The story behind the Crazy Rich Asians Black Panther viral cast photo

first_imgThe Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther viral joint cast photo was made possible by Harry Shum Jr. Steven Lam When the casts of Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther posed together for a photo at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January, the shot immediately went viral. The picture — which includes Crazy Rich Asians stars Constance Wu and Harry Shum Jr., as well as Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o — lit up the internet with delight.Turns out the moment was made possible by Shum, who just wanted to show his appreciation for the Black Panther ensemble, which won best cast in a motion picture at the awards ceremony.”I remember going to some [Crazy Rich Asians] cast members and saying, ‘Yo, let’s go say congratulations to the Black Panther cast,'” Shum said in an interview. “And then that happened.” “It was just this thing that started. People saw us mingling, and it was like, this is a perfect example of what Hollywood should be like, what it needs to do,” he continued. “It’s not just about your own community. How do you reach out with the community in mind, and collaborate or just support?”Shum spoke at a reception Thursday evening in Los Angeles for the Gold House A100, a list that honors Asians and Asian Americans in tech, entertainment and business. The list, announced earlier this month, includes several Crazy Rich Asians stars, including Shum, Wu, Henry Golding, Awkwafina and director Jon M. Chu. On Friday, Gold House also gave Chu its inaugural A1 award for the “single most impactful Asian of the year.”Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther were two of last year’s cultural milestones. The two films represented a push in Hollywood to tell more diverse stories and get more people of color on screen and behind the camera. Both movies were critical and commercial successes, and proved that movies with predominantly nonwhite casts could do well at the box office. 2:02 0 Now playing: Watch this: 2019 movies to geek out over Share your voice Danai Gurira, woman of actioncenter_img For Shum, the joint cast photo was an encapsulation of that push for representation. “It’s just a celebration of being there at this award show when so many faces have been erased or have been invisible,” he said. “And just to be there and see [the Black Panther cast] holding those trophies, it’s special.”Outside of entertainment, other heavy hitters honored by Gold House include Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Momofuku chef David Chang and Toronto Raptors point guard Jeremy Lin.Gold House also tries to ensure the success of projects driven by Asian people. A campaign by the group called #GoldOpen aims to buoy opening weekends by urging donors to buy out movie theaters and snap up tickets in bulk. The group made a big push around Crazy Rich Asians last year, which has grossed almost $240 million at the box office to date, and is the top grossing romantic comedy in 10 years. Tags 77 Photos Post a comment Culture Black Pantherlast_img read more

Google says Apples new signin button is better than random passwords

first_img 46 Photos Best Buy Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? CNET Apps Today Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See All Privacy Google Apple 13:39 $999 Tags Google isn’t opposed to Sign in with Apple.  James Martin/CNET At its annual WWDC event last week, Apple unveiled a new privacy tool called Sign in with Apple, an alternative to single sign-on services offered by Facebook and Google. Apple appeared to take a shot at its competitors by saying that even free services need to respect privacy. Google’s Mark Risher reportedly wasn’t pleased about the jab but thinks the technology will make people safer.”There was a bunch of innuendo wrapped around the release that suggested that only one of them [the logins] is pure, and the rest of them are kind of corrupt, and obviously I don’t like that,” Risher, a director of product management at Google, told The Verge in an interview published Wednesday.Risher said Google hasn’t properly articulated exactly what happens when a user clicks “Sign in with Google,” which could lead to misunderstandings at a time when people feel unsafe in the digital world. Overall, Risher said, using Google’s sign-on option or Sign in with Apple is better than random usernames and passwords. $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It reading • Google says Apple’s new sign-in button is a good idea, despite privacy jab $999 Share your voice Sprintcenter_img Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Apple iPhone XS • Apple Comments Boost Mobile Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors “I honestly do think this technology will be better for the internet and will make people much, much safer,” he told The Verge. Google didn’t immediately respond to request for further comment.The Sign in with Apple tool lets you use your Apple ID as a credential to sign into websites and apps, instead of typing in your email address. The tool uses your iOS device to verify your credentials, instead of social account logins, which could make you vulnerable to being tracked online. Apple says its sign-In service offers convenience without a privacy toll. Apple’s rivals use their sign-on services to craft a user profile to help deliver targeted ads. Apple generates its revenue from the sale of devices and services, and not ads, so it isn’t as interested in your information. Sign In works on Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs and Apple Watches. Through the web, it also works on Android and Windows. At WWDC, Apple introduced iOS 13, a new voice for Siri, dark mode, a new Mac Pro that starts at $5999 and more.  Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Mobile Internet Laptops Desktops Online Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It $999 8 Now playing: Watch this: See it See It WWDC 2019: Mac Pro, iOS 13, MacOS and more…last_img read more

iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected

first_img Neato Botvac D7 Connected Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Tyler Lizenby/CNET 6 CNET Smart Home Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac… CNET may get a commission from retail offers. If you want the most robot vacuum for the least amount of money, Neato’s Botvac D7 is the way to go. Thanks to built-in lidar laser mapping, the D7 wins the floor coverage and navigation prize. On our tests it covered more ground and consistently cleaned faster than the Roomba S9 Plus. It also came close to matching the Roomba’s soil pickup performance. Keep in mind, the Roomba removed more pet hair from our test floors than the Neato D7. So if you’re a pet owner, the D7 isn’t your best choice.The Neato D7’s app experience is better than the Roomba S9 Plus’. Its “no-go lines” feature is especially useful. It allows you to custom-edit saved maps, and create virtual sections of your home for the robot to avoid. The Roomba has yet to offer a similar capability.So while the Neato Botvac D7 isn’t the ultimate in robot vacuum performance and features, for the price it offers quite a bit. Now playing: Watch this: See All The iRobot Roomba S9 Plus Comments The Neato Botvac D7 Conn… The best if price is no object • Read the Neato Botvac D7 Connected preview $1,399 at Amazon 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. The best all-around value 8:07 Easily the most expensive robot vacuum on the market, the $1,399 Roomba S9 Plus is far from budget-friendly. What you get for this tidy sum though are truly next-level features. The standout is its CleanBase dock. It both charges the Roomba’s battery and empties the robot’s dustbin. Inside the dock is a bag that holds enough dirt for about 30 typical cleaning runs. When it’s full, just open the base, remove the bag and discard. That’s way more convenient than the Neato Botvac D7. The D7 comes with a standard center-mounted dustbin. So the Roomba S9 Plus is the clear choice, if you want to spend less time getting your hands dirty.The Roomba S9 Plus does a good job getting around rooms and obstacles as it cleans. Its optical sensor-based navigation system covers less ground than the Neato D7. It also took longer to vacuum the same amount of space. The Roomba creates maps too, and you can label rooms in the iRobot app. You can’t designate off-limit areas, though, like you can with the Neato D7.As far as raw pickup power, the Roomba S9 Plus has a slight edge over the Neato D7. Both are great at removing dirt, but the Roomba does a better job of dealing with pet hair. And while the Roomba S9 Plus is brand-new, the Botvac D7 has been on the market for a few years, and has steadily improved thanks to multiple software upgrades. That makes both robots strong competitors, and tempting choices for your hard-earned cash. Let’s find out how they really stack up, and which one is the better vacuum buy.  We’re here to help you make informed purchase decisions. If you use our links to buy, we may get a commission.Also read: The best robot vacuums of 2019: iRobot Roomba vs. Neato vs. the rest $600 at Amazon The iRobot Roomba S9 Plus Share your voice Preview • Neato’s vacuum steers clear of the spots you tell it to avoid Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) The $1,399 iRobot Roomba S9 Plus has a sky-high sticker price, but for a robot vacuum cleaner it offers an impressive set of features and capabilities. One in particular, a self-emptying dustbin, is a trick only a few vacuums can match. For half the Roomba’s price though, the $599 Neato Botvac D7 Connected is also an effective robotic floor cleaner. Both machines systematically map and navigate through rooms. They both clean quickly and efficiently too. Both work with Alexa and Google Assistant. You can control and schedule their cleaning sessions for the Roomba and Botvac D7 from your phone as well. Tags See it reading • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected $600 at Amazon Tyler Lizenby/CNET Smart Home The best all‑around value Best Buy $1,399 at Amazon Mentioned Above Neato Botvac D7 Connected $599 The Neato Botvac D7 Connected The best if price is no object Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Read more about the iRobot Roomba S9+ See It CNET Smart Home $599 iRobot Neatolast_img read more

Why Dont Term Limit Proposals Usually Pass

first_imgMartin Jacobsen Share X U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has introduced a proposed Constitutional amendment to establish term limits for Senators and members of Congress. His proposal would limit Senators to two six-year terms and House members to just three two-year terms.It’s not the first time Cruz has called for term limits. It’s also not the first time any lawmaker has proposed them. But they never go anywhere. Why not?See, there’s an inherent problem: How do you get people in power to voluntarily limit that power? How do you get members of the Senate and House to agree to conditions that might shift the balance of power in those bodies? And amending the Constitution — as would be needed to limit federal officeholders — is especially difficult.In the audio above, Teddy Rave from the University of Houston Law Center explains how term limits have been enacted in the past and some of the legal challenges with doing so.Then, political analyst Nancy Sims discusses the history of term limits in local, state, and national government and why they’ve never been passed for certain positions.center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:00 Listenlast_img read more

When green turns toxic Norwegians study Electric Vehicle life cycle

first_img Citation: When green turns toxic: Norwegians study Electric Vehicle life cycle (2012, October 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-green-toxic-norwegians-electric-vehicle.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. Normalized impacts of vehicle production. Results for each impact category have been normalized to the largest total impact. Global warming (GWP), terrestrial acidification (TAP), particulate matter formation (PMFP), photochemical oxidation formation (POFP), human toxicity (HTP), freshwater eco-toxicity (FETP), terrestrial eco-toxicity (TETP), freshwater eutrophication (FEP), mineral resource depletion (MDP), fossil resource depletion (FDP), internal combustion engine vehicle (ICEV), electric vehicle (EV), lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4), lithium nickel cobalt manganese (LiNCM), coal (C), natural gas (NG), European electricity mix (Euro). Credit: (c) Journal of Industrial Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-9290.2012.00532.x Explore further The “supply chain” part of the statement is key to the focus of their research. The electric car has been promoted heavily as a car for the future but quick takes on EVs as environmental vehicles of choice should be replaced with longer and careful looks, even oversight, at what occurs during the entire cradle-to-gate life cycle of a car’s production, use, and dismantling.Light-duty vehicles account for approximately 10 percent of global energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and policy makers have braced themselves for what that means in climate change and air quality. In the Norwegian study, the authors looked at conventional and electric vehicles to see how all phases, from production to use to dismantling, affect the environment. They concluded that, “Although EVs are an important technological breakthrough with substantial potential environmental benefits, these cannot be harnessed everywhere and in every condition. Our results clearly indicate that it is counterproductive to promote EVs in areas where electricity is primarily produced from lignite, coal, or even heavy oil combustion.”The authors warned that the “elimination of tailpipe emissions at the expense of increased emissions in the vehicle and electricity production chains” carries risks for policy makers and stakeholders. The authors support serious attention to “life cycle” thinking. Their research was partly funded by the Norwegian Research Council under the E-Car ProjectEarlier this year, reports of a study of vehicle types in China concluded that electric cars have an overall impact on pollution that could be more harmful to health than conventional vehicles. The researchers in that study examined pollution in 34 Chinese cities and they found that the electricity generated by power stations to drive electric vehicles led to more fine particle emissions than petrol-powered transport. They analyzed five vehicle types—gasoline and diesel cars, diesel buses, e-bikes and e-cars. (Phys.org)—Questioning thoughts arise from a bracing study from Norway. The electric car might be a trade-in of an old set of pollution problems for a new set. Thanks but no thanks to a misguided cadre selling on the green revolution. Electric cars will eventually be one more pollutant source to campaign over. The study, “Comparative Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Conventional and Electric Vehicles,” appears in the Journal of Industrial Ecology. Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology declared in the study that “EVs exhibit the potential for significant increases in human toxicity, freshwater eco-toxicity, freshwater eutrophication, and metal depletion impacts, largely emanating from the vehicle supply chain.” China’s pollution related to E-cars may be more harmful than gasoline cars, researchers find More information: Comparative Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Conventional and Electric Vehicles, Troy R. Hawkins, Bhawna Singh, Guillaume Majeau-Bettez, Anders Hammer Strømman, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Article first published online: 4 OCT 2012. DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-9290.2012.00532.xAbstractElectric vehicles (EVs) coupled with low-carbon electricity sources offer the potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and exposure to tailpipe emissions from personal transportation. In considering these benefits, it is important to address concerns of problem-shifting. In addition, while many studies have focused on the use phase in comparing transportation options, vehicle production is also significant when comparing conventional and EVs. We develop and provide a transparent life cycle inventory of conventional and electric vehicles and apply our inventory to assess conventional and EVs over a range of impact categories. We find that EVs powered by the present European electricity mix offer a 10% to 24% decrease in global warming potential (GWP) relative to conventional diesel or gasoline vehicles assuming lifetimes of 150,000 km. However, EVs exhibit the potential for significant increases in human toxicity, freshwater eco-toxicity, freshwater eutrophication, and metal depletion impacts, largely emanating from the vehicle supply chain. Results are sensitive to assumptions regarding electricity source, use phase energy consumption, vehicle lifetime, and battery replacement schedules. Because production impacts are more significant for EVs than conventional vehicles, assuming a vehicle lifetime of 200,000 km exaggerates the GWP benefits of EVs to 27% to 29% relative to gasoline vehicles or 17% to 20% relative to diesel. An assumption of 100,000 km decreases the benefit of EVs to 9% to 14% with respect to gasoline vehicles and results in impacts indistinguishable from those of a diesel vehicle. Improving the environmental profile of EVs requires engagement around reducing vehicle production supply chain impacts and promoting clean electricity sources in decision making regarding electricity infrastructure. © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

Handicapped city

first_img23-year-old Abhinav Nagar set out to explore this Christmas charm a couple of years ago in and around St James’ Church in Kashmere Gate, known to be the oldest surviving church in Delhi. Accompanying him were his three friends, all students from the same college, nurturing generous dreams of a grand future full of accomplishments. Nagar remembers chatting amiably with his friends and enjoying the cool breeze and the Christmas air. But what happened next changed their lives forever. Also Read – Find your own happinessThere was total blackness as a cow darted in front of their vehicle, forcing Nagar to lose control of the car completely and crash into a nearby lamp-post on the pavement. He hit his spine instantly and his friends were injured too. Nagar woke up the next day in hospital. He could not move either of his legs and his doctor told him that he could never walk again. At 23, Abhinav became wheelchair-bound, overnight, and his life changed forever.This is not an isolated case of compulsive disability. There are hundreds and thousands of people all over the world witnessing their lives change all of a sudden due to a mishap, accident or some disease. But what we, the other half of the population who can walk, run, jump and enjoy life and every bit of it, do not realise is the pain these people experience everyday to walk that extra mile which once seemed impossible. Also Read – Into the wildThere are ambitions plans to turn Delhi into a smart city. But our national Capital is thoroughly devoid of a disabled-friendly infrastructure and basic sensitivity essential to make this place accessible to them too. There is a gross negativity prevailing for the differently-abled, who are always subjected to mercy of others for any kind of help or acceptance. It would thus be a great idea to create an infrastructure or give them an ambience that would not make it imperative for them to move around with someone else’s help or acceptance. A recently conducted study reveals that some of the city’s busiest places like Connaught Place, Lodhi Road, Sarai Kale Khan and Nehru Place are devoid of street infrastructure for the differently-abled and even for the elderly to navigate. These places are even inaccessible for those with reduced mobility, pregnant women, children, persons carrying luggage and those with temporary ailments. Some of the key problems found at Connaught Place were lack of proper signages and audio signals, non-continuity of tactile pavers and pelican crossings. Footpath height and width varied at many places and there was lack of kerb ramps and pedestrian crossings in front of busy bus terminuses like the ISBT, coupled with open drains on footpaths and encroachments by hawkers.Abha Khetarpal, president of NGO Cross the Hurdles says: “Essential services like banks, ATMs, post offices still remain inaccessible for the differently-abled. Even many of the doctors’ clinics and diagnostic centres are not disabled friendly. Schools do not have proper infrastructure to accommodate students with disabilities. Though public buildings, many stadiums might have ramps for wheelchair users to enter the premises but washrooms inside the campus are inaccessible. Personally speaking, I have found no washrooms for disabled people at Thyagraj stadium near INA market that was built as a venue for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.”She further elaborates: “Movie theatres again are not friendly. ‘Disabled friendly’ does not mean just a ramp being made outside the premises for wheelchair users. It must cater to the needs to all the different kind of disabilities. Tactile surfaces and Braille signage are rarely found. Many hotels and restaurants still remain unfriendly.”The differently-abled also face insensitive behaviour of bus drivers and conductors, who many a times charge more than the designated fare, despite travel for the visually impaired being free in all state-run Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses and the National Capital Region (NCR). But statistics show that this is not restricted to Delhi or the NCR area alone. The 70 million disabled in India face similar problems in other parts of the country too and, possibly, things are much worse. Transportation in every Indian city and town has failed disabled citizens to live a smooth and uncomplicated life. Lack of awareness, contempt and lapsed policies contribute to their plight. Though low floor buses in several metropolises including Delhi are initiatives for making transportation smooth, it has hardly come as a boon.Javed Abidi, director, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People in India mentions in a report: “Despite it being a norm, there are no ramps to get on to the bus stands in the national capital. It’s a shame that the DTC plays hoax on us by painting disabled-friendly pictures and signages at bus stops, as they never practice what they preach.” Unfortunately, there has been little done in this direction to address the issue.Khetarpal adds: “No railway station in Delhi has a lift. Though the bus stops show the universal symbol of disability has broken ramps or are just unreachable due the rugged surfaces or the large number of street vendors and hawkers.”Though many new pavements and sidewalks in most New Delhi Municipal Council and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) areas are spacious and well-laid, many of them are blocked by bollards or small iron posts through which a wheelchair can’t pass.According to disabled rights organisations, the special ramps constructed on many roads have faulty designs and do not follow international standards. Ideally, for a height of one metre the ramps should be 18 metres long (1:18 gradient). But the ramps are built on a 1:12 gradient and are steep. Moreover, they also do not provide a landing after every five metres. Even the parks in the national capital are not disabled-friendly. Summed together, there are as many as 14,000 parks in total but all of them more or less lie in a state of shambles and do not support visitors with disabilities. However, Mukesh Yadav, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of South MCD says: “Almost all our parks are disabled-friendly. All of them are at the ground level so there is particularly no need for a ramp. Also, there is one gate at the entrance of every park through which a wheelchair can easily enter.” But in reality, the story is a little different.Kanika Dua, an MA Psychology student in Delhi University who is partially visually impaired, says: ‘I’m very lucky that the crowd in my university is very good. People do help and try to understand our problems. Cops are very helpful. But when I go out of the campus, it is a little difficult as I don’t know all the roads, there are no Braille signages and mobility becomes an issue.’The Delhi Metro, often referred to as the lifeline of the national Capital, and rightly so, has stood the test of time in the last decade regarding performance. There is little doubt that the Metro has contributed in no small measure to taking Delhi and its infrastructural facilities to the next level! But this is just one side of the picture. Delhi Metro does seem ill-prepared not just for emergencies but also when it comes to helping the disabled with wheelchairs. The number of wheelchairs and stretchers at one of the busiest stations Rajiv Chowk, is limited to only three and five respectively!Shopping arcades and malls in Delhi are considerably better in terms of providing a friendly ambience for the disabled. Sonali Manilal, Marketing Head, DLF Promenade says: “The mall has reserved parking for physically challenged and senior citizens in B1. The parking has been reserved next to the elevator lobby with dedicated parking attendants. For physically challenged patrons, the mall is equipped with a dedicated and customized hydraulic elevator; all prominent entrances have wheel chairs stationed with an attendant; each shopping floor houses washrooms for the disabled.” In case of an emergency, she adds: “The staff is well trained in basic life saving skills and safety trainings. There is a medical room with bed and important medical equipment. The concierge is trained to use basic medical techniques and is always equipped with medical kit.” But for the past few years, there is a growing political momentum behind the need to take disability provision seriously.If available figures are to be believed, people with disabilities are more likely to be unemployed, illiterate, to have less formal education and less access to support networks. They are further isolated by discrimination, ignorance and prejudice. The World Bank estimates that about 20 per cent of the world’s poorest people are disabled. Poverty causes disability through inadequate access to medical treatment and vaccinations, and exposure to unsanitary and unsafe living and working conditions. Children with disabilities in India rarely progress beyond primary education, with school enrolment less than 10 per cent in many areas. This then reinforces social alienation and leads to very limited employment opportunities, leading to abject poverty. A universal barrier-free environment is every Indian’s dream. Reassuringly, a few have been lobbying for it for some time now, working towards creating and maintaining environments in which all people can participate in ways that are equitable, dignified, independent and safe for all. Obstacles of any kind affect the lives of people to a great extent, and it is not difficult to imagine the plight of millions of disabled people who face hurdles at every single step.last_img read more