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first_imgFormer Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday asked the Modi government to come out with a white paper on the number of foreigners it had detected and deported during its four-year rule, and reiterated that the decision to update National Register of Citizens (NRC) was taken by a Congress government. Mr. Gogoi accused the BJP of trying to hijack the discourse for political gains, but work on the NRC had started in 2005, during the first term of his government. “Now everybody wants to take credit. The BJP is good in hijacking everything. They hijacked [legacy of Mahatma] Gandhi, [Sardar Vallabhbhai] Patel, Swami Vivekananda and even [B.R.] Ambedkar. They are expert in hijacking,” he said.“I demand that the government publish a white paper on how many Indians were detected and deported in last four years and what action have been taken to seal the border [with Bangladesh]. We want a clear picture,” he told presspersons. Mr. Gogoi said that in 2005, a committee chaired by Bhumidhar Barnman, former Minister in the Congress government in Assam, was formed. Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is now a Minister in the BJP government, too was a member.Another sub-committee under Mr. Sarma was formed two years later to expedite the NRC update process. “The NRC is my baby, the Congress’s baby. We are the natural father. [Narendra] Modi is the foster father. We want the NRC to be implemented in a just and fair manner. All genuine Indians must be included in the NRC,” he said.The former Chief Minister said the draft NRC, which was published on July 30 and excluded names of over 40 lakh residents of the State, did indicate how many foreigners were found in the exercise. “Till now, there is no idea about foreigners,” Mr. Gogoi added.The veteran Congress leader said that while many Indian nationals had been excluded from the draft NRC, foreigners had been included.last_img read more

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first_imgScientists have identified the likely culprit in a disease that has devastated sea stars along the west coast of North America. Genomic detective work and lab experiments show that the wasting disorder is associated with a previously unknown virus. With the discovery comes a deeper mystery, however. The sea star–killing virus is far from new. The authors of the study found it in museum samples up to 72 years old, so scientists are puzzled about why the current outbreak has been so severe.”This is probably the most extensive and devastating disease of marine invertebrates that has happened,” says ecologist Bruce Menge of Oregon State University, Corvallis, who was not involved in the new research. “It’s a major concern.”The enigmatic disease came to broad attention in June 2013, when recreational divers near Vancouver, British Columbia, and Seattle, Washington, began noticing legions of dying sea stars. The sea stars first developed lesions, then began to lose their arms, and finally decayed into piles of skeletal ossicles (bits of calcium carbonate such as a star’s plates and spines). 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Researchers have raced to collect samples and conduct laboratory experiments to investigate any pathogens that might be involved. A feature in Science earlier this year, now available for free, examined the mystery. Scientists sent hundreds of tissue samples to Ian Hewson, a microbial oceanographer at Cornell University. When he sequenced the DNA in the samples, he discovered that a densovirus was more common in the sick stars than in ones that looked healthy. (Densoviruses are known to infect insects, crustaceans, and some sea urchins.) Additional evidence came from experiments conducted by marine ecologist Drew Harvell of Cornell and other researchers, who took tissue from sick sea stars, filtered out everything larger than viruses, and injected the tissue into apparently healthy sea stars. They developed symptoms—and, concurrently, the amount of densovirus in their bodies increased. Other sea stars injected with sterilized tissue did not develop symptoms of the wasting disorder.“We have very good evidence that this is a densovirus,” Hewson says. But because the virus cannot be grown in culture, scientists cannot satisfy the classic tests for identifying the culprit of a disease: four criteria collectively referred to as Koch’s postulates. The researchers published their results online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Looking for some historical perspective, Hewson tested museum samples of sea stars collected between 1923 and 2010 along the U.S. west coast. The virus existed in healthy looking specimens from five different years, suggesting it has persisted in the environment. Hewson speculates that the virus may have mutated as it wiped out various species of sea stars, allowing it to infect others. He is also trying to figure out the source of the virus, by analyzing sea stars from around the world, and whether it can infect other kinds of echinoderms. The biggest question is why the current epidemic has been so bad. A likely situation, Hewson and his colleagues say, is that an overabundance of sea stars increased the transmission of the virus, especially if they were stressed by competition for food, which could make them more vulnerable to infection.That theory makes sense to marine pathologist Marta Gomez-Chiarri of the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, who was not involved in the new paper. She and her students have been studying an earlier densovirus outbreak on the east coast; populations of sea stars in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay abounded before a crash in 2011. It’s not clear whether the same densovirus that caused the west coast die-off is also involved in the eastern declines. Hewson found some densovirus genes in sea stars from Connecticut but did not have enough samples for firm conclusions.Menge doesn’t think overabundance played a role in the current outbreak among 13 sea star populations that he follows on the coast of Oregon. Instead, he wonders whether ocean acidification, which may also be a source of stress that weakens sea stars, is a possible contributing factor. So far, the evidence is mixed for the role of acidification, Menge admits.Whatever the cause of the epidemic, Menge says, the demise of purple stars has already led to greater survival of its prey, including barnacles and mussels. As a result, he predicts, the mussels will eventually take over the rocky shore, crowding out many other species of invertebrates. In a way, he adds, the epidemic is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for ecologists to study these predator-prey relationships. But that doesn’t dull the pain of losing familiar and charismatic species. “From a personal standpoint, it’s really disheartening.”last_img read more

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first_imgCondoms blocking toilets in the Games village might have come in for some embarrassment but the Commonwealth Games Federation boss Michael Fennell termed it a “positive” story saying that athletes are responsible in promoting safe sex.While sex is not a Commonwealth Games sport, it seems to be an activity in the Games Village at Akshardham housing more than 7,000 athletes, all of whom are in great shape and with plenty of free time at their disposal once knocked out of their respective events.Asked about the embarrassing scenes of condoms blocking toilets at the Games Village, the CGF president said: “If that is happening, it shows there is use of condoms and I think that is a very positive story, that athletes are being responsible.””This issue was controversial some years back but not now. Promoting safe sex is a responsible thing to do,” he said.Incidentally, athletes received free condoms at every Games Village since Barcelona in 1992 to help raise awareness about AIDS, and in Beijing 2008 it notched up a record with a whopping 100,000 condoms being distributed.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “We had a great start,” said coach Boyet Fernandez. “I wanted to see how the players will react in the games especially that we’re facing a winless team.”Clint Doliguez chipped in 12 points in the victory wjile four other players had double-digit points Metropac-San Beda tied CEU on top of the Foundation Group with a 6-1 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsScoring at will, the Movers defense forced White Stallion to 26 turnovers for 33 points. Celest Flores-Colina Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES James Canlas. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Metropac-San Beda made quick work of CD14 Designs-Trinity, 119-70, to close in on a playoff berth in the 2019 PBA D-League at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.The Movers dominated from start to finish, thanks to an early explosion from James Canlas who scored 14 of his 16 points in the opening period.ADVERTISEMENT BVR on Tour: Sta. Lucia’s Estoquia-Demontaño pair in Lingayen Open quarterfinals DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgBy halftime, Brady was tweeting, “Too many penalties. Just let us play!!!” and then, “I’m turning off this game I can’t watch these ridiculous penalties anymore.”Analyst Troy Aikman noted Brady’s tweets on the game broadcast, saying, “Tom Brady is one of the least controversial people we have in our game. He is league royalty. When he makes a statement like that, that should get somebody’s attention.”It sure did.Al Riveron, the league’s senior vice president of officiating, held a conference call with referees Saturday, ESPN reported, and they were instructed to stick to the backside holding calls and allow more time for O-linemen to get their hands inside the frame of defenders on front-side and other blocks.The officials only flagged offensive holding 45 more times the rest of the weekend, an average of three a game, down from nearly six a game before Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots runs off the field after a game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Billie Weiss/Getty Images/AFPTom Brady has clout, and his indignation may have saved the NFL’s 100th season from being ruined by the refs even though he backtracked like he was avoiding Shaq Barrett.Yellow flags flew at an alarming rate over the first two weeks of the season, and Shawn Hochuli’s crew called 20 infractions Thursday night in the Titans-Jaguars game — starting on the very first play from scrimmage — that kicked off Week 3.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brady tried to make nice with the officials a day after complaining about all the flags, saying, “I’m very pro-ref.”The backtracking by one of the NFL’s biggest stars makes sense, because he relies on the officials to protect him when 300-pound defenders are bearing down on him in the pocket. Dolphins linebacker Raekwon McMillan told The Miami Herald that a member of the officiating crew told him after a legal hit on Brady last week, “Stay off Tom .”On his weekly Westwood One interview that aired Monday night, Brady explained his initial criticism, saying, “I want to see tough, hard-nosed football. When I was watching the other night, I decided to turn it off because I didn’t feel like that’s what I was seeing.”The yellow flags were bringing another black eye to the NFL at a time when the Antonio Brown saga had consumed consumers’ attention while the league was trying to celebrate its 100th season.ANGRY BROWNOne of the NFL’s most prolific receivers for a decade, Brown was traded out of Pittsburgh and released in Oakland after wearing out his welcome in both cities. The Patriots signed him anyway, and just days later a former trainer filed a civil lawsuit in Florida accusing him of rape. He played in one game, then was released Friday after the team learned he tried to intimidate a second woman who accused him of sexual misconduct.After thanking the Patriots for the opportunity and wishing them another Super Bowl win, Brown went on a Twitter rant on his first NFL Sunday without a team. He announced he was done for good with the league that exiled him and took shots at Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.ANGRY BELICHICKPatriots coach Bill Belichick drew criticism on social media for staring down CBS Sports reporter Dana Jacobson, who asked him before the Jets-Patriots game what was the final straw with Brown.“We’re focused on the Jets today,” Belichick replied, then stared at Jacobson for two seconds, ignoring her as she replied, “Thank you, Coach, thank you.” MISSING MANDetroit QB Matthew Stafford helped spring J.D. McKissic on a 44-yard reverse that set up a field goal in the Lions’ 27-24 win at Philadelphia.Stafford was supposed to block the defensive end but none was there because the Eagles had just 10 men on the field.“So, I just kept moving and found the next guy,” said Stafford, who shielded McKissic from three defenders on his way downfield.NICE CATCHEagles receiver Nelson Agholor is having fun with a fan who threw shade at him in a TV interview after saving children from a fire. Hakim Laws of West Philadelphia told reporters, “We was catching ’em .. unlike Agholor.”“Thank you for being a hero in the community, would like to invite you and your family to the next home game,” Agholor replied on Twitter as he shared the viral video of the man who couldn’t help but get in a dig about the receiver’s drops.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NCAA: Fran Yu shines with career best as Letran sinks St. Benilde P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Becoming his own man With 15 flags thrown in the first half, eight of them for offensive holding, Brady said he’d seen enough and was turning off the game.By the time the Bears bamboozled Case Keenum into five turnovers Monday night, officials were throwing half as many flags for offensive holding as they had been before the weekend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40The NFL made backside offensive holding a point of emphasis this season, asking officials to flag what’s known as a “lobster block” where O-linemen wrap their arms around a defender when blocking on the backside of running plays.The officials went overboard, however, throwing flags for holding all over the field. They called 188 offensive holding penalties in the first 33 games, including 10 in the Titans-Jaguars game. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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first_imgWe have no issues with Sourav Ganguly’s position at Delhi Capitals: KKR CEO Venky MysoreSourav Ganguly is the Cricket Association of Bengal president as well as the Delhi Capitals advisor. While many have raised questions if Ganguly will have a say in the pitch to be used for KKR vs DC, Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore doesn’t have a problem.advertisement Press Trust of India KolkataApril 11, 2019UPDATED: April 11, 2019 16:58 IST Venky Mysore said KKR have no problem with Sourav Ganguly’s dual role with CAB and Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSourav Ganguly is Cricket Association of Bengal president and the Delhi Capitals advisorMany have raised questions if Ganguly will have a say in the pitch to be used for KKR vs DCKKR CEO Venky Mysore doesn’t have an issue with Ganguly and said he is a “thorough professional”Sourav Ganguly’s dual role of Cricket Association of Bengal president and Delhi Capitals advisor may have drawn criticism but Kolkata Knight Riders “have no issues at all”, team CEO Venky Mysore has said.Facing conflict of interest charges, the CAB chief will be a ‘visitor’ and may be seen sitting in the Delhi Capitals dugout when they face home side Kolkata Knight Riders in their return leg IPL clash in Kolkata on Friday.With Delhi Capitals boasting a world-class pace attack spearheaded by 23-year-old South African Kagiso Rabada, a few insiders at CAB have claimed that its president Ganguly may have a ‘say’ in the pitch, which could assist pacers. But KKR are not wary.”He is a thorough professional. He knows how to do his duties well. He’s fully supportive of what we are doing. We have no issues at all,” Mysore told PTI.The KKR CEO also spoke highly of their skipper Dinesh Karthik, and said he should make it to the World Cup squad, which will be announced Monday.”I can’t imagine a World Cup squad without him. The role he plays is such a difficult one and as a keeper as well. The attitude he brings in to the team is amazing,” Mysore said.Their top run-getter in 2018, Karthik has not been among runs this time around with just 91 from five innings at an average of 22.75, but Mysore said his focus is KKR at the moment.”For him, I know, the focus is KKR. We are taking one game at a time, win that game and get into the playoffs and be in contention. That’s his focus. I don’t think he will be thinking about the World Cup selection at the moment. I don’t think there’s any added pressure on him at all.advertisement”He’s been playing cricket — for India — for a long time. He’s played under most difficult pressure situations and still come winning. I am sure he will continue to contribute on that fashion. There is only 15 people who can go to the World Cup.”The 2012 and 2014 champions are yet to win under Karthik’s captaincy but Mysore said they have been consistent.”We were a bit unlucky with injuries. We needed to bolster our back-up and increase the size of the squad. We worked very hard this time in this auctions.”Winning championship is very difficult. There are teams who have still not won it. It does not mean they are not aiming to win it. Forget about championships, we have the best ratio,” he said, pointing at their top-four finishes from 2016 to 2018.”It shows that we have been always consistent. Last year we were a few balls away from winning the final. Had we made the final, who knows… It happened in the previous years as well. I’m very happy with the consistency. Once you are consistent.Also Read | Ombudsman might call Ganguly but no bar on sitting in DC DugoutAlso Read | Sourav Ganguly replies to ombudsman, clarifies stand on conflict of interestFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Sourav GangulyFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow Venky MysoreFollow KKR vs DClast_img read more

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Before he addressed the annual summit, being held this year in Mozambique, the Secretary-General met with the African Union’s Heads of State at a prayer breakfast in which he said that, sadly, “so-called men of religion sometimes invoke the name of God to justify violence against their fellow human beings.””But I believe,” Mr. Annan continued, “we have a duty to love those of our own faiths, those of other faiths, and those of no faith. As leaders, we must summon the moral courage to stand against those who encourage violence and hatred. Instead, we must point the way to tolerance, understanding and the peaceful resolution of conflict.”According to a UN spokesperson in New York, the Secretary-General began the afternoon with a series of meetings in the margins of the Summit.During talks with Antoine Ghonda, the Foreign Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mr. Annan said he was disappointed that President Joseph Kabila did not come to Maputo, where he had hoped to have a summit on the DRC. The next opportunity for such a summit could be at the General Assembly in September, Mr. Annan said. He congratulated Mr. Ghonda, who was accompanied by representatives of two former parties to the conflict, as well as by a political counsellor to President Kabila, on the formation of a transitional national government, but emphasized that the fighting in the DRC has to stop.The Secretary-General also met with Tunisian Foreign Minister Habib Ben Yahia, with whom he discussed regional issues, as well as the importance of support for the Middle East Road Map; they also touched on Iraq.After that, he met with the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Don McKinnon, talking with him about Zimbabwe, including the land reform plan which the Secretary-General and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) had proposed. MR. Annan then had a tête-à-tête meeting with President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone.After those meetings, the Secretary-General was scheduled to discuss the situation in Zimbabwe with Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Thabo Mbeki of South Africa. Then, he was to attend a banquet hosted by President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique. read more

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TORONTO – Canadian spending grew 23 per cent on Cyber Monday and 6.5 per cent on Black Friday this year over last, pointing to the growing popularity of two of the busiest shopping days in the U.S. north of the border.“Black Friday and Cyber Monday have been popular shopping days with our neighbours south of the border for years,” said Malcolm Fowler, vice-president of marketing at Moneris Solutions, the debit and credit card processor that released the report.“Thanks to the unprecedented number of Canadian merchants and consumers who embraced them this year, these two shopping days are becoming a mainstay in Canada.”The report, which provides a snapshot of consumer spending activity in Canada by analyzing credit and debit card transaction data, found the specialty retail category saw the largest increase, 15 per cent, in dollars spend on Black Friday.Within that category, radios, televisions and stereos were the most popular choices with spending up 22 per cent.Clothing sales rose 13 per cent compared to the day last year.Apparel sales led the way on Cyber Monday, with spending growth up 77 per cent, followed by specialty retail, with 45 per cent growth. And online shoe sales skyrocked 112 per cent compared to 2011.Experts say the burgeoning weekend-long holiday sales event could soon surpass Boxing Day as the busiest shopping period of the year.For years, both events were largely U.S. phenomena that had Canadians who wanted to participate visiting American websites or making cross-border trips on the day after U.S. Thanksgiving, which marks the start of the crucial holiday shopping season when retailers turn profits, or go “into the black.”Cyber Monday emerged as shoppers wanting to continue their Black Friday spree logged-in at home, as well as at work on the following Monday.A combination of factors — U.S. competitors setting up shop in Canada, Canadian retailers trying to keep sales local, Canadians’ shifting shopping habits and tight-fisted consumers with shaky confidence in the economy — are helping to establish the events on Canadian soil. Black Friday spending up 6.5% Cyber Monday grows 23% over last year in Canada by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 30, 2012 7:26 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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NEW YORK, N.Y. – Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale.A year ago, Apple Inc. said it had sold 9 million of the then-new iPhone 5C and 5S models.The iPhone is available in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the U.K. It will go on sale in 20 more countries on Sept. 26 and others by the end of the year.CEO Tim Cook said Monday that demand for the phones has exceeded the company’s expectations. Besides larger screens, the new phones offer faster performance and a wireless chip for making credit card payments. The phones start at $199 with a two-year service contact. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Apple says it sold 10 million new iPhone 6, 6 Plus models in first weekend after launch by The Associated Press Posted Sep 22, 2014 8:54 am MDT read more

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President Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado of Honduras addresses the General Assembly’s annual general debate. UN Photo/Cia Pak This would include issues such as access to healthcare, social equality, gender equality, and address social, economic, and environmental vulnerabilities and is especially relevant to the needs of middle-income countries. He also highlighted the crucial importance of gender equality. “Every day, women strive for a world where the full recognition and exercise of their rights is more tangible,” he said. “Their fights are inherent to the building of truly democratic societies and the inclusive coexistence in all our countries.” Turning to climate change he said there is enough evidence to support the idea that a transformative solution to climate change is within human capabilities. In his remarks, Juan Orlando Hernandez Alvarado, President of Honduras, said his administration is building a “new Honduras” by tackling violent crime and restoring its economy. Together with Guatemala, Honduras is creating a zone dedicated to the free circulation of goods, services and people. He said negotiations are under way with El Salvador and Nicaragua to join the agreement. Honduras, along with El Salvador and Nicaragua, and with the support of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, set up the Gulf of Fonseca Development Plan, which will create a pole of economic development. In addition, the implementation of the economic development program “Honduras 2020” provides for the creation of 600,000 jobs over the next five years. The President also welcomed the progress made by his country in terms of transparency and the fight against corruption. “We have purged the national police, created anti-corruption tribunals and strengthened the Ministry of Public Security,” he said, in addition to signing an agreement with the Organization of American States (OAS) corruption and impunity. However, he continued, the fight against poverty is the “priority” in the programme of governments of developing countries. “We must overcome the structural conditions that exclude entire sections of our societies,” he said, adding that poverty is the cause of migration, insecurity and violence. He also denounced the classification system used by developed countries to measure the level of development aid, explaining that Honduras, considered as a middle-tier country, is penalized. Concluding his speech, the President said that migrants are the “new martyrs and new heroes” of our time who have to face all the challenges before they can bring their talents and dedication to their host countries. Honduras, he said, was “making every effort” to improve the living conditions of its citizens so that they did not have to leave their country in search of opportunities. read more

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first_imgWe all knew that Treyarch and Activision latest Call of Duty title, Call of Duty: Black Ops (or CoD:BlOps, as it’s affectionately known) was selling like gang busters, but it’s more than just a money maker: it’s a billion dollar title.In a press release, Activision has announced that Black Ops has just surpassed $1 billion in total sales internationally… in just a single month. In addition, Black Ops has racked up almost as many game play hours as it has game dollars: six hundred million hours of multiplayer playtime in the last month alone.It’s a milestone number for gaming. “In all of entertainment, only Call of Duty and “Avatar” have ever achieved the billion dollar revenue milestone this quickly,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard.”Black Ops will only rack up more cash from here: the first slice of DLC is due in February.last_img read more

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first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target New York Comic Con continued its slow but inevitable takeover of Manhattan this year by expanding for the first time to the Theater at Madison Square Garden. And who better to kick off such a momentous occasion than mad man in a box? BBC America took over MSG all Friday morning to give a crowd of screaming Anglophiles a look at the upcoming season of Doctor Who, and its new spin-off show Class. We got a brief introduction to the new Doctor Who spinoff, Class. The show centers on the teenagers who attend Coal Hill Academy. Whovians will recognize that name as Coal Hill has a long history in the series. It first appeared all the way back in 1963, as the school attended by The Doctor’s granddaughter, Susan.Now, Coal Hill Academy is home to students who have had some run in with The Doctor or other extraterrestrial beings. The show’s creator, Patrick Ness said that outside of a cameo in the pilot episode, these kids won’t have the doctor around to tell them what’s going on. They’ll meet aliens and have no way of knowing what they’re called or what they want, and they’ll have to “deal with it in complete bafflement, which is kind of like being a teenager.” That’s the main idea behind this show.We will also be introduced to monsters we don’t recognize. Ness said he sees this show as his one shot to make brand new Doctor Who monsters and leave his footprint on the universe. He’s going to take full advantage of it. He also told us not to expect many cameo appearances from past Who characters. “Cameos are like penises,” he said. “If you put them in a scene, they’re all anyone will talk about.”He did say there will be plenty of more subtle Easter eggs for fans of classic Who. “You’re gonna see stuff you like,” he said to a fan who asked about a possible appearance from Ian and Barbara, The Doctor’s first companions.Class premieres October 22.Finally, we got to the panel we’d all been waiting for. We were joined by Steven Moffat, Brian Minchin, Peter Capaldi, Matt Lucas and the newest addition to the show, Pearl Mackie. We are still a long ways off from the next season, but they were able to give us a taste of what we could expect from the upcoming Christmas special.Titled “The Return of Doctor Mysterio,” the new episode will focus on a superhero. Capaldi described the special as a witty, ironic, positive and good superhero movie and likened it to the 1978 Richard Donner Superman movie.Matt Lucas will also return as a regular cast member, playing a sort of mischievous butler to The Doctor. Matt Lucas, who has a career in Hollywood, was asked why he would move to Cardiff and be a regular cast member on a TV show, and he recalled his first guest appearance on Doctor Who. It mostly came down to the crew. Everyone he worked with was so great, and he had such a good time, he desperately wanted to come back. Moffat says his role was initially much smaller, but as Lucas offered to do more and more, he became a huge part of the upcoming season.Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas, Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin at NYCC. (Photo: Screenshot via Youtube/BBC)Finally, we were introduced to Pearl Mackie who plays Bill, The Doctor’s new companion. We weren’t given a ton of information about her, but Steven Moffat wanted everything about the upcoming season to feel new. He says this season won’t require anyone to have watched all the previous ones to know what’s going on. Bill is a completely new character with a completely new perspective on The Doctor. After the last couple seasons went to some really dark places, Moffat wants the show to have a different feel.Capaldi for his part said he can’t wait for people to see how The Doctor meets his new companion. He said they’re introduction is “really quite different” from anything the show has done before.We’ll have to wait a little while to find out, though. Doctor Who returns December 25.last_img read more

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first_imgStay on target The Best Anime On HuluThis Might Be Attack On Titan’s Goriest Moment Of The Series So Far Attack on Titan Season 3 is coming sometime next year, which seems like a long time to wait. However, fans that remember the four-year wait between the first and second season are absolutely thrilled they’ll get to catch two seasons of the show in two consecutive years. To put that in perspective, you could have entered High School as a Freshman the day Attack on Titan season one ended and have graduated before season two started.Spoilers for Attack on Titan Seasons One and Two below.One of the series’ characters designers Kyoji Asano has been releasing a series of sketches showcasing the upcoming season. The latest is a motif of all the Survey Corps members who are still alive at the start of Attack on Titan Season Three. Eren Yeager, Armin Arlet, Mikasa Ackerman, Levi Ackerman, Ymir, Reiner Braun, and Bertolt Hoover are all shown in this lovely new drawing.It’s unusual they’re all shown together though since not everyone is on friendly terms with each other. Attack on Titan Season 3 is set to launch sometime in 2018. The both seasons before it began airing in April, so it’s likely we could see the new episodes as soon as April 2018.That means there’s plenty of time to go before the show comes out, so you can take in the various spinoffs, video games, and other adaptations out there of Attack on Titan before the story picks back up.  Just beware of spoilers if you’re looking to keep yourself untainted before the next season begins for a nice, lengthy binge-watching session, because that’s how the show is best experienced so far. You may have heard secrets and theories from other viewers, but try and forget those if you can. Going into Attack on Titan in general without any prior information is the optimal way to view it, after all.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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first_img Is 12 Strong good?No.What is it, exactly?The recently declassified true story of “Task Force Dagger;” a joint operation of US Army Green Beret Operational Detachment Alpha 595 and CIA paramilitary ops that aimed to destabilize The Taliban in the immediate wake of the September 11 attacks by integrating and providing air support to anti-Taliban militias loyal to the Northern Alliance. It was an operation whose details were largely classified until recently save for the innately cinematic detail that the rough terrain required much of the travel and combat to be conducted on horseback.So an Afghanistan War movie?Yes.So I imagine this must be kind of grim, considering that whole thing kind of ran way longer and more complicated than we planned, right?No, it’s an orgasmically patriotic “Vengeance For 9-11” U.S. military infomercial from Jerry Bruckheimer. And the overriding theme of which is that charging headlong into a ground war in Afghanistan without much in the way of a plan was a noble and really smart idea that will clearly work out SWELL for everyone in the long run.…did they make this in 2003 and only just remember to release it now?Apparently not, no.So apart from “Lone Survivor, but with horses this time,” what’s the plot?Chris Hemsworth has the lead as the trusted but field-inexperienced Green Beret Captain charged with leading his team into the fight and striking uneasy peace with the hardscrabble Northern Alliance fighters. The film aims for it’s “main arc” to be the supposedly complex relationship between Hemsworth’s character and Navid Negabahn as the commander of their Alliance counterparts. So two tough guys: one young, one old. They sort-of sharing command of a single operation trying to feel each other out and navigate the twisted web of priorities that have briefly put them on the same side against a common enemy though with different tactics and functions.How does that play out?Dramatically, it’s not a bad idea, but 12 Strong just isn’t the kind of movie to deal meaningfully in the shades of gray that would make this all meaningful beyond perfunctory lip-service.Who else is in it?As this is a Jerry Bruckheimer military movie you already know he’s bringing a whole crew of actors who you kinda wish were in more good things but are always reliably solid in these – including Michael Shannon, William Fichtner, Michael Pena, Trevante Rhodes, Rob Riggle and Said Taghmaoui.Is the action at least decent?If you’ve seen ANY of the other mediocre Afghan War movies released over the last (almost) two decades, you’ve seen this one too. Handsome Hollywood actors growing out scruffy beards, scrambling behind rocks, pretending to fire machine guns, airstrikes being called in, explosions going off, wives and families being pined for. It’s full of History 101 platitudes about Afghanistan as “The Graveyard of Empires” being glibly passed off as ominous intonations, they bond, they fight, they suffer setbacks, they win. Eventually, they get the designated main bad guy, someone shows up back at home unexpected and hugs their kid while a low guitar-riff creeps in on the soundtrack, some pre-credits block-text lets you know only the happy parts of what happened next.So overall you don’t recommend it?Look, I’m trying not to sound cynical because YES it’s a war movie, people got killed, I sure as hell remember where I was on 9-11… I get it. But the whole thing isn’t just on auto-pilot but on the same auto-pilot we’ve seen dozens of times now and it feels like it’s actively avoiding bringing something new to the table. The action is generic, the details of what made this particular operation noteworthy and/or special feel sanded-down and generic. The actors are all doing schtick you’ve seen them do better elsewhere and it’s honestly not even visceral or emotionally resonant enough to pull a genuine connection out of a wound as open as 9-11 OR villains as eminently hateable as The Taliban or Al Qaeda. It’s not smart enough to be of historical interest and it’s not even exciting enough to be good propaganda. Stay on target MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom San Diego to appeal costly pension ruling to U.S. Posted: October 17, 2018 October 17, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — KUSI political contributor Jan Goldsmith joined us in studio to discuss San Diego’s decision to appeal a costly pension ruling to the United States Supreme Court. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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first_imgWEST PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – A crook who lured a would-be customer with promises of a cheap Xbox robbed that customer and fired upon him after he gave chase.The victim met with the subject to buy the Xbox video game system, and that’s when he was robbed, at around 1:30 p.m., Monday.According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, the victim chased after the thief until he got out of his vehicle and fired a shot at the victim. Officials confirmed that no one was shot.The incident took place in the area of 21st Street and Southwest 56th Terrace, in West Park.If you have any information about this robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_imgBut the Senate Finance Committee is also pushing for a law establishing a long-term draw rate from the fund’s earnings to pay for state government and the yearly checks to residents. However, House leaders have been cool to setting a permanent fund draw in law without addressing oil or other taxes as part of a fiscal plan. The committee has proposed funding education for the next two years. Advance funding for year two would be contingent upon passage of a law setting a draw rate from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Senate committee is proposing that Alaskans receive $1,600 checks from the state’s oil-wealth fund this year, the same as the House. School funding has been a priority for House leaders, who want to give districts more certainty for planning.last_img read more

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first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Since it opened three years ago, the Grand Sky unmanned aerial systems business and aviation park at Grand Forks AFB, N.D., has quickly become a model for how the military can best take advantage of its enhanced use leasing (EUL) authority, according to a profile of the project in the latest edition of Air Force Magazine. The project grew out of the community’s desire to compensate for the installation’s loss of its tanker mission after the last BRAC round, and has helped strengthen ties between the base and local leaders. Most significantly, Grand Sky is an example of a project that has a synergy with the Air Force mission, which has helped spur industry, education, and economic development in the greater region.“It always works better when there’s an idea,” said Thomas Swoyer Jr., president of Grand Sky Development Co. “You can’t really just put a piece of land out there and say, ‘Oh, come develop this for us.’ There has to be a reason to develop it.”Photo courtesy of Grand Sky Development Co.last_img read more

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first_imgShamsuzzaman DuduA Dhaka court on Tuesday sent Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s vice-chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu to jail in a case filed on sabotage charge with Ramna police station. Dhaka metropolitan magistrate AKM Moinuddin Siddique passed the order after rejecting his bail petition when sub-inspector Sudeep Kumar Gosh, also the investigation officer of the case, produced him before the court. Lawyers Sanaullah Miah and Abul Hannan stood for Shamsuzzaman. The court also ordered the authorities concerned to take necessary measures as per the jail code as counsels sought division for the BNP leader, said court sources.Earlier on 8 February, police arrested the BNP leader from Segunbagicha area in the city in the case.last_img

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first_imgTwitter via @KXAN_News‘The Price of Liberty’ memorial for recent Texas vetsArtists are putting the final touches on a new monument set to be installed on the grounds of the Capitol complex.Standing 21 feet high, “The Price of Liberty” memorial depicts a version of Lady Liberty pulling a father and husband away to war as his tearful wife holds on and their daughter holds an American flag folded into a triangle, a dreaded gift the nation hands the families and loved ones of those who fall in warfare.The Austin American-Statesman reports the monument honors service members from Texas who have risked and sacrificed their lives since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the families of those who have served.In a dedication ceremony Saturday, the bronze memorial will be unveiled at East 12th Street and San Jacinto Boulevard.Retired Army Col. James Stryker, the Texas War Memorial Foundation’s board chairman, said by the time the Vietnam Veterans Monument was erected on the grounds of the Capitol in 2014, almost 40 years had passed since he served during the unpopular conflict. He had moved on with his life. “I don’t need to go back,” he said.Coming from that perspective, it’s not too soon to honor those who have served since 9/11 and their loved ones, Stryker said.“This generation of warriors really need an opportunity to know, truly, that we as a state appreciate your sacrifice,” he said.The monument will join Capitol memorials to veterans and those who died in every American war since the Civil War, with the exception of Union soldiers.Gov. Greg Abbott in 2015 signed House Concurrent Resolution 70, which gave the State Preservation Board the authority to OK the construction of the memorial. The resolution also mandated that the cost be covered through private funding. Stryker said the foundation “got a pretty good deal,” spending about $400,000 in donations to make the memorial. Ten percent of that amount will cover the cost for the state to maintain the display.“While the memorial will serve as a grim and heartbreaking reminder of tragedy and sorrow, my hope is that it will also be met with determination and resolve as we continue to confront the source of this shared global crisis,” Abbott said in a statement to the American-Statesman. “I am proud that as a state we can unite behind the common cause of combating evil in our world, and hope that this memorial allows for solemn remembrance of the lives lost in the war on terror.”The foundation is still taking donations to cover the cost of travel for Gold Star families, veterans and their families to attend the dedication. Stryker said the foundation plans to make a gift to the state for landscaping at the site and a place to sit.“That’s the key thing,” he said. “As a soldier, I never knew what the family went through until my wife deployed.”Stryker’s wife, retired Maj. Gen. Joy Stevens of the Texas Army National Guard, a member of the foundation’s board, said her father was in the Navy during World War II and was at Pearl Harbor when Japanese forces attacked. He never talked about it, she said.“When I would ask him, he would joke about the beautiful women on the beaches and how he ate pineapple until his teeth turned black — but the joking was a cover for feelings and thoughts that, had he shared them, it may have helped him heal,” she told the Statesman. “It would have also helped me understand as a child a little of what he and my mother lived through. He never did.”Stevens’ father has died, and her mother doesn’t remember the details of his service. Also, Stevens said that history is lost because she could not find his records. That’s why the Living Memorial, an online component associated with the memorial, is important, she added.“It captures the stories and details of the service members and their families that have served since 9/11,” Stevens said. “It keeps the fallen alive in our memories and demonstrates the price of liberty through the stories. It is for those who have served and understand the sacrifice — and for those who have not served, so they might understand too.”More information about the monument can be found at texaswarmemorial.com . Sharelast_img read more

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