‘London, Dublin bid to restore N Ireland govt’

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgBelfast: London and Dublin were set to announce a fresh attempt to revive Northern Ireland’s power-sharing devolved administration, reports said Friday, following the killing of a journalist by nationalist paramilitaries. Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom, has been without its semi-autonomous government since January 2017 following a breakdown in trust between the main parties. In a rare joint statement, politicians from Northern Ireland’s six biggest parties united to condemn the killing of 29-year-old Lyra McKee, shot dead on April 18 while reporting on riots in the second city of Londonderry. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHer death has triggered a renewed attempt to mend the fences between the main parties representing the British unionist and Irish nationalist communities. The New IRA (Irish Republican Army) paramilitary splinter group, which violently opposes the peace process in Northern Ireland, admitted responsibility for McKee’s killing, saying she was unintentionally shot as they attacked “enemy” police officers. At her funeral on Wednesday, Father Martin Magill commended Northern Ireland’s political leaders for joining together at her funeral, but asked, to a standing ovation: “Why in God’s name does it take the death of a 29-year-old woman with her whole life in front of her to get us to this point?'” It is expected that the talks could take place following the May 2 local elections in Northern Ireland. Britain’s N Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley and Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney are expected to hold a press conference later on Friday in Belfast. The two largest parties, the pro-British Democratic Unionists and Irish republican Sinn Fein, are at loggerheads over several issues.last_img read more


Turkish women MPs wear headscarves in parliament

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgAnkara- Four female lawmakers from Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government attended a parliament session on Thursday wearing headscarves, for the first time in 14 years.In 1999, Turkish American lawmaker Merve Kavakci arrived in parliament wearing a headscarf for her swearing-in ceremony. She was booed out of the house and then had her Turkish citizenship revoked.Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lifted on September 30 a decades-old ban on headscarves in the civil service as part of a package of reforms meant to improve democracy and freedoms. The headscarf is a sensitive symbol in Turkey as it is viewed by secularists a sign of political Islam in stark contrast to the republic’s secular traditions.last_img read more


Wrestling Brakan Mead thrust into starting role in freshman season

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

Ohio State freshman, Brakan Mead, won a high school state championship at 113 pounds after amassing a 45-4 record in his senior year. Credit: Courtesy of Tony MeadA photo features a small child having his hand raised by referee while wearing a black singlet that reads “Buckeyes” on the chest and “OSU” over the left leg. That child is Ohio State freshman wrestler Brakan Mead. That photo currently adorns the profile of Mead’s Twitter account. “It was a dream my whole life and now it’s a reality,” Mead said. On Oct. 8, All-American redshirt senior Nathan Tomasello sustained a right knee injury which will likely keep him out the first two months of the season. It left a gaping hole at the 125-pound class of the Buckeyes’ lineup, which is currently ranked second in the nation. Enter Mead. Ohio State’s reserves at 125 pounds consisted only of freshmen. On Oct. 19, Mead and Brady Koontz wrestled for the right to represent the loaded Buckeyes at the class. One fact might have given Mead an advantage. The stands at the wrestle-offs were filled with his family, friends and high-school coaches. Mead is a product of Olentangy Liberty High School, born and raised in Columbus. He pinned Koontz in the first match and won by points in the second. The 125-pound class belongs to the hometown kid, at least for now. “It definitely means a lot especially because I’m home,” Mead said. “I know that all the matches, I’m going to have family there and coaching staffs from my past.” Less than eight months ago, Mead was in high school. On March 11, he won a state championship at 113 pounds after amassing a 45-4 record during his senior season. That might be quite the accomplishment, but Mead now wrestles alongside gifted athletes such as senior heavyweight Kyle Snyder, an Olympic gold medalist. “We’re ranked No. 2 in the country right now, and I think it’s a really good feeling,” Mead said. “But that’s part of it here. That’s why I’m here. I think that’s why everybody chose here. I think that’s the culture that we’ve built and that’s the atmosphere that’s been built by the guys that are in the lineup right now.” Head coach Tom Ryan, who had to pull Mead’s redshirt in order for the freshman to compete this season, praised Mead’s character while acknowledging the daunting task that stands before him. “There is nothing easy about what he’s trying to do,” Ryan said. “He has a monster undertaking. As a true freshman that was a lighter weight class coming in, it’ll be a real challenge for him.” Both Ryan and Mead’s high-school head coach Mark Marinelli described the freshman as a “lighter” wrestler in the NCAA 125-pound class. Mead’s personality almost seems to eclipse his size. Confidence is not an issue for Mead, Marinelli said. “He’s 6-foot-8,” he said. “He’s 6-foot-8, 350 pounds and he can move the jive. He’s got lots of confidence and he’s great.” Marinelli spoke of Mead like a family member. He first knew what he had in his gym during Mead’s freshman year, when he saw Mead’s attitude while wrestling larger opponents who were more skilled. He said Mead always believes he’s going to win, regardless of who he is facing. His greatest test is yet to come. “Ohio State is so good in wrestling right now. You have to be a great wrestler just to be on the team,” Marinelli said. “Right now, all the stars are aligning the way he wants them to and he’s taken advantage of it.” One could wonder whether anyone in Mead’s position could truly be ready for what is to come in the next two months before Tomasello’s return from injury. Mead does not wonder. “I never have a doubt about that,” Mead said. “I think that I’m ready to go. I think that the team and the staff believes that I’m ready to go. I know me and my support system believe that I’m ready to go. I’m just going to go and compete.” On top of the support system that includes his family and coaches, there is another person that will be happy to supply Mead with guidance. That person is Tomasello. Tomasello is a former national champion. He’s a three-time All-American and individual Big Ten champion. He’s competed internationally. For now, he can’t be much more than a coach to Mead. “Each practice, if I see something, I’m going to point it out to him,” Tomasello said. “I feel like we have a pretty good relationship now so when we go to tournaments, I’m going to try to go to as many tournaments as I can when I’m not wrestling.” Ryan praised Tomasello’s leadership as a captain. Mead is a possible replacement for Tomasello when the decorated senior graduates. The freshman called Tomasello “unreal” and cited his tendencies to live right and lead by example as reasons why he looks up to the NCAA champion.“Nate has helped me out,” Mead said. “He’s helped me be a better person and he’s helped me be a better wrestler in a really short time since I’ve been here. I owe a lot to him.”With Ohio State and Mead’s first dual meet against Arizona State n Columbus Sunday looming, it leaves one to wonder how the hometown freshman will fare in his time filling in for the All-American. “Anybody could go down at any time,” Ryan said. “You better be ready to knock the door down when it’s your chance.” read more


Mens Basketball Chris Holtmann contract approved by Board of Trustees committee

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann calls out to the Buckeyes in the second half in the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorChris Holtmann’s eight-year, $24 million contract as the Ohio State men’s basketball coach was approved by the Board of Trustees’ Talent and Compensation Committee Thursday to the surprise of no one.Since he is one of the highest-paid university employees, his finalized contract still had to be approved by the committee.In an era where coaches’ contracts continue to grow in compensation and length, the committee felt Holtmann’s deal was justified.“A critically important part of it is to have a contract that is long enough that in the living room of a high schooler’s parent, the parent expects the coach to be there through the entire time their young man or woman is in school,” University President Michael Drake said.Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith said Holtmann has already lived up to and exceeded expectations.Drake quipped back immediately and said what Holtmann has done with the team he inherited was actually the plan all along.“He’s actually matched our expectations,” Drake said, which was met with a laugh throughout the room.Even with Holtmann’s lengthy contract, Smith said the university will not enter into the arms race associated with over-paying coaches and said exorbitant contracts for football coaches at Texas A&M and the University of Alabama are outliers.The contract is awaiting approval by the full Board Friday. read more


Mens Hockey Mason Jobst signs NHL contract with New York Islanders

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

Ohio State senior forward Mason Jobst (26) looks down the ice in the game against Minnesota on Feb. 15. Ohio State lost 4-3. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternAfter 164 points in 149 games, Ohio State senior forward Mason Jobst has found his way into a professional contract.On Tuesday, Jobst signed a two-year, two-way entry level contract with the New York Islanders that begins in the 2019-20 season.The Islanders have clinched a playoff berth this season, and currently sit at No. 2 in the Metropolitan Division with 99 points.Jobst was a two-time captain for the Buckeyes, scoring at least 30 points in each season played, and leading the team with 36 points in his final year, enough to place him as a finalist for the Hobey Baker trophy.The senior forward was Ohio State’s leading goal-scorer in the 2017-18 season, helping lead the Buckeyes to their first Frozen Four since 1998.Jobst is 25 years old, and played in the USHL with the Muskegon Lumberjacks before arriving at Ohio State. He leaves the Buckeyes with the 13th-most points in program history.Jobst is one of five players on the Ohio State roster with NHL contracts including senior forward Dakota Joshua, junior forward Tanner Laczynski, redshirt junior forward Miguel Fidler, junior forward Carson Meyer and freshman defenseman Ryan O’Connell. read more


Ince Mourinho isnt the only one responsible for United downfall

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_imgThe Red Devils are currently in 6th place of the Premier League, 19 points away from league leaders Liverpool.Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince said Jose Mourinho is not the only one to blame for Manchester United’s recent shortcomings. Ince, 51, said the current executive vice-chairman of Manchester United Ed Woodward, 47, is also responsible.“Mourinho is the one who fronts it because he is the football manager but Ed Woodward is the one in the stands,” Ince told Goal.“He is not a football man, he is a businessman. The club is the richest in the world from a business point of view, we understand that. But when Mourinho says at the start of the season that we need two center-halves and he can’t get them, then someone has got to take the can. It can’t always be Mourinho.“I presume Mourinho would have had a list saying that these are the six or seven players that I want to play for Man United to compete against the other boys.“They didn’t get them. When they didn’t get them and the results don’t go well, as much as you point at Mourinho, you have to also point at Ed Woodward because he didn’t get the players he wanted. Klopp got the players he wanted.“Why is [Virgil] Van Dijk going to Liverpool and not Man United? If you ask me now which Man United player would get into the Liverpool team? Only the goalkeeper. That’s where we are now. At the moment he is the only one who would get into the Liverpool team.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“When you look at some of the players that the other clubs have got, why didn’t United get those players? Fred doesn’t even play. Sanchez doesn’t want to be here and wanted to go to City first. Pogba doesn’t play. Players who were bought for £80m-£50m don’t even play. You are right in questioning the recruitment because recruitment is the most important thing in football.”LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 16: Paul Pogba of Manchester United looks on when warming up prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at Anfield on December 16, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Asked why Manchester United’s signings keep failing, Ince said they lack mental strength.“I think the players he is bringing in can’t deal with the pressure to put on a Man United shirt and you are seeing it in the performances. [Anthony] Martial is a prime example,” he added.“For me, he is the most talented player in United’s squad but he can’t deal with the pressure, week-in, week out. When you are playing for Man United, you have to do it every week. You can’t be four out of 10. You have to be seven or eight out of 10 every week. That’s in games and in training.“It has changed and you feel because these players have come in, can they deal with all this and with the rivals winning week in, week out. You’ve got to look at whether they have the desire and toughness to deal with that pressure. Not all of them, but a lot of them haven’t.“Look at Kevin De Bruyne, he has every attribute you want in a player. His work-rate, talent, decision making. Nine times out of 10, he makes the right decision, you don’t see that for any outfield player at United. Not one. I don’t see it. I don’t see anyone and the proof is in the pudding.”last_img read more


All You Brings Social Commentary Into Print Product

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgTrue to its name, the magazine has always incorporated user-generated content into its print and digital products, but has broadened its use recently with “Real Talk,” “Reality Checkers” and a digital video curation initiative.”From the day we launched in 2004, social has been a big component of the brand,” says Nina Willdorf, executive editor of All You. “As editors, our job is not to push information out, but to open up the dialogue and a conversation to other readers, and to capture that dialogue in a way that’s most compelling.”Market-frequent women shoppers looking for value-and distribution-more than a quarter of their 1.5-million circulation comes from an exclusive deal with WalMart newsstands-makes user-generated and social content especially relevant for the title, Willdorf says. “Consumers like to take advice from other consumers,” she says. “You see on Facebook, people share their favorite things with each other and take each other’s advice. We’re taking that thinking and applying it to our brand. All You is hitting something that’s very resonant right now.”With the addition of social sharing features to the “Reality Checker” platform, All You is offering members of the 50,000-plus network the option to send out reviews of select marketer products within their own social spheres.Testimonial content from the program has already been used in magazine advertisements for several years now, and the sharing option is a natural extension, according to Willdorf.”We’re giving them a vehicle to do something that we know they do anyway,” she says.All You filters the user-generated content that is presented on its owned platforms, but the nature of social precludes that, Willdorf admits. The conversation will be monitored, but ultimately, it’s out of their hands.That essentially leaves the door open for All You-sponsored criticism of its own marketers’ products.”We do believe that authenticity is really key to have people believe what you’re telling them,” Willforf says. “If you look at our Facebook page, people tell us a lot. They tell us the good, the bad and the ugly, and we value it all.”To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter! All You has even more “you” now after incorporating reader comments and questions into nearly a third of the pages of its most recent edition.The December issue of All You debuted “Real Talk,” an editorial feature that opens each of the magazine’s sections with a question from readers. The franchise is threaded throughout the book as well, with flagged reader comments appearing as sidebars within several stories.An expansion of the testimonial advertising program “Reality Checkers” was also introduced, adding social sharing elements.last_img read more


Elon Musk expects SpaceX ticket to Mars will cost 500000

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_img Elon Musk is flirting with Mars on Twitter and it’s weird Elon Musk says ’70 percent’ chance he’ll move to Mars Very dependent on volume, but I’m confident moving to Mars (return ticket is free) will one day cost less than $500k & maybe even below $100k. Low enough that most people in advanced economies could sell their home on Earth & move to Mars if they want.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 11, 2019 Elon Musk loves Mars Musk thinks the ticket price could eventually dip below $100,000, cheap enough that “most people in advanced economies could sell their home on Earth and move to Mars if they want.”A half-million bucks sounds like a lot of money, but compare that to the over $200,000 price to experience weightlessness on a Virgin Galactic flight or $9.5 million for a vacation on a proposed luxury space station.One of the most important tidbits in Musk’s tweet is that the return ticket will be free. If you move to Mars and decide you don’t like the potatoes, you can head on back to Earth.  Comments Share your voice 2 SpaceX’s stainless steel Starship is under development. The company built a “hopper” prototype to test takeoffs and landings and is also testing the Raptor rocket engine that will power it. Prior to taking a shot at Mars, SpaceX plans to send Starship around the moon in 2023 with tourists on board.Musk himself has estimated his chances of moving to Mars at 70 percent. He’s been flirting with a Mars account on Twitter, so it’s no surprise he might want to take his cosmic crush to the next level. center_img Sci-Tech Tags 16 Photos Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship Elon Musk Space SpaceX Enlarge ImageThis futuristic rendering shows a collection of Starships on the surface of Mars. Elon Musk and SpaceX envision astronauts initially living out of the spaceships. SpaceX It’s time to start chucking some cash into your Mars vacation fund. SpaceX’s interplanetary Starship hasn’t even left Earth yet, but Elon Musk is already speculating about the price of a ticket to Mars. In a tweet on Sunday, Musk said he’s confident that moving to Mars will one day cost less than $500,000 (£390,000, AU$710,00), though that price tag is “very dependent on volume.”last_img read more


Fords new airbag design is called the bow tie but dont tell

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_img 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e review: A thrifty hybrid with more grip Tags Ride in the back seat at your own risk 8 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Ford Post a comment 2:09 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better The bow-tie airbag gets its name from the two wing-like airbags that fire from the sides of the vehicle’s steering column and supplement the central steering wheel-mounted bag. Ford Airbags meant to protect the driver of a vehicle have been standard equipment in vehicles for ages, and during that time, they’ve saved countless lives. But they’ve mostly relied on a standard design and haven’t necessarily changed all that much down the years.That seems to be changing though — Honda recently unveiled a new airbag design, and now Ford appears to be turning up to the party with an application for a patent filed on Aug. 22 on something that it’s calling the bow-tie airbag.If you read “bow-tie airbag” and thought that the folks over at the General probably don’t love that, we’d bet you’re right, but the name is more descriptive than you might think. Based on drawings in the submitted application, the bow-tie airbag supplements the steering wheel hub-mounted bag by sending two airbags out of either side of the steering column, both of which are tethered together.These bags, when viewed head-on look like a bow tie, hence the name. But they’re designed to catch the driver’s head in the event of a side impact or offset crash before it can glance off of the central airbag and into either the vehicle’s A-pillar or the dashboard, or rotate in a way that causes further injury.It’s a pretty cool-looking system, and the idea seems sound, especially when paired with the now nearly ubiquitous side curtain airbags. Of course, it’s important to point out that just because a manufacturer applies for a patent on a design, it doesn’t mean it’ll see production. Though, in this instance, we hope that’s not the case. 0 Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Auto Tech Car Industry More From Roadshow Hit the dirt, but not too hard, in the Ford Ranger FX2 off-road package Patents Fordlast_img read more


Writ filed seeking further hospitalisation of Khaleda

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. File PhotoA writ petition was filed with the High Court on Sunday seeking its directive on the authorities concerned to hospitalise BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia again for her better treatment.BNP chief’s lawyer Nawshad Jamir filed the writ with a High Court bench at noon, reports UNB.Nawshad said the hearing on the writ petition is expected to be held on Monday at the bench of justice Sheikh Hasan Arif and justice Rajik Al Jalil.Kaisar Kamal, BNP’s law affairs secretary, said, “Khaleda’s treatment was going on as per the HC directives but she was sent back to jail although her treatment was not completed.”“We sought the continuation of her (Khaleda) treatment as she is still ill,” he added.According to the writ petition, Khaleda needs to be taken to a specialised hospital for better treatment as she has been suffering from chronic diseases.On 6 October, Khaleda Zia was admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for her better treatment in response to a court order.On 8 November, Khaleda was discharged from the BSMMU upon approval from the medical board formed for her treatment and produced before a makeshift court at old Central Jail in Niko graft case.On 8 February last, a special court in Dhaka sentenced Khaleda to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.last_img read more


Wind Energy Takes Flight In The Heart Of Texas Oil Country

Posted On Sep 2 2019 by

first_img Share Ari Shapiro/NPRPart of one of the world’s biggest renewable energy systems, wind turbines dot the landscape on the edge of Sweetwater, Texas, along with a pump jack pulling up oil.Georgetown, Texas, is a conservative town in a conservative state. So it may come as something of a surprise that it’s one of the first cities in America to be entirely powered by renewable energy.Mayor Dale Ross, a staunch Republican who attended President Trump’s inauguration, says that decision came down to a love of green energy and “green rectangles” — cash.When Georgetown’s old power contract was up in 2012, city managers looked at all their options. They realized wind and solar power are more predictable; the prices don’t fluctuate like oil and gas. So, a municipality can sign a contract today and know what the bill is going to be for the next 25 years.That’s especially appealing in a place like Georgetown, where a lot of retirees live on fixed incomes.“First and foremost it was a business decision,” Ross says.City leaders say the debate over renewables never even mentioned climate change, a wedge issue in Texas politics.Joy Bonala for NPR(Left) Heath Ince is an instructor of wind energy and applied engineering technology at Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater. (Right) Lolly Bradbury is one of the few women to work in the wind energy industry in West Texas.It’s not just Georgetown that is defying expectations of conservatism and renewable energy. As a state, Texas is by far the No. 1 producer of wind energy in the United States; it produces more wind energy than the next three states combined. In fact, if it were its own country, Texas would be the fourth-largest largest wind-producing country in the world by the end of 2017. Ross says former Texas Gov. Rick Perry deserves the credit: “I truly believe he was a visionary.”Today, Rick Perry is the head of the U.S. Department of Energy. At his swearing-in last week, Perry described what President Trump told him when he offered him the job: “I want you to do for American energy what you did for Texas.”If that request extends to wind power — after all, Trump is seen as emphasizing fossil fuels, with his support for coal and through his Cabinet picks — the U.S. can expect a further explosion in wind energy production and in the jobs needed to support the industry.Already, the fastest-growing job in the U.S. is wind turbine technician. Though the absolute numbers are small — 4,400 in 2014 — it’s growing at more than double the pace of the next closest profession.That explosion is apparent in Sweetwater, Texas, which sits on a vast open plain — an area that the town’s former mayor, Greg Wortham, describes as the wind capitol of the world. In every direction, row after row of 300-foot-tall wind turbines dot the horizon.The construction and maintenance of these three-armed behemoths has created a new industry in town. Heath Ince teaches in the wind program at Texas State Technical College, Sweetwater.“A lot of people don’t realize how physically demanding and even mentally challenging it can be at times,” Ince says of the job maintaining machinery in an environment that is scalding hot in the summer and frigid in the winter.And yet, the program has doubled in size since its launch, to 52 students from 25 in 2008. Demand is high — renewable energy companies are hiring Ince’s students, sometimes before they even finish the program — and the salaries are good, too: Median pay in 2015 was about $50,000.Ari Shapiro/NPRHeath Ince and other TSTC instructors use a working turbine to teach their students in Sweetwater. Temperatures inside are scalding in the summer and frigid in the winter.In policy circles, the debate surrounding renewable energy and fossil fuels often pits them against one another. Liberals are supposed to support solar and wind; conservatives are supposed to support oil and gas.In Texas, the attitude is “all of the above.”“Any time there’s an opportunity to put a little extra income in people’s pockets, we’re all for it,” says Russ Petty, who owns a print shop in Sweetwater and whose relatives have been ranchers in the area for generations.The income derived from leasing a single turbine varies. But Wortham, the former mayor, says $10,000 per turbine per year is a good estimate.That’s significant, says developer Monty Humble.“For a land owner, a ranching family to have the opportunity to produce oil and gas or the opportunity to have a wind turbine or a solar farm, it may well mean that another generation can remain on the land,” Humble says.But just because West Texas towns like Sweetwater had the potential to produce a lot of wind energy didn’t mean that energy had anywhere to go. That changed when Gov. Perry signed into law a 2005 bill to build transmission lines connecting the windy plains to population centers like Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio. And Perry made every Texas citizen pay for it in their energy bills.That’s not the most conservative position in the world, says David Spence, a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin, who specializes in energy and the environment.“It’s a full socialization of the costs,” Spence says. “We don’t use that word in the public discussion. But, yeah, we socialize the costs across all Texas ratepayers.”Texas has a unique advantage that enabled some of these changes. Continental America is divided into three electrical grids: East, West and Texas. Since the Texas grid is self-contained, wind energy doesn’t cross state lines and isn’t subject to as many federal regulations.Even so, the simple abundance of wind and an independent grid by no means guaranteed the explosion in wind energy production in Texas. Jay Root, who covered Perry’s governorship as a reporter for The Texas Tribune, says Perry pushed for wind energy and “if he hadn’t, we would not be where we are today.”Ari Shapiro/NPRClimbing the TSTC wind turbine in Sweetwater.But, Root adds, “I don’t think anyone would call Rick Perry an environmentalist, including Rick Perry. … But the guy knows how to sniff out a dollar. Here’s a guy from West Texas who saw that you can make money off of the wind blowing. Like, that’s a no brainer.”Of course, this Texas wind revolution was begun before the Tea Party revolution, when it was easier for Republicans to buck strict conservative principles on a case-by-case basis. So Perry, as U.S. energy secretary, faces challenges at the national level that will make it much harder for him to expand what he did in Texas.But if he does, it would be almost as surprising as what happened in his home state when a red-state, conservative guy from oil country managed to help build one of the biggest renewable energy systems in the world.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more


Party Politics Ep 54 Gerrymandering Texas Style At SCOTUS

Posted On Sep 2 2019 by

first_img 00:00 /23:47 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Brandon and Jay talk about the craziness with Houston ISD, the Texas redistricting case, and the scandals around Ronny Jackson. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email partypoliticspod@houstonpublicmedia.org. Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin, audio engineer is Todd Hulslander and our digital editors are Matt Prendergast and Giselle Bueno. This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share X Todd WisemanOn Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news:center_img TexasWhat is going on with HISD?Special emergency election for CD 27Miller loses on BBQ NationalRonny Jackson Veteran Affairs nomination, what’s going on?DACA Court rulingAZ 8Trump State Dinner Listenlast_img read more


Dr Aubrey Maurice Murphy September 29 1937 to January 27 2015

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_imgDr. Aubrey Maurice Murphy, acclaimed pianist, vocal coach, conductor and accompanist, was raised in Washington, D.C., and received his first music lessons from his father, George Murphy, an accomplished church musician and teacher in his own right.   As an adolescent, Dr. Murphy studied piano and music theory at Howard University’s Junior Department of Music.  He went on to become the first African-American man to receive undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano performance at the Peabody Conservatory, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in vocal pedagogy and accompanying from the Catholic University of America.  During this period, he served in the Army after which he began his teaching career at Coppin State College.Dr. Murphy was a revered teacher to countless voice students, many of whom went on to win major competitions, and to appear with major opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Houston Grand Opera.  He taught at the College of Notre Dame from 1967-72, and he was an associate professor of Fine Arts at Coppin State College from 1971 until his retirement from Coppin in 2007.  He taught voice and accompanied the Coppin Choir in many concerts and tours, including an appearance at the White House, and on two tours to South Korea.  One of his performances with the Coppin Choir in South Korea was recorded and broadcast on Maryland Public Television in a special entitled Music of the Seoul.  In 1996, he received the Vice President for Academic Affairs Achievement Award from Coppin, and in 2002, he performed at Coppin for an audience that included President Bill Clinton.Hugh Carey worked at Coppin with Maurice for many years.  He said, “Maurice was a consummate and extremely talented musician who inspired and brought out the very best in his students and people with whom he worked. I was greatly impressed with his knowledge and abilities, his constant reading of current events and articles that related to the musical arts and his enormous record collection. Maurice was a great friend and colleague whose friendship and memory I will always cherish. “Dr. Murphy also taught Voice at the Peabody Preparatory School, where he served as the Co-Chairman of the Vocal Studies Department.  He served on the faculty of the Baltimore School for the Arts from 1995-2001, and he also taught Voice at Towson State University.  He accompanied student and professional singers throughout his long career, including concerts in Baltimore and Washington, and a recital with soprano Margaret Lindsay Johnson at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York.  Soprano Lauretta Dorsey Young, who has appeared with major opera companies and orchestras around the world said, “Maurice was an excellent teacher, pianist, and dear friend.  He brought out the very best in me, and I will always be thankful that he came into my life.”In addition to his work as a coach/accompanist, Maurice was an accomplished organist and choir director.  He was the minister of music at Metropolitan UMC, the director of music at St. James Episcopal Church in Lafayette Square, Baltimore, as well as the organist at St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church in Upton.  His last church music position was at the Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Wallbrook Junction.  Yvette Matthews sang in Maurice’s choirs at St. James and at St. Mary the Virgin.   “When I met Maurice, I was happily teaching my first class of second graders in the Baltimore City Public Schools.  After singing with him for a year in his choir at St James Episcopal Church, he suggested I start voice lessons with him.  He told me to discuss it with my husband because (he said)…’If we go down this road together, your life may change drastically’.  He was right. Maurice introduced me to a world of classical music I never knew existed.  Under his tutelage I was able to become a working professional musician, singing in seven languages, performing on stages here in the United States, in Canada, Europe and Japan.  Among the highlights of my career, I count touring with Houston Grand Opera, 32 performances at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City, and 16 performances at La Scala, Milan, Italy.  Everything I am musically, I owe to Dr. A. Maurice Murphy.”Maurice was an experienced choral conductor as well, performing a wide variety of repertoire with choruses large and small.  He served as the Music Director of the Bach Society of Baltimore with whom he conducted numerous concerts, and from 1984-2000, he was the Assistant Conductor of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.  In that capacity, he accompanied the Choral Arts Chorus, and played with the Choral Arts Orchestra at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Kraushaar Auditorium, and at many venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region.  His friend and colleague at Choral Arts, Tom Hall, recalled their many performances together.  “Maurice was a superb artist, a gifted and sensitive accompanist, and a wonderful friend.  His playing and his bearing had an unforgettable sense of majesty and dignity.  Maurice was a fantastic communicator, in a variety of musical styles, from Gospel Music to Classical Music.  His music-making was always imbued with a sense of purpose and passion that he shared expertly, and with phenomenal generosity.”Dr. Aubrey Maurice Murphy is survived by his brother George Wyndell Murphy, Derek Murphy, a nephew, both from South Orange, N.J.; Andre Murphy, a nephew from Rockville, Md.   He is also survived by Jeanine Murphy, a niece from Columbia, Md., a cousin, Barbara Hemstreet of Glenn Dale, and a cousin, Mary Morgan from Laurel, as well as several grandnieces and grandnephews;  lifelong friends, James Cox and Andrew Ennis.A funeral service was held, 11:30 a.m., Feb. 21, at the Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 3121 Walbrook Avenue in Baltimore.  Musicians from across the region will gather, 4 p.m., April 11, at the Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Bolton Hill for a musical tribute to Maurice Murphy, who was a beloved figure on the local music scene for so many years.last_img read more


2 undertrial prisoners call up 2 businessmen from correctional home demand ransom

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgKolkata: Two under-trail prisoners allegedly called up two businessmen from a correctional home and demanded ransom failing which, they would face dire consequences. The incident took place at Dum Dum Central Correctional Home. The authorities have ordered a probe into the incident that would be conducted to find out where from they had received the mobile phone. The duo — Biswajit Das and Bapi Raman were arrested on charges of murdering a Trinamool Congress leader that took place at Kestopur in February 2016. It was alleged that they had called up two Baguiati-based businessmen and demanded Rs 10 lakh from them. They also threatened them with dire consequences if they failed to pay the amount. The businessmen told the cops that they had received the phone call from the duo on May 24 and threatened to kill them if they informed the matter to the police. Later they gathered courage and lodged a complaint with the local police station. On the basis of the compliant, the police have started a probe in this regard and are interrogating the duo. The correctional home authorities are also conducting a probe in this regard.last_img read more


Fasting may boost Metabolism

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgOccasional fasting may not only help people lose weight but also boost their metabolic activity, generate antioxidants, and reverse some effects of ageing, a study claims. Scientists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) and Kyoto University in Japan identified 30 previously-unreported substances whose quantity increases during fasting and indicate a variety of health benefits. “We have been researching ageing and metabolism for many years and decided to search for unknown health effects in human fasting,” said Takayuki Teruya, first author of the paper published in the journal Scientific Reports. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Contrary to the original expectation, it turned out that fasting induced metabolic activation rather actively,” said Teruya. The study presents an analysis of whole human blood, plasma, and red blood cells drawn from four fasting individuals. The researchers monitored changing levels of metabolites — substances formed during the chemical processes that grant organisms energy and allow them to grow. The results revealed 44 metabolites, including 30 that were previously unrecognised, that increased universally among subjects between 1.5- to 60-fold within just 58 hours of fasting. In previous research, researchers identified various metabolites whose quantities decline with age, including three known as leucine, isoleucine, and ophthalmic acid. In fasting individuals, these metabolites increase in level, suggesting a mechanism by which fasting could help increase longevity.last_img read more


Apple announces the iOS 1214 with a fix for its Group FaceTime

Posted On Aug 26 2019 by

first_imgYesterday, Apple announced the release of iOS 12.1.4 to fix Apple’s Group FaceTime video bug discovered during the end of last month. Apple immediately disabled this bug that allowed callers to eavesdrop on people before they could even pick up their phone. Apple also plans to reward the 14-year-old Grant Thompson and his mother for first reporting the bug. Apple is “compensating the Thompson family for discovering the vulnerability and providing an additional gift to fund Grant Thompson’s tuition”, the Verge reports. As reported by TechCrunch, an Apple spokesperson told them in a statement, “In addition to addressing the bug that was reported, our team conducted a thorough security audit of the FaceTime service and made additional updates to both the FaceTime app and server to improve security. This includes a previously unidentified vulnerability in the Live Photos feature of FaceTime.” Source: The Verge “To protect customers who have not yet upgraded to the latest software, we have updated our servers to block the Live Photos feature of FaceTime for older versions of iOS and macOS”, Apple reports. To know more about this news in detail, head over to The Verge. Read Next Apple reinstates Facebook and Google Developer Certificates, restores the ability to run internal iOS apps Apple revoked Facebook developer certificates due to misuse of Apple’s Enterprise Developer Program; Google also disabled its iOS research app Apple disables Group FaceTime till it fixes a security flaw that gave access to microphone and camera of users, even before picking up the calllast_img read more


Memories Splash reopening as Grand Memories Punta Cana Grand Memories Splash

Posted On Aug 19 2019 by

first_img Posted by Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Tags: Grand Memories, Punta Cana, Royalton Luxury Resorts Share Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — After a two-month closure the D.R.’s Memories Splash Resort will re-open on Nov. 16 as two resorts: Grand Memories Punta Cana and Grand Memories Splash, with renovated rooms and new amenities.Grand Memories Punta Cana will cater to both couples and families. Dining options include Italian à la carte, as well as fresh seafood at ‘Under the Sea’. Grand Memories Punta Cana is also home to one of the Caribbean’s largest on-site water parks.Meanwhile guests of Grand Memories Splash will have the opportunity to upgrade to Diamond Club with its anticipatory service, exclusive à la carte restaurants, bar areas, and dedicated room locations.Grand Memories Splash is located closest to the waterpark and offers spacious family-friendly accommodations, including rooms with bunk beds.Antonio Herrera, Senior Director Business Development Hotels & Resorts, Blue Diamond Resorts, says the company is excited about the repositioning of Memories Splash. “This is an excellent opportunity to expand the Grand Memories brand to the Dominican Republic and to elevate this award-winning property’s all-inclusive experience.”More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthBoth Grand Memories Punta Cana and Grand Memories Splash are located a short walk away from Bavaro Beach.Guests of Grand Memories Punta Cana and Grand Memories Splash also get all-inclusive access to luxurious amenities at neighbouring resort, Royalton Punta Cana, including a Fitness Center, Royalton Fit classes and access to restaurants and bars including Grazie Italian Trattoria, Score Sports Bar & Lounge, XS Disco Bar, Sands Beach Bar and Martini Mix. Memories Splash reopening as Grand Memories Punta Cana, Grand Memories Splash << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more


At 8 pm on a Saturday night people are starting

Posted On Aug 3 2019 by

first_imgAt 8 p.m. on a Saturday night, people are starting to pack into a popular bar called Harvard & Stone in an East Los Angeles neighborhood. The chatter gets louder as the booze begins to flow.In the far corner, about a dozen women in a group are clearly enjoying themselves too, but they are not drinking alcohol. They’re sipping handcrafted mocktails, with names like Baby’s First Bourbon and Honey Dew Collins, featuring nonalcoholic distilled spirits.They’re part of a sober social club, made up mostly of women in their 30s who want to have fun and make friends without alcohol.The members of this club work out, have demanding jobs and simply don’t want to feel foggy or hungover anymore. Without alcohol, they say, they just feel better.”Oh my gosh. Well, one thing that was noticeable to pretty much everybody was my overall health and, like, my skin, my eyes. … I lost weight,” says Stephanie Forte, who works in sales in the beauty industry.Another social club member, Kathy Kuzniar, says she used to obsess over whether there was enough wine in the house. She says she feels calmer since she became sober, and she has lost 30 pounds.”I’m creative again,” Kuzniar says. “And I know I wouldn’t be doing those things if I was still drinking.”Not too long ago, a group of women in a bar who were not drinking alcohol would have seemed kind of strange. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 86 percent of adults over 18 report having had an alcoholic drink or drinks at some point in their lifetime, and 56 percent say they’ve had alcohol in the past month. Still, abstaining from alcohol — on a short-term basis or longer term — is becoming more common.”Not everybody wants to get wasted when they go to the bar,” says Forte. Sometimes, being there is just about wanting to be social and fit in.The “sober curious” or “sober sometimes” movement started as a challenge for those who felt they’d partied a little too hard over New Year’s weekend. First there was “Dry January,” when people could brag on social media about how they were taking a break from booze. Now there’s “Dry July” and even “Sober September.” And the movement has spread across the U.S., with people challenging each other to see what life is like without alcohol and share in that experience.Instagram accounts like Sober Girl Society and Sober Nation have tens of thousands of followers, as does Ruby Warrington, author of the book Sober Curious: The Blissful Sleep, Greater Focus, Limitless Presence, and Deep Connection Awaiting Us All on the Other Side of Alcohol, which was released last December.And while there is virtually no downside to taking a break from drinking alcohol — or quitting altogether — science is just beginning to study the ways abstinence might be good for you.Short breaks improve healthSo far, there are a handful of studies that point to some benefits of abstinence for even moderate drinkers — in addition to the widely recognized benefits for people who have alcohol use disorder.A 2016 British study of about 850 men and women who volunteered to abstain from alcohol during Dry January found that participants reported a range of benefits. For instance, 82 percent said they felt a sense of achievement. “Better sleep” was cited by 62 percent, and 49 percent said they lost some weight.Another study published last year by researchers in Britain compared the health outcomes among a group of men and women who agreed to stop drinking for one month, with the health of a group that continued to consume alcohol.”They found that at the end of that month — just after one month — people, by and large, lost some weight,” says Aaron White, the senior scientific adviser to the director at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. “They had improvements in insulin sensitivity, their blood pressure numbers improved and their livers looked a little healthier.” The improvements were modest, White says, but the broad range of benefits the researchers documented was noticeable.To help understand how taking a break from alcohol can influence healthy functioning of the liver, researchers in the Netherlands carried out a separate study to document the biochemical effects of one month of alcohol abstinence.The study was small. It included just 16 people who had been in the habit of drinking about two drinks per day on average. Still, the findings were provocative, scientists say, and merit following up.After a monthlong break, researchers measured levels of a liver enzyme called gamma-glutamyltransferase, or GGT. “There’s an antioxidant made by the liver called glutathione. You can get an indirect measure of how much oxidative stress the liver is under by measuring an enzyme called GGT that helps replenish glutathione stores,” White explains.After one month, the researchers documented a reduction in the participants’ GGT.”The findings of these studies are actually very surprising,” White says. Health risks linked to heavy, long-term drinking are well known, but this is some of the first evidence to help scientists understand how the body responds to even a short break from moderate alcohol use.The sobriety spectrumFor drinkers who have become alcohol dependent, taking a short break is likely not an option. Many people who drink heavily have not had an easy road in managing their relationship with alcohol.Chris Marshall of Austin, Texas, has been sober for the past 12 years. He started drinking in high school, he says, and got his first DUI at 16. Then he joined a fraternity in college and kept drinking.”All my drinking was really centered around community and wanting that connection so badly with other people,” he says.He finally got sober with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous. He became a substance abuse counselor to help others but found that being in recovery was often really lonely.”Those early days of abstinence from alcohol were so tough, because I had no friends,” he says.So he created Sans Bar, a sober bar in Austin. It’s open on Friday nights and some Saturdays — a comfortable place where people can talk, make sober friends, listen to music and, of course, drink some good nonalcoholic drinks. (Marshall likes ginger beer, which he says offers a nice burn in the throat that people sometimes miss when they’re no longer drinking alcohol.)Sans Bar has become so popular that Marshall took the concept on the road this year. He organized pop-up bars in Washington, D.C., New York and Anchorage, Alaska. And he has opened new sober bars in Kansas City, Mo., and western Massachusetts.”What I want to create across the country are these little incubators for social connection,” he says.Over the past 12 years, Marshall has seen a lot of changes in the way people view sobriety. Back when he was getting sober, you either drank — or you didn’t, he says. Now there’s a whole spectrum of sobriety.”Not everyone identifies as sober all the time,” Marshall says. And that’s fine with him.He welcomes to Sans Bar people who are in recovery and those just curious about the sober life, as long as they are substance free when they arrive and while they’re there.”You know, alcohol is the only drug in which you have to give a reason for why you don’t do it,” he says.On a recent Friday night, Rob Zaleski and Kim Daniel walk into Marshall’s bar in Austin. They’re going without alcohol for 30 days, they explain, and are documenting their experience in a podcast and on Instagram at #boozelessATX.”We came to a realization that we were drinking way too often and way too much,” says Zaleski.They wanted to see what new skills and activities they could try out while not consuming alcohol. So far, they’ve discovered archery lessons, played flag football, checked out motorcycles at a biker rally and joined a free improv class.”We’re finding that we can fill our days,” Daniel says, “but sometimes the nights are hard.” Then they discovered Sans Bar.Now, if you’re worried that you are one of the 17 million U.S. adults who are alcohol dependent, and alcohol is causing you stress or harm, seek medical advice. As we’ve reported, there are a variety of treatments beyond Alcoholics Anonymous, including counseling, medications and support groups to help people who want to end that dependency. This NIAAA guide can help you find a program or approach that’s right for you.But if you can and want to experiment with cutting out alcohol while others around you are drinking, Marshall offers these tips for sticking to it: Be vocal about your plans not to drink, bring a friend who supports you and demand a good substitute beverage. Copyright 2019 NPR. 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Posted On Aug 2 2019 by

first_img be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/snapchat-goes-al-jolson-blackface-filter/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/snapchat-goes-al-jolson-blackface-filter/ In honor of 4/20 day, (the unofficial celebration of marijuana day) Snapchat caused outrage by offering a filter allowing its users to make themselves resemble Bob Marley, including adorning a user’s image with Marley’s complexion.[Related: Black Tech Founder Tweets Frustration]In what is being deemed as “digital blackface,” many have expressed anger over the filter which also adds Marley’s signature dreadlocks to a user’s photo. The app superimposes Marley’s image over the user’s:“Yeah–this is pretty poor…” –@OnlinePRPixie“Snapchat blackface–the case for greater diversity in tech” –@BalwynBattler#Snapchat messed up with its Bob Marley tribute, plain and simple” –@MajWal7The Twitterverse is also taking celebutante Kylie Jenner to task for using the filter, reports The Guardian. In an opinion piece for Refinery29, Madeline Buxton wrote:“Snapchat’s many filters and face swaps are usually pure fun (flower crowns, alien heads, axe-wielding vikings!), but today’s 4/20 filter goes too far.”“What at first seems innocent enough – a Bob Marley-themed image – quickly becomes disturbing. You can don Marley’s trademark dreadlocks and Rasta Hat, sure. But the problem is what happens to your skin tone: The filter is clearly blackface.”Snapchat is an image messaging app that lets users send pictures and videos to others within a specified time-frame, after which the content becomes inaccessible. It was launched in 2011 by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown. Several media outlets requested a response from Snapchat to the controversy. The company seems to have issued a canned response which can be read on several news sites:From The Guardian:The lens we launched today was created in partnership with the Bob Marley Estate, and gives people a new way to share their appreciation for Bob Marley and his music. Millions of Snapchatters have enjoyed Bob Marley’s music, and we respect his life and achievements.The Snapchat fumble is the latest of many missteps by technology companies on issues pertaining to race. A YouTube video went viral a few years ago, when two colleagues; a white woman and a black man; demonstrated how an HP webcam with facial recognition capability only recognized her light skin and not his darker tone.More recently, Microsoft launched an Artificial Intelligence chatbot named Tay. It was designed to engage in a chat across social media with 18- to 24-year-olds. Several users across social media exploited that chatbot to make it issue a series of racist and sexist Tweets. Microsoft took Tay offline and issued a statement,”Unfortunately, in the first 24 hours of coming online, a coordinated attack by a subset of people exploited a vulnerability in Tay…”Such incidents are evidence, some argue, of the of a lack of diversity in the technology industry.                             last_img read more


A Caterpillar May Solve Our Plastic Pollution Problem

Posted On Jul 26 2019 by

first_img –shares Register Now » A common caterpillar viewed as a pest or fishing bait turns out to be the fastest degrader of plastic we’ve ever witnessed. Environment Image credit: via PC Mag This story originally appeared on PCMag A Caterpillar May Solve Our Plastic Pollution Problem Matthew Humphries Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.center_img Next Article Senior Editor 2 min read The most common form of plastic in use today is polyethylene. Whenever you use a plastic bag, plastic film or drink from a plastic cup or bottles, it’s probably made from polyethylene. And while it’s very useful, it also takes a very long time to degrade, with estimates ranging from 100 to 400 years if left in landfill.Being able to degrade polyethylene quickly is a challenge, and one that so far scientists haven’t been able to overcome. However, an accidental discovery may be about to change that. Federica Bertocchini is an amateur beekeeper and member of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). One of the beekeeper’s enemies is the wax worm caterpillar, which is the larvae of the greater wax moth. They take up residence inside beehives and live on the beeswax (they also make for great fishing bait). Beekeepers need to go in and remove them from their hives.Bertocchini decided to temporarily store the wax worms she was removing from a hive in a plastic bag. But the bag did not stay secure for long as holes started appearing in it. Bertocchini reported her finding and began working with the University of Cambridge’s Department of Biochemistry to experiment with the plastic eating caterpillars.What they discovered is wax worms are great at breaking down plastic. Where as bacteria can biodegrade plastic at a rate of about 0.13mg per day, 100 wax worms chomp through as much as 184mg per day. As to why they can do this, it’s thought to be related to their beeswax diet.Wax is, according to Bertocchini, “a sort of natural plastic,” so the caterpillars are already setup to breakdown similar structures to our man-made plastics. And they don’t just eat it, they break the polymer chains in the plastic, allowing for true biodegradation.Rather than throwing millions of caterpillars at the plastic pollution problem, the next step is to identify how the wax worms achieve this feat. It could be something in their saliva or gut, but whatever it is, identifying it means scientists could extract and reproduce it at scale so as to start quickly biodegrading waste plastic. Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business April 25, 2017last_img read more