In the third quarter of Oklahoma City’s Thursday night win over Los Angeles, Thunder coach Scott Brooks, long maligned for doing the same old thing, discovered something new: a lineup of Nick Collison, Steven Adams, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson could bend the court to its will.The group had rarely played together before — just six minutes during the regular season and just seven minutes in the playoffs. But that didn’t seem to be a problem. Over the next 15 minutes of play Thursday night, they scored 42 points and allowed just 24 points on 41 percent shooting, turning a 7-point deficit into an 11-point lead. Extrapolated to a 100-possession pace, the lineup’s point differential was +64.3.Small sample size, of course, but whoa, what a sample. The Thunder’s most-played lineup in the regular season (with Jackson in place of an injured Westbrook) had a per-100-possession point differential of +5.8. If we look at just the Thunder’s most frequently used front-court pairing, Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka, we find a per-100-possession point differential of just +2.0.Something about the fresh lineup on Thursday spaced the floor for Durant to do his best work of the night, scoring 13 points on just six shots. Neither Collison nor Adams is a particularly dangerous offensive player, but they are both good offensive rebounders. When they were on the floor together for 494 minutes in the regular season, the Thunder rebounded 33.4 percent of their own misses, compared to 26.5 across the whole season. Collison and Adams can also set screens and roll hard to the basket, allowing the Thunder to spread the defense even without a great perimeter-shooting big guy on the floor.Durant has played just a small percentage of his minutes with a Collison-Adams front-court pairing this season, but he’s been remarkably effective when he does, netting his highest true shooting percentage.Front Court Combinations Playing With DurantIt’s hard to suss out whether playing this group together was a shrewd and intentional move by Brooks, or whether he stumbled upon the lineup after Ibaka’s calf injury. But it’s an important development as the Thunder get ready for the San Antonio Spurs. Going into Thursday night’s game, seven of the Thunder’s 10 most-used lineups in the playoffs had a positive point differential. With the emphatic arrival of this group, it’s now eight of 10.Lineups matter especially for the Thunder, a team whose starting five tend to start slowly. That group finished the series with a negative first-quarter point differential and was outscored to begin four of the six games in the series. Inserting Collison and Adams into the starting lineup is probably not the solution to those slow starts, but the Spurs are waiting with a deep and versatile matchup nightmare. Every opportunity Brooks has to experiment with a seldom-used but potentially explosive lineup gives him more options to handle the varied scenarios the Spurs will throw at the Thunder.
Leicester City manager Claude Puel has revealed he is pleased with his team’s comeback during their draw against Fulham on Wednesday night.The Foxes travelled to bottom side Fulham, who now boast former Premier League title-winning manager with Leicester Claudio Ranieri as manager, in search of their second win on the bounce.But after Aboubakar Kamara gave the Cottagers the lead three minutes before half-time it look liked Puel’s side were heading for a defeat until a James Maddison strike earn both teams one point each.The result leaves Ranieri’s side in 20th position in the Premier League, while Leicester are ninth, and Claude Puel was pleased with his side’s resilient comeback.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We played a good team, who did well against Chelsea and Southampton,” Puel said, according to FourFourTwo.“We were up and down in the game and we needed to manage it more.”“I would like to congratulate my players for coming back, which is a good thing for our mentality. We believed in ourselves and that’s a good sign for the future.”
Lady Davina Windsor (2nd L) walks arm in arm with her newly wed husband, Gary Lewis, outside the chapel at Kensington Palace.Getty imagesAs Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make preparations to move to Frogmore Cottage, Buckingham Palace has confirmed that there will be a royal divorce.Palace officials have announced that Lady Davina Windsor and Gary Lewis have decided to part ways after 14 years of marriage. Though the reason behind the separation has not been revealed, it is speculated that Lady Davina and Lewis’ different background is one of the causes, Hello! reported.Lady Davina Windsor is the elder daughter of Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and his wife Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester. She was 30th in the line of succession to the British throne as of June 2018. Duke of Gloucester is the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.The couple met each other during a trip to Bali in 2000 and got married at the private chapel in Kensington Palace in 2004. They have two kids – Senna Kowhai, 8, and Tane Mahuta, 6. Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesDavina and Lewis used to stay in Auckland for some time during their marriage and lived a low-key lifestyle. The couple seldom comes out in public but appeared at the Trooping the Colour ceremony and were also present at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s royal wedding.Prince Harry and Prince William used to have a lot of fun with Lady Davina and her sister Lady Rose Windsor and they were all photographed together many times.The news of their separation comes ahead of Prince Harry and Markle’s move. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to receive support from Kensington Palace until they have settled. And because of this separation, it has been rumoured that the charity, Royal Foundation which is Prince Harry, Prince William, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle’s will be affected.It has also been reported that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s marriage is in trouble. The couple also had their first ‘out and out disagreement’ when Meghan’s friend defended her from her critics in an American celebrity magazine, a gesture that Harry would have disapproved if he knew about it before.
Essar Projects, an engineering company on Tuesday announced that it has bagged a $54 million (₹328 crore) project from Saudi Arabian national oil and natural gas company Aramco.The project, which is scheduled to be completed in two-and-a-half years, will involve procurement and construction of crude tank, replacement of crude pumps, piping, electrical and instrumental facilities.”This contract is a reflection of our capability to undertake global projects from reputed clients in this region. We will leverage the capabilities gained to enhance our foot print in other Middle East countries,” Amit Gupta, CEO of Hydrocarbon SBU, Essar Projects said in a statement.The company has previously set up a world-scale grass roots refinery at Vadinar, Gujarat, with an initial capacity of 10 million tonnes per annum, which was later expanded to 14 MMTPA and then to 20 MMTPA.The company had also implemented Single Buoy Mooring (SBM) method for crude unloading, product jetty for refinery product export, a tank farm with total capacity of 3 million cubic metres for crude, and 77 MW of captive power plant.However, on Tuesday, stock price of Essar Oil Limited recorded 0.48 percent lower at ₹114.40 per share.On 3 August last year, Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical transferred ownership of 32 billion riyal ($8.5 billion) petrochemical facility to their joint group PetroRabigh, Reuters reported.Ownership of the planned new factory will be transferred from Aramco and Sumitomo to PetroRabigh in the fourth quarter of 2014, the company said on Sunday.
Kendall JennerGetty ImagesThere may be a heat wave in Europe but no one can turn up the heat like Kendall Jenner can. The model slipped into a sizzling summer bikini from her own fashion line.Reportedly the 23-year-old supermodel was modelling a leopard print number from the fashion line she created with 20-year-old sister Kylie Jenner. The image was shared in three blocks on the company’s Instagram account which added the caption, ‘New summer swim styles just added to @macys, shop #kendallandkylie.’Kendall looked gorgeous in the snap. Lounging with her eyes closed. The lighting in the post highlighted her tan and gave her a gorgeous glow. The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star looks like she is hard at work promoting her own fashion line. But that doesn’t mean Kendall will be abandoning her commitment with other big brands. Kendall JennerKendall Jenner Official Instagram (kendalljenner)Kendall Jenner has made a name for herself as a successful model. But she is branching out into other business ventures. One of them being an oral care line. Kendall Jenner looks flawless now, but she opened up to Bustle Proactiv event in New York. The model said: ‘[Acne as an adult] is not any less painful, for lack of better words. You know what I mean? It’s not any less annoying, it doesn’t suck any less when you’re older. If anything, it could suck a little more when you’re older.’Her sister Kylie, who is her partner in this fashion line has already amassed a fortune with her cosmetics empire. A large chunk of her wealth comes from her lip-kit line. Both Jenner sisters have used their reality TV fame to become successful businesswomen. You can check out the pics here: Kendall Jennerkendallandkylie Official Instagram (kendallandkylie) Kendall Jennerkendallandkylie Official Instagram (kendallandkylie) Kendall Jennerkendallandkylie Official Instagram (kendallandkylie)
Apple set to hire from Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay this yearReutersIf you are in India and have often dreamt about how cool it would be to work for global tech giant Apple Inc., here’s some good news. The Cupertino, California, based firm is set to hire employees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, this year.While the tech giant has been in talks with several IT institutes for the same for a while now, it has confirmed that it intends to hire from the Powai campus and has also started giving out application forms for it.”The tech giant is offering positions for coding profile and most computer science students and some enthusiasts from other streams have signed up for the test,” a source from IIT-Bombay told the Times of India.Even though a source has confirmed Apple’s participation in placements this year, IIT-B is yet to officially announce the news. Instead, it said: “We don’t want to comment whether Apple is participating or not.”Students who applied for the roles and were short-listed by Apple will now reportedly take up a test in the last week of November. The selected candidates will mostly be placed in the firm’s India facilities in Hyderabad and Bengaluru.The students at IIT-B are clearly thrilled with the opportunity to land a job with one of the most-loved brands and a student said: “The chance to be a part of the powerful ecosystem at Apple is so enticing that many of us have registered for the test and hope to be short-listed.”Meanwhile, Apple is yet to confirm if students from other institutes will also be hired and other IITs have said that they will need an answer in the next two to three days, failing which they would not be able to accommodate the tech giant. “Our schedule is very tight. There are three to four preliminary short-listing tests taking place everyday and if we don’t hear from Apple in the next two to three days, we will not have any slot to accommodate the company,” an institute’s placement head told the daily.Amid all the placement buzz, Apple seems to be irked with the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, after an announcement that the firm was set to hire talent from its campus.”We are elated that Apple has decided to come for our campus placements this year. We are not sure of the kind of profiles that the company will be offering. However, it will provide an opportunity to the graduating students to showcase their skills before representatives of the firm,” TV Devi Prasad, head of placements at the institute, had earlier told the daily.Apart from Apple, many other global brands including LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google have been eyeing employees in India for a while now.
Map of ChuadangaA man was found dead at Garchapra village in Alamdanga upazila of Chuadanga district on Thursday.Quoting witnesses, police said Babu Mandal, 42, son of a certain Shukkur Ali of the village went missing on Wednesday night, reports UNB.On Thursday morning, local people found the body of Babu at a field in the village.On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Sadar Hospital morgue for an autopsy.Police said miscreants killed Babu some time on Wednesday night and dumped the body at the field.
Tarique RahmanThe government will send a request letter to the United Kingdom, in a bid, as officials say, to bring back BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman after his life-term sentence in the 21 August grenade attack case.As part of the process, according to the home minister, Dhaka will propose the UK government to sign an extradition treaty to exchange criminals between the two countries.”We’ll once again send a letter (to the UK) to sign the extradition treaty,” home minister Asaduzzaman Khan told Prothom Alo.He, however, admitted that the UK government earlier declined to sign the treaty.BNP leader Tarique Rahman went to the UK for treatment in 2008, taking permission from the court. The minister said he has been living there under the coverage of political asylum.Officials at the home, law and foreign affairs ministries acknowledged the difficulties in bringing back Tarique Rahman as the UK government has to abide by a number of legal obligations before sending back any convicted person.The UK court, not the government, has the ‘final say’ in deciding such matters, the officials concerned pointed out.In 2015, officials recalled, foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali sent letters to bring back Tarique Rahman, a fugitive in a number of cases. Also then, the UK government did not respond positively to Dhaka’s requst, officials pointed out.Following the verdict in the 21 August grenade attack case on 10 October, the Awami League government is taking an initiative to bring back the fugitives, the officials said. There are 18 such fugitives in the case and the government will try to locate them said the officials.”We would send letters to bring back fugitives in the grenade attack,” said the home minister.Another convict in the 21 August attack case, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s former political secretary Haris Chowhdury was reportedly seen in the UK.The government will try to know from the UK government whether Haris Chowdhury has been living there, or has secured political asylum, officials said.Maulana Tajuddin was indicted in the first charge-sheet submitted in 2008 in the grenade attack case. He is a brother of BNP-led alliance government’s deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu. Pintu and his another brother have been convicted.Pintu and Tajuddin have been sentenced to death. Another brother Ratul Ahmed aka Ratul Babu has been sentenced to life. Pintu is in jail while two others remain absconding.Two others have been reportedly living in South Africa, according to officials. Interpol South Africa informed the Bangladesh authorities that Tajuddin has got political asylum over there.Dhaka wants to sign extradition treaty with South Africa as well, according to the home ministry officials.”The home ministry will take initiatives to bring back fugitives and we will extend legal support,” law minister Anisul Huq told Prothom Alo.Former member of parliament Kazi Shah Mofazzal Hossain, sentenced to life, is reportedly staying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE authorities were also approached for extradition treaty, but to no avail.Hanif Transport’s owner Md Hanif has been sentenced to death but his whereabouts could not be confirmed by the government.Twin brothers Mahibul Muttakin and Anisul Mursalin, sentenced to life, have been languishing for a decade in Tihar jail in India.Home minister Asaduzzaman said it would not be difficult to bring back them from India.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.
Bhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering with his old friends at Mymensingh Medical College on Sunday. Photo: Anowar HossainBhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering, who was a student of Mymensingh Medical College, on Sunday said one has to be a good human being for becoming a good physician.”I’ve entered politics without discarding my uniform. I thought about the people of Bhutan and worked for them from 2013 to 2018 without doing any job and going abroad. Today, I’m the prime minister of that country,” he said.The Bhutanese prime minister was addressing a special reception accorded to him by Mymensingh Medical College at its auditorium.Going down the memory lane, Lotay Tshering said he along with his classmate and current Bhutanese foreign affairs minister Tandi Dorji stayed at room No-20 of Baghmara College Hostel in the district town from 1991 to 1999. “We’re now doing politics together. There’s no rift between us during this long period. Today, I’m the prime minister because of him. He made me the prime minister.”Bhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering passes time with his classmates. He also exchanges greetings with them. Photo: Anowar HossainHe also underscored the need for forgetting all the differences to take the country forward.The Bhutanese prime minister turned emotional recalling various incidents of his student life at the medical college.Earlier, students of the medical college welcomed him when he arrived in Mymensingh by a helicopter.Lotay Tshering later visited the surgery ward of Mymensingh Medical College Hospital.A 28th batch student, Lotay Tshering enrolled in Mymensingh Medical College in 1991 for pursuing MBBS. On completion of the MBBS degree, he did FCPS in Dhaka.Lotay Tshering entered politics in 2013 and became the prime minister of Bhutan on 7 November last year after his party won the election.This was his first visit to Bangladesh after becoming the prime minister.
Safe road movement. Prothom Alo file photoPolice have yet to specify any charges against persons arrested during the students’ movement for safe roads. They say that no one has been accused of being guilty or innocent at this stage and they also do not know when investigations will be completed.As the investigations are still underway, those arrested during the movement, including 22 students of private universities, are having to appear in court every month. With cases filed against them, their studies and jobs are being hampered. A student, on condition of anonymity, told Prothom Alo, the university administraton has shown some sympathy towards them in the beginning, but not anymore. The exams are often held on the date they have to appear in court. They either have to take their exam and rush to court, or rush to the exams from court. They are also ridiculed and mocked.The safe road movement burst out when students took to the streets in protest, following two college students being killed by a bus in the capital city on 29 September last year. When the demonstrating students were attacked on 4 August, students of Dhaka University took to the streets the next day. Then on 6 August, students of North South University and other universities also took to the streets. And before they could take to the streets, the students of East West University were confined in their own campus. Reportedly, police as well as helmet and lungi clad persons assaulted them.Sixty cases were filed in connection to the safe road movement which continued for around a week in Dhaka City. Police in Badda and Bhatara filed cases against over a hundred persons, naming 32 specifically. And 22 students of private universities were arrested in those cases.Serious chargesThe charges brought against the students were serious. The charges filed by the Badda police station against the students include creating violence with dangerous weapons, obstructing government work, attacking the police, damaging police vehicles and setting fire to the Badda police station. A total of 19 per sons were accused in that case. Some former students were charged with instigation. The Bhatara police station brought charges against 13 students of North South University, Independent University of Bangladesh and Asian University, as well as against numerous unidentified persons. They were accused to obstructing government duties, attacking government personnel and injuring them, as well as halting and damaging vehicles. Six policemen were hurt in those incidents. Three arrested students – Fayez Ahmed, Masad Murtaza bin Asad and Azizul Karim were also injured.Those arrested for creating violence in Badda were accused of wielding eight three-foot long sticks, broken glass and broken bricks. No specific description was given of how they reportedly attacked the police station.Kakon Biswas, the main accused in case filed by the Badda police station, was said to have instigated violence. Kakon said he had passed out of university quite some time ago. On the day of the incident, he entered office at nine in the morning and left at six in the evening. He feels he has been included in this case because of his role in the 2015 movement against VAT for post-grad studies.Bhatara police station brought charges against students of North South University, Asian University and of quite a few other universities. Saber Ahmed of Asian University was arrested in this case. He told Prothom Alo, he had been in front of a bank on the day of the incident when a policeman summoned him. The policeman then handcuffed him and placed him in a prison van. He often contacts the investigating officer but has not been told when the charge sheet or the final report will be prepared. He has been aspiring to go abroad for higher studies but that has now become uncertain.Five others arrested in this case say they had been attacked by police and the helmet-lungi clad hoodlums without any provocation. At least 40 of those injured in this attack had to be admitted to Apollo Hospital. One of them, Ashraful Islam, had been grievously injured and was kept under intensive care for long at the hospital. These students are asking why cases have been filed against them instead of the helmeted attackers.The students, however, say the investigating officers have shown sympathy towards them. But no one can say when they will be released from these cases. Several police officers involved in the investigations told Prothom Alo unofficially that they are unable to do anything as they simply have to wait for orders from above.Drivers accuse, students accusedDuring the safe road movement, hundreds of the students were charged with damaging buses and a few were arrested. Bus drivers filed cases with the Motijheel, Paltan, Khilkhet, Cantonment and Kotwali police stations against the demonstrating students.22 case under section 57Last August 22 cases were filed regarding the safe road movement. Investigations have not been completed in any of the cases. The accused are having to appear in court every month.One of the students, on condition of anonymity, has said that the universities are not giving them any sort of concessions. Eden College student Lutfun Nahar Luma says she appeared in court on 16 April. A girl in a pink outfit had appeared in a video taken of the movement and she was arrested because she had been wearing a pink outfit too. Another 16 were arrested in that case and the 17 of them have to turn up in court every month.Officials of Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s cyber crime division say the safe road movement had been hijacked. A rumour had been spread that students were killed and raped in the Awami League office. But no one knows who spread these rumours. It is speculated that the rumours were sparked off from outside the country.Chairman of the national human rights commission, Kazi Reazul Huq, says the safe road movement was a justified one, but it failed as other elements had entered the scene. It had been a movement of the general students, but they were arrested and harassed. He said the government should look into these cases and resolve them as soon as possible. *The report, originally appeared in the print edition of Prothom Alo, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir
Syrian Democratic Forces and U.S. troops are seen during a patrol near Turkish border in Hasakah, Syria on 4 November, 2018. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump’s national security adviser on Sunday set out conditions for the withdrawal of American troops from Syria, saying the defence of allies must first be assured.The comments by John Bolton during a visit to Israel signalled a far more gradual US withdrawal than initially set out by Trump, whose 19 December announcement concerned allies and led to the resignation of defence secretary Jim Mattis.Trump himself has more recently spoken of “slowly” sending troops home “over a period of time”, and Bolton laid out some of the conditions required before it takes place.”We’re going to be discussing the president’s decision to withdraw, but to do so from northeast Syria in a way that makes sure that ISIS is defeated and is not able to revive itself and become a threat again,” Bolton said when meeting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.”And to make sure that the defence of Israel and our other friends in the region is absolutely assured, and to take care of those who have fought with us against ISIS and other terrorist groups.”Israel is especially worried over whether the withdrawal will allow its main enemy Iran to expand its presence in the neighbouring country.Netanyahu has pledged to continue to act against Iran in Syria.Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes in Syria against what it says are Iranian military targets and deliveries of advanced weapons to Hezbollah, a Shiite Lebanese militia backed by Tehran.Earlier in the day, Bolton told journalists travelling with him that conditions such as guarantees on the safety of Kurdish allies must be met before American troops are withdrawn, NBC News reported.Bolton also said all 2,000 US forces may not be pulled out, according to the report.He said the withdrawal would take place in northeastern Syria, while some forces could remain to the south at the al-Tanf garrison as part of efforts to counter Iran’s presence.Condition the withdrawal”There are objectives that we want to accomplish that condition the withdrawal,” said Bolton, according to NBC.”Timetables or the timing of the withdrawal occurs as a result of the fulfilment of the conditions and the establishment of the circumstances that we want to see. And once that’s done, then you talk about a timetable.”Kurdish-led forces control a large swathe of Syria’s north and northeast, some of it seized from the Islamic State group.Despite backing from the US-led coalition and success in pushing back IS, Kurdish-led forces have at times incurred heavy losses.A US withdrawal could leave them exposed to an attack by neighbouring Turkey — where Bolton travels on Monday — and its Syrian proxies.The Kurds have invited Damascus to send troops into some of the territory it controls, to act as a bulwark against pro-Turkish forces.Bolton’s visit was part of a US effort to reassure allies after Trump’s announcement.US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, who also met Netanyahu last week, leaves on Tuesday for an eight-day trip to Amman, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat, and Kuwait City.Netanyahu used Sunday’s meeting to again push for the United States and other countries to recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, the strategic plateau it seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed.He said he planned to take Bolton to visit the Golan before he leaves for Turkey on Monday if weather permits.”The Golan Heights is tremendously important for our security and I think that when you’re there you’ll be able to understand perfectly why we’ll never leave the Golan Heights,” Netanyahu said alongside Bolton.”And why it’s important that all countries recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. I’ve discussed this with the president.”
US president Donald Trump. File photoThe Trump administration is suspending educational, legal and recreational programs for migrant children in its custody, saying an influx of children crossing the border without a parent or legal guardian was putting a “tremendous strain” on the resources of the agency tasked with housing them.The agency that houses migrant children – the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) – asked Congress for an additional $2.88 billion to increase shelter capacity, HHS spokeswoman Evelyn Stauffer said on Wednesday. ORR is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.ORR has instructed providers in its network to begin scaling back or stop providing services “that are not directly necessary for the protection of life and safety,” Stauffer said.On May 30, HHS official Mark Boss sent an email to providers in ORR’s network of shelters informing them costs budgeted for educational and recreational activities, including staff associated with those programs, were “unallowable costs” for any federal funds received after May 22.The email, which was seen by Reuters, was first reported by Reveal at the Center for Investigative Reporting.Border agents apprehended 11,507 unaccompanied children on the southwest border in May, an 80% increase from a year earlier, according to government data released on Wednesday.ORR’s system of shelters is currently running at 96% capacity, according to a HHS official who declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the program.The provision of recreational and educational activities, such as English language lessons and sports, are required by a long-standing legal settlement, known as the Flores settlement, that lays out conditions under which migrant children can be kept.”If this administration goes forward with denying education, recreation and other unspecified ‘non-essential services’ they would be in flagrant violation of the Flores settlement and will face immediate legal action,” said Neha Desai, Director for Immigration at the National Center for Youth Law in Oakland and a Flores co-counsel.The Trump administration has repeatedly called on Congress to enact regulations that would override the settlement. It is also working on regulations on the length of time and conditions in which children can be detained.Congresswoman Rosa DeLaura from Connecticut, who chairs the House committee negotiating with ORR on supplemental funding, said in a statement that the Trump administration could not be given a blank check “when time and again it has failed to show it has these childrens’ best interests at heart.”Last week, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) placed limits on special legal protections for some migrant children who turn 18 or reunite with a parent or guardian before they file their asylum application.In a policy memo to all asylum officers dated May 31, USCIS official John Lafferty also empowered officials to request additional documents if they suspect an applicant is over 18 years old when they file their asylum application.
Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X 00:00 /01:10 Al OrtizMayor Sylvester Turner (center) held a press conference at the Baker-Ripley Center, located in southwest Houston, to announce the creation of the Office of New Americans, which will Houston residents, especially immigrants and refugees, to access City services with more ease.The City of Houston is trying to clarify its stance on immigration amid the controversy over sanctuary cities.Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Monday the creation of the Office of New Americans to help Houston residents, especially immigrants and refugees, to access City services with more ease.The Mayor made the announcement during a press conference held at the Baker-Ripley Center, surrounded by City Council members Mike Laster and Robert Gallegos, as well as by other elected officials such as U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia and representatives from several community organizations.Turner also said he is one of the Mayors who have asked President-elect Donald Trump to keep the Deferred Action program.Commonly known as DACA, it protects undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation.“You don’t wanna lose that talent. You don’t wanna strip people away from their families, you don’t want to separate them,” the Mayor stressed.In the law enforcement front, the Houston Police Department (HPD) will maintain its policy of not asking the public about immigration status.“Police doubling as immigration officials would divert limited resources needed to prevent crimes, such as murder, robbery, sexual assault and to apprehend the criminals who commit them,” explained Recently named HPD Chief Art AcevedoTurner is also developing the so-called Welcoming Houston program, which will aim at improving the coordination between the City and community organizations to provide services to newcomers.During the press conference, a member of the public urged Turner to designate Houston as a sanctuary city, but the Mayor didn’t use that term.
JORGE SANHUEZA-LYON / KUTZika can cause birth defects if a woman is exposed to it while pregnant.Mosquito season is upon us, and Texas still isn’t out of the woods when it comes to Zika.The mosquito-borne illness can cause birth defects if a woman is exposed to it while pregnant. Last year, there were 312 cases of Zika reported in the state.KUT’s Ashley Lopez reportsPublic health officials say they are more prepared this season and have a better picture of what to expect. Part of the problem, though, is that Zika didn’t really go anywhere.Some locally transmitted cases continued to pop up near the border during the winter months. That means the disease lingered in the local mosquito population.According to Dr. Peter Hotez, the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, historically warm weather last winter compounded the problem.“We have probably not had a huge die-off of the Aedes aegypti mosquito in places like San Antonio or in Houston,” he said, referring to the type of mosquito linked to Zika.The Aedes aegypti mosquito also happens to be prevalent in Texas, specifically in densely populated areas. Hotez said the combination of all of this is not good.“I am quite worried that we’re still quite vulnerable to Zika virus transmission,” he said.State health officials said they’re worried, too.“Certainly it’s something we’re on guard for” said Chris Van Deusen, a spokesman for the Texas Department of State Health Services. “We’ve continued our planning, continued working with local health departments, with mosquito control, folks around the state to provide some additional funds for Zika control, Zika planning. And that’s certainly something we’re going to continue working with throughout the summer.”Van Deusen said officials are also drawing on lessons learned from last year’s Zika cases.“One thing that we’ve done recently is further expanded our testing criteria, particularly in the valley,” he said. The agency now recommends testing for all pregnant women in Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Webb, Willacy and Zapata counties in South Texas Van Deusen and Hotez said the importance of actively testing humans for Zika was one of the bigger lessons learned.“And second, we’re not really getting a lot of help from the federal government,” Hotez said. “So, the state of Texas is kind of on our own.”There have been 10 Zika cases reported in Texas so far this year. All of them have been related to travel. Copyright 2017 KUT-FM. To see more, visit KUT-FM. Share
Listen We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: The Texas voter ID law is back in federal court again today. We find out what the latest arguments are over in the law’s long saga in the courts. Then, we take a closer look at a new survey of Harvey victims, which suggests many of them are still struggling to find help three months after the storm.Also this hour: The Center for Public History at the University of Houston is engaging in a long-term oral history project called Resilient Houston: Documenting Hurricane Harvey. We learn more about the project from Monica Perales, director of the Center for Public History, and associate professor of history Todd Romero.Also this hour: We learn what’s in a newly released long-term plan for downtown Houston, called simply Plan Downtown. And Dr. Andy Boyd explores the limits of the human mind in his book Beyond Comprehension: A Scientific Look at the Challenge of Knowing Everything. 00:00 /50:28 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Houston’s small businesses took out more than $1.05 billion in loans through the Small Business Administration in fiscal year 2018, which ended September 30.But, Tim Jeffcoat, district director for the SBA in Houston, called it “a disappointing record year.”While the overall dollar amount went up, the number of small businesses that received loans shrank. Jeffcoat attributed this in part to the flooding from Harvey suppressing small business growth.“That tends to have more of an effect on the smaller businesses than it does on medium-size and large businesses,” he said.Larger businesses are more likely to have risk insurance, Jeffcoat said, which helps them recover more quickly.Separate from the 2018 loans, small businesses were also granted more than $455 million in emergency loans after Harvey. 00:00 /00:47 X Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaMany small businesses were flooded by Harvey, like those in the Deerbrook Marketplace strip mall in Humble. Listen Share
By Joi Thomas, Special to the AFROIf you have driven along Woodlawn Drive in the past four months, you may have noticed a beautiful, new church building that recently opened. That building is the home of Morning Star Baptist Church (MSBC), which moved from the city to Baltimore County in December of 2017. Morning Star celebrated their church anniversary, 122 years of serving God and His people, May 20.Morning Star Baptist Church (MSBC). (Courtesy Photo)One hundred twenty-two years of existence is something to celebrate. This year, the theme and focus for the church anniversary was “Faith Fest.” Bishop Dwayne Debnam, Pastor of the church, said Faith Fest is a celebration of what faith has done in the life of MSBC. “Faith has sustained us for 122 years. Faith allowed us to embark upon ministry expansion and so Faith Fest is what we do every year to celebrate the history of the church,” Debnam told the AFRO.Bishop Debnam has been the Pastor of Morning Star for over 20 years. He said that this year was especially memorable. “It’s the first year in our new home and we are appreciating what faith has done and what God is doing in the life of the church. We are thanking God that we are able to see faith in action as a church and on a personal level.”Rev. Jimmy Baldwin, Pastor of Shiloh Christian Community Church in Baltimore, and Rev. Lewis Watson, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Salisbury, Maryland, were the guest preachers for anniversary Sunday at MSBC. Each service was full of energy and excitement as the choir, dancers, and congregation came together to give thanks to God for all he has done for Morning Star. As the church continues to be blessed, they also are a blessing to their new community. “Many new initiatives have begun, including a new food pantry, youth mentoring, partnerships with the local schools as well as an interfaith partnership,” Debnam said.The future looks bright for Morning Star. Soon they will be finishing phase one of their Family Life Center and moving forward with the vision of creating more space and opportunity to minister to the people God sends through their doors. It seems clear that faith has brought Morning Star Baptist Church through 122 years and will continue to sustain them in their future.
(Phys.org)—A combined team of researchers from Germany and the U.S. has taken a closer look at a type of bacteria that is able to cause ice to form, sometimes even under conditions above the normal freezing point. Explore further In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes the technique they used that allowed them to watch very closely what occurs as the bacteria promote ice formation and their discovery of the means by which the bacteria cause it to come about.Scientists have known for some time that some bacteria can promote the growth of ice crystals (they have been used to help create snow for ski resorts, as one example), but until now, the exact mechanism has not been closely studied. In this new effort, the researchers used a device called a sum frequency generation spectrometer to get a better look—it allows for a very close up view of a process as it takes place. In this instance, they watched as samples of Pseudomonas syringae went to work on both airborne water droplets and those that were on a surface. In so doing, they discovered that the bacteria use two different techniques to promote ice formation.The first technique involved a layer of proteins that surrounded the body of the bacteria—some were hydrophobic and others were hydrophilic—the opposing forces allowed the bacteria to shuttle water molecules around like a tiny tugboat, coaxing them into formations that were conductive to crystal growth.The second technique involved using vibrational energy to actually remove heat from the area surrounding the molecules that they had lined up, leaving them colder, which resulted in ice crystal formation at temperatures that were above freezing.The researchers note that the bacteria also have antifreeze proteins in their bodies to keep themselves from freezing. They add that their findings may have implications for Earth scientists, as ice causing bacteria play a major role in the creation of ice crystals in the atmosphere, and in frost formation on plants. More research into the process could also lead to the development of icing, or even de-icing products. Journal information: Science Advances Ice crystals: Max Planck researchers discovered that certain bacteria can affect the ordering and the dynamics of water molecules in water droplets. Thus, ice crystals develop already at zero degrees Celsius or just below, and not at minus 37 degrees Celsius as in pure water. Protein molecules at the surface of the bacteria are responsible for this process. Credit: R. Eckl © 2016 Phys.org More information: R. Pandey et al. Ice-nucleating bacteria control the order and dynamics of interfacial water, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501630AbstractIce-nucleating organisms play important roles in the environment. With their ability to induce ice formation at temperatures just below the ice melting point, bacteria such as Pseudomonas syringae attack plants through frost damage using specialized ice-nucleating proteins. Besides the impact on agriculture and microbial ecology, airborne P. syringae can affect atmospheric glaciation processes, with consequences for cloud evolution, precipitation, and climate. Biogenic ice nucleation is also relevant for artificial snow production and for biomimetic materials for controlled interfacial freezing. We use interface-specific sum frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy to show that hydrogen bonding at the water-bacteria contact imposes structural ordering on the adjacent water network. Experimental SFG data and molecular dynamics simulations demonstrate that ice-active sites within P. syringae feature unique hydrophilic-hydrophobic patterns to enhance ice nucleation. The freezing transition is further facilitated by the highly effective removal of latent heat from the nucleation site, as apparent from time-resolved SFG spectroscopy.Read press release Chipping away at the secrets of ice formation This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: A close up look at how bacteria make ice (2016, April 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-bacteria-ice.html