Altarbound Meghan Markle to leave TV show with a wedding

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook NEW YORK (AP) — Real life will imitate art this spring at the USA series “Suits” when series regular Meghan Markle bids farewell to the legal drama in a wedding — and then goes off to marry her prince in real life.Show creator and show runner Aaron Korsh has written an on-screen wedding for Markle’s paralegal-turned-lawyer Rachel Zane, who will finally exchange vows during the April 25 season seven finale with her longtime love Mike Ross, played by Patrick Adams. The two have been lovebirds for years and had one previous wedding date collapse.Both actors will then exit the show, which starts filming season eight this month. The wedding will be a sort of dress rehearsal for Markle’s real one to Prince Harry at Britain’s Windsor Castle on May 19. “I think we had to do this,” said Korsch. “It’s something that we owed and had to do. Obviously, I’m so happy for Meghan in her personal life and that it landed sort of similarly. It just happens.”Korsh said he was thankfully given enough warning that Markle’s real-life romance might trigger changes in her character’s plotline and he didn’t have to scramble to undo anything.“When you start a show, they definitely don’t tell you to anticipate that one of your actors is going to marry a prince. That’s just not in the handbook,” he said. “But a lot of time, these things kind of force you to open up the box and get creative and invite new characters into your world and explore them.”One new character who joins in season eight will be Katherine Heigl, a veteran of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “State of Affairs.” She’ll star alongside regulars Rick Hoffman, Gabriel Macht and Sarah Rafferty. Dule Hill will also become a series regular. There’s also a “Suits” spinoff planned starring Gina Torres, a former series regular.Macht, who plays Harvey Specter on the show, has already texted and emailed Heigl to welcome her. “I think she’s going to fuel a lot of fire for a lot of the characters in the show and there’s going to be a lot of conflict going on,” he said.Macht said it was a bittersweet time for the show with the arrival of a film star to the cast but also the loss of Markle and Adams, two actors from the core ensemble.“Their intelligence and their humor and just the weight that they bring onto set will be sorely missed. It’ll be a new space. It’ll be a new rhythm that we’ll all have to find,” he said. “That brings opportunity for us but it also brings a sense of loss.”Korsh said at least he could give the long-engaged couple a happily-ever-after “in a climactic way, which is very satisfying.”“The good thing is if they didn’t ride off into the sunset together, we would have to break them up and we didn’t want to do that,” he said. “That was one fortuitous thing that happened with them both leaving at the same time: We got to give them a happy ending.”___Mark Kennedy | Associated Press LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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US Treasury takes first steps to avoid exceeding debt limit

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department is taking the first steps to keep the government from exceeding the $22 trillion debt limit which goes back into effect on Saturday, setting off what will likely be months of battle in Congress on finding ways to avoid an unprecedented default on the national debt.Treasury said that it began on Friday suspending sales of a special type of Treasury security that is used by state and local governments to help manage their bond holdings.In a letter to congressional leaders, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said last week that the government would start with this sales suspension as a way to clear space to keep the government from exceeding the limit while Congress debates raising the limit.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

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Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Georgia

Voicing concern about fresh tensions in the long-running dispute between Georgian authorities and Abkhaz separatists, the Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) by another six months.Council members, voting unanimously, also called on Secretary-General Kofi Annan to explore with both sides how they can build confidence, improve security and reduce tensions in the upper Kodori Valley and the districts of Gali and Zugdidi.The conflict in Abkhazia began with a series of armed confrontations in mid-1992 that eventually forced nearly 300,000 people to flee their homes. Tensions rose again after an operation by Georgian special forces in the upper Kodori Valley in July this year.The resolution, which extends UNOMIG’s mandate until 15 April next year, reiterates its earlier call on Georgia to “address seriously legitimate Abkhaz security concerns” and avoid militant rhetoric or provocative actions.It also urges the Abkhaz leadership to tackle “the need for a dignified return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees” and to publicly reassure locals, especially in the Gali district, that their rights of residency and identity will be respected.Stressing the importance of compliance with all relevant agreements, the resolution calls on the Georgian and Abkhaz leadership “to follow up on their expressed readiness for a meeting of their highest authorities without preconditions.”UNOMIG was set up in August 1993 and, as of last month, has 121 military observers and 12 civilian police officers in place, as well as nearly 300 civilian staff members. read more

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Correction Holiday Sales story

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This Nov. 28, 2013 shows sale signs at a Target Store in Colma, Calif. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jeff Chiu Correction: Holiday Sales story by The Associated Press Posted Jan 14, 2014 7:48 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – In a story Jan. 14 about holiday sales, The Associated Press reported erroneously the full name of a yoga-inspired clothing company. It’s Lululemon Athletica, not Lululemon Athleta.A corrected version of the story is below:Holiday sales rise on discounts, online shoppingRetail trade group: Holiday sales up 3.8 pct on discounting, online shoppingBy ANNE D’INNOCENZIO and JOSH BOAKAP Business WritersHoliday shoppers were more than willing to spend during the holiday season, if they saw big discounts or were shopping online.Sales rose 3.8 per cent from last year for November and December combined, according to the National Retail Federation’s analysis of federal figures. That was a healthy gain in a season that kept merchants worried right up until Christmas as people held off on spending.That caution and increased online shopping made the holiday less festive at the mall. Shoppers stayed away from many traditional destinations like department stores and electronics stores.The sales increase came in just shy of the trade group’s forecast of a 3.9 per cent gain. It was better than the 3.5 per cent increase in 2012 and the 3.3 per cent average for the past 10 years.“It was a knock-down, drag-out battle between retailers to see who could discount the most to generate the most traffic,” said Ken Perkins, president of Retail Metrics LLC, a research firm.For retailers, those discounts came straight out of their profits. Many have cut their forecasts for the fourth quarter, and profits are expected to be the weakest since second quarter of 2009, when the economy was coming out of the Great Recession.Perkins estimates that fourth-quarter profits will fall 0.7 per cent from last year, the first decline since a 6.7 per cent drop seen during the second quarter of 2009, according to his tally of 120 retailers.January is already off to a slow start. Some stores like Express Inc. and Lululemon Athletica have said weak January sales are compounding their holiday-season woes. Express said it plans to continue heavy sales promotions, which it expects to last through the month.“The consumer is fatigued and taking a break,” Perkins said.Retailers’ fiscal year typically ends in late January or early February to include the pre-Christmas and post-Christmas seasons. A lot is at stake. November and December account for 20 per cent of the retail industry’s annual sales, on average.Jack Kleinhenz, economist at the National Retail Federation, agrees that the holiday season was challenging.“It ended on a solid pace, but it was tempered by consumers’ selectivity and preference to discounts,” he said.The National Retail Federation’s figures include online sales but exclude sales at automotive dealers, gas stations and restaurantsThey’re extrapolated from Commerce Department retail sales figures, which were also released Tuesday.That report showed retail sales rose 0.2 per cent in December compared with November. That followed strong gains in October and November, helped by healthy auto sales.According to the National Retail Federation’s analysis of holiday business, sales rose 3 per cent in November and 4.6 per cent in December from a year earlier.The results highlight how Americans’ shopping habits are changing, posing challenges for retailers in 2014.Over the past few months, people have been buying cars and appliances, as they take advantage of lower interest rates and replace worn-out models. That has left less room to buy more discretionary items. In a stronger economy, people could do both.Another issue for traditional retailers: shoppers’ continuing shift to online shopping.David Haskins, 32, of Greenville, N.C. did almost all his buying online this holiday, up from about half last year. He avoided department stores and bought a camera at Best Buy only because it matched an online price that was $200 cheaper.Most of his shopping was done at Amazon.com, where he joined as a Prime member to get free shipping.“When you are looking for something you need, you can just lay in bed and pull up a phone app,” Haskins said. But he said he doesn’t spend willy-nilly.“I do a lot of research. I know exactly what I want before I make a purchase.”Haskins’ shopping habits played out in the December figures.Excluding spending on autos, gas and building supplies, retail sales rose a solid 0.7 per cent in December from November. But the report shows less spending at traditional holiday outlets. Online sales grew 1.4 per cent in December compared with the previous month and 14 per cent from last year.But furniture and electronic purchases fell last month. And sales at department stores fell 0.7 per cent in December from November — and 3.3 per cent for the full year.For all of 2013, total retail sales rose 4.2 per cent, the weakest gain in four years.___AP Economics Writer Josh Boak contributed to this report from Washington.___Follow Anne D’Innocenzio at http://www.Twitter.com/adinnocenzio read more

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WHS Humanitarian summit has set new course says Ban calling for action

“The World Humanitarian Summit has been a unique event, in form as well as substance,” Mr. Ban said in Istanbul, Turkey, speaking to reporters on the second and last day of the Summit, dedicated to improving the humanitarian system and alleviating the suffering of millions.“We have the wealth, knowledge and awareness to take better care of one another. But we need action, based on the five core responsibilities of the Agenda for Humanity,” he stressed, referring to the principles that guided the hundreds of events organized at the two-day conference. In total, the Summit brought together 173 Member States, 55 Heads of State and Governments, some 350 private sector representatives, and over 2000 people from civil society and non-governmental organizations. Together, some 1,500 commitments were made, including: The Education Cannot Wait fund to help provide quality education to children and youth in crises. A Grand Bargain that will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of investment in emergency response The Global Preparedness Partnership to better prepare twenty of the countries that are most at risk of crisisThe One Billion Coalition for Resilience which aims to mobilize a billion people to build safer and more stable communities worldwide Yet, the Secretary-General also expressed disappointment that some world leaders could not be in Istanbul, especially from the G7 countries, except Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the closing of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul,Turkey. Photo: UNOCHA “They are some of the most generous donors of funding for humanitarian action, but I urge their greater engagement, particularly in the search for political solutions,” he stressed, noting that “aligning the interests of such a diverse constellation of actors is inherently challenging.” The UN chief said divisions between the members of the Security Council have prevented progress in recent years, not only on critical issues of war and peace, but on humanitarian affairs. “That is why I make a special appeal to leaders of the nations that are permanent Members of that Council to take important steps at the highest level. Their absence from this meeting does not provide an excuse for inaction,” he said. Speaking at the closing ceremony with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Mr. Ban further highlighted that the Summit is not an end point, but a turning point. Closing plenary and ceremony of the World Humanitarian Summit. Credit: United Nations“In September, I will report to the United Nations General Assembly on the Summit’s achievements,” he noted. “I will propose ways to take our commitments forward through intergovernmental processes, inter-agency forums and other mechanisms.” @media only screen and (min-width: 760px), screen9 {#PhotoHolder3 #PhotoCrop { max-height: 770px; /* sets max-height value for all standards-compliant browsers */ width: 134%; margin-left:-161px; margin-top: -190px;}#story-headline{ font-size: 4.0em; line-height: 1.2em; color:#ff6633; position: relative; top: 30px; text-shadow: 10px 10px 10px rgba(0,0,0,0.8);}}#sidebar {display:none;} div#story-content .span8 {width:100% !important} #fullstory p { font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.8em;}blockquote { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.5em; font-style:italic;} read more

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Violent crime on rail network up 75 per cent as train operators

But assaults without injury – which include incidents such as pushing, grabbing and even spitting – have rocketed by a staggering 95 per cent over the same period, with more than 6,700 offences reported over the previous 12 months. Serious assaults, in which victims were injured, have increased by almost 30 per cent since 2012-13, peaking at 2,400 last year. Last year there were more than 10,000 assaults reported to British Transport Police (BTP), one for every mile of railway across the UK. Senior BTP officers… Violent crimeon the rail network has soared by 75 per cent over the past five years with experts claiming a lack of ticket barriers at stations is helping to fuel lawlessness on trains.

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Komatsu offers KOMTRAX remote monitoring app for smartphones

first_imgKomatsu has combined its KOMTRAX remote machine monitoring system with the power of the latest smartphone technology, releasing a KOMTRAX app for Apple’s iOS iPhones. Available free of charge through the Komatsu Australia website, the new app gives instant access to vital information on every KOMTRAX-equipped Komatsu machine in a user’s fleet.“Our new KOMTRAX app gives Komatsu customers the ability to monitor critical machine operating parameters, along with usage, performance and location, as well as overall fleet management,” said Todd Connolly, Komatsu Australia’s Head of Fleet Management & ICT. “By providing customers with valuable information regarding their Komatsu machines, it helps get a quick overview of what machines in their fleet have been up to – all via their iPhone.Features of the KOMTRAX app include identification of each machine’s location – including driving directions based on the phone’s location; hours of use for all KOMTRAX-equipped machines; identification of idle time (dependent on machine type/model); monitoring machine fuel consumption (dependent on machine type/model); overviews of any cautions triggered on machines, including when they occurred; checking of any significant movements of machines; identification of any machines that have lost communication; and identifying any machines that have not been used, through a “no usage” feature.“All these features can be customised so users can view set time periods, from one day up to a month,” said Connolly. “In addition, a fleet can be filtered by model, customer management number or serial number. Komatsu’s KOMTRAX remote monitoring system was one of the first OEM-specific systems on the market, and has proven itself an invaluable tool in fleet and machine management. It has become an important contributor in driving down owning and operating costs of Komatsu equipment, letting us work with our customers to ensure machines are maintained and operated to achieve optimum performance, reliability and uptime.”He adds: “By combining KOMTRAX with the latest smartphone technology, customers are now able to monitor, check and manage their Komatsu equipment at any time of the day or night, from anywhere in the world.”last_img read more

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Police investigate reports of screaming from house find pigs having sex

first_imgA REAL LIFE example of the phrase “happy as a pig in sh**e”?When police responded to reports of screaming coming from a home in the US state of Maine, they feared they would find a victim of domestic violence.Instead, they found a male pig who was just about to get lucky with some lady pigs.The police say a woman called last week after hearing what she believed to be a fight coming from a neighbour’s home – she said she heard screaming, and thought there was a domestic assault.When the police arrived at the house, the homeowner, who raises pigs, explained the situation.The screaming was coming from an overjoyed male pig that had been placed in a pen with five sows in heat.Police say there was no assault and no disturbance “other than the screaming male pig.”Bad news, toilet fishing is no longer allowed at the Sochi Olympics>Gardaí found a dog at the wheel of a squad car*>last_img read more

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Airport denies reports of emergency on Ryanair flight from Cork

first_imgThere were reports in local media and on Twitter this evening of an emergency on board flight FR1769. EAST MIDLANDS AIRPORT has denied reports this evening of an emergency in connection with a Ryanair flight from Cork.According to details on the Ryanair site, the flight landed safely at East Midlands shortly after 10pm today, but was delayed due to an ‘air traffic control’ delay: BREAKING EMERGENCY We have confirmation B737 Ryanair flight #FR1769 safely landed at East Midlands airport. It could be a medical issue.— AIRLIVE (@airlivenet) July 30, 2014 Source: AirLiveNet/Twitter However, when contacted by TheJournal.ie, East Midlands Airport said there had been no emergency incident at the airport this evening, “involving Ryanair or otherwise”.Update 11:36am, Thursday, 31 July 2014:Ryanair has confirmed that a customer was taken ill on the flight:A customer onboard this flight from Cork to East Midlands last night (30 July) became ill. The crew informed ATC and requested to be met by an ambulance. The aircraft landed normally and the customer was met by medical staff, but did not require treatment. There was no emergency on this flight.last_img read more

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Chinese company Shanda is building a Firefox OS smartwatch

first_imgChinese gadget manufacturer Shanda is reportedly working on a smartwatch — something along the lines of the Pebble or the oft-rumored Apple iWatch. Shanda’s offering will be a little different, however. There’s a chance that the company will produce two variants, one of which will run Firefox OS.The other Bambook model will run Android, as Sony’s smartwatch does (and Samsung’s presumably will). But with one of China’s other big mobile electronics manufacturers — ZTE — getting pretty gung-ho about Firefox OS devices, it makes sense to gamble on a companion device. China is the world’s largest mobile market, and there’s plenty of room for both Android and Firefox OS.For Shanda, that also means there’s no reason not to give Firefox OS a shot on the Bambook watch — especially since the company should be able to produce a single smartwatch that just runs two different sets of firmware.Like the Pebble, it’s thought that the Bambook watch will feature an E Ink display. The renders above show it in full color, and that might be a possibility. Shanda has previously built e-readers using Mirasol’s full-color, daylight-readable displays. Couple an efficient display with an equally efficient OS — Firefox OS doesn’t demand much in terms of hardware — and the company may have a winning formula for a smartwatch on its hands. Even if it has an OLED display on board, the Bambook should be able to handle a couple days of heavy use.Shanda’s watch should be up for sale in June, and it’ll sell for just over $100. It seems likely that particular date is reserved for the Android watch as Firefox OS won’t be finalized by then. It’s possible, of course, that Shanda is going to roll its own software based on Mozilla’s open code. It wouldn’t be the craziest thing a Chinese gadget maker ever did.last_img read more

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Rest easy Rude Boy Tributes as The Beat frontman Ranking Roger dies

first_img TRIBUTES HAVE BEEN paid to the Beat and General Public vocalist Roger Charlery who has died aged 56. Ranking Roger, Charlery’s stage name, was best-known for pioneering the two-tone music genre. Fusing ska, reggae, punk, pop and new wave, the Beat were formed in Birmingham in 1978. The group had a number of top 10 hits in the UK, most famously Mirror in the Bathroom. Following the band’s split in 1983, Charlery formed General Public. Charlery died yesterday at his home surrounded by family members. He had been diagnosed with two brain tumours and lung cancer, it was revealed in January. A statement on the Beat’s website said: “He fought & fought & fought, Roger was a fighter. Sadly Roger passed away a few hours ago peacefully at his home surrounded by family.“Roger’s family would like to thank everyone for their constant support during this tough time. More to follow in the coming days. RIP ROGER!”Band UB40 posted a picture of Charlery on Twitter in tribute to the late singer while the band’s touring vocalist Matt Hoy posted a tribute on Instagram saying: “Rest in Peace Ranking Roger, such sad news!! Lovely guy… Way to young!! Condolences to his family.”Very sorry to hear that Ranking Roger has passed away. Rest easy, Rude Boy https://t.co/dQXifw7J9c— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) March 26, 2019Singer Billy Bragg tweeted: “Very sorry to hear that Ranking Roger has passed away. Rest easy, Rude Boy” while former Specials singer Neville Staple said on Twitter that he was “devastated to lose Roger, my Special Beat partner.” By Cónal Thomas 17,111 Views Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4562762 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 27th 2019, 8:43 AM Share384 Tweet Email2 center_img Ranking Roger Charlery Image: thebeatofficial.com Wednesday 27 Mar 2019, 8:43 AM Ranking Roger Charlery ‘Rest easy, Rude Boy’: Tributes as The Beat frontman Ranking Roger dies aged 56 Roger Charlery was best-known for pioneering the two-tone musical genre in the UK. 4 Comments Image: thebeatofficial.comlast_img read more

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Samsung porte une fois de plus plainte contre Apple

first_imgSamsung porte une fois de plus plainte contre AppleLe groupe sud-coréen Samsung Electronics vient de porter plainte contre Apple pour l’empêcher d’importer aux Etats-Unis plusieurs de ses produits fabriqués à l’étranger.C’est auprès de la Commission du commerce international des Etats-Unis (ITC) que Samsung a déposé une énième plainte contre Apple. Le géant asiatique demande également l’interdiction des importations d’iPod, iPad et iPhone sur le marché américain, a indiqué un porte-parole de Samsung. En effet, le groupe sud-coréen accuse Apple d’avoir violé cinq de ses brevets liés aux technologies sans fil.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Dans la plainte, Samsung demande “un ordre d’exclusion permanente interdisant l’entrée aux Etats-Unis de tous les produits Apple qui violent ces brevets”, indique un communiqué rapporté par l’AFP. Il s’agit du dernier rebondissement en date qui oppose les deux groupes. En effet, depuis avril, les plaintes fusent de part et d’autre, notamment en ce qui concerne les smartphones iPhone et Galaxy S. L’un comme l’autre accuse le rival de violer ses brevets.Apple a porté plainte à San Francisco quand Samsung a entamé une action en justice à Séoul, Tokyo et Mannheim, en Allemagne. La semaine dernière, la firme à la pomme a déposé une nouvelle plainte, à Séoul cette fois, demandant l’interdiction des ventes des derniers produits de Samsung, l’accusant de copier son smartphone et sa tablette tactile.Ironie du sort, en 2010, Apple était le deuxième plus grand client de Samsung (derrière Sony) en terme de composants électroniques, représentant 4% du chiffre d’affaires annuel du sud-coréen.Le 30 juin 2011 à 13:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Washougal teachers vote down contract

first_imgWashougal teachers will return to their classrooms Thursday without a new contract, after a ratification vote on a new pact failed.To ratify the new labor contract, 60 percent of the nearly 200 members of the Washougal Association of Educators would have had to approve it. But the vote, taken Wednesday morning, fell short. “Our members are concerned over the same issues,” said Frank Zahn, association president. “Those issues are respect, compensation issues and concerns over classroom issues, such as combination classes,” in which two grades of classes are grouped in the same classroom.Zahn said a “substantial majority” of members voted. “It came really close (to passing),” he said, while declining to give exact vote totals. The association has another meeting scheduled for the second week of school to hear from members, and plans to schedule another negotiating session with the Washougal School District.last_img read more

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Milan aims to return to Champions League

first_imgAccording to the AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso, the only objective the team has is to return to the biggest club tournament in the worldAC Milan wants to return to the world’s biggest and most important club competition: the UEFA Champions League.And for manager Gennaro Gattuso, what’s important is that the team returns to that stage.“I’m thinking about tomorrow’s game. Inter are strong and are showing that in the Champions League as well,” Gattuso told Reuters.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Being attached to them is an extra incentive but finishing ahead of them isn’t an objective.”“I’m only thinking about improving my players and finishing in the Champions League places,” he added.“It’s not a coincidence that Torino has such a strong away record.”“They have the physicality and technical quality, are always well-organized by a prepared coach [Walter Mazzarri]. It’s going to be very tough for us,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Veteran gave sleeping bags to the homeless

first_imgVeteran gave sleeping bags to the homeless Jonathan Halvorson, November 19, 2018 Jonathan Halvorson 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An 89-year-old Korean War veteran hit the streets to give sleeping bags to the homeless. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: November 19, 2018last_img read more

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Hazel Keech undergoes nose surgery courtesy Yuvraj Singhs annoyed mother

first_imgYuvraj Singh with mother Shabnam and wife Hazel KeechVarinder ChawlaActress and Bigg Boss star Hazel Keech, who is married to cricketer Yuvraj Singh, recently underwent a nose surgery for a breathing problem. It was Yuvraj Singh’s mother who forced her to get it taken care of, for which, Hazel Keech has thanked her mother-in-law on Instagram.Hazel took to Instagram to reveal the details. She wrote, “I’ve not posted in a while so i thought i would fill you in on where Ive been hiding (those of you who were wondering)…A month ago i had a surgery to fix my nose- for as long as i can remember ive struggled to breath through my nose, although not a serious health issue, a chronic one that i just learnt to live with…Lucky enough for me it annoyed my mother-in-law so much that she finally took me to a hospital, because of which we came to know just how much internal damage there was and understood the problem!So thanks to her i have a new nose(internally) and for the first time in my life i can now breath freely and easily. Due to the surgery i’ve not been active or able to exercise yet, so I’ve put on some weight hence staying away from social media!But fuck it, here i am, better than ever, breathing happily, all thanks to my mother in law who’s receiving blessings from me everyday because finally, finally I CAN BREATHE!!!!It goes to show you, you never know what can lead to where, the things we live with and consider “normal” and sometimes it takes annoying someone to have the best outcome!!!! Love you Shabo! Happy belated mothers day.” Hazel Keech InstagramWell, we wish and hope for Hazel’s speedy recovery.last_img read more

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James Comey Says FBI Would Be Worse Today If Not For His

first_img Share Elias Williams for NPRFormer FBI Director James Comey’s new book is called A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, And Leadership.In an interview with NPR’s Morning Edition, fired FBI Director James Comey defended his controversial decisions during the 2016 campaign and asserted that the reputation of his agency — which operates under near daily siege from the president and his allies — “would be worse today had we not picked the least bad alternatives.”“I saw this as a 500-year flood, and so where is the manual? What do I do?” he said.Comey responded to a new round of personal attacks from the White House by underscoring how President Trump has made once out-of-bounds behavior seem unremarkable. Trump suggested over the weekend on Twitter that the former FBI director should face jail time.“The president of the United States just said that a private citizen should be jailed,” Comey said. “And I think the reaction of most of us was, ‘Meh, it’s another one of those things.’ This is not normal. This is not OK. There is a danger that we will become numb to it and we will stop noticing the threats to our norms, the threats to the rule of law and the threats, most of all, to the truth.”In his new book, A Higher Loyalty, Comey describes Trump as unfit for the nation’s highest office, but stops short of concluding there’s a strong case against the president for obstructing justice. There’s some evidence of it, though, he said, citing his surprise dismissal in May 2017 after the president asked him to go easy on an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.Current and former law enforcement experts have suggested writing a book and doing a blitz of media appearances could complicate any possible prosecution or impeachment proceeding in the future. But Comey deflected that idea in the NPR interview.He said, “Normally, you don’t want your witnesses out talking if they’re going to have to testify later. … The advantage in my circumstance is that my testimony is locked down. I testified in front of Congress extensively. I wrote memos, I wrote written testimony. And so long as I continue to tell the truth, and don’t start making stuff up that’s inconsistent with that testimony, I don’t see an issue. Again, I don’t know whether there’s going to be a future proceeding where I’ll be needed, but if there is, I think the prosecutors’ll be OK with me.”Comey’s book delivers tough words for the current Justice Department leaders, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Sessions is described as “overwhelmed and overmatched by the job.” And Comey has said that Rosenstein acted “dishonorably” by allegedly helping advance a pretext for Comey’s dismissal last year. Recently, the White House declined to say whether either man had job security.Comey said, “With respect to the deputy attorney general, I think it is very important that he stay because I do think he has conducted himself honorably with respect to his appointment of a special counsel and his assertion of that special counsel’s work to the rule of law. And so I really do think it would be an attack on the rule of law for him to be fired or for the special counsel to be fired.”Comey addressed another recent personnel move — the dismissal of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe only hours before his full law enforcement pension vested. McCabe was let go after an inspector general found he had demonstrated a “lack of candor” to investigators probing FBI contacts with The Wall Street Journal during an investigation into the Clinton Foundation in 2016. Comey expressed confidence in the inspector general, but said the president had “stained” the process.“The problem with this whole situation is the president stained those institutions — the entire Department of Justice and the inspector general — by doing something wildly inappropriate, which is calling for Andy McCabe’s head. … That called into question the entire process, so even if the process was sound, and I’ve no doubt it was sound … there’s corrosive doubt about whether it’s a political fix to get Andy McCabe somehow. And that’s a wound that was inflicted by the president’s actions on the Department of Justice.”Comey also responded to critics who questioned why he included negative personal descriptions about the size of the president’s hands, his elaborate hairstyle and the length of his tie.“I’m not making fun of the president,” Comey said. “I’m trying to be an author, which I’ve never been before in my life. While I’m typing, I can hear my editor’s voice ringing in my head: ‘Bring the reader with you, show them inside your head.’ … And by the way, not that this matters, but I found his hands to be above average in size. I’m not making fun of the man, I’m trying to tell the reader what’s in my head.”While his decisions about the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the probe of Russian interference in the election may have marked an end to his long run in law enforcement, Comey maintained he would not do things much differently if he had a chance. Asked about mistakes, he cited careless language in a speech that infuriated the Polish government and the “thoughtless way” he entered the debate about encryption and the technology industry.As for his future, Comey ruled out a run for political office — an idea his friends have floated, and which he may have teased by posting a photo on social media last year, standing on a road in Iowa.“Never. I will never run for office, not even a close call,” Comey said.Instead, he’ll be teaching at his alma mater, the College of William and Mary, about leadership and ethics.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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PRESS ROOM Public Charge Rule Undermines Human Rights Harms Families and Communities

first_img(December 10, 2018, Washington, DC) –Today, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty joined the close to 190,000 other commenters in submitting a comment opposing the proposed “public charge rule,” that will prevent immigrant families from pursuing permanent legal residency if they or someone in their household legally uses assistance through certain federal programs including housing and nutrition programs.Maria Foscarinis, Executive Director of the Law Center stated, “We are conscious that we file our comment on December 10, International Human Rights Day. Let us be clear: human rights and human needs do not disappear based on immigration status. Everyone needs a safe, secure place to live, nutritious food, and access to adequate health care. Keeping poor families out of housing and denying them food will only force them into deeper poverty and potential homelessness. This hurts them, their children and our communities.”The rule undermines the Administration’s own Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, issued just a few months ago, which calls for an increased focus on preventing homelessness, including by “Improv[ing] access to federally funded housing assistance by eliminating administrative barriers and encouraging targeting and prioritization of affordable housing to … populations that are especially vulnerable to homelessness.”Beyond the direct impact of the rule itself, it will have a chilling effect even for assistance or immigrant subpopulations that are in theory “exempted.” Passing this policy is likely to discourage immigrant families from pursuing benefits that they are still entitled to out of fear of retribution.The rule undermines the Administration’s own Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, issued just a few months ago, which calls for an increased focus on preventing homelessness, including by “Improving access to federally funded housing assistance by eliminating administrative barriers and encouraging targeting and prioritization of affordable housing to … populations that are especially vulnerable to homelessness.” This strategy is based on the research that shows that preventing homelessness costs communities much less than dealing with homelessness once it occurs. Far from saving tax-payer dollars, the proposed rule would in fact cost communities more, while creating worse outcomes for the affected individuals.“We all share the concern that millions of U.S. households struggle to find affordable housing in the ongoing nationwide housing crisis but blaming struggling immigrant families will not fix this problem,” said Eric Tars, Legal Director for the Law Center. “The real issue is the lack of sufficient funding to ensure that every family, regardless of immigration status, has access to one of the most basic of human rights—a safe place to call home.”The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (the Law Center) is the only national organization dedicated solely to using the power of the law to prevent and end homelessness. With the support of a large network of pro bono lawyers, we address the immediate and long-term needs of people who are homeless or at risk through outreach and training, advocacy, impact litigation, and public education.last_img read more

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Nissan is developing an AI to design its cars

first_imgCar designs have continued to morph over the years. We have distinctive lines and shapes from each manufacturer, set basic shapes dependent on the desired type of vehicle (sports, compact, people carrier, etc.), and then we have the demands of the car industry for ever-increasing levels of safety and efficiency.With that in mind, you can see how designing a new car or modifying an existing car can be tough, especially with consumers demanding ever-more features be packed in. So Nissan has an idea: they want to let an artificial intelligence design its cars instead. The idea is not as crazy as it initially sounds. Computers are much better at handling a lot of data and doing so with a very high level of precision beyond the capabilities of any human.So, for example, if a new safety standard appears that involves adding extra strength to a specific area of a vehicle, an AI will have all the dimensions on hand, will know what knock-on effects will happen, and can even intelligently redesign internal areas to make new things fit. And it can do all that probably in a few minutes if not seconds, spitting out a guide to the update when finished. A human designer? Days to achieve the same if I’m being kind.For now, Nissan is in the testing phase of using an AI as designer. They are going beyond just solving problems, though. Their prototype AI can recognize images and attempts to design cars based on them. It has already managed to create a design for a car not seen before, which is by no means perfect, but a strong start nonetheless.If the research continues to progress, we could one day see Nissan asking an AI designer to come up with designs for new editions of existing vehicle lines, or even brand new cars. And it would do that taking into account new safety specs, aerodynamics for fuel efficiency, regional variations for worldwide sales, and what the robots building the cars in a factory are capable of. Again, processes that would take a team of human designers days or weeks, but which an AI can do in the blink of an eye.Nissan already has a range of concept vehicle designs. Take a look at them as they may be some of the last humans have a hand in creating.last_img read more

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Scientist finds medium sized Kuiper belt object less dense than water

first_img The Kuiper Belt at 20 (Phys.org) —Michael Brown, a planetary scientist with California Institute of Technology, has found a medium sized object in the Kuiper belt (dubbed 2002 UX25) that doesn’t appear to conform to theories of how such objects came to exist. In his paper to be published in Astrophysical Journal Letters, Brown notes that the mid-sized object appears to be less dense than it should be if it followed conventional thinking that suggests the larger the objects are in the belt, the more dense they should get. © 2013 Phys.org Journal information: Astrophysical Journal Letters The Kuiper belt, is of course, a group of rock-like objects (comets, dwarf planets, etc.) orbiting the sun that lie farther out than Neptune. Such Kuiper belt objects (KBOs) are believed to have formed in ways similar to the way planets did, i.e. due to accretion of material over time. Conventional theory suggests that small KBOs are less dense than water because of their porous nature—large KBOs grew more dense as they grew larger due to gravity causing them to compact. If the theory is correct medium size KBOs should have medium density. But this new KBO that Brown has found doesn’t conform to the theory at all, instead, its density is roughly the same as smaller KBOs, suggesting that it’s not size that determines KBO density, but something else. And right now, Brown notes, nobody knows what that something else might be.2002 UX25 has a diameter of roughly 650 kilometers, putting it squarely in the mid-size KBO category, and it, like other KBOs, is believed to exist in very nearly the same state it’s held since the formation of the solar system. It’s in studying such objects that scientists learn more about how everything in our solar system came to be the way it is. Until now, most scientists agreed that KBOs of a size smaller than 350 kilometers across had a density less than that of water, whereas bigger ones had a greater density. That theory might have to be changed however as 2002 UX25 is the first medium sized KBO to have its density measured and it clearly doesn’t conform.The discovery of 2002 UX25’s density properties has already led to new theories, Brown notes, with some suggesting that scientists have been wrong to assume that KBOs and the planets formed at the same time. Instead, they suggest, that it’s possible that KBOs came first and afterwards as the planets were forming, eddies formed causing KBOs to knock into one another breaking them into different sized pieces. Citation: Scientist finds medium sized Kuiper belt object less dense than water (2013, November 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-scientist-medium-sized-kuiper-belt.htmlcenter_img 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. More information: The density of mid-sized Kuiper belt object 2002 UX25 and the formation of the dwarf planets, arXiv:1311.0553 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1311.0553AbstractThe formation of the largest objects in the Kuiper belt, with measured densities of ~1.5 g cm-3 and higher, from the coagulation of small bodies, with measured densities below 1 g cm-3 is difficult to explain without invoking significant porosity in the smallest objects. If such porosity does occur, measured densities should begin to increase at the size at which significant porosity is no longer supported. Among the asteroids, this transition occurs for diameters larger than ~350 km. In the Kuiper belt, no density measurements have been made between ~350 km and ~850 km, the diameter range where porosities might first begin to drop. Objects in this range could provide key tests of the rock fraction of small Kuiper belt objects. Here we report the orbital characterization, mass, and density determination of the 2002 UX25 system in the Kuiper belt. For this object, with a diameter of ~650 km, we find a density of 0.82+/-0.11 g cm-3, making it the largest solid known object in the solar system with a measured density below that of pure water ice. We argue that the porosity of this object is unlikely to be above ~20%, suggesting a low rock fraction. If the currently measured densities of Kuiper belt objects are a fair representation of the sample as a whole, creating ~1000 km and larger Kuiper belt objects with rock mass fractions of 70% and higher from coagulation of small objects with rock fractions as low as those inferred from 2002 UX25 is difficult. Explore further Observations of the 2002 UX25 system with HST/HRC and Keck LGS-AO/NIRC2. The northward orientation arrow is 0.25 arcseconds long, for scale. In the first column, we show the image of both 2002 UX25 and its satellite. Credit: arXiv:1311.0553 [astro-ph.EP]last_img read more

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