Design chosen for British 1000 mph car w Video

first_img The driver of the Bloodhound SSC (SuperSonic Car), Andy Green, set the world land speed record of 763 mph (1,228 km/h) in Thrust SSC in 2007. Green said he hoped the car would be ready to try to beat the record in 2011. The record attempts will be made in South Africa’s Hakskeen Pan in the Northern Cape Province. Wing Commander Green, an RAF fighter pilot, said the pan is perfect because the surface of the dried-out lake can support the car but is soft enough to allow the titanium or carbon-reinforced aluminum wheels to sink perhaps one centimeter, which would give the car needed damping or compliance to help him to steer the car at lower speeds. (At higher speeds it steers more like a speedboat than a car.) The track will be 10 miles (16 km) long. Nissan’s new concept car ‘feels like flying’ (w/ Video) More information: www.bloodhoundssc.com/© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore further Citation: Design chosen for British 1,000 mph car (w/ Video) (2009, November 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-11-chosen-british-mph-car-video.html (PhysOrg.com) — A British team hoping to be the first to get a car to 1,000 mph (1,610 km/h) has made its final design selection. The six-tonne car, known as the Bloodhound, will be powered by a Eurofighter jet engine mounted above a hybrid rocket, and will be built in Bristol, UK. 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.last_img read more

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The dance of hot nanoparticles

first_imgHeated nanoparticles “shine” in their solvent. Image credit: Daniel Rings Citation: The dance of hot nanoparticles (2010, September 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-09-hot-nanoparticles.html Explore further Physicists prove Einstein wrong with observation of instantaneous velocity in Brownian particles Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (PhysOrg.com) — “Brownian motion is a very old concept,” Klaus Kroy tells PhysOrg.com. “The laws explaining it were formulated more than a century ago by Albert Einstein. However, we are finding some interesting divergences from what has been known for all these years.” Brownian motion is the random movement of small particles dissolved in a liquid or gas. It is the result of the particles’ collisions with the solvent molecules. Kroy is a theoretical physicist at the University of Leipzig, Germany. Together with his experimental colleague, Frank Cichos, also at the university, he investigated the non-equilibrium Brownian motion of hot nanoparticles, so-called “Hot Brownian motion”. The team’s work has been published in Physical Review Letters.When Einstein wrote his seminal paper in 1905, he assumed that a particle would be at the same temperature as the solvent. However, this doesn’t take into account how a heated particle affects the surrounding solvent. For anyone interested in trapping or tracking nanoparticles with light, this idea of Einstein’s has to be reinvestigated because the particles heat up due to optical absorption.Kroy, Cichos and their colleagues used a focused laser to heat gold nanoparticles suspended in water and observed what happened. The result of the experiment showed that the viscosity and temperature “felt” by the heated nanoparticle are not the surface conditions. Instead, the values that relate to the hot Brownian motion need to be calculated over the whole solvent, as predicted by the new theory put forward by the team.Using this theory, it becomes possible to precisely control and manipulate the way the nanoparticles move in the liquid. “We show how to use the temperature to speed the particles in the liquid. Brownian motion is doing all the action, but we can use a laser aimed at the particles to change how fast they are moving,” Cichos says.One of the ways to direct the motion is to prepare asymmetric particles that have gold on only one side. “A heat kick comes from the one side,” Cichos explains, “and this can be exploited for moving particles around with a laser.” Similarly, other groups have exploited the heating of nanoparticles stuck in a biomembrane to mobilize them. “The trick will also work with other frozen matrices that can be molten by the heat emitted from the nanoparticle,” he explains.Biology offers ample opportunities for applications of new photothermal technologies. Many researchers in biology use nanoparticles as markers. They can be attached to biomolecules and cell organelles, and their transport can then be tracked inside a cell, or anywhere else in a living organism. “However, you need to be able to see these tiny particles,” Cichos says. At Leipzig University, the team modulated the heat of the laser to make the nanoparticles “shine” periodically. It works like a lighthouse, so that the nanonparticles can be detected virtually without perturbing background noise, offering an alternative to some of the current methods used to make biomarkers visible.Another benefit of the new developments from Germany includes the fact that they provide the basis for a quantitative analysis of all experiments that use light to confine particles. “The trapping of nanoparticles with optical tweezers has become indispensible for many experiments and applications,” Kroy points out. “But to gain a precise control over this technique, we first need to understand how hot particles move. This is why we are shedding some more light on Brownian motion, showing that there is still more to learn.” More information: Daniel Rings, Romy Schachoff, Markus Selmke, Frank Cichos, and Klaus Kroy, “Hot Brownian Motion,” Physical Review Letters (2010). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.090604 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.last_img read more

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New evidence helps explain why some soft tissue fossilizes better than others

first_img(Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with the University of Bristol in the UK and another with Uppsala University in Sweden has found a reason for why soft tissue in some species fossilizes better than others. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Aodhán Butler, John Cunningham, Graham Budd and Philip Donoghue describe a study they carried out that involved analyzing how a type of shrimp decays. Citation: New evidence helps explain why some soft tissue fossilizes better than others (2015, May 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-evidence-soft-tissue-fossilizes.html Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B 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. For many years scientists have debated whether the “Cambrian Explosion” was the result of more species suddenly developing or whether it was just the result of more remains being fossilized and found. In this new effort, the researchers suggest it might have had to do with the development of the anus and a through-gut.Finding soft tissue fossils is rare, and when it does occur, the fossils are typically only small portions of the deceased organism, and more often than not, those pieces were once a part of a digestive system. Why this is has not been well studied the team noted, so they decided to look into it. To learn more they studied the process by which brine shrimp decay—the little creatures are nearly transparent, thus it was possible to watch the bacteria inside of them go to work after the shrimp died.In watching the process of decomposition, the team noted that bacteria in the gut set to work right away, multiplying massively as they engaged in eating the dead tissue around them, so much so that they completely filled the cavity and eventually caused it to burst, which gave them access to other internal organs. If the shrimp was in a low oxygen environment when it died, such as being buried in sand, then most of the decomposition occurred from the inside, and then stopped as the bacteria ran out of air. But, because gut bacteria carry a lot of calcium and/or phosphates and because they form biofilms, after they died, they left behind a mold of sorts that showed the form of the gut organs of their dead host.The researchers believe that it was the mold left behind by gut bacteria that is actually what is found with soft tissue fossils, and thus, it appears a possibility that part of the “Cambrian Explosion” was due to the development of an anus and through-gut—because they harbor much more gut bacteria.center_img © 2015 Phys.org Generalized decay sequence in Artemia (a–g) and comparison to Burgess Shale-type fossils (h–i). (a) Undecayed specimen. (b) Thoracopods become matted. (c) Body and limbs (arrow) becomes opaque due to microbial activity. (d) Cuticle shrinks; some distal podomeres are disarticulated, cloudy appearance of limbs indicates internal biofilm. (e) Cuticle fails, internal biofilm is lost. (f) Cuticle disintegrates into fragments. (g) Only the unsupported gut remains. (h) Opabinia specimen (Burgess Shale, BC, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Washington DC, USNM 155600) showing the gut and associated microbial fabrics. (i) Enlargement of Opabinia gut area (Burgess Shale, BC, Geological Survey of Canada GSC 40251). Dark area, g gut; gf grey features corresponding to structures interpreted as gut diverticulae or limbs, bc lighter areas, body cavity. Scale bar: (a–c,i) = 2 mm, (d–g) = 1 mm, (h) = 10 mm. Credit: (c) Proceedings of the Royal Society B, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0476 ‘Zombie’ bacteria found able to kill other bacteria More information: Experimental taphonomy of Artemia reveals the role of endogenous microbes in mediating decay and fossilization, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0476AbstractExceptionally preserved fossils provide major insights into the evolutionary history of life. Microbial activity is thought to play a pivotal role in both the decay of organisms and the preservation of soft tissue in the fossil record, though this has been the subject of very little experimental investigation. To remedy this, we undertook an experimental study of the decay of the brine shrimp Artemia, examining the roles of autolysis, microbial activity, oxygen diffusion and reducing conditions. Our findings indicate that endogenous gut bacteria are the main factor controlling decay. Following gut wall rupture, but prior to cuticle failure, gut-derived microbes spread into the body cavity, consuming tissues and forming biofilms capable of mediating authigenic mineralization, that pseudomorph tissues and structures such as limbs and the haemocoel. These observations explain patterns observed in exceptionally preserved fossil arthropods. For example, guts are preserved relatively frequently, while preservation of other internal anatomy is rare. They also suggest that gut-derived microbes play a key role in the preservation of internal anatomy and that differential preservation between exceptional deposits might be because of factors that control autolysis and microbial activity. The findings also suggest that the evolution of a through gut and its bacterial microflora increased the potential for exceptional fossil preservation in bilaterians, providing one explanation for the extreme rarity of internal preservation in those animals that lack a through gut.last_img read more

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Two beaten up arrested for supplying flesh of dead animals to eateries

first_imgKolkata: Locals beat up two youth and handed them over to the police after they were found taking away flesh of dead animals from a dump yard in Budge Budge in order to supply it to different eateries and restaurants.Locals often used to find the duo moving around the dump yard and it led to their suspicion. It was on Thursday when some of the locals followed them and they were caught cutting flesh from the bodies of dead animals thrown in the dump yard. One of the youth was Raja Mallick and the other was a taxi driver named Milsel Shyamlal. They used to pack the flesh and take it to a place at Kabardanga in the extreme southern part of the city in the taxi. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsFinding the locals approaching them, the taxi driver attempted to flee. But he was caught red-handed.Raja told locals that they used to take it to Kabardanga where they used to hand it over to a person who used to process it and pack it in small plastic bags. The same person then used to supply it to a section of eateries in and around the city.The mob turned irate when they their suspicion turned true and allegedly manhandled the duo. The taxi was also damaged. Police went to the spot and brought the situation under control. They were handed over to the police and detained subsequently.Police came to know about two other youth – Sunny and Nimai – who are also allegedly involved in it. Cops have initiated a search for the same. Police suspect involvement of more people in this connection.Police will take both of them to the place at Kabardanga where they used to supply the same.last_img read more

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Portion of Shibpur crematorium in shambles

first_imgKolkata: The beautification programme of Shibpur crematorium in central Howrah couldn’t take off well due to lackadaisical attitude of the Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC).The initiative, taken up by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee two years ago, was supposed to beautify the century-old crematorium and its neighbourhood. While a part of the crematorium has been beautified and well kept, the other part mainly where mourners sit is a victim of abject neglect. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThere is a place adjacent to the crematorium and on the banks of River Hooghly that was developed so that mourners could get a green and clean place to sit. Though the portion where a rest room has come up is well-maintained, the place just opposite it needs proper maintenance as despite all infrastructures it cannot be used properly at present. The infrastructure was created a few years ago with an idea of developing a better space where mourners can sit. The area was beautifully fenced and concrete seats with marble tops were also constructed. But with lack of maintenance, it is hardly fit for a person to go and sit there. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThere was no regular cleaning and empty alcohol bottles have been found strewn all over the place. The drains were clogged with dry leaves and soil. As a result of this accumulation of water, it has become the breeding ground of mosquitoes. Many of the concrete seats were found now being used for drying clothes and the rest are covered with weeds and bushes which have grown due to lack of regular maintenance.Shyamal Mitra, Member Mayor-in-Council (Burning Ghat and Burial Ground), said: “There is pending litigation in connection with the plot. But initiatives will be taken for proper illumination of the place and cleaning of the garden so that no anti-social activities take place there.”last_img read more

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18yearold sexually abused by 5 in Jalpaiguri

first_imgDarjeeling: Jalpaiguri woke up to a horrific incident of gang rape on Wednesday. An 18-year-old was allegedly sexually abused by 5 youths. Police have arrested two. A manhunt has been launched for others.On Tuesday night, the victim had left her residence on a bicycle to visit the house of her elder sister. A short distance away, a street food vendor Madan Das blocked her way along with his friend Biswajit Rai. They forcefully took the victim to a nearby building that was under construction. They allegedly abused her there. In the meantime, Hira Rai, Subrata Rai and Bishu Das arrived at the spot. They too allegedly sexually abused her. However, a light bulb in the building attracted the attention of a neighbour who arrived to investigate. On seeing him, the 5 perpetrators fled and noticing the victim in a critical condition, the neighbour rushed her to hospital. The family members of the victim have filed a complaint at the police station. “Two persons have been arrested and a manhunt has been launched for others,” stated Upasana Gurung, police officer.last_img read more

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Globalising Indian Art

first_imgWith the mission of bringing back the essence of old classical art form in modern and contemporary art, Delhi College of art is trying its best to maintain and empower the roots of Indian art through organising Art collage Carnival every year. It would be 15th edition of the same this year. This helps artists and art students to demonstrate their masterpiece. It also builds their capacities to preserve our traditions and cultures with old classical unique art forms which are also called the interactive art that may be understood even by a layman. It disseminates art intelligence to spread the beauty of it across different cultures and countries. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis way, collage art carnival depicts the same philosophy in an all new initiative medium by the students of Delhi College of Art to bring back the old form of art which has somewhere lost its charm. As per the trend of previous versions, the forthcoming carnival is also going to spread its own aura of awesomeness.Delhi college of Art has come up with several initiatives to promote and brand Indian artwork; and this carnival is one of its success stories. Art does not believe in putting some differentiation in terms of geographical divisions. Believing the same, the institution is also giving their students an opportunity to visit places like Rome and Paris which are very much known for its rich contribution to art. These places will certainly place exposure to the students that will help them to think beyond the box and every conditioning that was placed within the boundary. This way, the students are not only getting a chance to learn, but also getting an opportunity to master their art and spreading Indian art and culture outside the country.This carnival provides an internationally acclaimed platform to the artists to showcase their creativity across the world and convey Indian art beyond the boundary. At the exhibition, around 200 students will showcase paintings from every branch of Delhi college of art.last_img read more

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Walking just 35 minutes daily can reduce stroke risk in elderly

first_imgOlder adults can prevent their risk of strokes by taking a daily stroll for just 35 minutes a day or four hours a week, say researchers. Indulging in moderate physical activity, such as swimming, brisk walking, or running two to three hours a week may also reduce the severity of strokes than people who are physically inactive. “Stroke is a major cause of serious disability, so finding ways to prevent stroke or reduce the disability caused by stroke are important,” said Katharina S. Sunnerhagen, from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”While exercise benefits health in many ways, our research suggests that even simply getting in a small amount of physical activity each week may have a big impact later by possibly reducing the severity of a stroke,” she added. For the study, published in the journal Neurology, the team identified 925 people with an average age of 73 who had a stroke. Of the 481 people who were physically inactive, 354 or 73 per cent had mild stroke. Of the 384 who engaged in light physical activity, 330 or 85 per cent had mild stroke. Of the 59 people who engaged in moderate physical activity, 53 or 89 per cent had mild stroke. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePeople who engaged in light to moderate physical activity before their stroke were twice as likely to have a mild stroke rather than a moderate or severe stroke when compared to people who were physically inactive, the researchers said. “There is a growing body of evidence that physical activity may have a protective effect on the brain and our research adds to that evidence,” Sunnerhagen said. The study does not prove that physical activity reduces stroke severity; it only shows an association, she noted.last_img read more

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Man held for creating fake profile of Kolkata mayor

first_imgKolkata:One person has been arrested from Nadia district of West Bengal for allegedly opening a fake account in the name of Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim on social media and posting objectionable comments, police said on Sunday. Tarun Kumar Ghosh (40), a resident of Buichara Para in Nabadwip was apprehended on Saturday night from his residence for creating a fake profile of Hakim and spreading false information, a senior police officer said. When produced at a city court on Sunday, Ghosh was sent to police custody till June 22, he added.last_img

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The Imperial to host an exotic French affair

first_imgThe great global event, ‘Goût de France / Good France’ will be celebrating its 5th annual edition on March 21, 2019, and ‘Nostalgia’ at ‘1911 Brasserie’ – a proud purveyor of classic western cuisine in the capital since 2011 – is chosen to be a part of the largest dinner in the world featuring 5000 restaurants across 5 continents. The Good France menu at Nostalgia, The Imperial will pay a tribute to the excellence of French cuisine and will showcase a menu using fresh and seasonal regional produce. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA combination of old world charm coupled with an unparalleled French menu featuring authentic recipes across aperitif and canapés, entrée, main course and dessert promises a distinct dining experience. More than 70 restaurants have been selected across India by the committee of international chefs headed by Chef Alain Ducasse, placing India among the top participating countries. The traditional and rare European theme around which ‘Nostalgia’ at ‘1911 Brasserie’ makes it an ideal property to promote this glorious French dinner. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis extraordinary evening will have a delectable array of signature French dishes, in the backdrop of a venue that makes you experience the old Hollywood glamour. Chef Prem K Pogakula, Executive Chef at The Imperial will be cooking up a French-style dinner, with a focus on more responsible cuisine. “French food is based on local sourcing of very simple ingredients paired with good-old wine and hand-picked variety of cheese. The cuisine has already been influenced in terms of standardising menus and presentation so the day is not far when Indians will be more familiar with French specialties and classic ingredients. The French culinary events like Good France is a great initiative to promote French gastronomy in India and it’s an honour for The Imperial to be part of an international gourmet at a global level. We at ‘Nostalgia’ use exclusive French cheese, cream, butter, and meats to keep the local flavors intact and these local ingredients only help in achieving a perfect dish which the French guests relish,” said Chef Prem.last_img read more

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Green tea may cut obesity risk

first_imgGreen tea may reduce the risk of obesity and a number of inflammatory biomarkers linked with poor health, a study conducted in mice suggests. Mice fed a diet of two per cent green tea extract fared far better than those that ate a diet without it, according to the study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. The finding has prompted an upcoming study of green tea’s potential benefits in people at high risk of diabetes and heart disease. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe benefits seen in the study appear to stem from improved gut health, including more beneficial microbes in the intestines of the mice and less permeability in the intestinal wall – a condition typically called “leaky gut” in people. “This study provides evidence that green tea encourages the growth of good gut bacteria, and that leads to a series of benefits that significantly lower the risk of obesity,” said Richard Bruno, the study’s lead author and a professor at The Ohio State University in the US. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveNegative changes in the gut microbiome have been previously linked to obesity, and green tea has been shown to promote healthy bacteria. The team wanted to explore whether there was an argument for green tea preventing obesity, inflammation and other factors connected to poor metabolic health, Bruno said in a statement. The results of studies looking at obesity management so far have been a real mixed bag. “Some seem to support green tea for weight loss, but a lot of other research has shown no effect, likely due to the complexity of the diet relative to a number of lifestyle factors. Our goal is to figure out how it prevents weight gain,” Bruno said. “This will lead to better health recommendations,” he added. Green tea has a rich history in Asian countries and has been increasingly embraced in the West, in part for its potential health benefits. Catechins, anti-inflammatory polyphenols found in green tea, have been linked to anti-cancer activity and lower risk of heart and liver disease. The researchers devised an experiment that examined green tea’s effects in male mice fed a normal diet and a high-fat diet designed to cause obesity. Female mice are resistant to diet-induced obesity and insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes, so they were not included. For eight weeks, half of the animals ate a high-fat diet designed to lead to obesity and half were fed a regular diet. In each of those groups, half ate green tea extract mixed in with their food. The mice fed a high-fat diet supplemented with green tea gained about 20 per cent less weight and had lower insulin resistance than mice fed an otherwise identical diet without tea. The green tea appeared to protect against the movement of endotoxin, the toxic bacterial component, out of their guts and into the bloodstream. The researchers found evidence of stronger – less “leaky” – guts in these mice. Leaky gut is a problem in humans that contributes to widespread low-grade inflammation and has been implicated in a number of health problems. The researchers also found that the green tea appeared to contribute to a healthier microbial community in the guts of the mice fed a high-fat diet. Green tea consumption in the experiment would be equivalent to about 10 cups of green tea throughout the day for a person, Bruno said. “It might seem like a lot of tea, but it’s not highly unusual in certain parts of the world,” he said.last_img read more

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Introducing youngsters to classical Indian music

first_imgDilli Durbar – biggest celebration of Indian classical music – saw some extremely scintillating and enthralling musical performances. With the aim to connect youth with our nation’s age-old classical art-forms and cultures, the festival was organised by Dilli Gharana in collaboration with Sursagar Society, Ameer Khusro Institute of Music and DG Productions, at IGNCA.The two-day festival turned out to be the most melodious musical extravaganza ever in the city, bringing together the greatest exponents of Indian Classical Arts on one platform to present a grand Indian classical cultural spectacle. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking on the occasion, Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, Founder of Dilli Durbar 2019 and the Doyen (or Khalifa) of Dilli Gharana said, “I had the great privilege to learn music under the tutelage of maestros of Indian classical arts. They not only taught us the art but also imbibed in us the great culture and traditions of India. I being the flag-bearer of Dilli Gharana feel that it is my responsibility to pass on my learnings to the younger generation, to refine their sensibilities, and to cultivate their taste for these finer things in life.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDilli Durbar 2019 was inaugurated by Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, in the presence of Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar, Dhrupad Maestro, along with Tourism Secretary, Delhi Government, Manisha Saxena; Additional Director General, Union Ministry of Tourism, Meenakshi Sharma; Radha S Chauhan; Joint Secretary (Union Ministry of Health) Bharti Sharma Das; Sidharth Luthra, Senior Supreme Court Lawyer; and Ayesha Mishra, Senior Supreme Court Advocate. Inauguration was followed by a panel discussion on ‘A Homeless Art form’ with Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar, Meenakshi Sharma (IA&AS), Abhinandita Mathur (Advisor to Delhi Government); a discussion of Bollywood music personality Kailash Kher with Babu Haabi; a session on ‘The Age Old Guru Shishya Parampara’ with Pandit Birju Maharaj, Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan; Hindustani classical music vocal performance by Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan; Sitar recital by Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan and much more. While these performances were being staged, parallel venues saw performances by Roohani Sisters – a Sufi Jugalbandi and a unique amalgamation of ghazal and daastangoi by Syed Sahil Agha and Janab Imran Khan. Apart from this, Dilli Durbar also featured Dilli 6 Food Festival, curated by Purani Dilli Walon ki Batein; films and documentaries screenings; an exhibition of musical instruments as well a culture bazaar showcasing merchandise which brings a piece of culture back to one’s home. Vusat Iqbal Khan, Co-Founder of Dilli Durbar 2019 and Managing Director of D G Productions stated, “The idea of Dilli Durbar originated from the fact that many youngsters in the country today are being fed a deadly cocktail of cacophony in the name of Music which is as far removed from true music as chalk is from cheese. It does not adhere to the basic tenets of music – whether Indian, Western nor any other. Hence, we wanted to reintroduce the young people of India once again with true Indian Music. We hope we will be able to at least make a small change with this initiative of ours.”last_img read more

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Renaming Bengal Mamata writes to PM Modi

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, strongly objecting the Centre’s decision to reject Bengal government’s proposal to change the name of the state from West Bengal to ‘Bangla’.The development took place a couple of hours after the Minister of State (Home), in reply to the Parliament, said that the name of the state cannot be changed as it would require a Constitutional Amendment. In her letter Banerjee pointed out how the proposal had been rejected on previous occasions as well. She requested the Prime Minister to accept the wishes of the people of Bengal and get the amendment done in the current session of the Parliament. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”I would request you to kindly accept the wishes of the people of West Bengal, as enshrined in the Resolution of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly and in the proposal of the West Bengal Cabinet, to rename our state as ‘Bangla’ in English, Hindi and Bengali. This re-christening will be in consonance with the history, culture and identity of our state and will reflect on the aspirations of our people,” the letter reads. The letter also mentions that the Chief Secretary of the state had communicated with the Union Home Secretary on August 21 last year, requesting him to initiate necessary action to change the name of the state. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIn August 2016, the West Bengal Assembly had passed another resolution for changing the state’s name to ‘Bengal’ in English, ‘Bangla’ in Bengali and ‘Bangal’ in Hindi. However, the Centre rejected the proposal in 2017, objecting to three separate names in three languages. Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee said in the Assembly that the Centre’s decision to refuse the state government’s proposal regarding the name change has not only maligned the people of Bengal, but also belittled the heritage of the Assembly where a resolution was passed in July 2018 to change the name of the state from West Bengal to Bangla in all three languages. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Wednesday that the Mamata Banerjee government’s proposal to change the name of West Bengal to ‘Bangla’ has been rejected. Reacting sharply against the Centre’s decision, the Opposition parties in the state, namely Congress and CPI(M), lent their support to the ruling party as the decision of changing the name of the state had been passed in the Assembly unanimously. Leader of the Opposition Abdul Mannan said during a press conference outside the Assembly that the Centre could have easily executed the Constitutional Amendment in both the Houses of the Parliament and sought a clarification from the Centre on the issue. “The names of many other states were changed through Constitutional Amendment in the past. In case of Bengal, they are reluctant to do so. The Centre has disgraced the Assembly and the people of Bengal,” Mannan said. While speaking on the issue in the Assembly, Chatterjee said: “The Centre is denying the heritage of Bengal. It is evident from its decision to reject our proposal. This is the third time that the Centre has rejected the Bengal government’s appeal. Refusing a resolution unanimously passed in the Assembly can amount to showing disrespect to the state.”last_img read more

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Colin Pete Carrolls Seahawks are unraveling just like USC

first_imgPete Carroll has always had the magic fairy dust when it comes to turning around football teams. He quickly transformed USC from a stagnant former power into dominant national champions, and the Seahawks from a bad NFC West team into Super Bowl champs. The downside of Carroll’s highly emotional, loose culture is that ends up collapsing on itself.Carroll fled USC to escape pending NCAA probation that ended up crushing the Trojans, and it looks like his magic has run out in Seattle, too. After missing the playoffs this season, the Seahawks have parted ways with vocal leaders Michael Bennett and Richard Sherman, and Colin thinks the unraveling has begun.Since losing on the final play of the Super Bowl to the Patriots in 2014, Seattle hasn’t come close to getting back, and the swag has devolved into players openly questioning his coaching decisions and creating locker room division with franchise QB Russell Wilson.At his previous stops, Carroll has never been capable of stopping the nosedive once it gets rolling downhill. Colin thinks this is the beginning of the end of Seattle.Pete Carroll and the Seahawks are unraveling just like Pete Carroll and USC pic.twitter.com/5Fn2TmPsJZ— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 8, 2018last_img read more

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LeBron over Harden for MVP

first_imgAlso:– Buy, Sell, or Hold LeBron over Harden for MVPThe Rockets lead the NBA in wins, and most in the media think that James Harden the clear cut choice for NBA MVP. Today, Colin sized up the MVP race and thinks LeBron should get the nod over The Beard, even if it’s not the “cool” choice.Not only is LeBron averaging more rebounds, assists, has a better field goal percentage, and is a superior defender than Harden, he’s also currently doing it without a coach and with a roster that was completely overhauled in the middle of the season. LeBron isn’t ashamed to say he should win the MVP. Colin isn’t either, and he doesn’t care what anyone thinks. NFL replay adds more confusion than clarityYesterday, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said he would be in favor of the NFL eliminating instant replay because slow-motion replay is deceptive and can even make correct calls look questionable. Colin agrees with Gruden and thinks that less replay is better for the game.Colin believes that replay is used far too often and kills the momentum of a game and that reviewing a play at 1/20 speed distorts the reality of the play that happened rather than clarify it.center_img Guests:Nick Wright – Host of FS1’s First Thing’s First joins the show to talk Mike Tomlin’s comments on celebrations; why Harden should win the MVP over LeBron;Joel Klatt – FS1 College Football Analyst is in-studio talking Saquon Barkley; why he’s a Baker Mayfield believer; and why Jim Mora shouldn’t be getting killed for saying Sam Darnold should go first over Rosen.Stephen Jackson – 14-year NBA Veteran is in-studio to explain why he’s not down with LeBron posting his own stats on social media; and why LeBron should consider the Spurs in free agency.last_img read more

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9 Things Small Businesses Should Know About Amazons New Mobile Payments Reader

first_img 6 min read How Success Happens August 13, 2014 Better late than never. Amazon has finally taken its place in the cutthroat mobile payments race.Aiming to take a swipe at Square, PayPal Here and Intuit GoPayment — and the small businesses that use them — the ecommerce titan today took the wraps off its first-ever (and recently leaked) mass-market credit card reader.It’s called Amazon Local Register, a plain black rectangular plug-in device that allows merchants to accept credit and debit card payments right from their smartphones or tablets, and it comes out of the box with a few “limited time only” strategic perks designed to lure small business away from competitors.Related: How You, the Local Business Owner, Can Take on AmazonFor a closer look, check out Amazon’s video promo-ing the new gadget:Before you make the leap, here are nine essential things you should know about Amazon Local Register.1. You can buy it online now or in stores next week. As of today, Amazon, of course, is already selling the reader in its online megastore. You can order it here. The company sweetened the deal with free two-day shipping.Related: Why You Need to Start Accepting Mobile Payments NowIf you prefer to wait and see Local Register in person before buying it, you’ll have to wait until Tues., Aug. 19, when Amazon says it will go on sale at Staples stores nationwide. Expect to see the reader alongside rivals PayPal Here ($14.99), Square ($9.99) and Staples’ own Mobile Register Credit Card Reader ($14.99).2. It’s basically free. Technically, Local Register retails for $10, but Amazon says it will credit people who buy it $10 back in their initial transaction fees. So, in your first couple of sales, you’ll recoup the cost of the reader.3. The per-transaction fees are lower than Square’s and PayPal’s — for now. As part of an introductory “limited time” offer, Amazon is offering those who sign up for Amazon Local Register by Oct. 31 a special 1.75 percent fee per swiped credit or debit card transaction. There are no monthly fees or long-term contracts and no charges for international payment cards, refunds or chargebacks.Related: Bitcoin in 10 Years: 4 Predictions From SecondMarket’s Barry SilbertThe discounted rate lasts through Jan. 1, 2016, when users will begin paying 2.5 percent per transaction. That’s still less than the going rates. Square currently charges 2.75 percent per swiped transaction and PayPal Here charges 2.7 percent. Intuit GoPayment (which costs a steep $27.99 for the reader itself) charges 2.4 percent per swiped transaction as part of its pay-as-you-go plan, plus an additional 25-cent fee. For its $19.95 monthly payment plan, Intuit charges 1.75 percent per swiped transaction, also with an additional 25 cent fee.Transactions manually keyed-in to Amazon Local Register’s on-screen user interface aren’t included in the promotional deal. You’ll have to pay 2.75 percent per transaction for those starting now, again lower than the competition. Per-manual transaction fees at Square and PayPal Here are currently 3.5 percent, plus an additional 15 cents. Intuit GoPayment charges 3.4 percent per keyed-in transaction per its pay-as-you-go plan, plus an additional 25 cents. For Intuit’s $19.95 per month plan, the charges per keyed-in transaction are 3.15 percent, also with an added 25-cent fee.Check this grid out for more information on Amazon’s transaction fees.4. Users will have access to Amazon customer support. If something goes awry with a transaction or you have a question about the technology, Amazon’s customer support team has your back, by phone and by email.Related: Square Scoops Up Fancy Food Delivery Startup ‘Caviar’Those who use the reader on their Kindle Fire HDX tablets will also be privy to a “Mayday” button that will put them in touch with an “Amazon tech advisor” 24/7/365 for free.5. It tracks your sales and identifies trends. With Amazon’s reader companion app, you can instantly tap into detailed reports on your sales over specific ranges of time, peak sales times, tips and taxes projections and more.6. It’s relatively easy to start using. Once you purchase the reader, it should take a few quick minutes to set it up. First, you’ll need to create an account via Amazon’s Local Register webpage. Next, download the free companion app on the mobile device you’ll use it on from Amazon Appstore, Apple App Store or Google Play.Local Register works with Android and iOS devices and on Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets. Oddly, though, it doesn’t yet work on Amazon’s new $199 Fire Phone. Amazon says the app is coming to its first smartphone “soon.” Once you have the reader and the app, and you’re a registered user, you can start accepting customer payments.  Related: The Pros and Cons of Mobile Payment Services7. Money from your transactions is deposited into your bank account the next business day. Well, generally. Amazon notes in a promo video that not all banks support next-day deposits. Also, it says in the fine print that next-day deposits require transfers by certain cutoff times (4 p.m. local time or 4 p.m. Pacific for Alaska and Hawaii) and are subject to reserves.Also, you have to set up automatic daily transfers or manually transfer the funds yourself from your Amazon Payments account to your bank account by the cutoff time. So, there’s a bit of setup necessary on your part, but it’s pretty standard as mobile payments go.Related: Crunching the Numbers on Mobile Payment Systems8. It works in the U.S. only. Amazon Local Register can only be used to accept payments in the U.S., and a U.S. bank account is required for transferring funds from the Amazon Payments account to your bank account. You can, however, use it to accept international payment cards.  9. It’s designed not to swivel. Amazon is touting its new reader as a “stabilized” unit that limits swivel for easier (less wiggly?) swipe-and-go transactions.Related: PayPal Joins Mobile-Pay Apps Already Therecenter_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Nowlast_img read more

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How Google Has Changed the World

first_img It’s incredible that it took just 18 years for Google — the company reached this milestone of adulthood on Sept. 27 — to create a market capitalization of more than $530 billion. It’s perhaps even more amazing to recall how the search engine has changed life as we know it.Google, now a unit of holding parent company Alphabet Inc., began in Larry Page and Sergey Brin’s Stanford University dorm in 1998 before campus officials asked them to find a real office after the Stanford IT department complained Page and Brin’s were sucking up all the university’s bandwidth.By the time I joined the company in November of 2001, it was apparent that we were changing the world. As an early employee at Google — the second attorney hired there — there were times when shivers ran up my spine thinking about what we were building. Democratizing access to information, and bringing the real world online — it was an inspiring place to be.Related: Inspirational Quotes From 12 Current and Former GooglersHaving grown up in a working class neighborhood, I had to travel to an affluent neighborhood to access a good public library, spending countless Saturday afternoons with volumes of reference books to learn how to apply for financial aid to attend college. In those pre-Internet days, a good library and a kind-hearted librarian were my keys to advancement.After the printing press, the first major democratization of access to information had been driven a century ago by steel baron Andrew Carnegie. He became the world’s richest man in the late 19th century and then gave it all away, donating $60 million to fund 1,689 public libraries across the United States. To my mind, Google took Carnegie’s vision of putting information in the hands of the general public and put it on steroids, creating a virtual library akin to those found only in sci-fi movies in 1998.Google indexed the internet extraordinarily well without human intervention, unlike previously curated outlets such as Yahoo! or LexisNexis, and in such a way that the user did not have to know how to use the index or Boolean search methods. Google enabled free searches of words or terms, making all manner of information instantly retrievable even if you did not know where it was housed. With Google, you could find any needle in any haystack at any time. Unlocking that data has indeed been a great equalizer: any individual can arm him or herself with relevant information before seeing a doctor or applying for government assistance, housing or a job.Related: 5 Years Later, Google+ Is a Forgettable Product Worth RememberingGetting archives onlineSoon, Google could trivially retrieve any piece of data on the World Wide Web. Crucially, Google started indexing information that was previously offline, such as far-flung archives (imagine a very old text in a tower in Salamanca) to make that knowledge searchable. People’s photos and videos followed. Then, of course, Google cars began cruising and mapping our streets. That paired with GPS granted us all a new superpower — being able to find our way in almost any small town or big city in the world.Now Google is a global archive storing our history as it is made. It is as though a virtual world is being created right alongside our real world, a simulation of reality that grows more robust by the day. Because of Google, the creation and storage of information itself has expanded exponentially as people and scholars have access to information that enables them to make new discoveries. Those discoveries, in turn, are shared with the world thanks to the culture of sharing that has been central to the internet and Google’s philosophy. All this has sped the pace of discovery.Of course, there have been casualties. Google has changed the business of newspapers forever and virtually single-handedly run most publishers of maps out of business. It transformed advertising, using and perfecting A/B testing to understanding our tastes and what makes a person click on an ad. Sometimes I worry that technology companies have become almost too good at this, building upon and applying these lessons to other ways of collectively sucking us into our devices more and more.This access to information without the curation of trained journalists carries other costs too, leading to an internet rife with misinformation and untruth. Nowhere is that more evident today than in our rancorous U.S. presidential election, where it seems little value is placed on objectivity, making organizations such as factcheck.org essential reading. The growth of Google and the diminution of the role of the established media in our society at such crucial moments might cause Alexis de Tocqueville, who believed newspapers “maintain civilization,” to turn in his grave.Related: 10 Inspiring Quotes From People Featured as Google DoodlesOne thing’s for sure: With Google, the future will bring the unexpected and sometimes delightful. Autonomous cars, robots, gesture-sensing fabrics, hands-free controls, modular cell phones and reimagined cities are among the projects that lie ahead for the search giant that even as it is one of the world’s largest companies, has maintained a startup culture at its offices, which now employ more than 61,000 people.In breaking out beyond the constraints of the online world into the physical universe, Google has made us believe (and even expect) that when one is inspired by some great purpose, we can transcend limitations. Anything becomes possible. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free September 29, 2016 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 5 min readlast_img read more

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Fun facts about GDPR and its effect on the Internet

first_imgFun facts about GDPR and its effect on the Internet by Martin Brinkmann on May 29, 2018 in Internet – 43 commentsThe General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a new law to protect the data of people in the EU and EEA, was implemented on Friday.While I have to admit that I’m not particularly fond of some of the requirements of GDPR, I think something like the GDPR was necessary to get online advertisement and tracking by large and small publishers in check.One effect that I’m not particularly fond of is that European users are bombarded by “please accept” overlays or popups on sites, by emails stating that privacy policies were updated, and by emails asking users to verify newsletter subscriptions. It feels like the “we use cookies” invasion of sites all over again.Some companies decided to block users from the European Union instead of creating a service that is compliant with the GDPR. That’s somewhat understandable from a pure business perspective but if you look at it from a customer’s perspective, it is probably not.I’d like to present two examples of positive effects that the GDPR has either directly or indirectly.Example 1: USA TodayIf you visit the USA Today website from the European Union right now, you are redirected to https://eu.usatoday.com/. The page loads blazing fast as it comes without advertisement, tracking, and many of the scripts that run on the main USA Today website.The site makes a couple of connections to a content delivery network but no third-party requests besides that.Downside to this is that you get a basic site; it has no menus, no news sections, or anything else. You can read the top news on the site without ads or tracking.Example 2 The VergeThe Verge displays a “we use” message at the bottom of the page. The only option presented to users is to click on the “I accept” button.Unless users click on the button, virtually no script or tracking code is loaded. You can navigate the site without hitting accept, but the message won’t just go away if you don’t.What you can do, however, is hide the overlay without accepting it. If you use uBlock Origin for example, you could use the element hider to hide the overlay and browse the Verge website without advertisement or tracking.The technique should work on any site that displays similar messages to you when you visit them.Closing WordsMany sites and businesses still work on their implementation of getting user consent and things will probably change for many of them in the coming weeks and months.Users from outside of the EU may benefit from the GDPR as well as some companies announced that the worldwide implementation of GDPR compliance. Another interesting option that users have is to use a VPN and a connection to a European server to get the same treatment that EU citizens get.Now You: What’s your take on the GDPR so far?SummaryArticle NameFun facts about GDPR and its effect on the InternetDescriptionThe General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a new law to protect the data of people in the EU and EEA, was implemented on Friday. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Microsofts datafocused approach to Windows Updates requires an update

first_imgMicrosoft’s data-focused approach to Windows Updates requires an update by Martin Brinkmann on March 08, 2019 in Microsoft, Windows – 12 commentsMicrosoft uses a data-focused approach to determine if updates are ready for wider distribution and it appears that the company is very content with the approach.Issues of recent updates suggest that Microsoft may need to rethink its strategy when it comes to Windows Updates.Microsoft started a new series on the official Windows Experience blog some time ago in which company representatives lift the veil in regards to the company’s strive for quality.Microsoft told the public that update quality is better than ever, and that the same is true for the quality of released device drivers.In “Data, insights and listening to improve the customer experience”, information is provided on how Microsoft uses data to determine the quality of updates.The fundamental question that Microsoft asks for each release is “Is this Windows Update ready for customers?”. Updates go through different stages during development:Automatic and manual testing of updates.Evaluation of quality based on diagnostic data and feedback from Microsoft engineers.Distribution to Windows Insiders and further evaluation of updates.Distribution to the general Windows population.The metrics that Microsoft gathers and monitors need to be equal to or better than the metrics of the previous update.By the time we are ready to ship to our customer base, our metrics must be, at a minimum, at or above the quality levels for the previous release, the idea being that every update should make the Windows 10 experience better.Is the approach sufficient?Data plays an important role when it comes to the release of updates. Microsoft, and any other company for that matter, may use it to make sure that certain features behave as intended. It is certainly possible to catch bugs by just looking at data but if you look at recent updates, you will notice that things were not as smooth as Microsoft’s data focused appraoch suggested.Microsoft had to pause the Windows 10 version 1809 feature update because it caused a lot of issues. To name just a few:A Data loss issueAnother data loss issueNo audio issue and bluescreensFont display issuesMapped network drives issuesAll of these issues were not detected during tests conducted by Microsoft, by diagnostic data, and by feedback that Microsoft engineers and participants of Microsoft’s Insider program provided.A game performance related bug was not detected in the most recent update for Windows 10 version 1809. Microsoft had to update the support article to add the performance affecting bug to the list of known issues of the update.The problemMicrosoft engineers and participants of the Insider program may not provide a sufficient sample size to provide data for all major use cases. Gaming might be such a case. It seems unlikely that Microsoft engineers spend a lot of time playing games on their devices. Even if they would, they could never test new versions of Windows on tens of thousands of games that are available for PC. The bulk of Insider participants may not be interested in games as well. Gaming is just one area where Microsoft’s approach falls short.It is certainly unrealistic to expect Microsoft to catch all issues in all updates before release. The sheer number of hardware and software configurations makes that an impossible task.But major issues, like game performance in popular games, should not hit the general population.That’s one reason why it is a good idea to install updates a while after release and not as early as possible: you never know what is going to happen.Now You: Let me know what you think about all of this, and how Microsoft could improve update quality.SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft’s data-focused approach to Windows Updates requires an updateDescriptionIs Microsoft’s data-focused approach when it comes to evaluation of the quality of Windows updates and releases sufficient?Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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WATCH This film seeks to bring gender inclusivity to public schools

first_imgA still from the trailer of Creating Gender Inclusive Schools LGBT sex ed to be taught in England, including in faith schoolsTrans kids guide is ‘inaccurate and deeply damaging’, say LGBT activistsEqual treatment remains out of reach for LGBT Americans in most statesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/creating-gender-inclusive-schools-documentary/ Creating Gender Inclusive Schools is a short documentary film. It demonstrates what can happen when public schools learn to be inclusive beyond the gender binary. GAYSTARNEWS- Tell me more!The film documents Peralta Elementary School in Oakland, California. School employees brought in staff from the group Gender Spectrum to provide training for teachers and administrators. Additionally, they provided an age-appropriate curriculum for students.‘Gender Spectrum’s mission is to create a gender-inclusive world for all children and youth,’ the organization’s website reads.Next in the film, parents are introduced to these ideas. They add to the discussion of creating a safe space for all children to be themselves.In total, the film documents a week of classroom activities. These activities helped students and adults alike become more aware of issues such as bullying, stereotyping, and gender.‘[The film] demonstrates that it’s not only possible, but downright fun, to train an entire public elementary school community to be inclusive of transgender and gender expansive youth,’ New Day Films states.‘Creating Gender Inclusive Schools is one of four films in the Youth & Gender Media Project, which together demonstrate how to reach every member of a school community—students, teachers, parents and administrators—to help them create educational settings that welcome all young people, regardless of the where they fall on the spectrum of gender identity and expression.’center_img Reviews‘As a LGBTQ advocate and educator, the film is a great tool and resource. We love the perspectives that the film provides and the connection to LGBTQ inclusion work. I am so grateful that a film like this even exists and is available to us,’ said Ami Davis in a review. Davis is the Manager of Youth Wellness and Policy at REACH OUT.‘We screened [the film] for a professional development session at each of our schools to teachers [and staff],’ said Catherine Wang. Wang works as the superintendent of a school district.‘This impactful film highlights how easily we can make a difference if we intentionally plan to address gender identity in our schools. Our teams were truly inspired by what is possible and the film moved each school to consider immediate steps to support a more inclusive environment’.The trailerWatch the trailer for Creating Gender Inclusive Schools below:[embedded content]Creating Gender Inclusive Schools Trailer from Jonathan Skurnik on Vimeo.Anything else?Using gender-neutral language is also a great way to move beyond the gender binary.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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