first_imgWASHINGTON – The White House has sent Congress a $44 billion disaster aid request that’s already under attack from lawmakers from hurricane-hit regions as way too small.The request issued Friday, President Donald Trump’s third since hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria slammed the Gulf Coast and Caribbean, would bring the total appropriated for disaster relief this fall close to $100 billion — and that’s before most of the money to rebuild Puerto Rico’s devastated housing stock and electric grid is added in.The new installment would add $24 billion to the government’s chief disaster account and establish a new $12 billion grant program for flood risk mitigation projects. Smaller amounts would go to small business loans and to aid farmers suffering crop losses.The request followed lobbying by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello, who pressed the White House for far more. There are sure to be attempts to add to the measure as it advances through the House and Senate.“This request does not come close to what local officials say is needed,” said New York Rep. Nita Lowey, top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee.Even before the measure was delivered, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, called it “wholly inadequate.” Cornyn worked in September to nearly double Trump’s initial request for Harvey aid and has been battling with the White House behind the scenes.White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded, “I don’t think $44 billion is a low amount and my guess is if you asked any average citizen across this country they wouldn’t feel that it’s low either.”She said Texas “should step up” and provide state money to the rebuilding efforts. But she said damage assessments in Puerto Rico hadn’t been completed yet and additional requests were expected.The measure arrives as lawmakers and the White House face numerous budget-related issues by year’s end, including a deadline of Dec. 8 to avert a government shutdown. Top Capitol Hill leaders are also negotiating bipartisan spending increases for the Pentagon and domestic agencies in hopes of passing a catchall government funding bill. They are also seeking to renew a popular program that provides health care to children from low-income families.And there’s a tax bill that is Republicans’ top priority. GOP leaders have appeared wary of tackling other budget-related issues while the tax legislation was taking shape but time is running low and coming weeks are likely to bring a burst of activity. Talks on increasing tight “caps” on agency budgets have centred on a GOP plan for a two-year, $182 billion increase that still falls short of demands by both defence hawks and Democrats seeking more for domestic programs.Rossello has requested $94 billion, including $18 billion to rebuild the island’s power grid and $31 billion for housing. The White House anticipates sending another request focused on the needs of the island territory but hasn’t indicated when that would be.“Because Hurricane Maria occurred more recently, damage assessments are ongoing,” said White House budget director Mick Mulvaney.Mulvaney also asked lawmakers to consider $59 billion in spending cuts to pay for the aid, including $44 billion from benefit programs by extending automatic cuts known as sequestration over the 2025-2027 budget window.Texas and Florida officials also expressed disappointment. Abbott, the Texas governor, submitted a $61 billion request to Trump last month for Harvey-related damages, including ambitious requests for flood control and navigation projects. He called the White House request “completely inadequate.”The Florida congressional delegation asked for $27 billion. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, said in a statement that the request “doesn’t come close to providing what is needed. People are hurting and they desperately need our help, yet this request has no money to provide housing for evacuees and barely any money for Florida’s citrus growers. That’s unacceptable.”“Congress needs to pass a more robust disaster bill that actually provides the funding needed to help people recover,” Nelson said.House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Congress had “proven its commitment to aid those suffering from the natural disasters of the fall.” Ryan said the House would “review the request and work with the administration and members from affected states to help the victims get the resources they need to recover and rebuild.”__Associated Press writer Ken Thomas contributed to this report.last_img read more

Mr. Annan will leave for Salt Lake City on Thursday following the invitation from Dr. Jacques Rogge, the IOC President, spokesman Fred Eckhard told the press at UN Headquarters in New York. In his letter to Dr. Rogge accepting the IOC invitation, the Secretary-General noted that the UN General Assembly’s adoption last December of a new resolution on “Building a better world through sport and the Olympic ideal” was “a welcome reaffirmation of the value of the cooperation” between the United Nations and the IOC, the spokesman said. “I am eager to join you in Salt Lake City to celebrate the commitment and the achievements of young people who are the true wealth of the Olympic Movement, and of the communities they represent,” the Secretary-General wrote to the IOC chief. While in Salt Lake City, the Secretary-General will make opening remarks on Saturday at a forum on “Using support for development to build a brighter future for children worldwide.” The forum is organized by Olympic Aid, an athlete-led non-governmental organization (NGO) affiliated with the IOC. A number of senior officials from UN agencies, including Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director General of the World Health Organizaiton; Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF; and Ruud Lubbers, High Commissioner for Refugees, are expected to participate in the forum at the invitation of Olympic Aid. Mr. Annan’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Adolf Ogi, will also take part. read more

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — USA Basketball is headed to the 2019 Basketball World Cup.The U.S. rallied late to beat Uruguay 78-70 on Sunday night, a win that clinches a spot for the Americans in next year’s FIBA World Cup in China. The U.S. won the last two World Cups in 2010 and 2014, and will aim to become the first nation to capture three consecutive gold medals at the event.Travis Trice scored 17 points in the clinching win for the U.S., which used rosters filled primarily by G League players in qualifying. John Jenkins scored 13 points for the Americans (8-2), who have two qualifying games remaining at North Carolina in February.The World Cup starts Aug. 31. The draw for the 32-team event will be held March 16.The Associated Press read more

It might have taken 10 years, 474 losses and millions of dollars lost, but one thing should be very clear to everyone by now: Professional hockey was not meant to be played in Columbus. At least not at the NHL level, where in their first decade of existence, the Columbus Blue Jackets have provided Ohio’s capital with little more than one season of winning hockey, enormous revenue losses and an ever-diminishing fan base. Since joining the NHL in 2000, the Blue Jackets have compiled a combined record of 313-474-33 (the NHL eliminated ties before the start of the 2005–06 season). The Jackets’ best year came during the 2008–09 season, in which the team posted a 41-41 record (10 of those losses came in overtime) and was rewarded with the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference playoffs, in which the Detroit Red Wings promptly swept them. But, unlike the other NHL cellar dwellers, who can at least point to the future as a reason for hope, the Blue Jackets are more than likely headed toward their third major roster overhaul in 10 years. The Jackets are currently constructed around forward Rick Nash, which is the equivalent of building an NBA team around Danny Granger, Andre Iguodala or Chris Bosh. Nash might put up some nice numbers and make a few All-Star teams, but you’re not getting past the first round of the playoffs with him as your best player. Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson has also committed $5.8 million over the next two seasons to goaltender Steve Mason, who in the 2010–11 season allowed the ninth-most goals in the league and ranked outside the top 50 in save percentage. The losses, particularly the 66-98 record the Blue Jackets have owned since the 2008–09 season, also have taken a toll on the team’s once-excited-and-optimistic fan base. This past season, the Jackets averaged 13,659 fans per home game — the fewest in franchise history. Just six games sold out at Nationwide Arena this season, and on Oct. 20, a record-low 9,802 fans showed up to watch the Blue Jackets play the Anaheim Ducks, a record that was broken eight days later, when 9,128 fans — 49.3 percent of Nationwide Arena’s capacity — witnessed the Blue Jackets beat the Edmonton Oilers. The most enthusiastic the hockey fans got in Nationwide Arena this season was Dec. 4, when the Blue Jackets played the Pittsburgh Penguins, and jerseys supporting Penguins center Sidney Crosby outnumbered those for the hometown team. Chants of “We want 10” were audible throughout the arena that night, as the Jackets fell to the Penguins, 7-2. Not surprisingly, the lack of fan support has hurt the Jackets’ bottom line, as The Columbus Dispatch reported last week that the team lost $25 million over the course of last season, bringing the Jackets’ total revenue losses since the 2004–05 NHL lockout to $80 million. The financial forecast for the Blue Jackets isn’t looking any brighter either, as the franchise’s dim future isn’t likely to bring any closet Columbus hockey fans out of hiding. One of the reasons for the aforementioned NHL lockout was the overexpansion that the league experienced in the early 2000s, and putting a team in college-crazed Columbus was a part of that problem. Does it really surprise anyone that a city that had trouble selling out games for the No. 1 basketball team in the country this past season isn’t supportive of an irrelevant team in the least popular of the four major sports leagues? As cities like Winnipeg and Kansas City long for a professional hockey team, there’s one in Columbus wasting away. Ten years ago, both the Blue Jackets and the city of Columbus were full of hope and optimism, but as neither the organization nor the city has proven capable of fully committing to the other, it’d be best for both to go their separate ways, because things just aren’t working out. read more

The Ohio State wrestling team suffered its first two losses of the season to the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Minnesota Golden Gophers this weekend. The Buckeyes, who entered Friday night’s contest against Nebraska undefeated, were beaten, 18-16, in Lincoln, Neb., and again defeated, 24-13, at Minnesota Sunday afternoon. Minnesota seized control of the dual early by winning the first six matches, which left the Buckeyes down, 18-0, at intermission. It wasn’t until freshman Hunter Stieber scored an 11-8 decision against Minnesota redshirt freshman Nick Dardanes in the 141-pound match up that the Buckeyes finally got on the board. OSU mounted a comeback behind victories from freshman Cam Tessari, who pinned Minnesota redshirt freshman Dylan Ness in the 149-pound match, and freshman Josh Demas scored a 13-5 major decision at 157-pounds. In the final match of the afternoon, OSU freshman Derek Garcia dropped a 5-3 decision to the Golden Gopher’s redshirt junior Cody Yohn at 165-pounds, sealing a 24-13 win for Minnesota. The Buckeyes dropped to 7-2 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten while Minnesota improved to 5-2 and 2-0. OSU was able to split the victories in the dual, 5-5, but was edged as Nebraska managed to outscore the Buckeyes, 3-1, in major decisions. Freshman Johnni Dijulius, redshirt freshman Logan Stieber, Tessari, redshirt sophomore Nick Heflin and freshman Andrew Campolattano all collected wins for OSU. While the Buckeyes trailed the Cornhuskers early, 3-0, Dijulius, a true freshman, was able to score a major decision, 11-3, against Nebraska’s Shawn Nagel at 125-pounds to put OSU up, 4-3. At 133-pounds, redshirt freshman Logan Stieber helped the Buckeyes build a slim 7-3 lead with an 8-2 decision against Ridge Kiley. Up next at 141-pounds, freshman Hunter Stieber surrendered a major decision to Nebraska’s Jake Sueflohn which left the Buckeyes tied, 7-7, before OSU redshirt freshman Tessari scored a takedown in overtime which again gave OSU the lead, 10-7. OSU would only manage to win one of the next four matches, which gave Nebraska an 18-13 lead with only the Buckeyes’ redshirt sophomore Heflin defeating Nebraska’s Tyler Koehn, 6-2, at the 174-pound weight class. Campolattano finished the dual in the 197-pound weight class with a 5-3 decision against James Nakashima. OSU will look to redeem itself and continue its march toward a Big Ten title against fellow Big Ten member Purdue this Thursday at 7 p.m. at St. John Arena. The Boilermakers, also coming off a loss, are 6-5 overall with a 1-1 record in the Big Ten. Purdue managed only three wins out of 10 matches in their previous dual at home against Illinois. read more

first_imgCES 2012 : la tablette Razer Fiona présentéeRazer a présenté la tablette dédiée au jeu vidéo : Fiona. Elle dispose de deux joysticks placés de part et d’autre de l’écran…Très attendu au CES 2012, Razer a donc dévoilé son mystérieux Project Fiona. Présentée dans un teaser avare en informations sur la Toile pour créer le buzz, Razer a donc présenté sa tablette conçue pour les gamers. Celle-ci est un tablette tactile de 10.1 pouces, fonctionnant sous Windows 8. Elle propose deux joysticks de chaque côté, utilisables comme une manette de jeu classique. Ce prototype peut aussi être utilisé en tant qu’écran tactile, et les habitués peuvent utiliser clavier et souris si cela leur chante. Razer avance une date de commercialisation autour du dernier trimestre de l’année 2012. La Razer Fiona ne sera pas vendue a moins de 1.000 $ a priori. Un peu cher tout de même pour une tablette dédiée au jeu vidéo… Mais un autre de ces atouts est d’être propulsée par un processeur Ivy Bridge d’Intel ! Le 12 janvier 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img Scientists just discovered a “virgin” stickleback fish that produced offspring after mysteriously fertilizing her own eggs.The fish, which was called “Mary,” was collected by University of Nottingham scientists on an expedition to the Outer Hebrides near Scotland, an area known for its wild stickleback population, said a University of Nottingham press release. The team, which published their research in Scientific Reports on Wednesday, found that “Mary” was a rare fish that experienced internal fertilization and baby development inside a normally egg-laying species.Solving the mystery of a ‘fishy’ virgin birth – Dr Laura Dean @UoNLifeSci tells the story of Mary the amazing stickleback and a fascinating scientific discovery— UoN Press Office (@UoNPressOffice) February 20, 2019Gasterosteus aculeatus, also known as the three-spined stickleback fish, has an interesting reproduction process: A male stickleback builds a nest and performs a zig-zag dance to lure a female stickleback to lay her eggs inside the small space. Next, the male stickleback chases the female stickleback away, so he can fertilize the cluster of eggs. The make stickleback then serves as a bodyguard and caretaker for the eggs by fanning them with his fins until they hatch.“Mary” didn’t have this same experience: The scientists said that her strange pregnancy was “egg-bound” and that her offspring would die if they didn’t take proper action. The team decided to put “Mary” to sleep and deliver the almost-complete embryos via C-section. Fifty-four embryos were delivered in the process, and nearly 20 have grown to adulthood in the aquaria at the University of Nottingham.One of Mary’s offspring in the aquarium at the School of Life Sciences, University of Nottingham. (Photo Credit: Dr. Laura Dean/University of Nottingham)“We were astounded at what we found when we examined “Mary” in our lab in the Hebrides. She looked like an ordinary egg-bound fish, so we couldn’t believe it when we found she had almost completely developed embryos inside her ovaries,” said Dr. Laura Dean from the University of Nottingham. “This is pretty much unheard of in an egg-laying species.”Mary’s situation is unusual, considering two scenarios can lead to abnormal reproduction in fish: Parthenogenesis, where the fish makes a clone of itself, and if the fish is a hermaphrodite with both female and male sex organs. When both of these causes were ruled out by the team, they conducted additional genetic testing and found that Mary’s offspring had a father.Scientists @UoNLifeSci solve mystery of a fish called Mary’s ‘virgin’ birth— UoN Press Office (@UoNPressOffice) February 20, 2019“Our theory is that somehow sperm had got into the fish, fertilized the eggs, and they developed into normal two-parent embryos. What has probably happened is that she has gone into a nest to lay her eggs, where another female had already laid her eggs, which had been covered with sperm by a male stickleback,” Dr. Dean added. “Somehow some of the sperm in the nest must have got into “Mary,” presumably through her egg tube, and fertilized the eggs inside her, but she never laid the eggs.”The “Mary virgin fish” was a strange phenomenon, however, it could help scientists better understand how self-fertilization occurs in egg-laying animals. For more behind-the-scenes information on the fish’s discovery, visit University of Nottingham’s website.More on Rodent Becomes First ‘Climate Change Extinction’ Decoded Great White Shark Genome Could Help Cure CancerPhotos: London Zoo Shares Amazing Animal X-Rays Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reportedly set his sights on signing Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, claims the Daily MirrorThe German is a big admirer of Pulisic’s and has had two reported bids for the teenager rejected by his former club who are keen to keep their prized asset.However, Pulisic only has two years remaining on his current contract and Klopp is hopeful that he may be able to convince Dortmund to sell the 19-year-old this summer rather than risk losing him for nothing later on with Premier League rivals Arsenal also having been monitoring the situation at the Signal Iduna Park stadium.Borussia Dortmund chief Michael Zorc previously said that he “knows nothing” about Liverpool’s reported interest in Pulisic.borussia dortmund, marco reus, jadon sancho, paco alcacerReport: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…“I’m in constant contact with Jurgen Klopp,” he told Bild.“But I know nothing about that.”However, the Bundesliga side is believed to be worried about losing another star player after the departures of Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over the past year and have offered the United States international a new deal, that has been left unsigned.Also keeping tabs on Pulisic’s future is Bayern Munich with the Bundesliga champions viewing the American midfielder as an ideal replacement for the ageing duo of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.last_img read more

first_imgFlamengo have confirmed they’ve signed Gabriel “Gabigol” Barbosa from Inter Milan on loan for the whole yearThe Brazilian side confirmed their interest in signing Gabigol towards the end of last month after an impressive loan spell with old club Santos last season.The 22-year-old forward had returned to Inter on January 7 and expressed his hope that manager Luciano Spalletti would give him a chance to prove himself.But it turns out Gabigol has no part of Inter’s plans with the Brazilian tweeting a video of himself playing Pro Evolution Soccer as a Flamengo player on Wednesday to announce his exit.Now Flamengo have confirmed it on their website and added that they will have Gabigol on loan until the end of the 2019 Brazilian Serie A season, which ends in December.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.Gabigol scored 18 goals in 35 Brazilian Serie A matches for Santos last season.GABIGOL É DO MENGÃO!AGORA PODE COMEMORAR, NAÇÃO! É OFICIAL!#BemVindoGabigol— Flamengo (@Flamengo) January 11, 2019last_img read more

first_imgL&T Infotech dampened the hopes of investors who had participated overwhelmingly to its recent initial public offering IPO). The shares of Larsen & Toubro listed at a discount to the issue price of Rs. 710, as against recent issues of Quess Corp and Mahangar Gas that listed at a huge premium.L&T Infotech shares listed at Rs. 666.60, a discount of 6.11 percent to the issue price, after fixing the price band as Rs. 705-710 per share. The company had come up with an IPO of 1.75 crore shares aggregating about Rs. 2,500 crore. L&T Infotech earned a net profit of Rs. 769 crore on consolidated total income of Rs. 5,069 crore in 2014-15, according to its offer document.Larsen & Toubro shares were trading at Rs. 1,563 apiece, down 0.53 percent.Details of the L&T Infotech public issue:The face value of the shares being offered is Re 1 each.The company does not own the “L&T” trademark or logo. “We do not own the “L&T” trademark and logo. Our Trademark License Agreement may be terminated 38 under certain circumstances,” said the draft prospectus of the company.The company is in an industry whose size is about $145 billion in revenues (2014-15), according to industry body Nasscom.In 2014, the body ranked L&T Infotech as the sixth largest Indian IT services company in terms of export revenues.The company earned a net profit of Rs. 769 crore on consolidated total income of Rs. 5,069 crore in 2014-15.The company had about 19,500 employees as of March 31, 2015.The book running lead managers to the offer are Citigroup Global Markets India, Kotak Mahindra Capital Company, Barclays Bank PLC and ICICI Securities. The registrar to the issue is Sharepro Services (India).last_img read more

first_imgMap of FaridpurDetectives in a drive arrested Bhanga upazila unit president of Bangladesh Chhatra League along with a pistol and yaba tablets from Bhanga Bazar of Faridpur on Monday night.Bangladesh Chhatra League is the student wing of ruling Awami League.The arrestee is Lutfar Rahman Mollah, son of Gias Mauri of Kapuria Sadardi village in the upazila, said Rakibul Islam, officer-in-charge of Detective Branch of police.Acting on a tip-off, detectives conducted a drive in the area around 10:00pm and arrested Lutfar.Later, they recovered a foreign pistol, two rounds bullet and 200 pieces of yaba tablets from inside his car.Lutfar was accused in several drug related cases and was arrested earlier by Rapid Action Battalion, said Kazi Shahidur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Bhanga police station.last_img read more

first_imgBy Kyra E. Azore, Originally published by The Grio ( more than 150 years, Howard University has been located on sacred land. This great institution has been the training ground for so many global change agents such as activist Kwame Ture, writer Zora Neale Hurston, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Congressman Elijah Cummings, and Tony award winning actress, Phylicia Rashad. Yet, despite its historical significance, our beloved HU is being treated like a common public park.In the last few weeks, as spring has sprung and the first buds are making themselves known, the campus has received an influx of visitors. Some of them travel in large groups and stop students on their way to class to ask for help with trivia questions from the Admission Center’s scavenger hunt.Kyra E. Azore (LinkedIn Photo)Clearly, these are prospective students and their parents who likely already understand what Howard means to the Black community. Others trek across “the Yard,” the open clearing carved by pathways that connect the main buildings on campus, with their picnic baskets, small children, yoga mats, pure-bred dogs and a palpable sense of entitlement.We are talking about a place that is deeply connected to every major event in the Howard community since its founding—from traveling students sleeping on the floor of Founders Library the night before the Million Man March to Muhammad Ali sitting on the steps of Douglass Hall surrounded by students giving a speech about denying the draft. The hallowed paths of Howard have seen more celebrities and thought leaders than any red carpet in the world.Howard University is my home and has been ever since I first visited the campus in 2013, I remember that day like it was yesterday. I was a sophomore in high school visiting colleges during my spring break. Unlike all the other places I visited, this felt most like home. When I finally climbed the hill to the Yard, I marveled in the sight of young, Black students in suits and the latest fashions, treating the pathways like their own personal runway.The Yard is the heartbeat of the University. It’s the host to Yardfest during Howard’s infamous homecoming and the backdrop for the annual commencement activities. To see it now littered with jogging pedestrians and nonchalant dog walkers infuriates me. I am also aware that these are the same people who have driven up the surrounding property value to the point where most students who live off campus have no choice, like myself, but to find apartments in neighboring states because we cannot afford to live adjacent to where we take classes.The frustration that students experience is rooted in the fact that these are the same people who call the police to complain about our house parties and campus events, but then go ahead and picnic under the trees that are dedicated to our historic Greek letter organizations.Excuse me? There’s a free, public park across the street where you can knock yourself out with all your healthy-living activities.Black students see Howard as a safe space, where we can seek refuge from trials of the outside world of our campus. These interlopers, on the other hand, seem to be treating Howard’s campus like a community park, where those new to the area have felt free to lounge, enjoy a Spring day, and “deal” with the inconveniences that come with the patch of land that also happens to double as an institution of higher learning when they are not using it.Since its founding in 1867, Howard has been an open campus regularly engaging students and neighbors from the surrounding communities, who at the time, looked like us. This wasn’t always an easy situation as I think back to what it must have been like to be a student here when the streets of Chocolate City surrounding the University were drug and crime infested 1980s and 1990s. And yet, Howard never closed its gates and turned its back on the community. In doing so, unfortunately, it seems our latest visitors have taken the kindness of an open campus as a weakness.Let me be the first to tell them this is not the case.Please do not be confused or misled. This has been an ongoing issue at Howard over the past few years. In 2015, the hashtag #WeAreNotAPark surfaced on social media because students were outraged when this first started happening to our space. Concerned students reached out to student government to act on their behalf, but not much else was done afterwards. I believe this #WeAreNotAPark movement didn’t receive much traction because some students felt like the hashtag was divisive and would only cause conflict in the community.This most recent clash has emerged on social media as #HowardWontMove. This time is going to be different because the current student body is less in favor of respectability politics. We are talking about the same students who took over the Administration building last year bumping “Knuck If You Buck” and demanding the removal of chief university administrators in the wake of a misappropriation of financial aid funds scandal.To be clear, this issue is not solely about race because it’s also about respect. Respect the sacred ground that is Howard University. You do not get to complain about our unique HBCU experiences (Homecoming, etc.) and then use our campus for your leisure activities. That is not how this works.Don’t like the noise from our parties on Saturday night? Then you’re probably not going to like the shade from our trees on the Yard on Tuesday afternoons. The idea that the interlopers are able to pick and choose which parts of Howard they are willing to accept or allow to be acceptable is at the heart of the issue. Like the rest of the Black experience, you have to take us or leave us as is. Howard is not a restaurant that allows for substitutions or additions so you can have it your way.The amount of entitlement displayed by community members like Sean Grubbs-Robishaw, who has since been dubbed #GentrifyingGeorge by Black Twiiter and lives in the Shaw-Howard neighborhood where Howard resides. In a television interview with the local Fox affiliate, Grubbs-Robishaw famously suggested all of Howard “just move the campus” if we do not want people walking their dogs across the Yard.Rather than educate themselves about these historic grounds, they disgrace us and our home. The blatant disrespect, unmitigated gall is baffling.How dare you?It begs repeating, for more than 150 years, Howard has sat proudly on Hilltop high overlooking most of D.C., but now that we are in the way of community expansion, we’re expected to just move? That is not how this works. Just like we respect your wishes about parties and noise you should be able to honor a simple request not to treat my expensive educational home as your cheap dog park. I should be able to strut across the Yard to class with my head held high, not constantly scanning the ground to avoid poop from your privileged pooch.Just for the record, when you choose to live next to a college campus, you sign up for all that comes with it, so take it or leave it. Regardless of what you decide, Howard will remain unphased, a prideful symbol of tradition, and unmoved.Just try to move us and see what happens.#HUStrongThe opinions on this page are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the AFRO.Send letters to The Afro-American • 1531 S. Edgewood St. Baltimore, MD 21227 or fax to 1-877-570-9297 or e-mail to editor@afro.comlast_img read more

first_imgU.S. PresidentCommunity organizer Barack Obamafilmed a guest spot on the intentionally awkward Funny or Die web show “Between Two Ferns.” The six-minute clip debuted this morning (it was filmed two weeks ago, and kept under wraps until last night).While comedian/host Zach Galifianakis wasn’t as brash toward Obama as he’s been to other guests (like Justin Beiber, who he spanked for misbehaving), Galifianakis still traded some riotous barbs with the president on the mostly unscripted program.Obama used the opportunity to promote sign-ups for health insurance on, prompting Galifianakis to mumble under his breath “Oh here we go, okay let’s get this out of the way, what did you come here to plug?” He also asked Obama, “What’s it like to be the last black president?”Obama, who’s no stranger to comedy, will face some inevitably stupid backlash from critics for “degrading” the position of the president by going on Galifianakis’ crass show. But the move is all part of a plan to encourage young people to register for Obamacare, and right now the clip already has more than 2 million views.Once Luis Guillermo Solís is finally elected president, we hope he does something similar with Tico comedian Hernán Jiménez, perhaps in an effort to save the failing Costa Rican Social Security System.Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama from President Barack Obama Facebook Comments Related posts:Obama hails US Supreme Court health care ruling as win for ‘hard-working’ citizens US vets hide war injuries from companies in new civilian jobs Costa Rica fought – briefly – in World War I Photos: More than a thousand Cuban migrants in limbo following Costa Rica raidslast_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Titanic II will have the same dimensions as its namesake, with 840 rooms and nine decks (Image AP) An Australian billionaire, who declared this week his intentions to build a high-tech replica of the Titanic, has vowed to construct a vessel that “won’t sink”.Just weeks after the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the original Titanic, businessman Clive Palmer announced that he had signed a memorandum of understanding with state-owned Chinese company CSC Jinling Shipyard to build Titanic II.  The ship’s maiden voyage, which has been slated for late 2016, will see the cruise liner sail from England to North America, as had been intended for its namesake.  Speaking to reporters at the announcement in Australia, Mr Palmer said Titanic II would represent the ultimate in cruising comfort and luxury, as well as be a tribute to those who had built the original ship.  “It will be every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic but of course it will have state-of-the-art 21st-century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems,” he remarked.When asked the inevitable question of whether this Titanic could sink, Mr Palmer told reporters that the ship would be “designed so it won’t sink”.”It will be designed as a modern ship with all the technology to ensure that doesn’t happen,” he stated.  “But, of course, if you are superstitious like you are, you never know what could happen.”According to the Australian, a historical research team will be involved in the design of the Titanic II, which will only be distinguishable from the original ocean liner from below the water line. last_img read more

first_imgOrlando International AirportAll time record number of travellers through Orlando International AirportOrlando International Airport is in the midst of its busiest holiday season ever, last weekend saw more passengers than at any time in airport history.“We are anticipating more than 160 thousand passengers in the terminal on Saturday. That record number combinedwith enhanced security measures, illustrates the need for passengers to arrive 2-3 hours early for flight processing,”says Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.To better handle the expected increase in volume of passengers and vehicles at the airport, Orlando International isstrongly suggesting that the public utilize the two FREE cell phone lots located at the North and South entrances tothe airport when waiting for arriving passengers.Both are well-lit and provide easy access to the main terminal building. The North cell lot also features 200 spaces, free Wi-Fi, restroom facilities, flight display screens to track your family member’s arrival and even a dog relief area.Use of the cell phone lots is also encouraged by the Orlando Police Department, which patrols the roadways and cellphone lots on a regular basis.During peak travel times there has been an increase in the number of cars pulled off to the side of the entrance roads, which impairs safety and traffic flow. The cell lots are a much safer and convenient alternative. Orlando International AirportSource = Orlando International Airportlast_img read more

first_imgTorbjørn Pedersen or Thor aims to be the first person to travel the world without flying, while spending at least one day in each country.This week the 38-year-old is in Cyprus, having arrived on a cargo vessel from Greece because there are no passenger ferries.He left his native Denmark in 2013 and hasn’t been back since, nor does he expect to return for nearly two more years. His estimated return date is July 5, 2019.“Up to now I have travelled half way to the moon or more than 4.5 times around the planet,” Thor said after arriving in Cyprus.The journey has three purposes, setting a new record by travelling to 203 countries without using an aircraft, promoting the Red Cross and publicising positive experiences in each of the countries he travels to. Many countries are portrayed negatively in the media, hence Thor’s need to spend some time in each of them.It also makes his record attempt slightly different, he says. Others who have attempted something similar barely put their foot on the soil of a country before they went on to the next.Thor’s mode of transport from Greece the Salamis cargo vessel AlexoSo far the seasoned traveller has been to 142 countries.“By sheer coincidence Cyprus became a lot more than country no 142. As planned it also became the last country within Europe but it just happened to be on the four year day of when I left Denmark!” he posted on his blog.“So in reality it has taken exactly four years to complete a visit to every nation on the first four continents: Europe, North America, South America and Africa. Four years – four continents! Now that in itself is nothing remarkable but when you add to the equation that I haven’t flown a single time, that I have spent more than 24 hours in each nation (including the Vatican), that I haven’t returned home since we began, that I haven’t paid out any bribes, that the project budget is $20/day…well I guess it’s a pretty good story.”He arrived in Cyprus on a ferry carrying trucks from Athens on October 12.Networking helps him to plan his moves and it certainly helped him reach Cyprus. It is through a mutual friend on social media that Thor came into contact with the man who helped him find a ferry to Cyprus – for free.“It isn’t every day I meet such an individual as Thor. It’s hard not to feel inspired or entertained by him when he tells you his story. Having founded a number of companies, his mantra of never giving up on your goals resonated with me. I’m pleased that we were able to help him and I’m proud to be able to call Thor a friend.” Sergey Galin, founder of BeFlexi.Galin arranged with Salamis Shipping for Thor to travel on their cargo vessel Alexo.The vessel has cabins but they are usually reserved for truck drivers. An exception on this 2 1/2-day long trip was made for Thor.Upon his arrival he spent the first three days in Nicosia, where he had booked a free guest room in someone’s house via internet platform couchsurfing.After that he travelled to Larnaca, where he was joined by his father who had flown out from Denmark and booked a hotel room for himself and his son.For the last part of his Cyprus stay, another free room is waiting for him in a Limassol home.For now, he is enjoying his father’s company and is exploring Cyprus.When he is not out exploring Cyprus’ history “of which there is no end” he is also looking into finding his next transport. There is no regular ferry to Lebanon, and he will need his networking connections again to find a transport, most likely another container ship.He now has 61 countries left to go.If you want to help Thor by raising funds please go to He stressed people don’t have to donate hundreds of Euros. “Every 1,2 or 5 Euros is a big, big, help,” he said. “If you can spare a few coins then please throw them my way.”You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoKelley Blue BookSubcompact Luxury SUV Best Buy of 2019Kelley Blue BookUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgBy Bejay Browne A stunning, unique project nestled in the Limassol countryside is offering guests the opportunity to experience the tranquillity of nature whilst immersed in a melting pot of cultures, which have been expertly melded to create three vibrant houses and magnificent landscapes.The Euphoria Art Land project is an explosion of colours and influences which work together surprisingly well, and have been created by well-travelled interior designer, Anthos Myrianthous, who started the project six years ago.Myrianthous, 52, told the Sunday Mail that he was moved to create something inspiring and that the project highlights the power of human self-belief.“It is a miracle that the project took off at all, as my budget was less than zero. I want children to understand that if you believe in yourself anything is possible,” he said.The project, (although referring to it as a dreamscape might be more accurate), consists of three very individual autonomous houses which all have their own ethos, style and story and entering the space is like being immersed in a world of folklore and fantasy.The project is found close to a rocky hillside, stream and beach in Pyrgos, Limassol. The grounds are beautiful, encompassing nature, all sorts of Mediterranean and tropical trees, including eucalyptus, many herbs and a multitude of other plants.Man-made lakes with water lilies and lotus plants and cactus gardens inspired by Mexico are designed to stir feelings of ‘euphoria’ in visitors, hence the name.Anthos at workMyrianthous was born in Limassol and was always interested in painting, sculpture, dance, theatre, gardening and creating art objects, mainly from recyclable materials that he would find in the countryside.He studied fine arts in interior architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and currently teaches interior design in Cyprus. He is also a published author and his photographs have featured in both solo and group exhibitions.Myrianthous gleaned inspiration for his magical creation from nature and his extensive travels to: Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe. Here he photographed different tribes, their culture and lifestyle and he has drawn on these experiences to create Euphoria Art Land.The beautiful structures are intricately handmade. Attention to the smallest detail has created something magnificent, organic and earthy, using many recycled materials and utilising some traditional building methods.“I have used colours from all over my travels including Africa, especially Ethiopia and India. Leaves, flowers and shapes in nature are there for us all to see, but perhaps many don’t because they are too stressed to see the details,” he said.He said he wants people to ‘really feel’ all of the influences and that while some of the building methods were traditional, modern materials were also used.“The buildings do what they are supposed to and we forgot this way of building. They work perfectly and they are cool in the summer and warm in the winter.”He said that he had clear ideas for the three homes, and the surrounding park in his mind.“I wanted to create something that wasn’t just buildings and sculptures, I wanted to bring life to it and to inspire. I feel close to organic forms and I am a work alcoholic, when I start I can’t stop,” he said.The Blue House has a strong Indian and Moroccan influence and is suitable for a couple to stay in. A double bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, living area and balcony provide ample accommodation and it is covered in colourful mosaics. The house is also decorated with many handmade items and artworks.The Colour House is a larger space which can fit four guests and has a roof garden and loft. One side of the structure is made of pieces of glass. Mexico and Columbia are the influences here which has led to a vibrant and bright environment. Colourful root like forms embrace the entire house.The third structure, The Earth House, is the smallest and is suitable for one guest. Inspired by Africa, mainly Ethiopia, natural, organic materials and ceramics help to create a connection with culture.Myrianthous said that he hopes that visitors, both adults and children will see, learn and be influenced by their surroundings and think in a more ecological way that brings them closer to nature.“I wanted to create something new and not the ‘copy paste’ of drawings and buildings.”The current project is only a small part of a larger idea he has for the space which he hopes will see the creation of further buildings and expansion of the gardens, when finances permit.He said that the area was made possible with ‘never-ending love, tons of positive energy and an endless passion for art’.“I asked for volunteers to come and help with the mosaics and they did. I showed them my ideas and how to do it and we have a group of around 400 or so of all nationalities that took part in groups of 30 or 40 at a time.”In June, Myrianthous will also open a café at the project which will offer salads and sandwiches but with an ethnic and cosmopolitan twist inspired by his travels. Guests will also be able to enjoy relaxing and healing massages, he said.The houses are for adults only to stay in, but children are able to use the café and there will also be workshops, including mosaics and painting.“People staying here can escape from the daily stress of life and re-energise mind, body and soul. 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