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Circumplanetary Moonforming disk discovered around distant planet

first_imgWashington DC: Astronomers have made the first observations of a circumplanetary disk of gas and dust like the one that is believed to have birthed the moons of Jupiter, by using Earth’s most powerful array of radio telescopes. The finding, published in Astrophysical Journal Letters, adds to the intriguing story of planet PDS 70 c, a still-forming gas giant about 370 light years from Earth that was first revealed last month in visible light images. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingUsing the massive 66-antenna Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, astronomer Andrea Isella from Rice University in the US and colleagues collected millimeter wave radio signals that revealed the presence of dust grains throughout the star system where PDS 70 c and its sister planet, PDS 70 b, are still forming. “Planets form from disks of gas and dust around newly forming stars, and if a planet is large enough, it can form its own disk as it gathers material in its orbit around the star,” Isella said. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang”Jupiter and its moons are a little planetary system within our solar system, for example, and it’s believed Jupiter’s moons formed from a circumplanetary disk when Jupiter was very young,” he said. However, most models of planet formation show that circumplanetary disks disappear within about 10 million years, which means circumplanetary disks haven’t existed in our solar system for more than four billion years. In the new study, Isella and colleagues analysed observations made by ALMA in 2017. “There are a handful of candidate planets that have been detected in disks, but this is a very new field, and they are all still debated,” Isella said. “(PDS 70 b and PDS 70 c) are among the most robust because there have been independent observations with different instruments and techniques,” he said. PDS 70 is a dwarf star about three-quarters the mass of the sun. Both of its planets are 5-10 times larger than Jupiter, and the innermost, PDS 70 b, orbits about 1.8 billion miles from the star, roughly the distance from the sun to Uranus. PDS 70 c is a billion miles further out, in an orbit about the size of Neptune’s. PDS 70 b was first revealed in 2018 in infrared light images from a planet-hunting instrument called SPHERE at the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT). In June, astronomers used another VLT instrument called MUSE to observe a visible wavelength of light known as H-alpha, which is emitted when hydrogen falls onto a star or planet and becomes ionised.last_img read more

Legal cannabis for sale in Calgary

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – There will be two cannabis stores opening in Calgary, on the first day of legalization.At 10 a.m., 420 Premium Market and Nova Cannabis at Willow Park, both along Macleod Trail, will welcome in the city’s first legal cannabis customers.Shelley Girard is with Alcanna, the company that owns Nova Cannabis and says staff expect lots of people on the historic day.“We are expecting some excitement–some energy–some buzz, so to speak–with customers and consumers and we’re ready. We’re ready for there to be some crowds and some lineups,” Girard said. Girard added, owners believe they have enough product to meet the demand, including dried cannabis, oils, capsules and paraphernalia.last_img read more

Face To Face Cora Morgan takes on Manitobas child welfare system

first_imgDennis WardAPTN Face To FaceManitoba has the highest child apprehension rate in the western world with more than 11,000 children in the child welfare system, 90% of them are Indigenous youth.Cora Morgan is a fierce critic of the child welfare system. Morgan is the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs’ Child and Family Advocate for First Nations.Youth in CFS care in Manitoba make up the highest number of runaways, feed the sex trade in Winnipeg and fill the province’s jails. Morgan is fighting for the youth and their families to try to turn things around.last_img read more

Hot Toronto housing market got even hotter in May as warnings mount

TORONTO — The Toronto area’s real estate market set a new record last month, with nearly 13,000 homes sold.That’s up 10.6 per cent from May 2015 in what was already one of Canada’s hottest real-estate markets.The Toronto Real Estate Board says there’s a shortage of listings for low-rise types of housing, such as single family homes.Vancouver home prices climb almost 30 per cent from a year agoBanks add fuel to concerns over housing, finance department ‘prepared to take further action’OECD warns of ‘rapidly rising housing prices’ in Canada as Scotia takes ‘foot off the gas’ on mortgage growth in hottest marketsAs a result, the industry group says there’s heated competition among buyers that has pushed up prices.Its home price index was up 15 per cent in May compared with the same month last year.Last month’s average sale price in Toronto itself was $782,051. In the rest of the GTA, the average was $734,924.The association says there were 12,870 homes of all types sold through its Multiple Listing Service in May. That included 4,638 in the city itself and 8,232 in surrounding areas.Those compared with 11,640 home sales of all type in May 2015, including 4,166 in the City of Toronto and 7,474 in the surrounding areas.TREB president says there’s no shortage of buyers but the bigger story is a “shortage of listings, which has resulted in strong upward pressure on home price.”The total number of new listings across the GTA was 17,412 last month, six per cent fewer than 18,611 in May 2015.TREB’s director of market analysis, Jason Mercer, adds that “widespread competition between buyers of singles, semis and townhouses across the GTA has underpinned the robust annual rates of price growth experienced so far this year.”The average price for a detached house in Toronto proper was $1.28 million last month, up 15.2 per cent from a year earlier.The real estate association’s monthly statistics follow a warning on Wednesday from the Paris-based OECD, an economic think-tank, which said Ottawa should do introduce new measures to reduce some of the risk associated with soaring home prices and household debt levels in Toronto and Vancouver.It wasn’t the first time that the OECD called for measures to cool sky-high house prices in Toronto and Vancouver, which together comprise a third of the country’s real estate market. It made similar comments in its report last December.Since then, Finance Minister Bill Morneau has increased the minimum down payment for homes over $500,000, a measure aimed specifically at the Toronto and Vancouver markets.As of February, homebuyers must put down 10 per cent on the portion of a home over $500,000. Buyers can still put down five per cent on the first $500,000 of a home purchase. read more

Kyrgyzstan seeks urgent aid after flooding mudflows UN

So far, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has delivered assistance to the Central Asian country.As a consequence of accumulated damages caused by natural disasters in 2005, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resource and Processing Industry foresees a shortage of approximately 9,800 tons of wheat, OCHA reported.In total, there is so far a shortfall of 268,500 tons of grains for 2005, taking into account the lack of grains as a result of last winter and previous disaster damage.

Mens hockey Freshman forward phenom Tanner Laczynskis journey to World Juniors and

OSU freshman forward Tanner Laczynski stares down a faceoff in OSU’s exhibition game against Wilfried Laurier on Oct. 2 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 9-2. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsPrior to the Ohio State men’s hockey team’s Big Ten opener at Minnesota on Dec. 2, team equipment manager Tim Adams offered a congratulations to freshman forward Tanner Laczynski for something he was unaware of. Laczynski had just been named to the preliminary U.S. Junior National team roster.No. 9 OSU went on to beat the No. 10 Gophers 8-3 in Minneapolis the next night, a game in which Laczynski had four points on one goal and three assists. Coach Steve Rohlik announced to the team after the game that the freshman had been given a great opportunity with Team USA. The locker room erupted.“Pretty special to have all of my teammates there and be proud of me,” he said. “I just got to go there and represent the organization well and Ohio State.”In his first year with the program, all Laczynski has done is represent the program well. He currently leads the team in assists and points with 16 and 22, respectively. He has delivered game-winning goals in a shootout against Miami (OH) and in the third period against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.What Laczynski has done to this point is nothing short of remarkable, but it’s not shocking. To many on this OSU team, including senior captain forward Nick Schilkey, the work ethic and maturity had been present in Laczynski since the first day of practice and even before he stepped on the ice in Columbus.The freshman from Shorewood, Illinois, has been on the national hockey prospect radar for the better part of two years. But if it weren’t for one failed stint in the United States Hockey League, Laczynski said he wouldn’t be where he is today.In 2013-14, his first year of junior hockey, Laczynski was cut by the USHL’s Chicago Steel. While no one could deny his offensive skill set, the defensive side of the game is where Laczynski struggled the most. That summer, he said he tirelessly worked on getting bigger, faster and stronger with the puck. He soon reaped the rewards.Laczynski came back the following year and made the Chicago Steel, scoring 18 goals and 28 assists in 56 games, which earned him a spot in the USHL/NHL top prospects game. His season with the Steel came on the heels of a bronze medal with Team USA at the U-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, his first time overseas. The next season, Dan Muse took over the Chicago Steel program as head coach and quickly saw potential in Laczynski. He had a sit down with Laczynski to discuss his play on both ends of the ice, not just on offense. Laczynski said he took the discussion to heart and he then went on to have his best year in juniors and began receiving offers from several colleges, including OSU, as well as some looks from NHL organizations.“He could’ve gotten away with not pushing himself defensively and still been a top player in the league. But he wanted to improve himself,” Muse said. “Tanner is a guy that wants to be a top player. I know he doesn’t want to be a good player in college hockey, he wants to be a great one.”He finished the 2015-16 USHL season with 24 goals and 39 assists between Chicago and the Lincoln Stars, which earned him second-team All-USHL honors. Laczynski played in the World Junior A Challenge for Team USA in 2015, was once again invited to the USHL/NHL prospects game and participated in the 2016 USA National Junior Evaluation Camp. Laczynski skates against a Finnish defender in the 2016 USA evaluation camp. Credit: Courtesy of USA HockeyLaczynski will attempt to live one of his dreams of joining Team USA when training camp begins on Dec. 16 through Dec. 20. Two exhibition games will be played on Dec. 21 and Dec. 23 in Ontario, Canada. The World Junior championships take place from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5.Before he arrived on campus, Laczynski was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth round of the NHL draft in his second year of eligibility for the draft. He said he remembers waking up to the roar of his family watching the draft, followed by his mother, sister and brother running upstairs to hug him. Laczynski said that with a set route in place, the development process is more important to him than ever.“The real work started when I got drafted,” he said. “When I feel like I’m ready and they feel like I’m ready, it’ll be the right fit. But until then, I’m a Buckeye and I have to take care of business here.”Laczynski has certainly been accepted for his play that’s deserving of praise, but even in the summer before officially joining the program, his cell phone rang and on the other line was Schilkey talking about his excitement for Laczynski to join the program.Schilkey wanted to be the one to call the incoming freshman because he knew he would likely be playing on the same line as him come October. The two talked for 15 to 20 minutes. After he hung up, Schilkey said he knew Laczynski’s maturity level was above normal for a freshman.“The things he said about his prior team and that he wanted to win, he wanted to get to the finals — there were times where he didn’t know the whole team was on board,” Schilkey said. “I just knew that he was driven. He wanted to do well. He wanted the whole team to do well.”As a senior, Schilkey approached coach Rohlik on some occasions to tell him to put Laczynski on his line. The two lead the team in points and are a large reason why the Buckeyes are sitting in the top ten at the halfway break in the season.Muse said Laczynski’s plus-15 rating is the most telling stat of how far he has come as a player.“He’s stepped in and right off the bat he’s contributed to this team in positions where we needed him to fill those roles. He’s been the perfect fit,” Schilkey said. “The way he plays and the way he’s fit in, walking right into the lineup and contributing, it doesn’t seem like he’s this freshman phenom. He seems like a guy who belongs here.” read more

Player Watch How Kerry made a reborn Tommy Walsh the focal point

first_img Share379 Tweet Email2 Subscribe He was fouled for a first-half free that Sean O’Shea converted and was heavily involved in the move for two more scores in the opening period.AFL teams spend a great deal of time working on their hand-passing and Walsh’s fast hands were evident in the build-up to this score from O’Shea.   Source: TG4(Click here if you can’t view the clip above)He had 25 possessions in total and completed every one of his 13 passes from hand. His shooting is steadily improving and Walsh missed two of his six shots at the posts – sending one wide and another short (from an advanced mark).The advanced mark rule is made for a player like Walsh and the only downside for Kerry is that it won’t apply in this summer’s championship.Kerry look on course to reach their third league final in four years and Walsh’s form has been a huge factor in their winning run this spring.“He’s a big unit and he has good hands, no point having a lad with good hands and not playing him,” stated Keane after yesterday’s game.With David Clifford, Paul Geaney and James O’Donoghue still to come back into the fold, Keane will have some mouth-watering options available to him up front when everyone is fit.Kerry won their opening five games by an average of under three points, which will give them confidence knowing they’ve come out the right side of several tight games. And Tommy Walsh’s second powerful display in a week might just be the best part of it all.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Short URL 35,110 Views His fetch early in the second-half over Wylie was a thing of beauty, where he used his knee to extend his hang-time behind the full-back.Walsh scored four points, three from advanced marks and one fine effort from play off his left:Tommy Walsh swings it over the bar for @Kerry_Official— The GAA (@officialgaa) March 3, 2019 Mar 4th 2019, 7:40 PM Player Watch: How Kerry made a reborn Tommy Walsh the focal point of their attack The former AFL player scored four points against Monaghan to continue his strong start to the season.center_img 51 Comments By Kevin O’Brien Monday 4 Mar 2019, 7:40 PM AFTER TAKING VICTORY for the fifth league game in succession, there are a host of positives for Kerry boss Peter Keane to glean at this stage of the season. Tommy Walsh ahead of their clash against Monaghan. Source: James Crombie/INPHOHe clearly has the winning touch, having now won his last 22 competitive games since 2015 as manager of the minors and seniors. A number young players have impressed on their set-up to the senior ranks, particularly Dara Moynihan, Gavin O’Brien and Tomás Ó Sé.Sean O’Shea is reaching new heights this season at centre-field, while Jack Sherwood has returned from the inter-county wilderness to shore up the full-back position. The most unexpected feature of the Keane-era so far has been Tommy Walsh’s stunning return to form. Former selector Mikey Sheehy admitted Kerry mishandled Walsh after he arrived back from Australia for the 2015 season. He departed the squad due to a lack of game-time following the 2016 league and that looked to be that.Despite his strong form for Kerins O’Rahillys in the Kerry championship last season, given the emergence of several talented youngsters it was thought the 31-year-old’s time in the green and gold was over. Not alone is Walsh looking back to his best athletically and free of injury, but he’s become the focal point of the Kingdom attack. The former Sydney Swans player has clearly been a positive influence on the young players around him, in the same sort of way Kieran Donaghy had been up to his retirement.Positioned at full-forward, Walsh contested the throw-in at the start of both halves – coming up with possession on both occasions.His technique under the hop-ball was also notable. Walsh won a free in an early tussle with Darren Hughes, placing his left arm under the shoulder of Hughes and using his strength to push the midfielder out of his way.Walsh collected the ball and was fouled for an easy free for O’Shea to convert.While he spent most of his time at the edge of the square, Walsh did drop out to midfield on occasion when Kerry needed an ‘out ball’ or an extra body behind the ball.However, he’s proving to be a formidable aerial threat upfront and as a result has become a key part of Kerry’s plan of attack. On a number of occasions the likes of Tom O’Sullivan and Moynihan picked out Walsh with long kick-passes inside.In total, the hosts targeted Walsh with 13 kick-passes inside the Monaghan half and he came up with the ball on all but four occasions – a 70%  success rate. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Grippe H1N1 le vaccin est bien responsable des cas de narcolepsie

first_imgGrippe H1N1 : le vaccin est bien responsable des cas de narcolepsieJeudi, des scientifiques finlandais ont annoncé avoir confirmé le lien entre le vaccin Pandemrix prescrit contre la grippe H1N1 et l’augmentation du nombre de cas de narcolepsie observée chez des enfants, notamment en Finlande.Cette fois-ci, il n’y a plus de doute : le vaccin Pandemrix augmente bien le risque de narcolepsie. Jeudi, des scientifiques finlandais ont en effet annoncé qu’ils étaient parvenus à démontrer le lien entre la vaste campagne de vaccination organisée lors de la pandémie de grippe H1N1 et la hausse de l’incidence de ce trouble du sommeil. Une conséquence que plusieurs pays parmi lesquels la Finlande et la Suède, avaient dénoncée dès l’été 2010.À lire aussiÉpidémie de rougeole : New York déclare l’état d’urgence sanitaire et rend la vaccination obligatoireEn août, ceux-ci avaient en effet tiré la sonnette d’alarme après avoir observé de nombreux cas, alors que cette maladie qui se caractérise par une somnolence excessive est normalement assez rare. De plus, les médecins avaient été troublés par l’âge de la survenue et la sévérité des symptômes, incitant donc les autorités sanitaires à enquêter sur ce lien potentiel. L’Institut finlandais de la santé et du bien-être (THL) révèle donc aujourd’hui dans un communiqué : “Les groupes de travail nationaux sur la narcolepsie confirment (…) que le vaccin Pandemrix distribué au cours de l’hiver 2009-2010 était bien un facteur de l’accroissement des cas de narcolepsie dans la population des 4-19 ans.” En effet, selon les observations, dans cette classe d’âge, les patients vaccinés étaient 12,7 fois plus sujets à la narcolepsie que ceux qui n’ont pas reçu l’injection. Toutefois, l’étude souligne que ces sujets ayant développé la maladie présentaient des prédispositions génétiques. En outre, les chercheurs finlandais ont relevé que le Pandemrix n’avait pas provoqué de narcolepsie chez les enfants en-dessous de 4 ans ni chez les jeunes au-delà de 19 ans, rapporte l’AFP. Une balance bénéfice/risque positive Alors que la pandémie de 2009-2010 a provoqué la mort de 44 personnes en Finlande, le THL précise, en accord avec l’Agence européenne des médicaments, que malgré des cas “très malencontreux” de narcolepsie, le Pandemrix est utile et nécessaire. “Selon nos données, nous estimons que le vaccin contre la grippe A(H1N1) a évité 40.000 infections durant la saison 2009-2010 et encore 40.000 lors de la saison 2010-2011”, précise ainsi le THL qui rappelle toutefois que le vaccin ne doit être utilisé chez les sujets de moins de 20 ans que “dans les cas où des vaccins contre la grippe saisonnière sont indisponibles et uniquement si l’individu risque de développer des complications.”Le 1 septembre 2011 à 19:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Team Geeks Favorite Games of 2017

first_img2017 has been a pretty phenomenal year in gaming. With the introduction of Nintendo’s Switch, it certainly seems companies are playing to the strengths of the platform and making sure their properties look as wonderful and perform similarly (if not better) to the others we have been loyal to over the years. This year we’ve seen games that have advanced the industry and pushed developers to go further in 2018.  Here are a few of Geek’s favorites from the past twelve months.Animal Crossing Pocket CampSubmitted by Betty Felon As a longtime fan of the Animal Crossing franchise, I’ve been enjoying Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, the latest mobile installment of the game. Pocket Camp is a minimized version of the game that includes fishing, bug-catching, and running errands for your campers, without the stress of being the town mayor. Since I don’t really have the time to regularly play video games nowadays, Pocket Camp is the perfect slice-of-life mobile game that’s both cute and relaxing to play.Persona 5 Submitted by Tony PolancoJRPGs are great and all, but the genre has grown stale as of late. Thank goodness Persona 5 landed this year to invigorate the world of turn-based RPGs. Persona 5 takes everything that worked in the previous installment and improves on it in every way. Bigger, more dynamic dungeons. A rollercoaster ride of a story with plenty of twists and turns. And of course, an attention grabbing presentation that assaults eyes and ears with pure artistry. My only regret is not having enough time to replay Persona 5. It’s just so damn good!Gorogoa Submitted by K. Thor JensenPlenty of games are beautiful. Plenty of games are innovative. Plenty of games are meaningful. But it’s rare that one pulls off the hat trick like Gorogoa. Developer Jason Roberts has been grinding away on his unique puzzle game since 2011, and it was certainly worth the time in the oven. It’s a short experience – two or three hours to get through the whole thing – but every part of the game is there for a reason. All killer, no filler makes this long-awaited release my top pick of 2017. Bendy and the Ink Machine Submitted by Insha Fitzpatrick Indie games have ruled my life. For the past year, I’ve grown my Steam account to disgusting levels, and Bendy and the Ink Machine rules my current gameplay. Game developers TheMeatly creates something so simple, yet creepily bizarre. I’m a super fan of old-school animation. TheMeatly puts you smack in the middle of the narrative revealing an intriguing plot with tons of hidden secrets within an abandoned studio. Bendy and the Ink Machine is the right kind of indie game. The look and feel are dipped in pure black ink and sepia. You learn more about characters that look like Betty Boop, Goofy, and Bimbo (who Bendy’s character is modeled after, fight me) and a horror game with jump scares that’s better than any horror movie that came out this year. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildSubmitted by Jordan MinorIn a fantastic first year for the new Nintendo Switch, launch title The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild stands out as not only the best game on the system, not only the best game of the year, but a new contender for one of the best games of all time. The gorgeous, lovingly crafted open-world and systems explode the idea of a Zelda game is supposed to be giving players the chance to explore and create their own thrilling, surprising, and personal adventures.NieR: AutomataSubmitted by Nick MangioneYoko Taro isn’t interested in making standard JRPGs or action games. He doesn’t let you play the savior. In NieR: Automata, it’s clear right away that not everything you’re doing is on the up and up. Some enemies don’t attack you at all. Others cry about how scared they are. Your partner insists they’re just making random sounds because robots don’t have feelings. At this point, you might think you know where the story is going. And for your first playthrough, the game is content to let you think you’re right. As you start to dig deeper, you see that it’s not about whether or not robots can be human. It’s about whether or not anyone or anything can be. It’s about whether anyone really knows how to be human and why we even try to begin with. There’s some great, thought-provoking sci-fi in here that’s worth putting in the work the game asks of you. It’s fun work too. Some people complained about the gameplay, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time with it. It combines bullet-hell shooter mechanics with a simplified (but deep if you choose to invest in it) character action combat system. And some of those enemy designs are seriously disturbing.Friday the 13th: The GameSubmitted by Keenan McClellandNot since playing Left 4 Dead have I had this much fun with a multiplayer horror title. When I heard IllFonic and Gun Media were developing a game based on the Friday the 13th franchise, I was beyond ecstatic and slapped some cash down on their Kickstarter! What struck me the most was how much of a labor of love the game was for themselves, as well as the fans. From the development videos, all the way up to its release. These devs shared everything with Friday fans because they knew it was up to them if this game took off or not. The game itself is a ton of fun, splitting counselors and a very cranky Jason Voorhees up on different Camp Crystal Lake maps. From here, it is up to the counselor to either work together (or not) and figure a way out before Jason claims his next victim in a “colorful” way. Leveling up different Jason’s and unlocking new kills is half the fun! Plus with constant updates to counselors including themed costumes, emotes and tapes; it’s never a slog being one. With Virtual Cabin 2.0 already out, I’ve seen a bit of what’s to come and all I gotta say is, I cannot wait to freeze some helpless teens head in liquid nitrogen and smash it to pieces in a galaxy far, far away… Yakuza 0 Submitted by Brittany VincentThe only reason I’m not writing about Persona 5 right now is because it was taken, because it was my favorite game of 2017. However, there was a close second in terms of what captured my attention and refused to let it go this year, and that game was Yakuza 0.  Yakuza 0 is a decadent and addictive combination of Japanese crime drama, dating sim, open-world title, and simulator. It deftly weaves all of these genres together to tell an engaging story that’ll grip you from the onset and make sure you don’t put the controller down until it’s shown you everything it has to offer. It’s an excellent beginning to the series, and a game that will likely ignite a lifelong love for the irreverent and always entertaining Yakuza series. And that’s a good thing, especially since there are still plenty more to come, at least for Western audiences. Plus, Kiryu is bae. Night in the WoodsSubmitted by Sheilah VillariNo game (for me) has quite nailed the desolation of growing up in a small town quite like Night in the Woods. I went to college in a small industrial mountain town and totally understand the dark and dreariness of the world we’re exploring here. We follow Mae who returns to her hometown after dropping out of school and all that comes with that. Isolation, depression, bleakness. But all is not as she left it in Possum Springs…there’s definitely something darker at work. The character designs are the perfect compliment to the story and backdrop. Like disturbingly adorable. The curse of the tiny town is alive and well and real in the world Infinite Fall has created. And if all else fails you can always just hang out with your childhood friends, play the bass, and hit up the Donut Wolf for fantastic yums!center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

WWE Smackdown Live Preview Styles to confront Bryan Trick or Street Fight

first_img Jamal Khashoggi Twitter Google+ Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced John Oliver Takes On The WWE WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia WWE Smackdown Live takes place tonight from Atlanta, Georgia.Scheduled for tonight’s show is a face off between WWE Champion AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan. This segment will end up being fairly significant tonight after it was reported earlier today that Bryan will not be traveling to Saudi Arabia for Crown Jewel. Bryan was scheduled to challenge Styles for the WWE Championship this Friday.Also announced is a Trick or Street Fight Match between Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Bar and The New Days, days before the tag title rematch at Crown Jewel.WWE also teased the latest involving Jeff Hardy/Randy Orton/Rey Mysterio/The Miz and Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch retaining at will have live Smackdown results tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 CT.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJohn Oliver Takes On The WWEVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next John Oliver WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebookcenter_img Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Videos Articles Videos Articles Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Jim Cornette will be color commentator for brand new NWA studio wrestling series last_img

Sabra issues voluntary recall for hummus product

first_imgSabra Dipping Company has issued a voluntary recall for some of their hummus products.The recall was issued due to possible listeria contamination.The FDA said affected products were manufactured before Nov. 8 at a plant where bacteria was discovered.No contaminated products have been found at this time, however, the company is asking customers to throw away any products with a “Best Before” date through Jan. 23, 2017.For more information, go to 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Historic Nashville House Of Blues Studios Acquired By Universal

first_img Historic Nashville House Of Blues Studios Acquired By Universal Other studios in UMG’s growing collection include London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios, Los Angeles’ Capitol Studios and Sydney, Australia’s Forbes Street Studios.Nashville’s Berry Hill recording complex has so much history that it even has Memphis music history — House of Blues had moved the facility’s Studio D to the location in 2009 from its previous existence as House of Blues Memphis. Here is looking forward to more history-making recordings ahead!Nile Rodgers Talks Abbey Road, Superstar Collabs At CoachellaRead more Historic and growing, the Berry Hill facility was under House of Blues since 2009Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Jan 8, 2019 – 3:15 pm Last week, reporting revealed that Universal Music Group bought the Nashville House of Blues recording studios in Berry Hill for $4.3 million in Nov. 2018. A neighboring structure was purchased at the same time to augment the complex of eight buildings and five recording studios on East Iris Drive. A world-class facility, Kesha recorded her GRAMMY-nominated Rainbow there, and Alison Krauss & Union Station recorded their Paper Airplane there too, winner of Best Bluegrass Album at the 54th GRAMMY Awards.”UMG has acquired the House of Blues Studios in Berry Hill with the intention to modernize the space, while remaining respectful of its legendary and iconic status in Nashville’s music scene,” a UMG spokesman told the Tennessean. “We will have more details to share about our exciting plans for the studio in the near future.”Originally known as East Iris Studio, House of Blues acquired it in 2009. GRAMMY-nominated albums recorded at the facility include Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell’s The Traveling Kind, Keb’ Mo’s The Reflection, Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour, and Robert Plant’s Band Of Joy. Twitter Facebook center_img Email #Throwback rehearsal of Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives with Booker T Jones!— HOB Studios (@hobstudios) October 17, 2017 News UMG Acquires Nashville House Of Blues Studios historic-nashville-house-blues-studios-acquired-universallast_img read more

Myanmar to provide aid to displaced Rohingya Muslims inside country

first_imgCamps will be set up to provide aid for displaced Muslims inside Rakhine state, state-backed media said Saturday, the first time in a 16-day crisis Myanmar’s government has offered any relief for Rohingya scattered by violence, many to Bangladesh.Around 270,000 Rohingya have fled since 25 August when militant attacks sent unrest churning through Rakhine, arriving in Bangladesh hungry and exhausted and squashing into already overcrowded refugee camps.Tens of thousands more are believed to be on the move inside Rakhine, fleeing burning villages, the army and ethnic Rakhine mobs — who Rohingya refugees accuse of attacking civilians — only to become stranded in hills without food, water, shelter or medical care.Bangladesh has urged Myanmar to stem the exodus by providing for the displaced inside the country and provide ‘safe zones’ for the Rohingya.Around 27,000 Buddhists and Hindus have also been displaced following attacks by Rohingya “militants” and are receiving government help in monasteries and schools.But the Rohingya, a stateless group refused citizenship by Myanmar, have been left to fend for themselves in what rights groups allege is a part of systematic campaign to force them out of the country.Two weeks after violence scorched through the country, the government has said it will establish three camps in north, south and central Maungdaw — the epicentre of the violence and a Rohingya majority area.”Displaced people who are currently spread out will be able to receive humanitarian aid and medical care” distributed by local Red Cross workers, the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on Saturday.The report did not refer directly to the Rohingya but mentioned village clusters where the minority lived until the unrest.Branded ‘Bengalis’ — shorthand for illegal immigrants from Bangladesh — the Rohingya have long been subjected to discrimination in mostly Buddhist Myanmar.More than 350,000 have fled since October when a new Rohingya “militant” group launched attacks on police posts.That represents around a third of the estimated total of Rohingya in Myanmar.Around 120,000 have languished in basic displaced camps following religious violence in 2012, while the rest are subject to suffocating restrictions on their movement and rights to work.Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, on Friday said over a thousand people may have been killed in the subsequent army crackdown, the majority likely to be Rohingya Muslims.In an interview with AFP, she said Myanmar’s star politician Aung San Suu Kyi, a fearless democracy campaigner under the former junta, had failed to use her moral authority to defend the Rohingya.”I think we need to delete our memories of the imprisoned democratic icon,” Lee said, explaining that Suu Kyi was now a politician not a rights defender.The Nobel Peace Prize winner has been condemned for her refusal to bend to pressure and speak out for the Rohingya including by Suu fellow Nobel laureates Malala Yousafzai and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.last_img read more

BNP asks govt to withdraw gas price hike decision

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Sunday warned the government that the consequences will be dire if it does not rescind its gas-price hike decision, reports UNB.”It’s an anti-people government which lacks the mandate of people. I would like to say still there’s time to accept people’s demand (of revoking gas price hike move),” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, he further said, “The consequences will be dire if good sense doesn’t prevail upon the government.”The BNP leader also said people’s movement will spread in the form of wildfire someday to force the government to quit.Rizvi criticised road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader for urging people to accept the gas-price hike decision. “People have to accept if you hold a unilateral election at midnight and rig votes through EVM. People will also have to accept if you raise the tariffs of gas and power. But who’re you?”He also said there is no difference between the attitude of the government and the robbers as it is ‘snatching’ people’s rights, money and ‘grabbing’ their wealth.The BNP leader said their party extended support to the left parties’ half-day general strike as it was enforced in the interest of people. “BNP will support any programmes to be announced for protecting people’s interests.'”He alleged that the government has intensified its repressive acts further by using the law enforcers to cling to power. “The government has been on a spree of filing false cases as there’s no good governance, the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary.”Rizvi strongly condemned the arrest of their party’s some leaders on Friday and Saturday from in front of their Naya Paltan central office.He demanded the government immediately release the arrested party leaders and withdraw the ‘false’ cases filed against them.last_img read more

Religion or remembrance Supreme Court to mull crossshaped war memorial

first_img Catholicism Share This! TagsAmerican Humanist Association American Legion Bladensburg Cross church-state church-state separation homepage featured Maryland Peace Cross Supreme Court Top Story,You may also like Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Steven Lowe opposes the Peace Cross. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts News • Photos of the Week Share This! Share This! By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News At sex abuse summit, Catholic bishops tangle with details Some say the “passive” monument, dedicated in 1925, is not coercing anyone to believe in Christianity. Others say it inappropriately links American patriotism to one faith despite the religious diversity of the country.“I think it’s wrong to have government favoring or representing itself as any one religion,” said Lowe, a plaintiff in the case and a Methodist-turned-humanist who lives less than four miles from the cross.But LaQuay, whose mother was one of the Gold Star Mothers who pushed for the monument, says she can’t imagine the cross not staying where it is, as it is.“It would be a sacrilege to do anything to it, to move it, to change it, to do anything,” said LaQuay, who still lives nearby. She said she thinks of her uncle when she passes by the memorial. “That to me is where my uncle is buried even though his body is not there. His spirit is there with all these other men.”RELATED: ‘Peace Cross’ is unconstitutional, court rulesThough the case is the latest touching on religion to reach the high court, the upcoming arguments hearken back to previous legal wrangling over Ten Commandments displays that proliferated across the country decades ago, according to Howard Friedman, founder of the Religion Clause blog.The Peace Cross plaque in Bladensburg, Md., features the names of soldiers who died during World War I. RNS photo by Adelle M. BanksIn those cases, as in this one, supporters of the displays argued that they were “passive,” while opponents said they violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. In 2005, the court issued split decisions on two Ten Commandments cases, leaving the way unclear for the Bladensburg case.Particularly vexing will be the remedy if the cross is found to be a breach of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. “There was some suggestion — why don’t you just knock the two arms off the cross?” said Friedman, an emeritus law professor at the University of Toledo. “That doesn’t sound like much of a remedy to me but maybe it is. Could it be transferred to private property? Do you have to knock it down?”Lowe advocates cutting off the cross’ arms to “turn it into a pillar,” though he admits that option is “rather drastic.” He also suggested that it could be moved to private property or removed altogether.Jeremy Dys, a lawyer representing the American Legion, said he is concerned that if the Supreme Court declares the Peace Cross unconstitutional it could lead to calls for the removal of other monuments featuring crosses.“If the 4th Circuit decision is allowed to stand, it puts at jeopardy memorials just like it all over the country,” said Dys, deputy general counsel of First Liberty Institute, which is working with Jones Day lawyers on the case. “And it’s going to start not only with a bulldozer at Bladensburg, but that’s going to roll across the river there to Arlington National Cemetery.” By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Mary Ann LaQuay’s uncle died while serving in World War I, and his name is on the Peace Cross plaque. Video screenshot via Renee Green Jeremy Dys, deputy general counsel of First Liberty Institute. Photo courtesy of First Liberty Institute Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,BLADENSBURG, Md. — To Steven Lowe, who drives past it routinely, the nearly century-old, 40-foot concrete structure in the middle of a traffic circle plainly is a Christian cross, a religious symbol the American Humanist Association argues doesn’t belong on government property.To Mary Ann LaQuay, the “Peace Cross” that bears the name of her late uncle, Thomas N. Fenwick, and 48 other men who died in World War I, is “not a symbol for religion. It’s a symbol for remembrance.”Soon the Supreme Court will decide who is right.Erected just outside Washington, D.C., by the American Legion more than 90 years ago, the cross — also known as the “Bladensburg Cross” — is the center of a lawsuit the association filed in 2012, arguing the cross’ location is unconstitutional.Three years later, a district court ruled against the humanists, saying ownership of the cross by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, which acquired it when it took over the traffic circle in 1961, is appropriate because it maintains the highway median.But the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the lower court’s decision in 2017, ruling that the monument had “the primary effect of endorsing religion and excessively entangles the government in religion.”On Wednesday (Feb. 27), the case will be heard by the Supreme Court. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Monica Miller. Courtesy photo Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Load Comments,The ‘Splainer: What’s the United Methodist special session all about? By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw The military cemetery includes two World War I memorials, the Argonne Cross and the Canadian Cross of Sacrifice. The acting solicitor general of the United States will be one of the lawyers arguing in favor of the cross’s constitutionality during the 70 minutes allotted for the court’s consideration.Monica Miller, who will argue for the American Humanist Association, said a ruling for the Bladensburg Cross would not doom other cross-shaped monuments.“The Supreme Court has been very clear that when it evaluates religious displays it does so in the context of that one display,” she said. “For instance, when it strikes down a Ten Commandments like it did in the McCreary County (Ky.) case, it didn’t say all Ten Commandments have to come down.”Miller, the AHA’s senior counsel, pointed to California cases involving crosses on Mount Soledad and in the Mojave National Preserve, in which the land underneath the memorials was transferred to private ownership.She said that, of all the cases where memorial crosses were found to be unconstitutional, she could only confirm that one — a 35-year-old, 37-foot cross at an Army barracks in Hawaii — was dismantled.The 40-foot Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Md., was dedicated in 1925 as a World War I memorial. RNS photo by Adelle M. BanksThe Maryland commission that maintains the Bladensburg Cross called the memorial “a centerpiece of one county’s civic life” and asked in its brief that the high court overturn the “gravely incorrect decision” by the appellate court.Religious groups, filing among the dozens of amicus, or friend-of-the-court, briefs, have asked the court for clarity on interpreting the long-debated Establishment Clause and have argued for and against the appropriateness of the cross on government land.“Maintaining a nearly century-old war memorial at a busy intersection is hardly an official declaration in law that Christianity is the government’s preferred religion,” wrote a coalition including the National Association of Evangelicals and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.But the Anti-Defamation League and Americans United for Separation of Church and State maintain that government displays of crosses at veterans’ memorials “is deeply hurtful and exclusionary to the countless non-Christians who have died in service to our Nation.”The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty argued that erecting additional “government crosses” would be “religiously divisive” and added, “If the Bladensburg Cross is allowed to remain, the sole reason should be that it is grandfathered.”Howard Friedman participates in a panel at the Religion News Association conference on Sept. 15, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. RNS photo by Kit DoyleThe Utah Highway Patrol Association, which has had to remove some of its memorial crosses from state land, argued in its brief for maintaining the long tradition of using crosses to note sacrifice and tragedy: “If anything, it would be an establishment of irreligion to exclude their use.”Friedman, the legal analyst for Religion Clause, said a decision declaring the cross unconstitutional could prompt pressure to take down others, while a ruling saying it is constitutional could lead to campaigns to put up more of them.“The problem is that, whichever way it comes out,” he said, “you’ve got groups that are going to be pushing the envelope.” Adelle M. Banks AMBankstwlast_img read more

As religious freedom summit ends State Department announces new alliance sanctions

first_img Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,WASHINGTON (RNS) — Trump administration officials announced a new alliance with U.S. partners focused on religious freedom and new sanctions against foreign military officials supporting countries the U.S. considers to be instigators of religious persecution.The developments Thursday (July 18) were among the highlights of the last day of the State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. Foreign ministers also took turns stating ways their nations are working to affirm religious liberty. That followed two days of meetings where survivors shared their stories of persecution and some of the almost 900 religious leaders and activists in attendance made plans to foster interfaith understanding.Before a gathering of representatives of 106 countries, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced plans to create the International Religious Freedom Alliance.“We hope that this new vehicle — the first-ever international body devoted to this specific topic – will build on efforts to date and bring like-minded countries together to confront challenges of international religious freedom,” he said. “It will provide a space for the work that we do here to flourish throughout the year.”RELATED: Religious freedom summit opens with stories of religious violence and resilienceVice President Mike Pence addresses delegates at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on July 18, 2019. Photo by Ralph Alswang/ State Department/Public DomainVice President Mike Pence, speaking later in the day, announced that the U.S. had placed sanctions on two leaders of Iranian-backed militias, groups he said have “terrorized the people of the Nineveh Plain,” a region of northern Iraq where religious minorities, including Christians and Yazidis, are persecuted.“The United States stands with all victims of religious persecution and the American people have them in our hearts — and in our prayers,” said Pence.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, participates in a pull- aside meeting with survivors of religious persecution during the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on July 18, 2019. Photo by Michael Gross/State Department/Public DomainEarlier in the week, the administration placed designations on several military officials in Myanmar, preventing them from entering the United States due to what the State Department said was their involvement in the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority with some 700,000 members who have been forced into refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh.President Trump also met with a couple dozen survivors of religious violence in the Oval Office on Wednesday.Over the course of the three days, speakers hailed religious freedom victories that had occurred since the first ministerial a year ago. That included the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson, an American evangelical detained in Turkey for two years.During a Thursday luncheon for heads of delegations, he prayed for those gathered, saying, “I bless you in the name of my king, Jesus Christ.”RELATED: Brunson at religious freedom summit: ‘It’s wonderful that I can be here in person’Earlier in the week, summit attendees heard the story of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who was acquitted of blasphemy.Many of the survivors of religious violence who spoke at the summit reminded attendees of those who remain persecuted for their faith across the world.“I want you all to know that there are 200 more Asia Bibis in jail accused of the blasphemy law in Pakistan today,” said Shaan Taseer, the son of a Pakistani governor who was killed for supporting Bibi and for urging eradication of  Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. “And these are only the reported cases.”Ambassador-at-Large Sam Brownback addresses the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C., on July 18, 2019. Photo by Ralph Alswang/State Department/Public DomainTaseer, who lives in Canada, asked Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, sitting in the front row during Taseer’s remarks, to bring up the plight of those jailed for blasphemy during the upcoming White House visit of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.“We’ll take your message on up for the meeting with the president and prime minister this weekend,” Brownback assured Taseer.Critics have questioned whether the first ministerial, which issued a declaration and a plan of action addressing religious freedom, had accomplished much.Mark Weitzman, director of government affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said the second ministerial “was very substantive.”He pointed particularly to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joining with former U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, the architect of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act, in condemning China’s actions against numerous religious groups, including Catholics, Tibetan Buddhists and Uighur Muslims.Attendees at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on July 18, 2019. Photo by Ralph Alswang/State Department/Public Domain“Unless we are willing to speak out against human rights and violations of religious freedom in China, we lose all moral authority to talk about it any other place in the world,” Pelosi said as she sat onstage with Wolf at a summit session.Numerous speakers, from scholars to envoys of religious freedom to clergy, called for making legislative changes toward greater religious liberty. They also called for increased interfaith education and personal relationships across divides of faith.“What purpose is served by human forays into outer space if we’re still incapable of understanding our fellow global citizens, our neighbors and even ourselves here on earth?” asked Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah, president of the Abu Dhabi-based Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies. His remarks, spoken in Arabic, were translated by Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, co-founder of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, Calif.Texas evangelical minister Bob Roberts, who took part in a Wednesday panel discussion with Rabbi David Saperstein, former U.S. international religious freedom ambassador, and Imam Mohamed Magid, a former president of the Islamic Society of North America, suggested ways Christians, Jews and Muslims could get to know each other in their local communities. He advocated for visiting each other’s houses of worship and dining in each other’s homes and later said summit participants seemed to be interested in replicating the ideas.Imam Mohamed Magid, left, Rabbi David Saperstein and minister Bob Roberts participate in a panel discussion on Different Faiths Advancing Religious Freedom Together at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on July 17, 2019. State Department photo/ Public Domain“I’ve got a pocket full of cards,” he said in an interview, later that day, of the business cards he received just after he spoke from people from countries like India, Malaysia and Indonesia. “Declarations are nice. Laws are necessary. But without grassroots, it means nothing at all.”Several follow-up events focused on religious freedom were announced during the ministerial.Callista Gingrich, U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, announced at a Wednesday reception that, as a result of the ministerial, there would be a joint symposium in Rome on Oct. 2 on the role of faith-based groups in protecting religious freedom, providing humanitarian aid and combating human trafficking.Pompeo said Albania, Colombia and Morocco are also planning to host regional conferences soon. News News • Photos of the Week Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 By: Adelle M. 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Wayne Currys Legacy Lives On

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comWhen driving down Rt. 202 in Largo the echoes of former Prince George’s County Executive Wayne K. Curry linger.  Whether from FedEx Field that he refused to let the citizens of the County pay for, or the building which bears his name and is where the day to day operations for County residents take place, his legacy endures.Five years since Curry passed away and almost two decades since he last served in office, he still remains the most transformative leader in the history of Prince George’s County.  Had it not been for his leadership the County may not have become the utopia for affluent African Americans and still only thought of as a pitstop between Baltimore and D.C.The County is keeping the legacy of former Prince George’s County Executive Wayne K. Curry, who died five years ago on July 2. (AFRO File Photo)Curry was a real estate and corporate lawyer, before serving two terms as County Executive. He has been chronicled as the first leader of a major city or county in the nation to go from majority White to majority Black with income and education levels rising instead of falling. Curry also was a believer of Black affluence and is remembered for believing economic power would level the playing field and worked to ensure that black county residents benefited from government contracting. He fought to gain respect for Prince George’s County, during a time when it was an afterthought around the state.  Parcels of land that were once undeveloped are now homes to massive subdivisions with hundreds of strip malls and entertainment establishments surrounding them. Today, the County has a median income of $80,000 and redevelopment is at an all time high.  However, he never lost touch with the cultural dynamics of the County and had the ability to communicate with those in the state capitol or in the community.  His former campaign manager Greg Wells once told The Washington Post he was “bilingual” where he could speak “lawyer talk” among Chamber of Commerce members and “street talk” among his constituents, who crossed race and social classes.“It’s been five years since my friend and mentor, former Prince George’s County Executive Wayne K. Curry, the first African American to serve in that office, passed away,” Congressman Anthony Brown tweeted earlier this week. “Wayne was a giant in the county who constantly championed Prince George’s, and we are stronger for it.”It could be argued that Curry was the most significant Black politician in the history of southern Maryland.  Since Curry was elected in 1994, Blacks have controlled the County Executive office and the incumbent has been re-elected twice, which has corresponded with the area’s gentrification and re-branding of its reputation.  Its has also seen its first African American woman elected as County Executive and several lead local municipalities around the region. Curry brought credibility to the County by bargaining from a position of economic strength but he was also on the cutting edge of Civil Rights. His political leadership and successful business acumen open the doors for the next generation of entrepreneurs and public servants.“Blessed and grateful am I for the invaluable, extraordinary and amazing journey that I experienced because of Wayne’s mentorship,” said County Council member At-Large Calvin Hawkins via twitter. Under Curry’s leadership Prince George’s County transformed from a predominantly White, blue-collar farming area to the perfect chocolate suburb adjacent to Chocolate City.last_img read more

South Korea To Scrap Military IntelligenceSha

first_img HOW Hwee Young South Korea To Scrap Military Intelligence-Sharing… by NPR News Sasha Ingber, Anthony Kuhn 8.22.19 12:43pm Updated at 11:35 a.m. ETSouth Korea plans to terminate a military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan, prompting concerns about security cooperation between Seoul, Tokyo and Washington as North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats loom over the Korean Peninsula.It’s the latest breakdown between Seoul and Tokyo: Earlier this month, Japan removed South Korea from its “whitelist” of favored trade partners, prompting a retaliation in kind.The Blue House, South Korea’s presidential residence in Seoul, announced Thursday that it will end the General Security of Military Information Agreement — a pact pushed by the Obama administration and signed in 2016 as a way for the two countries to exchange valuable information on potential threats posed by North Korea, China and Russia.”The government of the Republic of Korea decided that maintaining this Agreement, which was signed to facilitate the exchange of sensitive military information, does not serve our national interest,” Kim You-geun, deputy director of the country’s National Security Office, said in a statement.Seoul’s decision was made public before a Saturday deadline that would have automatically renewed the agreement for another year. South Korea appeared to be preparing for an extension, but that changed after Japan abruptly dropped the country from its list of preferred trade partners.On Thursday, Kim blamed Tokyo for altering their relationship through the downgrade, providing “no concrete evidence” for the decision. Japan has also imposed export controls on products that are essential to South Korea’s booming technology industry.Tokyo said the move was made on national security grounds. But the two countries’ disputes also trace back to Japan’s colonial occupation of Korea between 1910 and 1945. A South Korean Supreme Court ruling last year allowed Korean victims of forced labor during World War II to seek compensation from Japanese firms. South Korea also shut down a Japanese-funded foundation that supported Korean comfort women who were forced into sexual slavery during the war. Both actions incensed the Japanese government.Japan’s downgrading of trade ties with South Korea escalated tensions between the countries and triggered protests outside the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed that “we will never again lose to Japan.” And the prospect of pulling out of the military intelligence-sharing agreement began.According to South Korea’s Joongang Daily newspaper, Seoul and Tokyo have communicated about military intelligence matters at least seven times this year. That includes exchanges on the North’s recent spate of short-range missile tests, even after Tokyo’s decision to downgrade its trade relationship with Seoul.Last month, Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Tokyo would prefer to continue sharing intelligence, especially on North Korea. On Thursday, Taro said Seoul’s decision “completely misreads the security situation in Northeast Asia,” according to the Kyodo news agency.South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told reporters on Thursday that the decision amounted to a “trust issue.” She said Seoul is preparing to explain the decision to both Japan and Washington — and that the decision is “a separate issue from the South Korea-U.S. alliance.”Washington has long sought to build accord between Seoul and Tokyo as another mechanism to confront North Korea and a burgeoning China.Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn told NPR that the Department of Defense encourages Japan and South Korea to work together to resolve their differences, and he said he hoped it could be done “quickly.””We are all stronger — and Northeast Asia is safer — when the United States, Japan, and Korea work together in solidarity and friendship,” Eastburn said. “Intel sharing is key to developing our common defense policy and strategy.”Both Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and special envoy on North Korea Steve Biegun have reportedly nudged America’s allies to patch up their differences. But critics accuse Washington of letting the bad blood boil between Tokyo and Seoul for too long before intervening.Foreign policy experts also note that the U.S. faces a challenge in countering the deep veins of nationalism that both Moon and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have mined for their own political gains.Whether or not there is an immediate response from North Korea, China or Russia, those countries are likely pleased with the growing rift inside the U.S. web of alliances.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

Colin Tua Tagovailoa is a lefthanded Russell Wilson

first_imgIt only took the second-half and overtime for Tua Tagovailoa to go from backup to Alabama legend. After an incredible 3 touchdown performance in relief of starter Jalen Hurts, including the game-winning, 41-yard TD walk-off TD strike to win the title, Colin is convinced Bama has a superstar in Tagovailoa, and a clear path to National Championships for the next several years.Colin was so impressed with Tua’s combination of escapability and arm talent, today he called him a, “left handed Russell Wilson.” The similarities also extend to Tua’s personality and dedication to religion. It’s a lofty comparison for a true Freshman, but Colin saw enough last night to feel comfortable making it. Sometimes superstars are unmistakable and jump off the screen.Watch Colin explain why he thinks Tua deserves the Russell Wilson comp:“That is a left-handed Russell Wilson.” — @ColinCowherd on Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 9, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

Kanchanaburi to Hua Hin by train with a bonus stop at the

first_imgSAWASDEE: Kanchanaburi is west of Bangkok on the Nam Tok railway line, separate from the main north and south lines. This…Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… River Kwai Bridge Week and Kanchanaburi Red Cross Fair 2017IGLTA appoints first Asia-based board memberLet Hawaii Happen – A Surprise LGBT Wedding videolast_img