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Stars Support Handbags For Hospices

first_imgEver fancied owning a designer bag? Do you love the look but not the price tag? Handbags For Hospices is a brilliant new fundraising event at which gives you the chance to get your hands on a bag that may previously have graced the arm of a glamorous celebrity.Davina McCall, Paloma Faith, Gemma Arterton and Zoe Ball have all donated bags for the launch event in Brighton in February 2013, which is in aid of the Martlets, the Brighton-based hospice.The top 100 bags will be part of a silent auction on Thursday 28th February, the daytime event is open from midday to 6pm, open for anyone to come along and place a bid.To buy tickets for the glamorous evening event, email info@handbagsforhospices.comDate: Thursday 28th February
Daytime Midday – 6pm
Evening 7pm – 10pm
Venue: Hotel du Vin, Ship Street, Brighton
Tickets: £5 for the evening event email info@handbagsforhospices.comFind out more about The Martlets here.last_img read more


Security caught oncam roughly detaining Indigenous woman at journalism conference

first_imgAPTN NewsVideo captured by reporters at a journalism conference in Winnipeg appears to show a security guard at a hotel where the event is taking place roughing up a young Indigenous woman he suspected of “prowling” cars according to hotel management.The incident at the Radisson Hotel located downtown took place Friday evening.The conference was wrapping up for the day and several journalists were congregating in the lobby when a security guard bee-lined for an Indigenous woman who appeared to be cutting through the lobby.“He stormed up to her and said ‘you’re under arrest’ and grabbed her arm,” said Beverly Andrews, a producer at APTN News. “That’s when he slammed her up against the wall.”“He was hauling her roughly over to a room and she fell down, her glasses fell off and broke and a ring flew off her finger,” said Trina Roache, a video journalist with APTN Investigates.Among the journalists watching the incident were eight APTN reporters, several of whom grabbed their phones and started recording as the security guard took the woman to a small locked room.You can hear on the video some people saying that he doesn’t have the power to arrest her and shouldn’t be detaining her alone in the room, while the female in his grip says “I didn’t f—ing touch no vehicles.”“My concern is he was so aggressive with her right in front of us, I was worried about her being in there with him alone,” said Roache. She can be heard saying “I don’t think this is cool” as another APTN journalist says “I don’t think this is legal” before the security guard shuts the door on them, with the woman inside. The province’s Petty Trespasses Act permits arrest without warrant by a person authorized by property owner if the arrested person was previously given notice to not come onto the owner’s property.It’s not clear if the woman received that warning.Some of the journalists went to look for management while APTN’s Nunavut video journalist Kent Driscoll went outside.He said five minutes after the  incident, the woman who had been detained emerged from the hotel.“I asked if she was OK and she said she was fine,” Driscoll said, and the woman carried on her way. The security guard came out soon after yelling to reporters that the woman was “back in the parkade.”The same security guard was working again Saturday and when questioned about the incident for this story, said “I’m not talking” and walked away.A front desk attendant said a manager “is not available” for questions.An email asking about the hotel’s security protocols was sent to Canad Inns, which owns the Radisson was returned late Monday afternoon.“Canad Inns is taking this matter seriously and is in the process of conducting its internal review,” said Lauren Beckwith, communications coordinator for Canad Inns corporate office.“As the review is ongoing and facts are still being confirmed, I’m unable to comment at this time.The Canadian Association of Journalists said the incident was “highly concerning.”“We are told the hotel management is investigating the incident,” said CAJ president Karyn Pugliese, who is also the executive director of news at APTN.“We have requested the security guard be kept away from our conference in the interest of ensuring our delegates feel safe.”She said the CAJ will follow up with management.There were 250 delegates from media across Canada in for the weekend conference.The Winnipeg Police Service said did not receive a call to the hotel Friday evening.The security guard in the video has by identified as a band member by the Lake Manitoba First Nation in Treaty 2 territory.news@aptn.calast_img read more


Michael Beasley Heading Back to Miami Heat

Troubled free agent Michael Beasley might return to the two-time world champion Miami Heat as sources say the franchise is considering the 6-foot-10 forward.According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Miami Heat is contemplating returning Beasley to their roster after he was waived by the Phoenix Suns following his arrest in early August for possession of marijuana.Several of the Heat’s key veteran players are supporting the signing of Beasley, who was the second overall pick by the Heat in the 2008 NBA draft.Beasley spent two seasons with the Heat, averaging 14.1 points, before team president Pat Riley traded him to the Timberwolves for draft picks and to clear salary-cap space to bring in LeBron James and Chris Bosh. Though no offers or guarantees have been made, Beasley is reported to have a strong interest in returning to the team. read more


This super house plant scrubs pollutants from your home

first_img 16 Photos Sci-Tech More plants Plant-robot hybrid can make its own way to sunny spots The best indoor plants to bring the outside in How to water your plants while you’re away According to the study, the unmodified plants didn’t affect the concentration of either gas much. But the modified plants changed the concentration of chloroform dramatically inside the tube, making it drop by 82 percent just after three days. By the sixth day, it was almost completely undetectable. The concentration of benzene also decreased thanks to the modified plants. By day eight, it dropped by an impressive 75 percent.”People haven’t really been talking about these hazardous organic compounds in homes, and I think that’s because we couldn’t do anything about them,” study author Stuart Strand said in a statement. “Now we’ve engineered houseplants to remove these pollutants for us.”The research team plans to add a protein to pothos plants that can break down another hazardous pollutant inside some homes: formaldehyde. This harmful compound is often found in wood flooring and cabinets. Tags Plug in your plants with these 15 connected garden gadgets (pictures)center_img Post a comment 0 CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The best place to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this season.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Houseplants do more than just add natural beauty to your abode. They also help clean the air.Enlarge ImageA University of Washington scientist tests genetically modified pothos ivy to see how fast the plant can break down harmful chemicals. Mark Stone/University of Washington Now, researchers at the University of Washington have improved the air-cleaning properties of one common household plant, the pothos ivy (epipremnum aureum).The team genetically modified pothos ivy to not only remove carcinogens such as chloroform and benzene from the air, but to synthesize a protein, called 2E1, that transforms these harmful compounds into molecules the plants use for their own growth.The researchers chose pothos ivy as the plant for modification because it grows well indoors in a variety of conditions. They detail their work in a new study published this week in Environmental Science & Technology. The scientists added benzene or chloroform gas to modified and non-modified plants in glass tubes. Over 11 days, they collected data on how each pollutant’s concentration changed.  Share your voicelast_img read more


Bangladesh High Commission pays homage to martyrs

first_imgThe Bangladesh High Commission celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Victory Day recently in the national Capital paying homage to the martyrs of the 1971 War of Liberation and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman under whose leadership Bangladesh gained independence after a nine-month war against Pakistan.The day’s events were marked by hoisting their national flag at the chancery compound and reading out of Victory Day messages from President Md Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali MP and State Minister for Foreign Affairs  Md Shahriar Alam MP, offering special prayer seeking divine blessings for the martyrs of the Liberation War and Bangabandhu and his family members killed along with him on the tragic night of August 15 in 1975. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfActing High Commissioner Salahuddin Noman Chowdhury, accompanied by officers at the mission, hoisted the national flag as the national anthem was played. A cultural function in the evening, presented by students and teachers of Dhaka’s Govt Music College, at the Maitree Hall of the mission enthralled the audience, which included Housing and Public Works Minister Mosharraf Hossain, Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, war veterans, foreign diplomats, academics, journalists and family members of the mission’s officers and officials. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMoshararraf Hossain and Maya, both valiant freedom fighters, described about the heroic Mukti Bahini’s fight against the Pakistani military, equipped with most modern and sophisticated war machines.Welcoming the guests Salahuddin Noman fondly remembered the supreme sacrifices the freedom fighters had made at the call of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib against the brutal Pakistani soldiers who carried out one of the history’s worst genocide killing three million unarmed civilians. He said Bangladesh remains grateful to India and its citizens for extending military, economic, diplomatic and moral support to Bangladesh’s War of Liberation. Officers of the mission also attended a seminar on Bangladesh liberation war organised by India Foundation in association with War Veterans Association, Babu Jagjivan Ram Trust and Nehru Memorial Trust at Nehru Memorial Museum in the morning.Mofazzal Hossain Maya and Bir Bikram spoke at the seminar as chief guests, while Indian State Minister for External Affairs V K Singh presided as the special guest.last_img read more


This Handy Robot Holds a Pen and Writes Exactly Like You Do

first_img 4 min read Register Now » March 20, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Meet Bond, a cyborg with an impressive grip on penmanship — yours or anyone’s.This boxy bot’s express purpose is to write letters and thank you notes on your behalf. Remember letters? Those pre-Snapchat relics of the past that not many people take time for anymore, least of all busy business owners. Yeah, those.  Can’t swing sending them? Leave it to Bond. With a fancy black fountain pen clamped in its robotic “hand,” the nimble robot writes out every word of each personalized correspondence its tasked with. It signs them, too, so you don’t have to. Then its team of humans, the enterprising people at the New York City-based startup Bond, neatly tuck the bot’s letters into envelopes, seal them with a golden seal of wax (regal crown-shaped Bond logo included) and even address, stamp and mail them for you.Related: In Japan, a ‘Strange Hotel’ Will Be Staffed Almost Entirely By RobotsSigned, sealed, delivered — time saved. And all those loyal friends and customers you’ve been meaning to personally thank will appreciate the written sentiment…and they’ll never know that a funky robotic forger did the deed for you. At least that’s the idea.“Most business people truly do care about their customers, but as they get more customers, they lose the ability to stay in touch,” Bond founder and CEO Sonny Caberwal says. “Bond lets you deliver the personal touch, at scale.”     How it works: First you go to Bond’s website from your smartphone or computer. (Caberwal says a Bond iOS app is coming this summer.) You can either have a letter written by Bond in one of five prefab handwriting styles or you can use your own handwriting. For the second — and way cooler — option, you fill out a handwriting sample form, scan it and email it back to Bond and the bot learns your writing style. Either way, you have to enter the complete text of your letter on the website so Bond knows what to write, along with the address(es) to send it to.Related: Star Wars + Drones = Dreams Come TrueUsing Bond’s pretty prefab handwriting is free, but hiring Bond to write just like you isn’t cheap. The fee for Bond to acquire and store your handwriting is $199. Whichever you choose, individual cards cost $2.99 and up to send, plus postage. The customizable cards come in a bunch of trendy stationery styles and are less expensive if you order in bulk. You can also add your brand logo to them at no additional cost. We can see the service coming in handy for newlyweds, salespeople, marketers and for anyone tasked with sending umpteen invites, thank yous, holiday cards or insert whichever time-consuming written correspondence you don’t want to deal with.Related: No Sci-Fi Here: Your Own Personal Robot Is Coming“I think everyone can think of a time they meant to send someone something to say thanks, but didn’t,” Caberwal says, “not because they didn’t care, but because they didn’t have a card, pen, envelope, or stamp. Our goal is to make sending a beautiful, personal, and tangible note as easy as a text message.”  To see Bond beautifully reviving the lost art of the handwritten note — hands-free — check out the videos below:Related: Say Hello to the Robotic Personal Assistant of Your Dreamslast_img read more