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first_img Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy Editors’ Recommendations The Ultimate Las Vegas Bachelor Party Guide for Grown-Ups The history of Latin American boleros is a fascinating one. Though the style shares a name with an older Spanish one, boleros in the New World came about in the late 19th Century near Santiago de Cuba thanks to a group of roving musicians known as trovadores. The songs are slow moving ballads, heavy with emotion and a certain elegance. From Cuba, boleros quickly spread to Mexico, where they increased immensely in popularity. Throughout the 20th Century, boleros would grow in popularity all over Latin America, including in Puerto Rico in the 30s.Longtime leaders of salsa band Bio Ritmo, singer Reinaldo Alvarez and pianist/arranger Marlysse Simmons-Argandoña, found they had a shared obsession for mid-20th Century Puerto Rican bolero music. As a salsa band could only play so many boleros, however, Alvarez and Simmons-Argandoña decided to form a new band that would focus on boleros. Enter Miramar.Bands with two singers—a man and a woman—were a hallmark of the Puerto Rican boleros that the two musicians shared a taste for. That kept then Miramar project on hold until Alvarez met Laura Ann Singh, in whom he found an ideal singing partner. Said Singh, “We have to breathe together and feel the songs together, emotionally and rhythmically…[w]e have this natural chemistry in our voices and trust each other as musicians.” With that, Miramar was underway.Titled Dedication to Sylvia Rexach, the band’s latest record is named after the legendary Puerto Rican figure. Though she did not identify as a singer, Rexach wrote and performed her songs, as well as poetry and radio skits. Influenced and inspired by Rexach, Miramar found the idea of recording a tribute to her naturally compelling. The final product contains ten songs, seven composed by Rexach and three original pieces.Dedication to Sylvia Rexach is out now on Barbès Records and available on Amazon, iTunes, and Barbès’ online store. Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! 7 of the Best Drink References in Music Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attirelast_img read more

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Rabat- Less than two months before the final vote for hosting rights of the 2026 World Cup, Morocco has already secured the continental bloc: all African national federations, or almost all, are reported to endorse the North African bid.Beyond mere endorsement, though, there is a genuine feeling of thrill among the African federations at possibility of a second World Cup on the continent. For the national federations that have publicly pledged their votes to Morocco, a Moroccan victory on June 13 would be synonymous with an African victory.The Cameroon legend Patrick Mboma, whose country has already vowed to support Morocco, denies Morocco’s characterization as a lone bid. Morocco 2026 is Africa 2026, the Cameroonian suggested, adding that Morocco has been an African stalwart in various sectors–a trendsetter and a genuine partner for fellow African countries. “I hope that the entire continent votes for Morocco, because its bid is solid. Since its readmission in the African Union (AU) in February 2017, this country has been a sincere advocate for Africa. Its role—diplomatic and economic—is real, concrete. The African must help a fellow African,” the Cameroonian said.But, BBC warns, Morocco has still a lot on its plate, as it has not yet secured the sympathy of the whole continent. According to the British outlet’s estimates, of the 54 African voters, 49 have officially lent their support to Morocco 2026. This means that 5 voters are yet to publicly announce with which side their sympathy or loyalty will lie on June 13.Although political leaders in Liberia, Botswana, Nigeria, and beyond have reaffirmed their countries’ unfailing supports to Morocco 2026, BBC cautions that the final decision resides with national federations, some of which may decide to change course on D-day.But, as things now stand, such a scenario is rather tenuous. CAF president, Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad, has repeatedly stated that he hopes is for the whole African footballing world will vote for Morocco and boost Africa’s chances of being taken seriously in the international footballing community.What is more, according to Le Monde, BBC’s warnings miss something of real significance: the endorsement of Algeria and South Africa. President Albdelaziz Bouteflika might have shocked many when he announced, following Tunisia, that Algeria will also be on Morocco’s side in Moscow. As for South Africa, in spite of its ruling party’s pro-Polisario rhetoric, the recent Pretoria-Rabat rapprochement, although not full-fledged yet, heralds rosy prospects, especially with reports that some in President Cyril Ramophosa’s inner circles have important businesses in the kingdom.These may come across as trite political considerations that yield no clout in the final decision; but given the politics involved in tournament like the World Cup, diplomatic and strategic calculations are of paramount importance. “When it comes to its sports diplomacy, Morocco has good and strong partnerships with over 40 African federations,” a diplomatic source told Le Monde on the topic, arguing that politics does play a key role in votes such as the one scheduled for June 13 in Moscow.Ultimately, beyond the borders of Morocco, a Moroccan World Cup would mean a lot for those in the continent who sometimes feel left behind and ignored in international debates. Africa should stand by Morocco because victory for Morocco means victory for the continent, both in terms of prestige and pride, explained former Algerian international Anthar Yahia, saying that he is “optimistic about Morocco’s bid’s prospects.”“The continent needs to organize events of international stature. And Morocco has the required capabilities. I remember that for South Africa 2010, there were questions about organization, safety, security… but everything went so smoothly. There always are prejudices about Africa. And what more than a World Cup can fight against this sentiment?” the Algerian asked.With 54 African nations and the majority of Arab countries expected to vote for Morocco 2026, the next stop for Morocco 2026’s is Europe. And there, too, things look rather promising: France, Belgium, Russia, Luxembourg, and Serbia have already publicly endorsed Morocco 2026.So, despite the CONMEBOL shock, Morocco, which needs to convince at least 104 voters to back its bid, is doing better than many had anticipated possible back when North African kingdom announced that it would challenge the North American triumvirate in August 2017. read more

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Her husband had got information that she was returning to Pollonaruwa with another man. A man cut off the ear of another man in Pollonaruwa after he suspected the man was having an affair with his wife, a Sinhalese language newspaper website reported today.The Lankadeepa website said that the lady had gone to Colombo to attend a funeral and was returning to Pollonaruwa when the incident took place. The husband kept checking every bus that was returning to Pollonaruwa in order to catch the man. Eventually he had seen a man seated next to his wife in one bus and suspecting that the man was the one said to be having an affair with his wife, he cut off his ear.The man who cut off the other man’s ear was arrested. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Trump, who at 70 will be the oldest first-term U.S. president, came out on top after a bitter and divisive campaign that focused largely on the character of the candidates and whether they could be trusted to serve as the country’s 45th president. During the campaign, Trump said he would make America great again through the force of his personality, negotiating skill and business acumen. He proposed refusing entry to the United States of people from war-torn Middle Eastern countries, a modified version of an earlier proposed ban on Muslims.His volatile nature and unorthodox proposals led to campaign feuds with a long list of people, including Muslims, the disabled, Republican U.S. Senator John McCain, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, the family of a slain Muslim-American soldier, a Miss Universe winner and a federal judge of Mexican heritage.Throughout his campaign – and especially in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in July – Trump described a dark America that had been knocked to its knees by China, Mexico, Russia and Islamic State. The American dream was dead, he said, smothered by malevolent business interests and corrupt politicians, and he alone could revive it.He offered vague plans to win economic concessions from China, to build a wall on the southern U.S. border with Mexico to keep out undocumented immigrants and to pay for it with tax money sent home by migrants.The Mexican peso plunged to its lowest-ever levels. The peso had become a touchstone for sentiment on the election as Trump threatened to rip up a free trade agreement with Mexico.His triumph was a rebuke to President Barack Obama, a Democrat who spent weeks flying around the country to campaign against him. Obama will hand over the office to Trump after serving the maximum eight years allowed by law.Trump promises to push Congress to repeal Obama’s troubled healthcare plan and to reverse his Clean Power Plan. He plans to create jobs by relying on U.S. fossil fuels such as oil and gas.Trump’s victory marked a frustrating end to the presidential aspirations of Clinton, 69, who for the second time failed in her drive to be elected the first woman U.S. president.In a posting on Twitter, Clinton acknowledged a battle that was unexpectedly tight given her edge in opinion polls going into Election Day.“This team has so much to be proud of. Whatever happens tonight, thank you for everything,” she tweeted.The wife of former President Bill Clinton and herself a former U.S. senator, she held a steady lead in many opinion polls for months. Voters perceived in her a cautious and calculating candidate and an inability to personally connect with them.Even though the FBI found no grounds for criminal charges after a probe into her use of a private email server rather than a government system while she was secretary of state, the issue allowed critics to raise doubts about her integrity. Hacked emails also showed a cozy relationship between her State Department and donors to her family’s Clinton Foundation charity.Trump seized on the emails to charge that Clinton represented a corrupt political system in Washington that had to be swept clean.Trump’s national security ideas, opposed by most of the elite voices across the political spectrum, have simultaneously included promises to build up the U.S. military while at the same time avoiding foreign military entanglements.He wants to rewrite international trade deals to reduce trade deficits. He has taken positions that raise the possibility of damaging relations with America’s most trusted allies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.He has promised to warm relations with Russia that have chilled under Obama over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intervention in the Syrian civil war and his seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea region.“Wouldn’t it be nice if we could get along with Russia?” he said at many rallies. (Courtesy Reuters) Worried a Trump victory could cause economic and global uncertainty, investors were in full flight from risky assets such as stocks. In overnight trading, S&P 500 index futures fell 5 percent to hit their so-called limit down levels, indicating they would not be permitted to trade any lower until regular U.S. stock market hours on Wednesday. The Associated Press and Fox News projected that Trump had collected just enough of the 270 state-by-state electoral votes needed to win a four-year term that starts on Jan. 20, taking battleground states where presidential elections are traditionally decided. CNN reported Clinton had called Trump to concede the election.A short time earlier, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta told supporters at her election rally in New York to go home. “Several states are too close to call so we’re not going to have anything more to say tonight,” he said. Victorious in a cliffhanger race that opinion polls had forecast was Clinton’s to win, Trump won avid support among a core base of white non-college educated workers with his promise to be the “greatest jobs president that God ever created.”His win raises a host of questions for the United States at home and abroad. He campaigned on a pledge to take the country on a more isolationist, protectionist “America First” path. He has vowed to impose a 35 percent tariff on goods exported to the United States by U.S. companies that went abroad.Both candidates, albeit Trump more than Clinton, had historically low popularity ratings in an election that many voters characterized as a choice between two unpleasant alternatives. The presidency will be his first elected office, and it remains to be seen how he will work with Congress. During the campaign Trump was the target of sharp disapproval, not just from Democrats but from many in his own party.Television networks projected Republicans would retain control of the U.S. House of Representatives, where all 435 seats were up for grabs. In the U.S. Senate, the party also put up an unexpectedly tough fight to protect its majority in the U.S. Senate.Trump entered the race 17 months ago and survived a series of seemingly crippling blows, many of them self-inflicted, including the emergence in October of a 2005 video in which he boasted about making unwanted sexual advances on women. He apologized but within days, several women emerged to say he had groped them, allegations he denied. He was judged the loser of all three presidential debates with Clinton. Republican Donald Trump stunned the world on Tuesday by defeating heavily favored Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, ending eight years of Democratic rule and sending the United States on a new, uncertain path.A wealthy real-estate developer and former reality TV host, Trump rode a wave of anger toward Washington insiders to defeat Clinton, whose gold-plated establishment resume includes stints as a first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state. read more

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The European new car market grew 6.4% this September, the 13th consecutive month of growth. So far 9,572,259 units have been registered in 2014, a 6.1% increase on this time last year, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).Much of this increase was led by significant growth in Spain (17.2%) and the UK (9.1%). Similarly Italian (3.6%), German (2.9%) and French (2.1%) markets all expanded in September.The UK saw its 31st consecutive month of growth in September – the biggest September in a decade – and accounted for more than a third of the EU’s registrations last month with 425,861 cars registered. Read our analysis of the car registrations here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.“We improved a bit and found the net,” Carli Lloyd, a midfielder on the U.S. women’s national team, said after Monday’s Round of 16 game against Colombia. “We’re creating some chances, and I am confident more will come.”Confident or not, chances have not come easily for the U.S. women’s national team (USWNT) at this World Cup. They’ve looked stagnant and uncreative, especially in the attacking third. And to make matters worse, they head into tonight’s quarterfinal match against China without the two players who have created the most chances: Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday.Despite the loss of these players, the team continues to tout its depth and versatility, but there’s no denying that Rapinoe’s spark and Holiday’s vision have been some of the most promising aspects of an altogether lifeless team. So what’s wrong with the USWNT, and can they fix it before they face a team like Germany or France?As Lloyd suggested, much of the USWNT’s problems stem from an inability to create chances — passes that lead to shots — in the midfield, in particular. Lloyd, along with Holiday and Rapinoe, was one of the most prominent playmakers for the USWNT at the 2011 World Cup. Combined, the three players created an average of 5.6 chances per game, compared with 4.8 chances per game at this World Cup. It’s not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison — they’ve faced tougher competition at this World Cup — but Holiday’s absence in the U.S. attack (two shots and zero assists so far, compared with 20 shots and three assists in 2011) is indicative of the larger issue for the USWNT: The central midfielders are being played completely out of position, and without them, the U.S. attack has been listless.Under coach Jill Ellis’s current 4-4-2 system, there is no true defensive central midfielder, despite Ellis’s baffling remarks that Holiday and Lloyd have both played as defensive center mids in some games. In most two-player central midfields, one player is more attack-minded, combining with the forwards and connecting the midfield with the attack, and one player is more defensive, checking back to pick the ball up off her own backline.1Let’s ignore for the moment that this system almost altogether erases one of the most important attacking positions, the central midfielder that plays as a withdrawn forward — the best example we saw at this World Cup was Switzerland’s Ramona Bachmann.Without a designated defensive center mid, Lloyd and Holiday have been positionally amiss, caught in no-man’s land between being high enough to support the forwards and close enough to each other to create any sort of rhythm or connection through the midfield. They’re both trying to cover so much space that it results in huge gaps between the midfield and forwards — the space that is so important for creating chances on goal. Australia32 At the 2011 World Cup, Shannon Boxx often filled the defensive midfield void the USWNT has now, sitting behind Lloyd while Holiday (née Cheney below) played as a withdrawn forward. The midfield combination of Boxx, Lloyd, Rapinoe and Heather O’Reilly (who has yet to play at this World Cup) created almost twice as many chances per game at the 2011 World Cup as the midfield combination of O’Reilly, Lloyd, Holiday and Rapinoe. New Zealand12 Canada28 TEAMTOTAL CHANCES CREATED Norway40 Nigeria19 South Korea22 France43 Colombia20 Japan43 Mexico16 Cameroon50 Netherlands25 Germany85 China29 Brazil37 Costa Rica14 Switzerland36 By Kante4 / via Wikimedia Commons Fortunately for the U.S., this problem isn’t likely to be exacerbated against a much weaker Chinese opponent tonight. Although it’s one of the most inexperienced teams at this World Cup, China has pace up top in forward Shanshan Wang, who has scored two of China’s four goals. But China has yet to play a team with a WSPI over 90, and they have created even fewer chances than the USWNT. China’s most prolific playmaker, midfielder Shuang Wang, has created only five chances compared with Rapinoe’s 10.The Americans head into the game with an 88 percent chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight’s forecast, which does not take into account Rapinoe and Holiday’s absences. Should Ellis stick to the same lackluster formation, Christen Press is likely to replace Rapinoe on the wing, with Morgan Brian for Holiday in the midfield. Press is pacy and creative, but the USWNT’s proven “Abby Dependence” — playing long balls forward even when Abby Wambach isn’t on the field — does not suit Press’s strengths as a player. When Press entered the game late against Colombia on Monday night, she too resorted to hitting long balls forward.Should the U.S. win tonight against China (they should), waiting on the other side of that victory is the winner of Germany vs. France. France struggled early, losing to Colombia 2-0 in one of the biggest upsets in WSPI history. But France routed South Korea 3-0 in its last game, controlling more than 60 percent of the possession and scoring one of the most beautiful combination play goals. Yet France’s chances created haven’t exceeded the Americans’ by much, 43 compared with the U.S.’s 37 overall. Thailand12 Sweden25 FIFATV Spain25 U.S.37 Ivory Coast25 England34 Ecuador7 Then there’s Germany, which has been near perfect this tournament, save for an early group stage tie with Norway. Germany has created more than twice as many chances as the USWNT. Nine players on Germany’s roster have created five chances or more at this World Cup; only Rapinoe and Holiday have more than five for the U.S. The tournament’s leading goal scorer, Anja Mittag, has created 14 chances alone for Germany — more than Alex Morgan, Wambach, Press, Tobin Heath, Lloyd, Brian and Sydney Leroux combined.Germany’s chances of winning the tournament have increased more than any other team, up from 27 percent at the start of the tournament to 33 percent now. If the U.S. faces Germany in the semifinal (assuming both teams have the same WSPI rating they do now), the U.S. would not be favored to win: Germany would have a 56 percent chance of winning, and even that seems too low given the U.S.’s inability to create chances against teams far worse than Germany.After solidifying a spot in the World Cup back in October, Press told Fox Sports, “Jill has emphasized having a really big attacking shape. It took us a while to see the angles and to see how that changed everything, but as we’ve progressed through this tournament it’s become quite clear that we’re starting to get it.” But when she was interviewed before the Colombia match Monday, that sentiment had changed entirely. “We’re kind of in a rigid formation with no natural angles,” she told ESPN. “And I think we’re working so hard to do what our coaches want and get the tactics right that we lost a little bit of that spirit of the game where you can just run where you want and do what you want.”Tonight’s game could go one of two ways: Slip in Press and Brian and play exactly the same way, squeaking past China on pure athleticism while hoping for moments of individual brilliance,2If that’s what we’re calling Alex Morgan’s cross-turned-accidental-goal. or realize that this formation has strangled the USWNT’s ability to create chances and scrap it altogether. That doesn’t necessarily mean reverting to the 2011-era USWNT style, but it does mean reconsidering the players that are available — in tonight’s game against China and going forward at the World Cup — and how to best utilize some of the most talented players in the world. The USWNT must evolve or die, Deadspin wrote this week; let’s hope the former happens before the latter. read more

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first_imgInquiry may be launched into case of child abuser Bill Kenneally The former national basketball coach is serving a 14-year sentence for abusing teenage boys in Waterford in the 1980s. THE GOVERNMENT HAS outlined its intention to set up a commission of investigation into matters surrounding convicted child abuser Bill Kenneally.The Tánaiste raised the matter at today’s Cabinet meeting, telling colleagues of her intention to establish the commission.The former national basketball coach (67) is serving a 14-year prison sentence for abusing 10 teenage boys in Waterford in the 1980s. His victims have called for an inquiry to be held.Frances Fitzgerald said she believes it may be appropriate to establish a further inquiry into the handling of the case by State agencies, including An Garda Síochána, as well as the role of the Catholic Church and other figures.It’s understood a judge will be tasked with heading the investigation. Fitzgerald will consult with the Attorney General on the issue and the matter will come back to Cabinet before a commission of investigation is formally set up.With reporting by Christina Finn Read: Waterford bishop backs victims’ requests for inquiry into paedophile Bill KenneallyRead; ‘We were swept under the carpet 30 years ago’: Victim of prolific paedophile pleads for inquiry Bill Kenneally http://jrnl.ie/3360339 By Órla Ryan 5 Comments Share12 Tweet Email Apr 26th 2017, 8:43 PM center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Bill Kenneally Image: Screengrab/RTÉ 11,189 Views Wednesday 26 Apr 2017, 8:43 PM Image: Screengrab/RTÉlast_img read more

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first_imgSE-MJ591 et NC21M : deux nouveaux modèles de casques audio chez PioneerPioneer commercialisera rapidement deux types de casques à des fins différentes. L’un mise sur les performances et l’autre sur un dispositif de réduction du bruit. Pioneer a dévoilé deux nouveaux casques audios plutôt dédiés aux amateurs de musique nomade. Les deux modèles ont en commun la possibilité d’être aisément transportables et pliables, légers et dotés d’un étui de transport. Le SE-MJ591 (notre photo) met l’accent sur la qualité d’écoute. Mais ne néglige pas non plus le confort car il est pourvu de coussinets ultra doux et d’un bandeau appréciable lors d’une écoute durable. Fidèle au son Pioneer, ce premier casque sera tout de même vendu 299 dollars (environ 227 euros). Et sera disponible d’ici la fin avril.Ensuite, le SE-NC21M est un casque fermé qui permet de se couper totalement des bruits parasites environnants. Ce casque audio permet d’obtenir jusqu’à 90% de réduction des bruits externes. Son usage nécessitera le recours à une pile AAA qui offrira 120 heures d’utilisation. Mais ce casque peut aussi fonctionner sans cette pile. Il sera vendu en mai pour 119 dollars (90 euros). Le 18 avril 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgWASHOUGAL — A free lunch is up for grabs between a couple of Port of Camas-Washougal staffers.Executive Director David Ripp bet that the port’s boxy new industrial-warehouse building would be half leased before construction wrapped up. Facilities Manager Jeramy Wilcox bet it would be filled.With three months to go before the ribbon is cut, Ripp isn’t feeling too confident. Two tenants have already leased half the space and a third business is close to signing a lease, he said.“I thought it was an easy bet,” Ripp said in his offices, laughing. “But it’s a good bet to lose. I don’t mind bets like that.”The building itself was a safe bet, judging by recent history. The Port of Camas-Washougal’s previous foray into speculative construction was half the size of the new building, but the building was fully leased by the time it opened.Ripp may have underestimated the strength of the Camas-Washougal economy. Many east county businesses are thriving and adding more employees.Nowhere in Washougal is that clearer than the Steigerwald Commerce Center. What was once a cow pasture on the eastern fringes of a city of 15,000 is now a business park sprinting to serve its expanding tenants.last_img read more

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first_imgSerilingampally: Corporator Lakshmi Bai who was the chief guest at the ‘Saaf Hyderabad-Shaandaar Hyderabad’ programme at Jalavayuvihar committee hall on Monday said that SRP Nageswar Naik, SFA and CRP women were playing a key role in garbage segregation, implementing ban on plastic items and Swachh programmes, like keeping surroundings of houses clean. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us She said SRP, SFA and CRP should focus special attention on preventing wastage of water and dumping of garbage on roads, besides construction of rain harvesting structures.Among those present were officials of HMWSSB, GHMC Kukatpally Zonal Commissioner Shankarayya, Deputy Commissioner Ashok Samrat, EE Sridhar, Water Works GM Venugopal, DGM Nagaraju, Manager Venkateswarlu, Health Officer Chandrasekhar, Electrical AE Srinivas.last_img read more

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first_imgNorway has laid emphasis on working together to make sure that things are improving on Myanmar side and expediting the global efforts to ensure the “voluntary and safe” return of Rohingyas to Rakhine state in Myanmar.“We’ll have to work together to make sure that things are improving on Myanmar side. I’m working very closely with the Norwegian embassy in Yangon,” Norwegian ambassador to Bangladesh Sidsel Bleken told UNB in an interview.Ambassador Bleken, now in Oslo to attend the annual meeting of ambassadors on Monday, said she will have talks with the envoys of the neighbouring countries and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states to find ways how they can do together in the region.She said the role Norway can play is to be part of the international community’s dialogue with Myanmar authorities, support the UN efforts and have dialogue with a number of other countries in the region that may have greater influence in the region.Bangladesh and Myanmar are trying to go for the second attempt to begin the repatriation of Rohingyas this month with a tentative date, 22 August.The first batch of Rohingyas was scheduled to return on 15 November last year but it was halted amid unwillingness of Rohingyas to go back for lack of a friendly environment in Rakhine.Earlier, Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen hoped that the repatriation of Rohingyas will begin this month on a small scale. “I’m very positive…I’m expecting that we can start this month.”Asked whether the repatriation will begin on Thursday, a senior official involved in repatriation process said nothing was confirmed yet regarding the date.Talking about the likelihood of resuming repatriation, ambassador Bleken echoed what the United Nations and many other countries have said before that repatriation must be “voluntary and safe.”The envoy said she would love to see the repatriation takes place but reminded that there are three parties — Myanmar, Bangladesh and Rohingyas themselves.“Based on what I’ve seen and heard, they (Rohingya) really want to go back, but they don’t want to go back before they’re feeling safe,” she added.On 29 July, Bangladesh handed a fresh list of 25,000 Rohingyas from around 6,000 families to Myanmar for verification before their repatriation to Rakhine state.With the latest list, Bangladesh has so far handed the names of around 55,000 Rohingyas to the Myanmar authorities and around 8,000 of them have been verified.Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered the country since 25 August 2017. Bangladesh and Myanmar signed the repatriation deal on 23 November 2017.On 16 January 2018, Bangladesh and Myanmar inked a document on “Physical Arrangement”, which was supposed to facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland.The “Physical Arrangement” stipulates that the repatriation will be completed preferably within two years from the start.ICOE Team to Visit CampThe delegation of Myanmar’s Independent Commission of Enquiry (ICOE) that arrived Bangladesh on Saturday, is likely to visit Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps on Monday (19 August), said an official.The delegation will also have meetings with government officials and the officials of UN agencies in Cox’s Bazar.Former Japanese ambassador Kenzo Oshima is leading the delegation.last_img read more

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first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “YouTube’s recommended algorithm is facilitating pedophiles’ ability to connect with each-other, trade contact info, and link to actual child pornography in the comments,” Watson wrote on Reddit. “I can consistently get access to it from vanilla, never-before-used YouTube accounts via innocuous videos in less than ten minutes, in sometimes less than five clicks.”Although Watson doesn’t call out “Fortnite” specifically, he does show various examples of the products and companies being advertised before the videos, including Grammarly, GNC, and Google’s own Chromebook.A YouTube spokesperson told The Verge it took immediate action by deleting accounts and channels. It also reported illegal activity to the authorities and disabled what it called “violative comments.”“Any content — including comments — that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube,” the spokesperson said. “There’s more to be done, and we continue to work to improve and catch abuse more quickly.”Variety contacted Epic Games to find out if it plans to resume advertising on YouTube, but it couldn’t say when, or if, that will happen.center_img Epic Games is no longer running “Fortnite” pre-roll ads on YouTube after it was discovered they were playing on videos alleged predators used to exploit children, according to The Verge.The developer has paused all of its pre-roll advertising, which plays before a video starts on the streaming platform, a spokesperson said. It also reached out to Google to determine what actions, if any, the company will take to remove the exploitative content from its service.Former YouTube creator Matt Watson raised concerns about the content days ago in a YouTube video and Reddit post. In his video, he demonstrated how a search for something seemingly innocuous like “bikini haul” — videos where women show off various swimsuits they’ve purchased — can lead to disturbing examples of child exploitation. Although the clips aren’t pornographic in nature, the predators allegedly timestamp parts that unintentionally sexualize the children in the scene and share them in the video’s comments section.last_img read more

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first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch Stay on target It’s no secret we (and at least 15 million other gamers) are pretty big fans of the Nintendo Switch. The handheld/console hybrid hardware is cool and convenient. The game library so far is a promising mix of indie releases, third-party ports, and stone-cold modern Nintendo classics. And soon the Switch will let us dress up our kids (or ourselves) as cardboard robots. But recently one Redditor found a reason to love his Switch none of us could have saw coming. It alerted him about a tumor.In an interview with Kotaku, 28-year-old Australian programmer Chris elaborates on his Reddit post describing just how Nintendo’s machine potentially saved his life. While playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Chris would feel frequent pains in his hand while boosting, collecting coins, or doing anything else that rumbled the controllers in Switch’s handheld mode. He didn’t experience this issue with other game controllers, but then again other controllers don’t feature the more powerful (if dubious) “HD Rumble” functionality.The pain became so bad Chris saw a doctor, and while he didn’t get any answers at the time (the doctors chalked it up to a potential side effect from coding work) he at least made sure to pay attention to the situation. Sure enough, months later a lump emerged from Chris palm where the pain was concentrated. Doctors identified it as a tumor and promptly scheduled surgery. Kotaku has pictures of the growth but you may not want to look if you’re squeamish.AdChoices广告The tumor, maybe giant cell or vascular malformation, is 95 percent likely to be benign. But that’s still a scary 5 percent chance of cancer. Fortunately, the pain brought on by the Switch helped everyone figure out and solve the problem early. And Chris says he’s grateful to the newest Nintendo machine. So the next time you feel random finger pain while scavenging Hyrule or jumping through New Donk City on your Nintendo Switch don’t ignore it. That could be Doctor Mario trying to save your life.Buy it now!Buy Nintendo labo Variety Kit.Buy Nintendo Labo Robot Kit.Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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first_img Explore further Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (PhysOrg.com) — One of the fields of great interest to scientists and researchers is that of using the quantum world to enhance various aspects of our lives. Advances in quantum cryptography make headlines, and scientists continue to look for ways to bring quantum information processing into the mainstream. Anthony Bennett, a scientist at Toshiba Research Europe Limited in Cambridge, in the U.K., works with quantum dots in an effort to look for ways to enhance their applications. Citation: Encouraging quantum dots to emit photons (2010, August 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-08-quantum-dots-emit-photons.html More information: Anthony J. Bennett, Raj B. Patel, Joanna Skiba-Szymanska, Christine A. Nicoll, Ian Farrer, David A. Ritchie, and Andrew J. Shields, “Giant Stark effect in the emission of single semiconductor quantum dots,” Applied Physics Letters (July 2010). Available online: link.aip.org/link/APPLAB/v97/i3/p031104/s1center_img Engineers at USC and UT-Austin boost the sensitivity of night vision goggles by using quantum dots “I work with single quantum dots, manipulating them and doing interesting experiments that will hopefully be useful in the future for quantum information processing,” Bennett tells PhysOrg.com. “What we’ve done recently is to show a giant stark effect in semiconductor quantum dots, which will lead to better yields in certain devices and enable entirely new applications.”Bennett worked with a team from Toshiba Research, as well as with scientists at the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University. The results of their recent collaboration are published in Applied Physics Letters: “Giant Stark effect in the emission of single semiconductor quantum dots.”“When working with quantum dots,” Bennett explains, “there are many circumstances when you want to be able to get dots that are the same. However, quantum dots form naturally with different sizes, shapes and compositions. The idea is to shift them so that they all emit the same energy.”Prior to this work, shifts to quantum dots of this size had not been observed before. “Normally the shift is confined to a very small range,” Bennett says. “We showed that you could shift the transitions in the quantum dots a surprisingly long way with our technique.”“Previously, people have looked at putting quantum dots in diodes and then changing the voltage. We changed the design so that a fixed electric field is applied across the quantum dot vertically, which leads to a shift an order of magnitude larger than seen before.”Normally, such experiment uses dots surrounded with either gallium arsenide or aluminum gallium arsenide. Bennett and his colleagues combined these to get the best of both worlds. “With gallium arsenide, the charges confined in the quantum dot as strongly but the quality of the emission is better. So we grew the dot in gallium arsenide, but surrounded that by aluminum gallium arsenide on each side to confine the electric shift.”After showing the possibility of this large shift to encourage the quantum dots to emit the same energy, the next step is to get two quantum dots with exactly the same energy. “In order to get quantum information processing applications, you need quantum dots with at least two states the same. As a follow up to the work here, we did that.” (More information can be found in Nature Photonics, “Two-photon interference of the emission from electrically tunable remote quantum dots.”)“Quantum mechanically, both of these experiments represent a significant breakthrough. That we can make quantum dots with the same energy emit identical photons is a great step forward in the field of quantum information processing.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Opponents say that lese majeste laws are often abused to punish political rivals. That has been especially true amid the political turmoil that has followed a 2006 military coup that unseated Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who among other things was accused of disrespect for the monarchy.Supporters say the monarchy is an essential part of the Thai identity and defending it is a matter of national security.Gordon, 55, is accused of posting links to a translation of the banned biography “The King Never Smiles” in 2007 while in Colorado.“As an American citizen, I didn’t do anything wrong,” Gordon said. “It’s my freedom of expression on American soil.”He acknowledges posting the links to the translated biography excerpts on his personal blog, but denies translating it. Either would be enough to face charges in Thailand, where authorities have warned that Facebook users around the world who “share” or “like” content that insults the Thai monarchy are committing a crime.In the book, author Paul Handley retraces the king’s life, alleging that he has been a major stumbling block to the progress of democracy in Thailand as he consolidated royal power over his long reign. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The punishment was a high-profile example of the severe sentences meted out here for defaming Thailand’s royal family, a crime known as “lese majeste.” The issue has drawn international attention and raised concern about freedom of speech in this Southeast Asian kingdom best known as the easygoing Land of Smiles, a tourist paradise that draws some 19 million visitors per year.Gordon’s case also raised questions about the applicability of Thai law to acts committed by foreigners outside Thailand, since he posted the link while residing in the U.S. state of Colorado.“Freedom of expression is not harassment, and Thai people don’t understand that,” Gordon told The Associated Press before his planned departure from the country Thursday. He said in Thailand the attitude is “if you don’t believe and you don’t follow us in the way we are doing things, it means you are insulting us.”Bhumibol, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, is revered in Thailand and is widely seen as a stabilizing force. But Thailand’s lese majeste laws are the harshest in the world. They mandate that people found guilty of defaming the monarchy _ including the king, the queen and the heir to the throne _ face three to 15 years behind bars. “When the doctor knows that your case is a lese majeste or you are a Red Shirt or you are a political prisoner, they will not treat you, they will not give you medicine,” he said.There have been allegations that other prisoners charged with lese majeste have not been able to get proper treatment, including a 62-year-old grandfather who died of cancer in prison.Prison official Sorasit Chongcharoen denied that lese majeste prisoners were abused.“Doctors and prison officials are giving fair treatment to every prisoner or detainee, regardless of their charges,” he said.Gordon said the lese majeste law should be scrapped because it is too strict and rather than protecting the royal institution causes it more harm.“If Thailand wants to move forward to catch up with globalization, they need to get rid of lese majeste and release all the political prisoners,” he said.He said the country’s attitude toward controversial speech was holding it back.“Thailand needs to learn to handle the truth. Have a thicker skin to move forward,” he said.He said his experience in Thailand has left him emotionally scarred and he had no plans to return. He said he plans to stay in Los Angeles initially on his return to the U.S. Gordon, who was born Lerpong Wichaikammart in Thailand, has lived in the U.S. for about 30 years, mostly in Colorado, and he became a naturalized citizen in Denver. He was arrested in Thailand in May 2011 after he returned to seek treatment for arthritis and high blood pressure.He said he was in his apartment in northeastern Thailand when it was stormed by about 20 plainclothes police officers who confiscated his computer and accused him of wanting to turn Thailand, a constitutional monarchy, into a republic. It’s a charge that hardcore opponents have also leveled at Thaksin.Gordon said an officer pointed to a poster of the Declaration of Independence _ a gift from a relative _ that he had hung on his wall. “He said `You want to change this country to be like this. You want a republican,’” Gordon recalled.After being repeatedly denied bail, he pleaded guilty in October last year in hopes of obtaining a lenient sentence. The judge said at the time that the punishment, initially set at five years, was reduced because of Gordon’s plea.“The only easy way to get out is to accept it,” Gordon said, explaining why he didn’t fight the charges.During his 14 months in prison, Gordon said his health problems grew worse because of conditions he described as inhumane. He said the situation was worse for those accused of political crimes, such as lese majeste prisoners or those associated with the Red Shirt political movement, which is aligned with Thaksin. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health toocenter_img Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself up Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day “I’m very aware now that Thailand is not really the land of smiles, and you have to be careful what you are doing in this country,” Gordon said. “It seems like on the surface a nice country, but if you dig deeper it is dangerous and can harm you.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Quick workouts for men Associated PressBANGKOK (AP) – A Thai-born American who spent more than a year in prison on charges of insulting Thailand’s king says the country’s harsh laws outlawing criticism of the monarchy are holding back its democratic development. He has vowed never to return until his motherland stops being so “thin-skinned” and allows full freedom of expression.Joe Gordon, who was convicted last year of translating excerpts of an unauthorized biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej from English into Thai and posting them online, said those jailed under Thai laws protecting the royal family often suffer abuse from prison guards and are treated “like animals.” While he now denies committing any crime, Gordon pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison before receiving a royal pardon in July. Top Stories last_img

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