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Rabat – Squalli died Monday morning from an incurable disease, Moroccan media reported.Born in Fez in 1932, Squalli wrote the national anthem in 1969 under the reign of King Hassan II. Before 1969, the anthem was used only in melody.The idea of writing lyrics to the national anthem came after the Moroccan national football team qualified to participate in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico for the first time. There are two stories behind the writing of the anthem’s lyrics. One story says that King Hassan II launched a competition to compose the anthem’s lyrics, and Squalli’s lyrics gained royal and popular approval.َAnother version says that King Hassan II ordered Squalli to write the lyrics for the melody.Leo Morgan, a French captain and chief of music during the French occupation of Morocco, had composed the national anthem’s melody. The Frenchman wrote the anthem’s music during the reign of Sultan Moulay Youssef.The melody of the national anthem was in use without lyrics before Morocco’s independence in 1956. Squalli also wrote numerous books, especially children’s books.Squalli received a BA degree in literature from Al-Quaraouiyine University in 1951 and later became a professor there.Squalli joined the Royal Cabinet in 1956, where he was appointed as an advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then he became an associate professor at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in Rabat in 1964. The Moroccan author had worked as an inspector general at the Ministry of Education since 1971.Sakali had also been a member of the Union of Moroccan Writers since 1967.Throughout his career, Squalli achieved various awards for his literary works, including the Morocco Grand Prize in 1982 and the international prize of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia  for children’s literature in 1992. read more


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The wholesale price of a kilogram of sugar has been reduced from Rs. 99 to Rs. 96 with effect from today, Sugar importers said.


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The Sri Lankan Prime Minister, accompanied by wife Maithree Wickremesinghe, also took part in the ‘Shata Chandika Yaga’ as part of the ongoing three-day ritual, temple officials said.He was scheduled to visit the temple in August, but the plan was cancelled at the last minute owing to bad weather. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today offered prayers at the famous Kollur Mookambika Temple in the Udupi district in India, the Press Trust of India reported.Wickremesinghe was accorded a traditional welcome at the entrance of the temple.


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first_imgBy: Kebba SeckaFollowing Foroyaa’s publication on January 24th about a leaking soak-away at the Bakoteh market, the Director of Services at the Kanifing Municipal Council Lamin Sanyang told this reporter in a telephone interview, that both Kanifing and Bakoteh Housing Estate including the Bakoteh market, are not directly under the management of KMC.The director indicated that the infrastructure and environmental sanitation of the market at the two Estates, are under the care and responsibility of the Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC). “Two days ago, we cleared the waste that was dumped at the Bakoteh market. As a council, we feel that the two markets are under our domain but according to the terms and conditions between SSHFC and KMC, we are not responsible for the two markets. We even do not collect duties from the vendors,” he explained. The director also claimed that two days ago, they cleared the waste around the Kanifing Estate, even though it was not their duty.When asked about his concern regarding the Bakoteh resident’s claim that they have registered complaints to the KMC without success, Sanyang said this was not to his knowledge. He added that anything they are doing within the two Estates is to complement the responsibility of SSHFC. He concluded by emphasizing that, to unload the leaking soak-way of Bakoteh market is to contact the SSHFC to do it; that it is their responsibility. Foroyaa will get in touch with the SSHFC regarding the issue.last_img read more


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first_imgEverton Football Club (FC) has received accreditation from the Workplace Wellbeing Charter in recognition of its commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of its 480 permanent employees.Everton FC (pictured) achieved this in June 2018.The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is a voluntary accreditation standard managed by independent charity Health@Work Consultancy Services. It involves a self-assessment process as well as an on-site visit, where auditors conduct interviews and assess the organisation against eight topic areas. These include mental health, physical activity, absence management, health and safety and leadership.The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is available for all public, private and voluntary sector organisations in the UK. To date, more than 1,000 are now accredited to the Workplace Wellbeing Charter.Kim Healey, people director at Everton FC, said: “This Workplace Wellbeing Charter award is very important to us. It’s a sign of our continued commitment to the environment we provide to everyone working at Everton. To achieve this award, auditors have spoken to Club staff at all levels who, in their own words, were able to get across how they are supported in their roles and how the Club cares about their mental and physical wellbeing.”last_img read more


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first_imgStill, Dolan says his company likes to avoid “overactive markets.” “Right now there’s a lot of play with workflow management and document management at law firms,” he added. “I won’t touch that, we like the dark corners.”Mobile is viewed much the same way online was a few years ago: a huge opportunity but no one really knows what to do with it yet. “Most content businesses now have some sort of digital business. I think soon they will all also be building mobile,” said Quadrangle’s Ezersky. “Right now, the only ones making money from mobile are the carriers. Until a couple big players figure this out and start butting heads, it won’t happen. We’re already at a place where venture capitalists who invested in mobile a few years ago are disappointed.”Multiples Continue to Soar for OnlineEBITDA multiples are starting to see significant disparity. According to DeSilva + Phillips managing partner Reed Phillips, b-to-b EBITDA multiples averaged 11.5x in 2007, compared to 12x to 13x EBITDA for consumer publishing deals. “Those multiples will continue to carry over into 2008 with high quality companies, while third tier companies will continue to struggle,” says Phillips.Meanwhile, DeSilva + Phillips said EBITDA for digital content companies averaged between 7x and 15x EBITDA, while ad networks averaged 10x to 18x EBITDA, and social networks averaged 9x to 16x EBITDA.Deal CultureDespite the bad press for private equity, some speakers said private equity ownership seems to be more forgiving than the public market these days. “VNU couldn’t operate in the public market—now they’re still the same size and because the CEO isn’t making quarterly reports, he can make tough decisions,” says Strauss Zelnick, partner at ZelnickMedia.Dolan advised publishers to keep their operators out of M&A and focused on the business. “Our analogy is, growing organically is farming culture and M&A is hunter-killer culture,” he said, prompting moderator Charles Engros Jr., managing partner at Morgan, Lewis and Brockius, to quip, “That’s a good analogy because sometimes what you’re hunting kills you.” Strategic operators and private equity investors are looking for opportunities in the development of a “fourth leg of the stool,” speakers said today at the annual DeSilva + Phillips Dealmakers Summit. Attractive media companies are going to look very different going forward. “We’re glum about newspapers, and cautious about TV and magazines,” said Peter Ezersky, managing principal at Quadrangle Group LLC.While only a few members of the audience thought the market is in recession right now, the majority said things would get worse before they get better. That has prompted even longtime players in the magazine market to change what they’re looking for. “A lot of our portfolio is made up of advertising-based services but in 2007 we didn’t buy a single ad-supported business,” said Peggy Koenig, managing partner at private equity firm ABRY Partners, which owns consumer enthusiast publisher F&W and b-to-b publisher Cygnus. “A lot of old media has been disrupted. We see much more opportunity now with information services.”Dolan Media, which recently performed a $196 million IPO, has developed a series of services that president and CEO Jim Dolan says are economy neutral or even counter-cyclical, such as a mortgage foreclosure service and continuing legal education.“It’s an easy step from giving them information to giving them services to help them,” Dolan says. “It’s an avenue of growth we hadn’t thought of before 2005. What we’re doing with services is what many publishers are trying to do with online, and that’s build communities. This isn’t an abandonment of anything, doesn’t take away from other services.”last_img read more


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first_img https://twitter.com/rosaliavt/status/1048931982607110145 https://twitter.com/rosaliavt/status/1058332438680735747 NO ME LO CREO El Mal Querer is out. Estoy tan feliz 😭🤪😆Decirme lo q habéis sentido en la primera escucha ♥️🎆 Os leo____________Let me know your feelings when you listen to it. I read your comments pic.twitter.com/BGx3Nv7iiw— R O S A L Í A (@rosaliavt) November 2, 2018 Twitter Nominated for five Latin GRAMMYs, meet the artist who is getting noticed for her striking blend of new and old, flamenco and electro-pop, and tells the world: “Not now or ever will I put flamenco aside”Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Nov 9, 2018 – 6:14 pm Meet Rosalía. The young Spanish singer is getting noticed globally for her modern take on her country’s tradition of flamenco music, rife with passion and infused with her electronic-infused and pop-ready flair. Her unique sound is something the world is showing its ready for and feels almost as if it should belong in a new genre shaped by her alone. Email How Rosalía Is Reinventing What It Means To Be A Global Pop Star Facebook The momentum the rising star has built in just a year in both Spanish and English language markets is quite impressive. She has been garnering a diverse, growing group of music fans, including other musicians. She worked with the likes of Pharrell Williams and J Balvin; “Brillo” is featured on Balvin’s hugely popular Latin GRAMMY-nominated album Vibras.Other musicians such as James Blake and Dua Lipa have noticed her as well and are on her growing list of fans—Lipa shouted her out when we asked her who she wanted to collaborate with a few weeks back. Rosalía told Pitchfork how “working with Pharrell was a dream….Collaborations like that are where you come up with sounds that maybe you wouldn’t have found otherwise.” The future looks bright for the young, innovative singer—keep reading to get a taste of her sound and style.”Malamente”Rosalía released “Malamente” as the lead single from El Mal Querer, and the music world has paid attention; the music video has 29.8 million views on YouTube to date. It is a great introduction to Rosalía and her sound, with flamenco-inspired clapping, or palmas, over a catchy, electronic beat and a mix of both haunting vocals and spoken word; her singing and clapping is interspersed at several points with an echoing repeat of words “mira,” or look—indeed the world is.She recently addressed the personal and cultural significance of the video’s visuals themes, like the motorcycle “bullfight”— a controversial subject in Spain, as bullfighting was banned in Catalonia in 2010 and later overturned by the Spanish government in 2016 for reasons of “cultural heritage.” Her aim was for the video to reflect traditional and modern elements of her Spanish culture, as she does in her music by having Nico Mendez, the director of both videos (“Malamente” and “Pienso en tu Mirá”), “visually translating this musical idea, which is about tradition but also about experimentation, with the current sound of electronic music. So on one hand it has this classic side, and on the other this current and transgressive vision.” she explained to Billboard. “I told him I wanted to do a video that had to do with Spanish iconography, with all of the images that make up our culture.””Pienso en tu Mirá”This song also features a steady dose of palmas, which play a part in much of her music. The video features more artist references to her Spanish heritage, semi-trucks, which were a regular feature of the industrial suburb she grew up in, a bull mounted on the wall, a miniature singing flamenco girl in the style of a Lladró, cermamic figurines made (and popular) in Spain. In her videos we get a taste of the star’s edgy, hip fashion sense, which is at times very street-style inspired and at others almost VIP-entrance-to-the-club ready. The young star is an artist and experimenter in all senses of both words.”[For this new album] I felt that I wanted to experiment with electronic music, to develop an idea that I´d had since I was 17. The idea of flamenco and sampling. Because electronic music forms part of my background. I wanted to develop a project that had the voice at the forefront, a lot of harmonies, very rhythmic, nothing like Los Ángeles,” she said.”Catalina””Catalina” is the one single she released from Los Ángeles and gives you a taste of her sound on that album, with a somewhat more traditional take on flamenco, without electronic sounds. She describes her experimentation on the album as focused mainly on playing with the way the guitar is used, with both the sharp chords of the guitar and her piercing vocals shining through on this song, offering a sample of a slightly more “pure” flamenco version of Rosalía’s music.”That folklore is part of who I am, and that’s the key: I don’t want to lose my roots. I think that’s what gives you your identity,” Rosalía said. “Rather than trying to adhere to some kind of global pop standard, it’s much more interesting to look to my roots and to the popular music of where I’m from. Not now or ever will I put flamenco aside.”19th Latin GRAMMY Awards: 19 Things You Didn’t KnowRead more Why Rosalía Is A Rising Global Pop Star how-rosalia-reinventing-what-it-means-be-global-pop-star The 25-year-old is from Sant Esteve Sesrovires, a suburb of Barcelona in the Catalonia region in Spain. She began studying music since age 13, the same age she first fell in love with traditional Spanish flamenco music. She learned flamenco formally at the Taller de Músics in Barcelona, which only accepts one student a year, and received a degree from the Catalunya College of Music, where she developed the concept for her latest album as her graduate thesis.Music clearly runs through Rosalía’s veins, and her desire to perfect her art and make it her own is admirable. Reflecting on the first time she heard flamenco, “It was like getting pierced by an arrow—it was the purest thing I had ever heard,” feeling called to the sound and later realizing, as she told Pitchfork, “I have the power to communicate something, and I’d like to develop that. This is what I want to do with my life.”She co-produced both of her albums and released her debut, Los Ángeles, on Feb. 10, 2017, when the buzz began, even resulting in a nomination for Best New Artist at the 2017 Latin GRAMMY Awards. On May 29 she released the lead single “Malamente” for her sophomore album El Mal Querer, which just dropped on Nov. 2, and the excitement around Rosalía has only continued to build, in Spain and far beyond.This year she is in the running for five Latin GRAMMYs, the second-most nominated artist behind reggaeton king J Balvin, even though nominations went out before her second album was released, with just its lead single eligible for consideration. Pointing to the record’s wide appeal, “Malamente” is up for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Urban Fusion/Performance, Best Alternative Song and Best Short Form Music Video. News i’m downnnnnnnn 💖💖💖 @DUALIPA https://t.co/vCxhfnpuEJ— R O S A L Í A (@rosaliavt) October 7, 2018last_img read more


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first_imgThe Galena checkpoint hosts dog teams on Thursday. (Photo: Ben Matheson, KNOM)At this point in the Iditarod, just about every top team has declared their mandatory 24-rest, and is either recuperating, or else charging back onto the trail. The rest gives both dogs and mushers a chance to catch their breath and rebuild some strength. And it’s one of the main indicators of a musher’s strategy, finally giving shape to the accelerating race in the days ahead.All over the dog lot on a frozen slough in Galena, mushers attend to dogs, their headlamps wobbling in the dark like blue lighting bugs. They’re joined by an upbeat Allen Moore, who’s just pulling off the Yukon River:“Bib number?”“36.”“Alright, how many dogs?”“16.”“All 16, still, alright. What’s your plan, for staying or going?”“Oh, I’m staying.”“You stayin’ for a while?”“Why not?”Moore scanned a clipboard to see who’s come in when, joking a little with the race official checking him in.“You know, I’m thinkin’ long term,” Moore said. “This is a great place, why not?”“I agree,” the official said.For Moore, the choice to stop here is motivated mostly by considerations for the dogs on his team.“Yeah, it’s just a good checkpoint, it’s about 350 miles into the race, I got a couple young dogs that — they don’t know what’s going on, so I just want to get ‘em through it,” Moore said.Moore was aiming to take his big break here or else one more checkpoint up, in Huslia. With that decision made, he lets go of the break and slides down a small hill to park on the slough.For other mushers, this is exactly where they aimed to be. Pete Kaiser was set on getting his dogs to Galena for a 24, and didn’t even pack enough food to get to Huslia if he’d changed his mind.“That’s kind of the idea, they’re still doing fine, but you’ve utilized most of their energy to here, but not all of it,” Kaiser said. “And I think they’re gonna bounce back nice from this rest and keep moving forward.”Kaiser hasn’t yet taken the eight-hour rest that’s required along the Yukon River. He said he’s waiting to see how his dogs do on the trail in the next few legs. At this point in the race, rest becomes a strategic calculation, both for the energy involved and the potential plans it discloses to other competitors. As mushers think through the next three or four moves they’ll make, many are surveying leaderboards and the GPS tracker to assess who’s resting up, and who’s pushing ahead.Not everyone’s in Galena because they want to be. Aliy Zirkle’s dogs started showing signs of illness Tuesday, and in spite of her original plan to make it to Huslia, she declared her 24 here instead.“My dogs aren’t extremely healthy right now, they all have this bug, and a few of ‘em have a fever,” Zirkle said.Zirkle’s hoping the break, combined with the eight hours she already took not too long before, will still put her dogs in a good position for the nearly 600 miles to go.Others, like Robert Redington, picked Galena because they found issues with other checkpoints.“I was gonna do it in Ruby, but I had a bad parking spot, so I came here,” Redington said. “I’m glad I did.”In the days ahead, mushers will leap frog up and down the leader board as the standings shape up.last_img read more


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first_imgPolice recovered throat-slit bodies of four people from a rice field in Shibganj upazila of Bogura on Monday.Two of the deceased have been identified as Zakaria, 32, son of Zahurul in Atmul union of Shibganj upazila and Shahbul Islam Shablu, 30, son of Asir Uddin in Katgara village of the upazila.Bogura police superintendent Ali Ashraf Bhuiya told Prothom Alo that local people informed the law enforcement after they had spotted the bodies in the field in the morning.Police said all the bodies were throat-slit.last_img


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first_imgPhoto via Twitter @defendernetworkCouncil Member Larry Green.Houston City Council member Larry Green was found dead on Tuesday. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (HCIFS) is working to determine the cause of death and a spokeswoman for the HCIFS said an autopsy will be performed on Wednesday.Green served on the Houston City Council since 2012 representing District K, which stretches from the edge of the Texas Medical Center to Fort Bend County.He chaired the city’s Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure Committee.Mayor Sylvester Turner released a statement in which he said he was “shocked and grieving” over Green’s “untimely death.” “Larry Green was the first and only District K council member following the south/southwest district’s creation for the 2011 municipal elections. He was the right person to give definition to this new alliance of neighborhoods and businesses: A hard worker. Not a grandstander. He shared in the economic advances and public safety strides of the district without taking the credit for himself. ‘We’ have fought together ‘to build up the economy of District K,’ he wrote on his campaign web site,” added the mayor in his statement. Mayor Turner also praised Green through his Twitter account.Council Member Larry Green captured the essence of being an enlightened public servant for Houston. My heart goes out to his family, his colleagues and all city residents.— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) March 6, 2018 Council Member Green was fond of pointing out that his council district had more undeveloped land than any other and was therefore ‘filled with opportunities.’ Well so was he. Part of this tragedy is that he is no longer with us to follow through in his uniquely industrious way.— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) March 6, 2018 On the death of Council Member Larry Green: Houston has lost a groundbreaking advocate for equality, economic opportunity and neighborhood safety.— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) March 6, 2018At Tuesday’s public session at City Hall, council members expressed their sympathies.Council member Dave Martin said Green would always wear green, even if the mayor asked them to wear red for Christmas.“Tomorrow I’m wearing a green tie,” Martin said. “And I’m inviting everybody in the city to wear the color green in memory of our dear friend and brother Larry Green.”U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, herself a former City Council member, attended the meeting to honor Green.“A green man he was,” she said. “His celebration of his district and the improvements of both in terms of infrastructure, flooding, but if there was a project, mayor, that he could grab for his district, he was grabbing it.”Later, in a statement distributed via email, Jackson Lee noted: “I was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of my dear friend, Councilman Larry Green, and my heart goes out to his family and loved ones.”“Although the years of his life were short,” the congresswoman’s statement added “the life lived in those years by Councilman Larry Green was vibrant, dynamic, purposeful, and directed toward service to others.”Al Green, another Democratic Congressman from Houston, also expressed his condolences. “I knew Larry for many years as a fierce advocate and public servant who dedicated his career in service to his constituents,” the congressman expressed in a statement and noted that Green “served Houston honorably by creating a sense of community throughout his work within Houston and Fort Bend County neighborhoods and businesses.”“The City of Houston has lost one of its greatest assets,” the congressman’s statement added “but his legacy will continue and support for his efforts will surely grow throughout the community. His tireless commitment to constituents in District K should be admired by all.”Texas State Senator Borris Miles (Democrat-District 13) also lamented Green’s death and underlined in a statement that the Council member “worked to increase economic development and opportunities in his district, improve policing to keep families safe and over the past six months, on Harvey recovery.”“He was well-respected among community leaders, business leaders and the Texas delegation and worked hard to ensure Houston was in the best position possible for success,” added Miles, who explained he was had become a friend of Green’s since they were 13 years-old.center_img Sharelast_img read more


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first_img Share APPeople gather at Saint Mark Catholic Church for a solidarity with migrants vigil, Thursday, June 21, 2018 in El Paso, Texas. President Donald Trump’s order ending the policy of separating immigrant families at the border leaves a host of unanswered questions, including what happens to the more than 2,300 children already taken from their parents and where the government will house all the newly detained migrants in a system already bursting at the seams. (AP Photo/Matt York)Two days after President Donald Trump ordered an end to the separation of families at the border, federal authorities Friday were still working on a plan to reunite an estimated 1,800 children with their parents and keep immigrant households together.Immigration and Customs Enforcement posted a notice saying it is looking into creating 15,000 beds for use in detaining immigrant families. A day earlier, the Pentagon agreed to provide space for as many as 20,000 migrants on U.S. military bases.Beyond that, however, there was nothing but frustration and worry for many of the parents separated from their children and placed in detention centers for illegally entering the country over the past several weeks.Some parents struggled to get in touch with youngsters being held in many cases hundreds of miles away, in places like New York and the Chicago area. Some said they didn’t even know where their children were.Trump himself took a hard line on the crisis, accusing the Democrats of telling “phony stories of sadness and grief.”“We cannot allow our country to be overrun by illegal immigrants,” the president tweeted.More than 2,300 children were taken from their families at the border in recent weeks. A senior Trump administration official said that about 500 of them have been reunited since May.Trump’s decision to stop separating families, announced Wednesday after a fierce international outcry, has led to confusion and uncertainty along the border.Federal agencies are working to set up a centralized reunification process for all remaining children at a detention center in Texas, said the senior administration official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.An ICE official said it is unclear how families will be reunified.“It’s a big question. There have not been a lot of answers,” Henry Lucero, a director of field operations, confessed at a forum in Weslaco, Texas.In the meantime, federal authorities appear to be easing up on the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting all adults caught illegally entering the U.S. — though the Justice Department flatly denied there has been any change.The federal public defender’s office for the region that covers El Paso to San Antonio said in an email that prosecutors will no longer charge parents with illegally entering the U.S. if they have children with them.Outside the federal courthouse in McAllen, immigration attorney Efren Olivares said 67 people were charged Friday morning with illegal entry, but none were parents with children. He said it was the first time since May 24 that that happened in McAllen.“It appears that this is a consequence of a change in policy by the government,” he said.ICE has only three facilities nationwide — two in Texas, one in Pennsylvania — that can be used to detain immigrant families, and they have a combined 3,300 beds.The one in Dilley, Texas, opened in 2015 on a remote site that was once an encampment for oil workers. It contains collections of cottages built around playgrounds and common areas, but also has high security.Finding space is not the only hurdle: Under a 1997 court settlement that the Trump administration is trying to overturn, children can be held with their parents in detention centers for no more than 20 days.Zenen Jaimes Perez of the Texas Civil Rights Project said immigrant families are still awaiting details from the administration on how parents and children are to be reunited.“It could take a couple of months, a couple of days … but we don’t have timelines,” Jaimes Perez said. “What we need to hear is what the administration says this process is going to look like, because we don’t know.”The group has been interviewing migrants each morning at the McAllen courthouse and entering information into a database to help keep track of parents and children held in different facilities, sometimes scattered around the country.Olivares said it is difficult for government agencies to reunite immigrant families once they are separated because the systems that process adults and those that handle youngsters often don’t communicate with each other.Adults accused of immigration offenses are under the authority of the Homeland Security Department, while youngsters taken from their parents are overseen by Health and Human Services.Meanwhile, a 7-year-old boy and his mother, separated a month ago, were reunited Friday after she sued in federal court and the Justice Department agreed to release the child.They were brought back together around 2:30 a.m. at Baltimore-Washington International Airport in Maryland, hours after the government relented.The mother, Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia, had filed for political asylum after crossing the border with her son, Darwin, following a trek from Guatemala. She said that she cried when the two were reunited and that she is never going to be away from him again.But a 31-year-old Brazilian man held in Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, New Mexico, said he didn’t know when he would see his 9-year-old son again.The father told the AP in a phone interview that he spoke to his son once by phone since they were separated 26 days earlier. The man, who is seeking asylum, spoke on condition of anonymity because, he said, a gang is looking for him in Brazil for failure to pay an $8,000 debt.The man said he worries about his son, who speaks only Portuguese.“He cried. He was so sad,” the father said. “I had promised him it would only be three to five days.”On Capitol Hill, in yet another abrupt reversal by the president, Trump on Friday told fellow Republicans in Congress to “stop wasting their time” on immigration legislation until after the November elections.Stubborn differences between conservative and more moderate Republicans have stalled legislation on Capitol Hill.last_img read more


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first_imgIvan Potts seemed implausibly upbeat when I spoke with him on April 14, just two days after he was released from Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown, Md. where he had spent almost two years after being convicted on a gun charge. That conviction was vacated last week and the charges dropped against Potts, after discovering that three of the officers who arrested him were three of the now infamous seven Baltimore City Police officers indicted by the Department of Justice in March for racketeering and other charges.“I’m still trying to take on the feeling of just being free…it just happened instantly,” Potts, 31, said. “I just feel like the universe worked for me and it worked against negativity…for a change,” he added.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)Potts most assuredly didn’t feel like the universe was working in his favor on the night of September 2, 2015, with the specter of Freddie Gray and the uprising still looming ominously over the city. Potts was walking on Chelsea Terrace in West Baltimore when he saw a car driving the wrong way down Fairview Avenue headed right towards him.“When Potts was about five to seven townhouses away, Sergeant Jenkins and Detective Ward observed his left arm swinging freely and his right hand “affixed to his midsection, grabbing his dip area. Both officers testified that grabbing the dip area is an indication that a person is armed,” is what the prosecution argued in its case against Potts.The phrase, “grabbing his dip area,” is the well-worn narrative embraced by BCPD and law enforcement agencies all over the country, when testifying in gun cases. Some argue the dip script has been leaned on so much by law enforcement it has become almost impossible to discern the truth from case to case. In the case of Potts, arrested by (Wayne) Jenkins, (Maurice)Ward and Det. Evodio Hendrix, part of one of the most prolific and now notorious BCPD gun units, the evidence and testimony proved to be more than dubious.“They just flat out lied. I didn’t want to get a contempt in court, but I wanted to jump up and say, ‘Hold up, you just said this, and now you’re saying this,’” Potts said referring to the testimony of the officers.And based solely on the testimony of those officers, who now sit in jail awaiting their trial on federal charges of racketeering, Potts spent more than 588 days in jail, before his case was dismissed and he was ultimately set free.“I think the worst time was probably when I was found guilty,” Potts said of his time in jail. “I was like, I felt devastated. How did ya’ll just find me guilty? It wasn’t no evidence, no fingerprints,” he added.Although the officers who arrested Potts were under federal investigation for misconduct during the trial in March 2016, their records were not admitted in court according to Potts’ attorney Todd Oppenheim. He says the rogue element within the BCPD is not an anomaly.“It’s prevalent…there’s a lot, there’s certainly more than were indicted…it definitely goes beyond the seven,” Oppenheim said on First Edition on April 14. “He (Potts) filed his own pro se federal lawsuit that is currently pending, that is remarkable. That’s where his mind has been the whole time, he never wavered,” Oppenheim added.If the guilty verdict was the most difficult day of Potts’ unjust incarceration, maybe the most surreal day was when he witnessed the seven officers (including the three that arrested him in September of 2015) being arrested on television, while he sat in his jail cell.“First, I was like, I caught a glimpse of it…their faces just flashed across, I was like, they’re in my case,” Potts recalled. “We went to eat and we came back and it was like the 5 o’clock news was coming on and it was like breaking news and it came across and my cell buddy was like, ‘This can’t be real,’” Potts added. But, indeed it was, as real as it gets.The truth is there are thousands of mostly Black, mostly poor men and women who have been jailed under the broad umbrella of what are known as, “illegal arrests,” going back to the dark days of so-called, “zero-tolerance,” policing in Baltimore. And for many, the universe seems to be working decidedly against them.Next week, a closer look at the effects of these arrests on Baltimore’s population.Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of AFRO First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on WEAA, 88.9.last_img read more


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first_imgAn artist’s impression shows the surroundings of a supermassive black hole at the heart of the active galaxy NGC 3783 in the southern constellation of Centaurus. A new University at Buffalo study finds that — contrary to what some physicists have argued for the years — information is not lost once it has entered a black hole. The research presents explicit calculations showing how information is, in fact, preserved. Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser New technology made news this week as well—Microsoft announced a cheaper version of the Surface Pro 3 tablet—they are selling it for $499. Meanwhile at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute, a team of researchers announced that they had created quick-charging hybrid supercapacitors that can store large amounts of energy, recharge quickly and last for more than 10,000 charge/recharge cycles—perhaps offering a way to keep portable devices running longer. Also another team at Caltech announced that they had developed a camera chip that provides superfine 3-D resolution. They claim that someday soon it could be used to allow a smartphone to take a picture of something and then have that thing replicated on a 3D printer to a resolution of mere microns. Also Google unveiled an Asus made “stick” computer. Called the Chromebit. It is a full computer and is smaller than a candy bar; it can be plugged into a computer monitor to create a complete system.In other news, a team of researchers at the University of Central Florida reported that a simple $1 test outperforms PSA screening for prostate cancer—the team has developed the test and claim it also provides results in just minutes. Also, another team of scientists discovered the elusive secret of how continents were formed.And finally, if you have heard rumors about something called “exploding head syndrome,” believe them: A team of researchers has found that it exists and is actually quite common in young people. It is where a person experiences a loud noise inside their head just as they are falling asleep, jarring them awake and causing anxiety. A team of researchers found that approximately 18 percent of college teens had experienced it at least one time. © 2015 Phys.org Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Black holes don’t erase information, scientists say Citation: Best of Last Week—Black holes don’t erase information, a stick computer and the exploding head syndrome (2015, April 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-weekblack-holes-dont-erase-syndrome.html (Phys.org)—It was another good week for physics as a team of researchers with the University of Waterloo found that a photon “afterglow” could transmit information without transmitting energy—though the receiver must expend energy to read that information. Also good news for physicists trying to solve the “information loss paradox”—a team of researchers has found a way to show that black holes don’t erase information—they claim that interactions between particles emitted by a black hole can be used to reveal information about material that “disappeared” inside of it. Also a team of researchers in China has for the first time performed machine learning on a photonic quantum computer—and claim it could speed up the rate at which certain machine learning tasks are performed.last_img read more


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first_imgTiger Woods came up just short at the British Open after faltering on the back nine on Sunday at Carnoustie, and one of his errant shots ended up drilling a fan who was recording the whole thing until the shank knocked the camera out of his hand.Even though it’s a shot Tiger would like to forget, this fan never will.In case anyone cares, this was the video I was taking when I was struck by my DEAR FRIEND @TigerWoods pic.twitter.com/6tH1SCdTU8— Colin Hauck (@ColinHauck) July 22, 2018last_img


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first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Team England launch powerful LGBTI Commonwealth Games anthem LGBT history will be made at the Rio Olympics, starting with the first same-sex married couple to compete in the gamesWinter Olympics 2018: Bisexual speed skater Ireen Wüst misses out on a medal in dramatic fashion10,000 athletes head to Paris for the Gay Games – and here is whyRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/table-tennis-athlete-kelly-sibley/ Kelly’s representing Team England – sponsored by gas and electric company, npower.Table tennis athlete Kelly Sibley. | Photo: suppliedIn an exclusive interview with Gay Star News, she reveals how she met her partner Laura under ‘really bizarre’ circumstances. It happened straight after the London 2012 Olympics.Kelly explained: ‘Laura was working on opening a table tennis bar called Bounce in London. She was one of the main people to open it and was kind of the events manager for the project.‘Basically, they got myself and one of the other table tennis players to go to do the launch for the PR. So I went in and that’s when I met her.Laura and Kelly Sibley. | Photo: supplied‘It’s so weird. She has nothing to do with table tennis or anything so for her to be in that environment – promoting a table tennis bar – it’s just really bizarre.‘Even now, we just think how weird if we both hadn’t been there, we wouldn’t have met. It was fate. I’m a massive believer in fate, whether it’s sport, love or whatever,’ she said.‘Stop fangirling over Mary Poppins!’Kelly came out as a lesbian to her close friends and family about five years ago.After she met Laura, the pair talked for 12 to 18 months before Laura moved back from London. Kelly joked: ‘So we knew a lot about each other before we’d even gone on a first date.’Almost two years later, Laura proposed on the top of the Shard building in London, but it wasn’t without a hitch.As they were heading up to the top of the building in the lift, Kelly was looking at the cityscape. She noticed the famous St Paul’s Cathedral.The Cathedral features in the Disney classic Mary Poppins and Kelly is a super fan of the musical, to say the least.[embedded content]She was so enamored by the building, she had no idea Laura was down on one knee behind her.Kelly recalled: ‘Laura yelled “Here I am, on one knee, trying to propose and you’re fangirling over Mary Poppins!”‘‘I said yes, of course,’ Kelly said.The pair married on Good Friday in April last year.Kelly Sibley and partner Laura. | Photo: suppliedThey got married at a venue in the Cotswolds called Hyde Barn.‘It was just an amazing day,’ Kelly said. Although there was almost a mishap while walking down the aisle.Kelly explains: ‘I went down the aisle first and then I stood there and I heard Laura’s music come on. I didn’t want to turn around but then I did and my first thought was: “Oh my gosh, we’ve got the same dress!”Kelly Sibley and her new wife Laura. | Photo: supplied‘Obviously I also thought she was very beautiful, but our dresses were so similar. Then when she came up to the altar, I realized the front was the same but the back was different.‘It just goes to show that we’re really suited for each other because we’ve got the same taste,’ she joked. 20 years in the makingKelly Sibley’s first Commonwealth Games was when she was 17 years old, but she’s been training competitively since she was 10.When she was 13, she moved away from home to a national academy in Nottingham to train competitively.She said: ‘I remember ringing my mom every morning for the first two months, saying: “I just wanna come home.” But I managed to get through it and I think that was a massive moment for me.‘Without that strength, I don’t think I would’ve been here today and what I’ve achieved,’ she said.Table tennis athlete Kelly Sibley. | Photo: suppliedOn the Commonwealth Games experience, she said: ‘I’ve played in Championships before but to play in a multi-sport event, it was something completely different.’She continued: ‘Australia’s Commonwealth Games village is like eight floors and it’s all dotted around the village. You’re walking along and they’ve got lakes, game areas, etc.‘In previous games, they also have beauty salons, where you can get your hair and nails done and it’s just ridiculous really. But stuff like that makes it so special and so worth it.’[embedded content]A normal training day is about six to seven hours a day, both on the table and off the table in the gym.She said: ‘Some people don’t realize games can last as long as an hour. We need speed and agility, but also we need the endurance side of it as well.’‘Time’s are changing’Kelly believes LGBTI athletes who are out and proud achieve better results.She said: ‘My advice to closeted athletes wondering whether to come out would be that it’s not as bad as you think it is.‘I remember I was so worried about what other people would think and if they would judge me that I would kind of rather be unhappy because I was more concerned about what other people would think about me.Photo: supplied‘But like I said, the most important thing is family. Parents just want their child to be happy. So don’t be afraid. There are lots of people who you can talk to for advice.‘At the end of the day, it’s more important for my family to be okay with it all. Don’t be afraid and it’s not as bad as you think. Times are changing and I feel like it’s a lot more acceptable nowadays,’ she said.As for kids in the future, Kelly jokes: ‘Let’s just get through this Commonwealth Games.’The Commonwealth Games begins 4 April and ends 15 April.–––npower is a proud official partner of Gay Star News. Their ‘Power of Support‘ campaign celebrates the support athletes receive and how this enhances their performance.See related articles:Gay Olympian Tom Bosworth says coming out improved his performance Table tennis athlete Kelly Sibley is a firm believer in fate. In fact, she credits it to helping her meet the love of her life.The out lesbian athlete is getting ready to compete in her third Commonwealth Games, held on the Gold Coast in Australia next month. She also competed in the 2012 London Olympic Games.last_img read more


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first_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Agfa HealthCare’s  ICIS (Imaging Clinical Information System) workflow-centric platform unifies the patient record across regions, facilities and departments, creating a true longitudinal patient-imaging record by integrating and linking multi-facility, multi-departmental and multi-specialty imaging data. Customers can deliver proven image enabled longitudinal patient record solutions for all organizations from HIEs to community hospitals. With proven enterprise imaging access, healthcare organizations now can more readily meet Meaningful Use requirements and HIE strategies. Successfully deployed at facilities across the U.S., ICIS enables greater clinical and fiscal ROI by supporting the EHR with a seamless and reliable, comprehensive image management system.  For more information: www.agfahealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content Technology | November 06, 2012 Agfa Imaging Clinical Information System Unifies Patient Record News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read morelast_img read more


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first_imgQantas’ application to challenge a Federal Court ruling was dismissed today, the airline now left with little recourse but to pay travel agents millions in unpaid commissions.The ruling marks the end of a four year battle between travel agents who brought a class action suit against Qantas, Air New Zealand, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Malaysian Airlines which started in December 2006.“For more than six years Qantas has been short changing travel agents,” Litigation Lending Services chief executive Michelle Silvers said.“This is a great victory that could have implications across the international airline industry.”While the High Court has decided against Qantas, Slater & Gordon lawyer Steven Lewis said Qantas must now take steps to resolves the dispute.“Qantas has had its day in Court and its excuses for not paying the commission have been rejected by the Court.“The mum and dad travel agents, which make up the bulk of our clients, now need to be paid what they are owed and allowed to get on with their businesses,” Mr Lewis said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more


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first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Pending-Home Sales Processing Service Providers 2012-06-11 Abby Gregory Famous Miami Estate Tied for Most Expensive U.S. Listing in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology June 11, 2012 449 Views center_img The Miami Beach home that once belonged to the late fashion icon, “”Gianni Versace””:http://www.versace.com/, is making “”housing headlines””:http://curbed.com/archives/2012/06/11/versaces-miami-villa-tied-for-most-expensive-home-in-us.php for its record-setting price tag. The stunning listing just hit the market for $125 million, according to “”Curbed.com””:http://curbed.com/. [IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The famous estate was purchased by Versace in 1992, and he applied his signature, lavish style when converting the property, which was originally home to an apartment building and an art deco hotel. The Ocean Drive home, dubbed Casa Casuarina, boasts a tiled pool trimmed in 24-karat gold, elaborate frescoes, and luxurious grounds. At its current asking price, the manse is tied with Los Angeles’ Fleur de Lys estate as the most expensive “”house for sale””:http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303830204577448721809222542.html in the U.S. Sharelast_img read more


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first_imgFreddie Mac Forecasts Housing Market Status Through 2019 Freddie Mac has released its latest Outlook, breaking down the state of the housing market in April 2018 and examining where things are likely to head over the next few years. The Outlook forecasts continual gradual growth through Q4 2019, so long as construction continues to ramp up to help offset current constraints on available housing inventory.Freddie’s Outlook predicts that mortgage rates will wind up averaging 4.9 percent in Q4 2018 and 5.4 percent in Q4 2019, respectively. Freddie’s Outlook bases these predictions on the assumption that housing supply will continue to increase, whereas demand will cool slightly as mortgage rates rise. The Outlook also anticipates that the Fed will continue raising rates in order to combat inflation.Under these conditions, Freddie Mac anticipates that total home sales will increase from 6.12 million in 2017 to 6.3 million in 2018. For 2019, Freddie predicts total home sales to hit 6.44 million. “New home sales will drive the growth,” the Freddie Mac Outlook states. “The existing home sales market will likely remain flat under our baseline forecast. For existing home sales, the effect of stronger income growth and other demand-side factors will be roughly balanced by rising rates. New homes sales will drive growth as housing construction keeps grinding higher.”However, Freddie predicts that, while housing construction will continue increasing, it is unlikely to see much acceleration during those two years. “The existing home sales market has little room for growth with inventories so constrained,” the Outlook states. “Our baseline forecast has only modest increases in mortgage rates. As our historical analysis showed, rapid increases in rates typically dampen housing market activity significantly.”If rates for the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increase above 5.5 percent, Freddie Mac’s Outlook predicts a decrease in home sales of around 10 percent relative to their baseline.To read the full Freddie Mac Outlook for April 2018, click here. April 23, 2018 1,908 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, journal, Market Studies, News, Origination, Secondary Marketcenter_img 30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Construction Federal Reserve Freddie Mac freddie mac monthly outlook GSEs Home Sales Housing Inventory inventory shortages Mortgage Rates 2018-04-23 David Wharton Sharelast_img read more


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first_imgThe Chinese customs service had adjusted their systems so the new tariffs would start being charged as soon as the clock ticks over to July 6 in Beijing, according to one of the people.The products China has included on its list to be hit by the tariffs on July 6 include the U.S.’s top agricultural exports to the country, including cherries, citrus, apples and grapes.Meanwhile, Reuters has reported that China is putting pressure on the European Union to issue a strong joint statement against President Donald Trump’s trade policies at a summit later this month.In meetings in Brussels, Berlin and Beijing, senior Chinese officials, including Vice Premier Liu He and the Chinese government’s top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, have proposed an alliance between the two economic powers and offered to open more of the Chinese market in a gesture of goodwill, according to European officials.www.freshfruitportal.com The Chinese Government has said that it won’t implement tariffs ahead of the U.S. this week, in response to a media report that Beijing would levy duties before the U.S. due to the 12-hour time difference, Bloomberg reported.Both countries have announced 15% tariffs for US$50 billion worth of goods on each other, with the first US$34 billion of tariffs due to come into effect this on Friday.”We will never fire the first shot and will not implement tariffs ahead of the U.S.,” the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday.Bloomberg earlier reported that China would start applying the duties from midnight on Friday – midday on Thursday in Washington – according to two officials with knowledge of the plans. July 05 , 2018 USDA seeks comments on proposed Chinese citrus imp … You might also be interested incenter_img U.S. announces $16B trade war relief package … Turkish cherry industry eyes strong future in Chin … Trump proposes buying over $15B of U.S. produce fo …last_img read more