UN urges AsiaPacific nations to scale up domestic funds for AIDS response

21 August 2007The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has warned that countries in Asia and the Pacific will face serious difficulties in sustaining their response to the disease unless they become less reliant on external donors and commit more national funds to their AIDS programmes. Resources for national AIDS programmes in the region, while increasing, are insufficient for a long-term response to the pandemic, UNAIDS Asia Pacific Regional Director Prasada Rao told those gathered at the 8th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, which opened yesterday in Colombo, Sri Lanka.National budgets for AIDS programmes in the region account for only 30 per cent of the $1.2 billion allocated for AIDS, he noted, adding that, with the exception of Thailand, international donors fund the balance.Echoing his comments, Deborah Landey, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, said she hoped to see a substantial increase in domestic funding for AIDS in the region by next year.“In this third decade of the epidemic, it is becoming more and more important for countries not only to demonstrate strong political leadership, but to commit their own funds to tackling AIDS,” she stated. “This gives new meaning to the concept of national ownership.”Although prevalence rates remain low across the region, new infections rates are rising in a number of countries such as Papua New Guinea, Viet Nam, Indonesia, Nepal and Bangladesh. Overall, the region has seen some 1 million new infections in the last two years. Mr. Rao called on civil society groups – including people living with HIV – to continue and to increase pressure on Governments to deliver concrete AIDS programmes. “We need continued vigilance to ensure that HIV prevention and treatment are reaching people most at risk and most in need,” he said.The weeklong conference brings together more than 3,000 delegates from some 60 countries to discuss critical issues on AIDS in the region such as stigma and discrimination, access to HIV prevention and treatment and the importance of sustained political commitment on AIDS. read more

Lowes undertakes hiring blitz

The Simcoe RONA store is looking to hire 20 new workers as part of a hiring blitz by Lowe’s Canada network of stores.The home improvement retailer is looking to fill more than 6,350 open positions nationwide this spring.“Whether you’re looking for a summer job, a career in home improvement, or an opportunity to share your home improvement knowledge in your retirement, now is the ideal time to join the Lowe’s Canada family,” Marc Macdonald, senior vice president of human resources, said in a media release. “Come meet our store teams-we’d like to know more about you.”Full-time, part-time, and seasonal jobs will be available.A National Hiring Day will be held on Feb. 23 at stores across the country. Candidates interested in working at RONA in Simcoe can visit the location at 10 Davis Street East, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Feb. 23. The management team will be on site to accept applications and meet with candidates.Across the country, there are positions available for department managers, customer service associates, cashiers, stockers, boom truck drivers, and sales specialists. To accommodate student candidates, most seasonal jobs will begin in April.To learn more about available positions or to apply online at any time, log onto lowescanada.ca/en/careers. read more

New car CO2 figures continue to improve

* ‘signposted’ eco-models are cars defined as those vehicles that have been badged by vehicle manufacturers to draw attention to their environmental credentials. Examples of the best selling eco sub-brands are Mercedes-Benz blueEFFICIENCY, Vauxhall Ecoflex and VW Bluemotion. All manufacturers have made great strides to lower the CO2 emissions of their products, and it should be noted that some manufacturers deliberately do not brand their products as eco models.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) “Continued vehicle manufacturer efforts to improve fuel efficiency and cut emissions has further reduced average CO2 output during a better than anticipated first half of 2010,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.  “The remainder of the year is set to be challenging, especially post the scrappage scheme.  All manufacturers are committed to offering ever more efficient products through the introduction of increasingly efficient engines and alternative technologies.” ·        Average new car CO2 figure down 4.7% in first half of 2010 to 145.2g/km, compared with the same period in 2009.·        Registrations of alternatively fuelled cars doubled over this period.·        Some concern that rate of improvement may slow, but new technologies constantly emerging. ·        Average new car CO2 figure has fallen in every month of 2010.·        Rate of improvement has cooled following the exceptional impact of the Scrappage Incentive Scheme.·        Registrations of alternatively fuelled cars have more than doubled to 11,468 units in the first half of the year, and grew by 157.4% in June.·        Registrations of ‘signposted’ eco-models* have risen by 141.4% in the first half of 2010 to almost 74,000 units and by almost 850% on the first half of 2008. read more

Parowan Bests Emery in Overtime

ETV News stock photo by Dusty ButlerThe Parowan Rams narrowly edged out the Lady Spartans in a non-region soccer match on Friday afternoon. The home win for the Rams came after an overtime period where they notched a lone goal to secure the win.The game saw the teams evenly matched in the first half as the Spartans and Rams both connected twice with the net, going into the break tied 2-2. The second half was much of the same as both teams scored one more, bringing the score to 3-3 at the end of regulation.The Rams had the advantage in overtime, grabbing one more goal to secure the 4-3 win.The Lady Spartans had eight shots on goal, three of which connected. Junior Sydney Stilson along with seniors Tern Allred and Sophie Huntington each recorded a goal for Emery. Kiri Cook protected the net for the Spartans, saving 17 shots.Up next, Emery will host Granger in Castle Dale on Thursday. Kickoff for the non-region matchup is slated for 3:30 p.m. read more

The Royal Family are like Scientologists because of their cultlike secrecy says

The Church of Scientology is controversial for its secretive practices and claims of brainwashing its members, which the church denies.Celebrity followers include Tom Cruise, who has donated heavily to the Church set up by American author Ron Hubbard in 1952.On  May 19 this year, at St George’s chapel, Windsor Castle, Meghan Markle arrived for her wedding with her mother Doria Ragland, who divorced Thomas Markle in 1988.Both Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace declined to comment on Mr Markle’s claims. Thomas Markle, father of the Duchess of Sussex, has claimed that the Royal Family are like Scientologists because of their secrecy.The 74-year-old, who has never met Prince Harry, also said the Royals are “cult-like” and may have secret handshakes.Mr Markle, who did not attend the wedding of his daughter after the furore caused by staging  paparazzi  photos, has previously said that during a phone call with Prince Harry, he hung up the phone and told the Duke of Sussex: “Maybe it would be better for you guys if I was dead… then you could pretend to be sad.”Speaking to the Sun, from his home in Rosarito, Mexico, Mr Markle said: “They are either like Scientologists or the Stepford family.”If they hear anybody say anything they just lock the doors. They need to speak up!“They are cult-like — like Scientology — because they are secretive. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “They close the door, pull the shades down and put their fingers in their ears so they don’t have to hear.“Maybe they have a secret handshake too! You cannot ask a question of them — as they won’t answer.”The former award-winning lighting director has previously said that he has been met with a wall of silence by Buckingham Palace, and reportedly last spoke with his daughter the day after her wedding. read more

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation extends public access and programming at the SNFCC

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Located 4.5 km south of the centre of Athens and on the edge of Faliro Bay, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC) is perhaps the most significant cultural, educational and environmental project undertaken in Greece, and aims to become the first LEED platinum-certified public building in the country, and one of the first, for buildings of this complexity, in Europe and in the world. In addition, the Stavros Niarchos Park is expected to double the area’s green space, making it one of the largest in Athens. Conceived in 2006, the SNFCC is a private-public partnership and the foundation’s largest single philanthropic gift ($854 million/€617 million).With the desire to keep the SNFCC in constant dialogue with the public until its official delivery to the state, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) announced its intention to make the SNFCC again fully accessible to the public, organising open events that will give visitors the opportunity to re-discover and enjoy the project. The construction of the SNFCC has been officially completed and the SNF took delivery of the project this week, thus beginning the transitional phase of the delivery to the Greek state. As a pioneering initiative, the SNFCC regenerates and enriches the surrounding urban fabric of local communities and enhances the image of the city as a whole. Its environmental, social and economic impact is especially welcomed during the current difficult social circumstances, as a result of Greece’s unabating socio-economic crisis.An impact study report recently conducted by The Boston Consulting Group estimates that its construction has contributed €1.1 billion to Greece’s GDP, created 13,600 jobs and generated €57 million in revenues. The events commenced on 16 August, having as a main goal to give the public the chance to develop stronger ties with the project and accompany it throughout the delivery process to the Greek state, which is expected to be completed by the turn of the new year. The summer hours of operation for the Stavros Niarchos Park will be from 6.00 am to midnight every day. The winter hours of operation will be from 6.00 am to 8.00 pm. A program of free events will take place, including wellness and fitness programs (wellness and exercise consultants available daily from 6.30 am to 9.30 am and from 6.30pm to 9.30 am; yoga classes every Monday and Friday at 7.00 pm and every Tuesday and Thursday at 8.00 am, etc.) activities for children and families (such as the music and kinetics educational program ‘Play and Learn’ every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30 pm and 8.00 pm), screenings (every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9.00 pm) and music concerts. Visitors will have the opportunity to enter the buildings of the Greek National Opera and National Library of Greece by participating in one of the 90-minute scheduled guided tours taking place four times a day, at 9.30 am, 11.30 am, 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm. The two buildings will be otherwise closed to the public at this time while the transition to the Greek state takes places and the GNO and NLG prepare for their move into their new headquarters. The programming, which will take place from August until delivery to the state, is funded exclusively by the SNF.Temporary food trucks will be available for guests to purchase food and beverages. At a later stage, a restaurant and cafes will operate on a permanent basis. Τhe parking facilities, which follow the SNFCC’s opening hours, will operate without charge at this stage. Later on, parking facilities will be available upon payment. The parking structure has a capacity of almost 1,000 car spaces. The playgrounds will be available for use once the process for obtaining all the necessary permits has been completed. Moreover, free WiFi, named SNFCC-FREE-WIFI, is available across the entire SNFCC.The SNFCC’s new programming comes on the heels of the Metamorphosis celebration, a free, four-day cultural festival featuring performances, family activities and exhibits, which took place from 23 to 26 June, giving the public the opportunity to visit for the first time the buildings of the GNO and the NLG as well as the Stavros Niarchos Park in its entirety. Almost 120,000 guests visited the SNFCC during the four-day celebration. The SNFCC membership program was also launched during the events, and more than 41,000 members registered through 26,000 personal and family applications. The membership fees for these applicants were covered through a one-time grant provided by the SNF, for two years. It is worth noting that almost one in four members are children up to 17 years old. Membership registration will recommence in September and the fees paid by new members will contribute to the SNFCC’s future sustainability. Corporate and donor memberships will also be developed by the end of the year through close collaboration between the SNFCC AE, the NLG and the GNO.“The first phase of our vision has been realised,” said Andreas C. Dracopoulos, co-president of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. “The hope now is for the public to continue to embrace the SNFCC as its own, support it, enjoy it, make it a destination and integrate it into its daily life.” “This is a story of excellence,” stated Renzo Piano during a press conference on 24 June. “The excellence started with [Andreas C. Dracopoulos] and the foundation. They set up a very ambitious plan and then it went on. Because excellence is contagious. Once you start it goes through. It touched everything, it touched us.”About the Stavros Niarchos Foundation: Covering an area of 28,000m2, the new premises of the Greek National Opera can only be compared with the most modern opera houses in the world. The high aesthetics, state-of-the-art acoustics, as well as the installations of the main stage (1400 seats) will bolster a high-calibre artistic program. Furthermore, the alternative stage (400 seats) will become a hub of research and creativity in the field of education, community and contemporary artistic creation, with special emphasis in all forms of the musical theatre.The National Library of Greece, with its new 23,000m2 building, will house the existing collections of the NLG, serving the needs of researchers (National Research Library) as well as the general public (National Public Lending Library). The National Research Library will hold more than 4,500 manuscript codices from the ninth to the 19th century and a rich variety of important historical documents and archives. A lending library, bolstered by a significant book collection and other media, will include separate areas for adults, teenagers, and children and will offer a wide range of educational and cultural programs.The Stavros Niarchos Park covers 85 per cent of the SNFCC site and it is fully accessible to people with physical disabilities. The park’s landscaped paths are designed with a gentle grade upwards that leads to a summit 32m high, atop of which is the building housing the GNO and the NLG, offering spectacular views of the sea, the Acropolis, the whole park, and the surrounding neighborhoods. The park features a total of 1,450 trees, 280,000 shrubs, ground covering plants and grasses endemic to the Mediterranean.The energy canopy is a marvel of construction and engineering. The canopy measures 100x100m, is supported by 30 metal columns, which weigh a total of 4,700 tons, and is covered by 5,700 photovoltaic panels, producing 2GWh of electrical energy per year. Its highest point is at 46 metres. The canopy’s geometry and white hue create the optical illusion of a very light structure suspended above the SNFCC.With a length of 400m, width of 30m and depth of 70cm at the edges and up to 140cm in its center, the canal forms a continuous surface of water. It represents the city’s symbolic reconnection to the sea, and also functions as a recipient of rainwater, ensuring the site’s flood protection. It is supplied with seawater, which is filtered and then returns to the sea in a continuous flow.A listing of events taking place in August is available on the SNFCC’s website: www.SNFCC.org and the SNF’s website: www.SNF.orglast_img read more

Former TNA star Austin Aries debuts at NXT TV tapings

first_img Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Google+ Pinterest Roman Reigns is in Remission WWE.com has revealed that former TNA and ROH star Austin Aries has officially debuted for NXT at the TV tapings tonight in Orlando, Florida at the CFE Arena on the campus of the University of Central Florida. His debut will air on the WWE Network on 3/2.The NXT Twitter account and Triple H both tweeted about the signing of Aries.You can view video of his debut at the link below.WWE: Austin Aries arrives in NXTRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Triple H WhatsApp Report: Petey Williams says Impact Wrestling is moving forward without Austin Aries Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Twittercenter_img Now Playing Up Next Former WWE, Impact and ROH star Austin Aries set to debut for MLW Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Facebook Videos Articles WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Video: Watch Austin Aries no-sell the finish during Bound for Glory main event on Sundaylast_img read more

418 WWE RAW averages 334 million viewers this week on the USA

first_imgFacebook goddessroleplay Google+ Streaming Is Taking Big Position in Media Landscape, Koplovitz Says Now Playing Up Next April 20, 2016 at 1:51 pm Last night’s 4/18 WWE RAW drew an average of 3.34 million viewers on Monday night according to Showbuzzdaily.com.The first hour drew 3.486 million viewers, the second hour increased to 3.541 million viewers and the third hour saw the show drop down to 2.98 million viewers.This is down from last week’s show that drew 3.53 million viewers. RAW averaged a 1.19 rating among adults 18-49 on Monday night, down from a 1.25 last week.Despite the drop in viewers, RAW ended up as the No. 2 show on cable Monday night beating out one of the NBA Playoffs games. A late NBA Playoffs game won the night on cable averaging over 4.4 million viewers.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipStreaming Is Taking Big Position in Media Landscape, Koplovitz SaysVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 4:57/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 33.26%0:03Remaining Time -4:54 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list I Missed Raw do to Better Call Saul Finale (which was amazing), but in general, fee like the storyline thus far has been good and enjoyable to watch. I am kinda cooled off on Dean Ambrose though… 2 COMMENTS Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Twitter Comments are closed. Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remissioncenter_img Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Scarlet Fu April 20, 2016 at 10:35 am Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Cameron Huff Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW WhatsApp Your see WWE how you can still do something great even after countless screw ups? Even though Shane McMahon isn’t really booking matches it’s still awesome to see him on Raw than The Authority. Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Northern California wildfires leave 17 dead and hundreds looking for loved ones

first_img By JEFF CHIU and ELLEN KNICKMEYERAssociated Press  SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) – Hundreds more firefighters and law enforcement officials headed Tuesday to Northern California to battle wildfires that have killed at least 17 people, including a 100-year-old man and his 98-year-old wife who were unable to escape their burning home.  Authorities hoped cooler weather and lighter winds would help crews get a handle on the fires, which are among the deadliest in California history and are still burning completely uncontained.  “The weather has been working in our favor, but it doesn’t mean it will stay that way,” said Brad Alexander, a spokesman of the governor’s Office of Emergency Services.  The extra firefighters came from throughout California and Nevada. The extra law enforcement officers will help with evacuations and guard against looting, Alexander said.  At least 100 people have been injured and 2,000 homes and businesses destroyed, according to authorities, who warned that all those figures were expected to climb in the coming days as more information is reported.  Among the dead were Charles and Sara Rippey, who were married for 75 years and lived at the Silverado Resort in Napa.  “The only thing worse would have been if one survived without the other,” their daughter, Ruby Gibney told Oakland television station KTVU.  More than 400 miles away, flames imperiled parts of Southern California, too. Thousands of people were displaced by a wildfire that destroyed or damaged 24 structures, including homes. Hot, dry Santa Ana winds swept fire along brushy outskirts of Orange County suburbs and equestrian properties southeast of Los Angeles. More than a dozen schools were closed.  The blaze, which disrupted major commuter routes, spread over nearly a dozen square miles in less than 24 hours as a squadron of helicopters and airplanes bombarded it with water and retardant, and an army of firefighters grew to 1,100 by Tuesday morning.  At the other end of the state, residents who gathered at emergency shelters and grocery stores said they were shocked by the speed and ferocity of the flames. They recalled all the possessions that were lost.  “All that good stuff, I’m never going to see it again,” said Jeff Okrepkie, who fled his neighborhood in Santa Rosa knowing it was probably the last time he would see his home of the past five years standing.  His worst fears were confirmed Monday, when a friend sent him a photo of what was left: a smoldering heap of burnt metal and debris.  Some of the largest of the 14 blazes burning over a 200-mile region were in Napa and Sonoma counties, home to dozens of wineries that attract tourists from around the world. They sent smoke as far south as San Francisco, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) away.  Sonoma County said it has received about 200 missing-person reports as family and friends sought to locate loved ones. It’s possible that many or most of the missing are safe but simply cannot be reached because of the widespread loss of cellphone service and other communications.  Much of the damage was in Santa Rosa, a far larger and more developed city than usually finds itself at the mercy of a wildfire. The city is home to 175,000 residents, including both the wine-country wealthy and the working class.  The flames were unforgiving to both groups. Hundreds of homes of all sizes were leveled by flames so hot they melted the glass off of cars and turned aluminum wheels into liquid.  Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Noah Lowry, who now runs an outdoor sporting goods store in Santa Rosa, was forced to flee in minutes along with his wife, two daughters and a son just over 2 weeks old.  “I can’t shake hearing people scream in terror as the flames barreled down on us,” Lowry said.  His family and another evacuating with them tried to take U.S. 101 to evacuate but found it blocked by flames, and had to take country roads to get to the family friends who took them in.  A 90-mile (145-kilometer) stretch of the highway is framed by the flames and a major concern overnight, said Brad Alexander, a spokesman for the California Office of Emergency Services.  Highway 12, which winds through the heart of wine country, was also rendered unusable by the flames.  “Sonoma and Napa counties have been hit very hard,” Alexander said.  The flames forced authorities to focus primarily on getting people out safely, even if it meant abandoning structures to the fire.  Firefighters rushed to a state home for the severely disabled when flames reached one side of the center’s sprawling campus in the historic Sonoma County town of Glen Ellen.  Crews got the more than 200 people from the threatened buildings, one firefighter said, as flames closed within a few dozen feet.  Fires from ruptured gas lines dotted the smoky landscapes of blackened Santa Rosa hillsides. Fire trucks raced by smoldering roadside landscaping in search of higher priorities.  The flames were fickle in some corners of the city. One hillside home remained unscathed while a dozen surrounding it were destroyed.  Kim Hoe, a 33-year-old tech worker from Penang, Malaysia, was staying at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country, which was gutted by flames. He said the power went out around 1 a.m., and he and his colleagues started packing up when someone knocked on the door and told them to run.  “We just had to run and run. It was full of smoke. We could barely breathe,” Hoe said.  Late Monday, flames began coming over a ridge in an area bordering Oakmont and Trione-Annadel State Park, Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Summer Black told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat (http://bit.ly/2wLgBge ). Most of the Oakmont area was evacuated earlier in the day.  October has generally been the most destructive time of year for California wildfires. What was unusual Sunday, however, was to have so many fires take off at the same time.  Other than the windy conditions that helped drive them all, there was no known connection between the fires, and no cause has been released for any of them.  ___  Knickmeyer reported from Sonoma, California. Associated Press writers Paul Elias, Jocelyn Gecker, Sudhin Thanawala, Juliet Williams, Janie McCauley and Olga R. Rodriguez in San Francisco, John Antczak and Andrew Dalton in Los Angeles, Alina Hartounian in Phoenix and Martha Bellisle in Seattle also contributed to this report.(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) KUSI Newsroom Posted: October 9, 2017 KUSI Newsroom, Northern California wildfires leave 17 dead and hundreds looking for loved ones Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter October 9, 2017last_img read more

Keith Urban Talks Graffiti U Julia Michaels MusiCares SXSW 2018

first_img Cue Says Apple’s Ecosystem Is Expanding (L-R) The Mrs’ Mandy Prater, Andra Liemandt and Larissa Ness Daryl Hannah and Neil YoungPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images SXSW 2018 Inside The 2018 Texas Chapter Block Party At SXSW Email SXSW 2018: Keith Urban, Rapsody, K-Pop & More Facebook Daryl Hannah and Neil YoungPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images The Mrs Spread Kindness One Music Fest At A Time What 11 Artists Did At SXSW 2018 SXSW 2018: Keith Urban, Rapsody, K-Pop & More SXSW 2018: 7 New Bands To Check Out This Year MélatPhoto: Sasha Haagensen/WireImage.com SaweetiePhoto: Ismael Quintanilla/Getty Images Deva MahalPhoto: Xavier De Nauw The 7 Most-Shazam’d Women Performers At SXSW 2018 Sophie Allison of Soccer MommyPhoto Courtesy Fat Possum Records What Happens After A Reality TV Singing Show? Keith Urban Talks ‘Graffiti U,’ Julia Michaels & MusiCares | SXSW 2018 What Happens After A Reality TV Singing Show? 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The duo covered a wide range of topics, including the singer/songwriter’s early music memories, how Ricky Skaggs influenced his career, the art of collaboration, memorable career advice, and why he’s a huge fan of MusiCares and Post Malone.The New Zealand native was quick to credit his drummer father for turning him onto his love of country. As a 5-year-old, Urban had the chance to see the legendary Johnny Cash in concert, which captured the young artist’s imagination.”What I remember from that concert is just how loud the crowd was,” Urban recalled. “I remember just the roar of everybody when this guy walked out on the stage and it’s never left me, and the power of when he played guitar and sang was an extraordinary thing.”By age 6, Urban was taking guitar lessons and learning from the country records spinning in his parents’ house as well as the local bands in his area. When he discovered the “chicken pickin'” style of guitar players such as Skaggs, the deal was sealed.Urban also discussed how his unique musicality stems from his affinity for collaborations. Not only has he recorded with other country artists but he’s also worked across many genres, including artists as diverse as the Rolling Stones, Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, and many more.Indeed, his upcoming studio album, Graffiti U, will feature a collaboration with “Issues” singer/songwriter Julia Michaels, as well as borrowing a sample from country great Merle Haggard on another track.Julia Michaels Deconstructs “Issues,” Writing Songs | “Required Listening” PodcastFor his part, Urban feels collaborations keep his music fresh while also playing to his appreciation for all music genres and their creators, whether they are an EDM electronic-only musician or the classic instrumentalist.”I’m a big believer that it’s all still musicianship,” said Urban. “If you’re doing it on your MacBook Pro or you don’t play an instrument … they still have to compose these things like a painter putting paint together in a such a way that it creates a compelling image. That’s as valid to me as a guy sitting there playing guitar.”Urban further solidified his stance when asked by an audience member about his current favorite contemporary artist outside of country music.”Post Malone because he’s got his own thing, it’s insane,” Urban answered. “I don’t even know what it is. I don’t think he knows what it is, which is beautiful. It’s just an incredible fusion of things — singer/songwriter, hip-hop, R&B, soul. It’s just all out there and I love it.”His penchant for fusing genres and forging his own path as a singer/songwriter, while it looks effortless now, wasn’t always an asset to Urban. He recalled his early days playing shows around Nashville, Tenn., when a record label employee followed his band religiously, yet there was no indication the label wanted to sign him. When the guitarist finally asked why, the employee had some sage words of wisdom for the emerging artist.”You’re just really unique and it’ll be your biggest curse until it becomes greatest blessing,'” Urban recounted. “And as cheesy as that might sound … what I took from that was stay the course and it’s just going to take time.”With Goldman guiding the conversation, Urban went deeper on more personal topics, including his path to sobriety.”It’s such a personal thing, sobriety, for each person,” Urban said about his journey. “I wished I gotten sober many, many years before I did but it is what it is. I’m glad that I finally got here almost 12 years later. I think for me it’s made it possible to do the things I do.”Urban revealed that the Recording Academy-affiliated charity MusiCares was a driving force behind him getting help in the 1990s. The organization’s MAP Fund helped pay for his first rehabilitation treatment, which is part of the reason he has lent his support to not only MusiCares but other charitable causes throughout his career.To conclude the panel, audience members expressed their appreciation for Urban’s music, including fans from as far away as Canada, Brazil and France. For Urban, who will play a special showcase at SXSW at Stubb’s BBQ on March 16, it’s clear that his reach will continue to make waves in the music industry for years to come. Eddy CuePhoto: Jason Bollenbacher/Getty Images SXSW 2018: How Big Is The K-Pop Explosion? Twitter Watch: Neil Young Teases Experimental New Western Austin’s 6th Street Comes Alive At SXSW The 7 Most-Shazam’d Women Performers At SXSW 2018 What 11 Artists Did At SXSW 2018 Revisit 7 SXSW 2018 Highlights SXSW 2018: 7 New Bands To Check Out This Year Austin’s 6th Street Comes Alive At SXSW See The Official FADER Fort Lineup At SXSW 2018 (L-R) The Mrs’ Mandy Prater, Andra Liemandt and Larissa Ness Austin’s Deep Cultural History On Rainey Street DorothyPhoto: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic Photo: Earl Gibson III/WireImage.com What 11 Artists Did At SXSW 2018 DorothyPhoto: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic Cue Says Apple’s Ecosystem Is Expanding KardPhoto: TPG/Getty Images Austin’s Deep Cultural History On Rainey Street KardPhoto: TPG/Getty Images SaweetiePhoto: Ismael Quintanilla/Getty Images HyukohPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage Korea Spotlight Coming To SXSW 2018 Sophie Allison of Soccer MommyPhoto Courtesy Fat Possum Records Keith UrbanPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Sophie Allison of Soccer MommyPhoto Courtesy Fat Possum Records Eddy CuePhoto: Jason Bollenbacher/Getty Images SXSW 2018: Keith Urban, Rapsody, K-Pop & More Austin’s South Congress Boasts Vintage Charmlast_img read more

A HuaweiGoogle smart speaker was reportedly being developed before the US ban

first_img Post a comment In addition to adding Huawei to the entity list, Trump at the same time signed an executive order essentially banning the company in light of national security concerns that Huawei had close ties with the Chinese government. Huawei has repeatedly denied that charge. Following the blacklisting, Google locked Huawei out of its Android updates, though the Commerce Department granted it a three-month general license in late May to update existing devices. Likely as a result, Huawei at the end of May moved to trademark the name of its own operating system, “Hongmeng,” in Peru. Huawei and Google declined to comment.First published at 2:14 p.m. PT on July 29. Updated at 2:53 p.m. PT: Huawei declined to comment; July 30 at 1:26 p.m. PT: Google declined to comment Huawei ban: Full timeline on how and why its phones are under fire Huawei secretly helped build North Korea’s wireless network, leaked documents suggest Huawei 5G ban could spread further How 5G got tied up in a trade war between Trump and China Tags The Huawei ban 0 1:23 Huawei’s P30 looks like fantastic forbidden fruit Smart Home Mobile Smart Speakers & Displays 18 Photos Share your voice Huawei was reportedly working on a smart speaker with Google. Angela Lang/CNET Huawei and Google were co-developing a smart speaker before the Chinese tech giant was blacklisted and banned in the US, according to a new report. Work on the smart home product was halted in May, The Information said Monday, citing several sources. Huawei was blacklisted in May when it was added to the United States’ “entity list,” But US companies will be able to sell equipment to Huawei, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross confirmed earlier this month, if they get licenses when there’s no threat to national security. Last week, US President Donald Trump reportedly agreed to award licensing deals between American companies and Chinese tech giant Huawei in a “timely” way. The Huawei smart speaker would have been powered by Google Assistant and been unveiled in September and sold in the US, The Information said.  “We worked on this project with Google for a year and made a lot of progress. Then everything suddenly stopped,” a Huawei employee reportedly said.  Google Huawei Now playing: Watch this: Huawei’s homegrown OS faces a steep uphill climblast_img read more

Aston Martin will design a home just for your car collection

first_img Tags Aston Martin will design your car a home — seriously Driving the Aston Martin Valkyrie on the Red Bull F1… 12:41 Post a comment 0 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshow Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 8 Photos More about 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Preview • 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera: Beast mode Enlarge ImageIs this where James Bond villains hang out? Aston Martin Those who can afford Aston Martins likely have no issue splurging on the finer things in life. To that end, we bet many of the company’s customers will jump onboard to design homes specifically for their cars.That’s correct. Aston Martin will now design homes specifically for a car. The brand made the announcement as Monterey Car Week kicks off in California on Thursday and dubbed the new service the Aston Martin Automotive Galleries and Lairs division. The service ranges from mild to wild, though if I’m being honest, all of this is wild.The Galleries and Lairs service will design anything from a custom garage for a luxury vehicle or collection to a full-blown “luxury retreat.” The photos look like something out of a James Bond villain’s secret hideaway and it’s equal parts mesmerizing and awesome.The latest service will be part of Q by Aston Martin, the automaker’s bespoke division, and those who opt to take part in the luxury garage building will work with the brand’s designers and renowned architects. Wherever the customer wants their dream car home, Aston Martin will tap local architects that know the lay of the land best — and you better believe they’re good at what they do.The company explained that no matter what the owner wants, the car will take center stage in the build. We see some more restrained examples in the photos of a few Aston Martins on display in what looks like something of an art gallery. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we see what appears to be a Valhalla concept car inside of an aquarium. Around the car is space for entertaining a group of guests. I told you this stuff got really wild.Whatever the wishes or desires, they’ll have an Aston Martin touch. Believe it or not, Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and his team have already done interior design work for a new 66-story residential tower going up in Miami, Florida. Whether it’s a supercar sunken around the water or a vintage DB5 with the sky as its spotlight, it sounds like the Galleries and Lairs service puts everything on the table.Suddenly, my pinned-up supercars calendar in the garage feels like subpar decor. 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan Luxury cars Car Industry Monterey Car Week 2019 Aston Martin Aston Martinlast_img read more

Cost Avalanche Danger High On Juneau Access Opponents Concerns

first_imgA few dozen people participated in a rally the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council organized outside Centennial Hall. They were supporting ferries and opposing an extension of the Juneau’s main road. (Photo by Jennifer Canfield/KTOO)At a public hearing Tuesday night in Juneau, locals spoke out nearly 4-1 against transportation officials’ effort to extend the capital city’s main road 48 miles farther north.Download AudioMore than 50 people testified on the latest version of a federally required environmental impact statement for the Juneau Access Improvements Project.Mendenhall Valley resident Brandee Gerke summed up many of the opponents’ key concerns about the road-building option that transportation officials have favored for years.“Perceived convenience is being prioritized over cost and safety,” she said.Highway construction along the east side of Lynn Canal is estimated to cost $523 million. The new road would end at the Katzehin River where a new ferry terminal would make short connections to Haines, Skagway and the road system. The new terminal and ferries are estimated at another $51 million.According to the EIS, the plan would also drive up the state Transportation Department’s operations and maintenance costs by about 30 percent compared to the status quo.On safety, the document projects about 22 crashes per year on the new road and about one traffic death every six years, based on statewide data from similar roads.But the safety concern folks repeatedly cited was avalanches. The proposed road crosses 41 avalanche paths.“The fear of the road would probably eliminate a lot of people’s actual access out of as well as to Juneau,” said Larri Spengler, who lives on the avalanche prone Thane Road.“Do we want our children on their school buses driving up that road to a ferry terminal? I’d much rather put them on the ferry in Auke Bay.”The high risk would be driven down through engineering, explosive avalanche control and simply closing the road when avalanche risk is highest – forecast at about 12 days a year. Motorists would still face moderate avalanche risk, though; more than on Thane Road, but less than on Seward Highway, according to an avalanche risk index in the EIS.Juneau Mayor Merrill Sanford, speaking for himself, ticked off what the upside would be.“To be able to transport 10 times the number of vehicles, provide 5 to 7 times the number of ferry trips per week, cut travel time in half or more, and cut traveler cost up to 75 percent,” Sanford said.And he added, 3 to 5 years of construction jobs.Wayne Jensen said it’s incumbent on Juneau as a capital city to support the road and improve access for other Alaskans. Enhancing Juneau as a capital city is the mission of the nonprofit Alaska Committee that he chairs.Another common thread in opponents’ testimony was skepticism toward cost estimates and traffic projections in the 694-page EIS. A few people even made outright accusations that officials cooked the books.That wasn’t exactly what project manager Gary Hogins said he’d be listening for.“Federal Highways and the department will respond to all comments, but the comments that are most helpful to us is constructive—did we make a mistake? Is there a gap in our information? You know, that sort of thing,” Hogins said before the hearing.Tim Haugh is the environmental program manager for the Alaska division of the Federal Highway Administration. His agency would pay for much of the capital cost of the project and has the final say in which option is greenlit. He said the selection is based on “a balanced analysis of the transportation need with the environmental impacts, be they social, economic or natural.”He said building the road best serves the overall public interest while improving transportation. At this stage,  he said politics aren’t a factor.The public comments will become part of the Federal Highway Administration’s record and may lead to revisions in the final version of the EIS, expected next fall.last_img read more

Indian among 9 injured in Houthi attack on Saudi airport

first_imgRIYADH: An Indian national was among 9 people injured in a “terrorist attack” by the Houthi militia at Abha International Airport in Saudi Arabia, it was announced here on Tuesday. According to a statement by a spokesperson of the Saudi-led coalition involved in a war in Yemen, eight of the victims were Saudis and one was Indian. Col. Turki Al Maliki said that all the injured were transferred to hospitals and were stable, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Al-Maliki said that the Houthi terrorist militia has targeted the same airport several times and that “it continues its immoral practices by targeting civilians and civilian objects protected under international humanitarian law and its customary rules”. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) condemned the attack, which it said “contradicts all international laws and conventions”. The UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in a statement said: “The security of the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is indivisible… any threat or danger to the Kingdom’s security is considered a threat to the UAE’s security and stability.”last_img read more

AP CM Jagan calls for emergency meeting

first_imgAmaravati: As soon as he returned to AP from USA, chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy called for an emergency meeting with CMO officials, and the officials from Water Resources, Energy, Law, Endowments, disaster management, police and others on Saturday. He returned to home at around 5am today and the meeting scheduled around 10.30 am. Burning issues like setback to government in High Court on reverse tender of hydroelectric project on Polavaram, Polavaram Project Authority suggestion to stop reverse tendering on Polavaram main works, promoting Christianity at Hindu holy temple Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam ar Tirupati, negative impact of renegotiation of Power purchasing Agreements, law and order issues, centre reaction on YSRCP MP V Vijayasai Reddy statement that the state government has taken issues after informing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and other important issues to be discussed in the meeting, sources informed.last_img read more

Canadian minister due Tuesday to visit Rohingyas

first_imgMarie-Claude Bibeau, Canadian Minister of International Development. AFP file photoMarie-Claude Bibeau, Canadian Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, will travel to Bangladesh from 21 to 23 November to witness first-hand the devastating impact of the Rohingya crisis, reports UNB.The Canadian minister will assess the best ways for Canada to assist the hundreds of thousands of people who have fled from Myanmar.Minister Bibeau will also meet with the government of Bangladesh to discuss its efforts to address the Rohingya crisis.Since 25 August, more than 620,000 Rohingya, mainly women and children, have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar.This is in addition to an estimated 300,000 Rohingyas who had previously sought refuge in Bangladesh.The country has opened its borders and is providing life-saving assistance in camps and informal settlements in the Cox’s Bazar area located in the south of the country along the border with Myanmar.During her visit, minister Bibeau will visit refugee settlements and host communities to engage with beneficiaries, including Rohingya women, children and local Bangladeshi, to gain a deeper understanding of the needs on the ground.She will also meet with humanitarian partners and representatives of local civil society to discuss the response and coordination of efforts to assist the most vulnerable.Canada has had a long-standing development programme in Bangladesh, which includes support to health and education.On the last day of her visit, minister Bibeau will meet with senior Bangladeshi government officials, local women’s organisations and other partners to discuss development needs in Bangladesh, particularly as they relate to the empowerment of women and girls.“The unprecedented scale of the current Rohingya crisis and its dire impact on women and children requires us all to take urgent action,” said the minister.That is why, the minister said, Canada launched the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund, which matches dollar for dollar every eligible donation that Canadians make to an organisation providing life-saving assistance to the Rohingya people.“Canadians can be proud of our country’s experienced humanitarian partners that are providing vital assistance to meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable, especially women and girls,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau.The Rohingya refugee situation has become the world’s fastest-growing refugee and humanitarian crisis.Thus far in 2017, Canada has committed over $25 million in humanitarian assistance funding in Bangladesh and Myanmar.On 31 October, Canada launched the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund. For every eligible donation made by individuals to registered Canadian charities between 25 August and 28 November 2017, the government of Canada will contribute an equivalent amount to the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund.On 23 October, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau named the Honourable Bob Rae as his special envoy to Myanmar.As special envoy, Rae will reinforce the urgent need to resolve the humanitarian and security crisis in Myanmar and to address the situation affecting these vulnerable people.Rae visited the refugee settlements in Bangladesh on November 4 and subsequently briefed Minister Bibeau as she prepared for her own visit.last_img read more

Mixed Feelings Follow ExelonPepco Merger

first_imgOn March 23, the Public Service Commission voted 2-1 in favor of the Exelon-Pepco merger, creating the largest utility company in the country. Chairman Betty Ann Kane cast the lone dissenting vote. The $6.8 billion transaction is official, with Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the U.S. Justice Department supporting it. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), who previously blocked the merger in an effort to negotiate more favorable terms, issued a terse statement, after the vote. “It appears the Public Service Commission favors government and commercial ratepayers over D.C. residents,” she said. “Instead of a three-year rate increase reprieve we negotiated, it appears that D.C. residents will be hit with a rate increase as soon as this summer.”While members of the D.C. Council declined to vote on the merger, members Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) and Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) voiced their opposition to the merger on Twitter.Sandra Mattavous-Frye, the District’s People’s Counsel, said the merger “appears to be a blow to District residents and the parties to the original settlement agreement.” The first settlement agreement, negotiated by Exelon and Pepco officials with the Bowser administration, included amenities like a one-time $50 credit on the utility bills, relocating some of Exelon headquarters to the District, no rate increase until 2019, and 100 union jobs in the city.However, earlier this year the commission rejected the settlement agreement. Nevertheless, Matavous-Frye said she will do her job and protect District consumers. “Despite the commission’s perplexing approval of a proposal that [our office] and most of the other settling parties rejected, the Office of the People’s Counsel is fully prepared to continue to aggressively advocate for ratepayers and fight to ensure that rates remain affordable for consumers, particularly for our most economically vulnerable residents,” she said.Power DC, an umbrella organization of progressive environmental, civil rights and citizen rights groups, has been a major opponent of the merger and said “the fight is not over.”“Our organizations and the citizens we represent will fight Exelon every step of the way to ensure that D.C and the region do not suffer the same fate as Exelon’s other customers,” a statement on Power DC’s web site said.Power DC has consistently pointed to Exelon’s acquisition of Baltimore Gas and Electric as an example. When Exelon acquired the Baltimore power company, residents in that city noticed an immediate rise in rates despite promises by Exelon not to do so immediately.“We join together as one company to play a vital role as a leader in our industry and the mid-Atlantic region,” Chris Crane, chief executive officer of the Chicago-based Exelon, said. “We’ve made a number of commitments to customers in all of the Pepco Holding utilities’ jurisdictions-the District, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey, and we look forward to getting to work to deliver those benefits to our customers.”Those benefits include a $72.8 million Customer Investment Fund, including $25.6 million in rate based credits; $11.25 million in funds for energy efficiency and energy conservation program especially for low-income residents, and $21.55 million to promote the District’s sustainability agenda through pilot projects to modernize the electric grid to accommodate more distributed energy resources.Chris Stukes is a political activist in Ward 8 and is nervous about the merger. He told the AFRO while the merged company will provide some benefits for residents in his ward; it may not be beneficial for the middle class. “I think that the merger means more rate hikes for citizens and people cannot afford that,” Stukes said. “There is already displacement taking place in this ward and the rate hikes will just turn people away from the city.”However, others embraced the deal wholly. “We’re happy with the commission’s decision for both residents and employers in D.C.,” said former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, executive director of the Federal City Council, a pro-District business advocacy group. “The merger is a win for reliability, financial integrity, sustainability, and corporate responsibility. Lifting the uncertainty around this agreement will benefit the economy and allow us to move forward with a stronger utility partner.”last_img read more

WOWD the realtime search engine

first_img WOWD (a deliberate word play on “crowd”) works in a different way to the other search engines, and focuses on identifying new trends, news, and popular topics and pages on the Internet. Users download the WOWD browser application, and then every web page they visit is automatically nominated for inclusion on the search engine’s results page. This is a little like Digg and similar sites in which people vote for their favorite pages, except that WOWD does the voting automatically.Mark Drummond, CEO of Wowd Inc., told the summit attendees that people do not have time to look for what’s hot on the Net, and need a fresh alternative to the reference-style search engines of the last decade, which he claims are not good discovery tools. WOWD aims to present dynamically updated results as an alternative to sites such as Google, whose results are slow to change. Drummond expects WOWD to attract users who are interested in what is popular, and who see search facilities as an additional feature.The founder of WOWD, Boris Agapiev, said that WOWD transfers control from impersonal data centers to individuals. Unlike previous search engines, WOWD does not use web crawlers or other conventional page ranking mechanisms, but instead taps into a ” distributed cloud architecture”, in which users who have downloaded the software become, in effect, both the web crawler and data storage center to build up the search index. The more often users visit a page, the higher the page is ranked. The WOWD home page has three tabs: Hot List, Search, and My Pages. The Hot List is available to everyone and results by Popularity. The list can also be ranked by Freshness, but this (like many other features) is only available once you have downloaded the free browser application. Results are constantly updated, allowing you to see at a glance which sites are being most often visited by people who have downloaded the application.Downloading the free application releases features such as a recommendation search engine and the option of searching through the user’s own search history. The software also enables WOWD to store of bits of the search index on the user’s computer. Each piece of information is stored on several computers so it remains available even when the user’s computer is shut down. The algorithm used in this peer-to-peer system is called “Kademlia”, which is used in peer-to-peer file sharing systems.Privacy is protected because the site does not index pages protected by encrypted protocols, and because users actually access and index web pages they visit through another person’s computer, which protects against the collection of cookies or password protected information.According to Drummond, since the advent of real-time applications such as Twitter and Facebook people are more interested in real-time, fresh information than in the sometimes dated results of traditional search engines, and WOWD aims to satisfy this growing preference. WOWD also has economic advantages for the company: using each user as a data storage center means the system could be infinitely large, since there is no need for expensive infrastructure such as massive data storage centers, since the cloud of users essentially form the search engine. The users also share the cost of the utility charges, but at an additional cost of a few dollars a year, are unlikely to notice.The WOWD browser application is available for the Mac, Windows, and Linux.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore further Search engine branding to be examined by researcher 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. (PhysOrg.com) — The beta version of WOWD, the Internet’s newest search engine, was launched last week at the 2009 Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. It aims to differentiate itself from other search engines such as Google and Yahoo by identifying the most popular sites in real-time and by becoming, in effect, the Skype for search. Citation: WOWD, the real-time search engine (2009, October 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-wowd-real-time.html WOWD logo.last_img read more

Red Means Stop The Curious History of Traffic Lights

first_imgEveryone is familiar with the red, yellow, and green stoplights at busy intersections keeping the traffic flow going smoothly, but did you ever wonder how they came to be in all of our cities and towns? Long before people were driving automobiles, horse-drawn wagons were clogging up intersections, and it was becoming dangerous for pedestrians. According to the BBC, John Knight, a manager in the railroad industry, suggested using the same type of device the trains used.Traffic lightsThe railroads used a box with a small sign that flipped between stop and go and was lit up at night by a nearby gas lamp. The only drawback was that someone had to operate it manually. The first light was put up at Bridge Street and Great George Street in Westminster, London, in 1868.The signal worked well, and Westminster was discussing getting more. Just a few weeks later a gas main leaked and caused the light to explode, injuring the man stationed to operate the signal. The installation of more lights was scrapped.In 1896, with the introduction of the automobile to the public, the idea of traffic lights was revisited. By this time there were several men working on plans for traffic lights.The First Electric Traffic Light in BucharestAccording to Google’s digitized patent records, Ernest E. Sirrine filed patent number US976939A on April 4, 1910, for a Street Traffic System that used signs that would flip up or down, like the signal in England, but would do so automatically on a timer. It was first used in Chicago that same year.In 1912, Lester Farnsworth Wire of Salt Lake City, Utah was appointed to head up the first traffic division in the city. Wire took his job very seriously and decided that, instead of officers standing out in the elements directing traffic, he would design an electric traffic signal.A traffic light in Stockholm in 1953.There were only red and green lights and the box was placed on a tall pole right in the middle of the intersection. It was powered by the electric trolley lines above. At first, an operator was still needed to stand in the weather and flip the switch, but in 1914 Wire added an enclosed platform for the operator.The only problem was that the light boxes looked like birdhouses, which either amused or annoyed the townspeople. Local kids often vandalized the boxes. Wire had waited too long to file his patent and was unable to do so.The installation of a traffic signal in San Diego in December 1940James Hoge of Cleveland, Ohio won the patent rights to the electric stoplight with his independent design in 1913. Patent number US1251666A was awarded on September 9, 1913. His lights lit up the words “stop” and “move” and were installed in Cleveland in 1914. Hoge’s lights were the first that could be paused when emergency vehicles needed to get through.In 1917 William Ghiglieri of San Francisco patented the first light that used solid red and green lights.Traffic light in Israel Photo by פוטו ארתור (אברהם) רוסמן CC BY 2.5Detroit policeman, William Potts, also used the railroad signal system as a basis for his design, but he added the yellow caution light we see today. Potts’ light was installed at Woodward and Michigan Avenues, and the city bought fifteen more.Another Clevelander, Garrett Morgan, patented the fully automatic three-light traffic signal in 1923. His invention was bought by General Electric for forty thousand dollars. General Electric was able to retain the monopoly, and the traffic light evolved into what it is today.The “walk” signal for pedestrians came about in the 1930s and was tested in 1934 in New York. In 1947, John S. Allen filed patent number US2503574A for his design which included the possibility of adding advertisements.Read another story from us: The Strange Ways People Stayed in Touch Using Barbed WireTests are currently being done with “smart” technology allowing traffic signals to sense the traffic flow and adjust accordingly.last_img read more