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NYC Chinese eatery heats up cultural appropriation debate

A New York City restaurant owner who touted her “clean” American-Chinese cuisine and derided Chinese dishes as swimming in “globs of processed butter,” sodium and MSG is renewing the long-simmering debate about stereotyping and cultural appropriation in the restaurant world.Arielle Haspel, who is Jewish and a certified health coach, told the dining website Eater that she wanted to offer modified, “clean” versions of typical Chinese menu items. In a now deleted Instagram post, Haspel said that a Chinese noodle dish, lo mein, can make people feel “bloated and icky.”Online critics pounced, including New York Baohaus restaurateur and author Eddie Huang who dismissed Lucky Lee’s as “the Fyre Fest of food & ‘wellness,’” on the restaurant’s Instagram page.Haspel’s comments are the latest misstep in a succession of restaurateurs and TV chefs who have been criticized for insensitivity when dealing with food from a culture that’s not their own.Robert Ku, a professor of Asian American studies and food studies at Binghamton University, New York, said Haspel came off as relying on age-old stereotypes of Chinese food being unsanitary or grotesque. It was especially tone-deaf in New York City where most locals regularly eat Chinese food, he added.“These are long-standing tropes that have followed specifically Chinese food more than any other cuisine,” said Ku, who has written about the cultural politics of Asian food in the U.S. “What she’s focused on is health and being clean, which implies the others were not.”He also said it’s a myth that Chinese-American restaurants use MSG. Most cut it out of their kitchens in the 1970s because it was so unpopular, making Haspel’s reference problematic, Ku said.On Tuesday, the restaurant acknowledged the uproar via Instagram and promised to listen and reflect on people’s comments. But it also denied insulting all Chinese food.“Chinese cuisine is incredibly diverse and comes in many different flavours (usually delicious in our opinion) and health benefits. Every restaurant has the right to tout the positives of its food.”The restaurant’s owners did not return messages seeking comment.White TV chefs like Andrew Zimmern and Gordon Ramsay have been skewered for their respective Asian restaurants (both of which also use the adjective “lucky” in their name).Zimmern last year said in an interview that his Lucky Cricket restaurant in Minnesota was saving the souls of people who dine at “(expletive) restaurants masquerading as Chinese food” in the Midwest. The “Bizarre Foods” host later apologized.Ramsay, who is British, is opening the Japanese-inspired Lucky Cat restaurant in London this summer. In a press release in February, the “Kitchen Nightmares” star promised a restaurant that would be “revolutionary” and “authentic,” but many noted the lack of Asians in key executive positions.On the flipside, there are chefs who have earned reputations as visionaries for mixing cuisines. Chef Roy Choi elevated the food truck when his Kogi BBQ hit the streets of Los Angeles in 2008. Choi combined his Korean roots with tortillas and came up with mouthwatering munchies like Korean short rib tacos.Being against cultural appropriation doesn’t necessarily mean being against anyone cooking outside of their own ethnicity or culture, said Ku, the professor. It’s the line between appropriation and appreciation where things can get tenuous.“What people are reacting to is saying ‘For generations, Chinese in America were doing stuff but they did it horribly. As a white person, I can do it better,’” Ku said.New York restaurateur Stratis Morfogen, who is of Greek descent, doesn’t worry about the cultural appropriation accusations against his steakhouse for its Chinese-inspired items.Brooklyn Chop House, which opened last fall, offers cheeseburgers, pastrami and French onion soup encapsulated in Chinese-dumpling form. Morfogen is collaborating with singer Patti LaBelle to bring the dumplings to frozen food aisles later this year, packaged in reusable bamboo steamers.“If people didn’t move forward or innovate or create and fuse different cultures together, the culinary landscape would be pretty boring,” Morfogen said.Morfogen employs more than 15 chefs from China across his restaurants and a Chinese chef is also one of his partners. He thinks restaurant owners worried about inadvertently stereotyping just need to think twice before they speak.“I really believe that those words are insensitive and it hurts people,” Morfogen said. “I don’t think that is what food is meant to be. I think food is meant to bring all the cultures together and respect each other.”____Follow Terry Tang on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ttangAPTerry Tang, The Associated Press read more

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Washington state explores infrastructure bank funding option for USCanada highspeed rail project

OTTAWA — Washington state is exploring whether Canada’s new infrastructure bank could help finance a multibillion-dollar proposal for high-speed rail between Vancouver and the U.S. northwest.The Trudeau government’s soon-to-be-launched, $35-billion infrastructure bank will seek to use public funds as leverage to attract billions more in private investment for major infrastructure projects, such as bridges, transit systems and rail lines.The legislative blueprint for the infrastructure bank also allows for the use public money to help bankroll projects “in Canada or partly in Canada,” provided there’s a financial benefit and a physical connection to the country.The state of Washington has taken notice.IMF approves Liberals’ handling of economy, warns of longer term challengesLiberals tell provinces infrastructure cash tied to helping economy, environmentIt’s looking at the infrastructure bank as a potential financing option for a long-discussed high-speed rail connection between Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, says one of the governor’s senior policy advisers.Charles Knutson, an adviser for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, said Ottawa’s infrastructure bank will be analyzed as a financing option in an ongoing feasibility study for the rail proposal.Earlier this year, Inslee committed US$1 million towards a cost-benefit analysis of the “ultra high-speed” rail line that would see trains run at speeds of at least 400 km/h. The final report is due in December.“We’ve heard from some of our Canadian counterparts that that’s a tool that we could explore and we’re open to looking into that further,” Knutson told The Canadian Press in an interview.“The fact that it is something that could support cross-border projects seems to be a good match, but we’d need to know more.”He added that the cost-benefit analysis will provide a better sense of the scope of the project and help determine what kinds of financing options would be available.The high-speed rail link has support from political leaders in the region and from the business community, including high-tech giant Microsoft. They see it as part of a broader plan to deepen regional economic ties and contribute to a Seattle-Vancouver technology network dubbed the Cascadia Innovation Corridor.Knutson, who attended a meeting between Inslee and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in May, said they discussed the potential benefits of the high-speed rail project, including construction jobs, better workforce mobility and reduced road traffic.“They both expressed their support for ultra high-speed rail that could improve connectivity, help grow business opportunities on both sides of the border,” he said.“They talked about how this is an idea that’s time has come.”Knutson said he doesn’t specifically recall hearing the infrastructure bank come up during the discussion, but noted other Canadian leaders have spoken about it with Inslee.A spokesman for Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s infrastructure minister, said the proposed Portland-Vancouver rail line would be legally eligible under the bank’s legislation.“But ultimately any decision to move forward with assessing the project for a potential investment will be the bank’s to make,” Brook Simpson wrote in an email.The bank is central to the Trudeau government’s economic growth strategy. It’s committed more than $180 billion for new projects over the next 11 years and, as part of the effort, its hoping to further boost investments with a lift from private cash.But in order to attract private capital the projects will have to be designed to generate steady, reliable returns for investors through revenue streams such as user fees.Sohi has argued the bank will be a tool to fund infrastructure projects that may not otherwise be built, or projects that public or private bodies can’t afford on their own.The infrastructure bank has also been a source of controversy.The government has faced heavy criticism about the bank, including allegations that argue it will put the priorities of wealthy investors ahead of Canadian taxpayers, who will be stuck assuming too much of the risk.Political rivals have warned the Crown corporation will likely force Canadians to pay twice for their infrastructure — first via the public treasury and then through user fees that will generate corporate profits.The Liberals also faced repeated calls to slow down its plan to create the bank amid concerns Ottawa was rushing through the legislation to create the bank without proper parliamentary scrutiny.The Canadian Press read more

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Singapore says FTA with Sri Lanka will help both countries

Singapore’s new free trade agreement (FTA) with Sri Lanka is a significant one that marks a new milestone in relations between the two countries, Minister of Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran said on Wednesday, the Straits Times reported.The deal also helps both countries access regional markets, he noted. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who witnessed the FTA signing with President Maithripala Sirisena, concludes his three-day visit to Sri Lanka on Wednesday and will fly to Delhi to begin a visit to India, where he will attend the Asean-India Commemorative Summit.The FTA has raised some concern among Sri Lankan businesses, who felt the trade-offs made by their government in opening up markets were considerable.Asked what trade-offs Singapore had to make to reach the deal, Mr Iswaran said: “I can’t really go into specifics, because there’s no direct one-for-one tradeoff. You have to look at the trade agreement as a package.” The FTA guarantees zero tariffs for 80 per cent of product categories for Singapore exports to Sri Lanka. Tariff savings are estimated at S$10 million yearly.The deal also ensures greater access to Sri Lanka’s services market and government procurement projects, as well as better protection for Singapore investments. Mr Iswaran was speaking to the Singapore media in Colombo a day after the signing of the trade pact. He said the deal is still some way from conclusion as it has to be ratified by each of the 11 countries, but there is reason for optimism. (Colombo Gazette) He added: “On the whole, I think trade-offs – yes – but I think in terms of our commitment, they have not exceeded what we have, in general, committed to in other agreements.” Turning to the regional trade deal reached by the 11 remaining countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on Tuesday, Mr Iswaran called it a welcome development.The TPP-11 deal was reached a year after the United States decided to pull out, amid a protectionist tide that has hit the US and other countries.Mr Iswaran said the deal shows that, despite the growing anti-trade rhetoric around the world, there are still countries that wish to advance economic integration as they see the benefits. “For Sri Lanka the opportunity to access the Asean market is important. Their businesses are keen on that, working with Singapore partners. And likewise for our companies, accessing Sri Lanka – but through Sri Lanka, accessing the South Asia market,” he said. read more

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NFL week 6 guide to fantasy football

Play ‘Em Kyle Orton: It’s time to make Orton a weekly starter. He continues to impress — throwing 300 yards in four straight games. Last week against Baltimore, Orton threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns. Look for Orton to continue throwing, since Knowshon Moreno’s status is uncertain and Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has a hamstring injury. Eli Manning: Eli did not let me down last week, 291 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He gets another tasty matchup against Detroit this week. The Lions rank 24th in passing yards allowed. Expect Manning to find Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith downfield. Ahmad Bradshaw: Bradshaw leads the NFL with seven carries over 20 yards and his 449 rushing yards leads the NFC. Bradshaw should be able to rebound from last week’s 67-yard performance. Malcolm Floyd: For those of you who didn’t start Floyd last week (213 yards and a touchdown), shame on you! Floyd won’t duplicate those numbers, but should at least get 100 yards. The Rams have allowed at least one touchdown to opposing receivers in four of the first five games. Hines Ward: No one is happier Big Ben is back than Ward. Ward’s 2010 totals are 165 yards with one touchdown. This is perfect timing against a Browns’ defense that gave up 101 yards and a touchdown to Roddy White last week. Look for Ward to be Mr. Reliable again. Brandon Lloyd: In case you haven’t noticed, Lloyd is turning in a Miles Austin-type year, a wide receiver who comes out of nowhere and produces elite fantasy numbers. Lloyd leads the league in receiving yards (589) and ranks fourth in yards per catch (19.6). Stated earlier, the Broncos will pass and Lloyd is the primary target. Bench ‘Em Greg Jennings: Jennings’ value will take a hit if Aaron Rodgers is out with a concussion. Enter Matt Flynn. With the quarterbacking issue, Jennings will continue to be pedestrian. In three straight weeks, Jennings had no more than 25 yards. I’ve seen it too many times where elite receivers suffer because of bad quarterback play (Steve Smith and Larry Fitzgerald). Matt Ryan: Ryan underachieved last week against the Browns, 187 yards with one touchdown. This week, he faces an Eagles’ defense that allows 192 passing yards per game. Ryan must keep an eye on Nate Allen, three interceptions, if the Falcons want to establish their passing attack. Peyton Hillis: Hillis is battling a quad injury that could limit his workload Sunday. Expect the Browns to struggle because of the Steelers defense (62 rushing yards allowed per game) and rookie quarterback, Colt McCoy, might start. Brandon Tate: With Moss being traded to Minnesota, Tate is expected to emerge as Tom Brady’s downfield threat. However, I’m not buying the hype. Tate has upside but is unproven and will face a tough test against Baltimore. Tate’s best game, yardage wise, was 43 yards against Buffalo. Felix Jones: If the Cowboys want to win they need to play Jones. Last week, Jones had 15 carries for 109 yards. Until Jones is named the starter and stops sharing carries, consider last week’s game fool’s gold. Minnesota will try to keep Jones in check and play like it’s a playoff game. read more

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Sixtyfive Guyanese among 15042 illegal immigrants in TT

There are 15,042 people residing illegally in Trinidad and Tobago—the majority of them being 1,015 Venezuelans, acting National Security Minister Dennis Moses confirmed on Friday.According to a Trinidad Guardian report, Minister Dennis gave the figure in Parliament while replying to Opposition queries. He also disclosed that among the illegals are sixty-five Guyanese nationals.Moses said T&T had granted permanent residency to some 30,200 people up to May 2017, the Trinidad Guardian article stated.However, between January 1 and May 1, 2017, he added there were 15,042 illegals.This comprised 1,015 Venezuelans, 326 Colombians, 217 from the Dominican Republic, 183 Chinese, 65 Guyanese, 39 Nigerians and 20 Jamaicans. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyanese among 11 caught on video entering T&T illegallyNovember 7, 2018In “Regional”25 Guyanese held in T&T crackdown on illegal immigrantsNovember 14, 2015In “Regional”Over 25,000 Guyanese living illegally in Trinidad and TobagoOctober 15, 2014In “Crime” read more

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Man stabs brother to death during drinking spree

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice hold 2 in connection with fatal stabbing of 18-year-oldMarch 11, 2016In “Crime”UPDATE: Grove handyman reportedly stabbed to death in ‘triangular love affair’February 13, 2019In “Crime”Sister charged, remanded for alleged murder of brotherApril 21, 2017In “Court” A man is now being hunted by Police of the “F” Division after he reportedly killed his brother on Saturday night.Dead is 34-year-old Clinton Henry of Yambay, Eclipse Falls Top, North West District (NWD). He was reportedly stabbed to death.According to reports, the now dead man and his brother were imbibing in front of their parent’s home. However, after some time had elapsed, the now dead man’s wife went to make check on them but instead, she found her husband with a stab wound to his head.He was picked up and taken to Port Kaituma Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The suspect has since gone into hiding. A manhunt was launched with the aim of apprehending him. read more

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Third High Horsepower Summit set for New Orleans in October

first_imgConference dates have been set for the third-annual High Horsepower (HHP) Summit, North America’s largest showcase of natural gas fuelling and technology solutions for off-road, high horsepower applications. The Summit will take place October 7-9, 2014, at the Ernest N Morial Convention Centre in New Orleans. Caterpillar and Pivotal LNG return as presenting sponsors for the third year, with the addition of Chart Industries as a first-time presenting sponsor.The event has grown rapidly, with more than 800 registered attendees in 2012 and nearly 1,500 at the 2013 event in Chicago. The organisers expect the 2014 HHP Summit to grow further as momentum builds for the economical shift to domestically produced, low-cost natural gas in high-fuel-use operations. The HHP Summit is produced by Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), a leading North American clean transportation and energy consulting firm that specialises in market development for low-emission and natural gas technologies, infrastructure and fuels for on- and off-road applications.“Fuel often accounts for the largest operating expense across marine, rail, mining and E&P transportation operations – a situation made even more challenging by volatile diesel pricing,” noted Erik Neandross, CEO of GNA. “The North American shale gas boom has led to natural gas fuel prices that are 30 to 50 % lower than diesel, making project economics extremely attractive. Natural gas also provides important environmental and air quality gains.”This year’s event takes place in New Orleans, and will highlight several natural gas opportunities for high horsepower applications that exist along the Gulf Coast.  Neandross noted, “The Ports of New Orleans, South Louisiana, and Baton Rouge jointly handle the largest volume of goods in the Western Hemisphere, moving shipments through North America via the Mississippi river waterways and six major commercial railroads. High-fuel use mining operations – producing salt, coal, and minerals – dot the region. And the nearby Haynesville, Brown Dense, and Tuscaloosa Marine Shale plays are positioned well to supply natural gas to the high-fuel-use region.  As we see with this week’s launch of the Harvey Energy – the first LNG powered commercial marine vessel in North America – the market is really starting to heat up in this part of the country.”Educational sessions will examine current and planned natural gas projects from the Gulf Coast region and throughout the world, and provide attendees an opportunity to see local natural gas deployment and infrastructure projects first hand at off-site technical tours. The HHP Summit expo hall will showcase the wide range of fuelling, engine, and technology solutions designed for high horsepower applications. For more information, visit www.hhpsummit.comlast_img read more

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Apple patents reveal antenna clip fingerprintfree coating and solar power

first_imgApple had a busy day at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office yesterday as it applied for a number of new patents. Three of the most interesting include more research into solar energy, a fingerprint-free coating for iOS devices, and an antenna clip.First, Apple is continuing to put efforts into powering its portable devices with solar power. This is the second solar power patent that Apple has won after previously applying for one in January. The new patent is basically just an extension of the first and refers to multiple power sources being used rather than the first which covered voltage conversion for a device.The second patent focuses on a new finger-oil resistant coating that will keep your iOS devices fingerprint-free. Since oils from your fingers are left on the surface of your touchscreen, it’s often hard to see what’s underneath all the smudges, especially when you’re trying to look at your phone in the sun. Apple is working on an “oleophobic” ingredient that would take the form of a liquid, but would then be vaporized and deposited on the device’s surface. If Apple is actually able to implement this technology, it would be a real game-changer and just another reason to buy an iPhone or an iPad over competitor’s smudged smartphones or tablets.The third patent looks at an antenna clip for small devices like the iPhone or iPod touch. Some electronic device’s bodies are made of metal, which can be a problem. Take the iPhone 4 for instance. The positioning of the antenna and its metal rim caused the infamous “Death Grip” problem which affected the iPhone’s ability to retain a signal. Metal housing can interfere with radio frequency or other frequency transmissions.Apple’s solution to this problem is an antenna clip. The clip may look similar to those you see on the iPod shuffle. However, in addition to clipping to your pants pocket, the clip would house an antenna as well as radio frequency transparent material. Apple said in the patent that the antenna clip could be applied to its iPod family, a mobile phone, a radio, and audio/video recorder, a personal digital assistant, a tablet, or other similar devices.So, will we one day see a solar-powered, smudge-proof iPhone with an antenna clip? Only time will reveal what Apple ends up doing with these patents.Read more at Patently Applelast_img read more

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Its a car park by 430pm Vital upgrades and a third lane

first_img‘It’s a car park by 4.30pm’: Vital upgrades and a third lane needed on N11, report finds Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly says congestion on the road is only going to get worse if improvements aren’t made now. By Christina Finn http://jrnl.ie/3120201 Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 9:48 AM 30,136 Views 80 Comments Share291 Tweet Email4 INVESTMENT AND UPGRADES to the N11/M11 roadway are needed to tackle increased traffic congestion, according to preliminary findings of a report by the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).The N11 is a major national road, connecting from Wexford to Dublin, and is one of the main routes used by commuters to the capital each day.TII is due to publish the findings of their traffic survey of the N11 shortly.The report’s preliminary findings include a recommendation that short-term measures to address the bottleneck areas are found.It also recommends that longer term, more permanent solutions are also invested in, referencing the need for a third lane at key choke points on the roadway, as well as other measures to improve capacity.“In addition to public transport improvements or investments along the corridor, additional road infrastructure or capacity is required,” states the TII in a letter to Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly seen by TheJournal.ie.Widening to three lanes To cater for additional traffic on the road, upgrades to some junctions along the M11 junctions are also needed, including the widening of the road to three lanes at particular areas.The report finds that congestion is worst at the Bray South and Fassaroe Junctions, which are used by commuters travelling from Wicklow.“The N11 has been coming under increasing pressure in recent years, with gridlock now beginning to appear by 7am northbound. Southbound, it can be a car park by 4.30pm. One factor is more people returning to work, which is the good news,” said Donnelly. Live cam of the N11 yesterday evening. Source: TIIThe independent TD said the “network simply isn’t capable of dealing with the additional journeys” adding that the public transport network just isn’t an option for many.Despite vital upgrades being identified, TII notes that the government’s Building on Recovery Infrastructure and Capital Investment Plan 2016-2021 does not make any provisions for investment in the M11/N11 corridor at present.‘Congestion likely to get worse’“Without intervention, congestion is likely to get worse, which is not an acceptable situation,” explained Donnelly.At this time, the government’s infrastructure plan, up to 2021, doesn’t include any works for alleviating the current problems. In fact, it doesn’t even mention the blockages that the TII report has now verified. I have contacted the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, to ask that the infrastructure plan be updated, in light of these new findings from TII.The TII said that once its report is finalised a development strategy will be developed with Wicklow and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Councils and the National Transport Authority.Read: Schools to be required to publish all complaints made against them>Read: Water meters are not the new e-voting machines – they cost us a lot more> Short URL Dec 6th 2016, 9:48 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Payments for dependent teenagers

first_imgCentrelink have issued a reminder for parents with dependent teenage school children to consider claiming Family Tax Benefit for their child so to not miss any payments in the new year. Parents with teenage school children, who have recently stopped their Youth Allowance are being urged to claim the benefits to make sure they don’t miss any payments in 2012. Centrelink General Manager, Hank Jongen, said “under the Supporting Families with Teenagers changes, from 1 January, the maximum rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A for dependent 16 to 19 year olds still studying full-time at school will increase by up to $161.42 to $214.06 per child per fortnight. Rent Assistance and the Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement of up to $726.35 for each eligible child may also be available”. “At the same time, dependent children aged under 18 who live at home and are in full-time secondary study generally won’t be able to receive Youth Allowance unless they meet certain criteria, although those already on the payment can still continue to receive it. “Centrelink recently sent a letter to identified families, asking them to decide which payment will provide them with the best financial support.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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McLaren newest EV is definitely in your price range

first_imgThere’s a new McLaren EV on the market, and the most amazing thing about it isn’t that it can hit its top speed from a standstill in 2 seconds. It’s that it costs less than $500.Yeah, of course it’s the little yellow one in the picture, but it’s still a pretty amazing little ride. The newest McLaren P1 may be scaled down, but it’s built to give the driver the same exhilarating feeling that its street legal big brother does. You know, without the sting of the $1.3 million starting price.It’s a faithful reproduction, with a thumping audio system to soundtrack your drives, push-button start, and even tiny versions of McLaren’s trademark single-hinge, dihedral doors. Be careful when you’re opening them in tight parking spaces, kids. Oh, and remind the valet, too. They’re not always as careful as they should be and you don’t want them chipping your volcano yellow paint on some kid’s Power Wheels.While the two vehicles look quite similar, there are some important differences. One of the more obvious is that the miniature P1 is topless. Another is that it features a single centered seat. This McLaren is meant to impress onlookers, not let them experience all the feels from the passenger seat. It’s also fully electric, unlike the big boy P1 which is a plug-in hybrid.Assuming you’re small enough to fit in an EV this size, you’ve now got a real dilemma on your hands now. Do you opt for the practicality of a Tesla Model S, or do you say screw practicality and go for the supercar instead?last_img read more

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Pentagon Required to Evaluate Army Downsizing under Amendment to House Bill

first_imgThe secretary of defense would be required to certify that an active-duty end strength for the Army below 490,000 soldiers will be adequate to meet the nation’s defense strategy, under an amendment added by House lawmakers last week to the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill.The amendment, approved by voice vote, was offered by Republican Reps. John Fleming (La.) and Elise Stefanik (N.Y.). Both represent Army communities that stand to lose thousands of troops in the Army’s next round of restructuring. Officials are expected to announce early this summer how they will realign the service’s end strength from 490,000, the Army’s target for the end of FY 2015, to 420,000 by FY 2020.In addition to requiring the secretary’s certification that an end strength below 490,000 will be sufficient, the amendment calls for a series of actions:an assessment by the secretary of defense of reports submitted to Congress by the Army secretary regarding its force structure;an evaluation of the adequacy of the Army force structure proposed in the future years defense plan for FY 2017-2021 to meet the goals of the nation’s defense strategy;an independent risk assessment by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the proposed Army force structure and the ability of the force structure to meet combatant commanders’ operational requirements; a description of the planning assumptions and scenarios used by DOD to validate the size and force structure of the Army; anda description of various alternative options for allocating funds to ensure the end strength of the Army does not fall below levels of significant risk as determined by the Joint Chiefs’ risk assessment.A similar amendment offered by Stefanik in committee was rejected last month. The House on Friday approved the underlying bill, H.R. 1735. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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GOP Considering a Tremendous Jump in Defense Budget Caps

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Republican leaders are discussing a budget deal that would lift the statutory defense spending caps by $152 billion over two years, but provide non-defense accounts a boost of only $95 billion for fiscal 2018-2019. Such a proposal would meet the demands of defense hawks, but because it would violate Democrats’ insistence on parity between increases in the two accounts, it is not clear whether the proposal, or anything close to it, could be the basis of a bipartisan agreement. Still, lawmakers are hoping to reach a deal on new cap levels by next week, reports CQ.At the same time, the GOP is considering a fourth continuing resolution that would extend government funding through Feb. 16, although a March deadline also has been discussed. Congressional leaders are crafting a measure to attract bipartisan on the floor of both chambers next week, but the ongoing standoff over Democrats’ attempt to include a fix for “Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, in a spending deal remains a key hurdle.last_img read more

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Supergravity theory wins scientists 3M Breakthrough Prize

first_imgThese scientists discovered supergravity.  CERN The scientists who came up with the theory of supergravity in the 1970s are $3 million richer. The trio, physicists Sergio Ferrara, Daniel Z. Freedman and Peter van Nieuwenhuizen, won the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, according to a statement Wednesday. Supergravity is described in the prize announcement as a theory in which, “quantum variables are part of the description of the geometry of spacetime.” “Supergravity is an amazing thing because it extends general relativity to a higher symmetry — the dream of Einstein — but none of us expected this,” Ferrara said in a statement.The Breakthrough prize, which bills itself as the “Oscars of Science” is sponsored by some big names from the tech world, including Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.Past recipients include Stephen Hawking for his discovery of “Hawking radiation from black holes, and his deep contributions to quantum gravity and quantum aspects of the early Universe.”The ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 3. Last year’s event was livestreamed and hosted by Morgan Freeman.Originally published Aug. 7.Update, Aug. 8: Adds information about ceremony.  $6 at Tidal Turo $999 Tags Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Read DJI Osmo Action preview Rylo $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $299 at Amazon 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. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $59 at eBay 4 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. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. 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). Sarah Tew/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read Google Home Hub review Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) See It $999 Chris Monroe/CNET 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. 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. $520 at HP $999 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. The Cheapskate Read the Rylo camera preview Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $60 at Best Buy 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. Tags 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. Angela Lang/CNET 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. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Amazon Sci-Tech,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. $210 at Best Buy 7 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Boost Mobile Best Buy Read the AirPods review See at Turo 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. See it See It Comments Comments Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Share your voice See It Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See at Amazon Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Share your voice $155 at Google Express 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. Apple iPhone XSlast_img read more

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Prof Jayashankar mentored agitation G R Reddy

first_imgWarangal: The role of Prof K Jayashankar was pivotal in the statehood movement, G R Reddy, the Financial Advisor of Government of Telangana, said. He was speaking at the Seventh Endowment Lecture on ‘Transforming India – The Imperative of empowering The State’ in memory of Telangana ideologue and former Vice-Chancellor of Kakatiya University Prof K Jayashankar here on Tuesday. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us “Prof Jayashankar has his date with Telangana Movement, be it in 1952 or 1954 or 1969, and finally in 2001 he was there to guide when the final phase of statehood movement was ignited. Such was his yeoman service for the cause of Telangana,” Reddy said. He said that Prof Jayashankar was the one who successfully heralded the importance of smaller States for the overall development of the nation. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us “Telangana people have proved its distracters wrong by managing its resources successfully after bifurcation,” Reddy said, referring to the criticism from Telangana antagonists. “Economic growth of the nation is around corner if the Centre and States work in tandem. Any unilateral decision by the Centre would stall the economic growth of the country,” Reddy said, advocating for strengthening of States. KU Registrar K Purushotham, Prof Lingamurthy, Prof Shankaraiaj and PRO Vallala Prudviraj were among others present.last_img read more

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Cabinet approves gold policy

first_img.The cabinet on Wednesday gave approval to the draft of the Gold Policy 2018 for easing gold import process to enhance the export of gold ornaments produced in the country, reports UNB.The approval came at the cabinet meeting held with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair at her office in the city.After the meeting, cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam briefed reporters at the Secretariat.He said the main goals of the policy are to ease gold import process to fulfill the demand for commercial use of gold locally and export of gold ornaments, and to fix specific gold import authority for ensuring transparency and accountability in the process of gold import and business.Expanding gold ornament export by promoting and providing policy-support in this regard is among other goals of the policy, he added.Noting that the global ornaments export volume was US$ 638.37 billion in 2016, the cabinet secretary said some 80 percent of global handmade ornaments are now produced in Bangladesh and India.India exported jewelry worth of US$ 42.29 billion in 2014-15 fiscal, while the ornament export volume of Bangladesh is very negligible, he said.”Our goldsmiths are going to India… So, the policy has been formulated,” Shafiul Alam said.He said import system of gold bars through authorised dealers will be introduced as per the policy.He also said Bangladesh Bank will authorise the dealers to import gold under the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act 1947.Besides, the cabinet gave the final approval to the draft of Customs Bill, 2018 giving the government the authority to formulate rules under the proposed law.Shafiul Alam said the bill was placed with a view to make the Customs Act 1969 a time-befitting and modern law. “No major change was brought in it (the bill)… It was formulated in Bangla version,” he said.As per the bill, the government will be able to formulate the rules under the law in consultation with the National Board of Revenue, said the cabinet secretary.It states that the government can formulate separate customs-related rules for the hi-tech parks and other specialized zones set up under the Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority Act, Bangladesh Economic Zones Act 2010, Bangladesh Hi-tech Park Act Authority 2010, he said.The cabinet also cleared the draft of National Environment Policy 2018 brining changes to the existing policy of 1992.The exiting policy now address environment in 15 sectors, but the proposed policy will address total 24 sectors as nine new sectors have been included in it.Replying to a question, the cabinet secretary said the recently passed Digital Security Bill, 2018 was not discussed in the cabinet meeting.He said the cabinet adopted a felicitation motion greeting the prime minister for winning two international awards –the “Inter Press Service (IPS) International Achievement Award” and the “2018 Special Distinction Award for Leadership” — for her humanitarian and responsible policy in hosting the Rohingyas, and for her leadership on the Rohingya issue, respectively.Besides, the cabinet adopted a condolence motion expressing shock at the death of acting mayor (panel mayor) of Dhaka North City Corporation Osman Gani, who died on 22 September.last_img read more

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Poem by Claire Dorsey

first_imgClaire Dorsey, a Baltimore native, studied acting at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She worked as an actress for almost 20 years Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway, originating roles in Pearl Cleage’s Late Bus to Mecca at the Judith Anderson Theater and Diana Son’s Stealing Fire at SoHo Rep. She has worked as an artist-in-residence in NYC public schools. She has performed her poetry in New York City and Baltimore. She collaborated with NYC photographer Kwasi Noire to self-publish a volume of poetry entitled Rhythms of a Life. (Courtesy Photo)AwakeningMy soul unfoldsIts journey to transformationRemembering my physical vehicleIs the holder for something greaterI burn in the fireAnd raise the phoenix in meThe I AM present in humanityMy emotions no longer choke meMy voice fills the space around meCracks the sound barrierAnd scatters light in its wakeI Am hereClaire Dorsey Copyright December 2015last_img read more

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Flint Hears From Prosecutors who Dropped Water Charges

first_imgBy DAVID EGGERT, The Associated PressFLINT, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors who dropped charges against eight people in the Flint water scandal explained their decision in a public forum Friday night, telling frustrated, shocked and saddened residents they must look at hundreds of mobile devices and millions of documents that a previous investigative team never reviewed.Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy spoke to about 100 residents Friday night at a union hall in the city, two weeks after dismissing charges against the former state health director and other officials. The three-year probe has started over, and charges could be refiled.Marijoyce Campbell, a 65-year-old lifelong Flint resident, walks away from the podium in tears after speaking her mind during a community meeting with Flint water prosecutors at UAW Local 659, Friday, June 28, 2019, in Flint, Mich. Campbell said she had a “heavy heart” after learning of the new documents and that some materials the previous investigative team had were heavily redacted. Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy spoke to about 100 residents at the union hall, two weeks after dismissing charges. (Jake May/MLive.com/The Flint Journal via AP)“We have received information that is absolutely relevant to our investigation that we have never had before,” said Hammoud, who took over the investigation of Flint’s lead-contaminated water in January following the election of Dana Nessel, a Democrat who succeeded Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette. Nessel is not involved in the criminal probe because she is working to resolve Flint residents’ lawsuits against the state.Hammoud cited the need to review 20 million documents and said her team uncovered in a month, with search warrants , what previous investigators had not retrieved in three years.The prosecutors criticized how their predecessors cut seven other officials plea deals resulting in no jail time or criminal records.“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Worthy, who also joined the criminal team.Some residents were shocked by the massive amount of new materials being reviewed and that the statute of limitations for one felony crime — misconduct in office — could expire in nine months. Others thanked the new prosecutors, agreeing the prior investigation was inadequate.Arthur Woodson said defendants who pleaded no contest “got less time for poisoning over 98,000 people than somebody stealing a slice of pizza. People have died. … I have PTSD. It’s hard to trust. But what I heard here today: Y’all have been totally honest.”A tearful Marijoyce Campbell said she had a “heavy heart” after learning about the new documents and being told some materials the previous investigative team had were heavily redacted.“I cannot believe something like this can happen,” she said. “Please, please tell me some heads are going to roll, that somebody is going to pay for all this murder, all this criminal activity.”Other people demanded charges against Republican former Gov. Rick Snyder, who has apologized for his administration’s role in the crisis, and a closer look at local officials involved in the construction of a regional pipeline that was a factor in the temporary switch to using water from the Flint River. The prosecutors said they will go where the evidence takes them.“A lot of us are really angry, and we want to see some justice,” said Claudia Perkins-Milton, adding that the new prosecutors “are the ones to do it.”“There’s a lot of criminals in this case,” she said. “It’s wide open.”Another resident, Laura MacIntyre, criticized how prosecutors announced their decision.“Do you not realize how it felt when you released to the press dropping the charges without coming here first? Without any kind of communication?” she said.She said the public forum should have been held sooner. Hammoud apologized for the delay.Flint faced a man-made health emergency after lead from old pipes leached into drinking water in 2014 and 2015 due to a lack of corrosion-control treatment following a change in the water source while the financially strapped city was under state emergency management. The switch also has been linked to a deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak.Four of the eight defendants were facing the most serious charge — involuntary manslaughter — including former state Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon, who was accused of failing to timely warn the public about the spike in Legionnaires’ cases, and former chief medical executive Eden Wells. Both were in Snyder’s Cabinet. Legal experts have questioned if the manslaughter charges will be revived, noting the difficulty proving that high-level officials directly caused deaths.Schuette again defended his team’s work Friday.“We took the steps that preserved the evidence in this case. And our work was not done,” he said in a statement. “Two judges bound significant cases over for trial. And we were prepared to go forward with robust prosecutions. But this is not about prosecutor versus prosecutor. This has always been, and only been, a fight for justice for the families of Flint. We acknowledge it’s their case now and we wish them success in their pursuit of justice for the people of Flint.”___Follow Eggert on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DavidEggert00last_img read more

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When women survivors walked the ramp

first_imgIn a fashion show organised on April 19, women, who have faced, and are still facing social atrocities (including acid attack survivors), walked the ramp with other models in beautiful outfits by designer Sumona Parekh. The evening, titled ‘Ashmita’ at Kamal Mahal, ITC Maurya, was hosted by Sundeep Chadha, Smriti Gupta, Rita Srivastav and Ramesh Arora – founders Karmsakshi Sewa Sansthan and Swawlamban.Dignitaries like Meenakshi Lekhi – MP Lok Sabha and National Spokesperson BJP, Dr Shobha Vijender – Councillor, Neelam Rudy, Sitaar Player Ustaad Shujaat Khan, Tejram Phore – Councillor, Padam Shri Kathak Maestro Shovana Narayan and Shahnaz Husain were present on the occasion to honour these women. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSundeep and Smriti, Founders Karmsakshi Sewa Sansthan and Swawlamban, said, “There is an urge to do something meaningful for this cause as both the organizations have experienced the agony and plight of the acid attack victims in the course of doing their social service works.” According to Aashmeen Munjaal of Star Salon Academy, “Real beauty lies in the soul of a human and not on skin.” The event was choreographed by Liza Verma and the makeup partner for the event was Aashmeen Munjaal.last_img read more

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