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Subdued Diwali in Assam’s Bisonimukh-Kherbari

first_imgVillages and towns around Bisonimukh-Kherbari, where extremists gunned down five Bengali people on Thursday night, have decided to observe a subdued, cracker-less Diwali, without grand display of lights.The festival of lights coincides with the equally bright and firecracker-driven Kali Puja in these parts.Bisonimukh-Kherbari is the only Bengali village in the area. The surrounding villages are dominated by other communities, including Assamese, Gorkha, and settlers from Bihar.“Our collective conscience does not allow us to be expressive this festive season after the Diwali of bullets that claimed five of our neighbours,” Chandan Seleng of the Assamese-dominated Araimuria village said.People of Bisonimukh-Kherbari had mistaken the gunshots for crackers and had thus reacted late in informing the police.The sentiment is similar at Talap, the nearest small town 12 km from the village. “We had a budget of ₹2 lakh for decoration but dropped the plans the day after the incident. We will just go through the Kali Puja rituals and light lamps in the memory of the departed,” Sanjit Bhawal, member of the local puja committee, told The Hindu.The committee would take a call after the puja on donating the amount collected to the families of the Bisonimukh-Kherbari victims.last_img read more

Blazers lose Jusuf Nurkic to severe leg injury, edge Nets in 2 OTs

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Google Philippines names new country director Russell scored five early points in the extra period, but Portland took a 128-125 lead on Nurkic’s basket before a 3-pointer by Spencer Dinwiddie tied the game again.It went to a second OT tied at 132 after Russell made a layup and Lillard missed a long final attempt.TIP-INSNets: Brooklyn had its two-game winning streak snapped and has one game left on its seven-game road trip, at Philadelphia on Thursday.Trail Blazers: Coach Terry Stotts said McCollum is doing well in his recovery from a knee strain he suffered on March 16, but that he will not join them for their four-game road trip. “He’s progressing fine,” Stotts said. “He will not go on the road trip. He will stay back and rehab and get some court work back here.” The Blazers start the trip Wednesday at Chicago before coming back on April 3.UP NEXTNets: Thursday at Philadelphia 76ers.Trail Blazers: Wednesday at Chicago Bulls. Conor McGregor announces retirement from MMA again The Blazers pulled out the game without him to clinch a playoff berth, but the loss of its starting center having his best season could be devastating for a Portland team already playing without injured guard CJ McCollum.Damian Lillard finished with 31 points and 12 assists for Portland, while D’Angelo Russell had 39 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for Brooklyn.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNurkic’s basket made it 134-132 with 3:40 to go into the second overtime. With center Jarrett Allen and Ed Davis having fouled out and the Nets left without a big man, Nurkic had a huge advantage inside whenever he posted up or went for rebounds.But he was hurt while doing so, with bodies falling all around him. After he was taken off the court, Anfernee Simons made two free throws for Portland to put them up 136-132. Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, center, was injured and left the court on a stretcher as the Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets in double overtime, 148-144, during an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Randy L. Rasmussen)PORTLAND, Ore. — Jusuf Nurkic had 32 points and 16 rebounds before suffering a gruesome left leg injury in the second overtime, and the Portland Trail Blazers outlasted the Brooklyn Nets 148-144 on Monday night.Nurkic was hurt when his leg bent awkwardly as he battled for an offensive rebound. His leg was immobilized and he was removed on a stretcher while surrounded by members of both teams.ADVERTISEMENT Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving A 3-pointer by Rodney Hood extended the lead to 139-132 forced the Nets to start fouling.There were 12 lead changes and 15 ties over the course of the game, with Portland leading 95-90 after three.The Nets, however, would storm back in the fourth thanks to the play of their bench. Brooklyn took multiple leads in the final period, with their biggest coming at 112-102 with 6:07 left after a jumper by Caris LeVert.Portland fought back and with the Nets up one with the ball, Seth Curry stole Russell’s dribble and was fouled. He missed the first free throw but made the second to tie the game at 120 with 3.5 seconds left.Russell missed a deep 3-pointer to force overtime.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Premier League: Rampant Manchester City crushes Chelsea 3-0

first_imgSergio Aguero’s exquisite solo strike and late goals by Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho earned Manchester City a 3-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday in the first heavyweight showdown in the Premier League, compounding the champions’ early-season problems.Aguero made amends for a slew of early misses by exchanging passes with Yaya Toure, twisting inside his marker and placing a pinpoint shot inside the far post in the 32nd minute.Such was City’s dominance and attacking threat in the first half that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho substituted captain John Terry at halftime to shake up his team.A hungry-looking City kept the initiative, though. Kompany headed in David Silva’s corner in the 79th minute and Fernandinho drove in a third six minutes later for a victory that could have a big psychological effect in the title race.APlast_img read more

Agency denies tax evasion by Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho

first_imgThe soccer agency Gestifute has denied that clients including Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho are involved in any tax evasion after a media consortium reported that they had used tax havens to handle tens of millions of euros in earnings.A group of 12 European news outlets on Friday began publishing the results of months of investigations into a vast trove of more than 18 million financial documents, obtained by the German magazine Der Spiegel and dubbed the “Football Leaks”.”Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho are fully compliant with their tax obligations with the Spanish and British tax authorities,” Gestifute said in a statement.”Any insinuation or accusation made to Cristiano Ronaldo or Jose Mourinho over the commission of a tax offence will be reported to the legal authorities and prosecuted.”The European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) consortium, which includes Britain’s Sunday Times, Portugal’s Expresso and Spain’s El Mundo, intends to release details of its findings over the next three weeks. (Also read: Cristiano Ronaldo accused of hiding money in tax havens)Reuters was unable to independently confirm the accusations.Spanish prosecutors did not respond to requests for comment; nor did Real Madrid, Ronaldo’s present and Mourinho’s former club. Mourinho’s new employer, Manchester United, said the allegations predated his arrival there and that it would have no comment.One of the publications, the French investigative portal Mediapart, said Ronaldo and his Portuguese compatriot Mourinho had benefited from a tax optimisation system developed by their agent Jorge Mendes, who owns Gestifute.advertisementMediapart said the system Gestifute employed for its various clients, using a network of offshore accounts and companies, represented a total potential loss to tax authorities of at least 185 million euros.In its statement, Gestifute said that “neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Jose Mourinho have ever been involved in legal proceedings regarding the commission of a tax offense”.last_img read more

AB de Villiers takes time off to reassess workload

first_imgAB de Villiers has returned home midway from South Africa’s tour of England. The Proteas ODI captain was nowhere near his best during the Champions Trophy and failed to inspire his team in the three-match T20 International series against a pumped-up English side.De Villiers oversaw a 19-run defeat to England in Cardiff on Sunday as South Africa lost the series 2-1. The 33-year-old batsman then flew home. Under de Villiers, South Africa endured a miserable campaign at the Champions Trophy – they started off with a clinical win over Sri Lanka but went down tamely to eventual finalists India and Pakistan. De Villiers’ early return home meant he would not be a part of South Africa’s four-Test series against England. The stylish middle-order batsman is considered to be one of the best in the business and he would need time to reassess his workload. Bangladesh are scheduled to tour South Africa soon and ABD said he needed time to see if he would actually play the series.”I am going to meet with CSA (Cricket South Africa) in August, and that will decide my (international) future,” de Villiers told reporters after making a typically dashing 35 off 19 balls.WON’T PICK AND CHOOSE”We will see what works for both parties,” added the gifted shotmaker, who has scored more than 8,000 runs in 106 Tests, including 21 hundreds, at an average of over 50.”We are not going to pick and choose games, but we are going to make a final decision about what happens for the next few years.”advertisementIMMEDIATE PLANS”I am going to spend a bit of time off at home with the family, I’m going to welcome my new youngster into the world, and obviously look to stay fit.”I want to make sure I am ready for September, when Bangladesh come.”(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

NEBRASKA FACING $39 MILLION TAX REVENUE SHORTFALL

first_imgNebraska lawmakers will have to come up with an additional $39 million this year to balance the state budget.The board that estimates tax revenue predicted Thursday that the state will collect $110 million less than previously expected between now and June 2021.That projected shortfall will get reduced to $39 million because some of that money will automatically come out of the state’s cash reserve.Members of the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board say Nebraska’s larger cities are faring well despite a skilled worker shortage and low unemployment that could lead to higher wages.But they say rural Nebraska and the agriculture industry are struggling.last_img

Watch: Ramon Richards Scores An Acrobatic Defensive TD

first_imgOklahoma State scored two more defensive/special touchdowns on Saturday to extend its seven-year total to 39 which is tops in the country. We already looked at Madre Harper’s muffed punt TD, but we also need to look at the insane way Ramon Richards scored.Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 2.42.06 PMRichards’ TD came in the second half after a forced fumble and Devante Averette save that reminded me of the Bedlam 2010 Brodrick Brown-Shaun Lewis save.Here’s a look.Don’t totally know what happened, but Ramon Richards scored. pic.twitter.com/e4kymDHVOa— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 3, 2016 This was incredible. pic.twitter.com/LTQCSC3Pw1— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 3, 2016Thirty-nine non-offensive TDs in seven years is not a fluke. It’s a trend. It is something OSU has emphasized on defense and special teams almost every year of the Gundy Era, and it is off to another great start in 2016.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

a month agoArsenal boss Emery explains reasons for Xhaka captaincy

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery explains reasons for Xhaka captaincyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has hailed Granit Xhaka’s leadership qualities after confirming the midfielder as new club captain.Emery announced the decision today.The manager explained: “First, he is mature and he has experience and we are all living all the time under pressure, under criticism as coaches, as players, as a club,” our head coach said. “The most important thing is to stand up in each moment, go ahead and [for him] to show his quality, with his behaviour, with his commitment and in the dressing room the players voted for him as the first. “After, I spoke with him and we want to change that opinion outside because that respect that he has inside the dressing room is very, very important. And also keep moving ahead, playing, improving, and with behaviour, and his commitment. Each match for him, for me, for everybody, is a very good opportunity to show our capacity. “I trust and believe in him and he is a good man, a good professional and a good player. Sometimes he has made a mistake, yes, but the most important thing is to analyse, to learn and to correct that in the future. “His challenge, and our challenge, is to change that opinion and above all, show personality and improve in each match and give us his help every time. The first match is on Monday at Manchester United.” last_img read more

Nova Scotiamade Programs Receive Gemini Nominations

first_img Nova Scotia’s television industry earned an outstanding 40nominations for the 19th Annual Gemini Awards. “The Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation is delighted thatour producers, writers and crew will be getting the nationalrecognition they deserve for their incredible talent andability,” said Ann MacKenzie, CEO of the Nova Scotia FilmDevelopment Corporation. The mini-series Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion and theseries This Hour Has 22 Minutes lead the pack with ninenominations each. Shattered City received nominations in Best Direction in aDramatic Program or Mini-Series; Best Photography in a DramaticProgram or Series; Best Sound in a Dramatic Program; Best CostumeDesign; Best Achievement in Makeup; Best Visual Effects; BestOriginal Music Score; Best Performance by an Actor in a LeadingRole; and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. This Hour Has 22 Minutes was nominated for Best Comedy Program orSeries; Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series; BestWriting in a Comedy Series; Best Sound in a Comedy, Variety orPerforming Arts Program or Series; Best Production Design in aNon-Dramatic Program or Series; Best Costume Design; BestAchievement in Makeup; Best Individual Performance in ComedyProgram or Series; and Best Ensemble Performance. The series Snakes & Ladders was nominated for Best DramaticSeries; Best Writing in a Dramatic Series; Best Performance by anActress in a Continuing Leading Role; and Best Performance by anActress in a Guest Role. Trailer Park Boys received four nods including Best ComedyProgram or Series; Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series;Best Writing in a Comedy Series; and Best Ensemble Performance. Men of the Deeps is nominated in the Best Performing Arts Programor Series or Arts Documentary Program or Series; Best Directionin a Documentary Program; Best Photography in a DocumentaryProgram or Series; and Best Sound in a Comedy, Variety orPerforming Arts Program or Series. The lifestyle programs Chef at Large and The Food Hunter bothreceived nominations in the Best Direction in a Lifestyle Programcategory. Local entrepreneur and author Pete Luckett was alsorecognized for his hosting duties on The Food Hunter. The stop-motion animation series Poko was nominated in the BestPre-School Program or Series; and Best Direction in a Children’sProgram or Series. In addition, From the Heart: The Life & Timesof Janet Connors got the nod for Best Writing in a DocumentaryProgram or Series, and Made in Canada for Best EnsemblePerformance. Rounding out the list, the locally produced newsprogram The Docket was nominated in the Best News InformationSeries category; The Spirit of Annie Mae was nominated in theBest Biography Documentary program; and Street Cents wasnominated in the Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Program orSeries. The Gemini Awards celebrate excellence in English-languagetelevision across 87 award categories. The Geminis will bebroadcast live on CBC on Dec. 13. N.S. FILM DEVELOPMENT CORP.–Nova Scotia-made Programs ReceiveGemini Nominationslast_img read more

Saskatchewan applies for intervener status on Trans Mountain pipeline hearing

first_imgREGINA – The Saskatchewan government says it has applied for intervener status in National Energy Board hearings on the Trans Mountain pipeline project.Justice Minister Don Morgan says the province argues the interprovincial pipeline has already been approved and shouldn’t be held up by a municipality.The city of Burnaby, B.C., hasn’t issued necessary permits to allow Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. (TSX:KML) to expand its pipeline from the Edmonton area to a tank farm and port in Burnaby.Morgan says Saskatchewan is disappointed the city is deliberately slowing down an important project for an industry that is just starting to recover from sluggish oil prices.He says Saskatchewan energy companies need to get their product to the coast and all Canadians — including Burnaby residents — benefit from a thriving energy sector.Kinder Morgan wants the National Energy Board to clear the way for work on the Burnaby portion of the pipeline expansion.It already has energy board and federal approvals, but the company says delays in permits and regulatory approvals mean the project could be almost nine months behind schedule.“Saskatchewan has consistently taken the position that once an interprovincial pipeline has been approved by the federal government, provinces and municipalities should not be able to interfere,” Morgan said in a statement Friday. “Our government will continue to advocate for an expansion of pipeline capacity across Canada.”last_img read more

MR claims war crimes allegations on Sri Lanka politically orchestrated

Rajapaksa said that some of the world’s foremost experts in the law of armed conflict and the practice of war including Professor Michael Newton, Professor David Crane, Sir Desmond de Silva, Sir Geoffery Nice, Rodney Dixon QC, and Major General John Holmes had provided written statements to the Government of Sri Lanka confirming this.“The war crimes allegations being made against the Sri Lankan armed forces are politically orchestrated. We will have to respond politically to such allegations,” he said. He says the law of armed conflict had been formulated in such a way, as to enable a war to be fought. Opposition leader and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa claims war crimes allegations being made against the Sri Lankan armed forces are politically orchestrated.On the tenth anniversary of the defeat of the LTTE, Rajapaksa said that war crimes were not committed during the last phase of the war in Sri Lanka. “It must also be said that it is the Western powers led by America which has been instrumental in keeping the law of armed conflict within those bounds. I state most emphatically that according to the law of armed conflict accepted and upheld by the Western powers, no war crimes were committed in Sri Lanka,” he said. Rajapaksa also said that while the Sri Lankan Government bought weapons to combat the LTTE on credit, the LTTE paid cash on the international market to buy the weapons they used against the Sri Lankan army as well as the Indian army.He said that the Republican administration in the USA had helped Sri Lanka during the war and it was with American help that Sri Lanka managed to pursuade the EU to name the LTTE as a terrorist organisation in 2006.He said that in 2007, Sri Lanka was able to destroy the LTTE’s arms smuggling ships in international waters off Australia and Indonesia due to specific information provided to Sri Lanka by the USA. However, he noted that in February 2009, a new Administration took over in the USA and attitudes changed after that. “Nevertheless we managed to resist international pressure to halt operations and we won the war,” he said.Rajapaksa said that Sri Lanka is the only country in the recent history of the world to have completely defeated terrorism and after having emerged from a situation of intense conflict, a nation should be able to put all that behind and go forward. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Croatia win HEP Croatia Cup in Umag

Croatia won “HEP Croatian Cup” at home court in Umag. However, the sixth team from the last World Championship 2015 in Qatar, had serious job to outplay talented Montenegrian squad – 28:23 (10:12).Team’s captain Zlatko Horvat netted nine goals for the winners.Croatia -Montenegro 28:23 (10:12)Croatia: Stevanović, Ivić (10 saves), Stojanović; Marić 2, Duvnjak 2, Stepančić 6, Gojun, Horvat 9, Karačić, Kozina, Tominec, Štrlek 2, Pavlović 1, Kovačević 3, Mamić 1, Šebetić 2, SliškovićMontenegro: Mijatović, Mijusković (8 saves), Ristanović (3 saves); Borozan 5, Milasević 1, Melić 5, Čavor 5, Lazović, B. Vujović, Radović 3, M. Vujović 2, Andjelić, Ševaljević, Petričević, Božović, Majić, Lipovina 2Croatia beat Macedonia 29:21 in the opening match on Friday, while Montenegro and Macedonia drew 26:26.STANDINGS:Croatia 4Montenegro 1Macedonia 1PHOTO: HRS Facebook croatiahandball umag ← Previous Story Germany beat Slovenia for DHB Super Cup Trophy Next Story → STRONG TALANT BOYS: Hungary win home Provident Cup read more

Internet 432 contenus odieux retirés depuis janvier

first_imgInternet : 432 contenus “odieux” retirés depuis janvier En 2011, 432 contenus jugés “odieux” ont été retirés du web par les hébergeurs à la demande de l’Association des fournisseurs d’Accès et de services Internet (AFA). Celle-ci collecte des alertes émises par les internautes grâce à son logiciel et son site Point de Contact.L’Association des fournisseurs d’Accès et de services Internet (AFA) a publié hier le bilan de son dispositif Point de Contact pour l’année 2011. Ce système, qui existe sous forme logicielle et en ligne, permet aux internautes de signaler des contenus choquants. En 2011, 6.518 alertes ont été envoyées, et 623 d’entre elles, concernant des contenus “potentiellement illégaux”, ont été transmises “aux autorités, à ses membres et à ses homologues étrangers” indique l’AFA. 432 ont été retirés par les hébergeurs, soit 70%.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Ces retraits sont permis par la loi pour la Confiance dans l’Economie Numérique (LCEN) de 2004, qui indique que si un contenu est reconnu comme étant “odieux”, son retrait immédiat peut être demandé sans nécessiter un recours à la justice. “Pour tous les autres contenus illégaux non-compris dans le champ de l’article 6 I 7 de la LCEN, la procédure de notification est soumise à des conditions de forme plus strictes” souligne l’association.Sont considérés comme odieux la “pédopornographie, pornographie accessible aux mineurs, provocation à la discrimination ou à la haine raciale, incitation à la violence contre les personnes, violences faites aux femmes, provocation au terrorisme ou à la fabrication de bombes, apologie de crimes de guerre ou contestation de crimes contre l’humanité et provocation au suicide”. Quand de tels contenus sont hébergés en France, la hotline Pointdecontact.net les rapporte à la société qui les héberge et à l’Office Central de Lutte contre la Criminalité liée aux Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (OCLCTIC). Le délai d’action est alors de quelques heures à 48 heures maximum pour le retrait d’un contenu illicite, précise l’AFA.En 2010, 8.196 signalements avaient été envoyés à la plateforme Point de Contact. Seules 28 % d’entre elles avaient été jugées potentiellement illégales. Le 26 novembre 2011 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Remaining FAU graduating students attend ceremony

first_imgBOCA RATON, FLA. (WSVN) – Some Florida Atlantic University students crossed the stage at graduation a week after a threat caused the ceremony to be abruptly cancelled.A group of excited college graduates received their diplomas Tuesday morning.They were scheduled to get them a week prior, but the ceremony was called off due to a troubling threat.University staff and students told 7News that cancelling the ceremony was the right thing to do.“Your safety and the safety of your guests was our top priority,” said University President John Kelly.“I think they handled it well because if they didn’t do anything at all and something did happen, then there’d be a big problem with that,” said graduate Braden Hartigan.A threatening note was found in a bathroom on the original graduation day, on Aug. 7, which forced everyone to clear out of campus. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Watch The First Trailer For Joan Jett Documentary Bad Reputation

first_img Email Watch: Joan Jett Doc Trailer ‘Bad Reputation’ watch-first-trailer-joan-jett-documentary-bad-reputation News Facebook Watch The First Trailer For Joan Jett Documentary ‘Bad Reputation’ Twitter Take a sneak peek into the GRAMMY-nominated rocker’s upcoming documentary Renée FabianGRAMMYs Jul 25, 2018 – 4:03 pm Are rock stars born or made? In the case of Joan Jett, you could argue both. But the upcoming documentary, Bad Reputation, might get us closer to the answer by giving us a little more insight into the GRAMMY-nominated rocker’s life and career.A new trailer for the film, directed by Kevin Kerslake, covers Jett’s rise as a musician, including navigating the boys club of rock and roll, her first band the Runaways, her solo work, and co-founding Blackheart Records. And it all started with her first guitar at age 13.”I went and took a lesson and the guy said, ‘Girls don’t play rock and roll,'” she reveals. “And I said, ‘Bull.’ … Tell me I can’t do something, you know I’m gonna be doing it.”The film will include archival footage as well as interviews with Jett and Billie Joe Armstrong, Iggy Pop, Pete Townshend, Debbie Harry, and Miley Cyrus who will paint their personal pictures of Jett.You can get your hands on the full-length feature documentary starting Sept. 28. While it may be titled Bad Reputation, Jett’s legacy has inspired all of us to shout from the rooftops right along with her: “I Love Rock ‘N Roll.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON Farm Bill Includes Key Warren Markey Provisions

first_imgWASHINGTON, DC — United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) applauded the final passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which President Trump recently signed into law. The bill enacts legislation co-sponsored by Senator Warren, the Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives Act.“The 2018 Farm Bill makes important investments to sustain small farmers, promote organic agriculture, support tribal businesses, combat climate change, and encourage healthy nutrition. I’m proud to support this bill, because it represents a genuine bipartisan agreement to reject toxic anti-environmental riders and preserve access to SNAP benefits. However, the news that President Trump intends to impose stricter work requirements on SNAP beneficiaries is troubling. Senator Markey and I will fight this proposal every step of the way,” said Senator Warren.“The 2018 Farm Bill demonstrates a clear bipartisan commitment to support farmers, promote agriculture research, and ensure environmental protections. The legislation will safeguard access to healthy foods for years to come, and is an integral part in our continued fight against climate change. While this bill represents a win for millions across America, the Trump administration swiftly announced its attempt to restrict access to SNAP benefits upon signing the legislation into law. The fight to protect SNAP accessibility does not end here, and I will work to ensure the program remains strong and that those who need it will have access to these benefits without cruel restrictions,” said Senator Markey.The bipartisan package contains other key provisions sought by Warren and Markey, including:Programs to improve water quality and soil health;Investments in climate-smart agriculture practices;Improvements to the Dairy Margin Coverage program;Measures to expand high-speed internet access in rural communities;Investments in bio-based manufacturing;Investments in local foods, value-added agricultural production, and organics;Measures to promote access to and encourage healthy nutrition.While the Farm Bill contains several positive steps forward, the Trump Administration announced it would go around Congress to force stricter work requirements on SNAP recipients, hurting some of our most vulnerable individuals. Senators Warren and Markey opposed such requirements in the Farm Bill and condemn the Trump Administration for proposing to institute them in SNAP.(NOTE: The above press release is from Senator Ed Markey’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest from Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”last_img read more

2020 Lexus LX 570 picks up new Sport Package for a bit

first_img 2019 Lexus LS 500h review: Full-size hybrid offers luxury with tradeoffs Lexus Lexus New Lexus RX 450h adopts radical style, retains stellar hybrid fuel economy 0 Share your voice Tags 39 Photos Review • 2019 Lexus LX 570: Age without wisdomcenter_img More about 2019 Lexus LX 570 More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageFor some reason, Lexus didn’t include a picture of the interior, so I hope you’ve got a vivid imagination. Lexus With the advent of the 2020 model year, the Lexus LX is officially 12 model years old. Sure, it’s had a few nips and tucks here and there. But underneath, it’s still the same gussied-up Land Cruiser as usual. Lexus keeps kicking the can down the road with special editions, and what do you know, there’s a new one for 2020.Lexus this week introduced the 2020 LX 570 Sport Package. It’s a styling package, so don’t expect anything other than looks that differ from other models. It does include some extra equipment, but it’s nothing that isn’t available on other variants. The Sport Package is only available on three-row LX variants, to boot.The outside adds a bit more style by way of an exclusive grille and a more aggressive front bumper. The lower rear valence is a little different, as well. Rounding out the limited upgrades is a set of body-color side mirrors with chrome accents. Inside, there’s a black headliner and semi-aniline leather seats, which can be optioned in black, red or white.That’s it in terms of aesthetic upgrades. However, the LX 570 Sport Package does also include Lexus’ Luxury Package upgrade. This adds heating and ventilation to the first and second rows, four-zone automatic climate control, 21-inch alloy wheels, a heated wood-trimmed steering wheel, a head-up display and a wireless device charger. It also includes the excellent Mark Levinson 19-speaker surround-sound audio system.Otherwise, it’s the same LX as usual. The LX 570 gets its motive force from a 5.7-liter V8 with 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive are both standard, and it can tow up to 7,000 pounds. Lexus Safety System+ is standard, which includes automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams. The base 2020 LX 570 will start at $86,380 before destination, but the Sport Package rings in a bit higher at $99,300. 2020 Lexus RX first drive: Sharper image Post a comment 2019 Lexus LX 570: Can this big SUV still cut it? SUVs Luxury carslast_img read more

Cuba scraps gay marriage law in new constitution

first_imgIn this file photo Mariela Castro (C), daughter of Cuban former president Raul Castro and the director of the National Centre for Sex Education (CENESEX), participates in the gay pride parade during the celebration of the day against homophobia and transphobia in Havana, on 12 May . Photo: AFPCuba will leave out of its new constitution changes that would have paved the way for legal same-sex marriage, despite majority support in local assemblies, a government official said Tuesday.It was a surprising twist given public popular support shown nationwide — and earlier remarks from lawmakers in the Americas’ only one-party Communist regime.The measure would have changed the definition of parties in a marriage from man and wife to “between two people.”But “the draft constitution will not define which parties enter into a marriage… So that is now out of constitutional reform discussions overall,” Council of State secretary and drafting coordinator Homero Acosta was quoted as saying by state media.The full draft constitution was put before neighborhood and workplace assemblies for debate between August and November. The marriage issue was the one that drew the greatest attention.”Article 68 was the one most discussed by the people in the popular consultation, in 66 percent of the meetings (of citizen debate). Of the 192,408 opinions, 158,376 propose replacing the measure now in force with the one proposed,” Cuba’s National Assembly said on Twitter.In light of that, “the (text-drafting) Committee proposes deferring the definition of marriage to the draft constitution, as a way to respect all opinions.”The new draft, with the changes made, will be taken up Friday by the National Assembly and then submitted to a popular referendum on February 24, 2019.Ahead of its annual session, Acosta on Tuesday told the National Assembly that 60 percent of the text’s articles had undergone some type of change.The commission drafting the new constitution proposed a new article replacing 68, number 82, which defines marriage “as a social and legal institution.”The committee also deemed marriage “one of the forms of family organization”, which “is based on free consent and equality of rights, obligations and legal capacity of the spouses.”Separately, the definition of marriage will be left to the Family Code, which will spell out who can be in a marriage.Those details will be put to a referendum vote within two years of the draft transitional provision, the National Assembly said.The definition will acknowledge that a shared life and shared family are part of a special legal construct.The failure to launch of the reform as expected comes during the term of the first post-Castro president, elected in April, Miguel Diaz-Canel.It would have marked a sea-change on the island where sexual minorities were stigmatized in the wake of the Castro revolution in 1959.LGBT people were harassed and some were sent to re-education camps, after which they were excluded from any public appointment.Diaz-Canel has backed same-sex marriage since taking office and said the change “responds to the problem of eliminating all types of discrimination in society.”It has also been championed by Raul Castro’s daughter, Mariela Castro, who has been a staunch supporter of gay rights in Cuba.last_img read more

FACT CHECK Whats Happening On The USMexico Border

first_imgGuillermo Arias/AFP/Getty ImagesTear gas thrown by the U.S. Border Patrol is seen near the El Chaparral/San Ysidro border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, on Sunday.The situation at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry has been chaotic and confusing in recent days. And reactions from the American public suggest that photos and footage from the scene serve as a sort of Rorschach test.On Sunday, for instance, U.S. agents closed a major border crossing and fired tear gas on migrants attempting to cross into the U.S. from Tijuana, Mexico. The migrants, many of whom had been part of a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers, were protesting the slow pace with which the U.S. has been processing asylum claims.For supporters of President Trump who advocate a crackdown on immigration, the events of Sunday showed migrants storming a protected border, confirming fears of an “invasion” of migrants defying U.S. laws.For Trump’s critics and pro-immigration activists, the scene showed American patrol agents firing tear gas at an unarmed crowd including children, reinforcing horror over the way the U.S. is treating immigrants.Here’s what we know about what’s happening on the border.Is the U.S.-Mexico border currently closed? No. The border has not been shut down. One port of entry was temporarily closed for a few hours on Sunday, but has since reopened.The port of entry in question — San Ysidro — is a big one. It’s the busiest land border crossing in the western hemisphere. An average of 90,000 people pass north through the crossing each day, 70,000 in cars and 20,000 by foot.Could President Trump seal the border if he wished? Yes. It is difficult to completely secure a border more than 1,900 miles long, but ports of entry could be shut down, as USA Today explains. There is some precedent for such an action, although it’s extreme.And as Quartz notes, that would only delay — not eliminate — the United States’ legal responsibility to hear asylum claims.Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty ImagesA group of Central American migrants climb a metal barrier on the Mexico-U.S. border in Tijuana, Mexico, on Sunday. U.S. officials closed the San Ysidro port of entry in southern California on Sunday after a group of migrants tried to breach a fence from Tijuana.How many people are waiting in Mexico, hoping to cross into the U.S.? More than 5,000 migrants from Central America have reached the border town of Tijuana, as part of the caravan that traveled some 3,000 miles. Most are from Honduras, where gang violence is widespread and a 2009 coup triggered an ongoing political crisis. The U.S. has long played a key role in Honduran politics.All told, more than 7,000 migrants with the caravan have reached the state of Baja California, where Tijuana is located, according to the Mexican government.And there were other migrants waiting in Tijuana even before the caravan members began to arrive, reporter James Fredrick notes.Several hundred migrants were involved in the confrontation on Sunday.Why were the migrants protesting over the weekend? Many of the migrants say they want to seek asylum in the U.S., which is not illegal — in fact, the right to seek asylum is protected by both U.S. and international law.However, authorities at legal border crossings have been limiting the number of people who can request asylum. Only 40-100 people are allowed each day, Fredrick says.“People in the caravan who want to request asylum, they’re looking at months to even be heard first by U.S. authorities, and then for that claim to be processed can take months or even years,” Fredrick tells NPR.Migrants were protesting that delay.A spokesman for CBP told NPR’s Joel Rose that San Ysidro is limited by its facilities, which can hold up to 300 people, and that the port of entry can process about 100 people per day under ideal conditions.The federal government is aware that asylum seekers face a backlog. A report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General published in September described the issue.The U.S. government has encouraged all asylum seekers to go to ports of entry, rather than along the rest of the border. At the same time, authorities are limiting the volume of asylum seekers allowed at ports of entry. The “competing directives” have created a backlog, OIG found, likely causing more migrants to enter the country illegally.Earlier this month, the Trump Administration announced new measures aimed at denying asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally. A federal court later blocked that effort.Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty ImagesCentral American migrants run along the shallow concrete waterway of the Tijuana River,in Tijuana, Mexico, on Sunday.What happened on Sunday? It was a peaceful protest at first, says Fredrick, who witnessed the events in Tijuana. Mexican federal police attempted to contain the crowd, but some migrants were able to pass the Mexican police.“They went down into this kind of riverbank, where there is not that giant steel fence that divides the U.S. and Mexico,” he says. “It’s a chain link fence and barbed wire. A group of them started pushing up against that fence.”At that point, U.S. agents began firing tear gas into the crowd for the first time. Tear gas was used again several times.It was a windy day, and the tear gas drifted at least half a mile, Fredrick reported Sunday. Families with children, far from altercation at the fence, felt its effects.Ninety-eight migrants were arrested by Mexican authorities south of the border.Rodney Scott, chief patrol agent of the San Diego Sector Border Patrol, told CNN on Monday that about 42 people were arrested on the U.S. side of the border, including eight women and “a few children.”Some of the migrants threw rocks, and border patrol agents “deployed tear gas to protect themselves and to protect the border,” Scott said.He said several agents were struck by rocks but were not injured, because they were wearing tactical gear, including helmets and bulletproof vests.What’s the role of the military along the border? President Trump has sent nearly 6,000 U.S. troops, including military engineers and military police, to the U.S.-Mexico border to support Customs and Border Protection. The military police are not supposed to carry out law enforcement duties, but they can protect CBP officials.While local police and CBP agents have firepower, military leaders and spokesmen have repeatedly said that the military police at the border are unarmed. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Wednesday that military police would carry shields and batons, not firearms.Armed Border Patrol tactical units are deployed at the border, to protect Border Patrol agents. Backing up these tactical units are unarmed military police with protective shields and batons. The military police are not supposed to engage migrants but are there in a support role to back up the Border Patrol.A total of 1,800 troops are in California as of Monday, an increase compared to recent weeks. Some of the military police — it’s not clear how many — participated in the border action over the weekend.U.S. Northern Command tells Walsh the military provided non-lethal assistance and did not have contact with migrants, and were not involved in deploying tear gas.It’s not yet clear what their role was.Does the military have authorization to use lethal force?President Trump has said that he’s “given the OK” for U.S. forces to “use lethal force” against the migrant caravan.But according to a White House memo from last week, which was acquired by multiple media outlets, the decision to use lethal force is limited to protecting federal agents — and at the discretion of the Secretary of Defense.And Mattis, in a briefing last week, said that the Department of Homeland Security has issued no call for lethal force. On Monday, CBP described the military’s role as helping put up barriers along the border — with no mention of force.The memo expanding the military’s powers was signed by White House chief of staff John Kelly, which is unusual. It was reportedly opposed by both Secretary of Defense Mattis and Secretary of Homeland Security Nielsen.U.S. troops have always had the right to act in their own self-defense.Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty ImagesU.S. military personnel and Border Patrol agents secure the United States-Mexico border at the San Ysidro crossing point south of San Diego on Sunday.Are the number of border crossings increasing, or at a historic high? No. As NPR’s Joel Rose reported this month, the total number of migrants apprehended at the border is actually down slightly, to about 521,000, and remains far below the numbers that were routine in the 1990s and 2000s.The difference, according to the Trump Administration, is the kind of migrants now turning up at the border. In the past, migrants were largely single adults who could be deported quickly. Today’s migrants are more likely from Central America, and are more likely to be part of family units. That means they have greater protections under U.S. law and it may take months or years to deport them. In the meantime, hundreds of thousands have been released into this country, awaiting their day in court.Has the U.S. made a deal with Mexico that would keep asylum seekers south of the border as their claims are processed? It appears that the initial reports of a deal between the U.S. and Mexico to keep the asylum-seekers in Mexico were premature, but not inaccurate.The Washington Post first reported on Saturday that a tentative deal with Mexico had been reached, adding that “no formal agreement has been signed.”The Post offered these details:“According to outlines of the plan, known as Remain in Mexico, asylum applicants at the border will have to stay in Mexico while their cases are processed, potentially ending the system, which Trump decries as ‘catch and release,’” that has generally allowed those seeking refuge to wait on safer U.S. soil.“For now, we have agreed to this policy of Remain in Mexico,” said Olga Sánchez Cordero, Mexico’s incoming interior minister, the top domestic policy official for López Obrador, who takes office Dec. 1. In an interview with The Washington Post, she called it a ‘short-term solution.’”“The medium- and long-term solution is that people don’t migrate,” Sánchez Cordero said. ‘Mexico has open arms and everything, but imagine one caravan after another after another. That would also be a problem for us.’”Within hours, the incoming-Mexican government appeared to pull back from the deal. In a statement, Sanchez-Cordero declared that “there is no agreement of any kind” between the U.S. and Mexican governments, “since the next president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, will take office on December 1.”However, the statement doesn’t really deny that there have been some negotiations between the two countries on how to handle the migrant caravan. It also implies that Obrador’s in-coming government cannot yet announce any deal, if there is one, because he has not taken authority.The statement does say that Mexico won’t become a “safe third country” for the asylum-seekers. That refers to a specific arrangement sought by American officials under which the Central American migrants would be required to seek asylum in Mexico rather than in the U.S. As The Post reported in July, the Mexican government never warmed up to that idea.Under the so-called “Remain in Mexico” policy, the Post reports asylum-seekers would be screened in interviews allowing them to claim a “credible fear” of persecution in their homeland if they return there. They would also have to establish a “reasonable fear” of persecution in Mexico if they remain there. Only those determined to have a “reasonable fear” of staying in Mexico would be allowed into the U.S. to await an asylum hearing. All others would have to wait in Mexico to apply for asylum.Immigrant advocates say they are monitoring the reports of negotiations between the two governments.“We are going to wait to see precisely what the president proposes,” said Lee Gelernt, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in an interview with NPR.“But one thing we know right off the bat is that it cannot be legal unless they can assure all the asylum seekers who will be stranded in Mexico … will be safe — not only from persecution by state actors in Mexico, but by criminal gangs. And from what we know about what’s going on, we see no likelihood that that is going to be true. And so because that’s part of the legal analysis, whether the asylum seekers will be safe in Mexico, we can’t imagine any proposal will be legal.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. Sharelast_img read more

The Girl who was Raised by Dogs for 5 Years due to

first_imgA feral child is one who, whether by accident or intention, is raised isolated from more than very limited human contact. Children raised this way come closer to the border between humans and animals than the rest of us, and scientists find them interesting subjects of study when they are trying to learn more about what makes humans, well… human. Sometimes wild children have just been raised in conditions of extreme isolation, but sometimes they were raised by actual animals. That was the case with Oxana Malaya, of Novaya Blagoveshchensk, Ukraine. Oxana was born on November 4, 1983 to alcoholic parents, according to History Daily. Medical experts believe that she was normal at birth, but was extremely neglected by her parents.Illustration of a feral childFinding herself locked out of the house when she was three years old, she crawled to the nearest source of warmth and shelter – the dog kennel.Her parents seemingly didn’t notice her absence and Oxana continued to stay in the kennel with the dogs, surviving on their scraps. Over the five years that she essentially lived as part of the pack, she would have only occasionally seen humans, although it does appear that she went into her parents’ house at least occasionally.Photo by ©torange.biz CC BY SA 4.0According to Feral Children Project, Oxana rapidly learned to live like the rest of her furry family. She ate raw meat, walked on all fours, barked, and slept in the kennel them.She stopped identifying with humans as being “her” species. When someone finally contacted police about Oxana and they came to investigate, she charged at them on all fours, barking. The dogs, protecting her, pulled at their chains and tried to get to the officers, who had to lure them with meat so they could retrieve the child.Little girl playing with her beagle dog in the nature on sunsetBy the time she was removed from her parent’s residence, not only had she forgotten how to walk upright, but the doctors worried she might also have lost the ability for human speech. Research suggests that if a child hasn’t been exposed to spoken language by the age of 5, they begin to lose the capacity to learn to talk.She was taken to an orphanage school and was taught how to walk upright again. Somewhat surprisingly, she relearned how to talk, probably because she had some rudimentary speech before she went to live with the dogs. She was taught how to use her hands to eat, and the other basics of living as a girl and not a dog.Despite the incredible gains she made toward re-entering society, the experience left its mark on her. Although she speaks, her speech is flat, lacking intonation and rhythm. She once had a boyfriend when she was 22, but he left quickly after she showed him how convincingly she could run and bark like a dog.Oxana lives on a farm caring for the animals, but only has the mental function of a six-year-old. Like the creatures who raised her, she loves to be the center of attention. She can follow directions well, but is prone to boredom. If you give her anything, she will often immediately try to hide it, like a dog does with a bone.Despite all of that, she still has a life. In 2013 she was interviewed on a Ukrainian talk show. She told her interviewer that she gets offended when people refer to her as a dog-girl, and she just wants to be treated the same as everyone else.Read another story from us: Why Did Humans Lose Their Fur?She talked about her early years, her life in foster care, and her work on the farm. She expressed her desire to spend more time with her brothers and to find her biological mother.In short, despite her unusual early life, she still manages, now, to be a real girl.last_img read more