November 13, 2019

Petra Kvitova Is The Most Unpredictable Player In Womens Tennis

Venus Williams2667278.7%– Victoria Azarenka1244274.7%– Mary Pierce1425074.0%– Billie Jean King1272484.1%– Steffi Graf2783289.7%– Virginia Wade1224971.3%– Petra Kvitova, the tennis star from the Czech Republic, is 6-feet tall, left-handed and can crush her forehand and serve. She has won Wimbledon twice in her career, the only currently active woman to accomplish that feat besides Venus and Serena Williams, who each won their first two from 2000 to 2003. At the moment, Kvitova is ranked No. 6 in the world, and was once ranked No. 2. The week before this year’s Australian Open began, she won the Sydney International by thumping four players, including three-time Slam champion Angelique Kerber, and beating the relentless Ashleigh Barty in a three-set final.Oh, one more thing: There’s good reason to believe she won’t last long in this month’s Australian Open. Of all the women with at least two major titles since 1968, when the Open Era began, none have lost as often, on average, at Slams as Kvitova, the master of disaster.On Monday in Melbourne, Kvitova had an unusual performance: She easily won her first round match by beating Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Kvitova looked a bit shaky in the first set, when she lost her serve twice and landed just 45 percent of her first serves. But she was much cleaner in the second set, and now — maybe — she can relax and have a strong tournament. She also could improve her winning percentage at majors, which was 70.2 percent at the start of the tournament, the lowest figure among the two-or-better Slam winners in the women’s Open Era. Svetlana Kuznetsova1526171.4%– Chris Evert2993789.0%– Amelie Mauresmo1314375.3%– Justine Henin1412883.4%– Hana Mandlikova1424078.0%– Lindsay Davenport1985179.5%– Monica Seles1803185.3%– Evonne Goolagong Cawley1292782.7%– Jennifer Capriati1404077.8%– Kim Clijsters1323181.0%– Serena Williams3314588.0%– Martina Navratilova3064986.2%– Martina Hingis1533282.7%– Maria Sharapova1944979.8%– Margaret Court961090.6%– Kvitova’s Slam performances are the worst of her peersWinners of multiple Grand Slams by Grand Slam record, 1968-2018* Petra Kvitova923970.2%– *Excluding this year’s Australian OpenSource: WTA Garbine Muguruza602273.2%– Arantxa Sanchez Vicario2105479.5%– Angelique Kerber984170.5%– Tracy Austin611580.3%– Li Na903174.4%– PlayerWinsLosesWin% There are seven other active women who, like Kvitova, have won at least two major titles. All of them have won more of their matches at Slams (Kerber, who had 10 first-round major losses in her first five years on the tour, is still ahead of Kvitova with 70.5 percent). Since Kvitova’s second Slam victory, she has gone no further than the quarterfinals at a major. She has only done that twice, both times at the U.S. Open, in 2015 and 2017. In the rest of her majors she has not gotten past the fourth round. In her career, Kvitova has lost in the first round of a Slam nine times. Serena Williams, who has won 23 majors, is 331-45 at Slams (88 percent) and has lost in the first round only once.Two of Kvitova’s first-round losses occurred last year, in the Australian Open and Wimbledon, the best tournament for her game. (At Wimbledon, she lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-0 in the third set of their match. Sasnovich had never gone past the third round of a Slam.)So how can a player with so much talent, and so much power, end up looking timid and uncertain? After a promising career start, Kvitova approaches the early rounds of Slams as calmly as when parachuting from an airplane. “When I was younger, I played better on the Grand Slams than the other tournaments,” she said after losing in the first round of Wimbledon last year. “Now is the time when I’m playing better on the other tournaments.” Asked more about the defeat, she said: “The nerves were there again.”Worries at the beginning of a Grand Slam tournament are not uncommon — even Roger Federer, who has won 20, has spoken about being nervous in the first round. But the best players in the world usually overcome that.Some of Kvitova’s more recent woes could be due to the time she was attacked at home by a man with a knife in December of 2016. She didn’t return to the game until the 2017 French Open, which she lost in the second round (she had the same result at Wimbledon). But later that year at the U.S. Open, she reached the quarterfinals, her best result since 2015.Kvitova still has time to cure her Grand Slam disease. She is 28 years old and a natural on the grass of Wimbledon, despite her first-round loss there last year. At the Australian Open, she has an excellent draw, facing unranked players until the fourth round. Her opponent in that round could be Aryna Sabalenka, an up-and-coming 20-year-old who was beaten in straight sets by Kvitova in the Sydney International. Sabalenka is seeded No. 11.Even if Kvitova never improves her Slam winning percentage and finishes her career in last place, well, someone has to be there. She could just call herself the most unpredictable multi-Slam winner in women’s tennis history — not ideal, but definitely unique. read more

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Rep Duncan Hunter Military should help build border wall

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Congressman Duncan D. Hunter said the military should help get construction going on the border wall.Hunter visited Good Morning San Diego to further discuss his stance on immigration and his recent criticism of his attack ad on his opponent Ammar Campa-Najjar. Posted: November 2, 2018 KUSI Newsroom November 2, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom, Rep. Duncan Hunter: Military should help build border wall. RELATED: Ammar Campa-Najjar on his campaign for California’s 50th Districtlast_img read more

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Survey Interactive Ads Highly Engaging

first_imgPublishers may not be overwhelmed with the sheer numbers of digital readers to this point (in announcing its highest North American circulation ever, The Economist revealed it has about 5,000 subscribers to its digital editions), but those readers are highly engaged with interactive magazine ads, according to Affinity’s VISTA Digital Service, which measures the effectiveness of ads delivered through iPad apps and other mobile platforms. Eight-eight percent of readers who watched a sponsored video embedded in an ad said they enjoyed the experience, while 89 percent believe that the advertiser is “innovative” for developing the ad. Readers who viewed photo galleries made accessible through a digital magazine ad said they were able to learn more about the product, while almost nine out of 10 respondents viewed the advertiser as innovative. Meanwhile, 92 percent of readers who tap and slide on an ad for a 3D view of the product said that interactive feature enhanced their overall magazine reading experience.last_img read more

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Ed Sheeran Makes Billboard Chart History With Shape Of You

first_imgNews GRAMMY winner’s smash hit ties for most weeks in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100Renée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 22, 2017 – 11:09 am GRAMMY winner Ed Sheeran is making Billboard chart history with his smash hit, “Shape Of You.”On Aug. 21 “Shape Of You” hit the 32-week mark in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, which is now tied for first place for most weeks in the Top 10 in the chart’s history. GRAMMY-winning dance/electronic duo the Chainsmokers also hold the first place title with “Closer,” featuring Halsey, spending 32 weeks in the Top 10, as does GRAMMY winner LeAnn Rimes for 1997’s “How Do I Live.”A close follow-up with 31 weeks in the Top 10 is Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ Record Of The Year GRAMMY-winning hit “Uptown Funk.” Santana’s “Smooth,” featuring Rob Thomas — also a Record Of The Year winner — holds the next spot with 30 weeks in the Top 10.The other record-holding Top 10 hits include LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock’s 2011 “Party Rock Anthem” (29 weeks), Jewel’s 1997 hit “Foolish Games”/”You Were Meant for Me” (28 weeks), Mars’ current hit “That’s What I Like (27 weeks), and Savage Garden’s 1998 track “Truly Madly Deeply” (26 weeks).Notably, Mars’ “That’s What I Like” could move up in the ranks of Top 10 winners, as it still sits at No. 8, while Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” could pull away as the longest-running Top 10 hit in Billboard Hot 100 history with just another week in the Top 10. It’s currently at No. 9.Did Ed Sheeran’s Carpool Karaoke Break The Internet?Read more Twitter Facebook Email Ed Sheeran: “Shape Of You” Makes Chart History ed-sheeran-makes-billboard-chart-history-shape-you Ed Sheeran Makes Billboard Chart History With “Shape Of You” last_img read more

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Library Of Congress Adds Recordings By Chic Tony Bennett Fleetwood Mac

first_imgFrom ’80s pop and rap to classical, disco, Motown, and American songbook classics, the rhythms behind the National Recording Registry’s additions for 2017 are gonna get youTim McPhateGRAMMYs Mar 21, 2018 – 9:10 am Tony Bennett’s “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. What do these recording have in common? Not only have each of them won GRAMMY Awards, they now share the honor of having been added to the Library of Congress’ venerable National Recording Registry.Today, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the addition of these and 22 other recordings to the registry catalog for the 2017 calendar year.Additional GRAMMY winners with recordings newly added include Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine’s 1987 upbeat jam, “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You”; Yo-Yo Ma’s exquisite 1996 classical LP, Yo-Yo Ma Premieres: Concertos For Violoncello And Orchestra, Kenny Loggins’ huge 1984 film soundtrack smash, “Footloose”; and Chic and Nile Rodgers’ timeless 1978 disco workout, “Le Freak.”Run-DMC’s groundbreaking 1986 album, Raising Hell, was added. The LP spawned the rock-rap crossover hit “Walk This Way,” which was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2014.Speaking of the Hall, other newly added National Recording Registry recordings that have been previously inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame include the soundtrack to The Sound Of Music (inducted 1998), Mississippi Sheiks’ “Sittin’ On Top Of The World” (2008), Bill Haley And The Comets’ “Rock Around The Clock” (1982), the Ink Spots’ “If I Didn’t Care” (1987), Harry Belafonte’s Calypso (2015), and the Temptations’ “My Girl” (1998).Similar to the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame’s mission, the National Recording Registry is designed to champion and preserve recordings of historical significance.Nominations are gathered via online submissions from the public and from the NRPB, which is comprised of leaders in the fields of music, recorded sound and preservation. See the National Recording Registry’s full list — if you have a recording you deem worthy of adding to the registry, make your submission.”This annual celebration of recorded sound reminds us of our varied and remarkable American experience,” said Hayden. “The unique trinity of historic, cultural and aesthetic significance reflected in the National Recording Registry each year is an opportunity for reflection on landmark moments, diverse cultures and shared memories — all reflected in our recorded soundscape.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Email News Library Of Congress Adds Recordings By Chic, Tony Bennett, Fleetwood Mac LoC Registry Adds 25 Classic Recordings library-congress-adds-recordings-chic-tony-bennett-fleetwood-mac Facebook Twitter last_img read more

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Moto G7 Play is just 50 today at Boost Mobile stores

first_imgThe already affordable Moto G7 Play is even more friendly to your wallet today, thanks to Boost Mobile. Sarah Tew/CNET On Tuesday, you can buy the Motorola Moto G7 Play for $50 at Boost Mobile stores. The normally $200 phone is part of the Moto G family, which includes the Moto G7 that earned a CNET Editors’ Choice award. To take advantage of the deal, you have to go to a Boost Mobile store and switch to an unlimited data plan that’s $50 or more.The Moto G7 Play has a 5.7-inch display and a single rear camera. It has the same processor and rear fingerprint reader as the G7.Current Boost Mobile customers on a monthly plan with a history of at least a year making on-time payments can purchase the Moto G7 Play through BoostUP! for just $1 down and then pay $8 per month for 18 months ($145).Check out the specs below. Back 8-megapixel Back Display size, resolution 157 x 75.3 x 8mm Meet the Moto G7 budget phones for 2019 32GB 148.71 x 71.5 x 8.19mm Dimensions (Millimeters) Converts to £231 Originally published April 23 at 2:37 p.m. PT Front-facing camera Yes 294ppi Water repellent with P2i nano-coating; TurboPower charging Android 9.0 Boost Mobile Lenovo Motorola 64GB 5.85 x 2.81 x 0.32 in. Pixel density Motorola Moto G7 Play Camera 13-megapixel USB-C 4:48 2GB 5.7-inch LCD; 1,512×720 pixels Mobile software Converts to AU$280 403ppi Android 9.0 Moto G7, G7 Power and G7 Play officially introduced 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 6.2-inch LCD; 2,270×1,080 pixels Up to 512GB Post a comment 1,080p Storage 4GB Battery 3,000mAh Up to 512GB Expandable storage Converts to AU$421 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 Price (GBP) Fingerprint sensor Share your voice 5.33 oz.; 151g RAM 6.18 x 2.96 x 0.31 in. Headphone jack 12-megapixel, 5-megapixel Now playing: Watch this: Special features Dimensions (Inches) 6.07 oz.; 172g Price off-contract (USD) $199 $299 Yes 4K Water repellent with P2i nano-coating; front-facing flash Price (AUD) Video capture Converts to £154 8-megapixel 0 Phones Weight (Ounces, Grams) 3,000mAh 31 Photos Motorola Moto G7 Processor Connector Tags Moto G7 Play specs vs. Moto G7 USB-Clast_img read more

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From Rajinikanths Petta to Ajiths Viswasam here are highest grossing movies in

first_imgA collage of top performing movies at the Chennai box office.PR HandoutRajinikanth’s Petta and Ajith Kumar’s Viswasam are in the top two positions in the list of highest-grossing profitable movies at the Chennai box office in the first quarter of the year. Not just the big-stars’ films, there are a few movies which have made good business in the capital city of Tamil Nadu without any A-list Tamil actor in the cast.Petta Rajinikanth’s Petta is at the numero uno position at the Chennai box office in the first quarter of the year. Released on January 9, the Karthik Subbaraj-directorial is estimated to have grossed over Rs 15.25 crore.Viswasam Ajith Kumar and Nayanthara’s Viswasam is a family entertainer packed with action and emotions. The Siruthai Siva-directorial, which is the highest-grosser in Tamil Nadu in the first quarter, has settled at the second place by raking in over Rs 12.50 crore in Chennai.Dhilluku Dhuddu 2 Santhanam has returned to form with Dhilluku Dhuddu 2. The comedy entertainer enjoyed good viewership and turned out to be a successful venture for the makers and distributors. It has collected around Rs 4.20 crore in Chennai.Captain Marvel Hollywood’s market in Chennai has been growing at a rapid rate in the last couple of years and the business made by Captain Marvel is a clear indication of it. The movie has earned Rs 4.10 crore in Chennai and has occupied fourth place in the list.Thadam Arun Vijay’s Thadam has emerged as the surprise winner at the box office. The crime thriller has raked in over Rs 3.50 crore in the capital city of Tamil Nadu.LKG RJ Balaji’s LKG too is a surprise hit at the box office. The political satire went on to earn close to Rs 3.5 crore which is a very good number for a debutant as a hero. LKG.PR Handoutlast_img read more

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Will Exact Poll results tomorrow beg to be different

first_imgSince Uttar Pradesh contributes maximum number of members to the Lok Sabha, one should not forget the surprising outcome of 2007 UP Assembly elections. A post-poll survey has revealed that some upper castes voted en bloc for Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), a dalit party led by Mayawati. But, they did not reveal their voting behaviour fearing caste-based retribution. Such aberrations are aplenty in every elections and no exit poll survey can read the pulse of a contrarian or silent voter.Whether the election results tomorrow (May 23) endorse the 2019 exit polls or not, the outcome remains a stronger message to both the national parties and their allies. Aaj Tak-ORG Marg248190105 NDTV-Indian Express230-250190-205100-120 Zee-Taleem249176117 Actual result189222132 Outlook-MDRA280-29159-16989-99center_img Sahara-DRS263-278171-18192-102 Star-C-Voter263-275174-18686-98 Seat ForecastNDAUPAOthers Wikimedia CommonsSurprisingly, all Exit Polls have vouched for the return of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government under Narendra Modi winning anywhere between 300 and 350 seats. Surprisingly, every Exit Poll predicts the same trend, raising the eyebrows of some onlookers who never witnessed such an alarming similarity in the past.Despite the contrarian results of 2004, still fresh in the minds of many psephologists, Yogendra Yadav has jumped the gun soon after the exit polls to seal the fate of Congress, suggesting its leadership to give birth to a new alternative to BJP, instead of keeping the entire opposition on a death bed forever. The Congress must die. If it could not stop the BJP in this election to save the idea of India, this party has no positive role in Indian history. Today it represents the single biggest obstacle to creation of an alternative.My reaction to @sardesairajdeep https://t.co/IwlmBmf75d— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) May 19, 2019What happened in 2004?During the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, almost all media houses predicted an NDA win but some have predicted that the NDA would come back with an increased tally, while others predicted loss of some seats for the NDA. Surprisingly, all psephologists were on one page that NDA would win.In fact, these exit polls were conducted during the voting period, which should have reflected the reality far more accurately. However, the final result begged to be different. The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) led by Congress returned to power. Essentially, the sample of exit polls in most cases fails to be fully representative. Very often, it represents the mood of the people talked to than the intention of people who vote en bloc. Here’s the table:2004 Election exit polls when UPA was written offSeat ForecastSeat ForecastNDANDAUPAUPAOthersOthersSeat ForecastNDTV-Indian ExpressNDA230-250UPA190-205Others100-120Seat ForecastAaj Tak-ORG MargNDA248UPA190Others105Seat ForecastZee-TaleemNDA249UPA176Others117Seat ForecastStar-C-VoterNDA263-275UPA174-186Others86-98Seat ForecastSahara-DRSNDA263-278UPA171-181Others92-102Seat ForecastOutlook-MDRANDA280-29UPA159-169Others89-99Seat ForecastActual resultNDA189UPA222Others132last_img read more

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Missing housewife found dead in Brahmanbaria

first_img.A housewife, who went missing on Monday, was found dead at a water body in Kahdurail village of Bijoynagar upazila in Brahmanbaria on Wednesday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Parveen Akter, 25, wife of Nur Hossain from Chunarughat upazila in Habiganj district.Local people spotted the body in the water body in the night and informed police, said Arshad Ali, officer-in-charge of Bijoynagar police station.Later on Thursday morning, police recovered the body, he added.Quoting family members, police said Parveen along with her husband went to her father’s home at Khadurail village few days back.On Monday, Parveen went missing from there and her husband Nur Hossain went into hiding after switching off his mobile phone, police said.Later in the day, police arrested Nur Hossain from the area.last_img read more

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US closes Mexican border crossing hurls tear gas

first_imgA migrant family, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America en route to the United States, run away from tear gas in front of the border wall between the US and Mexico in Tijuana, Mexico on 25 November. Photo:US authorities shut the country’s busiest border crossing and fired tear gas into Mexico on Sunday to repel Central American migrants approaching the border after US president Donald Trump vowed the asylum-seekers would not easily enter the country.Traffic in both directions was suspended for several hours at the San Ysidro port of entry between San Diego and Tijuana, US officials said, disrupting trade at the most heavily trafficked land border in the Western Hemisphere. Pedestrian crossings and vehicle traffic later resumed, officials said.Tensions on the border had been rising in recent days, with thousands of Central American migrants who arrived in a caravan camped out in a sports stadium in Tijuana. On Sunday, Mexican police broke up the latest in a series of daily protests, triggering a rush toward the US border.US Customs and Border Protection officers stopped the migrants with a volley of canisters emitting large clouds of gas as US and Mexican government helicopters clattered overhead.The Mexican government said it had retaken control of the border crossing after nearly 500 migrants tried to cross the US border “in a violent manner,” and vowed to immediately deport Central Americans who attempt to enter the United States illegally.Trump has raised alarm for weeks about the caravan of Central American migrants as it approached the United States, with its members planning to apply for asylum on reaching the country.The mostly Honduran migrants are fleeing poverty and violence and have said they would wait in Tijuana until they could request asylum in the United States, despite growing US measures to tighten the border.Hundreds of caravan members including women and children protested peacefully on Sunday with chants of “We aren’t criminals! We are hard workers.” As they neared the US border, they were stopped by Mexican authorities, who told them to wait for permission.As the morning wore on, and it became clear they would not get permission, people started to express frustration.Military Police DeployedGroups of migrants, some of them bearing the Honduran flag, broke off and headed toward the border fence, where US Customs and Border Protection officers gathered on the other side, backed by US military police, San Diego police and the California Highway Patrol.The Americans responded with tear gas after the migrants hit them with projectiles, US Customs and Border Protection said on Twitter.”Border Patrol agents deployed tear gas to dispel the group because of the risk to agents’ safety,” the statement said.Protesters were caught between the Mexican and US authorities. A young woman fell to the ground unconscious, and two babies cried, tears streaming from the gas, a Reuters witness said.”They want us to wait in Mexico but I for one am desperate. My little girl is sick and I don’t even have money for milk,” said Joseph Garcia, 32, of Honduras. “I can’t stand it anymore.”Trump has deployed military forces to the border to support the Border Patrol and threatened on Saturday to close the entire southern border.Military police were sent to the border crossing and military engineers moved barricades as part of the enforcement, the US Northern Command said in a statement on Sunday.”Department of Defense military personnel will not be conducting law enforcement functions, but are authorized to provide force protection for Customs and Border Protection personnel,” the statement said.An average of 70,000 vehicles and 20,000 pedestrians cross from Mexico to the United States at San Ysidro each day, according to the US General Services Administration.Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center research group in Washington, called the closure a “drastic response” and said it would cost “many millions of dollars.”US and Mexican negotiators met on Sunday to discuss a plan to keep the Central Americans in Mexico while their asylum claims are heard. Normally, asylum-seekers announce their intention on arriving at US ports of entry or after crossing the border illegally.Trump has been pushing for a US-Mexico border wall and warned on Thursday there could be a government shutdown next month if the US Congress failed to provide funding. Sunday’s events took place at one of the stretches where there is a physical border barrier.last_img read more

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Somalia minister 10 others killed in Shabaab attack

first_imgAn attack involving gunmen and bomb blasts on a complex housing government ministries in Somalia’s capital killed at least 11 people on Saturday, including the deputy labour minister, officials said.Claimed by the Al-Shabaab Islamist group, the assault was a sign of the insurgency’s continued ability to strike at the heart of Somalia’s government, despite years of foreign military support for Mogadishu.The fighting began with two blasts at the gates of the complex housing the labour and works ministries.Police say at least four gunmen then stormed the buildings, leading to a shootout as officers rushed to confront the attackers.”The death toll reached eleven, three of them women, and the number of wounded is 15,” said Abdukadir Abdirahman Adan, director of Mogadishu’s Aamin ambulance service.Senator Ilyas Ali Hassan confirmed that Saqar Ibrahim Abdalla, the deputy minister for labour and social affairs, was also killed.”I cannot elaborate on how he died but I can confirm that he was killed inside the ministry building,” Hassan said.Police official Ibrahim Mohamed said all the gunmen were killed.”There were some other casualties including members of the police,” he said, without elaborating.- Siege attacks -Attacks that combine bombings with gunmen have become a speciality of the Al-Qaeda linked group, which is running an armed insurrection against what it sees as heretic and foreign influence in Somalia.The group emerged from Islamic Courts that once controlled central and southern Somalia and are variously estimated to number between 5,000 and 9,000 men.In 2010 the Shabaab declared their allegiance to Al-Qaeda. The following year, the group were chased out of Mogadishu by the 22,000-strong African Union peace-enforcement mission, AMISOM.They have since lost many of their strongholds but retain control of large rural swathes of the country and continue to wage a guerrilla war, frequently hitting Mogadishu.In October 2017 a truck bombing in a busy neighbourhood of the capital killed over 500 people, the deadliest attack in Somalia to date.- Targeting Kenya -Among Al-Shabaab’s adversaries is the US military, which has killed over 800 people in airstrikes targeting the insurgents over the last two years.This week Amnesty International released a report challenging the US’s claim that the airtrikes only killed “terrorists.”Amnesty researchers say at least 14 civilians were killed in US bombings. The US military denied the report.The Shabaab have also carried out a string of attacks in Kenya since 2011.The deadliest of these took place on 2 April 2 2015 when 148 people were killed at Garissa University in northeastern Kenya.In 2013, a Shabaab raid on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall left 67 dead in a siege that unfolded over four days. And in January this year, 14 people were killed in a Shabaab-claimed attack on a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi.last_img read more

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Do Homeowners Suing Over Reservoir Releases Have A Case

first_imgDave FehlingThe dam at Barker Reservoir in Feburary 2016.As News 88.7 has been reporting, some Harris County property owners affected by the release of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs are filing suit. One such lawsuit targets the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.Bryant Banes is a plaintiff in the lawsuit who happens to be an attorney himself. His home was flooded by the release of reservoir flood water, and he explains what prompted him to file suit.Then, we discuss the legal merits of his case with Blake Hudson. He teaches Property, Natural Resources Law and Policy, and Water Law and Policy at the UH Law Center. Sharelast_img read more

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UPDATE Rescuers Recover Remains Of Five People Who Died In Burnt Apartments

first_img Share Image: City of San Marcos via FacebookSan Marcos Mayor John Thomaides (center) provided an update on the recovery efforts during a press conference held on Monday morning.The City of San Marcos said Monday that the remains of five people have been discovered in two apartment buildings destroyed by fire in that city this past weekend.The City noted in a news release that “recovery efforts will continue until all areas are searched and cleared” and added that the bodies have been transported to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office for identification.Positive identification could take more than a week.Additionally, five residents of the apartments remain missing. They are James Miranda, Haley Frizzell, Belinda Moats, Dru Estes and David Ortiz, who is originally from Pasadena.San Marcos is approximately 30 miles southwest of Austin. The apartment buildings are the Iconic Village Apartments and Vintage Pads Apartments, which served as off-campus residences for students attending Texas State University.City officials announced the bodies were found Sunday and added that five people are still unaccounted for.Local media outlets reported that David Ortiz,  a young man from Pasadena, is among those unaccounted for.Over 200 people displacedOver 200 residents have been displaced.The fire injured at least six other people, including one who is being treated for life-threatening injuries.The Austin-American Statesman reported some survivors say they were alerted by knocks on their doors, rather than fire or smoke alarms.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is investigating, but the cause of the fire has not been determined yet. Officials say the investigation could take months.Many survivors said no fire or smoke alarms alerted them to the fire.San Marcos Fire Marshal Kelly Kistner said at a press conference held Monday that there were no sprinkler systems installed because the buildings were built around 1970.“There’s been no remodel that we are aware of that would require them to have brought sprinklers up to date or into the building. The building was in its original condition as it was code compliant when it was built. Sprinklers were not a requirement of construction at that time and they are not a requirement of existing buildings given the current code,” Kistner noted.San Marcos Fire Department Chief Les Stephens said there is no requirement for older buildings to come up to current code unless a major remodel is planned. “As an older town, we have structures, unfortunately, that were built, and they’re period correct, and the safety of the things that had to be in place at the time they were constructed is there.”The fire injured at least six people, including one person treated for injuries at San Antonio Military Medical Center.Resource CenterThe City of San Marcos will host a Resource Center for all residents of the Iconic Village apartments, as well as residents of Buildings L & M at Vintage Pads apartments on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center.Organizations will be on site to answer questions and provide information on assistance programs available to residents affected by the fire.last_img read more

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Expert Discusses Affordable Care Act Enrollment

first_imgAn expert in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, thinks that the roughly 350,000 people who live in the Houston metropolitan area and have individual coverage through it will enroll again this year.Open enrollment in the ACA starts this Thursday, November 1.Houston-based non-profit Community Health Choice is one of four local health insurance providers offering ACA plans. In an interview with Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin, CEO Ken Janda explained people can enroll on the government website healthcare.gov, as well as on Community Health Choice’s website, and the websites for other providers.“Most people will see very small rate increases. Our rate increases sort of range between 6 to 8 percent. Frankly, some of the other competitors are even lower than ours in terms of their rate increases,” noted Janda.PremiumsPremiums vary by age and Janda detailed that, depending on your income, people can get a subsidy which lowers the costs.Janda said most of the people who don’t enroll are relatively young and what he describes as “the working poor.” “For most of those people, even a subsidized premium is more than they fell they can afford.”Janda also commented the age of people who could get insurance through the ACA is a factor. “Once you get over about age 50, the percentage of people not buying drops quite a bit, but when you’re 25 or 30 years-old and young and indestructible those are the folks that tend not to be buying right now.”Community Health Choice has outreach programs to inform the public about the ACA and Janda said that his organization works closely “with all the federally qualified health centers and with Harris Health and with many other community based organizations to get the word out as best we can,” although he lamented that federal funding for outreach has decreased.Lawsuit led by TexasJanda also touched on the Texas-led federal lawsuit that aims to terminate the ACA arguing that, after the passage of the GOP’s tax plan last year — which also repealed a provision of the law that required people to have health insurance — the law is no longer constitutional.Janda’s organization disagrees with the lawsuit but he doesn’t think the litigation will impact enrollment this year.He would support a discussion on an alternative to the ACA and specified that there is a need for providers “to have the ability to have more flexibility in the benefits offered.” “It’s a very rich benefit package and I think there’s some people who would like to have lesser benefits,” Janda noted, while adding that another aspect in which the law could be improved is giving states more flexibility in the administration of the ACA.Community Health Choice offers the aforementioned bronze plans, which are the least expensive. Additionally, they offer silver plans, which have an intermediate cost, and the gold plans, which have higher premiums, but lower deductibles and co-payments. 00:00 /11:11 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share Listenlast_img read more

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South Koreas little firefighting robots w Video

first_imgHoya Robot Two Robot Chefs Make Omelets Hoya Robot has developed a Firefighters Assistance Robot (dubbed a Fire Spy Robot), a remote-controlled device that can reconnoiter a burning structure, transmitting images, sounds, and data on temperature, smoke, and gas to firefighters over 50 yards away. This kind of information is vital for firefighters to ensure their safety before entering a burning structure.The little two-wheeled robot can roam through the blaze spraying water from a fire hose and looking for trapped people. Its onboard light and camera helps firefighters pin-point people before they enter the building themselves. The robot also gives them enough information to decide on the safe routes, and quickly develop a rescue plan. More information: • www.hoyarobot.com/• www.drbfatec.com/© 2009 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Two South Korean firms have developed mini firefighting robots to help human firefighters safely plan their course of action before entering a blazing building.center_img Citation: South Korea’s little firefighting robots (w/ Video) (2009, October 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-south-korea-firefighting-robots-video.html Explore further 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.last_img read more

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Silkworms spinning spider webs

first_img Firm uses genetic modification to coax spider silk from silkworms © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — A spiders silk is strong and more elastic and has a large range of possible medical applications. However, spiders have a history of being territorial and prone to cannibalism, so the idea of having a large population to produce commercial amounts of silk is not possible. However, silk worms have been producing their silk commercially for some time. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 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: Silkworms spinning spider webs (2012, January 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-silkworms-spider-webs.html More information: Silkworms transformed with chimeric silkworm/spider silk genes spin composite silk fibers with improved mechanical properties, PNAS, dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1109420109 It was this idea that led Professor Don Jarvis from the University of Wyoming to develop a way to genetically modify the silkworm to spin silk with spider protein. The results of this recent research have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.These new genetically modified silkworms are able to produce composite fibers that contain silk threads from both the spider and the silk worm.On average, these fibers have proven stronger than the fibers produced by either the silkworm or the spider. This could possible open the door for large scale production and the use of these fibers in many different medical applications.Possible applications include artificial ligaments and tendons, tissue scaffolds and new biomaterials for wound dressing. The fibers are also strong enough that they could provide a possible new material to be used in bulletproof jackets and vests.In order to make this happen, the researchers transferred the key spider genes responsible for the thread making into the silkworm. Given that silkworms are capable of creating mile-long threads in their cocoons, they provide a way to greatly increase the stronger threads.This is not the first time that researchers have tried to create genetically modified spider alternatives. Synthetic spider genes have been placed into bacteria, animals and plants. However, none of these were able to produce enough pure silk protein needed for commercial production. The successful use of the silkworm may prove to finally be the solution they have been looking for. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Top Real Estate MBAs Northwest

first_img The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the fastest-growing cities in the country. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Northwest real estate is rapidly expanding, with population increases (16.5-19.8 percent) in the these five metros:Greeley, COGeorge, UTBend-Redmond, ORProvo-Orem, UTBoise, IDWhile the Northwest is home to relatively few of the top-ranked MBA programs, the region makes up for a lack of quantity with quality—and specificity. Unbeknownst to many prospective b-schoolers pining for a tony school on the Eastern Seaboard, the American Northwest boasts a surprising number of excellent Real Estate-focused degrees.Let’s take a closer look at the premiere options in the region: The Top Northwest Real Estate MBA ProgramsLocated in Boulder, UC’s Leeds School of Business offers a traditional two-year full-time MBA with a real estate concentration. Noting its multi-disciplinary approach and the support of the CU Real Estate Center, the Leeds MBA real estate concentration offers a curriculum organized by industry focus, including the following courses:Sustainability & Real EstateReal Estate FinanceEntrepreneurial Real EstateIn addition, the program offers a combination of “networking events, personal mentoring, conferences and competitions” to aid their MBA students in building their real estate industry careers. Annual tuition for in-state residents is $35,782, while out-of-state students can expect to pay $66,600.Founded in 1908, the University of Denver Daniels College of Business organizes its MBA curriculum around a series of challenges that run concurrently with classes to provide students with a continually applied learning experience.Students design a growth plan to monitor themselves so they can optimize their education and performance. Daniels offers a two-year, full-time MBA with a concentration in “Real Estate and the Built Environment.” With a customizable curriculum, annual tuition is $90,400.Portland State University offers a Master’s of Real Estate Development that functions as an interdisciplinary program with PSU’s School of Business Administration, the School of Urban Studies and Planning, and the Center for Real Estate.With 12-month full-time and 24-month part-time options, the curriculum includes courses in real estate fundamentals, a real-world capstone development project, fast tracks to professional licenses, and exposure to examples of sustainable urban development.Annual tuition for in-state students is $37,800 full-time and $39,162 for out-of-state students, with residents of certain western states potentially eligible for tuition through WICHE and WRGP. Non-resident tuition is $45,555 full-time and $46,917 part-time for out-of-state students.Nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountain Range just outside of Salt Lake City, the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business offers a Master of Real Estate Development that emphasizes hands-on learning informed by and contributing to the research through the Ivory-Boyer Real Estate Center.Students also have access to competitions such as the Utah Real Estate Challenge, weekly real estate labs, and professional mentorships. Study abroad opportunities and flexible, work-compatible schedules are also available. Annual tuition for Utah residents is $43,200 full-time and while non-residents can expect to pay $71,900.In the University of Washington Foster School of Business full-time MBA program, students can take up to 16 credits worth of courses that are “non-MBA” coursework, of which includes real estate courses via the university’s College of Built Environments.While some non-MBA courses at UW require pre-approval, the real estate course options do not require a a Non-MBA Class Request form. The total cost (tuition and fees)of the full-time program at UW’s Foster School of Business is currently $66,654 for in-state residents, and $96,666 for out-of-state residents. Prices are subject to change annually. regions: Denver / Seattle About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer RelatedBest Real Estate MBAs in the Mid-Atlantic RegionAfter World War II, a housing boom created a demand for real estate business expertise. Decades later, demand only increased in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Now with unprecedented levels of international real estate investment at play, demand for this specialization has reached a fevered pitch. This rings…May 23, 2019In “Advice”Getting To Know The Denver MetroResting beside the scoping silhouette of the Rocky Mountains lies Denver, the 19th most populous metro area in the United States, and arguably its most serene, uniquely blending urbanization and naturalism. As the Denver metro continues to expand and its economy continues to swell, we at MetroMBA are expanding as…November 1, 2017In “Featured Home”Real Estate MBA Opportunities in PhiladelphiaWith 2.7 million payroll jobs, Philadelphia ranks as the eighth-largest job market in the nation. And recently, the city has shifted to a service-based economy, making it an excellent location for MBAs looking for a job in real estate. As for the real estate market in the City of Brotherly…October 14, 2016In “Advice”center_img Top Real Estate MBAs: Northwest Last Updated Jun 13, 2019 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more

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