Barcelona staff give players guard of honour

first_imgAfter Real Madrid’s refusal to give Barcelona the traditional guard of honour in respect for their recent La Liga title victory, the technical staff at the club rose to the occasion and applauded the players as they entered the pitch at the Nou CampPrior to Sunday’s “El Clasico”, Zinedine Zidane had announced that Real would not be giving their arch-rivals the guard of honour, after sealing the league title last weekend, due to the fact that Barcelona had failed to do the gesture themselves when the sides met at the Santiago Bernabeu in December after his side had won the FIFA Club World Cup.Despite the protests of both Barcelona and the Spanish press, Real remained firm on their decision and carried on with their pre-match preparations as normal.In light of this, Gerard Pique asked the technical staff to do the honour in Real’s place and so they applauded the team as they entered their home ground for the first time in front of their fans as Copa del Rey and La Liga champions.The coaching staff perform a guard of honor for the team ???? ???? Força Barça! pic.twitter.com/ypHdltokGaSergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.— FC Barcelona ???? (@FCBarcelona) May 6, 2018“As they didn’t want to give us a guard of honour, I ask our staff to do it and we’ll do it like that,” said Pique, as reported on Sport.The match between the two La Liga giants ended 2-2.last_img read more

Nigeria can progress at World Cup – Pinnick

first_imgThe President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Melvin Pinnick, is certain that the national side have the potential to advance past the group stages of the World Cup, despite losing their opening game to Croatia 2-0The Super Eagles were left unable to answer to Croatia’s set-pieces at Kaliningrad on Saturday as they fell to a disappointing 2-0 loss and are now bottom of Group D after both Argentina and Iceland drew in their opening game.“We expected to win against Croatia but it did not happen and the whole team, as well as the Federation, have put that behind us and looking ahead with hope to the next two matches,” said Pinnick, according to AllAfrica.“I have spoken with the Coach and the players and they have confidence that the job can be done. They feel bad to have lost the first match and are determined to go out there and do what they have to do against Iceland on Friday.”News: Samson Siasia banned for life by FIFA George Patchias – August 16, 2019 The former manager of the Nigerian national team Samson Siasia has been banned from football for life.A match-fixing investigation has been carried out by…The President remains hopeful that Nigeria can bounce back as in football nothing is impossible.“Losing your first match of a major competition is not an automatic exit ticket. Spain lost their first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals and still went ahead to win the tournament.“We have a young team that can achieve so much with the right attitude and invention, and we must now reach deep down for those qualities when we play Iceland in Volgograd.”Nigeria will face World Cup debutants Iceland at the Volgograd Arena on Friday.last_img read more

Wijnaldum Van Dijk has made a real difference at Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum hailed the impact Virgil van Dijk has made in the club’s defence upon his arrival in JanuaryThe Reds signed Van Dijk for a record £75m fee for a defender in the last winter transfer window from fellow Premier League side Southampton.Since then, Van Dijk has become a crucial member of the Liverpool defence with his solid displays helping the club concede just five times in 12 Premier League matches.And Wijnaldum believes a large part of the credit should go to his fellow Dutchman.“I think Virgil has made a difference in the last line because he is a good defender, a big defender,” Wijnaldum told the club website.“He is an extra man who can defend set-pieces as well.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“He is a leader in the last line who not only helps himself with his quality but also the players next to him and so he really helps the team.“But it is not only Virgil, the team helps him also – the players who play next to him or in front of him and the goalkeeper too because we all have to communicate with each other and help each other.“It is good teamwork that makes us do things so well, but of course he has made a real difference since he came.”Van Dijk has made 16 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions this season.Jurgen Klopp’s side will travel to Watford for their next Premier League match on November 24.last_img read more

Sesame Streets Grover to read to 1500 students today courtesy of Beaches

first_img Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Related Items:beaches resort and spa, enid capron primary school, sesame street. grover Sandals drops major bomb, makes Misick brothers look terribly suspect Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Mar 2015 – Education Week continues today and Sesame Street’s Grover will leave the Beaches Resort property to read to students of three area schools. The ‘Reading with Grover campaign will include Enid Capron Primary – 9:45am; Oseta Jolly Primary – 10:15am and then Ianthe Pratt Primary— 10:45am. Yesterday, the Turks and Caicos International School transformed its institution to depict the culture and history of the country with students being the main presenters. Today the Fortis TCI Science Fair opens at the Gus Lightbourne Gym.last_img read more

Premier to commission South Caicos fire truck

first_img Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionercenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 19, 2017 – South Caicos a couple of weeks ago now saw a brand new fire truck landed at its airport, and that should make operations at the aerodrome more reliable and irrevocably up to Civil Aviation Association or CAA standard.This morning, there will be an official commissioning of the new fire truck, says the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority, by Premier Hon Sharlene Robinson. #MagneticNewsMedia TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOAlast_img read more

Move to Automated Exchange of Information Causing Issues for Financial Services Practitioners

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Bahamas, September 18th, 2017 – Nassau – The DPM was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest said among the issues financial services practitioners are contending with is the move to automatic exchange of information, particularly for matters related to taxation in other jurisdictions.The initial standard in this regard was the Exchange of Information on Request, espoused by the OECD-hosted Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, DPM Turnquest said at the Securities Industry Act, 2011 and Investment Funds Act, 2003 Annual Briefing hosted by the Securities Commission of The Bahamas at the British Colonial Hilton, Thursday, September 14, 2017.He said The Bahamas implemented a number of key legislative initiatives to ensure the legal and regulatory framework as well as supporting processes and procedures were in place to satisfy the Exchange of Information on Request standard.“These involved, among other things, ensuring reliable accounting records were maintained and accessible, and that the beneficial owners of entities, structures and legal arrangements were identified and properly maintained.“The legislative initiatives included the International Tax Cooperation Act, 2010, which facilitated the implementation of international tax agreements and tax information sharing under those agreements.   The Government also implemented a series of legislative amendments including amendments to the International Business Companies (IBC) Act, the Partnership Limited Liability Act and the Segregated Companies Act, amongst others, in 2011, and the IBC Accounting Records Order of 2016, to meet the information exchange standards.   After having undergone the Global Forum’s most recent review – the Phase 2 review, the jurisdiction is assessed as Largely Compliant.”The DPM said the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act or FATCA was adopted by the United States Congress in 2010, and of course, The Bahamas made the necessary legislative and procedural changes to meet the FATCA requirements.He explained that by September 2014, the G20 and leaders of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development had endorsed the Common Reporting Standard or CRS.The CRS facilitates automatic exchange of account information, on a confidential basis with information from financial institutions being exchanged annually.   According to an OECD June 2017 report, some 101 jurisdictions had committed to implementing this newest standard on tax transparency and undertaking actual information exchanges by 2017 or 2018.“You would be aware that the Government is committed to adopting the multilateral approach to sharing information under the CRS regime.   We simply cannot afford, nor do we wish to have, the reputation of being the ‘last tax haven standing’ as the Head of the OECD’s Global Forum Secretariat on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, Monica Bhatia, referred to the jurisdiction prior to the Government’s commitment to the Multi-lateral approach.”DPM Turnquest said, “We must protect our sector from the fallout of blacklisting, and we want to be singled out for markers such as excellence in service, being business friendly, and product innovation–not for being a place to hide or launder illicit funds of any kind.   Undoubtedly, this will impact reporting requirements and hence compliance costs in most, if not all, financial institutions.”PressRelease: BIS The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provocenter_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for youlast_img read more

3 Friends Dog Park OneYear Anniversary Celebration Tomorrow

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The 3 Friends Dog Park will be celebrating their one year anniversary on Saturday, October 20, with a Halloween themed party and costume contest. The one-year anniversary will take place at the park from 1 to 3 p.m. The celebration on Saturday will feature the release of three balloons into the air commemorating the three friends of the dog park- Dean Birmley, Martha Brewer and Alice Puster. 3 Friends Dog Park opened in September 2017, and sits on about two acres of land behind Jo-Ann Fabric, off Aspen Drive.center_img Dale Bagley, one of the volunteers who helped build the gazebo where the new benches are located: “We did this multi-tier gazebo here, and this thing is huge with multi-levels. Now we are working on the seating in there so people have a good place to sit and watch their dogs play.”  The park also celebrated the one-year milestone with new benches. The funding for the benches was donated by Kelly Griebel of Century 21 as well as Alaska 1st Real Estate, each donated $750.last_img read more

4 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The Transfiguration

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The following four children were baptized and joined the Parish of  the Transfiguration on Sunday, August 4, 2019:Anthony Joseph RuplisValentina Elizabeth SanchezMadelyn ShalkoskiCallen James SutherlandCongratulations to these children and their families.(NOTE: List is from the latest St. Thomas/St. Dorothy church bulletin. The cover photo is from Airgoz Aerial Photography.)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… Related2 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”2 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”5 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”last_img read more

At Google workers town hall employees pledge to protect each other from

first_imgGoogle workers staged a worldwide walkout last year. James Martin/CNET Google workers on Friday held a town hall meeting to discuss alleged retaliation from the search giant over employees’ activism and organizing efforts. The company’s employees booked rooms for viewing the town hall from Google offices all over the world, according to an employee who attended the meeting. At the gathering, Google workers pledged to protect each other from retaliation and brainstormed ideas to help. Some of that action could take place as soon as next week, that employee said.That employee also said it was the first big town hall meeting that Google’s temporary workers, vendors and contractors — known as TVCs in Google parlance — were able to attend, since the gathering was held by employees and not management.The meeting was called after two workers who helped to organize a massive employee walkout said management was unfairly targeting them. In November, roughly 20,000 Googlers walked out of the company’s offices worldwide to protest its handling of sexual assault allegations directed at key executives. The demonstration drew international attention. One organizer, Meredith Whittaker, who leads Google’s Open Research program, said earlier this week that she was asked to choose between Google and her outside work. Whittaker co-founded New York University’s AI Now Institute, a research center that examines the societal effects of artificial intelligence. Whittaker said Google asked her to give up that work after the company disbanded its own AI ethics board last month amid controversy over one of its members. Claire Stapleton, a marketing manager at Google-owned YouTube, said she was told after the walkout she’d be demoted and lose half of her reports. She said she was also told to go on medical leave even though she wasn’t sick. Google only walked back her demotion after she hired a lawyer, Stapleton said. “Meredith and Claire were bold and unwavering,” the employee who attended said. “The support was overwhelming and it looks like the company’s misguided gamble to cut off the ‘head’ of the organizing against harassment, discrimination and unethical decision-making won’t work.”Google employees have largely been the poster children for protest in the tech industry — a sector where rank and file workers have historically refrained from publicly criticizing management. Aside from the handling of sexual assault accusations, Google workers have also protested the company’s military contracts, its work in China, and its treatment of temporary workers and contractors. Outside of Google, other tech workers have also been speaking up. At Amazon, thousands of workers signed a letter earlier this month that urged the company to reduce its carbon footprint and take action against climate change.The town hall meeting comes a day after Google released its workplace policy guidelines, including its rules on retaliation. Retaliation means taking an adverse action against an employee or TVC as a consequence of reporting, for expressing an intent to report, for assisting another employee in an effort to report, for testifying or assisting in a proceeding involving sexual harassment under any federal, state or local anti-discrimination law, or for participating in the investigation of what they believe in good faith to be a possible violation of our Code of Conduct, Google policy or the law. The section concludes by warning employees that not all complaints may meet that definition.”If you report something that is not a policy violation and you believe you are being treated adversely as a result, you should feel free to report that and we will look into it, but it may not amount to retaliation under this policy,” the guidelines say.Google declined to comment on the town hall, but a spokeswoman said the company prohibits retaliation and has a “very clear policy.” “To make sure that no complaint raised goes unheard at Google, we give employees multiple channels to report concerns, including anonymously, and investigate all allegations of retaliation,” the spokeswoman said.    Post a comment Google employees protest tech giant’s handling of sexual… Share your voice 0 Google Alphabet Inc.center_img 1:45 Tags Tech Industry Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

I ate insects at ComicCon and now I want more

first_imgAnd now you know where to find cricket protein bars at Comic-Con. Erin Carson/CNET In the press room at San Diego Comic-Con, early Thursday evening, it’s snack time. Well, for me at least. At the risk of spoiling my dinner, I’m digging into a very particular type of protein bar — the kind that’s going to power me through my last story of the day, in more ways than one.The bar, brown and moist, is meant to taste like peanut butter and strawberry jelly. In truth, biting in you’d think that’s all that was in it. But along with the real strawberries and bits of peanut, this bar also contains crickets. Cricket powder, to be precise.Now, I’m not sitting here eating a cricket protein bar because I hate convention food that much. Share your voice 62 Photos Culture Comments The very best cosplay we saw at Comic-Con 2019 5 Now playing: Watch this: It’s actually in promotion of the upcoming TBS television series Snowpiercer. Snowpiercer is a TV adaption of a comic (it was also a movie in 2014) slated for 2020. The show takes place a few years after the world has become a frozen wasteland. A train carries what remains of humanity, and even in the apocalypse there’s a disparity between the folks in the fancy front of the train and the ones barely getting by in the back.And by barely getting by, we’re talking about subsisting off nutrient bars of jellied cockroaches.Fortunately, the protein bar that Comic-Con goers can pick up from one of several vending machines is nothing like that. Tragically, it’s not made with cockroaches. It’s also pretty good — dense, chewy, a bit crunchy, the strawberry lends a fresh note, and it doesn’t taste like, well, crickets.snowpiercer2.jpgMmm… crickets. Erin Carson/CNET As for the idea of subsisting on protein bars, I get it. When I arrive at the Snowpiercer booth on the expo floor at 4:30 p.m. PT, I’ve eaten two caramel toffee sea salt bars and nothing else all day long. The world might not have frozen over, but these are, nonetheless, meager times on the food front in the midst of a 130,000-plus person convention with entirely too much to take in.To get the cricket bar, you go up to a vending machine with a giant touchscreen, and enter your email address, watch a short video from Snowpiercer, and down drops a cricket protein bar in a black wrapper with blue and white lettering.Scarfing down a bug bar isn’t just a promotional stunt. The bars come from the Aspire Food Group, a company based in Austin, Texas that raises crickets for human consumption. Aspire’s been on a mission to educate people about how edible insects like crickets are often higher in iron, protein, calcium and the like, and are also a more environmentally sustainable source of nutrients, than meat. And since Snowpiercer is essentially dealing with the aftermath of climate change, Aspire CEO and co-founder Mohammed Ashour thinks it’s a point worth underlining.”The show talks about a dystopian future where as a result of a lot of social collapses, you end up in this world where there’s this asymmetry in how nutrition and wealth and abundance and opportunity is distributed,” Ashour said. That’s not merely science fiction. “We are using tremendous amounts of resources to produce nutrition calories at an incredible environmental cost.”Can swapping out steak for some crickets keep us all off the apocalypse train? That remains to be seen, but Ashour is hoping Comic-Con’s attendees will consider it.And hey — at least it’s not cockroaches. Whole roasted crickets infest snack time Tags 3:04 Comic-Conlast_img read more

Dalits not allowed to touch water tankers servicing upper caste villages in

first_imgWells and hand pumps in upper caste villages are being zealously guarded by lathi-wielding men.ReutersIn the parched badlands of Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand, wells and ponds have dried up, rivers have shrunk miserably. Water scarcity is a way of life in this region of Uttar Pradesh – made worse this year by lack of rainfall.Water woes have been further compounded by the caste woes emerging in the times of water scarcity.Water tankers are being sent to upper caste settlements, conveniently sidestepping the Dalit villages.People belonging to Dalit castes are not allowed to “even touch” functional hand pumps installed in upper caste villages.”If they (upper caste) are in a benevolent mood, they might give us a pot full of water and nothing more than that,” said Ritu Kumari of Tendura village.According to her, Dalits in the village have to walk seven to eight kilometres to another village to fetch water from a hand pump installed in the Dalit area.”Even there, we are not allowed to get more than one bucket because the pump is drying up,” she added.Wells and hand pumps in upper caste villages are being zealously guarded by lathi-wielding men.”This is to prevent theft of water. Unknown people (read Dalits) come here to steal water and we cannot afford this because there is already a water shortage,” said Manish Shukla.Asked if it was not inhuman to deny water to someone, he retorted: “It is the law of jungle that prevails here. If we give away water, how will we survive?”Even the Dalit children are ruthlessly pushed back if they dare to venture near a hand pump or tube well owned by upper caste. Children from upper caste remain, silent spectators, as they imbibe the caste bias and prepare to grow up with it.Water supply through tankers is also meant for upper castes.A district official in Banda said: “We do not differentiate on the basis of caste. Whenever we get requests, we send water tankers but we also have our limitations and cannot send tankers to all villages.”The ‘requests’ obviously come from upper castes who are politically influential and can pull strings.Former Congress legislator Vivek Singh explained: “The caste bias becomes more pronounced when the divide between haves and have-not widens. People who can afford to buy bottled water are being given tanker supplies while those who cannot, are denied this basic amenity. The local leaders are equally insensitive – they send water tankers to villages that have voted for them while others remain deprived.”He said: “People in Bundelkhand have learnt to live with casteism but no one ever imagined that caste would dominate the distribution of water in the region.”last_img read more

Buses go off streets at govt behest BNP

first_imgLogo of BNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Friday alleged that bus owners and workers suspended their long-route bus services at the behest of ministers amid the student movement seeking safe roads, reports UNB.”The public transport services have been stopped at the directives of ministers to sidetrack the students’ justified demands,” said party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.He came up with the allegation while speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office.Bus owners stopped operating long-route buses in different districts on Friday morning protesting against ‘vandalism’ during the ongoing demonstrations of students demanding justice for their two fellows killed in a road crash in the capital.Rizvi said road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said the transport owners are not operating their bus services on security grounds, but the students were not seen obstructing vehicles anywhere during their agitation.He said students are checking licenses of drivers and vehicles, and helping them ply vehicles in a disciplined way.”We’ve seen the driver of a minster has no driving licence, MPs’ and law enforcers’ vehicles have no valid papers, and their drivers have no driving licences either. It’s shameful for the nation,” the BNP leader observed.Referring to home minister Asaduzzaman Khan’s remark that there might be ‘acts of sabotage’ anytime in the student movement, Rizvi said it is an indication of subversive acts to be carried out ‘by the government as it did so’ in the past during democratic movements.The home minister on Thursday urged the agitating students to leave the streets and return to their educational institutions and homes as he fears there might be ‘acts of sabotage’ anytime.Rizvi alleged that police and ruling party men carried out attacks on students in different areas of the city, including Mirpur.He demanded the government take steps to stop attack and repression on the demonstrating students.Speaking at another programme, BNP vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman demanded the president promulgate an ordinance to ensure safe roads.”If the government accepts the students’ nine-point demand, it can take steps to promulgate an ordinance by the president,” he told a human chain programme.Bangladesh Jatiya Manabadhikar Parishad arranged the programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club.Noman said the home minister might have issued a threat to students asking them to return to their homes. “I think the government should take the right decision to resolve the problem peacefully, instated of giving students threat.”last_img read more

Biman aircraft hijacker Palash buried

first_imgMd. Palash Ahmed Photo: CollectedThe alleged hijacker of a Biman Bangladesh Airlines aircraft, Palash Ahmed, was buried at Dudhghata village in Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.He was buried around 9:10am, said his father Piyar Jahan.Earlier on Monday night, his father was taken to Chattogram to identify his son’s body, said Jahidul Islam, assistant commissioner of Karnaphuli zonal police.Later, the body was handed over to his father after an autopsy at Chittagong Medical College Hospital, he added.A flight of the national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines was allegedly hijacked on Sunday evening at Chattogram’s Shah Amanat International Airport.The plane landed on an emergency basis and all the 148 passengers on board were evacuated safely. All the cabin crew members were also safe.Later, the alleged hijacker was neutralised in a swift commando operation of eight minutes.last_img read more

5 more Chawkbazar fire victims identified CID

first_img.Criminal Investigation Department (CID) identified five more victims of Chawkbazar fire through DNA test on Tuesday, reports UNB.The victims are-Ismail Hossain, 60, Zafar Ahmed, 43, Foysal Sarowar, 53, Mostafa Mia, 39 and RehnumaTabassum Dola, 19.Additional Inspector General of Police Sheikh Himayet Hossain said the CID disclosed the identities of the deceased at a press briefing at its conference room in city’s Malibagh area.However, the identities of two victims of Chawkbazar fire incident could not be known yet as no DNA samples matched with the victims’ sample, he said.On 6 March, eleven more victims of Chawkbazar fire were identified through DNA tests.A deadly fire broke out at a chemical warehouse in Chawkbazar on 20 February. So far, 71 people have died.last_img

Homeless Camp Ordinance Gets Blocked The Good Bad And Ugly Of The

first_imgWhile Houston Matters continues to keep a close watch on Harvey as it reaches the coast, we’re also aware there were other developments in the news this week. As usual, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all.So, if you need a break from Harvey, listen in as Mary Flood, a blogger and consultant for Androvett Legal Media and Marketing, Charles Kuffner, author of the Off the Kuff political blog, and Marco Roberts, president of the Log Cabin Republicans of Houston, discuss a federal judge issuing a temporary restraining order blocking the City of Houston from enforcing an ordinance that bans homeless camps in public places, and a school turning away a 4-year-old boy whose mother won’t cut his hair. Sharelast_img

Houston Dreamers Leaders Demand An Extension To DACA

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Ed MayberryProtesters outside the Houston office of Senator John Cornyn of Texas, on this last day for thousands of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA recipients to renew their status.Organizers from United We Dream Houston , which groups young undocumented immigrants, also called dreamers, want an extension to DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, without enforcement add-ons like militarization, mass deportations and the wall.On Thursday, some wore costumes like the Statue of Liberty, and held banners requesting people to honk as they drove by on Memorial Drive.  They demonstrated in front of Senator Cornyn‘s office, but one of the Senator’s representative said they weren’t notified about the rally in advance, and there were no appointments scheduled with them.The Trump administration will stop accepting applications after today for DACA, which protects nearly 700,000 so-called Dreamers from deportation, according to official numbers. Thursday was the deadline for thousands of DACA recipients to renew their status. DACA protections are due to begin expiring in March 2018, unless Congress extends them.The Department of Homeland Security says some 48,000 eligible unauthorized immigrants have yet to renew, and just over 106,000 either have renewal requests currently pending or have had their requests adjudicated. Organizers have no estimates of the number of Texans or Houstonians affected.DACA was started by President Obama in 2012 through an executive action that allows certain undocumented immigrants who were children when they were brought to the U.S. to remain in the country and be eligible for work permits. Share Listen 00:00 /01:02last_img read more

Crying Toddler On Widely Shared Time Cover Was Not Separated From Mother

first_imgJohn Moore/Getty Images/Via NPRA 2-year-old Honduran girl cries as an official searches her mother near the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this month in McAllen, Texas. For many, the image has become indelibly associated with a Trump administration policy that for weeks separated migrant children from their parents — but the girl’s father says she was not separated from her mother.Updated at 4:43 p.m. ETIn the image, a little girl wails in uncomprehending sadness and anxiety.Her face flushed nearly as pink as her shirt and shoes, she stares up at her mother and a U.S. official, both too tall to be seen. The 2-year-old Honduran child’s panic is so palpable, it’s difficult for a viewer not to feel it, too.Perhaps it’s little wonder, then, that the photograph became linked with the controversy over a Trump administration policy that had, before the president walked it back Wednesday, separated more than 2,300 migrant children from their parents since early May.The image has traveled so widely and has become so recognizable, Time could pull her figure out of context and set it beside a looming Trump on the magazine’s latest cover, rendering it a symbol of the “reckoning after Trump’s border separation policy.”TIME’s new cover: A reckoning after Trump’s border separation policy: What kind of country are we? https://t.co/U4Uf8bffoR pic.twitter.com/sBCMdHuPGc— TIME (@TIME) June 21, 2018There’s a complication, though: The little girl was not ultimately separated from her mother, according to her father. The man, whom Reuters identified as Denis Valera, has told multiple media outlets that mother and daughter were detained together while seeking asylum in Texas.Border Patrol agent Carlos Ruiz backed this account in an interview with CBS News. He said that when he encountered the mother after her illegal crossing, he detained her for a proper search — but asked her to set her daughter down before doing so.“So the kid immediately started crying as she set her down,” Ruiz told the network. “I personally went up to the mother and asked her, ‘Are you doing OK? Is the kid OK?’ and she said, ‘Yes. She’s tired and thirsty. It’s 11 o’clock at night.’ ““They’re using it to symbolize a policy, and that was not the case in this picture,” he added. “It took less than two minutes. As soon as the search was finished, she immediately picked the girl up, and the girl immediately stopped crying.”The White House pointed to the father’s comments as proof the firestorm of controversy over Trump’s policy was overblown — and singled out two of Trump’s frequent targets as perpetuating it.“It’s shameful that dems and the media exploited this photo of a little girl to push their agenda,” press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted Friday. “She was not separated from her mom. The separation here is from the facts. Dems should join POTUS and fix our broken immigration system.”It’s shameful that dems and the media exploited this photo of a little girl to push their agenda. She was not separated from her mom. The separation here is from the facts. Dems should join POTUS and fix our broken immigration system. #ChangetheLawshttps://t.co/Y6KrTp4Ulk— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 22, 2018President Trump, for his part, tweeted just hours earlier that “Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November.”The executive order he signed Wednesday ended his administration’s policy of separating families at the border, though it remains unclear whether the alternative it presented can clear a likely legal hurdle — and questions persist about the fate of the children already separated from their parents during the past six weeks.“Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem,” Trump continued in his tweet. “We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!”A hard-line conservative bill on immigration failed a House vote Thursday, and GOP leaders had to delay a more moderate measure for lack of votes within their own party. And any legislation that passes is expected to face a steeper climb in the Senate.Meanwhile, Time has published a correction on a story referencing the image.“The original version of this story misstated what happened to the girl in the photo after she taken from the scene,” read the correction on the story first published Tuesday. “The girl was not carried away screaming by U.S. Border Patrol agents; her mother picked her up and the two were taken away together.”Nevertheless, Time‘s editor in chief said he stands by the decision to use the image on the magazine’s cover. Edward Felsenthal explained why in a statement:“The June 12 photograph of the 2-year-old Honduran girl became the most visible symbol of the ongoing immigration debate in America for a reason: Under the policy enforced by the administration, prior to its reversal this week, those who crossed the border illegally were criminally prosecuted, which in turn resulted in the separation of children and parents. Our cover and our reporting capture the stakes of this moment.”The photographer who took the picture, John Moore of Getty Images, told NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro earlier this month that he doesn’t know what happened to the mother and child after they were detained.“I would very much like to know,” Moore said. “Ever since I took those pictures, I think about that moment often. And it’s emotional for me every time.”Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not immediately respond to NPR’s request for comment. But in a statement to The Washington Post, a spokesman said the mother, whom they identified as Sandra Sanchez, is now at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.“ICE said Sanchez was previously deported to Honduras in July 2013,” the Post added.Valera told Reuters that the girl’s mother left Honduras for the U.S., where she has family, without telling him she was bringing their daughter. He later saw the image of his daughter crying on television.“Seeing what was happening to her in that moment breaks anyone’s heart,” he said.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Researchers discover promising hydrogen storage material

first_img Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (PhysOrg.com) — If hydrogen is to ever to serve as an onboard energy carrier for the transportation industry, a material will be needed that can store large amounts of hydrogen at ambient temperature and pressure. So far, researchers have not found any material that can meet these requirements. But in a new study, a team from China and the US has taken a significant step toward this goal by identifying a material that can store hydrogen with a density as high as 4.6 wt. % (i.e., the hydrogen accounts for 4.6% of the total weight of the storage material), enabling it to meet the target of 4.3 wt. % set by the US department of Energy for 2010. More information: Kun Lü, et al. “Sc-phthalocyanine sheet: Promising material for hydrogen storage.” Applied Physics Letters 99, 163104 (2011). DOI:10.1063/1.3653465 Explore further Citation: Researchers discover promising hydrogen storage material (2011, November 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-hydrogen-storage-material.html Full to the brim with hydrogen: Porous form of magnesium borohydride can store hydrogen The researchers, led by Qiang Sun from Peking University in Beijing, China, and Virginia Commonwealth University in the Richmond, Virginia, US, have published their study in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters.“Hydrogen storage is a big challenge for the hydrogen economy,” Sun told PhysOrg.com. “Currently the research is behind schedule, but with the advancement of materials design and synthesis, reaching the target for future transportation applications [is becoming] more and more promising.”As the researchers explained, the greatest difficulty in finding a sufficient hydrogen storage material for onboard storage systems lies in meeting multiple requirements with a single material. For example, in previous studies researchers have found that light metal hydrides can store hydrogen with a gravimetric density of 20 wt. %, but the material is not reversible, meaning it cannot be reused. Also, the hydrogen desorbs only at very high temperatures. In contrast, other materials such as carbon nanotubes and metal or covalent organic frameworks can store hydrogen reversibly, but the hydrogen adsorbs only at very low temperatures. The difference is due to bonding: in light metal hydrides, hydrogen is held in much stronger bonds than in the second group of materials. The researchers explain that, ideally, hydrogen should be bound with an intermediate binding energy.“If the bonding is too strong, hydrogen can only be released at high temperature, while if the bonding is too weak, the storage is unstable at room temperature,” Sun explained. “So we require an intermediate bonding energy.”In the current study, the researchers used modeling and simulations to investigate the performance of hydrogen storage in metal-containing porous sheets, which can be synthesized using the techniques previously proposed by two other groups (M. Abel, et al., and A. Sperl, et al.). In those techniques, porous sheets were made of blue-green dye units called phthalocyanines (Pc) with regularly spaced iron (Fe) atoms or other metal atoms. Due to their high dispersion, these metal sites in the porous substrates provide the possible adsorption sites for hydrogen molecules.“Transition metal atoms easily aggregate to form clusters,” Sun said. But materials in which metal atoms can be prevented from coalescing are scarce.The researchers systematically investigated 10 Pc-based porous sheets with transition metal atoms from scandium (Sc) through zinc (Zn), and found that porous Pc sheets with Sc atoms could store up to 4.6 wt. % hydrogen. In addition to the Sc atoms’ regular distribution in the Pc sheet, Sc has two other attractive features. First, it is lighter than other transition elements, allowing the overall storage material to be relatively light. Second, Sc atoms have a large size, so that they stick out and can capture more hydrogen molecules.By theoretically demonstrating that this Sc-Pc porous sheet can be used to create a hydrogen storage material with attractive properties, the researchers hope that the results will stimulate further analysis and experimental tests of the promising material. At a temperature of 298 K and pressure of 100 bar, the new hydrogen material can store hydrogen at a density of 4.6 wt. %. The inset shows the geometry of a Sc-Pc sheet. Image credit: Kun Lü, et al. 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

Life saving drugs still a distant dream

first_imgThough, Union Health Minister JP Nadda has hailed the budget as balanced, progressive, pragmatic and pro-people, various stakeholders have raised their reservations over the budgetary allocation for the heath care sector. Talking to Millennium Post, JNU Professor Ritu Priya said: “The budget is not in the best interest of poor. The government had promised to provide at least 50 life saving drugs for free, which cannot be accomplished with this small amount of the Budget.” Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI“The Health Ministry had demanded a minimum Rs 50,000 crore from the Finance Ministry to expedite primary health care treatment plans for the poor. Now, how the Health Minister will fulfill those promises?” asked the NJU professor, who is associated with Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health (CSMCH) department. It’s worth mentioning that the Health Ministry and CSMCH work in tandem over policy formulations for public health care.Notably, the present allocation is Rs 2011 crore lesser than the last year’s final outlay which was Rs 35,163 crore after cutting down from the total Rs 39,237 crore announced in the Budget 2014-15. “I have allocated Rs 33,152 crore to the health sector. I urge states to utilise their enhanced resources effectively in these areas,” Jaitley said while presenting the Union Budget in the Lok Sabha.As an initiative to boost the public health sector in the country, the government has also decided to set up six new AIIMS-like institutes in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Assam and Bihar.last_img read more

Your Future iPhone Might Know How You Are Feeling

first_img 2 min read Everything you do online is tracked. But what if companies were to know not only what you look at online, but also how you feel about it?That’s the next generation of computer data analytics. And if a recent Apple acquisition is any indication, a future generation of your iPhone may be capable of just that.The Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant has reportedly scooped up San Diego-based artificial intelligence startup Emotient, which analyzes facial expressions to determine a person’s emotions.The acquisition was confirmed to the Wall Street Journal, though terms of the deal were not.Related: Apple Is Quietly Creating a New Indoor Mapping SystemApple did not immediately respond to Entrepreneur’s request for comment.What’s the value in being able to register a user’s feelings? From a business perspective, knowing what your customers think about an advertisement, a product or a story allows a company to adjust that piece of content so that customers like it better. That, in theory, will drive consumers to spend more and companies to make more money.This isn’t the first artificial intelligence startup that Apple has scooped up recently. In October, the company bought VocalIQ, a U.K.-based startup that aims to make it possible for people to speak with their computer devices.Related: Apple’s Latest Experiment Means You May Never Have to Listen to Your Voicemails Again Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. January 8, 2016center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more