Cairo: Egyptians voted Saturday in a referendum that aims to cement the rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former coup leader who presents himself as a rock of stability in a turbulent region. Voters were being asked to back amendments to the constitution to allow Sisi, 64, to run for another six-year term while boosting his control over the judiciary and giving the military even greater influence in political life. The three-day referendum bucks the trend of North Africa’s mini-Arab Spring, in which mass pro-democracy protests this month swept away veteran presidents in Algeria and Sudan. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSisi himself was among the first to vote when polls opened, casting his ballot in the upmarket Cairo suburb of Heliopolis. In Shubra, a working-class neighbourhood of the capital, dozens of voters, mostly women carrying their children, queued outside a polling station in the local high school. In Cairo, troops and police were deployed in numbers although the interior ministry denied to give any nationwide figures. Egypt is still battling a jihaidst insurgency based in the Sinai Peninsula that has seen attacks in Cairo and other cities. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSisi has argued that he needs longer to complete the job of restoring security and stability after the turmoil that followed the overthrow of veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak in the Arab Spring of 2011. Out on the streets, his supporters waved flags bearing their campaign motto: “Do the Right,” as they pressed passers-by to turn out and vote ‘Yes’. At a polling station in Manyal, a Cairo suburb overlooking the Nile, Mohamed Abdel Salam, 45, said he was voting enthusiastically in support of the changes. “I don’t care about the presidential terms,” he said. “Sisi could stay forever as long as he’s doing his job… and he has already done a lot”. Sisi won his first term as president in 2014, a year after he led the army in overthowing elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi following mass protests against his single turbulent in power.
Recent agreements can potentially pave the way for progress in Middle East peace efforts after a year in which hopes seemed to be steadily diminishing, the top United Nations political official told the Security Council today, cautioning that success will require action by the parties.In his first address to the Council since taking office, Under-Secretary-General B. Lynn Pascoe said the recent agreement reached in the Saudi Arabian city, Mecca, on a Palestinian national unity Government and the renewal of Israeli-Palestinian dialogue “hold out the potential, if not yet the promise” that the trend may have finally changed.“Much will depend now on how agreements are implemented on the ground,” he said, noting that the diplomatic Quartet – of which the UN is a member – has taken a “wait and see” approach and calling on the international community to engage on the issue “with both firmness and flexibility.”Mr. Pascoe said the intra-Palestinian ceasefire reached in Mecca has already calmed the situation in the occupied Palestinian Territory, despite a few isolated clashes.He added that Prime Minister-designate Ismael Hannieh has been consulting all factions and President Mahmoud Abbas on the formation of the new government and is likely to finalize an agreement before next Wednesday, the due date.“We must hope that the new government will take positions and actions that demonstrate, as was agreed in Mecca, respect for the signed agreements of the PLO [Palestinian Liberation Organization], which renounce terrorism, recognize Israel’s right to exist in peace and security, and impose crucial obligations on the PA [Palestinian Authority].”Mr. Pascoe stressed that there remain several strong obstacles to progress, noting the continued tension and violence that has led to the deaths of 23 Palestinians and one Israeli over the past month during clashes.He expressed concern over the repeated firing of rockets into Israel by Palestinian militants in Gaza and commended Israeli restraint “in the face of these provocations, which are both unjustified and in breach of the agreed ceasefire.”Observing that the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) launched a large military operation in Nablus last month that uncovered several sites used for preparing explosives, Mr. Pascoe said the operation placed tens of thousands of Palestinians under curfew for several days, “causing major disruption to civilian life and humanitarian operations.”“The continued creation of facts on the ground” by Israel, such as the ongoing construction of the barrier, “parts of which extend deep into the West Bank,” and settlement activity have also not helped, he said.“The Israeli Government has yet to freeze this activity or to begin to dismantle the more than 100 settlement outposts in the West Bank, despite its clear obligations to do so under the Road Map” an outline peace plan which envisages two States – Israel and Palestine – living side by side within secure and internationally recognized borders.Mr. Pascoe said the agreement on movement and access in and out of the occupied Palestinian Territory has still not been implemented in full and UN workers face increasing restrictions on their movement, placing humanitarian operations in jeopardy.The Under-Secretary-General also emphasized that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon remains strongly committed to finding a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, and will attend the Arab League summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on 28 March, as part of his efforts to seek peace. 14 March 2007Recent agreements can potentially pave the way for progress in Middle East peace efforts after a year in which hopes seemed to be steadily diminishing, the top United Nations political official told the Security Council today, cautioning that success will require action by the parties.
Various parties that are part of TESO, including the DMK and the Dravida Kazhagam, on Monday issued press releases calling for supporters to join the protest. The Tamil Eelam Supporters’ Organisation (TESO) will stage a protest on August 8 (tomorrow) in front of Valluvar Kottam in Chennai to press for its demands including asking the Sri Lankan government to honour the 13th amendment to its Constitution, the Hindu reported today.At the protest TESO members will also urge the Indian government to boycott the Commonwealth Summit scheduled in the island nation later this year till the rights of the Tamil minorities there are upheld.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Union Pacific Corp. (UNP) on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $1.57 billion.On a per-share basis, the Omaha, Nebraska-based company said it had net income of $2.22.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.12 per share.The railroad posted revenue of $5.6 billion in the period, which also beat Street forecasts. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $5.58 billion.Union Pacific shares have risen 19% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 19%. The stock has increased 19% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on UNP at https://www.zacks.com/ap/UNPThe Associated Press
BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post What do farmers want?Todd Lewis, president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, said those issues are “significant” for Saskatchewan farmers. He suggested that many are looking for federal commitments as they navigate choppy trade waters across the world.Lewis isn’t expecting the parties to lay out a “hard and fast plan” to resolve all existing trade barriers in their election platforms, given how much relies on unpredictable international negotiations. But Saskatchewan farmers have clear interests abroad.“We want to see more trade, not less,” Lewis said.He wants a commitment that agriculture will have “a place at the table” in trade negotiations. But rough patches are inevitable, and Lewis said farmers need better risk management programming to carry them through.Federal improvements to the Advanced Payment Program (APP) this May were welcome. They opened the door to higher interest-free loans for canola farmers. But Lewis said that’s more of a “Band-Aid” than a long-term solution.Farm groups also weren’t impressed with a recent risk management review process, according to Lewis.“We’re still not seeing much movement on those files for improvement to programs like AgriStability or AgriInvest,” he said.“At the end of the day, it may end up costing governments more money, but it’s an investment in the future of our industry.”Lewis also pointed to the carbon tax, rural Internet access and rail service as key issues for farmers.Specific sectors have their own demands. Sask Wheat wants the federal government to take Italy to the WTO over durum, just like it did for canola.“We need the help of the federal government, regardless of the party in power,” said Sask Wheat vice-chair Scott Hepworth.What are the parties offering?The Liberal government has attacked the canola blockade on several fronts, arguing that Chinese phytosanitary accusations are without basis and pushing for technical discussions to prove it.Trade minister Jim Carr has also led high-level missions to markets like South Korea and Japan, with the aim of reducing reliance on the volatile Chinese market.Early this month the government took the next step, seeking bilateral consultations with China at the World Trade Organization.But the Conservatives say that action came too late.“We’ve got nine lost months,” said Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer in a recent interview with the Leader-Post. “There’s no reason for that length of time to drag on.“We need to be right in there immediately fighting with facts and also looking to our allies to support our cause.”Scheer said he will prioritize opening up new markets and reducing trade barriers, without gutting domestic supports. He pledges to defend supply management and criticized the Liberals for making too many concessions in their trade deals.NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has made “fair trade” his mantra, saying Canada should only sign deals that protect Canadian industries and uphold labour and environmental standards.The New Democrats promise to “defend Canadian agricultural products like canola from unfair retaliation in overseas markets.” But they also advocate more locally sourced agriculture. That’s also a priority for the Green Party, which criticizes “industrial” export-based agriculture and advocates a move toward “local, organic production systems.”The Greens say that means research and support to assist farmers in making the transition, while setting a target to replace Canadian food imports with local production.The PPC’s signature agricultural proposal is leader Maxime Bernier’s longstanding quest to eliminate supply management.The party aims to liberalize trade “with as many countries as possible.”firstname.lastname@example.org The Regina Leader-Post and the Saskatoon StarPhoenix are delving into some of the most pressing issues affecting Saskatchewan voters during the election campaign. Today, trade barriers facing farmers and the state of agriculture in the province.What’s the issue?Saskatchewan farmers aren’t just worrying about the weather during a harvest-season election campaign, as trade irritants in three major export markets continue to fester.Farm groups want to hear what the federal parties have to offer to support producers and open up trade.Barriers have been on the rise since 2017, when India began charging a fumigation fee on Canadian pulses and imposed sky-high tariffs on chickpeas, lentils and peas.That same year, Italy moved to require country-of-origin labelling on pasta packages. The rules came amid a campaign against Canadian durum wheat imports, which Italy’s largest farm group framed as hazardous due to the use of glyphosate herbicide on Canadian farms.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Both issues remain. But the latest dispute has his Saskatchewan the hardest.Early this March, the Chinese General Administration of Customs began sending warnings to Canadian canola exporters. It listed a half dozen pathogens it alleged had shown up in shipments.It was the beginning of a canola crackdown that observers connected to the detention of Chinese telecom executive Meng Wanzhou on an American extradition request.Since then, Chinese importers have proven unwilling to buy Canadian canola seed. The largest market for Saskatchewan’s biggest cash crop is essentially closed, leaving farmers with stockpiles of canola they can’t sell at a decent price. What’s at stake?Canola and wheat are Saskatchewan’s two biggest crops by volume and seeded acres. By reducing demand for Canadian products, trade barriers depress prices and cost the provincial economy hundreds of millions of dollars.The province traded $3.56 billion in wheat and $3.15 billion in canola seed in 2018, while lentils and peas also brought in substantial revenue.Exports of all those crops have been affected by the trade disputes.China is the province’s second largest export market and its largest customer for canola seed. It bought $1.5 billion of seed from Saskatchewan in 2018, about half of the province’s total canola exports.India dropped from Saskatchewan’s third largest market to seventh place in 2018, as exports fell by 48.1 per cent. The Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership blamed that primarily on the pulse restrictions.Canada’s total durum exports took a plunge of 22 per cent after Italy’s country-of-origin rules came into effect. Sask Wheat says Italian imports of Canadian durum fell from a million tonnes annually to just over 328,000 tonnes in the 2017-18 season. Ryan Loughren swaths hard red spring wheat northwest of Regina.
Ohio State’s fourth-ranked rushing defense will face perhaps its biggest challenge of the season Saturday night when it looks to slow Wisconsin’s solid ground game, which features bruising running back John Clay. With 692 rushing yards and nine touchdowns through the season’s first six games, Clay is Wisconsin’s most dangerous weapon and has played himself into Heisman consideration. At 248 pounds, he will be the biggest feature running back the Buckeyes have seen in quite some time. “He doesn’t even look like a running back. He’s a linebacker,” Cameron Heyward said at Tuesday’s weekly press conference. “He’s so explosive and you don’t even know it, but sometimes the team can be feeling down and he makes one big play and he can turn around the game.” Coach Jim Tressel said the defense must also be prepared for the Badgers’ other running back, James White, who counterbalances Clay’s power-running style with his speed. White, at a more standard 198 pounds, has rushed for 485 yards and eight touchdowns this season. “Obviously, John Clay is extraordinary, but you bring in that tempo-change guy and all of a sudden, he hits you with that different type look and I think it’s a great look,” Tressel said. Wisconsin averages nearly 241 rushing yards a game, good for 11th in the country, while the Buckeyes only allow an average of 78.7 yards on the ground. OSU’s defense has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 29 games. “I think (White) is a little more shifty, but he can be explosive as well,” Heyward said. “It’s going to be critical of us to contain both of them. It’s going to be a hard task and it’s not just going to be one guy, it’s going to take the whole team to just swarm to the ball.” Heyward said the OSU defense will have to remain disciplined and react well to play action. Clay has averaged more than 122 yards rushing in Badger wins, while only rushing for 80 yards in the team’s loss to Michigan State. Last year at Ohio Stadium, OSU held Clay to 59 yards on 20 carries in the Buckeyes’ 31-13 win. “They have tremendous team speed,” Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said on the Big Ten’s weekly conference call. “Some teams have fast linebackers or fast defensive backs. They have fast everything.” Tressel said that aside from being a good power-running team, Wisconsin’s offensive coaching staff has done a good job in being creative with its play calling. But just like any other Big Ten game, they both agree the contest will be won with line play up front. “I think all games are won on the offensive and defensive line,” Heyward said. “In the summer and spring we emphasized if we win every battle in the trenches, we’ll have a great chance of winning.”
Since they were accidentally introduced to France in 2004, Asian hornets spread across the country into Spain and were first spotted in the UK in Gloucestershire two years ago. To date, there have been nine confirmed sightings in England and five nests have been destroyed by wildlife experts.Bee inspectors use infrared cameras and traps to locate and destroy any nests that pose a risk to domestic bees and their nests.The trust has stressed that people should follow the official guidelines on suspected cases and be aware of the threat of Asian hornets at all times.It recommends that the public should carefully photograph the insect without disturbing the nest and then submit an online sighting report to the GB Non-native Species Secretariat. Asian hornet queens are up to 3cm (1.2in) in length, while workers are up to 2.5cm (1in)Credit:Defra/PA “Our native hornets are slightly bigger, while Asian hornets tend to be smaller and of a darker colour, not yellow, especially on their thorax (middle section) and abdomens (tail section). However, it is easy to be confused, so our advice is always not to destroy a nest, but instead to report suspected sightings of Asian hornets to the NNSS, ” Mr Hussey added. Native European hornets are being ‘persecuted’ by over vigilant gardeners who are mistaking them for their invasive Asian equivalent, a wildlife trust has warned.Devon Wildlife Trust has said people have begun exterminating the European hornet (Vespa crabro) after confusing them for the predatory Asian hornet (Vespa velutina).Unlike its home-grown equivalent, the Asian species is known to wreak havoc to honeybees, with the insects routinely raiding and destroying colonies.Confirmed reports of Asian hornet nests in Devon and Cornwall have fuelled concerns among British beekeepers that the future of the honeybee is under threat.Steve Hussey, Devon Wildlife Trust spokesman said: “European hornets are a beautiful and vital part of our environment. They help us by helping to keep in check many insect species that gardeners consider to be pests. “European hornets are also struggling and their persecution is one of the factors behind this recent decline. Other countries are now urgently acting to conserve their remaining hornets; in Germany, for example, since 1987 it has been illegal to destroy a hornet nest. We need to look after our native population too.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Ryan Basdeo Dear Editor,In law enforcement, your only real power comes from the strength of the system. The Guyana Police Force will only be strong if the system is allowed to function. President David Granger’s instruction to the Police Service Commission did nothing else but weaken the system and he must be held accountable for the destruction of any green shoot of hope for that institution. There are clear procedures in the rule of law if an officer of the law is found to be corrupt, undisciplined or out of order. The law sets out that a tribunal can be established to investigate the allegations and disciplinary actions can be taken. But Article 212 of the Guyana Constitution clearly articulated that “…. the power to make appointments to any office in the Police Force above the rank of Inspector….” resides with the Police Service Commission; not the President. So any rookie lawyer can advise that the President’s actions violated the rule of law, were high-handed and did great harm to the Guyana Police Force.When good cops like Mr Wendell Blanhum cannot believe anymore that the system has their back so that they can do their work, when that ceases and when you come under political pressure from the Presidency, then they have two choices – become corrupt or leave the system. Both options bring great harm to the institutions of the State and this is what President Granger did to the Crime Chief when he singled him out with his irrational comments upon receiving the reports from the Chairman of the CoI into a bogus allegation of some kangaroo assassination. But more importantly, Mr Omesh Satyanand buckled to political bullyism, which is now the raison d’être of the Granger Administration. There go the crime-fighting capabilities of the Guyana Police Force thanks to President Granger himself.Regards, Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOp-Ed: Security Minister instructing Top Cop another flagrant Constitutional breachDecember 6, 2017In “Opinion”LETTER: PSC directive should be withdrawnAugust 10, 2017In “latest news”President directs PSC to halt Police promotionsAugust 8, 2017In “latest news”
Superior Industries continues adding to its line of Exterra® belt cleaners with a new addition of replacement belt scraper blades. The product line includes a primary blade only replacement for belt widths ranging from 305 mm to 1,829 mm. In addition, a replacement mini-blade is available for applications with smaller diameter pulleys or tight clearance installations. Mini-blades are manufactured to accommodate belt widths up to 1,524mm.Since launching the first primary belt cleaner at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008, Superior’s line of Exterra belt cleaners has gained a reputation as one of the bulkiest conveyor belt scrapers in the marketplace, the company claims. The patented blade design is manufactured with a thicker profile and beefier tip for more material at a scraper’s most crucial point of attack.Three years later, Superior engineers designed and patented the Exterra® SFL Dual belt cleaner. This innovative accessory is bulk material’s first and only combination primary and secondary cleaning system to share one common mounting pole. Moreover, for material producers short on time and maintenance staff, this system includes a tensioning system that does not require additional tensioning during the life of the scraper blade.
Bognár-Bódi BernadettGyorhandball dealshandball transfersKatarina Bulatovic As Handball-Planet.com exclusively wrote a month and a half ago, Montenegrian star, one of the best female handball player Katarina Bulatovic (29) will play in Hungarian Gyor from the next season. Deal was made a few weeks ago, but it was decided to be announced after the end of season in which Gyor won the EHF Champions League for the first time in history.Bulatovic has won EHF Champions League twice with Danish Slagelse (2007) and ZRK Buducnost Podgorica (2010). She played in Romanian Oltchim this season.As replacement for Jovanka Radicevic on right wing is coming Bognár-Bódi Bernadett from Dunaújvárosi Kohász KA. ← Previous Story Swiss Play Off Final: Kadetten leads 2:0! Next Story → Filip Gavranovic to Bregenz Handball
Share9 Tweet Email5 TWO IRISH AUTHORS have been shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award – the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for English fiction.The annual award is worth €100,000 and is sponsored by Dublin City Council and managed by Dublin City Libraries.Chosen by an international panel of judges, 10 titles have been shortlisted for the 2019 prize. These include Irish author Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends and Bernard MacLaverty’s Midwinter Break, 2017 Irish Novel of the Year.Two novels from Britain have been shortlisted for the prize – Jon McGregor’s 2017 Costa Novel Award winner Reservoir 13 and Rachel Seiffert’s A Boy in Winter. Joining them on the shortlist are two British-Pakistani authors – Moshin Hamid, shortlisted his novel Exit West (a 2017 Man Booker Prize finalist) and Kamila Shamsie for her novel Home Fire.French author Mathias Énard has been nominated for his novel Compass while American author George Saunders has been nominated for Lincoln in the Bardo, which won Saunders the 2017 Man Booker Prize. American author Emily Fridlund has been shortlisted for her novel History of Wolves – another finalist for 2017′s Man Booker – with fellow-American Emily Ruskovich completing the list of 10 shortlisted nominees with her novel Idaho. Dublin Lord Mayor Nial Ring, who is patron of the award, has praised the accolade and encouraged Dubliners to visit libraries and pick up the shortlisted novels. “The egalitarian way in which books are long-listed, through public libraries worldwide, is to be commended in a world where sales figures can dominate the literary conversation so often,” he said. “The beauty of this award is that it reaches out to readers and authors worldwide, while also celebrating excellence in contemporary Irish literature represented on the 2019 shortlist by Sally Rooney and Bernard MacLaverty.”The winner of the award will be announced by Ring on 12 June. “Readers have plenty of time to pick their own favourite between now and 12 June,” Ring said. Thursday 4 Apr 2019, 8:44 AM Image: TheDesignConcept Apr 4th 2019, 8:44 AM Two Irish authors shortlisted for €100,000 Dublin Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual fiction prize Sally Rooney and Bernard MacLaverty are among the 10 shortlisted nominees. https://jrnl.ie/4576136 Kevin Street Library, Dublin Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cónal Thomas 6 Comments 13,644 Views Short URL Kevin Street Library, Dublin Image: TheDesignConcept
Alessia Cara Shares Her “Growing Pains” alessia-cara-drops-growing-pains-upcoming-sophomore-album Facebook Twitter https://www.instagram.com/p/Bj5LIM8nexM Alessia Cara Drops “Growing Pains” From Upcoming Sophomore Album Email After her powerhouse first album and Best New Artist GRAMMY win, Cara opens up about growing up in the first single off her forthcoming projectPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jun 15, 2018 – 6:56 am Alessia Cara released her debut album Know-It-All in late 2015, which reached No. 9 on the Billboard 200. She was already a star online, and her catalog of hits has proven she can co-write and perform with incredible artists such as Elton John. Now with her successful debut behind her, on June 15 Cara released “Growing Pains,” her first single from her sophomore album.Combining the credibility and naturalness that has become her signature with tough insights, Cara shares the sights of the new road she travels on in “Growing Pains.” With a building and uplifting beat to build upon, Cara’s new lyric confesses, “Now that monsters are the ones that I have to face, no band-aids for the growing pains.” And while coming from such a wild ride to success into a highly anticipated second album, Cara also promises, “There’s truth in every word I write,” assuring fans they are still getting the real thing in her new music.Winner of Best New Artist at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, Cara drew three additional nominations. Her suicide prevention co-write “1-800-273-8255” was nominated for Best Music Video and Song Of The Year, from Logic’s May 2017 album Everybody, also featuring Khalid. Nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, her co-write “Stay” with Zedd was featured on the May 2017 soundtrack for the movie Everything, Everything. The details add up to a true singer/songwriter, confident in her art, developing her craft. News A brave young writer and singer, “Growing Pains” delivers an impact that’s a wake-up call for what we’ll all be hearing next from the talents of Alessia Cara. While details on her new album are still forthcoming, you can hear how she looks back on her journey so far on our Required Listening podcast.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more
rangamatiA leader of United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) was shot dead during a reported gunfight with army men at Baghaihat Ujubazar in Baghaichhari upazila of Rangamati on Friday, reports UNB. The deceased was identified as Suman Chakma alias Lakir Baba, 40. Md Shafiullah, acting police super of the district, said some UPDF members opened fire on army men of Baghaihat Zone while they were patrolling the area around 10:15 am, forcing them to fire back. Later, he said, Suman’s body was recovered from the spot. On 18 August, an army member was killed in a gun attack by terrorists in Rajasthali upazila in the district. Terrorists opened fire on a patrol team of Bangladesh Army at Poaitukhum, some 4 kms off Rajasthali Army Camp.
Laura IsenseeInitially, four candidates competed for HISD District VII: John Luman, Anne Sung, Victoria Bryant and Danielle Paulus, who is not pictured. Sung won in a run-off Saturday.Over the weekend, the run-off race for the Houston school board came down to a narrow margin: just 27 votes.Former teacher and HISD graduate Anne Sung squeaked through to victory, beating first-time candidate and attorney John Luman.The results, tallied by the Harris County Clerk’s office after polls closed Saturday, mean that Sung will represent District VII on the board for the Houston Independent School District. The area includes Lamar and Wisdom high schools.Sung told supporters in an email that she’s humbled and grateful to have their confidence and that she’s ready to start the “real work.”But her opponent Luman may not concede quickly.Luman wrote in a campaign email Sunday that “given the tightness of the race, I feel compelled on behalf of all of you who supported and invested in me to ask for a ballot recount.”He added that if the situation were reversed, he’d expect Sung to do the same.Sung is scheduled to take office in January and will serve the remaining term of outgoing Trustee Harvin Moore. That term runs through 2017.“As a former student of HISD, I am grateful for the education that I received, and now the opportunity to serve the district,” Sung said in a statement. “This is a tremendous honor and I want to work to give students the opportunities that I had.” Share
Being unsure of your true identity is a trope in the Star Wars series. Young Anakin Skywalker was given a lot of facts about how he came to be: that he was born of midichlorians, that he was prophesied to bring balance to the Force, that love was forbidden to him, etc.His son Luke and his twin sister Leia struggled with their true identities throughout their entire lives from what we know about the events preceding The Force Awakens (especially the Leia-centric novel Star Wars: Bloodline). Then there is Rey, who we know as a heroine and scavenger, but whose true identity has yet to be revealed to us.Are you struggling with your identity? I have some possibly good news for you. You see, one of the galaxy’s most fearsome bounty hunters is missing in action and – guess what? – you could be him. To help you discover the truth faster than Rey, here are ten signs that you might be Boba Fett.1. You can’t get a word inIn the original Star Wars trilogy, Boba Fett has a whopping four lines, and they are all in The Empire Strikes Back. Three of the four lines are spoken to Darth Vader, the last one is “Put Solo in the cargo hold.”The prequel trilogy finally gave Boba Fett some more lines, bringing the grand total of Boba Fett lines to eighteen. If you’re not talking up a storm in your day-to-day life, you’ve got one thing in common with Boba Fett right off the bat.2. When you look in the mirror, you look exactly like an aged version of your fatherWhen Boba Fett was finally unmasked in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, we learned that he wasn’t a biologically born person, but instead a perfect clone of Jango Fett (actor Temuera Morrison), his “father.”The rest of the Jango Fett clones had their aging process accelerated, but Boba Fett grew at a normal pace. Still, though, you’re a perfect clone of your father. Assuming the helmet and armor protects the body from any severe scarring or mangling, you’re just an old Jango unchained.3. When you look out over the ocean, you find yourself whispering: “Taun We”Taun We was the administrative aide to Lama Su, the Prime Minister of Kamino (a planet covered in water) in Attack of the Clones. Obi-Wan met with the Kaminoans to discuss who had ordered a clone army be made in the name of the Republic, and that’s where he discovered Jango and Boba.One of Boba’s lines is when he alerts his “father” that Taun We and Obi-Wan stopped by Jango’s living quarters. The line is delivered very nonchalantly, like Boba saw Taun We all the time. In that case, the endless ocean when a storm is brewing would remind you of Kamino and your unconscious mind will recall your old friend.4. You ride a unicycle or a SegwayThere’s something about being transported while your entire body is facing forward that you find oddly comforting. Like Boba Fett’s ship, the Slave-1, unicycles and Segways cannot be stored in the upright position (and you don’t like hover boards because you’re not twelve), but must be parked horizontally or otherwise secured.You don’t look as cool on a unicycle as Boba Fett does in Slave-1, but you know that traveling in the sitting position in a cockpit with limited forward vision is for fools.5. You used a jetpack once, but it was an accident and you crashedIf you have vague memories of being on a trip one time and having a jetpack strapped to your back when all of a sudden you were bumped from behind and the jetpack went off when you weren’t expecting it, then you went flying into a barge and got the jetpack to go off somehow, but then tumbled into a sandy oblivion and you’re not sure what happened after that, you might be Boba Fett. You also have a high tolerance for run on sentences.6. You don’t like Samuel L. Jackson movies, but you can’t put your finger on whyI don’t know what’s wrong with you, Samuel L. Jackson is a national treasure. From Pulp Fiction to that Tarzan movie that came out this year and bombed big time, Sam Jackson can turn in a variety of memorable performances that seem to please a lot of people. But something about him makes you really afraid that he’s going to cut off your father’s head with a purple lightsaber. And not even give you an autograph.7. You’re always going through the trashIn The Empire Strikes Back, Vader is hot on the trail of Han Solo, Leia, Chewie, and the Millennium Falcon when he dispatches the bounty hunters, including Boba Fett. The Falcon manages to escape Vader’s fleet by hiding attached to the hull of the Star Destroyer that was chasing them.When the Star Destroyer jettisons its trash, the Falcon floats away with it until they are out of scanning distance. While it fools the Imperials, it doesn’t fool Boba Fett who was also floating around in the trash, waiting to pursue the Falcon.8. You’re out of revives in Pokemon GoYou have to keep running away with your good Vaporeon because “He’s no good to me dead.” Why do you keep saying that and why does it roll off your tongue like it’s one of four things we remember you ever saying?9. You have a rocket sticking out of your backpack. but when people are alarmed, you confess you’ve never used itBoba Fett’s jetpack has what looks like a rocket sticking out of the top, but he never used the device during the original trilogy of films. It wasn’t until Attack of the Clones that we saw the missile shot off the jetpack, but it wasn’t even Boba Fett who got to do it, it was Jango Fett while he was fighting Obi-Wan Kenobi on Kamino.It isn’t even that great of a weapon tactically, but you know the true aesthetic purpose of having explosives attached to a jetpack. Don’t listen to what the fire marshal tells you.10. Your secret irrational fear is vagina dentataBefore George Lucas went back and “upgraded” the original Star Wars trilogy with new visual effects, the Sarlaac pit that ends up devouring Boba Fett after Han Solo whacks his jet pack (on accident, no less) did NOT have the beak-looking head it has in the current cut of Return of the Jedi. Instead, the pit looked like a giant brown anus with teeth and a few tentacles coming out of it.Vagina dentata is a folk tale in some cultures where vaginas have teeth and is perfectly Googleable if you need to know more than that. All you should know is that it would scare the crap out of Boba Fett, who may not have even gotten out of that Sarlaac pit.
© 2012 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. Sad news: Linux fans, especially gamers, have expressed frustration in not being able to enjoy the most out of mobile computers that carry the Optimus switching technology as a power-saving mechanism.Linux users have had the option of checking out the Bumblebee project, which notes that “Many recent notebooks with a discrete nVidia card in it and an i3/i5/i7 processor use the nVidia Optimus technology to improve battery life. Unfortunately, this software solution is only available in Windows 7 and later.The Bumblebee Project is a set of tools developed by people aiming to provide Optimus support under Linux (legacy nVidia hybrid graphics is supported too) while waiting for kernel and drivers to support these notebooks.”Even Linus Torvalds let loose on his frustration bordering on disgust earlier this year at an entrepreneur session in Finland. He was asked why NVIDIA did not offer support for its GPU under Linux. Torvalds responded that NVIDIA was a thorn and that he thought it very sad that NVIDIA was being difficult about it. But back to some good news. The latest word is that NVIDIA is working to achieve Linux compatibility with its Optimus graphics switching technology. In a recent e-mail sent to a developer listserv, NVIDIA software engineer Aaron Plattner expressed remarks that indicate NVIDIA is working on Linux support. Plattner in the e-mail said that he has created a working proof of concept driver.Reader comments to news sites reporting the NVIDIA engineer’s e-mail have been favorable, in fact happy. Compatibility moves will benefit NVIDIA audiences as well as fans of Linux. Hopes are that the two will work things out. Certainly among the hopefuls are those who use their laptops for gaming and need better battery life. Running Linux on Optimus-equipped laptops, for many, will be ideal. More information: bumblebee-project.org/ (Phys.org)—Good news: NVIDIA has a technology called Optimus which since its 2010 launch is regarded as a great extender for notebook, netbook, and ultrabooks. Some NVIDIA fans think favorably of Optimus as “awesome” in the way it can tap into the discrete GPU when needed to conserve power. They like the way battery life is preserved as GPU power is switched off when not needed and switched on when needed again. As the company explains, NVIDIA Optimus technology automatically and instantaneously uses the high performance NVIDIA GPU for GPU-Compute applications, video, and 3-D games; and low power integrated graphics for applications such as web surfing or email. The Optimus approach in “dynamic” switching based on application needs is notable and according to reports a growing number of laptops from the commercial majors are equipped with Optimus. Citation: NVIDIA takes one step closer to Linux support (2012, September 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-nvidia-closer-linux.html NVIDIA Introduces New Integrated GeForce 9400M GPU
China Arrests Australian Writer On Espionage Charges by NPR News Scott Neuman 8.27.19 1:54am A Chinese-born Australian writer detained for months in China has been formally arrested on charges of espionage, officials in Canberra confirmed on Tuesday.Yang Hengjun, a former Chinese diplomat who reportedly became an Australian citizen in 2002 but retains a Chinese passport, has also lived and worked in the United States.He is the author of three spy novels set in China, according to Reuters. In the past, he has written voluminously on his blog about the rule of law, democracy and human rights, according to news.com.au. However, according to Reuters, in recent years, he has stayed away from sensitive topics and concentrated instead on running an import-export business.Yang was first detained seven months ago in China’s southern province of Guangzhou after arriving there from New York en route to Beijing, according to the news agency. Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne says Yang has been held under “harsh conditions” and that Canberra has “serious concerns” for his welfare.”There is no basis for any allegation Dr. Yang was spying for the Australian government,” Payne said of Yang, who has a Ph.D. from the University of Technology in Sydney.She said she was “very concerned and disappointed” and would “advocate strongly” for his release.Rob Stary, an Australia-based attorney for Yang, said the Chinese government has given no details on the charge of espionage.A China-based lawyer for Yang, Shang Baojun, was quoted by The Sydney Morning Herald as saying there would be an investigation for “at least two months” and “if they find him guilty, the case will be handed over to prosecutors.”According to the Herald, those close to Yang believe his academic work and pro-democracy activism may be the reason for his arrest.Yang’s wife, Yian Xiaoling, a Chinese citizen who is also reportedly a permanent resident of Australia, was prevented from leaving China and questioned by Chinese authorities, The Guardian reported. Payne said she had spoken to Chinese officials twice and had written to him on multiple occasions in the past several months.”It is important, and we expect, that basic standards of justice and procedural fairness are met. I respectfully reiterate my previous requests that if Dr. Yang is being held for his political beliefs, he should be released,” she said.Yang faces more than 10 years in prison if found guilty.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major Staffordshire road is closed following an accident this evening – as police urge motorists in the county to take extra care due to heavy rain. The A518 Weston Road is currently shut near the County Showground in Stafford following the collision tonight (Friday December 21). A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said: “The A518 at the junction of Within Lane is currently closed in both directions whilst we deal with a collision. Please find an alternative route where possible.” One lane was also closed on the M6 Southbound due to an accident involving a car and a lorry on between J15 A500 Queensway (Stoke-on-Trent) and J14 A34 (Stafford North). Lane one (of three) was closed, according to traffic data company Inrix, which added traffic is coping well on the motorway. Highways England confirmed that accident had cleared by around 11.40pm. Read MoreRobber snatches cash in charity shop raid Police and firefighters were also called to an accident on Barber Road in Chell in Stoke-on-Trent earlier this evening, though they are now understood to have left the scene. Staffordshire Police earlier urged motorists to take extra care on the roads due to heavy rainfall resulting in standing water. The spokeswoman added: “Please take care if you are driving home for Christmas this weekend within Staffordshire, persistent rain has caused surface water on roads in some areas.” The latest Met Office weather forecast for the region states: “A band of squally rain will move quickly eastwards this evening, heavy at times, and perhaps accompanied by some gusty winds for a time. This will be followed by drier and clearer spells overnight, with perhaps the odd shower. Minimum temperature 6 °C. “On Saturday early showers will fade to leave a fine day, with sunny spells for many. Breezy, but it will be mild for the time of year. Cloud and rain arriving overnight.” A Central Motorway Police Group spokesman said: “Very, very heavy rain on the network tonight. Please reduce your speed, avoid standing water and drive to the conditions.” Read MoreFive boys arrested on suspicion of robbery Further afield tonight Staffordshire Police say Watling Street in the Wilnecote area of Tamworth is closed while they deal with an unspecified ‘incident’. At around 11.50pm, a spokeswoman said: “Watling Street in Tamworth in Staffordshire is currently closed in both directions between the junctions of A4091 Tamworth Road and the A51 Dosthill Road whilst officers deal with an incident . “Please find an alternative route where possible.” The incident is being reported to be a serious road traffic collision. Elsewhere one lane is shut due to flooding on the M5. A Highways England spokesman said: “Due to torrential rain, there is flooding in Lane 1 of 3 on the M5 southbound between J2 Oldbury and J3 Halesowen. Traffic Officers on scene making every effort to clear. “Please take care on approach after the roadworks area.” The Environment Agency currently have 30 flood alerts in force across England, but none of these are in either Staffordshire or Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .
RelatedBA confirms T4 to T5 long-haul transfer delayBA flyers may benefit from the delay as it gives the airline breathing space to restructure more gradually.BA confirms date for T5 moveBritish Airways has revealed that the first phase of moving international flights to the new Terminal 5BA customers must comply with ESTA scheme from next weekBritish Airways announced that customers flying to the US must ensure they are familiar with new customs regulations British Airways has launched a new advertising campaign which will highlight the airline’s operations at Heathrow.The T5 is Working campaign will feature live-action adverts showing how airline staff operate to ensure flights are on time and passengers travel safely through the terminal.Each clip will be filmed 24-hours in advance and then shown online and on outdoor digital advertising displays. Radio clips will also be recorded.British Airways hopes to give customers an “accurate portrayal” of its performance at Terminal 5 after a turbulent start earlier this year.”The aim of the campaign is to communicate to the travelling public in an open and factual way that Terminal 5 is now working well,” said BA’s general manager for marketing communications Katherine Whitton.”The campaign will show that Terminal 5 is a fantastic building that provides a high-quality travel experience and will encourage travellers to try it for themselves.”Meanwhile, BA’s subsidiary OpenSkies has announced new flights from Amsterdam to New York.The route will start in October and complement the airline’s existing flights to Paris from New York. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
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