President Sirisena leaves for Germany on official visit

President Sirisena is scheduled to visit the German Parliament and to meet representatives of the German Parliament. Subsequent to that the President is expected to held bilateral discussions with the German Foreign Minister. A special discussion between the President and the German Economic Affairs Minister is also scheduled to be held. The President of Austria, Heinz Fischer, will warmly welcome the President. The President is expected to have talks with a high level Austrian delegation including with the Austrian President.During the visit to Austria the President is also scheduled to meet the Austrian business community. The aim of the tour is to further collaborate and strengthen the relations between the two countries. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena left for Germany this morning on an official visit. During his visit to Germany the President is expected to secure economic and development benefits for Sri Lanka, the President’s office said.A special ceremony will be held under the patronage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to welcome the President on February 17. Germany is one of the economically powerful member States of the European Union and one of the largest export economies in the world.After concluding the 2-day visit to Germany the President will leave for Austria on February 19. read more

Sizzling 100m Run By Usain Bolt At Intl Meet

World 100 and 200 metres record holder Usain Bolt and American World 100 metres champion Carmelita Jeter produced dazzling performances at the JN Jamaica Invitational IAAF World Challenge meet inside the National Stadium last night.Competing before a capacity crowd at the country’s premier sports venue, both clocked world-leading times in the men’s and women’s 100 metres, respectively.Bolt had the crowd cheering wildly after he breezed to the line in 9.82 seconds, finishing ahead of Michael Frater (10.00) and Commonwealth and Pan Am Games champion Lerone Clarke (10.03). The race had earlier been held up by two false starts.Good start to seasonThe 2008 Olympic champion was elated with his display.“This is a good start for me as I was not able to compete last time and to come and give the crowd a nice treat … , I am happy. I am looking forward to the remainder of the season with great hope,” Bolt said.In the women’s event, Jeter showed supreme speed and confidence in crossing the line in 10.81 seconds, beating the 10.86 meet record she set last year.World Championships bronze medallist Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago was second in 10.86 seconds, as Jamaica’s Kerron Stewart finished strongly for third in 10.98 seconds.Olympic 400-metre hurdles champion Melaine Walker had a successful start to the season in her pet event, winning in 55.29 seconds.Walker took control of the race from very early and cruised home ahead of American Tiffany Williams (55.80) and fellow Jamaican Ristananna Tracy (56.62).Happy for victory“I am happy to come out and win tonight as it is always good to win at home. I am not too happy with the time, but the good thing is that I was able to finish the event injury-free,” a satisfied Walker said after her event.World leader in the men’s 400-metre hurdles, American Bershawn Jackson, competing for the first time locally as a senior, showed his class in the event by racing to an impressive 48.73 seconds, beating Trinidad and Tobago’s Jehue Gordon (48.98). Defending champion Justin Gaymon of the United States was third in 49.08.“The atmosphere in Jamaica is always great, and it reminded me of when I competed here at the World Junior Championships in 2002,” said Jackson.Read the rest of this story on the Jamaica Gleaner read more

Spike Lee and J Cole Offer Support for Colin

Spike Lee (left) and J. Cole (right) have been outspoken about their support for Colin Kaepernick.(Paras Griffin/Stringer/Getty Images for Universal/Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/Tim Mosenfelder /Getty Images)Spike Lee is continuing his support of Colin Kaepernick, who many have said has been blackballed by the NFL, by posting about an Aug. 23 rally for the QB.The iconic filmmaker said Tuesday, Aug. 8 that he is not the organizer of the event at NFL headquarters in New York City but is continuing to back Kaepernick.pic.twitter.com/AejLPaaWHD— Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) August 8, 2017 I Did Not Organize And Set Up This Protest. However I Still Support My Brother And His Stance On The Injustices In The USA— Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) August 8, 2017Lee has been openly questioning why the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has been a free agent since opting out of his contract in March.“How Is It That There Are 32 NFL Teams And Kap Is Still A Free Agent? WTF. Smells MAD Fishy To Me, Stinks To The High Heavens,” Lee wrote on Instagram in March after having brunch with Kaepernick. “The Question Remains What Owner And GM Is Going To Step Up And Sign Colin So Their Team Has A Better Chance To WIN? What Crime Has Colin Committed? Look At The QB’s Of All 32 Teams. This Is Some Straight Up Shenanigans, Subterfuge, Skullduggery And BS. Ya Dig?”Kaepernick drew the ire of some die-hard NFL fans last season when he refused to stand for the national anthem. Although the star reportedly won’t continue his protest this season, he has been passed over by teams including the Seattle Seahawks and the Miami Dolphins.“The Dolphins aren’t anti-Black, they’re anti-idiot,” Fox News host Jesse Watters said of the team’s choice to go with Jay Cutler on “The Five” Monday, Aug. 7. “[Kaepernick] lacks respect and he’s bad for team chemistry and he’s bad for the franchise. … Colin Kaepernick wore a [former Cuban prime minister Fidel] Castro T-shirt, they’re gonna boo him outta there.”.@jessebwatters on @Kaepernick7 controversy: “The @MiamiDolphins aren’t anti-black. They’re anti-idiot” #TheFive pic.twitter.com/RvDb6x24Kt— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 8, 2017The Baltimore Ravens also have also expressed interest in Kaepernick but have not signed him, which rapper J. Cole blasted at his concert ahead of meeting with the QB, according to Billboard.“Baltimore, the type of s— that’s happening here, don’t you think somebody should risk they’re whole livelihood and their whole life to talk about this s—?” Cole said during thie 4 Your Eyez Only tour stop Sunday, Aug. 6. “Even if it cost them they money, they job, they life? Don’t that sound like Colin Kaepernick? Don’t that sound like what he doing? And he trying to come to Baltimore, the city that seems to need that s— for real.” read more

What do you make of the new black and red public bikes

first_img Black and red? Looks great (1873) Hmmm, not a fan (930) Source: /Photocall IrelandThe bikes for Cork, Galway and Limerick are red and black –  the colours associated with Coke Zero – and also have a logo over the back wheel for added effect.The Department of Transport has described the style as “distinctive”, saying they will be a “striking presence” on the city streets when the scheme launches in the autumn. Source: Darragh KaneThe scheme itself looks set to be as popular as the Dublin bikes scheme, with a total of 740 bikes across the three cities. If successful, the bikes may be rolled out to other cities, such as Waterford, and other places across Ireland.Which is obviously great. But today we want to know what you make about the look of the bikes themselves. Yay or nay? Poll Results: Black and red? Looks greatHmmm, not a fanBICYCLE! BICYCLE!VoteRead: Dublin Bikes scheme signs €2 million sponsorship deal with Coke Zero > Read: How Dublin Bikes went from cycnicism and disbelief to a ‘phenomenon’ > BICYCLE! BICYCLE! (1069) THE NEW PUBLIC bikes for Galway, Cork and Limerick were officially unveiled today by Junior Minister Alan Kelly.Here he is on one of them: Source: Darragh KaneThe bikes are strikingly different to the popular Dublin bikes in the capital, which are light blue and grey with a Coke Zero logo superimposed over the back wheel.last_img read more

Marines Use Solar Panels Cut Fuel Consumption By 90 Percent

first_imgThe US Military has been experimenting with quite a few green initiatives, and it looks like at least some are turning out quite successful. A new report from the US Marines reveals that the use of solar panels has reduced diesel consumption by around 90 percent.The Afghanistan-based 5th Marine Regiment has been utilizing a new program called Experimental Forward Operating Base, or ExFOB for short. This involves using an array of solar panels to power various equipment, which has saved a minimum of eight gallons of diesel, per generator, per day.“Our generators typically use more than 20 gallons of fuel a day. We are down to 2.5 gallons a day,” Staff Sgt. David Doty said. “The system works amazing. By saving fuel for generators, it has cut back on the number of convoys, meaning less opportunity for one of our vehicles to hit an IED.”The solar array includes flexible and portable panels carried by marines and solar tarps that are placed over tents, which are powerful enough to power four computers at once.Via InhabitatImage courtesy Gunnery Sgt. William Pricelast_img read more

Group digs into urban agriculture

first_imgThis year’s gloomy summer left gardeners with plenty to grumble about, but Wednesday afternoon a group of six local residents trolled through a backyard and came up with quite a bounty.? What: Urban Abundance is a new program, part of Slow Foods Southwest Washington, focused on planning, harvesting and planting urban crops.? When: A Dig In! Carrot Harvest to pull 2 acres of carrots for the Clark County Food Bank will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is part of the Harvest Fun Festival.? Where: 78th Street Heritage Farm, 1919 N.E. 78th St.? Cost: Free.? For more information: Visit www.myurbanabundance.org.Donning gloves and carrying rakes and fruit pickers, they descended upon the well-kept garden of a home in the Northwest neighborhood, emerging a scant half hour later with crate upon crate of pears for a local food pantry.The process is called gleaning — gathering the inevitable overflow of a harvest and putting it to good use. And though that is what’s keeping Warren Neth and his volunteers busy this time of year, their goal is something much more.Neth, 31, is the director of a new program called Urban Abundance, a part of Slow Foods Southwest Washington, aimed at increasing the amount and types of food growing within city limits.last_img read more

Snow looks increasingly likely for metro area

first_imgSnow looks increasingly likely for Clark County, including Vancouver, over the weekend.A special weather statement issued by the National Weather Service at 11 a.m. Thursday forecasts a cold front dropping south from Alaska beginning late Saturday, then settling into place at the same time showers move into the area.The result: a few inches of snow on the Hockinson Hills and higher-level elevations, and snow in varying amounts in lower elevations.Steve Pierce, The Columbian’s weather blogger, said that Sunday will be a raw day, with temperatures near or slightly above freezing. It will be cold enough to snow, he said, but the question will be how much moisture is in the area.Pierce also said that there is a “pretty decent” chance of more snow on Monday or perhaps Tuesday, adding that long-term weather models are not yet developed enough to make it a solid forecast. Look for a return to seasonal weather, i.e. rain, after that.He updated his blog this afternoon. Here is an excerpt:After six weeks of mundane weather, the coldest air mass so far this winter is scheduled to arrive Saturday night across much of the Pacific Northwest, just in time time for the holiday weekend. The system in question will be arriving from the Gulf of Alaska and will push snow levels to the valley floor at times beginning Saturday night and lasting though at least Monday. This system has its origins in Alaska where temperatures have been well below normal as of late. At this point it does not appear as though this will qualify as a true Pacific Northwest “arctic blast” (temperatures at or below 32 degrees for daytime highs west of the Cascades) but overnight lows will likely fall below freezing across many locations Saturday night through Monday.Temperatures will fall quickly after sunset on Saturday and any precipitation associated with this system will likely fall as snow or a rain/snow mix all the way down to the valley floor. Sunday and Monday will feel raw outside, with high temperatures in the upper 30s west of the Cascades and snow showers likely. The big question remains, how much snow will fall and where? A pattern like this is difficult to predict, as precipitation amounts will be showery in nature and thus hit-and-miss. The hills above 500 ft are likely to see the best chances for accumulating snow along with other snow prone locations. If a more consolidated line of precipitation moves across the area Saturday night, nearly everyone could see accumulating snow, albeit light.last_img read more

Macau mass can be a US30 billion a year business Rob Goldstein

first_img Osaka Governor planning to start operator recruitment process this year South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August Expressing confidence in local entity Sands China’s Macau expansion plans – which include converting Sands Cotai Central to The Londoner Macao and upgrading rooms at St Regis and the Four Seasons – Goldstein said the company expects mass and premium mass will eventually become “a US$30 billion business, adding “I’m not capable of telling you what the breakout is in premium versus base [but] we’ll take it all and we have the assets to take it all.”Macau-wide gross gaming revenue rose 14% in 2018 to US$37.6 billion, with the revenue split between mass and VIP expected to be close to 50-50 once all operator results are released.But Goldstein said that mix will inevitably change in the coming years.“It’s a very simple market to understand – it’s a mass, premium mass market driven by scale,” he said. “The VIP segment will continue to be challenging I believe. The mass and premium mass will be the driver.”Goldstein also pointed to increasing supply as the key to capitalizing on the changing face of the Macau market.“I think what we’ve done there, which is build scale … we’re building more rooms today. We’re building more retail today. We’re building more everything today. I believe that that market will continue to grow.“From my perspective, the mass scale market is room dependent. Those without rooms will have a difficult time growing their share. Mass demands rooms.“This is a very special place. It’s very unique and we are delighted to be there and investing today. We’re long-term believers and we don’t think there’s a market like it anywhere in the world or a better place to deploy capital.” RelatedPosts Las Vegas Sands (LVS) President and COO Rob Goldstein says Macau’s mass gaming segment can become a US$30 billion a year business.Goldstein’s prediction was made while discussing the company’s results in its 4Q18 earnings call, with Macau having pushed LVS to 2.5% year-on-year revenue growth for the period. Macau revenue grew 9% in 4Q18 to US$2.25 billion thanks to strong increases at the Venetian and Parisian. Load More Las Vegas Sands reaches new SG$4 billion loan agreements for Marina Bay Sands expansionlast_img read more

Coast Guard searching for missing boater near Jensen Beach

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a boater who has been missing since Monday.Officials said 66-year-old Stuart Savanuck rented a 23-foot boat from Jensen Beach Boat Rentals, at around 10 a.m. Monday, and was expected to return by 5 p.m. The rental company contacted the Coast Guard when Savanuck failed to bring the boat back. Rescue crews launched a 11,310 square mile search Tuesday morning, from Port St. Lucie to West End, Bahamas.Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sector Miami Command Center at 305-535-4472 or on the radio at VHF-FM marine radio channel 16.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Air Force Resumes B1 Bomber Operations

first_imgThe Air Force has resumed B-1B Lancer bomber flights following a nearly month-long operational hiatus, the Air Force Times reported Tuesday.The Air Force Global Strike command said the heavy bombers resumed flights this week following a safety inspection stand-down that began March 28 due to the problems with the egress system airmen use to exit in an emergency.“Individual B-1B aircraft will return to flight as the inspections and maintenance directed during the stand-down on each aircraft,” a command news release said.The B-1 has experienced three setback “events” in the past year, including an emergency landing incident related to an ejection-seat issue, and two fleetwide groundings, including the most recent one, according to the Air Force Times report.“We are proud of the tremendous efforts of our maintainers and aircrew flight equipment technicians in identifying, inspecting and remediating any potential issues with the B-1B egress system,” said Maj. Gen. James Dawkins Jr., 8th Air Force commander, who is responsible for the Air Force bomber force. “The aircraft are still safe to fly, and we are confident that this stand-down has resulted in increased safety within the B-1B fleet.”Air Force photo Staff Sgt. Clayton Cupit ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

BJP demands probe into West Bengal violence

first_imgKolkata: A three-member BJP delegation on Saturday visited violence-hit Bhatpara in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district where two persons were shot dead during a clash on Thursday and demanded a probe into the killings even as it accused the State police of opening fire on innocent people. The three-member delegation, comprising BJP MPs S.S. Ahluwalia, Satya Pal Singh and Vishnu Dayal Ram, visited the house of the two deceased – Rambabu Shaw and Dharambir Shaw – in Bhatpara on Saturday afternoon and said the bereaved families would be given financial aid of Rs 10 lakh each. Also Read – Charge sheet against AAP MLA Gulab Singh Advertise With Us The delegation was accompanied by Barrackpore Lok Sabha MP Arjun Singh. “When the clash between two groups took place, police baton charged one group and shot at the other. We want to know who took that decision? Who was behind this conspiracy? There should be a thorough probe into this. We will submit the report to (Union Home Minister) Amit Shah and apprise him of the on-ground situation here,” Ahluwalia said. Also Read – JNU poll panel cancels Yogi’s nomination Advertise With Us “Police opened fire on innocent, common people. They have shot everyone here. Police held a press conference and said they fired in the air. If it was true, then how did the people get shot? Were they flying in the air?” he questioned. Showing remnants of used bullets, which were recovered by the locals here after Thursday’s incident, Ahluwalia claimed that they are “INSAS bullets”, often used by the police personnel. Advertise With Us “These are parts of INSAS bullets which were used by police that day. Seven people sustained bullet injury, including the two deceased. All of them are common people. He identified the two deceased persons as ‘Panipuri’ sellers in the area and said the families are in deep trouble due to their sudden deaths. “They were not involved in any clashes. Rambabu, a 17-year-old youth was going to buy food from a shop when police shot him from point blank range. Dharambir was also shot by the police and died on the spot. Another person is admitted to the hospital,” he alleged. The BJP MP from Asansol-Durgapur parliamentary constituency accused the State’s ruling Trinamool Congress of indulging in constant violence even after the 2019 poll results have come out and urged its leaders to fight a “democratic battle” with the BJP instead of “murdering” common people. “I want to ask Trinamool Congress, how long will this violence continue? When there was violence during elections and people were killed, we tolerated that. Now the poll result has come out. If you (Trinamool) have any complaint or grudge against Modiji or the central government, you should debate on that in Parliament. That is the biggest space for democratic discourse. But why are you killing these poor people? This is unfortunate,” he added. New tensions Fresh tension was reported shortly after the BJP delegation left the area as a group of locals agitated against the police accusing them of inaction and pelted stones at the personnel on duty. Police resorted to a baton charge on two occasions to disperse the mob in which one person sustained a head injury. Barrackpore Police Commissioner Manoj Kumar Verma said the situation was “under control and peaceful” and clarified that police have not allowed any unlawful gathering in the area as CrPC 144 is in force there. “The situation is totally under control and peaceful. Because CrPC 144 is imposed here, police have chased away the people making unlawful gatherings. May be some people fell on the ground and sustained injury during the chasing,” said Verma, who conducted a route march in the area along with other senior officers. However, he refused to comment on the BJP leaders’ claims that two locals died in police firing. “All the matters are under investigation. It is not possible for me to comment on that,” he said. Internet services were suspended in large parts of North 24 Parganas district including the Barrackpore, Bongaon and Basirhat sub-divisions since the clash on Thursday as per the order issued by District Magistrate Chaitali Chakrabarty. However, the services were restored post midnight on Saturday.last_img read more

Punjab sisters write letter with blood to President Kovind seek

first_imgMOGA: Two girls from Punjab’s Moga city have written a letter with their blood to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking his help in the “false cases” filed against them. In the letter, the duo has claimed that complainants have been threatening them on the pretext of the Kabutarbaazi and cheating cases registered against them and said that they have been living in fear for so long. They also demanded euthanasia for the whole family if they do not get justice. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Speaking to ANI, the girls – Nisha and Aman Jot Kaur – said, “Two false cases of Kabutarbaazi and cheating and fraud have been filed against us under Section of 420 the Indian Penal Code. We have been urging police to investigate the matter as we have been trapped in false cases but they are not listening to us.” “We have demanded euthanasia for the whole family if we do not receive justice,” they said. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Meanwhile, Moga Police DSP Kuljinder Singh denied the allegations levelled against the police by the two girls. He said that criminal cases are registered against these girls and investigation in the matter is underway. “These two came to me and told me that they do financial work. They received a check on the basis of security and another party filed a case as they considered them as agents, who have given money to send their son abroad.” “I have heard they have sent a letter to the president but I have not received any official information in this regard. We will resolve the case soon. It took time as complainants are not helping in the investigation even after we sent them a summons,” he added.last_img read more

Bhagat Singh Sena to hold Tiranga Yatra

first_imgBegum Bazaar: Bhagat Singh Yuva Sena would take up ‘Tiranga Yatra’ at Begum Bazar at 10 am on August 15 to mark the 73rd Independence Day. Grand Master Shifuji would be the guest at the yatra.Organiser and Bhagat Singh Yuva Sena president Laddu Yadav said that the Tiranga Yatra was being organised by BSYS every year since 2012. Laddu Yadav said that the intention of the yatra was to pay tribute to the freedom fighters. Many freedom fighters sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country. Grand Master Shifuji would be the guest and flag off the yatra. He would walk for 1 km from Begum Bazar. Laddu Yadav called upon nationalist youth from the city to attend the yatra in large numbers. The government conspired to stop the yatra during previous year but it could not succeed, said Laddu Yadav.last_img read more

Karan Johar on Hardik PandyaKL Rahuls Koffee With Karan episode It has

first_imgHardik Pandya, Karan Johar, KL RahulInstagramKoffee With Karan 6 has been one of the most controversial seasons till date mainly of what transpired in the aftermath of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul episode. Both Pandya and Rahul had faced suspension from the BCCI, they were publicly shamed when they were called back from the ongoing Australian cricket tour. Karan Johar too had his own share of criticism for the controversial nature of his show and why he didn’t filter the sexist and misogynist responses of Pandya and Rahul before airing it on national television.As of now both Pandya and Rahul have been reinstated in the Indian cricket team and Karan Johar too had apologized to what had happened on the show taking the full responsibility for it. And once again, Karan Johar has opened up about it on Arbaaz Khan’s new show called Pinch admitting the fact that the controversial episode did impact the show. He also took the entire blame upon himself and said that both Pandya and Rahul have already paid the price for what they said.”I feel very responsible for the fact that both Hardik and Rahul are going through what they are. Yes, things are said on that, there’s a certain comfort. I can’t speak for people’s personal opinions on the questions that are asked. And maybe sometimes the casual and irrelevant nature of the show lends itself to certain responses that may or may not agree with the fabric of our country. And I am completely in support of the opinions that came out as the result of that because things said have been or were inappropriate. I would take complete blame that the show is mine, it’s my responsibility and I really feel bad everyday,” Karan Johar said when Arbaaz Khan read out a comment on social media about Pandya-Rahul’s Koffee With Karan episode.He continued, “I also want to add that this lady who said that I ask sexist questions but I want to tell this lady that I ask the same questions to the women as well to rank men. It’s a show and it has been going on for forteen years. Why today are you bringing up these things? My questions have not changed. Yes the questions are frivolous, they are risque, they are sexual in nature sometimes. And if that is not your cup of tea, then don’t watch it. I am a very strong feminist. I am somebody who believes in the power of women and I would never in my own capacity knowingly upset or offend women by the nature of anything I do.”He further added, “It so happened that this show exploded and one voice lends to another. But these boys have already been punished. And by the time, this show we are talking about aid that their punishment has ended and been given a second chance in their careers. They both are very talented, exceptional forces in the world of cricket and I really believe that they have paid their price for what they said and I carry the burden of it. It has impacted the show but my show does not matter. It’s one thing I do. Their careers matter.”last_img read more

ER Shipp Prize Winning Author on Baltimore Journalism and Community

first_imgPulitzer prize winning journalist and Morgan State University Professor, E.R Shipp on Sept.19 , spoke at community organization Strong City Baltimore’s 29th Street Community Center as part of the Gertrude S. Williams Speaker Series.E.R. Shipp, Pulitzer Prizer Winning Journalist . (Photo by Nakia Brown)“We were going through whole patches of blocks that looked like an abandoned city.” Shipp said. “In those rough areas, there was most likely always some house of worship, a liquor store, and a funeral home. What is that saying about us?”Shipp moved to Baltimore four years ago and speaks candidly about her observations of Baltimore from the record high homicide rate to the supringsly low levels of civic engagement by the community.Dressed bright and casual, Shipp addressed an intergenerational crowd of over forty people on the role of journalism in community engagement.This event is third in a quarterly series honoring Gertrude Williams, who was principal of Barclay Elementary/Middle School from 1971-1998. Before Shipp, the series hosted leaders such as former mayor Kurt Schmoke, Adam Jackson, CEO of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.For over thirty minutes, Shipp walked the crowd through her segregated childhood in Georgia and how that lead her to journalism.Shipp was one the first Black students to attend the J. P. Carr School in Georgia after the school was integrated in the late 1960s.. She then attended the University of Georgia in 1972, which only was integrated 12 years before her arrival. She graduated in 1976 with a BA in Journalism before going to and graduating with a MS in Journalism from Columbia University.Since then, Shipp has worked at varied newspapers including: The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The Washington Post and currently writes a bi-weekly Wednesday column for The Baltimore Sun.E.R. Shipp, Pulitzer Prizer Winning Journalist . (Photo by Nakia Brown)“The role of writers is to be the griots,” Shipp said referring to the African oral tradition of storytelling. “We are the ones who have the memories of what has been…we are teaching people about the past and what is happening now.”Shipp ended her speech with a story about how her family members, in frustration with the terrible conditions of the local school, burned it down in an effort to get the city to build a better one.“We need to revive the spirit — not that we need to be arsonists,” Shipp laughed. “We need to revive the spirit that we can get things done.”last_img read more

Dual nback exercise can boost brain power

first_imgResearchers have found that practicing what is known as a “dual n-back” exercise can lead to improvement in working memory, which is what people rely on to temporarily hold details in their mind like phone numbers and directions. The “dual n-back” is a memory sequence test in which people must remember a constantly updating sequence of visual and auditory stimuli. The study published in the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement suggests it is possible to train the brain like other body parts – with targeted workouts. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”People say cognitive training either works or doesn’t work. We showed that it matters what kind of training you’re doing,” said lead author Kara Blacker who was with Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore at the time of the research.”This one task seems to show the most consistent results and the most impact on performance and should be the one we focus on if we’re interested in improving cognition through training,” said Blacker, now a researcher at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for Advancement of Military Medicine Inc in Maryland. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe researchers decided to compare directly the leading types of exercises and measure people’s brain activity before and after training.First, the team assembled three groups of participants, all young adults. Everyone took an initial battery of cognitive tests to determine baseline working memory, attention and intelligence. Everyone also got an electroencephalogram (EEG) to measure brain activity. Then, everyone was sent home to practice a computer task for a month. One group used one leading brain exercise while the second group used the other. The third group practiced on a control task.The training programmes compared are not the commercial products available to consumers, but tools scientists rely on to test the brain’s working memory.Everyone trained five days a week for 30 minutes, then returned to the lab for another round of tests to see if anything about their brain or cognitive abilities had changed.The researchers found that the group that practiced the “dual n-back” exercise showed a 30 per cent improvement in their working memory. That was nearly double the gains made by the group working with the other common task, known as “complex span”. The dual n-back group saw squares flashing on a grid while hearing letters. They had to remember if the square they just saw and the letter they heard were both the same as one round back. As the test got harder, they had to recall squares and letters two, three and four rounds back. The other test, called “complex span,” also involves remembering items in a sequence, but they do not need to continually update the items in their mind.”The findings suggest that this particular task is changing something about the brain,” said study co-author Susan Courtney, Professor at Johns Hopkins University.last_img read more

Two large grow ops shut down in Cancun

first_imgPhoto: La Fiscalía General del Estado From each, police removed seeds, fertilizers, lamps and more than 200 firearm cartridges of various calibers. Cancun, Q.R. — Two grow ops were found and seized over the weekend in Cancun by police who were supported by the navy, military and state elements. The Attorney General’s Office reports that the grow operations were found in Region 235 and 107 of Cancun in residential neighborhoods. The homes were used exclusively for pot growing. The homes, which were discovered in two separate regions of the city, were searched by police who reported that aside from marijuana plants, they also seized 200 rounds of ammunition. Photo: La Fiscalía General del Estado Both homes were also seized. Ministerial Police were supported by the Navy of Mexico, the Military Police and the State Police.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jet Airways promises best festive price through website and mobile app

first_imgJet Airways is celebrating the New Year with special attractive festive fares for its guests travelling on the airline’s global network. This offer is available exclusively on the airline’s website jetairways.com and mobile app.This special offer is applicable for travel onboard Jet Airways operated international flights from India to destinations in the SAARC, ASEAN, Europe, and Canada regions. Similarly, the offer is also valid on flights originating from Paris, Canada, Brussels, ASEAN and SAARC regions, and on the airline’s newest destination – Amsterdam.Under the ‘Best Price Promise’ initiative, the airlines will ensure that the best fare for Jet Airways flights is available on its website, when compared with other online travel portals, for the same itinerary.Gaurang Shetty, Senior Vice President – Commercial, Jet Airways said, “At Jet Airways, it has been our constant endeavour to introduce innovative features and services that ensure guests have an enhanced travel experience. Moreover, this demonstrates our commitment to our ‘Guest First’ service philosophy, which is core to our business.With the Best Price Promise offer, we look forward to transforming the way guests’ book tickets using our online platforms.”last_img read more

May 21 2018 Congratulations the April 15 2018 wo

first_imgMay 21, 2018Congratulations the April 15. 2018 workshop participants upon their graduation.from leftMadeline Visser completed her scholarship and workshop and continues on working part-time with Randall Schultz in the wood-working department and part-time in the gallery.Jade Kindt continues on as a volunteer.Seth Winslow continues on dividing his time between the landscaping department and part of the Arcosanti archives crew.last_img

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telling the senator he found Trump’s repeated attacks on the federal judiciary "disheartening" and "demoralizing"The president worried that Gorsuch would not be "loyal" one of the people said and told aides that he was tempted to pull Gorsuch’s nomination – and that he knew plenty of other judges who would want the jobIt is unclear whether Trump’s "explosion" as another administration official described it truly put Gorsuch’s nomination in jeopardy or whether the president was expressing his frustration aloud as he often does But at the time some in the White House and on Capitol Hill feared that Gorsuch’s confirmation – which had been shaping up to be one of the clearest triumph’s of Trump’s tumultuous young presidency – was on the verge of going awryThis account is based on interviews with 11 people familiar with the episode some of whom insisted on anonymity to discuss private deliberationsTrump was especially upset by what he viewed as Gorsuch’s insufficient gratitude for a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court White House officials said The judge sent the president a handwritten letter dated March 2 thanking him for the nomination and explaining how grateful he was according to a copy obtained by The Washington Post"Your address to Congress was magnificent" Gorsuch wrote "And you were so kind to recognize Mrs Scalia remember the justice and mention me My teenage daughters were cheering the TV"The reference to "the justice" was to Antonin Scalia the late justice whom Gorsuch replaced and "Mrs Scalia" is his widow MaureenAides said Trump did not immediately receive the note but it was retrieved by legislative affairs director Marc Short and then viewed by Trump on March 10 helping ease his concerns"As head of legislative affairs our team was in charge of his nomination and never did I view his nomination in jeopardy nor did the president ever suggest to me that he wanted to pull him" Short said "The process obviously caused frustration but that frustration was compounded by the fact that Gorsuch had sent him a personal letter that he never received" Gorsuch through a spokeswoman declined to comment"The president’s nomination of Neil M Gorsuch was among his first and most important accomplishments during his first year in office and delivered on a major campaign promise" White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement "At no point did the president consider withdrawing Justice Gorsuch’s nomination He is very proud of the accomplishment"Advisers also told Trump that Gorsuch was trying to demonstrate the independence necessary to make it through the confirmation process and that pulling the nomination would have far-reaching repercussions and might infuriate supporters who were enthusiastic about the conservative juristIn April two months after Trump first expressed his ire the Senate confirmed Gorsuch on a vote of 54 to 45 Trump and his allies promptly began boasting about the appointment as one of the president’s major achievementsThe incident that so angered Trump came shortly after a federal judge had issued a nationwide stop to the president’s travel ban targeting a list of majority-Muslim countries At the time the president disparaged the "so-called judge" on Twitter writing that the ruling "put our country in such peril""If something happens blame him and court system" Trump wrote "People pouring in Bad"Trump had additionally said that a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit that held oral arguments to review the judge’s order was "disgraceful" and that the judges cared more about politics than following the lawGorsuch meanwhile was moving through the confirmation process doing rounds of courtesy meetings with senators on Capitol Hill – including the one with Blumenthal which quickly became news after the senator shared their private discussion with reporters"I told him how abhorrent Donald Trump’s invective and insults are toward the judiciary" Blumenthal told The Post in an interview "And he said to me that he found them ‘disheartening’ and ‘demoralizing’ – his words"Ron Bonjean a member of the group guiding Gorsuch though the confirmation process confirmed the account at the timeThe remarks angered the president who attacked Blumenthal on Twitter saying the senator misrepresented Gorsuch’s comments But at the time at least he also felt that Gorsuch himself was being disloyalIn a meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan R-Wis, This takes being deeply honest with yourself about what motivates you and how you best operate. I have trained abroad too.Modi seeks to reverse thisrhodan@time. stressing that the military were the “last line of defence. Apple’s success in China means it may now be the top smartphone seller in the country,上海贵族宝贝FO, What in the world is going on? By the end of their meeting, who can’t help but join JT as he dances his way all over town.

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