A STORM’S A brewing outside, and it’s looking like a wet weekend. You probably won’t be braving the outdoors, so here are a fre non-filthy non-boring things to do inside.Relax friends, refrain from the Thank You cards. This one’s on us.1. Have a games nightGames nights are fun for kids, but even better when you’re an adult. Whip out the old Trivial Pursuit or Pictionary and prepare to scream, laugh, and ruin relationships you previously thought were unbreakable.Nachos, dip, and beers all compulsory. Heads Up is a great Who Am I? game if you don’t fancy venturing outside to pick up a water-logged Boggle. Source: NewEnglandPeddler2. Hold a karaoke nightThere is literally no one in this world who wouldn’t grab the microphone after a beverage to knock out Don’t Stop Believing. YouTube is a treasure chest of backing tracks and lyrics, throw it up on the big screen and let the dulcet tones of your friends drown out the storm outside. Source: kyle bennettHere are a few of our picks to maximise the din. Soz neighbours.Eye of the Tiger Source: tarik2ouladTotal Eclipse of the HeartHit Me Baby One More Time Source: Blühe Deutsches VaterlandZombie, if you’re ready to clear the house3. Get craftyEnter the Pinterest black hole.Who WOULD’NT want to make this cool stuff. You too can have a twee home, all it took was a weekend indoors. There are even tons of tutorials to use up the bottle caps and wine left over from karaoke. Source: Serena Swanger Source: Serena Swanger Source: Serena Swinger Source: Kelsey ThomasBe warned: You may never emerge from your home again, unless it’s going to Inspiring Ideas for more PVA glue.Just be careful, we can’t all be Neil Buchanan. Source: Bored Panda4. Learn a new skillLook at you, being all productive! If you have an internet connection, you’re sorted with access to a range of worldly information.Why not learn how to…CodeWho doesn’t want to learn how to code? It’s an extremely useful skill, and Codecademy almost makes it fun. Almost.Speed ReadBefore you get stuck into that master reading list, learn how to speed through them. Spreeder can help.KnitKnitting is SO IN right now, and not just in your granny’s social circle. Let instructables show you how. Woolly scarves for everyone.Read a Chinese menuMemrise is a fantastic way to learn a new language, combining cat memes and games to hammer that vocabulary into your head.5. Host a cocktail partyGrab a blender, have everyone bring a bottle or mixer (or go virgin, whatever). There are loads of great cocktail apps and Liquors.com have concoctions for whatever ingredients you may end up with, all mouth watering. Just don’t blame us for the head on ye tomorrow. Source: gordonflood6. Start the Oscar dietFire up the Netflix, pop the popcorn and gather all the other junk that’s bad for you to ingest. It’s the weekend AND it’s miserable outside, the calories don’t count. If you need a diet though, why not try the Observer’s essential Oscar diet.Who needs SUNLIGHT? Not you, that’s who. Source: Imgur7. Come Dine With YouYou may not have the gas voice-over guy narrating everything you do, but starting a small Come Dine With Me between you and a few friends is the craaaic. Pick a theme and get cookin’, the winner takes it all.There are a few recipes from the show available on the Channel 4 website, if you’re so inclined. You can and should even make score cards. Source: Funny-pictures-blog8. BakeEveryone wins. You aren’t sinfully bored, and everyone gets to eat the fruits of your labour. Again, be careful, but if you can’t be, send us the pics so we can lol. Source: Distractify11 indications that winter is actually sucking the life out of you>RTE’s reporters were like drowned rats on the news last night>
Updated at 5.39pmWORKERS AT the Paris Bakery in Dublin have travelled to the home of their employer seeking unpaid wages.As many as 15 have been staging a sit-in the city centre bakery in Dublin claiming they are owed wages of over €55,000.On Friday the group of 15 entered the premises to prevent their employer from removing equipment from the restaurant.In a statement this evening, Mandate trade union said some of the workers travelled to the home of the owners, Ruth Savill and Yannick Forel.“We visited the house of Ms Savill because she is refusing to engage with us,” employee Anissa Hosany said.Earlier today Hosany told TheJournal.ie “we’re going to be staying here until tomorrow”.We’re hopeful that we will chat with our employer tomorrow and we will reach some kind of resolution, but it could be postponed again. We’re just staying positive. Staff were due to meet with the store’s owner yesterday morning, but this was called off.Hosany said that spirits are high among those camped at the store.“People are really positive about the whole situation,” she said, “Last night was great, a band came to the shop and played and we also set up a kitchen. The public are being really supportive.”Mandate trade union and the Migrant Rights Centre have also become involved in the dispute. Source: TradeUnionTVIreland/YouTubeOPATSI, who represents some of the workers at the bakery, said they have already met with the employer “without any resolution”, and will escalate action on Monday.General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Union David Begg called the situation “history repeating itself”.We’ve been here before and will be again unless this legal loophole is closed and employers are obliged to honour their commitments and pay employees what they are due.Originally published 11.13amRead: “I don’t think we will see the money.” – Dublin bakery staff staging sit-in over back wages >
Short URL 103 Comments Actor Shia LaBeouf arrested after alleged assault at Donald Trump protest-cum-art project The installation will see a live camera at a New York City museum for four years http://jrnl.ie/3206006 Share Tweet Email Source: Twitter/HWNDUACTOR SHIA LABEOUF was arrested early this morning after he allegedly got into an altercation with another man outside a protest LaBeouf has been leading.LaBeouf has been at an installation outside a New York City museum where he has been chanting “He will not divide us” in front of a live camera since Donald Trump’s inauguration.Police said LaBeouf pulled the scarf of an unidentified 25-year-old man outside the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, scratching his face in the process. They said he also pushed the man, who refused medical attention.It’s not immediately known what led to the alleged altercation but the Twitter feed of the He Will Not Divide Us project shows LaBeouf pushing a man who said:‘Hitler did nothing wrong’LaBeouf has spent the first few days of Trump’s presidency swaying, dancing and repeating the phrase “He will not divide us” in front of a live camera outside the museum.The livestream is for a participatory public art project LaBeouf and two collaborators intend to have running 24 hours a day for the next four years. Source: Twitter/HWNDUThe camera went live the morning of the inauguration, along with a website inviting the public to show up and participate. LeBeouf has been a frequent, though not constant presence.Technically, the project from LaBeouf and his performance art partners isn’t about opposition to Trump, LaBeouf told The Associated Press in an interview conducted on Monday in front of the livestream camera.“We’re anti-division out here. Everyone’s invited,” LaBeouf said.I’m just saying, ‘Be nice to each other.’LaBeouf could face a misdemeanor assault charge after his arrest. It’s unclear if he has an attorney who can comment.- With reporting by Rónán DuffyRead: Mexico tells Trump: “We will not pay for any wall’ >Poll: Do you think a wall along the US-Mexican border will actually be built? > Jan 26th 2017, 11:00 AM Thursday 26 Jan 2017, 11:00 AM 23,969 Views By Associated Press Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Pollution industrielle : la France devant la cour de justice européenneLa Commission européenne a annoncé son intention de poursuivre la France en justice en raison de la non-application d’une législation de l’UE concernant la pollution industrielle. Une infraction reprochée à plusieurs autres pays européens.La directive relative à la prévention et à la réduction intégrée de la pollution (IPPC) imposait aux Etats membres de délivrer de nouvelles autorisations à toutes les installations industrielles exploitées avant le 30 octobre 1999, et de réexaminer celles à fort potentiel de pollution avant le 30 octobre 2007. Ces autorisations ne peuvent être accordées qu’aux installations respectant certaines conditions environnementales, afin de s’assurer que les entreprises fournissent les efforts nécessaires à la réduction de la pollution qu’elles produisent.À lire aussiTote bag, G20 et paternité, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 18 juinOr “la France n’a toujours pas pris les dispositions nécessaires en ce qui concerne plusieurs installations industrielles”, souligne la Commission européenne dans un communiqué. “Au moins 62 installations fonctionnent toujours sans détenir une autorisation qui soit entièrement conforme aux exigences de la directive”, déplore Bruxelles avant d’annoncer avoir décidé de renvoyer la France devant la Cour européenne de justice de Luxembourg.La Commission européenne a déjà poursuivi huit autres pays de l’UE pour ces mêmes motifs : la Suède, le Danemark, la Grèce, les Pays-Bas, le Portugal, la Slovénie, l’Espagne et l’Estonie. Le 16 mars 2011 à 10:16 • Emmanuel Perrin
The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to resume using an abandoned three-mile road across the pumice plain north of Mount St. Helens to collect core samples and reach the the Spirit Lake Outflow for maintenance purposes.Tedd Huffman, manager of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, sent out a letter in mid-March explaining the proposal and seeking written comments by April 14.The agency wants to have limited administrative access to the southwest shore of Spirit Lake.The area was used from 1982 to 1985 in a pumping operation by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stabilize Spirit Lake until a drainage tunnel was completed.Access to the lake in the 1980s — and potentially again — would be via an extension of Gifford Pinchot National Forest road No. 99 from a gate at Windy Ridge Viewpoint parking lot for approximately 2 miles to a small parking lot available to researchers.From the researchers’ parking lot, the 1980s pumice plain access route would be improved temporarily for use one or two field seasons by tracked drilling equipment to retrieve core samples and to do long-term maintenance of the Spirit Lake Outflow.
o When Lewis and Clark were returning to St. Louis in 1806, they met traders heading west along the route they pioneered.When Lewis and Clark headed for the Pacific Ocean, their to-do list reflected how America saw its relationship with the people living west of the Missouri River.The native tribes were viewed as potential customers and trading partners, Gary Moulton said Wednesday at Washington State University Vancouver.The explorers saw themselves as ambassadors who had to steer the children of the “great father” in Washington away from British, French, Spanish or Russian influences.And the Indians were the subjects of landmark ethnographic studies, said the Lewis and Clark scholar.As a history professor at the University of Nebraska, Moulton edited the 13-volume “Journals of Lewis and Clark.” His work on the accounts penned by Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and four enlisted members of the Corps of Discovery have made him a pre-eminent expert on the 1803-1806 expedition.He shared some of those insights in a history class taught by Steven Fountain, a visiting assistant professor and one of Moulton’s former students. His morning presentation was entitled “Lewis and Clark among the Indians.” The session was open to the public, as was an afternoon speech on Sacagawea and York.The explorers’ marching orders didn’t always match up with real life as represented by the people they met, Moulton said.When Lewis and Clark would display their trade goods, it was for demonstration purposes, he said. They were offering a preview of the guns and knives and kettles that would be available when traders followed the Corps’ path.
A company has issued a voluntary recall of their Drospirenone and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets on Monday.The U.S Food and Drug Administration announced that Apotex Corporation issued the recall due to the possibility of defective blisters where the pills are stored with incorrect pill arrangements or empty blister pockets.The birth control pills affected include the NDC number 60505-4183-3 on the outer carton, 60505-4183-1 on the inner carton and have lot numbers of 7DY008A, 7DY009A, 7DY010A, or 7DY011A.The expiration date on the packages is August of 2020.A risk involved with the packaging error includes the chance of a patient taking a placebo instead of an active tablet or the patient missing a tablet.Patients are advised to return the impacted packages to their pharmacist and not interrupt their birth control consumption.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Read the Rylo camera preview $210 at Best Buy I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See It Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher Your browser does not support the audio element. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 0 Let’s look inside Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 (The 3:59, Ep…. $520 at HP Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint Angela Lang/CNET $999 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read DJI Osmo Action preview Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Read the AirPods review Chris Monroe/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Wearable Tech Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) The Cheapskate See at Turo Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder. Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Let’s look inside Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 (The 3:59, Ep. 525) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Magic Leap Augmented reality (AR) Microsoft,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Rylo Post a comment Tags $60 at Best Buy $155 at Google Express Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo 6:17 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $299 at Amazon See It Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Read Google Home Hub review Boost Mobile Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 7 See it JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Share your voice $59 at eBay See at Amazon Now playing: Watch this: Tags Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X CNET On this podcast, we talk about:What it’s like to use the HoloLens 2.The potential future impacts of the HoloLens 2. See It The Daily Charge Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Apple iPhone XS Comments What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Share your voice HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Sarah Tew/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $6 at Tidal Amazon
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowAfter a week of special session, nothing new in JuneauAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauIt’s been a week since Governor Bill Walker called the Legislature into a special session to fix the state’s budget crisis. There’s no sign of progress so far.JPD sends Capitol slap case to Office of Special ProsecutionsJeremy Hsieh, KTOO – JuneauThe Office of Special Prosecutions now has the case in which a state senator is accused of slapping an Alaska Dispatch News reporter in the state Capitol.Some Homer City Coucil members weigh recall case appealAaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerAn Anchorage Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday against three Homer City Council members seeking to halt a recall election next month.Alaska justices rule victim can sue state’s foster careAssociated PressThe Alaska Supreme Court has decided a woman who had been sexually abused by her foster brother in 2012 will be able to sue the state Office of Children’s Services.Human leg pulled from Gastineau Channel, owner unknownTripp Crouse, KTOO – JuneauA human leg and boot were pulled out of Gastineau Channel near Sandy Beach on Monday afternoon, according to a Juneau Police Department news release.Should the U.S. enter conflict with North Korea, Alaska at center of responseDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksAlaska will be at the center of the response if the U.S. gets into a conflict with North Korea. That’s according to Alaska’s senior military officer.He’s back: Former Gov. Murkowski pitches Alaska-Canada rail link (again)Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageFrank Murkowski is again pitching a rail link between Canada and Alaska, an old idea the former senator and governor worked on when he was in office.Sea lion feeding hot spots have reliable, not necessarily abundant, foodZoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaNew research could help wildlife managers better protect declining Steller sea lion populations. The study looks at why sea lions zero in on specific hunting hotspots.A conversation about death over cake and coffeeLeila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanTwo Ketchikan women are trying to make a difficult topic a little easier for people to talk about. Their big goal is to encourage more people to plan for their own end.The Bard of Mooselandia: a wordsmithing wildlife workerZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageFor state workers, the task of communicating strange animal news to the public is equal parts zoological and literary.
Aerospace and defence aircraft company Airbus is under criminal investigation in the United Kingdom over “fraud, bribery and corruption” allegations. The France-based aerospace company said that the probe ordered by Serious Fraud Office (SFO) related to its civil aviation business and was in connection over use of third-party consultants.Airbus said it was cooperating with the on-going probe, which was launched last month, BBC reported. The firm, which competes with American rival Boeing, had said in April that the SFO and export credit agencies such as UK Export Finance, were informed about the irregularities detected by the aerospace company during an internal probe. “U.K. Export Finance continues to work closely with Airbus and French and German export credit agencies to understand the extent of the matter and to seek assurances about its current compliance practices in relation to overseas agents. The agency will follow closely other U.K. government agencies’ investigation and respond accordingly,” a spokesperson for U.K. Export Finance, a credit agency told the Financial Times.Airbus said it would carry out a review of its relationships with third-party consultants, CNN reported.Since the main components of Airbus commercial planes are made in France, Germany and the U.K., the other two countries have also joined the U.K. in halting export credits.Airbus is the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer. The Airbus Group consists of three divisions: Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus helicopters. Europe’s largest aerospace group has presence in Singapore, France, Germany, the U.K., India, the U.S., Spain, Poland and China.
Soon after the election, there were signs that a spike in Hispanic turnout didn’t materialize when counties with a larger percentage of Hispanic adults than the state’s average saw little overall change in voter turnout. (Texas doesn’t track voters by race and ethnicity so there is no way of telling from the state’s data how much of that turnout was made up by Hispanic voters.)Some had also pinned their hopes for improved participation among Hispanics on sweeping Democratic victories in places like Harris County where number crunchers indicated that an increase in Hispanics voters were, in part, behind those wins. But the Census numbers suggest that didn’t translate to a significant statewide increase.The Census estimates offer the first glimpse at a breakdown of turnout by race and ethnicity in the November election at a time when Hispanic turnout was highly anticipated to swell. But election watchers probably shouldn’t take much stock in what the 2016 numbers could mean for the upcoming midterm elections — Texas’ dismal voter turnout is even worse during non-presidential years.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/05/11/hispanic-turnout-2016-election/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. But now that the excitement around the 2016 election has quieted, the surge appears to have been more of a trickle. Turnout among Texas Hispanics eligible to vote — citizens 18 and older — in 2016 slightly improved, increasing to 40.5 percent from 38.8 percent during the 2012 presidential election, according to U.S. Census data released Wednesday. The small increase is a discouraging sign for those who expected a spike in Hispanic turnout.Instead, turnout among Hispanic Texans during presidential elections continued its slow, steady increase since 2008, mostly in line with population growth and possibly more Hispanic Texans turning of age to vote. But last year’s turnout is still lower than turnout in the 2004 presidential election.Only black and Asian Texans saw significant changes in turnout compared to the last presidential election. Considering those eligible to vote, black turnout dropped from 63.1 percent in 2012 to 57.2 percent last year. Meanwhile, turnout among Asians — a small sliver of both the state’s overall population and the electorate — jumped up from 42.4 percent to 47.3 percent.For Asian voters, that surge translated into an increase of 124,000 more votes in 2016, a larger increase than what Hispanic voters showed, according to the Census data. Compared to 2012, Hispanics only cast about 48,000 more votes in the 2016 election. White Texans, meanwhile, increased their total number of ballots cast by about 818,000 votes. Asian voters, in particular, were credited for helping flip the reliably-Republican Fort Bend County into the Democrats’ column in 2016. The Asian share of the population in that suburban enclave southwest of Houston is four times as high as their share statewide. Share Shelby KnowlesThere were high hopes that this would be the year.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Amid Donald Trump’s disparaging remarks about Hispanics and on-the-ground voter engagement efforts, election watchers prognosticated that 2016 could usher in a surge of Hispanic voters in Texas.
Darjeeling: Inclusion of Gorkha sub-communities in the Scheduled Tribe list issue, at present occupies the centre stage of Hill politics. While Binay Tamang, chairman of the Board of Administrators, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, on Thursday shot a letter to Union ministers to this effect, the Gorkha National Liberation Front is sending a delegation to Delhi to pursue the issue.”We have sent letters to the Union Home minister and Tribal Affairs minister to take up the issue and expedite the process. We have also sent a request letter to Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, to pursue the matter,” stated Tamang. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe GTA chairman stated that during his talks with Chief Minister Chamling on March 27 in Gangtok, the CM had assured that he would write to Delhi to this effect and even pursue the matter personally.”West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has already sent recommendations to Delhi for the inclusion of 11 Gorkha communities in the ST list, after the matter was passed in the Bengal Assembly in February 2014. During her last visit to Darjeeling, we had raised the issue. She stated that she had already taken up the issue and that a committee had visited the hills to study the ground situation. We then apprised her that no physical verification has taken place yet. Following this, the state government had sent a fresh recommendation again on February 16, 2018,” stated Tamang. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe stated that he will also be visiting Delhi soon to pursue the issue. The GNLF, while addressing the Press in Darjeeling on Thursday, stated that they will be sending a team to Delhi to pursue the issue. “We demand that all left out Gorkha sub-communities have to be included in the ST list. Even the sub-communities included in the Scheduled Caste list have to be delisted and included in the ST list, as it was in 1931,” stated Neeraj Zimba, GNLF spokesperson. In 1931, there was a gazette notification declaring the entire Gorkha population as Hill Tribes. In 1954, they were delisted.Based on the 1931 notification, late Subash Ghising, the erstwhile president of GNLF, had raised the demand of inclusion of all the left out Gorkha sub-communities in the ST list and inclusion of the Darjeeling hills in the 6th Schedule of the Indian Constitution.”We are merely demanding a relisting. Even Prime Minister Modi has given his assurance to this effect. The West Bengal government has done the needful and already sent two recommendations. The ball is now in the Centre’s court. Time has come to see how committed BJP and Prime Minister Modi is to the Gorkha cause,” added Zimba.
Kolkata: Train services were affected in Eastern Railway’s Sealdah division Monday due to blockade of tracks by agitators at five places, an official said. The blockade at the five stations – Titagarh, Kanchrapara, Dum Dum Cantonment, Bongaon and Dum Dum junction stations began at around 4 pm, ER spokesman Nikhil Chakraborty said. Several EMU local trains were detained at different stations in the Sealdah Main and Sealdah-Bongaon sections owing to the agitation. Efforts are on to persuade the agitators to lift the blockade, which is due to non-railway issues, Chakraborty said.
(Credit: Ekaterina Pokrovsky/shutterstock)As the climate warms, seas will rise, storms will proliferate and cities will bake. But, in addition to the marquee issues global warming causes, there will likely be a host of tangential issues, many of which we may not anticipate.A new study in Nature Climate Change looks at the psychological effects a warming climate will have on humans, focusing specifically on mental health. Though the work is somewhat preliminary, the authors pick out a broad trend of rising suicide rates as temperatures increase, and point out that the issue is only likely to get worse in the future.Hot ProblemResearchers from the United States, Chile and Canada paired data on suicides in the U.S. and Mexico with temperature records going back decades. They found a slight but persistent trend dominating the data: As the weather gets warmer, suicides become more common. Interestingly, the correlation was much more significant in Mexico, where a 1 degree Celsius increase in average monthly temperature meant a 2.1 percent increase in suicide rates. In the U.S., a single degree meant only a 0.7 percent rise.Though those numbers may not be huge, they can translate to thousands of lives lost in aggregate. By 2050, we could be looking at anywhere from 9,000 to 44,000 more suicide deaths per year, they say. Suicide is already the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the American Society for Suicide Prevention; some 45,000 people take their lives every year.The authors aren’t yet able to predict why hotter temperatures might translate into more suicides, though there is evidence that our behaviors change in meaningful ways when it gets hotter. People become more violent, for example, and one study even found that hotter temperatures result in more votes for the incumbent party in political elections.The researchers also combed social media posts looking for language indicative of depression, and found that Twitter posts with depressive language also rose in hotter months. It’s another piece of evidence backing their findings up, though, as they note, their study looks just at extremely broad trends, and has little to say about individual instances of suicide.Still, the findings offer more information to caregivers and individuals suffering from depression, and could be used to refine guidelines for those in danger of suicide in the future. The work also shines a light on one of the many tangential effects of temperature change. Increasing suicides is likely but one of the many varied effects that a hotter planet will have on our minds and bodies. Stopping climate change entirely may not be feasible anymore, but we can at least prepare for the rapidly shifting world to come.
Costa Rica is officially joining the global initiative known as “Meatless Monday,” or Lunes sin Carne, meant to reduce meat consumption among the population.The local office of the animal rights group Humane Society International (HSI) launched the campaign on Earth Day. The initiative began in the U.S. in 2003 aimed at benefiting public health, the environment and animal welfare. More than 35 countries already participate in Meatless Monday.According to HSI, animal production for human consumption is one of the main contributors to climate change. One-fourth of Costa Rica’s greenhouse gas emissions comes from the livestock sector.Globally, methane from farting and belching cows accounts for 40 percent of farming’s heat-trapping emissions.Viviana Bruno, who manages Humane Society International’s Farm Animals Program said joining the initiative is voluntary and that the group is not asking restaurants or companies to eliminate dishes from their menus or stop serving meat. Campaign participants will display posters like this one. (Via HSI/Costa Rica)“We are just asking them to add a meatless option for customers who visit them on Mondays, and to inform them about those options,” Bruno said.Five restaurants have already joined the Meatless Monday initiative and HSI expects the number to increase.The group will promote the campaign mostly on social media and through direct contact with restaurants and bars, but also among universities, schools, and other institutions.HSI will provide participating locales with posters stating “Aquí celebramos Lunes sin Carne” (Here we celebrate Meatless Monday) and waiters will display the message on pins.The campaign’s Facebook profile also features nutrition info, tips, environmental facts and even vegetarian and vegan recipes.Mixed reactionsThe president of the Costa Rican Cattle Corporation (CORFOGA), Leonardo Luconi, said local farming practices are much less damaging than in many other countries. Therefore, he said, a local Meatless Monday campaign seems unnecessary for environmental purposes.He said the campaign could negatively affect cattle farmers, thousands of jobs and even public health.Luconi said those responsible for promoting the campaign here are using facts and figures about methane emitted by ruminant animals that do not apply for Costa Rica.“We need to be clear about two facts: our animals are fed with grass, not grains like in many other countries, including the U.S.,” he said. He added that “recent studies demonstrate that people who avoid amino acids from animal protein may suffer, among other effects, from lower brain development.”The chamber leader said local joint research from the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry’s National Institute for Agricultural Innovation (INTA) and the National Meteorological Institute (IMN) conducted on more than 200 farms in the past two years found that “all of them are either carbon neutral or carbon positive.”Luconi said measurements taken during that research found that actions being implemented to mitigate emissions on local farms go beyond feeding practices.“Farmers here have good practices, they are mostly using living fences, they are protecting and expanding their forests and their pasture areas, and all those areas are currently fixating carbon,” he said.There are just over 36,000 cattle farms in Costa Rica and according to CORFOGA, farmers own some 25 percent of forested areas in the country.Records from the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry state that there are currently 1.8 million hectares of land being used in milk and meat production.Livestock production accounts for 40 percent of emissions in the farming sector and 24 percent of Costa Rica’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Environment Ministry.However, Luconi said the INTA/IMN study showed that farms are mitigating more greenhouse gas emissions than they are producing.He also said government officials often conduct carbon fixation measurements on farms whose lands are being used both for cattle production and crops, “but in their final report they classify those farms only as agricultural lands,” Luconi said.President of the Costa Rican Chamber of Restaurants Jorge Figueroa said Friday that the group supports the Meatless Monday initiative as long as it is not mandatory, as their associates mostly support customers’ freedom of choice.Figueroa said that if people here want to avoid meat one day a week then restaurants just need to be creative and offer options for them.“This could be actually a good thing even for steakhouses as they could also join the iniciative and promote dishes for vegetarian or vegan people,” he said.He also said the campaign would be positive in terms of promoting the production and consumption of vegetables and fruit as well as some products that are not traditionally consumed here, thereby increasing the market for them.“We believe this can actually be seen even as a good business opportunity for many local producers,” Figueroa said.Watch a spot of the Meatless Monday campaign in Costa Rica (in Spanish): Related posts:Vegetables grown near erupting Turrialba called safe to eat Environment Ministry officials report increased damage of wildfires inside protected areas Number of obese Ticos has almost quadrupled in four decades Environment officials move Kivú the lion to a new home Facebook Comments
by The Associated Press Posted Jul 11, 2018 2:38 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 11, 2018 at 3:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Man charged with attacking minion on Florida boardwalk DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A man has been charged with attacking a person dressed as a minion cartoon character along a popular Florida boardwalk.Police say Jamie Roehm was costumed as a yellow, cylindrical minion and working outside Jungle George’s on Daytona Beach’s boardwalk Sunday evening when a man started messing with him. According to the police report, Roehm says the man slammed him onto the pavement and kicked him when he tried to get back up.Police said witnesses cheered 25-year-old Ryan Nihart on during the alleged attack. The store owner and others helped detain Nihart until police arrived. He was charged with battery and criminal mischief.The Palm Beach Post reports Roehm declined medical treatment, saying he was mostly bruised. The store owner told police the $300 minion suit was destroyed.___Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, http://www.pbpost.com
The large fire in the area of Stavrokonnou in Paphos that burned one and a half square kilometres and threatened houses on Wednesday, was possibly arson as there had been several fires on the same spot lately, the Fire Service spokesman said on Thursday.Speaking to state broadcaster CyBC, Fire Service spokesman Andreas Kettis, said that investigations are underway as to the cause of the fire, which he believes was arson.Until June 21, he said, there had been repeated fires on the same spot in Stavrokonnou where Wednesday’s fire erupted, “which were manifested in the midnight and morning hours”.“We had taken some measures, relocated an observation post, had patrols in place day and night. We had no incidences until yesterday, when some people obviously succeeded in setting the fire at 1.45pm,” Kettis said.The Fire Service, he said, is cooperating with the police as to the matter. “We told them some information based on the events, and they were to proceed with investigations and questionings”.“We insist that behind fires is human activity, either due to ignorance, negligence or maliciousness. That is a given,” Kettis said.Seven aircraft along with a large land crew managed to put under control the fire in four hours.The fire broke out south of the village of Stavrokonnou, and due to the strong winds in the area, the fire quickly expanded eastwards towards the communities of Mamonia and Agios Georgios.At some point the fire was raging out of control on four different fronts between the communities of Trachypedoula, Mamonia and Stavrokonnou, threatening residences. Police officers and civil defence forces were standing by to evacuate nearby villages, if necessary.The fire burned an area of one and a half square kilometres covered by wild vegetation, plantations of olive and citrus trees, irrigation systems and small agricultural warehouses.In total, five helicopters and two airplanes were used, as well as 22 fire engines, the disaster response team EMAK, the forestry department, the civil defence and of local communities. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
The state has filed an appeal against a court decision late last year which found that government departments and a now-defunct shoe factory in Nicosia were inadvertently responsible for creating a ‘cancer cluster’ for people working there and living in the area.The attorney-general lists 16 reasons for the appeal against the December 29, 2017 decision on the Astrasol case.Costas Clerides said, however, that its progress depended on the state.“The appeal was filed because of the deadline but whether it goes ahead will depend on the instructions of the ministries and services involved,” he told the Cyprus News Agency.A class-action lawsuit had been filed against Sotiris, Maroula and Fivos Liasis, Astrasol ltd, the official receiver as liquidator of Liasis Shoelast Company Ltd, the attorney-general for the labour inspection and town planning departments, and the Latsia municipality.They were headed by Theofanis Chrysanthou and Constantina Barka, the parents of 11-year-old Stavros who died of cancer.In total, 21 people filed suits, claiming that for over 30 years Astrasol, based in Latsia, used dichloromethane R40 in processing its shoe soles, a chemical which has been classified as “likely to be carcinogenic in humans.”The plaintiffs blame it for the different types of cancer that have struck former employees and residents near the area.In its 171-page ruling the Nicosia district court said: “From 1976 to 2009, the systematic emission of toxic gas dichloromethane R40 which is potentially carcinogenic, created a cancer cluster in the area in question.”The company closed down in 2009 due to financial troubles.The court found that the attorney-general bears responsibility in the majority of the claims as the state’s responsibilities on monitoring pollution had been violated.Among the reasons for the appeal, the attorney-general lists the court’s failure to apportion blame among the defendants, exclusion of testimony after the state was prevented from cross-examining plaintiffs, and reaching the wrong conclusions on several points including the labour ministry’s failure to terminate the factory’s operation and the town-planning department’s failure to initiate measures knowing Astrasol had no secured building permits for the particular manufacturing process.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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