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GRASSLEY FACING OPPOSITION FROM BOTH SIDES ON DACA PROPOSAL

first_imgA bill proposed by Senators Chuck Grassley & Joni Ernst of Iowa to create a path to U.S. citizenship for those who applied for or were qualified for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is facing opposition from Democrats and some Republicans.It’s uncertain if the bill will pass this year as Grassley says Democrats have put up a political roadblock with a filibuster:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/GRASSLEY6.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……. “on the bill”:14Grassley says people who were brought into the U-S illegally by their parents can’t be held responsible for that action:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/GRASSLEY7.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………”how I can”. ;21Congressman Steve King of Iowa is solidly against the idea.Grassley says he disagrees with — but understands — King’s viewpoint that it’s wrong to legalize someone who violated the law.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/GRASSLEY8.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….”back it” (2X) :07The bill Grassley is co-sponsoring with Senator Ernst, includes 25-billion dollars for border security.The legislation would also put new limits on family-based immigration and would boost the penalty for illegally re-entering the country after being deported.It also calls for a mandatory “E-verify” system businesses would have to check to confirm employees are citizens or legal residents.last_img read more

Carmona leaves Atlanta for Colo-Colo

first_imgTransfers Carlos Carmona leaves Atlanta United for Colo-Colo Goal 13:05 1/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carlos Carmona Anton Walkes Atlanta United Jason Getz Transfers Colo Colo Atlanta United MLS Primera División The move that had been rumored finally came through, with the MLS side selling the midfielder to the club is his native Chile Carlos Carmona has left Atlanta United, with the club selling the midfielder to Chilean side Colo-Colo, the MLS outfit announced on Tuesday. The 30-year-old signed with the MLS side last February and made 30 league starts for the expansion team in 2017. Carmona, best known for his time spent in Serie A with Atalanta, returns to his native country having made more than 150 appearances in the Italian top flight.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported the move last week and the midfielder sent an emotional farewell to Atlanta on Monday via social media. Atlanta formally announced the move on Tuesday, saying the club had sold Carmona in exchange for an undisclosed fee. “Carlos was a valuable member of the team, but sometimes life becomes more important than soccer and we have decided to do what’s best for the player and his family,” club vice president and technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a team statement.“Although, it was never the plan to move him on, we were able to reach an agreement and made the best out of a difficult situation.”Atlanta finished fourth in the Eastern Conference in the club’s first season in MLS, with manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino relying heavily on an influx of South American talent, including Carmona who took up a vital role at the base of the club’s midfield. Thank you for everything, Carlos#ATLUTD finalizes transfer of Carlos Carmona to Colo-Colo: https://t.co/ddorom8EDn pic.twitter.com/PyOzYN2ZPR— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) January 31, 2018While the loss of Carmona is a blow to the second-year franchise, the club made waves earlier in the month by landing 18-year-old Ezequiel Barco from Argentina’s Independiente as a young designated player, with ESPN reporting that the MLS side paid $15 million for his services. Atlanta also announced a signing Tuesday night, with free agent right-back Sal Zizzo inking a contract with the club. Zizzo spent the last three seasons with the New York Red Bulls and has made over 150 appearances in MLS since joining the league from Germany in 2010.last_img read more

Monsoon fury in Kerala Ktaka death toll rises to 158 in 2

first_imgThiruvananthapuram/ Bengaluru/Mumbai: Torrential rains lashed many parts of the country and the situation remained grim in flood-hit parts of Kerala and Karnataka, with the death toll mounting to 158 in the two southern states on Wednesday.Three rain-related deaths were reported in Madhya Pradesh, where heavy downpour was witnessed. Heavy rainfall in the lower catchments of the Mahanadi in Odisha is likely to cause a “medium flood” in the river, Water Resources Secretary P K Jena said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’According to a forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), some areas in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat are expected to have heavy to very heavy downpour on Thursday. In Kerala, many low lying areas have been waterlogged, even as the death toll in the rain-battered state has gone up to 95. A red alert has been sounded for three north Kerala districts of Malappuram, Kannur and Kozhikode, which bore the brunt of the flood fury and landslides last week. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KPathanamthitta, a central Kerala district which has been receiving very heavy rains since last night is put on high vigil, authorities said on Wednesday. Taking into account the heavy rain forecast, educational institutions in 11 districts have declared holiday on Wednesday. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters here after a cabinet meeting that the government was trying to provide all possible help to those affected. Vijayan also cautioned people against malicious campaign asking people to refrain from contributing to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) and urged them to liberally donate cutting across all differences. Of the 95 deaths reported, 35 were from Malappuram and 12 from Wayanad, where massive landslides had battered high range villages of Kavalappara and Puthumala. Over 1.89 lakh people, who were displaced by the floods and landslides have taken refuge in 1,118 camps, officials said, adding that 1,057 houses had been completely damaged and 11,159 partially destroyed in the deluge across the state. The death toll in flood-ravaged Karnataka rose to 58 on Wednesday, with the recovery of four more bodies in Hassan district. Joint rescue teams comprising personnel from the State Disaster Response Force, National Disaster Response Force and Army have evacuated nearly 6.98 lakh people till now. Meanwhile, life is slowly limping back to normalcy in Kolhapur and Sangli as the flood water has receded in these districts of Maharashtra and the key rivers there are now also flowing below the danger mark. Till Tuesday, 6.45 lakh people were shifted to safer locations in Kolhapur and Sangli, which have been the worst affected by floods following heavy rains in western Maharashtra and Konkan region. On Wednesday morning, the water level of the Panchganga river at Rajaram weir in Kolhapur was at 42.11 feet, marginally below the danger line of 43 feet, an official at the collectorate said. Forty-nine deaths were reported till Tuesday in flood-related incidents in five western Maharashtra districts of Sangli, Kolhapur, Pune, Satara and Solapur, Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar had said. In Madhya Pradesh, around 3,000 people were shifted to relief camps following a heavy downpour. Almost the entire state is receiving rains, and some areas are expected to have “very heavy to extremely heavy” rain by Thursday morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) warned. The rivers Narmada, Kshipra, Betwa, Tapti, Tawa, Chambal and Parwati are in spate. According to the IMD, heavy rains are likely to lash parts of north Gujarat on Thursday and Friday. The state received heavy rainfall last week, leading to massive rescue operations in flooded areas by the state and Central agencies, including the Air Force and National Disaster Response Force. Nearly 50,000 people were evacuated from vulnerable and marooned areas to safe shelters in Odisha and 124 free kitchens were opened for providing them with food. Mentioning that around 11 lakh cusecs water was flowing in Mahanadi at Khairamal on Tuesday night, the water resources secretary said it was likely to pass through Mundali barrage in Cuttack early on Thursday. “A medium flood is expected in the system and there is no major threat. There is nothing much to worry, but people should be alert,” Jena said. District administrations in Bolangir, Subarnapur, Boudh, Angul, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Khordha, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Kendrapada and Jajpur have been asked to remain prepared to deal with the possible flood in the Mahanadi, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi said.last_img read more

Bill Clinton Visits Clinton Foundation Investments In Haiti

first_imgOn a trip to Haiti on Monday and Tuesday, President Clinton visited several sites where Clinton Foundation investments and partnerships have made a difference and begun yielding results.The Clinton Foundation has been actively engaged in Haiti since 2009, focusing on economic diversification, private sector investment and job creation in order to create long-term, sustainable economic development.In 2013 the Haiti team provided approximately $1 million in grants and investments to support Haitian entrepreneurs, small businesses, and farming cooperatives, helped to facilitate more than $30 million in foreign direct investment into Haiti, and continued to provide capacity building and access to markets for Haitian businesses and the Haitian Center for Investment Facilitation.DigicelOn Monday, President Clinton visited the Union Des Apotres – Prodev School, which was built by Digicel as part of their CGI commitment to build 150 schools throughout Haiti. The school has also had significant support from NRG Energy, Urban Zen and Happy Hearts Fund. It is currently the only solar powered school in Cite Soleil.The Clinton Foundation made a grant to the school last year for Earth Day to support a tree planting activity and Earth Day celebration, which has evolved into a school garden program that will help add fresh, nutritional content to school feeding programs. In addition, the Foundation linked the school with NRG Energy, which has helped build a new canteen and a solar canopy for the school that is expected to produce enough energy to meet 100 percent of the school’s power needs.MarriottDigicel also announced this weekend that they will soon be topping off their $45 million Marriott hotel in Port au Prince. Digicel and Marriott’s partnership, facilitated by the Foundation, has brought new investment and new training opportunities to Haiti.Marriott, working with the Minister of Tourism, will soon announce the youth who have been selected for their Hospitality Leadership Development Program. This group of 10 young Haitians has interviewed (with the Ministry and with Marriott) for internships at the JW Marriott in the Dominican Republic and will begin working at this location when it opens in a few months. The youth will return to Haiti with newly learned skills and on-the-job experience to pursue a new opportunity — to be a member of the team at the Haiti Marriott as it prepares to open in February 2015.Thiotte/Coffee AcademyLater on Monday, President Clinton visited the Haiti Coffee Academy (HCA) in Thiotte, one of Haiti’s primary coffee growing regions. The Clinton Foundation has contributed over $150,000 to the creation of the Academy, and the Foundation has been working to promote Haitian coffee to US and international buyers to revitalize the industry. Coffee is the main source of income for more than 100,000 farmers in Haiti.Yesterday, the Clinton Foundation announced a $28,000 grant to Fonkoze, the leading microfinance organization in Haiti, to provide literacy training programs to up to 600 small-holder farmers and others in Thiotte.SRSOn Tuesday, President Clinton visited the recycling collection and bailing center of Sustainable Recycling Solutions Haiti (SRS). The Clinton Foundation worked to help relaunch SRS last year with a joint $250,000 investment with Todd Wagner.In just the past three months SRS, working with their network of collectors, have taken over 10 million bottles off the streets. In addition, the Foundation has worked with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park who co-founded SRS, to bring more visibility to this project. Eco Wear has partnered with SRS to buy plastic bottles to create a variety of consumer products, including merchandise for Linkin Park.In addition, Giant Dragon, which has recycling operations in Hong Kong and the Dominican Republic, has partnered with SRS and announced that it has committed to purchasing a minimum of 4 million pounds of SRS plastic over the next year.IRIIPresident Clinton also visited Industrial Revolution II (IRII), a new apparel manufacturer in SONAPI Industrial Park that invests 50 percent of profits into their workers, their families and the local community. IRII currently employs over 100 people, primarily women, and with increased orders and business they have incredible potential to expand.Garments constitute 90% of Haiti’s exports, earning $800 million a year, and the sector currently employs 31,000 people. The Foundation has been working with IRII’s founding partners – Joey Adler, Rob Broggi, Richard Coles, and Matt Damon – for close to three years, helping them work through issues in Haiti and connecting them with potential apparel buyers.last_img read more

Six Sri Lankans involved in human smuggling arrested in Sicily

The arrest was made after two Sri Lankans were arrested with false documents in Sicily.Following investigations conducted by the Police, six other Sri Lankans were arrested after it was revealed that they were part of a human smuggling operation. Six Sri Lankans who are involved in human smuggling operations have been arrested in Sicily.The Italian media reported that the six Sri Lankans were arrested today following investigations conducted by the authorities. The six Sri Lankans were found to be involved in smuggling Sri Lankans to Sicily. (Colombo Gazette) read more

23 states sue Trump to keep Californias auto emission rules

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Twenty-three states have sued to stop the Trump administration from revoking California’s authority to set emission standards for cars and trucks.California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is leading the lawsuit filed Friday, along with Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Air Resources Board.The Trump administration on Thursday revoked California’s authority to set its own auto emission standards. The state has had that power for decades under a waiver from the federal Clean Air Act.The lawsuit argues that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does not have the authority to revoke California’s waiver.Becerra says the Trump administration’s action fails to respect states’ authority to protect public health.Four automakers have said they would voluntarily follow California’s standards.The Associated Press read more

After 17 years Atletico Madrid plays handball

Change is done. Famous Ciudad Real will be replaced with Atletico Madrid, who comes back to the Spanish handball after 17 years. After many stories about moving three times Champions League winner from La Mancha due to financial problems, draw for the next ASOBAL season explains everything.Atletico Madrid will play against Valladolid in the Round 1 of season 2012/2013. ← Previous Story Martin Heuberger a new German NT coach – Brand after Brand? Next Story → Tatran Presov plays SEHA League Atletico Madrid handball read more

Victorian economy goes from strength to strength says Tim Pallas

first_imgMore jobs are being created in Victoria than in the rest of the country combined, according to a new report by Deloitte Access Economics (DAE) that predicts greater than anticipated growth in 2017-18, underpinned by strong household consumption and private engineering investment.Almost all of the jobs created in Australia over the past year were created in Victoria, with transport infrastructure projects employing over $48 billion of engineering activity.Such projects, either planned or underway, are evidently generating population growth while creating jobs. These include building the Metro Tunnel, the West Gate Tunnel, and removing 50 dangerous and congested level crossings – all of which create jobs and drive more economic activity and productivity. “Victoria is once again the jobs state and the engine room of the national economy,” Treasurer Tim Pallas said. “This jobs growth is happening while we continue to invest in the services that matter to Victorians, including better schools and classrooms, more nurses and paramedics, and more police.” DAE also notes that a lower exchange rate and higher population growth are assisting Victoria’s economic growth with the state’s manufacturing, education and farm sectors all benefiting. Having invested earlier and better in infrastructure than much of the rest of Australia, house and land packages on the outskirts of Melbourne are more affordable than their equivalents in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Adaptation la piegrièche masquée… démasquée

first_imgAdaptation : la pie-grièche masquée… démasquée !Publiant leurs travaux dans la revue Behavioural Ecology, des chercheurs israéliens et polonais ont montré expérimentalement que la bande noire qui entoure les yeux de la pie-grièche masquée a une fonction anti-éblouissement.   Tout comme Zorro, la Pie-grièche masquée (Lanius nubicus) possède une bande noire qui, traversant sa face, couvre la région des yeux. Cet oiseau a coutume de se percher et d’observer les insectes ou petits lézards qui s’approchent, pour fondre sur eux au dernier moment : cette bande de plumage noir est-elle une façon de dissimuler à ses proies le fait qu’elle est en train de les fixer du regard ? Ou bien a-t-elle quelque fonction de camouflage face aux prédateurs de la pie-grièche ?À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour en savoir plus, Reuven Yosef, de l’Université Ben Gourion, en Israël, a adopté une approche radicale : il a… démasqué la pie-grièche. Avec des collègues polonais, il a attrapé 12 de ces oiseaux, et ‘effacé’ le masque de 7 d’entre eux en le peignant en blanc (couleur du reste de la face), tandis que les 5 autres spécimens ont eu leur masque ‘repeint’ en noir (donc sans changement d’apparence) – une façon de vérifier si l’odeur seule de la peinture n’intervenait pas dans l’expérience. Les chercheurs ont alors observé les comportements de chasse des oiseaux, relâchés.Il s’est avéré que si les pies-grièches avec des masques repeints en noir chassaient de la même façon que des individus normaux (non traités), et avec le même taux de réussite, en revanche, les oiseaux au masque peint en blanc chassaient plutôt le dos au soleil – contrairement aux habitudes de l’espèce – et affichaient en outre des scores inférieurs.Un avantage pour la chasse Il semble donc qu’en temps normal, les bandes noires réduisent l’éblouissement, ce qui permet aux pies-grièches de localiser leurs proies même face au soleil, position que ces oiseaux privilégient lors de la chasse, probablement pour éviter que leur propre ombre (ainsi projetée derrière eux) n’attire l’attention de leur proie. Mais résoudre la même énigme chez d’autres animaux aux yeux entourés de noir, tels les rainettes, les loirs, les ratons laveurs ou les orques, nécessitera peut-être beaucoup de peinture…Le 18 mars 2012 à 16:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Hearst Names New International CEO

first_imgAs part of the promotion, Edwards also will serve as vice chairman of the National Magazine Company, which publishes 19 magazines in the U.K. Edwards joined the company in 1989. Hearst today promoted Duncan Edwards to CEO and chairman of Hearst Magazines International, and executive vice president of Hearst Magazines. Previously, Edwards served as CEO of the National Magazine Company, a subsidiary of Hearst.Edwards [pictured] replaces George J. Green, who will remain with the company until June when he plans to retire. Last June, Victor F. Ganzi resigned as Hearst CEO. The reason for his departure, he said, was irreconcilable policy differences with the board of trustees over the future of the company.last_img read more

German government to subsidize EV battery development for VW BMW report says

first_img 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review: A plug-in SUV that lacks appeal Post a comment Share your voice 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560e: Luxury cruising with an electric edge Enlarge ImageMost German companies source their Li-ion batteries from Asia, but the German government hopes to change that. Volkswagen Back in 2018, the German government announced that it would be subsidizing the local production of lithium-ion batteries in an effort to keep up with production from countries in Asia. Upwards of 30 companies have applied for the subsidy including BMW and battery manufacturer Varta. Now though, Volkswagen has opted to join the crowd according to a report published Monday by Reuters.”Volkswagen group wants to take part in Economy Minister Altmaier’s initiative support the industrial production of mobile and static batteries,” said Volkswagen representatives, in a statement.Part of the reason that Germany is late to the lithium-ion party is that high labor costs drove up the price of development significantly. This prohibitively high cost actually forced Daimler’s battery-producing subsidiary Li-Tec to shut its doors back in 2015.In addition to this subsidy for Li-ion batteries, the German government has set aside the equivalent of $1.2 billion to help fund the domestic development of solid-state battery tech as a way to offset a potential loss of jobs as internal combustion engines become less desirable. The German program is part of a larger European Union initiative to decrease battery cell dependence on Asia, with the end goal being that the EU and its members hold a 30 percent market share of global lithium-ion battery cell production. 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire first ride: Harley’s electric future is bright More From Roadshow 35 Photoscenter_img Car Industry Electric Cars Auto Tech Get to work with the VW I.D. Buzz Cargo Volkswagen BMW 0 Tags BMW Volkswagenlast_img read more

Global Markets Asian shares blindsided by dismal China data

first_imgA man looks at a screen displaying news of markets update inside the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, June 20, 2016.Reuters file [Representational Image]Asian shares turned tail on the first trading day of the new year as more disappointing economic data from China darkened the mood and erased early gains in U.S. stock futuresMSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan skidded 1.1 percent as a private survey showed China manufacturing activity contracted for the first time in 19 months.The Caixin/Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for December fell to 49.7, from 50.2 in November, and followed a raft of soft trade data from the Asian region.The Shanghai blue chip index quickly shed 1 percent and South Korea fell 0.8 percent. Japan’s Nikkei was closed for a holiday.E-Mini future for the S&P 500 lost their early gains to be down 0.2 percent.The Australian dollar, often used as a proxy for China sentiment, lost 0.5 percent to its lowest since February 2016 at $0.7017.The safe-haven yen extended its broad rally as the U.S. dollar dropped to 109.53, near its lowest since June last year. The dollar was otherwise mixed, edging up a little on the euro to $1.1445 but off a shade on a basket of currencies at 96.166.The dollar has been dragged by a steep fall in Treasury yields in recent weeks as investors wagered the U.S. Federal Reserve would not raise rates again, even though it is still projecting at least two more hikes.AN END TO HIKESFederal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell will have the chance to comment on the economic outlook when he participates in a joint discussion with former Fed chairs Janet Yellen and Ben Bernanke on Friday.Also looming are a closely-watched survey on U.S. manufacturing due on Thursday, followed by the December payrolls report on Friday.Fed fund futures have all but priced out any hike for this year and now imply a quarter point cut by mid-2020.The Treasury market also assumes the Fed is done and dusted. Yields on two-year paper have tumbled to 2.49 percent, just barely above the cash rate, from a peak of 2.977 percent in November.Yields on 10-year notes have dived to their lowest since last February at 2.69 percent, making a bullish break of a major chart level at 2.717 percent.The spread between two- and 10-year yields has in turn shrunk to the smallest since 2007, a flattening that has been a portent of recessions in the past.”What is clear is that the global synchronised growth story that propelled risk assets higher has come to the end of its current run,” the Treasury team at OCBC Bank wrote in a note.”Inexorably flattening yield curves and, now, partially inverted U.S. yield curve have poured cold water on further policy normalisation going ahead.”The pullback in the dollar and the chance of no more U.S. rate hikes has been a boon for gold. The precious metal fetched $1,280.40 an ounce to be close to a six-month peak.Oil prices flagged anew after a punishing 2018. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude (WTI)futures slumped nearly 25 percent last year, while Brent lost 19.5 percent.On Wednesday, U.S. crude futures eased 2 cents to $45.39 a barrel, while Brent fell 18 cents to $53.64.last_img read more

First aid flight in weeks lands in rebelheld Yemen

first_imgTechnicians unload doses of vaccines from a plane after it landed in the rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa. Photo: AFPA UN plane carrying desperately needed vaccines landed in the rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa on Saturday after a three-week Saudi-led aid blockade that had sparked warnings thousands could die.Three other aircraft—two carrying UN aid workers and one carrying International Committee of the Red Cross staff—also landed at the airport, which was repaired earlier this week after a Saudi-led air strike knocked out its controls, an AFP correspondent reported.The UN humanitarian affairs office had said on Friday that it had been given clearance by the Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting the rebels since 2015 to resume flights into Sanaa.But it added that desperately needed shipments of food and medicines to the rebel-held Red Sea port of Hodeida remained blocked.A official from the rebel-run civil aviation authority confirmed that the flights had landed.But he warned that Saturday’s aid delivery was not enough and demanded access to Sanaa airport for all flights in order to “save the lives of the sick”, the rebel-run Saba news agency reported.The UN children’s fund UNICEF said the flight was carrying more than 15 tonnes, or 1.9 million doses, of vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus and other preventable diseases.The World Health Organization said earlier this week that diphtheria was spreading as children went unvaccinated and doctors in Hodeida reported three deaths.More than 2,000 people have died of cholera in Yemen this year, adding to the 8,600 who have died in the conflict between the Saudi-backed government and the rebels since 2015.The aid blockade, put in place after the rebels fired a missile which was intercepted over Riyadh airport, has tightened the stranglehold on Hodeida, the conduit for UN supervised deliveries of food and medicine to rebel-held territory.The UN humanitarian office said that a ship loaded with wheat and another with equipment to treat Yemen’s cholera epidemic are ready to head to Hodeida as soon as the Saudi-led coalition gives the go-ahead.The coalition had said it would lift its blockade of the port from Thursday but it remains in place.The United Nations has warned that unless the blockade is lifted, Yemen will face “the largest famine the world has seen for decades”.Yemen is highly dependent on imported wheat for its basic needs and aid groups have warned that humanitarian deliveries cover only a small portion of the need.Seven million Yemenis are completely dependent on relief supplies for their survival, according to the UN.last_img read more

Nicaraguas fresh violence kills six including American

first_imgDemonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against Nicaragua`s President Daniel Ortega`s government in Masaya, Nicaragua on 2 June. ReutersNicaraguan protesters fired homemade mortars to fend off a police crackdown Saturday in new unrest that left at least six people dead, including a US citizen, as the opposition renewed calls for President Daniel Ortega’s resignation.But Ortega, the man who has dominated the Central American country’s politics for the past four decades, only appeared to dig in deeper, defying seven weeks of anti-government protests that have left more than 100 people dead and are turning increasingly violent.In the city of Masaya, once a bastion of support for Ortega’s leftist Sandinista movement, residents put up barricades to keep out riot police and protect them from what they said were police and paramilitary snipers positioned around a central neighbourhood.Five people were killed in the city, including a 15-year-old boy, according to the Nicaraguan Association for the Protection of Human Rights (ANPDH).”The blood spilled in Masaya has made it a day of mourning and pain for those citizens who simply wanted to exercise their right to protest,” the head of the rights group, Alvaro Leiva, told AFP.”We are facing a situation of profound crisis in terms of human rights violations.”A police intelligence officer was also among the victims, he said.Separately, US Ambassador Laura Dogu said an American citizen had been killed overnight in the capital, Managua.The ANPDH identified him as Sixto Henry Viera, 48, and said he was reportedly killed by a pro-government mob.The police meanwhile reported looting, fires and riots in at least six cities, including Managua and Masaya, blaming “right-wing groups” — though in at least some of the cities, residents said the security forces themselves were responsible for the destruction.- Urban battleground -A masked demonstrator clashes with riot police during a protest against Nicaragua`s President Daniel Ortega`s government in Masaya, Nicaragua on 2 June. ReutersMasaya, a city of just over 100,000 people, resonated with gun and mortar fire as residents vowed to fight back the security forces they blame for killing innocent protesters, as well as government supporters they say have been looting and pillaging.Holed up in a police station and other strategic spots, police returned fire with tear gas and, allegedly, live ammunition.Jonhatan Jose, 47, said his neighbour was shot and killed.”They are attacking the Nicaraguan people. They put a bullet in my neighbour’s chest this morning,” he told AFP.”It was a sniper… You can tell by the size of the hole — big… He must have been about 23 years old, with a son who was three or four.”One focal point in the unrest was a burned-out artisans’ market.The government said residents had torched it, and that security forces were sent into the city at the request of small business owners who lost everything.Residents called that a lie; they said riot police burned the building themselves in an attempt to justify the crackdown, which led to 31 arrests.The street battles shut down any semblance of normal life in the city.As hundreds of youths gathered at the barricades brandishing homemade mortars, machetes, rocks and slingshots, other residents sheltered in their homes in terror.At her family-owned grocery store, 49-year-old Vanesa — who declined to give her last name, fearing for her safety — choked up as she described hiding out with her three children and grandson.”I’m hopeless, heartbroken, I don’t have words to describe it,” she said. “The situation is horrible. Horrible, horrible, horrible.”- Long fight -Protesters have a single demand, said Azhalea Solis, an opposition leader: “Get rid of Ortega’s government immediately.”But the 72-year-old president looks ready for a long fight.On Wednesday, a Mother’s Day march in support of mothers who have lost children in the violence was met with gunfire that left at least 16 people dead.Former Ortega ally Henry Ruiz — who was a commander in the Sandinista guerrilla army when it overthrew the dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979, bringing Ortega to power — warned the country to brace for more.”There is abundant evidence that Ortega will dig in militarily to fight back and strengthen his hand for negotiations,” he said in an opinion column.Ortega, who was voted out of office in 1990 and returned to power in 2007, is now serving a third term that is due to end in 2022.last_img

NBCs The Good Place is the Only Good Roguelike

first_imgStay on target I don’t watch a ton of ongoing television, especially with this all gaming all the time lifestyle I lead, so when I really get into a current TV show (naturally or by appreciated forced recommendation) it must be something special. Michael Schur’s The Good Place, which comes back to NBC this week after its midseason break, is a very special TV show.However, while catching up with the first season and a half of The Good Place I began to think about why it’s so special. Yeah it’s hilarious and features great characters including Little Ted Danson. And yes its structure and philosophical verging on theological themes are a thousand times smarter than what you’d expect from a network sitcom. But it’s more than that, and it took until this hiatus for the truth to finally click for me (just like the characters on the show).The Good Life is a TV show I love that uses many of the same ideas of a video game genre I hate. The Good Place is the only good roguelike. But to explain why requires serious spoilers, so go watch all of this great show and then come back here to keep reading.For a comedy, The Good Place’s plot is surprisingly serialized. You pretty much need to watch all the episodes in order to figure out what is going on. But here’s the initial premise. After dying on Earth, Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) awakens in a non-specific Heaven-type afterlife called “The Good Place” run by a non-specific immortal Angel-type being named Michael (Ted Danson). However, since Eleanor is an obviously terrible person, she realizes she was placed here by mistake. To avoid being sent to non-specific Hell “The Bad Place” she recruits friends Chidi, Tahani, and Jason to become a better, more ethical person.At least, that’s the premise until the end of the first season. Once again, spoiler alert! In a fantastic twist it’s revealed that Eleanor and her allies are in fact all bad people who have been unintentionally torturing themselves and each other in a new version of The Bad Place made to look like The Good Place. Michael, it turns out, is a demon, which we really should’ve guessed based on Ted Danson’s devilish casting.The second season features a deliriously entertaining new status quo. Michael keeps erasing the humans’ memories and resetting “The Good Place,” only for Eleanor and friends to realize the truth time and again like cockroaches refusing to die. Left with no other options, Michael teams up with the humans for a kind of armistice so he can get them all into the Real Good Place and avoid eternal damnation. That’s where we’re at now. But doesn’t the beginning of this season remind you of something?As the characters get constantly reset once they “beat” Michael’s game, they lose all of their progress and belongings. They keep getting placed in slightly tweaked and randomized versions of the authored same space with similarly difficult challenges meant to torture them forever. They try to grow as much as possible during each run but each time it’s all for not. Eleanor laments that they can never learn and improve if they keep losing those experiences and relationships.You get it? They’re basically trapped in a roguelike, the oh-so popular and increasingly nebulous subgenre embraced by independent game developers. As a gaming genre, roguelikes are all about endless, super difficult, randomized challenges where players try to make significant progress but always lose it all. Even the “score” you earned on Earth stops once you reach The Good Place.Whether it’s Enter the Gungeon’s firearm fortress, Tumbleseed’s minimal mountain, Spelunky’s kooky caves, or Michael’s Good Place, no experience is permanent in a roguelike. The idea is that players gain a better understanding of the mechanics as they die, but that’s cold comfort after each discouraging reset. Roguelikes are Hell, so it’s perfect and beautiful that a show like The Good Place uses roguelike structure to depict a very frustrating, and effective, kind of Hell.So why is The Good Place very good while the roguelikes it apes are, in my opinion, very not? Well when you watch and enjoy The Good Place you don’t get your experiences taken away from you. You as the viewer get to see and save the bigger picture and stories building on top of each other into something greater. Instead of suffering through the promise of a sputtering player character arc when trudging through a roguelike, you get the satisfaction of watching actual authored elegant character arcs. The Good Place is about watching others play a roguelike, not a playing a roguelike yourself, and that’s a key difference.I can’t wait for The Good Place to come back. The show has creatively, ingeniously put itself into a position where it can do anything it wants and it will feel earned. And it’s so cool that the show got there by, intentionally or not, making the best television out of the worst of gaming. Eat your heart out, Westworld. Now someone just needs to make an actual The Good Place roguelike game. Janet is basically Navi already.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Into the Breach and the Few Good RoguelikesFlinthook on Switch is a Roguelike I Can Finally Love last_img read more

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first_img 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. Explore further Terrafugia, Inc is in the development stage of creating an air craft that can be driven on the open road. The Road n´ Air craft is called Transition. It is a light sport aircraft that will take to the skies and then return to airport, fold up its wings and drive home. Terrafugia, Inc located in Woburn, Massachusetts is the brain child of MIT graduates of the school of Aeronautic and Astronautics. Terrafugia translated from Latin means “escape from land.” The official specification provided by Terrafugia of the craft are as follows. It is a two seat, side- by -side light sports aircraft. It has a G-Tow of 1320 pounds with a useful load capacity of 550 pounds. It has a 20 gallon fuel capacity and a 100 hp Rotax 912 S (four stroke) engine. It has a wingspan of 27.5 feet, length of 18.75 feet and height of 6.75 feet. The on the road width is 6.5 feet. The Transition is designed for short hops with a range of 460 miles or less. It utilizes Super-unleaded gasoline as a source of fuel. It has a take off distance over 50 foot obstacles of 1700 feet. The craft Vs is 51 mph and Vr is 80mph. The Transition and its team of designers, mechanics and owners made a special appearance in July, 2007 at the prestigious AirVenture Show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. During the exhibit, Transition wing was cycled through a complete fold and extend process over 500 times without a hitch. The demonstration is equivalent to almost five years of usage. The designers have left nothing overlooked in the design for strength and endurance. The wings have two blue bumper strips near the tip of the wings to prevent door dings when Transition is in its road mode. There are dual electromagnetic locks that when engaged for the road mode, provide a tight hold on the wing close to the fuselage. The Terrafugia team is leaving no detail unnoticed. The prototype is currently a work in progress, with an anticipated completion date of late 2008. Terrafugia, Inc plans to make its first delivery of the Transcend in 2009. The anticipated selling price of Transcend is $148,000. Currently, the company is taking pre-release orders requiring a five per cent deposit that will be held in trust and fully reimbursable until a purchase agreement is executed. Citation: It is a Plane, It is a Car: No, It is a Transition Road n’ Air Craft (2007, October 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-10-plane-car-transition-road-air.html Terrafugia Transition Road n’ Air Craft Call it car, call it aircraft, but Transition is in the wings Terrafugia, Inc. has a prototype air and road craft called the Transition. It has made appearances at the Oshkosh, Wisconsin AirVenture Show in July, 2007. The Transition road n´air craft can take to the skies, land, fold up its wings and drive home. The anticipated completion date is late 2008. last_img read more

The Isolator Helmet Humanitys Most Hilarious Attempt to Keep Workers Focused

first_imgHow many people are truly focused and productive for the entire course of their eight-hour workday? It seems so long, right? It certainly isn’t based on how long a person can concentrate. According to Inc. magazine, the current eight-hour standard workday came about to try to make people’s working lives more humane. In the late 18th century, factory workers could easily work between 10 and 16 hours a day to keep production steady 24/7. Since it was clear that pace wasn’t sustainable for most people, activists like Robert Owen started proposing a shorter workday.When the Ford Motor Company cut hours and doubled pay in 1914, they discovered something that made them really happy – productivity went up.Factory workers, c. 1945.Finding useful ways to boost productivity at work isn’t anything new.There have been methods and products geared toward reducing distractions at the office for far longer than you might think. One of the most radical, and perhaps creepiest, of those products dates from 1925 and was called the Isolator.The Isolator was a device created by Hugo Gernsback. Gernsback was an inventor as well as a writer and editor. He was someone who had a lot to do and wanted to stay focused.Hugo Gernsback obituary photograph published in November 1967 issue of his Radio-Electronics magazine.The device he designed was a solid wooden helmet that covered the entire head. He said it would block out 95 percent of any surrounding noise. Another of its features was that it also severely limited how much the person wearing it could see.The helmet had small pieces of glass that the wearer could look through, but even those were painted black, except for fairly thin lines near the bottom, theoretically allowing the wearer to be able to see what they were working on, but nothing else.The Isolator. Photo by Getty ImagesHe also added an oxygen tank and tube that fed into the front of the device, to prevent the wearer becoming sleepy in the dark, quiet confines of the helmet. That tendency was amplified by the fact that the longer you wore it, the more carbon dioxide would accumulate in it. It seems ridiculous, but Gernsback was prolific in his work, so it must have been effective.Many prominent people throughout history used odd methods to boost their own productivity. Here’s a quick tour through a few of these historical productivity hacks.Bust of Demosthenes. Photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen (2011) CC BY SA 2.5Demosthenes was an ancient Greek from the 4th century BC. He had a speech defect which he overcame by filling his mouth with pebbles and walking alone along the shore each morning, while loudly practicing giving speeches. It worked, and he ended up a great orator and statesman of his time.Benjamin Franklin took an air bath every morning. He would spend an hour, naked, in front of an open window.Benjamin FranklinIt was a routine he did year-round, regardless of the weather. Franklin believed it would help prevent him from catching colds or the flu and he recommended the practice to many people, but somehow it never caught on.Ernest Hemingway wrote while standing up. He wasn’t the only author who preferred to work while upright — Kierkegaard, Dickens, Woolf, and even Winston Churchill all ascribed to the same practice. Standing desks are a current productivity trend, as well.Ernest Hemingway at his home in Cuba, c. 1953, standing in front of a 1929 portrait of himself by Waldo Pierce.Standing while you work is said to lower back pain, increase circulation, and may have positive effects on things like blood sugar, weight gain, and obesity.Thomas Edison only slept about four hours a night. He would take 20-minute power naps during the day when he felt it was necessary. Research shows that there are very real benefits to taking power-naps.Thomas Edison in his laboratory, 1901.They are attributed not only with improving alertness and productivity, but also with helping improve memory and learning, reducing blood pressure, and relieving stress. Edison’s habit certainly worked for him, as he is still one of the most famous inventors of modern times.One thing is evident: The people in society who are among its highest producers find their own preferred ways of managing their time to maximize their productivity. The ways they find to do it are often highly individualized reflections of their own personalities and how they think and work.Sometimes those methods can be reproducible and useful for everyone else, other times… not so much.Read another story from us: Ancient Roman Bathroom Discovered and it’s Covered in Dirty JokesThe clear takeaway here is that it’s important to know what works for you, and stick with it. If you can increase your productive work time by even an hour, you’re ahead of the game. If you’re wearing a huge wooden helmet on your head, though, your office mates may start sitting somewhere else.last_img read more

Ethiopia Muslims rally on Fridays as tension rises

first_imgAssociated PressADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) – As midday prayers came to an end at the Grand Anwar mosque in Ethiopia’s capital, worshippers continued on to what has become a regular second act on Fridays _ shouting anti-government slogans.The demonstrations this Friday did not turn violent. But tensions are rising between the government in this mostly Christian country and Muslim worshippers. On Monday, federal prosecutors charged a group of 29 Muslims with terrorism and working to establish an Islamic republic. Sponsored Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019 Not all encounters between police and the protesters have been peaceful. In July, hundreds were arrested after a scuffle in the mosque that injured many and damaged property, including city buses.Religious violence outside the capital has killed eight and wounded about a dozen this year in two incidents, including one last month when protesters tried to free jailed Muslim leaders in the Amhara region. Protests first erupted in December after the state, wary of Islamist extremists, wanted to change the leadership of a religious school in the capital.The government also expelled two Arabs in May after the pair flew in from Middle East and disseminated pamphlets at the Anwar mosque. Two-thirds of Ethiopians are Christians; the rest are Muslims.Ethiopia’s former leader, Meles Zenawi, before he died in August expressed concern over rising fundamentalism he said was evident by the first discovery of an al-Qaida cell in the country. A federal court is scheduled to rule Monday in the case of 11 people charged with being members of al-Qaida. One Kenyan national has already pleaded guilty.Protesters also accuse the government of unconstitutionally encouraging a moderate teaching of Islam called Al-Ahbash and dictating the election of community leaders to support it at an Addis Ababa religious school. Rights groups are concerned about the trial and the use of an anti-terrorism law which they say has been used in past trials to silence dissent, not prosecute terrorists.“Many of these trials have been politically motivated and marred by serious due process violations. The Ethiopian authorities should allow systematic independent trial monitoring, including by human rights organizations, throughout the trial,” said Laetitia Bader of Human Rights Watch.One protester on Friday said his group is changing the color used in past protests, yellow, to white to underscore that the jailed leaders are peaceful activists, not terrorists.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, speaking to parliament on Oct. 16, said the government fully respects freedom of religion and “would not interfere in the affairs of religion just as religion would not interfere in matters of politics.” He blamed “extremist elements” for the protests. He said some protesters “tried to activate a hidden political agenda under the pretext of religion.”On Monday, federal prosecutors charged a group of 29 people, including the jailed activists, with terrorism.The group, including a wife of a senior Cabinet minister, now faces charges including leading a covert movement to undermine the country’s secular constitution and establish an Islamic republic. Prosecutors say the group incited violence and called for jihad against the federal government.The minister’s wife, Habiba Mohammed, is charged with coordinating finances for the group. Police say she was caught leaving the Saudi Arabian embassy in Addis Ababa with nearly $3,000. Other suspects are also charged with receiving pay from the embassy “to preach extremism.”Before the charges were filed, the minister defended his wife, saying he had asked the Saudi ambassador for the money to help construct a mosque their family is building. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

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