Pak India officials hold technical meeting on Kartarpur corridor

first_imgLahore: Pakistan and India on Tuesday held a technical meeting to discuss the modalities for the corridor linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district in Punjab. The technical experts and foreign office officials from both sides participated in the talks held at Zero Point (Kartarpur), according to Geo News. They reportedly discussed installation of a border fence and road design. An official of the Pakistan Rangers told PTI that the meeting of both sides took place at the Kartarpur Zero Point to the PTI but said any statement will be issued either by Pakistan’s Foreign Office or the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistan military. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In a major initiative last November, both India and Pakistan agreed to set up the Kartarpur Corridor to link the historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib — the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev — to Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur. Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine. Earlier, India postponed the Kartarpur Corridor meeting between the two countries at the Wagah border scheduled for April 2. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday India and Pakistan on March 19 held a meeting of technical experts on the Kartarpur corridor during which its alignment, coordinates, and other engineering aspects of the proposed crossing points were discussed. The technical meeting at the level of experts, including engineers and surveyors, was held at “proposed zero points” in the follow up to the decision reached on the March 14 meeting. Later, the Pakistani Cabinet constituted a 10-member Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) to facilitate Sikh pilgrims after opening of the Kartarpur corridor. India voiced concerns over the presence of several Khalistani separatists in the committee on the Kartarpur corridor and said it will wait for a response from Islamabad on the issue and will not go ahead with a previously agreed meeting on the corridor on April 2 in Wagah on the Pakistani side. During the previous meeting, both sides jointly surveyed the coordinates of the Zero Point and discussed the technical details, including finished road level, high flood level etc. Pakistan will build the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak in Indian Punjab’s Gurdaspur district up to the border will be constructed by India. In Pakistan, the groundbreaking ceremony of the corridor was performed on November 28 last year by Prime Minister Imran Khan. Fifty per cent of the four-kilometre stretch being built by Pakistan has been completed while the stretch between the Zero Line to Baba Nanak’s shrine is being built by India. The corridor will be opened in November this year in connection with the 550 birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.last_img read more

NewsAlert SNCLavalin books 2B charge warns on forecast announces reorganization

MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. warns its 2019 results could be significantly lower than anticipated, largely due to cost overruns at some construction projects and says it will undergo a reorganization to exit or section off its poorer performing segments.The Montreal-based engineering giant is withdrawing all previous financial guidance for 2019 and will book an additional $1.9 billion in impairment charges.More coming. The Canadian Press

Time Warner Cable adds Food Network HGTV to channels available for watching

by The Associated Press Posted Oct 7, 2013 1:08 pm MDT Time Warner Cable adds Food Network, HGTV to channels available for watching outside the home LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Time Warner Cable is adding programming including Food Network and HGTV to the channels available on its on-the-go viewing app to help it keep pay TV subscribers.The cable operator says it will add those channels, as well as DIY, Travel Channel and Cooking Channel to its TWC TV app. That brings the channels available to watch on the mobile app to 12 nationwide.The deal could help Time Warner Cable Inc. hold on to its pay TV customers as it adds more features without adding to their monthly bill. And content provider Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. may benefit in the future if more viewers helps boost its ad revenue.The New York-based cable operator has said its customers used the app nearly 5 million times in June, double the number a year ago.Most app usage still occurs in the home, but the cable operator is adding to its on-the-go viewing lineup to bolster its “TV Everywhere” offerings, said Mike Angus, Time Warner Cable’s senior vice-president and general manager of video.“TV Everywhere” is an industry initiative to tie viewing on mobile devices and computers to a traditional pay TV subscription. It is a way to compete with online video services like Netflix while not harming the traditional pay TV business.Knoxville, Tenn.-based Scripps cut a similar deal to allow viewing of its channels on Verizon’s FiOS Mobile app last month.Scripps spokesman Mark Kroeger said the company plans to ink similar deals with other TV distributors going forward. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN confirms handover of US journalist Peter Theo Curtis

A note to correspondents issued by the UN Spokesperson’s Office confirmed that the Organization had facilitated the handover of journalist Peter Theo Curtis. “He was handed over to UN peacekeepers in Al Rafid village, Quneitra, the Golan Heights, at 6:40 p.m. (local time) on 24 August 2014. After receiving a medical check-up, Mr. Curtis was handed over to representatives of his Government,” the brief note concluded. According to media reports, Mr. Curtis, a 45-year-old freelance journalist from Boston, was abducted near the Syria-Turkey border in October 2012. He was reportedly being held by the Al-Nusra Front, an Al-Qaida affiliate, which, along with Islamic State (IS) militants, were recently targeted by the UN Security Council, which adopted a wide-ranging resolution naming six individuals from the groups to its sanctions list. In addition, just two days ago, the Council strongly condemned the “heinous and cowardly” murder of James Foley, also an American journalist, by IS militants and demanded the immediate, safe and unconditional release of all other hostages. “This incident is a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers journalists face every day in Syria. It also once again demonstrates the brutality of [IS], which is responsible for thousands of abuses against the Syrian and Iraqi people,” the Council said in a statement to the press. read more

Bill Russells Celtics Were Great Tim Duncans Spurs Have Been Better

The 1980s Lakers win eight championships in a row and 10 championships in 12 years, pretty much matching the 1960s Celtics.Tim Duncan’s Spurs win 10 titles (and counting), instead of five.Larry Bird wins eight rings — including five in a row — instead of three.LeBron James wins six consecutive championships — two with the Cavaliers of the Central League and four with the Heat of the Eastern League — and is in contention for a seventh this year.The New York Knicks have a mini-dynasty, winning the Eastern League five times in eight seasons from 1993 to 2000.The Oklahoma City Thunder, rather than missing their window, win four straight Western League championships from 2011 to 2014.Karl Malone and John Stockton are three-time champions instead of perennial bridesmaids.The New Jersey Nets three-peat in the Eastern League from 2002 to 2004.Russell’s 11 rings are still impressive, but they’re no longer such an outlier when looked at in this way. Or here’s another method: Instead of assigning hypothetical championships, take away some credit for championships that were won in a smaller league. For instance, if a team won a championship in a 10-team NBA, it would get credit for one-third of a championship in a 30-team league.By that calculation, the Celtics’ 11 championships are equivalent to three or four championships in a 30-team league.3Specifically, they’re worth 3.4 championships. The other dynasties aren’t affected as much. Duncan’s Spurs still pretty much get full credit for all five championships. Jordan’s Bulls get credit for five or six, and the 1980s Lakers about four.You can argue, of course, that the Celtics were so far ahead of the pack that they’d have held on to most of their championships even in a 30-team league. But they weren’t that dominant in the regular season. In Russell’s tenure with the team, they averaged the equivalent of a 58-24 regular-season record. That’s very good — but not much better than, say, Dirk Nowitzki’s Mavericks over the past 15 seasons. They weren’t even especially dominant in the playoffs! In their 11 championship seasons, Russell’s Celtics won 67 percent of their playoff games. Other NBA champions throughout history have won 73 percent of theirs.The Celtics came through in the clutch, obviously, just about every time it mattered — Russell was 10-0 for his career in Game 7s! But if you’re accused of benefiting from playing middling competition,4The Celtics’ average playoff opponent during Russell’s tenure had an Elo rating of 1570 entering the game. The Duncan-era Spurs have faced playoff opponents with an average Elo of 1639, by contrast. the more persuasive rebuttal comes from blowing your opponents out.One final objection we anticipate hearing from Celtics fans: Isn’t it harder, in some sense, to win a championship in a 10-team league since the player talent pool is more concentrated? In a literal sense, the answer is “no”; it’s easier to win a championship when there are more championships to go around per team.5Consider that if you reduced the entire NBA to just two All-Star teams, East and West, each of them would win the championship about half the time.But it could be argued that the average quality of competition was higher during the 1960s, with just 10 teams or so, instead of 30. Elo doesn’t make too many assumptions about this.6Elo’s implicit assumption is that the quality of NBA competition is fairly constant over the long run but that it can be disturbed in the short run by rapid expansion. I’m not sure it’s a winning argument, however. Consider:In the 1960s NBA, there were still remnants of a racist quota system that limited teams to three or four African-Americans.There were almost no international players in the 1960s, whereas now they make up about a quarter of league rosters.The U.S. population has increased by about 75 percent since 1960.Basketball has become a far more prominent and lucrative sport; in the mid-1960s, the NBA averaged only about 5,000 fans per game. A talented amateur athlete might have opted for another sport before basketball, and it was not uncommon for high NBA draft picks to bypass the league for another option.In other words, it seems likely that the NBA talent pool has grown at least as fast as the number of franchises since the 1960s. The 1960s didn’t even feature particularly great “fundamental” basketball. League-wide free-throw percentages were typically about 72 percent or 73 percent, compared with more like 75 percent or 76 percent now. The Celtics were the best team of their era, but also a product of it, and that era isn’t as rich for NBA competition as the one we have now. WTF, nerds? You’re telling us that this season’s Golden State Warriors, who haven’t won anything yet, are better than Bill Russell’s Celtics, who won eight titles in a row and 11 in 13 seasons?Actually, no. It would be ridiculous to say that. Last week, we released an interactive graphic, “The Complete History of the NBA,” which uses a relatively simple formula called Elo to rate NBA teams. Indeed, it currently ranks this year’s Warriors as the fourth-best team in NBA history, although they may rise or fall depending on how the rest of their playoff run goes. Meanwhile, no single season from the 1960s Celtics dynasty ranks higher than 47th on the all-time list.But Elo’s claim is that the 2014-15 Warriors season has been better than any single season in the Celtics’ run. In terms of long-term accomplishments, of course, it’s not even close. The 1960s Celtics’ competition comes, instead, from about who you’d expect: the 1990s Bulls, the current Spurs dynasty and the 1980s Lakers and Celtics.I’ve thought a lot about how to use Elo to rate sports dynasties. It’s a tricky problem, in part because you have to define when a dynasty begins and ends. Almost all of us would agree, I assume, that Michael Jordan’s Bulls were one continuous dynasty even though Jordan temporarily retired in the middle of it. But what about Kobe Bryant’s Lakers? Should the three titles they won from 2000 to 2002 be considered part of the same dynasty as the two they won in 2009 and 2010?Here’s one fairly simple approach (let us know down in the comments if you have a better method): We’ll define a dynasty as ending when a team’s Elo rating falls below 1500, which is the long-term league average. This is a reasonably forgiving standard, since teams carry over part of their rating from one season to the next. For instance, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Elo rating never fell below 1500 this season even though they started out 3-12.By this definition, Jordan’s six titles do get grouped together. The Bulls’ rating never fell below 1527 even when Jordan was playing outfield for the Birmingham Barons. But Kobe’s five titles are not considered part of the same dynasty since the Lakers’ Elo rating was below 1500 for part of the 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.The longest streak of above-average play belongs to the San Antonio Spurs. Their Elo rating rose above 1500 on Jan. 3, 1998, and hasn’t fallen below it since, a period that covers more than 17 years, or 1,644 games1Regular-season and playoff. and counting. That’s impressive even compared to the Celtics, who had an above-average Elo rating from March 14, 1956 to Nov. 12, 1969. Insanely great — 13.5 years and 1,198 games — but not as great as the Spurs.The 1980s Lakers also had a longer streak (1,363 games) than the Celtics. But maybe, even if the Celtics’ streak was slightly shorter, they were playing at a slightly higher level than those other teams?Not according to Elo. The Spurs had an average Elo rating of 1664 during their streak, as compared with 1634 for the 1960s Celtics. The Lakers’ Elo rating, 1641, was also slightly higher than the Celtics’.We can also assign an overall score to each dynasty by taking a team’s average Elo rating during the streak, subtracting the league-average rating of 1500, and multiplying it by the number of games the streak lasted.2For math geeks: This is equivalent to calculating the area under the curve between a team’s Elo rating and the league-average rating. Overall, this method has the Spurs way out in front — 40 percent better than any other dynasty. The 1980s Lakers are in second, while the 1990s Bulls jump ahead of the 1960s Celtics to place third. (What about the the Warriors? Their current “dynasty” ranks as only the 47th-best all-time. Check back in 2023.)But: the rings! How can you ignore 11 championships?You could certainly develop a dynasty-rating method that puts more emphasis on winning titles. The simple method we’re using in this article gives no special credit for them, which is why — once you get past the canonical dynasties in the top five — it likes teams like the Dallas Mavericks from 2000 to 2012, who won just one title, and the 1990s Utah Jazz, who won none.But there’s something to keep in mind when you consider the 1960s Celtics and their rings. It’s much easier to win a championship in a 10-team league, like the NBA was, on average, when they were playing, than in the 30-team league we have now.Here’s an illustration of that. I divided the 30 current NBA franchises into three “leagues” of 10 teams each:The Eastern League consists of franchises currently in the NBA’s Atlantic and Southeast divisions.The Central League consists of franchises currently in the Central and Southwest divisions.The Western League includes franchises from the Pacific and Northwest divisions.Then, for each season since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77, I assigned a champion to each “league” based on which of its 10 teams advanced furthest in the actual NBA playoffs. When there were ties — for instance, if the last two teams from a “league” were both eliminated in the NBA conference finals — I broke them based on which team had the higher year-end Elo rating. Check out what happens: read more

IDEAL 0101 Punches Holes in Hard Drives

first_imgMost companies that want to dispose of their hard drives in-house buy a degausser. Most people who want to dispose of a hard drive hit it with a hammer or take it to a recycling center, if they dispose of it at all. With the IDEAL 0101 HDP from Duplo, you don’t have to put the effort into wrecking your hard drive yourself: you can just pop it into a machine and watch as a hole is punched clean through your hard drive. The IDEAL 0101 is designed to be a fast and efficient drive destruction device, and that it is: you just feed the drive into the slot at the top and stand back, making sure your hands are clear when the stake – ejected with up to 3 tons of force – comes out of the side and goes through the drive. The device then opens the bottom panel and spits the drive out into a collector at the bottom, ready to go to your local recycling center. You’ll have to spend $3300 retail to get one of these, so it’s doubtful they’ll pop up in homes anytime soon. However, considering that well-built degaussers can be dozens of thousands of dollars, this might be a good alternative for small to medium sized businesses with a pile of old drives they want to destroy.last_img read more

YouTube a supprimé un milliard de vues aux clips dUniversal Music

first_imgYouTube a supprimé un milliard de vues aux clips d’Universal MusicPeu de temps avant Noël, la plate-forme de vidéo YouTube a, entre autres, supprimé un milliard de vues aux clips d’Universal Music. Elle aurait en effet éliminé toutes les vues qui auraient été acquises de manière illicite. Selon le site SocialBlade, le compte d’Universal Music serait passé de 6,9 milliards de vues à 5,9 milliards, et la maison de disques n’est pas la seule à avoir été touchée ! De son côté, Sony Music affiche en effet 851 millions de vues de moins qu’avant le grand nettoyage de YouTube. Enfin, les comptes officiels de stars comme Britney Spears (-463 millions) ou Michael Jackson (-287 millions) n’ont pas non plus été épargnés.Quant aux utilisateurs affectés par ce grand nettoyage, nombreux sont ceux qui se sont posé la question de la provenance de ces changements. “Ce n’est ni un bug, ni une faille de sécurité. Il s’agit d’une violation de nos conditions générales d’utilisation”, a répondu Dave Dengler, l’un des employés de YouTube. D’après ces fameuses conditions générales d’utilisation, il est en effet interdit d’utiliser des “systèmes automatisés” pour faire grimper le compteur de vues d’une vidéo.Le responsable de la communication d’Universal Music a confirmé la perte d’un milliard de vues, mais selon lui, le phénomène serait lié au fait que YouTube aurait décidé de soustraire les vues de vidéos “mortes”, c’est-à-dire qui ont été retirées de la plate-forme. Le 30 décembre 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Becky Lynch gives update on her health status control tutorial video for

first_img Still don’t know what the problem was. Ronda Rousey Comments are closed. Pinterest Becky Lynch gives update on her health statusSmackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch posted the following on Twitter on Sunday night addressing her status after being pulled from last night’s No Mercy PPV due to a health issue where Lynch was scheduled to defend the Smackdown Women’s Title against Alexa Bliss:Thank you all for the thoughts. I promise I’ll do everything I can to get back ASAP and defend my title… I’m watching closely tonight— Becky Lynch (@BeckyLynchWWE) October 10, 2016It was announced during the No Mercy pre-show last night by Smackdown Live commissioner Shane McMahon and Smackdown Live GM Daniel Bryan that Lynch will defend the Smackdown Women’s Title against Bliss at the Smackdown Live TV tapings on November 8 in Glasgow, Scotland.Control tutorial video for WWE 2K17 video gameWWE and 2K Games released the following basic control tutorial video for the WWE 2K17 video game, that is set to be released on Tuesday for all major video game platforms. Joey Janela comments on backstage incident with Big Cass at WrestlePro Event Cameron Huff Daniel Bryan Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Watch Along to stream live on social media during Clash of Champions PPV Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWhen Does WrestleMania 35 Start?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:53/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:51 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Cricket Wireless to host Live Twitter Q and A with Ric and Charlotte Flair September 17 Google+ WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Now Playing Up Next Twitter 2 COMMENTS Steven Herrera Videos Articles When Does WrestleMania 35 Start? Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced Triple H Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles So what was wrong with Becky? Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Facebook October 10, 2016 at 1:13 pm October 10, 2016 at 4:24 pm Are Becky Lynch And Seth Rollins Dating? Now Playing Up Nextlast_img

Council OKs waterfront project payment delay

first_imgThe Vancouver City Council agreed Monday night to delay by one year a private developer’s contribution toward paying for its waterfront road access project.Vancouver is a year behind in a $44 million project to build roads that will connect the city’s downtown to the former Boise Cascade industrial site. Columbia Waterfront LLC — a group comprising Gramor Development of Tualatin, Ore., and its local investors — intends to build a $1.3 billion development including apartments, affordable housing, office, retail and restaurant space.Gramor asked the city to defer its $350,000 payment to chip in on the public project this year. Developers agreed to pay $8 million of the waterfront access project, but because the city is a year behind, they asked the city council to amend the development agreement to put off their 2011 payment for one year. The group has already paid $1.15 million of that balance. The balance will be paid in full, just one year later.The city council also approved taking out $11.2 million in bonds for the construction project Monday night.last_img read more

With UAS Mission Raising Its Profile Grand Forks AFB Could Regain Tankers

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The growing presence of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) at Grand Forks Air Force Base could lead to the Pentagon to reconsider its decision to strip the installation of its fleet of air refueling tankers, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven (R) said last week.Hoeven’s remarks followed a groundbreaking by Northrop Grumman for a $10 million facility at Grand Sky, a business and aviation park for UAS being developed at the installation through an enhanced use lease. The ceremony marked the start of construction of a 36,000-square-foot building that will employ about 100 people and be used for research, training and other operations, reported the Grand Forks Herald.“The goal of Grand Sky is a $300 million investment and up to 3,000 people working there and in the surrounding communities,” Hoeven said. “I think it’s vitally important for the future of the base. And not just because of the importance of that mission, but because this is aviation of the future and not the aviation that’s shrinking and going away,” he said.Hoeven said the future looks bright for the installation, which is quickly becoming a national destination for UAS activities. “To the extent that we can continue to bring in missions that are the missions of the future, it makes all the difference in the world,” he said, reported the Grand Forks Herald.The installation’s growing profile could make it a candidate to regain a refueling tanker mission in a future BRAC round. The base’s geographic location, along with it existing infrastructure, have positioned it to compete with other bases already hosting air refueling tankers, Hoeven said.last_img read more

Get ready for ultimate cosmic collision Two gigantic black holes are now

first_imgEven though these two supermassive black holes are already emitting gravitational waves, these waves will not reach us for billions of years, even if it travels at the speed of light. However, the way in which these black holes collide will help astronomers to get a better understanding of these dark space entities. It should be noted that astronomers were not aware of supermassive black hole collision until now, and this new development will help humans to know more about the aftermath of these crashes.”Even though these two supermassive black holes are already emitting gravitational waves, these waves will. For everyone in black hole physics, observationally this is a long-standing puzzle that we need to solve,” said Jenny Greene, the study’s co-author in a recent statement, reports.A few weeks back, another study report had revealed that Milky Way and Andromeda, two of the biggest galaxies, will collide in about four billion years. As per experts, this galactic collision will be huge. Only one of these space entities will become victorious while the other one will be absorbed. Ohio State UniversityBlack holes are one of the most complex entities in the universe and apart from taking photographs, modern science is still unable to answer questions regarding these cosmic bodies. Now, a new study has revealed that two black holes are now heading towards a cosmic collision.The study published in Astrophysical Journal Letters reveals that these two supermassive black holes, each 800 million times more massive than the Sun, will collide around 2.5 billion light-years away from Earth. As the collision is taking place at such a huge distance, astronomers will have to wait for a very long time to detect the cosmic waves triggered by this upcoming collision.last_img read more

US Supreme Court Declines To Consider Houston Fight Over SameSex Marriage Benefits

first_imgTamir KalifaPamela Holwerds holds up her marriage license following the ceremony that married over 40 same-sex couples on the south lawn of the Texas Capitol in Austin on July 4, 2015.Denying the city of Houston’s request, the U.S. Supreme Court will not review a June decision by the Texas Supreme Court, which ruled that the landmark decision legalizing same-sex marriage does not fully address the right to marriage benefits.The high court on Monday announced it would not take up the case — which centers on Houston’s policy to provide spouses of gay and lesbian employees the same government-subsidized marriage benefits it provides to opposite-sex spouses — just months after the city of Houston filed its appeal, arguing the state court’s June decision “disregarded” precedent.In that decision, the Texas Supreme Court threw out a lower court ruling that said spouses of gay and lesbian public employees are entitled to government-subsidized marriage benefits, and it unanimously ordered a trial court to reconsider the case. The ruling found that there’s still room for state courts to explore “the reach and ramifications” of marriage-related issues that resulted from the legalization of same-sex marriage.MORE: Alexa Ura Discusses Ruling On Houston Matters<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>That’s despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015 and noted that now-defunct marriage laws were unequal in how they denied same-sex couples the benefits afforded to opposite-sex couples.In its decision, the Texas Supreme Court noted that Obergefell requires states to license and recognize same-sex marriages just as they do opposite-sex marriages but did not hold that “states must provide the same publicly funded benefits to all married persons.”That does not mean Houston can “constitutionally deny benefits to its employees’ same-sex spouses,” the court added, but the issue must now be resolved “in light of Obergefell.”Following the Obergefell ruling, public employers in Texas, including state agencies and public universities, quickly extended marriage benefits to spouses of gay and lesbian employees.“Equal recognition of same-sex marriage requires more than a marriage license; it requires equal access to the constellation of benefits that the state has linked to marriage,” Houston attorneys wrote in their brief to the court.But amid conservative efforts to relitigate that ruling, two Houston taxpayers — represented by same-sex marriage opponents — have moved forward with their case, arguing that the interpretation of Obergefell is too broad and that the right to marry does not “entail any particular package of tax benefits, employee fringe benefits or testimonial privileges.” (In a separate case against the state’s now-defunct ban on same-sex marriage, the Texas attorney general’s office actually argued that marriage is a right that comes with benefits the state is entitled to control.)Lawyers for the city of Houston have argued, in part, that opponents are without a legal avenue to even pursue their claims because the city’s policy is protected under Obergefell, which they pointed out explicitly addressed “marriage-related benefits.”Amid the litigation, Houston has continued to provide benefits to all of its married employees. Sharelast_img read more

Fed Raises Interest Rates Signals 2 More Hikes This Year

first_imgCharles Rex Arbogast/APFederal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks before the Economic Club of Chicago on April 6. The central bank raised a key short-term rate by a quarter-point on Wednesday, the second increase this yearUpdated at 2:21 p.m. ETThe Federal Reserve increased a key interest rate again Wednesday, which will trigger higher rates on credit cards, home equity lines and other kinds of borrowing.Wednesday’s action, which was widely expected, was the second Fed rate hike this year — and the seventh since it began boosting them in 2015. The latest increase puts the federal funds rate in a range between 1.75 and 2 percent. The Fed previously nudged rates up in March.The Fed also signaled that it will raise rates more this year than previously expected — four times rather than three.With the unemployment rate at 3.8 percent — a level reached only twice before in the past half-century — Fed Chairman Jerome Powell and his colleagues have decided additional rate hikes will very likely be necessary later this year.In their statement, Fed policymakers noted that the labor market “has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising at a solid rate.”The Fed’s latest projections show unemployment falling to 3.6 percent in 2018.Fed officials and many economists worry that the low jobless rate could force employers to hike wages faster, as companies compete for workers. That could spark higher inflation. At this point, there’s been little evidence that wage or price inflation is accelerating. The Fed’s new forecast showed inflation inching up only slightly over the next 2 1/2 years.The Fed has long aimed for 2 percent inflation, a level policymakers think is key to a healthy economy.Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said before the Fed made its announcement that policymakers are “scared of future inflation risk.” And their rate increases are addressing the “perceived threat of inflation,” not an immediate inflation problem, he said.Interest rate hikes will hit consumers in their wallets. Borrowers are likely to see higher bills next month on credit cards and mortgages, especially those with adjustable rates. Interest rates on new fixed-rate mortgages could also climb. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate recently hit a seven-year high, before retreating a bit to 4.54 percent.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Cop Group Supports Black Officer Charged in Freddie Gray Case

first_imgLisa Robinson, vice president, Vanguard Justice Society; Ken Butler, president, Vanguard Justice Society; Louis Hopson Jr., vice chair, Vanguard Justice Society; Barbara Jackson, community organizer; Ivan Bates, Tony Garcia, Bates & Garcia. (Photo by Kamau High)The Vanguard Justice Society voiced its support for Sgt. Alicia D. White, who was charged earlier this month with manslaughter and second degree assault, as well as misconduct in office, and faces 20 years in prison in the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. She was charged along with five other officers.The non-profit group that advocates for minority police officers in Baltimore did just that on Sgt. White’s behalf at a May 13 press conference at Baltimore Community College.“The purpose of this press conference is to express our full support in reference to the officers that have recently been charged and one officer in particular, a Vanguard member, Sgt. Alicia White,” said Ken Butler, Vanguard president.Sgt. White, according to Mr. Butler, was recruited into Vanguard out of the police academy and was mentored by the organization.In addition to Vanguard members, Barbara Jackson, a community organizer, spoke of Sgt. White’s Christian faith and volunteer work. Two of her lawyers, Ivan Bates and Tony Garcia, of Bates & Garcia, also addressed the assembled media.Bates began by pointing out that according to State’s Attorney General Marilyn Mosby, Sgt. White had about 15 seconds of interaction with Freddie Gray and that Sgt. White never actually touched him.Garcia also noted that Sgt. White was born and raised in Baltimore city as well as went to high school in Baltimore. “Alicia White is your sister, she’s your cousin, she’s your friend, she’s your neighbor,” Garcia said. “She is Baltimore city.”The law firm of Bates & Garcia is known for suing the Baltimore Police Department for police brutality including the Kollin Truss case, in which a Baltimore police officer was captured on video tape punching Truss in the face repeatedly.Lisa Robinson, vice president of Vanguard, was also on hand to speak in favor of Sgt. White. She said the group is looking forward to speaking to the Department of Justice during their investigation of the Freddie Gray case and wants to bring up several issues themselves. “Those include policies and procedures in terms of hiring, firing, disciplinary actions as well as promotions and transfers, policing strategies,” she said. “Our goal is also to look at the stop snitching culture. The stop snitching culture is prevalent on the streets of Baltimore as well as within the Baltimore Police Department.”She went on to say, “It is our hope that at the end of this process that Baltimore will have a better, safer police department and city for all the citizens of Baltimore.”During a question and answer period after the press conference Garcia, one of Sgt. White’s lawyers went on to criticize Marilyn Mosby, the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City by saying, “You’re going to see accuracy was sacrificed for speed. You’re going to see a ‘chuck and duck’ style of prosecution that is not fair or unbiased to anyone.” He added,” You’re going to see that Ms. White was steamrolled into this. She was at the wrong place at the wrong time and had nothing to do with this.”Her other attorney, Bates, then appeared to lay the groundwork for Sgt. White’s defense. “We’ve asked the state’s attorney numerous times to allow us to see the evidence and they haven’t. I guess for some reason the state feels that they have evidence that Ms. White didn’t do anything but before Ms. White got to the point to not do anything Ms. White would have to know that something needed to be done.”Asked what Sgt. White had told them about her actions on the day of Freddie Gray’s arrest, Bates said, “I can’t necessarily go into what the client has told us but let’s just say we feel very confident about our defense.”Mosby’s press office did not return calls by AFRO press time. However she released a statement, May 5, that read in part, “While the evidence we have obtained through our independent investigation does substantiate the elements of the charges filed, I refuse to litigate this case through the media.”last_img read more

Study shows evolution does not always mean more diversification

first_img The researchers were studying pharyngognathy in spiny fish—where the jaw changes over time to allow bones in the throat to grind down hard shells for digestion—to discover whether such an evolutionary adaption always works out, because the downside of it is a smaller gape, which means feasting on smaller fish. They noted that most such species live in shallow marine environments alongside other species that do not have the grinding capability. The exception was cichlids, which live in tropical freshwater places, such as lakes.Overall, the researchers found that pharyngognathy generally led to fish that evolved into niches that favored hard-shelled fish faster than did other fish, and that may have contributed to the decline of such fish species in Lake Victoria. The Nile perch, a non-pharyngognathous fish was introduced into the lake back in the 1950s and since that time cichlid numbers have been dropping dramatically. Initially it was assumed that the decline was due to the perch eating or killing the various cichlid species, but now, the researchers have shown that it was most likely due to them being out-competed—they compared the feeding performance of Nile perch against cichlids and discovered that the gape of the perch was double that of the cichlids, and that the cichlids also took much longer to digest prey. Taken together, the physical differences have clearly put the cichlids at a serious disadvantage, allowing the perch to thrive while the cichlids have been essentially starving to death. Thus, the specialization that came about due to the evolutionary adaption meant to allow them to eat a broader range of fish, in the end led to far less diversification in at least one closed ecosystem. A young Nile perch. Credit: John Uhrig Journal information: Science Nile perch are known to prey on cichlids, but they also outcompeted fish-eating cichlids. Credit: Matthew McGee Nile perch are known to prey on cichlids, but they also outcompeted fish-eating cichlids. Credit: Matthew McGee Harpagochromis, “orange rock hunter,” is a beautiful predatory cichlid now found in low numbers in Lake Victoria, but maintained in captivity thanks to conservation-minded cichlid hobbyists. Credit: Matthew McGee Harpagochromis, “orange rock hunter,” is a beautiful predatory cichlid now found in low numbers in Lake Victoria, but maintained in captivity thanks to conservation-minded cichlid hobbyists. Credit: Matthew McGee © 2015 Explore further Harpagochromis, “two stripe white lip,” is an undescribed species of Victorian predator cichlid now extinct in the wild. Thanks to a partnership with the Lake Victoria Species Survival Program, we were able to use this species in our study. Credit: Matthew McGee Citation: Study shows evolution does not always mean more diversification (2015, November 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Hormones may help tiny African fish climb social ladder More information: M. D. McGee et al. A pharyngeal jaw evolutionary innovation facilitated extinction in Lake Victoria cichlids, Science (2015). DOI: 10.1126/science.aab0800ABSTRACTEvolutionary innovations, traits that give species access to previously unoccupied niches, may promote speciation and adaptive radiation. Here, we show that such innovations can also result in competitive inferiority and extinction. We present evidence that the modified pharyngeal jaws of cichlid fishes and several marine fish lineages, a classic example of evolutionary innovation, are not universally beneficial. A large-scale analysis of dietary evolution across marine fish lineages reveals that the innovation compromises access to energy-rich predator niches. We show that this competitive inferiority shaped the adaptive radiation of cichlids in Lake Tanganyika and played a pivotal and previously unrecognized role in the mass extinction of cichlid fishes in Lake Victoria after Nile perch invasion.Press release (—A small team of researchers with members from the U.S. and Switzerland has found an example of a fish that did not always benefit in the end from an evolutionary change. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their study of cichlid fish species in Lake Victoria and other places, and the changes that led to their downfall in one ecosystem. Geerat Vermeij with the University of California offers a Perspectives piece on the work done by the group in the same journal issue. 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.last_img read more

Christchurch earthquake full industry update

first_imgAs more news comes to hand we will continue to update this article.UPDATED 15:36: Value Tours have assured family and friends of visitors in New Zealand that it has touched base with guests travelling with the company and are making sure they are attended to.Value Tours general manager David Ovendale said its coach passengers in New Zealand and staff have all been accounted for and have been in contact with family and friends today. “We are being kept up to date by our suppliers on the ground, and we will continue to monitor the situation as we find out more,” Mr Ovendale concluded.Christchurch Airport is up and running with domestic flights resuming service at 8.00am NZ time today.An airport spokesperson said domestic flights have resumed operations but passengers should check with airlines for revised time tables before proceeding to the airport terminal.The spokesperson added that the airport will reopen international check in at 12.00pm NZ time today.New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said that up to 65 people have been confirmed dead since the earthquake that struck Christchurch yesterday, SBS reported.“We may be witnessing New Zealand’s darkest day,” PM Key said.“People are just sitting on the side of the road, their heads in their hands.“This is a community that is absolutely in agony.”The New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management has been called in to manage injuries and fatalities alongside emergency services in the Christchurch, Tourism New Zealand has informed.The 6.3 magnitude quake has also left mass damage around the city, with parts of buildings collapsed onto the streets.Among the damaged structures include the city’s oldest and famous attraction the Christchurch Cathedral which saw the church’s room implode. Other updates:IHG said in a statement that it had evacuated three of its hotels Crowne Plaza Christchurch, Holiday Inn City Centre Christchurch and Holiday Inn on Avon Christchurch after experiencing structural damage.The hotel group said while it completes a full damage assessment the hotel chains will remain closed.While Peppers Clearwater Resort in Christchurch said its staff and 105 guests are all safe after the resort suffered minor harm.Peppers Clearwater said it has working phones and has urged its guests to contact loved ones at home.  Tour company APT has confirmed that all its 88 passengers and three crew on its coach tours in Christchurch are safe and accounted for.The company added that it has diverted two tours that were expected to pass through Christchurch but has not cancelled any trip so far.Passengers on board buses due to arrive in Christchurch later this week will run on revised timetables.A Terminal Lake at Aoraki Mt Cook Village collapsed yesterday as two Glacier Explorer boats were travelling around the glaciers with passenger aboard.The tour group’s general manager said it was the first time a quake was felt in the area and fierce waves caused icebergs to start rolling in the lake.“We have procedures to deal with this type of event and for some time have stayed 800 metres away from the Terminal Face as we suspected it was becoming unstable,” he said.Qantas and Air New Zealand were forced to cancel flights yesterday but Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said in a statement today that the two airlines are organising extra flights to and from Christchurch today.Air New Zealand said in a statement that it is offering one way flights to and from Christchurch today for $50.Tickets can be purchased online or via Air New Zealand call centre.Adding extra capacity, the airline added that it will be using its Boeing 777-200 on a special flight from Christchurch to Auckland, departing at 3.50pm local time.Qantas said in a statement yesterday that the airline said in a statement that the carrier will waive refund fees for passengers with tickets issued prior to 22 February for travel dates between 22 February 2011 and 23 February 2011.As well Qantas has offered to waive rebooking fees on tickets issued prior to 22 February 2011 for travel between 22 February 2011 and 23 February 2011.Also forced to cancel flight was Jetstar, the airline expects to resume its domestic services from midday today.“We are focused on getting people back home and with family and friends and to play our part in rebuilding confidence and vital access for convenient air travel to and from Christchurch,” Jetstar chief executive David Hall said.“Our thoughts are with the people of Christchurch at this time.”Singapore Airlines said the carrier’s Christchurch office has closed until further notice and has urged people to redirect their enquiries to the Auckland office.However the airline has confirmed that it is rescheduling delayed flights which should resume today. The airline added that it will waive fees for refund, rebooking or re-routing from customers with tickets issued on or before 22 February for travel to and from Christchurch from 22 February to 6 March.Earlier today the Intrepid Foundation announced that they are making a donation of up to AU$10,000 to the New Zealand Red Cross Earthquake Appeal.The foundation group also said they would match staff donations to the appeal, dollar for dollar. Red Cross New Zealand set up the online credit card donation system for anyone interested in donating to the victims of the Christchurch earthquake.“Donate now for thousands of vulnerable people in New Zealand and overseas, the Red Cross is a sign of hope in crisis, meeting both immediate and longer term needs,” Red Cross New Zealand said in an online statement. “Your generosity means we can continue to help where the need is greatest.” People interested in donating can also send funds through via direct credit/online transfer.For more information visit: Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

ABS Trend annual growth in tourists highest in 14 years

first_imgTrend tourism growth in Australia is the highest in 14 years, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data.According to the data, arrival rose 1.7 per cent in May whilst departures fell 4.5 per cent but seasonally adjusted, the tourism deficit fell from 227,000 to 192,300 in May.Chinese tourists have contributed the large amount of the growth, hitting a record of 761,000 in the next 12 months to May, up 11.9 per cent year on year.The number of Australian tourists leaving to go overseas fell 4.8 per cent in May after rising 10.8 per cent in April.Commsec analyst Savanth Sebastian said that China is likely to be the greatest contributor of tourists to Australia in the next five years.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

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