Vidal confident Waterhouse moving in right direction

first_imgWaterhouse Football Club President Fitzroy Vidal says the club has to go shopping in the January window to strengthen areas where it has failed on the pitch this season, this as the local powerhouse team looks to rise from its position at the bottom of the 12-team league.”Certainly, I am not comfortable with the present squad of players. I think that my team needs to be strengthened, and we know where the weak areas are; we have identified them. We think this transfer window presents an opportunity for us to fix that,” admitted Vidal, the club’s new president.”We have conceded too many goals, and that is one of the areas we are looking to strengthen. We have identified the players for those positions, but I won’t call names now. But I am hoping that we can get some of these deals wrapped up and start getting better results,” he told The Gleaner.Waterhouse, currently bottom on 15 points, started the season with Calvert Fitzgerald at the helm. But after a shaky start, he was briefly replaced by former coach Anthony Patrick, before Paul Young assumed responsibilities recently as head coach.Throughout the season, the team has struggled for wins, with only three victories from 19 outings to date.TURNING AROUND CRISISThe Drewsland-based club has dwelled at the bottom of the table for most of the season, but Vidal has no doubt Young can turn the crisis around and return normalcy to the Waterhouse Stadium.”I reached out for the coach that I have confidence in, and that is Paul Young. He had to finish up some other work that he was doing overseas, … and in the interim, I brought in Anthony Patrick.”Paul took a bit longer than I expected to come in, but since Paul came, in his first two games, we got six goals, significantly more than we have been getting. So at least the conversion is taking place now,” the club president assessed.”The discipline and motivation is at a high at the club, all the players have stepped up their games and we believe we are on our way to getting back to the top,” he continued.Vidal has no fear of relegation and remains confident Waterhouse FC will make the top four, despite being 14 points adrift of a play-off spot.”It is all-important for us to be in the League, and I have no doubt at this time that we will not drop out of the league. We believe we belong there. We are satisfied with what we are doing to ensure that we maintain our status in the Premier League, and we are going to compete as we are not done yet. I tell you confidently that we are heading for the semi-finals,” he stated.”I want to say thanks to the fans for standing by us in this difficult time. We know it is not easy, but your support has been a tower of strength behind us. I am happy to be a part of this mighty club and committed to delivering results.”last_img read more

Live updates: Impressive 49ers rip Bengals 41-17

first_imgFollow along Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. for in-game insights and analysis when the 49ers look for their second straight win when they take on the Bengals in CincinnatiThe 49ers, who opened with a 31-17 win in Tampa Bay last Sunday, can start the season 2-0 for the first time in seven years. A victory will also give San Francisco back-to-back wins to open the season for the first time since 1989.Jimmy Garoppolo may need to be sharper than he was against the Bucs, when he competed 18 …last_img

Is Legal Hammerlocking the Way to Win a Scientific Controversy?

first_imgThe cartoon stereotype of a scientist as an unbiased truth-seeking nerd wearing a white lab coat is hard to reconcile with some recent events.  Not that the cartoon stereotype was ever realistic, but the row over Darwinism vs Intelligent Design (ID) shows just how biased and unethical certain people and organizations can behave in support of their side.  One would think a scientific controversy would involve the debating of evidence in the open marketplace of ideas (another cartoon stereotype).  But what if some participants work instead to prevent their opponents from even being heard?  Is making one’s opponent cry uncle a measure of scientific progress?Georgia: Stickers gone “for good”:  The Cobb County School District near Atlanta, Georgia thought they had a strong case for appealing the decision of Judge Cooper, who ordered stickers in high school biology textbooks calling for critical thinking on evolution to be removed (05/24/2005, bullet 6).  The appeals court did not rule on the constitutionality of the stickers.  Instead, it remanded the decision back to the local court on grounds the records of the lower court were incomplete.    In the meantime, though, the burden of legal proceedings and costs on the school board grew too great.  Weary from legal hassles and mounting costs, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the school said last month it was giving up.  It settled with the five parents who sued the school with backing from the ACLU, by agreeing to remove the stickers.  Not only that, they would never again apply any similar stickers, they said, and agreed to pay a third of the plaintiff’s costs: some $160,000.    The school board was not acknowledging fault by this action, as if they felt they had done something wrong or without merit.  Attorney Larry Taylor expressed his feelings to the paper in an editorial Dec. 21 (article reprinted on Uncommon Descent): “Once again, the potent combination of a liberal judge and the deep pockets of the American Civil Liberties Union have proved too much to overcome,” he said.  “…This case was never about questioning evolution.  It was about making sure it was taught honestly, fairly, accurately and completely – all of which the current textbooks fail to do.”  Nature (4 Jan 2007) agreed that the decision was pragmatic: “The school board had a right to appeal but decided to abandon the case, in part because of rising costs.”  CNN quoted the board chairwoman saying, “We faced the distraction and expense of starting all over with more legal actions and another trial.”  They just wanted to get it over with and start the year with a clean slate.  Attorney Brian Fahling of the American Family Association, according to Agape Press, regrets that the school board buckled under pressure.    Needless to say, the pro-Darwin side is rejoicing over this capitulation.  The NCSE justified the decision, and Science Now smirked that the stickers are “gone for good.”California:  Frazier Park a year later:  What happened since the Frazier Mountain High School capitulated to legal pressure in January? (01/25/2006)  In that case, also, it was not that the teacher or the school board felt that they had done anything wrong; they were concerned over the cost of defending themselves in court.  Even though they agreed in the settlement to “never again” offer a class that promotes creationism or intelligent design, the teacher had every intent of offering her “philosophy of design” class again this year, because “promoting” creationism was never the purpose to begin with.    Nevertheless, certain persons saw to it that it wouldn’t happen.  Though the people in the communities around Frazier Park are overwhelmingly conservative and supported the class, the only newspaper in the little mountain town is owned by a liberal pro-Darwinist.  She not only wrote articles strongly biased against intelligent design (example), and tended to print only letters of similar persuasion, but promoted anti-ID candidates in the school board election.  As a result, two anti-ID candidates won seats—one of them the plaintiff who had filed the lawsuit.  Ethics would demand he recuse himself over this issue because of a conflict of interest, but because the community appears weary of the controversy, it appears unlikely it will be discussed again any time soon.    Unfortunately for the pro-ID side, one of their allies, the district superintendent, had to quit his position over charges of ethical violations unrelated to the ID controversy.  The school board is now strongly stacked against the class and it is unlikely a repeat will be attempted again any time soon.    One pastor in the area says that the paper pushed the two anti-ID candidates ad nauseum and reported against ID with false information and bias approaching hysteria.  He said the people of the community tend to get excited over an issue for awhile but quickly tire of it.  Thus the anti-ID minority in this small mountain town gained the momentum against the majority—not by debate over the issues, but over legal pressure, threats and propaganda.Darwin’s arsenals:  Apparently not satisfied with their legal victories, or rather their ability to wear down the opposition, the pro-Darwin forces are ratcheting up their battle tactics.  Science this week (Netwatch, Jan 5) urged readers, “Become an Evo Warrior.”  What, pray tell, is an evo-warrior?  The news item pointed to an arsenal of evolutionary info at FASEB, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, which contains “pointers on meeting with public officials, testifying at school board hearings, and related topics” in case your local school board tries something like Cobb County or Frazier Park did, or even if your hometown newspaper runs an editorial in favor of intelligent design.  The site has sample letters to write, Powerpoint presentations, posters, cards and even buttons that proclaim “Teach Evolution – Learn Science.”Paper victory:  A congressional committee found evidence for harassment and discrimination by the Smithsonian against Dr. Richard Sternberg, who had allowed publication of a pro-ID paper in a Smithsonian journal (see Evolution News).  The report listed numerous examples of spying, plotting, lying, scheming and creating a hostile environment against Dr. Sternberg by Smithsonian staff with the NCSE’s help.  It is unlikely those charged will suffer any consequences of this report, however, or that many citizens will even know it exists.  The NCSE website makes no mention of the accusations against them in the report and shows no signs of changing anything they are doing.  Apparently there are no fines, penalties or legal consequences against those involved—unlike the large legal costs faced by school boards sued by the ACLU or Americans United for Separation of Church and State.  The report, headed by Republican congressman Mark Souder, only makes recommendations to Congress about what should be done to prevent such behavior by the Smithsonian in the future.  With the new Democratically-controlled congress in session, that will most likely not be on the agenda.It would seem that school boards intellectually prepared to debate evolution and ID lack the fortitude or budget to count the cost of protracted, expensive lawsuits.  Is Darwinism winning by pressure, then?  John West of the Discovery Institute, however, is encouraged by the events of 2006.  In his podcast for Dec. 25 on ID the Future, he listed reasons to believe Darwinism is imploding and ID is making headway – not the least of which is the apparent paranoia of Darwinism’s defenders.After the Darwin idol topples, we’re going to remember the litany of shenanigans and intimidation tactics of the Darwiniacs and hold it up for all to see.  Philosophers and historians of science are going to shake their heads over this one.  It’s hard to remember a time when people ostensibly committed to evidence, debate, logic and reason behaved so badly.  Where is the rationality, the intellectual dignity and integrity, behind Darwin buttons and Darwin Days and legal hammerlocks against poor local teachers who just want their student to hear both sides of one of the biggest scientific controversies of our time?  This is crazy.  They don’t have a philosophical or historical leg to stand on for believing Darwin’s fairy tales and insisting that people can’t hear anything else.   Whenever the Darwiniacs have tried to debate the evidence in a fair exchange they have almost always walked away with dodo droppings on their heads.  No wonder they are paranoid.  Notice that nothing in the Darwin Party’s reaction deals with scientific evidence.  It’s all about strategizing to silence anyone who opposes them.  If they can only win by threatening with their ACLU attack dogs and silly propaganda games, how can they look at themselves in the mirror?  The evidence, meanwhile, marches on (example).(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Elegant Hair – 20″ ONE PIECE Clip In Hair Extension STRAIGHT Lightest Blonde #60 1pc 5 Clips – Fab platinum blonde colour!

first_imgCherished these but minor hefty on my head.Really great product or service, exceptional costumer services and the shipping technique is quickly. Great product, perfectly matches my hair in color and. Great product,perfectly matches my hair in color and texture. Copper is the same colour as the picture and the curls were nice. Copper is the same colour as the picture and the curls were nice. Daughter loves them , goes through loads of them ???. Cherished these but minor hefty on my head. Love it only downfall is it’s a bit heavy however. Love it only downfall is it’s a bit heavy however i only wear it with my hat so it’s not a problem. Love it only downfall is it’s a bit heavy however. Love it only downfall is it’s a bit heavy however i only wear it with my hat so it’s not a problem. These are really good, & i love the way they look. These are really good,& i love the way they look. Thank you for the swift delevary. Arrived quickly and better than i was expecting based on price. Really great product or service, exceptional costumer services and the shipping technique is quickly. A bit curlier than i was expecting but just gentle pulling eventually relaxed them to super wavy. A white blonde with no silver tones. Lovely soft, smooth texture. Hair is just so thick i love it 2 packs is loads really good buy. These are really good, & i love the way they look. These are really good,& i love the way they look. Thank you for the swift delevary. Great product, perfectly matches my hair in color and. Great product,perfectly matches my hair in color and texture. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2017-11-21 21:55:08Reviewed Item Elegant Hair – 20″ ONE PIECE Clip In Hair Extension STRAIGHT Lightest Blonde #60 1pc 5 ClipsRating 5.0 / 5  stars, based on  22  reviewsPrice£6.64 For a friend, good value for a special do. A white blonde with no silver tones. Lovely soft, smooth texture. Ordered one first to check colour would match. You will need more than one because it is quite thin. Hair is shiny looking, so it doesn’t look real but is a lovely colour. Here are the specifications for the Elegant Hair – 20″ ONE PIECE Clip In Hair Extension STRAIGHT Lightest Blonde #60 1pc 5 Clips:Top quality heat resistant kanekalon synthetic hair, feels silky and soft just like real human hair.5 easy to attach hair clips, 9 inches wide, set weight 100g, 30 colours to choose from.Our one piece sets will make thin hair thicker and short hair longer. Change your look in seconds.Washable and reusable. Clips are already attached. See description for colour and style.We will ship same day if order placed before 2pm. Free colour exchanges. A bit curlier than i was expecting but just gentle pulling eventually relaxed them to super wavy. For a friend, good value for a special do. Reviews from purchasers :Not a bad buy, but double check if you receive a one-piece instead of a set of 7 extensions!Love it only downfall is it’s a bit heavy however Copper is the same colour as the picture and the curls were nice. Amazingly fast deliverylast_img read more

Total Force Fitness and Cooperative Extension: Behavioral Fitness

first_imgIn today’s Friday Field Notes, we will examine how cooperative extension can support the behavioral fitness domain of Total Force Fitness (TFF).What is Behavioral Fitness?Behavioral health focuses on the relationship between behaviors and their impact on overall health. This includes the reduction of risky health behaviors and increasing health-promoting behaviors through substance misuse prevention, risk mitigation, and hygiene promotion. Increasing these health-promoting behaviors can also help improve physical, psychological, and nutritional fitness.Cooperative Extension and Total Force FitnessCooperative extension provides programming that supports behavioral fitness. Check out your state’s cooperative extension website for blog posts, resources, and events near you.Tobacco Use. With the recent rise in the number of teens vaping – or using e-cigarettes – cooperative extension offices around the country have been putting together educational material for parents and professionals working with teens. Here is some information on teen vaping from Minnesota and Ohio.Driving Safely. Cooperative extension provides several programs aimed at improving safe driving. Including programs that promote the use of seatbelts, child care seat checks, and safe driving classes for teens and older adults. Contact your local extension offices to see what programs are offered near you.Sleep and Health. Adequate sleep is essential to maintaining one’s overall health. As such, cooperative extension provides education on the importance of sleep and advice on how to improve sleep in adults and children. Check out these examples from Missouri and PennState extension.last_img read more

Yavatmal farmers’ deaths: govt. apathetic, opposition indifferent

first_imgYavatmal: The spate of farmers’ deaths, after spraying toxic pesticides on the genetically modified cotton crop, began towards the end of July this year in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra, however, it took almost two months for the government, the media, and political parties to notice the gravity of the situation.Hundreds of farmers got admitted to various hospitals in the district since July-end, but it was only when the death toll reached double digits in September that the administration swung into action and the media began reporting the issue after the Vasantrao Naik Shetkari Swawalamban Mission (the Maharashtra government’s Taskforce to reduce farm distress) started circulating press notes to journalists based in Nagpur.The first politician to visit the district was BJP MP from Bhandara-Gondia constituency Nana Patole, who interacted with the ailing farmers admitted to the Government Medical College.Ignored by allAs English newspapers began carrying the reports of the farmers’ deaths prominently, the state government sent its minister of state for agriculture Sadabhau Khot to the district.Mr. Khot was followed by Shiv Sena leader and state transport minister Diwakar Raote, and senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Radha Krishna Vikhe Patil.The main opposition parties the Congress and the NCP are still to organise any visible protest and even the Shiv Sena, which has lately been more of an opposition in the state than a coalition partner of the ruling BJP, has remained a mute spectator to the death of the farmers.When this reporter posed some questions to Mr. Vikhe Patil on the Congress party’s “lack of interest and action” even after so many deaths, the leader of opposition had no convincing answers and tried to divert the question by blaming the Shiv Sena and Mr. Patole’s “dual stand”.Until 2014 Assembly elections, Congress had dominated the district’s politics with three senior leaders — Shivajirao Moghe, Manikrao Thakere, and Vasant Purke — holding the posts of cabinet ministers and top party positions during the Congress-NCP’s 15-year rule in the state.However, all these leaders are currently missing. “We don’t have a district chief. We will launch a protest in a couple of days once he is appointed,” was Mr. Purke’s response on the Congress’s silence.Yavatmal has been the centre of farm crisis and is also infamous as “farmers’ suicide capital”, but the only organisation vocal about the issue was the Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti. However, many say that after Kishore Tiwari’s appointment as the head of the VNSSM, the ground level protests of his groups are negligible.The only political person, who is raising the issue with some fervour, is the disgruntled Congressman Devanand Pawar.A politician from a backward Banjara community who once contested Assembly elections on a Congress ticket, Mr. Pawar formed his own Shetkari Nyaya Hakka Andolan Samiti (Committee to fight for the just rights of farmers) after he was sidelined in the Congress by senior leaders.When asked about the reason for cold political response to this issue, Mr. Pawar said, “The political leaders and party workers in Yavatmal had only been accompanying the leaders to the hospitals. They are not going there to visit the ailing farmers. A strong political protest would have definitely helped the farmers’ cause but even the Congress is struggling with its own problems which is why I had to fight under a different banner. The affected farmers and their families are still to receive the help announced by the government. Had it not been for the media, the deaths would have gone unnoticed.”When Mr. Pawar and some farmers confronted the Agriculture Minister Pandurang Phundkar in Monoli village last week, the BJP leader and Yavatmal’s guardian minister Madan Yerwar asked the agriculture minister to “ignore it”.When asked about Shiv Sena’s lack of response to the issue, the district president Santosh Dhawle informed that they acted “as per the program” and were “busy” providing medical help to the farmers.“The government took a long time to accept the crisis. The opposition parties are invisible. Our district has really been unlucky,” rued Ramdas Wadai, a contract farmer from Sakhra village of the district.last_img read more

Ontario school boards still in the dark on sexed teaching plan association

first_imgTORONTO – With less than a month before classes resume, Ontario school boards say they still have not received teaching materials related to the older sex-ed curriculum the province expects them to use this fall.A spokeswoman for the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association says that to her knowledge, the boards have also not received any instructions on the issue from the Progressive Conservative government.The government announced last month that it would fulfil its campaign promise to scrap a modernized version of the curriculum — which included warnings about online bullying and sexting — and temporarily reinstate an older version last updated in 1998 while it conducts consultations on the document’s future.But there has been confusion about what teachers will be expected to teach following conflicting messages from Education Minister Lisa Thompson, who told reporters last month that only a portion of the curriculum would be rolled back, only to reverse course hours later by saying the full document would be scrapped.A spokesman for the minister said Thursday that school boards would receive instructions and materials “in the near future,” but did not immediately respond when asked whether that would happen before school starts in September.The previous Liberal government had updated the sex-ed curriculum in 2015.Opponents, particularly social conservatives, objected to the parts of the plan addressing same-sex marriage, gender identity and masturbation, and Premier Doug Ford vowed during the spring election campaign that a Tory government would replace the document with a teaching plan that was “age appropriate.”Tory House Leader Todd Smith said Thursday that the government has been clear about its expectations when it comes to sex ed.“We have told the teachers that they should be teaching the curriculum that was taught in 2014 while we have these public consultations,” he said in a news conference highlighting the government’s actions over the summer.“They understand the situation that we’re facing in the province right now,” adding he expects teachers to be “professional.”The government has said the consultations for a new curriculum would begin in September but has given few details on how they will be carried out.The province’s two biggest teachers’ unions have spoken out against the switch to the older curriculum and vowed to defend any of their members who go off book in order to help their pupils.“We know that we have members who feel trapped between their obligation to follow employer direction and their ethical imperative to keep students safe,” said Harvey Bischof, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation.“We will defend to the hilt any member who, in the good faith exercise of professional judgment, strays outside the confines of the 1998 curriculum in her or his students’ best interests.”last_img read more

New guidelines to make swallowing safer for people in Australian nursing homes

first_img Source:https://www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/ Jan 18 2019The ability to eat and drink are things most Australians take for granted. That’s why Speech Pathology Australia is an active participant in an international initiative that is working to make swallowing safer for people in Australian hospitals and nursing homes.On the eve of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, Australia is set to adopt new international standardized terminology and definitions for texture modified food and drink. The quality of meals and the appropriateness of food served have already been identified as an important matter for investigation by the Royal Commission.From 1 May 2019 new guidelines about standardized names and descriptions of food and drink used in medical and community settings to reduce choking risk will be introduced in Australia.An analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics population and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare nursing home data on deaths reported to coroners, found that after falls, choking was the second largest cause of death in aged care.Around 15‐30 per cent of people aged 65 and over living in the community have a swallowing difficulty, this figure rises to over 50 per cent for older Australians living in nursing homes. People who suffer from age-related conditions such as stroke, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease are also likely to have a swallowing difficulty and are at risk of choking on food or developing pneumonia.People over the age of 65 years have 7x the risk of choking on food as children aged 1-4 years.The new IDDSI framework includes easily accessible testing methods that allow consumers, health professionals, nursing homes and hospitals to check that the food or drink they are serving is correct for older Australians with swallowing difficulties.For producers of thick drinks and food specially prepared to reduce choking risk (texture modified food), the IDDSI standards mean a single set of labeling for packaging, including standardized color and number codes, which can be used and recognized around the globe.Related StoriesWVU researcher investigates how nursing homes can best meet obese residents’ healthcare needsSecurity cameras installed in nursing homes may do more harm than goodNursing home care prices rise faster than other medical care and consumer pricesSpeech pathologists are the professionals who provide swallowing assessments and develop mealtime management plans, including advising on changes to the texture of food and drinks to enable safe and effective eating and drinking.“The sad reality is,” said Dr Julie Cichero, “that the most common factors in choking deaths is a lack of clear personalized information about safe eating and drinking for older Australians, and inadequate supervision.”“The texture of food and drink is important the older we get. In nursing homes especially it is critically important that the texture of food and drink is appropriate for each individual person. One size fits all is not appropriate.”Speech Pathology Australia, as the peak body for the speech pathology profession in Australia, is actively supporting The International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI). IDDSI promotes safety for people with swallowing difficulties (dysphagia), through a common standardized international terminology for food and drinks that reduce choking risk.The IDDSI draws its membership from around the world and a diverse range of professions, including: speech pathology, nutrition and dietetics, medicine, occupational therapy, nursing, patient safety, engineering, and food science and technology. In 2019, IDDSI will formally be adopted in Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA, with another 18 countries in progress. IDDSI has support from health professional associations around the world, and the international food and beverage industry.last_img read more

The Latest Toyota cars to integrate Amazon voice assistant

Citation: The Latest: Toyota cars to integrate Amazon voice assistant (2018, January 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-latest-toyota-cars-amazon-voice.html A Cloi controlled lawn mower appears on display at the LG booth during CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. People experience a skeleton ride with the Samsung Gear VR virtual reality goggles at the Samsung booth during CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) The Cloi shopping cart robot, center, appears on display at the LG booth during CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) A Navya Autonom Cab, a self-driving vehicle, drives down a street during a demonstration at CES International, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) As for attendees, organizers say about 20 percent are women.___9:25 a.m.The annual CES gadget show in Las Vegas is no longer just about private businesses showing off their latest technological wizardry. Hyundai, Aurora to release autonomous cars by 2021 People look through Sony PlayStation VR headsets after a Sony news conference at CES International, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) The research will build on what Ford learned last year in a partnership with Domino’s Pizza that sent semi-autonomous vehicles out to deliver pizzas.Postmates operates in 20 U.S. cities—including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles—and has a fleet of 150,000 couriers. Ford announced the partnership Tuesday at the CES tech show in Las Vegas.___11:30 a.m.The CES tech show, much like the tech industry, has long been known for its dearth of women.This year is no exception. That’s despite coming off a watershed year for women in technology and beyond, with the #metoo movement opening conversations on sexual harassment, abuse and sexism. The Latest on the CES technology show in Las Vegas (all times local): The public sector is also chiming in, including U.S. state governors, foreign envoys, a member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet and at least one royal.Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands is leading a delegation to promote more than 50 Dutch startups. Delegations are also representing Mexico and two different regions of France.Along with boosting their economy, governments are also hoping to keep up with the growing possibilities of smartening cities with new technology.Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is skipping the show, though. Reports say it’s because of death threats following a controversial vote to roll back rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet. 2 p.m.Toyota says it will begin integrating Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant into some of its vehicles, so drivers can tell their cars to play music or set a comfortable temperature at home before arriving.In choosing Alexa over rival Google Assistant, Toyota Connected CEO Zack Hicks says Amazon is the right partner as Toyota studies what future mobility might look like.The integration will start later this year. Toyota didn’t say which car models will have it.Ford and Hyundai are among the auto companies already supporting Alexa.Hicks says there’s nothing preventing Toyota from partnering with others in the future.The development came Tuesday as the CES tech show floor opened.___12:45 p.m.Ford is partnering with Postmates, an on-demand delivery company, to study how merchants and customers might interact with self-driving delivery vehicles.Ford Motor Co.’s president of global markets, Jim Farley, says self-driving vehicles must do more than just move people. He says they can cut down on traffic and parking hassles by allowing groceries, dry cleaners and other businesses to share delivery vehicles that are programmed to take the most efficient route. A woman demonstrates a Cloi controlled lawn mower at the LG booth during CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) People look through Samsung Gear VR virtual reality goggles at the Samsung booth during CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) An attendee looks at Ford’s self-driving delivery vehicle at CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Soyoung Han looks at a display representing LG super UHD TV Nano Cell displays during CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Attendees wave at Honda robotics concepts 3E-C18, left, and 3E-A18 at CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) People look through Sony PlayStation VR headsets after a Sony news conference at CES International, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) An attendee tests the Human Machine Interface platform at the Kia booth at CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) The Mercedes-AMG Project One plug-in hybrid supercar appears on display at CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Attendees wave at Honda robotics concepts 3E-C18, left, and 3E-A18 at CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Explore further The Aibo robot dog is on display at the Sony booth after a news conference at CES International, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) This year, two of the 15 keynote speakers at CES are women. Of the roughly 900 total speakers, 242 are women, or about 27 percent.Organizers say that’s on par with previous years, but it’s prompted widespread criticism. In a recent letter to Gina Glantz , founder of the group Gender Avenger, the head of CES organizer Consumer Technology Association said the show will “redouble” efforts to add women’s voices next year. Ford CEO James Hackett smiles while getting ready for an interview next to a self-driving delivery vehicle at CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) 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. read more

UP BJP MLA says cows in shelters died natural deaths

first_img Indo-Asian News Service LucknowJuly 17, 2019UPDATED: July 17, 2019 15:25 IST Represntative image: PTIEven as the controversy over the deaths of cows in shelters in Uttar Pradesh rages on, BJP MLA from Barabanki Ajay Singh said that the cows had died natural deaths.”Every animal has a life span. Cattle live up to 20 years and most of them have a life span of 12 to 13 years. Most of the cows in cow shelters have died a natural death,” he told reporters on Wednesday.About 35 cows had died last week in a cow shelter in Prayagraj due to lighting and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had suspended eight officials for laxity in maintenance of cow shelters.Later, 36 cows were found dead in shelters in Ayodhya and Pratapgarh.Last month, over a dozen cows allegedly starved to death in Jalalabad cow shelter of Kannauj district, triggering protests by locals.The Chief Minister had also announced that the government will give Rs 30 on a daily basis for each cattle for the fodder if the owners are not using them for commercial purpose. He instructed the officials to take this plan as a pilot project in the Bundelkhand region.Ajay Singh said that he had demanded that ambulance services should be started for animals similar as we have that meet with accidents on roads.Also Read | Two held for illegally transporting cattle in Rajasthan’s AlwarAlso Watch | How fairly are cow welfare schemes in Madhya Pradesh working?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byManisha Pandey Tags :Follow CowFollow cow shelter UP BJP MLA says cows in shelters died natural deathsAbout 35 cows had died last week in a cow shelter in Prayagraj due to lighting and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had suspended eight officials for laxity in maintenance of cow shelters.advertisement Nextlast_img read more