Rabat – The Central Criminal Court in Baghdad sentenced a German national woman of Moroccan origin to death by hanging for joining the jihadist group Daesh in Syria and Iraq.The Judge and spokesman of the court, Abdel Settar Bayraqdar, said in a statement that the German national, who was captured by Iraqi forces during the battle in the northern city Mosul last year, was convicted for providing “logistical support and assistance to the terrorist organization in committing crimes.”“She confessed during interrogations that she traveled from Germany to Syria and then joined Daesh in Iraq with her two daughters who then married members of the terrorist organization,” Birqdar said, declining to identify her by name. This is the first time that the Iraqi justice system condemned to death a foreign woman for joining the militant group. The same court, in late September, sentenced to death (by hanging) a Russian man who confessed participating in “terrorist operations” in Mosul since 2015.After a nine-month of counteroffensive, Iraqi forces succeeded in driving Daesh out of all the urban centers of Iraq in late 2017.The Iraqi authorities have never officially indicated the number of foreign detainees it holds. However, it is believed that Iraq is now holding more than 1300 foreign women and children following the operation in Mosul. They include nationals from 14 countries, many of whom will be tried in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.In July, the German justice ministry announced that a 16-year-old German girl, named Linda W., who had joined Daesh had also been arrested in Mosul. After being interviewed by German press, the teenager appeared to show regret for joining the group. “I just want to get away from here, i just want to get away from the war, from the many weapons, from the noise,” she said.“I just want to go home to my family,” Linda added. read more

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Latest on PG&E bankruptcy filing (all times local):1:30 a.m.The largest utility in the U.S. has filed for bankruptcy as it faces billions of dollars in potential damages from wildfires in California.Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. filed documents in a U.S. court Tuesday seeking Chapter 11 reorganization. The move comes despite state investigators determining last week that the utility’s equipment was not to blame for a 2017 fire that killed 22 people in Northern California wine country.The company cited hundreds of lawsuits from victims of that blaze and others in 2017 and 2018 when it announced this month that it planned to file for bankruptcy.It’s already facing lawsuits over a November blaze in the town of Paradise that killed at least 86 people and destroyed 15,000 homes, though its cause is still under investigation.___10:00 p.m.California regulators are poised to remove a major hurdle to a planned bankruptcy filing by Pacific Gas & Electric Co.The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Monday at a hastily announced meeting to allow PG&E to immediately obtain credit and loans while it’s under Chapter 11. PG&E normally needs to go through a lengthy approval process for such financing. Monday’s decision exempted it from that requirement.PG&E announced earlier this month that it will file for bankruptcy in the face of billions of dollars in potential damages from catastrophic wildfires in California in 2017 and 2018.The company later said it had lined up $5.5 billion in credit and loans that would allow it to continue operating in bankruptcy.California regulators are poised for a bankruptcy declaration by the nation’s largest utility as it faces billions of dollars in potential damages from wildfires in the state.Pacific Gas and Electric Corp. had said the decision could come Tuesday. The California Public Utilities Commission scrambled ahead of the deadline to ensure PG&E would have financing that the company says it would need to continue providing electric and gas service under Chapter 11.The four members of the commission voted unanimously Monday at a raucous, hastily announced meeting to exempt PG&E from a longer approval process for bankruptcy credit and loans.The decision cleared a major obstacle to the company’s planned bankruptcy filing, but also likely set off a yearslong court battle.The Associated Press read more

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Sri Lankans were among 476 illegal migrants detained in Turkey, the Anadolu Agency website reported.The news agency said that the security forces on Wednesday held a total of 476 undocumented migrants across Turkey. The migrants were planning to cross into the Greek island of Lesbos, the sources said. Among the migrants were nationals of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.In the northwestern Edirne province, security personnel held a total of 366 undocumented migrants.Security units rounded up the migrants during patrols in Kemalkoy, Bosnakoy and Ahirkoy villages, and Uzunkopru, Ipsala and Lalapasa districts. Separately in the central Anatolian Sivas province, police stopped a passenger bus for a routine control on the Sivas-Erzincan highway, and rounded up 14 undocumented Afghan migrants.In the eastern Elazig province, after being alerted to the presence of too many people on board a bus along the Elazig-Bingol road, gendarmerie forces detained 22 migrants. In the northwestern Canakkale province, the gendarme forces rounded up 74 Afghans and Syrians in the Ayvacik district, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media. The migrants included Syrians, Algerians, Palestinians, Moroccans, Iraqis, Pakistanis, Afghans, Bangladeshis, and Eritreans. All migrants were referred to provincial migration authorities.Turkey has been the main route for migrants trying to cross into Europe, especially since the beginning of the civil war in Syria. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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CNOOC’s $15.1-billion takeover of Nexen clears final regulatory hurdle by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 12, 2013 10:05 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – A U.S. agency has given the final approval required for the acquisition of Calgary-based Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY) by CNOOC, one of China’s largest energy companies.The US$15.1-billion friendly takeover had broad implications in Canada and elsewhere due to Nexen’s extensive holdings in Alberta’s oilsands, Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea.Nexen says the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has now given its approval, clearing the way to close the deal in the week of Feb. 25.Shares in the Calgary company were up 60 cents to $27.53 in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Canada approved the deal in December after extensive debate about ownership of major resources by foreign state-owned entities such as CNOOC.The Harper government approved the Nexen takeover under the old rules but introduced new guidelines that will limit similar deals in the future.China, Britain and the European Union have also given their go ahead for the Nexen takeover. read more

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Brock University’s Homecoming Weekend is right around the corner and registration is now open.There’s an action-packed weekend planned for Sept. 16-18 and hundreds of Badgers will be back on campus.The weekend kicks off Friday night with a tailgate party outside the new Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts downtown for the RBC Steel Blade Hockey Classic, being held for the first time at the Meridian Centre. The Brock Badgers will take on their rivals the Guelph Gryphons, in what is sure to be a game for the record books. Get hyped-up with some food and face painting before the game, then join us afterwards at Mansion House for a victory drink and music from crowd favourite, Pat Hewitt.Festivities continue on Saturday with an assortment of varsity athletic games, reunions, wine tastings, children’s activities and more.Come out and toast your fellow alumni at the Alumni Recognition Reception. Anyone who graduated 25 or more years ago will receive their signature cameo pin presented by newly appointed President and Vice-Chancellor Wendy Cukier (BA ’77). Fellow alumnus Ryan Pallotta (BSM ’09) will receive the 2016 Distinguished Alumni award for his achievements in the film industry, as well as awards presented to winners from other Brock faculties.Round out your Homecoming on a high note at our signature Red Dinner on Saturday night. For $35, you will enjoy the culinary stylings of local food trucks including Gorilla Cheese, The Yellow Pear, Tony’s Corner StrEATery and Bombero’s Nachos. Your ticket also includes a complimentary glass of local wine or beer, an appetizer and dessert buffet. The evening will feature musical entertainment by solo guitarist Brad Battle. Be sure to register by Aug. 1 to enjoy this early bird pricing.Whether you attend with fellow graduates, family or friends, this Homecoming has something for everyone. Be sure to register before tickets sell out! read more

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Kason Harrell scored 24 points, John Konchar had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Fort Wayne held on for a 68-65 win over Akron on Wednesday night.Konchar, who also had four assists and three steals, became the program’s career rebound leader with 966 and Harrell, a junior who has 1,021 career points, became the 16th player in Fort Wayne history to score at least 1,000.Loren Crist Jackson’s layup capped a 13-4 run and gave Akron (6-2) its first lead with 2:43 to play. Harrell answered with a layup 21 seconds later and then hit two free throws to make it 66-63 with 1:28 remaining. Jackson’s two foul shots pulled the Zips back within one point with 77 seconds left but they didn’t score again. Konchar had a steal and then made two free throws that ended the scoring with seven seconds left, Daniel Utomi missed a potential tying 3 at the buzzer.Utomi scored 13 of his 24 points, and Jackson added 10 of his 12, in the second half.Konchar’s 3-point play gave Fort Wayne (6-5) its biggest lead at 53-34 with 12:44 to go. Jimond Ivey and Channel Banks hit back-to-back 3s to pull Akron within five points about four minutes later.The Associated Press read more

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first_imgTourists take pictures, unaware of the risks of sudden rockfalls along the Chalk cliffsCredit:Alamy On Thursday rescue teams said they had uncovered the body of a woman at the Seven Sisters cliffs near Cuckmere Haven. They believed the woman may have fallen from the clifftop.  A jet skier was also rescued by Newhaven Coastguard after he hit a submerged object in the water and came off his craft.Although his leg was badly injured, he managed to scramble onto a small cliff ledge about 10ft up to escape the incoming tide and the choppy seas and rocks below.Coastguard Rescue Teams along with the Newhaven Lifeboat were sent to the scene but it became apparent that the Lifeboat weren’t able to reach him in his precarious position. Rescue of a jet skier by Newhaven Coastguard, Eastbourne and Birling GapCredit:PA But tourists have been spotted perching on the edge of cliffs at Birling Gap, in East Sussex to pose for pictures over the weekend. People pose for photos on the edge of cliffs above Birling Gap close to where a large part of the Seven Sisters Cliffs collapsed in East Sussex Friday  People pose for photos on the edge of cliffs above Birling Gap close to where a large part of the Seven Sisters Cliffs collapsed in East Sussex Friday Credit:Christopher Pledger  Rescue of a jet skier by Newhaven Coastguard, Eastbourne and Birling Gap Unaware of the risks of sudden rockfalls along the Chalk cliffs Daredevil tourists have been risking selfies on cliff edges just a few miles from the site of a major cliff fall.Warnings were issued to coastal walkers last week after there were three major cliff falls near Seaford Head. A spokeswoman for the National Coastguard and Maritime Agency urged people to stay on footpaths and to avoid cliff edges after thousands of tonnes of rubble collapsed from a cliff last week.She said: “The cliff is very unstable, people should stay away from those cliffs it is not a safe place to be.” Tourists pose for pictures, unaware of the risks of sudden rockfalls along the Chalk cliffsCredit:Alamy Unaware of the risks of sudden rockfalls along the Chalk cliffs A cliff technician was lowered down the 180ft cliff and recovered the casualty to the waiting paramedics at the cliff top. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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first_imgTrailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend? What’s a must-watch, and what’s a miss? We tell you. Vox Lux (1) No Comments Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 8:30 PM RottenTomatoes: 63%IMDB: 7.4/10Tolkien Source: FoxSearchlight/YouTubeWhat we knowBritish actor Nicholas Hoult plays the famous writer JRR Tolkien, in a biopic that charts his growth as an author, his friendship with fellow outcasts in school, and his courtship of his wife Edith Bratt, who he met when he was 16 and she was 19.What the critics say–What’s it rated? https://jrnl.ie/4612186 Share Tweet Email PLANNING ON HEADING to the cinema this weekend?There are a few new movies out, but which is a must-watch, and are there any you should avoid?We take a look.Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Source: Movieclips Trailers/YouTubeWhat we knowThis is – of course – based on the true story of the trial of serial killer Ted Bundy. Zac Efron plays the chillingly upbeat Bundy and Lily Collins (in the first of two appearances in Trailer Watch this week) plays his girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer. There’s been some controversy over whether this film ‘glorifies’ Bundy – so it’s a good opportunity to watch this and see what you think. What the critics say“It’s a star vehicle that starts and ends with its star, the film around him struggling to justify its existence. Efron is wicked, the film less so.” – The Guardian- Independent.co.ukWhat’s it rated? RottenTomatoes:IMDB:Vox Lux Source: ONE Media/YouTubeWhat we knowThis film follows the character Celeste, from her teen years (where she survives a school shooting) on to her music career. Raffey Cassidy plays the young Celeste and Natalie Portman plays the older version – and, a tad confusingly, Cassidy also plays Celeste’s teen daughter in the second half of the film. While the first half of the film is quite dark in tone, in the latter sections Portman doesn’t always convince on stage. But she does convince as a troubled popstar trying to escape her past. An intriguing film by Brady Corbet that will leave you with plenty to talk about afterwards… What the critics say“Vox Lux is an audacious story about a survivor who becomes a star, and a deeply satisfying, narratively ambitious jolt of a movie.” – New York Times“Director Brady Corbet’s second feature is about the burden that both pop music and teenage girls bear in the face of national tragedy, but it feels fundamentally alienated from the human body — we see the brutality of its expectations and pressures, but we don’t feel the pain.” – Vulture Tolkien  (4)  Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And VileTolkien Vox LuxNone of themVote Short URL RottenTomatoes: 59%IMDB: 6.0/10Which one would you go see first? Poll Results: Apr 30th 2019, 2:57 PM 162 Views  Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile (8) What’s it rated? By Aoife Barry None of them (3) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgWhen Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas saw a website last month for “Amboy Bikefest 2011,” that was billing a three-day music festival with a crowd of 5,000 and activities including a wet T-shirt contest, he had one question for the commander who’d shown him the site.Do the organizers have a permit?The answer was no.Lucas’ question triggered a chain of events that ended Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court, with organizers Alan and LaDonna Jones being relieved to find out they would not be arrested.The fear of being arrested was put into them by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Gene Pearce, who after sending them a letter telling them to stop promoting an event for which they had not obtained a permit, said he could issue a warrant and then settle the matter in court.Attorney Candice Jackson told Judge John Wulle her clients had been worried that any time they left the house they would be picked up on a warrant, which is why they sought and received a temporary restraining order against the county from another judge.But then they asked Wulle to issue a preliminary injunction against the county, which he would not do.Wulle said he had to deny Jackson’s request because the county had not taken any action, such as denying the Joneses a festival permit or executing a warrant.last_img read more

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All clear issued at Miami Beach JCC after bomb threat

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami Beach Police responded to a bomb threat, Wednesday, at the Miami Beach Jewish Community Center.According to a tweet by Miami Beach Police, a bomb threat was reportedly made at 9:54 a.m., Wednesday, at the Miami Beach JCC. Update: Call received directly to MB JCC who then called @MiamiBeachPD at 9:54A. Building being evacuated. MB-K9 on scene as well.— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) January 18, 2017Police evacuated the building before issuing the all clear.Police also shutdown traffic on Pine Tree Drive, between 41st and 43rd streets, which has since reopened.Officials said several reports of bomb threats at 20 JCCs across the South and Northeast were made on Wednesday, as well. Police are now investigating a similar bomb scare at a Jewish academy in Palm Beach Gardens.Last week, there were similar threats nationwide, including one at the JCC In Southwest Miami-Dade.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Buck in New York braves winter storm to grab a bite to

first_imgSTATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (WSVN) — A woman in New York caught a beautiful sight on camera while staying indoors during this week’s massive winter storm.Donna Nicholson told Fox 5 that she was inside her Staten Island home when she spotted a male deer outside her window.Nicholson started recording the buck as it munched on a tree outside her home, its back covered in snow.The “bomb cyclone” slammed the Northeast, dumping as much as 17 inches of snow in some areas. Blizzard warnings and states of emergency were in wide effect, and wind gusts hit more than 70 mph in places. In parts of New England, snow fell as fast as 3 inches per hour.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_imgSenate Democrats on Thursday blocked the chamber from starting debate on the fiscal 2016 defense spending bill, the first step in a strategy designed to force Republicans to enter talks to raise the Budget Control Act spending caps.The chamber’s 50-45 vote fell 10 votes short of the 60 votes need to proceed to the $575 billion measure and left uncertain how Congress would enact spending bills for the next fiscal year. The Democrats’ risky move had been expected, as party leaders had threatened in recent weeks to filibuster appropriations bills that either stick to the spending caps or shield the Pentagon from the budget limits while ignoring domestic agencies.The defense measure stashes $38 billion of funding beyond the Obama administration’s request in the department’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account to get around the statutory spending cap.Prior to the cloture motion, the chamber’s top Democrats urged the GOP to enter negotiations to resolve the dispute over spending levels as soon as next week rather than waiting until the funding deadline nears, reported CQ.“This isn’t about the defense bill,” Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said earlier in the week.” This is about not moving to any appropriations so we can avoid the crisis countdown of a government shutdown in the fall. Now is the time to sit at a table and get this worked out, not at the eleventh hour behind closed doors,” McCaskill said.Republicans criticized the Democrats for supporting the FY 2016 defense authorization bill earlier on Thursday before turning against legislation to fund the Pentagon.On Thursday morning, the White House threatened to veto the spending bill for following the GOP’s budget framework that relies on the uncapped OCO account to evade the budget caps. The Office of Management and Budget’s Statement of Administration Policy also said the measure would undermine a new round of base closures and prevent DOD from aligning its infrastructure with the needs of its evolving force.The statement criticized the appropriations bill for not including $10.5 million that the president requested for planning and analyses to support a BRAC round in 2017. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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TRAFFIC ADVISORY Portions Of Woburn St Hillside Way To Be Paved On

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is an announcement from the Wilmington Department of Public Works:The Wilmington Department of Public Works will be paving Hillside Way (Chestnut St. to the Burlington Town Line) and Woburn Street (Kajin Way to I-93 Overpass) on Tuesday May 7, 2019 starting at 9am and Middlesex Ave (Glen Road to Federal Street) on Wednesday May 8, 2019 starting at 9am.During operations, partial lane closures and full road closures are anticipated. Local residents will have access to their properties, although there may be short delays.Please be aware that this restriction may be altered during construction for concerns due to safety or traffic volume.Please obey the directives of police details, detour signs, and warning signs during all construction operations.If you have any questions, or require additional information, please contact the Department of Public Works at 978-658-4481.——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTRAFFIC ADVISORY: Paving Projects On Middlesex Ave., Woburn St. & Hillside Way To Begin April 23In “Government”TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Wilmington DPW Announces Paving Projects In Arlene Ave. & Burt Rd. Neighborhoods On Aug. 12-13In “Government”TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Wilmington DPW Announces Upcoming Paving Projects For 8 StreetsIn “Government”last_img read more

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No longer any quota in public service PM

first_imgSheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday announced that there will be no quota system in the public services from now on.In a statement in parliament, she also asked the agitating students and job-seekng youths to go back to classes, stopping the demonstration at campuses across the country.”Since no one wants the quota, I think, there should be no quota,” Sheikh Hasina said in reply to a supplementary question from Awami League member of parliament Jahangir Kabir Nanak.The prime minister condemned the vandalism at the Dhaka University vice chancellor’s residence and criticised the students for the protests despite assurance from the government to scrutinise the quota system in public services.”I was shocked to see the demonstration chanting slogan ‘we don’t want quota’, ‘we want reform in quota’,” she said.In reference to the participation of the girl students in the protests she apparently reluctantly said, “Okay, we’ve no problem; as you don’t want any quota, we will recruit all based on merit.”The prime minister said, “We discussed the issue in the cabinet meeting on Monday and I directed the cabinet  secretary to scrutinise the quota system. The public administration ministry also started working on the matter.”Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader sat with the agitators. The protesters agreed to postpone their programme, she pointed out.”What then is the relevance of the movement?” Hasina asked. “Still a section of demonstrators stayed at Teacher and Student Centre throughout the night. Even the female students came out from their dormitories at 1:30am,”The prime minister said a section of protesters carried out attack on the residence of the Dhaka University vice chancellor in a planned manner as they first broke CCTV and vandalised everything and looted valuables.She said the attackers went on the rampage as the way the Pakistani forces did at the house of Bangabandhu at Road No 32, Dhanmondi in 1971.”I strongly condemn the attack,” Sheikh Hasina said adding those who carried out the attack would be identified. “Intelligence agencies have been asked to take necessary steps,” she said.”I couldn’t sleep for the night. I sent Jahangir Kabir Nanak to negotiate… But they will not accept anything”.The students of private universities also joined the demonstrations, and the protests deteriorated traffic situaiton in the city, she pointed out adding the patients were unable to reach hospitals.She claimed that the government is receruiting manpower on the basis of merit. Referring to 33th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations, she said 77.40 per cent recruitment was made on the basis of merit.She observed that those who attend BCS examinations are all meritorious students. “Nobody is hired without merit as they have to pass in the written examinations,” she said and criticised the protesters for their “demands are not clear”.Sheikh Hasina said the female students and students at district levels also took to the street protesting the quota system.”Even the women do not want quota” so it’s OK, there will be no quota,” she said adding ‘we  will manage jobs for ethnic minorities.’last_img read more

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Termination Of TPS Has Some In Local Honduran Community Considering Staying As

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Center of Central American Resources, CRECENSupporters of the TPS for Honduras and other Latin American countries rallied in Houston on May 1, 2018.The termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Honduran nationals has caused angst and uncertainty among the Houston Honduran community, with some of them willing to live as undocumented immigrants just to stay in the United States.“(Honduran) people are not thinking of going back,” says Manuel Valladares, who leads Hondureños Unidos de Texas (United Hondurans of Texas), a grassroots group that helps immigrants from Honduras who live in the state.Valladares is a U.S. permanent resident. However, he knows the situation of many TPS recipients well because of the work he does through his organization. According to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, there are around 6,000 Hondurans in the Greater Houston area who are TPS recipients. “They will do the impossible to stay and find a solution,” he emphasizes, and they still have a hope that the federal government might provide some kind of “relief” to TPS recipients, allowing them to stay in the U.S. Share Window of opportunityThe silver lining of an otherwise tough decision, says Valladares, is that the TPS for Honduras will still be valid until January of 2020, which gives that community some time to weigh their options.In its May 4th announcement to terminate the protected status for Hondurans in the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) noted that the conditions that resulted from Hurricane Mitch –which is the reason why the status was established— “have notably improved.”“Obviously, the conditions were going to improve considerably”, says Jaime Espinosa, a 55 year-old Honduran and a TPS recipient who has lived in Houston since 1996. “It wasn’t possible that the (Honduran) government kept destroyed streets, destroyed roads, the buildings collapsed…” Espinosa, who owns a furniture store in Houston, argues that the federal government’s argument to end the TPS doesn’t have a solid foundation, and laments that “regardless of Hurricane Mitch, there are other social phenomena that Honduras is going through” such as drug trafficking and organized crime, along with “corruption” and “impunity.”For TPS recipients who have already made a life in the U.S. by raising a family and starting a business –like Espinosa— the termination of the status feels “horrible.”So, what’s the plan? Espinosa acknowledges that at this moment he doesn’t have one. He has an American citizen 17 year-old son and one of the options he is considering is to have his son eventually filing an immigration petition for him and his wife, also a TPS recipient.Then again, even if Espinosa’s son filed the petition, he would have to wait until turning 21 years-old and, considering the TPS will be terminated in January of 2020, there would be a period of time between the termination of the status and the moment when Espinosa’s son would be legally entitled to petition his parents.In that scenario, Espinosa says he might be willing to stay in Houston living as an undocumented immigrant.Low profile“We are considering it,” asserts Espinosa, who adds that if he did that he would keep a “low profile.” But, like others, Espinosa still hopes there is a possibility that the Congress would pass a law allowing TPS recipients to stay. Ismael Andino, another TPS recipient from Honduras living in Houston, is also weighing staying undocumented in the U.S. once the status is fully terminated.Andino, who has lived in the U.S. since 1998 and works as a network technician, says staying as an undocumented immigrant is certainly not his plan A, but he can’t rule it out because he deems that returning to Honduras is not “viable at all” due to the high levels of crime.“I prefer to live here illegally in this country over living legally but fearful for the life of my family in Honduras,” says Andino, who is married with three U.S.-born children:  A 9 year-old girl and two 8 year-old twins. Andino is convinced that he and his family would be in danger in Honduras because local criminals would know he had lived in the U.S. for many years and would assume he has financial means. “What worries me the most is the criminality,” he says, “if they think that I have lived for almost twenty years here in this country, the first thing that is going to cross their mind is: ‘Oh, this one brings a lot of money. Let’s see how we kidnap one of his children’.”Andino will consult with an immigration attorney to find out whether he has any chance to stay in the U.S. He thinks getting a visa sponsored by the company he works for could be an option, but he acknowledges it could be a long shot.The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security underscored the high level of criminality in its ‘Honduras 2017 Crime & Safety Report.’ The report highlighted that the Honduran government “lacks the resources to fully address crime and violence” and added there are no areas in major urban cities that are deemed free of violent crime.Citing data compiled by the National Violence Observatory, an academic research institution that is part of Honduras’ National Public University, the report also notes that the Central American country has had one of the highest murder rates in the world since 2010. It  also touches on the gang factor and indicates there are an estimated 7,000 street gang members, with the 18th Street and MS-13 (also known as the Mara Salvatrucha) being “the most active and powerful” gangs. The report details these gangs specialize in murder for hire, extortion and carjacking.Silvia Mintz, a seasoned immigration attorney that works in Houston, says petitions filed by U.S.-born children of TPS recipients can be a doable alternative in some cases, but adds that some of these immigrants should restart immigration applications, for instance petitions from relatives who are American citizens, that they may have initiated years ago.“They left those petitions on the back of their mind because they were feeling secure with the TPS, but now is the time to go and revisit those petitions,” says Mintz.last_img read more

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Occasional negativity can boost academic success

first_imgIs the very idea of exam giving you stress and negative moods? Take heart, a new study suggests that the occasional bout of bad feelings can actually improve a student’s academic performance.The findings showed that students who were mostly happy during their four years of university but who also experienced occasional negative moods had the highest grade per annum (GPA) at the time of graduation. In contrast, students who experienced high levels of negative moods and low levels of positive moods often ended up with the lowest GPAs – a pattern consistent with depressive disorders. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“Students often report feeling overwhelmed and experiencing high levels of anxiety and depressive symptoms. The study shows that we need to teach them strategies to both manage negative emotions and stress in productive ways and to maintain positive emotional experiences,” said Erin Barker, Professor at Concordia University in Canada. The study also demonstrated that both negative and positive emotions play a role in our successes. “We often think that feeling bad is bad for us. But if you’re generally a happy person, negativity can be motivating.last_img read more

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Scattered rain brings relief

first_imgKolkata: The city and its adjoining areas on Sunday received scattered rainfall providing the much-needed relief to the people who had been under the heat spell for quite some time.The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore on Sunday predicted more rainfall in South Bengal districts in the next 48 hours. There may be heavy showers in the coastal districts due to a low pressure trough formed over the Bay of Bengal. The districts of West Midnapore, East Midnapore, Jhargram, Purulia, South 24-Parganas may receive heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours. The city and adjoining districts like North 24-Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly will also receive light to moderate rainfall. The weather officials are apprehending that there may be considerable rainfall in the South Bengal districts at the beginning of the next month. It may be mentioned here that there has been a deficiency in rainfall in June and also in the current month so far. The city’s sky mostly remained cloudy on Sunday with some scattered rainfall in some parts. The weather office prediction says that there is no major rainfall alert in North Bengal for the next few days. The intensity of rainfall in North Bengal has reduced.last_img read more

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UFC Welterweight KOs Opponent Then Beats Up Another Fighter in PostFight Interview

first_imgUFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal got a convincing W with a 2nd round KO against Darren Till in the main event at Fight Night 147 in London this weekend, but he wasn’t done kicking ass.During his post-fight interview, Masvidal served up another smackdown after fellow welterweight Leon Edwards interrupted his post-fight interview to talk some trash. The chirping between the two fighters ended up in the two exchanging blows and a Masvidal punch opened a large gash under Edwards’ eye.Maybe, don’t mess with this guy.last_img read more

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first_img Enroll Now for Free December 22, 2014 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. It is widely accepted that it isn’t easy for any startup to get their feet off the ground in an already crowded and fairly hostile business environment. Technology has diluted the cost of marketing, communications and promotion across multiple media channels, allowing businesses to grow at the necessary pace of today’s markets.However, like anything else, with the advent of the Internet, once information gaps are reduced, companies now have universal access to anyone’s information and will flock to it. This makes for an increasingly saturated market. There are more than 500 million online businesses, either firmly established or in the making, and the trend continues. Technology has made things cheaper and easier but in a highly competitive and dynamic business environment. It is by no means easy to stay afloat. Therefore, maintaining an innovative culture is the growth plan and necessary ingredient for any startup’s survival. This holds especially true for startups in the mobile gaming industry, where to hold onto customer interest and satisfaction, product development is always ongoing.So what are startups to do in order to rise above the noise and get noticed?Change the user experience.It is a great sign when a combination of good marketing, stimulating topic and enticing visuals persuades a user to click and download your service. However, this is only stage one when selling a product. In the mobile application industry it is very easy to be considered just another purchasing item. You need out-of-the-box strategies to develop your product niche and make market gains.To maintain ad campaigns and app sales, while staying above your competition, you need to shape your product around the needs of the customer. One way of achieving this is by offering incentives, at the right times and in a way that is visually appealing and interactive. Virtual in-game item giveaways, along other promotional material, is a noninvasive means of keeping the user hungry for more during the user’s experience.This is because whatever you promote is presented as an in-game element, allowing the user to explore and buy what you promote. This makes ad promotion like a game feature. It’s not boring and isn’t an eye sore. TROPHiT is a recent example of how to reveal ads and promotion deals in an organic way. Users will actually want to stay in the game, because promotion tools and giveaways are a part of the experience, increasing your application’s performance without inhibiting your application’s layout.Related: How These 10 Marketing Campaigns Became Viral HitsEvolve the product.It is crucial for the success of your product to offer a great user experience, and be smart about how you market so you get to know your customers better. You need to know what’s working and where to focus your efforts. In a competitive environment, it simply isn’t enough to build in intelligence features that reveal information, like in app clicks and when users enter and leave your service.Startups need access to higher levels of data analytics to reveal KPI’s (key performance indicators) and other metrics, such as traffic insights, in order to operate at their full ability and gage the degree of an ad campaign success. A highly talked-about platform that supports this functionality for both advertisers and publishers is UK-Based Smartyads. This system helps advertisers find their target audience by uncovering key websites for advertising and outreach, while enabling marketers to measure, manage and enhance user acquisition.Related: The 6 Vital Ways to Engage Users of Your AppAnother useful source for mobile analytics, featuring mobile optimization and ad personalization is Flurry. Here are a few additional intelligence features that are worthwhile to allow you to track market performance:Retention rate: When a user downloaded your app, you need to be able to measure their level of value by how long they actually hold onto and engage with your application, increasing the probability of sales.Revenue rate per user: It’s difficult to know how to increase your sales if you don’t have actionable insight into where, and if, people are spending money. If the average revenue rate across the user experience is fairly low, for example, it may be time to reconsider how you incorporate selling items.Overall user satisfaction: Startups know that to succeed, users have to like their product and be satisfied with it. If the user likes your product, they will stay in your application longer. If a tipping point is reached, they may like your product enough and will be much more willing and trusting to purchase items, further adding to their experience and your profit margin.In the digital age, information is readily available and it is hard for startup companies to create their own buzz. However, this challenge also motivates startups to hone in and direct their focus outside the box to maintain an innovative edge. With this mentality and culture, coupled with the use of available intelligence tools, startups can continually evolve, develop and adapt to match the needs of the user experience.Related: Why Corporate Businesses Should Adopt a Startup Mentality Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min readlast_img read more

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