first_imgPithoragarh: Indian Air Force helicopters Monday spotted the bodies of five of the eight mountaineers who went missing on way to the Nanda Devi East peak in Uttarakhand. The eight-member team consisting of climbers from the UK, US and Australia went missing en route to the Nanda Devi East peak. Bodies of five mountaineers were sighted near an unscaled peak adjoining the Nanda Devi East peak during an air search by Air Force helicopters on Monday, Pithoragarh District Magistrate VK Jogdande said. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Apparently the mountaineers were perished in an avalanche while ascending an unscaled peak near the Nanda Devi East peak after they failed to scale the latter, he said. The bodies were sighted after an air search was conducted over the peak on the basis of clues provided by four climbers from UK rescued during a sortie undertaken on Sunday. “We are sending a report to the Centre. Further rescue operation will be conducted after we get instructions,” the District Magistrate said. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France “We have an expert team from State Disaster Response Force, besides experts from Indian Mountaineering Foundation. In addition to these teams, we have stationed our search teams at Laspa and Bugdiyar camps close to the Nanda Devi base camp in Munsiyari,” said the official. Sub Divisional Magistrate of Munsiyari KN Goswami said, “It is now ITBP and SDRF and Air Force teams that will conduct the search operation with help of expert mountaineers and local villagers.” Led by well-known British mountaineer Martin Moran, the team went missing recently on way to the 7434-metre-high Nanda Devi East peak in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district. A liaison officer of Indian Mountaineering Foundation in New Delhi was also part of the team. They had left Munsiyari on May 13 to scale the peak but did not return to the base camp on the appointed date of May 25. The members of the team were Martin Moran, John McLaren, Richard Payne, Rupert Havel (all from UK), Ruth Macrain (Australia), Anthony Sudekum (US), Rachel Bimmel (US) and liaison officer Chetan Pandey, the District Magistrate said. British mountaineer Martin Moran had scaled the peak twice in the past, he said. The route to the peak begins from Munsiyari about 132 km from the district headquarters.last_img read more

first_imgThe Dream Builders Project is proud to present the 4th annual ‘A Brighter Future for Children’ black tie charity gala!This amazing, impactful and memorable night of charity will directly benefit the Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a comprehensive and innovative effort to apply visual arts, music, dance, poetry, and expressive arts in a pediatric medical setting. Art therapy programs have proven to aid in the healing of patients by alleviating pain, accelerating recovery time, decreasing stress and anxiety, improved treatment compliance and communication and more.The confirmed guest list includes Ariel Winter (Modern Family), Joseph Reitman (Money Monster), Tito Ortiz (MMA fighter), Brian Krause (Charmed), Vince Lozano (Father of the Bride 2), Jill-Michele Melean (MadTV), Ken Davitian (Borat), Massi Furlan (The Dark Night), Jimmy Van Patten (Saw), Ellen Hollman (Spartacus).The black tie gala will feature: • A Celebrity Studded Extended Red Carpet With Full Media Attention • Live Musical Performances • Live Art Performances and Exhibits • An Open Bar All Night • Hors D’Oeuvres & A Full Catered Dinner • A Celebrity Poker Tournament • A Silent & Live Auction • And Much, Much More!Attire: Black Tie (Strictly Enforced)‘A Brighter Future for Children’ 2017 is celebrity endorsed and promises to be bigger and more magical than ever while raising awareness and funds to an incredibly worthy program.DATE AND TIMEThu, March 9, 20176:30 PM – 11:30 PM PSTLOCATIONThe Taglyan Complex1201 Vine St.Los Angeles, California 90038For more info, click here.last_img read more

first_imgLONDON, Ont. — Maple Leaf Foods Inc. will invest hundreds of millions into building a fresh-poultry facility in London, Ont., but close three smaller plants in the province.The protein company says it will invest an initial $605.5 million into the plant and an additional $5 million into related projects over the next five years, while $34.5 million will come from the Ontario government and an additional $28 million from the Canadian government.The facility will span nearly 60,000 square metres and employ 1,450 full- and part-time workers once operations begin, which is expected in the second quarter of 2021.Maple Leaf says production from three of its other plants will eventually be consolidated into the new facility.Its St. Marys plant is expected to close by late 2021 and its Toronto and Brampton facilities will close by in mid- to late-2022.Maple Leaf CEO Michael McCain says in a statement that the company deeply regrets the impact of these eventual closures on the people and communities.The company plans to provide those employees with job opportunities at the new facility or other plants it operates. Companies in this story: (TSX:MFI)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgWashington D.C. – As the Syrian uprising passes its third year with no resolution in sight, there is no doubt that everything has changed rapidly and radically since the first year of the uprising that erupted in Daraa on March 18, 2011.  I recorded this conversation with two activists from Daraa to see how they view the results after three years of continuous struggle against the most dynastic dictatorship in the 21st century.The following is an interview with two political activists:  Muhammad, an activist from Daraa now in exile in Saudi Arabia, and Salem, an activist also from Daraa who now lives in Jordan, who has a different perspective. Muhammad: There is no revolution left on the ground. The people who led the uprising the first year are now dead or outside the country. What you see right know is kind of proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran inside Syria, and it is only the Syrian people who have paid the price of this war.Salem:  It is definitely true that everything has changed on the ground, but the revolution is still moving ahead and we cannot just simply say it’s over because some mistakes happened from time to time…Mohammed (interrupting): It’s not mistakes, it’s crimes and there is a huge difference between crimes and mistakes. What do you call “beheading,” or following activists and taking them out of the scene?Salem: Ok, let’s examine the “crimes” as you are calling them. And there are people supporting [them] from outside the country. Does that mean Assad has become good and that we should forget what he has done?Mohammed: Absolutely not. But you should distinguish here between fighting against Assad as something different from using the fight against Assad for your own political gain and using civilians as human shields to give Assad the pretext for the actions he is taking on the ground against cities and people.Salem:  No way, he was killing us when we  were peaceful.Muhammad:  But it was nothing like what it is happening today. Before, the victims who fell were in very low numbers, because, back then, Assad had no lawful reason nor any good argument to justify all the shooting and killing of peaceful protesters, so he was in a serious trouble. Let’s put this in a different perspective: during the peaceful time Assad was very careful with his killing. During this peaceful time there were less than 2000 victims. Man, we are talking today about 200,000 casualties and more than 7 million refugees. Do you consider this a victory?Salem: No but going to arms was a forced situation. We needed to defend ourselves, but with no support from the outside wewere not going to make it.  Assad was going to crush the uprising.Mohammed: I disagree with you. First we did not give the matter of peaceful protest the time it needed. Second, the revolution was hijacked by the interests of foreign regional powers. What is going on today is a tragedy that must stop.Salem: I agree with you, but how?Mohammed:  Through mobilizing the Syrian public. We need to stop the intervention of others and accomplish our own struggle based on our own interests, and get back to our moral obligations.  This will require work, honesty, and stopping all the criminals who entered the scene under the umbrella of the revolution.Salem: You are delusional. You don’t know what you are talking about. This kind of regime understands only one language: the arms language.Muhammad: Exactly! And that’s why we are losing. Only because we have been talking to Assad in the language that he understands best and in which he’s most professional.On March 18, 2011, an uprising started in Southern Syria. The people called for Bashar Assad to step down and allow change. The Syrian regime responded to it with deadly force and full violence.  Since then more than 7 million Syrians have left Syria, and more than two hundred thousand have been killed.Edited by Elisabeth Myers. Photo by AFPThe views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

By Kawtar Ennaji & Yahia HatimRabat – Luggage handling employees at Casablanca’s Mohammed V Airport announced a 24-hour strike starting from 6 am on October 1. The handlers are employees of the General Private Interim (GPI) operator, a RAM Handling subcontractor.In response the Office National Des Aeroports (ONDA), the body in charge of logistics and administrative operations at Moroccan airports,  suggested in a Facebook post it was taking preventive measures. Following a call for applications, 200 volunteers of RAM, from different ranks, have been mobilized and trained to replace the ground workers if necessary, ONDA announced in its Facebook statement. “RAM Handling, Royal Air Maroc (RAM), ONDA, and the public partners intervening at the airport, have put in place the necessary measures for normal activity of the sorting, loading, unloading, and delivery of luggage,” said the statement.The Moroccan Labor Union (UMT), which is organizing the strike, was quick to react. In a press release, UMT denounced the arrests, prosecutions, convictions, and unfair dismissals ground workers routinely face.This is the first time that the airport workers have announced their intention to strike. The strikers also called for the implementation of the social pact signed on June 25.While ONDA stated that only “a part of the employees are on strike,” Younes Rafii, the secretary-general of the Syndicate for Ground Operating Staff, maintained that all ground workers at the airport, including baggage handlers, drivers, and cleaners, are taking part in the strike.On July 2, RAM Handling, UMT, RAM Syndicate, and the Syndicate for Ground Operating Staff signed another social pact to put an end to the handlers’ strikes that had been interrupting the airport’s flow.The pact aimed to improve the social and financial status of 800 luggage handlers and 324 other airport employees. It provided for a 15% salary increase, new social allowances and improved working conditions.Previous GPI handlers’ strikes Starting in April 2019, Royal Air Maroc (RAM) baggage handlers organized several strikes, hindering the airline’s luggage handling process and causing dissatisfaction among travelers.Since then, the GPI workers were involved in a string of untimely and repetitive strikes for 3 months.The conflict had been allegedly a result of the approaching end of the contract between GPI and RAM Handling, expected for September 30. Even as the contract termination was expected yesterday, the handlers seem to still be unsatisfied with RAM Handling.Mohammed V Airport is the busiest airport in Morocco and the seventh in Africa. Knowing that, in 2018, more than 9.7 million passengers went through it, the strikes are a significant hindrance. read more

The Department of Sociology at Brock will present the next talk in its ongoing speaker series on Wednesday, Sept. 18.Vanessa Farr, a specialist in conflict and gender who holds a PhD from the School of Women’s Studies at York University, will present a talk, entitled “Re-awakening a Feminist-Inspired Peace Movement: A Call to Action” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Plaza 600F.This event is free and all are welcome to attend.Drawing on her extensive experience working in the occupied Palestinian territory, Libya, Syria, Yemen and seven other countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Farr’s talk will consider the history and prospects of feminist-inspired peace and human rights activism.Farr was the first global Gender and Conflict Advisor at United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Bureau for Crisis Prevention and served as Social Development and Gender Advisor at UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People.She has published widely on issues related to gender and armed conflict, including Back to the Roots: Security Sector Reform and Development (Münster: LIT, 2012) and Sexed Pistols: The Gendered Impacts of Small Arms and Light Weapons (UNU Press, 2009). read more

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s prime minister is pledging to keep the national currency pegged to the dollar and says the government won’t consider an International Monetary Fund program that would leave it to the markets to decide the price of the Lebanese pound.Saad Hariri told CNBC late on Tuesday: “We believe that keeping the Lebanese pound at 1,500 (to the dollar) is the only stable way to move forward with these reforms.”The Lebanese pound has been pegged to the dollar since 1997.Hariri’s comments came a day after Lebanese leaders declared “an economic state of emergency” to resolve the country’s economic crisis.Lebanon has one of the world’s highest public debts in the world, standing at 150% of gross domestic product. Growth has plummeted and budget deficit reached 11% of GDP.The Associated Press read more

Three matches until the end of the season VELUX EHF CL TOP scorers list looks like this:1.Vugrinec Renato (SLO) 88 HC Metalurg (MKD) 2.Ilic Momir (SRB) 83 MKB-MVM Veszprém (HUN)3. Marguc Gasper (SLO) 79 Celje Pivovarna Lasko (SLO)4.Gensheimer Uwe (GER) 75 Rhein-Neckar Löwen (GER)Vujin Marko (SRB) 75 THW Kiel (GER)6. Skube Stas (SLO) 72 RK Gorenje Velenje (SLO)7.Dibirov Timur (RUS) 69 HC Vardar – Skopje (MKD)Lazarov Kiril (MKD) 69 FC Barcelona (ESP)Nenadic Petar (SRB) 69 Orlen Wisla Plock (POL)10.Karacic Igor (CRO) 67 HC Vardar – Skopje (MKD)Persson Magnus (SWE) 67 HK DROTT Halmstad (SWE) Handball TOP scorersMomir IlicRenato Vugrinec ← Previous Story Cristian Ugalde in Veszprem until 2018! Next Story → END OF CAREER FOR IKER ROMERO: 18 years like 18 months! read more

first_imgTHE MOST COMMON objection to the changing of prison rules to allow inmates to share cells concerned homosexuality.According to a memo in the Taoiseach’s department, released under the 30 Year Rule, there were “obvious objections to having two prisoners in one cell – the most common objection being that it facilitates homosexuality”.In May 1983, Minister for Justice Michael Noonan sought the government’s approval for Prison Rules which would allow the governor of a prison give an order to house two prisoners in one cell if accommodation was insufficient.The change was requested following a court case in Cork where a prisoner objected to being held in a cell with another man. The practice of doubling-up had to be abandoned or the existing rule changed, Noonan told the Taoiseach’s department.The prisoner lost his case on a technicality – he sought the wrong remedy – but the State conceded that he “might have won…if he had sought the proper remedy”.Noonan intended to allow doubling up of inmates in St Patrick’s Institution and Loughan House.A second memo detailed the “serious problems” within Irish prisons in the early 1980s which included increasing numbers and the “ever escalating costs” of running the facilities.The practice of doubling up continues in Irish State prisons.Figures released by Alan Shatter this month confirmed that 1,799 prisoners were accommodated in single cells, while 1,756 sleep in double cells. Meanwhile, 399 inmates share cells with two other people, while at least 120 men are kept in cells with four or more prisoners.For further study, please see National Archives 2013/100/284 For more from’s State Paper coverage, follow this link>Former Mountjoy governor: Dole cuts likely to push young people into criminalityOvercrowding at Dóchas women’s prison has led to “tension throughout” the centrelast_img read more

first_imgThere are two very hot hacking properties in the gaming world at the moment. The first is Microsoft’s Kinect controller which is being used in new ways all the time, and way beyond what Microsoft intended it for. The second is Minecraft, which avid gamers and builders are using to create everything from Bioshock’s Rapture to a 16-bit working computer model.Now the inevitable has happened, and Kinect is being used to create in Minecraft.The project has been developed over a two week period by Nathan Viniconis. The goal is stated as:Take a snapshot from a Kinect and transform it into a MineCraft save file. The Depth and Color information will be used to approximate the position and types of blocks to best represent the 3D point cloud in MineCraft. The results are pretty fantastic, with Nathan able to capture images of people using Kinect and automatically convert them into model data for Minecraft. Below is an example where Nathan captures himself holding a guitar followed by the Minecraft version: If it works with people holding objects, then it should work with a whole host of objects on their own allowing modeling in the game to be sped up considerably.It looks as though Nathan used a number of Python scripts in order to achieve this Kinect modeling solution. He gives full details of the process and results on his Order of Events website linked to below.Read more at Order of Eventslast_img read more

first_imgThe game that redefined tower defense RTS on the desktop, iOS, and Android is back, and way better than before.There’s a small but dedicated group of gamers out there that can’t get enough of Tower Defense games. When you find a good one, you can lose entire days to the puzzles found within these games that pull off tying together strategy, resource management, and a little action to form a complete package.Anomaly: Warzone Earth took a unique approach to the genre, where you acted as the invading force instead of the defending towers. The story put you at the head of a military squad trying to defend Earth from an invading force, and while it was a simple game it was deeply entertaining. The simplicity of the game controls made it easy to port to iOS and Android, and the game significantly more popular overnight. Now, 11bit Studios returns you to the battlefield with Anomaly 2.Visually, everything about Anomaly 2 is greatly improved. The video cut scenes, the actual gameplay, and even the surprise ending to the tutorial really suck you into the game. You’ll find new units to play with, including morphing units that allow you to be a little more flexible about your strategies between long range and short range fighting. Despite these sweeping enhancements, the core gameplay is identical. You get the same high energy game that relies on quick decisions and long term planning at the same time, with the same complex puzzles that made the first game so enjoyable.We failed to defend Earth, and what’s left of the Human race is spread out and far too busy scavenging to actually fight. What little bit of military force remaine is now trying to fight its way towards a last-ditch effort to remove this alien force once and for all.It’s not exactly a unique story, but the basic plot to Anomaly 2 lends itself well to the kind of gameplay that made the game so popular. You plot your course through burned out buildings and broken highways, attacking any alien force that happens to be camping out to reach your end goal. If you’re a fan of the Anomaly storyline, it is well worth the playthrough to see how it all pans out. The big feature in Anomaly 2 for most gamers probably isn’t the single player, but a killer new multiplayer that pits tower defender against invading force.If you’ve got a friend who is also a fan of Tower Defense games, you can play one-on-one games across a handful of maps where you are either Humanity or the alien force. If you’re playing the assaulting force, there’s not really anything different about the game. If you’re playing the aliens, you’ll find that most of the controls are similar, but the gameplay is very much like a traditional Tower Defense game. If you’ve been paying attention to the game so far and know how to use the alien turrets, the back and forth inspired by this multiplayer mode becomes a great deal of fun.Anomaly 2 is available through Steam for Mac, PC, and Linux. Multiplayer functions flawlessly across each of these platforms, and if you grab the game before May 22 you can get 20% off the full price. The game retains a lot of its simple gameplay, so it’s entirely likely that we’ll see an iOS and Android version of Anomaly 2 before long. For $15, even if you picked up two and forced a friend to try it, you can’t go wrong with this sequel.last_img read more

first_imgBALTIMORE — Baltimore police released data Friday showing that a surveillance plane secretly flew over the city roughly 100 times, taking more than 1 million snapshots of the streets below.Police held a news conference where they released logs tracking flights of the Persistent Surveillance Systems plane; PSS is promoting the aerial technology as cutting-edge crime-fighting.The logs show the plane operated about 314 hours over eight months.The program began in January and was initially secret from Baltimore’s elected officials. Now that it’s public, police say the plane will fly again as a terrorism prevention tool when Fleet Week gets underway Monday, as well as during the Baltimore Marathon on Oct. 15.The logs show that the plane made flights ranging between one and five hours long in January, February, June, July and August. The flights stopped Aug. 7, shortly before the program’s existence was reported by Bloomberg Businessweek.The program drew harsh criticism from Baltimore residents, activists and civil liberties groups, who said it violates the privacy rights of an entire city’s people. The city council is planning a hearing on the matter; the ACLU and some state lawmakers are considering legislation to limit the kinds of surveillance police can use, and mandate public discussion beforehand.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Mar 2016 – In several languages to say ‘you go girl’ the leader of the Opposition, Sharlene Robinson commemorated International Women’s Day. Hon Robinson, the first female leader of the People’s Democratic Movement spoke of the dynamism of women, saying and I quote: “Let us make no mistake whether we are in the Board Room or stay at home moms, we are destined to birth and shape this world.” International Women’s Day is born of women fighting for proper rights in the work world and this continues to be elusive for even big nations like the US and in countries nearby like the Bahamas where a Summer referendum proposes to level the playing field – constitutionally – between men and women. Robinson said this, on the matter of equality…“Always remember, let your work speak for you and let that alone propel you forward. There will never be a need to engage in less than classy tactics to claw your way through. Hard work will always pay off, just be patient.” Robinson hailed her mother and grandmother in the remarks as well. The country spends over a week celebrating women… in North and Middle Caicos this morning, there was a prayer breakfast and tomorrow Providenciales will see a Health Fair focus on women in the health care industry. The health fair is at the Gus Lightbourne Gym. The TCI is a unique jurisdiction where the Deputy Governor, the Deputy Premier, Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, the Leader of the Opposition, two Cabinet Ministers, most of the Permanent Secretaries and the Human Rights Commissioner are all women. CDB closes in TCI, heads to Grenada First, youngest Foreign Minister for Jamaica in new government Related Items:Hon Sharlene Robinson, international women’s day Recommended for you PDM Leader sends Women’s Day Greeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Boston Roller Derby, a Boston-based, female-only roller derby league, returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) on Saturday, February 23, 2019.  Doors open at 4pm.  The action begins at 5pm with the Nutcrackers vs. Wicked Pissahs, followed by the Harbor Horrors vs. the Cosmonaughties at 7pm. An After Party will take place at 9pm in the Fez Room. Tickets include admission to the double-header, plus entry into the after party.Tickets are $12 (advance) and $16 (at the door) for adults; $6 (advance) and $8 (at the door) for kids (6-17); and kids under 6 are free. There is a small fee for online purchases. Discounted tickets are available for large groups, as is a VIP Package.  Purchase your tickets HERE. Join the Facebook event HERE.  Learn more about the league HERE.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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCOMING TO THE SHRINERS: Women’s Roller Derby On August 3In “Sports”COMING TO THE SHRINERS: Women’s Roller Derby On June 15In “Sports”COMING TO THE SHRINERS: Women’s Roller Derby On May 18In “Sports”last_img read more

first_imgKatz hadn’t even arrived at his Houston office on Monday morning when, scanning the headlines in Israeli media, he learned that Adolf Hitler’s infamous manifesto Mein Kampf is permitted in Texas prisons. Meanwhile, a slate of uncontroversial classics — including titles like Where’s Waldo? Santa Spectacular and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Color Purple — are among more than 10,000 books banned in Texas lockups.“I thought, ‘I have to do something,’” Katz said.On Tuesday, he penned a letter to Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright expressing his deep concern.“We feel it is inappropriate to include a book from such [a] notorious leader of one of the most murderous regimes in history,” Katz wrote.He hasn’t yet heard back. Jason Clark, the Department of Criminal Justice’s deputy chief of staff, would not comment on the letter Wednesday, noting only that “offenders have access to thousands of publications.”Texas’ policies on prison reading have long been criticized as arbitrary, even bordering on censorship. When a list of the prison system’s banned books was released last month, Texas free speech and criminal justice advocates called out the department for its seemingly subjective decisions.Books may be banned from Texas prisons for containing certain sexual content, information about the manufacturing of various weapons or material that could be used to execute a criminal scheme, among other reasons.  Clark told The Dallas Morning News last month that “Mein Kampf is on the approved list because it does not violate our rules.”Mein Kampf, which translates to “my struggle,” was written while Hitler himself was in prison and forecasts the murderous dictator’s plans for the Holocaust. The manifesto’s place in public dialogue has long been disputed. Along with a pair of books authored by former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, it is one of the most controversial titles allowed in Texas prisons.Katz said that although the policy governs Texas inmates, it is “very, very disturbing” to Israelis.“Letting [prison inmates] read Mein Kampf is not moral. It’s just not moral,” Katz told the Tribune on Wednesday.Katz said he hopes to meet with Wainwright to discuss a potential policy change, but isn’t sure what steps he’ll take beyond that. See a full list of banned books in The Dallas Morning News.  Sharecenter_img Rob CrowDonald Trump’s decision Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is likely to shake up the Middle East for years to come. In the meantime, a quieter Israeli foreign relations conflict has sprung up in Texas: Consul General of Israel to the Southwest United States Gilad Katz vs. the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. last_img read more

first_imgShutterstockStudents walk on the campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (the National Autonomous University) in Mexico City.Recent Mexican immigrants in Texas are more likely to have a college degree than in previous years, according to a new report by the D.C.-based Migration Policy Institute.The group analyzed Census data to come up with a profile of what it calls highly-skilled Mexican immigrants — adults 25 and older who’ve received a bachelor’s degree or higher.Among the findings:The number of Mexican college graduates in the U.S. increased from 269,000 in 2000 to 678,000 in 2017.More than a quarter live in Texas.Nearly one in six Mexican immigrants who came to the U.S. between 2013 and 2017 had a college degree, compared with about one in 20 who arrived in the late 1990s.“Today, Mexicans are the fourth largest group of high-skilled immigrants in the country after those from India, which is 1.8 million; China, 995,000; and the Philippines at 906,000,” said Ariel G. Ruiz Soto, associate policy analyst with the Migration Policy Institute and one of the authors of the report.In the U.S., Texas has the second largest number of highly-skilled Mexican immigrants with 185,000 living here – more than three times larger than in 2000.Only California has more college-educated Mexican immigrants.In Texas, Dallas and Houston have the highest numbers of Mexican immigrants with college degrees. But cities along the border, such as El Paso and McAllen, have the state’s greatest share.The report also looks at the legal status of this group of immigrants.“The composition shows that the majority of Mexican graduates that reside in the United States and Texas is legally residing in the United States,” Soto said. “You find that about 70% of both populations in those geographies have either become naturalized citizens or green card holders or legal permanent residents and, of course, also some temporary visa holders.”The temporary visa holders include students or those with H1B Visas. Soto said this portrait of college-educated Mexican immigrants runs counter to the prevailing narrative of immigrants who have fewer skills.There are several possible reasons why there are more college-educate Mexican immigrants in the U.S. in recent years. The report notes more Mexicans in Mexico are attending college. Also, some people are likely fleeing increasing violence in Mexico.You can read more of the report here:This piece was originally published on Sharelast_img read more

first_imgIt is an issue on which the perennially squabbling political parties of India, ironically have no disagreements about. Their stance is crystal clear:they want corporate money in their party coffers and have no qualms whatsoever in receiving corporate donations. This intriguing consensus came to the fore when the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the opposition Congress supported corporate donations for political entities during a recent consultation on electoral reforms. H.S. Brahma, who retired as chief election commissioner on Saturday, had told reporters after the consultations that “there was a broad consensus that there should be no corporate funding of political parties and instead a National Electoral Trust under the control of the EC should be set up for corporate donations”.Clearly the leading parties of our country are not part of that broad consensus. Also Read – Working on improving tiesFurthermore as a long-awaited report released last week revealed, there remains no ceiling on poll spending by parties, perhaps the most serious flaw of our electoral system. This is ominous because it means that parties with deep war chests can outspend their political rivals and secure victory. This is probably what happened in the 2014 general elections, when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which swept to victory, spent Rs714 crore. 198 crore more than the ousted Congress party. A non-partisan advocacy group, estimates that nearly three-fourths of national parties’ total income now comes from unknown sources. The main loophole with disclosure was the fact that while parties had to reveal to the election commission the names of donors who gave amounts greater than Rs20,000, they did not have to do so for smaller sums. In order to avoid disclosure, parties therefore often broke up larger donations from one source into parcels of less than Rs20,000. Thus conveniently avoiding full disclosure. Also Read – Political parties and our RepublicAnalysis of IT Returns of National Parties between Financial Year 2004-05 and 2012-13 shows that the total income of the parties from unknown sources of income amounted to Rs.4,368.75 crores (72.98% of total income of national parties). It is a fact that the crusade against black money cannot be completed unless due attention is paid to the possible use of unaccounted money in the electoral and political processes of the country. Disclosure of sources of income of candidates contesting in elections will ensure that the increase of their income is through legal and known sources. Moreover it is high time that political parties are brought under the ambit of the Right to Information Act. The first step in shutting down the parallel flow of black money in our country is preventing it from finding its way into our politics.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A day after a violent clash broke out between the Trinamool Congress and BJP workers in Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district in which eight people are feared dead, Trinamool Secretary General Partha Chatterjee on Sunday accused the saffron outfit of disrupting law and order in the state by resorting to vandalism and murder. “Let the people see who is resorting to bloodshed, violence and vandalism. In order to gain grounds in Bengal, they are disrupting law and order by murdering Trinamool Congress workers and vandalising their houses,” state Education Minister Chatterjee said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata He said the party will resist Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) attempts to disrupt peace and harmony in a non-violent manner. Condemning political violence in the state, Chatterjee said: “Such violence is unusual. One has to understand the reason of such violence. It has not happened in the past seven and a half years.” “Is it possible that our party being in power is deteriorating the law and order on its own. They (BJP) are showcasing their power but Trinamool Congress is still leading with maximum number of seats,” he added. The Minister also talked about how the Trinamool Congress maintained peace in Junglemahal and North Bengal Hills. “The series of bloodshed in these places is in control but they (BJP) are trying to revive it. We will tell the people to unitedly and peacefully protest against it. Even in worse situations, (Chief Minister) Mamata Banerjee and Trinamool Congress have remained unperturbed,” he added.last_img read more

first_img Mark Zuckerberg already knows a lot about you, your mom, your dad, your friends, what your new baby looks like, where you went on vacation and what you wore to that party last weekend. Now, he wants to get inside your brain.The Facebook founder, along with Hollywood actor-investor Ashton Kutcher, recently participated in a $40 million investment round for San Francisco-based artificial intelligence startup Vicarious. This is not the first time that Zuckerberg and Kutcher have backed the same company. This past October, they participated in a $4 million seed round for Panorama Education, a Cambridge, Mass.-based education technology company.Related: Does Google’s Buying Spree Mean the Robot Apocalypse Is Near?Several news reports indicate that Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla motors, was also a lead investor in the $40 million round. Vicarious co-founder Scott Phoenix told that he had no comment on whether Musk was involved.  Venture capital firm Formation8 also participated, Phoenix said.Vicarious is relatively vague about what it does – probably because its team of science masterminds are working on things we mere mortals would hardly understand. “We are building software that thinks and learns like a human,” the company’s homepage says.  Peter Thiel, a heavyweight Silicon Valley investor, has said, “Vicarious is bringing us all closer to a future where computers perceive, imagine, and reason just like humans.”  One thing that Vicarious’ technology has been proven to accomplish is getting past a CAPTCHA test. An example of a CAPTCHA test is a program that requires a web user to type in letters that are obscured and distorted, making them, in theory, undetectable by a computer bot. CAPTCHA tests are typically considered flawed if an algorithm can get past the wall 1 percent of the time. Vicarious’ technology has been able to get by CAPTCHAs used by Google, Yahoo and PayPal 90 percent of the time. And it’s doing it with innovative technological “thinking.””Recent AI (artificial intelligence) systems like IBM’s Watson and deep neural networks rely on brute force: connecting massive computing power to massive datasets. This is the first time this distinctively human act of perception has been achieved, and it uses relatively minuscule amounts of data and computing power,” said Phoenix of the company’s CAPTCHA feat.Related: Why You Should Revolt Against the ‘Robot Uprising’Down the line, the technology that Vicarious develops will be used in industries including robotics, clean energy and medicine, Phoenix told most recent round of funding is Vicarious’ third. In 2012, the San Francisco-based software company received $20 million in two rounds from top tier venture capital firms, including Founders Fund.Interest in artificial intelligence technology has recently been heating up across Silicon Valley. Earlier this year, Google paid $400 million for artificial-intelligence startup DeepMind. Late last year, it bought Boston Dynamics, a company making rugged robots for the U.S. military and humanoid robots for work in hazardous environments.While Zuckerberg is out investing in external artificial intelligence companies, his internal Facebook team is investing heavily in the space. The latest face-recognition software released from Facebook’s in house artificial intelligence group is almost as capable of recognizing people’s faces as a human being. Related: Intel Wants to Make Computers Think More Like Humans March 21, 2014 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more