IOM Hails Moroccos Humanitarian Treatment of Immigration Issue

Rabat – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday hailed Morocco’s the humanitarian treatment of the issue of immigration.During his meeting with Government Chief Abdelilah Benkirane, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing hailed the initiatives taken by Morocco, under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, in the humanitarian treatment of the issue of immigration through the regularization of hundreds of immigrants and the wise policy pursued by Morocco in this field, based on openness and human values, according to a statement of the Government Chief’s department.William Lacy Swing also expressed IOM readiness to grant all forms of support to Morocco in the field of migration, particularly at the technical level, IOM boasting 65 years of experience and mobilizing more 500 points worldwide.For his part, Benkirane highlighted Morocco’s commitment to the human values of tolerance and assistance, recalling the considerable efforts made by the Kingdom, alongside its partners, to support and accompany development efforts on the African continent and meet the economic and social conditions for stability in the source countries of migrants. read more

Tunisia kicks off presidential campaign amid tensions

TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia’s 26 presidential candidates have launched their campaigns in a political climate marked by uncertainty, money laundering allegations and worries about violent extremism.There is no clear front-runner as campaigning began Monday for the Sept. 15 first-round vote to replace Tunisia’s first democratically elected president, who died in office in July.Candidates held rallies Monday in Tunis and in poorer provinces to present their platforms.One prominent candidate is in jail facing accusations of money laundering and tax evasion.Tunisia’s provisional leader after its 2011 Arab Spring uprising, former activist Moncef Marzouki, is also running. He lamented to The Associated Press that candidates are “fighting each other with methods unworthy of democracy.”The campaign kickoff came the same day that four people were killed in clashes near the Algerian border.The Associated Press read more

UN peacekeepers set up buffer zone in DR Congo to facilitate relief

The UN Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) is establishing the temporary buffer zone in the area of Kanyabayonga, in North Kivu. Tens of thousands of civilians fled fighting there before tensions reportedly eased earlier this week.The clashes between government troops and mutinous elements of the DRC Army’s 8th Military Region forced the evacuation of entire villages near Kanyabayonga.The 10-kilometre buffer area aims to keep regular soldiers separated from the breakaway unit, facilitating an end to fighting and allowing aid to reach displaced civilians. MONUC says any attempt at crossing the buffer zone will be repulsed immediately.

Church of England launches Instagram guide for parishes as they try to

Figures released last October showed that the Church of England reached more people on social media than in traditional services. Around 1.1m attend services at least once a month, while the church estimates 1.2m people are “reached” every month via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Responding to the figures, Sam Donoghue, head of children and youth ministry support in the Diocese of London, said the diocese had invested £3m in trying to attract young people to church, and some churches had started Instagram accounts to this end.  The digital advisers said churches who were doing Instagram right include St Benet Fink church in Tottenham, which has posted photographs of sun streaming through the windows as mass is celebrated, as well as its post-service canapes. St Mary’s Walthamstow, which posts a mixture of aesthetically pleasing images of the church and inspirational quotes from biblical and religious leaders, was also lauded.  The church has offered up tips including avoiding blurred or pixelated photos, including questions in captions “to encourage conversation” and adding location tags to make photos easier to find. Insta-churches are encouraged to use 11 hashtags on their posts, apparently the ideal number for engagement.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Instagram is best known for playing host to Love Island contestants, polished young “influencers” and healthy eating bloggers. But the social network could soon be flooded with arty pictures of pews and altars as the Church of England encourages its parishes to sign up in order to woo younger worshippers. It has launched an “introduction to Instagram” aimed at helping confused clergy who are finding it “hard to keep up with the latest digital trends and the platforms being used by young people”. The Church’s digital team has spent a year training churches in how to use social media “strategically” for “evangelism and discipleship”, and says it will have trained 1,000 parishes by Christmas. Its advice is that “every church needs a Facebook page” but that the choice between Instagram and Twitter “depends on your audience, and where they are more likely to be.”In particular Instagram is “a great place to show the personality of your church, who attends and what kind of events and services you offer.”  read more

US Border Patrol agent arrested in 4 deaths described as serial

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related3 kids survive slaying of 8 family members in OhioApril 23, 2016In “Crime”Two male sex workers robbed by 4 armed bandits – PoliceDecember 13, 2017In “Crime”Guyanese among three facing illegal entry charges in USSeptember 5, 2013In “Crime” (CNN) – A supervisory US Border Patrol agent who authorities are calling a serial killer was arrested Saturday in the deaths of four people after a would-be fifth victim narrowly escaped harm and alerted a police officer.Juan David Ortiz, 35, confessed to killing four people between September 3 and September 15, according to a criminal complaint filed in Webb County, Texas. Ortiz was charged with four murder charges and one unlawful restraint with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to Webb County District Attorney Isidro R. “Chilo” Alaniz.The bodies of four victims were found over the past two weeks, sheriff’s spokesman Eduardo Chapa told CNN. Chapa said investigators are not ruling out the possibility of more victims. An affidavit originally described the victims as three women and one man but the sheriff’s office later said that the victim identified as male was a transgender woman.The victims were shot in the head, according to the affidavit. All of the victims worked as prostitutes, authorities told CNN.“He was profiling certain kinds of victims,” Alaniz said, adding “the suspect was hunting for his victims.” The prosecutor says he feels comfortable describing Ortiz as a serial killer.It was not immediately known whether Ortiz has an attorney.Andrew Meehan, a US Customs and Border Protection spokesperson, said in a statement to CNN that the agency is fully cooperating with investigators.“While it is CBP policy to not comment on the details of an ongoing investigation, criminal action by our employees is not, and will not be tolerated,” his statement read. “Out of respect for the victims’ family and friends, we ask that deference and due process be given to the investigation so that all the facts are brought to light and they can receive the closure they deserve.”Woman able to escape, call policeThe case broke Friday after a woman narrowly escaped Ortiz’s grasp, the criminal affidavit shows.The woman was in a truck with a man named “David” and the two started talking about one of the prostitutes who had gone missing a week earlier. The man then pulled out a pistol and pointed it at her, and when she tried to flee, he grabbed her shirt to prevent her from leaving the vehicle, the affidavit states.She pulled off her shirt and ran to a nearby gas station, where she found a state trooper. The victim was able to provide a detailed description of Ortiz, including his tattoos, Alaniz said.Authorities found Ortiz at a gas station in Laredo, about 160 miles southwest of San Antonio. He fled the scene on foot and ran to a Ramada Inn, where he was found hiding in the bed of a pickup truck, Alaniz said.Ortiz was read his Miranda Rights and then verbally confessed to killing four people over the last two weeks, the affidavit states. Two of the four killings took place in the hours after the woman was able to escape but before police tracked him down, according to the affidavit.“We have very strong evidence that he is the person who has been killing,” Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said at a news conference posted on CNN affiliate KGNS’s Facebook page.Ortiz, Cuellar said, spent 10 years as an agent with the US Border Patrol. He also is a US Navy veteran, Alaniz said.Cuellar passed his condolences to the families of the four victims. He said his department, along with other state and federal agencies, had been “working diligently on this case.” read more

Good trials for biomethane heavy goods vehicle

first_imgCeram, the international materials technology company, was chosen by Cenex to analyse the fuel integrity of Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) biomethane vehicle trial. Driven by a desire to produce a step change reduction in fleet carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, CCE contracted Cenex to evaluate and compare the emissions, fuel consumption, economics, reliability and operability of a 26 t Iveco Stralis gas vehicle with that of a diesel Stralis vehicle. The trial vehicles – one operating solely on biomethane gas, and one diesel powered – were highly comparable. Both were new registrations at trial commencement and met Enhanced Environmentally friendly Vehicle emission standards.The vehicles’ performance was evaluated through a collaborative assessment project, which included Cenex, the UK’s centre of excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies, Iveco, the truck manufacturer and Gasrec, the fuel supplier.Ceram has extensive experience in evaluating biogas for use as biomethane, and was therefore chosen to analyse the quality of the fuel and integrity of the gas supply chain. The analysis confirmed a high methane content and low levels of contamination throughout the fuel supply chain; the fuel exceeded the quality levels required by the vehicle manufacturer. Stuart Watson, Ceram’s Organic Chemistry Delivery Supervisor, commented: “CCE are re-using waste and reducing their carbon footprint. Through anaerobic digestion, waste products have been transformed into biomethane which is used as a fuel for their vehicles. By taking an innovative approach, CCE have demonstrated the potential of biomethane as a vehicle fuel for other industries. We are pleased our analysis has helped them to do this.”Ceram is an independent, international materials technology company that focuses on innovation, sustainability and quality assurance of materials. Headquartered in Staffordshire, UK, and with approved laboratories around the world, Ceram solves product and process challenges across a range of materials to help clients improve performance, comply with regulations and develop their sustainability performance in order to gain a competitive advantage and increase profitability.last_img read more

Tacoma student files claim after alleged threat from teacher

first_imgTACOMA — A 17-year-old student who allegedly was threatened by a Washington teacher has filed a $500,000 claim for damages against the school district in connection with the confrontation that was captured on video.The News Tribune reports the cellphone footage appears to show Mount Tahoma High School history teacher Mike Andersen at one point telling the student: “You’re lucky that I got a job because I will put you down right there, six feet under.”The student’s claim against the Tacoma School District alleges the teacher had been reprimanded before for threatening students.Tacoma School District spokesman Dan Voelpel says Andersen is on unpaid leave, pending the conclusion of the district’s investigation of the incident. Voelpel says the district will wait until the end of the investigation to comment further.last_img read more

Lovren expects a perfect Liverpool season

first_imgThe Reds footballer believes his team can have a perfect English Premier League season and lift the trophy in the summerLiverpool is currently sitting in the top of the English Premier League table with 54 points.The team has won 17 matches, drawing three times and has yet to lose a single game.They are the only EPL club which has remained undefeated.And for Reds footballer Dejan Lovren, his team can do what it takes to have a perfect season.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It’s not only December, I would say, it’s all the period we have played well,” he told the club’s official website.“Even sometimes when we didn’t play well, [like] against Everton, we had the luck, we had the belief and it came back to us again.”“The key, like I have said many times, is the defensive moments when we don’t have the ball and everyone is working so hard, up front especially,” he explained.“They are the first defenders and we are the last defenders. That’s the key for us.”last_img read more

MythBusters The Explosive Exhibition open at the Fleet Science Center

first_imgMythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition open at the Fleet Science Center 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 SettingsDoes toast always land butter-side down? Can you really pull a tablecloth off of a fully set table without disturbing a dish?In MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition, visitors learn about myths, the MythBusters themselves and what experimenting is all about by participating in a series of fun, hands-on experiences and live demonstrations.Experiments cover topics such as flight, friction, gravity, speed and combustion. MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition opens February 24 through September 3, 2018. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: February 25, 2018 Dave Scott, February 25, 2018 Dave Scott last_img read more

Dave Scotts weather forecast live from the Oscars at the Ranch

first_img Dave Scott Categories: Local San Diego News, Weather FacebookTwitter Dave Scott, March 4, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI’s Dave Scott was live at the “Oscars at the Ranch” Academy Awards viewing party to benefit the San Diego Film Festival.Patrons enjoyed signature dishes from San Diego’s premier chefs as they sipped crafted cocktails and cast their votes for the Oscar winners.The San Diego Film Festival’s mission is to use film to explore issues of global impact, to create dialog, to encourage self-reflection, and ultimately to develop empathy and understanding in an increasingly diverse and complex world. center_img Dave Scott’s weather forecast live from the Oscars at the Ranch Posted: March 4, 2018 Updated: 9:32 PMlast_img read more

Police Portland man chokes girlfriend with dreadlocks

first_imgA Portland man was arrested Monday after police say he choked his girlfriend with his dreadlock hair. Caleb Grotberg, 32, was arrested on five domestic violence felony charges after police responded to his residence in the 3200 block of Southeast 22nd Avenue in Portland about 2:30 a.m. Monday. Portland officers spoke with an adult female who said that Grotberg had choked her with his hair before leaving the house. The woman was transported to the hospital for treatment of numerous non-life-threatening injuries, police said.Grotberg was found in the neighborhood and taken into custody on charges of second-degree kidnapping, attempted second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, menacing and strangulation.last_img

Senators Seek to Eliminate Policy Language Limiting Housing Allowance

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Language in the Senate version of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill that would reduce service members’ basic allowance for housing (BAH) payments in many cases, including for dual-service military families and single members living together, should not be included in the compromise version of the legislation, according to a bipartisan group of 18 senators.The Senate language would limit BAH payments to actual expenses for rent and utilities, preventing personnel from pocketing extra payments if they find less expensive housing. The existing system offers military members a flat payment based on their rank and location.But the Senate proposal also would cut the BAH for dual-military couples in half, to prevent each service member from receiving extra housing compensation. And personnel who choose to share housing would see their individual stipends adjusted to cover only their actual costs, reported Military Times.“The changes outlined in S. 2943 would cause significant financial hardship to many military families and unfairly penalize dual-service military couples as well as single-service members who cohabitate in order to make financial ends meet,” Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and 15 colleagues wrote the leaders of both chambers’ Armed Services committees last week.The Senate provision also would bring about costly, new administrative burdens and unintended consequences to the military services, according to the senators.“Adequate research, planning and understanding is required before such sweeping changes can be responsibly advanced,” they wrote.Senate Armed Services Committee staff say the overhaul would save tens of millions of dollars without sacrificing service members’ housing benefits. DOD officials oppose the plan, describing the BAH as part of members’ larger compensation package.The changes are not part of the bill passed by the House. Last week, House and Senate conferees began reconciling the two versions of the annual policy bill.last_img read more

MEMA Encourages Residents To Stay Safe During Extreme Heat

first_imgHeat stroke is the most serious heat emergency and is life-threatening. Heat stroke develops when systems in the body begin to stop functioning due to extreme heat. Heat stroke may cause brain damage or death if the body is not cooled quickly.Symptoms: Extremely high body temperature, hot and red skin (dry or moist), loss of consciousness, changes in level of responsiveness rapid and weak pulse, rapid and shallow breathing, vomiting, confusion, and/or seizuresTreatment: A person suffering from heat stroke needs immediate assistance. Call 9-1-1 and move the person to a cooler place. Immerse the individual in a cool bath, wrap in cold wet sheets, or cover the person in bags of ice. FRAMINGHAM, MA — Below is an extreme heat advisory from the Massachusetts Emergency Management agency:Hot temperatures combined with high humidity levels are expected to create dangerous heat conditions, with the most oppressive conditions expected Saturday. High temperatures Friday-Sunday are forecast to be in the 90s to lower 100s, and dew points in the low to mid 70s. Heat index values are expected to reach the mid to upper 90s Friday, 100 to 110 Saturday, and 97 to 105 Sunday, with the highest values occurring on Saturday in eastern Massachusetts and parts of the Connecticut River valley. The hot temperatures and high heat indices can lead to serious heat related-illnesses.“MEMA urges residents to take precautions during the upcoming extreme heat. Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle, find an air-conditioned public space, cooling center, or other cool spot for relief, and watch for heat-related illnesses,” said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Samantha Phillips. “Please check on your family, friends, or neighbors to make sure they are safe during the extreme heat.”Extreme Heat Safety TipsNever leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20°F within 10 minutes.Slow down and avoid strenuous activity.Drink plenty of fluids — even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcoholic beverages and liquids high in sugar or caffeine. If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink, ask how much you should drink during hot weather.Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors reflect heat and sunlight, and help maintain normal body temperature.Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun. Do not leave pets outside for extended periods of time.If you must be outdoors, limit your outdoor activity to the morning and evening hours. Try to rest often in shady areas so your body temperature will have a chance to recover. Use sunscreen with a high SPF and wear a wide-brimmed hat.If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Use fans to stay cool and avoid using your stove and oven. Consider spending time in air-conditioned public spaces, such as schools, libraries, theaters, and other community facilities.Check with your local authorities or Call 2-1-1 to find locations of cooling centers or shelters near you.On hot days, more people cool off around bodies of water. Playing in and around water can increase the risk of drowning. Learn how to keep yourself and your children safe in and around water with these Water Safety Tips.If there are power outages during warm weather, you may need to take additional precautions or go to a cooling center or emergency shelter to stay cool.Know the symptoms of and watch out for heat-related illnesses. Call 9-1-1 to report emergencies.Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, those who may need additional assistance, and those who may not have air conditioning.Types of Heat-related IllnessesDuring extreme heat, people are susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Learn how to recognize and respond to them:Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms caused by heavy sweating.Symptoms: Muscular pains and spasms that usually occur in the legs or abdomenTreatment: Get the person to rest in a comfortable position in a cooler place. Give the person water or fluids with electrolytes help them rehydrate. For more information on heat-related illnesses and graphics, see is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA’s staff of professional planners, communications specialists and operations and support personnel is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management. By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector – individuals, families, non-profits and businesses – MEMA ensures the Commonwealth’s ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, ensuring effective response, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover. For additional information about MEMA and Emergency Preparedness, go to to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at; Facebook at; YouTube at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email Heat exhaustion typically occurs when people overexert themselves in a warm, humid place, and often affects those doing strenuous work in hot weather. Body fluids are lost through heavy sweating and blood flow to the skin increases, causing blood flow to vital organs to decrease. This results in a form of mild shock.Symptoms:  Cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, nausea, dizziness, headache, weakness, and/or exhaustionTreatment: Get the person to rest in a comfortable position in a cooler place. Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths, such as towels or sheets. If the person is conscious, give them half a glass of cool water or fluids with electrolytes every 15 minutes, making sure the person drinks slowly. Watch the person carefully for changes in his or her condition and call 9-1-1 if it doesn’t improve. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMEMA Encourages Residents To Stay Safe During Extreme Cold WeatherIn “Government”Governor Baker Proclaims This Week As ‘Hurricane Preparedness Week’In “Government”RMLD Asks Residents To Conserve Energy During This Weekend’s Heat WaveIn “Government”last_img read more

Ram 3500 heavyduty pickup finally gets EPA certification postshutdown

first_img More about 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman 4×2 Quad Cab 6’4″ Box 2019 Ram Heavy Duty has all the torque 99 Photos 0 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Trucks Diesel Cars More From Roadshow Ram Share your voice Post a comment Review • 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Ram Tags Preview • Enlarge ImageThis thing could probably tow the US Capitol building. Ram The government shutdown extended its dead hand to the automotive industry when the Environmental Protection Agency had to stop certifying new cars for sale in the US. Ram was halfway through the process with its new heavy-duty truck when the shutdown happened, but the automaker is back in action now.Ram announced this week that the EPA finally certified the 2019 Ram 3500 heavy-duty pickup for sale in the US, including both gasoline and diesel variants. It had already received certification for the 2500 prior to the shutdown. “FCA US is grateful to the US Environmental Protection Agency for expediting this process,” the company said in a statement.There’s still a ways to go before the trucks actually land at dealers, though. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty lineup is slated to launch in the second quarter, so there’s no need to brave a polar vortex to pick one up (at least I hope). In the middle of the shutdown, Automotive News reported that even though Ford and GM had certifications in the queue, neither was concerned, given how long it would be until those models were actually offered for sale. Ram seemed to be in the worst spot, but now that everything has cleared up, it appears to be smooth sailing for the auto industry once more.The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty lineup launched at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. Boasting a mind-warping 1,000 pound-feet of torque when equipped with its 6.7-liter Cummins diesel I6, it’s the first heavy-duty truck to break the four-digit torque barrier. It’ll tow up to 35,100 pounds and haul up to 7,680 in the bed. Yowza.last_img read more

Teenage delegate prepares for Alaska Democratic Convention

first_imgDelegates from around the state will descend on Anchorage this weekend for Alaska’s Democratic Convention. Organizers say young voters have turned out in record numbers, many supporting Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in his bid for the presidency.Download AudioIndia Busby, 19, sits in a coffee shop winding down from her last shift of work as a barista and preparing for a trip to Alaska’s Democratic Convention on Wednesday May 11, 2016 in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney, KTOO – Juneau)One Juneau teen is rushing headlong into her first national election by securing her spot as a state delegate to support a candidate she’s hoping will change the country’s political process.India Busby is new to politics, passionate about voting and feeling the Bern. While it’s the first national election for the 19-year-old Juneau college student, she finagled her way into being one of 539 delegates for Alaska’s Democratic Convention in Anchorage.“I’m very excited. I’m a little nervous. But, we’ll see how it goes,” she said.At a coffee shop in Juneau where she’s just finished her last shift, Busby insisted on gelato before settling in to talk about her foray into the wide world of politics.She just finished her first year at the University of Alaska Southeast where she is majoring in sociology and recently added a minor in political science. And, while she talks passionately about the importance of voting and why she believes the Democratic Party needs an infusion of young voters, it’s a marked shift from her days as a high school student.“I had — well OK, so I had a D my senior year in government class. I will admit that. It was not my favorite subject. I mean, the teacher was great but I just hated the class. I thought it was confusing. It just had too much going on and I didn’t like the fact that there was, like, two different parties and I couldn’t wrap my head around it,” Busby said. “But I think I just didn’t have the patience to understand it ‘cause it is a lot to take in. It really is and as I, like, continued to do research about it, it was very, I’ll admit it was really hard for me to understand it.”By the end of her senior year, Busby said she managed to bump up her grade to a D+.“And I regret that D+, but I took it again in college and I ended up with a B+, so obviously I was doing something right,” Busby said.Because it’s her first time attending a convention, Busby isn’t sure what to expect. But she’s looking forward to some of the workshops offered over the weekend.“There’s one about the expansion of Medicaid. There’s one about the legalization of marijuana and what we’re going to do about it. There’s this one about running for office, which I’m really interested in,” Busby said. “Then we get to learn, like, the history of the Democratic Party. I’ve always been a history fan so I’m pretty excited.”Busby will join hordes of other Bernie Sanders supporters who voted during the March caucuses. More than 10,600 Democrats turned out in Alaska and handed the Vermont senator nearly 80 percent of the votes.She said she picked Sanders because he supports issues she cares about, like education and healthcare reform.“The more I looked into who was running in the Democratic Party for president, I realized that, I mean, personally to me, like, I see Hillary Clinton as really corrupt and I think we just — and I mean she definitely does have a lot of experience and she’s a very nice lady — but it’s just not someone who I would vote for as my first. I mean obviously, if she’s in the nomination I’m going to vote for her,” Busby said.At the state convention, Sanders delegates will hear speeches from about 350 people who applied for 20 delegate spots to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. Jake Hamburg, the communications director of the Alaska Democratic Party said Sanders supporters will pick 13, Hillary Clinton supporters will pick three. There are also two alternates.Hamburg doesn’t know how many teens are headed to the state convention, but he isn’t surprised to hear about Busby’s trip.“We don’t identify delegates by age, but in talking with other folks that have been around for a while, we’ve never seen a delegation this young and also this engaged to showing up to a state convention before,” Hamburg said. “So it is really exciting to see. The new Democrats and the young people that are getting involved are really taking an active role in shaping the party going forward.”Busby didn’t apply for a spot as a national delegate, in part because she doesn’t think she can afford it. She’s already spent $400 getting to the state convention, a small fortune for a college student.last_img read more

Large appliances sales increases in festive season in

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Director of Large Appliances and Furniture segment, Amazon Suchit Subhas on Wednesday said that large appliances segment is the fastest growing category registering a growth of more than 1.5 times each year.At a conference held here, Subhas said large appliances segment was growing faster in Andhra Pradesh and smaller towns. “Customer needs a wide range of choice to select from. Our online platform has the largest selection to pick up from a list of 2,500 large appliances products,” he shared. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Selection is one of the key points that the e-commerce firm focuses on, Suchit said. “This apart, features such as speedy delivery, scheduled slot available for fast delivery within a day or two, open-box delivery for damage-free products, installation, EMI schemes with 0 per cent interest (one out of two were sold through EMI), exchange programme, affordable range of products that can range anywhere from Rs 5,000 to a lakh that led to remarkable growth in the large appliances segment which picks up during the ensuing festival season,” he stated. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us Besides bigger cities, Suchit observed that orders in terms of purchase of large appliances were more in smaller towns such as Eluru and Tirupati. “In Visakhapatnam, more orders are being placed from Aganampudi, Gajuwaka, among other neighbourhoods,” he added. For the ensuing festive season, he informed that 1,000 products were added to the list with voice feature, among other add-ons.last_img read more

Bank auto metal stocks under pressure Nifty falls below 8200 level

first_imgMajor benchmark indices were range bound with a negative bias as market participants remained cautious before the outcome of US Federal Reserve meeting. Global rating agency S&P’s report on lingering impact of demonetisation on domestic economy also dampened investors’ sentiments.While the 30-share index was trading 0.23 percent lower at 26,635.21 (12.50 pm), the 50-share index Nifty was at 8,194.80, down 0.32 percent. Market breadth turned negative in the afternoon trade with most indices trading in the red. Shares of auto, metal, bank and capital goods came under selling pressure in the afternoon trade, dragging the indices. However, IT and consumer goods bucked the trend and were trading in the green.Coal India lost the most with its shares trading 3.45 percent lower at Rs 295.40. The company reported 77.4 percent fall in its net profit at Rs 600 crore during the September quarter from Rs 2,654 crore recorded in the corresponding period last year. Apart from Coal India, shares of Aurobindo Pharma, Hero Motocorp, Bosch and IndusInd Bank also lost in the afternoon trade.Among winners, Axis Bank gained the most in the afternoon trade with its shares trading 2.93 percent higher at Rs 466.20 on Wednesday. Reliance, HCL Tech, Tata Power and Asian Paints were the other major gainers in the afternoon trade.Meanwhile, the Wholesale Price Index (WPI)- based inflation for November 2016 touched a five-month low figure of 3.15 per cent against 3.39 per cent recorded in the previous month. Ongoing cash crunch owing to demonetisation pulled down consumption demand, leading to a fall in inflation, analysts said. S&P’s report on demonetisation impacting rural consumption also weighed on investors’ sentiments.In the global front, performances of Asian indices were mixed as investors awaited outcome of US Federal Reserve meeting. While China’s Shanghai Composite and Taiwan Index were trading in the red, Japan’s Nikkei, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng were in the green on Wednesday. Notably, US stocks rallied to new all-time highs on Tuesday as optimism over US president-elect Donald Trump’s upcoming fiscal policies continued to drive markets.After a flat opening, the Indian rupee was trading 0.02 percent down at 67.52 against dollar in the afternoon trade. Among commodities, oil prices fell on rising inventories in the international market.last_img read more

DC Set to Honor Mayor for Life

first_imgMarion Barry served as the District’s mayor and on the D.C. Council. (AFRO File Photo)The D.C. Commission to Commemorate and Recognize the Honorable Marion S. Barry Jr., recently gave recommendations to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on how the District can honor the late political icon.On Nov. 23, the one-year anniversary of Barry’s death, Bowser was given the report of the commission by its chairman, former D.C. Administrator Michael Rogers, at the John A. Wilson Building at an event sponsored by the alumni of Youth Pride, an employment initiative Barry co-founded in 1967. Barry served four terms as the District’s mayor (1979-1991, 1995-1999) and 15 years as a member of the D.C. Council as at-large (1975-1979) and then a Ward 8 representative (1993-1995, 2005-2014).He also served a stint as president of the D.C. School Board from 1971-1974, serving two of those years as the board’s president.Barry is prominently known for his youth jobs program that promised employment for District teenagers and young adults during the summer months. He was also recognized as the mayor that mandated that at least 40 percent of the District’s government contracts go to Black businesses and that large corporations and professional firms must sub-contract or partner with Black firms to participate in procurement programs.The recommendations from the commission, included installing a bust or statute of Barry in front of the John A. Wilson Building and renaming Good Hope Road, S.E., Ballou Senior High School and the new student center at the University of the District of Columbia in honor of the late mayor.Bowser lauded Barry’s service to the city.“Sometime after Martin had a dream and before President Obama gave us hope, Marion Barry provided opportunity,” the mayor said. “And with these recommendations we will take the first step to rename Good Hope Road after Marion connecting him with Martin in the heart of Ward 8.”Rogers was joined on the 13-member commission that was created by Bowser in March by luminaries such as former D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt, former D.C. first lady and widow Cora Masters Barry, his son Christopher Barry, developer Herb Miller, D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D-At Large), Bowser aide Beverly Perry and D.C. Historian Dr. Janette Hoston Harris.Rogers said Bowser gave the commission one-year to complete its work but they sped up the timeline for a reason.”We wanted to make sure that the mayor got our recommendations before the end of this year so she will be able to put them into her fiscal year 2017 budget,” he said.Bowser responded to Rogers saying that D.C. City Administrator Rashad Young will go to work to implement some of the recommendations while still operating in the present fiscal year 2016.Bonds was joined at the Youth Pride alumni ceremony by D.C. Council members Vincent Orange (D-At Large), Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) and Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4).A special hashtag on Twitter was created to remember Barry: #WeRememberMarionBarry. D.C. Council member LaRuby May (D-Ward 8), who won his position in an April 23 special election, also kept up one of Barry’s favorite traditions. She, along with volunteers, sponsored a turkey giveaway in Ward 8 on Nov. 23 that Barry made his signature community service project. The May contingent gave away 3,000 turkeys and other foods at the old Malcolm X Elementary School.“It has been an honor to continue a tradition that was started by Marion Barry and what better time to have the turkey giveaway than on the first anniversary of his death,” May said.last_img read more

Rumor GTA V release delayed until 2015 on PS4 Xbox One and

first_imgIt has been almost a year since Grand Theft Auto V launched on Xbox 360 $11.99 at Amazon and PS3 %displayPrice% at %seller%. It was the right decision by Rockstar to target two established platforms rather than wait a couple of months and be a launch game for PS4 and Xbox One. Then earlier this year Rockstar confirmed a release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC would happen before the end of the year.There’s many a gamer looking forward to playing the so-called next-gen GTA V over Christmas, but that may no longer happen. There is a rumor circulating that Rockstar is no longer going to deliver the game in time for a 2014 release as the video below explains.Some good points are made in the video, and you’d expect Rockstar to be kicking off its marketing machine right about now if the game was still launching before the holidays. But there’s been nothing new to talk about or look at since E3 in June. Recent news out of Rockstar has all been focused on GTA Online.Regardless of whether this rumor is true or not, Rockstar will have to say one way or the other within the next month or so. We’ll either see advertising and a final release date announced, or we’ll get a press release explaining that the development team needs more time to get the three versions of the game ready. Hopefully it’s just a case of the game not launching until mid-November and Rockstar is putting the final touches to its inevitable marketing blitz.last_img read more

Historian angers group who proposed labeling late Holocene as Meghalayan Age

first_img © 2018 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Earlier this summer, the International Commission on Stratigraphy announced that a new geological time category had been approved. The Meghalayan Age covers the time span from 2200 BCE up till the present. Prior to this summer, it had been generally referred to as the late Holocene period. The group chose the starting point of the age as approximately 4200 years ago because prior evidence has shown that was the beginning of a mega-drought. Middleton does not dispute this claim, but focuses on other statements made by members of the group that proposed the change. In their presentation, they noted that the mega-drought resulted in the collapse of a number of civilizations—in Greece, Mesopotamia, Syria, Egypt, Palestine, the Yangtze River Valley and the Indus Valley. This last one was particularly significant because the new age was named for a state in what is now India—Meghalaya. Middleton claims that there is no real evidence of mass civilizations collapsing. He suggests that at most, there was restructuring of several societies due to the drought. He further suggests that because of this inaccuracy, it is inappropriate to use the date chosen as a meaningful threshold for a new geologic age. He adds that he believes that such errors crop up due to a lack of communication between archaeologists and historians—a problem that could be solved with more interdisciplinary collaborations.Such statements have angered some of the people who proposed the labeling of the new age, according to Robinson Meyer, in a column for The Atlantic. He claims a squabble has arisen due to the piece Middleton published. He writes that some of the Meghalayan group have even gone so far as to question Middleton’s credentials, calling him a “failed archeology Ph.D.” Others have suggested that the claims by Middleton were poorly researched and are misleading. Citation: Historian angers group who proposed labeling late Holocene as Meghalayan Age (2018, September 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Credit: CC0 Public Domain Guy Middleton, a historian at the Czech Institute of Egyptology at Charles University in Prague, has angered members of the group who successfully pushed for the creation of a new unit of geological time called the Meghalayan Age. In his Perspective piece published in the journal Science, he claims that evidence of widespread collapse of civilizations following the onset of a mega-drought in 2200 BCE, is lacking.center_img Journal information: Science Explore further More information: Guy D. Middleton. Bang or whimper?, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aau8834 Anthropocene vs Meghalayan—why geologists are fighting over whether humans are a force of naturelast_img read more