Google Aims to Close Digital Gap for 50 Million Indian Women

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreGoogle India plans to get 50 million women in India using the Internet within one year through a new initiative that aims to bridge the gender digital divide by providing women with easier access to technology, the company said.Of the more than 200 million online users in India, only one-third are women.The “Helping women get online” initiative involves setting up easy Internet access points for women across the country and a toll-free helpline, 1-800-419-9977, to guide new users. The project’s website, www.hwgo.com, also provides step-by-step information – in both Hindi and English – on the basics of how to use a computer and access the Web.Of course, the tutorials feature Google properties like YouTube, its Chrome browser and the search engine.(READ the story from Reuters)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Stocking myths persist in Pineywoods

first_img There never has been a timber rattlesnake stocking program in Texas or anywhere else for that matter.According to TPWD endangered species specialist, Ricky Maxey, the rumors have been floating around since the 1990s.“I used to work in the Big Thicket area out of Beaumont and we used to get questions about rattlesnake stockings frequently. And it seems the rumors are still pretty rampant,” Maxey said.“Someone could have seen Forest Service officials capturing the snakes or releasing the ones fitted with transmitters and the rumor could have started there. Then again, it could be the case of a true story getting less and less truthful as it’s told,” he said.I remember back in the 1980s, there was a rumor TPWD stocked Canadian lynx in East Texas. The story I heard had them releasing these beautiful cats into the woods around Lake Livingston and in the Big Thicket National Preserve around Sour Lake.When I was a kid, it sounded believable.That was until I began studying the habits and rage of lynx and other wild cats and learned they have never in recent history at least ever been native to Texas or anywhere near our great state.And I am the first one to say wild animals do not know boundaries and most wildlife guides are inaccurate in terms of the geographical distribution they give animals but lynx are not a animal of Texas.TPWD or any other agency is not in the business of stocking predators where they are not indigenous. Lynx are doing pretty badly in their native range in the north, so stocking them here would make no sense.How did this rumor get started? There is really no telling and I could find no original source but it could simply be that some bobcats, which are common here have larger tufts on their ears than others do. This gives them a more lynx like appearance and perhaps someone added Texas-sized story telling to the mix and that spawned an alleged stocking.Finally, in recent years there have been persistent rumors TPWD has stocked black bears in East Texas.This is not true.Black bears are returning on their own and while sightings have increased they are not the result of released animals. Louisiana over the past few decades have released bears in various parts of the Bayou State and some of those animals have wandered across the border but TPWD has done no such thing.A few years ago they created a black bear work group to deal with bear management and looking into stocking as a viable option was on the table but it has not happened.There would have to be much red tape cleared before stocking of any of these kinds of animals could occur in Texas or anywhere else for that matter.(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at [email protected] You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com.) I say “story” but the truth is I have heard numerous tales of rattlesnake restoration efforts in the Pineywoods of East Texas. One gentleman even told me his uncle’s brother-in-law had some released next to his farm near Crockett. Hundreds of them.Where did these stories originate?Well, rattlesnakes have technically been “released” into certain areas in the Pineywoods. However, scientists did not breed them in captivity and they are not part of some secret restoration effort.These “released” rattlesnakes are simply ones that were captured as part of a radio-telemetry study conducted by officials with the U.S. Forest Service. Timber rattlesnake were captured in the wild, fitted with radio transmitters and released back into the wild so researchers could track their movements. The story goes something like this.In a secret effort to replenish diminishing timber rattlesnake stocks, government officials have been stocking captive-bred specimens of the venomous reptiles at various locations within Texas’ National Forest land.It is unclear as to which government agency is responsible but some reports indicate it could be the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) while another rumor has it linked to a clandestine Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) project.center_img Over the next three Sundays we will be exploring myths and misnomers commonly reported in the outdoors world.One of the most persistent has been the stories of mysterious stockings of timber rattlesnake stockings in East Texas.In fact we were the very first news outlet to break the true story of this (not-so) urban legend back in 2006.last_img read more

Premiere Date Set for Ryan Murphy’s The Politician Starring Ben Platt

first_img Ben Platt View Comments Star Files Ben Platt(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) Mark your calendar! Netflix has announced a September 27 debut date for The Politician. Ryan Murphy’s previously announced series is headlined by Tony winner Ben Platt alongside a slew of stage-and-screen stars.The Politician follows Payton Hobart (Platt), a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, who has known since age seven that he’s going to be President of the United States. But first he’ll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School. To get elected Student Body President, secure a spot at Harvard and stay on his singular path to success, Payton will have to outsmart his ruthless classmates without sacrificing his own morality and carefully crafted image.Joining Platt in the cast is his former Dear Evan Hansen co-star Laura Dreyfuss, along with Tony winner Jessica Lange, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Bob Balaban, David Corenswet, Julia Schlaepfer, Theo Germaine, Rahne Jones and Benjamin Barrett.Check out the series’ newly released artwork below.last_img read more

For up-and-coming triathletes – Gwen Jorgensen, USAT and ROKA launch scholarship…

first_imgProfessional triathlete, US National Team member and Olympian Gwen Jorgensen has launched a scholarship fund, with support from the USA Triathlon Foundation and Gwen’s wetsuit sponsor ROKA. The fund is for up-and-coming draft-legal triathletes or paratriathletes leading up to the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.The Gwen Jorgensen Scholarship was created to assist junior draft-legal triathletes and paratriathletes in their pursuit of excellence in the sport. In 2014, US$15,000 and mentoring services with Jorgensen will be awarded to one or multiple applicants who demonstrate ‘financial need, creative use of funds and passion for the multisport lifestyle.’Members of the multisport community, including athletes, coaches and race directors, are welcome to apply, but funding must be applied to programming, training or travel costs for junior triathletes aged 19 and under.“With the goal of promoting excellence at an early age, I am excited to launch the Gwen Jorgensen Scholarship this year,” Jorgensen said. “The triathlon community has supported me and instilled values of excellence since I was introduced to the sport in 2010. I want to do the same and give back to the next generation of potential triathlon stars. I especially appreciate ROKA and the USA Triathlon Foundation for their commitment to match my contribution.”“We are honoured to be partnering with Gwen to establish this important scholarship, and to support our junior draft-legal triathletes as they pursue their Olympic dreams and quest to bring home the gold,” said Jacqueline McCook, President of the USA Triathlon Foundation.“Gwen’s example and initiative tie directly with the Foundation’s mission of ‘Opening Pathways to Triathlon for All through the Generosity of Donors.’ We are thrilled to support this initiative.”“We are honoured to support Gwen and her scholarship program,” added Rob Canales, Co-Founder and CEO of ROKA. “Gwen is a remarkable triathlete and person, one who is keenly aware that it takes support at many levels to achieve greatness. It speaks volumes for her character that so early in her career she wants to give back. We couldn’t be more pleased to help with that endeavour.”Details on how to apply for the scholarship are available online as a downloadable PDF. Applications must be submitted to gwenjorgensenscholarship[at]gmail.com by 1 November 2014, and the scholarship will be awarded on 1 December.Jorgensen, who competed in the London 2012 Olympic Games, is currently ranked number one in the world following four consecutive 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series wins in Hamburg, Chicago, London and Yokohama.A former collegiate runner and swimmer, Jorgensen was introduced to draft-legal triathlon in 2010 through the USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program.www.usatriathlon.orgwww.gwenjorgensen.comwww.rokasports.com Relatedlast_img read more

Teledyne Introduces Modular Transceiver with Fast Tuning & Low Phase Noise at AOC

first_imgAt the 56th Association of Old Crows (AOC) Symposium being held in Washington DC from 28-30 October, Teledyne Defense Electronics (TDE) is featuring its latest advancement in VPX modular technology. At their booth, they are showcasing the 6U VPX Transceiver (TSA-219040) which has the fastest tuning and lowest phase noise performance available on the market today. A demonstration unit of the VPX Transceiver is available in the Teledyne booth (Booth 711) for visitors to see.Teledyne developed the transceiver on a modular platform to address the industry’s interest in compressing development cycles and planning for technology insertion in program life extensions. This broadband 6 to 18 GHz VPX card is ideal for meeting the increasingly demanding requirements of today’s microwave Transceiver applications in an open systems-based platform. In addition to its new standard-setting phase noise and tuning performance levels, the 6U Transceiver offers a high dynamic range and built-in LO generation with external system reference.At a weight of <2.75 kg, the TSA-219040 transceiver is a compact, ruggedized, and air-cooled system with 75W maximum power consumption.PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:High Dynamic Range:RF coverage: 6 to 18 GHz, 1GHz IBWNoise Figure: 17 dB typicalPhase Noise: 1 MHz @ -113 dBc/HzLinear dynamic range: 90 dB (with 1 MHz BW)External System Reference:Tuning speed: 5.0 µs max (to within 10 kHz) single-tone, internally generated spurious: -80 dBm (@ -10 dBm input and max gain)Reference Frequency Input: (10-100 MHz)Teledyne Defense Electronics’ deep pool of engineering expertise makes it a “go-to” supplier for customers looking for products that can deliver the highest reliability in the harshest environments, require close cooperation between the customer and the vendor, and meet the toughest SWaP specifications. Click here to learn more about the 6U VPX Transceiver.last_img read more

Justin Brownlee gets much-needed help in Ginebra’s bounce-back win

first_imgPH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cup Brownlee put up 27 points with 14 rebounds and eight assists in the win and but he wasn’t the only Gin King with superstar numbers.Stanley Pringle also had 27 points and had eight assists while Japeth Aguilar and LA Tenorio had 22 points apiece.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I think we did a great job of balancing out our scoring, I just think the most important is when we needed stops here and there we did a better job tonight,” said Brownlee.This scenario, though, was different in Ginebra’s 111-103 loss to Phoenix. MOST READ Brownlee had 31 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, six steals, and three blocks—numbers that would immediately jump out of any page—and he also scored 21 of Ginebra’s 22 points in the fourth quarter alone.Stellar numbers indeed for Brownlee, but his Herculean act wasn’t enough for the Gin Kings to defeat the Fuel Masters.“They played great, I just think sometimes you maybe lose a little rhythm, sometimes you have bad games,” said Brownlee. “I think you just have to stay aggressive and just stay with it and I think you’ll be alright.”ADVERTISEMENT World dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games Globe supports athletes with cerebral palsy; helps nationwide search for pioneer players of CP Rascals Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MANILA, Philippines—Justin Brownlee went from a solo act to being a part of quarter in a span of two days.Barangay Ginebra’s charismatic import shared the limelight with his teammates this time around when the Gin Kings turned back Alaska in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup 118-106 Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT POC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more