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first_imgAC Milan coach Gattuso urges Higuain to reject Chelseaby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso admits he doesn’t want to lose Gonzalo Higuain.On-loan from Juventus, Higuain is now in talks with Chelsea.”If Gonzalo wasn’t training the way I like to see, then I would not have made the decision to use him in the squad against Sampdoria,” assured Gattuso ahead of their Coppa Italia tie with Sampdoria.“There is gossip around him at this moment, but seeing the way he trains, the effort he puts in and the professionalism with which he treats me, you wouldn’t know.“The rest is down to his brother, his agent and Leonardo. I hope Higuain remains as long as possible, but if that doesn’t happen, then we’ll see. As long as he is here and continues to behave with this level of professionalism, it won’t be a problem for me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hasenhüttl hails Southampton spirit for victory at Leicesterby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton are out of the dropzone after victory over Leicester City.James Ward-Prowse’s penalty and Shane Long’s first goal for nine months earned victory at the King Power Stadium.Long’s strike, in first-half injury time, came just 120 seconds after Yan Valery had been sent off for a second bookable offence.Wilfred Ndidi pulled a goal back in the second half for the Foxes but Claude Puel suffered defeat against his former club. “After the red card for Yan Valery, nobody will have thought we can win this game with 55 minutes to go. It’s a long time to defend against such a good team. Then we scored the second goal which is unbelievable,” Saints boss Ralph Hasenhüttl said.“Longy did a fantastic job today I think. He was hard-working, going after every ball. In the second-half we said that we will try to keep the clean sheet as long as possible and if a goal happens we stay focused and keep believing that we can take this win.“It’s a fantastic win. It can be a very important one because we showed that we act as a team with fantastic commitment. That’s what I want to see.“We showed today more of our potential that we have to bring to excellence, which is the step we want to go to. It’s only possible with hard work and we had a very good week ahead of this game.”Now I think we have made a very important step but only one, the others have to follow.” last_img read more

first_img The Performance Task aspect of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), previously scheduled for December, has been pushed back to March 2019.The Ability Test and Curriculum-Based Test components will be conducted in February 2019 and April 2019, respectively, as previously scheduled.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, made the disclosure during a press briefing at his offices in Kingston on Wednesday (October 3)“That will allow us to grade and provide scores and placement of our students on schedule for June 2019,” he said.He informed that the change was based on the recommendation of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) for an adjustment in the PEP schedule.“The next round of discussions will be held with Board chairs and vice chairs, principals, vice principals and bursars, to make sure that at the leadership level they are all cognisant of what we are doing for PEP and other policies. This will then complete the circle of educators’ discussions with me,” he said.Senator Reid said that coming out of consultations with other stakeholders, such as the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica and the Book Industry of Jamaica, “other changes were taken on board in the best interest of the children”.These include that students will have an option to choose for the Performance Task; teacher-engagement activity will be provided at least one month before the actual assessment is to be done; questions will be organised in such a way as to prevent students from having to flip the paper several times; a national committee will be formed to review test items; removal of teachers’ names from the individual students’ reports; and teachers will also be involved in the marking of papers and the development of test items.“I am very pleased with the feedback and support we have been getting from all our stakeholders, and we intend to continue to listen and make adjustments where necessary and in keeping with the best interest of our children,” Senator Reid said.He said that the Ministry will be continuing the weekend PEP camps for students, teachers and parents as well as teachers’ sensitisation sessions across the island.He noted that over the last eight weeks, the Ministry has distributed a suite of materials to schools across the island, including practice items, registration manuals and sample test booklets.“The final set of key resources will be the official practice booklets and answers for both teachers and students, for which distribution will begin this week,” he indicated.Senator Reid noted that the PEP website should be fully operational by Friday of this week, adding that a PEP software application will be available in another two weeks.Meanwhile, he said Performance Task mock results for grade five have been distributed to schools. The mock test was conducted in June to assess the readiness of students for PEP.Overall, the results showed that 83 per cent of the students met or nearly met the standards for English Language; 48 per cent met or nearly met the standard for Mathematics; 52 per cent met or nearly met the standard for Social Studies; and 22 per cent met or nearly met the standard for Science.He said additional resources, such as specialist teachers, will be utilised to improve the results for Science.“The mock showed that greater support will have to be provided for teachers in the areas of drawing conclusions and taking informed actions, as well as gathering and evaluating sources, which were two of the areas assessed in the mock exam,” he said.He said the Ministry is pleased with the responses of the students and the effort that was made by teachers to understand and administer the assessment.“The signs are encouraging, and we now have tangible data to move forward,” he said.Senator Reid informed that the Ministry will continue to fine-tune the preparations for the administration of PEP, through extensive engagement with teachers, parents and other stakeholders. The Ability Test and Curriculum-Based Test components will be conducted in February 2019 and April 2019, respectively, as previously scheduled. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, made the disclosure during a press briefing at his offices in Kingston on Wednesday (October 3)“That will allow us to grade and provide scores and placement of our students on schedule for June 2019,” he said. Story Highlights The Performance Task aspect of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), previously scheduled for December, has been pushed back to March 2019.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe son of revered First Nations leader Elijah Harper is in a coma at a B.C. hospital following an attack by three people, APTN National News has learned.APTN spoke with Harper by phone, and Harper says that his son Grant was in Kelowna studying diving dynamics when the attack occurred. Police and family aren’t sure who was behind the attack, or if it was racially motivated.Elijah Harper is best known for saying “No” to the Meech Lake Accord when he was a member of the provincial legislature in Manitoba.last_img read more

first_imgLONDON – He once was Russia’s richest man, and then for 10 years its most famous prisoner. Now Mikhail Khodorkovsky wants to try a new mantle: godfather of Russian democracy.Khodorkovsky is playing a long game, looking well past the Russian presidential election on March 18 that is guaranteed to give President Vladimir Putin yet another six-year term.In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press ahead of the vote, Khodorkovsky warned that U.S. and European Union sanctions against Russia are fueling Putin’s domestic agenda instead of hurting him, and predicted more ugly Russian-U.S. relations in Putin’s next term.“For him and for those he represents, America is only good as an enemy,” Khodorkovsky said.Exiled and forced into managing his political movement remotely from London, Khodorkovsky’s own presidential ambitions appear to be fading, as the 54-year-old looks for younger proteges more likely to outlast the 65-year-old Putin.“I can do what I want and still die under Putin. Those who are today 20 or 30 are today planning how they will live afterward,” said the oligarch-turned-dissident, who spent a decade in prison seen as punishment for his political ambitions.Khodorkovsky was stripped of the bulk of his assets but is using his remaining fortune — around half a billion dollars — on a plan to re-imagine the Russian political system. He wants to put more power in the hands of parliament and regional legislatures.He’s not alone in thinking ahead. The outcome of the March 18 vote is so pre-ordained that many of Putin’s opponents are focusing instead on what happens when his term ends in 2024 — or beyond.Still, Khodorkovsky is urging people to “get off the couch” and vote next month, arguing against a boycott like that suggested by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Khodorkovsky himself is barred from running because of his recent criminal record.His own presidential vote may go to Ksenia Sobchak, a 36-year-old Russian TV host. But Khodorkovsky has challenged her to clarify her positions first, to prove she’s not just a superficial effort to inject controversy and glamour into the largely tension-free race.“I don’t know if I will vote for her — or cross everyone out and write ‘I’m sick of Putin,’” Khodorkovsky said.Khodorkovsky says Navalny is too focused on seizing power to be a viable solution. Navalny is also barred from challenging Putin in the March election due to a conviction that supporters call politically motivated.“We don’t need a czar, good or bad. We need people who are ready to seek consensus,” Khodorkovsky said.Asked if he wants to run for president in 2024, Khodorkovsky said, “I am against anyone running to replace Putin. I think it’s a doomed position.”Contrary to whispers that the former oil tycoon would launch a political career upon his release from prison in 2013, Khodorkovsky has a longer-term strategy: a 10-year plan to lay stronger civil and political foundations in Russia for when the Putin regime is “swept away.”Khodorkovsky is ready to finance alternative leaders, particularly young ones. But he doesn’t want a revolution — he wants an evolution that focuses on policies not personalities.“If there’s a parliamentary system and a president is needed … that person should have minimal ambitions,” he said.And that person probably won’t be Khodorkovsky himself.He knows he’s widely disliked for making billions in the country’s turbulent 1990s while most Russians suffered bitterly. Known for his steely determination in business, Khodorkovsky bought up floundering state companies for a pittance, turned them around and used his resulting power to squeeze out rivals and minority shareholders.Asked how he responds to Russians who see him as a thief, Khodorkovsky sighs deeply and stares at the table. After a pause, he calls his fortune a “justified bonus” for his work.But unlike other Russian oligarchs, Khodorkovsky now enjoys an exceptional moral authority for surviving years in Russia’s dismal penal system and waging legal battles in a corrupt and troubled justice system.And his money speaks: funding his Open Russia political movement that supports opposition politicians, provides legal support for victims of rights abuse and runs media projects.He was pardoned in 2013 but the Kremlin still sees him as a threat — the Open Russia website and all affiliated domain names have been blocked in Russia since Christmas.Khodorkovsky “is relevant as long as he has his political movement … he wants to keep his possibilities open,” said Alexei Makarkin of the Center for Political Technologies in Moscow.“He has support in society – rather small, but it exists,” Makarkin said — and that could prove useful “if the machine of the state turns out to be not as durable as expected and suddenly collapses.”In the meantime, Khodorkovsky travels around Europe and the United States to meet like-minded Russians, invests in real estate and gives lectures at universities.He is bemused by the Russian security services’ haphazard attempts to keep tabs on him, but no longer fears for his life, rejecting the question with a nonchalant shrug.His voice rises, however, when railing against enemies — including today’s Russian oligarchs, who he says are too invested in the current system to stand up to Putin. He said a recent name-and-shame U.S. list of rich and powerful Russians means the oligarchs now face a life-changing choice.“Stay and work in Putin’s Russia, but then understand that from that moment on, you no longer have opportunities outside Russia’s borders. Or say, that’s it, we earned something, and now we need to get out of this game before it’s too late,” he said.He’s also frustrated that U.S. and EU sanctions — prompted by Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine — feed Putin’s argument that Russians’ problems are caused by the West.U.S. officials “say ‘we are helping the Russian opposition with sanctions.’ No, you are not helping,” he said.However he doesn’t think that Putin organized interference to ensure Donald Trump’s election in 2016.“America is a powerful democratic system and no czar, even with loyal hacker armies, is capable of deforming such a system,” he declared.last_img read more

first_imgJammu: Pakistani troops Sunday resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations targeting forward posts and villages at four places along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, officials said.The firing was intense in the Krishna Ghati sector, where the Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling and firing by small arms from around 04.30 AM, which was retaliated to befittingly by the Indian Army, a defence spokesman said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!He said the cross-border shelling between the two sides continued till 07.30 AM. There was no report of any casualty on the Indian side, he said.Officials said firing and shelling by Pakistan were also reported from the Balnoi and Mankote (both in Mendhar sector), besides from Shahpur sector, all in Poonch district, for a brief period in the early hours of Sunday.The firing was mild in nature and lasted for a brief period without causing any harm, they said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedOn late Saturday as well, the Pakistan army had targeted Indian positions In Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district for several hours.There has been a spurt in ceasefire violations by Pakistan after India’s preemptive air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot on February 26 following the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.Four civilians, including three members of a family, were killed and several others injured as Pakistan targeted over 80 villages in more than 100 incidents of ceasefire violations along the LoC in the state since then.The frequent ceasefire violations have caused panic among the border residents, forcing authorities to close down educational institutions within five km radius from the zero line in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri as a precautionary measure.However, most schools reopened a few days back after the intensity of the cross-border firing decreased.last_img read more

first_imgAmethi: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Saturday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of giving Rs 20,000 bribes to people in Amethi Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh. While addressing a gathering here, Gandhi said: “This is wrong… While the Congress is distributing its election manifesto, the BJP is sending Rs 20,000 each to the village heads.” She said that the BJP is under the misconception that it can buy the people’s love and the practice of truthful politics in Amethi. She said: “The BJP’s intentions are bad and their policies are limited to benefitting some industrialists. They don’t waive off farmers’ debt, but in five years the party has waived off the Rs 5.50 lakh crore debt of these industrialists.”last_img read more

Redknapp on Premier League title battle Its a three horse race

first_imgFormer Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes that three teams are in the running for this season’s Premier League titleAfter suffering shock back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester City this month, Manchester City have slipped from top spot to third in the standings.Pep Guardiola’s side, who won the league crown in such dominant fashion last season, now find themselves seven points adrift of unbeaten leaders Liverpool.Redknapp’s old club Spurs aren’t doing badly either in second-place after beating Everton 6-2 at the weekend and Bournemouth 5-0 on Wednesday to extend their winning run to five matches.“I think it’s a three horse race,” Redknapp told talkSPORT. “Liverpool are the favourites now which is a big turnaround.“But Tottenham are in great form at the moment and they are genuine title contenders.“Spurs are still in it, you can’t write them off. They are bang there, the way they are playing at the moment.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.As for Chelsea and Arsenal, Redknapp doesn’t see how either of them can be considered contenders.“I can’t see anybody else getting into it,” added the 71-year-old.“I watched Arsenal yesterday and they are nowhere near in my opinion.“I know they’ve had injuries, but at the back they are still very poor.“And Chelsea are just so reliant on Eden Hazard. Without him you couldn’t really see them challenging, they’re still short of a frontman.“So really, I think there are three runners and I think it will be very tight.”Meanwhile, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher tipped his old club to take home a first league title in 28 years.last_img read more

Miss World Bahamas Contestants Pay Courtesy Call on the Governor General

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 16, 2017 – Nassau – Jerome Sawyer, president of the Miss Bahamas Organization, and 2017 Miss World Bahamas contestants paid a courtesy call on Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.Press Release: BIS(BIS Photo/Derek Smith) Related Items:last_img

Could San Diego handle an influx of detained migrants

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics, Trending FacebookTwitter April 15, 2019 Could San Diego handle an influx of detained migrants? KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 15, 2019center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Sunday that the Trump administration was still considering whether to place some immigrants in so-called sanctuary cities.Could San Diego handle an influx of migrants in its city?“Look, this is an option on the table,” Sanders said on ABC’s “This Week.”Sanders said the move would not be President Donald Trump’s “first choice” but remained something the administration might do. She said when the idea was brought up “at a staff level,” the administration had not moved forward with it because “logistically, there were a lot of challenges and it probably didn’t make sense to move forward,” but was now under consideration again.“The President heard the idea, he likes it, so — well, we’re looking to see if there are options that make it possible and doing a full and thorough and extensive review,” Sanders said.Trump confirmed on Friday that his administration was looking at the idea of releasing immigrants into so-called sanctuary cities in part to retaliate against Democrats, undercutting earlier denials from his own administration officials.The term “sanctuary city” is a broad term generally taken to refer to locales that have limited cooperation with federal immigration enforcement, and many of the largest cities in the country have such policies in place.Trump has long railed against “sanctuary” policies, and in response to reports of the latest considered moves, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the Trump administration of “using human beings — including little children — as pawns in their warped game to perpetuate fear and demonize immigrants.” KUSI Newsroom Updated: 5:39 PMlast_img read more

Bloomberg TV to Live Stream on Twitter

first_img A source familiar with the situation tells Folio: that there will be an advertising component in this deal. Via Twitter’s Amplify platform, brands can purchase pre-roll ads to play before non-live clips, and there will also be an option for in-stream ads, similar to a 30-second TV spot. Bloomberg Media and Twitter will share the resulting revenue, although the exact breakdown was not disclosed. “Twitter is one of the fastest ways to find out what’s happening in global business and financial markets, and to engage in the live commentary about it,” Anthony Noto, Twitter’s chief financial officer, said in a statement. “Partnering with Bloomberg will give people on Twitter the best way to see live financial markets performance combined with the live commentary on the underlying drives and implications.” The revenue growth and partnership with Twitter are both in line with Bloomberg Media’s push to expand digital video, announced at NewFronts this year. The publisher also revealed that its VidPlus program will allow marketers to purchase ads that pop up briefly during an online video, similar to how ads will be incorporated in its live videos on Twitter. “By partnering with Twitter, viewers from all over the world will now be able to leverage a powerful, real-time platform to consume and react to the news, accelerating our position as a leader in global business video, and offering new and innovative opportunities for our marketing partners,” Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith said  in a statement. This is the third video live streaming deal for Twitter in a week. It first broadcasted live coverage of the Wimbledon tennis finals. Then on Monday, the company announced it will stream live video coverage of the Republican and Democratic national conventions, in partnership with CBS.   The TV programs that will be featured include “Bloomberg West,” the network’s technology program, “What’d You Miss?,” a daily recap of the most important stories in global financial markets, and “With All Due Respect,” a program which provides analyses of the current election cycle. Additionally, Twitter will also stream Bloomberg’s markets coverage. Currently, Bloomberg Television is available in over 360 million households, across more than 70 countries. The company already offers live streams of the programs on its own digital and mobile properties, and also partners with Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV. In May of this year, according to comScore, over 18.4 million unique viewers watched Bloomberg TV programs, with 411 million streams. While many publishers are zeroed-in on Facebook Live as a platform for live streaming videos, Bloomberg Media appears to be exploring a different route. Today the company announced a partnership with Twitter, live streaming select Bloomberg TV programs via the social media platform. The deal is expected to go live sometime in the fall, a source tells Folio:. The deal comes in the wake of an announcement made by Smith that revealed the company’s TV revenue is up 15 percent and, thanks to video and custom ad sales, digital revenue is also up 15 percent.last_img read more

first_imgBharti Airtel on Thursday launched 4G trials exclusively for its customers in Delhi NCR.Airtel’s 4G services in the National Capital Region are the first in India to leverage an integrated FD and TD network which will deliver the fast 4G experience and a better network coverage.Airtel 4G enables superfast internet speeds and allow customers to enjoy capabilities like high definition video streaming with zero buffering, downloading 10 movies in less than 30 minutes, uploading entire photo albums in less than five minutes (i.e. uploading two high resolution photos per second), connecting multiple devices without compromising on the experience, etc.As part of the trial offer, Airtel customers across Delhi NCR can now avail a complimentary upgrade to Airtel 4G at 3G prices and experience blazing Airtel 4G speeds.The company will assimilate valuable customer feedback from these early adopters and leverage the initial market response towards strengthening its service experience – thus building a world-class 4G network infrastructure for the city.”As customers in India show an increasing propensity for consuming data services, we at Airtel are excited to take the lead in introducing the market to power of blazing 4G speeds,” said Sarang Kanade, Hub CEO – Delhi NCR and Rajasthan, Bharti Airtel (India).Aimed at transitioning more and more customers to superfast 4G experience, Airtel has also announced a go-to-market partnerships with Samsung and Flipkart for 4G devices.Select retail stores of Samsung India will shortly facilitate easy Airtel 4G SIM swap for customers buying 4G smartphones. Airtel 4G double data offers are now available for customers of Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A5 mobile devices.Samsung has recently also launched its all new Core Prime 4G mobile smartphone in Airtel 4G markets. In the weeks to come, Samsung will also offer bundled Airtel 4G SIMs alongwith select Samsung 4G handsets in the Indian market.Additionally, Flipkart now offers Airtel 4G with double the data benefits for customers buying select 4G handsets. Flipkart-exclusive 4G devices (including brands like Xiaomi, Motorola, Lenovo, Asus and Huawei) will come bundled with an Airtel 4G SIM.While existing Airtel customers will be able to follow a quick SMS registration process to activate 4G, non-Airtel customers buying their 4G device from Flipkart will be guided through a simple process to smoothly transition to the Airtel 4G network.last_img read more

first_imgFor representational purposesReuters/Leonhard FoegeGold prices traded steady on Tuesday, but hovered close to an 18-month low, as the US dollar pared gains after posting a 13-month high in the previous session.FUNDAMENTALSSpot gold XAU= was up 0.1 percent at $1,194.13 an ounce, as of 0106 GMT. In the previous session, the bullion hit $1191.35, its lowest since January 30, 2017.US gold futures GCcv1 were up 0.1 percent at $1,200.5 an ounce.The dollar index .DXY, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, was down about 0.1 percent at 96.339 early Tuesday after climbing to a 13-month high on Monday.Asia share markets tried to regain their footing on Tuesday as tremors from the collapse of the Turkish lira ebbed a little and Wall Street proved resilient to the shockwaves.Turkey’s lira pulled back from a record low of 7.24 to the dollar on Monday after the central bank pledged to provide liquidity, but it remained under selling pressure and its meltdown caused further unease on global markets.U.S. economic growth will probably accelerate this year before slowing in 2019 to well below the Trump administration’s three percent target as a fiscal stimulus fades, congressional researchers projected on Monday.SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings dropped 0.19 percent to 784.60 tonnes on Monday from 786.08 tonnes on Friday.India’s gold imports rose for a first time in seven months in July after a fall in prices ahead of a jewellery exhibition prompted jewellers to replenish stocks, provisional data from metals consultancy GFMS showed.last_img read more

Newly formed Rangpur Gazipur Metro Police get chiefs

first_img.The home ministry has appointed two senior police officers as the chiefs of newly formed Rangpur Metropolitan Police (RMP) and Gazipur Metropolitan Police (GMP), reports UNB.Additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police YM Belalur Rahman has been made commissioner of GMP while deputy inspector general of police headquarters Md Abdul Alim Mahmud made commissioner of RMP, said a home ministry release by Dhananjay Kumar Das, deputy secretary of public security division of the ministry on Wednesday.last_img read more

Probe body formed over Old Dhaka fire

first_imgA car is completely burnt down in a fire that breaks out in a five-storey building in Chawkbazar area at Old Dhaka on 20 February. Photo: Prothom AloFire Service and Civil Defence has formed a 3-member committee to investigate the deadly fire in Old Dhaka that left at least 70 people dead and scores injured.The three members of the committee are deputy director of operation and maintenance of fire service Dilip Ghosh, DAD Abdul Halim and AD Salahuddin.The death toll from the fire at a chemical warehouse in Chawkbazar area of Old Dhaka has stood at 70.last_img read more

Latino Voters Sue To Replace Texas Judicial Election System

first_imgA group of Latino voters has filed a lawsuit, charging that Texas’ system of electing statewide judges violates federal law.The Supreme Court of Texas and the state’s Court of Criminal Appeals each seats nine judges, chosen in at-large, partisan elections. Currently, there are only two Hispanic judges on those top two courts, one on each, even though Latino citizens make up more than a quarter of Texas’ voting age population.“Our analysis of the elections in Texas for those two courts shows that there’s a high degree of racially polarized voting,” says attorney Jose Garza, who filed the suit in a U.S. district court in Corpus Christi.Garza says the state’s current method of electing judges violates the Voting Rights Act by diluting Latinos’ voting power. “There have been very few Latino elected candidates to those courts, and in the last couple of decades, every candidate that has been the choice of Latino voters has lost,” he says.According the lawsuit, only five out of the 76 justices to serve on the Texas Supreme Court since 1945 have been Latinos, while only two of the 48 judges to serve on the Court of Criminal Appeals over the same period have been Latinos.The suit aims to replace the at-large system with one that elects judges by single-member geographic districts. It names Governor Greg Abbott and Secretary of State Carlos Cascos as co-defendants. Houston Public Media reached out to both Abbott’s and Cascos’ offices, as well as that of State Attorney General Ken Paxton for this story. All three offices declined to comment. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:19 X Listen Sharelast_img read more

Trump Announces New Tariffs On Mexico To Force Cooperation On Illegal Immigration

first_imgU.S. Customs and Border Protection via APPresident Trump has announced plans to impose escalating tariffs on goods imported from Mexico in an attempt to stop migrants from entering the U.S. over the southern border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection released this photo, taken on Wednesday at El Paso, Texas.Updated at 10 p.m. ETPresident Trump announced that he will begin imposing tariffs on all goods imported from Mexico beginning June 10 unless that country does more to help reduce illegal immigration from Central America.In a statement issued late Thursday, the president cited his authority under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, and said the crisis at the southern border requires action.“Accordingly, starting on June 10, 2019, the United States will impose a 5 percent Tariff on all goods imported from Mexico.  If the illegal migration crisis is alleviated through effective actions taken by Mexico, to be determined in our sole discretion and judgment, the Tariffs will be removed.  If the crisis persists, however, the Tariffs will be raised to 10 percent on July 1, 2019.”Trump added that unless the Mexican government takes steps to “dramatically reduce or eliminate” the flow of Central American migrants moving through its country, tariffs will go to 15% on August 1, to 20% on Sept. 1, and to 25% on Oct. 1. “Tariffs will permanently remain at the 25 percent level unless and until Mexico substantially stops the illegal inflow of aliens coming through its territory,” he wrote.Mexico’s deputy foreign minister for North America, Jesus Seade, said that it would be disastrous if Trump imposed the new tariffs.Trump’s surprise announcement comes as the administration is urging Congress to approve the pending U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement which is designed to replace the North American Trade Agreement reached in 1994. It is not immediately clear what impact the tariff threat will have on the draft agreement.Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, in a conference call with reporters, said the trade agreement and tariff threat “are not linked.”“These are not tariffs as part of a trade dispute,” Mulvaney said. “These are tariffs as part of an immigration problem. USMCA is a trade mattter and completely separate.”When asked which Mexican imports the administration means to target, Mulvaney replied “all of them.”Acting Secretary for Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan, in the same conference call, said the border crisis has become “a national emergency.”“U.S. immigration authorities now have over 80,000 people in custody, a record level that is beyond sustainable capacity with current resources,” he said.The president’s statement called for action by Mexico:“Mexico’s passive cooperation in allowing this mass incursion constitutes an emergency and extraordinary threat to the national security and economy of the United States.  Mexico has very strong immigration laws and could easily halt the illegal flow of migrants, including by returning them to their home countries.  Additionally, Mexico could quickly and easily stop illegal aliens from coming through its southern border with Guatemala.”Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. Sharelast_img read more

Black Workers Center Aims to Fight Joblessness

first_imgOn Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Baltimore Black Workers (BBWC) Center launched at Coppin State University with a day of organizing workers. The Center will focus on joblessness and organizing Black workers. BBWC is one of nine affiliates of the National Black Workers Project.L-R Robin Gaines, food service worker, and Alberta Palmer, UniteHere Local 7 organizer, speak at Coppin State University about unionizing workers. (Photo by Ken Morgan)Dorcas R. Gilmore, an organizer with the organization, told the AFRO at the event, “We are building a Baltimore Black Worker Center as a Black worker-led organization that focuses on the dual Black jobs crisis of unemployment and low-wage work. We believe that Black workers play a pivotal role in transforming Baltimore into a just and equitable place for all its residents.”Courtney Jenkins was only able to get low-wage jobs such as a food worker, laborer, and cashier before he landed a job with the U.S. Postal Service.  He said, “Once I found unionized work I realized the importance of a union. And now I want to make every workplace unionized.” Robin Gaines is a cook at Johns Hopkins University, who has been there for almost 20 years. “The University says we are one, but we are not one when it comes to workers wages and benefits.”For Baltimore White median income was $60,550, compared to $33, 610, for Blacks. For young Black men between the ages of 20 and 24, the unemployment rate was 37% according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It was 10% for White men of the same age.last_img read more

Sorority Lifts Veil on Mental Illness

first_imgWhen 50 people assembled for a symposium dealing with mental illness and the law, they expected a presentation from experts in both fields. Instead, they got touching testimony on the impact these affiliations have on family members and friends.The Xi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority of the District of Columbia, in partnership with The Pearl and Ivy Foundation and the Reed Smith Law Firm held a symposium, “The Intersection of Mental Health and The Law” Nov. 3 at Reed Smith’s offices. Lavdena Orr, president of the chapter, said that mental health issues need to be addressed with a sense of urgency.“This issue is not a singularly but is multi-disciplinary,” Orr said. “As a pediatrician, this is an issue that we are concerned about.”Clubhouse International estimates there are 60 million people who live with a form of mental illness, particularly bipolar disorder. Theresa Donaldson-DePass, who moderated the program and is the chapter’s health promotion leader, said in her presentation that one in five Americans will personally deal with mental illness during their lifetime.According to data compiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, Blacks are 20 percent more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population.Alpha Kappa Alpha and the National Alliance for the Mental Ill entered into a partnership in 2015 to spread the word among Blacks about mental illness, the best ways to approach it, and to debunk outmoded ways of thinking and dealing with the affliction such as “praying it away” and “getting over it.”Judy Harris, who is White, isn’t a member of the sorority but was a speaker at the event. Harris, an attorney at Reed Smith and is married to famed political writer and scholar Norm Ornstein, talked about the struggles she and her husband had with their son, Matthew. “My son Matthew died at the age of 34,” Harris said. “When he died he was trying to earn back God’s love. We tried to get him to use prescription medication but he would not do it.”While Matthew seemed like a gifted, well-balanced young man, she began to notice changes in him. It would appear that Mathew hit a psychological wall when he possessed photos of the slain children of the Holocaust and had his family go through a strange personal ritual honoring them. Harris said she called the police and throughout the process of being a patient at the Sheppard-Pratt facility, he began to distrust his parents and authority.As Harris shared her story, Natalie M. Tao began to weep. When she spoke, she sympathized with Harris. “This is not a Black problem or a White problem,” Tao said. “This is everyone.”Tao said her son was a typical teenager until he started talking strangely and quoting the Bible, which was out of character for him. She cited an incident where her son was found naked and trespassing on someone else’s property.Tao said the man was about to do serious harm to her son but stopped when her son begged to be killed. Like Matthew, Tao worked to get her son to the Sheppard Pratt facility and lamented the changes in her child. “My son had an onset of schizophrenia and was bipolar,” she said. “But you would not know that by looking at him. You cannot tell whether someone has a mental illness by looking at them.”By conventional standards, Melinda Hasbrouck would seem to have it all. A longtime District resident, she has a bachelor’s degree from Towson University, a juris doctorate from the William & Mary School of Law, and a master’s degree in public health from the George Washington University Milken School of Public Health.However, Hasbrouck suffers from mental illness and wanted to be optimistic about her story.“I am here to deliver a message of hope,” said Hasbrouck, who is in treatment for bipolar disorder, bulimia, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal tendencies. “At one point I was living in a car and even paying rent in two places.”Like Harris and Tao, she blamed an ineffective mental health system. “I was abused in the system and survived in the system,” she said. “The last time I went to the psych ward was in 2009. I’m better but it’s not over.”last_img read more

Partnership bringing realtime parking information to urban motorists

first_img Each system works by making use of embedded sensors – physical devices that are embedded in the roadway, parking lot or other parking sites. Information from the sensors, care of Cisco, is routed to a cloud based facility where data can then be disseminated to drivers via smartphone using the Streetline app, Parker.The app allows drivers to actually see, in real-time, where available spaces are located on a map. Once they’ve chosen which one they’d like to use, the app then offers a hands-free navigational assist to help them get there as quickly as possible. Parker also shows pricing and the time frame during which parking spots are available for use. Also, users can tell the system where they’d like to go, to a movie theater, for example, and Parker will display parking lots or garages in the vicinity. And for those that sometimes forget where they parked their car, Parker allows their spot to be pinned to a map as they leave their vehicle.Some of the networks use sensors embedded in parking meters, most of the rest are installed by drilling a golf ball sized hole in the pavement and pasting it in place. The top of the sensor is exposed and lies even with the pavement, allowing for measuring light changes or the actual presence of a vehicle using a magnetometer. Information from each sensor is sent to a Cisco WiFi mesh network which optimizes the most efficient path to the cloud via a control box located in a central nearby facility. The Parker app is available for both iOS and Android devices. IBM looks to take pain out of parking © 2012 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A partnership between smart parking solutions provider Streetline, Inc. and Cisco has resulted in the implementation of WiFi networking systems based on embedded sensors and a smart phone app currently being used in several major cities in the United States. The system is expected to reduce the amount of time drivers spend looking for parking spaces and to increase the amount of revenue cities are able to get from motorists paying to park. The partnership has already led to networks being installed in several California cities as well as in Washington D.C., Knoxville TN, Reno NV and Fort Lauderdale, FL. Citation: Partnership bringing real-time parking information to urban motorists (2012, December 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-partnership-real-time-urban-motorists.htmlcenter_img Explore further More information: www.theparkerapp.com/ 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