An 11-year-old boy with Down syndrome is one of the new faces of UK-based clothing company River Island's newest range of clothing for children. Joseph Hale has dyspraxia and global development delay, as well as Down syndrome. His parents Karen and Andrew hope his new modeling gig will help pave the way for more acceptance of people with disabilities. "Advertising can put across in a very positive way, that even if a person has a special need and/or a disability they still have emotions, thoughts, feelings, and dreams the same as anyone else," they said. "And, given the correct guidance, support and right opportunities to be included in everything, they can thrive and achieve the most wonderful things." "It was nice to show the video to friends at school. People can take selfies with me now," Joseph said. "River Island made it comfortable for me and I really enjoyed it. I was trying to get everyone to dance to the music. It is good to be able to champion disabilities." River Island has 350 stores across the UK, Ireland and internationally throughout Asia. The company's kids campaign launched today, featuring a group of young people aged 3 to 11 years, including YouTube stars and celebrity children to kids with mixed abilities.
A retired New Zealand farm dog named Louie is being hailed a hero after saving his rabbit-chasing "girlfriend", Maddy, who got stuck in a hole under a large pile of brush pile. Louie's heroic actions were brought to his family's attention after the elderly canine limped up his driveway, puffing, sore, collapsing with exhaustion at the house. Around his neck was a cardboard note. "Louie is the hero of the day. He lead me to Maddy in distress stuck under a brush pile," the note read. Louie's owner, Francie Diver, said Louie and Maddy chase rabbits together across the rural properties on the outskirts of the township. "Maddy comes over every day about 4.30pm to collect him and they head off down the driveway into the distance," Diver said. "On Saturday, he went missing. About 6pm he arrived home so exhausted and had a tag attached to his collar. I thought, 'where has he been? What has he done?' I immediately thought the worst." Maddy's owner, Rob, said he hadn't been able to find Maddy earlier that day as he headed off to run some errands in town. When he returned home, however, Louie was there, seeming very insistent on being followed. "Rob said he was 100 percent sure that Louie knew what he was doing, and getting Rob to Maddy was his one pure focus," Francie Diver's daughter Marolyn said. "Once he found her, Louie helped Rob dig her out, pulling at branches, digging out the ground. Rob said the second she was free both dogs ran to a nearby pond and jumped into it exhausted and drinking water. He then gave Louie a huge handful of dog biscuits as a thank you. He knew Louie might get in trouble for being late home, so he thought he would write a small note to explain his absence." The Divers rescued Louie from an animal shelter when he was just a puppy. More than a decade later, their love for him is still growing. "It has changed the way I look at him. And I think my parents feel the same way," Marolyn says. "I'm so proud of him."
A 6-year-old who loves cops decided to hand out doughnuts and lemonade to his local officers. Brandi Davis, of Kansas, said her son, Oliver, suggested the idea because he “wanted to do something nice” for police officers in the area. They’ve been so nice to him,” Davis said. “He has quite a bit of a relationship with all the police departments in the area.” Oliver’s love for police began a year-and-a-half-ago when he was gifted a police uniform and a matching police bike. The Leawood Police Department has also given him patches, which he proudly donned while serving lemonade to officers on Friday. Davis said officers from 10 departments showed up to the stand, which they held in front of their home. “We got about 120 doughnuts and we had lemonade and water for them. We had at least 100 officers come out,” Davis said. Oliver brought out the gifts he’s received from several departments during the event to show officers. “They loved it. I had one officer after say that it made his day,” Davis said. “Oliver was in heaven just being able to talk to all the officers because he really does believe he is part of a police team. He thought it was awesome.” Oliver’s mom said her son loves police officers because he sees them as heroes. “We don’t have any policemen in our family,” Davis said. “He won’t play with any superhero stuff. He said, ‘I don’t need Batman, Spider-Man or Superman. I just need these guys.’ So they are his superheroes.” And little Oliver is on his fifth police uniform because he likes to wear it so much.
For a super-fast yet low-cost broadband connection At Home in Britain, the new receiver technology can enable dedicated data rates at more than 10,000 Mbps from the current 36 Mbps, noted researchers from the University College London. "Although 300 Mb/s may be available to some, average UK speeds are currently 36 Mb/s. By 2025, average speeds over 100 times faster will be required to meet increased demands for bandwidth-hungry applications such as ultra-high definition video, online gaming and the Internet of Things (IoT)," explained lead researcher Sezer Erkilinc. "The future growth in the number of mobile devices, coupled with the promise of 5G to enable new services via smart devices, means we are likely to experience bandwidth restrictions; our new optical receiver technology will help combat this problem," he added in a paper published in the journal Nature Communications. The receiver is used in optical access networks - the links connecting Internet subscribers to their service providers. The new receiver retains many of the advantages of coherent receivers but is simpler, cheaper and smaller - requiring just a quarter of the detectors used in conventional receivers. Simplification was achieved by adopting a coding technique to fibre access networks that was originally designed to prevent signal fading in wireless communications. This approach has the additional cost-saving benefit of using the same optical fibre for both upstream and downstream data. "This simple receiver offers users a dedicated wavelength, so user speeds stay constant no matter how many users are online at once. It can co-exist with the current network infrastructure," said Erkilinc. The receiver was tested on a dark fibre network installed between Telehouse (east London), UCL (central London) and Powergate (west London). The team successfully sent data over 37.6 km and 108 km to eight users who were able to download or upload at a speed of at least 10 Gbps.
Good oral health is essential to our everyday lives. Apart from brushing twice a day and flossing, what we eat plays a big role in keeping our teeth healthy. Australian dentist Dr Steven Lin, according to The Independent, has revealed which foods we should be consuming to do so. You may be surprised by the suggestions, with butter, salami and soft cheeses making the list. Writing on his website, Dr Lin explains that many people who brush and floss regularly still end up with regular dental cavities, whereas those who seem to take worse care never seem to have dental problems. “Teeth are living organs and require proper nutrition to regenerate and maintain healthy levels of enamel and dentin,” Dr Lin explains. “And without proper nutrition, your teeth will struggle to stay intact.” If you’re consuming enough vitamins and minerals, your teeth will naturally regenerate, staying strong and healthy. But if you’re not feeding your body with the right nutrients, the bacteria and acid in your mouth hinder this natural process, causing your teeth to break down faster than they can regenerate. “It’s not just sugar alone that causes cavities, it’s the lack of nutrients that strengthen teeth,” Dr Lin says. “Malnutrition has become prevalent with the modern Western diet.” So what should you be eating? Essentially it all comes down to four fat-soluble vitamins: A, D, K2, and E. Here are good sources of each: Vitamin A: Beef liver, fish, milk, and eggs. Vitamin D: Fatty fish, mushrooms and grass-fed dairy products (but sunshine is the best source). Vitamin K2: Soft cheeses, eggs, butter, liver and salami. Vitamin E: Spinach, broccoli and nuts. With a balanced, nutritious diet, you’ll keep your teeth in check, your body in shape and your skin glowing.
You may not think of your oral health when sitting on the toilet, but certain bacteria in the mouth could be to blame for your bowel problems. A team of researchers realized their patients with bowel disorders (either irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease) had a lot of oral bacteria in their poop.Thinking the stomach must also have more of the bacteria, they decided to test their theory in the lab. First, the team manipulated mice so they didn’t have any stomach bacteria, making a clean slate to test their hypothesis. Then, they injected saliva from patients with Crohn’s disease into the animals’ guts. They found that bacteria from the saliva actually triggered certain cells to create inflammation. They repeated the test in mice that had normal guts, and found that they were not affected by the bacteria. However, a third test introduced the bacteria after the creatures were given an antibiotic. This did result in inflammation. The team also tried out their theory with colitis. In mice bred to be susceptible to the condition, the oral bacteria triggered an inflammatory response. According to the news site, study authors say that people who have bowel diseases suffer from intestinal inflammation that creates a good home for oral bacteria. And once they take hold, this only makes the inflammation and gut problems worse. While the findings are preliminary, the team believes further studies on oral bacteria could help the medical community develop new medications, which will come as a huge relief to those who suffer from bowel disorders. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, they are a big strain for the health care industry and significantly dampen people’s happiness. An estimated 10 to 15 percent of the population are affected. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the most prevalent in people suffering with a bowel disorder. The Centers for Disease Control writes that these two conditions, both without any cures in sight, tack on a lot of medical costs. In 2008, patients spent $6.8 billion for treatment. Other costs, like time missed from work, added on another $5.5 billion. In a weekly report from April 2017, the governmental agency notes that the number of hospital trips for Crohn’s disease did increase from 2003 to 2013. Finding a solution isn’t simple as we still don’t know what causes the disease, making new advancements such as this one even more vital.
Mothers-to-be, please-take-note! Women who give birth in winter or spring are less likely to suffer from postpartum depression (PPD) than women who deliver babies in summer, suggests a recent study. The findings indicated that women delivering in winter and spring may be attributed to the seasonal enjoyment of indoor activities. Factors affecting the risk of postnatal depression, also known as postpartum depression (PPD), included the length of pregnancy, whether or not an epidural was given during delivery and body mass index. At least 10 % of women experience some degree of anxiety or depression after giving birth. Symptoms include sadness, restlessness, and lack of concentration. PPD typically arises from a combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustments to motherhood and fatigue, said US researchers. They also found that women, who delivered babies at a higher gestational age (further along in their pregnancy) were less likely to develop PPD and women who did not have anesthesia, such as an epidural, during delivery had an increased risk. The authors said women who did not have anesthesia may have been at an increased risk for PPD because the labor pain may have been traumatising to the women during delivery, or it’s possible those who declined anesthesia just happened to have intrinsic characteristics that made them more vulnerable to experiencing PPD. Caucasian women had a lower risk of PPD compared to women of other races. Additionally, increased body mass index (BMI) was also associated with an increased risk of PPD. The team analysed 20,169 women who delivered babies from June 2015 through August 2017. A total of 817 (4.1 %) women experienced PPD. “It is expected that the mother will do better and be less mentally stressed when delivering a mature, heathy baby,” Dr Zhou noted.
Last week WhatsApp launched the live-location tracking feature and now the company is launching group video calls for its users. The application is already the most popular title on both iOS and Android but it's planning to become the go-to app when it comes to communication. The group calling feature hasn't made it to the final built yet but is expected to do so in a few months' time. According to WaBetaInfo, a website that tests all new WhatsApp features claimed that the application will be launching a group video and voice call feature. This new update might feature in WhatsApp's next update for beta users. The site claims that the 2.17.70 beta version will come with this new feature. Along with this feature, the update will also carry a new update that will help with an easy transition between phone numbers. If a user changes their number, WhatsApp will notify all contacts on their list about the change. WhatsApp has been aggressively introducing new features within their application and is also stepping in the social media realm by introducing features like stories. The consistent rise in a smartphone's computational power is enabling applications like WhatsApp to delve into other genres of communication. Though many popular applications offer services like conference video and voice calls much before WhatsApp, the sheer size of the user-base makes the feature an instant hit. The application has 1 billion daily active users and around 1.3 billion monthly active users. The Live Location feature was also offered by various applications like Messenger, Google Maps, Telegram etc. but with WhatsApp adopting it, the feature might finally get a broader audience. To use the Live Location feature one will have to tap on the paperclip icon next to the chat box. The location can be shared in the form of chat. It can be sent to WhatsApp groups as well as individual chats. To keep a track of how many people or groups are getting the live location updates, one can check in the Account Privacy settings. In terms of WhatsApp groups, if various participants have shared their live location, all locations will be visible on a single map.
A note written by Albert Einstein describing his theory on happy living has surfaced after 95 years and is up for auction in Jerusalem.
The note, given to a courier in Tokyo in 1922 during a lecture tour of Japan, was written shortly after the German-born physicist learned that he was to receive a Nobel Prize for his theory of relativity. The story goes that a Japanese courier delivered Einstein a message at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. The courier then either refused to accept a tip, in line with local practice, or Einstein had no small change to hand, so offered him two handwritten notes. Now a descendant of the messenger is selling the notes at auction to the highest bidder. "Maybe if you're lucky those notes will become much more valuable than just a regular tip," said Einstein to the messenger, according to the anonymous seller. One of the notes, on a piece of Imperial Hotel Tokyo stationery, says: “A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest." The other, on a blank piece of paper, reads simply: "Where there's a will, there's a way." The notes hold no scientific value, however they could reflect a relatively unknown aspect of Einstein's psyche, his emotional thinking. "What we're doing here is painting the portrait of Einstein - the man, the scientist, his effect on the world - through his writings," said Roni Grosz, the archivist in charge of the world's largest Einstein collection, at Jerusalem's Hebrew University.
Bollywood's big release Golmaal Again has completed its first weekend at the box office with excellent collection. The multi-starrer movie has inched closer to Rs 100 crore mark at the domestic market in just 3 days. Having released in 3,500 screens in India, Golmaal Again witnessed an overwhelming response on its opening day itself. The film collected Rs 30.14 crore nett at the Indian box office on Friday. The Ajay Devgn-starrer's business was little less on Saturday as compared to the first day collection, but the figure was still impressive. Golmaal Again earned Rs 28.37 crore nett on its second day, taking its nett collection over Rs 50 crore in just two days.Although exact figures are yet to be out, early estimates suggest that the comedy film collected Rs 30 crore (approximately) on its day 3. Golmaal Again almost reached Rs 90 crore nett collection over its first weekend, and will soon cross the 100 crore mark. Despite having a clash with Aamir Khan's Secret Superstar, the Rohit Shetty directorial seems to be unstoppable at the box office. Although Secret Superstar too received positive response from the critics and audience, it is Golmaal Again that has dominated the box office over the weekend. Golmaal Again has become Ajay's second biggest opening film after Singham Returns that had collected Rs 32.09 crore on first day. There are also reports that the makers of the film have increased the screen count after receiving such overwhelming response. It is likely that Golmaal Again will continue to make good money over the weekdays as well.
With strong word of mouth and great hype around the film, Golmaal Again continued its dream run at the box office even on Sunday.