Google revamps Search design for mobile users

first_imgSan Francisco: Google has revamped Search with a redesign that would help mobile users better understand which information is coming from where and what are they looking for. “The name of the website and its icon appear at the top of the result card to help anchor each result so you can more easily scan the page of results and decide what to explore next,” Jamie Leach, Senior Interaction Designer, Search, Google wrote in blog-post on Wednesday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Now when users search for a product or service and Google displays an important advertisement, a highlighted ad label would show on top of the card alongside the web address. “This new design allows us to add more action buttons and helpful previews to search result cards, all while giving you a better sense of the web page’s content with clear attribution back to the source,” Leach said. This redesign is first coming to mobiles and would continue rolling out over the next few days.last_img read more

Morocco Very Important Ally of United States Says John Kerry

Washington  – Morocco, which was the first nation to recognize the United States of America after the Declaration of Independence, is a “very important ally” of Washington, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.“Morocco was the first nation to recognize the United States after the Declaration of Independence”, US Secretary of State told the press before his meeting with Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, adding that Washington has since had “long-standing relations with the Kingdom.“Recalling that Morocco is an important non-NATO ally of the United States, Kerry underlined that the Kingdom is also “a partner (of Washington) in the fight against terrorism and the efforts aimed at promoting stability in the region in general”. The US Secretary of State noted that the kingdom “is now deeply committed to finding a solution to the Libyan crisis”, expressing the “gratitude” of the Obama administration towards Morocco, under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, for His initiative to host the inter-Libyan dialogue. Kerry also said that his talks with Mezouar will address many issues, notably the Sahara issue and “our common commitment” vis-à-vis the issue of climate change.“We look forward to seeing the contribution of Morocco in this area”, US Secretary of State stressed.With MAP read more

Genuine democracy essential to human development UN chief says

In a message for the opening of The Doers of Democracy, a photo exhibition featuring projects assisted by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), Mr. Ban noted that “experience has taught us, time and again, that democracy is essential to achieving our fundamental goals of peace, human rights and development.“We also know that neither peace nor development nor democracy can be exported or imposed from abroad,” he said in the message, which was delivered by Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, to the exhibition opening at UN Headquarters in New York.“All must be underpinned by the will of the people – including and especially by a strong and active civil society.”Created by the Secretary-General in 2005, UNDEF was established to support democratization efforts around the world. The fund’s most recent round of grants focused on projects in such areas as community development, women’s empowerment, better governance, rule of law and human rights.Mr. Ban said UNDEF gives life to a critical principle – “that the UN does not seek to export or promote any particular national or regional model of democracy.“It works on the understanding that the democratic ideal is rooted in philosophies and traditions from all parts of the world; that effective democratic governance enhances the quality of life for men and women everywhere; and that human development is more likely to take hold if people are given a real say in their own governance, and a chance to share in the fruits of progress.”He emphasized that although the word ‘democracy’ does not appear once in the UN Charter, the UN does more than any other organization to develop and strengthen democratic institutions and practice around the globe.“From supporting free and fair elections to strengthening the rule of law, from educating young people in democratic principles to helping citizens hold institutions accountable – advancing democracy is a central mission for the United Nations.” 9 May 2011Human development is far more likely to take root if there is genuine democracy in a society, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, stressing the need for authorities everywhere to give people a greater say in their own governance. read more

Number of new SARS cases in China continues to climb UN health

WHO officials in China said they believe the development of a central database of operational SARS data would greatly aid in combating the disease. “The next few months will prove crucial in the attempt to contain SARS worldwide, which now greatly depends on whether the disease can be controlled in China,” the agency said in a statement.WHO is studying how best to support hospitals in some of China’s poorer western and northern provinces, as concern continues that hospitals in these resource-poor regions may not have the necessary facilities to properly isolate and treat SARS patients. More front-line hospital staff with expertise in dealing with infectious diseases may also be required, as are guidelines for China’s national health care system on the kinds of infection control measures needed to prevent continuing transmission of the disease.The agency noted that Shanghai is to enforce stricter SARS preventive measures, including the enforcement of 14-day quarantine periods for travellers arriving from affected areas. Traffic checkpoints have already been set up to screen people coming into the city, where they are given temperature checks and asked to fill out health declaration forms.Meanwhile, WHO also updated its case definition for SARS to take into account the appropriate use of results from laboratory tests. Several diagnostic tests have been developed by various laboratories for the detection of the SARS virus and antibodies to the virus. However, all presently available tests have specific strengths and weaknesses.The agency stressed that it is continuing to advise clinicians that patients should not have their case definition category downgraded while awaiting results of laboratory testing or on the basis of negative results. read more

Opinion The return of LeBron James means everything to Cleveland

2013 NBA Champion for the Miami Heat and Akron, Ohio native LeBron James stands on the sidelines at the Wisconsin football game Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Lantern file photoI will never forget where I was four years ago, when LeBron James broke the collective hearts in Cleveland by announcing his decision to join the Miami Heat.I sat in a Florida hotel lobby as the “King” made his announcement to take his talents to South Beach, and the lobby let out a collective roar. I sank in my chair knowing that the chances of a championship happening in Cleveland were, once again, dashed.Flash forward to today — I sat in my bedroom. Not my school bedroom but my bedroom back home. The bedroom in which I grew up, and I heard the news that James was returning home.It felt surreal.I ran downstairs to make sure it wasn’t a dream. It wasn’t, and I couldn’t be happier for fellow Cleveland fans and for the King himself.Nothing beats coming home. No matter how far away you are, nothing is better. My favorite place in the world is, and always will be, Columbus, Ohio. However, nothing is better than making the two hour drive up I-71 to come home to Brunswick, Ohio, which is located just 30 minutes south of downtown Cleveland, the place where I have always called home.The same seems to stand true for James. In a letter written to “Sports Illustrated,” James said, “I always believed that I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there.”Words can’t describe how much those words mean to Clevelanders. No one chooses us. No one seems to want to play in Cleveland. But now, the best player in the world chose us. If you are not from Cleveland, you can’t understand, and we don’t expect you to.Cleveland has endured The Drive, The Shot, The Fumble and even The Decision — but now, we have The Return. We have something to give us hope — something we haven’t had in a long time.I wrote two months ago that the month of May could prove to be the turning point for Cleveland sports, and I couldn’t have been more wrong. Today is the day.The drafting of Johnny Manziel to the Browns was great and brought some excitement, but nothing compares to this. The Cavaliers winning the draft lottery and ultimately selecting Andrew Wiggins was fun, but again, doesn’t compare.James is an Ohio guy. Manziel and Wiggins, while great players in their own right, are not from here. They don’t know our desperation for a winner. James does, and his return to a city with a 50-year title drought means more than words can describe.Let me be clear: Just because James is back in Cleveland still doesn’t guarantee us a championship, but it doesn’t have to. While we want a title, to see James likely finish his career with his hometown team means a lot.So as I, a 21-year old man, sat in the house I grew up, watching the news on James unfold, I admit tears came into my eyes because nothing has ever meant this much to a generation of Cleveland sports fans.Welcome home, LeBron. We are excited to see you back in the wine and gold. read more

Man stabs exlover male companion

A 48-year-old woman and her male companion were Wednesday stabbed by her former lover at Hururu Mission, Upper Berbice River.Dally Gobin was stabbed to her left side breast while 40-year-old Leaymond Smith was stabbed to his left side chest.Based on reports received, on the day in question, the now injured duo was imbibing alcohol at Gobin’s house when the suspect showed up without an invitation.This resulted in a heated argument among them.The argument, however, turned into a scuffle and it was at this time that the suspect whipped out a knife and dealt one blow to Gobin. He then turned his attention to Smith and stabbed him once before escaping the scene.The couple was taken to the Kwakwani Hospital where they were treated and referred to the Linden Hospital Complex where they were admitted in stable conditions.The suspect has not yet been arrested. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan reportedly admits he killed wife 21 years ago – source claimsAugust 29, 2019In “Court”Man remanded for stabbing ex-girlfriend and her new beauAugust 22, 2019In “Court”Miner stabbed to death during drinking spree at MabarumaJuly 15, 2018In “Crime” read more

Carter Center meets with Opposition Leader

The United States-based Carter Center delegation continues to engage local political actors and has already met with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.Speaking at his weekly press conference on Thursday, Jagdeo briefed reporters on the meeting with the Carter Center delegation earlier in the week.“We discussed elections and the conduct of elections, credible elections and early elections. That’s what they’re here for and constitutional compliance – that this government is illegal,” he stated.The four-member Carter Center delegation is currently on a one-week visit to Guyana to get a better understanding of the situation here.Following a meeting with Attorney General Basil Williams on Wednesday, Carter Center’s Associate Director – Democracy Programme – Brett Lacy told reporters that the organisation is trying to get the various perspectives of the current situation.“We were happy to have an opportunity to meet with the Attorney General, to hear from him about the laws of Guyana and to his various arguments relating to the current circumstances in Guyana… And I can say from the Carter Center, we are really just here to listen and we are hoping to meet with different actors to understand everyone’s perspective on current events here in Guyana,” she stated.This is the Center’s second visit to the country for the year. Back March, another delegation led by Jason Carter, the grandson of former US President Jimmy Carter, visited Guyana and met with local political stakeholders. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCarter Center officials meet AG on current political situation; to engage other stakeholders  September 11, 2019In “latest news”APNU/AFC Govt seems “hell bent” on violating Constitution – Jagdeo tells Carter Center reps.February 13, 2019In “latest news”GECOM FIASCO: Opposition, Govt Attorneys to meet next weekFebruary 2, 2017In “Politics” read more

Gardaí turn back on the goodwill tap

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE TURNED back on the “goodwill tap” exactly two months after pulling the plug on extra tasks such as using their own mobile phones and cars for work purposes.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, president of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) John Parker said members returned to normal operations – including going above and beyond the call of duty – “immediately after” a deal was reached at the Labour Relations Commission.“Members contacted the various divisions and, pending a ballot, things will return to normal,” he said.Commenting on the agreement, which will see gardaí retain their premium payments for working unsocial hours, Parker said: “We’re just getting clarification on a few things that were said verbally but overall it’s something that our members could bear, whereas the other proposals were like a gun to our heads.”He believes the removal of goodwill items over the past eight weeks would have cost the State “a fair amount”, highlighting the savings achieved on a day-to-day basis because of the things gardaí do.The actions since the end of February can be described as “a slow burn”, according to the GRA, which did not want to participate in extreme measures such as a “blue flu” because it wanted to “achieve items on both sides”.Meanwhile, retired gardaí have expressed their disappointment at being excluded from all LRC discussions.“These decisions are being made in the absence of input from us,” said John Rafter, General Secretary of the Garda Síochána Retired Members Association (GSRMA).Parent group, the Alliance of Retired Public Servants, plans to meet representatives from the Department of Public Expenditure on Friday to outline its concerns.“Up to this we haven’t had any official communication from government. We’re looking for clarification about how a new deal will impact us,” Rafter told TheJournal.ie.President Gerry Blake added that their 9,500 members are worried about the effect LRC proposals could have on their pensions.“Anxiety among our members is at an all-time high,” he continued. “Our members should be enjoying their retirement but instead they have financial worries greater than ever before. Many have adult families living with them, and some have even gone guarantor on mortgages that will never be paid off due to the extent of negative equity.“The voice of the retired Public Servant has gone unheard to date but their anxiety is growing and is palpable.”The GSRMA will hold its annual delegate conference on 12 June.-Additional reporting by Michelle HennessyMore: Doctors and teachers reveal details of revised Croke Park 2 plansRead: Howlin: ‘Public servants have given a huge amount but this is the last ask’LRC: Gardaí to keep premium payments after latest public pay talkslast_img read more

Greek journalist arrested in Iran

first_imgA 30-year-OLD Greek journalist who has been covering Iran’s disputed presidential election for US newspaper The Washington Times has been arrested. Jason Athanasiadis, who has contributed to the Greek newspapers Kathimerini and Athens News in the past, was arrested at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport.Iranian authorities claimed Athanasiadis was arrested because he exceeded the duration of his visa.[Update 4 August 2009: Athanasiadis has told neoskosmos.com that he had not overstayed his visa and that the Iranian authorities fabricated the charge for unknown reasons other than “a half-baked idea that I might be a spy”.]His parents Georgios Fowden and Polymnia Athanadiadi, appealed for his release. “Jason is a dedicated reporter, photographer and filmmaker who grew up in Greece and regards himself as Greek,” they said, adding that they were “deeply grateful” for the Greek Foreign Ministry’s efforts to secure his release. “Jason has always maintained his integrity as an independent journalist who sells articles, photographs and film to outlets in many parts of the world,” they said in their statement. “His work serves no purpose other than the fair and humane coverage of life in the many countries where he has worked. He has a particular love of Iran, and a deep respect for its cultural and religious traditions.” Iason Athanasiadis was born in Greece and he considers himself to be Greek. His parents have dual citizenship – British and Greek but he has only a Greek passport. The Greek and British Foreign Ministries are actively taking steps to work towards his release.Greek Foreign ministry spokeman Grigoris Delavekouras said that Athens had complained to Iranian authorities over the arrest of a Greek journalist: “The Foreign Ministry, from the very beginning, has been in contact with his family. We have made all the suitable diplomatic representations at all levels, and we are in constant contact with the Iranian authorities to ensure a favourable end to be given to this issue soon.”The British Foreign Ministry has also joined the efforts for his release.“Great Britain will give a note of protest to Iran for the release of Athanasiadis and the other journalists. We are ready to provide all needed help, in order for him to return to his country,” said the British Foreign Minister, David Miliband.Athanasiadis had been filing regular features for The Washington Times about the fallout of the Iranian elections. An editor at the Washington paper confirmed that Athanasiadis worked as a freelancer for the paper.His most recent piece, published on June 16, was an analysis of Iranian reformist politician and artist Hossein Mousavi, described as “a lightning rod for change.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Watch Crack in Frozen Lake Swallows Pickup Truck Whole

first_imgStay on target The truck was being pulled out of the water late Sunday morning, Don Herman, owner of Sunk? Dive and Ice Service told the Fond du Lac Reporter.According to Herman,  the area of ice where the truck sank was unsafe, but the driver, who is from out of town, did not realize it.Christmas trees were actually laid down on the ice to warn fishers about the crack and to keep away, and the practice was known to locals. But the driver was not familiar with the area, and drove right into the danger zone. Mini Satellite View of Hurricane Dorian Shows Intense Storm ActivityWild Horses of NC to Ride Out Hurricane With ‘Butts to the Wind’ Lake versus truck: Who wins? The owner of a Ford pickup truck in Wisconsin found out the hard truth when he drove across an unsafe area on frozen Lake Winnebago.In video and photos posted by Bryce Sprang on Facebook on Saturday, the truck can be seen sinking into a crack in the icy lake.The video quickly went viral, racking up 3.1 million views by Monday. “He just drove in a bad spot, that’s all,” Herman told the Reporter.The driver got out of the truck in time before it sank and was not injured, authorities said.Apparently, vehicles sinking into the bottom of icy Lake Winnebago is not a rare occurrence. Herman said he had pulled 12 other vehicles from the lake so far this year.More on Geek.com:Snow Has Fallen in a Hawaii State Park for Perhaps the First Time EverFreezing Rain Creates Ghost Apples in Michigan OrchardWatch: Teslas, EVs Were Struggling During the Polar Vortex, Toolast_img read more

SmartRG moving most of company to Portland

first_imgPORTLAND — SmartRG, a Vancouver company that develops networking technologies for the connected home, plans to open a new office in downtown Portland next week. And at an industry showcase in Germany this week, it introduced new Wi-Fi products based on Intel technology.SmartRG, which employs 65 altogether, will retain a 10-person office in Vancouver. But the majority of employees will move to the top floor of the nine-story Tiffany Center in Portland.SmartRG emerged five years ago from a Vancouver software company called ClearAccess, which sold to Cisco in 2012. That deal split the company in two, with Cisco taking the larger part of the business while 15 engineers taking the rest to form SmartRG and focus on home networking gateways.The connected home is a term for describing linked, computerized functions inside the home — such as music that plays across speakers in multiple rooms, connected lighting and home security, and energy management technology to control when heaters or air conditions go on and off.Chief executive Jeff McInnis said fast internet connections have opened new possibilities for household computing, making it possible to offload some computing tasks to the cloud – the industry’s term for large data centers full of powerful computers. That could enable cheaper, smaller devices in the home that still have robust capabilities.last_img read more

Holy Anger Preacher lambasts Government on Jobs Health

first_img Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Jan 2015 – Perhaps it can be categorized as a ‘holy anger’ but at the Opening of the House of Assembly yesterday, New Beginnings Harvest Ministry leader Apostle Ruth Ariza prayed and offered a word of encouragement to the members in parliament. But that is not all she did, fiery Apostle Ruth challenged the PNP Administration on its promises laid out in their election time manifesto and charged that the people of the country are not being inspired by their leadership. Apostle Ruth Ariza: “When I look in this child’s face, this child has already been on a scholarship and here it is, have, my God the credentials to be fulfilled as a countrymen and yet still up to this day, there is not a position in government to fulfill what she has already been educated for. So my question today is that passion! To me, I’m not even in government and when I step up, passion fills my heart because she is not supposed to be behind a ticket counter; that’s not what she went to university for. This young lady is supposed to be in the hospital somewhere, fulfilling what she was educated for.”Pastor Ruth, had a direct message for the leader of the country and of the Progressive National Party. Apostle Ruth Ariza: “We need to revisit these things Hon Premier, we need to get it right; 2015 we really need to get some things right. So as Esther, I encourage us today, let us revisit our passion and our purpose.” TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Related Items:holy anger, new beginning harvest ministry, pnp, ruth ariza Recommended for youlast_img read more

Soy Growers Discuss Regulatory Challenges SteppingUp Consumer Engagement at Annual NOPA Meeting

first_imgASA president Wade Cowan provides ASA’s perspectives on how the soy industry can work together to be successful at the National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA) annual meeting. Pictured from left to right are Gary Blumenthal of World Perspectives moderating the panel, USSEC Chairman Laura Foell, USB Chairman Bob Hazelwood, Cowan, U.S. Canola Association President Ryan Pedersen, and NOPA Chairman Chris Nikkel of Bunge.Leaders in the oilseed industry met this week to discuss key issues, including regulatory challenges and consumer education.ASA’s Executive Committee joined USB, USSEC and oilseed processor leaders for the annual National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA) meeting in California, where discussion included the global economy, engaging consumers and implications of the 2014 mid-term elections.One positive outcome concluded is the demand from meat customers, including pork, poultry, beef and aquaculture, is robust and growing as populations and incomes rise worldwide.A key takeaway from the meeting is the continued need of the industry to fight against regulatory challenges, on both the farm and processing plant levels. Industry leaders also underscored the importance of ramping up efforts to educate consumers on biotechnology, how farmers produce what they eat and the work that goes into meeting consumer needs for healthy, affordable food.On Thursday, ASA President Wade Cowan joined USSEC Chairman Laura Foell, USB Chairman Bob Hazelwood, U.S. Canola Association President Ryan Pedersen and NOPA Chairman Chris Nikkel, of Bunge, on an industry panel to discuss ways the oilseed industry can work together to be successful when facing these challenges.last_img read more

Listen To Your Watch Tidal App Now Compatible With Samsung Wearables

first_img Email Facebook The music streaming marketplace can feel dominated by Apple Music and Spotify, while Amazon digital music options also reach many millions of users. Meanwhile YouTube is a go-to destination for easy access to content, a bit like a music-extension of Google’s search engine. Ideally it would be nice to think that tailored consumer experiences like Tidal’s can co-exist in a marketplace filled with choices.Tidal’s survival has always mattered as an index of what a smaller business can accomplish with not as many millions of users. Its backing and budget are less massive but the service has its own loyal fans in the smaller millions. For creative businesses, being able to succeed on a smaller scale means different varieties and styles can coexist in a more diverse digital ecosystem. That’s good for originality, and products and services working together like this is good for the user.Mercedes-Benz To Roll With Tidal HiFi In 2018Read more Tidal App Now Compatible With Samsung Wearables listen-your-watch-tidal-app-now-compatible-samsung-wearables Twitter center_img News Consumer choices keep expanding between services and gear manufacturers, and for streaming music that’s a good thingPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 9, 2018 – 4:30 pm On Nov. 8, Samsung’s wide array of wearables became compatible with the new Tidal app, expanding the gear’s integration of streaming music service options while also expanding the convenience of Tidal beyond its previous compatibility with Samsung TV. This matters because Tidal is in competition with larger services, while crafting its own value-added experience. Many fitness fans who work out to music are bound to appreciate its addition.For Samsung users, the new Tidal app is compatible with Galaxy Watch, Gear Sport, Gear S2 and S3, and Gear Fit2 and Fit2 Pro. The Tidal app for Samsung TV was announced last month. Tidal expects further announcements to come and being available on a range of popular gear helps expand the reach of its music streaming service. For Apple Watch and Android WearOS users, Tidal says more wearable integration is just around the corner. Listen To Your Watch: Tidal App Now Compatible With Samsung Wearables last_img read more

Boeing completes test flights for 737 Max software fix

first_img“We’re making steady progress to certification,” Muilenburg said. “That was the final test flight prior to the certification flight … I saw the software in its final form operating as intended across a range of flight conditions.”During the next-step certification flight, Federal Aviation Administration crews will join Boeing pilots in the air to evaluate the new MCAS software and determine whether it addresses problems around the nose of the aircraft being forced down during flight.boeing-737-max-9-pas-2A Boeing 737 Max on display at the 2017 Paris Air Show. Kent German/CNET FAA certification is necessary for the 737 Max to fly passengers again, and there’s no telling how long that could take. The agency itself is under scrutiny for a cosy relationship with Boeing when the Max was originally certified. So the FAA has extra hurdles to leap before it can satisfy airlines and governments outside the United States that the plane is safe.Though aviation safety agencies in other countries have typically followed the FAA’s lead in certification matters, The Seattle Times reported Wednesday that Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau disagrees with an FAA report that Max pilots wouldn’t need additional simulator training to learn the updated Max software. Air Canada is one of the largest Max customers, with 24 aircraft in its fleet and an additional 77 on order. Tags Tech Industry Share your voice 12 We’re making steady progress on the path to certification for our 737 MAX software update thanks to the work of our Boeing pilots, engineers and technical experts. pic.twitter.com/DIHrhG2OOi— Dennis A. Muilenburg (@BoeingCEO) April 18, 2019 Comments Aviation Boeing A Boeing 737 Max 7 lands at Boeing Field in Seattle after a test flight to evaluate the MCAS software fix. Paul Christian Gordon/Boeing More than a month after the second fatal crash of a Boeing 737 Max, the troubled airliner remains grounded to passenger flights around the world. But on Wednesday the company got one step closer to getting the Max back in service when it completed the last test flight for updates to the flight control system that’s at the center of both crash investigations.Speaking at Boeing Field in Seattle, where Boeing makes final adjustments to new 737s prior to delivery to airlines, CEO Dennis Muilenburg said the company conducted 127 Max test flights over the last few weeks, accounting or 203 hours in the air. The aircraft are built nearby at a Boeing plant in Renton, Washington.last_img read more

New USCIS Field Office In Houston Serves 30 Texas Counties

first_img 00:00 /01:20 X Listen Al OrtizDaniel Renaud, USCIS Associate Director of Field Operations (Center), and other agency personnel did the traditional ribbon cutting at the new Houston field office, which is located at 810 Gears Road, in the north part of town.The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS, has a new office in Houston.The new Houston facility serves 30 Texas counties, including Harris and surrounding counties like Brazoria, Chambers and Fort Bend.It became operative in January, but the agency held the grand opening on August 5th.The official opening was originally scheduled for the spring, but the April floods forced USCIS to postpone it.The new office serves approximately 500 customers daily and one of the enhancements it offers is that, with more than 65,000 square feet of space, it is bigger than the previous location.“We have a naturalization ceremony room that can occupy over 400 applicants, if we need to do a naturalization ceremony, we have a much larger waiting room area and we have a triage area,” notes Sandra Heathman, USCIS Houston District Director.Daniel Renaud, USCIS Associate Director of Field Operations, also participated in the event and highlighted Harris County’s diversity.The office is staffed with federal and contract employees who manage applications for permanent residency and naturalization.For immigration attorney and former Houston City Council member Gordon Quan, who attended the opening ceremony, it is important for the city to have a state of the art facility where immigrants feel comfortable because “the growth of Houston is based on immigration.”The office is dedicated to the memory of U.S. Army Private Pedro Cano, who fought in World War II. Members of his family also attended the ceremony.In 2015, the USCIS Houston office naturalized more than 27,000 thousand people.The facility is located at 810 Gears Road and it is open Monday through Friday, from 7:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

DC Mayors Office on African Affairs Presents Young African ConneXions Summit

first_imgThe Mayor’s Office on African Affairs invites you to the 2nd Annual Young African ConneXions annual Summit on July 15. The event is themed “Impact through Leadership, Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship,” and is scheduled to be held at the Howard University School of Business Auditorium, located at 2600 6th Street, NW from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Following the Summit, there will be a Mandela Day of Service July 16. The day of service is in partnership with the Department of Public Works, ServeDC, Path to Greatness, and Alice Ferguson Foundation for a community service clean-up at the Anacostia River.  To register for the summit, visit eventbrite.com/e/young-african-connexions-summit-tickets-26055939015. To register for the day of service, visit eventbrite.com/e/mandela-day-of-service-tickets-26057520746.last_img read more

Funding For Prospective Black Marijuana Growers Cut

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROWhen a bill that would expand the number of medical marijuana licenses available in Maryland was introduced to the General Assembly during the current session, Del. Nick Mosby (D-40), said he found something curious.Del. Nick Mosby (D-40)Inserted in the language was a grant intended to help minority firms, who had thus far been excluded from the 15 companies selected by the state to be the first legal growers of pot in Maryland.“When I read the bill, it established this grant, but there was no funding mechanism,” Mosby told the AFRO.As a result, Mosby introduced an amendment that he believed would address the problem; a provision in the law that would set aside two cents out of every tax dollar collected by the state from medical cannabis sales, to fund a grant program meant to give minority firms help in entering the market.“The biggest issue of minority participation is access to capital,” Mosby said.  “The bill as it is currently written does not guarantee minority participation will happen.”Which is why passage of the bill by the House earlier this month, which will increase the number of state certified marijuana growers to 25, has resulted in lingering tensions among legislators in the state’s Black Caucus.  The reason being, Mosby’s amendment was cut in a House Judiciary Subcommittee.“I guess the powers that be felt it may inhibit the passage of the bill,” Del. Bilal Ali (D-41), who supports the amendment told the AFRO.“I think it was short sighted.”Particularly since the bill was intended to address the exclusion of minority owned firms from the first round of licensees, a sore spot for legislators who say the bill is just the beginning of what should be a concerted effort to get Black-owned businesses into what will be a lucrative billion dollar market.“I was told the revenues from the tax were difficult to estimate,” Mosby said.  “I think it’s just rhetoric.”The setback comes at an especially fraught time for minority owned firms in Maryland.A recent report by the state Department of Transportation found “statistical evidence” of systemic discrimination against minority-lead firms in the state’s private sector.  The report also cited anecdotal evidence from minority business owners that discrimination affected their prospects.The report recommended a more aggressive approach to awarding contracts to minority businesses to address statewide inequities.Mosby’s amendment was viewed by several members of the Black Caucus as a critical component of the new legislation, especially because the bill awarded the existing White-owned firms the ability to open retail medical pot stores and processors. It is a move which will give the companies top-to-bottom penetration of the market.“They’ll have a lot of vertical leverage,” Mosby said.For now, Mosby is hoping the Senate will revive the amendment, which he says has strong support from the Maryland Black Caucus.  The bill is currently in the Senate Finance committee. The legislative session ends April 9.“It’s completely under the Senate control at the moment, so they can amend it.”last_img read more

DC Universe Digital Service Sets August Beta Launch Content Lineup

first_imgDC Entertainment has revealed new details around its forthcoming digital service.The company announced Thursday that it will open beta access to DC Universe in August, ahead of a full launch in fall. The subscription service will be home to a number of previously announced new original scripted television series. “Titans,” from Warner Bros. Television, is set to premiere this year, with two other WBTV live-action series, “Doom Patrol” and “Swamp Thing,” slated to debut in 2019. Also scheduled to premiere next year on the service are new series “Harley Quinn” and the third season of “Young Justice,” both from Warner Bros. Animation.Signups for the beta launch opened Thursday on the DC Universe website.In addition to the new original programming, DC Universe will be home to multiple library titles, the company announced Thursday, including all four original “Superman” movies starring Christopher Reeve; “Batman: The Animated Series”; the original “Wonder Woman” series; and the animated feature films “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox,” “Green Lantern: First Flight,” and “Wonder Woman.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “DC Universe is so much more than a streaming service. It’s a welcoming place for everyone to immerse themselves in their own level of DC fandom, with the epic characters, stories, and experiences they have come to expect from DC,” said Jim Lee, chief creative officer and publisher, DC Entertainment. “We are investing in and creating original, high-quality shows including the new Titans series, and curating the most beloved nostalgic content, while at the same time elevating the comic reading experience to new heights. Nothing this robust has ever been offered to fans before.”The service will also feature a rotating library of comics available for subscribers to read via the DC Universe app. Initial offerings will including “Action Comics” No. 1 featuring the debut Superman; Batman’s first appearance in “Detective Comics” No. 27; Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s “Justice League”; writer Scott Snyder’s “Swamp Thing”; and writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner’s “Harley Quinn.”“We wanted the DC Universe comic reader to be a blend of art and technology that would further enhance fans’ experience of the live-action and animated programming on DC Universe,” said Dan DiDio, publisher, DC Entertainment. “This hand-curated selection from our decades of comic creations gives fans a thematic digital longbox to carry with them on the device of their choosing or lets them watch exclusive video content on a big screen followed by the comic that inspired it.”The DC Universe app will also feature a social-media element, access to the DC encyclopedia, contests, and shopping opportunities.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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