China rejects US hacking claims before TrumpXi meeting

first_imgBEIJING — China’s government has rejected a U.S. report that accuses Beijing of stepping up efforts to steal technology ahead of a meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping.The Commerce Ministry on Thursday accused Washington of destroying trade relations and rejected the U.S. Trade Representative’s report as “groundless accusations.”Both sides have raised tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods in a fight over U.S. complaints that Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology.The USTR report said computer hacking attacks traced to China and aimed at stealing American technology have increased this year.Trump and Xi are due to meet this month in Buenos Aires during a gathering of the Group of 20 major economies.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Cong SPBSP getting zero seats in first 2 phases of LS polls

first_imgSambhal (UP): Resuming campaigning after a 72-hour EC ban, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday claimed that the Congress and the SP-BSP-RLD alliance will get zero seats in the first two phases of general elections held so far in the state. Addressing an election meeting at Kaila Devi here, Adityanath said: “The BJP has got the maximum votes in the first two phases of polling on 16 seats and the Congress and the SP-BSP have been reduced to zero seats.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”I am coming to you after sadhana of Bajrang Bali for three days… I also had a darshan of Kaila Devi,” the CM said, adding that he never seeks votes in the name of religion. “Remember the Congress government when the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said that Muslims had the first right over the country’s resources while Mayawati in a rally in Saharanpur asked Muslims to unite and vote for the BSP-SP alliance… I have never sought votes in the name of caste or religion,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KWithout taking the name of SP leader Azam Khan, Adityanath said: “A ‘jeev’ (human being) of SP lives in Rampur… What kind of language he used for Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar… Today Mayawati ji is seeking votes for those who had disrespected Baba saheb… What kind of language he uses against mothers and daughters?” Taking on the Samajwadi Party candidate from Sambhal Shafiq-ur-Rehman Burq, the chief minister said: “What can be said about SP… It fielded a candidate in Sambhal who claims himself to be the descendant of Babar, hesitates in garlanding the statue of Baba Saheb and does not recite Vande Matram,” he said.last_img read more

Man held at IGI after fake visa found affixed to original visa

first_imgNew Delhi: Even after having an original visa, Raju Kamat was not able to visit Iraq in search of a job as he was arrested for having another fake visa in IGI airport on March 21. Police said that the accused told them that he never travelled with the fake documents to another country.According to police, Raju was intending to depart to Iraq from IGI airport. He had an original visa with him but when he went for checking, an official found that a fake visa was affixed on his passport page which was valid till 27 June 2018. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The fake visa did not have any security features,” the complainant told the police. He was handed over to the police and during interrogation, it was revealed that one of his friends had provided him with the visa but also told Kamat that it was fake. “The accused told us that he had never travelled with the fake visa as it was a risk but after that, he prepared original visa with proper documents but the fake visa remained in his passport,” said an official. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWhen asked about his friend who prepared a fake visa, Kamat further said that he did not know about his whereabouts but he is an Indian. Police said that Kamat further told him that he wanted to go foreign country in order to get job. The team under ACP (IGI) Abhishek is probing the case from all angles. Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia said that they are probing the angle whether any big racket is behind such illegal activity. The accused has been booked under section 474 and section 12 of the Passport Act. Recently, IGI Police busted a gang who induces people on the pretext of arranging VISA and sending them abroad. The law enforcement agency recovered 62 passports of different persons issued from various RPOs and 28 fake immigration stamps of different countries and banks.last_img read more

Dollarama costs rise on higher wages duties lower Canadian dollar

MONTREAL — Dollarama is facing rising costs including higher minimum wages, new duties on imports and the inflationary impact of a lower Canadian dollar.“We’re hearing about even price increases on incoming inbound freight from the Orient,” CEO Larry Rossy said Thursday during a conference call to discuss third-quarter results.The Montreal-based retailer said labour costs are rising as five provinces have increased minimum wages by an average of 2.5 per cent and a lower loonie is driving the cost of imports that fill its store shelves higher.Costs are also expected to rise when tariffs increase on many imported products from China and other countries starting in January.Dollarama said it plans to offset the higher costs by improving its efficiency rather than cut jobs.“You have to appreciate that the dollar store business is a labour-intensive business,” Rossy told analysts. Despite the challenges, the discount retailer beat expectations as its profits surged on improved same-store sales.Will Dollarama be the ‘consolation prize’ to loser of U.S. dollar store battle?From one buck to $3: How high will Dollarama go on its price points?Dollarama (TSX:DOL) earned $73 million or 55 cents per diluted share for the three months ended Nov. 2. That compared to $61.7 million or 43 cents per share a year earlier.Sales increased 12 per cent to $588 million as it benefited from 81 net new stores in the past year and a 5.9 per cent increase in comparable store sales as shoppers bought more higher priced items.Analysts expected it would earn 54 cents per share on $591.6 million of revenues, according the Thomson Reuters.The company said there was a 4.8 per cent increase in the average transaction size and a 1.1 per cent increase in the number of transactions. Items priced over $1 accounted for 69 per cent of sales, up from 62 per cent a year ago.Dollarama opened 11 net new stores in this quarter, mainly in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta. It remains on track to open 75 to 80 net new stores in its financial year.“Our sales this quarter were fuelled also by very strong Halloween season sales, as our customers responded positively to our compelling range of Halloween products,” Rossy added.The retailer hopes better weather this year will result in a stronger Christmas shopping season.Analyst Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets said Dollarama’s ability to boost earnings per share by 28 per cent off last year’s strong results demonstrates the strength of its business model.“The third-quarter performance underscores Dollarama’s industry-leading performance metrics,” she wrote in a report.Nattel said Dollarama posted same-store sales growth that outpaced retail rivals Canadian Tire (TSX:CTC) at 3.2 per cent and Wal-Mart at 0.6 per cent.Analyst Keith Howlett of Desjardins Capital Markets said the discount chain has no near-term competitive threat.“Dollar Tree now has about 210 stores in Canada, but to date has not materially affected Dollarama’s growth trajectory,” he wrote.Dollarama has some 928 stores across Canada. It has also partnered with discount chain Dollar City to expand it network of stores in Latin America by adding locations in El Salvador and Guatemala. read more

Annan recommends ending UN observer mission along IraqKuwait border

“From April 1991 to mid-March 2003, UNIKOM (UN Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission) was a successful and in many ways a model United Nations peacekeeping operation,” Mr. Annan says in a report to the Security Council on the mission, which was created to deter violations and report on hostile action along the border.Taking note of the end of hostilities and of Council resolution 1483 of last month, which recognized the United States-run coalition authority as the interim administration and appointed a Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, he says: “I recommend that the residual peacekeeping presence of UNIKOM be maintained for a final three months, until 6 October 2003, when the Mission would be closed.”During that period UNIKOM would scale down its military presence, continue to provide support to humanitarian assistance operations in Iraq, liquidate its assets and “most importantly make appropriate arrangements for handing over its activities in assistance of humanitarian operations to other entities remaining in the area,” he adds.Mr. Annan withdrew the bulk of UNIKOM on the eve of hostilities in March but maintained a small logistics headquarters in Kuwait City. Since the end of the fighting, UNIKOM has been supporting other UN activities. As of 31 May, UNIKOM’s overall strength was 154 people, consisting of 11 military observers and 143 civilian staff, 45 of them recruited internationally and 98 locally, under the command of Polish General Franciszek Gagor.The Secretary-General notes that Kuwait has requested the maintenance of UNIKOM until the situation becomes clearer and peace and security are restored to the area.He also reports that most of UNIKOM property and premises on the Iraqi side of the demilitarized zone were totally destroyed or stolen during or soon after the conflict and that the mission headquarters at Um Qasr was largely demolished, apparently by looting before or during the hostilities. read more

UN rights expert demands release of political prisoners dialogue in Belarus

In a prepared statement released in Geneva, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Adrian Severin, also called for the Government to allow him to conduct a fact-finding mission to the country as soon as possible.“The Special Rapporteur demands the immediate and unconditional release of Aleksandr Milinkevich, Vintsuk Vyachorka, Aleksandr Buchvostau, and Sergei Kalyakin as well as of all other political prisoners of Belarus,” the statement said, highlighting Mr. Severin’s “grave concern” over the detention of these opposition leaders.The Special Rapporteur demanded that the Government “give a clear and immediate sign of its readiness to cease ongoing human rights violations and bring their perpetrators to justice,” and that it invite him to conduct a fact-finding mission to Belarus at the earliest possible opportunity.Mr. Severin also expressed “serious concern” at reports indicating that another opposition member, Anatoly Lebedko, had been detained for several hours by KGB officers on 25 April during which “he would have been the victim of threats and ill-treatments.”The Special Rapporteur also urged the Government to “promptly engage in dialogue with all sectors of the Belarusian civil society, including the political opposition,” as a way of defining a road map for implementing recommendations of UN human rights experts.Today’s statement is the latest condemnation of rights violations in Belarus by Mr. Severin, after he voiced similar concerns surrounding the March presidential elections, when on one occasion he was joined by six other rights experts in calling for investigations into what was termed the deteriorating human rights situation.Special Rapporteurs are unpaid experts serving in an independent personal capacity who received their mandate from the now defunct UN Commission on Human Rights and will now report to the newly established and enhanced Human Rights Council. read more

Royalty rates will stay the same until the end of 2016

Royalty rates will stay the same until the end of 2016 by Kayla Butler and Justin Slimm Posted Aug 28, 2015 1:42 pm MDT Marg McCuaig-Boyd Courtesy Twitter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Alberta Government has finally released more details about it’s upcoming energy royalty review.In an effort to quell some uncertainty among investors and oil and gas operators, the province also announced current rates won’t be touched until the end of 2016 at the earliest.The mandate of the royalty review panel is to identify ways to optimize resource returns, industry investment and diversification while enhancing responsible development of the province’s resources.Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd said the current commodity low price environment is the big reason why they decided to hold off on tweaking rates for 16 months.“Low prices are concerning not just in Alberta, but worldwide,” said McCuaig.“In talking to industry, we did listen and aim to provide stability while we’re doing this imporant work.”Among those named to the panel, highly respected energy economist Peter Terztakian.Also on the panel are former Alberta deputy finance minister Annette Trimbee and Leona Hanson, mayor of Beaverlodge, Alberta.The province hopes the review will generate what it’s calling an open and frank discussion producing a royalty system that better serves all Albertans, including industry. read more

Land Rover to increase workforce

Jaguar Land Rover today announced the creation of 275 new positions at its Solihull plant in the West Midlands. Following its seventh consecutive month of increased sales, the company has decided to add the new positions at the plant immediately. The Solihull plant, which currently employs 5,000 people, manufactures the Defender and Discovery 4 models. This news arrives on the heels of SMMT’s recently released revised forecasts for the 2010 car and van market. With better than expected results in the first quarter and improving consumer confidence, the 2010 forecast for cars has risen by 107,000 and for vans by 14,400. The coming months will be challenging now that the scrappage scheme has ended but industry remains cautiously optimistic. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Digital Drive Top 10 Honda Odyssey

first_imgWith Honda’s third iteration of the minivan (four if you count a late-’90s tall wagon bearing the name), the new 2011 Honda Odyssey combines a fuel-efficient drivetrain with enough cockpit infotainment wizardry to satisfy all eight passengers, four of whom can be adults riding in supreme comfort. The V6 engine further improves its variable cylinder shutdown technology, the transmission finally has six gears (upper range models), and the Odyssey gets up to 28 mpg on the highway. Active noise cancellation continues from the previous generation to cut back some of the road noise. Can your SUV do that?Think minivan and you think kiddie-hauler, but with this one you should also think “adult touring machine.” The middle row seats are four inches wider and have more legroom. Adults will be perfectly happy in the middle row’s outboard seats. The third row is decent for anyone other than tall grownups. The top-of-the-line Touring Elite Odyssey has a premium rear entertainment system with an ultra-widescreen 16-inch LCD display – yes, sixteen inches – and the ability to display a movie and video game side by side. “Soccer mom” – the phrase, the typecasting, the self-inflicted stigma – set off a late 1990s rebellion that had women chucking minivans and driving their kids to sports practice in SUVs that weighed more and got worse mileage, but at least they weren’t driving minivans, so they couldn’t be typecast as soccer moms. The Odyssey still looks like a minivan but a sleek minivan (especially in black), and there’s enough leather, technology, tinted glass, and legroom inside to make you think you’re riding in a corporate jet. With juice box holders. 2010 Digital Drive Top Cars Chevrolet Volt – Car of the Year Audi A8BMW 5 Series & BMW 7 SeriesBuick LaCrosseFord EdgeHonda OdysseyHyundai ElantraHyundai SonataNissan LeafVolkswagen GolfDigital Drive 2010 Honorable MentionDigital Drive Technology of the Year: MyFord Touchlast_img read more

Book publisher experiments with disappearing ink

first_imgIn a world of Kindles and iPads, real books are starting to disappear from our shelves and advertising agency, Draftcb, has printed a book that does disappear, literally.To be more specific, the ink disappears. It has been designed to fade away over the course of two months to give an urgency about reading it. The concept has won gold at the Cannes PR Lions for being an innovative publishing invention.As the video states, books are usually very patient objects, they wait to be read by us which often means they get forgotten about, and sometimes never read at all. If books are not read, new authors aren’t building a fan base who will then buy their second and third books.Independant Argentinian publishing house, Eterna Cadencia, is pioneering the format and will be using it to publicise new authors. It’s called “The Book That Can’t Wait” and comes sealed in an air-tight bag, once opened the chemical process begins – the ink starts to fade because it comes into contact with air and light.It recieved great praise from critics and press worldwide, with hundreds of people recieving promotional copies of a book printed using the ink containing an anthology of new Latin American writers.  Eterna Cadencia hopes to use the disappearing ink as a platform for future book designs.Use of the ink does guarantee a writer more people will read their book because they know it has a limited lifespan. If the reader enjoys it, they’ll be more likely to buy the next one they write, which helps fund the writing and publishing industry.It’s great to see an idea that will get people reading real books, but it also means the book can never be re-read and enjoyed again. After this edition will the idea just become a novelty and will people really want to put down their money for something they can only read a few times? Depending on what the ink does to the paper, maybe once it has faded the book becomes a notepad for your own work.via The Vergelast_img read more

Les herbiers marins des organismes géants anciens mais menacés

first_imgLes herbiers marins : des organismes géants, anciens mais menacésPubliant leur étude le 1er février dans PLoS ONE, des chercheurs français, portugais et espagnols ont mis en évidence le gigantisme et l’ancienneté de certaines prairies de posidonies, des plantes marines vieilles de milliers d’années mais menacées par le réchauffement climatique.Une équipe internationale dirigée par Sophie Arnaud-Haond, de l’Institut français de recherche pour l’exploration de la mer (IFREMER), et comprenant des chercheurs de l’Université de l’Algarve (Portugal) et du SCCI-IMEDEA (Espagne), a échantillonné et étudié des populations de posidonie de Méditerranée  (Posidonia oceanica) réparties sur 3.500 kilomètres de cette mer.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Ces plantes à fleurs sous-marines (distinctes des algues) se reproduisent de façon asexuée, étendant leurs ‘clones’ sur des distances considérables. Les scientifiques ont ainsi trouvé des individus génétiquement identiques sur des étendues couvrant jusqu’à 15 kilomètres, ce qui suggère que ces organismes doivent avoir des milliers voire des dizaines de milliers d’années d’âge. Ces herbiers marins sont la base essentielle des écosystèmes côtiers, mais sont en déclin dans le monde entier, et l’espèce P. oceanica disparaît à un taux estimé à environ 5% par an. Malgré leur adaptabilité à un large éventail de conditions environnementales, ces organismes, comme tant d’autres, souffrent en effet du changement climatique global.Le 18 février 2012 à 19:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Klopp blames windy condition for Liverpool defeat

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his team struggled with the wind in their 2-1 defeat at Wolves on Monday night.After seeing his side bow out of the FA Cup in a 2-1 defeat at Wolves, Klopp insisted the weather condition was to their advantage.“Everyone on the pitch struggled with the wind, with controlling the ball, and the first touch was very often not good,” Klopp told Sky Sports.“We lost a lot of balls, they lost a lot of balls. In the end, one of the balls we lost was a counter-attack and they scored the goal.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.“We wanted to start the second half with a positive approach, improve a few things, and we scored the goal. Then Neves, with the wind in his back, hit a nice little shot.“Then we hit the crossbar. That was the story of the game. So we brought on Mo [Salah] and Bobby [Firmino] and looked obviously a little bit different.“But the intensity of the last few games gave me the information that it was not possible to play with the front three.”last_img read more

Clark County mom featured at Olympia event

first_imgOLYMPIA — Like other state programs, the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program is likely to take some major budget cuts as the state continues to fall short of project revenues. But Thursday night was a time to look back at its success, even as it faces an uncertain future.With the help of a Clark County mother’s story, a 25th anniversary celebration at the state Capitol recalled the good things the early education program has done for children and families.Vancouver Head Start teacher Judy McConathy received a standing ovation after sharing her story. She told the group how she became an early learning teacher 19 years ago when her sons were enrolled in the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program. ECEAP is a state-funded program for low-income families that prepares children for public school. McConathy was asked to speak at the event from her experience as both a teacher and a mother of three sons who grew up in the program.“It is preparing the children of Washington for success in elementary school, I really believe that,” McConathy said. “All three of my sons thought preschool prepared them for public school.”last_img read more

One Take Nipsey Hussle On LA Ice Cream Kendrick Lamar More

first_img Watch One Take With Little Big Town Watch One Take With Marian Hill Watch: One Take With MØ One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry Twitter Watch: One Take With Dorothy Watch One Take With Nick Cannon Watch: One Take With Pronoun One Take With Amber Rubarth Watch: One Take With Nipsey Hussle one-take-nipsey-hussle-la-ice-cream-kendrick-lamar-more Prev Next One Take With Grupo Fantasma One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff Find out the rapper’s favorite ice cream flavor, his first ever concert and what he thinks of L.A. and Kendrick LamarJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Oct 12, 2018 – 10:20 am With a first major album, Victory Lap, release that debuted No. 4 on Billboard, Nipsey Hussle has been showing the rest of the world what he’s been doing for years as an independent Los Angeles rapper. Recently, he stopped by our headquarters to play a round of One Take, GRAMMY.com’s rapid-fire question game that challenges your favorite artists to see how many questions about life, music and everything in between they can answer in just 60 seconds. Watch One Take With Nick Cannon One Take With Demo Taped One Take With Producer Greg Wells Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Watch: One Take With Lights One Take With Le Butcherettes Watch One Take With Marian Hill One Take With Demo Taped One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto Watch One Take With Julia Michaels Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal One Take With The Mrs Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Watch: One Take With Lights Watch One Take With Logic Watch One Take With Logic Watch: One Take With Lights One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff One Take With Demo Taped One Take: Nipsey Hussle On L.A., Ice Cream, Kendrick Lamar & More Watch One Take With Superfruit One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto Watch One Take With Marian Hill Watch: One Take With MØ One Take With Producer Greg Wells Watch: One Take With Dorothy One Take With Grupo Fantasma One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley Watch: One Take With Pronoun One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley Watch One Take With Halestorm News Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Watch: One Take With Khalid In this episode, Hussle reveals what he last bought, his first-ever concert and what he thinks of Kendrick Lamar. He also reveals his favorite Tupac song, his dream collaboration and more. Watch One Take With Halestorm NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 12, 2018 – 10:19 am One Take With L.A. Rapper Nipsey Hussle Watch One Take With Afrojack Watch: One Take With Khalid Watch: One Take With Dorothy Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat Watch: One Take With Khalid Watch One Take With Afrojack Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan One Take With Producer Greg Wells Watch One Take With Nick Cannon Email One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves Watch One Take With Julia Michaels Watch One Take With Little Big Town Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Facebook Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan Watch: One Take With Pronoun One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry One Take Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan Watch One Take With Afrojack Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark One Take With Amber Rubarth One Take With The Mrs One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves Watch One Take With Little Big Town Watch One Take With Superfruit Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark One Take With The Mrs Watch One Take With Halestorm Watch One Take With Superfruit One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry One Take With Grupo Fantasma One Take With Amber Rubarth One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat Watch: One Take With MØ Watch One Take With Logic Watch One Take With Julia Michaels One Take With Le Butcherettes One Take With Le Butcheretteslast_img read more

With AG Confirmation Pending SameSex Marriage Ban Brief Causes Rift With Democrats

first_imgLast week, Alaska Attorney General designee Craig Richards joined 15 other states in asking the Supreme Court to uphold their bans on same-sex marriage. This comes just as legislators are deciding whether to support his confirmation in a vote later this month. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports that the action has left some Democratic lawmakers in an uncomfortable spot.“State of Alaska signs brief in support of doomed ban on marriage equality. That was the press release the Alaska Democratic Party sent on Friday, which went on to describe the attorney general’s move as “embarrassing.”Fast forward to a House Minority press availability on Tuesday.“I do support his action of upholding the Constitution of the State of Alaska — his oath of obligation,” House Minority Leader Chris Tuck told reporters.The Anchorage Democrat explained that it was Attorney General designee Craig Richards’ “duty” to protect the state constitution, “no matter what his beliefs are” on a provision that bans same-sex marriage.The statement was a major shift in rhetoric from Democratic leadership, given that the caucus has regularly pushed for anti-discrimination bills and the issue is important to their base. Asked three follow-up questions on the amicus brief, Tuck struggled to explain his support for the attorney general’s authority without getting into the policy the attorney general was defending.“We want to have a separation of powers from the executive branch, for the legislative branch, and the judiciary branch,” said Tuck at the availability. “We don’t want to politicize the judiciary branch in any way.”The attorney general, who is in fact part of the executive branch, is not removed from politics. Richards serves at the pleasure of the governor, and the Legislature must confirm him by the session’s end.And that’s where the rub comes for Democrats like Tuck, who have been fairly supportive of his nomination.This is what puts us in an awkward position, because many of us are very upset with the amicus brief. But at the same time, we want to support the governor and we want to have a person in there that he can rely on.”Democratic lawmakers have been friendly toward independent Gov. Bill Walker since he took office. Most of the opposition to Walker’s policies and appointments has come from the right. The nomination of Craig Richards — Walker’s former law partner — to the post of attorney general has attracted special attention from Republicans, who have raised questions about his work on lawsuits against the oil industry.But since Richards filed the amicus brief last week, some Democrats have expressed reservations about him. Rep. Andy Josephson of Anchorage says he would like to have Richards further explain why the state should try to protect language banning same-sex marriage.“I like him personally. I don’t doubt his intellectual bonafides,” said Josephson. “But there is a lot of pushback on this issue.”Some Democrats are concerned about the process as well as the policy.The issue of same-sex marriage attracted considerable attention during Walker’s run for office. During the campaign, Walker criticized incumbent Republican Gov. Sean Parnell for appealing a court decision favoring same-sex marriage. He argued that “pursuing expensive litigation that has little chance of victory is an unwise use of our dwindling resources.”On Friday, Walker made a point to say he was not involved in the attorney general’s decision to join the brief — and even disagreed with it as a matter of policy. But Walker also said he “fully respect[ed]” the attorney general’s power to pursue that course of action.Sen. Bill Wielechowski, of Anchorage, says it’s highly unusual for an attorney general to get that level of autonomy, if that is the case.“As long as I’ve been here, I’ve never seen an attorney general just unilaterally go out and start setting policy,” says Wielechowski. “If he went ahead and did it, that to me doesn’t seem appropriate. Many people would say it’s insubordination in fact.”Wielechowski says he and another Democrat in the House have asked Richards to show them precedent for the action. Wielechowski says if the precedent does not exist, that could affect views on Richards’ confirmation.“When people voted for the governor, they voted with an understanding that he was not going to get involved in these sorts of issues,” says Wielechowski. “I didn’t want, quite frankly, an unelected bureaucrat making these decisions.”As the day progressed, one Democrat — Rep. Adam Wool of Fairbanks — who had initially suggested support for the attorney general’s action clarified that he does support marriage equality and misunderstood the nuances of that attorney general’s role as it relates to the court challenge.And as for Tuck, well, — with all of the heartburn from Democrats over support of the same-sex marriage, the minority leader waffled some and clarified that there were “mixed feelings” in his caucus on the action. He wonders if it was done to shore up Republican support for Richards’ confirmation.“I believe it’s a political calculation for the executive branch,” says Tuck. “What we have is a maneuver to file the amicus brief, and it may be motivated to win some of the conservatives in the Legislature for confirmation. At this point, I don’t know where that plays out, but I will tell you that we do have some very upset members.”A spokesperson for the Senate’s Republican majority says the action is unlikely to be a determining factor for her members. Socially conservative members of that caucus say they plan to consider Richards’ record as a whole. Majority Leader John Coghill says he appreciates Richards’ support for the Constitution in this case, but that the attorney general designee still faces an “uphill battle” with him.On the subject of the marriage ban action, the governor’s office offered a written statement in response: “The confirmation decision is up to the legislature and we are not going to speculate on what any individual legislator might be thinking.”The Department of Law did not respond to an inquiry on this matter.Richards needs support from a majority of the Legislature’s members to be confirmed.last_img read more

Celebrating Bharatanatyam

first_imgSoujanya began Bharatanatyam at the age of 3 and started her training in the Kalakshetra style under guru Suma Nagesh. “I also had the distinct privilege of training under legendary gurus. I draw great support from my mother-in-law guru Nagamani Srinivasa Rao, (director, Bharatha Darshana) who is an accomplished dancer, nattuvanar, musician, and the sister of legendary artists, guru Adyar K Lakshman and guru Adyar K Rama Rao, and Mridanga Vidwan Adyar K. Gopinath.” Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us She is active within her community and stressing on her works she shares, “I have presented workshops in several school districts and universities in the United States to foster love of the arts in the younger generations. ‘Adventure into Arts’ is one among the many such most loved programmes designed. of my productions includes ‘Sambhavami Yuge Yuge’ based on the Dashavataras of Vishnu in correlation with Charles Darwin’s theory of Evolution. I have conceptualised anddirected other unique dance dramas such as ‘Mudras’ based on the theory of dance, ‘Navarasa Nayaki’ based on Soundarya Lahari and most recently ‘Pratyaksha Daivame’ based on Adi Shankaras life for the Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana Festival.” Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us Soujanya is a dedicated teacher who blends tradition, such as conducting exams in theory and practical knowledge, with innovation, such as being one of the first teachers in the United States to teach students online. She says, “I enjoy working with special needs children and believe that every child should have an opportunity to learn this beautiful art form. I teach Carnatic music, yoga, and Sanskrit. I aspire to propagate the values of culture and tradition through this divine dance form to the next generation far from her motherland.”last_img read more

Baltimore Man Shot on MTA Bus

first_imgA 21-year-old man was taken to a local hospital and treated for a gunshot wound   Feb. 18 after being shot on a Maryland Transit Administration bus, according to police.While on the No. 27 bus, witnesses told police, the man became involved in an argument with a female passenger. The woman then pulled a handgun and “shot the victim at least once in the upper torso,” said police. The suspect, identified as Keara Peterson, 24, of the 800 block of Bethune Road, was arrested Feb. 21 and charged with first-degree attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, gun violations, and reckless endangerment for the shooting. The victim is expected to survive. The shooting took place around 10:50 p.m. in the 1000 block of Russell Street in the Carroll-Camden industrial area near the stadium complex.last_img read more

DC Loses Ward 7 Leader Ed Potillo

first_imgEd Potillo died suddenly on Aug. 9, impacting the city and several city leaders. Potillo recently stepped down from his position as chairman of the Ward 7 Democrats and was the vice chairman of the Washington D.C. Democratic State Committee.Ed Potillo, Ward 7 political leader, died on Aug. 9. (Courtesy photo)“I am saddened to hear of the passing of Ed Potillo, a native Washingtonian who grew up in Ward 4’s Brightwood neighborhood, graduated from St. John’s College High School, and later loved serving his neighbors in Ward 7,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) said in a statement. “He was a mentor to many people – young and some a bit older – who like him, wanted to make their neighborhood, ward, and city a better place. We stood shoulder to shoulder for statehood and D.C. values last summer in Philadelphia and many times around the District. Ed will be greatly missed and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and the Ward 7 community.”Potillo, 48, died because of an undisclosed lengthy illness. He held a bachelor’s degree in international studies and business from the University of Scranton.His council member and sometime political ally D.C. Councilmember Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7) spoke highly of Potillo. “Ed led a life dedicated to service since his early childhood,” Gray said. “He served two terms as chair of the Ward 7 Democrats from 2011 – until the spring of 2017 and prior to that, he served as programs chair for four years during which he assisted with the annual Lorraine H. Whitlock Scholarship and Recognition Dinner and winter coat drive. He also served as vice chairman of the D.C. Democratic State Committee since 2014.“He has been an advocate committed to helping others, be it through his work as conference and membership director for the National Alliance of Black School Educators or the numerous organizations he volunteered his time and talents to including Push Literacy Action Now, the Transition Housing Corporation, Us Helping Us, People into Living and Damien Ministries, among others. Ed’s advocacy on issues impacting our community will be missed, but we can rest assured in knowing that his legacy of empowering others’ lives on.”Potillo was briefly a candidate for the Ward 7 D.C. Council seat in 2016 but dropped out before the Democratic primary. Gray won the party primary and was re-elected to his council seat in the Nov. 8 general election in 2016.D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D-At Large) said that Potillo’s departure was an especially painful one for her. “He will surely be remembered for his generous spirit, understanding heart and quick wit among the many other outstanding attributes that come to mind as each of us revisits our time with Ed and being under his enveloping positive influence,” Bonds, chairman of the D.C. Democratic State Committee, said. “While we might question the why and why now, life teaches that there are no answers. However, for certain, Ed’s life was not lived in vain and his good is remembered – the works, the projects that he fostered and poured himself into, and the numerous intelligent and meaningful conversations one had with him will live through the organizations, communities, and individuals he assisted along the way.”Potillo was a solid political ally of Bonds in their time together on the D.C. Democratic State Committee and she could count on him for support on organizational issues.Potillo’s funeral services are in flux, as of AFRO press time. His mother, Omara Rooths and his sister Maritza Neal, have called on the community for help in burying Potillo and they are being assisted by the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization.“My mother and I are in dire need of funds to bury my brother Ed,” Neal said in a statement on a GoFundMe page set up for Potillo’s burial. “Unfortunately, his death was so unexpected and he didn’t have much. Whatever you can do to assist, we are forever grateful. We are trying to raise the funds as soon as possible so we can have his funeral Mass and burial.”As of Aug. 14, the page has raised $12,480 of a $15,000 goal.last_img read more

Black Voters Say They Wont Forget Trumps Racist Tweets

first_imgBy ERRIN HAINES WHACK and SCOTT BAUER Associated PressDETROIT (AP) — Robin D. Stephens lived through Jim Crow and thought the worst days of racism were behind her. Then President Donald Trump told four American congresswomen of color to “go back” to where they came from.“It was very hurtful to see the person who is the leader of the country that I live in and that I respect and love, speak that way to U.S. citizens,” said Stephens, a 61-year-old retired public defender who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.Voters in a predominantly African American polling place in St. Louis, Missouri. (AP/Jeff Roberson)But Stephens is tired of talking about Trump’s racist tweets. She is ready to take her pain to the polls.“What I want to talk about now to people and to get people excited about and to get people wanting to go out to vote about now is the fact that this came from the White House,” Stephens said. “We can change that. And the way we change that is by voting.”Democratic presidential candidates gathering in Detroit on Wednesday to address the annual NAACP convention will need voters like Stephens to keep that passion heading into next year’s election. Trump is gambling that his attacks on the congresswomen, which he revived on Tuesday, will help him secure another term in the White House by galvanizing his most fervent, overwhelmingly white supporters.But dozens of black leaders, activists and voters in pivotal swing states said they’re just as motivated to vote and won’t forget Trump’s actions.“I see more people engaged and responding to the comments, people who aren’t political, friends of mine who vote more casually, they are responding,” said Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who is black and from Milwaukee, where Democrats will meet to declare their nominee at the party’s convention next summer.In 2016, black turnout was down about 7 percentage points nationally compared with 2012, according to census estimates. Barnes said the president’s comments are resonating with people “in a more real way” than past statements he’s made, which could translate into increased turnout next November.“The most important thing that we can have happen is the president needs to keep talking because he’s showing his true colors, he’s showing how he really feels,” said David Bowen, a Wisconsin state representative from Milwaukee who is black.“These overt racist incidents are going to wake people up and remind them that four more years of the president is not going to benefit this country, not benefit African Americans.”Angela Lang, who started Black Leaders Organizing for Communities after Trump’s 2016 victory, agreed.“This is all hands on deck,” she said in response to Trump’s comments. “We can’t tolerate this. I think people are fed up. It’s agitating people in a way to engage them to do whatever they can for 2020.”Woke Vote founder DeJuana Thompson said it’s a sentiment she has been hearing as she has worked to expand voter turnout in states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Thompson said that regardless of the race of the candidates, there is an expectation from voters of color that 2020 Democrats must confront racism on the campaign trail.“There’s not a different standard being applied,” Thompson said. “The standard is justice. The standard is equity. And if you’re not saying those things, it is landing — particularly on people of color’s ears — very differently than it ever has before.”Some African Americans are still weighing Trump’s actions and how it might influence their vote. Michael Brown, a 34-year-old who lives in Philadelphia, said he believes the country is increasingly divided along racial lines, but he isn’t sure whether he’ll vote next year. If he does go to the polls, racism won’t be a factor in his decision.He said he isn’t sure whether the president is racist, though Brown said “it appears like he could be” based on some of his past statements.“For me, I would have to hear ‘I hate black people, I hate Asians, I hate Hispanics,’ to be like, OK, he’s a racist,” he said, adding that he understands why some would take Trump’s comments about the congresswomen as racism.Reggie Hall Jr. saw the president’s tweets and talk differently and said Trump’s rhetoric has only escalated since he took office.“I think he went too far from the beginning, but him condemning the four congresswomen . if you’re looking for a final straw, that could probably be it,” said Hall, 32, of Philadelphia.Hall, who backed Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016, participates in most elections and said that he’s “extremely motivated” to vote in 2020. While race and racism aren’t the sole factors in his decision of whom to support among the Democratic primary candidates, Hall said he does want to hear from them on matters of race.“If you’re going to try to weave this coalition together, you need to address the fact that race is a factor in a lot of things,” Hall said. “Whoever comes out of the Democratic primary, their response to race and race relations, for me personally, is going to be better than anything Trump has said.”___Bauer reported from Madison. Associated Press writers Corey R. Williams and Mike Householder contributed to this report.last_img read more

5 Tips for Marketing Your App Internationally

first_img Smartphone adoption is on the rise, and by 2016, there will be an estimated 2 billion smartphone users worldwide. The U.S. will constitute a mere 10 percent of this overall figure, with much of the growth coming from the developing world, including China and India.For forward-thinking app developers, scaling internationally is the best way to drive growth. International expansion offers access to an increasingly lucrative market, an edge over the competition and an opportunity to be perceived as a “global” brand.If you’re like many U.S. based startups, the prospect of marketing your app in countries that don’t even speak the same language may be daunting, so here are five ways to get started.1. Do your research.There’s a reason Tinder hasn’t made its way to Saudi Arabia. Not all apps are suitable for international expansion, so it’s important to choose the target geographies where you can really make a difference. Create a list of potential target markets to penetrate and be sure that the app is culturally acceptable. You need to be certain your concept can realistically resonate before trying your hand internationally.Related: Do Brands Need to ‘Speak American’?2. Localization in the age of globalization.Once you have identified the appropriate countries or geographies, start localizing your app in terms of design, UI and even name to fit the local culture. When Evernote entered China in 2012 it named itself based on the app’s actual function (Yinxiang Biji or Memory Note) rather than directly translating the name from English. This resonated with the Chinese and within a year Evernote reached 4 million users in the market, shattering analyst predictions.Separately, when entering a multi-lingual country such as India, make your sure app platform supports all possible languages in the region. Hint: If your app supports English, Chinese and Spanish, then you’re already covering more than 45 percent of users globally.  Also don’t forget to localize the metadata of the app for different geographies.3. Secure the right app store distribution.Promote your app in local markets. Google Play is unavailable in China, so savvy app developers turn to Baidu, which just surpassed Apple to become the world’s second-largest app distributor. Many countries have several popular local app distribution platforms that can be used for disseminating your app locally and, ultimatel,y drive more downloads.Related: Seeking to Expand Overseas? First Determine If Your Firm’s Ready.4. Use cloud services for content delivery.Whether you’re creating a game, digital magazine or e-commerce app, all transactions should be done using a cloud services such as Amazon (AWS), Akamai, Microsoft Azure, etc. This will ensure the transactions are fast without any latency issues and that users enjoy the best possible experience with your app. A cloud-driven business model also allows you to scale more easily abroad and drives greater adoption.5. Don’t forget social integration.Make sure you app integrates with popular social media platform logins. That eases data collection and allows users to register with the app without additional hassle. The social media platforms should, of course, be localized as well. That is the important part. Typically, apps have a Facebook and Twitter login integration, but these platforms don’t work in all countries. As with the local app stores and distribution channels, be sure to identify the most relevant social media platforms like Renren in China or MXit in South Africa.While scaling your app internationally can be a challenge, it’s a great way to build your business, monetize and grow the userbase. Smartphone usage and adoption continues to grow abroad, making the opportunity quite attractive for startups. In the end,Related: 3 Ways to Validate Your App Idea and Launch Quickly Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global April 28, 2015 Register Now » 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more