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  • FrenchMoroccan wins US Woman of Courage award for combatting extremism

    Rabat – A French woman of Moroccan origin won the international “Woman of Courage” prize – awarded annually by the U.S. Department of State – in recognition of her work spreading the spirit of tolerance and combating extremism.Latifa Ibn Ziaten, received the prize along with 15 other women this year during an award ceremony held at the U.S. capital city on Tuesday.Ibn Ziaten is known in France – by both Muslims and non-Muslims – as the mother of one of the French soldiers killed by terrorist Mohammed Merah during a series of shootings in Toulouse and Montauban in March 2012. Merah – a French criminal of Algerian descent – killed 7 soldiers, some of whom were Muslim, and injured five others due to “anti semitic motivations.” After the death of her son, Ibn Ziaten dedicated her time to preventing and alleviating the roots of terrorism present in French suburbs and slums, as well as mosques and prisons.In honor of her son, she founded the Imad Association for Youth and Peace and “uses it as a platform to help young people in troubled communities develop positive identities and a sense of responsibility,” according to the U.S. Department of State.Malaysian transgender rights activist Nisha Ayub was among the winners, marking the first time the prestigious prize was awarded to a transgender woman.Ayub runs Malaysian non-governmental organization Justice of Sisters which funds defense cases for transgender women in courts.In addition, she heads the Seed Foundation, which aids sex workers, transwomen, and HIV/AIDS patients. read more

  • Côte dIvoire Affirms Support for Moroccos ECOWAS Bid

    Rabat – “Côte d’Ivoire is in favor of this accession,” said Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara as he endorsed Morocco’s bid to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) during a recent interview with Jeune Afrique.In his interview, the president underscored the importance for the community to open up to other African nations.According to the president, Morocco’s accession is beneficial, “because we consider that enlarging the economic space is good for growth.” Ouattara also added that the ECOWAS commission has been mandated to study the issue, and two summits have already discussed it.“As far as we are concerned, we are in favor of Morocco’s accession,” he said.He also raised the question of why the community “can’t open up to countries like Morocco, Mauritania or Chad,” adding that such accessions would “be good for all of us and in line with the free trade area of the African continent.”Morocco announced its desire to join the ECOWAS in February 2017. The North African country aims to strengthen the cultural, economic, and diplomatic links uniting Morocco and ECOWAS member countries.In March, Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament Moustapha Cissé Lo announced his support for Morocco’s bid to access ECOWAS at a conference in Rabat held under the title “Towards a Better Movement of People and Goods between African countries.”Cissé Lo said that Morocco’s accession to ECOWAS will undoubtedly add value to the community, asserting that his parliament will “fully play its role in the process of Morocco’s admission to ECOWAS.” read more

  • Thousands of protests submitted against New Mexico oil sale

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Thousands of protests have been lodged with U.S. land managers in opposition of next month’s oil and natural gas lease sale despite a decision to remove from the offering several parcels near a national park in northwestern New Mexico.Environmentalists say they turned in 33,000 protests to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday, the last day of the protest period.It will be up to the federal agency to review the information ahead of the March 28 sale. The agency earlier this month deferred nine parcels that were within 10 miles (16 kilometres) of Chaco Culture National Historical Park.Aside from ongoing criticism over development in the Chaco region, environmentalists also voiced concerns about parcels up for bid near Carlsbad Caverns National Monument in southeastern New Mexico.The Associated Press read more

  • Manmohan assures Knidhi on Lanka

    He said India would continue to work for achieving that goal through a process of national reconciliation in Sri Lanka. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that India was working towards finding the rightful place for all communities in Sri Lanka, the Indo Asian News Service (IANS) reported.In a letter to DMK president M Karunanidhi dated June 11 – a copy of which was released to the media Monday – Singh said: “The government of India has consistently worked for all communities in Sri Lanka, including Sri Lankan Tamils to find their rightful place and live in harmony in that country.” Singh was replying to Karunanidhi’s June 9 letter wherein the DMK chief had expressed possible steps to repeal the 13th amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution and cancel the proposed elections to the Northern Provincial Council this September. According to Singh, the matter has to be decided by all the political parties in Sri Lanka while India will consider the implications and make its views known to the island nation. read more

  • Keys left in stolen pickup

    Someone in Port Dover made it easy for a thief to steal their vehicle on the  weekend by leaving a spare key in a pickup truck.The 2009 Ford F150 was parked on Dixon Drive in the early morning hours when the theft occurred.Police offer the following tips to prevent you from becoming a victim of this crime:Do not leave your keys in your vehicle. Do not leave your vehicle running. Lock your vehicle. Treat your keys like cash. Don’t leave keys in places where they are easy to steal such as a gym locker, on your desk at work, in an open purse, or unattended in a shopping cart. Never leave anything of value in your vehicle in plain view such as loose change, cell phones, cameras, clothing, gifts, cigarettes, medication, firearms or other valuables. Install a remote car starter. Remote starters are designed to shut off if someone attempts to drive the vehicle without a key. This will allow you to warm up your car without risk of theft. OPP are raising awareness of this all-too-common crime on social media through the hashtag #PocketYourKeys.“#PocketYourKeys is not only about vehicle theft, it’s about our responsibilities to ensure our communities are safe by taking a simple preventative measure,” Insp. Joe Varga, chief of the Norfolk OPP, said Monday in a news release. “It’s a public safety initiative that will protect both property and people.” read more

  • Africas achievements challenges in peace development focus of UN meeting

    “Unemployment is not just an economic challenge. It is also a social, psychological and political one,” said Mr. Eliasson at the briefing by African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to Member States and the UN system. The event, on The Role of Africa’s RECs in Consolidating Peace, Security, Governance and Development in the Context of Agenda 2063, was co-organized by the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa, Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the UN, and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Africa.According to a press statement, the discussions focused on development and the long-term future of the continent in the light of African Union’s visionary Continental Agenda 2063.Delivering remarks this morning, Mr. Eliasson said that the Agenda 2063 plan will need to be forged around stronger regional integration, which requires increased competitiveness in African economies. The process should also be underpinned by major investments in human development, science, technology and infrastructure. He pointed out that trade among African countries remains limited, mainly because they do not have adequate railways, roads and other infrastructure. Many African economies also lack sufficient economic diversification, productivity and well-functioning institutions. Some African countries have experienced impressive growth thanks to the leadership of African Governments, the African Union, the RECs and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). But while more African children go to school than ever before and there have been great advancements in women’s empowerment and gender equality, Africa is off track to meeting many of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The humanitarian and security situations throughout the continent are particularly concerning, especially in Mali, South Sudan, Central African Republic (CAR), Northern Nigeria and Somalia. The political situation in Libya is growing more dangerous. Meanwhile, Lesotho is facing a risky political stalemate. Mr. Eliasson commended the role of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) in mediating the ongoing crisis in CAR. Meanwhile, the Ebola virus is presenting new and very serious challenges in West Africa, Mr. Eliasson said, mentioning the efforts of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union to quickly mobilize resources and awareness. “The United Nations has mobilized to a degree rarely seen,” said Mr. Eliasson adding that the newly UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) are working hard to stop the outbreak and treat the infected. Also delivering remarks today, Under-Secretary General and UN Special Adviser on Africa, Maged Abdelaziz, said these annual meetings contribute to filling the gap and raise global awareness on the work of the RECs. “Agenda 2063 embodies a renewed commitment by Africa’s political leadership to achieving the pan-African vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.” According to the press release, efforts to finalize the development of Agenda 2063 are still ongoing. However, it is currently envisaged that Agenda 2063 and its first 10-year plan will be adopted at the next Summit of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in January 2015. read more

  • Oldest Bird Raising Young

    first_imgHere’s some inspiration for older parents everywhere. When the stress of the kids is proving to be too much, just channel a little bit of Wisdom, the 60-something Laysan albatross who is currently raising child number 30. Wisdom is the oldest known bird in the U.S. She was first spotted in 1956, when the US Geological Survey stuck an identity run on her leg. She was laying on a egg at the time, putting her around at least eight or nine-years-old, the breeding age for her species. Says researcher Bruce Peterjohn, “While the process of banding (ringing) a bird has not changed greatly during the past century, the information provided by birds marked with a simple numbered metal band has transformed our knowledge of birds.”The USGS recently snapped the above image of Wisdom with a chick on the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific.last_img read more

  • Emigrating to Australia Ive learned that home is home

    first_imgEmigrating to Australia: ‘I’ve learned that home is home’ Moving to Australia at just eleven was daunting but taught me lots about myself, writes Aimee Murphy. By Aimee Murphy 220 Views 37 Comments Student Sunday 2 Apr 2017, 3:00 PM Share100 Tweet Email4 Apr 2nd 2017, 3:00 PM center_img Aimee Murphy Source: Shutterstock/amophoto_auI don’t think anyone can try to envisage or contemplate how much one’s family means to them, and how they play a central role in the shaping of your individuality, until you are away from them.I have realised that family are your first “friends”. You learn and grow from what you see them do. Through all that had happened with the move I became extremely close with my brother, Jack.We did actually only have each other. Especially at Christmas, on birthdays and at other times where the whole family would be in one small cubed room parading around, gossiping about whatever relevant news they thought was important.HomesicknessI get homesick, a lot, and with the homesickness comes dreams about Ireland. It is always worse in winter, with the lengthy cold evenings bringing so many emotions to the surface, and the thought that I may one day return to be a tourist in my own town.I feel physically sick and can’t sleep. The oddest of things are the things I miss the most, like being amongst a crowd watching a Six Nation’s match.Things like sitting at the kitchen table with my maternal grandmother, seeing the unconditional love in her eyes, the sadness that we are gone, the pride in who we have become.Learning curveI have gained a greater understanding and awareness of my place in this world because of this experience. Although as soon as I introduce myself to others I immediately feel different. My accent is a bit of a giveaway so there is an immediate division or feeling of otherness.I have learned to overcome and live with this, but my culture is something I am extremely proud of. I’ve been here for some time now and I still don’t understand some Australian jokes and some people don’t get mine. I can be with my friends, feel so involved but always be the one step outside the circle.I have had to mature and grow up in unexpected ways and I’m sure this will benefit me in the future.So, what has all this taught me you ask?Well it has taught me to shut up when I feel homesick because no one wants to hear that any immigrant might be happier elsewhere. It has taught me that I’d better not feel sorry for myself for having been dragged here, against my will, and forced to “make the best of it” throughout my formative years.I’ve learned that home is home, even if it doesn’t have the best beaches, the best barbeques and the best opportunities.I’ve learned that Australians are way more image-conscious and Irish people are way too attached to family and “the land”, myself included.I have learned to look at my own country, culture and traditions from a different, long distance lens and admit it has flaws, while still being so very proud of who we are, who we have become and what we have, as a nation, overcome.Aimee Murphy moved to Australia with her mom and brother Jack in 2011.Column: ‘”A Right To A Home” should be put to referendum’Opinion: ‘We don’t need female traffic lights. We do need decent maternity pay’> IT WAS FEBRUARY 2011, the worst day. Deep breaths and 1,2,3. This was something my dad taught me. I still question whether it works, but to this day I frequently remember the words my dad would say to me.My last day with him was a turmoil of emotions, one moment marginally exciting, and the next devastatingly dragged and dejected, as I sat on his stairs, evaluating a card he had handed me.I could tell by his swollen, soggy eyes and his rosy coloured cheeks that he had been crying. He left as I began opening the envelope with trembling hands. I couldn’t hold back the endless tears that slid down my cheeks.Moving to AustraliaMoving to Australia was a very daunting thing, especially because I didn’t know how it would affect my identity, not only culturally, but socially and personally too.I had heard that some children thrive when they enter new environments, depending on their own circumstances, but I felt like this was potentially not going to happen for me.How would the Australians view me? Would they think we looked and sounded different? Would they make fun of me?These questions raced through my mind. Having to establish new, important relationships outside my family was extremely intimidating. The threat that the move had on my relationship with my friends was hard to accept.Culture shockIt was obviously disruptive to the stability of my established core friends and family. The culture that I had grown up was about to dramatically change. My wardrobe was a small but drastic modification, as the weather was radically different.Not all homes had a solid structure made from brick. We had two fireplaces in our Irish house. How did Santa come down the chimney in Australia or did they even believe in Santa?As years passed the longing to return to the Emerald Isle didn’t disappear, but sometimes I have the ability to shut it out of my thoughts. I don’t live with a sudden absence and ache in my heart.But at other times it will hit. The sense of melancholy and misery echoes through every particle in my body, as the absence of home reverberates.I miss my family and friends. I miss the culture. I miss the endless fields of green, the fresh air that rejuvenates my lungs, the infinite number of castles, folk music and dance, the verdant landscape and the mythological stories told by older relatives.Family connections Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3317127 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

  • Calls for legal immigration to curb tragedies

    first_imgEuropean Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker urged EU nations to increase legal immigration in a bid to avoid more migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.Juncker’s comments angered his own centre-right party in the European Parliament, in Strasbourg, France, where he made the comments.He expressed disappointment with the outcome of last week’s emergency EU summit held in Brussels in the wake of the deadliest migrant shipwreck yet in the Mediterranean.“We must work on legal immigration. If we close the doors, migrants will break in through the windows,” Juncker told MEPs.He won the support of the European parliament when he called for a quota for distributing asylum seekers across all 28 EU countries following the disaster, in which more than 700 migrants died on a boat crossing between Libya and southern Italy.They overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling for a binding quota, by 449 votes to 130, with 93 abstentions.But many member states will likely resist a measure requiring any revision of EU rules which require that the member state which first takes in an asylum seeker must then process their request on its soil and take responsibility for returning home those denied admission.The last attempt to change the rules, in 2013, failed when 24 of the 28 EU member states voted against, with only Italy, Malta, Cyprus and Greece — those now bearing the brunt of the migrant influx — in favour.However Juncker’s appeal on immigration angered Manfred Weber, head of the conservative European Peoples Party, the largest in the European Parliament and the one Juncker belongs to.“Whoever says that we must open the doors of the EU labour market to legal immigration is deluding himself,” Weber said. “One young person out of five on our continent has no work.”The EPP blocked any reference to legal immigration in the parliament’s draft resolution that was seen by AFP.Juncker’s proposal was also rejected by the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) as well as by the anti-EU UK Independence Party and extreme-right movements.The European Commission, the EU executive that Juncker heads, is due May 13 to present a migration policy that will include proposals to make legal economic immigration to the EU easier, and to set refugee quotas for all member states.It will go before EU heads of government and heads of state at their June 25-26 summit.EU leaders announced last Thursday that they would triple monthly funding for the Triton search and rescue mission operating off southern Italy but a proposal for EU member states to provide migrant resettlement for 5,000 on a voluntary basis proved contentious.Source: AFP Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

  • Chloe and Nadine Kick Ass and Take Names in Lost Legacys Launch

    first_img We’re only four short days away from the release of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. To celebrate the game’s launch, Sony has released a brand-new trailer that’s packed with all sorts of crazy action. In addition, the company has also unveiled some hi-res wallpapers for desktops, tablets, and smart phones.First up is the launch trailer. Like previous videos for the game, this trailer sets up the story. Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross visit India in order to find an artifact called the Tusk of Ganesh. They aren’t the only ones seeking this elusive item, however. Throughout their journey, the heroines must square off against the soldiers of a warmonger named Asav. Despite not featuring series star Nathan Drake, this adventure will contain everything fans love about the franchise.Then we have the wallpapers. These feature promotional art for the game that you may have seen floating around the internet. Three of them are game posters, while the others are character portraits of Chloe, Nadine, and Asav. What’s great about these is that they are sized for whatever device you want to use them on. They are also in 4K, so no matter where you use them, they’ll look nice and clean.In other Uncharted news, Uncharted 4 will receive a multiplayer update when The Lost Legacy drops next week. Additions include Asav as a playable character, and new player skins for Chloe and Nadine. These contain new character models and outfits from Lost Legacy. Uncharted 4 will also get a new Survival Arena mode. This modified Survival mode features 100 waves of different enemy types, new wave modifiers, and a new Siege mode. The Lost Legacy will launch with all of Uncharted 4‘s multiplayer content.You can pre-order Uncharted: The Lost Legacy from Amazon. It will be released on Tuesday exclusively for the PlayStation 4. You can download the wallpapers over on the official PlayStation Blog.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay Stay on targetlast_img read more

  • Celebrate Final Fantasys 30th Anniversary With This 30YearOld Whiskey

    first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Do you like whiskey? Do you like Final Fantasy? Check this out: Final Fantasy whiskey, releasing in a special batch in celebration of the series’ 30th anniversary. That’s right, it’s been 30 years since the series made its debut back on the Nintendo Famicom. In that time, it’s released 15 numbered games and numerous spinoffs, with memorable characters and storylines that have touched fans of all ages.That means a good portion of its fans are also of drinking age, so they’ll be able to enjoy this fine whiskey from Japanese liquor retailer Shinanoya. Preorders are being accepted right now for the whiskey, produced by Scottish distillery Glenfarclas. It was originally distilled all the way back in 1987, which was coincidentally the same year Final Fantasy was released. As such, it comes packaged in a gorgeous bottle with a label designed by Yoshitaka Amano, character designer on the Final Fantasy series. It’s emblazoned with chocobos and googles as well as the iconic Final Fantasy logo with the bit “30” right on the front. If you want to display it, it would certainly look great on a shelf.If you want to grab one, you’ll have to act fast, though. There are only 303 23.7-ounce bottles being produced, and they’ll each cost about $330, which is a pretty pricey number for a bottle of booze. But normally, this brand of whiskey sells for around the same price for just a regular bottle of Glenfarclas, so you’re getting at least a little bit of a deal.Preorders are being taken through Jan. 26, so if you’re wanting to grab one for yourself or a friend, you’ll want to go ahead and nab one via Shinanoya. After that all the rest of the bottles will be up for grabs beyond the preorder realm. This is a pretty big deal if you like to drink whiskey and also love Final Fantasy. Its 30th anniversary doesn’t come around often of course, so why not shell out a bit and celebrate? Artificial ‘Tongue’ Can Taste Subtle Differences in Whiskey45,000 Barrels of Bourbon Destroyed in Jim Beam Warehouse Fire center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

  • Monitor Your Cats Diet in Real Time With Smart Pet Feeder

    first_imgStay on target The Dog Flu Is Real, But Don’t Freak OutLink AKC is Your Dog’s Fitbit Cats are relatively solitary creatures: Give them food and water to eat, a toy to chase, and a hand to stroke, and they’re purrfect.But most pet parents aren’t home to fulfill those needs all day, leaving some felines forlorn.Enter Petpresso, a smart care device that keeps your cat happy and healthy, even when you’re not around.More than just another automatic feeder, the dual food-and-water dispenser lets users customize meals based on their furry friend’s diet and demands.Built-in weight sensors monitor how much your cat eats and drinks in real time, sending data directly to the accompanying mobile app.Is Kitty neglecting her daily feast? Or is she gorging herself and getting heartburn? Petpresso learns your cat’s habits, then sends notifications when it detects unusual behavior.“It all [began] when my cat was starting to gain weight,” Petpresso inventor Javier Castro said in a statement. “I needed something to help me take care of him, but the cat feeders [were] not exactly what I was looking for, so why not [create] a smart device for cats?”The machine has two chambers—one for food and one for water—as well as an LCD panel and a pair of buttons for manual adjustments. A mobile app for iOS and Android, meanwhile, makes it easy to stay in the know while on the go.Stay in the know while on the go (via Petpresso)Available for a super-early-bird price of €169 ($209), Petpresso is expected for delivery anywhere in the world in February. For €209 ($258), you can customize the device with the name of your cat.Since it launched Tuesday on Kickstarter, Petpresso has already collected €1,919 ($2,369) from 14 backers, quickly pushing the firm toward its €12,500 ($15,430) goal.The all-or-nothing project will only be funded if it reaches its target by April 26.“Petpresso will finally allow cat owners to feel like they can really be sure their cats are doing well even when they’re not home for a few days,” CEO Daniel Morales said.last_img read more

  • Ronaldo hires a bull fighter as his bodyguard for World Cup

    first_imgThe renown bullfighter Nuno Marecos has been hired by Cristiano Ronaldo to be his own personal bodyguard for the World Cup in Russia, reports The SunThe Real Madrid star has turned to the ex-paratrooper and MMA athlete to keep him safe during the tournament in Russia this summer and had recently hired Marecos to provide him protection in the Champions League final against Liverpool.A source said: “Ronaldo watches a lot of bullfighting and handpicked Nuno after thinking he was one of the toughest men he’d ever seen.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“He knows that people won’t mess with him if he has someone as tough as him by his side. Nuno was with him almost every waking hour in Kiev and he will be there for him in the World Cup too.”After winning his fifth Champions League title, Ronaldo has since been away on holiday with his family at Marbella and was absent from Portugal’s warm-up friendly draw against Belgium in Brussels on Saturday.last_img read more

  • La Mesa Homelessness Subcommittee focuses on ways to help people living on

    first_img Posted: June 2, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The Ciy of La Mesa is taking a closer look at what it can do to help people living on the streets. The city has recently approved a subcommittee in hopes to eventually put an end to homelessness in the area. Mayor Mark Arapostathis of La Mesa was here this morning to explain more. KUSI Newsroom La Mesa Homelessness Subcommittee focuses on ways to help people living on the streets KUSI Newsroom, June 2, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

  • Search underway for Marathon tire slasher caught on camera

    first_imgMARATHON, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a tire slasher in the Florida Keys.Surveillance video captured the male subject slashing the tire of a Jeep and taking off, March 2.According to the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office, the crime took place along 20th Street, on Lot 15, in Marathon.Investigators said the perpetrator may be driving a white Ford F-350-type truck with Dually rims.If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Monroe County Crime Stoppers at 800-346-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

  • Fort Benning Considered to House Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

    first_img ADC AUTHOR The Trump administration is considering Fort Benning, located along the Alabama-Georgia state line, to house unaccompanied immigrant children who have arrived at the southwest border, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Tuesday.A Health and Human Services Department official said both Pentagon and HHS representatives were preparing to tour “unused property” on the installation Wednesday, though it is not known how many children might be housed, according to the report.The Pentagon also said Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., and Fort Sill, Okla., were abeing considered as locations for housing unaccompanied immigrant children, the report said.In April Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan approved a Department of Homeland Security request for DOD to locate sites for up to 5,000 unaccompanied children. Tens of thousands of children under 17 have crossed the U.S.-Mexican border, according to DHS.Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan said Friday that a surge in southwest border crossings are overwhelming the department and that authorities have more than 80,000 people in custody.Customs and Border Protection photo by Mani Albrecht last_img read more

  • Riverdale couple Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart call it quits after dating

    first_imgCole Sprouse and Lili ReinhartTwitterRiverdale co-stars Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart are parting ways after dating for two years! It sure is sad news for all the #SprouseHarts as the two doting actors have split. The breakup took place in summer and the two are not even living together.As per a source quote to E! News, “Lili and Cole broke-up earlier this summer. The two are not living together this season.” Turns out, Sprouse and Reinhart have been “intentionally keeping their distance from the other.” However, ever since the production of Riverdale has commenced with the two returning to film for it, they are on “much better terms.” It does come across as a big shock to many as the two actors were all smiles at their Comic-Con 2019 panel in San Diego which took place over the weekend. “Right now, it’s unclear where things stand, but it seems [like] they could be heading back in the direction of getting together,” the insider added.Speaking about Reinhart, Cole had told Glamour magazine back in September 2018, “Lili was a tough egg to crack, she’s very shy at first, reserved, and I think it was about halfway into the first season she started letting people in truly. And she’s one of those people that consistently pushes me to be better at the arts that I’m pursuing, and that’s just the kind of person she is, she inspires excellence out of everybody she works with.” Dating rumours concerning the two began back in July 2017 Comic-Con when they couldn’t keep the PDA at bay. For the longest time, they didn’t admit to dating and kept the suspense about their relationship intact. But everything changed when they attended the Met Gala 2018 together as a couple. Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart at the beachTwitterEarlier this year, during an interview with GQ, Sprouse clarified “It’s not something that we hide, or it’s not something that we show off,” and added, “It’s just something that exists.” The report of their split was first shared by Us Weekly. While currently, they are taking time off the relationship, reports further add that perhaps shooting on Riverdale might bring them back together.last_img read more

  • Israeli missiles strike near Damascus airport

    first_imgMap showing the area of Israeli missile strikes in Syria on Tuesday. AFPTwo Israeli missiles struck targets near Damascus airport early Tuesday, Syrian state media said, while a monitoring group said they hit arms depots for Hezbollah.In a report in the early hours of Tuesday, Syria’s state news agency Sana said “two Israeli missiles came down near Damascus international airport”.The head of monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel Rahman, also told AFP that “the Israeli missiles hit arms depots for Hezbollah near the airport”.He said the air strike took place at 1:00am local time “without causing huge explosions” even though they hit the weapons stores.The observatory added that the Syrian air defence “failed to intercept the missiles”.When contacted by AFP, a spokesman for the Israeli army said: “We do not comment on foreign reports.”Israel has warned of a growing Iranian military presence in neighbouring Syria, which it sees as a threat to its safety.Its military has been carrying out strikes on Iranian and Iran-affiliated targets in Syria, with a US official saying it was Israeli forces that carried out a deadly strike against an Iraqi paramilitary base in eastern Syria on June 17.Israeli seized a large swathe of the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, in a move never recognised by the international community.last_img read more

  • What Happens When Humans Start Reading — and Altering — Their Own

    first_img Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Houston Public MediaDr. Siddhartha Mukherjee onstage with Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on May 3, 2017.MORE: Dr. Mukherjee On Houston’s Role in Studying Cancer and Genetics X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /14:37 What happens when a machine begins to read its own instruction manual? No, I’m not talking about Skynet (from the Terminator films) but rather humanity’s rapidly increasing understanding of its genome – the code that makes us who were are.We’ve mapped it and identified genes that lead to certain disorders. So could we someday just turn some of those genes off and on? Or decide how tall we want our kids to be – before they’re born?Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee says those questions are becoming more reality than science fiction as of late. He’s a cancer researcher and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, which became a PBS documentary by the same name. His most recent book, The Gene: An Intimate History, is about the amazing world of genetics.Last week (May 3, 2017), Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty spoke with him onstage in front of an audience at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church during an event for Brazos Bookstore.In that conversation, Dr. Mukherjee talked about the ethical concerns raised by our growing understanding of genetics explained the vast complexity of the human genome.MORE: Dr. Mukherjee Reads an Excerpt from “The Gene” 00:00 /02:24 X Listen Deborah FeingoldDr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, cancer researcher and author. X Listen 00:00 /03:59 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

  • Man 22 Found Guilty in Murder of Police Spokesmans Brother

    first_imgBy Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFROA Baltimore man was found guilty Sept. 28 of the murder of 24-year-old Dionay Smith, the younger brother of the Baltimore Police Department’s chief  spokesman T.J. Smith.Terrell Gibson, 22, of the 1800 block of West Lafayette Ave., was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment in the shooting death of Dionay Smith.Terrell Gibson, 22 (l), was found guilty in the murder of 24-year-old Dionay Smith (r). (Baltimore Police and AP Photos)The trial lasted a week.According to police, Smith, of the 1400 block of Argyle Ave. in the Upton neighborhood of West Baltimore, was found dead in his home suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.Gibson was caught on surveillance video entering and leaving the apartment where Smith’s body was found.On Sept. 28, after Gibson was convicted, T.J. Smith took to social media to express his gratitude to the Baltimore Police Department for their efforts and to remember his brother:“GUILTY. Because he is. Thank you to every person, every stranger, who offered condolences and prayers. My family appreciates it…. I’m glad that we received justice in his senseless murder.”Smith went on to mourn the fact that his brother’s children would only have distant memories of him while his murderer would get to forge new memories with his family—albeit through prison bars.“My hope is that the defendant uses his sentence to reflect, learn, and influence other young men to not choose his path. It is highly likely that he will return to society one day and I hope that when that opportunity presents itself, he uses it to atone for his past transgressions,” Smith said.Dionay Smith’s death was among 342 homicides in Baltimore in 2017, making Charm City the murder capital among U.S. cities, according to a recent FBI report.Smith offered commiseration and hope to other Baltimore families affected by the epidemic of violent crime.“I offer my thoughts, prayers, and condolences to all of those families who have been victims of senseless violence in Baltimore,” Smith said. “For those of you still seeking justice in your loved ones murder, please keep the faith and keep your loved ones memory alive.”There is still no motive as to why Gibson killed the younger Smith.“Only those two know what took place in that apartment that day,” said T.J. Smith.Gibson awaits sentencing in Baltimore Circuit Court.last_img read more