first_imgSandra Kelly has done everything from painting hop-scotch blocks on the school playground to organizing pedometer challenges to help get her students active and physically fit. The Seton Elementary School principal has also encouraged students to participate in community runs and fitness challenges, established a walk-to-school program, and made sure her North Sydney school sells only healthy beverages, like 100 per cent fruit juices and milk, in the vending machines. Ms. Kelly takes student health seriously, and she is not the only one. The veteran educator is one of 26 teachers and education partners being honoured during provincial Education Week for their efforts to promote healthy eating and physical activity in their schools. This year’s Education Week theme is Healthy Living: Step up to the Plate. Education Week runs from April 23-29. “The truth is that healthy children learn better, and that schools can play a major role in promoting healthy, active living,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “There are many educators like Sandra Kelly right across this province who are stepping up to the plate to help students enhance the quality of their lives by encouraging them make healthy choices.” The award nominees were recognized at a ceremony today, April 24, at the Nova Scotia Community College’s Akerley Campus in Dartmouth. Ms. Kelly says it is part of her job to get students excited about, and interested in, healthy eating and physical fitness. “I think it’s making a difference. We are seeing our students more engaged and certainly more on task,” she said. Over the past three years Ms. Kelly and her staff have used a number of techniques to highlight the importance of a healthy lifestyle. The school has filled the area around the school with games, promoted activity breaks, offered prizes for kids who walk to school, and entered the school in the Fiddlers Run and Cape Breton The Lakes Active Healthy Living challenges. One of her innovative approaches has been to use pedometers so students could compete with each other to see who walked the furthest over the course of a week. The school also allows children to eat fruit and other healthy foods while in class. Developing and promoting healthy, active learners has been a key element of the province’s Learning For Life II, government’s plan for education. Over the current school year, the Department of Education and Nova Scotia Health Promotion and Protection have expanded the health curriculum and worked with boards to implement healthy eating policies. Support has also been made available to hire more qualified physical education teachers and increase the minimum time for phys-ed instruction. Education Week, celebrated in Nova Scotia since the 1930s, is supported by five key education partners: the Department of Education, the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, the Nova Scotia School Boards Association, the Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations, and la Federation des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Ecosse. For the fourth year in a row, Education Week is being sponsored by the Teachers Plus Credit Union.last_img read more

first_imgAGASSIZ, B.C. – Five homes have been evacuated in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley over concerns about the stability of a giant boulder that slid down into a residential community last month.The District of Kent says in a news release that 22,000-kilogram rock came from a bluff above the homes in the community of Agassiz on Nov. 5.Officials say crews have been working with a geotechnical engineer to access the site, but bad weather has impeded the process.The district’s mayor, John Van Laerhoven, ordered an emergency evacuation Sunday for eight properties, which includes five homes in the area, saying life safety is paramount.He says in a statement that the evacuation order is a precautionary step to help address a potentially serious situation due to freezing weather at higher elevations.The district says it is working with Emergency Management B.C. to complete a geotechnical assessment on the rock bluffs as soon as possible.last_img read more

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Enbridge Energy is delaying the startup of its Line 3 replacement crude oil pipeline through northern Minnesota by a year.The Canadian-based company said Friday it now expects the new pipeline to go into service in the second half of 2020. Enbridge officials had hoped to put the pipeline into service in the second half of 2019.But Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz recently said his administration will keep pursuing an appeal of an independent regulatory commission’s approval of Enbridge’s plan.The state Public Utilities Commission approved the project last summer. But the Minnesota Department of Commerce argued that Enbridge failed to provide legally adequate long-range demand forecasts to establish that it’s needed.Enbridge wants to replace Line 3 because it’s increasingly prone to cracking and corrosion. Native American and environmental activists argue the project risks spills in pristine areas.The Associated Press read more

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopian Airlines’ CEO says the pilots who flew the plane that crashed on March 10 had trained on “all appropriate simulators,” rejecting reports that they had not been adequately prepared to handle the new aircraft.Tewolde Gebremariam said in a statement Monday that the airline owns simulators to help pilots train on the Boeing 737 Max, which has software installed that requires new training. The software can pitch the plane’s nose down in some cases to keep it from stalling.There is speculation that the software could have contributed to the crash, which killed 157 people, as well as to the crash of another Boeing 737 Max, a Lion Air flight, in October.Regulators say both planes had similar erratic flight paths shortly after take-off, an important part of their decision to ground the roughly 370 Max planes around the world.Boeing Co. is likely facing heavy costs to update the flight-control software on the Max and compensate airlines that have lost use of now-parked Max jets.Separately, Boeing’s European rival Airbus announced a deal to sell 300 planes to Chinese airlines, which are also major operators of the Max. The deal — signed before Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron — includes 290 Airbus A320 jets, which compete with the Boeing 737. The number that are A320neo jets, the chief competitor to the Boeing Max, will be determined later, an Airbus spokeswoman said.China’s demand for airliners is huge, and it could still order plenty more Boeing jets, but the announcement highlighted the peril Boeing faces in restoring airline and passenger confidence in its bestselling jet.After the Lion Air crash off the coast of Indonesia, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing issued new training material for pilots. Questions lingered, however, whether the required training was sufficient and whether airlines like Ethiopian had access to simulators to give pilots thorough experience handling the software.Gebremariam said Ethiopian Airlines owns and operates a Boeing 737 Max simulator.“Contrary to some media reports, our pilots who fly the new model were trained on all appropriate simulators,” Gebremariam said. “The crews were well trained on this aircraft.”The CEO, however, had told The Associated Press this weekend that he thinks the warnings and extra training material from Boeing and U.S. regulators “might not have been enough.”He said in a subsequent interview to The Wall Street Journal on Monday that it appeared that the anti-stall software had been activated on the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed, though it was still too early to be sure.Ethiopian Airlines is widely seen as Africa’s best-managed airline. It had been using five of the Max planes and was awaiting delivery of 25 more.Boeing is updating the plane’s anti-stall software and has invited more than 200 pilots, technical experts and regulators to its factory in Renton, Washington, for a briefing.The Federal Aviation Administration expects Boeing’s update this week.As part of the update, Boeing said it is tweaking the anti-stall software. After the update, the system will rely on data from more than one sensor before it automatically pushes the plane’s nose lower. The system won’t repeatedly push the nose down, and it will reduce the magnitude of the change.Boeing said it will pay to train airline pilots. Additional training — to be done on computers, not on a plane or in a flight simulator — is designed to drill home for pilots how they can override the software if it engages unnecessarily.A Boeing spokesman on Monday said the company was continuing to determine the cost of updating the flight-control software and related changes. He declined to comment on whether the company would compensate airlines whose jets have been grounded.Boeing has not said what it expects to pay to relatives of the people who died in the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes. In filings, Boeing has not disclosed a charge for potential costs related to the Oct. 29 Lion Air accident.An aviation analyst for financial-services firm Cowen estimated the cost of the software fix at $400 million to $500 million, or roughly $1 million for each of the nearly 400 Max jets delivered or in the process of being delivered. Analyst Cai von Rumohr said Boeing may have little contractual obligation to compensate the airlines, but it will have to give them something to limit its loss of goodwill, and that is likely to be Boeing’s biggest direct cost from the accidents.Von Rumohr estimated that Boeing’s compensation to the families of Ethiopian Airlines victims could be $150 million — around $1 million for each of the people who died — and less after insurance.The worldwide grounding of the Max fleet will eat into Boeing’s cash flow because aircraft manufacturers get most of the purchase price only when the plane is delivered — Boeing has suspended Max deliveries.However, the Chicago company would receive that cash eventually if airlines don’t cancel orders. So far, Garuda Indonesia has said it plans to scrap a $4.9 billion order for 49 planes, but no other major Max customers — of which Southwest Airlines, with 249 orders, is the biggest — have indicated they plan to cancel. Boeing has about 4,600 unfilled orders for the plane’s various configurations.___AP Airlines Writer David Koenig in Dallas contributed to this report.Elias Meseret, The Associated Press read more

29 August 2008The United Nations refugee agency says that some 2,300 people from villages in the buffer zone between the Georgian town of Gori and the breakaway region of South Ossetia have registered in Gori as internally displaced people. “Many of the recent arrivals reached Gori on Tuesday and Wednesday, after being forcibly displaced by militias in villages near the boundary with South Ossetia,” Hélène Caux, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.Some 800 of these internally displaced persons (IDPs) are staying in a tented camp set up in partnership with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) earlier this week. Others are being accommodated in municipal centres.“Several of the displaced told UNHCR that they had fled fighting earlier this month and had just returned to their homes over the weekend,” said Ms. Caux, who added that people talked about militias entering the villages, shooting in the air, harassing the inhabitants and looting their property. “The newly displaced in Gori all have stories of intimidation, including beatings by the militia in buffer zone villages north of Gori,” she said. “Others have returned to Gori because they felt unsafe when they arrived back in their villages…They also said they feared the presence of mines.” According to Georgian officials, between 10,000 to 15,000 of Gori’s inhabitants have returned to their city, out of a normal peacetime population of 70,000.A UNHCR assessment mission on Wednesday to villages north of Gori confirmed that many returnees they met were traumatized and scared. Some people had returned to their villages even though basic services such as water supply, medical care and food supplies are no longer available. Meanwhile, displaced people continue to return to their homes in South Ossetia. Russian authorities said more than 25,000 people from South Ossetia have returned from Russia since 12 August. People who are still housed in temporary accommodation centres in Russia are expected to go back to South Ossetia by early September.“The situation on the ground remains complex and unpredictable in Georgia with continuing movements of people,” said Ms. Caux, adding that UNHCR teams continue to closely monitor these movements, including potential displacement in the region. More than 158,000 people were displaced during the conflict that began on 8 August – about 128,000 within Georgia and some 30,000 who fled to Russia. Yesterday senior UN officials warned the Security Council that the overall situation in and around Georgia’s breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia remains tense, as they briefed the 15-member body on the latest developments in the Caucasus country. read more

While in Bihar, he is expected to meet Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. He is also set to inaugurate a cultural centre in Bodh Gaya. According to Indian officials, Rajapaksa will then proceed to the Tirupati temple, before returning to Sri Lanka Saturday or Sunday. The attack lasted only a couple of minutes. Eight CCTV cameras installed at different spots in the branch recorded the incidents from 1.30 p.m. to 1.32 p.m. The men did not go to the top floor, where cash was kept. (Agencies) A group of men attacked the Bank of Ceylon branch in Egmore, Chennai yesterday, causing injuries to some employees and police personnel on duty.Police suspect the attack was in protest against the visit of President Rajapaksa to India, the Hindu newspaper reported. President Mahinda Rajapaksa who will leave for in India on pilgrimage today, will will not visit New Delhi to meet the country’s leaders, the Indian media quoted official sources as saying.The Indo Asian News Service (IANS) said the president will fly from Colombo Friday to Bodh Gaya, the site where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment and which hosts a 1,500-year-old temple — the most sacred to Buddhists worldwide. The report said that 12 masked men arrived in autorickshaws and motorcycles at Jarret Gardens 2nd Avenue, Casa Major Road, where the bank in located in a two-storey building, police said.They entered the premises by pushing the two policemen on duty and damaged the guardroom and the bank’s signboard on the ground floor.“They barged into the first floor office and attacked clerk Maria Rajesh and trainee Janakan, a city college student, with clubs and shards of glass. The group shouted slogans against Mr. Rajapaksa and damaged the cubicles. They threw whatever object they could lay their hands on at glass partitions and damaged a wall clock,” said an investigating officer. read more

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Apple Inc on Monday launched a “Sign In With Apple” function to rival Facebook and Google web login accounts, drawing a contrast with rivals by stressing protection of users’ information.Apple will also tighten controls on location tracking. When users sign in with their Google or Facebook Inc profiles to third-party apps, the apps often share valuable data with Google and Facebook, a practice that Apple is looking to stop. Apple said it created a system to let users generate a random, unique email to use with each app so that users do not have to reveal their real email address.The company, meanwhile, retired the iTunes app for the Mac. Originally introduced in 2001 by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs as a way to load songs onto the then-new iPod, iTunes became sprawling over the years, letting users manage music and movies as well as handle backups and updates to iPhones and iPads. Apple said it will replace iTunes with standalone apps for music, video content and podcasts. Alphabet just dropped almost 7% on report that U.S. is mulling antitrust probe Jim Balsillie : ‘Data is not the new oil – it’s the new plutonium’ Apple unveils a new iPod Touch — the first update in four years Apple delivered the announcements to app developers who descended on San Jose, California, for the annual developer conference. Apple’s App Store is a key driver of the iPhone maker’s services segment, which brought in US$37.1 billion in revenue last year.Apple takes a cut of sales from apps sold through the store, though that practice is under scrutiny in several legal proceedings.Investors are looking to Apple’s services business to power revenue and profits as iPhone sales decline. Revenue from the company’s signature device had its biggest-year-over year drop in Apple’s most recent quarter.But the company still sold more than 10 times as many iPhones and iPads as it did Mac computers last year, so many developers focus on writing their apps for them rather than the Mac.Apple announced an update of the Mac Pro, a US$6,000-and-up high-powered machine intended for professional users such as movie editors, with pricy add-ons such as a US$1,000 monitor stand. The Mac Pro has never sold in great numbers but the device is important to Apple’s image as a technology leader and in courting the creative professionals who Jobs won over. Microsoft Corp has targeted the same users with its Surface Studio computers.The annual developer conference is occurring against the backdrop of increased scrutiny of Apple’s practices and those of other tech companies.Two sources told Reuters the U.S. Justice Department has jurisdiction for a potential antitrust probe of Apple as part of a broader review of technology companies. The department’s antitrust division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) met in recent weeks to give the Justice Department jurisdiction to undertake a potential antitrust probe of Apple and Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, the sources said.Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed an antitrust lawsuit to proceed from users who allege Apple inflated app prices by not allowing iPhones to download them outside the App Store.Spotify Technology SA, whose music service competes with Apple’s, has lodged an antitrust complaint in Europe over Apple’s App Store practices.The next version of Apple’s operating system, iOS 13, will make it faster to download and open apps.Apple software chief Craig Federighi announced at the conference new tools that will make it easier for developers to put their apps on Macs without completely rewriting the code. Federighi said developers could take an existing iPad app and check a box to get a “tremendous head start” in building the same app for a Mac.“This means one development team, for the first time, can build a single app that can span all the way from iPhone to iPad to Mac,” he said on stage.The move could broaden the apps available for Macs and give Apple more chances to make money on apps for its longest-lived product line. Apple will also update its operating systems and apps at the annual conference.Apple said its AppleTV operating system will work with Microsoft Xbox and Sony Corp PlayStation video game controllers, and said that users of its Apple Watch will be able to buy apps directly from the Watch.It also introduced a system that would let users encrypt home security camera footage with an iPad or HomePod before sending it to Apple’s cloud so that Apple will not be able to view the video once it is stored in the cloud.It also introduced an app for women to track their menstrual cycle, which will work on both the Watch and on iPhones. An app for measuring noise can warn Watch users their surroundings are too loud, but Apple noted it will not collect user recordings.Apple shares were down 1.5 per cent toward the end of the livestreamed developers conference.© Thomson Reuters 2019 read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Where is “30 Rock” when you need it?During seven seasons, this clever NBC comedy made sport of the real-life acquisition of NBC Universal from General Electric by the cable giant Comcast.In the pretend world of “30 Rock,” NBC’s new owner was the make-believe Kabletown, a mammoth so-called “family company” based, like Comcast, in Philadelphia.But now “30 Rock,” which concluded its run last winter, isn’t around to weigh in drolly on the just-announced purchase by Kabletown, er, Comcast of its rival Time Warner Cable.The deal, which with regulatory approval could close by year-end, would have likely provided some laughs for “30 Rock” fans, many of whom might be expected to view an even more gargantuan cable colossus with jaundiced, or at least, wary eyes. It’s a deal that would combine America’s top two cable TV companies for a total of about 30 million subscribers. Subscribers might welcome some comic relief.TV viewers — even those satisfied with their own cable service — traditionally relegate this industry to depths similar with Congress, airline travel and, well, journalism.So don’t look for many high-fives on Twitter, where, in New York City and Philadelphia, “Comcast” and “Time Warner Cable” were trending Thursday with irate and woeful forecasts for what a combined company might bring. One of the operative hashtags: #Monopoly.Monopoly, schmonolopy, insist Comcast and Time Warner Cable.Through the purchase, as Comcast stated in its announcement, “more American consumers will benefit from technological innovations, including a superior video experience, higher broadband speeds, and the fastest in-home Wi-Fi. The transaction also will generate significant cost savings and other efficiencies.”Rrrrreally?The deal could indeed result in a company whose even-greater scale makes it better able to serve its customers, as Comcast promises. Unless, instead, it’s even more dismissive than the current two competitors may seem to their respective subscribers.The deal could put Comcast in an improved position to launch new technical innovations and new program content. Or, thanks to its dominant purchasing power in the marketplace, it could halt bold advances in their tracks by rejecting them from its infrastructure or program lineup.As a souped-up gatekeeper, the combined company could give preferential treatment to its own channels (which include USA, Bravo, MSNBC, E! and many more) and shut out channels that may seem to be competitive with its own portfolio. Or, instead, it might be all the more vigilant in bringing popular channels, whoever owns them, to its customers while granting every channel equal consideration.Consumer advocates have already passed judgment on which way it will go, and they aren’t holding their fire.The combined entity “would become the bully in the schoolyard,” warned Public Knowledge senior staff attorney John Bergmayer in a sweeping salvo, “able to dictate terms to content creators, Internet companies, other communications networks that must interconnect with it, and distributors who must access its content.”The Parents Television Council voiced similar worries. The deal “would create a behemoth of near-unstoppable market power that will invariably be anti-consumer and anti-family,” said PTC president Tim Winter. “Bigger doesn’t mean better, particularly where consumers and families are concerned.”And Free Press CEO Craig Aaron declared that “Americans already hate dealing with the cable guy,” adding: “This deal would be the cable guy on steroids — pumped up, unstoppable and grasping for your wallet.”Such contempt can weigh on the guy in charge, at least on a TV comedy.“30 Rock” concluded with NBC boss Jack Donaghy (played by Alec Baldwin) landing the plum job as CEO of NBC’s new parent Kabletown. Yet he still felt unhappy and unfulfilled, and resigned to start a vision quest to find his true bliss. (Almost immediately he returned to corporate life, scoring new success at GE with a washing-machine breakthrough.)But if “30 Rock” and its Comcast doppelganger is now gone, at least the Kabletown website can still be visited.“Why Kabletown with a K?” it asks on its home page. “Because K stands for the Kindness we show our customers, the Keen interest we take in their needs….”Real-life cable subscribers, however doubtful, will be hoping the supercharged Komcast, er, Comcast, recognizes all that, too.___Online:http://www.kabletown.com___EDITOR’S NOTE — Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at and at . by Frazier Moore, The Associated Press Posted Feb 13, 2014 2:08 pm MDT Comcast deal stirs memories of ’30 Rock’s” Kabletown – and worry among some cable subscribers FILE – In this July 30, 2008 file photo illustration, a silhouetted coaxial cable is photographed with the Comcast Corp. logo in the background in Philadelphia.Comcast Corp. announced Thursday that it is buying Time Warner Cable Inc. for $45.2 billion in stock. The deal combines two of the nation’s top pay TV and Internet service companies and makes Comcast, which also owns NBCUniversal, a dominant force in both creating and delivering entertainment to U.S. homes. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, file) read more

They were among a crowd of more than 1,500 competitors, but four students from Brock’s Goodman School of Business recently earned the spotlight on an international stage.On April 22, business students Steven Simons, Arusa Mithani, Julia Baird-Oryschak and Shehryar Khalid won top awards at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif.DECA is an international organization that prepares students at both the high school and university levels for leadership through competitive events and professional development activities.Simons and Mithani placed first overall in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing category, Baird-Oryschak placed second overall in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, and Khalid placed third overall in Banking Financial Services.The competition required students to read and analyze short business cases and present their recommendations to judges — all under a time crunch.The win comes after the Goodman DECA team earned 18 medals at the DECA U Provincials competition in January, setting a new medal count record for the Goodman School of Business.Interim Dean Barry Wright said this latest achievement, while impressive on its own, is the icing on the cake of an already successful competition season.“We are so proud of our students who continue to gain recognition and make positive impressions on judges,” he said. “Winning at an international level is an excellent way to end a banner year of competition awards.”Simons, who also served as this year’s President of Goodman DECA, said the results are a testament to the hard work put in by the entire 52-student team.“When you look at our team, our students have the work ethic and dedication that it takes to win,” he said. “Many of our students went above and beyond and came in for extra practices and training throughout the year.”The third-year business student started participating in DECA in Grade 11 and has learned a lot from five years of competitions.Describing himself as a quiet student, Simons said DECA helped to push him out of his comfort zone.“If you had told me in high school that in a few years I would be an international champion at a presentation-type competition, I wouldn’t have believed it,” he said.“I think it’s great to see that with DECA, you can get involved as a delegate and then move up. The opportunities keep growing exponentially after that. That’s what DECA has been for me.”With an extensive training program established and a track record of success in place, Simons’ goal this year as chapter president was to continue to build a supportive culture within his team.“We wanted everyone to feel like they had 51 new friends that they could fully trust and rely on for anything they needed,” he said. “Once you’ve built that level of confidence, people are in a much better environment to actually learn and put in the work. I think everyone doing that collectively is what helped us get the exceptional results at both Provincials and ICDC. Having the support of your fellow team members gives you that extra boost of confidence going into a competition.” read more

first_imgHere’s What Happened Today: Friday Ruth Morrissey, the DUP’s first openly gay candidate and Chewbacca’s passing made headlines today. May 3rd 2019, 8:52 PM NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Ruth Morrissey after today’s High Court ruling Source: Friday 3 May 2019, 8:52 PM 9,049 Views Get our daily news round up: By Cónal Thomas center_img The Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement wants the High Court to determine if documents given to it by the Football Association of Ireland contain privileged legal material.Limerick woman Ruth Morrissey and her husband are to be awarded €2.1 million in damages in the wake of the CervicalCheck controversy.A Kildare man who left two pedestrians seriously injured when he drove onto a busy footpath has been jailed for eight years. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he regrets his tone when speaking about concerns raised about the mortuary at Waterford University Hospital. Plans to redevelop parts of Dublin’s major thoroughfare O’Connell Street as an urban quarter were welcomed by business groups. A religious order at the centre of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home burial controversy told the government it had no “legal liability” arising from the home.The DUP‘s first openly gay candidate was elected to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.The weather for the May bank holiday weekend is set to be settled with a few sunny spells.THE WORLD No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share6 Tweet Email Source: Niall Carson#UNITED KINGDOM: The Conservative and Labour parties both took a significant hit in the UK’s local elections, with voters venting frustration over the ongoing Brexit impasse. #INDIA: One of the biggest storms to come off the Indian Ocean in years slammed into India today prompting mass evacuations. #UNITED STATES: Tributes were paid to Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew, best known for playing Chewbacca in the film series, following his death at the age of 74. PARTING SHOTHere are just some of the items that have been surrendered at security screening at Dublin Airport.The airport posted this photo on Twitter today, prompting some debate about butter, play doh and solids vs liquids. These are some of the items that have been surrendered at security screening at @DublinAirport .Be sure to have your liquids, aerosols & gels in containers of 100ml or less, place them in a single transparent resealable plastic bag capacity no greater than 1 litre (20cm x 20cm)— Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) May 3, 2019 Short URLlast_img read more

first_img Of all the midseason premieres we were looking forward to, Taboo was the most intriguing. Tom Hardy doing a TV show with the creator of Peaky Blinders? You have my attention. With every trailer leading up to last night’s premiere, the series almost looked too big for TV. Sure enough, Taboo features big screen production values and talent not normally seen in a basic cable miniseries.Tom Hardy plays James Keziah Delaney, a man returning to England from Africa after the death of his father. Nobody is altogether too happy about Delaney’s return, especially his sister. During their father’s wake, he grabs her by the arm and says he still loves her. She is clearly uncomfortable, suggesting his love isn’t so much brotherly as it is, um, taboo. While at the wake, Delaney is approached by his father’s lawyer, who informs him that he is his father’s sole heir. Delaney has inherited a strip of land in America that the lawyer downplays as worthless.We soon learn that the lawyer is working with the East India Company, who wants the land that Delaney now own. As is revealed over the course of the episode, the land, Nootka Sound, is a contested strategic point in the ongoing War of 1812. It will also serve as a gateway to China for the East India Company if Britain has control over it.Jonathan Pryce as the probably villainous Sir Stuart Strange, an executive of the East India Company. (Photo: Screenshot via FX)We also learn a little bit (but not too much, the show cuts away before we hear anything too juicy) about Delaney’s past. He worked for the East India Company and was an excellent employee for his first year. He didn’t take well to seeing the horrors the company inflicted upon native people. He fought bears, sought treasures that may not have existed and eventually ran off to Africa on a slave ship. After the ship had sunk, Delaney was presumed dead until he showed up in Britain again ten years later.The rest of the episode is pretty much just Delaney meeting with people and establishing his life in England. Almost every meeting serves to drive home just how much of an antihero he is. He forcibly (by way of threat) takes his father’s company offices back from the prostitute he lost his virginity to as a boy. He pays a man for taking care of a boy who is ostensibly his father’s youngest son. Though, given Delaney’s reaction upon seeing the boy, he may actually be his son. With his sister. When asked if he’d like to meet the boy, Delaney replies that he’s not fit to be around children. Yeah, we kind of got that.He also has a coroner dig up his father’s body to examine the contents of his stomach. The scene shows us the man digging through the dead body in graphic detail while Delaney hallucinates outside. He speaks to the imagined body of a dead slave, saying he has no guilt or fear for him. This is a show that wants us to be uncomfortable, and it succeeds. To what end? That’s still a little unclear, but damn if it isn’t effective. The coroner finds out that Delaney’s father was poisoned, presumably setting the stage for Delaney to take his revenge.In his hallucinations, Delaney has literal blood on his hands. (Photo: Screenshot via FX)The first episode does a great job of setting the tone but falters when it comes to the story. It goes out of its way to avoid revealing anything to the audience, and as a result, it’s hard to say what’s going on. It seems to be building up to something, but after one hour of TV, I have no idea what. The only thing that seems certain is that it’s a revenge story. What shape that revenge will take is still a mystery.Don’t get me wrong; I love a good mystery, but you have to let me know what the mystery is. Give the audience some idea of where the show will take them. Everything about the production is fantastic. The cast includes some of the best actors you’ll see on TV right now, the cinematography is stunning, the imagery is disturbing and uncomfortable, but what is it all for? What story is it telling? That’s still unclear. Taboo‘s first episode feels less like a TV pilot and more like the intro to a movie in dire need of some editing. It’s like the first twenty minutes of a film were stretched into an hour of TV.All that said, it’s too early to abandon the series just yet. It’s not bad; it’s just taking too long to find the plot. Besides, most shows deserve at least a couple chances to find their feet. Despite its story problems, it is a well-made series. The acting and production design make for a mesmerizing show. It draws you into the harsh world of 19th century England. If only it had a good story to tell once you’re there. ‘Friends’ Monkey May Appear in ‘Y: The Last Man’ TV AdaptationHow ‘Legion’ Uses Superpowers to Explore Mental Illness Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgFor some, it’s Judgment Day. For others, it’s party time.A loosely organized Christian movement has spread the word around the globe that Jesus Christ will return to earth on Saturday to gather the faithful into heaven. While the Christian mainstream isn’t buying it, many other skeptics are milking it.A Facebook page titled “Post rapture looting” offers this invitation: “When everyone is gone and god’s not looking, we need to pick up some sweet stereo equipment and maybe some new furniture for the mansion we’re going to squat in.” By Wednesday afternoon, more than 175,000 people indicated they would be “attending” the “public event.”The prediction is also being mocked in the comic strip “Doonesbury” and has inspired “Rapture parties” to celebrate what hosts expect will be the failure of the world to come to an end. In the Army town of Fayetteville, N.C., the local chapter of the American Humanist Association has turned the event into a two-day extravaganza, with a Saturday night party followed by a day-after concert.“It’s not meant to be insulting, but come on,” said organizer Geri Weaver. “Christians are openly scoffing at this.”The prediction originates with Harold Camping, an 89-year-old retired civil engineer from Oakland, Calif., who founded Family Radio Worldwide, an independent ministry that has broadcast his prediction around the world.last_img read more

first_imgComplex Media, a trend-spotting network of style, sports and entertainment media aimed at 18-34 year old males, has now entered the food space with the launch of doesn’t typically associate with fashion or showbiz news, but the new brand isn’t as big a departure from the company’s norms as you might think, says Complex CEO Rich Antoniello.”It informs the rest of the lifestyle,” he says. “You see a lot of companies out there that are checking a box, saying they need this, they need that, but it’s completely disparate from the rest of their business. What we do is stay consistent. We stay very focused on the target audience and try to sync all the wants and needs that they have.” “We do everything that guys spend their money on.”The new site, estimated to attract five to 10 million unique visitors per month by next year, is billed as “an alternative to traditional food media,” focusing on both the contents consumed and the culture surrounding them. For many young males who have stayed with the 100-plus site media network through its 10-year existence, food and dining has developed into an area of interest.”It was a natural evolution in the interests of our readers,” says Noah Callahan-Bever, editor-in-chief of Complex. “We do have people at the higher end of the spectrum now, who have grown up on Complex.”Data analysis was an integral part of the launch process–”I’m a math guy,” Antoniello admits–but intuition also played an equal part. Select food stories have been major traffic drivers, but Antoniello and Callahan-Bever, both closet “foodies,” had a gut feel for the market.”There was a want on the editorial content side and there was a need on the business side as well, and there was a void in the marketplace,” Antoniello says.It’s only been one day, but so far they’re right: the First We Feast launch has attracted at least 70 percent more traffic than any other Complex launch.SEE ALSO: The 2012 FOLIO: 40 – Rich AntonielloWhile both are confident the new venture is simply an extension of the larger preexisting brand, they do allow that it’s a bit of a change. Antoniello stresses a disciplined, balanced approach that allows his company to take chances, but only after solidifying its base. “It’s like building a dock,” he says. “The deeper you drive the pylons down vertically, the further you can go out horizontally without the dock tipping into the water. Every time we put something that’s slightly more horizontal or a step out for us, we make sure we drive down with two or three new core properties that allow us to maintain the correct balance both to the consumer side and the buy side.”It’s recent additions like and–fashion and footwear sites launched early this summer that add to the core of Complex’s audience–that let them go after something else guys spend their money on.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!last_img read more

first_imgThe United States is entering a new stage in its pivot toward the Asia-Pacific region, with the Obama administration devoting increased attention to that sphere, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday during a speech at Arizona State University.One component of the shift is military, with DOD’s newest and most capable weapons systems going first to the region.When movements are completed, 60 percent of the U.S. fleet will be in the Pacific-Indian Ocean area, Carter said. U.S. Marines already have a rotational presence in Australia and U.S. and Filipino authorities are working on ways to strengthen military-to-military cooperation, reported DOD News.In addition to investing in weapons such as a new long-range stealth bomber, the Obama administration is revitalizing its alliance with Japan and expanding trade partnerships.“I am personally committed to overseeing the next phase of the rebalance, which will deepen and diversify our engagement in the region,” Carter said on the first stop on a trip taking him to Japan, South Korea and Hawaii.The nation’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region is not only focused on military cooperation. The United States needs to have access to the region’s growing markets, Carter said. He noted that more than half of the Earth’s population will live in the region by 2050. Over the next 15 years, there will be rapid middle-class growth across the Asia-Pacific, to the point that it will make up “60 percent of global middle-class consumption.”America is a Pacific power and will remain one, Carter said, noting that the United States will continue to engage with nations in the Asia-Pacific region. Carter said his stops in Japan and South Korea highlight the importance of America’s decades-old alliances with both countries, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgTwitter/ANIAs punishment for having an affair with a man from a different cast, a woman in Madhya Pradesh was forced to carry her husband on her shoulder and walk. The woman was made to do this by the residents of Devigar village in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh. The police came to know of the situation only when a video went viral of the woman, who is in her twenties carrying her husband on her shoulders.In the video that has been doing rounds on the internet, the villagers are seen making fun of the woman and making mocking noises as she is walks holding her husband on her right shoulder.#WATCH Madhya Pradesh: Villagers force a woman to carry her husband on her shoulders as a punishment in Devigarh, Jhabua allegedly for marrying a man from a different caste. (12.4.19)— ANI (@ANI) April 13, 2019Interestingly, the people present around the woman are all men and are smiling and laughing and some are even dancing while the woman is seen struggling to carry her husband and walk. The destination of the woman has not yet been ascertained nor has the events which took place after the ongoings in the video.The police registered a case against the villagers.”Some people in a group disrespected a woman in Devigarh, Jhabua. A case has been registered against all of them and two people have been arrested. We are trying to nab the rest of the accused,” Vineet Jain, Superintendent of Police (SP) Jhabua, was quoted as saying by ANI.Caste discrimination and violence is not a rare occurrence in India. Many belonging to the lower strata of society have faced unfairness and injustice at the hands of what can be called upper caste people.OTHER INCIDENTSIn January a young 17-year-old boy in Odisha to carry his mother’s corpse for five kilometres on a cycle for the final rites after none of the neighbours offered to help since he and his mother belonged to a lower caste.The boy had buried his mother in the firest nearby since he knew that he won’t be allowed to bury her in the burial ground.last_img read more

first_img.At least 59 people were killed and 527 injured when a gunman opened fire on concert-goers Sunday night in Las Vegas.Here’s what we know about the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history:What happenedA crowd of more than 22,000 people was listening to country music star Jason Aldean at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when bursts of automatic gunfire erupted around 10:08 pm (0508 GMT).Police said the lone shooter opened fire with multiple weapons on concert-goers from his 32nd floor room at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino across the street on the famed Las Vegas Strip.“People started grabbing their loved-ones and just strangers, and trying to help them get out of the way,” said Ralph Rodriguez, IT consultant who was at the concert with a group of friends.The gunmanPolice identified the gunman as Stephen Craig Paddock, a wealthy retired former accountant from Mesquite, Nevada, around 80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Las Vegas.The sole suspect in the shooting, the 64-year-old Paddock killed himself in his hotel room as a police SWAT team was about to break in.Police recovered at least 16 rifles from his room, and later found a weapons cache including over 18 firearms, explosives and several thousand rounds of ammo at his home in Mesquite.A former accountant and a licensed private pilot, police said Paddock had had no known brushes with the law.Eric Paddock, the gunman’s elder brother, told local media he could not fathom what motivated him.Stephen Paddock regularly played high-stakes video poker but was wealthy and had “no religious affiliation, no political affiliation,” the brother said.Deadliest US mass shooting everLas Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said 59 people had been confirmed dead and 527 wounded.The toll could yet rise but the Las Vegas Strip shooting is already the deadliest ever in the United States, exceeding the toll of 49 killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida in June 2016.MotiveThe Islamic State group, without providing evidence, claimed that Paddock was one of its “soldiers”, who went by the nom de guerre Abu Abdel Bar al-Amriki-“The American”.He converted to Islam several months ago, the group said.The FBI said it had found no such connection so far, and the local sheriff described him as a lone “psychopath.”Political reactionIn a televised address, Trump described the massacre as an “act of pure evil” but said it would not shatter the nation’s “unity.”Trump refrained from addressing the unproven IS claim of responsibility, or calls for gun control and the White House said it would be “premature” to reopen the US debate on tighter gun restrictions.Trump led White House staff and senior US officials in a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House, and announced he would visit Las Vegas on Wednesday.last_img read more

first_img Share Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesSen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee who is a tough critic of the Trump administration’s stance towards Russia.A handful of top Republicans are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from a federal investigation into whether Russia interfered with last year’s presidential election, as top Democrats call on Sessions to resign.The demands come after reports that Sessions spoke to Russia’s ambassador twice last year, while Sessions was working as a top adviser and surrogate for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The news was first reported by The Washington Post, and has since been confirmed by NPR’s Carrie Johnson.Sessions said during his confirmation hearings that he had no contact with Russian officials as he worked with Trump’s campaign.Amid the calls for recusal and resignation, many leading Republicans are urging caution. Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican who has been highly suspicious of possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia, told NPR’s Steve Inskeep on Morning Edition, “I’m not interested in being part of a witch hunt, but I also will not be part of a cover-up,” speaking about the broader Russia investigation, which he is a part of on the Senate Intelligence Committee.Democrats have been making demands for Sessions to recuse himself from the federal Russia investigation for weeks, repeating it at every development in the story, including the recent resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn, who stepped down after making misleading statements about his own contacts with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to Vice President Pence and other top White House officials.Republican Calls For RecusalChip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesRep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the federal investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election.The Sessions news was enough to move several high-profile Republicans into the camp, too.Chaffetz tweeted Thursday morning that “AG Sessions should clarify his testimony and recuse himself.” That’s a reference to the fact that during his confirmation hearing, Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee that “I did not have communications with the Russians” over the course of the 2016 presidential campaign.Later in the morning, Issa issued a statement saying “we need an independent review by a credible third party, and that Attorney General Sessions should recuse himself by any investigation into Russia.”AG Sessions should clarify his testimony and recuse himself— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) March 2, 2017Issa barely won reelection last year, and is viewed as one of the most vulnerable House Republican incumbents. But Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is on the opposite end of the spectrum. He was recently elected to a new six-year term, and won a second term by wide margins. Still, Portman said in a statement that “Jeff Sessions is a former colleague and a friend, but I think it would be best for him and for the country to recuse himself from the DOJ Russia probe.”.@GOPLeader says on Morning Joe that AG Sessions should recuse himself from Russian investigation— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) March 2, 2017House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on MSNBC Thursday morning that Sessions should recuse himself from Russia-related investigation, but later attempted to walk the statement back.Indeed many Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, are defending Sessions. Ryan told reporters Thursday that Sessions should only recuse himself from the investigation if he becomes the subject of the probe. “But if he’s not,” Ryan said, “I don’t see any purpose or reason to doing this.”Democrats Demand ResignationJ. Scott Applewhite/APSenate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday about news reports of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ contact with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. during the presidential campaign.But as Republicans begin to join them on the recusal front, many Democrats in Congress are ratcheting up their demands. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are now calling on Sessions to resign.“There cannot be even the scintilla of doubt about the impartiality and fairness of the attorney general, the top law enforcement official of the land,” Schumer said. “Because the Department of Justice should be above reproach, for the good of the country Attorney General Sessions should resign.”Schumer also said Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente should appoint an independent prosecutor to look into Russia’s attempted influence in the 2016 election to ensure the integrity of the investigation. If that doesn’t happen, Schumer said Congress should revive its own power to name an independent prosecutor, which was created in 1978 after Watergate and lapsed following the Kenneth Starr investigation of President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. Schumer also called on the Justice Department inspector general to begin an immediate investigation.“After lying under oath to Congress about his own communications with the Russians, the Attorney General must resign,” Pelosi said in a statement Wednesday night. “Sessions is not fit to serve as the top law enforcement officer of our country and must resign.”“This is the No. 1 law enforcement officer in the country. He sets the example for U.S. attorneys all over this country, and he also is the person who is in charge of the FBI,” Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told NPR’s Morning Edition on Thursday.Rubio Strikes Middle GroundWhat happens next may depend on the ultimate response of high-profile Republicans like Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan, who want to know more before making any judgments about Sessions’ role going forward.Rubio is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is conducting its own investigation into potential Russian electoral interference.“It is potentially the case that there is going to be Justice Department recommendations or referrals based on anything regarding the campaign,” Rubio said on NPR’s Morning Edition. “Depending on what more we learn about these meetings, it could very well be that the attorney general, in the interest of fairness and in his best interest, should potentially ask someone else to step in and play that role.Copyright 2017 NPR. 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first_imgFor the latest information on Louisville lacrosse, visit, or follow the team’s Twitter account at @LouisvilleLax or on Facebook at Print Friendly Version LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville lacrosse sophomore Caroline Blalock has been named preseason All-American honorable mention by Inside Lacrosse. A team captain for the second consecutive season, Blalock was named All-ACC Second Team, ILWomen All-Rookie Team and IWLCA All Region Second Team at the conclusion of her freshman season. She played in all 17 games with 14 starts, leading the team with 43 goals, 55 points, and 24 caused turnovers. Her 1.41 caused turnovers per game led the team and ranked fourth in the ACC, while her 2.41 ground balls per game ranked fifth in the ACC. She scored a career-high five goals vs. Robert Morris and six times scored four goals (Marquette, Butler, Coastal Caroline, Duke, Mercer, Virginia). She led the team with nine hat tricks. Story Links The Cardinals open the 2019 season at Northwestern on Friday, Feb. 8. After three road contests to start the year, they host Mercer on Sunday, Feb. 24.last_img read more

first_imgThe first Fallout was a cult hit, and its fans demanded more. Fallout 2 met that demand just one year later, with a few refinements to the mechanics, and a drastically expanded world, history, and story. Some of those elements continued on in the games that followed and have helped define the Fallout franchise. Here are a few important things about Fallout 2 that players should know before grabbing Fallout 4, and don’t forget to check out our 50 little-known facts about the franchise too!Instead of picking up where the first game left off, Fallout 2 leapt forward 80 years to 2241, and had players control a direct descendant of The Vault Dweller, the hero of the first game. This new protagonist was raised in a tribal village, and was chosen to embark on a quest to locate wondrous technology from their ancestral home of Vault 13.“The Chosen One” was seeking a device called the Garden of Eden Creation Kit. The GECK was mentioned in the instruction manual that came with Fallout 1, however, it was not actually seen in-game until Fallout 2, and then later appeared in Fallout 3. It is an undying part of the Fallout franchise, not just because of its in-game appearances, but also because Bethesda’s mod-making tool is called the GECK With mods being available on the console versions of Fallout 4, players will be hearing a lot about the GECK in one form or another.Super mutants were the bad guys in Fallout 1, but Fallout 2 took place several generations later. Most humans had been born and raised with the Super Mutants as a part of their world. However, the Super mutants were still the same group of mutants from the first game. Fallout 1 established that the Super mutants couldn’t breed, but Fallout 2 revealed that they had a very long lifespan too. Long enough to still be alive and well for the sequel and beyond.Most people shunned the mutants, but later parts of the game had towns where mutants worked and lived alongside humans. Players who put in the effort could even recruit a friendly mutant, named Marcus, as part of their party. Although Marcus was an upstanding citizen, nice mutants are still extremely rare. Even well-intended ones can be unpredictable and dangerous. The East Coast breed of Super mutants are particularly hostile to humans.Friendly ghouls are much more common than friendly Super mutants, but the ghouls in the first game had — at best — a reluctant tolerance for “Normies.” Players who behaved diplomatically were allowed to explore the ghoul city of Necropolis, although the ghouls frequently threatened to make players take a “dirt nap” if they got out of line.None of the ghouls would actually join players on their quest in the first game. However, Fallout 2 introduced players to Lenny, a ghoul doctor who could join the team alongside Marcus the mutant and several other unusual companions. Players have been able to recruit ghouls, mutants, cyborgs, and robot followers in every game since. These non-human creatures add variety to the party, with mutants providing brute force while the ghouls often bring specialized skills.The first Fallout introduced several forms of fictional drugs, collectively called chems. They could be addictive if the player used them too much, but they would also boost the player’s abilities temporarily, and the risk of getting hooked was usually worth it. It was a mixed message that suited the moral ambiguity of the Fallout world: “Drugs are bad, and you should always keep some handy.”In Fallout 2, chems took a more important role in the story. Most chems were made before the Great War but, by the 2240s, a new chem was invented by the denizens of the wasteland. Jet was far more powerful than the chems from the first game, but it also much more addictive. A major subplot involved finding the creator of Jet, and possibly making a cure. Or players could roam the wasteland as jet junkies, alternating between strung out, and supercharged.Although it was invented in Nevada, Jet made its way to the East Coast at some point between Fallout 2 and 3. The Jet seen in the more recent games is not as addictive as the original version, though, and there are designer variants of it and other chems made by pushers all over the wasteland.The first little town that players visited in Fallout was called Shady Sands. In the 80 years that passed between the games, Shady Sands had grown into the heart of the New California Republic. In 2241, the NCR had united most of the towns in the first game, and was hard at work trying to assimilate the areas introduced in Fallout 2. The player could help or hinder the NCR’s effort to seize new territory but, no matter what the player did, the NCR would still conquer new territory in the years that followed, and its slow spread Eastwards played a pivotal role in Fallout New Vegas. Despite Fallout’s apocalyptic origins, theNew California Republic was bringing civilization back to the wasteland.The Brotherhood of Steel was the apex of technological advancement in the first Fallout game. Yet, they were having a rough time when the events of Fallout 2 rolled around. The player only meets a few members of the Brotherhood, and these are just guards stationed at small outposts. One of these guards believes that the Brotherhood’s xenophobia and reclusiveness have caused them to lag behind other wasteland groups. Both in terms of numbers, and in technological innovation.The decline of the Brotherhood was only a small part of Fallout 2, but that idea became important later on. After the events of Fallout 2, the Brotherhood sent several expeditions East, and this was integral to the stories of Fallout 3, New Vegas, and even the non-canonical Fallout: Tactics. Political schisms occurred in some of these far-off chapters of the Brotherhood, and somewhere East of California there may yet be more Brotherhood chapters.The faction that posed the greatest danger to the Brotherhood was a new group of enemies created for Fallout 2, The Enclave. In Fallout’s alternate timeline, the Cold War extended well into the 21st Century, and the American government knew that even if they defeated the Commies, the world was still doomed, if not from nuclear war, then from the plundering of Earth’s resources.The Enclave was a group of America’s self-proclaimed elite. The government, military, and wealthy. They saw the end coming, and hid themselves away in a secret offshore base. While most people in the wasteland were simply trying to survive, the Enclave thrived and plotted. They developed power armor that was superior to the Brotherhood’s, and they built “Vertibird” helicopters that gave them a distinct tactical advantage in a world where few vehicles still worked.During the events of Fallout 2, the descendants of the original Enclave were planing to kill off everyone in the wasteland, and rebuild America all for themselves. The player managed to stop the Enclave at the end of the game, but this organization proved to be Fallout 2‘s most enduring contribution to the franchise. The Enclave returned in Fallout 3, and made an appearance in New Vegas. Hints throughout the games implied that there are other Enclave bases hidden throughout the will explore the Enclave’s return in Fallout 3 and New Vegas in the weeks ahead, and look at how how those games helped expand the Fallout universe.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. — The Obama administration in recent months has rolled out a new but little-known program that allows Central American immigrants who reside legally in the United States to bring family members to the country.The new policy applies to children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador who face harm from violence and other dangers. Admission is also possible for spouses and grandchildren of immigrants in some cases.The U.S. State Department and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services implemented the program in December. Vice President Joe Biden first announced it at a summit on economic development with Central American leaders in November, but the administration has barely promoted the initiative domestically aside from posting announcements and details on agency Web sites.Officials say the change is necessary to prevent children from risking their lives to cross the border and protect them from exploitation by smuggling networks.The new policy applies exclusively to Central Americans because of a 2008 anti-trafficking law that emphasizes protection of minors from that part of the world.Under the reunification program, at-risk children can qualify for refugee status, putting them on a path for green cards, resettlement assistance and eventually U.S. citizenship. Those who don’t meet the requirements can become eligible for parole, which allows them to reside in the United States without the other benefits.An official for the State Department, which shares responsibility for the program along with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said the policy change provides a “safe, legal and orderly alternative to the dangerous journey that some children were undertaking to join parents.” A young boy joins faith leaders and activists in a protest against immigrant deportations in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., on July 31, 2014. Karen Bleier/AFPThe new refugee program has garnered relatively little attention compared other executive actions President Barack Obama has taken in recent months. Some immigration advocates were unaware of the plan until federal officials e-mailed them about it in early February, according to a Boston Globe article that month.Critics say the president shouldn’t have implemented the reunification program without legislation, but officials contend that the administration announced its intentions in an August 2014 report to Congress and when Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson briefed lawmakers about proposed refugee admissions in September.Immigrant parents can apply for the refugee program if they have legal status in the United States — including temporary legal status — or if the government grants them deferred action under the suspended executive actions that Obama announced in November.The children must go through interviews with USCIS officers in their native countries to determine whether they qualify as refugees and undergo DNA testing to prove a relation to the parents, in addition to completing security checks and obtaining medical clearance.The State Department said 329 individuals had applied for reunification as of Thursday. The agency said no applications have been approved yet.Unaccompanied children from Central America began streaming to the United States at an alarming rate in 2012, around the time Obama announced plans to defer deportations for certain immigrants who were brought to the country illegally.Between 2012 and 2014, the number of immigrant minors apprehended at the border more than quadrupled, rising from 13,600 to more than 60,000.The sudden wave of undocumented children took a heavy toll on federal resources and caught the government unprepared, but the surge has slowed considerably in recent months. Border Patrol agents said many immigrants misunderstood the 2012 deferred-deportation policy, according to a previous Washington Post article.Recommended: Fix the immigration crisis at its rootThe administration took steps to curb the influx, including building new processing centers, increasing border security and urging Central American leaders to discourage people from making the trek north. U.S. President Barack Obama arrives to announce executive actions on U.S. immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House on Nov. 20, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Jim Bourg/AFP/PoolObama announced plans in November to defer deportation for an estimated 4 million undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal residents who have lived in the country for at least five years.Conservatives lashed out at the administration for changing major immigration policies without congressional approval. The White House contends that Obama used his executive authorities in the same manner as past presidents, including Republicans.A federal court ordered a temporary hold on the program in February after 26 Republican-run states challenged the executive actions. The Justice Department is appealing the decision, but Obama has agreed to comply with it.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Obama: US will make immigration ‘more fair and just’ Immigrants find themselves torn between hope, defeat on Obama’s plans Obama to request $1 billion from Congress to help Central America Central American leaders offer plan to slow child migrant surgelast_img read more