Photos – The Monica Puig Story

first_imgAdvertisementMonica Puig Marchán (born September 27, 1993) is a Puerto Rican professional tennis player and the reigning Olympic champion.She is also a Central American and Caribbean champion and Pan American silver medalist.She is the first athlete to win an Olympic gold medal representing Puerto Rico.Having turned professional in 2010, Puig has won two WTA singles titles and six ITF singles titles.On 26 September 2016, she reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 27. On 25 May 2015, she peaked at No. 210 in the doubles rankings.At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Puig created history by becoming the first Puerto Rican athlete to win the gold medal and the ninth overall medalist for that delegation.With the feat, she also became the first Latin American champion in the women’s singles discipline, and is the only unseeded female player to win the gold medal since the reintroduction of tennis in 1988.Monica Puig Marchán was born to a Cuban American father, José Puig, and a Puerto Rican mother, Astrid Marchán.Puig stated her grandparents are Catalan. She has a brother named Ricardo “Ricky” Puig.Image Courtesy –  Monica Puig (Instagram)Advertisementlast_img read more

Bostonians Don’t Want 2024 Olympics

first_imgLONDON — When the U.S. decided to bid for the 2024 Olympics, many experts felt an American city would be an early front-runner in the global race. Now, it’s uncertain whether the bid will even make it to a final vote.International Olympic Committee members are watching with a mixture of surprise and puzzlement as Boston, reeling from a lack of public support, struggles to keep its bid afloat.For the moment, the future of the bid hinges on a statewide referendum in November 2016 — a move that leaves the candidacy in limbo until then and raises the possibility of the city dropping out midway through the campaign.“It’s a calculated risk,” longtime IOC member Dick Pound of Canada told The Associated Press. “It means you’re going ahead, making all these plans and carrying all these expenses without knowing whether somebody’s going to suddenly pull the plug on you.”Speculation is the plug could be pulled sooner, although the U.S. Olympic Committee denied a report in the April 1 Wall Street Journal that it may drop the bid if local support does not improve soon.“We believe that Boston can and should lead America’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and we are absolutely committed to our partnership with Boston 2024 and their innovative concept for hosting the games,” USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said. “Any suggestion that we are considering alternatives is simply not true.”The latest poll by Boston’s WBUR radio station found that only 36 percent of the city’s residents supported the bid — a figure that dropped from 51 percent in January. Many residents fear the Olympics will generate cost overruns and leave tax payers to foot the bill.“The USOC made a decision and we are moving forward with that,” Anita DeFrantz, a USOC board member who also sits on the executive board of the International Olympic Committee, told the AP. “There’s going to be a referendum. That’s OK. The people are taking their time to learn the facts.”It’s been a bumpy road for Boston ever since the USOC surprisingly picked the Massachusetts capital in January over rival bids from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington.Low polling results, political controversy and public relations missteps have beset Boston, which was seen by the USOC as the city with the best chance of bringing the Summer Olympics back to the country for the first time since Atlanta hosted the 1996 Games.The stumbling start has raised questions: Should Boston have been picked in the first place? Did the USOC not realize the depth of local opposition? Can public opinion be turned around for a referendum to pass? Could another U.S. city replace Boston?After initially resisting calls for a referendum, Boston bid leader John Fish said last week the privately-funded body would help gather signatures to put a vote on the state ballot in 2016. Even if the measure passes statewide, he said, the bid would be scrapped if it is rejected within the city of Boston.“The USOC probably had some indication of the level of support of the population in different candidate cities they had nationally and I’m surprised they did not take this more into consideration,” Swiss IOC member Denis Oswald said.After stinging defeats for New York and Chicago in bidding for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, the timing had seemed right for the U.S. this time.The USOC had settled a festering dispute with the IOC over revenue-sharing. USOC Chairman Larry Probst and Blackmun made inroads in repairing relations with the international Olympic world. IOC President Thomas Bach and other members encouraged the U.S. to come forward.Boston, Rome and Hamburg, Germany, are the declared 2024 candidates so far. Paris is expected to join the race soon. Other potential contenders include Istanbul, Turkey; Budapest, Hungary; Baku, Azerbaijan; and Doha, Qatar. The IOC will choose the host city in 2017 in Lima, Peru.Hamburg plans a referendum on its bid later this year. Paris and Rome have not indicated plans for public votes.Some IOC members wonder whether the USOC would replace Boston if it dropped out. But the timing of the referendum would make that impossible.The IOC executive board will meet in April or May of 2016 — six or seven months before the Massachusetts vote — to select a short list of finalists. The IOC won’t reopen the race to let in another city.The scenario has parallels with the troubled race for the 2022 Winter Olympics, with multiple cities dropping out. Oslo, once seen as a natural favorite, suffered from paltry public support and eventually pulled out when the Norwegian government refused to back the bid.“I don’t know why they are waiting so long,” Oswald said of Boston’s referendum plans. “The uncertainty which will last until they have a final decision, whether or not they have the final support at the end, is not good for the candidature.”The possibility of Boston going out earlier is another matter. Technically, there would be time for the USOC to replace Boston, as the deadline for submission of bid cities to the IOC is Sept. 15.The most likely alternative would seem to be Los Angeles, which hosted the Olympics in 1932 and 1984.“But I don’t know where LA would be parked on this either,” Pound said. “To say Boston is withdrawing in favor of LA, they might say, ‘Hey, wait a minute.’”Senior Norwegian IOC member Gerhard Heiberg, who witnessed firsthand the demise of the Oslo bid, said Boston’s poll results are “not a good sign” but a referendum may be the right move.“They have to go out and lobby for this,” he said. “They have to organize meetings with business, local authorities and the public. They have to go out and show why they think this is right.”(STEPHEN WILSON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

$100 million extension for Antetokounmpo

first_imgGiannis Antetokounmpo is the franchise player of the Milwaukee Bucks and that was confirmed today. The Greek Freak signed a four year extension with the team for a total of $100 millions as Adrian Wojnarowski reported first.This deal makes Giannis one of the best paid players in the league and with an average salary of $25 million, Dirk Nowitzki is the only other player not born in the States who had such a annual revenue. The 21 years old player is expected to be the Bucks point guard this season, despite being 2,10 m. tall. This fact alone makes him a unique player.After being picked no15 in the 2013 draft, Antetokounmpo evolved quickly from a Greek second division player to a global basketball star. He is still 21 years old and it’s obvious that the Bucks decided to build their future around him.The Milwaukee Bucks announced the deal and the contract will be finalized tomorrow afternoon at a press conference to be held at the recently-launched Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center (WESC) Preview Center.Source: EurohoopsTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months ago​Ranieri hopes Fulham’s leading scorer Mitrovic comes good against former club

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Ranieri hopes Fulham’s leading scorer Mitrovic comes good against former clubby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham’s top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic will return to his former club Newcastle on Saturday.”I hope when a player goes back to his previous club he wants to show something more,” said Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri, whose team are currently bottom of the Premier League. “I hope everything for Aleksandar, believe me, I pray.”Aleksandar in Newcastle didn’t do a very good job because when a player comes from another country it’s not easy to adapt immediately to English football.”But in Fulham he’s adapted very, very well. And I hope he can do a very outstanding match.”I don’t know if they will give a warm welcome to Aleksandar but I hope Aleksandar will make a very good match.” last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 goes on sale in India: Check prices, offers and specifications

first_imgSamsung Galaxy Note 10 goes on sale in India: Check prices, offers and specificationsSamsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ are now available to buy in India via e-commerce platforms like Flipkart and Amazon and retails stores across India.advertisement Next Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiAugust 23, 2019UPDATED: August 24, 2019 16:04 IST HIGHLIGHTSGalaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus are now on sale in India.The Note 10 series is available via e-commerce platforms and offline retail stores across India.Note 10 and Note 10+ tout Infinity-O displays, Exynos 9825 SoC and new S Pen.Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ are now available to buy in India. The new Note 10-series went official in the country earlier this week at a launch event in Bengaluru. The Galaxy Note 9 successors were up for pre-orders until August 22. They can now be purchased via online platforms and offline stores across India. The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ tout Infinity-O displays, new S Pen, ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor and a new, efficient Exynos 9825 chipset, among other things.The standard Galaxy Note 10 price in India is set at Rs 69,999 and it comes in a single variant with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The Note 10 comes in three colours – Aura Glow, Aura Red and Aura Black.The Galaxy Note 10+ is offered in two storage variants – 12GB + 256GB and 12GB + 512GB – that are priced at Rs 79,999 and Rs 89,999, respectively. The Note 10+ comes in Aura Glow, Aura White and Aura Black.Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series is now available for purchase through online channels like Samsung.com/in, Flipkart, Amazon, Paytm and Tata CLiQ. They are also on sale at retail outlets across the country including Samsung Opera House in Bengaluru. Launch offers include Rs 6,000 cashback on buying the Note 10 via HDFC credit or debit card via offline stores and Samsung’s online store, or Rs 6,000 cashback on ICICI Bank credit or debit card via e-commerce platforms like Flipkart and Amazon.Additionally, if you buy the Note 10 through Samsung’s online store, you can avail No Cost EMI options, 10 per cent additional exchange bonus and Galaxy Buds worth Rs 9,999 for just Rs 4,999.advertisementSamsung Galaxy Note 10, Note 10+ specificationsThe Galaxy Note 10 series sees two models for the first time. They bring upgrades to design and hardware compared to last year’s Note 9. On the visual front, both the Note 10 phones sport new Infinity-O punch-hole curved displays with extremely thin bezels. The Note 10 and Note 10+ get Gorilla Glass 6 protection on the front and back.The regular Note 10 features a 6.3-inch FHD+ (2280X1080) Dynamic AMOLED display, while the Note 10+ gets a 6.8-inch QHD+ (3040×1440) Dynamic AMOLED display. Both the phones come with HDR10+ certification. The curved rear panel gets a vertical triple and quad camera system on the Note 10 and Note 10+, respectively. The phones also come with an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor. Powering the new Galaxy Note 10 phones is a Exynos 9825 SoC, which is based on a 7nm process for better efficiency. The Note 10 comes with 8GB of RAM while the Note 10+ is offered with 12GB of RAM. Only the Plus-sized model support storage expandability via microSD card (up to 1TB).Samsung has added more cameras to the Note 10 series. The standard model features a triple camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor with variable aperture (f/1.5-2.4) and OIS, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with OIS. The Note 10+ gets a similar triple camera system but with an added ToF camera for 3D depth mapping. Additional camera features include Live Focus, Zoom in Mic, Night mode, Super Slo-mo and Super Steady mode for videos.The Note 10 houses a 3,500mAh battery and supports 25W fast charging, while the Note 10+ gets a beefier 4,300mAh battery and supports up to 45W fast charging, although you will need to purchase a 45W charger separately. Both phone support wireless charging and Wireless PowerShare. They run on OneUI based on Android 9 Pie. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.0, Type-C and NFC, among others.The S Pen has also been redesigned. It gets a unibody finish and packs Bluetooth LE support much like the Note 9’s S Pen. A new feature this year is Air Actions, which further lets you use the stylus and perform actions without needing to touch the device. The Note 10 phones also get DeX support for PC that can be enabled using a compatible USB cable. Samsung has also partnered with Microsoft to easily link the phone to a Windows PC with one click.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launched in India: 6 things you should know about the new Note phonesGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy Note 10last_img read more

Polaris Music Prize and Music Canada partner to improve equity and access

first_img“Music Canada is committed to challenging the status quo and advancing practical solutions to improve equity and representation in the Canadian music industry,” says Amy Terrill, Executive Vice President of Music Canada and Polaris Board Chair. “Polaris Music Prize, an organization focused on artistic excellence with a history of celebrating diverse sounds and viewpoints, is the perfect host for this program.”Participating organizations in the 2018 Community Development Program can be found at polarismusicprize.ca/sponsors.The 2018 Polaris Music Prize Gala takes place on Monday, September 17th at The Carlu in Toronto. Canadian non-profits interested in participating in the 2019 Community Development Program are encouraged to contact Claire Dagenais at claire.dagenais@polarismusicprize.ca.About Polaris Music PrizePolaris Music Prize Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours and rewards artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction. A select panel of music critics then judge and award the Prize without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity. For more on the Polaris Music Prize, please visit www.polarismusicprize.caAbout the 2018 Polaris Music Prize GalaThe Polaris Music Prize Gala is produced by CBC Music. This year’s gala is set to take place on Monday, September 17th, 2018 at The Carlu, 444 Yonge Street, 7th Floor. The gala will be webcast live worldwide on CBC Music’s Facebook and YouTube. This year’s host is CBC’s Raina Douris.About Music CanadaMusic Canada is a non-profit trade organization that represents the major record companies in Canada: Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada. Music Canada also works with some of the leading independent record labels and distributors, recording studios, live music venues, concert promoters, managers and artists in the promotion and development of the music cluster. For more on Music Canada, please visit www.musiccanada.com LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In 2018, each participating organization will receive tickets to the Polaris Music Prize Gala to distribute to individuals who directly impact or participate in the organization’s music programming, courtesy of Music Canada. The program also includes additional opportunities for participants to connect with Polaris staff, Board members and other community members on the night of the Gala.“Our objective is to provide aspiring music professionals, who normally lack the means or access to music events, an opportunity to participate in the industry and community that Polaris attracts,” says Steve Jordan, Founder and Executive Director of the Polaris Music Prize. “Our hope is that by lifting these barriers we can in a small way help develop diversity in the next generation of music supporters and protectors.” Advertisement Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement TORONTO – Polaris Music Prize and Music Canada have partnered on a new initiative called the Polaris Community Development Program. Launching in advance of the 2018 Polaris Music Prize Gala, the program will partner with 10 Canadian not-for-profit music organizations each year to support and develop the music community by eliminating barriers to access for engaged music creators, entrepreneurs and change makers.last_img read more

Moroccan Photographer to Sue Huawei for Using His Picture Without Permission

Rabat – Huawei, a Chinese company specializing in multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services, allegedly used a picture by a Moroccan photographer without his consent to promote its Android smartphone, “Huawei Y5 Lite.”On January 2, the company posted a colorful picture showing the silhouette of a man wearing a djellaba, a traditional Moroccan garment, in the sunset at a beach. Next to the picture, it reads: “Get great shots with the 8 MP Camera of the Huawei Y5 Lite.”The Moroccan photographer, Aziz Acharki, is suing the company for using his photograph without asking his permission or using copyright. The page responded to the accusations, saying that it took the picture from “www.unsplash.com,” a website  “where several photographers share their shots.”The page administrators said that the company is not “obliged to credit the author or pay him, according to the rules of Unsplash.”Read Also: Land Rover, Jaguar Sales Make Highest Gains in MoroccoHuawei provides products and services to more than 170 countries. As of 2011, it served 45 of the 50 largest telecom operators.In 2012, Huawei became the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, behind Samsung Electronics. read more

Israeli Forces Kill Three Palestinian Civilians in Gaza

Rabat – Israeli forces killed three Palestinians in the north of the Gaza strip.The death of the three Palestinians came after three rockets were “allegedly fired” at Israel from the blockaded enclave, according to Al Jazeera.The Israeli response to the alleged rocket attack killed three Palestinians civilians and seriously injured a fourth.  On Saturday, August 17, Israeli forces posted on twitter that they have opened fire against “suspects” from Gaza.Israel also attacked parts of the northern Gaza Strip via helicopter and tank, Al Jazeera reported.Gaza Health Ministry, according to Al Jazeera, announced that Israeli forces have killed 300 protesters and wounded  17,00 others since the start of “the weekly Great March of Return” demonstrations in 2018.The demonstration started in March 2018. It calls for the right of Palestinians to return to their homes after they were expelled during the 1948 founding of Israel.The recent Israeli assault came a week after Israeli forces invaded Al Aqsa mosque compound and assaulted Palestinian worshippers during Eid Al Adha prayers on Monday, August 11.The forces used tear gas, sound grenades, and rubber bullets to drive worshippers out of the holy site, as dozens of Jewish settlers came to mark what they call the holiday of Tisha B’Av.The assault resulted in at least 14  injuries among Palestinians. read more

Mediation still possible between communities in Central African Republic – UN official

“It is still possible for communities to continue to live together, but intensive mediation is necessary for that to happen,” said Philip Leclerc, who is in charge of the protection cluster in CAR for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).“What is most important at the moment is that mediation take place in many [areas] across the country,” he said, adding however that if mediation fails, the UN has no other possibility but to evacuate groups to safer places, or secure their safe passage to the north, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Chad where some 288,000 people have taken refuge.Back from a two-month deployment, Mr. Leclerc said that people were trapped and trying to save their lives amid escalating violence in which Muslims, in particular, were being targeted.The conflict in CAR erupted when Séléka rebels launched attacks in December 2012 and has taken on increasingly sectarian overtones as mainly Christian militias known as anti-Balaka (anti-machete) have taken up arms.Thousands of people are believed to have been killed, and 2.2 million, about half the population, need humanitarian aid.“It is extremely important that international forces be increased so that people [can be] saved,” Mr. Leclerc said at a briefing in Geneva. He noted that the State is increasingly re-exercising its power, and security is also provided as a result of the International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) and the French mission, known as Sangaris.Noting that the violence in CAR reminded him of that which engulfed Gorazde and Srebrenica in 199r, he said that in an extremely dire situation, “people were relying on United Nations forces, and sometimes on protection jut by the mere presence [of those forces].”“If there are more international forces, there would certainly be fewer human rights violations and fewer reasons for people to flee,” Mr. Leclerc said.Also on the CAR today, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) confirmed that it had reunited four abducted children with their father. The two girls and two boys were seized and held ransom by the militia, but released following negotiations.“Child abductions represent a new and disturbing deteriorating in the conflict,” UNICEF spokesperson Patrick McMormick told journalists. read more

Davis scores 25 points in Northern Colorados 8872 win

DENVER — Jordan Davis was 10-of-20 shooting and scored 25 points with six assists and Northern Colorado withstood Denver’s second-half rally to win 88-72 on Wednesday night.Jonah Radebaugh added 17 points with four of the Bears’ 13-pointers while Sam Masten added 11 points and six assists with the team shooting 52 per cent, including 48 per cent from the arc. Northern Colorado (4-1) had a 34-32 rebounding edge and has outrebounded all of its opponents this season.Ade Murkey was 13 of 19 and scored a career-high 31 points for the Pioneers (2-5). Ronnie Harrell Jr. added 12 points.The Bears led 48-29 at halftime but the Pioneers used a 23-11 run to cut the lead to seven with 12:16 left. Northern Colorado responded with a 9-0 run that included a dunk by Bodie Hume that turned into a 3-point play. The lead stayed in double figures the rest of the way.The Associated Press read more

Its a moral shame Another 188 children have become homeless since the

first_img THERE ARE NOW over 3,200 homeless children in Ireland, latest figures show.The figures for homeless people staying in emergency accommodation in January have been released this evening, showing another rise in the number of homeless families and children.In total, there were 1,517 families with 3,267 children staying in emergency accommodation in January.This marks a rise of 109 families and 188 children since December. The number of children staying in emergency accommodation reached an all-time high in November at 3,333.There were 5,837 homeless adults in emergency accommodation in January, a rise of 158 on the previous month.Of the homeless adults, a total of 2,424 were placed in private emergency accommodation, which includes commercial hotels and B&Bs. Source: Department of HousingAnnouncing the latest figures, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy commented on the rising levels of homeless children.“The extent of the increase in January was not anticipated and, following a meeting with the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive, I have requested that they investigate the matter further and prepare a detailed report for review,” Murphy said. Source: Department of HousingCriticismInner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) has hit out at the rising figures, which have been released just as temperatures are set to plummet as low as -6 degrees over the coming days.The charity said that families in particular need homes, not family hubs or emergency accommodation.“What we are seeing now I believe is a social acceptance of these shocking increases within homelessness,” ICHH CEO Anthony Flynn said.“Government is seeing no end in sight to this crisis and are over-concentrating on short-term solutions to what is a long-term problem,” he said.Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government Barry Cowen TD has said the latest figures are damning.“It’s a moral shame that there are so many children forced to live in emergency accommodation. It has been highlighted time and time again that this situation is having a detrimental impact on children’s personal development,” Cowen said.“The government must get to grips with this crisis by directly building new social housing in every county.”Read: ‘We’re failing children’: One in seven kids lost to homelessness, poverty or neglectMore: Dublin north inner city locals object to charity homeless support centre opening in their area 8,153 Views Image: luxorphoto via Shutterstock 56 Comments Feb 27th 2018, 5:26 PM Tuesday 27 Feb 2018, 5:26 PM Share176 Tweet Email2 ‘It’s a moral shame’: Another 188 children have become homeless since the start of the year There were 1,517 families with 3,267 children staying in emergency accommodation in January. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3875291 Short URL Image: luxorphoto via Shutterstock By Hayley Halpinlast_img read more

Herrera Heck butt heads at debate

first_imgLONGVIEW — Democrat Denny Heck came out swinging at Rep. Jaime Herrera, his Republican opponent in the 3rd Congressional District contest, during a face-to-face debate here Wednesday evening that drew an enthusiastic audience of 500 to Lower Columbia College.The audience leaned decidedly in Heck’s favor, cheering his digs at Herrera and calling out “answer the question” when she appeared less than responsive to questions posed by a three-member panel .The 75-minute debate at the college’s Wollenberg Auditorium, sponsored by the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce, was the second of two joint events the candidates attended Wednesday. The two earlier took part in a forum in Lacey sponsored by the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce.No face-to-face debate between the candidates will occur in Clark County, the 3rd District’s most populous county, although KGW will host both on its “Straight Talk” program, which will be broadcast Saturday.At the Longview event, Heck wasted no time attacking Herrera. Answering a question about how as a member of Congress he would create jobs in Cowlitz County, he said he would work to get credit flowing to small businesses, strengthen tourism at Mount St. Helens, boost development of the Port of Kalama, and “make sure Wall Street can never again game the system and bring this economy to its knees.”last_img read more

Around Town Air Force to Defend Growth Plan in March Pentagons Efficiency

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Air Force will make its case to Congress in March for an enormous expansion in its force structure, Secretary Heather Wilson told editors and reporters on Wednesday at Bloomberg headquarters. “The Air Force is too small for what the nation is asking us to do,” she said, reported Bloomberg. “The difference between what is needed and what is available is measured in risk.” Last month Wilson announced a plan to increase the number of operational squadrons from 312 to 386 by 2030, a change prompted by the need to prepare for the prospect of a conflict with a near-peer adversary such as China or Russia. … Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ goal of transforming the military into a more lethal force that relies on less bureaucracy and is capable of thwarting Russia and China remains a distant target although the initial steps have been taken to realize his vision, according to a Washington Post story that assesses the Pentagon chief’s first 21 months in office. Notably, “his effort to drive efficiency across the Pentagon has stalled, by many accounts,” although there are several exceptions, it states. A plan to save $100 billion over five years by streamlining overhead has since been scaled back and now aims to save only $46 billion, according to a former senior DOD official. … Jack Reed (R.I.), the top Democrat on Senate Armed Services, told reporters on Wednesday his party would insist that any increase in defense spending be matched by a corresponding increase in domestic programs in a new budget agreement, reported CQ. The most recent budget accord covered fiscal 2018 and 2019. If lawmakers fail to strike a new deal loosening the statutory budget caps for FY 2020, defense spending would drop $71 billion in the next fiscal year.Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nashlast_img read more

Huawei reportedly plans massive US layoffs

first_img Huawei was blacklisted in May by being added to the US “entity list” of groups deemed to be acting contrary to national security interests. That came after President Donald Trump signed an executive order essentially banning the company based on national security concerns that it maintained close ties with the Chinese government — allegations the company has consistently denied. This blacklisting stopped US companies from selling equipment to Huawei.However, Trump promised last month to ease those restrictions as he tried to revive trade talks between the US and China. Senior administration officials confirmed that companies will be able to resume business with Huawei if they get licenses and there’s no threat to national security. Huawei bought $11 billion worth of US technology in 2018, the Journal noted.First published at 3:47 a.m. PT.Updated at 4:25 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 0 23 Photos iPhone XS Max vs. Huawei P30 Pro sample photos Huawei may be preparing to scale back its US operations. Érika García / CNET Huawei is planning major layoffs at its US research labs as it struggles under the weight of the Commerce Department blacklisting, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. The embattled Chinese telecom’s Futurewei R&D subsidiary employs about 850 people in Texas, California and Washington state.The layoffs may number in the hundreds, according to the Journal, which cited anonymous sources. A few people apparently already know that they’ll be dismissed, but further cuts are expected and some Chinese workers are being allowed to continue with Huawei if they return home.Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Huawei’s homegrown OS faces a steep uphill climb 1:23 Share your voice Tags Huawei Donald Trump Mobile Tech Industrylast_img read more

At crucial moment Denali Commission faces leadership gap

first_imgJoel Neimeyer of the Denali Commission, right, speaks with DEC Commisioner Larry Hartig on a 2017 visit to Mertarvik, the site where the village of Newtok hopes to rebuild. Neimeyer’s last day on the job is April 20. (Photo by Christine Trudeau/KYUK)The top job at the federal agency tasked with coordinating the relocation of Alaska villages threatened by climate change will soon be vacant.Listen nowJoel Neimeyer will step down as federal co-chair of the Denali Commission when his term expires Friday. The Trump Administration has not yet named a replacement.The vacancy comes at a crucial moment for the agency. In March, Congress doubled the commission’s budget to $30 million, directing it to work with villages facing coastal erosion, flooding and degrading permafrost.Originally the brainchild of former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, the Denali Commission was established by Congress in 1998 to fund economic development and infrastructure in rural Alaska. In 2015, then-President Barack Obama added another mission: assisting Alaska communities threatened by climate change, like Newtok, Shishmaref and Kivalina.That has been a major focus for Neimeyer. During his eight years as the head of the agency, the commission has pivoted from funding new infrastructure to maintaining existing projects — and trying to raise awareness of climate impacts.Neimeyer said it’s sometimes been a lonely job.“The Denali Commission has always been sort of the red-headed stepchild,” Neimeyer said in an interview, a week before his term was set to end. “Regional commissions by their nature are unusual…So we are sort of an island out there as an agency. And the biggest challenge will always be to get cabinet-level agencies to pay attention to what we identify are issues of the day.”One of the biggest “issues of the day” during Neimeyer’s tenure has been the question of what to do about Alaska villages facing potential destruction. Neimeyer waged a dogged effort to unlock federal funding for climate-related erosion, work that paid off when Congress added $15 million to the commission’s budget as part of this year’s budget deal. Most of that money will go to relocate Newtok, the Western Alaska village most at risk.But now that the funding has finally arrived, Neimeyer’s term is ending. His exit leaves a big hole at the agency: only the federal co-chair can sign off on spending, so Neimeyer and his staff have worked overtime to approve projects before his last day.Still, Neimeyer said it’s a good time to hand over the reins.“Not everyone gets to cross the finish line, and I understand that,” Neimeyer said.The Trump Administration has twice proposed eliminating the Denali Commission entirely. Neimeyer, who was appointed under Obama, is a Democrat. He said the agency needs a Republican head to make the case for it within a Republican administration.“There may be some things that are bittersweet, but I know that my continuance as the federal co-chair won’t help the agency in the long run,” Neimeyer said. “What actually will help is new blood.”Who that new blood might be remains an open question. The Alaska congressional delegation must nominate potential candidates to be appointed by the Trump Administration. A spokesperson for Sen. Lisa Murkowski said the senator is currently vetting potential candidates, but offered no prediction on when a replacement might be announced.last_img read more

State Bank of India initiates largest recruitment drive since 2013 to fill

first_imgThe new logo of State Bank of India (SBI) is pictured at the podium of the venue of a news conference after the announcement of SBI’s fourth quarter results, in Kolkata, India May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/File PhotoReutersIn one of the largest recruitment drives by the State Bank of India since 2013, the government-owned corporation has said it will hire about 9,500 people for customer support and sales functions.The introduction of digital banking has pushed the SBI to reduce the requirement of administrative staff and increase the need for more customer-facing employees, the Times of India reported.However, the customer support roles require general skill set and are also at a high risk of facing automation. Many companies like Facebook and Microsoft are already replacing customer service agents with robots.”Generic skill sets are the ones which are exposed to automation, so there will be more hiring around data sciences and artificial intelligence,” Rituparna Chakraborty, President of Indian Staffing Federation, told IBtimes India. The bank’s decision to hire thousands of workers comes at a time when the employee headcount at the company has plunged by more than 10,000 due to attrition and providing voluntary retirement scheme post its the merger with associate banks. SBI’s employee strength fell to 2,69,219 by the end of September 2017 from 2,79,803 at the beginning of the financial year which was a decline of 10,584 employees.The bank is, however, redeploying staff as a part restructuring post-merger. According to the bank officials, there is also a high need to hire many workers for the entry-level roles due to high attrition rate in the initial year of recruitment. Employees [Representational Image]Reuters”Many candidates make multiple applications and choose the one that is most convenient to them in terms of location. The bank, therefore, maintains a reserve list of candidates as well,” said a bank official.The decision to recruit in thousands by the SBI could be seen as a good start to the year for employment. Hiring activity is also expected to pick up in 2018. A large number of companies in India will have an increased hiring budget this year compared to last year, found a skill assessment company Mettl.The report, based on feedback from more than 1,860 business heads and human resource (HR) leaders, suggests that nearly 76 percent of organisations are predicted to have an increased recruitment volume this year versus 65 percent in 2017.last_img read more

US House to vote on 2 immigration bills

first_imgIn this 7 June, 2018, photo, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., takes questions from reporters following a closed-door GOP meeting on immigration without reaching an agreement between conservatives and moderates, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photo: APUS House of Representatives will vote next week on two Republican-written immigration bills, a top GOP aide said late Tuesday, as leaders sought to move past an election-year civil war they worry will wound the party’s prospects in November.AshLee Strong, spokeswoman for Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announced the decision after a bargaining session among leaders and top conservative and moderate GOP lawmakers ended without agreement on a single package all sides could support. It was unclear whether either bill would clear the House, but both of the party’s factions would be able to show voters they backed legislation containing their priorities on the divisive issue.For weeks, the party’s two wings have hunted ways to provide a route to citizenship for “Dreamer” immigrants brought illegally to the US as children and also bolster border security. They have failed to find middle ground.The House ended Tuesday’s session as moderates fell short of their stated goal of having 218 signatures – a majority of the chamber – on a petition that would force votes on other immigration bills that GOP leaders oppose. They had said they would do that by Tuesday, which would have triggered those votes later this month.Instead, the centrists accumulated the names of all 193 Democrats but just 23 Republicans – two short of the number required – after party leaders’ efforts against them proved effective.GOP leaders have strongly opposed the rarely used petition tactic, asserting those votes would probably produce a liberal-leaning bill backed by Democrats and just a smattering of Republicans. They’ve actively lobbied other moderates to not sign the petition, and in talks bargainers have sought legislation both sides could back or alternatively a way for each faction to get a vote on legislation they could support.Strong said the decision to consider two bills will avert the petition “and resolve the border security and immigration issues.” She said GOP lawmakers would discuss the plan at a closed-door meeting Wednesday.Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., a leader of the moderates’ petition drive, gave his group credit for the planned House votes. GOP leaders had resisted holding those votes, wary of the GOP divisions they would highlight, until the petition neared the required signatures.”Our goal has always been to force the House to debate and consider meaningful immigration reform, and today we’re one step closer,” Curbelo said.Strong did not describe the two bills. But  Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who leads the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, said one would be a strongly conservative measure that does not give the young immigrants a way to become citizens.The alternative measure is still under discussion, Meadows said. But a Republican familiar with the discussions said it would likely be based on a proposal by moderates that would grant the Dreamers a chance for citizenship but also provide all $25 billion President Donald Trump wants for his wall and impose curbs on legal immigration that conservatives want. That Republican spoke on condition of anonymity to describe private talks.The conservative measure seemed certain to be defeated in the GOP-run House. If the second bill resembles the moderates’ proposal, it too seems likely to lose from opposition by a combination of conservative Republicans and the chamber’s Democrats.”If Republicans plan to use Dreamers as a way to advance @realDonaldTrump’s xenophobic, anti-immigrant agenda, they will get a fight from House Democrats,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a tweet.The moderates’ proposal would have accepted conservatives’ demands including limiting the relatives whom immigrants can bring to the US and ending a lottery that provides visas to people from countries with low immigration rates, Republicans said.Three Republican aides said that as part of their effort to derail the moderates’ petition, party leaders promised votes later this year on a bill dealing with migrant agricultural workers and requirements that employers use a government online system to verify workers’ citizenship. The Republicans spoke on condition of anonymity to describe private talks.Meadows told reporters that the vote on the second immigration bill might not occur until later this month.Aides had said any compromise bill would probably include provisions changing how immigrant children are separated from their families at the border. Trump’s recent clampdown on people entering the US illegally has resulted in hundreds of children being separated from their families and a public relations black eye for the administration.No law requires those children to be taken from their parents. A 2-decade-old court settlement requires those who are separated to be released quickly to relatives or qualified programs. Republicans are seeking language to make it easier to keep the families together longer, said several Republicans.Trump last year terminated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, though federal court orders have kept the program functioning for now. Hundreds of thousands of young immigrants have benefited from DACA or could qualify for it, and moderates want legislation that would give these so-called Dreamers a way to become legal residents and ultimately citizenship.Conservatives have derided that step as amnesty for lawbreakers and have resisted providing a special pathway to protect them.last_img read more

This Is The Final Push Venezuelans in Houston Talk About Protests And

first_img Share For the last couple of days, Venezuela has been immersed in a non-stop cycle of violence that started on April 17th, when the massive  so-called “Mother of all protests”, organized by the opposition nationwide to demonstrate against the government of President Nicolás Maduro, was confronted fiercely by security forces and armed civilians working for the government.Since then, the unrest has continued day and night in many major cities in the country, including the capital, Caracas, and the looting and other violence following two days of massive protests has left at least 12 people dead.Overall, 20 people have been killed this month in unrest that erupted after the Supreme Court stripped Congress of its last powers, a decision it later reversed.In Houston, where 11,000 Venezuelans reside, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, this community watches developments in their country from afar, with a mix of deep sadness and expectation, but mostly solidarity. Two of them talked to us about the situation in Venezuela, what they think will come next and the way the Houston Venezuelan community copes and helps.  One of them, Marisela Sánchez, is a geo mechanical engineer living in Houston. The other, Amanda Sánchez, is Marisela’s mom, currently visiting her daughter and family.Both of them believe that as  devastating as the situation in the country is, this is the final push for Venezuelans  against the government to finally achieve what they see as real democracy. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/22053403/venezuela3.mp400:0000:0013:09Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

SB4 May Make It Harder To Fight Against Human Trafficking in Houston

first_imgOne year ago, Mayor Sylvester Turner released the city’s anti-trafficking strategic plan. The Special Advisor to the Mayor on Human Trafficking Minal Patel Davis delivered an update on progress. She says the plan engages several City of Houston departments.“Our health department has required training for all 1,200 employees, and the reason that that’s important is because our health department has restaurant inspectors on staff that go out and inspect all 13,000 food establishments annually, and restaurants are a common site for trafficking.”The city’s efforts include raising awareness and changing public perception. That includes a media campaign. Davis expects it to be harder to fight human trafficking with the recent passage of SB 4. She says trafficking victims may be less inclined to seek help if they fear deportation. The city launched a Municipal Court diversion program, to establish trust with potential victims by supporting their civil and legal needs. “Those cited with four Class C misdemeanor charges are connected with a legal service provider, and the charges are dismissed if they satisfactorily attend the legal services screening.” Sharelast_img read more

Forrest Gumps Iconic Run Across the Country was Inspired by a Real

first_imgIn 1994, the movie Forrest Gump, which detailed a man’s life and his fairly coincidental brushes with many pivotal people and circumstances of the 1960s, was released. Forrest was a character who touched just about everyone who saw the movie. While he didn’t have the brightest mind, he was a character of surprisingly insightful wisdom and enormous kindness of heart. Throughout the movie, many of the things that Forrest did were, either directly or indirectly, the result of his abiding love for his childhood friend and sweetheart, Jenny. Jenny, who only sees Forrest as a dear friend, is a troubled young woman.At one point in the film, Jenny comes to live with Forrest for a while, and Forrest says it’s the happiest time in his life. He asks Jenny to marry him, and she refuses, causing Forrest to wonder why she doesn’t love him.Tom Hanks as the title character on the film set of Forrest Gump. Photo by lakesbutta CC BY-SA 3.0Later that night, she comes to his bed, makes love with him, and avows her love for Forrest, only to sneak out before he wakes and disappear again. Her departure crushes Forrest, and in utter pain and despair, he begins running back and forth across the United States.When people he encounters ask him why he’s doing it, he just says that he felt like running — and he clearly does, since he doesn’t just run across the country once, but at least four times.Over the years, a number of people have gone across the United States on foot, even before Forrest Gump hit the theaters, but Forrest’s remarkable multi-trip run was inspired by one particular person. A person whose words were used verbatim in the film when Forrest says “When I got tired, I slept. When I got hungry, I ate. When I had to go, you know, I went.”Actor Tom Hanks in the movie ‘Forrest Gump’ by Robert Zemeckisin 1994. Photo by MEGA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty ImagesLouis Michael Figueroa ran across the country for the first time when he was just 16 years old, back in 1982, according to television station KHQ.Figueroa, a high school sophomore, made a promise to a 10-year-old cancer patient named Bobby, who was struggling with his feelings about his condition and the probability that his life would soon be over. To give Bobby hope, the teen promised to run across the entire county, raising money and awareness for the American Cancer Society.Beautiful scenic highway in Monument Valley Tribal Park in Arizona-Utah border, U.S.A. at sunset.He left New Brunswick, New Jersey, heading west, and 60 days later Figueroa arrived in San Francisco, making him both the fastest and youngest runner to ever cross the U.S. on foot. Fourteen years later he did it again. His brother, Jimmy, had been diagnosed with AIDS.Figueroa, who was himself in recovery from leukemia, walked from Bangor, Maine, to San Diego to raise awareness about Jimmy’s disease. He made the walk alone, and with only the equipment he could fit in his backpack, as a way of symbolizing the solitary plight of HIV-AIDS sufferers, gathering money for AIDS programs as he went.In late January of 2005, the now 43-year-old Figueroa decided to make his longest trek yet, in support of protecting children from sexual abuse. This trip was his most personal, as he told the Lompoc Record during an interview, as he, himself, was molested as a boy. He started from an abused children’s shelter in Tucson, Arizona, intending to circle to country and walk 7,500 miles.The circular route he chose was meant to symbolize the chain of abuse he hopes to help put an end to. About six months and 3,000 miles into his trek, Figueroa was forced to stop walking because of a combination of legal issues and a resurgence of his leukemia, which kept him from finishing his walk for five years.Read another story from us: Citizen Kane – Historic Achievements and Political Sabotage of the ‘Greatest Film Ever Made’In 2010 Figueroa picked up his walk from the place that he had to interrupt it, and continued on his way. He told the Record that he would stop walking a mile from where he began, and let his children, volunteers, and supporters finish it for him, to show that one man can only go so far, and then the community must step in. Not only was this intrepid activist the inspiration for Forrest’s run, but I think he also has the same enormous heart.last_img read more