Amazon pledges to fight homelessness in its headquarter cities

first_imgAmazon says its $8 million donation will “help offer additional housing and support services for our neighbors in need.” Getty images Amazon said Tuesday that it would donate $8 million to fight homelessness. Plymouth Housing in Washington will receive $5 million, and the Arlington Community Foundation will get $3 million. Both nonprofits are located in Amazon headquarter cities. In addition to the donation, Amazon will match employee contributions to the following charities up to $5 million through Sept. 30: Accelerator YMCA.AHC Inc.Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing.A-SPAN.Bellwether Housing.Carpenter’s Shelter.Community Lodgings.Compass Housing Alliance.Cornerstones.Doorways.El Centro de la Raza.Facets.FareStart.Friendship Place.Hopelink.Mary’s Place.Plymouth Housing.Wellspring Family Services.Wesley Housing Development Corporation.YouthCare.The funds will help increase access to affordable housing for low-income families and veterans, according to Amazon. The nonprofits can use the money to create more housing units and add support services for community members in those regions. In Amazon’s release, Paul Lambros, CEO of Plymouth Housing, said Amazon’s initiative would help the nonprofit meet the immediate needs of thousands of people in the coming years. And Jennifer Owens, president and CEO of the Arlington Community Foundation, said, “Our veterans and working families deserve an appropriate standard of living that is healthy, safe and makes for a vibrant community. This gift is a great contribution toward that cause.”Jay Carney, senior vice president of Global Corporate Affairs at Amazon, said homelessness and affordable housing are real concerns in headquarter cities.”We believe this gift can help offer additional housing and support services for our neighbors in need. In addition, together with our employees, we will donate to nonprofits located in Washington state; Washington, DC; Maryland and Virginia, whose missions support affordable housing and people experiencing homelessness,” Carney said.Last month, MacKenzie Bezos signed the Giving Pledge, following her divorce from the Amazon CEO. The split would make MacKenzie Bezos one of the richest people in the world, worth about $37 billion. She plans to give away at least half of her fortune. To date, her soon-to-be-ex husband hasn’t signed the pledge. Last September, Jeff Bezos announced the charitable Bezos Day One Fund. The fund will initially focus on giving money to existing nonprofits that help homeless communities. Later, it’ll be geared toward creating a new network of top-tier preschools in low-income communities. In January, Microsoft also took strides to address homelessness. The company pledged $500 million to build low-cost homes in Seattle. The same month, Airbnb gave $2 million to aid homeless youth in San Francisco. Originally published June 11, 9:55 a.m. PT.Update, 11:21 a.m.: Adds more details.  Amazon 1:32 Amazon’s drones and robots want to take over your deliveries Share your voice 0center_img Post a comment Tags Tech Industry Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Road crashes claim four more lives

first_imgAt least four people, including a woman and her daughter, were killed in separate road accidents in Feni and Lakshmipur districts on Sunday night, reports UNB.In Feni, a woman and her daughter were killed and three people injured as a speedy bus hit their auto-rickshaw at Tebaria village in Sadar upazila.The deceased were Johora Begum, 36, and her daughter Faria Akhter, 16, of the village.The bus hit the CNG-run auto-rickshaw on Dhaka-Chattogram highway around 8:00pm, leaving five people injured, said chairman Mosharraf Uddin of Lemua Union Parishad.Locals took them to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where the physicians declared Johora and Faria dead, he said.In Lakshmipur, two members of a family were killed in a head-on collision between a human hauler and a motorcycle at Gugibari in Ramganj upazila.The deceased were Md Sumon Hossain and his nephew Md Tamim Hossain, residents of the upazila.The human hauler collided with the motorcycle around 8:00pm, killing Tamim on the spot, said Md Anwar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Ramganj police station.Sumom was taken to upazila health complex where the physicians pronounced him dead, the OC added.Road crashes took away 66 lives across the country in just four days during the Eid-ul-Fitr vacation.last_img read more

Nintendo Plans Summer 09 Launch of Wii MotionPlus Wii Sports Resort wVideo

first_img Wii video game carries doctor’s warning Nintendo will launch the Wii MotionPlus accessory on June 8 in the United States and set the stage for the July 26 introduction of Nintendo’s summer sizzler, Wii Sports Resort game The Wii MotionPlus will retail for less than $20 and transform Wii Sports games to a whole new level according to a Nintendo spokesperson. A packaged price for the Wii MotionPlus and Wii Sports Resort will sell for less than $50. The Wii MotionPlus accessory is designed to enhance game play for specially designed games and builds on the unique wireless function of the motion-sensing Wii Remote. The ultra-sensitive sensors of the Wii MotionPlus will track the player’s movements with greater precision and accuracy creating a life-like immersion in game play. The newly created Wii Sports Resort game when combined with the Wii MotionPlus displays deep vibrant color images on the TV screen which tracks even the slightest twist of the wrist or body movement. Wii Sports Resort offers a beach theme background for a wide range of game activities which includes a water scooter exercise, Frisbee throw and a swashbuckling sword dueling activity. The game activity is geared toward maximum participation by players and the Wii MotionPlus accessory promises to add pin-point accuracy to the game. Wii Sports Resort TrailerAccording to Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s Executive V.P. Sales & Marketing, “Developers around the world are busy working on new ways to incorporate Wii MotionPlus controls into inventive experiences for consumers. According to some veteran Nintendo Sports players, the new graphics and ultra-sensitive sensors of the Wii MotionPlus and Sports Resort game may clear up some disappointing vague graphics display. Veteran players are looking forward to more precision in body motion and wrist movement tracking and more realistic color display as advertised by Nintendo. Preliminary reviews look promising, but the true tests and results will come in late Summer 09 when the veteran consumers have their say.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore furthercenter_img Wii MotionPlus Citation: Nintendo Plans Summer 09 Launch of Wii MotionPlus, Wii Sports Resort (w/Video) (2009, April 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-04-nintendo-summer-wii-motionplus-sports.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.last_img read more

Fast photon control brings quantum photonic technologies closer

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Using photons instead of electrons to transmit information could lead to faster and more secure ways to communicate, among other advantages. Now a team of physicists has taken another step toward realizing quantum photonic technologies by demonstrating how to quickly manipulate single photons at the same wavelengths used in existing optical telecommunications networks. The ability to control a photon’s path and polarization in the time of a few nanoseconds could allow photonic circuits to be integrated with existing optical telecom networks, leading to significant improvements. Copyright 2012 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore further Researchers demonstrate electo-optic modulation of single photons from a quantum dot 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.center_img More information: Damien Bonneau, et al. “Fast Path and Polarization Manipulation of Telecom Wavelength Single Photons in Lithium Niobate Waveguide Devices.” PRL 108, 053601 (2012). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.053601 Citation: Fast photon control brings quantum photonic technologies closer (2012, February 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-fast-photon-quantum-photonic-technologies.html The physicists, from the University of Bristol in Bristol, UK, Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK, and the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience in Delft, The Netherlands, have published their study on the fast control of the path and polarization of single photons in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.The physicists worked on a quantum photonic device consisting of circuits through which single photons move, where the circuits can be reconfigured to change the path and polarization of a photon. One of the challenges for these quantum photonics circuits is to manipulate single-photon and multi-photon states at a fast rate.To address this challenge, the researchers used lithium niobate waveguides, which have proven to be capable of fast manipulation in current telecom modulators. By taking advantage of the electro-optic effect, the researchers demonstrated that applying a voltage to electrodes near the waveguide can rapidly manipulate quantum states of light made of one or two photons. They demonstrated this fast path and polarization control of photon pairs generated at the 1550-nm wavelength, which is used in telecom networks.“In this experiment, we demonstrate switching between two configurations of the circuit, each one leading to a different quantum state,” lead author Damien Bonneau of the University of Bristol told PhysOrg.com. “The reconfiguration rate was set at 4 MHz while previous experiments were performed with circuits reconfigured every several seconds. Switches using essentially the same technology are used every day in telecommunication networks to switch bits of information encoded in light pulses at 40 GHz. Such switches could in principle be used at a single-photon level too.”As Bonneau explained, the lithium niobate waveguide’s ability to manipulate quantum states of light provides a distinctly different approach compared with previous methods that worked much slower.“Until now, on-chip manipulation of quantum states of light had relied on heaters acting as slow phase shifters,” Bonneau said. “We demonstrate here that, by using one of the technologies on which the internet is built, one can not only switch light packets for routing classical information, but also rapidly engineer and manipulate quantum states of light.”As the scientists explained, the ability to rapidly control the polarization and path of single photons on a single platform will be useful for both fundamental quantum science and quantum technologies. They plan to expand their research to work toward several of these applications in the future.“Lithium niobate, the material which these devices are made of, can be used to probabilistically generate photons as well,” Bonneau said. “Superconducting single photon detectors could also be integrated onto such a chip. A technological platform combining probabilistic sources of single photons, circuits and detectors can open the way to several applications including reliable single-photon sources (by multiplexing several sources), quantum relays (required for long distance quantum communication), or quantum key distribution (which is required for quantum cryptography).”last_img read more