Pepe injury blow leaves Real Madrid with defensive headache

first_imgReal Madrid defender Pepe has broken two ribs after colliding with team mate Toni Kroos during the 1-1 derby draw with Atletico Madrid on Saturday, the La Liga leaders said in a statement.The Portuguese centre back scored the opening goal for Madrid but was replaced by Nacho Fernandez in the 67th minute after the incident.Madrid said that Pepe “has been diagnosed with fractures in the seventh and eighth ribs on the left side”.Spanish media reports said Pepe will miss around a month, ruling him out of their Champions League quarter-final clashes with Bayern Munich and the Clasico against Barcelona on April 23.Pepe, 34, joins French defender Raphael Varane on the sidelines, leaving reserve Nacho as a partner for Sergio Ramos at the back.Antoine Griezmanns late equaliser for Atletico stopped Madrid from extending their lead over Barcelona at the top of La Liga to five points, instead moving them three clear of the Catalans.last_img read more

Province Adds To Crown Lands

first_imgThe province of Nova Scotia is adding more than 40 thousand acresof woodlands to its Crown land portfolio. Natural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburt announced today,March 1, that an agreement has been reached to purchase about41,400 acres in northern Hants County from MacTara Limited ofUpper Musquodoboit, Halifax Co. “Opportunities to purchase blocks of land such as this are rare,”said Mr. Hurlburt. “Three-quarters of our land mass is privatelyowned and only about 25 per cent is owned by the Crown, so wewelcome this opportunity to secure these lands for the province.” The purchase will enable the Department of Natural Resources toconsolidate lands in the area currently owned by the province, toidentify and secure potential wetlands and to expand the Crownland base overall. The province will pay $14 million or about $338 per acre. It willbe funded under the current 2003-04 budget through the province’sTangible Capital Asset program. MacTara Limited has operated in Upper Musquodoboit as a woodprocessor since the mid-1960s.last_img read more

Celebrating Labour Day

first_imgAs Labour Day approaches, I want to take this opportunity to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of hard-working Nova Scotians across the province. Nova Scotians have a strong work ethic and a strong commitment to growing our communities and our economy. Meaningful employment opportunities for all Nova Scotians will continue making our province a great place to live and work. I’d like to thank each and every person, including employers, employees and the unions and associations that represent them. Together, you help make Nova Scotia workplaces safe and productive, contributing to a stronger province. I wish you all a very safe and happy Labour Day. I hope that you can enjoy your time celebrating with family and friends. -30-last_img read more

Man gets life for killing girl but case dismissed in another BC

first_imgThe Canadian PressA judge called Garry Handlen a sexual predator and sentenced him to life in prison for killing a 12-year-old girl in 1978 but moments later dismissed a case involving allegations that the man murdered another British Columbia girl three years earlier.B.C. Supreme Court Justice Austin Cullen said Handlen preyed on the vulnerable and weak to commit barbaric crimes and has already been convicted for other sexual assaults.Handlen, 71, was found guilty by a jury earlier this month of the first-degree murder of Monica Jack, who disappeared while riding her bike in Merritt on May 6, 1978.He confessed to an undercover officer in November 2014 that he abducted Jack, sexually assaulted and strangled her before burning her clothes and parts of her body.“This particular crime is among the worst of its kind and you are among the worst of offenders,” Cullen told Handlen on Monday. “Your actions were certain to bring an innocent child terror and pain before her life was so savagely ended.”Handlen had also been charged with the first-degree murder of 11-year Kathryn-Mary Herbert in or near Matsqui in 1975, but he pleaded not guilty to that crime after being sentenced for Jack’s murder.Crown counsel Mark Sheardown told court no evidence would be presented in Herbert’s case.Outside court, Crown spokesman Dan McLaughlin said Handlen had confessed to Herbert’s murder during the so-called Mr. Big operation in Minden, Ont., but the judge found that confession to be inadmissible.He said the Crown will review its option regarding that ruling before deciding whether to take any further steps.Just four months after Handlen murdered Jack, he was handed a 12-year sentence for sexually assaulting a another young woman.A conviction of first-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence of 25 years without parole, although Cullen noted Handlen is eligible to apply for parole in 15 years through the so-called faint hope clause because he killed Jack before that law was eliminated.Before he was sentenced, Jack’s family gave tearful victim-impact statements, saying they had hoped the happy girl would be found but decades without knowing what happened to her took an emotional toll.Jack’s remains were discovered 17 years later on a mountain near where Handlen said he’d driven after he grabbed her from a highway pullout.Glen Jack said he had already suffered the trauma of beatings in residential school before dealing with the loss of his sister, whose bike he found the day after she was last seen riding it.“For 40 years I felt responsible for not being able to protect Monica,” he said through tears.Jack said police questioned him for days while he was serving time in jail for break and enters, adding he had become a convenient suspect.“I felt completely isolated and abandoned by my own family,” he said.“Garry Handlen committed an act of unspeakable evil in the course of a few hours in May 1978.”Jack’s sisters, including Elizabeth Kraus, spoke about how her murder has affected them.Kraus said she was 11 when her “beautiful, sweet, kind and good” sister disappeared but that she felt satisfied justice had finally been done because Handlen has been handed a life sentence as her family is working to get on with their lives.Outside court, Madeline Lanaro said her daughter’s disappearance caused a lot of pain for her entire family and the frustration and anger of not knowing what happened to her for decades caused tension among the whole community as people started to fear for their children.“I survive by helping people,” she told court and later called on the public to support the families of those who are missing or murdered.last_img read more

Centre raises authorised capital of Allahabad Bank to Rs 8000 crore

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Allahabad Bank said Tuesday the government has increased its authorised capital by Rs 5,000 crore to Rs 8,000 crore. The central government after consultation with the Reserve Bank of India has increased the authorised capital of the bank from Rs 3,000 to Rs 8,000 through Gazette Notification, Allahabad Bank said in a regulatory filing. The increase in authorised capital will help enable the bank to raise further fund up to a maximum ceiling of Rs 8,000 crore.last_img

NPF to review its alliance with BJP govt in Manipur

first_imgImphal: Contending that the BJP does not pay heed to its ideas and suggestions, the NPF, a partner in the saffron party-led alliance in the state, has convened a meeting of its leaders on Saturday to decide if it would continue to stay in the coalition or withdraw support.Denying the allegation, the BJP said it has extended all possible cooperation to its partners to ensure smooth functioning of the government. The NPF has four MLAs in the 60-member Assembly. Even if the party pulls out, it wouldn’t impact the BJP-led coalition, which currently has 29 legislators in the House. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghEight of the 28 Congress MLAs, who had won the 2017 polls, defected to the BJP last year, taking its tally from 21 to 29 in the Assembly. The other parties in the ruling coalition are NPP (4), LJP (1), Independent (1) and AITC (1). Awangbou Newmai, the state unit chief of the Naga People’s Front (NPF), claimed that the BJP “looks down” on its alliance partners. “The BJP has never respected the spirit of alliance since the formation of government in 2017. There have been instances when their leaders have refused to consider our members as alliance partners,” he said, without elaborating. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadNewmai also said that the saffron party did not live up to the promises it made to its coalition partners. “The NPF has always considered the BJP as its big brother, but that did not stop the saffron party from bluffing to us. We haven’t got our due respect,” he claimed. Rebutting Newmai’s assertions, Ch Bijoy, the spokesperson of the BJP, said the NPF had maintained that it did not want any ministerial berth while joining the alliance, but now, it seems, the party has several demands. Of the four NPF MLAs in the Assembly, Loshii Dikho, who won from the Mao Assembly seat, is a cabinet minister. “The allegations made by the NPF are totally baseless and unfounded. All possible cooperation has been extended to our coalition partners for smooth functioning of the government,” he added.last_img read more

Ubers Coverage to Expand into Rabat Tangier and Marrakech

Rabat – The U.S. Company Uber keeps making strides in Morocco. Uber launched in the Moroccan market by servicing Casablanca amidst criticism. They are now planning to expand into Rabat in late 2015, followed by Tangier and Marrakech in 2016.Morocco’s daily L’Economiste newspaper reports in its September 3rd edition that Uber’s “strategy in Morocco is growing slowly but surely.” The company intends to enlarge its customer base city by city, moving next into the Kingdom’s capital by the end of 2015. Port-laden Tangier and tourist-favorite Marrakech are also in Uber’s short-term plans for 2016.According to the same source, Uber is currently initiating a “small revolution in terms of consumption habits.” This move is becoming evident by the increase in revenues. Meryem Belqziz, CEO of the Moroccan subsidiary declared: “We exceeded our [revenue] projections.” However, she did not provide any details on the company’s economic measures of supply and demand, which have allegedly fostered significant developments.Uber’s services operate differently than traditional taxis and so are their prices. The U.S. Company claims it is more interested in targeting specific clienteles such as “businessmen,” than in being competitive with conventional taxis.Uber believes business people are more likely to accept and afford its higher service rates, which it justifies by mentioning its higher operating costs.The report exemplifies the bonuses Uber drivers receive, claiming to reach up to 2,000 dirhams per month. read more

Sri LankaUS migrant smuggling ring busted

A ring that smuggled immigrants from India and Sri Lanka into the United States through Ecuador has been broken up with the arrest of six people, the French news agency AFP quoted Ecuadoran authorities as saying.Three Indian nationals and two members of Ecuador’s immigration police were among the six people arrested in the port city of Guayaquil, where the smuggling network operated, officials said. Deputy Interior Minister Xavier Cordoba said the smugglers charged $5,000 per person. After entering Ecuador illegally, the migrants would be sent to Central America and from there to the United States. Police, who said the arrests were made following a two-month investigation, seized documents, laptop computers and nearly $100,000 in cash, AFP reported. “They brought in nationals from India and Sri Lanka, and arranged refuge for them in various hotels,” said Guayaquil police chief General Patricio Pazmino. read more

Insulting racial mockery Kenney slams Trudeau for embarrassing blackface scandal

Kenney said Canada needs a prime minister “we can be proud of” like Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, “who is a person of profound respect who will never embarrass this country either here or abroad.”On Monday, Kenney also addressed his trip last week to the U.S., where he held meetings in New York City, Ohio and Michigan.He said while American investors indicated they are encouraged by steps taken by his government, they expressed concern over Trudeau’s potential re-election.“These are very sophisticated folks who invest tens of billions of dollars and they are not, as I heard, prepared to risk additional investment with a federal government that seems openly hostile to the energy sector,” said Kenney.Related Azin Ghaffari / Postmedia THE VIEW YEARBOOK / via REUTERS Alberta Premier Jason Kenney weighed in on Justin Trudeau’s blackface and brownface scandal Monday, slamming the Liberal leader for his “embarrassing incidents” and subsequent response to the pictures which surfaced last week.Kenney referred to the images, which depict Trudeau in racist makeup on three separate occasions prior to his time in politics, as “insulting racial mockery.”“I found the revelations about the prime minister’s penchant for blackface frankly bizarre,” Kenney said in Calgary.“He’s trying to blame this on society — ‘we must learn from this.’ No, prime minister. This is about you, not us. I’m 51 years old. I have hardly lived a sheltered existence and I’ve never seen anybody, ever, do that.”The scandal broke last Wednesday in Time magazine, which published a photo that showed Trudeau wearing brownface, along with dark makeup on his hands and neck and a turban and robe, to an Arabian Nights party.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below. Premier Jason Kenney speaks with the media at McDougall Centre in Calgary on Monday, September 23, 2019. Justin Trudeau, with his face and hands painted brown, poses with others during an “Arabian Nights” party when he was a 29-year-old teacher at the West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver. The photo originally appeared in the 2000-01 yearbook for West Point Grey Academy, a Vancouver private school where Trudeau taught. Trudeau, who was 29 at the time, said he was dressed up as Aladdin.He also admitted to wearing blackface while performing Harry Belafonte’s Banana Boat Song (Day-O) at a talent show while he was in high school.On Thursday, a video showing Trudeau in blackface, sticking out his tongue for the camera and raising his arms over his head, also came to light.Trudeau has apologized for the series of incidents, acknowledging the “racist history of blackface,” but claiming he didn’t understand “how hurtful this is to people who live with discrimination every single day.”“I have always acknowledged that I come from a place of privilege — but I now need to acknowledge that that comes with a massive blind spot,” he said last week.Kenney said Trudeau’s response is “typical of him.”“I don’t know why he’s trying to blame society,” the premier said.“I think it’s becoming more clear by the day that we need a new government and a new prime minister.” ‘An apology is bare minimum’: In Calgary, Trudeau challenged to confront ‘casual’ racism Kent Hehr says he was ‘surprised’ by Trudeau in blackface, but is satisfied with ‘fulsome’ apology Kenney says no new taxes, ‘more bang for taxpayers’ buck’, in first budget on Oct. 24 “They said they’re tired of a federal government that is attacking the sector, which we’re asking them to invest in. They need to see our ability to ship energy, not just to the United States, but to global markets to increase the price here, to increase the value of proposition of investing.”Regardless of which party forms government following the Oct. 21 election, Kenney, who has vowed to do his part to help Scheer defeat Trudeau, said he’ll work with Ottawa.“It’s my job, one way or another, to deal with whoever wins the federal election and I will respect, obviously, the outcome and try to work productively with whoever is elected,” Kenney said.“But I’m concerned that job will be more difficult if there’s a second Trudeau term.”shudes@postmedia.com On Twitter: @SammyHudes read more

Nissans Sunderland plant celebrates start of new model production

“We want British businesses and individuals to have the skills they need to succeed, and I hope to see many more companies across the country investing in the future.” Trevor Mann, Nissan senior vice president of manufacturing, Europe said: “Congratulations to the Sunderland workforce for earning the right to produce what is their sixth new model in eight years. I would also like to thank both national and local government for their support, as well as the continued efforts of our all our suppliers.” “It is very exciting to see what this fantastic investment means and meet some of the skilled people who will be building the Juke. I am also encouraged that this is one of the leading companies that is taking investment in apprenticeships seriously, helping people get the very best skills available. Today, Nissan’s Sunderland Plant celebrates the production launch of the all-new JUKE compact sports crossover. Business minister John Hayes visited the factory to witness the new model’s arrival which Nissan says will safeguard 1,100 jobs directly at the plant and an estimated 2,000 additional posts across Nissan’s supply base.JUKE represents £57 million of investment in the Sunderland facility. A £6.2 million Grant for Business Investment from the UK government has crucially supported this project. John Hayes said: “This is one of the most successful and productive plants in Europe and Nissan’s long-standing commitment to skills is one of the biggest reasons why. Building the Juke in Sunderland will secure jobs and investment for years to come, benefiting the workforce and local community right here, as well as safeguarding more jobs in the supply chain across the region and the UK economy as a whole. Nissan expects to produce up to 100,000 units each year at the Sunderland plant making it the site’s second highest volume model behind the Qashqai. Note and Qashqai +2 complete Sunderland Plant’s current model line-up, while the Nissan LEAF zero-emission electric car is confirmed for production from early 2013. It is expected JUKE will contribute to a Sunderland potential production volume of more than 400,000 units for the 2010 financial year which, if realised, would be a plant record. The majority of JUKEs produced in Sunderland will be exported into mainland Europe with the remainder destined for dealers across the UK and Ireland.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Sunderland will ramp up to full JUKE production volume in a plant record of two weeks, ensuring European dealers are fully stocked and ready for the car’s start of sales in late September. read more

How to install Ubuntu on the Surface Pro

first_imgBooting from the Live USBYou will need to have a bootable copy of Ubuntu on your choice of USB or microSD in order to complete these instructions. For this tutorial, we will be using a USB drive. Follow our instructions here on how to create a bootable Linux USB drive if you are unsure of how to do this.Put your Ubuntu Live USB disk in the USB 3 port on the Surface Pro, and head back to the Settings menu on the Charm Bar. Navigate back to the General PC settings and boot into Advanced Startup. Tap the icon with the USB stick and the DVD labeled Use a Device one the Surface has booted into the Advanced settings.From here, you will be presented with a list of available boot options that are currently detected. Your USB disk will be clearly labeled in the list, and when you tap on the icon for your drive the Surface will reboot. From this point, you will no longer be in Windows, as you will be booting from the USB drive.When the Surface reboots, you’ll be greeted by impossibly small white text on a black background. The GRUB menu is prompting you to either install Ubuntu or boot from the Live USB and try it out for yourself before you install. As a rule, you should always try it out before you blow away your perfectly functional OS. Select try Ubuntu and wait while Ubuntu boots from the USB drive, which doesn’t take long at all. As long as everything installed on the USB drive correctly, you’ll find yourself looking at the home screen for Ubuntu.Out of the box, your stylus, touch input, and keyboard covers will work just fine. Your pen will not be able to right click, as Ubuntu does not recognize the button on the side of the stylus. WiFi does not work out of the box, so you will need to connect to the internet using a USB to ethernet converter to grab the Marvell WiFi driver. Once you are satisfied that Ubuntu is going to work they way you want it to, double click on the Install Ubuntu option on the desktop.Now what?You’ll notice out of the box that the 11.6-inch display on the Surface Pro makes things a little tiny and that the touch-friendly Unity interface isn’t particularly useful when everything is this small. Windows 8 got around this by scaling everything up 150% in the Desktop portions of the UI, and you’ll need to do something similar in order for Unity to be touch friendly. Because you’re scaling everything up so much, you may notice some UI issues when using some of the menus or the browser.You can adjust how high you want to scale things until you get where you personally prefer it. If you’re more interested in the real estate, and you don’t mind the small text and icons, you’ve got yourself a fine Ubuntu laptop with pen input.After that, it’s up to you, but know this: you have one of the slickest Ubuntu computers on the block! Geek.com will be following up this how-to with more Surface Pro coverage, including how to roll back your Ubuntu installation (not that you’d want to). Even if you’re not the biggest fan of Windows 8, it’s hard to deny that Microsoft’s Surface Pro is an impressive piece of hardware. Fortunately, as was confirmed recently by Microsoft’s Panos Panay shortly before it’s launch, you can install other operating systems on the Surface Pro. After unboxing my new Surface Pro this weekend and doing the initial tire-kicking, I decided it was time to see what else Microsoft’s first real PC could do. It was time for Ubuntu.When you examine the hardware in the Surface Pro, you realize that — compared to other ultrabooks on the market — it’s a pretty sweet deal. The system combines an Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge) CPU with 4GB of RAM and HD4000 graphics with the ability to use both touch and pen (pressure sensitive Wacom) inputs with an 11.6-inch 1080p display. There aren’t many other pieces of hardware on the market that can offer a similar specs sheet, and few come close to the $1,140 price point found on the Surface Pro (with a keyboard cover). The Pro incredibly portable with more than enough power to handle serious computing, even the occasional round of Diablo 3. Not bad right?For many people, however, there’s just no reason to use Windows anymore. If you’ve got the urge to check out Ubuntu on the Surface Pro, all you will need is a USB drive or microSD card to get started.Linux on the Surface ProFirst, if you’d like to return to Windows 8 at some point, you can back up the restore partition from your Surface Pro onto an 8GB or larger flash drive. Hit the search button and type in “Recovery Drive Backup”. There will only be two results in your search results, the first one being the one you need. This process takes about ten minutes, during which you’ll see s progress bar creep across the screen.Once you have created a recovery drive, you’ll be prompted to delete the restore partition. As long as you keep that flash drive safe, you’ll be able to boot from that drive and restore Windows 8 exactly as you had it when you first turned on your Surface Pro.Disabling Secure BootThere’s no need to jailbreak the Surface Pro, unlike its cousin, the Surface RT. UEFI has been plaguing Linux fans for a while now, but the Surface Pro comes ready to disable the Secure Boot feature.To do this, first swipe your Charm Bar in from the side and tap the Settings icon. You’ll need to tap the Change PC Settings at the bottom of the Settings sidebar. From the Settings panel under General you can choose to boot into Advanced Startup. Once your computer boots into the all blue menu with the large touch friendly icons, you’ll need to tap Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > UEFI Firmware Settings.This will reboot your Surface and take you to an all black screen with two options on it, Security Device Support and Secure Boot Control. Tap the space next to Secure Boot Control that is currently labeled [Enabled] and a menu will pop up prompting you to change it to [Disabled]. Once the menu reflects the correct setting you can tap Exit Setup and the Surface will reboot. You can also reach this menu if you hold down the Volume Up key on the Surface Pro while booting.Once Secure Boot is disabled, you will be able to install anything, regardless of whether or not it is signed. Disabling doesn’t have any other effect on your Surface Pro, and Windows 8 won’t behave any differently when you reboot the Surface. All this means is you won’t have any trouble completing the next step.Next page: Boot the Surface Pro from USB…last_img read more

Heres Why It Hurts So Much to Step on a Lego

first_img Hands-On: Lego Hidden Side Packs Plenty of Spooky AR FunThe New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet Long Stay on target We’ve all done it. We’ve walked into a kid’s room or somewhere you can find a lot of Legos (like a collector, maybe?) and we’ve stepped on one of the little buggers. A searing pain has ripped through your foot and up your leg as a result. You’ve probably screamed or cursed at the top of your lungs. And then you’ve likely staggered around in pain for a few minutes trying to figure out if you stepped on a knife or a spike. Or something.So why does it hurt so bad when you accidentally walk on a Lego? It turns out someone created a video specifically to explain this phenomenon because we’ve always wondered. The Today I Found Out YouTube channel and Simon Whistler’s video have all the answers, and it’s not really all that surprising, but hey — the more you know!First of all, Legos can withstand a whole lot of pressure, and they don’t give when you stand on them. Combined with the fact that your feet have a ton of nerves in them, you’ve got a recipe for disaster. It’s all based on the fact that your feet are meant to help your body keep balanced, and those nerve endings are receiving a whole bundle of information at all times.Stepping on a Lego throws all of that off, especially when they have sharp corners and ridges on top. Also, consider the fact that each piece can support nearly 1,000 pounds before compressing down. Essentially, this means that you could step on the pieces a few times over and instead of crushing it you’re just transferring all that force back. Ouch.You can check out the video for more information as to why those little devils hurt so bad, but make sure you’re looking out the next time you walk through a house where someone plays with Legos.last_img read more

Blizzard Celebrates 70 Million Hearthstone Users With Free Card Pack Giveaway

first_img Blizzard’s massively popular Hearthstone has reached a significant milestone. As of today, 70 million players have tried out the card battle game across all platforms.Last year, it was reported that there were 50 million Hearthstone users. Gaining 20 million new players in just one year is no small feat. One of the main contributing reasons for this sudden growth is due to the Journey to Un’Goro expansion that came out last April. The expansion was so popular that it caused the game’s servers to crash due to the influx of users.“We’re humbled and grateful that so many players have chosen to join us for some Hearthstone fun,” said a blog post on Battle.net. “As our way of saying thanks, starting today through the end of May, everyone who logs in will receive three free Journey to Un’Goro card packs. Yup! Everyone! Even new players! Just log in to claim your bonus packs!”The free Journey to Un’Goro card pack is certainly an excellent way to give back to the community. The giveaway starts today and runs all the way to the end of May. Even folks who log in for the first time will be treated to the free card packs. Be aware that this is limited to one account per customer.Blizzard’s games almost always print money and Hearthstone is no exception. Though this title isn’t making headlines the way it did when it first launched, it is still one of the biggest games on Earth. Blizzard has done an exceptional job with this title since it appeals to everyone and not just hardcore Warcraft fans. I think it is safe to say that Hearthstone will continue to grow as Blizzard introduces more expansions and updates. Don’t be surprised if the game hits 100 users within the next two years. Stay on target ‘Overwatch’ Coming to Nintendo Switch… In Case FormToy Tuesday: The Best ‘World of Warcraft’ Toys last_img read more

Shanahan on Hill Tuesday Promotion Talk on Hold

first_imgActing Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is expected to face tough questions Tuesday at a House Armed Services Committee hearing about DOD’s budget request. It’s his first testimony since the Pentagon released a list of military construction projects that could be delayed to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, as directed by President Trump’s national emergency declaration.The Democrat-led panel will also likely ask Shanahan about how the department is addressing privatized housing concerns, the structure of the proposed Space Force and the inspector general’s investigation into whether he has given preferential treatment to his former employer, Boeing.Shanahan previously told a Senate committee he welcomed the investigation, which is also delaying his possible nomination as permanent defense secretary.“The IG investigation has slowed the process down,” a senior White House official told Politico, “and there are quite a few of us who want to see the report before moving forward, including President Trump.”DOD photo by Lisa Ferdinando ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Telangana Andhra Pradesh CMs greet Muslims on Eid

first_imgHyderabad/Vijayawada, Aug 12: Telangana Governor and Chief Ministers of Telangana and Andhra greeted Muslims on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha on Monday. They extended greetings and good wishes to the Muslim brethren in both the Telugu states on Eid-ul-Adha, also known as Bakrid. Telangana Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan said: “Bakrid (Eid-ul-Adha) holds immense significance in the Islamic faith and is celebrated with great reverence.” Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us “Bakrid symbolizes sacrifice, absolute devotion to God and compassion for the poor. It also emphasises the principle of sharing. Let this spirit of charity and goodwill towards all be cherished and nourished,” he said. Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao also conveyed his greetings to the Muslim community. “It’s a festival of sacrifice and reminds everyone to follow the noble teachings of the prophet and imbibe the spirit of sacrifice, compassion and tolerance for fellow beings,” said Rao. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy said that Eid sybmolises sacrifice, patience and harmony. “Greetings to Muslims on the occasion of Bakrid which is celebrated in remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice,” tweeted Jagan Reddy.త్యాగం, స‌హ‌నం, ఐకమ‌త్యానికి ప్ర‌తీక బ‌క్రీద్. దైవ ప్ర‌వ‌క్త ఇబ్ర‌హీం త్యాగాన్ని స్మ‌రించుకుంటూ బ‌క్రీద్ పండుగ‌ను జ‌రుపుకుంటున్న ముస్లింలంద‌రికీ బ‌క్రీద్ శుభాకాంక్ష‌లు. ప్ర‌జ‌లంద‌రికీ అల్లా ఆశీస్సులు ల‌భించాల‌ని కోరుకుంటున్నా.— YS Jagan Mohan Reddy (@ysjagan) August 12, 2019 Advertise With Us Hon’ble CM Sri KCR conveyed #Bakrid (Id-Ul-Zuha) greetings to the Muslim community. CM has stated that it’s a festival of sacrifice and reminds everyone to follow the noble teachings of the Prophet and imbibe the spirit of sacrifice, compassion and tolerance for fellow beings. pic.twitter.com/QTH1VmCn5S— Telangana CMO (@TelanganaCMO) August 11, 2019last_img read more

Photos of the Week

first_img Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 By: KC McGinnis By: KC McGinnis KC McGinnis News • Photos of the Week Share This! Share This! News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes images from Eid al-Fitr, the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Samaritan holiday of Shavuot, the funeral of Leah Chase and more.Clarence Dalcour releases a dove with family members of Leah Chase in front of her restaurant “Dooky Chase’s,” after a funeral procession from the church to the restaurant before her burial in New Orleans, Monday, June 10, 2019. Fellow chefs, musicians, family and friends were among hundreds of admirers who filed through the church on Monday to pay last respects to Chase, the “Queen of Creole Cuisine” who ran the family restaurant where civil rights strategies were discussed over gumbo and fried chicken in the 1950s and ’60s. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Palestinians spend the day on the beach during the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday in Tel Aviv, Israel, June 7, 2019. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)SBC President J.D. Greear cries during a lamenting prayer ceremony over sexual abuse in the church during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, June 12, 2019 in Birmingham, Ala. RNS photo by Butch Dill.Muslims stand at the entrance of the first state-funded mosque in Athens on June 7, 2019. After years of delays, the government agreed to build the mosque in an industrial area of Athens to serve the city’s Muslim migrant community. Education and Religion Minister Kostas Gavroglou said that the mosque will open in September 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)Women dressed in the traditional clothes of the Sorbs carry the statue of Virgin Mary during a procession in the Roman Catholic pilgrimage church in Rosenthal, eastern Germany, June 10, 2019. Traditionally on the Monday after Pentecost, Catholic Sorbs, a Slavic minority near the German-Polish border, celebrate an open air mass in the small village east of Dresden. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)A group called The Mystic Seven Sisters participates in a funeral precession for the celebrated New Orleans chef Leah Chase, marching from St. Peter Claver Church to her restaurant, Dooky Chase’s, June 10, 2019. Fellow chefs, musicians, family and friends were among hundreds of admirers who filed through the church on Monday to pay last respects to Chase, the “Queen of Creole Cuisine” whose family restaurant hosted discussions of civil rights strategies over gumbo and fried chicken in the 1950s and ’60s. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)In this June 10, 2019 photo, a Rabha tribal Hindu priest performs rituals with lily flowers during the Baikho festival at Pantan village, west of Gauhati, India. Every year, the community in India’s northeastern state of Assam celebrates the festival to please a deity of wealth and ask for good rains and a good harvest. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)A participant in the annual Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem, June 6, 2019. Thousands of people marched through the city, exposing deep divisions between Israel’s secular and Jewish ultra-Orthodox camps. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)South Bend, Ind. Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, right, listens to Rev. William Barber II speak at a rally protesting President Donald Trump’s policies outside of the White House in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)In this June 10, 2019 photo, a Rabha tribal Hindu priest pours traditional rice beer to a Rabha girl during the Baikho festival at Pantan village, west of Gauhati, India. Every year, the community in India’s northeastern state of Assam celebrates the festival to please a deity of wealth and ask for good rains and a good harvest. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)A baby is lifted and faithful cheer as Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)Members of the ancient Samaritan community pray during the holiday of Shavuot on Mount Gerizim, near the West Bank town of Nablus on June 9, 2019. Samaritans are descended from the ancient Israelite tribes of Menashe and Efraim that broke away from mainstream Judaism 2,800 years ago. Today, the remaining 700 Samaritans live in the Palestinian city of Nablus in the West Bank and the Israeli seaside town of Holon, south of Tel Aviv. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed) Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 KC McGinnis,Load Comments,Egypt TV says ousted president Morsi dies in court Tagshomepage featured photos photos of the week Top Story,You may also like In new book, Muslim doctor encourages Christians to ‘love thy neighbor’ Share This! Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: KC McGinnis Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

In 59 Seconds Deconstructing Trumps Financial Disclosures–And Why He Has Become Richer

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Some Fear Undercount As Texas Decides Not To Spend Money On 2020

first_img Share Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Rock ‘N’ Roll MarathonRunners make their way through downtown Dallas during the Toyota Rock ‘N’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon last year. Texas has experience massive population growth in the past decade, but officials there have decided not to spend any money or make statewide plans for the 2020 census.You’ve got to spend money to make money. But that’s not the way Texas, and a handful of other states, are looking at the 2020 census. Officials in Texas have decided not to spend any money or make statewide plans for the census, despite the fact that the state experienced massive population growth in the past decade.With federal dollars at risk, the state’s major cities, business leaders and even non-profits say they are being forced to step-in instead.Across the country, states are spending millions on making sure they get a better headcount of their residents. For example, California officials announced they are investing as much as $154 million in the 2020 census.But not all states are making investments or even coming up with statewide plans to improve the count.This year, Texas lawmakers failed to pass legislation that would have created a statewide effort aimed at making sure all Texans are counted. Measures that would have ensured millions of dollars in funding for the census in Texas also failed.“California is eating our lunch on the census,” says Ann Beeson, the CEO of the Center for Public Policy Priorities in Austin. “And what’s that going to mean is more representation and more dollars for California than Texas.”Beeson said this is particularly concerning because the state’s population has continued to explode. In fact, many of the country’s fastest growing cities are in the Lone Star State.By some estimates, Texas is set to gain three to four congressional seats after the census. But that’s only if there’s an accurate count, Beeson says.“Texas is already at a high risk of an undercount,” she says. “That is because we have a higher percentage of what are considered hard to count populations.”That includes low income populations, immigrant families and young children, Beeson says.“We have a particularly high risk of an undercount of young children because we have so many,” she says.The Center for Public Policy Priorities estimates that a mere 1% undercount could cost Texas $300 million in federal funding a year.That’s much-needed funding, Beeson says, that would pay for education, transportation and health care programs in the state.In the absence of state action, though, local officials in Texas say it’s up to them now to make sure people are getting counted.“So much in the state of Texas relies on local government stepping up,” says Bruce Elfant, the tax assessor and voter registrar for Travis County here in Austin.Elfant is a member of the city’s Complete Count Committee, which is a city-led group focused just on improving the census in Austin.“This is a time where local government is going to have to step up again and I am really proud of what we have here in Travis County,” he says.Elfant says school districts and other municipal government — as well as local businesses — plan to pitch in. In fact, he says he the city plans to create a fund for the census. He says that fund will largely rely on money from the private sector.And nonprofits say they are also gearing up to fill the gap left by state inaction, says Stephanie Swanson with the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Texas.“We realized that basically is going to be up to us,” she says. “We will have to rely on our cities and it will also fall on the shoulders of nonprofits and the community to get out the count.”Swanson says she and others are trying to get nonprofits across the state– and especially trusted community groups — to make this a priority.But she says it’s not going to be easy.“We have a lot of work that we have to do,” Swanson says. “We are still in the initial phases and I am not quite sure if that really has sunk in with the population here in Texas.”The biggest hurdle, she says, will be funding large-scale education programs.Texas has one of the largest immigrant populations in the country. That means talk of a possible citizenship question on the census has large swaths of the state nervous about answering the census, even though that question will not be included.“That’s something that we are still struggling to find a good way to talk to people about,” Swanson says. “We don’t want to scare them, basically.”So far, the state’s biggest cities, including Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, all have citywide efforts. There are also various small towns and suburban counties.Beeson it’s a good thing there are people starting to take this seriously. However, it would be ideal, she says, if state officials had a statewide plan to make sure that everyone here is counted. Beeson says many rural counties in Texas probably won’t have the resources big cities do to make sure their residents are counted.“As a proud Texan that kind of makes me mad,” Beeson says. “I feel like we kind of need to step up to the plate and really get on the ball and make sure that we are getting counted just like those Californians are getting counted.”Copyright 2019 KUT 90.5. To see more, visit KUT 90.5.last_img read more

Black soldier fly larvae found to maximize eating by forming a fountain

first_img Citation: Black soldier fly larvae found to maximize eating by forming a fountain (2019, February 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-black-soldier-larvae-maximize-fountain.html © 2019 Science X Network Study shows how beetle larvae adapt to different bee hosts Journal information: Journal of the Royal Society Interface Images of the larvae and food after 33 min next to the corresponding time-averaged velocity fields, with the mixing region selected. (a) 500 larvae, (b) 1000 larvae, (c) 3000 larvae, (d) 5000 larvae and (e) 10 000 larvae. (f) The relationship between number of larvae and their flow rate. Credit: Journal of The Royal Society Interface (2019). DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2018.0735 Black fly larvae (also known as maggots) are known to be voracious eaters—a video of a horde consuming an entire pizza in just a couple of hours has been available for viewing on YouTube for several years. After seeing the video, the researchers with this new effort wondered how they were able to do it so quickly. To find out, they set out pieces of food for groups of larvae and used a high-speed camera to capture the action.By watching a mass of larvae eat in slow motion, the researchers observed that they exhibit a degree of cooperation that made the process of sharing a meal a more efficient affair. They noted that a single larva did not eat constantly—instead, it ate for about five minutes, then stopped to rest for five minutes before eating again. During the pause in eating, hungry larvae shoved it out of the way. The entire process consisted of a frontline of larvae reaching a food sample first, upon which the larvae would form an ascending mass—those that came from behind the first crawled on top to reach food higher up, and so on with each new arrival. Eventually, they reached a maximum height, preventing the larvae in the back from eating. But as soon as an individual maggot stopped to rest, the larva behind it would shove it up and over the top of its own body, and it would fall down the hill of bodies surrounding the food. The researchers found the whole process flowed like water from a fountain, in which water that is pushed out the top is continuously recycled. The end result is a very efficient eating mechanism that allows the larvae to consume food quickly and also allows each individual in the group to get its fair share of a meal.center_img Explore further More information: Olga Shishkov et al. Black soldier fly larvae feed by forming a fountain around food, Journal of The Royal Society Interface (2019). DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2018.0735 A team of researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology has found that black soldier fly larvae maximize their eating efficiency by pushing non-eaters out of the way, causing the emergence of a fountain shape made up of larvae bodies. In their paper published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the group describes their study of black fly larvae and their eating habits, and what they learned. 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

Internet addiction may up risk of depression anxiety

first_imgExcessive use of internet may significantly increase the risk of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, especially among college-going students, a study has found.The findings showed that individuals with internet addiction had more trouble dealing with their day-to-day activities, including life at home, at work/school and in social settings. They had problems with planning and time management, greater levels of attentional impulsivity as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfInternet addiction may also be strongly linked to compulsive behaviour and several other addiction in students, the study said. “This leads us to a couple of questions like are we grossly underestimating the prevalence of internet addiction and are these other mental health issues a cause or consequence of this excessive reliance on the internet?” said lead researcher Michael Van Ameringen from the McMaster University in Canada. The study may also have practical medical implications. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“If you are trying to treat someone for an addiction when in fact they are anxious or depressed, then you may be going down the wrong route. We need to understand this more, so we need a bigger sample, drawn from a wider, more varied population,” Ameringen added. The Internet Addiction Test (IAT) developed in 1998 prior to the widespread use of smartphone technology, is the only standard test used to measure excessive reliance on the internet. However, over the last 18 years internet use has changed radically with a substantial number of people working online, using social media among others, round the clock.“We were concerned that the IAT questionnaire may not have been picking up on problematic modern internet use, or showing up false positives for people who were simply using the internet rather than being over-reliant on it,” Ameringen said. For the study, the team surveyed 254 students and correlated internet use with general mental health and wellbeing. Only 33 students met screening criteria for internet addition, according to the IAT. The research team also administered a further series of self-reported tests to see how the internet addicts compared to the others in the survey on areas such as symptoms of depression and anxiety, impulsiveness, inattention and executive functioning, as well as tests for ADHD. The results were presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) conference in Vienna, recently.last_img read more