how much an investor puts in initially. They point out how quickly an investment can grow and how important it is that people take their retirement more seriously. Of course for that to happen, some means will have to be found for convincing people that their chances for living into their old age, is a lot higher than they think. 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.
It’s not uncommon to download files that are multiple gigabytes in size, but when it comes to emails, attachments are still very limited. That’s no bad thing, because nobody wants their email client sat there downloading huge files. However, sometimes you need to send a large file, and Google is responding to that need by increasing the file size limit for Gmail.Gmail users can now receive files of up to 50MB in size. However, attaching a file directly in Gmail is still limited to 25MB. That shouldn’t be a problem as Google offers to store larger files on Google Drive and send a link in the email instead. This is how most large files should be sent via email. Relying on a file storage and download service means emails stay small and users can choose when it’s convenient to download attachments.Google revealed the size increase yeterday and should have it rolled out to all Gmail accounts before the end of the week. What you may not be aware of is the fact Google actually limits how many emails a user can receive every day “to keep our systems healthy and your accounts safe.”Each account can receive a maximum of 86,400 emails in one day. That limit is further broken down to a limit of 3,600 emails per hour and 60 per minute. If you hit one of the limits then no further email can be received for the next 24 hours and any that get sent “are bounced or deferred back to the sender.” 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Listen Now March 2, 2017 Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer
Travelweek Group Tags: Bermuda, Sales, Spa Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> BERMUDA — Travellers will be tickled pink over Bermuda’s ‘Pink Sale’, a seasonal promotion that includes up to 50% off on select hotels.Running until Jan. 22, for travel from Jan. 1-April 30, 2019 and Sept. 1-Dec. 31, 2019, the sale allows sun-seekers to take advantage of the island’s world-class hotels, with rates starting at US$124.50.Participating hotels include:Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort and SpaRosedon HotelCoral Beach & Tennis ClubGreenbank Guesthouse & CottagesFairmont SouthamptonThe Reefs Resort & ClubHamilton Princess & Beach ClubElbow Beach BermudaCambridge Beaches Resort & SpaThe St. George’s ClubCoco Reef ResortRoyal Palms HotelGrotto Bay Beach Resort & SpaIn addition to the Pink Sale, Bermuda is also celebrating Spa Month in February with 50% off its most alluring resort and day spas. Indulgence options include:Power Facial at Exhale, The Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach ClubLuxury Packages at Three Graces Day Spa, Newstead Spa & SalonWinter Warming Massage at Sense, A Rosewood Spa, Rosewood BermudaRejuvenating Treatments at Siam Thai Massage and Herbal SpaFull Body Massage and Blowout, The Spa at the LorenTherapeutic Massage at the Ocean Spa, Cambridge BeachesFocus on the Feet at Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont SouthamptonMore news: Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedFor more information visit gotobermuda.com. Get 50% off hotels and spa treatments in Bermuda
Dr Handa, George Souris, Emma Matthews, Adrian Collette Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Opera in Sydney will be taken to a new level (sea-level, that is) when Opera Australia presents La Traviata on Sydney Harbour. The new event will start its season on 24 March 2012 and run for the duration of three weeks.The International Foundation for Arts and Culture (IFAC) together with Events NSW on behalf of the NSW government have sponsored the event enabling Opera Australia to roll out three annual seasons of which will be known as Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.It will be the first opera in Australia to be held on a tailor-made stage built over the water off the Royal Botanical Gardens and, according to Opera Australia, this is there most ambitious project yet.“Opera on Sydney Harbour will be a spectacular event and will focus national and international attention on Sydney,” NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell said.”Sydney Harbour will once again become the stage, attracting people from all over the world.” Events NSW on behalf of the government will work with Opera Australia to connect with potential markets across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the USA to encourage tourism to accompany this major opera event.Speaking to e-travelblackboard Opera Australia chief executive Adrian Collette indicated that the opera marked the creation of an event for which Sydney will become known, generating tourism locally, nationally and globally.“A vision of this scale is only possible when it’s a vision shared and we’re very fortunate to have such partners in the International Foundation for Arts and Culture, and Events NSW on behalf of the NSW Government,” Mr Collette said.Internationally acclaimed director Francesca Zambello will stage direct the production which will feature Sopranos Emma Mathews and Rachelle Durkin and tenors Ji-Min Park and Gianluca Terranova.“The chance to work with Opera Australia and its wonderful performers to bring La Traviata to the stage is something that I would always consider an exciting undertaking. But staged on the water, under the stars and with that iconic Sydney skyline as a backdrop, this is truly a special opportunity,” Ms Zambello.Tickets will go on sale to the public on 04 July 2011 and price ranges from AUD$85 – AUD$350, dinner and show packages are also available. Opera Australia chief executive Adrian Collette was kind enough to meet with the etravelblackboard team and described the event as a once in a life time opportunity Alan Jones, George Souris The stunning voice of Emma Mathews who plays “Violetta” is regarded as one of Australia’s most outstanding sopranos.
The November 26 opening of The Cancun Underwater Museum adds a unique eco-art experience to the diving and snorkeling in Cancun. The underwater installation of renowned artist Jason deCaires Taylor’s magnificent exhibition, “The Silent Evolution,” made of 400 submerged life-size sculptures, completes the world’s largest underwater museum.Located in The National Park of Isla Mujeres Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc, which attracts well over half a million tourists a year, the museum’s main gallery comprises Jason deCaires Taylor’s sculptures, which are based on real people and anchored in depths of over ten meters.The collection was created and installed over the course of 18 months, with 120 tons of cement, 400 kilograms of silicone, 120 sub-aquatic work hours and more. Although best experienced underwater, the sculptures have been arranged so that when viewed from above, they create the shape of a human eye.Lovers of marine life will appreciate the eco-friendly aspect of the project. The sculptures were placed near the natural reefs and close to marine life habitats in order to create a natural ecosystem that helps maintain corals and reefs in the best conditions. And indeed, the sculptures received an exceptionally warm welcome: Days after most of the pieces were installed, hundreds of Gray Angel Fish, rarely spotted in the Manchones area, were to be seen swimming in and around the exhibition.In collaboration with the National Marine Park and Artificial Reefs, a US-based company, the sculptures are specifically designed to attract coral and positioned to encourage the growth of different coral species. Visitors can look forward to enjoying not only the original, beautiful sculptures but also the marine life they will host.Visit www.underwatersculpture.com
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