NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening broadly higher on Wall Street as technology companies and banks notch solid gains.Apple climbed 1 per cent early Tuesday a day after announcing a suite of new services to run on its devices. JPMorgan Chase added 1.3 per cent.Bed Bath & Beyond soared 25 per cent in heavy trading after The Wall Street Journal reported that the troubled retailer is being targeted by three activist investors.The S&P 500 index rose 22 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 2,821.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 220 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 25,737. The Nasdaq added 70 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 7,708.Bond prices fell, sending yields slightly higher. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.44 per cent.The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Sep 10, 2013 1:29 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oil dropped nearly two per cent Tuesday as support grew behind a plan for Syria to cede possession of its chemical weapons in a move to avoid a potential U.S. military strike.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery fell $2.13, or 1.9 per cent, to close at US$107.39 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It was the biggest one-day decline in three weeks.Oil prices have been at elevated levels for two weeks following President Barack Obama’s call for military action against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad in retaliation for what the White House says was a chemical weapons attack against civilians.But on Tuesday, a diplomatic solution seemed at hand after Syria said it had accepted a deal pushed by Russia — and based on comments by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry — to put its chemical weapons under international control for their later dismantling.As the Syrian situation develops, traders will be also monitoring fresh information on U.S. stockpiles of crude and refined products.Data for the week ended Sept. 6 are expected to show declines of two million barrels in crude oil stocks and one million barrels in gasoline stocks, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.A report on stockpiles from the U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration — the market benchmark — will be out on Wednesday.Brent, the benchmark for international crudes, dropped $2.47, or 2.2 per cent, to US$111.25 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline fell seven cents to US$2.74 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil lost five cents to US$3.07 a gallon and natural gas lost two cents to US$3.58 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) Oil drops almost 2% to US$107.39 as fears of military intervention in Syria ease
A statement issued by UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said the Secretary-General has taken note of the results of the presidential election in Kenya, and of the announcement by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of Uhuru Kenyatta as President-elect. “He calls on those political leaders disputing the elections results to address election-related disputes through the relevant constitutionally mandated institutions,” said the Spokesman, adding that Mr. Guterres also called on the political leaders to send clear messages to their supporters urging them to refrain from violence. According to the statement, the UN, in close collaboration with the African Union and other multilateral and bilateral partners, is fully engaged with Kenya’s political leadership and relevant stakeholders to facilitate the successful conclusion of the electoral process.
Now that Microsoft is beginning to fully leverage its acquisition of Skype, it sees no value in keeping its legacy messaging platform afloat. Windows Live Messenger, which many still refer to as MSN Messenger, will reportedly be retired in order to reduce confusion and fragmentation among users.For the millions of existing Windows Live Messenger users, there won’t be a major change. Rather, some day in the near future, they will simply be transitioned into Skype. In fact, the current version of Skype already allows users to log in with their Windows Live credentials.So in essence, all that is happening is that Windows Live Messenger is being re-branded as Skype, but beyond that, the official retirement of the Messenger name and platform will be a large step in Microsoft’s continuing and aggressive strategy to link all of its products and services together.Until recently, it was fairly uncommon for someone to use platforms from the same company for all their online interactions. You could have an Xbox 360 for gaming at home, but on-the-go you have an iPhone, and then when you need to IM someone you use Google Talk. The value proposition of using a universal platform for all those services hasn’t really been that great.In the Windows 8 era, though, Microsoft wants to change that. Skype is just one part of the overall strategy, but the hope is that soon you’ll have one account that you use to chat with friends on your game console, on your computer, on your smartphone, and on your tablet.According to The Verge, the official “retirement” of Windows Live Messenger will happen as early as this week.via The Verge
Share Tweet Email1 Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3242025 By Cliodhna Russell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sean McCormack, who are you?! This morning the #JuliaRoberts mystery continued as @ryantubridyshow received another letter!! pic.twitter.com/iowoCXB27w— RTÉ Radio 1 (@RTERadio1) February 15, 2017 Feb 15th 2017, 9:05 PM 10,858 Views NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Source: RollingNews.ie PARTING SHOTRyan Tubridy was the victim of a hoax involving Hollywood star Julia Roberts.Last week he took to the airwaves to announce that he had received a letter from Academy Award-winning actress.However, Roberts’ attorney says she never wrote to Ryan Tubridy. Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday Motion of confidence being debated in Dáil, breakthrough in bus disputes and Lidl stores to hit US. No Comments Source: RTÉ Radio 1/Twitter The State has offered an “unconditional apology” to a family that was harassed by gardaí.New documents show that the ‘admin error’ that led to allegations against Maurice McCabe was not reported as a HSE data protection breach.An international policing expert is to carry out a root-and-branch review of An Garda Síochána.A Westmeath hurler passed away after becoming ill at a training session with his club last night.There has been a breakthrough in the Dublin Bus dispute as tomorrow’s planned strike ballot is called off.Ireland is being taken to court over waste water by the European Commission.A woman has been arrested in connection with the death of a 19-year-old in a road crash in Co Monaghan five years ago.Lidl is opening its first wave of stores in the US this summer ahead of schedule, with plans to open up to 100 locations across the east coast of America within a year.An additional 2,600 J-1 summer work and travel visas will be allocated to Irish students this year.INTERNATIONAL President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, joined by their wives first lady Melania Trump, right, and Sara Netanyahu. Source: Carolyn Kaster#US: The US president claims that his own intelligence services are behaving “just like Russia”.#UK: Tara Palmer-Tomkinson ‘did not have a brain tumour’ and died from a perforated ulcer.#NORTH KOREA: A female suspect in the murder of North Korean leader’s half-brother has been arrested. Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 9:05 PM Get our daily news round up:
Short URL Share Tweet Email Friday 21 Apr 2017, 6:10 AM By Órla Ryan MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS FROM all over Ireland will be in Galway today for the Irish Medical Organisation’s AGM.The annual conference began yesterday and will continue tomorrow, when it will be addressed by Health Minister Simon Harris. Source: IMO/TwitterSeveral motions are set to be discussed today, including a proposal to call on the government to legislate for an automatic ban from driving, “of appropriate duration”, for anyone convicted of drink driving offences, including first time offenders.The debate will be timely given Transport Minister Shane Ross’ proposed legislation that would mean anyone caught driving over the legal alcohol limit would get a minimum three-month ban. The bill has been criticised by some, including a number of rural TDs. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3348891 Apr 21st 2017, 6:10 AM File photo Source: Shutterstock/Monika GruszewiczRoss has claimed the legislation could save 35 lives over the next five years, based on Road Safety Authority figures that show at least 35 people died in collisions from 2008 to 2012 in which involved drivers were found responsible due to alcohol levels at between 21 and 80mg/100ml.Ross recently told the Oireachtas Transport Committee: “So if people ask what good this bill will do, there is the answer. If we could prevent 35 deaths over the next five years, wouldn’t it be worth it?”This number of lives that could be saved has been disputed as it doesn’t take into account other mitigating factors, as laid out here.Future of healthcare Other motions to be debated at the conference today include:Urging the government to not limit the availability of medicinal cannabis products in any future legislation by restricting their prescription to consultants and the indications for which they can be prescribedCalling for the introduction of a tax relief system for debt undertaken to acquire medical trainingA proposal that the HSE and Department of Health will publish, on a weekly basis, details of the numbers of patients on trolleys, the number of cancelled operations, the readmission rate to emergency departments post-discharge and outpatient waiting list numbersA call for all health professionals to strongly support the HPV vaccination programmeThe future of healthcare in Ireland will also be discussed, including talks on financial investment and why so many young doctors emigrate to pursue a career abroad.Outgoing IMO President Dr John Duddy will address delegates this afternoon.Keep up to date with the latest news from the AGM by following @orlaryan on Twitter.Read: Over 50,000 sign petition to prevent Sisters of Charity becoming owners of maternity hospitalRead: ‘It robs you of your very being’: Life with the invisible illness 10,889 Views 33 Comments Should drink drivers get an automatic ban? Doctors will be debating that today The Irish Medical Organisation’s AGM is happening in Galway.
Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 We love ourselves some Spiders here at Geek. The Marvel Universe plays with so many different ideas for the vast and ever-changing Spider-verse that it’s become an epic lineup of its own. With Spider-Man (Peter Parker) leading the pack, spiders like Silk (Cindy Moon), Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Spider-Man (Miles Morales) and others (Spider-Ham) aren’t too far behind. However, if there’s one Spider we HAVE to talk about (and who may be the best of all, don’t @ me) that stands in an alternative universe, we have to look at the one and only Gwen Stacy aka Spider-Gwen.Before, she was the first love of Peter Parker’s life, with a tragic death in Amazing Spider-Man #121 (1973) that seemed to push his character into the main he is today. There wasn’t a lot to be known about Gwen Stacy in her regular verse since she was a very low-key yet important part of Peter’s life. Now, Gwen Stacy can’t stay dead for very long. She’s one fascinating character to play around with and talk about because she’s everything that is the opposite of Parker. Today, we’ll be looking a little more into one of our favorite spiders with a limited history behind her. Let’s dive in with some Spider-Gwen 101.Gwen Stacy weaved her way into the comics with the help of Dan Slott but executed by the brilliant masterminds writer Jason Latour and artist Robbie Rodriguez. Marvel’s Spider-Man editor Nick Lowe brought in Latour and Rodriguez on to create this insanely cool world for her. Stacy’s first appearance happened in Edge of Spider-Verse #2. In this, we move to Earth-65, where instead of Peter Parker getting bitten by the radioactive spider, Gwen takes that bite like a champion. She then beings the journey of the Spider-Woman. She tries to balance out her powers while protecting her normal life in the best way she knows how.For Earth-65, think of Earth-616 and flip it upside down. In this timeline, Gwen is a drummer with the band The Mary Janes, lead by Mary Jane Watson. Gwen’s dad Captain Stacy is a bit over an overbearing father as well as being the police captain. Peter’s journey in this alternative universe is very different. Peter and Gwen are friends, but he finds himself getting bullied at school. He doesn’t want to feel that hopeless anymore, so he transforms himself into The Lizard. The Lizard becomes one of Spider-Woman’s first casualties and like all things never meant to be, he dies. You think this is a lot? This is just the beginning of what happens to our favorite girl.After Edge of Spider-Verse’s success with this new reincarnation of Gwen as Spider-Woman, her stories and popularity soured into the mainstream of the Spider-Verse. In fact, after the events of Edge, she becomes an important and recurring part in the Spider-Verse storylines. She receives a Spider-Totem that’s able to cross and travel into other Spider-worlds. Gwen would be back in her universe soon enough and nuzzled in her own series with Latour and Rodriguez, taking that origin journey and spinning it into gold. Spider-Gwen’s run would have her fighting classic Spider-villains like Vulture. It would have her up against alternative versions of our favorite characters such as Cheif Frank Castle and Matt Murdock (Kingpin). She’s also been infused and served time being Venom-fied in her run as well.Of course, with great storylines, comes great powers and personality. Gwen’s so different from her original character portrayal that this brand over Gwen completely overthrows what she was before. (Never forget though.) One thing I forever admire about Gwen in Latour and Rodriguez’s run is how vulnerable she is. She’s a gritty version of her former self. Gwen is sarcastic and bold, which makes her prime uncharted and extremely exciting territory to create from.However, Gwen, at the point of her conception, was still learning and figuring her shit out. Gwen’s no doubt has made a TONS of mistakes. She picks herself back up and learns from them the best way she knows how. She takes after the many incarnations of the Spiders we’ve come to know and love in that regard. Sure, this may come at the cost of always becoming unmasked every once in a while, but Gwen stands to be a trooper. She makes a notable appearance in whatever Earth-U she’s apart of. Also, Gwen’s a music nerd and struck up an adorable romance with Miles Morales. A girl after my own heart.Her powers mirror that of Peter Parker but with some things that are uniquely different. She’s supplied with unlimited shooters formed by the moisture in the air gifted to her by Janet Van Dyne. She also isn’t a highly skilled fighter, leaning most of what she knows from Kung-Fu movies as everyone should. Gwen also has a great handle on being agile and using her body to her advantage. She’s also skilled at problem-solving that varies from her dad being a detective.There are so many comics that have come out in the past few years that chronicle the life and times of Spider-Gwen. Latour and Rodriguez have wholly given her so much uncharted territory that it’s hard to stop once you start. If you’re looking to get into Spider-Gwen, here are some comics that come highly recommended to give you the boost into her world.No doubt you have to read her debut into the world with Edge of Spider-Verse #2. After Edge of Spider-Verse, head into the broader world of Spider-Gwen Vol. 1: Greater Power. Sadly, the ending of Spider-Gwen has already come, but what better time to start binging the whole series. You’ll also want to pick up Spider-Women where Spider-Gwen teams up with Silk and Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) and Spider-Man/Spider-Gwen: Sitting In A Tree, because you want to read the cutest romance in the world right? That’s what I thought.Spider-Gwen is a highlight within gameplay for Marvel Heroes as a team up, and later, playable character in the game voiced by Ashley Johnson. She also appears in other games like Avengers Alliance, Marvel Future Fight and Contest of Champions. In animation, she’s seen in the Ultimate Spider-Man VS. The Sinister 6 show voiced Dove Cameron. Cameron also returns to voice Gwen in the upcoming film Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors, starring Captain Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Quake, Inferno, Patriot and America Chavez. You can catch it on Disney XD on Sunday, September 30th at 10 pm. You can see Gwen on the bigger this holiday season alongside Miles Morales and Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The equally adorable Hailee Steinfeld will voice the character as she swings into that Spider-Verse this holiday season, December 14th.Since her incarnation, Stacy has come into her own with a resurrection that only a Marvel character could dream of in this comic age. She’s gained such a badass reputation that keeps her in the running of being one of the best Marvel creations. She keeps inspiring with her biting humor, learned movie Kung-Fu and agility that puts every other Spider to shame. So, now you know all about Spider-Gwen! You guys better get started reading those books before December 14th.See our complete review of the new Spidey game. Catch all the tips and tricks too. Read up on the fab Silk aka Cindy Moon. And stay on top of all Marvel news here. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
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A former Washington substitute teacher — convicted in 2014 in King County for possessing child pornography that was discovered on his computer by a service technician — is now facing allegations in Clark County under nearly identical circumstances.Kurtis L. Kasner, 75, of Vancouver made a first appearance Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of second-degree possessing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He is also accused of violating his community custody. Kasner reported he is under supervision by the Department of Corrections in the 2014 case, court records show.According to an October 2014 story in The Seattle Times, Kasner had been a substitute teacher since 2000 in the Northshore School District, which covers the cities of Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville and parts of unincorporated King County. He also was a school teacher in California for 30 years before moving to Washington.In the 2014 case, Kasner had purchased a new computer, but it wasn’t operating properly so he took it to be repaired. The technician assigned to work on it discovered the images of child pornography, the Times reported.Most recently, Kasner sent an external hard drive to a computer repair company, which discovered child pornography on the drive, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Clark County Superior Court.
Around 100 uniformed and undercover officers, including aerial support from Alaska State Troopers, were split into eight teams and conducted a variety of crime suppression activities all over Anchorage in “Operation Midnight Sun.” (Anchorage Police Department photo)Dozens of alleged criminals were swept up this week in what Anchorage police are calling “Operation Midnight Sun.”Listen nowPolice say uniformed and undercover officers worked with state and federal law enforcement agencies over the course of several days during the coordinated, street-level crime suppression operation.Police say the operation resulted in the seizure of nearly 20 guns, a little less than a pound of drugs and five stolen vehicles. It also led to a total of about 60 felony charges or arrests for outstanding warrants, including the arrest of one man on a murder charge.Anchorage police lieutenant Jack Carson says Operation Midnight Sun went beyond the department’s day-to-day police work to do something more proactive.“Crime suppression is actually going out and targeting criminal activity before they can victimize somebody,” Carson said. “So, we’re taking it to ’em prior to that, so we’re actually going out there and seeking them out and arresting them.”Anchorage police say the operation brought together the FBI, ATF, DEA and others. It also included an Alaska State Trooper helicopter helping spot and track suspects from the air.Carson says that required a highly coordinated effort.“You know, it’s one of the biggest operations that we’ve run with all of our federal partners,” Carson said. “We’re doing this type of stuff everyday,but just not to this level.”Anchorage police say the operation was possible because the department has increased the number of officers on the force and noted that Anchorage residents can expect similar coordinated efforts in the future.
Amaravati: The pagan propaganda on the backside of the bus ticket in Tirumala has become a hot topic across the state. Over this issue, the Opposition leaders have come down heavily on the government. In this context, Minister Vellampalli Srinivas has reacted on the incident, where he said that a few people are intentionally making false comments against the government. He added that the previous government supporters seem to be involved in pagan propaganda. Minister noted that he ordered for inquiry over the pagan propaganda on the backside of the bus ticket. He also clarified that after discussing with the Transport Minister, they would take action against those who are responsible.
Pope Francis (R) and Vicar General of Rome, Archpriest of the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, Angelo de Donatis pray during the Conference of the Diocese of Rome at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran (San Giovanni in Laterano) on 9 May, 2019 in Rome. Photo: AFPPope Francis on Thursday passed a landmark new measure to oblige those who know about sex abuse in the Catholic Church to report it to their superiors, in a move which could bring countless new cases to light.Every diocese in the world will now be obliged to have a system for the reporting of abuse, under a new law published by the Vatican following a global clerical paedophilia scandal.But the requirement will not apply to secrets revealed to priests in the confessional.It is time to learn from the “bitter lessons of the past”, Francis said in the text of the legal decree, which comes into effect on 1 June.It follows a series of clerical assault cases in countries ranging from Australia to Chile, Germany and the US.The “Motu Proprio”, a legal document issued under the pope’s personal authority, declares that anyone who has knowledge of abuse, or suspects it, is “obliged to report (it) promptly” to the Church, using “easily accessible systems”.Under the new measure, every diocese around the world is obliged by June 2020 to create a system for the reporting of sexual abuse by clerics, the use of child pornography and cover-ups of abuse.The law could see the Vatican inundated with reports of abuse or cover-ups, as it applies retroactively, meaning those who know about old cases are obliged to flag them up as well.- ‘Bring predators to justice’ -The impact “likely will be felt most intensely outside the West, since places such as the US, Canada and some parts of Western Europe (though, ironically, not the pope’s backyard in Italy), already have fairly robust reporting systems,” said Vatican expert John Allen, on the online religious newspaper Crux Now.The law only applies within the Church and has no force to oblige individuals to report abuse to civil authorities.”The Motu Proprio shows Pope Francis expects swift and comprehensive progress,” commented Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, head of the Bishops’ Conference in the United States, where thousands have people have reported abuse.It will “empower the Church everywhere to bring predators to justice, no matter what rank they hold,” he said.The document focuses particularly on the sexual or psychological abuse of children and vulnerable adults, but also targets sexual abuse and violence resulting from an abuse of authority — such as the exploitation of nuns by priests.Pope Francis admitting publicly in February that priests have used nuns as “sexual slaves” — and may still be doing so.- ‘Exhaustive in scope’ -“The new norms… are exhaustive in scope, applying in some way to every ordained or vowed member of the 1.3 billion-person church,” Vatican watcher Joshua McElwee wrote in the National Catholic Reporter.That raises the question as to how realistic it is for the Vatican to promise a response to reports within 30 days, particularly considering there are scores of cases currently backlogged, Allen said.Victims’ groups have long called for Francis to put in place concrete measures to tackle clerical child abuse, but they want more, including the immediate dismissal of any cleric found guilty of even a single act of abuse, or of covering it up.They also want all abusers or suspected abusers to be reported to police, and any abuse-related files handed over to them.Some have called for priests who hear of abuse during confessions to be forced to report it. The new law stops short of that.Catholics believe that within the confessional the penitent is talking to God, and everything in the confession is secret. A priest who reveals such secrets is automatically expelled from the Church.
Share Gail DelaughterView of Buffalo Bayou from Allen ParkwayTerry Hershey, the Houston environmentalist credited with preserving Buffalo Bayou in a natural state, has died at age 94, according to multiple media reports.Back in the 1960s, the Army Corps of Engineers developed a plan to turn the bayou into a cement channel. Hershey led the opposition, including enlisting the help of then Houston Congressman George H.W. Bush.The Army Corps eventually relented and Buffalo Bayou winds its way through the heart of Houston in a mostly natural state.The Harris County Commissioners Court later named a park in her honor, which stretches for about six miles along the bayou.Funeral arrangements are pending; no cause of death has been given.
Houston Mayor @SylvesterTurner wants rail to Hobby Airport, better transit connections to Bush @iah, in State of Mobility address before @TAGHouston @HPMNews887 @HoustonPubMedia— Gail Delaughter (@Gail_HPM) May 24, 2018 Mayor @SylvesterTurner Houston “needs to connect people to economic opportunity” in planning for transportation needs. @TAGHouston @HPMNews887 pic.twitter.com/CXhEcxEgb4— Gail Delaughter (@Gail_HPM) May 24, 2018 00:00 /00:37 Houston Mayor @SylvesterTurner calls for “reimagining” of HOV system, says lanes need to operate 24/7 and on weekends @TAGHouston @HPMNews887 @HoustonPubMedia— Gail Delaughter (@Gail_HPM) May 24, 2018 “What we have to do is create more of a transit grid so people can get to wherever they need to go as quickly and safely as possible,” explained Turner.“We have a number of business, economic centers all throughout our region. So we have to create a transit system that connects better to these economic centers.”In addition, Turner wants METRO to study whether HOV lanes should be open 24-hours a day, seven days a week, instead of just during the business day.On the issue of cycling and pedestrian safety, Turner said he is asking Bike Houston and cycling advocates to help identify the city’s most dangerous intersections for bikers and walkers.“And I’ve said to Public Works, then let’s quickly go out and assess those areas, those intersections, to see whether or not the design is creating problems, making these areas more hazardous,” the mayor explained.Turner also mentioned efforts to improve I-45 North, a project that calls for part of the freeway to go underground. The mayor said he has put together a task force to look at ways to create new public spaces as part of that project. X Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner delivered his annual State of Mobility speech before the Transportation Advocacy Group.Speaking before the Transportation Advocacy Group (TAG), Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner delivered his annual State of Mobility speech on Thursday and noted that, as the roads get more crowded, he thinks Houstonians are now ready to start using transit.“But we have to make it attractive, we have to make it more convenient, and they have to move faster on the public transit system than they would be moving in their car or their trucks,” added Turner.The mayor said the most crucial transit needs include better connections between downtown and The Galleria. He also called on Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) to come up with new options for getting riders to Bush and Hobby Airports. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: “Transit is the most critical component” in Houston’s future mobility planning, says Houston Mayor @SylvesterTurner, calls for better connections between downtown and Galleria @TAGHouston @HPMNews887 @HoustonPubMedia— Gail Delaughter (@Gail_HPM) May 24, 2018 Full house at the @HoustonianHotel for the @TAGHouston State of Mobility address with Mayor @SylvesterTurner @HPMNews887 @HoustonPubMedia #Transportation #traffic #cycling #walking pic.twitter.com/SwLzjMHaGP— Gail Delaughter (@Gail_HPM) May 24, 2018 Listen Share
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Friday’s Houston Matters: Tomorrow marks one year since the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School, where a gunman killed ten people and injured 13 others. The school is holding a day of remembrance today to honor the victims.During the past year, News 88.7 has been following the stories of some of the families directly affected by the tragedy. Today, we get a glimpse of how the shooting has affected two people in particular: a man who lost his wife and a student who’s faced debilitating injuries and numerous surgeries. We also explore efforts to address school safety in the Texas Legislature.Also this hour: New York Times columnist David Brooks says society’s emphasis on accomplishment and status often leads us feeling empty. In his latest book, he writes that meaning and fulfillment often are found on what he calls The Second Mountain of life.And, from the redemption of a bad cook to some unwelcome comments from former Rocket Scottie Pippen, we hash out The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week’s news.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share X Listen 00:00 /50:35
The Portret Project aims to create a participatory project in which viewers and participants work with teamtpp to pick pieces of art from our studio install it at the AntiSocial in Hauz Khas Village. The collaborative experience begins at their studio in Vasant Vihar and through a process of cumulative ideating, hopes to make the participants engage with the works of art and the space. In doing so, unexhinition hopes to make the audience the enablers of the art experience rather than merely passive viewers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Right from selecting the artworks, to setting up the installation at AntiSocial, the audience creates the experience. The installation will happen over 6 days starting on March 22. Viewers and participants are invited to join teamtpp at their studio in Vasant Vihar every day and eventually take the selected art to install it on the walls of Social. The Portret Project and Social Offline will conclude the process by hosting an event on the March 28 to show people a spacetransformed by art and share our stories.
Comments Share How do cataracts affect your vision? Patients with chronic pain give advice Under the headline “U.S. suddenly finds fault with Confucius Institutes,” the state-run Global Times said in an article Thursday that Washington was worried about the rising influence of the U.S.-based Confucius Institutes. The paper’s editor-in-chief, Hu Xijin, wrote on his microblog that the U.S. seemed to be using the visa issue as an excuse to “limit the growth” of the institutes.The Chinese Foreign Ministry said earlier in the week that the government was in emergency consultations with the U.S. over the issue.In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the agency was working on ways for the teachers to update their visas while remaining in the U.S. She said Friday that the original directive issued by the U.S. on May 17 had been “sloppy and not complete” and a new directive issued Friday should clarify matters.“People-to-people relations between the U.S. and China are a very high priority for us,” Nuland told a news conference. “We want to get this right. That’s why we are fixing this guidance.”The Beijing headquarters for the Confucius Institutes, the Office of Chinese Language Council International, known as Hanban, said the visa issue appeared to be resolved. “No need for criticism now that our teachers and volunteers can continue their normal work, and students and parents will not be affected,” Hanban spokeswoman Li Lizhen said. “Let’s show some friendship.”China has set up 81 Confucius Institutions in collaboration with U.S. colleges since 2004.They are similar to cultural centers such as France’s Alliance Francaise and Germany’s Goethe-Institut, but differ in that they make no claim to be independent from their country’s government.Schools in some countries have been wary. Last year, the faculty at Canada’s University of Manitoba blocked the opening of an institute, arguing it would legitimize Beijing’s propaganda.“They’re nothing more than a propaganda and public relations exercise within the legitimizing framework of a university,” Terry Russell, an Asian Studies professor at the university, told the Canadian news magazine Maclean’s last June.Many U.S. universities who host the institute say there’s been no interference from the Chinese government, and say the programs add diversity and much-needed language resources for local communities. Check your body, save your life Associated PressBEIJING (AP) – A U.S. clampdown on visas for instructors at China’s flagship cultural program overseas has incensed Beijing, with state media pouncing on it as an attempt by Washington to frustrate Chinese global ambitions.A U.S. directive last week said many Chinese instructors had the wrong kind of visa, though it appeared largely resolved by Thursday. The U.S. State Department expressed regret over how the matter was handled and said it was working on a way for teachers to update their status without returning home. “The fear that these teachers would import unacceptable content or pedagogy has proven unfounded,” wrote Susan Carvalho, associate provost for international programs at the University of Kentucky in a blog for the Chronicle of Higher Education.Many of the institutes offer a window to China that might not otherwise be possible, including one at the University of Central Arkansas that has 17 language teachers.“We’ve had great success,” institute director Zhuang Guo-ou said. “With Wal-Mart headquartered in Arkansas and given the ever-closer economic and cultural ties between China and the United States, it has been beneficial for our students to study the Chinese language.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths But the commotion it set off has underlined China’s sensitivity about the more than 300 Confucius Institutes it has opened globally in less than a decade as a way of spreading its influence abroad.They primarily give language instruction, but also engage in cultural exchanges and are set up at universities overseas, where they have drawn concerns that they are propaganda machines aimed at stifling academic criticism of China’s Communist Party.The State Department announced May 17 that many teachers at Confucius Institutes on U.S. university campuses would have to switch their visas, because they were teaching kindergarten through 12th grade while holding visas for university-level instructors. There were fears hundreds of them would have to return home, disrupting more than 80 U.S.-based institutes.Chinese state media reacted swiftly, calling the restrictions an anti-Chinese witchhunt meant to distract Americans from a bleak economic picture in a presidential election year.“This absurd measure reflects illogical thinking and an immature mentality,” said an editorial by state-run People’s Daily. “Finding scapegoats, witch hunting and shifting focuses are not the right ways to do things.” Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Australia’s first Gay wholesaler, Gay Globe, has landed down under, with the expertise and knowledge to assist agents looking to organise the ‘perfect’ holiday for their Gay clientele.Launched this week, founder Reece Farmilo said a Gay focused wholesaler would help travel agents as members from the community prefer to book travel through those who understand their “specific requirements”.“We knew there was a gap in the travel industry for a specialist wholesaler and we identified a need to properly service this important and growing market segment,” Mr Farmilo said. The company said it is equipped with a team of experts who have researched travel product specific for the community.From travel companies to tour providers, Gay Globe said it will “offer a seamless experience for Australian clients” with cycling tours of Europe, cruising the Nile and exploring Brazil.
Located in a traditional hutong quarter, close to Tiananmen Square, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group‘s new hotel project, expected to open in 2018, will provide guests with a rare opportunity to experience luxury living in traditional and authentic Beijing surroundings.Mandarin Oriental Qianmen, Beijing will be located within the Qianmen East Hutong Quarter which is undergoing a process of preservation and regeneration. Hutongs date back to the 13th century and comprise traditional courtyard houses connected by narrow lanes and alleyways. The architectural style of the Beijing courtyard is unique to the hutongs of the capital city. The hotel will be dispersed throughout the Qianmen East Hutong Quarter alongside privately owned traditional residences, retail outlets, restaurants, bars and cultural venues.Mandarin Oriental Qianmen, Beijing will provide spacious and luxurious landscaped courtyard suites where guests will experience the charm of this traditional Beijing way of life within the labyrinth of alleys and lanes in one of the city’s oldest quarters.The hotel will also feature a variety of dining venues within the hutong courtyards, including an all-day dining concept with a roof terrace, a Chinese restaurant, a lobby lounge, a traditional tea lounge and a signature Mandarin cake shop. The project will also have multi-purpose function rooms.A Spa at Mandarin Oriental will provide holistic rejuvenation and relaxation in a serene setting. Additional leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool and a well-equipped fitness centre.Mandarin Oriental Qianmen is within easy walking distance of Beijing’s major tourist attractions including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven.The hotel is being developed by Beijing Tianjie Group Company Limited.“Mandarin Oriental Qianmen, Beijing will offer guests a truly unique and authentic experience, combined with the attention to detail and exemplary service for which Mandarin Oriental is renowned,” said James Riley, group chief executive of Mandarin Oriental.“We are proud to be working with Mandarin Oriental to bring their luxury brand to this exceptional heritage project,” said Mr. Li Hua, chairman of Tianjie Group.