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Officials say US Cuba near understanding on restoring commercial airline flights

FILE – In this Nov. 1, 2001, file photo, the first passengers of the first flight of Continental Airlines from Miami Florida, arrives at the Jose Marti Airport of Havana, Cuba. The United States and Cuba have reached an understanding on restoring regularly scheduled commercial flights, Cuban and American officials said Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2016 on the eve of the anniversary of detente between the Cold War foes. (AP Photo/Jose Goitia, File) HAVANA – The United States and Cuba are close to a deal on restoring regularly scheduled commercial flights, Cuban and American officials said Wednesday on the eve of the anniversary of detente between the Cold War foes.The diplomatic advance would help open the way for U.S. airlines to begin flying to Cuba within months in what would likely be the biggest step toward tighter economic ties since the two countries began normalizing relations last year. Officials on both sides said they had reached an understanding on key points and hoped to reach a formal deal within hours or days.Teams who have been meeting since Monday in Washington “have made important advances in negotiating a memorandum of understanding on establishing regular flights between Cuba and the United States, and shortly they will be ready to announce a preliminary agreement on this issue,” said Josefina Vidal, head of North American affairs for Cuba’s foreign ministry.State Department spokeswoman Kerry Humphrey said late Wednesday that the countries “are making progress but still negotiating.”Right now, American and Cuban travellers must fly on charter flights that are expensive and difficult to book, forcing travellers to buy paper tickets in Cuba or email documents and payment information back and forth with an agent in the U.S. Those flying often must arrive at the airport four hours in advance and pay high prices for baggage in excess of strict weight limits.U.S. officials and aviation executives have speculated that Cuba could allow more than a dozen flights to and from the U.S. a day. It’s unclear if those flights would completely replace charters, but they appear certain to create a surge in travel that would place heavy strain on Cuba’s already overstrained tourist infrastructure. Hotels and private hostals are booked for months.Authorized American travel to the island is up 50 per cent this year, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, who heads the U.S. Embassy in Havana, said Tuesday. While the majority of U.S. travellers are Cuban-Americans, there has been a sharp rise in Americans travelling for specially authorized purposes, particularly on educational tours known as people-to-people travel. Among Obama’s regulatory changes this year was one permitting such travel to Cuba without specific Treasury Department permission.Since the announcement last year that the U.S. would establish diplomatic relations and expand trade and tourism with Cuba, major U.S. airlines, including American, Delta, United, JetBlue and Southwest, have expressed interest in establishing regular flights from the U.S. to the island.Cuba and the U.S. announced last week direct mail service would restart after a 52-year interruption. The governments had been speaking about restoring a postal link since President Barack Obama entered office, but those talks stalled when Cuba imprisoned U.S. contractor Alan Gross. He was freed in a prisoner exchange that sparked last year’s declaration of detente.On other issues, however, the U.S. and Cuba remain far apart. These include the billions of dollars in competing property claims, the status of fugitives in both countries, and Cuban protection of human rights.The U.S. and Cuba re-opened embassies in each other’s capitals this summer.Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the announcement by Presidents Obama and Raul Castro that they were ending a half-century of U.S.-Cuban enmity. by Michael Weissenstein And Bradley Klapper, The Associated Press Posted Dec 16, 2015 4:26 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 16, 2015 at 10:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Officials say US, Cuba near understanding on restoring commercial airline flights read more

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Donaldson Braves reach a deal that works well for both

ATLANTA — Josh Donaldson needed the Braves.The Braves needed Josh Donaldson.Call this one a perfect match.The slugging third baseman was officially introduced to Atlanta on Tuesday, joining the team he cheered for as a youngster. Donaldson agreed to a $23 million, one-year deal that provides the sort of flexibility both sides wanted.“We were looking for a middle-of-the-order bat,” general manager Alex Anthopoulos said after a news conference at SunTrust Park, less than 24 hours after the team announced the signing of catcher Brian McCann . “We had to find a way to get it done.”Donaldson was looking for a team that would pay him big bucks, while giving him a chance to show he’s healthy after three injury-plagued seasons. He’ll make the same salary he received this past season, while setting himself up for a much more lucrative deal if he returns to MVP form.Plus, he gets to play with his favourite team from childhood. Donaldson is a native of Pensacola, Florida who played his college baseball at Auburn — about a two-hour drive from SunTrust Park.“I was a huge Braves fan coming up,” he said. “My very first favourite player was Ron Gant. It’s a very full circle from coming to my very first Braves game, my first major league baseball game, when I was about 12 years old to now being 32 years old (next week), being able to wear this jersey and wear it with pride.”By only committing to Donaldson for a year, the NL East-winning Braves addressed their top priority while leaving themselves with plenty of financial flexibility beyond 2019. They have some of the most talented young players in the game, led by NL Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuna Jr., and didn’t want to make a move that impeded their long-term progress.“I think it’s a win-win across the board,” Anthopoulos said. “We love Josh. We’re thrilled to have him. But it’s a one-year deal. Beyond one year, we don’t know what’s going to happen, other than we hope we’re pouring champagne over each other’s heads and he’s had an MVP year again. It would be a good problem to have.”Donaldson was AL MVP in 2015 after hitting 41 homers and leading the league with 123 RBIs in his first year with the Blue Jays. He was acquired from Oakland in a blockbuster deal engineered by Anthopoulos, who was then Toronto’s general manager.While Donaldson followed up with two more 30-plus-homer seasons, a hip injury in 2016 and a strained right calf in 2017 cut into his production. This past season, Donaldson was limited to 52 games by shoulder inflammation and more calf issues, hitting .246 with just eight homers and 23 RBIs. He was dealt to Cleveland on Aug. 31 and played 16 games with the Indians, enough to persuade the Braves that he’s fully recovered from myriad health issues.“The sample size was small, but he looked fantastic,” Anthopoulos said. “He looked like the Josh we’ve always known, one of the best players in the game.”After taking over at the Braves’ GM, Anthopoulos brought along much of the training staff that worked for him in Toronto. That was another factor in Donaldson’s decision to sign with the Braves.“They know how to keep me on the field,” he said.Donaldson is not looking beyond 2019, but he doesn’t consider himself a rent-a-player.“I’m not somebody who wants to bounce around,” he said. “I would hope that this could be the last place that I play. That being said, that’s not what I focus on. I’ve never really focused on free agency and any stuff like that. I’ve focused on going out there and helping my team win ballgames and helping my team become better.”What about Johan Camargo, who had 19 homers and 76 RBIs in his first full season as the Braves’ third baseman?Anthopoulos wants to turn Camargo into a super sub who plays all four infield positions, serves as the top pinch-hitter and maybe even gets some time in the outfield. The bench was a major shortcoming for Braves in 2018, which was especially apparent in the post-season when light-hitting Ryan Flaherty was included on the 25-man roster.“We’re going to give guys more days off,” said Anthopoulos, who described Camargo as “a big part of our lineup. He’s going to continue to play.”Even though the Braves will continue to pursue additional pitching for both the rotation and the bullpen, Anthopoulos was most concerned about bolstering an offence that ranked ninth in the NL with 175 homers and tailed off significantly in the second half.The Braves averaged just over 5 runs per game through the first half, but that dipped to 4.35 over the final 81 games. The offensive woes were especially apparent in the NL division series, when Atlanta was shut out twice and scored just eight runs in a four-game loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers .“It’s not something we wanted to announce, because we can still improve in the bullpen and in the rotation,” Anthopoulos said. “But the offence, more than anything else, we wanted to protect.”___Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/paul%20newberry__For more AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/apf-Baseball and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsPaul Newberry, The Associated Press read more

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Private religious school fails third Ofsted inspection because it does not teach

first_imgThe inspection, the third made less than a year, found that pupils “are not taught explicitly about issues such as sexual orientation”.  “This restricts pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and does not promote equality of opportunity in ways that take account of differing lifestyles.”… Vishnitz Girls School, an Orthodox school in Hackney, north London, failed its third inspection last month after inspectors found that it does not give pupils “a full understanding of fundamental British values”. center_img A private Jewish girls’ school which teaches children aged up to 8 has failed three Ofsted inspections because it does not teach pupils about homosexuality or gender reassignment. last_img read more

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Britains parakeets really did come from set of The African Queen says

But Miss Ayoob added: “The birds probably came from several locations. There was the storm of 1987 which wrecked a lot of averies and those birds joined those from The African Queen and that’s why we’ve got so many today.”The parakeets are just one of several invasive species which have arrived in Britain through improbable routes.  “This went on for quite a few years until the winter of ‘62-‘63 which was quite a cold winter and the birds disappeared and the theory is that that is when they moved into central London because it was much warmer and they have thrived there.”Escaped parakeets have been spotted in Britain since the 19th century with the earliest recorded sightings in Norfolk in 1855, Dulwich in 1893 and Brixton in 1894. However populations began to increase rapidly after the 1950s and by the 1990s they were frequently spotted in the capital. The bird is native to southern India, but there are now around 8,600 breeding pairs of ring-tailed parakeets living throughout England, with the biggest population in west London. They have also been spotted on the borders on Wales and Scotland and are expected to eventually spread throughout the British mainland.  Zoologist Jules Howard told the festival how the midwife toad existed in just three areas of Britain because of the actions of one family.“They exist in Bedford,” he said. “A gardener accidentally imported them in flower plant pots from France and they remained and spread in Bedford.“Two other populations exist, and it’s a nice family link, his sons grew up and one moved to Worksop in Derbyshire and another elsewhere.“So the distribution map of midwife toads in Britain is just three plonks on the map because three parts of the same family grew up listening to them.”A population of African clawed toads also exists in Wales. The toads were once used as pregnancy indicators, because they produce eggs if injected with the urine of pregnant women. But with the advent of pregnancy indicator sticks, many labs simply released them into the wild.  The link to The African Queen emerged when large flocks started appearing near Isleworth in the 1990s “He started feeding them with nuts, and dates and dried fruit and so did loads of his neighbours, and then when winter arrived they started building them little wooden shelters in the back garden African Queen Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart on the film set of African Queen The parakeets are just one of several invasive species which have arrived in Britain through improbable routesCredit:Sunset Boulevard The urban myth that Britain’s invasive parakeet population flourished after the birds escaped from the set of The African Queen has long been dismissed by experts. But according to one zoologist it may actually be true.Hana Ayoob, a curator at The Cheltenham Science Festival, said her great grandfather had lived near to Worton Hall Studios, in Isleworth, west London, where many of the jungle scenes were recreated. And he recalled that after filming finished in the early 1950s, “little green parrots” began to arrive in local gardens.Speaking about the arrival of then parakeets at the festival, she said: “No-one is 100 per cent sure where they came from. There is a story that at the end of filming of The African Queen they released all the parakeets that had been used on set.“And there is a lot scepticism around this story, but my great grandparents were living near to the studio at that time and my great grandad remembers one day these little green parrots starting to appear in his garden, and his neighbour’s gardens and started eating his apple trees. Stories about their origins range from claims that rock star Jimi Hendrix released a breeding pair in Carnaby Street in the 1960s, to suggestions they escaped from private collections during the Great Storm of 1987. Another legend said that they absconded from Syon Park in west London after debris from a passing plane damaged an aviary. The link to The African Queen emerged when large flocks started appearing near Isleworth in the 1990s but it was largely dismissed as fanciful particularly as the film was often wrongly listed as being filmed at Shepperton Studios in Surrey.  Some film historians also insisted that parakeets were never used in the production.  The link to The African Queen emerged when large flocks started appearing near Isleworth in the 1990sCredit:Alamy Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart on the film set of 'African Queen' Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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SC Magdeburg sign Asmussen and Quenstedt at the goalkeeper position

asmussenMagdeburgquenstedtSC Magdeburgscm SC Magdeburg is having problems at the goalkeeper position as the Icelandic national team keeper Gustavsson due to arthritis. SCM solved the issue until at least New Year. Kristian Asmussen will join the club immediately from Nordsjaelland, and will play until the game against TuSEM Essen, which means after 26th of December he is going back to Denmark.For the next season, Dario Quenstedt should be new option behind Gustavsson. He signed a deal until 2015, and already played for Magdeburg until 2011 when he joined Lubbecke. Frank Carstens should have the goalkeeping position solved for now. ← Previous Story Barca with 100.000 followers on Twitter! Next Story → Austrian girls prepare against Brasil for WCh 2013 pre-qualifications read more

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France Télécom des cas de cancer après une exposition à des parafoudres

first_imgFrance Télécom : des cas de cancer après une exposition à des para-foudres radioactifsSelon un rapport demandé par le Comité Hygiène et Sécurité de France Télécom, une cinquantaine de techniciens du groupe seraient aujourd’hui atteints de cancer en raison d’une exposition aux rayons ionisants de para-foudres installés sur les lignes téléphoniques. De nombreux salariés de France Télécom sont inquiets. En début de semaine dernière, des employés qui ont travaillé sur les centres de Bédarieux et de Béziers dans le sud de la France ont révélé un taux important et inquiétant de cancers chez les techniciens passés sur ces deux sites. Alors que les employés sont exposés à bon nombre de produits, Dominique Enjalbert et Raymond Cubells, membres d’un collectif de santé d’anciens de France Télécom expliquaient alors à Midi Libre : “Nous n’avons eu de cesse d’alerter notre employeur, mais aussi la médecine du travail. En vain. Rien n’a bougé. Nous nous posons des questions sur d’éventuels liens avec des expositions liées à notre travail. Nous attendons des réponses pour faire face à nos inquiétudes”.À lire aussiUn ventre à bière cachait en fait une tumeur cancéreuse de trente-cinq kilosA la demande du Comité d’Hygiène et Sécurité de France Télécom (CHSFT), une étude a donc été démarrée afin de déterminer les expositions potentielles qui auraient pu favoriser l’apparition de cancers chez ces employés. Mercredi, les premiers résultats ont été présentés au comité et ont révélé l’existence de nombreux produits toxiques manipulés par les techniciens sans précaution. Mais plus sérieux encore : le rapport évoque une exposition régulière à des para-foudres radioactifs contenant de petites ampoules qui émettent des rayons ionisants pour éviter les risques de surtension, rapporte France 3.  Installés dans de nombreux boitiers de raccordement sur les lignes téléphoniques, ces para-foudres pourraient ainsi être à l’origine de l’apparition de cancers chez les anciens employés des deux sites. Toutefois, France Télécom se défend en affirmant avoir retiré ces équipements dès 1999 et en assurant que les expertises menées en collaboration avec la Sureté Nucléaire établissent que les radiations ionisantes subit par les salariés sont dans les normes imposées à la population française. Si cette piste n’est pas écartée, reste donc celles des nombreux autres produits.Faire reconnaitre la maladie professionnelle”Tous les techniciens ont travaillé sans savoir ce qu’ils manipulaient. Désormais, il faut prendre en compte chaque toxique. Il y a eu une exposition avérée dans la carrière de ces personnels. Il faut faire un exposé précis de ceux qui ont été soumis aux toxiques afin d’obliger l’employeur à intégrer l’idée des risques différés”, a ainsi indiqué Annie Thébomonie, cité par Midi Libre et chercheuse à l’Inserm à Paris XIII qui a présenté le rapport. Aujourd’hui, organisés en association, les employés touchés espèrent donc faire reconnaitre leur maladie en maladie professionnelle. Le 19 septembre 2011 à 09:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Andre Gomes feels at home at Everton

first_imgThe former Barcelona star was transferred to the English Premier League club on the summer and can’t wait to get into the pitch for The BluesAndre Gomes spend two years at Spanish La Liga side Barcelona, from 2016 to 2018.And he only appeared from 46 matches, scoring three goals as a central midfielder.That’s why he decided to test his luck somewhere else and he’s been loaned to English Premier League club, Everton.“The weather is the only problem here, but I can deal with that!” Gomes told NSNO.“It’s really good. My team-mates are doing their best every day to talk with me, to try to help me do my best performance. I am feeling more comfortable.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I am injured so I am trying to recover and be back on the field as soon as possible,” he said.“Of course, it is not good for me because I wanted to be right in to help my team-mates. But I am calm and recovering well. The most important thing is I feel like part of the family.”“I want to play. I want to help. I want to go on the field and show the Evertonians that I can help and do good things,” he added.“I think the boys are working really hard, I am seeing them every day working hard, so for me, it is one more detail to improve myself, be back and work at the levels they are.”“I will do my best to help the team and make the fans happy. I am working hard on that,” Gomes concluded.last_img read more

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Community rallies to help owner find missing Great Dane

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Community rallies to help owner find missing Great Dane KUSI Newsroom center_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Members of a San Diego community are asking the public to help locate a missing Great Dane.On Jan. 9, the 150lb Great Dane named “Bane” went missing in National City and was last seen near South 47th St. and Logan Avenue.Bane has severe IBS which makes his weight fluctuate dramatically as well as being prone to bloat.His owner — David Garay — was injured in a motorcycle accident a few weeks after Bane went missing and has been unable to join the search for his dog.A $1,000 reward is being offered for Bane’s safe return. Contact David Garay at #619-764-8207 or by email at david.garay@gmail.com with any information on Bane. February 8, 2018 Posted: February 8, 2018last_img read more

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5yearold hospitalized after being found unresponsive in pool

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Paramedics transported a 5-year-old to the hospital in critical condition after he was found drowning in a pool, Friday afternoon.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded and found the child in full cardiac arrest, officials said. Paramedics resuscitated the child and transported him to Palmetto General Hospital.Police said the boy was last breathing on his own.Police are now investigating what happened.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.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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Article 370 got backdoor entry into Constitution Ram Madhav

first_imgTirupati: Article 370 entered into Indian Constitution through `back door’ and remained stay put for 70 years due to lack of will power on the part of successive leaders, it is in fact a temporary provision to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, said BJP national general secretary V Ram Madhav. Delivering speech on ` Historical Correction of A Historical Blunder – Article 370′ in SV University here on Saturday, the BJP leader said that though the Article 370 was not in the original `instrument of accession’ executed by Maharaja of Kashmir Hari Singh, it was Pandit Nehru who incorporated it later in the Constitution to please Shaik Abdulla. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us “Even in the meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) held to discuss special status to Kashmir, except two leaders, all others opposed it on the ground that it would lead to similar such demand from other princely states which were merged with Indian Union,” he said blaming Nehru. Further, Nehru also bypassed the then existing rules to include Sheik Abdulla and his three party members from Kashmir in the Constitutional Assembly flouting the norm which stipulates nominating only two nominees of Maharaja and two members from the last Assembly though Sheik Abdulla’s party did not contest the last election in the state in 1946, he said. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us Nehru gave special status only to Kashmir and not to any of the 560 princely states that were joined in the Dominion of India, Ram Madhav said. Hitting hard the opposition parties and media, he said that unable to digest the removal of the Article, they have been trying their best to create a fear phobia among the people particularly in Kashmir. Advertise With Us “Now the Centre is getting overwhelming support received from the people of the country including Kashmir for the removal of article. The opposition leaders have no knowledge of Article 370, ” he said ridiculing the section of media and political parties finding fault with Modi government. In the same breath he said mere abrogation of the Article is not suffice without the people of Kashmir blending with others. The people of other state should do their best to unite the Kashmiris with them. BJP state president Kanna Lakshmi Narayana, BJYM state president Ramesh Naidu also spoke.last_img
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Gov Greg Abbott Signs Bill Designed To Limit Property Tax Growth

first_imgMiguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas TribuneGov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 2 to limit property tax growth during a Wednesday press conference at Wally’s Burger Express in Austin.Against the backdrop of an Austin burger joint struggling with its property taxes, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Wednesday an expansive reform measure meant to slow the growth of Texans’ property tax bills, long a priority issue for GOP state leaders.The ceremonial bill signing was a victory lap for top Republicans, who spent the legislative session hammering the issues of school finance and property tax reform. Yesterday, they gathered at an Austin elementary school to witness the signing of a public education package that includes about $5.1 billion to lower Texans’ property tax bills.“That [bill] will be eroded by increases in property taxes in future years without Senate Bill 2,” Abbott said.Senate Bill 2 makes an array of changes to the property appraisal and tax systems. New requirements, including that tax rates and other information be posted in an online database, are meant to make the process more transparent and easier for taxpayers to understand.But the measure includes one controversial provision that requires many cities, counties and other taxing units to hold an election if they wish to raise 3.5% more property tax revenue than the previous year. The growth rate excludes taxes levied on new construction and can be averaged over three years, allowing taxing units to exceed the 3.5% threshold in some of them.Municipal officials have repeatedly said the 3.5% election trigger will hamstring their budgets and hamper their ability to provide public safety and other local services. Moody’s Investors Service, a credit-rating agency, issued a May analysis that said the law would lead to “minimal” homeowner savings and “hurt local governments substantially.”In 2017, the Legislature twice failed to pass similar property tax reform measures that could have set the election trigger higher, between 4% and 6%.Since the 1980s, taxing units have been constrained to 8% annual property tax growth, but voters have had to petition for an election to roll back the increase, a requirement some lawmakers deemed onerous.“What this does is achieve something that has never been done before with regard to property tax reforms of the past,” Abbott said.State leaders have said the new law will slow the pace at which property tax bills grow and will update a growth rate set during a period of high inflation. The site for Wednesday’s signing ceremony, Wally’s Burger Express, has seen its property taxes increase significantly in recent years, according to Abbott’s office.Community colleges, hospital districts and small taxing units — with rates of 25 cents per $100 of taxable value or less — will need voter approval to increase a property tax levy by more than 8% annually.Notably absent from the celebratory gathering was Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, the bill’s author and the upper chamber’s “tax man,” who shepherded the measure through the Senate.A source familiar with plans for the event said Bettencourt had not been invited.A longtime advocate for property tax reform, Bettencourt spent much of the session crafting and recruiting support for the top priority bill. But he also caused controversy by publicly questioning a proposal by Abbott, along with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, to buy down property taxes by raising the state sales tax by one cent.“We appreciate his contribution. I don’t know his schedule or keep it,” Patrick said Wednesday.In a statement, Bettencourt said only that “the clear winners here are the taxpayers of Texas.”“I am proud of the work I did on their behalf,” he added.Emma Platoff contributed reporting.This piece was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Sharelast_img read more

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Black Women Convene Post the 2018 Elections

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comWhen Black women come together, powerful shifts happen.  The power of Black Girl Magic has been proven from stories told in “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics,” “Hidden Figures” and now from the testimonies of those who participated in the 7th annual “Black Women’s Roundtable Women of Power National Summit: Time for a Power Shift!!!” held by the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.“We’re going to have a roundtable conversation about the role, of not only Black women turning out-because we always turn out.  But the role that Black women played in creating what many are talking about as a “Blue Wave” in the nation,” said Melanie Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and national convener for the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR).Black Women’s Roundtable Women of Power National Summit: Time for a Power Shift!!!,” was held on Dec. 11 in Washington, D.C. with women weighing in nationwide.The event was held at the NCBCP offices in Northwest, Washington, D.C.For over two hours Black women from around the nation shared their experiences in mobilizing the African American community in their respective states.  Many of the women shared stories about holding rallies, using social media marketing, sponsoring events and transporting people to the polls in order to ensure they voted.“We did canvassing, we did distribution literature, we did voter education, we did advertisement.  Our youth went with us.  We shared with the community we served that their vote mattered and their vote counts.  Posters, literature, we even camped out at a 5K race… We handed out fliers and t-shirts, yelling out, ‘Don’t forget to vote… We were everywhere,” said the Rev. Dr. Judith Moore, convener for the Pittsburgh/ Mon Valley Unity Coalition sector of BWR.The Rev. Dr. Barbara Williams Skinner shared how she worked to mobilize clergy in order to educate communities about voting in the midterm elections.“We all knew starting this election that it was about 2020 and that voter suppression was going to be an issue… It was blatant, it was bold, it was vicious,” Skinner said.In order to combat the voter suppression she said that her work primarily focused on clergy and parishioners knowing their voting rights, ultimately engaging 916 churches.  In addition clergy and churches worked to hold events such as prayer breakfasts and used vans to take people to vote.  “We had almost 90,000 people transported to the polls on Election Day,” Skinner said.LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, shared the work her organization and volunteers did to ensure people got out to vote.“The expansion of this electorate was really rooted in the turnout of Black voters,” Brown said. “I think it’s very clear, we’ve demonstrated that Black Voters Matter.“We make the difference when it comes to propelling progressive candidates.  We make the difference when it comes to changing the political landscape,” Brown added.The Black Voters Matter co-founder explained that leaders must focus voter and electorate protection leading to the 2020 election cycle. “We’re seeing an offset by people who want to restrict democracy,” she said.The Black women leaders also shared frustrating stories about voter suppression and unfortunate tales about voter illiteracy that prevented people from going to the polls.In working with childcare centers, Cassandra Welchlin of Making Mississippi Women Secure learned a lot.“We partnered really closely with childcare centers and one of the things we learned is we really need to do voter registration,” Welchlin said.She also explained mothers did not know that by law they could ask their employer’s to take off in order to vote.  Some mothers learned their identifications expired once arriving to the polls, thus unable to vote. She said leaders must ensure voters are prepared before they go to vote on Election Day.Moore emphasized that the grind BWR and other leaders have put in have to mobilize voters is working and that they’ll endure the efforts leading up to the 2020 election.“We’ll continue what we’ve been doing.  And we will take a stand for Black women political power. And we’re excited because we have political power. We’re holding elected officials accountable to address some of the issues that afflict Black women,” Moore said.“I’m excited to say that [Black women leaders and politicians] are saying, ‘It’s not enough to be invited to the table, it’s time to create their own table,” the Pittsburgh/ Mon Valley convener added.“It does not matter whether they try to suppress our vote or not.  We will have ways in which we can address those issues and we’ll continue to thrive because we know that Black women makes a difference.”last_img read more

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Watch Heres the First FourLegged Robot to Do a Backflip

first_imgStay on target Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsRobots to Compete in Underground Challenge in Mining Tunnels Watch out, Simone Biles. One adorable, four-legged backflipping robot has serious gold medal-worthy skills.Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently released a video featuring its 20-pound Mini Cheetah robot landing a backflip, smoothly rolling itself upright after being kicked on its back, spinning in circles, and pronking.According to MIT, the Mini Cheetah, a creation of the school’s Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory, is the first four-legged robot to do a backflip. In 2017, we saw Boston Dynamics’ two-legged ATLAS pull off that acrobatic feat.AdChoices广告Watch the video to see more of the limber quadruped, which can bend and swing its legs wide, enabling it to walk either right side up or upside down. The Mini Cheetah can also trot over uneven terrain about twice as fast as an average person’s walking speed, according to MIT.And while the video highlights the robot’s gymnastic skills, it also features many of its hilarious “bloopers,” including failed backflip attempts and “freak outs.” No matter, the Mini Cheetah still earns a perfect 10 for cuteness.More on Geek.com:This Robot Museum Plans to Construct Itself in SeoulThis MIT Robot Learned to Play Jenga Through Vision and TouchThis Cuddly Robot Is Designed to Love Humanslast_img read more

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Five ways to keep your skin glowing and healthy during summers

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Hindu extremist leader Bal Thackeray dies in India

first_imgLal Krishna Advani, a top leader of Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, said Thackeray was uncompromising in his patriotism. “He possessed remarkable qualities of leadership.”Throughout his political career Thackeray was a powerful, rabble-rousing orator who routinely sanctioned the use of violence to propagate his political views. He was arrested at least twice for his for inflammatory speeches and writing.His extreme regional and religious parochialism led him to advocate Hindu suicide bombers and planting bombs in Muslim neighborhoods to “protect the nation and all Hindus.”His followers often attacked and rampaged through the offices of media houses that he claimed were anti-Maharashtrian and anti-Hindu and threatened to dig up cricket pitches ahead of matches between largely Hindu India and its Muslim-majority neighbor Pakistan.Even though the Shiv Sena’s political grip over Mumbai _ its longtime power base _ has been waning over the last decade, it still commands tens of thousands of violent followers.The slight, bespectacled leader often appeared in front of his supporters seated on a silver throne-like chair, a gift from party workers. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories In the early 1990s he led a successful campaign to drop what he called the colonially tainted name Bombay _ a Portuguese derivation of “beautiful bay” _ and replace it with Mumbai, after the local Marathi language name for a Hindu goddess. The city is the capital of Maharashtra state.His supporters continued to sporadically threaten violence against places and institutions that held on to the old name like the Bombay Stock Exchange, the Bombay High Court, the elite Bombay Scottish School and countless restaurants, shops and offices.More recently his followers campaigned against the celebration of Valentine’s Day in several Indian cities. They attacked shops and restaurants that allowed young couples to mark the day.Through the early 2000s, Thackeray had appeared to be grooming his nephew Raj Thackeray as his political successor ahead of his own son Uddhav but in 2006 the infighting between the cousins led to Raj breaking away from the Sena. He formed the Maharashtra Reconstruction Party, which held onto the Sena’s political planks of regional and religious chauvinism interspersed with occasional violence.Thackeray is survived by two sons. His body will be kept in a park on Sunday to allow people to pay their last respects before his cremation. Quick workouts for men 0 Comments   Share   Thackeray’s Sena is among the most xenophobic of India’s Hindu right-wing political parties and held power in Mumbai from 1995 to 2000. His supporters often called him Hindu Hriday Samrat or emperor of Hindu hearts.As news of his death was announced outside his residence in Mumbai, India’s financial capital, many of his supporters sobbed and burst into tears.Thousands of his followers from across his power base in the western state of Maharashtra began gathering outside his home in the state capital as the news of his ill health spread earlier this week. Mumbai police were on high alert because of the violent history of the group.In 1992, members of Hindu right-wing groups, including the Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party, were instrumental in destroying a 16th century mosque in north India that they said was the birthplace of the Hindu god Rama, and Thackeray was blamed for the violence and rioting that followed. In Mumbai alone, nearly 1,000 people were killed.Sanjay Raut, a spokesman for Thackeray’s party, appealed to his supporters to maintain peace.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke to Thackeray’s son Udhav and offered his condolences. He appealed for “calm and sobriety during this period of loss and mourning.” Top Stories Associated PressMUMBAI, India (AP) – Bal Thackeray, a Hindu extremist leader linked to waves of mob violence against Muslims and migrant workers in India, died Saturday after an illness of several weeks. He was 86.Jalil Parkar, a doctor who treated him, said the politician had gone into cardio-respiratory arrest “which we tried to revive (him from), but we were unable to revive.”Thackeray, a one-time cartoonist, formed the Shiv Sena _ which means Shiva’s Army _ in 1966 in Maharashtra. The political party’s main aim has been to keep people who are not from Maharashtra out of the state and stem the spread of Islam and western values. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

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