PECULIAR WEATHER EVENT TODAY

first_img Traffic relief coming for Blue Hills says Minister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Dec 2014 – PECULIAR WEATHER EVENT TODAY brings extremely high tides, fierce white caps along the reef all day and surges in Blue Hills (at least).It warrants more research but Blue Hills fishermen tell MM the surge was troublesome and brought waves way inshore.Seaweed is the only evidence now but even now an ominous cloud paints a gorgeous picture across the NW skies of Provo. Related Items:blue hills, seaweeds, Tci weather Fiery explosion kills Blue Hills man Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP Administration announces plan to ease Blue Hills traffic congestionlast_img read more

New AntiCorruption unit ready to tackle Govt complaints

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 27th 2017 – Nassau –It is official. The Commissioner of Police, Ellison Greenslade yesterday confirmed that a corruption unit within the Royal Bahamas Police Force, “the anti-corruption branch”, is now fully operational. The Commissioner said, “We did develop a unit to look at corruption issues,” adding also, “looking now at 11 separate files originating of various departments and various public operations.”Greenslade revealed that the anti-corruption unit is headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Paul Rolle, who will lead a team of several officers including a very well trained veteran detective at the Superintendent rank, as well as an authority at law.The special unit has already begun investigating 11 files, according to Greenslade and charges can range from stealing, misappropriation of funds and corruption.  This announcement also comes on the heels of the Minister of Works, Desmond Bannister’s question to the Attorney General to consider whether legal action should be taken against members of the former Christie-administration for abusing their legal authority.However, Greenslade explained, “when things are just allegations and no formal complaints are made, the Commissioner is in a very difficult position,” expounding on the fact that the new unit is yet to receive any official complaints from Government entities. The unit will focus on the Public and Private sector and is located on Nassau Street, just north of Meeting Street.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Related Items:#AntiCorruptionBranch, #magneticmedianews, #RBPF Royal Bahamas Defence Force Prepare Hurricane Shelter Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Grand Bahama Police report on crash landing off West End Bahamas Police makes $2.3M Drug Bust in Biminilast_img read more

Ozil retains support for Germany

first_imgArsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has revealed he still supports the German national team despite the criticism and abuse he received after the World Cup.The 30-year-old announced his retirement from international football after the World Cup citing racist abuse and remarks from the German Football Federation (DFB).Ozil was criticized in Germany prior to the World Cup when he and Ilkay Gundogan, who are both of Turkish descent, were pictured alongside Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.In July, he wrote on Twitter:‘The treatment I have received from the DFB and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt.”“I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.”Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level while I have this feeling of racism and disrespect.”However, the former Real Madrid midfielder revealed on his Twitter account during a Q&A session with fans, that he still supports the German team.I’ve always been supporting the DFB Team since my childhood and I’ve still many friends playing for the German National Team. Of course I’m still supporting the team! https://t.co/flgtc13DZT— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 24, 2018He said: “I’ve always been supporting the DFB Team since my childhood and I’ve still many friends playing for the German National Team. Of course, I’m still supporting the team!”last_img read more

The 10 Deadly Sins of BtoB Publishing

first_imgMIAMI—Even in the face of a down real estate market, b-to-b residential housing and commercial construction publishing giant Hanley Wood is maintaining an aggressive business strategy. During today’s luncheon keynote at the FOLIO: Publishing Summit, CEO Frank Anton unveiled what he calls the “10 deadly sins” that have b-to-b companies in a “spiral of purgatory” in a down economy.Anton outlined the sins—underperformance, cowardice, technophobia, inferiority, complacency, coziness, stinginess, cluelessness, disorganization and dullness—with examples from Anton’s own experience in leading Hanley Wood.“Fear of failure for many outweighs the satisfaction of success,” Anton said of the “cowardice” sin. “Try things. Take chances. To grow a company you need to take risks. Sometimes you’ll fail but try. Learn.” Trade publishers that have underinvested in electronic media are now playing catch-up—and are paying the price, Anton said in reference to his ‘technophobia’ sin. Hanley Wood’s online advertising has seen growth over the last couple of years, and Anton expects that revenue to grow 40 percent this year, he said.In regards to complacency, Anton urged even successful publishers to continue to strive to be better. “Too many companies are making money and don’t care if their publication is the number one, number two or number three book in their segment. I don’t get that,” he said. “Being competitive and winning is fun. Be restless. Work hard to be the best.”last_img read more

UNSC pledges to tackle terror funding unanimously adopts resolution 2462

first_imgThe members of the United Nations Security Council hold a meeting to vote for a resolutions on controlling the turmoil in Venezuela on February 28, 2019 at the United Nations in New York. – Russia and China on Thursday used their veto at the UN Security Council to block a US resolution calling for new presidential elections in Venezuela and unimpeded deliveries of humanitarian aid.France, Germany and Britain were among nine countries that backed the proposed measure. South Africa also voted no while Indonesia, Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast abstained.JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution that calls upon countries to prevent and counter the financing of terrorism, especially in its new forms.Initiated by France, Resolution 2462 is intended to update existing resolutions and adapt them to new forms of financing of terrorism and new challenges in this field, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.The resolution notes with concern that terrorists may abuse legitimate businesses and non-profit organisations for their activities, and make use of emerging payment methods, such as prepaid cards and mobile payments or virtual assets.It also expresses concern at the continuing use by terrorists and their supporters of information and communications technologies, in particular, the internet, to facilitate terrorist acts, as well as inciting, recruiting, funding, or planning terrorist acts.Therefore, the resolution calls upon all countries to enhance the traceability and transparency of financial transactions, including assessing and addressing potential risks associated with virtual assets and as appropriate, the risks of new financial instruments, including but not limited to crowd-funding platforms.It also encourages member states to apply risk-based anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regulations to virtual asset service providers and to identify effective systems to conduct risk-based monitoring or supervision of virtual asset service providers.Furthermore, the resolution encourages competent national authorities, in particular financial intelligence units and intelligence services, to continue to establish effective partnerships with the private sector, including financial institutions, the Financial technology industry and internet and social media companies, in particular with regards to the evolution of trends, sources and methods of the financing of terrorism.Adopted in 2001 in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US, Resolution 1373 was the first comprehensive resolution imposing obligations on all states to respond to the global threat of terrorism.Resolution 2462 also affirms the Resolution 1373 and in particular its decisions that all countries shall prevent and suppress the financing of terrorist acts and refrain from providing any of support, active or passive, to entities or persons involved in terrorist acts.last_img read more

WATCH Kashmiri voter dances his heart out near polling booth brisk voting

first_imgPower of Indian democracy at a polling booth in #Baramulla area of North #Kashmir #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/yoG43VVAO2 — Neeraj Rajput (@neeraj_rajput) April 11, 2019A 24.4 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the two assembly constituencies till 11 am. Long queues of voters in Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora assembly segments of the North Kashmir constituency were witnessed since the wee hours despite reports of petrol bombing and stone pelting in the region.Various militant outfits, including Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba, had warned the people not to participate in the Lok Sabha elections.On the other hand, many mainstream political leaders, including Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and Farooq Abdullah, have urged the voters to defy the protest call and come out to exercise their franchise.A sizeable population of Kashmiri Hindu migrants originally from Baramulla and now settled in Jammu and Delhi have been asked to vote from their respective locations. Two polling booths were set up for the migrant voters in Jammu region.Jammu: Kashmiri Pandits in Udhampur cast their votes for Baramulla parliamentary constituency at a special polling station set-up at Municipal Town Hall. A voter says, “We are migrants here. It’s our duty to caste vote. We want to return to Baramulla” pic.twitter.com/sRsZbXhdkL— ANI (@ANI) April 11, 2019There are 13.2 lakh voters in the Baramulla constituency which is seeing a triangular contest between the seasoned political leader, Mohammad Akbar Lone of National Conference, Engineer Rashid who is an independent candidate and an ex IAS officer, Raja Aijaz Ali of Peoples Conference.Interestingly, Engineer Rashid who is also an ex-MLA has received support from former IAS officer, Shah Faesal. Rashid has been a controversial figure as he openly supported the separatist Hurriyat leadership in the valley and at one point even supported the plebiscite in the valley, termed as anti-national by the right wing groups.The BJP is almost virtually non-existent in Kashmir but is still the strongest party in Jammu constituency. The BJP vote bank may however be dented by  the Muslim majority regions of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region casting  their vote in favour of Congress and other regional parties.The BJP had swept the Lok Sabha polls and State Legislative Assembly elections conducted in Jammu region last time. People from the Baramulla constituency of North Kashmir turn out to vote despite reports of violence and threats in the regionTwitter/ Ieshan WaniAn elderly man pushing his wheelchair to reach the nearest polling booth in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir and an excited voter dancing his heart out while casting his vote presented a different picture of the valley which has seen a record number of deaths and violence in the recent times.Image of the day. Voter dancing in Bandipora in the Kashmir valley. #IndiaElects @IndiaToday pic.twitter.com/VDiZlpMaK9— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) April 11, 2019last_img read more

Indian oil companies to buy 24 stake in Russias Vankor oilfield for

first_imgAn Indian Oil Corporation (IOC)-led consortium of state-run oil companies from India will acquire 23.9 percent stake in Russia’s Vankor oilfield for $2.1 billion, reported the Press Trust of India. Vankor is the country’s largest oilfield, discovered and brought into production in the last 25 years by Russia’s national oil company Rosneft.IOC, Oil India Ltd (OIL) and Bharat PetroResources (a subsidiary of Bharat Petroleum Corp) will pick up nearly 8 percent stake each in the east Siberian field, which at present produces 422,000 barrels of oil per day and contributes 4 percent to Russia’s production, said PTI. It added the field was the federation’s second largest in terms of oil production.In a statement, IOC said the consortium “signed the definitive agreement to acquire up to 23.9 percent shares from Rosneft Oil Company in JSC Vankorneft, a company organised under the law of the Russian Federation, which is the owner of Vankor and North Vankor Field licences.”Rosneft currently owns 85 percent majority stake in the field, with the rest held by another Indian oil giant, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)’s foreign arm ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL). The consortium said the deal is expected to be finalised by September 2016, after government and regulatory approvals. It will also push India’s stake in the field to 38.9 percent in all.In September 2015, OVL invested $1.25 billion to fork out a 15 percent stake in the same oilfield. As of early January 2016, Vankor field’s recoverable resources stood at 361 million tonnes of oil (and condensate) and 138 billion cubic meters of gas. “With the closure of the Vankor deal, IOC’s equity oil portfolio will go up by 1.6 million tonnes per annum,” said the statement.It added that the acquisition will be strategic to India both in terms of its energy security as well as its growing geo-political and economic power. India and Russia have sought to increase their bilateral trade to $30 billion by 2025. It stood at $9.51 billion in 2014, according to the Indian Embassy website.Rosneft has indicated to sell another 11 percent stake in Vankor to OVL; however the details are still to emerge.last_img read more

Stop hatching conspiracies over Rohingya issue Quader to BNP

first_imgAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader speaking at a meeting in noakhali on Satuday. Photo: Prothom AloAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday urged BNP to stop hatching ‘conspiracies’ centering Rohingya issue, reports news agency UNB.“BNP has been engaged in a dirty game. They don’t criticise the repression of Rohingyas by the Myanmar authorities…they only criticise the government,” he said.Quader, also the road tansport and bidges mnister, was inaugurating a health complex in Kabirhat upazila of Noakhali.“We’re passing through a tough time… just after huge losses caused by massive flood in haors and coastal areas, we’re struggling with over 300,000 Rohingya refugees who fled their country amid persecution. We’re worried how we will bear the burden of such huge refugees,” he said.Quader further said, “We’re concerned for the fact that with the refugees, illegal arms, drugs and local and international conspiracies are also entering the country. We’ve given shelter to Rohingya Muslims, we’re with them but we’re also contacting the UN, the EU and global communities for their help in sending back Rohingyas to their country.”last_img read more

Secondgrader votes for boat

first_imgPeople queue for voting in Khulna city. Photo: Focus BanglaVote rigging in Khulna City Corporation elections reached to the extent that even a minor boy was found voting for ruling Awami League-backed mayoral candidate Talukder Abdul Khalek on Tuesday.After visiting several centres in Khulna city, this correspondent found a man coming out of a polling station with his son, a student of class II. Both of the father and son had indelible ink marks on their fingers.Asked about the ink, the man said, ”My son has cast his vote, too.”And the second-grader said, ”I voted for boat and Tipu uncle (the AL-backed ward councillor Ali Akbar Tipu).”Both the father and son were found in front of Nurani Bahumukhi Madrasa centre, under ward 25. A member of the election commission in the centre was also allegedly harassed by the ruling AL influentials.AL-backed candidate Talukder Abdul Khalek visited Platinum High School station under ward No. 11 around 12:00pm. After his visit, around eight to 10 AL activists entered the centre and started ballot stuffing in the presence of presiding officer Sheikh Abu Md Mushfequl Morshed.When some journalists started recording the ballot stuffing scene, the presiding officer drove them away, saying, ”We have some restrictions.”Visiting PTI polling station around 2:00pm, it was seen a voter, Sadia Parveen, could not cast her vote as someone else had already done so.”They said I had already cast my vote and told me to go somewhere else,” Parveen told Prothom Alo.last_img read more

US attack on Syria aggression against a sovereign state Russia

first_imgMoscow slammed the US strike on a Syrian airbase Friday as “aggression against a sovereign state”, and suspended a bilateral agreement to help avoid clashes in the skies over the war-torn country.“President Putin considers American strikes on Syria aggression against a sovereign state in violation of international norms, and under an invented pretext,” said the statement by the Kremlin press service posted on the official website.US President Donald Trump ordered a military strike on a Syrian air base at 0040GMT, in retaliation for what he said was a “very barbaric attack” Tuesday that is suspected to have contained a nerve agent.Moscow has been flying a bombing campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces since September 2015 and on Wednesday said it would continue to back the regime.The Russian foreign ministry announced the suspension of a memorandum signed with the US in October 2015 which set up a hotline to avoid clashes between their air forces in Syrian airspace as they carried out separate bombing campaigns.“We call upon the UN Security Council to hold an extraordinary meeting to discuss the situation,” the ministry said in a statement, calling the strike “thoughtless.”Russia had sought to deflect blame from Assad over the incident, claiming Syrian jets struck a rebel arms depot housing “toxic substances” and denying that the regime has access to any chemical weapons.“The Syrian army does not have any chemical weapon stockpiles,” the Kremlin statement said, accusing Washington of trying to “divert attention of the international community from the many civilian casualties in Iraq.”“The fact of destruction of all chemical weapon stockpiles of the Syrian armed forces was recorded and confirmed by the (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons).”“This step by Washington inflicts considerable damage to US-Russia relations, which are already in a lamentable state,” the Kremlin said.A White House official said 59 precision-guided Tomahawk missiles hit the Shayrat airfield, from where the US believes the attack was launched.The Syrian army said that six people were killed and serious damage caused by the strike.last_img read more

Church leaders pray for Ethiopian Airlines crash victims as they grieve for

first_imgFredrick Nzwili Share This! Share This! Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 March 14, 2019 at 8:18 am Zora says: Fredrick Nzwili,1 Comment Click here to post a comment Some Rohingya refugees prefer death in Bangladesh over repatriation to Myanmar Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) – Amid shock and grief after the Ethiopian Airline crash, leaders from the world’s faith traditions gathered in Nairobi for a United Nations event, united in prayer on Monday (March 11) for the 157 victims of the air disaster, among them a Roman Catholic nun and a Catholic and a Lutheran priest.Some 5,000 delegates to the U.N. Environment Assembly, meeting at the U.N.’s Nairobi campus this week, held a moment of silence for 22 of their number who died on their way to the assembly.“I stand before you this morning with a very heavy heart, as we mourn the loss of our sisters and brothers, our colleagues, delegates and members of the United Nations family in the tragic Ethiopian Airlines plane crash,” Maimunah Mohd Sharif, acting director of the U.N. Office in Nairobi, told the gathering.“In the wake of this tragedy, it has been difficult to navigate how to proceed without showing respect to the many lives lost yesterday. I want to assure … that as the day and week unfolds … we will not forget this tragedy, nor those that perished with it.”In a tent set aside for clergy on the sidelines of the U.N. meeting, leaders from Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Baha’i and Judaism took turns to offer the prayers. The leaders are hosting a side event at the assembly dubbed “Faith for Earth.”“We have gathered here to pray for those who have lost their lives in an untimely manner. May God comfort and give strength to their families. We are sad, but there is nothing we can do now,” said Nigeria’s Imam Shefiu Abdulkareem Majemu, president of the Strength in Diversity Development Center.Nigerian Imam Shefiu Abdulkareem Majemu, left, prays for victims of the Ethiopian air disaster with other religious leaders during a United Nations event in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 11, 2019. RNS photo by Fredrick Nzwili“We remember all the nations that have lost their citizens in the tragedy,” said Anglican Bishop Julius Wanyoike of Thika Diocese in Kenya. “At this time we pray for blessing. May grace be sufficient.”“Help us to understand why a ship could crash into the earth with people from different nationalities,” said Israeli Rabbi Yonatan Neril, executive director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development in Jerusalem.The jetliner en route to Nairobi crashed near the Ethiopian town of Bishoftu soon after takeoff from the Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Sunday. The international aid community was hit hard by the crash, as Nairobi and Addis Ababa are hubs for relief and development work.The Rev. Norman Tendis, an Austrian Lutheran priest and a consultant for the World Council of Churches, was killed in the downed Boeing jet, as were the Rev. George Mukua and Sister Florence Wangari Yongi, both Roman Catholics.Four relief workers from Catholic Relief Services who were traveling to attend a training in Nairobi were also killed.In all, 35 nations were affected by the crash, the second involving Boeing’s 737 Max 8, a relatively new model, in the past six months. Some countries have grounded the 737 Max 8s in their fleets.The tragedy hit Kenya hardest, with 32 citizens lost. Canada followed with 18, while Ethiopia lost nine. The U.S., Italy and China lost eight each and Britain seven.“It’s a difficult time. Our hearts go to the family, a friend and our dear brother Norman,” said Arnold Temple, a Sierra Leonean Methodist and president of the All Africa Conference of Churches, referring to Tendis.Mukua, a Kenyan in his second year as a Mariannhill missionary priest, was returning to Nairobi from Rome via Addis Ababa.“As his confreres we are shaken by this tragic death and ask for your continued prayers for him and especially his family. May the soul of Fr. George … and all passengers that have died rest in eternal peace,” wrote the Rev. Patrick Chongo, a fellow priest, on Facebook.Yongi was traveling to Kenya from Kisangani, in Congo, where she had worked as a missionary for three and a half years. She was returning to Kenya to renew her passport. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Internet work opportunities are becoming a trend all over the over world nowadays. 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HISD Runoff Election Results

first_imgPexelsVoters picked two new board members with teaching experience in the runoff elections for the Houston school district.Unofficial results from the Harris County Clerk’s Office show Elizabeth Santos and Sergio Lira are the winners in the runoff elections to help govern the state’s largest school district. Santos beat Gretchen Himsl to win the District I seat in North Houston and Lira defeated Jesse Rodriguez for the District III seat in Southeast Houston. He will serve out the remaining term of the late Trustee Manuel Rodriguez, which runs through 2019. Santos attended HISD herself and has spent the last 10 years as a teacher in the district. She was strongly supported by the teacher’s union. Lira also works in HISD as an assistant principal at Bellaire High School.The election results mean that six of the nine trustees for HISD have teaching experience.“Voters sent a clear message on Nov. 7 and tonight that they value the voices of frontline educators and will stand with candidates who embrace community-driven solutions to the challenges that face our schools,” said Zeph Capo, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, in a statement.Santos and Lira will be sworn into office in January. Sharelast_img read more

Texas Democrats React With Outrage To Trumps Shithole Comment —Al Green Calls

first_img Share Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneThen a candidate for president, Donald Trump rallied a crowd of veterans at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 28, 2016 — just ahead of that state’s presidential caucuses.Editor’s note: Some language in this story may not be appropriate for the faint of heart. Consider yourself warned.In a meeting with lawmakers at the White House on Thursday, President Donald Trump allegedly asked why immigrants from “shithole” countries were getting protections as part of a bipartisan immigration deal.The question, first reported by the Washington Post, prompted nearly immediate outrage among Texas lawmakers, especially Democrats. One longtime Texan in the U.S. House, Rep. Al Green, D-Houston, even said he’d push for Trump’s impeachment. According to lawmakers at Thursday’s White House meeting, Trump’s comment was in reference to immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Africa. A White House official told the Post that the president said he was open to accepting immigrants from Norway and Asian countries because he believed they would help bolster the U.S. economy.The Post reported that the president singled out Haiti during the meeting, questioning why the United States needed more Haitians and telling lawmakers to “take them out” of a bipartisan immigration deal. Many lawmakers hope such a deal will resolve the standoff between Republicans and Democrats over recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.In a tweet Friday morning, Trump denied that he had said anything derogatory about Haitians, though he said that “Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country.” Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018Green, the Houston congressman, tweeted Friday that “congressional condemnation of racist bigotry is not enough. In Congress, talk is cheap-it’s how we vote that counts.”Green said he planned to bring a resolution to impeach Trump to the House floor next week. That resolution is unlikely to go far, however. Green has tried — and failed — to impeach Trump before. His attempt in December died after a 364-58 vote to “table” the resolution.Congressional condemnation of racist bigotry is not enough. In Congress, talk is cheap-it’s how we vote that counts. Next week, I will again bring a resolution to impeach @realDonaldTrump. I will put my vote where my mouth is. #RepealandReplaceTrump— Congressman Al Green (@RepAlGreen) January 12, 2018U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, who is challenging Republican Ted Cruz in the 2018 election to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate, said he would fight for Haitians and El Salvadorans to stay in the country. The way that Trump talks about Mexicans, Haitians and Central Americans is not too different from how racists and “America first” proponents were talking about Irish, Italians and Polish not too long ago. We will once again overcome this anti-immigrant nativism.— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) January 11, 2018U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, said she was the granddaughter of Caribbean immigrants.“I go high as [Trump] stoops lower,” she tweeted. “Americans must not be silent as he undermines our values.”U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, tweeted that “Trump’s comments about immigrants from Haiti, African nations and other nations were vile, racist and damaging to American society.”U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, tweeted that “each day [Trump] embarrasses and endangers us.”“In continuing to impair civic dialogue, Trump has added expletives inappropriate for public debate or family conversation,” Doggett said. “His latest comments about African and Haitian immigrants once again reflect his vulgarity, intolerance and prejudice.”Some Texas Republicans, meanwhile, have been more measured in their responses. U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, said in an interview on Fox News that he would not defend Trump’s language, but backed the president’s frustration with the U.S. immigration system.“Here we’ve got people, the only people they want to talk about — ‘Dreamers’ — are people that came into the country illegally,” Gohmert said. “We’re seeing statistics that a huge percentage don’t speak English though they’re getting free education and all kinds of free things.”“The economy should be taking off after the great tax bill we got done, and yet, when you keep overwhelming America with people coming in illegally, it is difficult to get things done,” he added. Republican House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, condemned the president’s comment. In a statement Friday, Straus said “the vast diversity of our population makes America a better place.”“I wish President Trump would show the same respect for other people, no matter their background, that Texans show one another,” Straus said. “Unfortunately, when the President talks so derisively of other countries and their people, it is our country that suffers the most.” Texas evangelical megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress told CBN News that Trump got the “sentiment” right. JUST IN to @TheBrodyFile : Pastor Robert Jeffress on President Trump’s immigration comments: “Apart from the vocabulary attributed to him, President Trump is right on target in his sentiment.”Full statement here. @robertjeffress @realDonaldTrump @WhiteHouse @POTUS pic.twitter.com/tmSOyBrZRl— David Brody (@TheBrodyFile) January 12, 2018“Apart from the vocabulary attributed to him, President Trump is right on target in his sentiment,” said Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas. “As commander-in-chief, President Trump has a responsibility to place the interests of our nation above the needs of other countries.”How do you feel about Trump’s alleged comments on Haiti, El Salvador and African countries? Tweet us your thoughts using the hashtag #MyTexasTake. last_img read more

Black Cop Who Shot a White Woman Sentenced to 12 12 Years

first_imgBy BlackNews.comMinneapolis, MN — White police officers who fatally shoot African Americans usually get away with it without any charges. But Mohamed Noor, a former Minneapolis police officer who is Black, has been sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison for shooting Justine Damond, a white woman, back in July 2017.The sentencing came two days after Noor’s lawyers asked the judge for no jail time or even just “less time than what sentencing guidelines call for.” They claimed that Noor showed a rather good attitude and sense of remorse during trial.Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor listens as he is sentenced by Judge Kathryn Quaintance at Hennepin County District Court Friday, June 7, 2019, in Minneapolis, in the fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)Noor, who is a 33-year old Somali-American, was responding to a 911 call of a possible assault near the caller’s house. Noor was with his partner, Matthew Harrity, when they arrived on the scene and he saw a woman in a pink shirt with blond hair outside of Harrity’s window.Noor said that when the woman raised her right arm, he was threatened and his initial reaction was to fire one shot.“My intent was to stop the threat and save my partner’s life,” he said.Afterwards, he said he immediately realized that he had shot an innocent woman. The woman named Justine Damond is an Australian and she was the one who called 911 at that time. He remorsefully said on the stand, “I felt like my whole world came crashing down. I couldn’t breathe.”Noor also mentioned about his “counter-ambush” training, in which two officers are placed in a mock scenario where they are in a squad car and an instructor yells “Threat!” The officers would then have to make a quick decision if they should shoot.“Action is better than reaction,” Noor, who became a police officer in 2016, insisted. “If you’re reacting, that means it’s too late… to protect yourself… You die.”Despite his defense, Noor was found guilty of third degree murder and second degree murder. He was sentenced to 150 months in prison. He is the first police officer in Minnesota to be convicted of an on-duty shooting.last_img read more

Semiconducting nanonetwork could form the backbone of transparent flexible electronics

first_img Explore further 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. The researchers, led by Kwanghee Lee, a professor at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea, have published a paper on the new material in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “So far, there has been no semiconducting material that simultaneously achieves excellent optical transparency, high charge-carrier mobility, and real flexibility,” coauthor Kilho Yu at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology told Phys.org. “Metal oxides, such as ZnO and IGZO, have excellent transparency and high mobility, but they are brittle and show poor mobility if not treated with high-temperature (>200 °C) processes, which are not desirable for fabrication on flexible substrates. General semiconducting polymers are flexible, but show poor mobility without complex processes and are not very transparent because of their high optical absorption coefficient.”The new polymer blend consists of about 15% semiconducting polymer called DPP2T integrated into an inert polystyrene matrix. The two types of polymers do not mix uniformly, but instead the DPP2T forms a web-like nanonetwork through the inert matrix, creating highly ordered, continuously connected charge pathways for rapid charge transport. So far, transparency has been particularly challenging to achieve in semiconducting polymers because of their inherently high light absorption in the visible range. DPP2T belongs to a newer class of semiconducting polymers in which the light absorption peak is red-shifted to the near-infrared range, so it absorbs much less light in the visible range and has greater optical transparency. However, DPP2T by itself still has a greenish tint. Only by blending the DPP2T with the polystyrene matrix could the researchers fabricate a material that is almost perfectly transparent throughout the visible range.In the final analysis, the researchers showed that the individual materials in the polymer blend cannot achieve all three of the desired properties on their own, but only when blended together. © 2017 Phys.org Field-effect transistors integrated with LEDs, showing transparency and flexibility. Credit: Yu et al. ©2016 PNAS Graphene produces more efficient transport of a semiconducting polymer film Photograph of the flexible, transparent field-effect transistor made of the new material. Credit: Yu et al. ©2016 PNAS Citation: Semiconducting nanonetwork could form the backbone of transparent, flexible electronics (2017, January 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-01-semiconducting-nanonetwork-backbone-transparent-flexible.html More information: Kilho Yu et al. “Optically transparent semiconducting polymer nanonetwork for flexible and transparent electronics.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1606947113 To demonstrate, the researchers fabricated prototypes of colorless, bendable field-effect transistors integrated on top of colorless, bendable light-emitting diodes. The devices could withstand 1,000 bending cycles with no severe performance degradation. (Phys.org)—Researchers may have found a “sweet spot” for organic electronics by fabricating a new 2D semiconducting polymer-blended nanonetwork material that simultaneously achieves excellent charge mobility, high flexibility, and nearly 100% optical transparency—a combination of properties that has so far been elusive for semiconducting materials. According to the researchers, the nanonetwork is the first truly colorless, bendable semiconducting material, as demonstrated by the fabrication of field-effect transistors with integrated LEDs. “The nanonetwork semiconductor can be made very easily and is solution-processable, and it needs no heat treatment or any other complex processes,” Yu said. “It simultaneously achieves excellent characteristics for future transparent, deformable electronic applications. The applicability of the nanonetwork semiconductor was proven by the fabrication drive of prototype FET/OLED integrated devices. In the paper, we also have shown a new paradigm for achieving facile charge transport in semiconducting polymers, which emphasizes the importance of clean charge pathways along the polymer backbone, rather than the degree of crystallinity of the polymer.”The researchers expect that the results will pave the way for the development of a wide variety of applications, such as next-generation “see-through” bendable electronics and skin-attachable medical devices.”We are currently investigating the intriguing charge transport mechanism of the nanonetwork semiconductor using various experimental tools and modeling,” Yu said. “In addition, we are applying this nanonetwork semiconductor toward various electronic applications, in order to make it a platform technology for deformable and transparent electronics.” Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceslast_img read more

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