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Mixed picture in Middle East UN official tells Security Council

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In his monthly briefing to the Council on the situation in the Middle East, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe said that negotiations between the two sides as part of the so-called Annapolis peace process had been ongoing at both the political and technical levels.“It would appear that gaps between the parties’ positions remain and I reiterate the Secretary-General’s call for the need to press ahead to make real progress in overcoming differences to reach the goal of an agreement by the end of this year,” he said.The Middle East diplomatic Quartet, comprising the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States, will meet in New York next month on the margins of the General Assembly to assess the situation in the region.Mr. Pascoe noted that indirect talks between Israel and Syria are continuing under Turkish auspices, although a round of talks scheduled for this month has not been held following the news that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will soon be stepping down.“The fragile ceasefire between Hamas and Israel continues to hold,” he added, although talks for the release of the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit have stalled and 10 rockets and one mortar were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel without causing casualties.The Under-Secretary-General voiced concern at a surge in deadly intra-Palestinian violence and political tensions sparked by tensions between members of Hamas and Fatah in Gaza, contributing to the overall total of 43 Palestinians killed and 366 injured during the current reporting period.Hamas forces have seized control of the remaining Palestinian Authority institutions in Gaza and detained several governors, he said.“These actions severely prejudice the prospects for Palestinian reunification within the framework of the legitimate Palestinian Authority. We are also concerned at the potential consequences for UN operations in Gaza.”In addition, Mr. Pascoe said Palestinian security forces in the West Bank had arrested dozens of Hamas activists and closed a number of Hamas-linked institutions, and he called for the release of these detainees by both sides, saying it “could serve as a first step in a process leading to reconciliation.”The situation on the ground in the West Bank and East Jerusalem remains a cause for concern as well, with three Palestinians – including two children – killed in the past month and 185 others injured.The two children who were killed were shot by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) using live ammunition against Palestinian demonstrators at a village, while Mr. Pascoe said there has also been a rise in settler violence against Palestinians. Settlement activity also continued, he noted.Turning to Lebanon, Mr. Pascoe said the past month had been marked by both positive political developments and ongoing security concerns.Notably, last week the Lebanese cabinet’s ministerial declaration received an overwhelming vote of confidence from the Parliament, which he called “a new and important milestone in the implementation of the Doha agreement” that was struck to resolve internal political tensions. 20 August 2008Israel and the Palestinians are continuing their negotiations aimed at devising a durable settlement to their long-running conflict, but intra-Palestinian violence has spiked over the past month, the top United Nations political official told the Security Council today.
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Former Indian Judge to back campaign against Sri Lanka

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Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark is also part of the campaign. Former Judge of the High Court of Madras, K P Sivasubramaniam is to file a communication with the UN Human Rights Committee that the 6th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution is a violation of freedom of speech and conscience guaranteed in Articles 18 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.He is to be part of a campaign led by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), a pro-LTTE diaspora group in the US. The TGTE has called on the Tamil Diaspora, global Tamils and progressive lawyers around the world to provide legal representation to the communication before the UN Human Rights Committee. The TGTE emphasized that, while the 6th Amendment criminalizes advocacy for an independent state for the Tamils in Sri Lanka, calling for the repeal of the 6th Amendment is not prohibited. (Colombo Gazette)
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Chief UN arms inspector predicts initial analysis of Iraqi declaration ready by

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Speaking to reporters in New York following a working luncheon of the Security Council, Hans Blix, the Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), said experts would first focus on creating a "working version of the text" that could be shared with all Council members - one free of possible sensitive information on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction."I told the Council that we hope that we will have been through the main part of the document, which is about 3,000 pages, by Friday," he said, noting that much translation from Arabic would be required as part of this effort. Mr. Blix added that the five permanent members of the Council - China, France, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and United States - had been asked to offer input by Friday. "By Monday we will be able to have a working version of the text of the main part which we can share with all the members of the Council," he said.By 19 December, the UN inspectors would come to the Council with "a very preliminary assessment of the substance" of the declaration, he said. "What we are now dealing with is only to take out of the declaration things that could be risky from the point of view of proliferation… as you call it 'cookbooks for proliferation.'" Responding to questions, Mr. Blix said UNMOVIC had "put the Iraqis on notice that we will ask for names of people who were active in the different [weapons] programmes" in conformity with the Council's resolution.Also speaking to the press, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the Council had held a "frank discussion" on the way forward as the inspectors analyze the Iraqi declaration. "I think what is important is that there is a clear understanding of how to proceed, and there was also very strong support for the work of the inspectors," he said.Video - press encounter of Secretary-General and Blix
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Manitoba Hydro looking to increase rates every year for next 5 years

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Manitoba Hydro looking to increase rates every year for next 5 years WINNIPEG – Manitoba Hydro wants to raise rates by 7.9 per cent in each of the next two years as it develops two major projects and watches its debt pile up.The Crown corporation has filed an application with the Public Utilities Board asking for the increase this year and again in 2018.The initial increase would add $6.88 a month to the electricity bill of the average residential consumer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours a month.A second hike in 2018 would add an additional $7.43 onto the monthly bill.Kelvin Shepherd, president and CEO of Manitoba Hydro, says raising rates will help address the company’s large debt and cash flow issues.Manitoba Hydro’s debt currently stands at $13 billion and the utility has said that could reach about $25 billion in the next few years“Without question, developing two major projects — the Keeyask generating station and Bipole III transmission line — at the same time has resulted in Manitoba Hydro taking on a significant amount of debt to finance the construction of those projects,” Shepherd said in a release Friday.If the utilities board approves the increases, the first would come into effect Aug. 1 and the second would be added April 1.They would be on top of a 3.36 per cent increase approved in 2016.Hydro said its long-term plan is to increase rates by 7.9 per cent each year over the next five years. Lower increases of two per cent would come in after that.Shepherd said Manitoba Hydro still offers excellent value to customers. He noted that the province has among the lowest electricity rates in Canada and added that other jurisdictions also face potential rate increases as they renew their infrastructure and move away from carbon-based power generation.Manitoba Hydro has already announced it is cutting 900 jobs as part of its cost-cutting measures.(CTV Winnipeg) by The Canadian Press Posted May 5, 2017 2:56 pm MDT Last Updated May 5, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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Libya UN Mission welcomes ceasefire announcements commitment to dialogue process

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Three days after the end of the first round of talks under the Libyan political dialogue process, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has today welcomed the unilateral announcements by the parties in Libya of a ceasefire in order to resolve the conflict peacefully through dialogue and the decision announced in Tripoli by Spokesman Omar Humeidan to join the second round of talks. “The Mission calls on the parties to work with UNSMIL on the specific elements of the ceasefire, including the mechanism to ensure compliance with it,” said a press statement released by UNSMIL on the ceasefire, adding that the move was an encouraging sign that made a significant contribution to creating the conducive environment for the ongoing dialogue. The ceasefire comes after a first round of intensive talks, hosted by UNSMIL in Geneva last week, in which participants agreed upon an agenda for talks going forward, with the aim of reaching a political agreement to form a consensual national unity government, and making security arrangements necessary to end fighting and ensure the withdrawal of armed groups from Libyan cities. As well as discussing confidence-building measures to safeguard Libya's national unity and to alleviate the population's suffering, participants also agreed to hold another round of talks in Geneva next week and strongly urged all relevant Libyan stakeholders to attend. “UNSMIL is calling for an end to the fighting to spare Libyan blood, stop the destruction and pave the way for a peaceful search for solutions to Libya's political and security crisis through dialogue,” the Mission's statement said. “A truce will also allow humanitarian aid to flow to the displaced and the needy in affected areas and will encourage international organizations to resume full operations in the country.”The Mission urged parties to ensure that the ceasefire applies to ground, sea and air operations as well as movement of armed personnel and vehicles. Committees from both sides will coordinate with UNSMIL regarding tackling any breaches. In a separate press statement released after Mr. Humeidan's announcement, the Mission said growing support for the dialogue process was proof that all sides were ready to sit down and discuss and end to the conflict. “This step broadens the base of support for the process aimed at restoring security and stability to Libya.” The statement said. “UNSMIL stresses the importance of the Libyans coming together to decide on how best to build a peaceful and democratic Libya based on the rule of law and respect for human rights. The Mission believes that Libyans should not miss this opportunity if they want to save their country from further destruction, and that they need to expedite the convening of the next round of dialogue.” The Mission also took note of the proposal to hold the talks in Libya, noting that doing so was a priority, if the logistical and security conditions were met. The statement said consultations were underway to find an acceptable venue with maximum security for participants.Updated: 09.40 p.m.
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Ohio States football coaches to see a pay increase for 2013 season

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Lantern file photoOhio State will pay Urban Meyer and his football coaching staff a total of $7.57 million in salary for the 2013 season, an OSU spokesman confirmed in an email to The Lantern on Tuesday.Meyer’s salary in 2013 will be $4.16 million, up from the $4 million he earned in 2012, according to the email.For the first time in OSU football history, the university will pay three assistant coaches more than $500,000 each, according to the spokesman. Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell will make $600,000, co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers will make $580,000 and offensive coordinator Tom Herman will make $550,000.The OSU spokesman said in the email that Fickell’s $750,000 salary in 2012 was a transitional salary from the 2011 season when he served as interim head coach. According to the spokesperson, it was “pre-determined that his 2013 salary would be market driven and more in alignment with the rest of the Ohio State assistant coaches’ salaries.”Withers and Herman each received $130,000 raises above their 2012 salaries.The increase in Meyer’s salary makes him the nation’s fifth-highest paid coach in 2013, according to the Columbus Dispatch, who first reported the story.Every coach except Fickell will make more next season than they did in 2012. Offensive line coach and co-offensive coach Ed Warinner will be paid $364,000 in 2013, a $14,000 raise from 2012.Special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs has a $300,000 salary for 2013 and running backs coach Stan Drayton will make $295,000. Defensive line coach Mike Vrabel and tight ends coach Tim Hinton each have $286,000 salaries for 2013. Those four coaches had $275,000 salaries in 2012, the spokesman said in the email.The lowest-paid assistant coach on Meyer’s staff is wide receivers coach Zach Smith. Smith will make $155,000 in 2013, a $5,000 raise from 2012.Overall, OSU will pay their coaching staff $354,000 more than they did in 2012, when the total salary of the coaching staff was $7.22 million.The Dispatch report also indicated that none of Ohio State’s coaches have contracts running past the 2014 season. Fickell, Coombs, Vrabel, Hinton and Smith are under contract for 2013 only, while Withers, Herman, Warinner and Drayton have contracts that run through 2014.
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Konstantin Igropulo goes to Fuchse Berlin

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← Previous Story “The Best” by the Fans, Kiril Lazarov: “You can’t cheat fans – We gave the Gold to Denmark” Next Story → Kosta Savic signs in Aix en Provence Bob HanningChehovski Medvedi HandballF.C Barcelona handballFuchse BerlinKonstantin IgropuloRussian handball After Iker Romero, Russian right back from F.C Barcelona, Konstantin Igropulo will move to German Fuchse Berlin. Russian player, who came to Spain from Chehovski Medvedi, signed a three years contract with the “Foxex” from the German capital city.– He was our wish. We believe that with him we will have more options in the attack- said Secretary General, Bob Hanning.– I wish to finish season with Barcelona best as possible and then to make a great job with Fuchse. Bundesliga is a big challenge for me. Fuchse Berlin’s project is really interesting. I am looking forward to achieve all the team’s goals in the future – said Igropulo.
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Big problems for HSG Wetzlar – Valo and Harmandic seriously injured

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Adnan HarmandićDaniel Valodkb bundesligaHSG Wetzlar DKB Bundesliga 2012/2013 biggest surprise HSG Wetzlar (7th place) will have a lot of problems to obtain the same level in the upcoming seasona after serious injuries of two important players. Playmaker Adnan Harmandic broke his hand and wil be out for three months. Even worse destiny had right back Daniel Valo, who suffered knee injury and won’t be avaliable for at least six months after surgery process… ← Previous Story SC Magdeburg prepares replacement for Natek – Malmagro on trial! Next Story → IHF treasurer Sandi Sola is back to handball after three months prison
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The 5 at 5 Tuesday

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first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #KEAVENEY: Former Labour chairman Colm Keaveney has been unanimously accepted into the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party.2. #KIVLEHAN: The HSE has apologised to the family of Dhara Kivlehan, who died after giving birth at Sligo General Hospital in 2010. A settlement of €790,000 was agreed with the family.3. #PHOENIX PARK: 27-year-old Ciarán Moran, originally from Rathsallagh in Shankill, has been charged with the murder of Gerard Donnelly in the Phoenix Park last Friday. The victim was found burned to death in the early hours of Friday morning4. #ONE DAY: The latest rough sleeper count for Dublin revealed that 139 people were sleeping on the street last month, up 45 people since April this year. The Peter McVerry Trust reacted to the figures calling them disappointing and unacceptable.5. #TOP-UPS: Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has insisted that the use of charitable donations by certain health agencies to top-up the salaries of executives “will be dealt with” and “is being dealt with”.last_img
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Kranium A cardboard helmet thats safer than plastic

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first_imgFor those of our readers who ride bicycles, we hope you’re wearing a helmet when you do. However, according to helmet-designer Anirudha Rao, many of the helmets we’re currently wearing aren’t really the best. Rao has developed a helmet that not only fits better, but also protects better than a normal polystyrene helmet. The most interesting part of Rao’s design is the material it’s made out of: cardboard.Hearing that a cardboard helmet is safer than a plastic helmet may sound crazy, but Rao said, when tested against the British Standards (EN 1078) at the Imperial College, Kranium actually absorbed four times the amount of impact energy when compared to the regular cycling helmets.Though polystyrene has been used in helmets for decades, it doesn’t do a very good job at absorbing impact energy. It also distributes the impact energy all over your head. Kranium, on the other hand, is built to accommodate movement in some places and stay completely  inflexible in others. So, if there is a crash, the force peak of the impact is absorbed by the helmet’s ribs which “flex and de-flex.” Rao said the remaining energy is then “absorbed by the crumpling nature of the corrugated ribs.”The lightweight helmets also last longer. Most helmets are kaput after just one impact, whereas the Kranium can actually last up to five impacts.Another problem with polystyrene helmets is that they rarely fit the user perfectly, which could be very detrimental during a crash. The custom-made Kranium is manufactured by scanning the user’s head. The customer’s information stays in the company’s system and can be used again if the customer ever needs another one (we hope because they lost it, not because they crashed more than five times). Rao says a replacement would cost “a fraction of the new price,” which encourages the customer to change their helmet when it needs to be changed without spending a lot of money. The customer can choose the shape, color, and fit.The Kranium helmet uses cheap, eco-friendly, easily-available materials. Rao even suggested that the helmet be used as an inexpensive way to stay safe while renting a bike. He said it could be possible to get the helmet through a vending machine. And don’t worry about the cardboard getting soggy if you go on a sweat-inducing bike ride or if it happens to rain; the cardboard is treated with a “waterproof acrylic compound.”Rao’s design has been licensed by a few major manufacturers, so we’re hoping to see it in stores sometime in the near future.Read more at Anirudharao.com, via Wiredlast_img
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LesvosCorfu and Laconia up in flames

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first_imgA wildfire that broke out on Thursday in the region of Ano Tompra, west of Gythio in Laconia prefecture, located in the southern province of Peloponnese, has burned its way through the village of Lygereas, threatening private houses and destroying forest land and crops. Fifteen firemen with seven fire engines, 15 firemen on foot and four water-bombing aircraft participated in the firefighting efforts. Wildfires that did not threaten inhabited regions were burning on the northeast Aegean island of Lesvos and on the Ionian Sea island of Corfu. On Lesvos, a wildfire broke out in an inaccessible forest region of Nyfida. A total of 26 firefighters with 13 fire engines and eight firemen on foot were battling the blaze assisted by three local authority firefighting vehicles and ten volunteers. Four water-bombing aircraft and a helicopter were also operating in the region, hampered by strong winds. On the island of Corfu, the wildfire that broke out on Tuesday in the region of Loutses was still burning yesterday, fanned by strong winds while firefighting efforts were hampered by the region’s terrain. Five water-bombing aircraft, a helicopter, nine fire engines with a crew of 17 firefighters and five firemen on foot participated in the efforts to contain the fire. Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img
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Later Galaxy S10 patent shows Xiaomi phone screen with four curved edges

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first_img See it 1 An illustration of a mock Xiaomi phone with a curved screen that goes all the way around. LetsGoDigital Since the Galaxy Edge came out in 2014, Samsung's flagship phones have had curved edges on the right and left sides of the screen. The effect when you hold a Galaxy S9 or Galaxy Note 9 is that it feels like you're kind of holding the internet right in your hand. The upcoming Galaxy S10 is expected to have the same curved right and left edges. But what about the top and bottom edges?On Tuesday, Chinese phone maker Xiaomi had a patent published for a phone screen with four curved edges (top, bottom and sides). As reported by Dutch website LetsGoDigital, the patent was published in the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) Global Design Database. The included illustration shows a mock blue Xiaomi phone with the four-sided curved display. It looks absolutely gorgeous. However it's not real. At least for now.The patent illustration also raises a few questions:There's no notch, so where does the selfie camera go?There areno buttons on the sides, so how do you sleep and wake it?Also, how do you secure the phone? Perhaps there's a fingerprint reader under the screen?Obviously, patents need to be taken with a grain of salt. But I am hopeful that a phone with such a display will one day be a reality. Until then, I'm going to get lost down the rabbit hole that is foldable phone screens.Xiaomi did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, prism black) Review • Galaxy S10 review: As good as the S10 Plus, in a smaller package $899 Xiaomi's double-folding phone looks impressive in teaser... $899 $899 Tags Best Buy See It News • Samsung Galaxy S10: The 7 best deals right now Abt Electronics Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice See It How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus Comment Phones CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 30 Photos $899 Sprint Samsung Galaxy S10 CES 2019: Hands-on with the foldable, bendable Royole FlexPai phone 2:17 See It Xiaomilast_img
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Alaska Edition Earthquakes

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first_imgHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Michael West, State seismologist and director of the Alaska Earthquake CenterJohn Power, scientist in charge of the Alaska Volcano ObservatoryKSKA (FM 91.1) BROADCAST: Friday June 27 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 28  at 6:00 p.m.Alaska Public Television BROADCAST: Friday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday June 28 at 4:30 PM. Even by Alaska standards, there has been a lot of seismic activity recently. Alaska is located in the Ring of Fire, so it’s not unusual for there to be frequent earthquakes and volcanoes kicking up occasionally, but starting in April, there has been some unusual seismic activity in the Brooks Range. An area near Noatak has, since April, seen a spike in earthquakes after a 30-year quiet period.Noatak Earthquake Map (PDF)Noatak Earthquake Timeline (PDF)Download Audiolast_img
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Editors Councils demo Monday

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first_imgAfter seeing no progress in talks with ministers for amendment to the Digital Security Act, the Editors’ Council will hold its earlier postponed human chain programme in the city on Monday.The editors of the national dailies, at a press conference on Saturday, announced the demonstration exclusively by the members of the council in front of National Press Club.The Editors’ Council reiterated its demand for amendment to a number of provisions of the newly enacted law which, journalists and stakeholders say, has threatened freedom of expression and pursuit of independent journalism.Read more: Editors' Council concerned at proposed digital actThey were due to form a human chain on 29 October but suspended the programme following a request from the information minister, Hasanul Haq Inu, for holding talks with the government..Three ministers including Inu and law minister and the information adviser to the prime minister held talks with the Editors’ Council members, assuring them of further talks with endorsement of the cabinet. But no such talks were held and the president gave his assent to the controversial law despite controversies.“That’s a violation of commitment,” Shyamal Dutta, member of the council and editor of Bhorer Kagoj, said at the press conference, reading out the programme and the council’s demands.Read more:'Why we oppose Digital Security Act'The Editors’ Council demanded that the controversial sections of the law should be amended within a short time, during the current session of parliament.The council’s general secretary and The Daily Star editor Mahfuz Anam explained that the journalists want amendment to some provisions of the law, not scrapping of the law. “Such changes are possible and we hope, the relevant sections will be amended to make it a law proper,” he added.last_img
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He Won a Pulitzer And Hes Undocumented

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first_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Elena SiebertPulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas writes about his experience as undocumented in his book, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen. Like many teenagers, Jose Antonio Vargas couldn’t wait to get his driver’s license. So, one day, without telling his family, he rode his bike to the DMV. But that’s where his experience – and his story – diverged from that of many other teens. And his notion of identity and place would be changed forever.The DMV employee told him his green card was a fake. After confronting his grandfather with the news, he discovered he was an undocumented immigrant. As a child, his mother sent him with a smuggler from his home in the Philippines to live with family members in the United States.From that moment on, he began a quest to, in his mind, earn his place in this country through achievement. He became a journalist for the Washington Post and won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting. But the whole time, he knew he was living a lie. So, in 2011, he decided to “come out” as undocumented by writing about it in the New York Times Magazine.In the years since, he’s told his story numerous times and feared deportation as perhaps the country’s most well-known undocumented immigrant. Now, he’s written a book about his experience called Dear America: Notes of An Undocumented Citizen.In the audio above, Vargas tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty about how the discovery changed him, about the feeling of homelessness his legal status has created in him, and about what he hopes his story will achieve.Vargas speaks in Houston Monday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. at 333 S. Jensen Dr. at an event from Brazos Bookstore, Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board Art Committee, and the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston.center_img X 00:00 /15:39 Listenlast_img
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MCU News Gurira Joins Infinity War RRated Movies and Wonder Fillion

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first_imgStay on target It’s only been a few days since the Black Panther trailer left everyone’s jaws on the floor. Chances are you’re already making plans to see it, but today’s news might provide a little extra motivation. In addition to Chadwick Boseman as T’challa, Deadline reports that Danai Gurira will appear in Avengers: Infinity War. Best known for playing Michonne in The Walking Dead, Gurira joins the Marvel Cinematic universe as Okoye in Black Panther. Okoye is one of the mighty warrior women that watch over the royal family of Wakanda.Gurira instantly became a fan-favorite on The Walking Dead, as the badass samurai-sword wielding post-apocalyptic warrior Michonne. Her performance injected life and excitement back into the series when it sorely needed it. After seeing her work on TV, it’s not hard to imagine her stealing the show in the upcoming superhero flick. Not much else is known about her role in either movie at this point, but she must be pretty important to Black Panther if she sticks around for Infinity War as well.Although, if trailer numbers are anything to go by, people are already plenty hyped for Black Panther. It hasn’t even been a week since the trailer dropped, but it’s already made a huge splash. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s already among the top three most-watched trailers Marvel has put out. In the 24 hours after the trailer appeared, it racked up an impressive 89 Million views. That still puts it under Thor: Ragnarok’s 136 Million, but it’s a promising sign for Marvel that people are excited to see Black Panther’s first standalone flick.To put that into perspective, that’s more views than either Star Wars: The Force Awakens or Star Wars: Rogue One was able to rack up. The trailer also started a ton of discussion on Twitter, with more mentions than the NBA game it accompanied. The only downside is we still have to wait until February to see it.In other Marvel news, Kevin Feige recently weighed in on the possibility of R-Rated MCU movies. With the success of Deadpool and Logan, fans have been asking Feige whether Marvel Studios proper would ever produce a movie like that. Speaking on Facebook with AlloCine, He gave a definite “maybe.”“I don’t think it’s out of the question. When I started at Marvel seventeen years ago, the Blade franchise was doing very well. A lot of people didn’t even know that it was based on a Marvel character because at the time they sort of hid the fact it was Marvel. So, not out of the question, but not something we’re working on right now”, he said.So nothing planned at this point, but it’s encouraging to know he wouldn’t rule out the idea if the right script came along. His referencing Blade is also interesting. Those first two movies were a lot of fun. Wouldn’t it be cool to see Blade come back in the MCU? Maybe after we see what Phase Four looks like, we’ll have a better idea of how likely that is. Feige also mentioned Sony’s upcoming R-rated Venom movie. Though Venom is a Marvel character, Feige confirmed that the movie will not be part of the MCU. (Even though Spider-Man is. Rights are weird.)Nathan Fillion speaking at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International (Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons)Finally, ever since a deleted Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 scene put Nathan Fillion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’ve been wondering if he’d ever make his proper MCU debut. The cut scene in question featured a bunch of movie posters featuring Fillion as the actor Simon Williams. Especially dedicated Marvel Comics readers will recognize that name as the alias of Wonder Man.James Gunn has said in the past that he hoped to put Fillion as Wonder Man in a movie at some point in the future. Now, Fillion himself has weighed in. According to Comic Book Resources, Fillion spoke about the potential part in an interview on The Ara Show on Vancouver Canada’s KISS FM. After filling in the audience on what was in the deleted scene, who Simon Williams is, and mentioning he eventually becomes an Avenger, Fillion called the scene “a neat little Easter egg.”“It was a neat little piece of the universe. It didn’t get into the movie. That’s fine. That happens all the time. I still had the same wonderful experience. But moving forward, I don’t know, let me see what we can do with this opportunity. That’s just a cleverly disguised opportunity. Am I right?”That matches up with what Gunn has said in the past. It’s an opportunity for Fillion to join the MCU, but that’s all it is right now. Nothing has been set in stone, but if Gunn is able to get Wonder Man into a movie, Fillion would be up for the job. Here’s hoping that happens. Nathan Fillion is an incredibly fun actor, always bringing just the right amount of smarm to his often egotistical characters. He’d be a great addition to the Marvel universe if Gunn can get him in there. What to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix Universe last_img
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Eat homemade food to cut diabetes risk

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first_imgEating meals prepared at home may reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes, a recent study reveals.Eating fast food from restaurants is associated with lower diet quality and higher body weight in children and young adults and is also a major risk factor for heart disease, according to the researchers.“The trend for eating commercially prepared meals in restaurants or as take-out in the US has increased significantly over the last 50 years,” said Geng Zong from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. Also Read - 'Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting'People who ate two homemade meals each day, or about 11-14 meals a week, had 13 per cent lower risk of developing type-2 diabetes compared to people who ate less than six homemade meals a week. The study included nearly 58,000 women and more than 41,000 men up to 36 years from 1986-2012. None of the participants had diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer at the beginning of the study.The researchers demonstrated that eating homemade meals was associated with less weight gain over eight years in these middle-aged and older health professionals. The research was presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions recently in 2015.last_img
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US has no current plans to take Cuba off terror list

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first_imgNo related posts. WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States does not foresee taking Cuba off its blacklist of countries accused of supporting terrorism, which also includes Syria, Iran and Sudan, an official said Wednesday.“There are no changes in our list of state sponsors of terrorism,” State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said in an email. “The Department has no current plans to remove Cuba from the state sponsors of terrorism list.”The State Department had been expected to publish its annual report on terrorism, which includes the blacklist, on Tuesday. It could be released later this month.“We do not use the report to announce new designations or rescissions,” Ventrell said. These can happen at any time.Washington accuses the communist-run island of harboring Colombian rebels, Basque militants and U.S. fugitives.Washington and Havana do not have official diplomatic relations, but each country has an interests section in the other.The United States imposed an economic embargo on Cuba in 1962 that prohibits U.S. citizens from visiting the island and spending money there without special government authorization.U.S. President Barack Obama has eased some measures, including making it easier for Cuban-Americans to visit relatives on the island, and said he would be ready to change the policy if he sees evidence of political reform. Facebook Commentslast_img
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