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The Latest Prosecutor says Avenatti case shows greed

LOS ANGELES — The Latest on the arrest of attorney Michael Avenatti (all times local):11:40 a.m.U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna in Los Angeles says lawyer Michael Avenatti could face up to 50 years in prison if convicted on wire and bank fraud charges.The critic of President Donald Trump and private attorney who formerly represented porn star Stormy Daniels was arrested Monday in New York on federal charges there and in California.Hanna says the case filed in Los Angeles on Friday and unsealed Monday paints “an ugly picture of lawless conduct and greed.”Hanna says the case had nothing to do with politics and the facts speak for themselves. He says the Mueller report had nothing to with the timing of the announcement.The case alleges in part that Avenatti collected a $1.6 million settlement for a client and used it for his own interests.___10:25 a.m.U.S. prosecutors have charged Trump critic and attorney Michael Avenatti with extortion and bank and wire fraud.A spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles said Avenatti was arrested Monday in New York.Spokesman Ciaran McEvoy says the lawyer best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump faces federal charges in New York and California.In New York, he was accused of threatening to use his ability to get publicity to harm Nike. Prosecutors say he demanded that the apparel company give him $10 million.Prosecutors in California planned to release more details at a news conference later Monday.Avenatti represented Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, in a lawsuit to break a confidentiality agreement to speak about her alleged affair with Trump.The Associated Press read more

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Alaska considering early close for telephone internet fund

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska regulators are considering whether the state should continue replenishing a rural telephone and internet service fund or shut it down.The Anchorage Daily News reported Thursday that the Alaska Universal Service Fund is losing money and has already been scheduled for closure in 2023.A Regulatory Commission of Alaska meeting Wednesday included discussion of possible early closure.The fund was established in 1998 to distribute fees levied on phone service to companies across the state.The fund is expected to collect about $1.25 million per month, but this year has paid out almost $2 million monthly.Officials say the fund could reduce payouts through regulation, but they suspect reductions in corporate fee payments are possible.Officials say that without changes, the fund could run dry by November.___Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.comThe Associated Press read more

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UN forecasts 100ton drop in worldwide cocaine production

“For the first time in over a decade aggregate coca cultivation in the Andean region, the main producer in the world, declined to 173,000 hectares,” the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Antonio Maria Costa, told the press in Brussels today. “This decline will subtract over 100 tons of cocaine from world markets.”The results of a survey conducted by UNODC in collaboration with the Government of Colombia show that as of 31 December, 102,000 hectares of coca were cultivated, compared to 144,807 hectares the year before. However, Mr. Costa said, this significant progress would bring about new challenges of alternative crop promotion.First, Colombia’s crop reduction needs to be matched by alternative development programs to provide farmers with licit incomes,” Mr. Costa added. “Second, governments worldwide should concentrate on reducing demand and promoting drug-abuse prevention. The United Nations is fully mobilized behind such measures.”The reduction in coca cultivation was reported in the departments of Putumayo, Meta, and Caqueta, where government-sponsored eradication took place last year. Further crop reductions in Bolivar, Cauca and Vichada departments were due to voluntary eradication and abandonment of fields. read more

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China says defence budget to rise by about 7 per cent in

BEIJING, China – China says its defence budget will rise by about 7 per cent in 2017, continuing a trend of lowered growth amid a slowing economy.The precise figure will be provided by Premier Li Keqiang in his address Sunday morning at the opening of the legislature’s annual session.Depending on the final number, that could mark the third consecutive year of declines in the rate of growth of defence spending.Fu Ying, spokeswoman for the legislature, the National People’s Congress, released the rough figure at a news conference on Saturday. She reiterated China’s contention that its military was purely for defence and represented a force for stability in Asia.China’s new military capabilities include aircraft carriers, long-range bombers and its first overseas military base located in East Africa. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 3, 2017 8:53 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 3, 2017 at 9:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email China says defence budget to rise by about 7 per cent in 2017 read more

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Caledonia documentary headlined the Niagara Social Justice Forum

Sara RoqueWith the Caledonia land claim stand-off, Aboriginal women took their traditional place as community leaders, and it’s a story that’s inspiring to women everywhere.That was the message delivered by Toronto filmmaker Sara Roque last week as she gave the plenary presentation at the Niagara Social Justice Forum at Brock.With her documentary Six Miles Deep, Roque told a 42-minute story about the clan mothers of Six Nations taking a deciding role in the demonstration at Caledonia. In 2006, Six Nations members stopped a housing development on land subject to a federal land claim. The claim has not been resolved.Roque’s film depicts the clan mothers — a traditional source of power in the Haudenosaunee nation — leading a cultural awakening.“I really found the women in the film inspiring,” said Roque, who is Metis and Aboriginal Arts Officer with the Ontario Arts Council, in an interview last week. “They inspired me to be curious, and to continue the work that we need to do.”Six Miles Deep, a point-of-view documentary, was presented for forum attendees on March 20. Roque said one reason she focused on the women was because “we live in an extremely patriarchal society, and when you look at society as a whole, Aboriginal woman are kind of invisible to mainstream society.”About 200 people attended the fourth annual forum. Other workshops included:Niagara’s Threatened Beautiful LandscapesBuilding Global Solidarity with Migrant Farm Workers in the Niagara RegionFood Sovereignty in the Global South: A Development and Peace AppealThe Other Side of Consciousness: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered Queer FilmsNaming HomelessnessProper Shelter Saves Lives (Habitat for Humanity)“The organizers of this event were mindful to create an open and shared space for community groups and individuals to encounter one another without any interference in how they choose to do that,” said Janet Conway, one of the event’s lead organizers and a Canada Research Chair in Social Justice at the University.There was a performance of The Vagina Monologues that evening.The Forum was sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Social Sciences, the departments of Social Justice and Equity Studies, Child and Youth Studies, Sociology and Women’s Studies, and OPIRG Brock.Quick links:• 2010 Niagara Social Justice Forum• Six Miles Deep — National Film Board of Canada• Conference shares the struggles of aboriginal women — St. Catharines Standard read more

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The Rockets Love Launching 3s From Way Past The Line

Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group The Rockets shoot from (way, way) downtownNBA teams with the most 3-point attempts from 28-35 feet, 2017-18 Miami Heat70– Houston Rockets178– Portland Trail Blazers108– Cleveland Cavaliers93– DALLAS — The Houston Rockets, who at the moment seem to be the only team worthy of challenging the defending champion Warriors, just might be the NBA’s most unapologetic club.The team set fire to the record books last season by launching more than 40 3-point attempts per night, which shattered their own record from 2014-15 and was over six 3s a night more than the team with the second-most attempts. Yet entering this campaign, reigning Coach of the Year Mike D’Antoni still wanted more, saying that Houston could realistically take 50 per game. Houston may not be quite that extreme so far, but they are on pace to become the first team in history to shoot more 3s than 2s — which is mind-boggling in its own right.Yet for all the attention paid to how many 3s the Rockets are taking, there’s been less attention paid to where, exactly, the club is hoisting them from, and the positive difference it’s making for their offense even if the shots don’t all go in.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/andersonspace.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/gordonhorse.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Going into their nationally televised matchup Friday night with the Pelicans, the Rockets were spotting up from a different zip code far more than any other team. Houston’s taken a whopping 178 three-point attempts from the 28-to-35 foot range, according to data from James Jackson of ESPN Stats & Information Group. For context, the teams right behind Houston on this list, Portland and Indiana, have taken just 108 and 107 attempts from this distance which is at least 4 feet behind the line. But after those three teams, no one else has even managed to crack 100 so far. This number is unusually high for the 3-point-obsessed Rockets, too: They’ve already taken more 3s from that range in 46 games this season than they took during last year’s entire 82-game slate. Boston Celtics93– Golden State Warriors84– Charlotte Hornets78– Indiana Pacers107– Team3-point Attempts Of course, it’s not like Houston — which entered Friday as the No. 2 seed, at 34-12 — is regularly canning these looks. The Rockets are connecting on just under 30 percent of their shots from that deep,1When the Rockets take 3s from above the break, their average shot distance is 25.8 feet from the basket, the second-farthest in the NBA. a far cry from the 36 percent league-average mark from 3-point range in general.Still, there are several reasons that those shots help the team even if they don’t go in, and just about all of those reasons stem from the spacing these long shots create. Chris Paul and James Harden certainly benefit from the extra room, and they already rank among the NBA’s best playmakers, even without the help.Watch this pick-and-roll play against Utah, where Paul comes down and finds big man Clint Capela for a dunk. Jazz swingman Joe Johnson was prepared to help at the rim, but began scrambling back toward sharpshooter Ryan Anderson, even though he was standing nearly 30 feet from the basket. Johnson’s recognition that Anderson can make shots from that distance was enough to send him rushing away from Capela.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/spreadpr.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Capela, who’s in the middle of his best season and is currently leading the NBA in field-goal percentage, has been perhaps the biggest beneficiary of the additional spacing. Harden and Paul, two of the best no-look passers, have had a field day throwing him lobs (He’s second in the league in dunks). His average shot attempt this season is coming fewer than 2 feet from the basket.“Having all that extra space definitely enhances Clint’s game,” said D’Antoni, who told me he gave a handful of players (namely Anderson, Harden and Eric Gordon) the green light last season to experiment with the longer 3-point tries.The importance of Capela’s vertical floor-spacing role within the offense can’t be overstated. For starters, the Rockets run an NBA-high 62 direct2Meaning an action that led directly to a shot, foul or change of possession. pick-and-rolls per 100 possessions, according to Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats, meaning he’s involved in dozens of scoring opportunities each game, with both Paul and Harden. One thing worth noting about this trio: Paul, Harden and Capela have led the Rockets to a 19-0 mark this season when all three suit up and play. The team is just 15-12 when one or more of them doesn’t play.When I asked Paul what it’s like playing in an offense with so much space, he explained that he’s still learning to adjust to how open some of his teammates are. “My friends joke with me and tell me I’m a new player now, but it’s a cool way to play,” he told me. “Nobody argues about shots or anything. When you see us get frustrated, a lot of the time it’s because we’re not defending. The offense is free-flowing, and guys just let (long shots) go.”Giving players like Paul and Harden more space to work with is almost cruel. A weak-side defender’s inability to help leaves primary stoppers on an island, and the star point guards are happy to take their chances with those matchups. The result so far: The Rockets go 1-on-1 more than any other NBA team and are the league’s most efficient isolation team by a wide margin.3Their current scoring rate is the highest on record in the Synergy Sports database, which goes back 14 years. Similarly, Harden and Paul rank No. 1 and No. 2 in isolation efficiency among those who go 1-on-1 at least three times per contest. (Harden is somehow scoring nearly 53 percent of the time in iso scenarios to this point.)But the isolation plays are just one way the extra spacing has helped Harden this year, after he showed himself to be perhaps the NBA’s best passer last season. The extra room has also enabled him to toy with defenses at times. In this first video of the Rockets playing against Sacramento, Harden draws three defenders at once — two of whom run into each other — and feeds the ball to Capela after the Kings fail to account for him in the paint. Less than two minutes later, knowing that the defense won’t make the same mistake and leave Capela open again, Harden makes it look as if he’s going to throw the ball back to his center but instead swings the ball to a wide-open Anderson, who’s waiting 5 feet above the top of the key.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/capelakings.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/andersonkings.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In just those two plays, the Rockets illustrate how easily they can break a defense. If you pay too much attention to Harden or Paul, they’ll simply go over the top to Capela. Pay too much attention to someone cutting through the paint? There’s a good chance it’s going to cost you 3 points, given the caliber of shooters they have lining the perimeter. And it goes without saying that if you neglect Harden or Paul driving into the paint, Houston will either score or draw a shooting foul, which the Rockets do better than anyone.All of this explains why Anderson likes to stand so far off the line: It forces the defender to make a choice: Am I going to come out and guard him up to 30 feet from the basket and be too far away to provide help on James or Paul, or do I want to be in position to guard against the drive and risk letting Anderson or Gordon get an open 3 from basically another county?“I kind of like shooting it from that deep. Most times, no one wants to come out that far, so it feels kind of like a free throw, where there’s no pressure,” said Anderson, who was prodded by D’Antoni to start taking that shot based on what his coach had seen in shootarounds and practices. “And if they do hug up on me, like Harrison Barnes was doing tonight, all it does is leave room for James and Chris.” (Harden finished Wednesday’s game with 25 points, 13 assists and one turnover.)You might think this sort of dilemma might send a defense scrambling, but opposing teams sometimes treat the court like a minefield: Often they’re a bit too confused about who they should shade toward and wind up unwilling to make a definitive step in any direction. Houston’s opponents move at the league’s seventh-slowest rate on defense, according to Second Spectrum. On the flip side, the Rockets know exactly what they want to do when they have an open look, regardless of how far away they may be from the basket.“They’re really comfortable out there,” D’Antoni said of his players, who get more wide-open 3s per game than any other team. “If it’s just as comfortable [as a shorter 3], why not shoot it? I’m willing to live with that.” Brooklyn Nets70– Detroit Pistons77– read more

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Woman dies in Portadown fire

first_imgPOLICE IN PORTADOWN are investigating a fire that has left a woman dead. The PSNI confirmed that a woman died following a fire at a property in the Oakleigh Park area of the town this morning. The fire was reported to police shortly after 7.20am. Police and Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service are in attendance and continuing to deal with the incident.Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fire and say that there are no further details at this stage.last_img

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Stop exporting your abortion problem Britain tells Ireland

first_imgTHE LARGEST PROVIDER of abortions in Britain has told the Irish government to ‘stop washing its hands’ of women who travel abroad for an abortion.The  British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) has taken out an advertisement in The Irish Times newspaper today with the provocative slogan “We’ll care for your women until your government does”.The organisation, which says it has treated ‘many thousands of women from Ireland’ over the past thirty years, says women from Ireland who have abortions are being “wilfully ignored by the political establishment” and that the recent abortion legislation “will do nothing to help the women we see in our clinics every day”.“The women we see from Ireland are just like those from England – but made more desperate by the financial and emotional cost of having to travel,” said Ann Furedi, the chief executive of BPAS.The advertisement which ran today. (Image: BPAS) BPAS said women from Ireland tend to have abortions later than average because they have to arrange travel and funding. The group said that almost one third of abortions for women from Ireland are carried out at 10 weeks and later, compared with just over a fifth of abortions for women from England.The abortion provider said it had taken out the advertisement “in solidarity with the women who are denied legal, safe abortion in Ireland and those who campaign tirelessly for the legal change needed so women can access care at home”.“No politician in a civilised country should force women to make a journey abroad for abortion care.” said Furedi. “The decision alone is a tough enough journey”.The full  text of the advertisement reads: As if deciding to have an abortion wasn’t enough of a journeyAlmost 4,000 Irish women have to travel to Britain for help every year.We’ll care for your women until your government does The most recent figures show that 3,982 women – an average of almost 11 per day –  gave addresses in the Republic of Ireland when attending British clinics and hospitals for an abortion last year. The actual figure is likely to be even higher as not all women give their real address.Government ministers – including Justice Minister Alan Shatter – have said there will be no more abortion legislation in the lifetime of this government, following the passing of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill earlier this year.The current law allows for abortion to be carried out in Ireland only in cases of a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother.Explainer: What will Ireland’s new abortion law change? Read: Priest resigns from Mater Hospital board over decision to comply with abortion law > Read: Abortion laws may not commence until next year >last_img read more

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SBS review provokes public concern

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Criticism of the radio scheduling review of ‘Language Programs for Ageing Established Communities’ currently being carried out by SBS Radio has circulated around Australia in the past few weeks. Although most has originated from the Greek Australian community, the Australian trade union that governs the Australian entertainment industry, the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, has also spoken out about the way in which SBS has carried out their review. In a public statement, the Alliance has expressed concern that the public consultation process provided by SBS around the review, which is internet-based, does not allow a large portion of non-English speaking and computer illiterate SBS viewers to have their say. Jenny Mikakos, Labor minister for the Northern Metropolitan region of Victoria, has agreed, issuing a letter to SBS Radio. In response to the widespread concern among the Greek Australian community, Mikakos has publicly commented on the potential reduction of Greek language broadcasts that ageing Greek migrants in particular rely on for news. President of Fronditha Care, Mike Zafiropoulos AM, JP, agrees with Mikakos, saying that the SBS review is far too simplistic. He raises the relevance of factors such as the ‘number of people who speak the language, stage of settlement, age profile, and English proficiency’, which he claims that SBS have not considered fully. He also mentions that other factors, including socio-economic status, educational background or religion might have an influence on a migrant’s reliance on foreign language radio broadcasts. Jenny Mikakos takes her concern further, claiming that SBS are not using relevant data to inform their review, saying: ‘I am also concerned that both the Large Languages Criteria and High Needs Language Criteria are based on projected census data for 2020 rather than the current population.’ The review by SBS was open for public comment throughout April, with the new selection criteria for radio scheduling to be issued on their website during May 2012.last_img read more

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Not so fast on WWE featuring monthly NXT specials

first_imgFacebook Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Velvet Sky WWE has now altered the press release issued on Monday regarding new programming coming to the WWE Network in 2015. NXT specials will remain quarterly on the network and will not be taking place monthly as previously advertised.Source: corporate.wwe.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Pitches Crazy Superstar Shake-up Changes Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Videos Articles Google+ Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterest Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next WhatsApplast_img read more

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The Longhairs attempt world record hair donation for children with hair loss

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, The Longhairs’ attempt world record hair donation for children with hair loss Posted: March 15, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 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)- A San Diego based non-profit is making an attempt in breaking a world record of hair donation.The Longhairs have an ultimate goal to collect donations and raise money for children who can no longer grow hair.The event will be March 16th at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in San Diego where the goals are to perform 2,000 haircuts, donate 200 lbs. of hair and $200K to Children With Hair Loss. March 15, 2019last_img read more

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Jeff Bezos unveils Blue Moon lunar lander plans for huge space colonies

first_imgOriginally published 2:02 p.m.Update 5:02 p.m.: Adds video.  Jeff Bezos is giving Elon Musk a run for his money with… Bezos’ company is also building a bigger rocket, New Glenn, that’ll compete with orbital class rockets like the SpaceX Falcon 9 to deliver commercial satellites and other large payloads to orbit.Blue Origin is rapidly expanding its footprint at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where it’s manufacturing New Glenn on land leased from NASA. The first launch of Blue Origin’s big rocket could come as soon as 2021. Jeff Bezos, we saw you standing alone, with a dream in your heart, and a moon lander of your own. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and Blue Origin, unveiled on Thursday a new moon lander called Blue Moon, along with a smaller rover.”This is an incredible vehicle and it’s going to the moon,” Bezos said at a press event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, where he stood in front of the hulking new lander on stage.At the event, Bezos, the world’s richest person according to Forbes, described a grand, multigenerational vision of one day creating enormous space colonies in close proximity to Earth, as a way of expanding humanity to a trillion people. This concept, envisioned by physicist Gerard O’Neill in 1975, is something Bezos has talked up in a few interviews over the past year. He’s looking to use Blue Origin, and the new lander, as early steps in this effort. Now playing: Watch this: Looking to inspire the next generation to keep up space development, Bezos announced the creation of the Club for the Future, which will focus on space-related activities for youths in grades K-12. The front rows of the event included dozens of kids who were the inaugural members of the new club.The rare public appearance by Bezos in his capacity as space startup founder comes at a pivotal moment for Blue Origin. Last week it launched and landed one of its suborbital New Shepard rockets for the fifth time, bringing the company closer to its goal of developing reliably reusable rockets to make space travel much more accessible.Also, Blue Origin has said repeatedly in recent months that it aims to launch a human to space aboard New Shepard for the first time later this year, paving the way for paying customers to experience microgravity. Now playing: Watch this: 6:04 More on Bezos’ space plans Tags 17 Photos Jeff Bezos reveals plans for the moon and beyond Comments As part of this ongoing space race, SpaceX, Amazon and others are planning to send into orbit thousands of satellites that’ll one day be able to beam broadband internet to millions of people around the world. SpaceX’s system is called Starlink, and Amazon’s, which was first revealed last month, is dubbed Project Kuiper. Blue Origin, meanwhile, is partnering with satellite operator Telesat on yet another internet satellite project.Over the past year, Bezos has spoken publicly at a handful of notable gatherings, including a Wired conference in San Francisco, the Economic Club in Washington, DC, and the Yale Club in New York. Still, he’s rarely hosted his own press events in recent years. One of the last times he took the stage for his own announcement was in 2014 for the failed Fire Phone.Next month, he’s expected to speak at his new re:MARS science and tech conference in Las Vegas.His appearance in DC on Thursday comes after a rocky start to the year, with his divorce from his longtime wife, MacKenzie, quickly turning into a gossipy tabloid controversy that included him accusing the National Enquirer of blackmail. A 23rd-century tourist guide to the galaxy 22 Share your voice Blue Moon was in development for three years and Bezos said Thursday that the larger variant of the lander will be able to bring Americans back to the moon by 2024. It’ll be able to carry the rover that could do scientific missions and shoot off small satellites.”It’s time to go back to the moon, this time to stay,” Bezos said.The year 2024 is also the deadline the Trump administration has set for NASA to return astronauts to the surface of the moon, something Bezos referenced on stage. img-1741-2The Blue Moon’s rover Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Bezos isn’t the only billionaire pursuing lofty space dreams. Elon Musk’s SpaceX is further along in developing larger rockets for orbital space travel. Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is also working on space tourism. At least in the first few years, commercial space travel is expected to be so prohibitively expensive that only the superrich will be able to use these new services.However, Bezos said Thursday that the early work of Blue Origin should help develop an infrastructure for space that’ll give millions of people access to space travel and unlock the potential of countless future entrepreneurs and artists. A major need to do this work, he said, is because the Earth is “finite,” so expanding to space will become a necessity one day to ensure humanity doesn’t fall into rationing and stagnation.”The solar system can support a trillion humans, and then we’d have 1,000 Mozarts and 1,000 Einsteins,” Bezos said during a Yale Club talk in February. “Think how incredible and dynamic that civilization will be.”Aside from these huge goals, Blue Origin this year is starting with space tourism flights, in hopes of growing its revenue and training itself for consistent flights outside Earth’s orbit.Blue Origin first announced Thursday’s press event last month with a cryptic tweet including only the date and an image of the Endurance, the ship Ernest Shackleton sailed to the Antarctic as part of a failed attempt to cross the frigid continent more than a century ago. “This is Maui on its best day all year long. No rain, no storms, no earthquakes,” he said of these future space colonies, though he later added it’ll be up to future generations to build these massive structures. He described these sci-fi concepts to a relatively small audience of roughly a hundred or more people while he walked across the stage in a gray jacket and jeans, with the darkened ballroom bathed in blue light and the walls decorated in sparkly star lights. It’s time to go back to the moon, this time to stay.  Jeff Bezos Blue Origin lands rocket again ahead of first crewed mission NASA, Blue Origin partner up for new rocket engine tests Space in 2019 will be all about the moon, and one weird asteroid Blue Origin Amazon Jeff Bezos Space Sci-Tech 3:33last_img read more

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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 sprints from 0 to 100 and back

first_img Share your voice Post a comment 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a 700+ hp assassin More From Roadshow 4:31 2020 McLaren 720S Spider review: Treat yo self Performance Cars Coupes 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible review: A topless thrill ride Now playing: Watch this: Tags 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star Ford Enlarge ImageThat’s a whole lot of hustle — and whatever the opposite of hustle is, too. Ford Going fast is all well and good, but eventually you’re going to need to come to a stop. A car that hustles without a good set of brakes is only half a car, really, which is why Ford’s latest news about the Shelby GT500 can put to rest any fears that the automaker only considered half of the equation.Ford announced on Monday that the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 can sprint from 0 to 100 miles per hour and then brake back down to 0 in just 10.6 seconds. That’s a whole lot of hustle, although I can’t imagine Ford would enjoy you testing this out on public roads after the car reaches dealerships.In order to get up to that speed in the first place, the powertrain has to put in work. There’s plenty of powertrain for that, starting with the engine, a 5.2-liter supercharged V8 putting out 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission rattles off upshifts in as little as 80 milliseconds (0.08 seconds). The paddle shifters on the wheel are hooked directly to the DCT to reduce wiring-related delays between pulling the paddle and initiating the shift.And that’s only the first half of the sprint. When it comes time to stop, it’s all about the GT500’s brakes. And this thing has brakes aplenty, with its front rotors measuring 16.5 inches in diameter, larger than some vehicle wheels. Speaking of wheels, Ford has lightweight carbon-fiber rollers on offer on the GT500. Combined with massively sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, that reduction in unsprung mass makes for some prompt slowdowns. The car doesn’t always have to be that violent. It packs five different drive modes that affect everything from the antilock braking system to shift feel. Sport mode improves shift times by about 20 percent, while switching to Drag mode mimics powershifting to try and maintain power delivery between gears. After all, just because the GT500 can get down a quarter-mile drag strip in 10.8 seconds doesn’t mean that drivers want a car engineered only for that purpose. 0 98 Photos Ford 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a friendlier brawlerlast_img read more

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Alaska Railroads first black conductor celebrates unprecedented 50 years with company

first_imgHarry Ross, the Alaska Railroad’s first black conductor, is retiring at the end of the summer — after a record 50 years with the company. (Photo by Victoria Petersen, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Harry Ross started moving trains when he was 21. Fifty years later, he’s still transporting passengers and freight by rail across the state. “I do not believe there has ever been nobody as foolish as I,” Ross said.It wasn’t a job Ross expected to get, and it wasn’t the job he originally hoped for. After graduating from East High School in 1964, Ross worked as a mess attendant at Elmendorf Air Force Base. His mom wanted more for him and sent him to college in San Francisco. After dropping out of school, Ross applied for two jobs, one with Western Airlines, now Delta, and one with the Alaska Railroad.“I didn’t have the education to be a brakeman or a trainman period. I never thought about the railroad my whole life,” Ross said. “Growing up through high school I never thought about working at the railroad in no way, shape or form.”Ross has been the number one conductor at the Alaska Railroad for over half of his career.“I’ve been number one so long, like I said, I’ve even forgotten how long I’ve been number one,” Ross said.Having the highest seniority among conductors comes with some perks. Ross says he gets the first pick of routes and vacation time.“Everybody salutes you, like, ‘hey number one.’ They don’t call you Harry Ross they say ‘hey number one,’ and you know, that’s pretty interesting and fun,” Ross said.The workplace wasn’t always so friendly towards Ross. As the first minority trainman hired by the company, Ross says he was met with opposition almost immediately.“I had a lot of people that I worked with, that did not want to work with me only because of the color of my skin,” Ross said. “And, of course, that didn’t bother me because I’ve always been a people person and I figured one way or another I was gonna win them over. One by one I did, and there were some, of course, I didn’t. And it’s not gonna change those people that’s just the way they are.”In his time at the railroad, Ross has seen the company go from federally owned to state owned. He says safety is a higher priority and the trains are more heavily regulated. Ross says the best change the railroad implemented in his 50 years is the Alaska Railroad Tour Guide program. The program began in 1980 and is open to high school juniors and seniors enrolled in the Anchorage School District.“Well, basically it gives the kids a chance to get into the job market,” Ross said. “I enjoy working with these kids because everybody’s energetic and they really love what they’re doing.”Jon Mobley was a tour guide in 2009 and worked at the railroad in multiple positions, including conductor, until 2017. Mobley says after years of mentoring under Ross, they’re like family now.“He taught me a lot when I was in the tour guide program, just as a tour guide, and he taught me even more when I climbed the ladder and finally became a conductor. He’s been very crucial to my time at the railroad,” Mobley said.Ross says he plans to retire at the end of the summer.“I don’t know how it’s going to feel when I have to say goodbye. I know eventually it’s going to come,” Ross said. “I don’t want to die on the job. I want to enjoy some of my life that I have left, but I can say that I will truly miss what I have been doing the last 50 years.”Ross says he plans on writing a memoir about his life growing up in Alaska and his time working on the railroad.last_img read more

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Getting rid of the twin image that plagues holography

first_img Explore further Citation: Getting rid of the twin image that plagues holography (2007, June 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-06-twin-image-plagues-holography.html “Holography is much better than just a photo,” explains Latychevskaia. “With a hologram, you can see the 3-D structure of the molecule. And, you can also see phase and absorption properties.” She goes on to point out that the ability to understand how molecules work would be a great aid in current fields of biology, especially in drug design. “Holography can provide greater insight, and the ability to see without this twin image obstructing the view is important.”Fink also sees the benefits of using holography for biological applications. “Right now we have powerful technologies, but they rely on crystallography,” he explains. “Many protein molecules have to be arranged in a crystal structure.” Additionally, he continues, “the high energy beams, like x-rays, used to study these molecules can damage them.”The key to the holography that Fink and Latychevskaia propose is using a low-energy electron beam. “This low energy is gentler on the molecule. We don’t have to accept damage to the molecules,” Fink says.Fink explains that an object, the molecule in question, is placed in front of the electron beam and the electrons are scattered. A detector sits about 10 centimeters from the object to bring about the electron holographic image by interference of the object wave with the reference wave. “We don’t use lenses,” Fink says. “The experiment is performed with coherent electron waves.”Latychevskaia says that part of the problem with the low-energy approach to holography was that, until now, there was no way to correct the twin image. “In early years, the solution was to separate the beams in two and the twin image would be at the side. An electron beam such as we use, though, can’t be separated. So the twin image obstructed the view of the molecule.” 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. For decades, since the ability to create a holographic record was discovered, a problem has plagued the field. “In holography,” Tatiana Latychevskaia tells PhysOrg.com, “a twin image unfortunately appears. It is seen out of focus so that, with small molecules, you would not be able to judge if what you are seeing is part of the molecule, or just the twin image.” Through a series of iterations and numerical aids in reconstruction, Latychevskaia found that the twin image could be removed, allowing for a hologram that allows the 3-D study of a molecule. Fink says that he has already submitted a timeline to the European Union for getting complete structural information from a single molecule by October 2009. “We hope to establish this as a tool for structural microbiology,” Fink enthuses. “With the twin image removal, a long-standing physics problem has now been solved.”Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Organic porous structures on 2-D defect networks Latychevskaia is a scientist at the University of Zurich, and she is part of an effort to make the holographic study of individual molecules practical. And, with a recent discovery of how to eliminate the twin image, Latychevskaia appears to be on her way. The experiment was done in the group of Hans-Werner Fink, also at the University of Zurich, and the findings are reported in “Solution to the Twin Image Problem in Holography,” published in Physical Review Letters. A tungsten tip is iteratively reconstructed as a hologram: (a) normalized hologram (b) conventional reconstruction yields reconstructed absorption and phase distributions (c) first iteration makes oscillations due to twin image apparent in these reconstructions (d) after the 500th iteration. Credit: Hans-Werner Fink, Reprinted with permission from Phys. Rev. Lett. Vol. 98, 233901 (2007). Copyright 2007 by the American Physical Society. (http://link.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v98/e233901)last_img read more

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Longestserving Republican Senator gives compassionate speech for LGBT youth

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Hatch giving his speech | Photo: YouTube/SenatorOrrinHatch 45 senators urge block of Trump’s trans military banKentucky Governor backs anti-LGBT company who refused to print pride t-shirtsLet Hawaii Happen – A Surprise LGBT Wedding videoRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/republican-senator-compassionate-speech-lgbt-youth/ ‘They deserve validation,’ he continued. ‘And not only assurance that there is a place for them in our society, but that it is far better off because of them. These young people need us — and we desperately need them. We need their light to illuminate the richness and diversity of God’s creations. We need the grace, beauty and brilliance they bring to the world.’At one point in the speech he refers to his ‘LGBT brothers and sisters’ and believes everyone, regardless of ‘political stripes… has the duty to treat one another with dignity and respect’.‘It is not simply to tolerate, but to love.’Is it enough?The crux of Hatch’s change of heart came from the CDC’s recent report about rising suicide rates.He is also working on passing a bill that creates a three-number hotline for suicide prevention, similar to 911.Furthermore, he opposed Trump’s trans military ban and supported the Employment Nondiscrimination Act. His views reflect a larger changing tide of support for the community.Still, many wonder if this is enough.Hatch also praised the Supreme Court’s case in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case and co-sponsored the First Amendment Defense Act, essentially legalizing discrimination in favor of religious beliefs.The Senator, who is America’s longest-serving Republican Senator, is retiring this year. However, he still has time to act on his words, such as supporting the Equality Act.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img The 84-year-old Mormon who hails from Utah said in his speech that LGBT youth ‘deserve to feel loved, cared for and accepted for who they are’.The moving moment is garnering headlines, especially in the face of the leader of his party, Donald Trump, who refuses to acknowledge Pride Month.‘I rise today to address a public health issue that has in its wake left a trail of tragedy and shattered lives,’ Hatch begins. ‘A suicide epidemic has touched all sectors of our society. But the problem is particularly acute among LGBT youth who experience bullying and discrimination at every turn.’[embedded content]‘No one should feel less’The remarks are especially astounding coming from someone who once said in the 1970s that gay people shouldn’t teach in public schools because they have a ‘psychological deficiency‘.He supported the Defense of Marriage Act and believed civil unions would solve the marriage equality problem. Though he also conceded when that battle was lost.Hatch’s speech yesterday was a moving about-face, when he said that ‘no one should feel less for their gender identity or sexual orientation’. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Republican Senator Orrin Hatch previously had less than kind words to say about the LGBT community. On Wednesday (13 June), he took the floor of the United States Senate and gave a compassionate speech about Pride month, signaling an apparent change of heart.last_img read more

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CFPB Structure Leadership Questioned by Lender

first_img Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray Leadership Structure 2015-11-10 Staff Writer CFPB Structure & Leadership Questioned by Lender in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News CFPB Director Richard CordrayThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has been the target of much scrutiny in the last year as new regulation unfolded and many questioned the structure and leadership within the government agency.CFPB Director Richard Cordray has been the target of much of the discussion surrounding the CFPB as the leader and decision-maker for the entity. As the head of the CFPB, Cordray is outside of the President’s oversight and control, which some say makes his appointment “unconstitutional.”A recent battle against the CFPB unfolded with a small community Texas bank filing a motion for summary judgement that sought to declaration that the formation of the bureau and 2012 recess appointment of Director Richard Cordray was unconstitutional.Continuing its battle against the CFPB, the State National Bank of Big Spring, along with its co-plaintiffs the Competitive Enterprise Institute and 60 Plus Association Texas, filed a motion for summary judgement Monday seeking “declaration that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional and the January 2012 recess appointment of Richard Cordray was unconstitutional.”The motion also noted that “all CFPB regulations promulgated during the time of Cordray’s illegal appointment and that impact plaintiffs are invalid and cannot be enforced against plaintiffs.”The motion for summary was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and former Chairman of the Financial Stability Oversight Council Jacob J. Lew.The suit originally came about after the bank was unable to continue issuing mortgage loans to lenders and complete wire transfers due to CFPB rules and was shot down by a lower court.Greg Jacob, a partner with the New York City-based firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP, which represents the plaintiffs, said in a prepared statement that the CFPB’s vast ability to regulate and enforce, without accountability, “cannot be reconciled with our Constitution’s requirement that government have checks and balances.”He went on to say, “ Regulations Richard Cordray published under his signature prior to his July 2013 confirmation–despite his attempt to retroactively ratify them with a notice in the August 2013 Federal Register–are invalid and must be struck down.”“Congress evidently saw the CFPB’s structural ‘independence’ as a salutary feature that it hoped would make it more energetic and effective,” the motion stated. “But the liberty-protecting value of checks, balances, oversight and accountability cannot be sacrificed at the altar of expediency.”In a public address in October, CFPB Director Richard Cordray defended his agency’s actions against those who say the industry is overregulated.“When we put those new regulations in place, some were critical of our work,” Cordray said. “For example, the ‘Ability to Repay’ rule requires lenders to make sure that borrowers actually have the ability to repay their loans before extending them a mortgage. Some enjoyed describing this rule, which was also known as the ‘Qualified Mortgage’ or QM rule, as the ‘Quitting Mortgages’ rule. They made scary predictions that our rules would cause mortgage costs to double and would cut the volume in half. They said that no one would make any non-QM loans because the risk of litigation was too great. They lamented that our rules would lead to the demise of community banks and credit unions, which would have to withdraw from the mortgage market altogether. We all recognize that change is hard, but we never believed any of this unsupported hyperbole.”Click here to view the full motion for summary judgement.center_img Share November 10, 2015 572 Views last_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson takes part in an NFL training session at the London Irish rugby team training ground in the Sunbury-onThames suburb of south west London, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. The Arizona Cardinals are preparing for an NFL regular season game against the Los Angeles Rams at London’s Wembley stadium on Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has been the subject of speculation recently as the All-Pro is reportedly wanting out of Arizona by way of a trade.Peterson addressed those reports on Wednesday by issuing a statement on Twitter.“I’ve been incredibly frustrated with how the season has gone,” he wrote. “But my energy is 100% focused on being part of the solution and helping us turn this around. I’ve never shied away from a challenge before and I’m not starting now. I have always given my all to the Cardinals organization, my teammates and fans. That is what I intend to do for the years to come. I am an Arizona Cardinal, and my focus is on this weeks game.” Top Stories “Speaking about the individual, which is Pat Peterson, his day-to-day process will not change,” McFadden said. “I don’t think this will change anything as far as his process. He still wants to win. If the trade is not granted, if the request is not made, he will continue to compete at a high level. He will continue to motivate the other teammates that are there. At the end of the day, he’s a competitor, he loves to compete.”The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 30. The statement, which was posted as text within a graphic image, was captioned by Peterson with, simply, “My statement.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires My statement. pic.twitter.com/FG8R7Fa0YA— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) October 24, 2018ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who first reported that Peterson asked for a trade, reported Wednesday that Peterson met with Cardinals president Michael Bidwill on Tuesday for 30 minutes.Head coach Steve Wilks said Monday, “Oh, no. We’re not trading Patrick. That’s out of the question.” 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro tweeted that day that the Cardinals would not trade their star defensive back.CBS Sports analyst Byrant McFadden, a former NFL cornerback who also happens to be Peterson’s cousin, said the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles were the teams that were most aggressive in pursuing Peterson. The Saints, however, went on to trade for cornerback Eli Apple from the New York Giants.Related LinksPeterson will continue to fight for Cards after trade request, cousin saysMcFadden: Eagles, Patriots ‘aggressive’ pursuing trade for Cardinals’ PetersonFormer Cardinals players speculate on Patrick Peterson’s trade requestPatrick Peterson’s reported trade request adds more doubt to CardinalsRapid Reactions: Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson reportedly asks for a tradeTrading Patrick Peterson ‘out of the question’ for Cardinals, Wilks saysReport: Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson asks for a tradeMcFadden also told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station that Peterson, while wanting out of Arizona, would still continue to fight for his teammates and play hard in practice. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Director Spike Lee, from right, actors Adam Driver, Laura Harrier and John David Washington pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film ‘BlacKkKlansman’ at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 14, 2018. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP) by The Associated Press Posted May 14, 2018 3:11 pm PDT Last Updated May 14, 2018 at 4:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CANNES, France – Spike Lee’s Ku Klux Klan crime drama “BlacKkKlansman” received a rousing, lengthy standing ovation at the 71st Cannes Film Festival.Lee’s film tells true-life tale of a black police detective in Colorado who infiltrates the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. It was among the most highly anticipated titles at Cannes this year and immediate reaction was positive.“BlacKkKlansman” ties its story to the violent protests of Charlottesville, Virginia. It stars Denzel Washington’s son, John David Washington, alongside Adam Driver and Topher Grace, who plays David Duke.Lee was outfitted in a shiny purple-and-orange tuxedo and wore one ring declaring “love” on one hand, and “hate” on the other. He bounced into the premiere announcing: “Brooklyn’s in the house!”The “love” and “hate” rings pay homage to his film “Do The Right Thing”; the same jewelry was worn by character Radio Raheem.center_img Spike Lee’s electric ‘BlacKkKlansman’ premieres at Canneslast_img read more

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