What we’re reading: Obama campaigns for Biden, University of Michigan imposes a stay-at-home order

first_imgShaina Looker printWomen may be less prone to COVID-19, study findsA new survey suggests women may be less vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 because they are more likely to adhere to social distancing guidelines, according to U.S. News.The survey was conducted in March and April across eight different countries and showed that 59% of women considered COVID-19 to be a serious health problem, and only 49% of men agreed. The study was published Oct. 15 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and two of the authors, Vincenzo Galasso and Paola Profeta, are affiliated with Bocconi University’s COVID Crisis Lab in Milan, Italy.“The biggest differences between men and women relate to behaviors that serve to protect others above all, such as coughing in the elbow, unlike those that can protect both themselves and others,” said Profeta.Galasso said “policy makers who promote a new normality made of reduced mobility, face masks and other behavioral changes should, therefore, design a gender-differentiated communication if they want to increase the compliance of men.”The University of Michigan on lockdown due to COVID-19In this Oct. 13, 2018, file photo, fans cheer as the Michigan team takes the field at Michigan Stadium for an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin in Ann Arbor, Mich. The University of Michigan says fewer fans, if any, will attend games at “The Big House” if the Wolverines play college football games this year. The athletic department says a final decision will be made after conferring with medical experts, the school’s leadership and the Big Ten Conference, along with government officials and agencies. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)Local health officials have ordered students at the University of Michigan to stay in their residences to control an increasing campus outbreak, according to the New York Times. In an email to students and staff members, university leadership said, “Most of the cases on our campus can be traced back to small- and medium-size gatherings without appropriate face coverings and social distancing.”The stay-at-home order applies to all undergraduate students through Nov. 3. However, students who are not showing symptoms can still attend in-person class, participate in sports and receive medical attention.Jimena Loveluck, the health officer for Washtenaw County, which encompasses the university, said although the restrictions do not construct a quarantine, there is a possibility of fines for violation of orders.Obama rallies support for Biden in attempt to end Trump’s presidencyIn this Aug. 23, 2008, file photo Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., listens as vice presidential running mate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., speaks at a rally in front of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Biden has won the last few delegates he needed to clinch the Democratic nomination for president. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)Former President Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail today to try and rally support for former Vice President Joe Biden, according to CNN.Obama appeared in Philadelphia in the first of a handful of stops he will make in key battleground states with the election less than two weeks away. His appearance will test the power of his appeal and determine whether his popularity is transferable to his former vice president, according to CNN.Obama is also attempting to help Democrats win control of the Senate by appearing in television ads for candidates in Maine, Michigan, South Carolina and Georgia. Instructors look to continue using technology after the pandemic ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Shaina Lookerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shaina-looker/ Linkedin Twitter In this combination photo, president Donald Trump, left, speaks at a news conference on Aug. 11, 2020, in Washington and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del. on Aug. 13, 2020. The conventions, which will be largely virtual because of the coronavirus, will be Aug. 17-20 for the Democrats and Aug. 24-27 for the Republicans. (AP Photo) + posts Facebook Shaina Lookerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shaina-looker/center_img Shaina Lookerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shaina-looker/ Linkedin Facebook World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution TCU equestrian team prepares for spring season Twitter Previous articleTCU News Now 10/21/2020Next articleThe Skiff: Oct. 22, 2020 Shaina Looker RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt First-year students reflect on their first semester of college Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Limerick charity CEO appeals for earthquake support

first_imgAdvertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter NewsLimerick charity CEO appeals for earthquake supportBy John Keogh – May 7, 2015 831 TAGSDavid DaltonlimerickNepal earthquakePlan IrelandRaheen Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin Previous article€20 million Limerick social housing projectsNext articleMan critical injured following Limerick assault John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Raheen native is appealing to people in Limerick and Ireland to support the charity’s relief efforts in Nepal, following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25 that has killed an estimated 7,500 people.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We have 250 Nepalese staff there, thankfully all 250 of them are ok; we’ve been very lucky. At the moment the main focus is on providing people with shelter. Approximately 350,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed so people are literally in the streets.“We’re also facing into the Monsoon season in about six weeks, so getting people at least covered is a huge priority. The rebuilding operation will take years, so at the moment a lot of our work is on providing tents and shelters,” Mr Dalton told the Limerick Post.He explained that the charity is also working to provide people in the affected areas with adequate water and sanitation, and hot food and cooking facilities.Mr Dalton added that the main focus of the charity’s work is on children, including child protection, and the Nepalese team is assisting in the reunification of families and protecting children from the ongoing problem of child trafficking in Northern India and Nepal.Plan International is also trying to provide children in the affected areas with some normality by opening up schools.“All of the schools in Nepal will be closed until May 15, but in the affected areas the schools have been destroyed. We’re trying to open up educational spaces to get the children back learning, get them back into a routine and spending time with their friends. This is very important as if children miss out on a year of education it can have a detrimental effect,” Mr Dalton said.Anyone wishing to make a donation can go to www.plan.ie, or Freephone 1800 829 829. Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival David Dalton, Plan Ireland CEO, pictured in GuineaDavid Dalton, Plan Ireland CEO, pictured in Guinea LIMERICK man David Dalton, who is CEO of international charity Plan Ireland, says that rebuilding the 350,000 buildings destroyed in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake “will take years”. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Diwali 2020: 5 Gift Ideas to Make Your Loved Ones’ Diwali Super Special

first_img5. Marshall Stanmore II Voice 80 W Bluetooth Speaker (Rs. 31,999) The Marshall Stanmore II Voice is a beautifully crafted smart speaker for those who have a bigger budget. The sound-quality of the speaker is bound to take your music listening experience to the next level. Coupled with built-in Google Assistant, the speaker lets you control your music using voice commands. Marshall Stanmore II Voice is enabled with multi-room connection, which lets the speaker wirelessly play different genres of music across rooms.The retro design of the speaker gives it an old-school charm and makes the perfect Diwali for your music loving friends. In case that’s too expensive though, check out our guide to the best smart speakers on the market. Price: Rs. 31,999 | Where to buy: FlipkartWhich is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details. – Advertisement – Diwali 2020 is almost here. In case you are still searching for the perfect gift for your loved ones, fret no more. We have hand-picked a few tech products which you can gift to your dear ones. We have chosen the gifts keeping in mind the change in our lifestyles following the pandemic. There are products across diverse categories that will be useful now, and we’ve listed items that have strong ratings or reviews, and are good value-for-money.These gift ideas cover great picks at different price points so that you can find something great no matter what your budget is this Diwali. Read on and find the perfect gift for your friends and family and make their Diwali super special.1. Samson Go Mic Portable USB Condenser Microphone (Rs. 4,990)- Advertisement – Price: Rs. 4,990 | Where to buy: Flipkart, Amazon2. Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) with Clock (Rs. 5,499)The latest smart speaker by Amazon comes with a refreshed spherical design and an LED display that shows time, outdoor temperature or timers. The light sensor automatically adjusts the display’s brightness, day or night. The smart home speaker can act as your personal assistant. If you have smart home automation products in your home you can use Echo to voice- control the products.- Advertisement –center_img samson go mic portable usb condenser microphone amazon go micA lot of people have turned to content creation following the pandemic. The Samson Go Mic is the ideal gift for your content creator friend. The Go Mic is a mic that can be clipped right onto your laptop or sit on your desk. It’s compatible with a Mac or Windows PC. The Go Mic is perfect for recording music, podcasts or field recording.The Go Mic has omnidirectional sound pickup patterns with a resolution of 44.1kHz. The package includes a USB cable, cable clip and carry case along with the microphone. The microphone is compact and fits easily in the pocket making it extremely handy.- Advertisement – Although the pre-order has started on Amazon, the product won’t be delivered until later in the year. Nevertheless, the Amazon Echo (4th Gen) (review) is a useful and pocket-friendly gifting choice.Price: Rs. 5,499 | Where to buy : Amazon3. NESCAFE E’ Smart Personal Coffee Maker (Rs.5,999)nescafe e smart personal coffee maker amazon smart coffee makerThis is the perfect gift for any coffee-lover. The NESCAFE E’ Smart Personal Coffee Maker is a smart, app-enabled hot and cold coffee maker. With it, you can prepare a variety of customised coffee like creamy iced coffees, cinnamon cappuccinos, and ginger spiced lattes. The coffee maker can be controlled via the Nescafe E Connected mug app on your smartphone and the coffee will be prepared in just 60-90 seconds. This is an ideal gifting choice for anybody who might be missing reaching out to the office coffee vending machine, given the unexpected shift in our working conditions. Price: Rs.5,999 | Where to buy: Flipkart, Amazon4. Realme Smart TV 43 (Rs.19,999) This has been the year of content streaming and for your dearest binge-lover, there is no better thing to give than a Smart TV. Realme Smart TV 43 is one of the most budget-friendly smart TVs in the market. The device runs on Android TV 9 Pie, with access to the Google Play Store for Android TV. It is powered by MediaTek MSD6683 processor, paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The TV also supports HDR10 standard, Dolby Audio and Bluetooth v5.0.For sound, the Realme TV uses a four-speaker system with 24W of rated sound output. Connectivity options include three HDMI ports, two USB ports, and single AV, LAN, and ANT ports. In case you are interested in other TV choices, you can explore our top smart TV recommendations.Price: Rs. 19,999 | Where to buy: Flipkartlast_img read more

Viterbi incubator partners with Amazon

first_img“They gave us the time, space and resources to grow as people,” McAnany said. “We were really given a lot of advice and mentorship and then the time to figure it out, which I think is the most valuable when you’re in a startup, because time is always of the essence.” The Viterbi Startup Garage was founded in 2013 as an entrepreneurship incubator by the USC Viterbi School of Engineering alongside venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and the United Talent Agency.  The VSG is one of many university organizations dedicated to innovation and start-up ideas. James Bottom, project director of Blackstone Launchpad USC, another incubator on campus, believes the Amazon Alexa Fund and Alexa Fellowship will help university-affiliated startups. The Viterbi Startup Garage is teaming up with Amazon’s Alexa Fund, the venture investment division of Amazon, to build the next generation of technological entrepreneurs. The partnership, which will begin in October, will focus on voice technology as part of the organization’s Fall 2019 cohort. Amazon Alexa’s Fund is partnering with the Viterbi Startup Garage to focus on supporting entrepreneurs pursuing voice technology. The 12-month residency program begins in October.  (Photo courtesy of Viterbi School of Engineering) Greta McAnany, a USC alumnus and founder of the startup firm Blue Fever, said the Garage provided her company with mentorship and support. To date, the VSG has sponsored 21 startups. Though Amazon has partnered with the Viterbi School of Engineering on campus programs such as sponsoring natural language processing research at the USC Information Sciences Institute and the Amazon Alexa Voice Prize, this is the company’s first partnership with VSG.center_img VSG gives USC engineers and entrepreneurs the resources to specialize in deep technology such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and computer vision. Additionally, VSG provides access to resources across Los Angeles, such as a communal work space, legal and fundraising support and additional training. Students who join participate during a one-year residence program. “That Amazon [Innovator in Residence] is not just going to be working with the Amazon or the voice-enabled teams,” Eastman said. “They’ll be working with all the teams to give Amazon’s perspective, and because many technologies and hardware and software have a voice-enabled component to them, Amazon’s going to be assisting in that realm with all of our teams.” VSG Director David Eastman believes that the technology giant will be “a big help” with startups in the organization.  “This generation should be the most entrepreneurial we have ever seen,” Bottom said. “In many industries, the days are gone where people would work for a company their entire career. We’re finding that more and more individuals are starting their own companies – smaller companies – so they can find ways to build their own businesses and grow.”  This year, student- and alumni-run companies selected to participate in the accelerator program — especially ones affiliated with USC — will have the opportunity to connect with Amazon mentors and investors in a 12-month residency ending on USC’s “Demonstration Day.” last_img read more