Cardinals’ Flaherty edges out Giants’ Rodríguez in matchup of 2018’s top rookie pitchers

first_imgST. LOUIS — If you spent the last 365 days living under a rock and happened to come up for air on Tuesday, it would have been no surprise to see Giants right-hander Dereck Rodríguez and Cardinals righty Jack Flaherty locking horns in a pitchers’ duel at Busch Stadium on Tuesday.At this time last year, Rodríguez, Flaherty and Dodgers flamethrower Walker Buehler were chasing Ronald Acuña, Jr. of the Braves and Juan Soto of the Nationals in an epic Rookie of the Year race that ended with the …last_img read more

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Bumming Herds of Hummingbirds into Evolution

first_imgAny well-designed animal can be forced into an evolutionary story if you allow the rules to evolve, too.A new paper in Current Biology claims to organize the phylogeny of hummingbirds, those “iridescent… jewel-like” stars of Illustra Media’s film Flight: The Genius of Birds, with their unique flying abilities and specialized nectar-trapping tongues.  Do the authors succeed?  It depends; tweak enough parameters, and anything can happen.We studied hummingbird diversification by estimating a time-calibrated phylogeny for 284 hummingbird species, demonstrating that hummingbirds invaded South America by ∼22 million years ago, and subsequently diversified into nine principal clades… Using ancestral state reconstruction and diversification analyses, we (1) estimate the age of the crown-group hummingbird assemblage, (2) investigate the timing and patterns of lineage accumulation for hummingbirds overall and regionally, and (3) evaluate the role of Andean uplift in hummingbird speciation. Detailed analyses reveal disparate clade-specific processes that allowed for ongoing species diversification. One factor was significant variation among clades in diversification rates. For example, the nine principal clades of hummingbirds exhibit ∼15-fold variation in net diversification rates, with evidence for accelerated speciation of a clade that includes the Bee, Emerald, and Mountain Gem groups of hummingbirds. A second factor was colonization of key geographic regions, which opened up new ecological niches. For example, some clades diversified in the context of the uplift of the Andes Mountains, whereas others were affected by the formation of the Panamanian land bridge. Finally, although species accumulation is slowing in all groups of hummingbirds, several major clades maintain rapid rates of diversification on par with classical examples of rapid adaptive radiation.In short, evolution is slow except when it’s fast, it speeds up except when it slows down, and rules for one group don’t apply to other groups.  Diversification rates can change as much as 15-fold to keep the story in order.  Since these evolutionary biologists expected hummingbirds to evolve in the time allowed for them according to evolutionary theory, the whole exercise was a case of theory incest (see DIDO in the Darwin Dictionary).  There is no reference to fossils or other hard evidence independent of Darwinian assumptions.The authors commit a logical flaw as well, confusing cause and effect.  They attribute mountains and land bridges as causes of diversification.  There’s nothing in a mountain that can force a bird to develop a specialized tongue to fit a flower, or to evolve a unique shoulder joint that permits hovering.  If that were a law of nature, why didn’t it happen to every bird?The popular press, predictably, celebrated this wondrous confirmation of Darwin without any critique.  Science Daily quoted a smiling co-author Jimmie McGuire: “One of the really cool features of hummingbird evolution is that they all eat the same thing yet have diversified dramatically,” McGuire says. “It really is a big surprise that hummingbirds have divided the nectarivore niche so extensively.”Live Science posted a photo gallery of hummingbirds of the world.  While they differ in terms of coloration and details of beak or wing shape, they are all clearly hummingbirds.  Science Daily, though, says that this “marvel of evolutionary engineering” (12/05/13) evolved from non-hummingbirds:The new, time-calibrated evolutionary tree shows that ancestral hummingbirds split from the swifts and treeswifts about 42 million years ago, probably in Eurasia. By about 22 million years ago, the ancestral species of all modern hummingbirds had made its way to South America, and that’s when things really took off.In other words, their presumed ancestral home in Eurasia was left vacant.  Now, all hummingbirds inhabit the American hemisphere.  By “time-calibrated,” the sentence implies that data about hummingbirds were forced into evolutionary time.  That’s why the authors speculate that diversification rates varied so dramatically among different groups.  The Eurasian hummers presumably lived happily on the other side of the world for 20 million years, until by unexplained processes, one “made its way” to South America.  Then, they all migrated en masse or died out in the Old World.Nothing was mentioned about fossils.  A link to a May 2013 story tells about a potential ancestor of swifts and hummingbirds, but that fossil was from Wyoming, and its interpretation is vague.  In addition, it contained melanosomes, casting doubt on its assumed age of 50 million years.One can only wonder what took evolutionists so long to look at these amazing birds with Darwin eyes.  “Hummingbirds have radiated into a diverse assemblage of specialized nectarivores comprising 338 species,” the authors said, “but their evolutionary history has not, until now, been comprehensively explored.”Creationists do not deny a degree of diversification among hummingbirds in terms of coloration and specificity of flowers they feed on, but those are minor considerations within the range of built-in variability.  It’s the underlying flight systems that defy naturalistic explanations.  We don’t need to elaborate here; watch Flight: The Genius of Birds for arguments why Darwinism cannot explain hummingbirds (or any other bird), and why intelligent design is the best explanation for avian flight.  The sequence on hummingbirds is particularly compelling.  Take away the speculation out of the evolutionary paper, and what is left?  Darwinists ignoring the obvious, and repeating “Evolution is a fact” among themselves in an echo chamber.  Their puzzle-solving project of forcing every creature into a Darwinian phylogenetic scheme apparently gives them pleasure, but it’s not science, if by science we mean understanding the natural world (see “How Not to Work a Puzzle,” 5/01/08 commentary). 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Dominator and Actualization Hierarchies

first_imgI am fascinated by this idea I picked up from Ken Wilber. It’s not his idea originally, but he is the very best at explaining it in a way that is useful. The idea is that there are dominator hierarchies and actualization hierarchies.All of nature contains hierarchies, but they are really full of wholes. Every complex organism is really a “holarchy,” each part being a whole on it’s own, all of them combining into something more. Wilber reminds us that atoms make up molecules, molecules make up cells, cells make up organs, organs make up complex, living organisms. In nature, when a cell tries to dominate molecule, or other cells, you have a pathology, like cancer.Cultures work this way. There are dominator hierarchies and actualization hierarchies. If you’ve worked in either, you easily know the difference by the words themselves.DominatorsIn a dominator hierarchy, force is used by those at the top of the hierarchy. The people at lower rungs of the hierarchy are a means to end. So they are badgered, bullied, belittled, abused, and treated poorly. In the worst of cases, the people at lower rungs are treated as “the enemy.” In a dominator hierarchy, clients may also be the enemy.ActualizationIn actualization hierarchies, power isn’t used to drive performance. Instead, the people at levels of the rung work together to determine how to achieve their best performance. They help each other to grow. No one is treated poorly, because they are part of the organism, and it would be wrong (and pathological) to abuse some part of the whole. If you have ever been on a team that functioned well, you know what an actualizer hierarchy feels like.You may find that there are pockets of each of these types of hierarchies in your organization. You may also find that your clients have pockets of both.But in a lot of cases, a fish rots from the head, and the dominator hierarchy has taken a deep hold and the organization has a form of cultural cancer.If you work for a great leader, they will insist on an actualization hierarchy. They will insist that the individuals that make up the whole are all given an opportunity to grow, to develop into the best versions of themselves, and to make their greatest contribution. As each cell becomes stronger, the whole they make up also becomes stronger.Growth is always better than stagnation. Persuasion is always better than force. Meaningful work is always better than a job. Love is always better than fear. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Murder convict celebrates birthday in jail with cake and mutton curry

first_imgA murder convict has cut a cake and served mutton curry to other inmates inside a jail here to celebrate his birthday, and the ‘invitees’ video recorded the programme on mobile phones, a senior jail official said on Sunday. Seven prison officials were suspended in connection with the hosting of the party by Pintu Tiwari who is serving life sentence for murdering two engineers in Darbhanga. “A video of the party, which had gone viral on Saturday night, shows Tiwari cutting a cake and sharing sweets with other inmates who present him with gift-wrapped packets,” Sitamarhi Jail Superintendent Rajesh Kumar Rai said. Selfies takenA platter of rice and mutton curry was also served at the gathering while some of the inmates whipped mobile phones out of their pockets and clicked selfies with Tiwary, he said. Tiwary, a sharp-shooter of the Mukesh Pathak gang, had carried a reward of ₹50,000 on his head. He was arrested from Patna three years ago. It was not clear when the birthday party was held. Mr. Rai said the revelry took place in violation of the jail manual and the entire episode was captured on mobile phones, which is banned inside the prison premises .last_img read more

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Budget 2013/2014

first_imgFinance Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips Presentation for 2013/2014 Budget: “Restoring Hope, Expanding Opportunities” DBJ to Provide $2 Billion for Micro and Small Business Sector No New Taxes DBJ Providing US$20 Million for ICT Expansion Gov’t Provides $94 Billion for Welfare and Development Assistance Government to Advance Programme to Modernise Public Financial Management Gov’t Lowers Debt Servicing Costs Final Negotiations Underway for Divestment of Wallenford Coffee Company Current Account Deficit Improves $1.1 Billion Expected from Agro Parks This Financial Year Reversal of Low Growth Objective of Reform Agenda – Finance Minister SLB Loan Repayments to be Deducted at Source Government to Begin Accepting Bids for Casinos on June One Several Tourism Properties Being Upgraded Some Public Sector Entities to be Merged Opposition Backs Agro Parks Project Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Budget Presentation 2013-2014: “Fuelling Our Own Growth” Thousands of Students to be Provided with Tablets Gov’t to Accept Bids for 115 MW Projects in June Energy Efficiency Project Drives Down Consumption at Jamaica House Gov’t to Keep Stake in Clarendon Alumina Partners Local Companies Urged to Bid for Contracts Under Energy Efficiency Project ALPART to Resume Operations Early 2016 OUR to Recommend Preferred Bidder for Power Plant in 30 Days PETCOM to be Divested Rural Electrification Programme to be Renamed Gov’t to Start Granting Electric Power Wheeling Licences July E-Government Initiative Moving Ahead More Energy Saving Devices Duty Free Prime Minister’s 2013-14 Budget Presentation ‘JAMAICA: Going for Growth and Development – Unleashing Our Potential’ 31,000 Public Sector Mortgagors to Benefit from NHT Refunds Government to Restart Inner City Renewal Programme CISOCA to be Relocated to Make Way for Housing UDC Being Repositioned Cheaper Energy Urgent Imperative of Growth Agenda – PM Task Force to Coordinate Rural Development Strategies Four Major Crime Fighting Bills for Parliament This Year UWI Principal to Lead Logistics Hub Coordinating Team Logistics Hub a Central Plank in Growth Strategy – PM Jamaicans at Centre of Transformation Process – PM Commission for Creative Industries to be Established $10.6 Million for Micro-Enterprises in NHT Schemes 250 Acres of Land Identified for Public Sector Housing Gov’t to Boost Provisions for Most Vulnerable CHEC to Invest US$1.5 Billion in Transshipment Port Closing Budget Debate Presentation by Minister of Finance, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips IMF Approves EFF for Jamaica Gov’t Delivers on Housing Promises Clarendon Alumina Partners No Cost on Budget – Finance Minister PM Outlines Strides Made by Government Government Spends $344 Million on Sports $360 Million Provided for Energy Efficiency Projects Finance Minister Calls for Opposition Input on Public Sector Transformation Gov’t Ready to Accept Proposals for Integrated Resorts Gov’t Will Not Tax Basic Foods – Dr. Phillips NDX Saves Gov’t $17 Billion in Payments Per Year on Domestic Bonds Opening of Sectoral Debate Parliamentary Year 2013/2014 37,000 Persons Benefit from JEEP CHEC to Invest US$1.5 Billion in Port and Other Facilities Local Contractors to Benefit from MIDP Land Transportation Authority to be Established Contribution to the Annual Sectoral Debate by Mr. Andre Hylton, MP Budget Presentation 2013 Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Hon. Roger Clarke, MP Contribution to the Annual Sectoral Debate by Raymond Pryce, MP Agriculture Minister Outlines Initiatives to Improve Service to the Sector Agriculture Ministry to Join with Tertiary Institutions on Research Project Work to Begin on Ferry to Linstead Highway in September Gov’t to Work with Pan-Caribbean to Increase Sugar Production Fish Sanctuaries Working Significant Production Activity Under Agro Park Project Inspection of Retail Outlets to be Increased to Tackle Praedial Larceny Fisheries Bill for Parliament this Fiscal Yearlast_img read more

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QLED or OLED We compare the two best TV technologies

first_img 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. Tags 86 18 Photos 2:18 Share your voice LG C9 OLED TV has the best picture quality ever What is quantum dot? Quantum dots are microscopic molecules that, when hit by light, emit their own, differently colored light. In QLED TVs, the dots are contained in a film, and the light that hits them is provided by an LED backlight. That light then travels though a few other layers inside the TV, including a liquid crystal (LCD) layer, to create the picture. The light from the LED source is transmitted through the layers to the screen’s surface, which is why we say it’s “transmissive.” lg-display-booth-ces-2017-1495-001.jpgA look at the “sandwich” of layers in an LCD TV, where an LED backlight shines through a quantum dot layer (among others) and on to the LCD panel itself. Josh Miller/CNET Samsung has been using quantum dots to augment its LCD TVs since 2015, and debuted the QLED TV branding in 2017. Samsung says those quantum dots have evolved over time — that color and light output have improved, for example. In my experience however, improvements caused by better quantum dots are much less evident than those caused by other image quality factors (see below).Other TV makers also use quantum dots in LCD TVs, including TCL and Vizio, but don’t call them QLED TVs. An OLED TV is not an LCD TV at all LCD is the dominant technology in flat-panel TVs and has been for a long time. It’s cheaper than OLED, especially in larger sizes, and numerous panel makers worldwide, including LG itself, can manufacture it. LG OLEDC8P seriesOLED TVs don’t need LED backlights so, in addition to image quality benefits, they can get amazingly thin. Sarah Tew/CNET OLED is different because it doesn’t use an LED backlight to produce light. Instead, light is produced by millions of individual OLED subpixels. The pixels themselves — tiny dots that compose the image — emit light, which is why it’s called an “emissive” display technology. That difference leads to all kinds of picture quality effects, some of which favor LCD (and QLED), but most of which benefit OLED. Aside from LG, Sony also sells OLED TVs in the US, while Panasonic and Philips sell them in Europe. All use panels manufactured by LG Display, however. A closer look at MicroLED Before that we’ll get MicroLED. It’s another emissive technology, again spearheaded by Samsung, that seems closer to market than direct-view quantum dot. As you might guess from the name, it uses millions of teeny-tiny LEDs as pixels. MicroLED has the potential for the same perfect black levels as OLED, with no danger of burn-in. It can deliver higher brightness than any current display technology, wide-gamut excellent color and doesn’t suffer the viewing angle and uniformity issues of LCD. It doesn’t involve quantum dots, at least not yet, but who knows what might happen when it comes to market. QDMLED, anyone? For now, however, OLED rules the picture quality roost over QLED. At least until somebody combines the two. Originally published Feb. 8, 2017.Update, July 18, 2019: This article has been updated extensively for 2019. Now playing: Watch this: Samsung uses QLED for its best TVs, including this 8K model. Sarah Tew/CNET Two rival TV brands use very similar acronyms to describe their best TVs. But QLED and OLED are as different as leopards and lions. For the last few years Samsung, the most popular TV-maker in the world, has been branding its best TVs “QLED.” Its 2019 QLED lineup is bigger than ever, with seven series encompassing 28 different models. From insane 98-inch 8K behemoths to TVs designed to look like paintings and modern art, QLEDs represent the pinnacle of what Samsung’s formidable engineers can bring to TV buyers.  But it’s not the pinnacle of picture quality. That honor goes to OLED TVs. Based on the last few years of CNET’s side-by-side comparison reviews, LG’s OLED TVs have all delivered better overall image quality than Samsung QLED TVs. The latest example pitted Samsung’s 2018 Q9 QLED against LG’s 2019 C9 OLED and the LG OLED won handily, delivering the best picture quality I’ve ever tested. In fact the LG B8 from 2018 also beat the Samsung. The Q9 is still an excellent performer, however, and delivers the best non-OLED image I’ve ever tested — but not because of QLED technology.In June 2019 I reviewed the midrange Q70, which is an excellent performer but no OLED. I haven’t tested any of the highest-end 2019 QLED models yet, such as the Q80 and Q90, but if I was a betting man I’d still pick the best OLED to beat the best QLED TV once again this year, even though Samsung seems to have made more improvements than LG. Here’s why. A QLED TV is just an LCD TV with quantum dots Let’s start with a quick summary of the two technologies. OLED stands for “organic light emitting diode.”QLED (according to Samsung) stands for “quantum dot LED TV.”OLED is a fundamentally different technology from LCD, the major type of TV today.QLED is a variation of LED LCD, adding a quantum dot film to the LCD “sandwich.”OLED is “emissive,” meaning the pixels emit their own light.QLED, like LCD, is, in its current form, “transmissive” and relies on an LED backlight.The main takeaway is that QLED is closer to regular old LCD than it is to OLED, which I (and most other experts) consider a distinctly different class of television, much like plasma was before it. QLED vs. OLED: image quality compared Based on my reviews, here are some general comparisons I’ve made between the two.QLED TV picture quality varies more than OLED. Samsung has a bunch of QLED series, and the most expensive perform a lot better than the cheaper ones. That’s mainly because the biggest improvements in the picture quality of Samsung’s sets don’t have much to do with quantum dots. In 2019 TVs like the Q70, Q80 and Q90, they’re the result of better full-array local dimming, bright highlights and better viewing angles, which help them significantly outperform QLED TVs that lack those extras, like the Q60 in 2019.Meanwhile every OLED TV I’ve reviewed has very similar image quality — all have earned a 10/10 in picture quality in my tests. There is some variation among different OLED TVs, but they’re not nearly as significant as the differences between various QLED TV series.OLED has better contrast and black level. One of the most important image quality factors is black level, and their emissive nature means OLED TVs can turn unused pixels off completely, for literally infinite contrast. QLED/LCD TVs, even the best ones with the most effective full-array local dimming, let some light through, leading to more washed-out, grayer black levels and blooming around bright sections. QLED is brighter. The brightest QLED and LCD TVs can get brighter than any OLED model, which is a particular advantage in bright rooms and with HDR content. In my tests, however, OLED TVs can still get plenty bright for most rooms, and their superior contrast still allows them to deliver a better overall HDR image than any QLED/LCD TV I’ve tested. howwetest-tvlab-2017-cnet-11 Sarah Tew/CNET OLED has better uniformity and viewing angles. With LCD-based displays, different areas of the screen can appear brighter than others all the time, and backlight structure can also be seen in some content. Even the best LCDs also fade, lose contrast and become discolored when seen from seats other than the sweet spot directly in front of the screen. OLED TVs have almost perfectly uniform screens and maintain fidelity from all but the most extreme angles. Resolution, color, video processing and other image quality factors are basically the same. Most QLED and OLED have the same resolution, 4K, and both can achieve 8K resolution too. Neither technology has major inherent advantage in color or video processing areas. Check out OLED vs. LCD for more details. QLED can get bigger and smaller (and cheaper)There are only four sizes of OLED TV on the market today: 55-, 65-, 77- and 88-inch. Since the latter two cost $6,500 and (cough) $30,000 respectively, there’s really only two sizes most TV shoppers can afford. 35-samsung-q900Samsung’s 85-inch 8K QLED TV (above) costs $15,000.  Sarah Tew/CNET Meanwhile Samsung’s QLED TVs come in 43-, 49-, 55-, 65-, 75-, 82-, 85- and, yes, 98-inch sizes. Of course non-QLED LCD TVs can get even smaller.One big advantage, so to speak, that QLED and LCD have over OLED is the cost of mainstream sizes over 65 inches. Large televisions are the fastest-growing segment of the market and show no signs of slowing down. As I mentioned above, LG’s 77-inch OLED costs $6,500. Meanwhile Samsung’s 75-inch Q70 QLED costs $2,200 and Vizio’s 75-inch P-Series Quantum is even less. Sure, neither one can beat an OLED, but they’re still excellent performers for one-third the price.In 55- and 65-inch sizes, the highest-end, best-performing QLED models like the Q90 and the 8K resolution Q900A cost more than the cheapest OLED TV. There are numerous other, less-expensive QLED series as well, however, albeit with worse image quality.  What about OLED burn-in? Burn-in happens when a persistent part of the image onscreen — navigation buttons on a phone, or a channel logo, news ticker or a scoreboard on a TV, for example — remains as a ghostly background no matter what else appears onscreen. All OLED screens can burn-in, and from everything we know, they’re more susceptible than LCD displays, including QLED. All things considered, however, burn-in shouldn’t be a problem for most people. From all of the evidence we’ve seen, burn-in is typically caused by leaving a single, static image element, like a channel logo, onscreen for a very long time, repeatedly. That’s an issue if you keep Fox News, ESPN or MSNBC onscreen for multiple hours every day and don’t watch enough other programming, for example. But as long as you vary what’s displayed, chances are you’ll never experience burn-in. Check out OLED screen burn-in: What you need to know for more. qled-by-qdvision.jpgElectroluminescent quantum dot prototypes, which could pave the way for direct-view quantum dot TVs. QDVision Future outlook for OLED vs. QLED TVs Until I test the best QLED TVs against the LG C9, I won’t know for sure which one wins in 2019, but as I mentioned above, I’d bet on OLED.  For 2019 Samsung has improved its high-end QLED image quality again in an effort to beat OLED, while LG has, aside from a processing bump, mostly stood pat. The C9 wasn’t that much better than its predecessors, and I expect the same for Sony’s new OLED TVs. But given the basic differences between OLED and QLED tech, it would definitely surprise me if those 2019 QLED improvements allowed it to beat OLED overall. What about 2020 and later? Samsung is actually working on a version of QLED that does use emissive technology, much like OLED and plasma. Known as direct-view quantum dot, it dispenses with the liquid crystal layers and uses quantum dots themselves as the light source.  Emissive QLED TVs have the potential to match the absolute black levels and “infinite” contrast ratio of OLED, with better power efficiency, better color and more. That’s pretty exciting, but it’ll be a few years before we see emissive QLED TVs available for sale. Hopefully by then they’ll think up a new acronym (EQLEDs?). TVs 2:46 Comments LG Samsung Sony Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

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3 killed in AL factional clashes

first_imgMap of NarsingdiThree people were killed and 100 others injured in a clash between two factions of Awami League over establishing supremacy in Nilakkha union of Raipura upazila in Narsingdi on Friday, reports UNB.Two of the deceased are Sohagh Miah and Maram Ali, local residents.Zakir Hasan, additional superintendent of police, said former union parishad chairman and former Raipura upazila AL vice-president Abdul Haque and present union parishad chairman and union AL president Tajul Islam had long been at loggerheads over controlling the locality.As a sequel of the previous enmity, the supporters of both the AL leaders locked into a clash around 3pm.Equipped with firearms and fishing spears (teta), they attacked each, leaving three people dead on the spot and 100 others injured.On information, police rushed in and tried to bring the situation under control.However, sporadic clashes continued till filing of this report around 8pm.The injured were taken to different hospitals, said Mohsin Alam, officer-in-charge of Raipur police station.He also said additional policemen were called in to bring the situation under control.Earlier, a Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinee was shot dead during a clash between two AL groups at Bashgari of the upazila in the early hours.The deceased is Tofazzal Hossain Rana, son of local Abdullah Fakir.The OC said supporters of former Bashgari union parishad chairman and ex-union AL president Shahed Sarkar and current chairman Sirajul Haque, also an AL leader, attacked each other and exchanged gunfire from around 9pm till midnight on Thursday.After a short interval, they again exchanged gunfire early Friday.Tofazzel, who came out of his home to respond to the natural call, sustained bullet injuries to the head around 6am during the gunfight.Later, he died on the way to Narsingdi hospital.last_img read more

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Bidi Bidi Bummed Out Fans Are Having Problems Getting A Hold Of

first_img Share Wells Dunbar/KUTH-E-B’s limited edition Selena reusable bag.UPDATE: H-E-B says it has fixed the online payment problems.Hours after going on sale, H-E-B’s commemorative reusable bags honoring Texas pop legend Selena are selling fast, but folks looking to get one online have encountered some hurdles.The reusable bags went on sale this morning at 6 a.m. for $2 at H-E-B stores or on the Texas grocer’s website. But the site isn’t processing some payments.On top of that, some are already being hocked online, going for as much as $100 on eBay.Earlier this year, H-E-B featured the Queen of Cumbia on reusable bags on a more limited run and they sold out in minutes. This time, H-E-B says, while it’s still a limited run, its stock is larger than the first-edition bags released in March.So, if you’re looking for an overpriced grocery bag featuring the Grammy-winning Texas legend, you know where to find them.Or, you could just go to a store and pick one up before they’re picked clean – as some of them already have been.*sad trombone*When 30 minutes after your Austin-area @HEB store opens is still too late to grab that awesome Selena reusable shopping bag. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to put on “Dreaming Of You”, but will actually be singing it about a grocery tote. pic.twitter.com/bV5W4Yw8GM— Amanda Gillispie (@wednesday181) December 6, 2018But, even if your location does sell out, there’s still the online option. H-E-B has insisted it’s got enough to go around this time and that it doesn’t plan on selling out as quickly. Though, it seems that the site has been inundated with orders and H-E-B says it has encountered issues with debit and credit card payments. The grocer suggests those looking to snag a Selena bag should try paying directly through PayPal.UPDATE: we are currently having payment issues with our https://t.co/0cqiwd5RPX website that we are working with PayPal to solve, and will let our customers know when it is fixed! The #SelenayHEB bags are available now in stores.— H-E-B (@HEB) December 6, 2018last_img read more

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Trump Administration Will Keep Protected Status for Somalis

first_imgBy COLLEEN LONG and AMY FORLITI, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday that Somalis granted special immigration status in the U.S. can keep the designation, making them one of the few groups permitted to stay in the U.S. under a program that has allowed them to remain here for years.Somalia was first designated for the special status in 1991, following the collapse of the authoritarian Siad Barre regime, and the designation had been extended in part because nationals feared returning because of the ongoing armed conflict there. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen cited the armed conflict and other extraordinary conditions in supporting the continuation of Somalia’s designation for about 500 people.(Courtesy Image/Logo)But the administration will not take on new applicants, disappointing advocacy groups.Those already with the status will be able to remain in the U.S. and will be allowed to work through March 17, 2020.Many Somalis have settled in Minnesota, which has the largest Somali population in the U.S. Community and immigration advocates have said that returning to Somalia would be a death sentence for some and that it would separate families.Democratic Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton wrote a letter to President Donald Trump on Tuesday, urging him to extend the special status. Dayton’s letter said the conditions in Somalia are treacherous, and he pointed to a recent State Department advisory that tells people to avoid traveling to Somalia because of crime, terrorism and piracy. The advisory says those who do travel to Somalia should draft a will before traveling, name a family member to be a point of contact in the event of a hostage situation and leave a DNA sample in case it is needed to identify remains.“Under those conditions, it would be horribly ‘Un-American’ to force innocent people to return to Somalia, to break up many of their families, and to forgo their chances to live safe and decent lives,” Dayton wrote.Members of Congress, including Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith of Minnesota, also wrote to the president, urging that the status be extended.Advocates for Somali nationals who are living in the U.S. said Thursday they are relieved that about 500 Somalis will be able to reregister to extend their protected status for 18 months, but they are disappointed the administration didn’t do more. The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said if the administration would have redesignated the status instead of just extending it, then more than 1,000 Somali nationals could have enrolled.The International Rescue Committee and Muslim Advocates also expressed disappointment.“It is not only a mistake, it is a death sentence,” Muslim Advocates said in a statement.Around 437,000 immigrants from 10 countries have had temporary protected status, a designation created in 1990 to allow people from countries ravaged by natural disasters like earthquakes or man-made disasters like war to have a short-term safe haven.Those with it have generally been able to work and, with permission, travel outside the U.S. and return.Countries are added to the list as circumstances warrant, with renewals coming usually around every 18 months. While some countries were removed, others have stayed on for years, which critics say turns the program into default amnesty. Other countries that had the status for long periods of time — like El Salvador or Honduras — were cut off under Trump.The protections were never meant to be permanent.Under Trump, the Department of Homeland Security also ended the program for Sudan, Nicaragua, Nepal and Haiti. Several groups are suing to stay in the U.S.Protections were extended for about 1,100 Yemenis and 6,900 Syrians who already have them, but the administration has said it won’t take on new applicants.Trump has said he wants to curtail legal immigration and has been cracking down broadly on illegal immigration.___Forliti reported from Minneapolis.last_img read more

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