We’re in a new region. And everything we’re measuring is different and exciting. THE US SPACE agency NASA has denied a claim made in a scientific study that its Voyager 1 spacecraft had left the solar system, describing the report as “premature.”Scientists are eagerly awaiting signs that the craft, which was launched in 1977 on a mission to study planets, has become the first man-made object to leave the boundaries of our solar system.A scientific paper that purported to describe this departure appeared on the American Geophysical Union’s web site.It said Voyager 1 “appears to have traveled beyond the influence of the Sun and exited the heliosphere,” or the magnetic bubble of charged particles that surround the solar system.Matter of debateResearcher Bill Webber, one of the article’s authors, acknowledged that the actual location of the spacecraft — whether in interstellar space or just an unknown region beyond the solar system — remained a matter of debate.“It’s outside the normal heliosphere, I would say that,” said Webber, professor emeritus of astronomy at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, according to the AGU’s web site. Shortly after the study appeared, NASA spokesman Dwayne Brown told AFP the report was “premature and incorrect.”The Voyager science team reported in December 2012 the craft was in a new region called the “magnetic highway,” but changes in the magnetic field to show a departure from the solar system have not yet been observed, NASA said.“The Voyager team is aware of reports today that NASA’s Voyager 1 has left the solar system,” said Edward Stone, Voyager project scientist based at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California.“It is the consensus of the Voyager science team that Voyager 1 has not yet left the solar system or reached interstellar space,” he said.A change in the direction of the magnetic field is the last critical indicator of reaching interstellar space and that change of direction has not yet been observed.Voyager 1 and its companion Voyager 2 set off in 1977 on a mission to study planets. They have both kept going, and both are on track to leave the solar system, NASA has said.For months, experts have been closely watching for hints that Voyager 1 has left the solar system and most have estimated that this will happen in the next year or two.- © AFP, 2013Read: Tycoon wants to send couple on Mars mission>
The Citizens were able to turn their luck around and after being down 2-1 against Schalke, with one player sent off, they won 3-2 in the UCL.Pep Guardiola and Manchester City had a fantastic comeback tonight in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.The English Premier League club was down 2-1 in the second half while Nicolas Otamendi was sent off leaving them with one less player.But the Citizens showed a lot of confidence and were able to get the victory in the first leg of the series at Veltins Arena.You put us through it tonight, boys.But we love you for it! 💙#mancity pic.twitter.com/4n52xezWv4— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 20, 2019City had a great start, thanks to a magnificent goal by Sergio Aguero in the 18th minute thanks to an assist by David Silva.At the 33rd minute, Nicolas Otamendi handballed the ball in his own area and after the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) Technology was used, Schalke was awarded a penalty kick.Nabil Bentaleb converted the goal to tie things 1-1.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…And two minutes before the end of the first half, Fernandinho fouled Salif Sane in the area to give the Germans another penalty kick chance.Bentaleb converted from the spot once again to put things 2-1.In the second half things didn’t look good for Pep Guardiola and company, as Nicolas Otamendi received his second yellow card of the day and was sent off, leaving the Citizens with 10 men.Schalke didn’t take this opportunity to attack, wasting the few opportunities they had in front of the Manchester goal.But Leroy Sane scored in the 85th minute, while Raheem Sterling did the same five minutes later, to give the Citizens the 3-2 win in a fantastic night.FULL-TIME | A bonkers game! 😅We can only guess what the second leg will bring after that!🔵 2-3 💙#s04vcity ⚽️ #mancity pic.twitter.com/D3buqVBGdb— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 20, 2019
Students at St. Mary’s preschool prepare to go outside. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)The governor’s proposed budget calls for the elimination of a $2 million pre-kindergarten program, which serves six school districts in Anchorage, Juneau, and Western Alaska.Download AudioAlaska was one of just 12 states in the U.S. without state-funded pre-kindergarten when it started a pilot program in 2009.The pre-K program is free to qualifying low-income families and, according to Deputy Education Commissioner Les Morse, has seen considerable success in its six-year run.“There is solid data around its success,” Morse said. “We specifically looked at various different assessments on students in terms of their’ performance as well as the delivery by districts. It’s really been very successful. The largest problem with the program is that we really haven’t been able to grow it. So it really continues to serve the same number of students and the same dollar amount that it did during its pilot phase.”Morse says the original plan was to pilot the program, and then expand it after a few years. But according to the National Institute for Early Education Research, the program never reached more than 3 percent of four-year-olds in the state.About 40 of those toddlers are in the Lower Kuskokwim School District, where Early Childhood Coordinator April Blevins says the pilot program is the most accessible of the early education programs offered to low-income families in the district.“There are other programs,” Blevins said. “But they’re grant-funded programs that the parents have to apply with these huge applications, and it usually discourages people from going that route. Whereas applying for the pilot program is very simple.”The pre-K program is also in high demand; it serves 28 children in Bethel, five in Tununak, and nine in Akiuk. Blevins has another 30 kids on a waiting list.And besides providing education with certified teachers, Blevins says the pre-K program fills another need in communities where reliable childcare can be nearly impossible to find.“For 6.5 hours a day, people can go to work knowing their kid is safe and receiving some education,” Blevins said. “I’ve had parents cry, because it’s the first time they’ve been able to go back to work because they’ve been watching their child, because there is no childcare. So I think sometimes there’s underlying emotions … people don’t realize how the program affects their daily life.”In 2014, nearly five times as many 4-year-olds in the state were enrolled in Headstart programs as the pre-K program, according to NIEER.Three-quarters of all four-year-olds were not served by Headstart or pre-K.Governor Walker’s proposed education budget would also delete $820,000 in grants for other early childhood programs, and it would reduce funding for the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program by $385,000.
Deputy inspector general (DIG) of Dhaka Range Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun was also present there.The operation was codenamed ‘Gordian Knot’. Drone deployed as joint raid resumes at Narsingdi ‘militant den’. Photo: Prothom AloOn the second day of the ‘Gordian Knot’ operation, law enforcers on Wednesday deployed a drone to observe the situation at the second ‘militant den’ at Gangpar in Madhabdi municipality of Narsingdi, reports UNB.Briefing reporters in the morning, Monirul Islam, chief of the members of Counter Terrorism and Transnational (CTTC) unit of DMP, said, “The existence of two militants inside this house is sure …there might be more. They might have assembled explosives in the house.”The law enforcers have asked them several times over loudspeakers to surrender, but they did not respond to their so far, he added.“The team has deployed a drone to observe the situation inside the building,” said Monirul Islam, adding, “If they do not surrender within two hours, we’ll start an operation at the seven-storey building. A special team from Dhaka is on their way.”CTTC members in association with the local police surrounded the building of owned by Afzal Haji since Monday night.The law enforcers conducted a drive at this five-storey building on 16 October, Sheikher Char, Narsingdi. Photo: Prothom AloBesides, members of CTTC unit and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) conducted an operation at a ‘militant den’ in a five-story building at Bhogiratpur on Tuesday afternoon and recovered the bodies of two suspected militants.
Vidcon’s first full day on Thursday kicked off in Anaheim, bringing together more than 20,000 attendees to meet their favorite digital stars, network with other creators and pitching potential business deals with brands and advertisers.The gathering at the Anaheim Convention Center is the ninth iteration of the annual confab which brings together online video industry leaders, content creators and fans. Thousands spread out over the convention center campus, walking through the convention hall where brands like Nickelodeon, Lego, Gushers candy and others had elaborate, interactive booths. Facebook Watch’s booth featured various rooms for social-media friendly photos.The massive presence of exhibitors and others mark an evolution for Vidcon from its early days when roughly 1,400 people attending the first convention in a hotel ballroom in Century City. Macro, the three-year-old company, is figuring out how to approach digital media, particularly as the company looks for future projects featuring people of color. It’s already found success with one digital series, “Gente-fied,” which is in development with Netflix after an initial successful launch online.“Young voices are coming from digital,” King said. “there’s just so much unique voices and talent out there. this is a place where we can discover, cultivate and mentor those voices, particularly those who have less access.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Vidcon’s maturation is evident in other ways this year. Viacom acquired the conference in early February, and a number of Viacom brands like MTV have an increased presence this year. Other traditional broadcast and cable networks are also attending, a reflection of how lucrative the online video world has become.Adam Wescott, co-founder of Select Management Group, who counts among clients digital stars like Gigi Gorgeous, said this year’s Vidcon has the largest brand and advertiser presence he has seen over the seven conventions he’s attended.Fresh from a speed-dating style meeting between brands and digital talent, Wescott said Vidcon has become like Comic-Con. “You’re premiering stuff, you’re releasing trailers,” he said. “There’s more business than ever.”The growing proliferation of traditional media at Vidcon lends credibility to the online video space, Wescott said. “We went through the Wild West period,” he said. “We’ve helped shape an industry that’s now very lucrative, and that’s a primary reason they’re moving into it and they see where the eyeballs are going.”Platforms like Instagram and Snapchat this week debuted new features dedicated to longer-form video, shifting into a new era of online video as the industry grows up.Snapchat Inc.’s head of original content Sean Mills said Thursday that the company has expanded from solely being an app focused on users’ relationships with their friends. The next phase of Snapchat’s growth brought in “credible and authoritative media companies” that would provide video of live events around the world.Now, Snapchat has expanded its focus on its content creators, said Lauren Gallo, head of talent partnerships for the company. “I’d say this is just the beginning,” Gallo during a panel that featured video of an upcoming series. “We’re so excited about the creator community… we’re incredibly close with all of our creators that are on the platform.”Among speakers Thursday was super-agent-turned-media-entrepreneur Charles D. King, founder and CEO of Macro, the media company behind films like “Fences,” “Mudbound” and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Researchers have been excavating at the Sakitari cave site since 2009 and have now found what they believe to be evidence of people finding a way to survive on the resource-limited island—fish hooks that would allow them catch live protein-laden prey. Prior research has suggested that humans have been visiting the island for approximately 50,000 years, but until now, there was little evidence of people staying on the island for long periods of time—at least until the modern era. But this new evidence suggests that people may have been living on the island continuously for the past 23,000 years—back to the time when the fish hooks (which were fashioned out of sea snail shells) were being used.In addition to the fish hooks, the researchers also found evidence of other food that had been eaten by the early humans such as frogs, birds, small mammals and even eels—much of it had been charred, suggesting humans had cooked them first. Prior to this latest report, researchers working in the cave had found human skeletal remains, beads crafted by the early people living there and what some believe might have been a grindstone. Interestingly, archaeologists have also found the remains of cooked lobster appearing to be of the size that would have been taken in the fall—the prime time for lobster fishing, as that is when they taste the best.The fish hooks represent an advancement in maritime technology, one that was necessary for the spread of people across the islands that dot the world’s oceans—they suggest that people were able to spread to a much wider geographical zone earlier than has been thought. The team also reports that they have found some other artifacts that might suggest people have been living on Okinawa going back as much as 35,000 years. (Phys.org)—A large team of Japanese researchers affiliated with multiple institutions working at a dig site on the south side of the island of Okinawa has found what are believed to be the oldest examples of fishing hooks ever unearthed. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes the fish hooks, other artifacts they found and why they believe their findings are challenging conventional views of maritime adaptations. Gone fishing? We have for 42,000 years Citation: Ancient fish hooks found on Okinawa suggest earlier maritime migration than thought (2016, September 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-09-ancient-fish-okinawa-earlier-maritime.html Explore further © 2016 Phys.org Pieces of finished (Upper) and unfinished (Lower) fishhooks from Sakitari Cave. Credit: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1607857113 More information: Masaki Fujita et al. Advanced maritime adaptation in the western Pacific coastal region extends back to 35,000–30,000 years before present, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1607857113AbstractMaritime adaptation was one of the essential factors that enabled modern humans to disperse all over the world. However, geographic distribution of early maritime technology during the Late Pleistocene remains unclear. At this time, the Indonesian Archipelago and eastern New Guinea stand as the sole, well-recognized area for secure Pleistocene evidence of repeated ocean crossings and advanced fishing technology. The incomplete archeological records also make it difficult to know whether modern humans could sustain their life on a resource-poor, small oceanic island for extended periods with Paleolithic technology. We here report evidence from a limestone cave site on Okinawa Island, Japan, of successive occupation that extends back to 35,000−30,000 y ago. Well-stratified strata at the Sakitari Cave site yielded a rich assemblage of seashell artifacts, including formally shaped tools, beads, and the world’s oldest fishhooks. These are accompanied by seasonally exploited food residue. The persistent occupation on this relatively small, geographically isolated island, as well as the appearance of Paleolithic sites on nearby islands by 30,000 y ago, suggest wider distribution of successful maritime adaptations than previously recognized, spanning the lower to midlatitude areas in the western Pacific coastal region. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Advertisement 8. Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs defense has been a problem, which is why they’ve dropped to 8 after holding the top spot for several weeks earlier in the year. They’re 30th in the NFL in yards per play allowed, and have given up 29 or more points in 4 of the last 5 weeks.Offensively, K.C. leads the NFL in yards per play (6.26), and Alex Smith has 16 touchdowns and 0 INT’s through 8 weeks, but they’ve been held under 100 yards rushing in their last 3 games after rushing for more than 100 in their first 5. They need to get their defense figured out and the biggest question is if they can get it done in the playoffs. 4. Dallas Cowboys – Colin still has the Cowboys at 4, despite the apparent loss of Ezekiel Elliott for 6 weeks because he loves their offensive and defensive line play. Dallas ranks 2nd in rushing offense (150.6 YPG), 5th in scoring (28.3 PPG), but will need a running back by committee to replace Elliott, who is tied for 1st in rushing touchdowns (6), and 3rd in total scrimmage yards per game (128.6). Colin thinks they can still get production from Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris behind their mashing o-line until Zeke returns.Demarcus Lawrence leads the NFL with 10.5 sacks, and as a team Dallas ranks 5th in the NFL with 25 sacks. The Dallas D has been one of the most surprising units in the NFL. Dak will need to step up with the absence of Elliott. 2. Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles picked up Jay Ajayi, which gives them a scary downhill running back combo, along with LeGarrette Blount. Carson Wentz is tied for the NFL lead with 19 touchdown passes, and as a team they rank 1st in the NFL in time of possession (33:57), scoring differential (+76), and are scoring touchdowns on 68% of their red zone trips.They lead the NFL in rushing defense, allowing just 70.4 yards per game, and are only allowing opponents to convert 31% on third downs. Philly is a contender. 9. L.A. Rams – The Rams are still good enough to make the Top 10, but they can’t seriously contend because Jared Goff isn’t there quite yet. In his last four games, Goff is completing just 53.9% of his passes, with 4 TD’s, 3 INT’s, and a passer rating of just 74.2.Colin loves their pass rush, run game and they may have the best special teams in the NFL, but they aren’t ready to make a deep playoff run this year. Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks are coming off an impressive win over a tough Houston team, and just bolstered their below average o-line by picking up All-Pro tackle Duane Brown from them in a trade.Since Week 3, Seattle ranks 1st in passing offense (318.6 YPG), 2nd in total offense (411.0 YPG), and 3rd in scoring (30.8 PPG). Russell Wilson is 2nd in the NFL with 286.9 passing yards per game. Seattle has the pieces to get it done and win it all. Colin moves them up to 1 this week.The Seahawks are the best team in the NFLRT if you agree with @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/JO7axtBpFL— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 31, 2017 5. Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steelers have turned it around after a slow start because they’re pounding Le’Veon Bell. During their 3-game win streak, Bell is averaging 30.7 rushes per game and 129.7 yards per game, and in his career, Pittsburgh is 19-0 when he gets 23 or more carries in a game.Defensively, Pittsburgh is 1 of 2 teams to have multiple sacks in all 8 games, and has the 3rd best scoring defense in the league (16.4 PPG). 3. New England Patriots – This New England offense may be the deepest, personnel wise, they’ve had in the Belichick era. They’re 1st in total offense (411.1 YPG), 1st in passing offense (302.1 YPG), and Tom Brady leads the NFL in passing yards per game (317.6), and is 2nd in passer rating (106.5).They’re still terrible defensively, ranking 32nd in yards per play allowed (6.59), total defense (417 YPG), and passing defense (295.5 YPG Allowed). Colin still thinks Brady and Belichick can get it done in the playoffs if they can just get the defense to average. 7. New Orleans Saints – New Orleans is the one of the surprise teams in the NFL because they’re playing real defense and running the ball.The Saints have 11 takeaways during their current 5-game win streak with at least 1 turnover in each of those games, and are only allowing 4.67 yards per play over that span. They’re also averaging 138 rush yards per game during the streak, with 7 TD’s on the ground. Drew Brees and Sean Payton have turned it around thanks to their new found balance. Every Tuesday during the NFL season, Colin puts out his Herd Hierarchy NFL power rankings, and there’s movement after Week 8. This week, the Rams drop, the Vikings are back in, and there’s a new #1.Here are his Top 10 teams after Week 8:10. Minnesota Vikings – Colin likes the Vikings, even with backup Case Keenum under center, and it’s mostly because they have one of the best defenses in the league. The Minnesota D is ranked 3rd in total defense (282.1 net YPG), 4th in rushing defense (81.4 YPG), scoring defense (16.9 PPG), and elite pass-rusher Everon Griffen is tied for 2nd in the NFL with 10 sacks.The Vikings offense may not be spectacular, but because they rank 5th in the league in time of possession (31:27), it gives them a chance to win. They’d be higher if they had an above average quarterback. 6. Houston Texans – Houston and Deshaun Watson have been impressive, but the loss of All-Pro tackle Duane Brown in a trade with Seattle hurts. They’ve allowed a QB pressure on 43.2% of dropbacks, which is the worst in the NFL. Brown would have helped shore up the protection, but now he’s gone.Since Will Fuller returned in Week 4, Watson is averaging 9.44 yards per pass, with 16 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, and a passer rating of 116.0. Colin likes the roster, weapons and Watson has exceeded all reasonable expectations.
Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The taxi union for Solidaridad has followed Cancun’s lead in submitting a request for fare increases.The State Department of Transportation and Roads (Sintra) says that taxi drivers from Lázaro Cárdenas del Río of Playa del Carmen have submitted a request to increase their service fees for 3 to 5 peso reasoning there is already a joint petition with the other union organizations in the state.Jesús Duarte Yam, delegate of Sintra for Solidaridad, says it was at the beginning of this week when the request was sent to the State Directorate of Transportation and Roads in Chetumal, clarifying that they have not been given a green light to increase fares.“It was all the secretaries of the unions who asked for the increase in taxi fares three days ago, but until now, there is no authorization for any increase until they are notified by the direction of Transportation for the state,” said Duarte Yam.Alejandro Ramos Hernandez, state director of Transportation and Roads, said that to solve this problem the state needs to be fair, considering both the impact of inflation and increased costs for taxi drivers in addition to the loss of purchasing power of citizens in general.He says they need to find a balance while ensuring that taxis provide a quality service, both for tourism and for local users.“The increase request cannot be just given a yes because we have to do the analysis of inflation, the loss of purchasing power, the ability to pay of potential users of the service, as well as improving the quality of service.“The request is still in the process of analysis and we hope to have another meeting with the unions next week. We understand the need that exists to adapt to inflation, increase in vehicle costs. We have to be fair and balanced, understanding the situation of the operators, but also of the users,” he explained.In July, Cancun taxi drivers submitted a request to the government to increase fares in the municipality by 30 percent.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
KINGSTON, Jamaica — U.S. President Barack Obama indicated Thursday that he will announce Cuba’s removal from the U.S. State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism this week, a move that should quickly lead to a full restoration of diplomatic ties and the opening of embassies in Havana and Washington.Speaking at a gathering of Caribbean leaders here, Obama said that the State Department had finished a review of the issue. There is little doubt that it recommends dropping Cuba from the list, and the only real question is when the announcement will be made.Sen. Benjamin Cardin of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement Thursday afternoon welcoming what he said was the State Department’s recommendation to remove Cuba from the terrorism roll.Obama said he had received the recommendation and, while “I won’t make a formal announcement today, … I do think we’re going to be in a position to move forward on opening embassies.”Speaking before a meeting with Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, Obama noted that a new poll of Cuban public opinion, published in Thursday’s edition of The Washington Post, demonstrated “overwhelming support” for the normalization process and “overwhelming interest by most Cubans to put one era behind us and move forward.” Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce watch U.S. President Barack Obama speak during a town hall meeting with young leaders at the University of the West Indies on April 9, 2015 in Kingston. Mandel Ngan/AFPThe right side of history A positive announcement on the terror-list decision would be welcomed at the two-day Summit of the Americas, which Obama will attend on Friday and Saturday in Panama with up to 35 other leaders from across the Western Hemisphere. The summit is held every three years, and this will be Castro’s first time in attendance. It will be Obama’s third time, following meetings in 2009 and 2012 that were overshadowed by U.S. insistence that Cuba be excluded.Administration aides have strongly hinted that Obama and Castro will meet for more than a handshake at the summit, but they have not specified the nature of the encounter.Once Obama approves the recommendation to delist Cuba, Congress will have 45 days to consider the proposal. But legislators have no power to alter such a recommendation except through new legislation, a move that is seen as unlikely. The administration has made the case to Cuba that Obama’s decision — even before the end of the 45 days — should be enough for the two countries to move forward on reopening embassies.Cuba has said that it cannot envision having full diplomatic relations with a country that has charged it with supporting overseas terrorism. In many ways, the U.S. designation, first imposed in 1982, is a Cold War relic. Although the United States strongly objects to Cuba’s domestic policies, it has offered no evidence for decades that Cuba is actively involved in terrorism abroad.Leaders of 14 Caribbean countries meeting here with Obama also welcomed the broader move toward normalization, which Simpson-Miller called “a bold and courageous move … for the good of all of our people.” Obama, she said, is “on the right side of history.” A 2013 file photo shows Suriname President Desiré Delano Bouterse, left, who has no immunity from arrest on international drug charges lodged against him before his presidency began in 2010, and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, right. AFP/Presidencia Venezuela‘Your victory is ours’Leaders of 14 of the 15 members of the Caribbean Community, known as Caricom, met here with Obama. Not in attendance was Surinam President Desiré Delano Bouterse, who has no immunity from arrest on international drug charges lodged against him before his presidency began in 2010.Obama was warmly welcomed on what is a rare effort by a U.S. president to directly engage the Caribbean community, rather than as part of the hemisphere as a whole. Only one U.S. president has previously visited Jamaica, Ronald Reagan in 1982.Obama, Simpson-Miller said, was “well-loved” in the Caribbean. As the Caricom session began, she noted that “people across the Caricom region followed both of your election campaigns with great interest.”She continued: “Your photo has pride of place in living rooms. … Your victory is ours,” she said of the region’s predominately black population, which has strong immigrant ties to the United States.While the focus of the Caricom talks included regional security and economic development, Obama’s visit here is also part of a larger plan, which includes his outreach to Cuba. The move is directly related to the administration’s efforts to improve U.S. standing in the region, and to overtake Venezuela’s attempts to draw the Caribbean states into its orbit. For years, Venezuela has used cut-rate oil to buy anti-U.S. support from cash-strapped Caribbean governments.In recent weeks, Caracas, with money problems of its own, has cut energy subsidies to Caricom members. With an energy security program announced in January by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, the Obama administration hopes to help fund island infrastructure to receive and use U.S. gas and petroleum, and then to use subsidies of its own to ship U.S. energy products here.The initiative, which also will be extended to Central America and eventually could include Cuba, is an innovation in U.S. foreign policy. Administration officials believe it is cost-effective as an aid program because of the relatively small Caribbean populations. U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall meeting with young leaders at the University of the West Indies on April 9, 2015 in Kingston. Mandel Ngan/AFP‘Collective action’In remarks at the opening of the Caricom meeting, Obama noted that expensive, “often unreliable and carbon-intensive energy” is one of the “greatest barriers to development in the Caribbean.”“This region has some of the highest energy costs in the world,” he said, and Caribbean countries are “particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.” Calling for “collective action,” he announced a series of U.S. partnership initiatives to help the region secure technology and investment in clean energy projects, along with a seed fund worth $20 million.In the past, Venezuela has been able to count on a winning block of Caribbean votes to oppose U.S. initiatives in institutions such as the Organization of American States, which it has regularly used as a platform to denounce U.S. policies in the hemisphere and beyond. Despite their small populations, the Caribbean countries together constitute nearly half of the nations of the Western Hemisphere.As they try to wean island governments away from Venezuela, administration officials have also tried to play down their difficulties with Caracas. Thomas Shannon, a senior aide to Secretary of State John Kerry, was in Venezuela on Thursday for meetings with President Nicolás Maduro, aiming at least to give the impression that the United States is trying to smooth over its differences with the Maduro government before the Caricom meeting and the larger Summit of the Americas.Relations between the two governments, always bumpy, hit a major pothole last monthc when Obama, acting on a unanimous congressional resolution, imposed sanctions on seven senior Venezuelan officials. What seemed to cause the most upset, however, was boilerplate language in the order that declared Venezuela a “national security threat” to the United States.Venezuela has called that statement an “act of aggression.”Read our coverage of the Summit of the Americas here© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Cuba, Venezuela likely to overshadow Central American issues at Panama summit US, Cuba said to have reach deal to reopen embassies US, Cuba agree on restoration of ties, embassies to reopen Obama administration to further ease travel and business restrictions with Cuba
Passengers were left stranded at Perth Airport yesterday as severe storms stopped all work on the tarmac, delaying incoming planes from parking at aerobridges or hard stands and preventing planes from departing.Approximately 2000 passengers aboard 18 planes sat on the tarmac for up to seven hours, with a further 5000 passengers stranded in the airports domestic terminal.The CEO of Perth Airport Brad Geatches explained yesterday that staff servicing the aircraft were unable to work when there is lightning in the area. “We’ve got quite a number of aircraft that have been sitting on the airfield for a number of hours now, unfortunately with passengers on board,” Mr Geatches said yesterday. Passengers who were stuck on the stationary planes texted or phoned their frustrations throughout the day, with many taking to social media sites telling of their situation.Lightning hit a South African Airways Airbus A340-300 on approach to Perth around 1.30pm yesterday which affected some cockpit warning displays, but the plane landed without incident, reported the West Australian. The flow on affect from yesterday’s disruption on today’s schedule has caused a significant number of flight delays and cancellations today, Wednesday 7 December.Qantas has released a waiver for customers holding tickets issued on or before 6 December 2011 for travel to or from Perth has been extended to cover travel on both 6 and 7 December 2011.Passengers are encouraged to contact the airline to check flight status. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W
Following the signing of a new codeshare agreement with Delta Airlines and KLM, Jet Airways is set to expand its international network in 2016.The new arrangement would facilitate Jet Airways to offer 30 new routes in Europe and 11 in North America, connecting at Amsterdam’s Schiphol International Airport. Destinations include New York JFK, Newark, Chicago, Washington DC, Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Madrid, Zurich and Milan.Simultaneously, Delta and KLM passengers would be able to connect to Jet Airways’ services to Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Goa, Kolkata, Amritsar, Dhaka, Kathmandu and Colombo.All three airlines will codeshare on Jet and KLM’s flights between Amsterdam and India (Delhi and Mumbai). The agreement is set come into force on March 27, 2016.“Jet Airways’ new services to Amsterdam and partnership with KLM and Delta demonstrate our continuous endeavour to provide greater choice and connectivity to our guests,” said Cramer Ball, CEO, Jet Airways. “With Amsterdam Airport Schiphol as our new European gateway, we will be able to provide our guests with one-stop access to a wider array of destinations across Europe and North America together with our partners KLM and Delta.”
– Carson Palmer has been praised for his ability to erase and move on from bad plays. It’s a weird compliment, to be praised for one’s ability to move on from mistakes. But, it’s certainly something that has helped the team this year.– Palmer said it’s tough to take satisfaction from the season if they go 11-5 but don’t make the playoffs. “It almost seems unfair and unjust, but that’s how it is.”– 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh used a total of 15 words to answer the first three questions posed by the media. Stat of the DayCarson Palmer has directed 16 fourth-quarter comebacks as a pro, with three of them coming this season.Quote of the Day“You don’t need any extra motivation to play against the 49ers,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “I said it earlier, but if we can only win two games in the whole season, I would pick both of them to be the 49ers. That’s the kind of way we have it. They’ve beaten up on us the last few times and we lost a tough one in Candlestick earlier this season. We have to win this game for us to have a chance to go to the playoffs.” This Day in Arizona Cardinals History Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact On Dec. 26, 1993, the Cardinals beat the New York Giants 17-6. The game started off poorly for the Cardinals, as the Giants took a 6-0 lead into the half courtesy of a pair of David Treadwell field goals. The Cardinals got on the board with a 20-yard Greg Davis Field goal in the third quarter and then took a 10-6 lead on a 19-yard touchdown run from Ronald Moore in the same frame. Moore scored on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter, and that was it for either team.For Phoenix, Steve Beurlein completed 15-of-24 passes for 198 yards with two interceptions, with Larry Centers accounting for 84 yards on 5 catches. Moore tallied 135 yards and 2 touchdowns on 23 carries. Defensively, Ken Harvey picked up a pair of sacks while Freddie Joe Nunn earned one.As for the Giants, Phil Simms completed 21-of-30 passes for 214 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions, and Dave Meggett and Rodney Hampton combined for just 60 yards on 21 carries. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals did not take the Christmas holiday off, but Notes from the Nest did. Anyway, back at it Thursday. Of Note– Bruce Arians said backup QB Drew Stanton went through a full practice but was added to the injury report with a knee issue. John Abraham didn’t practice, and will be a game-time decision.– The coach was asked about the offense’s improvement this year from past seasons, and his reason for the change was simple: “Good quarterback.” Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe National Car Rental brand and Signature Flight Support have entered into a multi-year agreement commencing April 1, 2012 to supply rental car and ground transportation solutions for Signature’s global network of fixed base operations (FBO). The National Car Rental process will provide customers with an expedited pick-up and drop off process, saving time and paperwork for both the customer and Signature’s operations staff. Customers who join National Car Rental’s Emerald Club will have the advantages of Drop & Go Service, loyalty rewards including free rental days, and when flying commercially, the customer can bypass the rental counter and choose their car from the available inventory at participating locations.“The partnership between National Car Rental and Signature Flight Support aligns two organizations that share a commitment to providing world-class service and exceeding customers’ expectations,” said Andy Taylor, CEO and Chairman of Enterprise Holdings, which owns and operates National Car Rental along with the Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Alamo Rent A Car brands. “With a focus on delivering premium service to frequent airport travelers, National is perfectly suited to serve Signature’s unique customer base, and we look forward to doing so in the years to come.”“Signature Flight Support is committed to providing our customers, both crew and passengers, with world-class service at every location and for every need. National Car Rental’s and Enterprise Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s rankings in service, quality, availability and value match our Signature Service Promise,” stated S. Michael Scheeringa, President, Signature Flight Support, “Our customers are our first consideration when choosing partners to provide services at our locations. National Car Rental’s ability to provide a world-class ground transportation solution for our customers on a global basis drove our decision.”Signature’s customers are encouraged to enroll in National’s Emerald Club program and those that do so by April 30, 2012 will receive a one year, complimentary upgrade to Emerald Club Executive Status. For those interested in taking advantage of the benefits offered by National’s Emerald Club, enrollment is free and can be done by visiting www.nationalcar.com/signature. When traveling in Europe, Signature customers will be serviced by the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand.Signature Flight Support Corporation, a BBA Aviation plc company, is the world’s largest fixed-base operation (FBO) and distribution network for business aviation services. Signature services include fueling, hangar and office rentals, ground handling, maintenance and a wide range of crew and passenger amenities at strategic domestic and international locations. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Signature currently operates at more than 100 locations in the United States, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia.www.signatureflight.com
A 54-year-old man was remanded in custody for eight days on Thursday on suspicion of trafficking close to 64 kilos of cannabis, found in a warehouse in Limassol the previous day.The drugs were seized during a large-scale police operation at the Ayios Athanasios industrial estate.The suspect was present at the warehouse when the police raided the place, acting on a tip-off. Officers found the drugs – 64 airtight packets – hidden in a claw crane arcade game. Sixty-three of the packets contained one kilo each of cannabis while one had 700 grammes.Police told the court that the drugs had been imported through Limassol port from Thessaloniki, Greece. The recipient is a company whose owner, whom police are seeking, is a friend and associate of the suspect.Officers also seized a number of computers and documents from the warehouse. The suspect, according to police, admitted importing the drugs on behalf of another individual for €18,000.The man did not object to his remand but asked to be checked by a doctor due to health problems. His lawyer said he was at the disposal of the police investigators.Police told the court their investigation will extend to Greece in a bid to find any associates.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoDr. Marty3 Warning Signs Your Dog Is Crying For HelpDr. MartyUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
By Constantinos PsillidesFORMER fire service chief Andreas Nicolaou and deputy chief Charalambos Charalambous – both convicted for the 2011 Mari naval base explosion – were sent home on Monday.The men will wear ankle bracelets until the end of their sentence on February 14. They are allowed to go to their jobs and their homes. The ankle bracelets are equipped with a GPS locator and an alarm that goes off if anyone tries to tamper with it or steps out of the pre-assigned perimeter.Charalambous and Nicolaou were both handed down two year jail sentences in 2013 for reckless and dangerous acts that lead to the death of 13 people in the Mari explosion on July 2011. The island’s largest power station was severely damaged in the blast.The explosion was caused by nearly 100 munitions containers that were left to boil under the sun at the naval base for two years until the munitions eventually exploded, killing seven sailors and six firemen who were trying to put out the fires that broke out at the storage site.A third former officer, commander of the disaster response team EMAK Andreas Loizides, refused to wear an ankle bracelet and has opted to return to jail every night after work up to the time he will be officially released.Former Defence Minister Costas Papacostas – who was sentenced to five years in jail for manslaughter – hasn’t served a day behind bars. He being is held at the Nicosia General Hospital where he remains in reportedly bad health. Former Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou was acquitted of all charges.Both the convicts and the attorney-general’s office have appealed the sentences, the first claiming that were victimised while the latter demanding harsher sentencing. .You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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