Yoshiki Donates 10 Million Yen To Disaster Relief In Japan

first_imgNews Facebook Yoshiki Donates 10 Million Yen To Flood Relief yoshiki-donates-10-million-yen-disaster-relief-japan NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Dec 2, 2014 – 10:58 pm Yoshiki: X Japan Email Yoshiki Donates 10 Million Yen To Disaster Relief In Japan Twitter In the wake of devastating flooding, the X Japan founder provided generous and much needed support Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Jul 16, 2018 – 4:47 pm International music superstar Yoshiki has sprung to the aid of his native country in the aftermath of heavy downpours and flooding that has caused extensive damage in western Japan. The celebrated musician has donated 10 million yen to the Japanese Red Cross Society through his own charitable foundation, Yoshiki Foundation America.  “I just saw the news in the U.S. and I pray for those who passed away,” Yoshiki said in a statement. “I truly hope the damage caused by heavy rain will not spread anymore.”The damage in western Japan is staggering, with a death toll surpassing 210 victims and warnings circulating of even more landslides to come. The devastation has been intensified by a heat wave that hit southern Japan, meaning Yoshiki’s generous support is coming at a critical time for those battling to survive the disaster.This is far from the first time Yoshiki has opened his heart and his wallet to help in the wake of a natural disaster. Last year he donated $25,000 to aid Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas, and he lent another $100,000 to the Recording Academy’s MusiCares for disaster relief for hurricane survivors in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. In 2016 he donated 10 million yen to earthquake disaster relief in Kumamoto.Those seeking to support the flood relief efforts in Japan can donate to the Japanese Red Cross Society. For more information on Yoshiki Foundation America, please visit the organization’s website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”last_img read more

Save 15 on a tiny selfcontained Spotify player

first_img 4 The Cheapskate Share your voice Comments Sarah Tew/CNET Are you a Spotify subscriber? Then you’ve no doubt discovered the limitations for listening offline. It requires a phone, which isn’t always convenient — like when you’re at the gym or out for a run. And even if you do have your phone, you’ll have to devote a chunk of precious storage to your Spotify playlists.The Mighty Vibe solves those problems. This portable player — a dead ringer for Apple’s dearly departed Shuffle — absorbs your Spotify playlists and podcasts for easy offline listening. Read CNET’s Mighty Vibe review to learn more.It normally sells for $86 (currently on sale for $5 less), but for a limited time, Cheapskate readers can get the Mighty Vibe for $69.99 with promo code MIGHTYCHEAP. Shipping adds $5.See it at MightyThis is the second-gen version of the Mighty, featuring better battery life (at least 5 hours of play time), broader Bluetooth compatibility, better Bluetooth range and a redesigned mobile app.It’s also now available in a couple snazzy colors. In addition to basic black, you can choose a teal or red case.As noted, the Mighty Vibe looks and operates much like an iPod Shuffle, right down to its spring-loaded clip and simplistic controls. What’s handy here, though, is that you can pair it to Bluetooth earphones for a wireless listening experience. I just tried it with a wire-free set — pretty nice!There is a headphone jack if you want to go wired, and that jack is also used to charge the Vibe. A spare cable will run you $7. The player can hold up to 1,000 songs, but you can’t sync specific artists or albums, only playlists.That minor limitation aside, I can’t understand why this is product isn’t better known or more popular. It is, to my knowledge, the only offline-Spotify gadget currently available, and it’s a very affordable way to carry around your favorite playlists and podcasts without a phone.Note: This post was published previously and has been updated regarding pricing and discount code.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! center_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tags MP3 Playerslast_img read more

Leading Indian sports stars express their joy at scrapping of Article 370

first_imgSuresh Raina and Saina Nehwal were among those celebrating abrogation of Article 370 (File photo)PBLWhile the whole country is reacting to the landmark move by the government of India to remove Article 370 from the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the sporting fraternity of the country hasn’t been missing either. Just as most Indians seem delighted by what they describe as the ‘full integration of Kashmir into India,’ the sportsmen and sportswomen are also eschewing a sense of joy and euphoria.After the union Home Minister Amit Shah made the announcement in the Rajya Sabha and the news started spreading quickly, several athletes, from diverse disciplines, started posting tweets of support and approval. Some of the sportspersons were, obviously members of the BJP and some were supporters of the party. But there were also a large number of prominent names who are not associated with the party.Let’s look at the tweets put out by the biggest names from the world of Indian sports expressing their joy at scrapping of Article 370 in J&K public. Yogeshwar Dutt was most emphatic in his support The real ‘Dangal’ girl was also happy Asian Games champion Bajrang was elated Celebrated boxer Manoj Kumar was also enthusiastic in his approval Raina, a Kashmiri Pandit himself, also expressed his views Sports Minister also expressed his joy Former cricketer and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir also expressed his views Paralympics medalist and BJP member Deepa Malik congratulated all Indians Saina Nehwal retweeted her father’s message Olympic bronze medalist Sakshi Malik approved of the move by the government.last_img read more

Fog halts flight operations at Dhaka airport

first_img.All types of flights at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka have been postponed due to heavy fog.The airport authorities said both inbound and outbound flights on domestic and international routes remained suspended since the early hours of Thursday.Two flights of Regent Air and Gulf Air failed to land at the airport due to the fog while a US Bangla flight from Singapore was diverted to Chittagong district.Armed Police Battalion’s (APBn) assistant police superintendent Md Tariq Ahmed said six flights, which were scheduled to fly this morning, could not depart the airport due to heavy fog. Met office said dense fog might continue across the country while Dhaka and Mymensingh districts witness a bit of thicker fog than other parts of the country.last_img

Quader complains of BNP plot to wage movement

first_imgObaidul Quader file photoClaiming that the opposition conspired to make gains mixing intruders into the peaceful movement of students, Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said this conspiracy is still going on, reports UNB.”A conspiracy is on to wage such a movement again. Clandestine meetings are being held in the country and abroad. We’re alert and prepared enough in this regard,” he said while addressing a discussion at the Bangladesh National Museum.Awami League publicity and publications subcommittee arranged the programme.Also road transport and bridges minister minister, Quader said BNP and its fundamental cohorts tried to cash in on the quota reform movement after receiving directives from London.”Something dangerous could have happened but the prime minister handled the situation.”About BNP vice-chairman Abdullah Al Noman’s comments that they will join the polls if there is as shift in the present electoral process, he said election process is a constitutional provision. “It’s an unreasonable demand.”Awami League organising secretary AKM Enamul Haque Shamim and member secretary of the party’s publicity and publications subcommittee Hasan Mahmud were also present on the occasion.BSS adds: The AL leader said there is no scope to backtrack from next general election process as per the constitution.He said, “The process of national election is a provision of the constitution and there is no scope to retreat from the process before holding of the next general polls.”At the information dissemination programme styled “Rumour exasperation, propaganda – Be defended Bangladesh”, Quader saidL “The people belonging to the new generation had returned home in response to the call of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina which indicates their wisdom.”“Prime pinister Sheikh Hasina has accepted all nine demands of the students as their movement for road safety was correct,” he said, adding that the premier gave instruction of not putting any force on the demonstrators during the movement.Coming down heavily on some mass media for their controversial role at different times, Quader said, “Weren’t they involved in de-politicization during the 1/11 changeover?”last_img read more

A Test of the Copernican Principle

first_img 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. However, as physicists Robert Caldwell of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and Albert Stebbins of Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, point out, the Copernican principle has never been confirmed as a whole. In a recent paper published in Physical Review Letters called “A Test of the Copernican Principle,” the two researchers set out to prove the 500-year-old principle using observations of the cosmic microwave background (CMB).“The Copernican principle is a cornerstone of most of astronomy, it is assumed without question, and plays an important role in many statistical tests for the viability of cosmological models,” Stebbins told PhysOrg.com. “It is also a necessary consequence of the stronger assumption of the Cosmological Principle: namely, that not only do we not live in a special part of the universe, but there are no special parts of the universe – everything is the same everywhere (up to statistical variation). “It is a very handy principle, since it implies that here and now is the same as there and now, and here and then is the same as there and then. We do not have to look back in time at our current location to see how the universe was in our past – we can just look very far away, and given the large light travel time, we are looking at a distant part of the universe in the distant past. Given the Cosmological Principle, their past is the same as our past.”Cosmic DistortionWhen the universe was just 400,000 years old, matter and radiation decoupled and left a remnant radiation that still pervades the entire universe today. By measuring the tiny temperature fluctuations of this CMB radiation, scientists can learn things about the universe such as its shape, size, and rate of expansion. In the latter case, the observations show that the universe is expanding at an ever-accelerating rate, leading scientists to speculate about the existence of dark energy, new laws of gravity, and other possible – and often exotic – theories.But what if the universe’s accelerating expansion is just an illusion? As Caldwell and Stebbins explained, this scenario is entirely plausible if the Copernican principle is loosened a bit. If, instead of the universe being homogenous and isotropic as the Cosmological Principle states, there is rather “a peculiar distribution of matter centered upon our location,” then the universe would be centered on a low-density, matter-dominated void. Such a universe would be non-accelerating, and there would be no need for dark energy or other similar theories. That’s why it’s important to know if the Copernican principle is correct: it will ensure that CMB observations haven’t been misinterpreted to indicate cosmic acceleration when there is none. To test the principle, Caldwell and Stebbins developed a “CMB-distortion test”: they looked for deviations of the CMB spectrum from a perfect blackbody as might have been caused by a large, local void. A void or other “non-Copernican structure” would cause ionized gas to move relative to the CMB, and the Doppler-shifted CMB scattered toward us could contain detectable deviations from a blackbody. “In essence, we use the reionized Universe as a mirror to look at ourselves in CMB light,” the researchers explained. “If we see ourselves in the mirror, it is because ours is a privileged location. If we see nothing [i.e. no peculiar distortions] in the mirror, then the Copernican principle is upheld.”The Hubble BubbleAs an initial test, Caldwell and Stebbins focused on a universe model consisting of a simple, spherically symmetric void, which is also known as a “Hubble bubble.” This void universe resembles an open (low-density) universe embedded inside a flat (medium-density) universe. The size of the void depends on how gas is distributed throughout the universe. Basically, gas can exist in three zones – neutral, reflection, and Doppler – depending on its redshift. Depending on how these three zones overlap, the void can come in five sizes, from small to “superhorizon,” where the void encompasses the entire observable universe.Using their CMB-distortion test, the researchers calculated that only the smaller void models could lead to the type of distortion associated with a violation of the Copernican principle. Then, by analyzing data for the CMB spectrum, they were able to rule out nearly all of these non-Copernican Hubble bubble void universes – meaning the Copernican principle passed this first test. However, Caldwell and Stebbins also noted that other models – such as those with a higher density or smaller radius – may still exist that evade this test.The researchers added that this is not the first time that bits of the Copernican principle have been tested, but it is one of the first tests of the remaining radial inhomogeneity on very large scales. Caldwell explained that, in 1995, physicist Jeremy Goodman of Princeton proposed a similar test of spectral distortions. Goodman’s implementation resulted in a weaker constraint, or test, of the Copernican principle.“This [large-scale testing] is not easy to do because, when we look far away, we are looking back in time, and it is difficult to say whether what we see is due to changes with time, which does not violate the Copernican principle, or changes with distance, which does,” Stebbins explained. “Thus, it is a hard question to answer, which is why it has not been done.”More TestsIn the future, the scientists plan to further pinpoint the CMB distortions that could be caused by a local non-Copernican structure, and also apply the test to other more general universe models. These tests should be useful in potentially ruling out alternative hypotheses for dark energy, as Caldwell explained. More fundamentally, the tests could either verify the foundation of centuries of astronomical work, or – and the chance is slim – suggest that the Copernican principle may not be as certain as we think.“If our test of the Copernican principle were to fail, it would probably not be believed, and a variety of other observations would be required to test it,” Stebbins said. “If all these further tests confirmed the large void, then we would have to rethink our ideas about dark energy, or, namely, unthink them. “I think the scientific community would not be too unhappy with the idea of a large under-dense region – it is not hard to think of ideas of how they might come to be, even in the context of a hot big bang model. What is hard to understand is why we would be so close to the center of one. No doubt someone would come up with an ‘anthropic’ argument for it – but I’ve thought a bit about that, and don’t really think there is a salable anthropic explanation. (By the way, I don’t think there is a salable intelligent design reason, either.) In the end, we might have to live with the Walter Cronkite explanation ‘… and that’s the way it is …. ’”More information: Caldwell, R. R. and Stebbins, A. “A Test of the Copernican Principle.” Physical Review Letters 100, 191302 (2008). Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. This image shows a cross-section of a void universe with an observer (O) in the center, in violation of the Copernican principle. CMB photons (yellow lines) can scatter off reionized gas, and some may lead to CMB distortions. Credit: Caldwell, R. R. and Stebbins, A. ©2008 APS. Explore furthercenter_img Earth not center of the universe, surrounded by ‘dark energy’: cosmologists report Citation: A Test of the Copernican Principle (2008, May 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-05-copernican-principle.html The Copernican principle states that the Earth is not the center of the universe, and that, as observers, we don’t occupy a special place. First stated by Copernicus in the 16th century, today the idea is wholly accepted by scientists, and is an assumed concept in many astronomical theories.last_img read more

Google Holdem Poker Does Google Have An OS Up Their Sleeve

first_img How DNA outside cells can be targeted to prevent the spread of cancer Net Applications came up with the novel discovery that somewhere between 11-percent to 30-percent of Web traffic streaming out of Google is cleaned of identifying information. The call of the story is, “That begs the question: What secret is it that Google doesn’t want the rest of the Web to know.” Sounds mysterious, it’s too bad the writer and Net Applications didn’t read, Forbes’ How To Erase Your Tracks Online, or for non-readers In Pictures: Eight Ways To Guard Your Online Privacy, September 08, 2008 slide show. The Boy Genius Report casts a “Ree-hee-healy?” to Net Applications’ blockbuster discovery which in sum goes, “We have never seen an OS stripped of the user agent string before.” I believe you have to arrange to have that happen, it’s not something we have seen before in a proxy server.” Net Applications, “The Movie” then sums up the insidious plot by saying. “All I can tell you is there’s a good percentage of the people at Google showing up [at Web pages] with their OS hidden,” according to a Net Applications spokesperson. Boy Genius, has his own idea of the Google’s Magical Mystery OS. See: Google Working on a New Mystery OS, December 6 post. His post and comments take some of the air out of the floating rumors. It’s worth a fun read time. Google Watch by Clint Boulton, congratulates his former colleague Andy Patrizio for “ferretting out a fascinating new Google rumor” spawned by his interview of a Net Applications spokesperson. His conclusion is essentially, if many Googlers are running a clandestine OS of an undetermined origin, “this would fit the Google MO, wouldn’t it?”, referencing the September 2 launch of Chrome after two-years of back and forth. Blount is hardly awestruck by the idea Google might want to go it alone with their own OS and in the process cut into Microsoft’s behemoth IE. His sources speculate that the “Web Only” browser Chrome could be the front door to access some kind of big social network where OpenID reigns or possibly a combo of Chrome and its extension application Gears. He quotes Rob Enderle of the Enderle Group, who said a Google OS would be an extension of Android OS recently released for mobile phones and big plans for future devices. Blount presents a query, “Could Google employees be surfing the Web on Android phones? Comments on the Forbes, “Google’s Invisibility Cloak” are priceless. Credit where credit is due goes to “Levifig” referencing Google’s penchant for secrecy, he posts the following, ” Secrecy isn’t the opposite of Openness in the business world! Why would Google let other companies into their business strategy?? Why would they have a great idea and have their competitors market it, especially when most of their competitors would charge what they would release for free?? Seriously…” Another gem by “Fantomaster” who isn’t sure if he should laugh or cry at the speculation about Google’s anonymity mystery. His insightful post points out that faking UAs is like an Al Gore moment. It is has been done for years and “Incidentally it’s one of the tenets of safeguarding your online privacy, too.” Personally, I sure hope these two don’t read my articles.In preparation for this story, I found a recent paper by Andrew G. Morgan of Google Inc. and Serge E. Hallyn entitled, “Linux Capabilities: Making Them Work”. The paper addresses the modern applications of the Linux system in light of new kernel developments including VFS support and per-process support for bounded-set and secure-bits demonstating the full range of Linux security capabilities. I contacted Andrew G. Morgan for his take on the Google Hold’em Poker OS rumor, but as of this writing I have not heard back.Forbes Google’s Invisibility Cloak story:www.forbes.com/technology/2008 … x_ew_1205google.htmlBoy Genius Blog story: www.boygeniusreport.com/2008/1 … on-a-new-mystery-os/© 2008 PhysOrg.com Citation: Google Hold’em Poker: Does Google Have An OS Up Their Sleeve? (2008, December 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-12-google-holdem-poker-os-sleeve.html 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.center_img (PhysOrg.com) — Google card shark watchers have been placing side bets on the possibility that Google may be holding back some news on a new OS. The search giant has been the subject of rumors in Forbes, BoyGenius Blog, Google Watch and more. Forbes’ intriguing article title is, ” Google’s Invisibility Cloak” stokes the fire with a not so “Elementary my dear Watson” approach. The genesis of the speculation is a “Eureka” moment from Net Applications a company in Aliso Viejo that produces an analytic software for tracking Internet trends around the world. Explore furtherlast_img read more

When art comes calling on their doors

first_imgThe six-day exhibition displaying the officers creative works ranging from figurative drawings, photographs capturing the reflections of the world to embroideries using pearls and bead sequins are on show at the Hudco Art Gallery. ‘This exhibition was impromptu. In fact, nobody in our office knew that we are into paintings and craftsmanship,’ said Nirmala Pillai, currently working in the Department of Telecommunications as Advisor. Pillai has painted acrylics of women. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘I worked on acrylics. I like nature and many other small things which people ignore. I like to highlight them on my paintings,’ says Pillai who claims to be a self-taught artist.‘Painting is my passion…a strees-buster. I can give up anything for it,’ she says.Sumita Purkayastha, who works at the Department of Telecommunications as DG (NICF), has displayed her designs on saris, suits and dupattas in a combination of Mughal motif with material ranging from silk, tussar, crepes and cotton. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixShowcasing her love for candle-making, Monali P Dhakate, currently on deputation to Staff Selection Commission as Regional Director, has exhibited her collection of handmade candles and chocolates, which she says she had picked up during her days in school.‘The love for candles started in my school days where we were taught of candle making. My mother used to call this craft as mess. She always says to create something exceptional…you need to focus on the smallest details. These words were inspirational for me. The passion and love for the craft developed with time,’ she says.Monali, has showcased her handmade candles for the first time in a public exhibition.‘The idea to exhibit our works was proposed by Nirmala. So we thought let’s come out and show the other side of us which is vibrant and colourful,’ adds Monali.Director (SEA) in the Department of Telecommunications, Yashashri Shukla’s passion for photography is evident with photographs on display at the exhibition giving glimpses of the places she has travelled over the years.The photographs of sunset at Chidiyatapu, Port Blair, a couple walking on the Radhanagar beach at Havelock, Tibetian flags and the ‘Bovine Spa’ are some of her favourite collections.last_img read more