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Dems say Trump agrees on 2 trillion infrastructure goal

WASHINGTON — In a rare moment of bipartisanship in polarized Washington, President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders agreed Tuesday to work toward a $2 trillion infrastructure plan to rebuild roads, bridges, provide clean water and extend broadband coverage — but they put off the thorny matter of how to pay for it.Both sides seemed determined to show a willingness to work with the other, even as tensions between the White House and congressional Democrats have only intensified with the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report into Russia meddling in the 2016 elections. Democrats have multiple investigations of the Trump administration underway and Trump’s White House is strongly resisting them.But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said there was “good will in the meeting” — a marked departure from the last White House encounter between Trump, Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which ended with Trump walking out in a huff. At Tuesday’s more muted meeting, by contrast, Trump at one point offered to share his Tic Tacs with Pelosi and she accepted, a Democratic aide recounted.“We did come to one agreement: that the agreement would be big and bold,” Pelosi said.Schumer added that: “In previous meetings, the president has said, ‘If these investigations continue, I can’t work with you.’” But this time, Schumer said, “He didn’t bring it up.”Schumer said the two sides agreed that infrastructure investments create jobs and make the United States more competitive economically with the rest of the world. Most importantly, Schumer said, “we agreed on a number.”“Originally, we had started a little lower. Even the president was eager to push it up to $2 trillion, and that is a very good thing,” Schumer said.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, for her part, described the meeting as “excellent and productive.”Pelosi and congressional Democrats had asked for the meeting with Trump to discuss launching an ambitious building program that’s a top priority for the party and has been a rare area of potential bipartisan accord with Republicans. Trump, too, has long promised a big infrastructure plan.When Democratic lawmakers emerged, they said Trump agreed that infrastructure investments should go beyond roads and bridges and water systems to also include broadband.Democrats also put the onus on Trump to come up with a plan for how to pay for the package, and said they would meet again in three weeks, when the president will present his ideas. They noted that a bill is unlikely to pass the Senate “if we don’t have him on board.”Trump, at one point, said he liked the number $2 trillion because it sounded better than $1.9 billion, according to a Democrat who spoke about the meeting on condition of anonymity because the aide was not authorized to discuss details of the private session publicly.The meeting tenor was decidedly more low-key than the last Trump session with the Democratic leaders. During one exchange, when Pelosi tried to get the president’s attention as he and Schumer were having a side conversation, the speaker prodded, “If I may have your attention … Mr. President … Chuck … Kids …” That was according to the Democrat who described the meeting on condition of anonymity.The nation’s top business groups and labour unions support increasing the federal gasoline tax, currently 18.3 cents a gallon. It was last raised in 1993.Schumer said the president didn’t rule out tax increases to pay for infrastructure. Sanders’ statement did not address the tax issue. Instead, it described the U.S., without elaborating, as “foolishly prioritizing the interests of other countries over our own.”“We have to invest in this country’s future and bring our infrastructure to a level better than it has ever been before,” Sanders added.The meeting included a dozen congressional Democrats and numerous administration officials.Before the meeting, senior aides seemed intent on setting low expectations. Asked whether Trump supports raising the gas tax, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said “this president is the guy who lowers taxes.”And Mick Mulvaney, the president’s acting chief of staff, said he hoped the conversations with Democrats would go well, “but if they don’t it would not surprise me.”More than one “infrastructure week” already has come and gone over the past two years with nothing to show for it. Still, advocates for an infrastructure package boost see a narrow window for action.“I think a deal can be had if everybody is willing to put their battle axes away for a period,” said former Republican Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, who served as chairman of the House’s transportation committee for six years.Mulvaney indicated that won’t be easy.“To have an impeachment hearing on Monday, say, and then to think you’re going to talk infrastructure on Tuesday, that’s not how the world works, let alone Washington, D.C.,” Mulvaney said at a conference he was attending in California.Democrats insisted that they will proceed with their “oversight responsibilities” at the same they’re pushing for an infrastructure deal. “The two are not mutually exclusive, and we were glad he didn’t make it that way,” Schumer said.A compromise could offer political benefits to both sides. Trump’s re-election prospects are tied to a strong economy that would get another boost from new road and bridge projects. House Democrats have passed an array of bills that have gone nowhere in the GOP-controlled Senate.Committees in both chambers of Congress have started to lay the groundwork for an infrastructure bill through hearings, with Democratic lawmakers hoping to have legislation ready for consideration by June or July.___AP Writers Darlene Superville and Matthew Daly contributed to this report.Kevin Freking And Lisa Mascaro, The Associated Press read more

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Simulated nuclear accident to be staged in Mexico to test response systems

8 July 2008The United Nations nuclear watchdog agency is to stage a simulated accident at a nuclear power plant in Mexico tomorrow to test emergency response systems. Some 74 member States of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as well as 10 international organizations will be participating in the 48-hour drill which starts tomorrow at Mexico’s Laguna Verde nuclear power plant. The IAEA says the exercise will provide an opportunity to identify shortcomings in the national and international emergency systems to a potential radiological emergency, and that the agency’s Incident and Emergency Centre will work around the clock during the drill. At the same time, the IAEA stresses that since it will be a “virtual” accident it will pose no risk to the public or the environment.Tomorrow’s exercise is the third in a series, after earlier drills were conducted in Gravelines, France, in 2001 and at Cernavoda, Romania, in 2005. The drills test communication, response times and the operation of information exchange mechanisms worldwide.Under long-established emergency conventions, the IAEA receives notifications of incidents then alerts its member States and other organizations and coordinates the response to requests for assistance.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) will also be taking part in the exercise to test its capacities in public health risk detection, assessment and response, and its effectiveness in coordinating with other international agencies. read more

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Pillay condemns Rizanas execution

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay today condemned the execution of Sri Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek in Saudi Arabia.Rizana Nafeek, who arrived in Saudi Arabia from Sri Lanka to work as a housemaid in 2005, was charged with the murder of her employers’ baby a week after her arrival. Despite a birth certificate that allegedly showed she was a minor at the time of the baby’s death and repeated expressions of concern from the international community, she was convicted of murder, sentenced to death and beheaded. “We are deeply troubled by reports of irregularities in her detention and trial, including that no lawyer was present to assist her in key stages of her interrogation and trial, that language interpretation was poor, and Ms Nafeek’s contention that she was physically assaulted and forced to sign a confession under duress,” Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said. On 1 November 2010, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, sent an urgent appeal in connection with Ms. Nafeek’s case. In June 2007, his predecessor Philip Alston had already raised concerns about the imposition of the death penalty for an alleged crime committed when Ms Nafeek was still below eighteen years of age.*“We note with great concern the sharp increase in the use of capital punishment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 2011. The High Commissioner strongly supports the global movement away from the death penalty. She was pleased that a clear majority of Member States (111) recently voted for General Assembly resolution 67/176, which calls for a moratorium on the death penalty. We call on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to join the growing world’s movement away from the death penalty,” Colville said. read more

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No army interference in polls Audio

Deshapriya said that based on the current conditions in the north he is confident the election for the Northern Prince will be free and fair. (Colombo Gazette)Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Mahinda-Desapriya-in-Vavuniya-voice-clip.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. “In general by saying the army is intimidating voters in a particular area cannot be taken as a complaint. There needs to be a specific incident reported. But we have not got specific or detailed complaints,” he said. He also said that the army can get involved in election related work to assist the police only if he makes a formal request to the police chief. But so far he has not made such a request. Deshapriya also noted that illegal posters and cut-outs were not seen widely in the north as compared to the other two provinces.He also said that transport and special election centres will be setup for displaced voters on election day. Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya says there have not been any complaints of the army interfering in election work ahead of the provincial council elections in the north.Deshapriya, who was on a visit to the north, said that even voters have not made any specific compliant of army harassment or threats. read more

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West African stability still endangered by global traffickers warns new UN report

The report, a threat assessment issued by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and entitled Transnational Organized Crime in West Africa, cautions that the profit from cocaine trafficking alone may still be larger than the national security budgets of several West African countries, causing difficulties for local law enforcement.In addition, it notes that West African criminal groups have become increasingly independent and enterprising in their ability to bring drugs into the region.“Transnational organized crime is clearly a serious threat to West Africa,” Pierre Lapaque, the UNODC Regional Representative for West and Central Africa, said in a press statement marking the report’s release. “State institutions and the rule of law are weak in most of these countries and unless these organized crimes are tackled, instability is likely to persist and increase.”According to UNODC estimates, at least 50 tons of cocaine from the Andean countries transit through West Africa every year, heading north to Europe where they are worth almost $2 billion in street value. Most cocaine entering Africa from South America makes landfall around Guinea-Bissau in the north and Ghana in the south and are shipped to Europe via drug mules on commercial flights.The new report points out, however, that cocaine is not the only illicit drug affecting the region. In particular, it cites the “worrying” emergence of methamphetamine production in Nigeria, where two methamphetamine labs were detected in the 2011-2012 biennium, and a growth in trans-regional trafficking with some 3,000 methamphetamine couriers alleged to have transported an estimated $360 million worth of drugs from West Africa to East Africa in 2010. The report says that this is an indication that West African criminal groups are becoming increasingly influential in the transnational drug market. Last July, Yury Fedotov, the UNODC Executive Director, confirmed to the UN Security Council that with the increased trafficking, production and consumption of drugs, as well as piracy and insecurity, West Africa represented one of the key challenges for his agency as it had steadily transformed from being simply a transit route into a final destination of illegal substances as well.“The complex challenges West Africa faces represent a severe test for the individual countries and for the region as a whole,” Mr. Fedotov said. “UNODC will continue to work with its partners to build the commitment and develop the necessary solutions in this extremely fluid and fast-moving environment.”Other criminal markets are also discussed in the report, including the smuggling of migrants from West Africa to Europe, the trafficking of fraudulent pharmaceuticals from Asia to West Africa, and maritime piracy in the region.The report warns that while the trends and profits for these diverse markets tend to vary, their potential for sowing corruption, political instability, hampering development and promoting conflict remains “too large for the region to deal with on its own.”“West African States need to do more in terms of data collection and sharing, regional coordination in law enforcement and enhanced drug treatment and rehabilitation services, to mention some recommendations,” admits the UNODC report, while noting that the countries in the region are unable to fight the crime epidemic alone.“They will need support from the international community to make substantial progress in reducing the negative impact of transnational organized crime on the region’s development.” read more

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Being A WNBA Center Is Harder Than Ever So Sylvia Fowles Adapted

It’s a tough season to be a center in the WNBA.Foul calls are down significantly, dropping by 1.4 fouls per game from 2018. But the “big” bigs — the best fives the league has to offer — have been hit especially hard. Through 32 games, the number of free-throw attempts by Liz Cambage of the Las Vegas Aces, Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury and Sylvia Fowles of the Minnesota Lynx is down 37 percent.The results have been evident. Griner, tired of taking so much uncalled contact, was involved in an altercation last month that resulted in a three-game suspension. Cambage described it, in an interview earlier this summer, this way: “I don’t really see myself playing into my 30s because I don’t want to go to war.” Cambage is still having an elite season, but her overall production is down from last year — her field-goal percentage has fallen from 58.9 to 49.3 percent while her true shooting percentage has dropped from 64.3 to 55.2 percent.But Fowles, through a combination of inter- and intraseason adaptations, has kept her production remarkably consistent. Her career field-goal percentage is 59.3 percent. This season, her field-goal percentage is … 59.1 percent.Another year, same Syl. At age 33, Fowles is this generation’s greatest center, trailing only Lauren Jackson among centers in career Win Shares, but she doesn’t get enough appreciation, to hear her coach and teammates tell it.“Syl reminds me of myself, like no one recognizes her greatness,” said Fowles’s current Lynx and former LSU teammate Seimone Augustus. “But she continues to just get better, year after year. I mean, at the end of the day, when it’s all said and done and she retires, I think people are going to look back and go, ‘Wow.’”By the catch-all stat Win Shares, Fowles has quietly amassed more value than anyone else in the WNBA over the past three seasons. Elena Delle Donne, Griner and Cambage may get more headlines, but only Fowles has more than 20 win shares since the start of the 2017 season. No one else has cracked 19.But while the statistics — at least the topline numbers — would indicate that Fowles is simply the same great center she’s been since her rookie season in Chicago back in 2008, a closer look at how she’s been scoring her points in 2019 reveals the change she made to enhance her game.Fowles is 19-for-34 on shots 15 to 19 feet away from the basket, a 55.9 percent clip that ranks her among this season’s elite midrange shooters. For reference, Fowles was 2-for-6 from that distance in 2018.That didn’t happen by accident. Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve told Fowles in their exit meeting at the end of 2018 that she wanted her to diversify her game, and Fowles worked with Lynx assistant Walt Hopkins all offseason. The daily routine was punishing: Fowles would shoot at the rim, in the paint, from the free-throw and three-point lines, and couldn’t advance to the next spot until she made five in a row, all swishes.Her success this season from all over the court has actually helped Fowles focus on her original strength — that endless array of post moves — and not settle for the jumpers she’s now sinking routinely.“I have to make sure it doesn’t take away what I do best,” Fowles said. “I have to make sure I don’t get too relaxed and shoot jumpers. When I’m open, I shoot. But when I’m not, it’s making sure I do what I used to do, and that’s going to the rim.”But even Fowles acknowledged a frustration with how much harder it has been to earn foul-line trips through contact. Fowles has gotten more than four free-throw attempts in a game just six times all season. In 2018, she shot more than four free throw attempts in 17 of 34 games.I asked Sue Blauch, the WNBA’s head of referee performance and development, about the reduction in both free-throw attempts originating out of the paint and player frustration with it. She acknowledged the decrease in offensive efficiency in the league this season and said “everyone should dig deep and explore” what might be the cause. “We certainly looked at our play-calling data and have addressed any contribution that officiating may have had,” she said.Refs across the WNBA did seem to take note of recent league office guidance. Before July’s All-Star break, the average number of fouls per game was 33.2. Since then, fouls are up to 37.3 per game — an increase of 12.3 percent. That shift toward more fouls in the paint required another adjustment for Fowles, who was sent to the bench early in several games with foul trouble herself.“Now everything’s a foul fest, the last couple of games it’s a foul fest, we have to adjust to that,” Reeve said after a Minnesota win in New York on Aug. 13. “All of a sudden there’s an about-face about how it’s being officiated. And so I told Syl, I said, ‘No complaints now. You know, you gotta get yourself to the foul line.’ Some of it is being patient and not racing through the move, give a defender a chance to foul you, type of thing. So I think she’s got to be a little more poised in the post.”It isn’t easy. Fowles said she huddled with Cambage and Griner during All-Star weekend in Las Vegas about how to handle all the physical abuse. She laughed when asked if she meditates.“Oh, yes,” Fowles said. “I meditate. I talk to therapists. It gets frustrating.” But she doesn’t want to talk about it with her teammates and coaches, to “put out that negative energy.” Instead, she just continues to be Sylvia Fowles.In the three games after that Aug. 13 win, she shot 63.6 percent. She took only one shot from the 15-to-19-foot range. And in her past four games, she’s shot 59.5 percent, going 4-of-7 when 15 to 19 feet from the basket.The rules change, the teams change, the players change. But Sylvia Fowles keeps on doing what she does. read more

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Firefox 4 la version bêta sera disponible en juin

first_imgFirefox 4 : la version bêta sera disponible en juinLa fondation Mozilla a dévoilé ses ambitions pour la future mouture de son navigateur Internet. La première version bêta de Firefox 4.0 devrait être disponible dès le mois de juin.Sur son blog personnel, Mike Beltzner, directeur du développement de Firefox chez Mozilla, a annoncé les objectifs de la fondation pour la quatrième version du navigateur. Priorité sera faite à la rapidité, laquelle fait pour l’instant défaut à Firefox par rapport à Chrome et à Opéra, leaders en la matière. L’accent sera ensuite mis sur la compatibilité de Firefox avec les standards du HTML5, comme Internet Explorer 9. Mozilla promet des améliorations dans l’affichage du Javascript et des pages complexes.Firefox 4.0 devrait également simplifier la gestion des applications en ligne avec le système baptisé Account Manager, qui permet d’accéder directement aux services web tels que le webmail et les réseaux sociaux, sans avoir à passer par les interfaces et étapes de connexion des pages.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?La nouvelle mouture du navigateur misera enfin sur une interface épurée, car comme le souligne Mike Beltzner, “ce que les designers savent depuis longtemps, c’est que plus une interface est simple, plus elle semble rapide pour l’utilisateur”.La version bêta de Firefox 4 est attendue pour le mois de juin prochain, et la mouture finale devrait être disponible d’ici la fin de l’année, ou au plus tard début 2011.Le 11 mai 2010 à 16:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Skype bientôt accessible depuis la Xbox

first_imgSkype bientôt accessible depuis la Xbox ?Skype pourrait être bientôt disponible depuis la console de jeu Xbox. C’est du moins ce que laisse présager une offre d’emploi déposée par Microsoft, confirmant un projet au sujet duquel court une rumeur depuis déjà deux ans, après que le géant de Redmond s’est offert le service de VoIP (voix sur IP).Deux ans après avoir racheté Skype, il semble que Microsoft soit en train de plancher sur le portage du service de VoIP sur sa console de jeux Xbox. La rumeur évoquant ce projet court depuis longtemps déjà. Mais cette fois, elle est confirmée par plusieurs offres d’emplois mises en ligne par le géant de Redmond.À lire aussiWindows 8 : Microsoft annonce 40 millions de licences venduesPubliées sur la page dédiée (lien non disponible) aux annonces professionnelles de Microsoft, ces offres proposent des postes de développeurs et de responsables pour une toute nouvelle équipe baptisée Skype Xbox Engineering. Celle-ci sera basée à Londres et se consacrera à “la construction des nouvelles générations de produits et de services”, indique la firme de Redmond.Aucune autre information n’est toutefois précisée quant à l’avancée de ce projet, et sa réelle teneur. Microsoft se garde d’évoquer sa Xbox 360, laissant imaginer que son application Skype pourrait être dédiée à une nouvelle version de sa console de salon. En attendant d’en savoir d’avantage, rappelons que le service de VoIP doit débarquer sur Windows Phone 7 d’ici à la fin du premier semestre 2012.Le 22 avril 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Hughes speaks after first defeat in four games

first_imgThe Southampton three-game unbeaten run came to an end after losing 3-0 against Liverpool, but manager Mark Hughes is still positiveSouthampton F.C. fantastic run has come to an end.The Saint tied their first match 0-0 against Burnley, then lost 2-1 against Everton and Leicester City.But from there, Southampton picked up a 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at the Football League Cup, then beat Crystal Palace 2-0 and tied against Brighton again 2-2.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.And then came Liverpool, and with the quality of this world-class win, the Saints lost 3-0 at Anfield Stadium.But for manager Mark Hughes, there are many positives that come out of this defeat.“I thought we had good moments, plenty of good play in wide areas, where we created space and opportunities to get good balls into the box, but you’ve still got to keep the back door shut and we weren’t able to do that today,” he told the club’s official website.“This is the first defeat in four games, so we’ve been doing ok. Obviously, coming to places like this, you’ve got to give yourself a chance to stay in the game and create opportunities when you’re on an even keel with the opposition, but we weren’t able to do that.”last_img read more

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Emiliano Sala latest Police confirm search has resumed

first_imgGuernsey Police have confirmed that the search and rescue operation for Emiliano Sala has been resumed.The Argentine striker and a pilot are missing after the Piper PA-46 Malibu they were flying on disappeared off Alderney in the Channel Islands at 20:30 (GMT) on Monday.Sala was travelling from Nantes to Wales after being confirmed as Cardiff City’s record signing on Saturday for £15m following an impressive start to the season in Ligue 1 Nantes.Search and rescue teams had worked tirelessly to find the missing plane on Tuesday before the effort was called off for the night.Despite initial fears that today’s weather conditions may postpone the search for the aircraft, Guernsey Police have confirmed the operation is back on.“We have resumed searching,” read a police statement on Twitter.“Two planes are taking off and will search a targeted area we believe has the highest likelihood of finding anything, based on review of the tides and weather since [Sala’s plane] went missing.“Coastal areas around Alderney and off-lying rocks and islands will also be searched from the air. Updates will be provided once information is available.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Tributes have since been pouring in for Sala with hundreds of Nantes supporters gathering in the city centre in his honour.However, the 28-year-old’s father Horacio Sala admits he’s losing hope.“First thing and mainly, I would like to find him alive,” said Horacio in his native Argentina.“But I am losing hope because, if they can’t find him in the water, I have to say this doesn’t look good.“My wife and my daughter are going to travel now, I don’t know if they are going to France or to England.“No one has called us, including no one from the Government. We are a modest family and have no contacts at that level. I heard it was snowing, I don’t know.“It is something that has no explanation. He had a whole future in front of him and many projects.”last_img read more

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What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On November 4 Winter

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Farmers Market will be open this Sunday, November 4, 2018, from 2pm to 4pm, in the Wilmington United Methodist Church (87 Church Street).November 4 Farmers Market Lineup:Vendors:Arrowhead FarmBeads by BarbaraBee Balm Co.Country Farm CandleFarmhouse CottonPurple Carrot BreadRustic Life Farm SoapSeafood ExpressSoothing Serenity Therapeutic MassageSweet Lydia’sAdditional Attractions:Live Music with Anne Sandstorm & John LorentzBalloons with YarrowMake Turkeys at the Kids TabbleLike 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 25In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 4In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On September 1In “Community”last_img read more

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Nintendo Switch Online adds another NES Zelda game next week

first_img Share your voice That’ll bring the total number of NES games on the service to 31 — the library is updated each month — and there are also fancy SP versions of games that add surprising twists to existing entries. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is a curious mix of the series’ classic overhead view and side-scrolling platforming action — it’s also rock hard.  29 Photos Comment Blaster Master uses these two perspectives as well, with the platforming primarily taking place in a tank and switching to overhead for exploration. However, prepare to be jealous — Japanese subscribers are getting a third game. Joy Mech Fight is a 1993 fighting game never released outside Japan. Its main character, Sukapon, shows up in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an Assist Trophy, Nintendo Life noted. 1 The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switchcenter_img Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is out: Here’s everything you need to know. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is infamously challenging, and you can accept its punishment on Nintendo Switch Online next week. Nintendo/Screenshot by CNET Members of the Nintendo Switch Online service can jump into another classic Hyrule quest and battle monsters in a tank, starting next Wednesday Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and Blaster Master, which both originally hit the NES in 1988, will be added to the library of games available on Nintendo’s $20-a-year subscription service, the company announced Tuesday. Tags Video Games Gaming Nintendolast_img read more

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Court frames charges against Arvind Kejriwal others

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Friday put Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and AAP MLA Somnath Bharti on trial for violating prohibitory orders in the national capital and obstructing public servants during an agitation in 2014. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal said there was sufficient evidence to conclude that a prima facie case and “grave suspicion” was made out against them. The court framed the charges after advocate Irshad, appearing for Kejriwal and Sisodia, pleaded not guilty on their behalf and claimed trail. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Bharti, who was present before the court, also pleaded not guilty. The charges against MLA Rakhi Birla were, however, not framed since she was not present. The court directed her to be present before it on July 8, when the charges will be framed. The court framed charges under section 143 and 145 (both related to unlawful assembly) and 188 (disobedience to an order by a public servant) of IPC, and under section 147 (rioting), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) of IPC, read with section 149 (unlawful assembly) of IPC. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “As far as the accused Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Rakhi Birla and Somnath Bharti are concerned, there is sufficient evidence to come to a conclusion that there exists a prima facie case and grave suspicion about the commission of the aforesaid discussed offences,” the court said. It however discharged AAP leader Sanjay Singh and its former member Ashutosh, saying that “there is no evidence on record against them regarding their participation in the aforementioned offences”. All the six accused were chargesheeted by the Delhi Police in connection with the case. They were earlier granted bail by the court. Kejriwal and other leaders had staged a ‘dharna’ outside Rail Bhavan demanding action against police officials who had refused to carry out a raid on an alleged drug and prostitution racket in South Delhi on January 20, 2014.last_img read more

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Texas Beware 2018 Hurricane Season Expected To Be More Active Than Usual

first_imgNASA/NOAAHurricane Harvey.Forecasters at the Atmospheric Science Department at Colorado State University have released their first prediction for the 2018 hurricane season. With a total of 14 named tropical storms, of which seven will become hurricanes, with three having the possibility of reaching category 3.The forecast also predicted a 38 percent chance of one of these major hurricanes making landfall on the Gulf Coast. The area of impact ranges from the Florida panhandle to Brownsville, Texas.The chance of at least one major hurricane making landfall on the entire U.S. coastline is 63 percent, according to the forecast. The average risk is 52 percent.The forecast was announced at the National Tropical Weather Conference.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will issue its forecast in May.READ forecast from CSU Sharelast_img read more

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Amazon Adds Casting to Alexa Devices Starting With Amazon Music

first_imgAmazon plans to eventually make Alexa Cast available to third-party developers as well, a spokesperson confirmed Thursday. The spokesperson wasn’t able to share any specifics on timing yet. Opening up Alexa Cast will allow Spotify and others to add playback control for Echo speakers to their mobile apps as well.Update: 1:15pm: This post was updated with a statement from an Amazon spokesperson. Popular on Variety Amazon is taking a page from Google’s playbook: The company is adding a new feature to its Echo speakers and other Alexa-enabled devices that allows users to control media playback from their phone. Alexa Cast, as the feature is being called, is launching with Amazon Music — but a company spokesperson confirmed plans to add support for other apps in the future as well.Amazon Music customers have access to Alexa Cast after updating their Android or iOS mobile app. Once they have done so, they’ll be able to launch the playback of a song, playlist or album with the press of a button, and also skip individual tracks, directly from their phone.The feature closely mimics Google’s Cast technology, which has been offering much of the same ever since Google first introduced its Chromecast streaming adapter five years ago. In fact, Amazon Music got Chromecast support some time ago. Alexa cast simply allows users to interact with their Echo speakers, and third-party devices with Alexa support, in the same way as with Chromecast devices.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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How to Use Your Chromebook

first_img Install Linux on a Chromebook ✖ Set Up Chrome Remote Desktop on Your Chromebook Take a Screenshot Save Images On a Chromebook Turn Your Chromebook Desktop into an Art Gallery Use Dropbox on Your Chromebook and Add it to File Manager Keep Your Chromebook From Sleeping Set Up Google Print on Your Chromebook Reset Your Chromebook Edit Word Docs on a Chromebook Turn Your Chromebook Desktop into an Art Gallery Edit Word Docs on a Chromebook Install Linux on a Chromebook How to Force Quit on a Chromebook How to Redeem Your 100GB of Free Space Set Up Offline Gmail How to Force Quit on a Chromebook How to Get Android Apps, Google Play Store on a Chromebook Set Up Chrome Remote Desktop on Your Chromebook Next Tips »» Use Dropbox on Your Chromebook and Add it to File Manager Turn on Caps Lock How to Snap Windows in Chrome OS Reset Your Chromebook Next Tip »» Save Images On a Chromebook How to Launch a Google Hangout on Your Chromebook Set Up Chrome Remote Desktop on Your Chromebook Save Images On a Chromebook How to Launch a Google Hangout on Your Chromebook Set Up Offline Gmail Change the Screen Resolution of a Chromebook How to Snap Windows in Chrome OS Use Skype on a Chromebook Chromebook Tips Chromebooks are pretty easy to use, especially if you’re already familiar with the Chrome browser. Almost all of the Chrome OS programs are extensions for the browser and all of the preferences from your Google account will be transferred to your new notebook as soon as you log in.But as with any operating system, there are still plenty of tips and tricks for using Chrome OS. Here at Laptop Mag, we put together a list of how-to’s to help you learn the intricacies of your new Chromebook. You’ll learn the basics, like how to take a screenshot and use Skype, as well as get Android apps on your machine (if it supports them), add Dropbox to your file manager or install Linux.Check out the table of contents below to make the most of your Chromebook, and be sure to also check out our list of Chrome browser tips. Also, looking to game on your Chromebook? Check out our guide to the best Chromebook games.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/chromebook-tutorials?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46  How to Redeem Your 100GB of Free Space Author Bio Use Dropbox on Your Chromebook and Add it to File Manager Edit Word Docs on a Chromebook Turn on Caps Lock Set Up Google Print on Your Chromebook How to Get Android Apps, Google Play Store on a Chromebook Change the Screen Resolution of a Chromebook How to Launch a Google Hangout on Your Chromebook How to Redeem Your 100GB of Free Space How to Add Custom Shortcuts to Your Chromebook App Launcher How to Get Android Apps, Google Play Store on a Chromebook How to Stream Google Play Music on Your Chromebook How to Unlock Chromebooks Using a PIN Number Chromebook Tips How to Unlock Chromebooks Using a PIN Number Keep Your Chromebook From Sleeping Change Wallpaper on a Chromebook Andrew E. Freedman, Turn Your Chromebook Desktop into an Art Gallery How to Force Quit on a Chromebook Set Up Google Print on Your Chromebook How to Redeem Your 100GB of Free Space Andrew joined Laptopmag.com in 2015, reviewing computers and keeping up with the latest news. He holds a M.S. in Journalism (Digital Media) from Columbia University. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Twitter @FreedmanAE. Keep Google From Spying on Your Kid’s Chromebook Save Images On a Chromebook Set Up Offline Gmail Keep Google From Spying on Your Kid’s Chromebook Change Wallpaper on a Chromebook How to Stream Google Play Music on Your Chromebook Install Linux on a Chromebook More Tips Andrew E. Freedman, on Use Skype on a Chromebook How to Add Custom Shortcuts to Your Chromebook App Launcher Keep Google From Spying on Your Kid’s Chromebook How to Add Custom Shortcuts to Your Chromebook App Launcher How to Right-Click on a Chromebook «« Previous Tip Take a Screenshot Reset Your Chromebook Turn on Caps Lock Change Wallpaper on a Chromebook Keep Your Chromebook From Sleeping How to Right-Click on a Chromebook How to Stream Google Play Music on Your Chromebook How to Right-Click on a Chromebook How to Unlock Chromebooks Using a PIN Number How to Snap Windows in Chrome OS by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoForbes.comCrazy Rich Asians for RealForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement How to Get Android Apps, Google Play Store on a Chromebook Change the Screen Resolution of a Chromebook Use Skype on a Chromebook Take a Screenshotlast_img read more

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Sperm separation technique allows Japanese scientists to select the gender of mice

first_imgUp until a few short decades ago when ultrasound imagery became sharp enough to reveal the relevant details, parents had to wait for the arrival of a new family member to learn its gender. Could a day come when they’re not only aware of this at the point of conception, but have the final say in whether it’s a boy or a girl? A significant breakthrough in genetics research out of Japan has raised this very question, with scientists establishing a new kind of chemical treatment that can produce mice litters made up mostly of a desired sex. The work was carried out by scientists at Hiroshima University, who were on the hunt for biomarkers that could be used to distinguish X chromosomes from Y chromosomes, which are carried by individual sperm, with the former producing female offspring and the latter leading to male offspring. Telling one from the other ahead of fertilization has historically proven difficult, but the Hiroshima University scientists claim to have now teased out some very useful differences. According to an analysis in mice, the X chromosome carries many more genes than the Y chromosome. They were able to identify around 500 of these that were active and unique to the X-bearing sperm and not to be found in the Y chromosome.Of those 500 active genes, the team learned that 18 of those encode receptors that could serve as potential targets to dampen the swimming abilities of sperm carrying the female DNA. This led them to a chemical treatment that targeted two of these receptors in particular, and proved successful in applying the brakes to the sperm’s motility. Applying the technique to mouse sperm led to sperm traveling at different paces, in effect separating the X-chromosome-carrying swimmers from those carrying the Y-chromosome. Using the faster group for in vitro fertilization led to a litter of mice that were 90 percent male. Using the slower-swimming group instead, the litter wound up being 81 percent female. Far from perfect, but also far from the 50/50 split we’ve come to expect over hundreds of thousands years of human history. “The differential expression of receptor genes by the two sex chromosomes provides the basis for a novel and potentially highly useful method for separating X and Y sperm and we have already succeeded the selectively production of male or female in cattle and pig by this method,” says Masayuki Shimada, study co-author.As Shimada touches on there, gender preselection for livestock is an active area of research and one with important consequences concerning the environment and food security. Male cows, for example, yield greater quantities of meat per carcass than female, but current methods can be expensive and risk damage to the DNA. This new method, according to the authors of the study, could offer a much simpler solution for use in in vitro fertilization and artificial insemination, techniques already widely used in livestock breeding practices. Regarding humans, the team believes that the technology would be “widely applicable” to other mammals, but do urge caution in this regard.”Nonetheless, use of this method in human reproductive technology is speculative at the moment, and involves significant ethical issues unaffected by the utility of this new technique,” says Shimada.The research was published in the journal PLOS Biology.Source: PLOS via ScienceDirectlast_img read more

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Contiki Busabout and Hotel Xcaret Black Friday Cyber Monday deals

first_img Thursday, November 22, 2018 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Black Friday, Dealscenter_img TORONTO — It’s Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. and that means Black Friday is just around the corner. Here’s today’s roundup of Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel deals.  CONTIKIContiki clients can save 20% off on a series of 20 of the youth travel specialist’s most popular adventures around the world including ‘European Magic’, ‘Mykonos & Santorini Island Escape’ and ‘Bangkok to Singapore Adventure’, plus options in Latin and South America, and Australia and New Zealand. The sale starts tomorrow, Nov. 23, and runs until Nov. 30.BUSABOUTBusabout is offering 20% off its Unlimited Passes to its U.S. and Europe Hop-on Hop-off travel network. With the Unlimited Pass clients can road trip across two continents wherever and however they like, as often as they like – whether it’s from San Francisco to Las Vegas (with South Lake Tahoe in between) or Munich to Krakow (with Salzburg, Grunau, Vienna and Bratislava in between). Busabout is also offering 15% off everything else with certain exceptions – from its multi-day adventures to music festival trips. The booking window is Nov. 23 – 30 (promo code ‘BlackFriday’). HOTEL XCARET, MEXICOXcaret’s first five-star, nature-centric and socially responsible hotel is offering up to 43% off rates for travel scheduled for the rest of 2018 and 2019. The booking window is Nov. 23 – 26. See https://www.hotelxcaret.com/en/. Deals are based on availability and apply only for new reservations.Click here for Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals for Sunwing, Barcelo Hotel Group, ACV, Trafalgar and Insight.Click here for Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals for G Adventures, Collette, Cunard and Transat.Click here for Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals for Princess Cruises, WestJet, Club Med and Air Canada. Contiki, Busabout and Hotel Xcaret: Black Friday, Cyber Monday deals Travelweek Group last_img read more

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Burundi set for presidential poll amid political unrest

first_imgPolicemen patrol the Musaga district of Bujumbura, Burundi, Monday July 20, 2015. Government representatives failed to show up Sunday for talks in Burundi aimed at ending the unrest caused by the president’s controversial bid for a third term, forcing the mediation to be adjourned just ahead of Tuesday’s election, the talks facilitator said. Burundi has been rocked by violence that has left more than 100 people dead. Over 144,000 people have fled the country since the ruling party announced President Pierre Nkurunziza’s candidacy in April. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay) It has deployed to the field to monitor Tuesday’s election.U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on authorities “to do all in their power to ensure security and a peaceful atmosphere during the election” and “to refrain from any acts of violence that could compromise the stability of Burundi and the region,” his spokesman said.Ban noted that East African Community-backed negotiations between the government, opposition and other political actors aimed at ending the unrest were suspected Sunday without agreement on a range of issues that would have contributed “to the creation of a climate conducive to the holding of credible and peaceful elections,” the spokesman said.The U.N. chief reiterated his appeal for the resumption of “a frank dialogue” among all parties and urged them to avoid undermining the progress achieved in building democracy, the spokesman said.Bujumbura has seen weeks of sporadic street battles between the police and civilians. More than 100 people have died in demonstrations since the ruling party announced Nkurunziza’s candidacy in April.Protesters say Nkurunziza must go because the constitution limits the president to two terms, but the president’s supporters say he is eligible for a third term because he was chosen by lawmakers — and not popularly elected — for his first term in 2005. How do cataracts affect your vision? It was not clear if anyone was injured. The same neighborhood saw explosions and gunfire on the eve of parliamentary polls on June 26.Preparations for voting day are complete with ballot boxes and papers distributed to nearly 11,500 voting centers throughout the country and security has been improved to ensure a smooth voting process, electoral commission spokesman Prosper Ntahorwamiye said Monday.Ntahorwamiye said the commission expects a high turnout of the 3.8 million registered voters, saying that improved security has encouraged refugees to return. But the U.N. refugee agency said it has not seen any returns of the more than 170,000 who have fled the country fearing election-related violence.The European Union suspended its election observer mission in Burundi in May over concerns about restrictions on independent media, excessive use of force against demonstrators and intimidation of opposition parties and civic groups. Citing insecurity, Catholic Church leaders also withdrew their support for the elections as scheduled.The United Nations Observer Mission to Burundi said the parliamentary election, in which the ruling party won a majority of seats, was not conducted in a conducive environment for free, credible and inclusive elections. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Check your body, save your life Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories center_img Top Stories Comments   Share   The unrest triggered an attempted military coup in mid-May that was quickly put down by pro-Nkurunziza forces.Gloria Ndayisaba 35, who runs a food kiosk in Musaga market, said she will not vote because Nkurunziza is on the ballot.“Peter (Nkurunziza, as some refer to the president) should just go home and let us continue with our lives. It’s time to let another person rule,” Ndayisaba said, adding that her business was down by 50 percent.Dozens of Nkurunziza’s critics including his second vice-president, the vice president of the electoral commission, and the deputy president of the Supreme Court have fled the country or are in hiding over death threats.Of the eight presidential candidates three, including two former presidents, withdrew from the race last week saying the polls will not be free and fair. Burundi’s electoral commission has, however, denied receiving their withdrawals.“Nkurunziza running for the presidency is a constitutional coup,” former president Sylvestre Ntibantunganya, who has pulled out of the race, told The Associated Press by phone Monday.U.N. human rights chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein told the U.N. Security Council earlier this month that “the risk to human life, and to regional stability and development, is high” as a result of escalating politically motivated violence and Burundi’s history of recurring bloodshed and atrocities. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi is set to hold a presidential election Tuesday amid unrest over incumbent President Pierre Nkuruniziza’s bid for a third term in office.Fears have been rife that the polls may trigger violence.A grenade exploded in Bujumbura, the capital’s central business district Monday but did not wound anyone, said Deputy Police Spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye. At night, gunfire could be heard in the neighborhood of Nyakabiga, according to local Journalist Patrick Wasso who lives nearby. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

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Welcome in 2016 with Hong Kongs New Year Countdown Celebrations

first_img Discover Hong Kong Hong Kong New Year Celebrations www.discoverhongkong.comWelcome in 2016 with Hong Kong’s New Year Countdown Celebrations“Another fresh new year is here. Another year to live…to love and laugh and give”  by William Arthur Ward. This quote forms the inspiration behind the “Love & Joy” theme of this year’s Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations.On New Year’s Eve (31 December), the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) will stage a “pyromusical”, interweaving pyrotechnics with fireworks, special lighting effects and music, over the iconic Victoria Harbour and its breathtaking surrounding scenery to ring in the New Year.This year, the fireworks will be more than just sparks lighting up the sky. Each burst in the night sky will represent someone’s smile, love or dream – creating smile and heart-shaped symbols of hope across the spectacular harbour. Complementing the show will also be various greetings in several languages displayed on the LED screen on the façade of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, creating a loving and joyful atmosphere for visitors from around the world.Satellite Feed Information CTEG Hong Kong Countdown Celebrations – HK Time 31/12/2015 23:55 to 24:10 (GMT 1555 – 1610)To share the excitement with global TV audience, the HKTB will provide satellite feed of the entireevent for use by television broadcasters worldwide as the clock strikes midnight. Details of thesatellite feed are as follows:Via IS-19 at 166.0 degree East, 22C Slot D (Covering Mainland China, Taiwan, Australasia, South Asia & Southeast Asia) * Programme name: CTEG Hong Kong Countdown Celebrations「中滔環保香港除夕倒數」* On-air date & time: 31/12/2015 (GMT 1555-1610) – Free to air signal* Download link: 4153.5MHz* Symbol rate: 7.2 MS/s* FEC: 3/4* Polarization: Horizontal* System: HD PAL* DVB-S2 8PSK* Format: Mpeg 4 16:9 1080i 50Hz 4:2:0 A1 : A2 Stereo PGM* Encryption System: Free to air signalVia Asiasat-5 at 100.5 degree East, C14H Lease Ch 1 9.00 (Covering Asia, Mainland China, Taiwan, North Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Australia, Eastern Europe & CIS) * Programme name: CTEG Hong Kong Countdown Celebrations* On-air date & time: 31/12/2015 (GMT 1555-1610) – Free to air signal* Download link: 4146.5 MHz* Symbol rate: 7.2 MS/s * FEC: 3/4* Polarization: Horizontal * System: HD PAL* DVB-S2 8PSK * Format: Mpeg 4 16:9 1080i 50Hz 4:2:0 A1 : A2 Stereo PGM* Encryption System: Free to air signal Source = Hong Kong Tourism Boardcenter_img New Year celebrations in Hong Kongdiscover more herelast_img read more