THE voice of Stephen Hawking will be beamed into space in a message of hope as the physicist is laid to rest at Westminster Abbey. The world's most-recognisable scientist died in March after a lifetime spent probing the origins of the universe and the nature of time. How did Stephen Hawking communicate? What Stephen Hawking used to communicate was a speech-generating device (SGD) or a voice output communication aid. This was a special device that supplements or replaces speech/writing for those who have problems communicating in the usual way. Professor Hawking had been using this computer-based communication system made by Intel Corporation since 1997. The entire computer system was replaced every two years to cope with the gradual loss of control over his muscles over time. Hawking once wrote a small post titled ‘The Computer’, where he briefly talked about the tools that helped him communicate. He wrote: "My main interface to the computer is through an open source … [Read more...] about Stephen Hawking’s voice – how did he communicate and what are the words being broadcast into space?
Mums are the word
PUBLISHED: 12:30 07 June 2018 Mia Jankowicz Alison Seagrave. Picture: supplied by Alison Seagrave supplied by Alison Seagrave Several devoted mothers have been nominated as Parent in a Million in the Welwyn Hatfield Times Community Awards. The awards aim to recognise the people making a difference in our homes, schools and communities through a wealth of categories. But for so many of us, it all starts with the long-suffering person who, as one nominator puts it, “is just one hell of a good parent”. These are the words of Terry McCormack, who nominated Aimee for how brilliantly she cares for her five children, even with very challenging life circumstances. Aimee, 29, manages to juggle community work with parenting. “She always puts her children first,” said Terry. But Aimee, who lives in WGC, also gives back through her work collecting and distributing food parcels for the homeless with Aimee’s Community Project. Andrew Craig has nominated his … [Read more...] about Mum’s the word! Devoted parents are nominated for a Welwyn Hatfield Times community award
0 Comments Mum's the word... so record them all inside your pregnancy journal BelfastTelegraph.co.uk As you stare at that positive pregnancy test result or feel your baby's first kick you might think you'll never forget your feelings at that moment. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/just-born/mums-the-word-so-record-them-all-inside-your-pregnancy-journal-36786947.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/article36786946.ece/8b9d0/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-04-09_lif_39889633_I2.JPG Email As you stare at that positive pregnancy test result or feel your baby's first kick you might think you'll never forget your feelings at that moment. But in the melee of pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood, those seemingly unforgettable memories often do slip your mind. Unless, that is, you kept a pregnancy journal to privately record your thoughts. Midwife and mother-of-four Clemmie Hooper, who has just under half a million Instagram followers for her mother_of_daughters posts, kept a … [Read more...] about Mum’s the word… so record them all inside your pregnancy journal
If I ever feel myself getting big-headed – unlikely as usually one needs something to be big-headed about, such as a number one song in the charts, a best-selling book or first prize in the UK Marrow Growing Championships – then I go and spend time with my mother. I had an appointment at my GPs early on Tuesday – I’ve terrible bags under my eyes and wanted to see if the doctors could prescribe some antibiotics for them – and so went to stay at my ma’s the night before. On arriving at her house, her first words as she opened the door were – and this is absolutely true – ‘Can you not do something with your beard? It looks ridiculous, and it’s going grey. It makes you look about 90 years old.’ I’ll be honest, I was hoping for a slightly warmer greeting, maybe something along the lines of, ‘Hi Steven, thanks so much for driving an hour to come and see me, would you like a cup of tea and perhaps a … [Read more...] about STEVE CANAVAN: Mum’s the word when it comes to making a brew
WHILE some Brits will have been smacked by their parents as a kid - and think it's OK - many see it as an unnecessary and harmful punishment. Here we tell you everything you need to know about smacking kids, and whether or not it's allowed by law... What is the law on smacking your children, and is it illegal? It is illegal for a parent or carer to smack their own child, except where it amounts to "reasonable punishment", according to section 58 of the Children Act 2004. The problem is, some people don't know what "reasonable punishment" means - with the age of the child and the force of the smack also being taken into account. Hitting a child in a way which causes wounding, actual bodily harm, grievous bodily harm or child cruelty are all illegal. And the smacking of kids by teachers, nursery workers and child care workers - which was once allowed - is now banned. The Child Law Advice states:It is against the law for a parent or carer to smack their child, except where this … [Read more...] about Is smacking your child illegal in the UK, what are the laws on spanking and why is Wales holding a public consultation?